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The Scoop: Leadbelly Coffee, Uptown Pawn, Wild About Harry’s and More Dallas News

There’s not always enough time in the day to skim a lengthy, re-worded press release that’s been stamped with “breaking” or “exclusive.” And some stories don’t warrant an entire page of prose. Each week we’ll gather the most important tidbits of Dallas food news and post them on SideDish.

Because sometimes all you need is the scoop.

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Special Report: D Magazine‘s Baked in Alaska Cruise (Day 4)

What a glorious day four. Our motley D Magazine Baked-in-Alaska crew was up at 5:30 to watch the three-hour trip past the magnificent Tracy Arm Fjord. Many sat on deck chairs on the top deck of the Celebrity Solstice and sipped coffee as the glacial rocks, waterfalls, and glacial ice put on quite a show. This area of Alaska is truly magnificent and to view it from the luxury of a cozy chair or bed is quite a treat.

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Feast Your Eyes on the Fried Food of the State Fair’s Big Tex Choice Awards

The 2015 Big Tex Choice Awards finalists have been announced and the lineup is extreme. Deep fried alligator, chicken fried lobster with champagne gravy, and a bacon-loaded frozen margarita are among this years contestants.

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Louise Owens Talks Craft Cocktails, Toast Points, and 10 Years Behind the Bar at the Windmill Lounge

I was greeted by a booming “Hey!” as I yanked open the freshly painted red door to the Windmill Lounge on Wednesday afternoon. I couldn’t see the face behind the voice (my eyes were adjusting from the bright glare of the sun to the dimly lit bar) but I knew that it belonged to Louise Owens. “You want a drink?” she asked as I approached the bar. I hesitated, but only briefly. I was, after all, in one of the best cocktail dens in Dallas.

She mixed me her namesake drink, The Louise: vodka, orange juice, strawberry nectar, ginger, and mint syrup topped off with sparkling wine. Seemed fitting at the time. We took a seat at a table in the back corner as Billie Holiday serenaded us from the jukebox.

She and her now ex-husband Charlie Papaceno opened the Windmill Lounge in 2005. Charlie has since parted ways to open a business of his own, but you can find Louise mixing drinks at the Maple Avenue dive on any given day of the week. “There’s nothing in here without a story” she explained as she glanced around “from the toast points to the curtains.”

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