Bite Fight: The Best Tres Leches Cake in Dallas

A fine tres leches cake is a beautiful thing. When there’s creamy vanilla sweetness coupled with a curious balance struck between light and rich, that’s when you know you’ve hit the jackpot. Pastel de tres leches is a dessert with a history soaked in Latin American cross-culturalism, burgeoned by canned milk production in the 1940s, and widely popularized in Texas by the 1990s. Dallas is rife with restaurants offering their own take on this ubiquitous, fluffy dessert, often upping the ante by changing its nomenclature. To find out how many milks it really takes to exemplify this cake, I tasted the tres leches at the health-conscious Kozy Kitchen, the cuatro leches at the trendy La Duni Latin Cafe, and the cinco leches at 2013′s Tex-Mex newcomer Mesero Miguel.

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Taste Test Thursday: Guacamole

Avocado is a summer fruit, but when it’s 20-something degrees outside (like it was this entire past week), all our bodies are longing for sunshine. And guacamole, obviously.

In Texas, if you say you don’t like guacamole, people will look at you funny. People will think there’s something wrong with you, ’cause chances are… there might be. Guacamole is a universally liked appetizer, and we know we’re ordering it before we even sit down to eat. It’s easy to make, easy to eat, and it’s healthy. The best time to do this guacamole taste test would’ve been in the summer, but I couldn’t wait until then. It’s too far away.

Avocados are life-saving fruits, and they make the world a better place. That’s why I had to do some sleuthing. I had to find out where the best guac in Dallas is made.

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Unrefined, a Gluten-Free Bakery, Opens Two More Locations

Four years ago, mother-and-daughter duo Anne Hoyt and Taylor Nicholson opened Unrefined Bakery on Buckner Boulevard with a huge leap of faith. They didn’t have any formal culinary training and used only word-of-mouth and grassroots marketing. Such efforts have proved fruitful, as the flagship bakery is now one of three locations, with new stores recently opening in the old Society Bakery spot on Greenville Avenue and in Frisco.

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Get Your Greens at Crisp Salad Today, It Opens on Greenville Avenue

For a city starved of good, build-your-own salads, there’s a new option in town. Crisp Salad, a fast-casual restaurant across the street from Greenville’s buzzing Trader Joe’s, opens today at 11 a.m.

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My Five Cents: Help Me Understand Gluten-Free

I get emails all of the time from companies selling gluten-free products. I usually forward them to my sister who is researching gluten-free food because one of her daughters is highly sensitive to gluten. My 14-year old niece tested negative for celiac, but once my sister put her on a gluten-free diet, my niece’s body […]

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Drink This: Community Beer Co.’s Bottle-Conditioned Belgian Beers

On Monday night, Del Frisco’s Grill hosted the folks from Community Beer Co. to show off two of their new bottle conditioned bombers in Uptown style. Kevin Carr, the founder, and Jamie Fulton, the head brewer, nearly came to tears as they addressed the crowd to share their excitement and passion for the amazing beers they […]

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Look What I Made: Root Veggie Chips

It’s an awkward week for recipe bloggists — big holiday last week, Christmas isn’t for a month. Sigh. There’s nothin’ to do, man*! What am I gonna talk about, cheeky uses for Thanksgiving leftovers? You know years in advance the kinds of depraved things you’re going to do with your leftovers; you don’t need me […]

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Four Fall Favorites: The Pumpkin Roundup

The only thing that’s wrong with Dallas is the brevity of fall. It lasts all of three weeks. Maybe four, if we’re lucky. But whatever God-sent perfect weather we have now is making want to devour everything that’s remotely pumpkin-related. If you’re crazy about pumpkins, too, jump here for the list of pumpkin favorites. Feast […]

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Looking for a Healthy(ish) Cupcake? The Tiny Cake Shop in Keller Has Gluten Free Options

Randi and Taylor Tatsch opened the Tiny Cake Shop in Keller back in June 2012, but they’re setting their official grand opening for September 11 through 22. Every day the Shop offers 10 daily cupcakes flavors baked from scratch + a monthly seasonal flavor + a daily gluten free flavored cupcake (made from gluten free […]

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Trader Joe’s in Plano Will Open on September 7

The culinarily curious only have to wait until September 7, just one week from today. That’s the date set for the grand opening on Trader Joe’s in Plano. If you want to do more than shop at Trader Joe’s, you can click here and apply for a job.(They offer full benefits and 10% off store […]

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Gluten and Allergy Free Expo Runs September 8-9

Hopefully, the above video made by YouPlusDallas.com of the 2011 expo gave you a taste of this upcoming expo. Gluten-sensitive people with your restricted diets, take heart! There are other people like you, too. In fact, these other people are organizing a whole two-day Gluten and Allergy Free Expo with over 100 vendors providing samples […]

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Start, a Fast-Casual Concept, Opens in Upper Greenville on August 8

McDonald’s better keep an eye on Erin McKool, the new queen of fast food. This mother of a four-year-old boy is opening up Start, a kid-friendly restaurant at 4814 Greenville Ave. that provides “good for you” food in a cutting edge environment. There WILL be a drive-through for moms-on-the-go. But really… healthy fast food? Isn’t […]

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Company Café on the Trail in Dallas Opens December 6th

Company Café made it to our list of Best New Restaurants in 2011. The locavore philosophy behind the menu is important and so is the wide variety of gluten-free dishes. I like Company Café because the food tastes good.  I will go there as long as they can resource sweet potatoes. On December 6, the […]

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Second Location of Company Café Nears Opening Day

According to co-owner Stephen White, the second location of the Company Café is “five weeks away” from opening in their new digs, the old Cremona spot, directly across from the Katy Trail Ice House. Meanwhile the Greenville restaurant is double staffed and training new kitchen employees. White  said he is still looking for another 100 […]

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