A Day in Denton: Breakfast and Lunch (Part I)

It’s a little crazy how close Denton is from Dallas. But 40 miles somehow translates into a million light years away. If we’re honest with ourselves, Denton really deserves more from all you I-don’t-venture-above-635-people. This artsy college town has transformed from a No Man’s Land to a thriving food scene in the last 13 years. […]

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How to Carve a Pumpkin 101

I’ve never made a jack-o-lantern. In spite of my handicap, my childhood went pretty smoothly. I didn’t murder anyone, and I graduated high school with mostly A’s and B’s. As time passed, however, I did notice a hollowed-out-pumpkin-shaped hole in my heart. It was one that couldn’t be filled with candy corn and miniature Twix […]

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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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Ned Elliott (Foreign & Domestic) and Matt McCallister Make Food Love Together at FT33

Last night, Matt McCallister and his guest chef of the night, Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic, spoiled their guests with a nine-course dinner at FT33. I was lucky to join as a media member. If you can recall from my interviews with McCallister and Elliott, the two hadn’t met up until this very dinner at […]

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Urban Acres is Building a Farmstead in Oak Cliff

Everybody and their mother is using Kickstarter these days to get their businesses up, but sometimes the cause is so worthy I have to put it up on SideDish. Like this one. Urban Acres, your source for local, organic food, is expanding on its “co-op style” produce program and trying to impact the Dallas community […]

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5 Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Shops to Help You Cool Down in the Summer Heat

Nothing beats a feathery and fluffy shaved ice (or even a snow cone) to make the summer heat more bearable. But let’s not waste any time waxing poetic about these cold treats. It’s 100-something degrees outside, and all of us are sweating our fannies off. Two intrepid D Magazine interns, Marley Dablo and Hayden Harrison, ran […]

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Sneak Peek: Weekend Coffee at the Joule Hotel

We’ve all been waiting forever for The Joule Hotel finish its renovations, and now we can almost taste the day when we won’t see ugly construction barring us from our downtown gem. The new Joule has expanded its lobby to provide entrances from Commerce and Main streets. If you enter from Main, you’ll spot a […]

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Dallas Chefs Take a Tour of Lemley’s Produce and Plant Farm

Yesterday morning, Dallas chefs filed into a bus for a field trip to Lemley’s Produce and Plant Farm with Chefs’ Produce, a Texas-based wholesaler of produce. I got lucky and tagged along. J.T. Lemley – a long-time farmer who still loves his work even though it’s taken a toll on his back– led us on […]

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Chiladas Fresh Mex Grill Opens in Dallas Today

Chiladas, a family owned company, officially opens its second location today on Lovers Ln. The first is located in Plano at 6145 Windhaven Pkwy. Owners Night Keyes (with Williamson Family Investments) and Katie Day greeted customers and media members at a preview yesterday, and encouraged them to try everything on the menu as they stepped […]

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The Funny Emails We Get at D Magazine Headquarters

Blah, blah, blah. I’ve already talked about Matthew Shelley once today, so I’m pretty sure I’ve hit my quota, but this email is too good not to share. You guys already (or should already) know that Matt writes the “Into Shelley’s Belly” column once a week. He’s also our I.T. tech guy. This morning, some […]

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Giveaway: Two Tickets to Central Market’s Cooking Class with Matt and Ted Lee on Tuesday, May 14

Everyone keeps telling me how cute and adorable the Lee brothers really are, so part of me wants to keep these two free tickets to Central Market’s cooking class for myself. Matt and Ted Lee, the hosts of The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, are also the authors of their new cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. Did […]

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Artizone, the Online Grocery Store, is Giving SideDish Readers $25 Off

There’s nothing I love more than grocery shopping, but online grocery shopping… now that’s a game changer. Artizone, the Dallas-based online gourmet store featuring local products and goodies, is doing something special for SideDish readers only. Now through May 15 at 11:59 p.m., any new register to Artizone.com receives $25 in their Artizone wallet to spend. […]

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If You Want to Help Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, Here’s Something You Can Do

I know a bunch of you probably feel helpless in light of the Boston Marathon event. That photo of 8-year-old Martin Richards holding his poster for peace is pretty heartbreaking, isn’t it? That’s why this blood drive tomorrow is awesomesauce. Go donate blood to victims and get free breakfast as a bonus! You can be […]

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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, April 12-14

Happy Friday evening from over here in Taiwan. I just had some of the best pineapple cakes in the world. Friday Fun Fact Time: Taiwanese pineapple cakes (they resemble Fig Newtons, sort of) actually contain very little pineapple. The paste is mostly made from winter melon. Cool, huh? If you’re in the mood for some […]

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Plano Farmers Market Debuts on April 20 at Fairview Farms

Heyyyy, suburb area north of Dallas. You’re getting kinda cool these days. New restaurants are opening, and you already have the Coppell Farmers Market, which – let’s be honest – is one of the best farmers markets in DFW. (I could be biased.) Anyways, now that Plano is opening its own farmers market, I’m easily […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The Lot in East Dallas

You may recall back in 1989 the muscly, taut action/drama, Roadhouse. It caused the nation to swoon and wrestled in a new era of gritty/bar brawling/martial arts/tai chi/poignant sprawling epics that flooded theaters the following years. It was an exciting time to breathe and an even more exciting time to be a Hulk Hogan-loving 6-year-old, […]

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Goodfriend Owners Gear Up to Open The Blind Butcher on Lower Greenville Sometime in 2013

Everyone is moving to Lower Greenville these days. It’s because they all want to be in close proximity to Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs when the grocery store finally opens. I don’t blame ‘em. Mudsmith just got there, Carnival Barker’s first storefront is heading there, yadda yadda yadda. It’s going to be one hell of a […]

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