We have noticed over the past few months a general slippage in store quality. On our most recent trip, our frustration with the decline in quality came to a head when the bakery was out of the single most important item we needed – hamburger buns – at 3:00 p.m.
Frustrated by the lack of buns and a number of other irritating things I noticed walking through the store, I asked to speak with the store manager. While waiting for him in the bakery area, I noticed two other women also upset at the lack of hamburger buns. I told the women (none of us knew each other) that I was waiting for the manager to discuss the situation, and they decided to wait with me. During the 10 minutes it took for the manager, Steve Tarantino, to show up, we chatted and I learned that they were every bit as frustrated as me about the decline in store quality. In fact, one of them told me that she had just tried to buy some cheese, only to pick it up and discover that it had expired in November!
Hmm. Lack of buns has never been a problem for me, only a dream. Sorry, I’m off topic. I wrote the guy back and theorized that perhaps many people hit their outdoor grills on Saturday and caught the bakery department off guard. Then, low and behold, I find I am right! And souper scooped by our sorta own, Teresa Gubbins, who reported this stunning development. Meanwhile, I put the bun-less customer in touch with CM and after a flurry of back-and-forth e-mails, it sounds like they have reached a peace agreement.15 Comments »
Last night I wore white pants to a Labor Day celebration dinner at my mother’s house. She jumped my case for wearing white after Labor Day. I insisted it wasn’t after Labor Day until today. She may have won the argument, but I’m winning the battle—I am wearing them again to day. And maybe I’ll just pull them on again on Saturday for a Fall Grilling demonstration at TJ’s Seafood Market in Preston Forest. They are partnering with BBQs Galore on Lovers and, from 11-6:00Pm they’ll be grilling fish, shellfish, and beef and passing out samples. Pick up a couple pounds of shrimp while you’re there. They have the best supply around. Info: 214-691-2369.4 Comments »
What is a campicurean you ask? According to a note that just plopped into my inbox a campicurean is someone who can really cook on a campfire. Unbenownest to me, their was a national competition hosted by Redwood Creek Wines on here for America’s Favorite Campfire Chef and Lisa Williams on not- so-plain ‘ol, Plano,Texas was the winner. After the votes were counted, it was Lisa’s swordish a roux “turtle packs” proved to be the country’s favorite, capturing an 47% of the vote. Lisa picked up a check for $1,000 which she plans to donate to the Plano PTA. Here’s some official-speak:
The Turtle Packs, paired with Redwood Creek’s Pinot Grigio, are Lisa’s creative way of satisfying her family’s “picky eaters” without overcomplicating their campsite. She encourages each camper to customize his or her “turtle pack”—a foil packet filled with a swordfish fillet, veggies and tangy condiments—which is nestled directly into a bed of glowing embers.
Ohmigod, Lisa Garza is going to be SO all over this turtle pack idea. Lisa Williams, watch your backpack. Congrats. Jump for recipe. Continue reading "Plano Woman Named Best Campicurean in America"1 Comment »
Whoopsie-doodle, I mean winner. (What would I do without Spell Check?) Anywhoo, I just intercepted a secret DMN company memo announcing:
“Bill Addison will receive a national Association of Food Journalists award for restaurant criticism. The other finalists are: Will Ferrell for Talladega Dinner Nights and M.F.K. Fisher’s Recipes from the Grave. The ranking of the three awards will be announced at a conference in October.”
Kidding, so, so, so kidding. Way to go, Freckle Face, I hope you beat the pants off of your true rivals Lee Klein of Miami New Times and Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post-it.1 Comment »
If you haven’t read D contributor Rawlins Gilliland’s sassy piece on street food in Dallas in this month’s print pub, do so here. Then tomorrow you can listen to Rawlins wax poetic on his adventures in outdoor dining with Kris Boyd on Think (90.1) from noon to 1:00pm. Inspired by editing Gilliland’s story, I hit the Dallas Farmers Market this weekend for a piece or two of corn slathered with mayonnaise and butter from Paul’s Sweet Roasted Corn stand. I found Paul standing outside of Shed One shouting, “Come on baby, and get your corn. D Magazine loves us.” Yes we do. Especially the condiment bar (below).6 Comments »
A poppa-lovin’ Disher asks the Dish Nation for help:
What are some restaurants in the Dallas area that serve wild game and serve it well?
My dad’s birthday is coming up and we’d like to take him somewhere special.
Y.O. Ranch? Others?
I like giving booze as presents, probably because it’s something I wouldn’t mind getting (hint, hint). Next year, things will be different. The folks gave me the best gift ever: a box of juicy, red, S-T-E-A-K. 18 bad boys are sitting in my freezer. Actually, it’s more like 16 — they go well with purple garlic mashers and glazed carrots.