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Dallasites Share Their Freaky Food Phobias

I don’t remember how or when the fear of fruit stickers crept into my life. But I’ve had an irrational fear of accidentally eating a sticker since I was very young. The thought of biting into a crisp apple or ripe tomato and getting a tacky piece of paper stuck in my teeth — or worse, throat — makes me cringe. My arms are filling up with goosebumps as I’m writing this. My phobia is so bad that my husband has to remove all of the stickers from our fruits and vegetables before putting them in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer or glass bowls on the kitchen counter.

I’ve shared my aversion with many people, and it’s usually met with a “If you think that’s weird, then listen to this!” So, in honor of Halloween, to air the skeletons in our pantries, I asked a handful of Dallas chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, publicists, and photographers to share their deepest and darkest food phobias.

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Gourmet Chocolates for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and local chocolatiers are getting into the spirit of the holiday with themed, handcrafted treats. Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate is offering two pound golden skulls — fabricated for Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips by Joshua King — made from 72% South American dark chocolate. She’s also crafted two pound “bloody hearts” (that are anatomically correct), tiny brains, and miniature skulls filled with dulce de leche and sea salt. The chocolatiers at CocoAndre have put together a selection of themed goodies. There’s colorful hand-painted skulls, chocolate coffins, jack-o-lanterns, owls, witches and more. Kate Weiser is offering beautiful, hand-painted skulls and pumpkins. And Chocolate Secrets has a range of treats from hand-made candy corns and chocolate pops to painted truffles. The sweets are a perfect option for those folks who want to go above and beyond Hershey’s bars and M&M’s this year.

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Where to Celebrate Halloween in Dallas with Food and Drink

With Halloween almost upon us, you’ve probably been inundated with costume event after costume event. Sure, you already know where to party and where to go for a spooky haunted house, but you don’t know where to eat and drink… yet. In about two seconds, you will. I’ve got a whole list ready for y’all. […]

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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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Where to Party for Halloween in Dallas

The opportunities to show off your oh-so-clever DIY costume or seduce the crowd with your garbage-man-gone-sexy uniform are endless. It seems every bar in town is hosting a Halloween bash. Here’s a list of everything we know so far. Updates are constant. If you’re leaving your Sexy ________ costume in the closet and skipping the […]

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