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Q&A with Spice in the City Owner, Navin Hariprasad

Navin Hariprasad worked as a dietician at Parkland Hospital before teaching food service management in the Clinical Dietetic Internship Master’s Program at UT Southwestern, and becoming a restaurant owner of Spice in the City. He sought a solution for not only his patients but members of the Dallas community. What Hariprasad envisioned, was a restaurant that would enable him to create healthier food that’s also flavorful. I sat down with Hariprasad last week to discuss his journey.

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How Aaron Barker Turned his Small Kickstarter Campaign into a Frozen Dairy Dynasty

Carnival Barker’s latest graphic tee reads, “Give me ice cream or give me death.” It’s a motto owner Aaron Barker churns by, as it took him only a little over a year to propel his frozen dairy dynasty from a small Kickstarter to award winning retail storefront. Barker truly started from the bottom with no funding and is now set to open his second retail location in early 2015. He uses zero high fructose corn syrup, zero artificial flavors, zero preservatives, and a lifetime’s worth of passion to make his unique scoops.

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Braden and Yasmin Wages Discuss Their Beer Journey and Future Plans for Malai Kitchen

You might conjure up images of the owners growing up on generations of family cooking in the heart of Southeast Asia upon slurping down a bowl of beef Vietnamese noodle soup or licking clean a plate of massaman braised lamb shank at Malai Kitchen. However, Braden Wages will tell you he really didn’t even know what pho was until he traveled to Vietnam after college. Braden and wife Yasmin fell in love with the food, culture, and tradition of this country, which serves as the foundation for their Thai and Vietnamese style of cooking.

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Celebrating Beer With Local Brewers

Whether you take your beer from an ice cold can, by the gallon out of a personalized growler, via red Solo cup after a beer pong loss, or straight from the tap, North Texas Beer Week welcomes you one and all. This week we salute the brewers, the bartenders, the open-patio bars, and the people who make those enormous chalices that take your guzzling experience to the next level.

Now, get to know the faces behind some of your favorite local brews.

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Meet the Founders of Hutchins BBQ

Take the men of Duck Dynasty, combine them with the hilarious duo of Stepbrothers, mix in a little flair from BBQ Pitmasters, and you get the faces behind longstanding restaurant Hutchins BBQ. Texas natives Tim Hutchins and Dustin Blackwell may not come from the same bloodline, but sit down with the two together and you can tell their brotherhood runs deep.

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Cheese, Charcuterie, & Wine: A How-To with Brian & Courtney Luscher

A couple summers ago I traveled to London and forever changed my culinary outlook on life. My greatest discovery: cheese, charcuterie, and wine should have their own section of the food pyramid. A combination that makes for the perfect meal at any point the day, it’s an unwavering trend for menus around the world. Whether […]

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Grilling Talk with Kirstyn Brewer, Plus Her Blackberry BBQ Sauce Recipe

Grilling season is winding down for some folks across the nation, but living in a state where the heat index stays well above 90 for most the year gives us the great opportunity to keep our steaks charred and our “World’s Greatest Chef” aprons locked and loaded. But, with Dallas restaurants stepping up their marinating […]

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People We Love: Driftwood’s New Chef Kyle McClelland

Chef Kyle McClelland—previous chef at The Cedars Social and most recently, the chef at Prospect in Brooklyn—has made his way back to the Dallas food scene. Boy, we’re glad he did. He’s ready to surprise Oak Cliffers with Driftwood’s soon-to-come renovations and ever-changing seafood menu. Make a reservation and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have a visit at your table from the chef himself.

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Q&A with Beer Expert Stephen Beaumont

On his recent visit to Dallas, Stephen Beaumont, world-renowned author, prolific demon slayer, Jamaican dance champion, and all-around cool dude stopped in to chat about his latest venture, The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World. It’s a catalog and travel companion outlining beers, breweries, and ratings from around […]

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People We Love: Battuto’s Gene and Julie Gates

You know Gene and Julie Gates. Or, at least, you’ve heard them. They’re the husband-and-wife team that used to be the glorious morning voices of 103.7 Lite FM. Now they’ve switched careers and jumped into the restaurant world by opening Battuto, a family friendly Italian restaurant in North Dallas. (“Battuto,” says Gene, “is the base […]

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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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Interview with Alex Stein, Villain of the Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America

For those of you who don’t remember Dallas native Alex Stein from ABC’s The Glass House, that’s probably a good thing. The villainous 24-year-old (now 26) was at the center of the show’s first-and-only-season’s drama – and he paid for it. Stein was kicked off the show in the second week and, according to him, […]

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