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Let’s Discuss: Barbecue-Gate, the Case of DMN Critic Leslie Brenner v Full Custom Gospel BBQ Blogger Daniel Vaughn, Con’t.

An interesting controversy erupted late last week after DMN restaurant critic, Leslie Brenner, released her Best in DFW: Barbecue list. In case you have been leading a normal life and missed the brouhaha, you can catch up by reading the recap post published last Friday on SideDish. First, I would like to talk about print […]

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Enchilada Report: Avila’s in Dallas

After the World Series, I asked you guys to tell me where to ease my depression by going face down in a plate of enchiladas. I took all of your suggestions to heart, but headed to one of my usual down-and-dirty favs, Escondido. As I drove down Maple, I passed Avila’s. I haven’t eaten there […]

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Scardello Celebrates Its Birthday With Style (Unlike the Rest of Us)

On my last birthday, I celebrated with one too many gimlets and a joy ride in some guy named Chuck’s convertible (legalities prohibit me from saying whether it was Norris or the guy from that spy show. Suffice it to say, I won’t be going back to LA anytime soon). Turns out, however, that not […]

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Restaurant Review: Brunch at J. Black’s Feelgood Lounge in Dallas

After two local email newsletters featured J. Black’s Feelgood Lounge in the same week, I had two friends ask me to go. One was seduced by the idea of the Bloody Mary bar; the other by the words “brunch” and “Austin” together in a sentence. I based my decision on the online menu, which looked […]

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What’s Really in a Can of Whoopass at Horne & Dekker?

Blame it on the full moon. Blame it on the bossa nova. What. Ever. A few gals from the office went to dinner last Saturday at Horne & Dekker and one slipped part of a centerpiece into her purse. It wasn’t an elaborate candle or flower arrangement, the centerpieces at Horne & Dekker are a […]

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The Last Supper at Aurora was Almost My Last Supper

Unfortunately, Uncle Nancy wasn’t feeling well yesterday, so she sent me along with People Newspapers photographer Christina Barany to cover The Last Supper at Aurora. Chef/owner Avner Samuel said he was going to pull out all of the stops on this dinner, and he most certainly did. It was an elaborate 11-course meal that consisted of […]

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CuriousDish: Exploring the Food Experience in Dallas

I’m pleased to become one of SideDish’s new guest bloggers with a series  called CuriousDish. My goal is to explore food memories: the smell, the visual, the surroundings, and the people you dine with. No in-depth reviews on food and wine. I want to get you thinking and talking about dining in Dallas. Almost 20 years […]

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Off Topic Rant: The Blind Side vs Julia Child

Last July, thanks to the nice folks at Arts & Letters Live, several loyal SideDish readers were invited to a private screening of the movie Julie& Julia. I wrote a review of the movie. The following night I attended the Arts & Letters Live program that featured the Julie Powell, the Julie who wrote the […]

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Cookie Conundrum: Macaron v Macaroons

Several people have emailed me about the spelling of macaroons. Some say the cookie should be spelled “macaron”; others insist on “macaroon.”  I debated the spelling with two food peeps who double as grammarians. They disagreed with each other. So, I picked “macaroon” because that is how it is spelled in Larousse Gastronomic. However, this […]

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Bundles Gourmet in Lewisville: The Case of the Missing Post

Bundles from Bundles Gourmet in Lewisville. Long story short: Yesterday I wrote a post about Bundles Gourmet in Lewisville. A co-worker brought me some samples and people in the office seemed to like them. A bundle is a yeast roll filled with sweet and savory fillings such as spinach and feta, chicken curry, chocolate hazelnut, […]

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Does Dallas Have a Yogurt District?

Hard-core froyo addicts do not order toppings. Yesterday, after I confessed my addiction to the Swirly Goodness of Pinkberry, a commenter, John M, admitted he is tempted to mainline frozen yogurt. He’s even begs you for a place to score. Light a cig, pull up a cold folding chair, and listen to his story: OK, […]

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The Reopening of the Green Room in Dallas: Let’s Discuss

…..Room Once upon a time in a faraway land, I fell in love. Truly, madly, deeply in love with a boy. I think of my first love often, especially when I hear Dionne Warwick sing “I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again.” For me, he will always hold a special place in my heart. […]

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Dallas Candy Corn War: Pick a Side and a Personality

Yesterday at 2:59 p.m., Dave “Fairies” Faries announced on City of Ate that he hated candy corn. At 4:29 p.m., Leslie “Catch a Falling Star” Brenner proclaimed, “Here at the Dallas Morning News, we love it.” I’ve gotta go with Faries on this. That stuff is nasty. It tastes like wax-coated “sugar.” But if Dave […]

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Dallas Observer 2009 Best of Dallas® Food List: What do You Think?

Please don’t sue me for using your cover art. I’m stuck at home in my little glass house. I see a few pebbles on the floor and I think I will toss them. I just scanned through the Dallas Observer’s 2009 Best of Dallas® Food list. It reminds me of that Who song. What is […]

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