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Bite Fight: Sichuanese Cuisine

If we’re honest, Dallas isn’t the optimal food city when it comes to nuanced Chinese regional cuisines. The gentle umami of Fujian stews and the roasted meats of Xinjiang barbecue aren’t commonly found in the gastronomic landscape of a metroplex boasting 25 Pei Wei locations. But over the years, I’ve come across some truly satisfying representations of classic Sichuanese dishes that I believe every Chinese food fan should have the pleasure of experiencing. Sichuan food is famous for its bold flavors, aggressive heat, salt, and pungent aromatics. Great Sichuanese dishes possess intense flavors that compound to create unique profiles that can leave you thirsty, sweaty, and hungry for more.

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Farraz Khan Writes a Fun Piece About the Denton Savior of Sriracha

You remember Farraz Khan. He once wrote a very odd yet lovable review of Señor Bean on SideDish. Now he is D Magazine’s main copywriter. (Not an easy job, let me tell you.) In our February issue, Farraz has struck gold again with this short profile of Kevin Roden, a Denton City Councilman, who is trying to get Huy Fong Foods (the maker of Sriracha) to move its base over to Denton.

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Eat This Now: Tamale Tart at Stephan Pyles in Dallas

Imagine for one second that you happened to forget that it was Valentine’s Day next week.  Maybe you were busy at work, maybe you were simply swamped with World of Warcraft, who cares.  You forgot and now your wife  is giving you the what for. I know how you feel, I’ve been there before.  There’s […]

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ZestFest 2012: Spice Up Your Weekend

Anyone who appreciates sizzling flavors should head over to the 10th year of ZestFest, a food festival featuring some of the spiciest exhibitors and products from all over the country. Celebrity chefs like Jon Bonnell (Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine) and Lou Lambert (Lambert’s) will be answering those burning questions of yours during their cooking demonstrations. […]

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Free Tickets To This Weekend’s Fiery Foods Challenge and A Chance To Win A Yucatan Vacation

UPDATE: We have winners. Thanks for playing everyone. We are giving away two pairs of tickets for this weekend’s Travel & Adventure Show at the Dallas Convention Center—an event that, apart from being a trade show, is also home to the Fiery Foods Challenge on Saturday and a cooking competition with the grand prize of […]

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First-Take Review: Meso Maya Rocks Preston Forest With Regional Mexican Moxie

What to expect: Meso Maya, the self-labeled “simple modern Mexican food” restaurant that opened in Preston Forest Shopping Center last week has success writ large from the kitchen to the curb. First, chef Nico Sanchez (The Porch, Hibiscus), whom owner Mike Karns (president of El Fenix) lured away from the Consilient Restaurant Group, is heading […]

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What Would Happen if Women Opened Restaurants With Male Body Parts as Themes

‘Scuse me while I saddle up my high horse. Am I the only woman who is concerned about the sudden surge in Breastaurants. I mean really 35 additional Twin Peaks? A bar opening in downtown called The Spread Eagle? Seriously boys? How would you like to take your daughter into one of the restaurant’s the […]

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Forget the Shorts, The Only Madras I’m Interested in Today is the Pavilion

I’ve had more than my fair share of vegetarian entrees placed in front of me by chefs beaming with anticipation of converting me to a meatless lifestyle. It never took. Not one of the dishes offered that X-factor I need in order to feel satisfied, probably because in addition to being vegetarian, most of them […]

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Dallas Trend Prediction: Guajillo Chile Peppers are the New Jalapeno

We already know that parsley, as a garnish,  is out and micro greens are in. Also, a hamburger is not a hamburger unless it has a pickle or cornichon skewered to the top bun. Today, I predict the demise of the jalapeno and the rise of the guajillo pepper. I know it’s a bold statement, […]

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Fire in the Hole at Sunday’s Smashing Chili Chowdown

Not just a euphemism anymore, Fire in the Hole was the name of Medical City’s entry in Sunday’s chili cook-off at The Dallas Farmers Market where pro (and semi-pro) teams from Le Cordon Bleu, Northwood Club, Chef’s Pete’s Catering, The French Room, and El Centro Culinary School, faced off against contenders from Mama D and […]

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Smashing Chili Chowdown Just 48 Hours Away

Can’t get enough of the Blazing Saddles campfire scene? Then head to the Smashing Chili Chowdown this Sunday from noon-4 pm at the Dallas Farmers Market shed 4 (Wholesale Produce Building) to watch local chefs, culinary school instructors, student culinarians, and fabulous foodies from all over the Dallas battle it out for the bragging rights […]

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Taco Shops We Have Known – The Good, the Bad, and the Feh

I’d love to kick this off with a cliché like, “I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like,” but I’d be a big, fat liar. I’ve met a number of tacos that rubbed me the wrong way. (For the record, I’ve met an equal number that I don’t even remember because they made so faint […]

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Stocking the Cupboard at the State Fair Food & Fiber Pavillion

Disclaimer: Let me preface the following by saying that I was raised by Pennsylvania Dutch parents, which explains a lot about what I’m about to say: When I was growing up, the list of what my parents “didn’t believe in” (mayonnaise, private cars, food made by strangers, and tuna from a can) was almost as long as the […]

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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant in Dallas Saves Another Marriage

Anyone who’s said “I do” can tell you that marriage is as filled with pros (having a special someone who’s legally obligated to listen to you complain about Valentine’s Day, ingrown hairs, and the jackass who ate your sandwich/onion rings/pudding cup at work) as it is with cons (having someone who you’re legally obligated to […]

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Crazy for Loco Cowpoke’s Salsa in McKinney

In the upcoming July issue of D, we’ll be discussing all things suburbs: best schools, lowest crime, and home values among others. Ambiance factors in as well, and, in my opinion, McKinney’s downtown historic square is about as charming as it gets. Pretty tasty too. Great restaurants (Rick’s Chophouse, Spoons Cafe with its amazing homemade […]

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