I have never understood the popularity of chicken wings. The majority of the ones I have tried are just masses of fried dough swimming in a hot or sweet sauce. Sometimes there is even a wad of what looks like chicken meat on the inside.
This Sunday, Super Bowl watchers will consume 1.25 BILLION chicken wings. PETA reports 600 million chickens are killed just to satiate football fans for one day. I’m not a card-carrying PETA member, but of all of the animals we consume, chickens get the shaft. And it makes me crazy when people refuse to eat red meat because they consider the action unethical, but have no problem eating chicken. Especially when you can do a little research and make better choices of the meats you do choose to consume. However, there is nothing good about chicken wings.2 Comments »
As another season of football draws to a close, yet again without the Cowboy’s in the prime spot. This Super Bowl Sunday celebrate the tradition of the day along with the teams with a frosty beverages and tasty snacks that will make any party a hit. Need a little inspiration? Shake up one of these cocktails this weekend, it will make watching the game much more fun.
Harbaugh Bloody Sunday
4 ounces Jalapeño-Infused Camarena Silver Tequila*
3 ounces Fresh-Squeezed Blood Orange Juice
1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
2 ounces Orange Liqueur
Directions: In a cocktail shaker, combine jalapeño-infused Camarena Silver Tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice and Cointreau. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a blood orange peel.
*Jalapeño-Infused Camarena Silver Tequila – Slice up a fresh jalapeño pepper and allow it to steep in 1 cup of Camarena Silver Tequila for 2 hours. Remove the slices by pouring the mixture through a mess strainer. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Super Bowl Super Cocktails"
I posted a piece over on FrontBurner earlier today about the contribution of Frito Pie, and its forbears, to the history of Western civilization.
So, of course, a reader decided to share with me the above photo of her brother’s Frito Pie Pizza. She writes:
I know it’s a Boboli crust and then I assume Frito pie ingredients. I haven’t had it but he says it’s amazing.
My brothers and sisters, we are truly living in an age of decadence.
On Friday night, Celebrity Chefs Mario Batali, Emiril Lagasse, Guy Fiore, and Tim Love—along with MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer—hosted Spaghetti Western—a celebrity-packed dinner fueled by the chefs’ shared love of Texas fare (and Macallan 18).
Missed the event? Try the evening’s dizzying dessert, Macallan Apple Fritters, using this recipe straight from the chefs’ secret stash:
jump for the fritters… Continue reading "Macallan-Fueled Fritters From Tim Love’s Spaghetti Western"
When Woodson played for the Oakland Raiders he developed a love for wine and wine country and after partnering with Rick Ruiz, formerly with Mondavi, he created Twentyfour by Charles Woodson. 24 was his number when he played for Oakland. The wine, created in the heart of Napa from fruit grown just outside of Calistoga, is “of pure enjoyment, gratitude, giving back and paying forward.” As noted by Woodson, and evident in his work as $10 of every bottle purchased is donated to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, a part of his alma mater, the University of Michigan.
Woodson will be at the Central Market on Lover’s and Greenville from 4-5 tomorrow, with the line forming at 3pm. He will only be signing bottles of his wine, no memorabilia. You can purchase the wine to hold a spot in line starting at noon.
Steven Doyle is a party animal. He files the following report on last night’s soiree:
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As the week progresses the XLV parties are kicking it in high gear and last night was no exception. One invitation led me to join a group at “Joule Lot” which is basically the parking lot behind the Joule in downtown Dallas typically used for Neiman Marcus shoppers.
The party was celebrating Don Julio tequila and for the event they flew in Master Distiller Enrique de Colsa Ranero , a charming host. When we arrived there were only a few people milling around the giant tent-turned-dining-room. The tables were elegantly set and cocktails were passed by waitresses more elegant than the tables. As we wandered about I noticed the menu at each place setting and it looked amazing.
I know Leslie Brenner works hard and I swore to myself that I would quit pointing to things she writes that I consider odd or wrong. However, my brain snapped into a million fragments as I read her column on where Super Bowl fans can dine without a reservation.
After touting Tei-An and steakhouses she writes:
“If you’re looking for a place with another kind of serious Texas flavor, charge right past the Tex-Mex spots you’ll see all over town; Tex-Mex is not Dallas’ strong suit.”
What is she smoking? Seriously? El Fenix has been open since 1918. Tex-Mex is not our strong suit? When did we become the hotbed for soba noodles and octopus salad? Don’t get me wrong, we have excellent Japanese restaurants. But are they our strong suit. If so, why have I spent the last several days answering e-mails from visiting media members looking for hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mex and margaritas. I have to go outside and find some ice to slip on. Leslie, you can catch up on the history and significance of Tex-Mex in Dallas here. Or at least talk to Kim Pierce. Charge right past? Oh, my.52 Comments »
This note comes from a group of Sports Illustrated writers staying at the Sheraton in downtown Dallas.
Nancy, can you suggest a place within walking distance of the Sheraton Downtown, for a get-together of about 12 people? Looking for something with a bit of a vibe but not too fancy or formal. Also, what would be your two can’t-miss restaurants for someone who’ll be in the area for three or four days?
Hit it, snow bunnies.17 Comments »
Every day this week visiting media staying at the Sheraton in downtown Dallas is being treated to free food from different areas of Dallas. Today it is Addison’s turn to wow the palates of hungry sportswriters (is that redundant?) Anywhoo, the ice didn’t stop Richard Chamberlain from transporting 800 pounds of grub from his Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House to the Sheraton. “Well, it took me a long time to get here,” says Chamberlain. “I never got over 18 mph on the Tollway but it probably helped that I had 800 pounds of food in my car.” Chamberlain has cooked up 300 pounds of short loins (Iditarod Cuisine?) of beef which were donated by the Texas Beef Council. The mayor of Addison is also on his way. His name? Joe Chow.6 Comments »
Holy cow, my inbox if jammed with urgent e-mails about canceled events. I’m not going to sit here all day and list them all, but here are a few related to dining events. If you have an food event you must cancel, send it my way.
Or maybe I will just sit here all day. Anybody else staying home? If you have a topic to discuss, send it to me and we can chew the fat so to speak. I have lots of it to chew.
Robert Kacher wine tasting at Sigel’s Greenville Avenue store has been canceled due to the inclement weather. Rescheduled for Thursday, February 10th
GO TEXAN event with Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is cancelled due to the weather. Below is the news release on how to GO TEXAN at your Super Bowl party. Continue reading "Super Bowl and Food Events Canceled Today"4 Comments »
Hark! Football writers will be descending on North Texas. Apparently some of them like more than steak and strip joints. This request comes from Tom Rozwadowski, a reporter for Green Bay Press-Gazette/Green Bay Hub.
I’m trying to consume as much dining information as possible from your site, but I thought it might be more useful to go straight to the source. I’ll be in Dallas for the entire week covering the Super Bowl and am looking to eat as much amazing food as possible while there. I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying right downtown, but I’ll have a car, so I’m open to traveling out wherever need be. Could I bother you for a few quick “MUST” recommendations (breakfast, lunch or dinner, various price ranges) while down in the Big D? (I’m a “Top Chef” fan and saw that Casey Thompson’s restaurant was given a good review on your site, so I’m marking that one down already.)
Here is your chance to show him the real Dallas. Hut-one, hut-two. Snap.33 Comments »