Taste Test Thursday: Christmas Pork Tamales

“Tamales are a magical thing,” a man named Gustavo Arellano once told the NYT.

In Dallas, these steamed beauties are as part of Christmas tradición as peppermint candies and hot chocolate. We buy them by the dozen, in bulk, and we hoard them in our freezers. We save them for cold weather days, when all you want to do is eat a couple tamales for dinner.

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Jack Perkins’ ocaTaco is Finally Open

The Palindrome (pronounced oh-ka-taco) by Maple and Motor’s Jack Perkins officially opened last Thursday for lunch. Even though the menu is short, it’s good for people like me who can’t really decide what to order. Three meat options – tender brisket, pulled pork, and chicken – are plenty enough, thank you. And, of course, I’ll take […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Off-Site Kitchen in Dallas is Open for Business

Nick Badovinus and chef Dan Riley have been hunkered down for over a year developing the menu and creating all kinds of delicious roasted meats for Off-Site Kitchen. Today he is finally opening the doors! Now, hold your horses. The dining room is tiny. Off-Site Kitchen is basically a take-out restaurant with a few stools […]

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Desiree + Camera: Photo Essay of Hypnotic Donuts in East Dallas

SideDish photographer Desiree Espada roams the roads with her camera looking for good things to eat and shoot. Check out her photo essay of Bolsa Mercado. Then feast your eyes on what to expect when the Jerry Garcia of donut making, James St. Peter, opens Hypnotic Donuts on Sunday, January 29. Glory be to the […]

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National Chicken Council Projects Sales of 25 Billion Wings in 2012. Richardson-Based Wingstop Expects to Pluck 5.6 Million.

I once made my opinion of the (worthless) honeydew melon very clear. Today I bring up the yucky chicken wing. They have never appealed to me but apparently I am in the minority. This morning comes word from the National Chicken Council: “More than 1.25 billion wings will be consumed during Super Bowl weekend (100 […]

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Roll on, Camarena! Tesar & Tequila Schedule Taco Truck Tasting Stop at Sigel’s

Gird your lions. This just in: Sigel’s + Tesar + free Tequila + multiple locations = an outcome that’s anybody’s guess On August 18, chefs John Tesar and Phillip Vorkoper of The Commissary, along with Camarena tequila, will host a free tequila and taco tasting from the Camarena Tequila Taco Truck parked first in the […]

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