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Q&A With Nicolas Blouin, the Pastry Chef Who’s Quietly Making Sure Dallas Is on the International Pastry Map

They’re still waiting to appoint a new executive chef at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Meanwhile, Nicolas Blouin is a steady fixture, turning out beautiful confections from his tiny pastry room off the main kitchen. The 33-year-old pastry chef from Toulouse, France has worked in Switzerland, France, and Las Vegas, working at Michelin-starred restaurants and under world-famous patissiers before he landed at the Mansion five years ago.

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Stars Or No Stars: Food For Thought

Today’s conversations about The Dallas Morning News’ review, which stripped Lucia of one star, have primarily circled around questions of the star ranking system. It has its defenders and detractors. Beth Rankin’s response in the Observer, which questions and criticizes the star system, makes important points about the role of a food writer, the nature […]

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Celebrate Texas Independence Day at Cuban Dulceria!

Cuban Dulceria‘s new downtown Carrollton location is now open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we’re extremely proud to be located in the heart of downtown Carrollton. In celebration of our new store opening and Texas Independence Day, we will be extending our hours and will be open until 8 p.m. Stop by our Grand Opening on March […]

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Orchard at the Office

As a concept, wellness has become a cultural concern that has found firm footing in the corporate environment. Businesses are increasingly recognizing the link between healthy lifestyles and productivity, and are willing to allocate resources to providing everything from smoking cessation materials to aerobic instruction. There are even insurance providers willing to reimburse entrepreneurs who […]

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6 of Dallas’ Best Spots for a Casual Coffee Date

Meeting up with a new guy or girl can be daunting – especially if it is a first date. So before committing to an drawn-out meal or a lengthy, potentially expensive night out, test the waters at a cozy local coffee shop. That way, there’s no pressure if the connection isn’t right. But you also can feel free to stay and talk for hours if the conversation keeps flowing. One of Dallas’ many coffee shops is the perfect atmosphere for getting to know someone without the weight of a full date.

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Keeping Tabs: Parker Barrows

Parker Barrows, a Bishop Arts bar and deli, is a quiet reference to the (usually mononymous) outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. The black-and-white color scheme, compact space, solid booze and food offerings, and subtle Great Depression-era feel do well to uphold the understated theme. The result is a friendly, accessible bar that should become your new hangout.

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V Is For Vegan Doughnuts (Part 2)

Part One of the vegan doughnut chronicles was about “haute” creations. In Part Two, we turn to something more humble that fills a very real and equally important doughnut niche. Hypnotic Donuts turns heads with its over-the-top treats, its odes to bacon and sprinkles, its nods to Homer Simpson, the most devout of Everyman doughnut […]

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V Is For Vegan Doughnuts (Part 1)

When my friend planned her bridal shower, such as it was—a morning of swimming and squawking joyously and indecorously in the cold waters of Seattle’s Lake Washington (she is a Seattleite and fiercely loyal)—the star attraction were vegan doughnuts. Not because my friend is a retiring violet who would rather hide behind petit-fours than take […]

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Cheese as Valentine

This time of year, while people are placing orders for roses and chocolates, I’m thinking about cheese. Case in point: when I visited the new Scardello outpost at the Dallas Farmers Market building last week, my questions were all about cheese, with a vision for Valentine’s Day. Did they have Neufchatel, that wonderful heart-shaped cheese […]

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