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Bruno Davaillon Staying in Dallas; What To Expect From the Stellar Chef Next

Last month, the news hit that Michelin-starred executive chef Bruno Davaillon would leave the Mansion at the end of November. To say the news “hit” is too mild. It crashed into our dining consciousness with the impact of a meteorite. It launched a Dante-esque descent through various stages of despair. I wrote a post in praise of the supremely talented chef. Nancy penned an ardent plea in the form of an open letter, begging him not to forsake the city whose culinary bar he’d raised by his mere presence.

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Taste Tepache: Where to Find the Tropical Elixir in Dallas

I first tasted tepache at the Austin Food & Wine Festival two springs ago. I was one of a few people clustered around tables at a makers’ panel where the brewers from Austin’s Argus Cidery introduced us to this, their latest obsession. It was a project they’d tinkered with, clearly one born of passion and […]

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How to Enjoy a Five-star Meal at Home

Not in the mood to go out but want a five-star quality meal? Rather than going to a steakhouse for perfectly cooked beef tenderloin, turn up the heat and cook it to perfection from the comfort of your own home using GE’s Monogram® induction cooktop and the up-and-coming sous vide. Enjoy this delicious Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Veal Jus recipe  as if it was prepared by the GE Monogram Chefs, using swipe-friendly Glide Touch Controls that offer precise heating and sous vide technology that allows you to cook the meat to the perfect temperature without overcooking.

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A Big Thank-You to Nancy Nichols

Earlier this week, Nancy put up a post that posed some good questions about the DMN’s selection of the best restaurants of 2014. She posed those questions to Leslie Brenner, telling her that she wasn’t looking to pick a fight. As she’s done for 18 years, she just wanted to have a conversation about the Dallas dining scene. Brenner responded that her best list stood on its own. But clearly Nancy’s thoughtful questions worked their magic on Brenner. They were too good to go unanswered. Because today, after telling Nancy that the best list stood on its own, Brenner wrote 1,300 words answering Nancy’s questions. I still don’t understand how the restaurant of the year could merit only three stars. But whatever. We’ve got ourselves a conversation. Thank you, Nancy, for starting it.

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Cafe Momentum on The Rachael Ray Show

A couple Sundays ago, I attended Cafe Momentum’s pop up brunch at Knife. When I walked in the door, I saw cameras everywhere. I gave Chad Houser, Executive Director at Cafe Momentum a quizzical look, and he explained it was for a taping of The Rachael Ray Show. At the beginning of the meal, we were informed of the taping and we all gave consent for us to be on television.

Last week, the day after Houser turned 39, the crew taped the show in New York. Houser talked about the restaurant and classroom space Cafe Momentum is opening in December. The segment is titled “Meet a Chef Who Is Using Food to Change Lives.” It will air at 10 a.m. on October 30.

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LYFE Kitchen Needs To Go Back to SKOOL

Perhaps you’ve heard of the newly opened LYFE Kitchen on McKinney Avenue. A whole bunch of smart people are behind the national chain, but I’m guessing not a one of them has a degree in English. LYFE, you see, is an acronym. It stands for the restaurant’s slogan, which is “love your food everyday.” They were so proud of that phrase that they trademarked it. Only problem: it doesn’t make sense. The word “everyday” is an adjective that means daily or commonplace. What they need for that phrase was an adverb. “Love your food every day.” Two words. Either that, or they need to change their name to LYFED.

Until this issue is resolved, I’m not eating there.

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FD Magazine Is a Lying Liar Magazine That Prints Lies

Please take a moment to look at page 46 of the current Morning News-produced luxury free magazine called FD (nee FD Luxe). I’ve provided a picture of that page here, for your convenience. If, like me, you have fortysomething eyes that don’t see so good, you can open the image in a new window and read the type more easily. But I’m here to help. The title of the story is “The $30,000 Dinner.” Here’s what the subhead says: “Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner blows the cost of a small Mercedes on the most expensive meal in Dallas.”

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