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Farm to Market Report: March 20 – 22

The first weekend of spring has arrived with misty fog and a rainy forecast. Although the weather has perked up some in the last week, it’s still a bit chilly outside, and many farmers markets are waiting on clear skies and warm air to set up for the spring season. However, a few markets will be open this weekend with fresh selections sprouted from the dewy earth, ready for your palate, skillet, or that pretty vase sitting on the table.

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Taste Test Thursday: Chocolate Macarons

It seems there’s a food holiday for every type of cuisine under the sun. Heck, even blueberry pancakes have their own special day. That said, tomorrow is National Macaron Day. The French pastries have made quite a name for themselves over the past couple of years, and more and more bakeries in town are offering the dainty treats. For this week’s taste test we tried four different chocolate macarons. They were all unique, but one was unanimously more delicious than the others.

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Joel Harrington Appointed Head Chef at Bolsa, Revamps Menu

In October of 2014 we announced that chef Andrew Bell had resigned from his executive chef position at Bolsa to take the reins at Lombardi restaurant, Bistro 31. Since Bell’s departure, chef Joel Harrington has quietly stepped in as head chef. Harrington’s work experience includes Red Rooster in Harlem, STK’s flagship location in the Meatpacking District of New York, Stephan Pyles, and Charlie Palmer at The Joule. Harrington moved back to Dallas from New York a couple of months ago to take the position.

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Bizarre Booze: Tootsie Roll Margarita at Scotch & Sausage

“I’ve been calling it ‘Make That Tootsie Roll,'” Jesse Powell, head bartender at Scotch & Sausage’s new agave bar explained while swirling a brown, frozen cocktail. “I love the way chocolate and tequila pair together, I got this Creme de Coco to play around with, and one day I added it to the frozen margarita,” he said, “and the first thing that came to mind was Tootsie Roll.” The drink is simple: part frozen margarita and part Creme de Coco. That’s it. It’s cold, boozy, and actually tastes like a Tootsie Roll.

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Farm to Market Report: March 14

The last few weeks of winter can seem to drag on longer than the whole season itself. The weather gets warm and the sun starts shining. We attempt to wear short-sleeve shirts and leave our jackets at home, and then Old Man Winter laughs in our faces and blasts us with (what feels like) subzero temps and frozen roads, forcing us to stay indoors eating canned soup. But fear not! We are almost done with winter, and a few farmers markets are sticking it to the man, Old Man Winter that is, by opening up shop before spring’s arrival with fresh and vibrant goodies reminiscent of what spring is all about.

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A Look at C’Viche, the New Ceviche Restaurant on Lower Greenville

In 1997 Randall Warder opened a ceviche and tequila bar at Las Ventanas al Paraíso resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. “We had this small space by the spa, it was originally designed to be a juice bar,” Warder explained. They weren’t making a profit off juice, though, so he pitched turning the space into a tequila, salsa, and seafood bar. It was a success.

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