Owner Of DaLat To Open Pizza Resto Named ZaLat

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by Steven Doyle

News from the undisputed King of Late Night Pho, Khanh Nguyen owner of DaLat, says that he will open a late night pizza parlor next to his pho-riffic restaurant on Fitzhugh in Dallas. Nguyen will be taking over the former Pastazio’s location which closed in November of 2014 and situated next door to DaLat at 2519 North Fitzhugh Avenue. The restaurateur plans to name the pizza joint ZaLat, to open late nights and with delivery. Projected to open sometime in February.

ZaLat will be open from 5pm to midnight to start, with the ultimate goal of staying open until 4am. Nguyen said in an interview today that neighboring El Come Taco is looking at staying open late into the night as well, making that section of Fitzhugh a dining Mecca for service industry workers and the apres-bar crowd. He is also working with El Come to develop a pizza with a south-of-the-border flair, a street taco pizza made with al pastor. Other pies with an ethnic flair include a Reuben that he says is to die for, and might be better than its sandwich counterpart. We are particularly looking forward to a Thai pizza based on the meatball shooters served at DaLat.

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Crave Interview: Randall Warder at Clark Food & Wine and C’Viche

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We spoke this week with the owner of Clark Food & Wine, the very Texas restaurant located on Greenville Avenue that features smoked meats, interesting charcuterie, and flatbreads and so much more. Monday, February 2nd the chef-owner Randall Warder opens his second restaurant, C’Viche which will actually be located next door to Clark, and share the same patio separated only by a few potted plants. C’Viche will feature, of course, ceviche, tacos, and a few appetizers that are interesting like elotes en vaso and smoked brisket stuffed jalapenos. The new fast casual restaurant also hosts a fantastic bar with a good assortment of tequilas. Continue reading

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Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines

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From the author of the bestselling Red, White and Drunk All Over, comes, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines that will amuse and enthrall with its character sketches of obsessive personalities, travel to gorgeous vineyards, mouth-watering descriptions of food and wine, “hidden” wine education and neurotic humor.

Packed with colorful stories about the passionate personalities who inhabit the world of wine, award-winning wine writer Natalie MacLean whisks you to the mountainside vineyards of Germany, the baked red earth of Australia, and the shady verandahs of Niagara–as well as to scenic, offbeat locations in southern Italy, the Mediterranean, Argentina, Chile and South Africa–all in search of the best value bottles the world has to offer.   Continue reading

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You Need Pupusas and Gorditas

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It is easy to make a list of some terrific Mexican hot spots around Dallas, and certainly we have  even most recently. Some places such as Komali stand out with terrifically talented chefs using amazing ingredients, a can’t lose scenario. But to discover something different, something off the beaten path, that is what gives me a sense of accomplishment. Earlier this week I met such a victory in a smallish strip center winner called the Rainbow Ice Cream Shop.

With a name like Rainbow Ice Cream shop you might expect for them to serve large scoops of ice cream, probably in both cup and cone form, and most assuredly with choices of toppings. This little shop has that. But there is more. Owned by Mexican transplants, they offer up beautiful sliced fruits of all sorts, proudly displayed in a deli case. During our visit, patrons marched in proudly and snatched these cups of fruit up and sat down with their families to enjoy the healthy snack.    Continue reading

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The Great Northwest Wine Tasting at Pappas Bros Feb 6th

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Next Friday, February 6, Pappas Bros. will host “The Great Northwest Wine Tasting,” featuring 12 prominent wines from Oregon and Washington, allowing guests to experience some of the best varietals from the country’s Northwestern wine region. Master Sommelier, Barbara Werley, will guide wine through the vineyards of Oregon and Washington while the differences and unique notes in each varietal, for the ultimate wine tasting experience.   Continue reading

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Pinstack in Plano Opens Friday, Jan 30

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Pinstack, North Texas’ first state-of-the-art bowling and active entertainment destination, has announced that it will open its doors to the public tomorrow, Friday, January 30.

The 50,000 square foot venue, designed with an upscale palate of bold finishes, will feature a 28 lane bowling experience, ropes course suspended 20 feet above the gaming center, two-story laser tag, bumper cars, LED lit six-lane rock climbing walls, hundreds of interactive games and simulator technology. For those that come with an appetite, a full-service restaurant featuring a chef-inspired menu of modern American classics, stacked bar and craft cocktails is perfect for enjoying before or after gaming.   Continue reading

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The Evolution of South Carolina BBQ

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by Chef Eric Spigner

At the base of Calhoun County, right where the Low Country of South Carolina begins is the town of Cameron. Here in this small town lived a tribe of Native Americans called Kusso-Natchez Tribe also known as Edisto Indians. This tribe lived along the Santee River around the late 1600’s the land along this river was purchased by an Englishman named Alexander Cameron who owned a 2,600 acre plantation in Abbeville which was given to him for his services in the French-Indian War.

Alexander Cameron purchased this land currently known now as Cameron, South Carolina for its abundance of pecan trees and the soil was perfect for the growth of cotton. Alexander would have some of his slaves come from the Abbeville Plantation to work on his newly purchased land to man cotton and pick pecans. During their stay on the land the slaves started to hunt and fish along the Santee River. This is when they encountered the Kusso-Natchez Tribe who they befriended and began to have an interesting relationship with.   Continue reading

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