Beaujolais and Beyond — Irving Convention Center Parking Is The Downside

by Andrew Chalk

Friday’s Beaujolais and Beyond Festival organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) was a fun event. I would recommend Crave readers try to attend the event next year.

However, one huge downside on Friday was the backlog of cars waiting to park. At 6:55pm the line stretched from the Convention Center parking garage out almost as far as state highway 114 (two lanes deep). Continue reading

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Beaujolais and Beyond Goes Beyond

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by Andrew Chalk

The fourth floor of the Irving Convention Center was packed on Friday night as hundreds of wine lovers celebrated Beaujolais and Beyond organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce to a theme of The French Riviera. From food supplied by over twenty area restaurants and imbibements supplied by Goody Goody Wine & Spirits guests talked and enjoyed live music. Continue reading

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Oak Launches New Lunch Menu

Oak, which is located in the Dallas Design District, is offering a new prix fixe lunch menu, giving guests three courses for only $25, or four courses for $32. Choices for the courses include openers, salads/soup du jour, sandwiches/mains, and desserts.

Openers of smoked salmon deviled eggs with salmon roe, dill, and red onion or Continue reading

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Bolsa Paired A Beautiful Dinner With Diplomatico Rum

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A new program that Bolsa has created is what looks like will be a once a month dinner with a fab cocktail pairing. This past week we checked out the dinner which was paired with a variety of Diplomatico Rum cocktails, all cleverly mixed and delicious. Unlike most cocktail or even wine dinners, Bolsa started precisely on time which made the evening flow without any noticeable hesitation. This is particularly good when it is a school night, allowing guests to comfortably dine without a rush, instead flowing at a fantastic pace.   Continue reading

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Kalachandji’s Offers A Cuisine Unlike Any In Dallas

kalachandjisby Steven Doyle

One of my first visits to Kalachandji’s was as a college student, and it was Thanksgiving. The meal included a visit to the Krishna temple escorted by one of the many devotees who live in the neighboring homes. With the meal we enjoyed a tofu turkey, which was actually much more delicious than it sounds. Although the spice level is very minimal, the repast was elegant and flavorful. We dined in the open air patio which is centered inside the restaurant.

During subsequent visits I was shown more of the cuisine, and always have a great sampling at the luncheon buffet which is excellently curated by the cooks, setting out just enough for the guests as necessary as not to compromise the quality of the food.   Continue reading

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Gas Monkey Bar and Grill Venue Guide

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The Gas Monkey Bar and Grill (GMBG) is located near the intersection of Northwest Highway and I-35 in Northwest Dallas.  It’s about 10 miles from the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas and 13 miles from DFW Airport.  The GMBG is located in an area with several restaurants and the owner’s other venue, called Gas Monkey Live, is across the street. I’ll review that venue at a later date.

The Gas Monkey Bar and Grill and Gas Monkey Live is owned by the Reality TV star Richard Rawlings from the show “Fast N’ Loud”. There is a gift shop selling GMBG merchandise in the back of the restaurant.

Transportation options

The DART Bachman station is 1.6 miles away and there are DART bus stops nearby.    Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: A Worthy Chardonnay for $9

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The 2013 Illuminate Chardonnay, North Coast, California is a wine that reinforces your confidence that pleasant, varietally correct, Chardonnay can be made for less than $10. In a sector overloaded with industrial-tasting monstrosities the Illuminate Chardonnay displays fresh fruit aromas of pear and melon, bold flavors of melon, pear and guava framed by bright acid and a more refined phenolic grip than you would expect in a wine at this price. All of this leads through to an enjoyable soft finish.

Quaff after a hard day at work or serve with any of the wide variety of food that Chardonnay has been justly associated with. That includes chicken or turkey (hot and roasted or cold), pasta with cream sauce, or white-fleshed fish like T.J.’s excellent Australian barramundi.   Continue reading

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