Ten Best Pancakes in Dallas

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There is nothing more satisfying in the morning than a few slabs of terrific pancakes and a perfect cup of steaming hot black coffee to set your day in motion. Go for an entire stack and a pot of coffee for a more extreme perpetual motion. We have been scoping out some of the top spots in the Dallas area for pancakes, and hope you enjoy them as much as we have.  We know there are many more that we enjoy, but we had to limit this list to ten. What are your favorites?

In no particular order, our top pancakes for Dallas:   Continue reading

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Hot Pots, Shrimp Balls and Mary at Caravelle

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We drove through Chinatown in Richardson this week in search of something particular, but the restaurant we were looking for was a mob scene. So we carefully summoned past memories of all the many choices of restaurants in the plaza and decided on Caravelle which has a focus on Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.

You can certainly find a worthy bowl of pho on the menu, but was looking for something a bit different. For a soup we ordered a combination hot pot which would encompass many of the seafood items they offer, but we were being waited on by the most entertaining Mary, who is also a manager at the restaurant, and she directed us to the catfish hot pot.  She said it was much more authentic, and we are a sucker for that phrase.   Continue reading

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Seafood Shack For Lent

seafood-shack1by Steven Doyle

I am not Catholic or Lutheran so I do not fully grasp the whole Lent concept. I know from an outsider’s point of view that there is some fasting and penance going on, so that would pretty much leave me out of that whole business. There is also  something called Joyous Saturday, but aren’t all Saturdays joyous? Mine certainly are.

Then we have all these pre-Lenten activities which is an opportunity for excess. This makes the whole season seem much more appetizing for those of us on the outside of things. Mardi Gras could create converts, to be sure.

Catholics over the age of 14 are required to abstain from meat and from food made with meat. With that, this is the busiest time of year for our local fishmongers.    Continue reading

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Scotch & Sausage Adding a Taqueria to the Mix

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Soon you will be able to not only have scotch, sausages and some pretty terrific Scotch eggs at Scotch and Sausage, located on Oak Lawn in Dallas, but you will also have a selection of great tequilas and tacos. The owners of Scotch and Sausage invited some of the craveDFW staff in to sample what will be part of the new addition called S&S Taqueria which has taken over the front of the house at Scotch and Sausage.

The tacos will be made by Scotch and Sausage executive chef Joey Allette, sharing the same kitchen, but ordering is completely separate.  Continue reading

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Dallas Farmers Market Announces New Merchants Including Scardello, Bohemian Cafe and Si Tapas

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The Dallas Farmers Market continues its award-winning revitalization efforts by announcing today more than 20 new and returning vendors and merchants that have signed leases to be housed at The Market (formally Shed 2) when it re-opens in June. These food artisans and merchants will join previously announced anchor restaurants Rex’s Seafood and Market, Stocks & Bondy, Taqueria La Ventana, Nammi/Coolhaus, Palmieri Café and Mudhen, the 5,500-square-foot free-standing restaurant and beer garden from restaurateur Shannon Wynne.   Continue reading

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Dogfish Head Beer Thousand Release Event at Foundry Feb 28

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For one night only, the Foundry will have Beer Thousand, a Dogfish Head imperial lager in limited release. This lager was brewed in honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of indie band Guided by Voices’ album Bee Thousand. To help us celebrate this momentous occasion, there will be a performance by Guided by Vices – a cover band featuring members of American Werewolf Academy and Centro-matic. The show starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. For more information, please visit the event site,  or call at (214) 749-1112.  Continue reading

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Veteran Texas Wine Writer Documents The Texas Hill Country Wine Experience

malbec-grapesby Andrew Chalk
Dr. Russ Kane is a prolific writer, oenophile and Texas wine student. His just released latest book may be the definitive guide to the Texas Hill Country wine experience. The book is a mixture of wine, people and history that will enrich any tourist visit to the area. Here is what he says about it in his release notes…
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Your Guide to the Texas Hill Country Wine Experience   Continue reading

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