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Eat Me: Cơm Gà Xối Mỡ at Pho Pasteur

cornishby Steven Doyle

There are so many wonderful dishes to be found at the Richardson pho staple restaurant, Pho Pasteur. You will certainly enjoy the bun mang vit, duck soup to you and me, or the grilled pork chop adorned with a fried egg. But today we wish to order the Cơm Gà Xối Mỡ, or simply a Cornish hen and rice.

The tiny hen is plump with juicy meat, and a delicious outer layer that quickly relents with each bite. This dish pairs wonderfully with the fresh spring rolls.   Continue reading

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What Is Your Fast Food Guilty Pleasure?

nuggets1by Steven Doyle

I got into a discussion today on fast food. This after the airing of the Canadian McDonald’s commercial which defended their chicken nuggets and made an attempt to debunk the pink slime rumors. The most interesting part of the conversation was what fast food would you (or I) actually eat. Although I dine pretty well and have few opportunities or desire for fast food, I contend most people have their favorites when presented a choice. I made a list of my favorites.     Continue reading

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Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Tailgate Party May 3rd at AT&T Stadium

DSC01937by Jennifer Thomas

Party with a purpose on the Dallas Cowboys home turf and help the North Texas Food Bank tackle hunger with the team’s offensive line led by #72 Travis Frederick, 2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Charles Haley and Cowboys legends Chad Hennings and Preston Pearson. Abacus restaurant executive chef and proprietor Kent Rathbun will be joined by more than 20 of the area’s hottest celebrity chefs, so dress in your favorite tailgate chic attire and enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live country music by The Rusty Brothers, and a chance to bid on exclusive, luxury prizes at the live and silent auctions, all benefiting NTFB child’s programs.

“This year we’re excited to host our 11th annual event at a new location, the Cowboys home, AT&T Stadium,” said Jan Pruitt, NTFB president and CEO. “Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $1.61 million for hungry North Texas children and our supporters can help continue this legacy by joining Dallas Cowboys and noted chefs for a fun event to tackle hunger in our community.”   Continue reading

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Paula Lambert to be Honored at El Centro’s Bits and Bites


Shredded, melted, sprinkled and cubed – Americans love their cheese. And Dallas entrepreneur Paula Lambert knows just how much they love it. The Fort Worth native started a cheese revolution in Dallas more than 30 years ago when she opened The Mozzzarella Company, and it’s been growing ever since. Now Lambert is being honored for her contributions to the culinary and business community during El Centro College’s annual Bits and Bites “foodie” fundraiser this year. It promises to be a cheesy affair.

Lambert’s signature red “spectacles” sit front and center on this year’s invitation to Bits and Bites, which will be held on Sun., April 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. in El Centro’s Student Center. The annual showcase of food and drink will bring together area chefs who lend their hands and their talents to raise funds for ECC’s culinary arts program as they honor Lambert.   Continue reading

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Chef Justin Holt To Host Pop-Up Ramen And Yakitori March 28th Midnight At The Dubliner


Justin Holt has been surprising people around the city of Dallas with underground Pop-Up Ramen Shops for the past four years. He began at Tradewinds and due to popular demand has been spotted at The Windmill Lounge, Oak Cliff Social Club, and Ten Bells.

“I’m thankful that the city of Dallas has supported me so much and I am excited to bring something new to the table.”  Continue reading

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Chef’s Choice Wine Dinner at Culpepper’s Invoked Spring

by Steven Doyle

Few are as passionate as chef Chad Bowden at Culpepper’s in Rockwall. Sure, it is a little bit of a drive for those of us deep in Dallas, but the actually short and easy drive is well worthwhile. The steakhouse itself is an amalgam of add-ons to the building, and is interesting, and with plenty of character, much like the chef himself.   Chef Bowden started culinary training in Colorado working at Four star rated country clubs and restaurants. He then relocated to Texas where he became Sous Chef at the The Grape before moving on to be exec sous at 2900 Restaurant where they were nominated for a James Beard Award, one of the nations top culinary honors. He also won the 2006 Rising Star Chefs award. In 2007 he became the Executive Chef of Culpepper Steakhouse.

It is here where we pick up on one of the many wine dinners the chef hosts at his restaurant. Often Bowden will bring in friends who own wineries that he meets during his travels to California. Some top names in the industry have made the trek to Rockwall to spend time with the chef and his guests.    Continue reading

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Dallas Arboretum Announces 2015 Concert Series


The premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” at the Dallas Arboretum is back in action. As Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, tickets have been selling fast and selling out. This year the series will kick off on April 9 with a new band, Rocket Man: The Elton John Tribute Experience.

Rocket Man gives an insanely energetic performance time after time, throwing around jams such as “Saturday Night’s Alright” and “Pinball Wizard” before sending audiences exploding into space with extended 70’s instrumental versions of “Rocket Man,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Levon.”  Rocket Man musicians actually portray Elton John’s intense 70’s & 80’s concerts down to the finest detail.  Continue reading

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