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About Robert

I’m a freelance photographer and photojournalist based in Dallas. I specialize in event, assignment, and disaster photography. If you are in need of head-shots, or if you have an interesting concept I’m always looking for people to photograph for my portfolio on a TFCD basis. Feel free to contact me at 214.621.2467 or at rbostickphoto@aol.com. You can also leave your contact information in the reply box below (all information will be private and not visible). You can also find me on Facebook. I am an associate member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and a frequent contributor to the American Red Cross, The Dallas Observer, KTVT Channel 11 and various city departments.

Time Is Ticking For Toys For Tots

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by Crave Staff

Every year, Toys for Tots provides toys for children who otherwise wouldn’t have much this holiday season. The need is great. But with a little effort, you can make a big difference in a child’s life.  With this year’s deadline for donations coming up on us quickly, and being short on toys this year, help is still needed.  Please visit the Toys For Tots website for the locations still receiving donations.  Be nimble, be quick and bring some cheer to a child’s Christmas.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October – December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

 

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All Change at The Second Floor

Executive Chef at The Second Floor, Andrea Maricich

by Andrew Chalk

Make careful note of this name: Andrea Maricich. She is the person Scott Gottlich chose to be executive chef at The Second Floor by Scott Gottlich at the Westin Galleria Dallas. She started in June and has had a ‘soft introduction’ in 2014. However, I predict that 2015 could be ‘The Year of The Andrea’ if she continues on her current trajectory. She trained in New York and San Francisco before she and her husband ran a restaurant in Boise, Idaho, for 17 years. The economic downturn prompted the move to Dallas to take the position of chef de cuisine at Hotel ZaZa. From there she came to The Second Floor. Continue reading

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Perry’s Opens a Big-City Steakhouse in Frisco

Perry’s Famous Pork Chop

Perry’s Famous Pork Chop

by Andrew Chalk

Frisco is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, predicted to outsize Plano in the 2020s. One needs little confirmation of the big-city intentions than a visit to the new Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille just opened in Stonebriar Centre (on the east side of Parkwood just south of Gaylord Pkwy. Google maps wrongly shows it north of Warren Parkway for some reason). Continue reading

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Server: Here Is What To Do With a Report of Corked Wine

by Andrew Chalk

I was in the excellent Stampede 66 some time ago and reported to our waitress that the bottle of wine that I had ordered was “corked”. I might as well have told her “Young lady, you are unfit to be a mother” judging from the indignant expression that this statement brought to her face. The faulty example was exchanged for a sound bottle of the same wine and just before pouring it she glowered at me, saying pugnaciously, “This bottle is not corked, I tasted it myself”. Fortunately, it wasn’t. Continue reading

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Eat This! Del Frisco’s Grille Fall Menu

by Andrew Chalk

A shower of leaves on my shoulder as I walked the dog this week confirmed — Fall is here. And although Fall in Dallas may be shorter than some commutes, the good news is that the area’s many seasonally aware restaurants turn over their menus. That gave me a sense of anticipation towards a media event at Del Frisco’s Grille in Uptown to showcase their menu changes.

Recall that Del Frisco’s is more than just the more popularly-priced baby brother to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. It is broader in concept, encompassing a more equal distribution of proteins, flatbreads and burgers.

We could not have started better than the Roasted Corn Bisque ($9 bowl, $7 cup), a redoubtable bowl of full-bodied corn soup bestowed with velvety smoothness by ladles of heavy cream and textural variance by slithers of tortilla chips scattered on top. To naysayers who object that corn is not in season, it is through the end of November. So slurp this dish avariciously.

A big theme in the new menu is sharing. Appetizers of Deviled Eggs with truffle-chive vinaigrette ($7.50), Pimento Cheese Fritters with chipotle ranch sauce ($9.50) and Grilled Artichoke with Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News Wine Competition Continues as Normal Next Year

by Andrew Chalk

After a week of confusing and erroneous reports I spoke to Dallas Morning News CEO and publisher Jim Moroney who confirmed that the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition goes ahead as usual in 2015. Reports that the Dallas Morning News (DMN) was getting out of the wine competition business after 31 years were wrong. The competition proceeds with no diminution in its scope or importance. Continue reading

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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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