Category Archives: Cocktails

A Lesson in How to Make Bitters

by Maryse Chevriere

You almost hate to hear it: Making your own bitters at home? Yeah, it’s actually not that difficult.

Because there’s no excuse now — and you start to think, how could I not have been doing this all along? Ideas for black cherry-ginger, or coffee bean-cocoa nib bitters rush in.

If you’re tapped in to the cocktail zeitgeist, odds are you already have bitters on the brain. (If you’re not, here’s what you need to know: Classic cocktails? Having a major moment. House-made ingredients? Huge. Bitters? Über retro-chic.) So you can imagine the on-trend factor of house-made bitters, and the cocktails made with them.   Continue reading

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Do Phony Restaurants Taste Better? (Contest)

by Steven Doyle

Time reminds us that restaurants have become ever more popular in television as in real life, so we decided to think of as many fake restaurants that we could come up with that have been featured on television or a movie.  For the older crowd maybe the first you can think of was when Aunt Bee pulled out $400 from savings to open Bee’s Restaurant on the Andy Griffith Show.  Or a few generations later perhaps Arnold’s Drive In run by the future Mr. Miyagi on Happy Days.

Whatever your age or proclivity for television, we can almost bet that there is a fake restaurant in the midst.  Are we right Jerry Seinfeld (Monk’s)? Continue reading


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Brunch Magic at Toulouse

by Steven Doyle

So I’m writing this stuff and some of you are reading. I know because when I am out waiting on a cocktail you will ask me if I am going to order a Manhattan. Or on a Saturday you will ask me where I am heading to brunch  the next morning. Busted. I am an avid brunch-a-holic.

It’s not so much the food. Yes, I have a not-so-secret love affair with the egg, securing breakfast or brunch as a top favorite meal. But the conversations that take place at brunch are so much more livelier than at dinner. Perhaps inhibitions drop after a night of revelry. Whatever the case may be, brunch is king.           Continue reading

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Malai Kitchen, a Bruncher’s Paradise

by Steven Doyle

Patio season is officially full on after the devastatingly hot and dry summer. The pooches are leading their sexy owners by the string past the cabanas that are playing soothing street music as cars bustle by to find a spot of their very own.

This is high season for brunch and none is sexier than the digs at Malai, the fresh-faced Thai-Vietnamese  kitchen in the West Village compound off McKinney.

There you will find the restaurant prodigies and husband and wife team of Yasmin and Braden Wages busily running about tending to details. Details that we found amazing during our happy brunch time at Malai this past weekend.     Continue reading

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Holiday Vignettes: Janice Provost

by Steven Doyle

Janice Provost grew up in the Houston area on the Neal’s Family Farm and started out in the restaurant business as a caterer before finally going through the El Centro hospitality program in Dallas. She was eventually hired as a chef at Parigi, and ended up buying the business.

Janice runs the kitchen daily and is partly responsible for starting Café Momentum, which currently is a series of pop-up restaurants to assist at-risk young men. Café Momentum is slated to be an actual brick and mortar restaurant in the coming year and will provide on-the-job training for these kids.       Continue reading

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Kenny Visits Ruth’s Chris For A Cocktail Dinner

KK_23_2013_08_Ruth_Cris-9by Kenny Kuczwaj

Recently I was an invited guest at a Ruth’s Chris cocktail dinner. I get to go to a lot of these type dinners, mostly wine pairings with some decent food pairings. Going to a craft cocktail pairings with different foods seemed like fun since even I  “the number one rated wine czar” gets tired of the grape juice . I also have been asking all the great bartenders who come on the Crave Radio show what food would you match these often fabulous cocktails they create. The answers are often all over the map but they seem to make sense.   Continue reading

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Eddie “Lucky” Campbell At Abacus

DSC09000by Steven Doyle

You know Lucky Campbell, one of our favorite Dallas bartenders. He was the mad man behind Chesterfield’s in downtown Dallas, and most recently behind the stick at Standard Pour where he was a constant fixture for those in need of a curiously delicious cocktail.

Last week Lucky went all MIA on us, and didn’t leave a forwarding address. Well, we found him, and this time he is at Abacus working with Kent Rathbun. Look at Lucky, getting all refined on us. We wish him the very best.

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