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Meet Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki Fujino From Five Sixty

by Steven Doyle

What are great qualities of a sushi chef? Amiable, imaginative and raw talent are a few things that come to mind. Certainly these words all hold true when describing Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki “Fuji” Fujino.  We might toss in charming for good measure, and perhaps when we sup on the omakase at Five Sixty atop the tower at the Hyatt downtown the master might toss an extra morsel of the good stuff our way.

Omakase is when you trust your sushi chef to plan your meal for you in place of ordering ala carte. You will find the chef more giving in his rarer stock with more visits when the chef starts trusting your palate as much as you trust that he will prepare something hopefully more rare than those around you. This is a tasting menu with few rules.             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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Celebrate Your Un-Birthday With an Un-Cupcake

by Steven Doyle

If you are having a very merry Un-Birthday, you may wish to celebrate with our newest bestest buddy in the pastry world, the Un-Cupcake. You know you do not normally find us following the crazy cupcake-froyo-macaron-Ben & Jerry trends (although we do like brownies quite considerably), but holy mother of cakes this thing is big.    Continue reading

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A Beer By Any Other Name

beer1by Kevin Deweber

33 years ago, my mother gave birth to a good looking kid.  I mean, a real looker. The type of adorable that belongs on diaper ads.  Anyway, after 33 years, he didn’t remain that same level of attractiveness, but that’s not the point of the story.  On that day, my mother and father agreed that the squirming, peeing, squint-eyed, ball of baby fat, and curly brown hair should be named Kevin.  Kevin Deweber.   That first bit, I like.  The second bit doesn’t exactly roll trippingly off the tongue.  It’s not exactly the type of Surname that hints at historical significance, or of some exotic heritage.  Instead, it sounds like a cheese.  Like one of those fancy cheeses, the ones that your friend that drives the rented porche puts out at his condo he can’t afford.  Limberger, Meunster, Deweber, Glouchester.  I always wanted to be a Duchman, or an Armstrong. Something with interesting, or meaningful implications.  My point being, there is power in a name.   Continue reading

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! We Have 9 Ways To Celebrate In Style

by Steven Doyle

Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a splash of tequila.

On this special day thoughts may wander to the very first margarita machine that was invented in Dallas by restaurant owner Mariano Martinez in 1971. The Smithsonian was so thirsty they nabbed  the machine and is on view at the DC museum.

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Heat Things Up In The Kitchen

romantic dinner

Food can be a powerful tool—well, strike that, good food can be a powerful tool. With the right meal, you can successfully seduce your special someone, so much so that you can barely finish the meal before you’re tearing into one another.

But the real questions is, what should you whip up in the kitchen if you’re trying to get things going in the bedroom?    Continue reading

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A Trip To Square Burger In McKinney

by Steven Doyle

What do you do with a chef who graduated from the California Culinary Academy, worked at Spago, Abacus, Five Sixty and numerous other spots of similar caliber? Some might say have the chef move to McKinney and open a café that sells  great burgers and beer. That is the case with chef Craig Brundege who operates Square Burger in McKinney.

Square Burger has been running strong for over four years offering their power-house line up of great burgers and daily specials that will often include fresh fish and pastas. But what drives us 30 miles up I75 to downtown McKinney from the inner-workings of Dallas are those haunting burgers.   Continue reading

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