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Three New Restaurants Announced To Open In Addison in 2015

cheesefries1by Steven Doyle

The Addison City Council recently approved three new restaurant projects, two of which hope to open as early late spring in 2015. The former site of Truluck’s on Belt Line Road at Quorum Drive will become a Southern gastropub called Ida Claire owned by the folks over at Whiskey Cake (among other concepts). Featuring an extended patio and major landscaping renovations, Ida Claire is expected to open its doors early next summer.  Continue reading

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Old Chicago Makes A Good Pie

DSC05974by Steven Doyle

I checked into the newly opened Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom this week, and felt something vaguely familiar. No, it wasn’t the fact that it was in the briefly the location of Mockingbird Taproom, the beer version of the many restaurants opened and failed in the DFW area by Restaurant America. Although the decor did not change even a little bit, there is where the similarities end. I do recall having been to an Old Chicago in Colorado many years ago, and that is also where the company started.   Continue reading

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Holiday Vignettes: Alice Lassaude

by Steven Doyle

Alice Laussade is a James Beard nominated food writer in Dallas, working for the Dallas Observer some times under the nom de plume Cheap Bastard. Her legendary wit and outrageous deadpan style has garnered her an enormous following. Alice also hosts the Annual Meat Fight which has become a cult event which raises money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Today Alice shares memories of holidays past.   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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Celebrate Festivus in Dallas

by Steven Doyle

Festivus is a holiday created by the writers of the now syndicated television program, Seinfeld. The wildly popular show featured the weekly antics of Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer as they battled through life in New York City. Often times they would be disturbed from their self indulgences forced to interact with their parents. One particular episode the viewers discovered a quirky holiday made up by the father of George Costanza, Frank.

Most of what was written into the television program was based on real life, and this is true with Festivus. In real life Festivus dates back to 1966 when Dan O’Keefe, former editor of Reader’s Digest decided that Christmas was too commercial to celebrate. Years later O’Keefe’s son, Daniel, would write for the series and included it into a script that ran in December, 1987.   Continue reading

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First Chinese BBQ Roasted Duck For Christmas

by Steven Doyle

Through out Chinese history you will find notable recipes, poetry and even songs extolling the virtues of the tasty duck. The most popular treatment is by far the Peking Duck, one of Kissinger’s favorite and is said to have brought together our two countries during the 70’s Nixon visits.

Now considered a national dish, the Chinese roasted duck can be found almost everywhere. The best versions are most assuredly found where you may view the carcasses in their full splendor, and one of our very favorites can be tasted at First Chinese BBQ.   Continue reading

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Our Favorite Holiday Film Food Scenes

elfby Steven Doyle

Christmastime is when all make merry, and certainly feast. There is hardly a Christmas film that doesn’t have at least one great dining scene. We have chosen a few of our favorites. Hope you enjoy. We included a few video clips for your enjoyment.

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