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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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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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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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For Sale: Dean’s CD and Bonnell’s Knives

by Steven Doyle

Ever wish to cook at home like one of your favorite chefs in Dallas or Fort Worth? There are certainly many opportunities to take classes from a whole host of chefs including Stephan Pyles, Kent Rathbun and so many more. Each week special classes are taught at the Milestone, Sur la Table, Central Market  giving the avid home cook a chance to brush up their culinary skills while enjoying a the meal prepared by the chefs.

There are also many local chefs who have written cookbooks such as The Cheese Lover’s Cookbook and Guide by Paula Lambert, Big Ranch, Big City Cookbook by Louis Lambert with June Naylor, A Cowboy in the Kitchen by Grady Spears and Matt Martinez Culinary Frontier. There are plenty of cookbooks by our favorite chefs.   Continue reading

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Dallas Dim Sum Guide

by Steven Doyle

Circulating steaming carts bearing light treasures all steamed, sautéed, fried and baked. Tiny packages of light bites meant to share and enjoy with friends and family, dim sum is the whimsical power brunch that will at once satisfy your curiosities and hunger.

What started out as a Cantonese supplement to tea service, much like tapas is to beer and wine, dim sum was brought to the west during the mid-19th century Chinese migration to the United States. Since then the tradition of dim sum for many has inspired what we know as brunch in modern times; a mid-morning meal fortified with friends and conversation.  Continue reading

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Oishii In Dallas For Lunch Today

by Steven Doyle

There are certain surprises that we stumble across each day, if we are so lucky. Today was one of those days. I had a rare lunch with a really sweet friend and she chose Oishii on Wycliff in Dallas that is located in the shopping center between the Tollway and Maple.  I enjoy my trips to this restaurant, as the menu is vast enough to keep me excited.

We sat at the sushi bar this afternoon catching up on the latest news of the day and she was thumbing through the sushi and sashimi choices. I was looking through the menu fast and furious as I had something particular on my mind for lunch. It was at that moment we both looked up from our menus and said nearly simultaneously — soft shell crab. She said they had the best in town, and I just happened to have a hankering for crab (per usual).    Continue reading

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Eat This: Texas Bobwhite Quail at Clark

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by Andrew Chalk

I thought Dean Fearing had a lock on the consumate preparation of Texas’ favorite game bird, bobwhite quail. However, funky Greenville Avenue American bistro Clark Food and Wine Co. is going to give him a run for the money. These birds are delicately grilled with ample seasoning and sever obediently when cut with a knife, although I recommend picking the leg up and sucking off every last meaty morsel. Continue reading

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