Category Archives: Happy Holidays

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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Win This: Tamales From Urban Taco

Urban-Taco-Tamalesby Steven Doyle

Urban Taco loves to make tamales and as we previously reported they have a new version for the twelve days of Christmas.

This special menu of daily changing seasonal hand-made tamales is available December 13-24, 2012.  Guests can order the daily selection during lunch or dinner as a tamale trio plate with black beans and roasted corn con crema for $9.75.  In addition to enjoying the tamales at the restaurant, place an order for any variety of tamale to go with 24-hours’ notice, with a minimum order of one dozen for $24.   Continue reading

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Win This: NYE at Granada + Dinner At Sundown

sundown2by Steven Doyle

Sundown at the Granada is the sister restaurant to the iconic Granada Theater, both located on Lower Greenville Avenue. The restaurant has a full menu and a dynamic cocktail program that affords diners a fantastic experience in the funky surroundings. The restaurant is outfitted in reclaimed wood and reflects the attitude of the neighborhood, which has a laid back shine and a bit of a party patina.

Brunch is now served on the weekends, and it is always fun to watch the night life from the epic rooftop bar. Continue reading

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Why Jews Eat At Chinese Restaurants On Christmas

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by Steven Doyle

I have plenty of Jewish friends and several have invited me to their traditional Christmas dinner, which is sweet and I thank them. I will probably accept one or all of those invites, but curiously there will be no dry turkey, cranberries or pumpkin pie for that matter. Most include a trip to the local Chinese restaurant for that truly traditional Christmas meal.

This odd tradition might date as far back as the day before Jesus was born, where there was no room at the Inn — or a decent restaurant open late that night. Perhaps the only choice in Bethlehem was the local Chinese restaurant serving up kung pao chicken and those little dumplings that have been seared in schmaltz to a fine crisp.  Continue reading

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Win This: Christmas Dinner From Highland Park Cafeteria

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‘Tis the season for families and friends to celebrate.  Take time to enjoy your holiday and let Highland Park Cafeteria make your day special.

Find all your holiday favorites including roast turkey, carved spiral ham, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, baked squash casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, candied yams and many other favorites that are made fresh daily. The Highland Park Cafeteria bakes holiday pies to order ($13.99-$18.99) and includes seasonal favorites such as pecan, apple, rhubarb, mincemeat, sweet potato, buttermilk and more.   Continue reading

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5 Food Trends We Enjoyed In 2012

tiffany_derryby Steven Doyle

Trends are difficult to predict, at best. Soon we will publish a list of food trends that we might expect to see in Dallas for 2013, but today we honor several we enjoyed in 2012. It seems odd at times that many chefs and restaurateurs grab onto the same ideas, but many of the trends we see in Dallas were perhaps hot numbers on either coast several years ago. I suppose we like to play it safe on the third coast.

Oysters! This year we stared down the happy end of many shells in the Dallas area. Recently Jon Alexis opened his second seafood market, the TJ’s located on Oak Lawn, and has since brought on a growing crowd Sunday’s where he offers dollar oysters. These aren’t week old bivalves; Alexis ships in oysters daily along with all of his seafood selections. Instead he likes the idea of throwing a Sunday night industry party that celebrates with half priced fish tacos and a growing selection of really awesome oysters for a buck each.  Continue reading

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