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Bolsa Paired A Beautiful Dinner With Diplomatico Rum

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A new program that Bolsa has created is what looks like will be a once a month dinner with a fab cocktail pairing. This past week we checked out the dinner which was paired with a variety of Diplomatico Rum cocktails, all cleverly mixed and delicious. Unlike most cocktail or even wine dinners, Bolsa started precisely on time which made the evening flow without any noticeable hesitation. This is particularly good when it is a school night, allowing guests to comfortably dine without a rush, instead flowing at a fantastic pace.   Continue reading

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Kalachandji’s Offers A Cuisine Unlike Any In Dallas

kalachandjisby Steven Doyle

One of my first visits to Kalachandji’s was as a college student, and it was Thanksgiving. The meal included a visit to the Krishna temple escorted by one of the many devotees who live in the neighboring homes. With the meal we enjoyed a tofu turkey, which was actually much more delicious than it sounds. Although the spice level is very minimal, the repast was elegant and flavorful. We dined in the open air patio which is centered inside the restaurant.

During subsequent visits I was shown more of the cuisine, and always have a great sampling at the luncheon buffet which is excellently curated by the cooks, setting out just enough for the guests as necessary as not to compromise the quality of the food.   Continue reading

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Masala Wok Is A Fine Alternative For A Lunch On The Go

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With a menu full of interesting items such as samosas, chicken lollipops and spring rolls as appetizers, and Korma Masala and Vindaloo sauces with your choice of meats or vegetables, Masala Wok is more than just a fast casual restaurant serving flavors from Asia, including India and China, it is a fine repast for a quick lunch or dinner on the run. Be mindful, these are not the complex recipes of more fine dining establishments, but the quick outlets serve a perfect need for those with a hankering for something different than a burger and fries.

On a recent visit we devoured platefuls of dishes inspired by both Indian and Chinese descent. Masala Wok makes a perfectly fine Tikka Masala, that rich tomato and yogurt sauce that is slightly spicy with flavors of masala and coriander. We also ordered the Butter Chicken with its tomato gravy made with fresh tomato, garlic, cardamom and plenty of butter to supplement the richness of the dish. Everything can be kicked up if asked, or by adding the provided chili sauces.   Continue reading

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Make Your Own S’Mores At Lee Harvey’s

smoresby Steven Doyle

That fab bar Lee Harvey’s sends word that it is now Winterized. Now you may enjoy the giant compound in full warm an cozy comfort. I always likened the space to a prison yard, replete with the barbed wire fencing.

The patio (deck area) is now completely enclosed to keep the heat in. They will be installing two additional heaters on the patio to keep everyone warm. They also have the fire pits going in the yard and you are welcome to bring S’mores fixings if you desire.  So stock up on chocolate, marshmallows and grahams. You will also need to bring along your own marshmallow sticks. Continue reading

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Remember the Cute Film Julie & Julia? Behold “& Julia”

Julie-Julia-2009by Steven Doyle

I enjoyed the film Julie & Julia. But it would seem I might be in the minority, or at least as far as the Julie portion of the film is concerned. In a call for more Julia sans the Amy Adams “Julie Powell” scenes, Adam Goldman, the filmmaker, made an hour sliced up version that is just the Julia Child portion of the film. Since the Julia Child scenes never made reference to Powell the editing was not very difficult, and flows seamlessly.

I sent Julie Powell a message asking her thoughts on the new cut and she quickly responded back with, “I totally sympathize with people not liking the Julie character in the movie, I don’t like her much either, but I am still inexplicably hurt by the cavalier nastiness of people.”   Continue reading

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Luck Has A New Meaty Menu

lamb shankby Steven Doyle

Luck, our happy place in Trinity Groves, celebrated is one year anniversary recently and just this week announced a new Winter menu that will surely cut through the chill in the air. Luck is so amazing not only for its terific local beer program, all sold for an even five bucks, but also has solid food that satisfies at a fantastic price point. This hold true with the most recent menu update.

One the new menu you will find that the side of Brussels Sprouts are back for the Winter. Also back for for some Winter loving is Luck delicious Torta de Lengua. A hold over from the old menu is the shrimp and grits. You can probably find this menu item at most restaurants across town, but this is special and topped with an egg for added goodness.    Continue reading

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A Few Of Our Favorite Eggs In Dallas

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There has been this terrific trend in past years of adding an egg to most anything to make a more supple and delicious. The burger is a prime target for this unabashed egging, and always a welcome garnish on any style of tartare. The egg, if prepared correctly, provides a silky self-saucing thrill that ups the ante to sandwiches, pasta an salads. Eggs are not just for breakfast. Today we explore a handful of primo examples of how the egg has enhanced many dishes in the Dallas area.    Continue reading

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