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A Visit To Polk-A-Dot Bakery

by Steven Doyle

I had a chance to stop into the Polk-A-Dot Bakery this weekend and found some pretty marvelous goods being offered at this one year old business. The very quaint bakery is located in Addison Circle served breakfast and lunch, but is open most nights until 9pm, offering their guests spectacular coffees and free wifi on into the night.

The new owner Nicole Margulies can be found tending to details and a certain happiness quotient exudes as her patrons snapped up all the fresh cookies, brownies and cupcakes she has to offer.     Continue reading

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Dining at the Italian Club of Dallas

by Steven Doyle

For just over 30 years the Italian Club of Dallas  has celebrated the spirit and traditions of Italy.  Located in Addison at 14865 Inwood Road , the Italian Club is not necessarily exclusive to its members. There are several exciting nights where they open their doors to the public for dinner, and lunch is always available to anyone.

The Italian Club benefits several local charitable organizations and itself is a not-for-profit. You might enjoy the Bocce Ball tournament that benefit’s the Special Olympics held in September. They also partnership with the USO and volunteer for the Children’s Craniofacial Association.    Continue reading

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1 Fish, 2 Fish, Try Some New Fish (Actually 5)

by Jon Alexis

Sick of salmon? Tired of tuna? Had it with halibut? Bored by bass? Don’t let our lack of a coastline fool you – we can get the finest seafood in the world in Dallas, Texas and with that means a variety of fin fish beyond the “usual”.

Here are five fish you may not be familiar with, but that are consistently available in Dallas. All are sustainable alternatives to some of the more overfished species we still see on nearly every menu in town.   Continue reading

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Jimmy’s Food Store News

by Steven Doyle

We love our Jimmy’s Food Store. Not just for the killer good sandwiches, the best price for Parmigiano-Reggiano (the only cheese with their own theme song), and the best horde of Italian wines in the state, but also their email blasts that keep us informed of their doings at the East Dallas grocery,

Located at one of our favorite intersections in Dallas (think Urbano Café, The Dallasite, Mai’s Vietnamese and more) Jimmy’s is a little slice of New York’s Little Italy.   Continue reading

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How to Pair Wine with Seafood

by Jon Alexis

Let me ask you a seemingly simple question: Why do we follow the rules? They tell us it’s a trade off. We give up the freedom to drive wherever we want at any speed. We gain the security of knowing that a car won’t plow into us at an intersection.

But what happens when following the rules offers no such safety? What happens when we do as we’re told, but we don’t get the safety we’re promised?

That, my friends, is the time for revolutionContinue reading

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Meet Winemaker Michael Martini

by Steven Doyle

Several weeks ago we had a chance to sit with Michael Martini of Louis M. Martini Winery.  Martini chatted about the history and processes of his craft, giving us an excellent insight into what a day might look like for this third generation winemaker.

We asked Martini several questions, and in return we sat back and enjoyed nearly an hour of fantastic wine conversation.  Here are a few questions we asked Martini:    Continue reading

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Server: Here Is What To Do With a Report of Corked Wine

by Andrew Chalk

I was in the excellent Stampede 66 some time ago and reported to our waitress that the bottle of wine that I had ordered was “corked”. I might as well have told her “Young lady, you are unfit to be a mother” judging from the indignant expression that this statement brought to her face. The faulty example was exchanged for a sound bottle of the same wine and just before pouring it she glowered at me, saying pugnaciously, “This bottle is not corked, I tasted it myself”. Fortunately, it wasn’t. Continue reading

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