by James Davidson
Finally, Bid D got an Alamo Drafthouse, now I would have my chance to go to the theater. Calling Alamo Drafthouse a theater is kind of like calling the mall a clothing store. Alamo has an impressive list of local beers and a pretty decent whiskey list.
Besides awesome drinks and a wide food menu, Alamo hosts special events often. On December 5th, they hosted a Prohibition celebration and I decided to go. There was 1933’s music playing when you entered the lobby of the theater and they were showing Lawless. Matt Bondurant was there to talk about his book, Wettest County in the World and his family in which Lawless was based off of.
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by Andrew Chalk
Inwood Estates Vineyards just released their 2012 ‘City of Dallas’ Chardonnay ($49.50) made from grapes grown in a vineyard just a few hundred yards from the junction of Inwood Road and Lovers Lane in Dallas. ‘A vineyard in the heart of the city’ you say? Indeed, and growing a noble white grape as well. This is no gimmick-wine. It stands toe-to-toe with similarly-priced Chardonnay from California and is made in a New World style. The nose is a medium intensity presentation of tropical fruit (especially mango) and peaches, the mouthfeel has a cream soda creaminess and softness reflecting the malolactic fermentation that the wine went through.
It is ideal as a quaffing wine or with fish, poultry or pork dishes. This might also become the cool present to give this season. I bet Neiman Marcus wish that they had it in their catalog. Very few cases are available so order now, either online or by calling the winery at (214) 902-9452.
by Jennifer Thomas
Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas Hotel will be able to recreate their own “Omni family recipe” this holiday season. The three-meal-a-day restaurant is displaying a “holiday mix bar” where patrons can purchase the ingredients for spiced hot cocoa, festive brownies, specialty coffee creamer and more.
The seasonal “mix” is packaged in Ball jars (the perfect size for stocking stuffers) with signed recipe cards by Chef Jason Weaver, giving that down home Texas Spice feel.
0by Steven Doyle
Today we begin a series of stories that will run once a week where we speak with the kitchen warriors of Dallas, the sous chefs.
I am standing next to Bolsa sous chef Justin Box just outside his very tiny kitchen domain. All at once he is prepping celery root soup for the evening service, along with a savory duck tongue dish. At the same time Box is also pickling jalapeno peppers. They had some extra peppers and nothing goes to waste at Bolsa. Meanwhile executive chef Andrew Bell is scurrying with recipes for the day and working with the other staff. The smaller the kitchen the more of a machine it must be to prevent chaos.
Justin Box is an interesting fellow. I have known the young chef from his time spent as sous at Restaurant Ava, Stephan Pyles Caters, and country clubs. But it wasn’t always about the food. Box had an addiction that nearly cost him his life. With a system full of crack, heroine and a whiskey in amounts that he claims would kill a small cow, he sat in his apartment with a gun in his mouth ready to end it all. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Dallas has joined the ramen craze by storm. In the past weeks we have noticed more shops either opening or announcing that they will open. This is a good thing. One of our favorite ramen restaurants in Deep Ellum is Tanoshii Ramen + Bar. You may recall this as our first encounter, and was elated with the visit. One of our favorite items was the appetizer-sized banh xeo. Banh Xeo is a sizzling crepe made from rice batter and stuffed with pork, shrimp and veggies. The name banh xeo means ‘sizzling cake’ from the sound it makes as it is being grilled. I could eat a barrel of these at one sitting. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
One of of our very favorite pizzas in Dallas comes out of a kitchen in a dive bar in Dallas. Bryan Street Tavern is the home of some fantastic kicked up bar fare, but the pizza is why so many go to this neighborhood tavern. That, and the wall of tasty local craft beers. It is definitely a weekly go to spot for me.
Some time back the owners of Bryan Street Tavern invited me to come up with a pizza combination that they could name craveDFW. Flattered, I started working on a recipe of toppings. I consulted some chef buddies over many Velvet Hammers and shots of Tullamore DEW. We had pie charts, graphs and even a flow chart that detailed how the pizza would be made. In the end I suffered the frustration that I wasn’t happy with any of the ideas that would take on crave’s name. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
With the price of Champagne today it’s a treat to taste just one, but WinePoste has lots of them in a tasting of over 20 sparkling wines at their upcoming Champagne Extravagonzo. The event (rescheduled from the great ice storm) is on December 19th at 6pm at their location in the Design District. Tickets are a ridiculously low $25 per person ($40 per couple).
But wait.. .there’s more! They will be serving snacks including fresh oysters from the pacific northwest (oysters are the classic complement to Champagne). Get your tickets here or call WinePoste at (214) 272-3221. Continue reading