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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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Wine of the Week: A Worthy Chardonnay for $9

IMAG0426by Andrew Chalk

The 2013 Illuminate Chardonnay, North Coast, California is a wine that reinforces your confidence that pleasant, varietally correct, Chardonnay can be made for less than $10. In a sector overloaded with industrial-tasting monstrosities the Illuminate Chardonnay displays fresh fruit aromas of pear and melon, bold flavors of melon, pear and guava framed by bright acid and a more refined phenolic grip than you would expect in a wine at this price. All of this leads through to an enjoyable soft finish.

Quaff after a hard day at work or serve with any of the wide variety of food that Chardonnay has been justly associated with. That includes chicken or turkey (hot and roasted or cold), pasta with cream sauce, or white-fleshed fish like T.J.’s excellent Australian barramundi.   Continue reading

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Olivella’s Offers Updated Menu

Olivellas-Pizza-314by Jennifer Thomas

Olivella’s, opened by the third oldest pizza family from Naples, Italy, continues to build an extensive roster of flavorful, rustic Italian dishes around its award-winning menu of Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas. The latest additions include: Cheese Dip with House-made Bread; Sausage, Gorgonzola, and Tomato Sauce antipasta plate; Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pizza Roll antipasta plate; Chicken Piccata pasta plate; and Peanut Butter and Nutella panini.

All of the new menu items will be introduced at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana’s Lakewood and Victory Park locations. The University Park location will offer three of the items, including the Sausage, Gorgonzola, and Tomato Sauce antipasta plate, the Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pizza Roll, and the Peanut Butter and Nutella panini.  Continue reading

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

DSC02601by Steven Doyle

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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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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