by Steven Doyle
Dallas has so many wonderful hot spots that can supply your secret stash of chocolate. We would certainly recommend Dude, Sweet Chocolate with three locations in the DFW area, CocoAndre in Oak Cliff, and Kate Wiser in Trinity Groves for starters. Don’t forget Katy Priore’s bark Chocolate that she sells at Carbone’s and other Dallas locations such a Bolsa Mercado who is also about to open her own shop at the Dallas Farmers Market.
We do love our chocolate. We also also enjoy it in souffle form, and we have found some of the best places to drop a few dollars on the light and airy dessert that makes a meal more special. Continue reading
by Kevin Deweber
I love Texas. I really do. It’s home. It’s turned me into the man I am today (those that know me can critique that man in the comment section). I love my barbecue, my Cowboys, and my drawl that sounds straight from a Nascar pit crew. However, if I don’t leave occasionally, I would probably wind up drunk, and pissing in the middle of the street, in the Fort Worth Stockyards, talking about the good ol’ days, when there was no such thing as “fleek”. So, occasionally, I book an impromptu trip. I pack a carry-on with way-too-few clothes, and I get to the airport as soon as possible. I will now attempt, through relaying my debauchery on one of those trips, to persuade you to drop what you are doing this weekend, and get the hell out of town.
First, let’s hammer out prerequisites that you should take into account in your spontaneous weekend trips. You cannot be a demanding traveler, period. I feel I need to beat you about the head with this tidbit. When I travel, I intend to spend my money stupidly at my final destination, not spend my money stupidly on the travel to get there. So, yeah, I’ve been crammed into an economy seat between seemingly an asthmatic sumo wrestler, and a severely ill-tempered, and gassy retiree. I’ve even watched a girl that I can only assume was Snookie’s post-op cousin get booted from a plane for cussing a crying infant. My traveling arrangements aren’t luxurious, but they are efficient. They get me there, wherever “there” is, for cheap. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
In an uncertain world there are few things we might find comforting. The snuggles of a cute puppy, a breezy gust of cool Fall air, and certainly the steaming platter of fried rice from DaLat. The dish comes with Chinese pork sausage and shrimp. You may add a fried egg as a topper (highly suggested) and sub out the shrimp for tofu or chicken. How ever you concoct your fried rice, it will arrive at your table steaming with a slight crispness that will send you reeling.
The fried rice is a great dish to share, which opens options and further choices. Of course the pho is delicious, especially late night after a few choice cocktails. But as of late the choice has been Soup 4 The Soul which is a bowl of broth with rice instead of the requisite noodles, meatballs, pico de gallo, and a choice of chicken, beef or tofu. This is a soothing and most comforting bowl that is fantastic year round.
by Steven Doyle
Jameson, the world’s favorite Irish whiskey, collaborated with American breweries as part of their Drinking Buddies programs. Continuing on last year’s successful collaboration with KelSo Beer Company of Brooklyn, Jameson selected breweries from across the US who exemplify devotion to the spirit of their neighborhoods and share Jameson’s passion for craft and quality in the beer they produce.
The five breweries include – Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, Hilliard’s Beer in Seattle, Deep Ellum Brewing Company in Dallas, Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, and Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in New York. Jameson invited each brewery to the distillery in Ireland, and then sent them home with Jameson Whiskey barrels to create a limited edition beer inspired by both their experience in Ireland, and their own unique neighborhood. Continue reading
Olivella’s, Dallas’ rustic Italian restaurant and pizzeria that is widely recognized for its Neapolitan pizza and Roman-style pizza, is introducing a new pizza truck. The restaurant that brought Dallas one of its first wood-burning pizza ovens will now offer fried pizza and other Naples street food staples from its pizza truck.
The pizza truck will debut September 12, 2015 at Southern Methodist University when Olivella’s assumes the role of official pizza concessionaire of SMU athletics. The selections will vary day-to-day, but will include an assortment of Olivella’s’ favorites like Margherita and Black Truffle pizza as well as several new items, some of which will only be available from the pizza truck. Continue reading
Misery Loves Company, the group behind the acclaimed Proof + Pantry in the Dallas Arts District, are heating up the Dallas culinary scene yet again with their newest concept, Madrina, which will officially open at The Shops of Highland Park the first week of September. Since announcing plans for their second concept earlier this spring, Madrina has quickly become one of the most anticipated restaurants of the year.
Since opening Proof + Pantry last year, Misery Loves Co. has been helping lead the charge in changing the landscape of Dallas’ culinary scene and are continuing to raise the proverbial bar with Madrina, which will marry classic French techniques with authentic Mexican cuisine. Helping to further raise that bar, the group has named Julio Peraza (who is just back from hosting a sold-out dinner at the iconic James Beard House) executive chef of Madrina. Continue reading
Saturday and Sunday mornings have just improved, because Greenville Avenue Pizza Company is now open for brunch. The long-standing pizza joint that fuels Lowest Greenville’s lunches, dinners and late-nights is now playing a role in everyone’s favorite weekend meal. So patrons can end their night with at GAPC, get a few hours of sleep and come right back for more. Continue reading