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A Short Trip To Spain With Si Tapas

by Steven Doyle

We love our tapas, and probably a bit disappointed that the term is becoming a bit diluted with the use for anything small. Small plates does not equal tapas. Tapas are these marvelous plated dishes from Spain and basically snacks and appetizers. Since dinner can be served as late as midnight in this country, you might find yourself bar hopping and sampling a few items from probably a dozen different tapas the bar has on hand that evening.

Most likely you will be served several styles of olives, breads, a bit of slow cooked beef, battered squid, sausages or a tortilla de patatas . Actually the more you drink the better the tapas become.    Continue reading

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Green Grocer in Dallas Shuttering Jan 18th

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What should have been the ideal neighborhood and the perfect shop for fresh produce and deliciously prepared meal items that  are short of GMO’s and tall on organic and locally sourced goodness, Green Grocer announced that it will be closing its doors Monday, January 18th. The sad news will have an economic impact with upwards to fifty local suppliers, many are growers who depend on shops such as Green Grocer for their livelihood.

Owner Cassie Green, a transplant from Chicago where she had previously left corporate life to open a similar operation before finally moving to Dallas, opening up the boutique grocer in 2012.    Continue reading

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The Original Muffuletta Is A Mere Seven Hour Drive Away

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Originating n New Orleans, the muffuletta is a sandwich that’s made on a round, disc-like sesame bread filled with cured meats, marinated olives, and pickled vegetables. Though you can buy a muffuletta at any number of places in the city, it all began at Central Grocery in the French Quarter, where it came about as a way for Sicilians to combine the separate ingredients of their meal.

Central Grocery, a great place for fine Italian goods, sells the muffuletta by the round ($17.95) or half-round ($9.50), both of which come in their signature white paper wrappers. Two very hungry eaters may easily  put away the whole round.    Continue reading

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BITE by Chef Eddy a Terrific Surprise

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We recently checked out the new BITE, which was formerly Kin Kin, both owned by Thai chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin. BITE is located at 3211 Oak Lawn and offers what the chef calls a Global Panoply, with menu  options that are  influenced by Asian, European and American flavors. The menu is a bit innovative, but the execution is so much more.

We tasted a whole host of these flavors starting with this amazing Parmesan Soufflé made with Reggiano and a side of garlic cream sauce, and accented with a parmesan tuile. The soufflé takes twenty minutes, so you will want to order right away for a perfect appetizer that is perfectly sized for two. Another fun starter includes the Seared Diver Scallop that is adorned with applewood smoked bacon, tomato confit, an edamame puree and yuzu beurre-blanc.

The French influences stand out on this menu which is also evidenced by the Pan-Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras served with toasted brioche, a pear compote and port wine reduction.    Continue reading

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Scardello’s Second Location Now Open In Dallas Farmers Market

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Scardello Artisan Cheese will officially open its doors in the Dallas Farmers Market’s The Market, on January 8, 2016. Cheesemonger Rich Rogers, alongside Cheese Enthusiast and Manager Austin Dupree, have secured a prime 400- square-foot, end-cap space inside the Market, a premier space for slinging cheese.

“We are thrilled about the official opening of our Dallas Farmers Market location. While we have always had a great mix of domestic and international cheeses at Oak Lawn, we are excited to focus more intensely on US and Texas producers at The Market. We look forward to working in a new and collaborative environment with some other great purveyors and producers,” said Rich Rogers, proprietor and cheesemonger at Scardello Artisan Cheese.   Continue reading

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Multi-Course Wine Dinner, Cooking Demo, and Tour of Sub-Zero and Wolf

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The Dallas Chapter of the International Wine & Food Society will hold their first event of 2016 on Thursday, January 28th at the Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom off Lemmon Avenue. The event is open to both members and non-members of the society.

The evening will begin at 6:30pm with bubbles while perusing Sub-Zero and Wolf’s extensive high-end appliance offerings within kitchen vignettes. At 7:00pm, while enjoying passed appetizers and the first special wine of the night, showroom representatives will lead a guided tour, highlighting wine refrigeration options.   Continue reading

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Elusive Tableside Service and Where to Find it in Dallas

caesarby Steven Doyle

There is simply nothing more elegant and festive as tableside service. We are talking the classic Caesar Salad tossed in full view of the guest, at their table and with great finesse. It is the definitive dinner and a show that has somewhat fallen from a great many menus across the country. Beyond adding a bit of flair, this and many other tableside presentations also demonstrates a commitment to freshness. What could be more fresh and flavorful than a dessert or salad  finished off right before the diners’ eyes? This said, there are still many restaurants across the country creating delicious dishes tableside, and certainly to rave reviews.

In New York the three Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park delivers a push cart tableside brimming with bitters, garnishes and ice to create a variety of upscale Manhattan’s. The cocktail tableside is fast becoming a new revolution that separates any restaurant from its competition.  A similar cart can be found in Los Angeles at Bourbon Steak where a host of whiskey’s are plied with garnishes, ice spheres and more for a unique play on this style of service. Expect a perfect martini made with flair by your side in Brooklyn at Maison Premiere. In Portland there is an amazing experience awaiting at Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library which calls upon 1,500 spirits that are retrieved and presented tableside, and also is accompanied with an allegorical treatment on the history of each cocktail.   Continue reading

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