by Steven Doyle
Tacos still lead the way as the quintessential Dallas food, standing proudly next to smoked brisket and the ever popular burger. We have waved through the many varieties in the area, including those filled with smoky and crispy bugs and larvae, but the best tacos seem to come off the trompo. The tacos al pastor de trompo is the conical-shaped meat stack that is most likely constructed in the back room of the restaurant by layering thin slices of marinated pork.
The meat used to contruct the trompo is often leg meat or pork butt, marinated in achiote, chili peppers, garlic, onion and pineapple juice for several days. The trompo is made with layers of the seasoned pork on a large vertical skewer which looks much like a child’s spinning top (thus the name trompo) and placed on a vertical skewer as p char the outer layers of the meat very much like a Greek gyro. The trompo more than likely has Lebanese roots, as there is a large population of Lebanese-Hispanics in Mexico. The trompo is thought to have actual ties to another food, the shawarma. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Fantastic news this week from a player in the Dallas chocolate scene, and if you haven’t tasted the turtles from the Dallas Caramel Company you are certainly missing out. The big news is that Rain McDermott, owner and chef at the local caramel company, won the bronze medal in the International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco for her Chai Caramel. Continue reading
The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced today that tickets for two exciting and thought-provoking events will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25.
An Evening with Ken Burns and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is presented in association with KERA, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 4 in the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District. This event will feature a first look at the new documentary from the acclaimed Academy Award-winning historical documentary writer, director/producer.
Rick Steves’ The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today is presented in association with KERA and The World Affairs Council at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 1 in the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
It is the middle of summer and people are away on vacation. If you are a Dallas steakhouse, how do you fill the tables? Answer, do a promotional special. Several Dallas restaurants have taken up the challenge (this is actually a great time of year to eat steak!) but one of the best is The Generous Pour currently taking place at all locations of The Capital Grille every evening of the week through August 31st. I was a guest at a recent media event at The Capital Grille where they explained it. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
It was nearly two years ago that Brian Williams and Michael Martensen announced that they were opening a pair of businesses in the old Trece spot at 4513 Travis, just a jet off of Knox. The promise was for an unusual reservation bar serving extremely customized cocktails at Smyth, and a ramped up version of Cedars Social called The Establishment. The idea behind the Establishment would be to offer similar fare as Cedars, with an added bonus feature of an oyster bar offering a spread of at least a dozen varieties from both the east and west coasts.
The promise held true, and the Establishment opened nearly a year and a half later, and without Martensen. He moved on to assume part ownership of Driftwood, and will soon open Proof + Pantry in One Arts in the Art’s District. That leaves Williams, who brilliantly hired chef Brent Hammer from Hibiscus as exec (remember his lamb ribs?) and Jason Ferraro as chef de cuisine. Emphasis on the brilliant. Continue reading