by Andrew Challk
Time was, you went to the airport to catch a flight. Now, people may make the treck to DFW just to spend time at the American Express Centurion Club. AMEX has made a move that is at once brilliant and simple. Seeing the dumbed-down, emasculated concept of a club being run by the major U.S. airlines, it has set out to replicate what seasoned international travelers are used to at first class lounges in Asia or the middle east. There is the expected upscale decor, the bar, work areas, comfortable lounges and friendly staff. But there is also a spa where you can get a massage or a manicure. The first-class food menu is created in conjunction with Dean Fairing.
At the bar is Balvenie 12 year Doublewood, Herman-Marshall Texas Whiskey, Belvedere, Fernet-Branca, Tito’s, Hendrick’s and Jonny Walker Black Label. The cherries are maraschino. And best of all, there is no charge for anything. Shrewdly, AMEX hands out free memberships to Platinum and Centurion members. Gold and Green Card members can get in for $50/visit. Continue reading
by Jarrod Fresquez
Most people dread going to the airport. Travelers view the long lines, TSA pat downs, delayed flights resulting in longer than desired lay overs, and rude transients as necessary evils in order to get to their destination. Enter American Express’ Centurion Lounge located right here in Terminal D of DFW Airport. I travel a significant amount for my business as a financial advisor, and even after having experienced every admiral’s club and first-class lounge from coast to coast, they all pale in comparison to the luxurious amenities provided by American Express. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Word from Dean Fearing is that he has been consulting with American Express as they open luxury lounges throughout the country. The first lounge opened in Las Vegas, and this month they will be opening just such a lounge in Terminal D at DFW.
The new Amex Centurion Lounge are much swankier and nearly a destination to themselves. Available free to holders of the by-invitation-only Amex Centurion Card or for $50 a visit for other Amex card members, the club offers restaurant-quality meals and snacks, a high-end cocktail bar and sleek relaxation areas.
There are also quiet, private workspaces and all of the power and Internet connectivity needed to work productively before, after or between flights. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
Another beautiful day in the neighborhood as the craveRADIO staff hosted another slate of fantastic guests. This week we had on the charming and talented Chef Dean Fearing from Fearing’s in the beautiful Ritz Carlton Dallas in Uptown. We had a spirited conversation about wine, women and song, as well as BBQ and that one time when Fearing almost murdered the most beloved woman on earth, Julia Child. Fearing also chats with us about his new Fall menu which is about to debut any day now. We also chatted about certain menu items which can never, ever go away. Think lobster tacos, his legendary tortilla soup and that amazing banana pudding that just makes you feel at home. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This Sunday on craveRADIO we have a terrific line up of guests that will make this a power packed good time for our listeners. In studio we will have on Dean Fearing, the legendary chef-owner of Fearing’s at the Ritz Carlton Dallas. We will attempt to have him bring along his guitar for a little jam session with co-host Uno, who we hear loves to sing.
Also on the program we will have one of the best bartender in Dallas, Charlie Pap, owner of the Windmill Lounge in Dallas. The Windmill is considered by all to be the very best of neighborhood bars. I have it on good faith from Tullamore Dew Ambassador Mossie Power that there will be a bottle of his special Irish whiskey in the studio, along with a Milagro tequila and Hendrix gin. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
This week on craveRADIO we hosted some pretty special guests. First we had on Jon Bonnell who owns a trio of restaurants in Fort Worth. He has Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine which has been open for 12 years now, serving up plenty of Texas game. Bonnell was sourcing local products way before it was the hip thing to do, and has a vast network of farmers and ranchers he relies on each day.
In addition to his eponymous restaurant, Bonnell also runs his latest entry in Fort Worth, Waters. Waters is all about fresh seafood and has been a runaway success. At Waters you will find a rotating list of a dozen varieties of oysters, freshly flown in coastal seafood and a few interesting non-seafood items like a rabbit loin and a pork porterhouse. Continue reading
by Melissa Robert photos by Steven Doyle
Sunday night brought cooler weather with a pleasant departure from the scorching heat that Dallas residents anticipate through the end of August. But, if you happened to be enjoying that lovely weather at Fearing’s inside the Ritz-Carlton, you were also in attendance at a truly wonderful barbecue event to commemorate the restaurant’s 6th anniversary. Like any good birthday party, some fantastic guests were in attendance. Deep Ellum Brewing Company was on-hand to present several local ale offerings. And well, doesn’t a Dallas Blonde pair well with BBQ?
The co-host of the evening was none other than Chris Lilly, barbecue legend in his own right. Hailing from Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama, Chris told me he’s inspired by all types of food and wants to bring diners, “not just your ordinary barbecue, and hopefully something Texas has never seen before.”
So I had to ask what enticed him to cook in Dallas. “Fearing’s and Dean are all about bold flavors… Dean has these, rich, bold, in-your-face flavors” Lilly exclaimed. With a rich family history in barbecue, multiple championships, and a secret white barbecue sauce, it’s clear that Chris Lilly was the right man to help ring in another year of celebrated food here at Fearing’s. Continue reading