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First Look: Dallas Grilled Cheese Company

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There is a wave of new restaurants hitting the shores of Dallas very soon, and some of them will feature that iconic American classic, the grilled cheese sandwich. Sure, at first glance this looks like snow day kitchen fare, something you would make when you are too lazy to even shower, but for one new restaurant in the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff they have elevated this primo sandwich to new heights. Enter the Dallas Grilled Cheese Company.   Continue reading

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Elvis Turns 80 Tomorrow, Celebrate Tonight At El Ranchito

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El Ranchito hosted their first Elvis night in 2003 when El Ranchito’s general manager Juan Sanchez, brother of co-founder Laura Sanchez wanted to honor his favorite singer. Since the age of 14, Juan would sing and record himself dancing and singing like Elvis. He later participated in Elvis impersonator contests around Dallas and eventually started his own at El Ranchito. Juan now emcees El Ranchito’s Elvis impersonator contests, which are held in August and January every year.    Continue reading

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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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Ketel One Crafts A Fun Evening At House of MacGregor

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Earlier this week we were invited guests of a special event with Ketel One Vodka, and we had a chance to chat with their brand ambassador, Brookelynn Rossman who set up the program which took place at Bolsa and their neighbor just above the restaurant, the House of MacGregor. The event, which was mostly attended by local bartenders, was to drive home the fact that Ketel One is a specially crafted vodka.

This particular Ketel One event had the bartenders creating their own hats at the House of MacGregor, the absolute best millinery in North Texas. In fact, most of the chapeaus you find adorned on your favorite barmen typically come from Cassie MacGregor’s shop in Oak Cliff.   Continue reading

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Spinster Records Open In Oak Cliff With Two Day Party

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Music lovers are invited to attend a two-day Grand Opening of Spinster Records on Friday, October 17th, and Saturday, October 18th, featuring live music and DJ sets from a riveting list of entertainers, including Birds of Night, Dustin Cavazos, Exit 380, DJ Sober, and more. A full schedule is on the attached artwork, and details on each day’s programming can be found on the Facebook event invitation (Friday is available here. Saturday is available here.)

Nestled in the heart of North Oak Cliff, Spinster will be a destination for music and culture-savvy tourists and residents alike. The retail storefront offers a selection of new and vintage vinyl records, approachable and high-end audio equipment, as well as a collection of clothing and accessory items selected especially for Spinster by LA-based celebrity stylist Caroline Rothwell.  Continue reading

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Brotherly Smiles

dave-and-phil-alvinby Jon Daniel

Dave Alvin is grinning at his brother Phil like a kid who just flushed an M-80 down the toilet in the boy’s bathroom, and is waiting for the “boom” and gush of water.  He’s a short stocky guy with a big toothy smile, and when he’s feeling particularly happy with his guitar playing he’ll spread his legs and cowboy boots out wider and wider until he looks like he might bust the seams on his jeans.  Dave Alvin has written songs for The Blasters, his solo projects, two books of poetry, won a Grammy for a folk album, and had a stint in the punk band X. But tonight, playing with his big brother seems to have him in good spirits.

I’ve seen that smile on Dave Alvin face every time I’ve seen him play, both with his brother Phil and without. Friday night at the Kessler Theater, the brothers Alvin were reunited back in Dallas for the first time since the early 80’s when they played at a long forgotten club named Wild Turkey on Walnut Hill and Harry Hines with Johnny Reno.   Continue reading

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Popsicles Are The Latest Rage, Here’s Where To Find the Good Ones

popsicleby Steven Doyle

Far removed from the hot Texas days when we would bust out the sprinkler, or walk to the local creek-side watering hole to cool off, which usually ended with a cold Popsicle treat. Sometimes these were homemade versions on a stick, other times they were purchased. Today you can get back that loving feeling and reminisce with flavors that are a bit kicked up, and sometimes meant strictly for adult palates.  The Popsicle is definitely the latest rage. We found a few in Dallas that you will want to sample.   Continue reading

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