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Eat Me: Everything at Pecan Lodge

DSC03611by Steven Doyle

Writing about Pecan Lodge has sort of become this low hanging fruit. Everyone knows it is some of the world’s best BBQ. The Hot Mess isn’t so much messy as it it sublime with it’s pulled pork goodness perched on top of a giant sweet potato. The brisket is superb, and you should always ask for fatty pieces because those are simply the best.

The ribs at Pecan Lodge are huge and meaty, especially when they switched over to spare ribs. If you want a giant haunch of meat, the beef ribs weigh as much as a small child and are as tender as anything you will ever put in your mouth. And the house-made sausages are not to be missed, especially the jalapeno version.

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Eat Me: Cơm Gà Xối Mỡ at Pho Pasteur

cornishby Steven Doyle

There are so many wonderful dishes to be found at the Richardson pho staple restaurant, Pho Pasteur. You will certainly enjoy the bun mang vit, duck soup to you and me, or the grilled pork chop adorned with a fried egg. But today we wish to order the Cơm Gà Xối Mỡ, or simply a Cornish hen and rice.

The tiny hen is plump with juicy meat, and a delicious outer layer that quickly relents with each bite. This dish pairs wonderfully with the fresh spring rolls.   Continue reading

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‘In Pursuit of Balance’ Is a Must-Attend Pinot Noir-Chardonnay Wine Event In Houston

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I am very unbalanced this morning at the news that ‘In Pursuit of Balance’ (IPOB) is going to Houston, and not Dallas, on its Texas tour. The organizers have tried to rebalance the situation by vaguely promising that Dallas is on the circuit next year, but it doesn’t quite make up for the sleight. I am especially galled by the fact that I was the one who told them they needed to change their silly name.  Continue reading

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Three Interesting New Texas Wines

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Texas is a rapidly improving but young wine region. Just about everything is an experiment. One of the outcomes is an ever-rotating supply of interesting wines. This week two wineries, both of whom use only Texas grapes, sent me some interesting examples of their recent work.

Wedding Oak Winery is located in the pecan capital of Texas, San Saba. The location, in the northern Hill Country, provides grapes for the Texas Sangiovese shown on the left, above. The nose on this wine is redolent of cherries, strawberries and black pepper.  In the mouth there is forward, ripe fruit of cherries balancing the medium plus acid levels. The firm tannins would make this wine a good match with your first attempt at cooking a Tuscan Bistecca alla Fiorentina, albeit from Texan grass-fed cattle.   Continue reading

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Get Your Tongan At Foni’s Island Grille

by Steven Doyle

How many Tongon restaurants are there in DFW? Probably only one according to Foni who owns the eponymous restaurant located on Main Street in Euless, Texas. Foni seems to be a bit displaced in her small town American digs in Euless, just a block away from an all-you-can eat BBQ restaurant and a Wendy’s, but the South Pacific population is large enough to support the tiny restaurant that offers the interesting cuisine. The food is much like you would find in any café in Hawaii.

The owner of the restaurant is a happy woman that probably most reminded me of the actress Juanita Hall from the film South Pacific. A particular Rodgers and Hammerstein’s tune Happy Talk sifted through my skull as I chatted with her.       Continue reading

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Sip And Savor For Plenty Of Flavor

by Steven Doyle

We checked out Sip and Savor, a beautifully quaint Victorian home from the 1890’s turned bistro with a huge emphasis on wine. The business is located in the furthest point of Coit Road in Plano and is owned and operated by John Weeks.

The restaurant has a full capacity of 70 people including outdoor dining, but can accommodate at least 100 people in a reception-style event. And Weeks has hosted plenty of events including baby and bridal showers, birthdays and other events.        Continue reading

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Pappas Bros Hosting Favia Erikson Wine Dinner Wednesday, February 25

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is pairing with Favia Erickson Winegrowers, a most revered Napa Valley winemaker, for an exclusive wine dinner. Guests will explore limited small production wines from the renowned vineyard. Andy Erickson with Favia Erickson Winegrowers will be in attendance to discuss his passion and expertise in winemaking for not only his own winery, but also wineries in other parts of the world. This special dinner will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00pm.

Cost is 275. per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations please call 214.366.2000. Now check out this menu:   Continue reading

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