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

chalk1by Andrew Chalk

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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A Visit To San Antonio’s Citrus Restaurant In The Hotel Valencia

robbieby Steven Doyle

A visit to San Antonio used to me plenty of enchiladas and mariachis, and while those are always wonderful the latest cuisine coming out of the Alamo city is hot, fresh and vibrant. The young chefs are doing in San Antonio much like they are doing in Dallas and across the country – creating innovative fare for a more than eager audience. One such chef we visited was Robbie Nowlin, from the Hotel Valencia’s Citrus restaurant (located on the Riverwalk), who is self taught, like many of the super talents who began cooking at a young age and has risen through the ranks of such notable restaurants as The French Laundry, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills and Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: Chef Point’s Chicken and Waffles

chef pointeby Steven Doyle

You may have heard of the quirky little restaurant in Wautaga, Texas, Chef Point.  Chef Point offers a full scale menu inside the Wautaga Conoco station, including their award winning burger, a full complement of seafood and steaks with everything in between. Chef Point serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What really motivated us to drive out to visit the restaurant is the legendary chicken and waffles. And they were every bit as delicious as they were described to us by one of our readers who suggested we try this dish out.  Continue reading

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