by Steven Doyle
Have that special holiday party to check out and need to bring a sweet bite to share? We have a fine line up of freshly made treats from places that you may not have thought of. There are some lovely bakeries in the Dallas area, like Village Baking Company, Tart Bakery on Lovers Lane, Rush Patisserie in Oak Cliff, and the beloved Swiss Pastry Shop in Fort Worth all come quickly to mind. But how about a few alternative spots where you won’t necessarily be busted for bringing something purchased that won’t be recognized, or even duplicated.
Here is our fun list that will keep your poor baking skills on the down low, and make you the type of guest that will be invited back really soon. Notice all of these restaurants require at least a 24-hour notice unless otherwise noted. Continue reading
by Jon Daniel
The Gas Monkey Bar and Grill (GMBG) is located near the intersection of Northwest Highway and I-35 in Northwest Dallas. It’s about 10 miles from the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas and 13 miles from DFW Airport. The GMBG is located in an area with several restaurants and the owner’s other venue, called Gas Monkey Live, is across the street. I’ll review that venue at a later date.
The Gas Monkey Bar and Grill and Gas Monkey Live is owned by the Reality TV star Richard Rawlings from the show “Fast N’ Loud”. There is a gift shop selling GMBG merchandise in the back of the restaurant.
The DART Bachman station is 1.6 miles away and there are DART bus stops nearby. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Olivella’s, opened by the third oldest pizza family from Naples, Italy, continues to build an extensive roster of flavorful, rustic Italian dishes around its award-winning menu of Neapolitan and Roman-style pizzas. The latest additions include: Cheese Dip with House-made Bread; Sausage, Gorgonzola, and Tomato Sauce antipasta plate; Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pizza Roll antipasta plate; Chicken Piccata pasta plate; and Peanut Butter and Nutella panini.
All of the new menu items will be introduced at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana’s Lakewood and Victory Park locations. The University Park location will offer three of the items, including the Sausage, Gorgonzola, and Tomato Sauce antipasta plate, the Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pizza Roll, and the Peanut Butter and Nutella panini. Continue reading
Empire Baking Company’s third Pop-Up Pastry event will take place November 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until sold out) at our Lovers Lane location. We are thrilled to have Chef Blouin, Pastry Chef from Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, joining to share his French-inspired creations. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
If you are in North Texas at the moment, you might be enjoying the cooler weather. AccuWeather tells me that it is a cool 55 degrees as I write this, and will be raining for the next few days. This could only mean it is time for a warm bowl of soup, and of course I have a few suggestions to tantalize you.
Tortilla Soup simply screams Dallas, and the king of the Tortilla Soup is none other than Dean Fearing who picked up the task while serving as Mess Sergeant at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. We have witnessed the making of this soup, and let’s just say it is far easier to mosey into the Ritz-Carlton than actually produce the soup yourself. However, if you wish to attempt the recipe, we list it at the bottom of this article.
The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Dallas CVB) introduces a citywide partnership with area arts institutions and attractions in the Dallas Arts District, at Fair Park, and throughout Dallas to showcase the full array of holiday events and other activities for everyone in the family to enjoy this holiday season.
Launched for the first time in Dallas, BIGGER & Brighter! is a collaboration between the Dallas CVB and 14 organizations to provide visitors and out of town guests with ideas and easy-to-find details about the holiday activities and special exhibits occurring over the next three months and into the New Year.
“From musicals to holiday spectacles, and festive celebrations – Dallas offers an unforgettable holiday experience for local residents and visitors,” said Phillip J. Jones, president/CEO of the Dallas CVB. “As the number one visitor destination in Texas, the Dallas area has a lot to offer families that will put a holiday twinkle in everyone’s eye,” continued Jones. Continue reading
Pork Ribs at Sammy’s
by Andrew Chalk
Marshall Prichard stokes the firebox of one of the three smokers he fuels to barbecue the brisket and pork ribs he serves at his Sammy’s Texas Barbecue in Uptown. The brisket smokes for 10-12 hours at around 225⁰F on mesquite.
It is the day of the Texas OU game and he is expecting a crowd in to watch the game on the screens set up around the walls. I attend as part of a media event. As well as the main indoor area, Sammy’s has two patios. A covered one adjoins the restaurant and has a door to the large back parking lot. On the other side of the restaurant a patio offers a grass covered surface and is a favorite with dog owners (Prichard is a big dog lover himself). That patio also has an outdoor smoker which is brought into use at special events. Believe it or not, Sammy’s does over 100 wedding rehearsal dinners a year, reflecting the desire of local families to offer something decidedly Texan to their out-of-state guests. Continue reading