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Latin Snacks and Where to Find Them in Dallas

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Let’s do something special today and discover some popular and also less known dishes from Latin America, and point to them on our local map. These treats will tantalize and inspire as you make your way around the city for something new. It was everything we could  do not to scream Zaguan Bakery with each dish but we wanted some places less familiar for the better part of this piece.  Walk with us! Continue reading

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What Is Your Fast Food Guilty Pleasure?

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I got into a discussion today on fast food. This after the airing of the Canadian McDonald’s commercial which defended their chicken nuggets and made an attempt to debunk the pink slime rumors. The most interesting part of the conversation was what fast food would you (or I) actually eat. Although I dine pretty well and have few opportunities or desire for fast food, I contend most people have their favorites when presented a choice. I made a list of my favorites.     Continue reading

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History of the Soup Dumpling and Where to Nab Them in Dallas

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Few things rock my world as much as xiao long bao. The mighty dumpling power-packed with a meatball, (beef, pork, crab, the usual round up) supplied with a generous amount of broth and pleated into a package of steamed love.

Most agree that the xiao long bao’s story begins in the Shanghai suburb of Nanxiang over nearly 150 years ago. It is believed that Huang Mingxian wanted to create a dumpling that would surprise and delight the guests of his restaurant, Ri Hua Xuan. The elegant pleated dumpling was made by adding aspic – or a jellified meat stock – to pork mince, so that once steamed the aspic would melt, thereby filling the inside of the dumpling with a flavorsome broth. Continue reading

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Dallas Mavericks and Nick and Sam’s Team Up With 15th Annual Seats for Soldiers

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The Dallas Mavericks, American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s are proud to partner again for the 15th annual Seats for Soldiers, a one-of-a-kind experience to honor our nation’s heroes. More than 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio will join reservists from the Texas Army National Guard to enjoy dinner at Nick & Sam’s Park Cities, as well as courtside seats at the Dallas Mavericks vs. Orlando Magic game on Nov. 6 at American Airlines Center. Continue reading

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So Many Ways to Celebrate National Sandwich Day in Dallas

by Steven Doyle

There is little to make a sandwich wonderful other than  fantastic bread, well thought out seasonings and spreads, and a filling that should be unsurpassed. When deciding a list of our favorites, it seemed a more daunting task than originally thought. So much more came to mind as the list was settled.

With all the heartache of selecting which can stand alone as the very best, we humbly submit in no particular order sandwiches that we enjoy. Tell us your favorites and we will run out today and sample one.  The big day is November 3rd, but we wanted you to try a few for lunch starting today. Continue reading

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Power of Pie Benefits Meals on Wheels

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This is the season of giving, and a city full of chefs and bakers are donating pies to benefit Meals of Wheels.

Pumpkin pies, pecan pies and pumpkin bread are donated by Dallas’ best bakers and are purchased by the community for $25 per pie and $12 per loaf. All proceeds benefit VNA’s programs and services.  For those who don’t like pie or who will be out of town for the holiday, the website offers the option to purchase a “zero calorie pie” for $25; that’s a $25 donation, no pie. Continue reading

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Fantastic Fish Tacos in Dallas

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Baja seems to be the best place to tag the origins of the fish taco. All my research points there, at least as far as North Americans are concerned. The true fact is somewhat murkier and no doubt flies back to the times of the original tortilla. You place between the fold with whatever you my have on hand. If that is a shard of beef, then it is a beef taco. For our early fishermen, it was the fish taco. Simple enough.

These special tacos are served at beach shacks as well as posh dining establishments, and the recipe continues to evolve. With choices ranging from grilled mahi mahi with tomatillo salsa to boiled lobster with chipotle lime butter, there really is something for everyone. The one thing that we all might agree on is that the best fish tacos are the ones eaten hot as you drip dry in the sun waiting for the next swell. Continue reading

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