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Pamplona’s San Fermin, An Unlikely Undiscovered Gem

by Adam Sachs

“At noon of Sunday, the 6th of July, the fiesta exploded.  There is no other way to describe it…It kept up day and night for seven days.  The dancing kept up, the drinking kept up, the noise went on.  The things that happened could only have happened during a fiesta.  Everything became quite unreal finally and it seemed as though nothing could have any consequences.”

-Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Little seems to have changed since Ernest Hemingway’s observations of San Fermín in early 1900s Pamplona, one of Spain’s oldest cities that boasts colorful winding stone streets and strings of bars that serve cheap local wine and delicious pintxos (tapas) displayed on the bar topSan Fermín gets much attention from its annual rituals of precarious bull runs, and the festivities evoke comparisons to Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day.   Continue reading

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Cinco de Dude Sweet

by Adam Sachs

A little over two years ago, I received a phone call at work while my bosses were at the Dallas Market Center.  I was in charge of sales for a tea, coffee, and chocolate shop, and a woman was interested in showing us some chocolates she had made.  Her name was Katherine Clapner, former Pastry Chef of Stephan Pyles who was starting a business called Dude, Sweet Chocolate, for which she was making chocolates out of the kitchen at Empire Bakery.  When she brought samples about an hour later, my taste for chocolate became eternally altered.  She played with flavors like Roast Beet, inspired by the original devil’s food chocolate cake, and Oaxacan dark chocolate mixed with paprika and cocoa nibs.  These were the greatest chocolates I had tasted.

On Thursday evening, Clapner and her crew combined the shop’s one year birthday with the Bishop Arts District’s Cinco de Mayo Wine Walk festivities.  Her staff was decked out in sombreros and matador garb, while she sported a costume that made her the splitting image of Selena.  Buckets of Hornitos mixed with tamarind and infused with cinnamon sticks were available as DJ EZ Eddie spun everything from Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” to Porno for Pyros’ “Pets.”  Continue reading

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The Uncertain Edge of Time

by Adam Sachs

It felt like quite some time since I had sat down to take in an intellectually intriguing piece of work when I went to see Upstart Productions’ interpretation of Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour.  The lights dimmed and Gidger (played by Linus Craig) shouts “Paper!  Miles and miles of paper!” setting the tone for this absurdist meditation on the role of the written word in the direction of time. Continue reading

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