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Akira Back Welcomes Michelin-Starred Chef

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This past May, The Grandscape welcomed chef Akira Back to the ever-growing shopping and dining district in The Colony. The restaurant, simply named Akira Back, after the Michelin-starred chef himself, offers a robust menu of what Back calls “Japanese cuisine with a Korean twist.” Born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Back has built an impressive resume, both inside and outside of the realm of culinary arts. With his new restaurant, he encapsulates his love of food, sport, and family within one space.

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Joy the Baker Visits Dallas

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A New Orleans icon paid a visit to Dallas last month. Joy Wilson, better known as Joy the Baker, hosted a special holiday cooking demo at Williams Sonoma, where she has a line of cake mixes and breakfast mixes. Joy refers to her products as “baking lite,” due to the fact that most of the ingredients are contained within the mix packages, however, the work is still required to bring these recipes to life.

Last year, Joy launched Joy the Baker magazine after garnering a large following on her namesake blog over the previous 12 years. 

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Meet Lamar Moore of Chicago’s Eleven | Eleven

Each year, Chefs for Farmers brings in chefs to Dallas from all over the world, working with local farmers to create fantastic dishes. This year, the lauded food and wine festival celebrated its 10th anniversary, and its return following a hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One of the chefs in attendance at this year’s Chefs for Farmers main event was Chicago’s own Lamar Moore, executive chef of Eleven | Eleven.

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The Friends Experience Arrives in Dallas

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Right on time to recreate iconic Thanksgiving episode moments, The Friends Experience has arrived at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. Superfans of Friends can celebrate the show by taking photos in 12 different rooms, and purchasing Hi Brew coffee from the Central Perk set-up. 

The Friends Experience, created by Superfly X, Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Group., comes to Dallas by way of a nationwide tour, after the installations proved to be a hit in Los Angeles and New York. The Dallas installation, appropriately titled “The One in Dallas,” will reside in The Shops at Willow Bend until January 17, 2022.

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Upcoming Omakase Experiences at Make Your Life Sweeter

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A spooktacular dessert experience has popped up at Galleria Dallas. Founded by entrepreneur Yasmeen Tadia, Make Your Life Sweeter is offering a 13-course Spooky Omakase from now until Halloween. For $65, diners can taste a multitude of desserts and mocktails. 

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Dinner and Cocktails at Street’s Fine Chicken

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Located on The Strip on Cedar Springs is Street’s Fine Chicken’s flagship location. Upon opening in 2016, Street’s has offered Dallas residents and visitors delicious comfort food and cocktails, all of which encompass true southern hospitality. This summer, Street’s has added new cocktails to their list of already extravagant beverages.

For those wanting something bubbly and fruity, the Dam Thing Gone Wild is a sweet blend of Cazadores Blanco Tequila, J.R American Champagne, watermelon, lemon, lime, orange, blackberry and mint. While the idea of tequila and champagne may sound a bit daunting, the sweet flavors of the fruit mask the strong taste of the alcohol. Continue reading

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