Category Archives: Cocktails

A Lesson in How to Make Bitters

by Maryse Chevriere

You almost hate to hear it: Making your own bitters at home? Yeah, it’s actually not that difficult.

Because there’s no excuse now — and you start to think, how could I not have been doing this all along? Ideas for black cherry-ginger, or coffee bean-cocoa nib bitters rush in.

If you’re tapped in to the cocktail zeitgeist, odds are you already have bitters on the brain. (If you’re not, here’s what you need to know: Classic cocktails? Having a major moment. House-made ingredients? Huge. Bitters? Über retro-chic.) So you can imagine the on-trend factor of house-made bitters, and the cocktails made with them.   Continue reading

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Dos Jefes Offering Special Paired Cocktail Dinner October 6th


Dos Jefes is introducing a distinctive dinner series it’s calling The Mexican Pantry.

Executive Chef Samir Dhurandhar and Salvador Ordaz will kick off the monthly dinner specials on Thursday, Oct. 6, with an artful and savory Mexican prix fixe menu featuring: Continue reading

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Ultimate Cocktail Experience November 5th


After four successful years, the Ultimate Cocktail Experience benefiting Trigger’s Toys is back. And once more, the charitable pop-up event is bringing together bartenders, brands, distributors and consumers to benefit a worthwhile cause. Started by Bryan Townsend, and now in its fifth year, Trigger’s Toys is the hottest ticket in town.

The cocktail showcase and fundraiser provides attendees with craft cocktails from the most talented bartenders across the state, and more importantly, it reduces financial and emotional stress on chronically ill children and their families by providing financial assistance and supplemental programming.  Continue reading

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Do Phony Restaurants Taste Better? (Contest)

by Steven Doyle

Time reminds us that restaurants have become ever more popular in television as in real life, so we decided to think of as many fake restaurants that we could come up with that have been featured on television or a movie.  For the older crowd maybe the first you can think of was when Aunt Bee pulled out $400 from savings to open Bee’s Restaurant on the Andy Griffith Show.  Or a few generations later perhaps Arnold’s Drive In run by the future Mr. Miyagi on Happy Days.

Whatever your age or proclivity for television, we can almost bet that there is a fake restaurant in the midst.  Are we right Jerry Seinfeld (Monk’s)? Continue reading


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Brunch Magic at Toulouse

by Steven Doyle

So I’m writing this stuff and some of you are reading. I know because when I am out waiting on a cocktail you will ask me if I am going to order a Manhattan. Or on a Saturday you will ask me where I am heading to brunch  the next morning. Busted. I am an avid brunch-a-holic.

It’s not so much the food. Yes, I have a not-so-secret love affair with the egg, securing breakfast or brunch as a top favorite meal. But the conversations that take place at brunch are so much more livelier than at dinner. Perhaps inhibitions drop after a night of revelry. Whatever the case may be, brunch is king.           Continue reading

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Malai Kitchen, a Bruncher’s Paradise

by Steven Doyle

Patio season is officially full on after the devastatingly hot and dry summer. The pooches are leading their sexy owners by the string past the cabanas that are playing soothing street music as cars bustle by to find a spot of their very own.

This is high season for brunch and none is sexier than the digs at Malai, the fresh-faced Thai-Vietnamese  kitchen in the West Village compound off McKinney.

There you will find the restaurant prodigies and husband and wife team of Yasmin and Braden Wages busily running about tending to details. Details that we found amazing during our happy brunch time at Malai this past weekend.     Continue reading

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Holiday Vignettes: Janice Provost

by Steven Doyle

Janice Provost grew up in the Houston area on the Neal’s Family Farm and started out in the restaurant business as a caterer before finally going through the El Centro hospitality program in Dallas. She was eventually hired as a chef at Parigi, and ended up buying the business.

Janice runs the kitchen daily and is partly responsible for starting Café Momentum, which currently is a series of pop-up restaurants to assist at-risk young men. Café Momentum is slated to be an actual brick and mortar restaurant in the coming year and will provide on-the-job training for these kids.       Continue reading

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