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Lavendou Sonoma Wine Dinner July 25

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Lavendou has long been our favorite French bistro in Dallas and for an excellent reason. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is pure charm and the owner is always handy with his outrageous accent with over-the-top service. And let us not forget the wine. Pascal Cayet currates and amazing wine list and loves to share with these killer wine dinners, often with the winemaker on premise to explain what the wines are seriously all about. Continue reading

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2018 Dallas Asian Film Festival Schedule of Events

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The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 17th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 19 through Thursday, July 26, 2018.

This festival year boasts its first Kashmiri drama film and returns with a women’s showcase of Asian directed and produced films by women.  Sixty-six films will screened throughout the week: 6 short blocks (Drama, Experimental, Women’s, Student’s, Late Night and Documentary) and 31 feature films. Continue reading

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Happy Hour is Rocking at Savor Gastropub

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Savor, Klyde Warren Park’s main restaurant, is a modern gastropub located in the 5.2-acre deck park. Executive Chef John Coleman, a 23-year veteran chef, aims to serve simply prepared, fresh food sourced from top purveyors, offering diners a vibrant combination of flavors. The restaurant provides a chef-driven menu with shared plates in order to combine beloved pub fare with a modern twist.

A firm believer that food is social, Coleman aims to provide excellent food that draws people together to enjoy an overall amazing experience in the one-of-a-kind downtown green space. Continue reading

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First Look: Pizzeria Testa Now Open On Greenville AVenue

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You recall Kirby’s steakhouse across from the Granada on Greenville Avenue, and more recently Wayward Sons the Graham Dodds resto which closed in February of 2017. It is a massive space yet the new tenant moved in a year after a major remodel and plans on being the best pizza inside the loop. I believe you will enjoy this Neapolitan pie. Some of you have tasted it year ago when we chatted about the Frisco location. It is good.

DFW has a smattering of pretty fantastic Neapolitan pizzerias including the the Frisco based  Pizzeria Testa Napoletana Restaurant which is owned by Rod Schaefer. Schaefer’s mother comes from a long line of Italian pizza makers. In fact the Testa family was once considered the royal pizza makers for the King of Naples.   Continue reading

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The New Luna’s Tortilla Factory and Restaurant Now Open For Business

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In a time when women were kept at home and away from the workplace Maria Luna, who at the rime was a single parent, rose from the kitchen to create her mark on Dallas history with Luna’s Tortilla Factory. A strong and devoted woman Luna gathered local women to crush her nixtamal , or corn that would become masa. Once gathered from Luna had the masa formed into tortillas and tamales which became a business that is now 94 years old and run by her son and grandson, both named Fernando.

Maria Luna ran her business, originally located on McKinney Avenue near downtown on a block that Luna purchased in 1938 for about $50,000 and shared with the original El Fenix. There the family worked, living above the tortilla factory. This meant dedication. Maria never turned away a stranger in need of fresh tortillas regardless of the hour. The building has since been remodeled to accommodate Meso Maya, and is considered a historical landmark.  Continue reading

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East Hampton Sandwich Co. Rolls Out New Seasonal Menu

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Looking back to our first story on East Hampton Sandwich Company in 2012, and its founder the very young and witful Hunter Pond, you could sense that his sandwich shop was destined for greatness. You read about my first bite of his lobster roll, which is at the same moment affordable and delicious. All his sauces and proteins are house-made. The breads are beautiful and locally sourced, custom made to this 30-year olds specifications. It makes total sense that East Hampton has gained so much success.

Recently we sampled many of the new items offered on a rotation basis reflected on East Hampton’s seasonal menu. Continue reading

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2018 Best Dallas Hot Dogs

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Researching the history the hot dog is murkier than the water some are boiled in, but there is certainly no mistake that the weiner on a bun is a quintessential staple of ball games, circuses, amusement parks, and just about anywhere people are looking for an inexpensive and easy to eat meal.

Dallas saw an insurgence of great hot dogs a few years back but they did not seem as sustainable as the almighty burger, and many fantastic dog locations shuttered.

We do have a list of some terrific hot dogs found in and around Dallas, take head and enjoy! Continue reading

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