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Presbyterian Village Invited to James Beard House

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As a chef, being invited to cook at the James Beard House is like a musician being invited to play at Carnegie Hall – it’s an honor and a big deal. Kelly Cook, dining services director at Presbyterian Village North (PVN), is passionate about preparing delectable and health-conscious cuisine for residents of the senior living community. He’s defying food stereotypes that many senior communities face and is bringing a delightful culinary experience to the seniors who live there. Continue reading

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Chef John Tesar’s Knife Butcher is Now Open at The Shops at Willow Bend

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Since 2014 Chef John Tesar’s nationally-renowned steakhouse, Knife, has become a dining staple in North Texas with its original location opening at The Highland Dallas and its second outpost opening its doors at in Plano last October. Now, Tesar is introducing his newest concept, Knife Butcher, sandwiched between Knife Burger and Knife steakhouse at The Shops at Willow Bend. Knife Butcher ships anywhere in the United States so Knife fans everywhere can enjoy John’s signature dishes at home.

Tesar’s butcher shop offers all the same cuts of meat available at Knife, but packaged to order for the at-home chef. From 44 Farms filets, to 240-day dry aged rib eye’s, Knife Butcher will up the ante of at home cooking, allowing consumers to leverage the relationships that Tesar has nurtured over the years to gain access to top quality Texas-bred meat.  Continue reading

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Jettison to Host Spring Cocktail Omakase Experience on Sunday, April 28

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Cocktail and spirits den, Jettison, is pleased to present the Cycle of Life cocktail omakase experience on Sunday, April 28. The multi-course event will showcase cocktails that capture the essence of the season, highlighting new spirits, the freshest produce and herbs, and intricate molecular mixology techniques. Two intimate seatings of 10 will take place at the Jettison bar, offering an inside look into the preparation and careful crafting of drinks. Seats are $90 per person and now available for purchase on Tock. Continue reading

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Battle of the Fast Food Fish Sandwich

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For those that follow along on social media, I have been spending my off hours hitting up fast food haunts swimming for the best in fish sandwiches. This goes along with our 40-day theme of seafood during the Lent season, but also gives us an excuse to over-enjoy our favorite type of food. Anything the swims or crawls across the ocean floor is fair game.

With all this in mind we present a myriad of fast food fish sandwiches. Continue reading

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The Best Fish and Chips in Dallas


Fish and chip shops were originally small family businesses, often run from the ‘front room’ of the house and were commonplace by the late 19th century Britain.

Through the latter part of the 19th century and well into the 20th century, the fish and chip trade expanded greatly to satisfy the needs of the growing industrial population of Great Britain. In fact you might say that the Industrial Revolution was fuelled partly by fish and chips. Continue reading


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The Shops at Willow Bend announces 2020 opening of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Plano


The Shops at Willow Bend today announced that Cinépolis USA, a leading world-class cinema exhibitor known for its enhanced movie-going concepts, will be the latest addition to its growing roster of entertainment options with the 2020 opening of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Plano. The 10-screen, 40,000-square-foot multiplex will be the cinematic entertainment anchor for Willow Bend, which is currently in the process of a multi-phased $145 million renovation and expansion.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Cinépolis to The Shops at Willow Bend; this brings North Dallas and Plano residents a high-quality luxury entertainment experience unlike any other in the area,” said Jeff Zeigler, COO at Starwood Retail Partners. “With Crayola Experience, Equinox, the North Texas Performing Arts children’s theatre, The District, the Ascension Annex and now Cinépolis, we’re pleased to continue introducing a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, unique to this market.” Continue reading

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Gaga for Lala’s Mexican Cafe


A life without Mexican food is no life at all. This is one of the many mottos that Lala’s Mexican Café holds dear. Owner Michelle Mireles has put a unique spin on this category de cuisine and is sharing with her customers how to live la vida verde.

Nestled in the heart of Preston Center, this oasis of an eatery practically transforms you to the magical streets of Tulum upon opening the doors. The space, designed by artist Leslie Marshall, is dripping with vibrant colors and charm and truly embodies the rich history of Mireles’ Mexican heritage. Named after her grandmother who was lovingly nicknamed “Lala,” the restaurant is festooned with photos of Lala as well as several other family members.  Continue reading

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