On a visit last month to New Orleans’ Root restaurant, I discovered a garden-fresh oasis of seasonal, chef-crafted fare in a sea of Cajun and Creole excess (not that we dislike those excesses). Executive chef Phillip L. Lopez’s creations fondly reminded me of the earthy uniqueness that comes out of Chef Matt McCallister’s kitchen at FT33: inspired, crafty, playful fare that uses the best of local purveyors and what’s in season … and is plated fancifully.
Inside the Warehouse District eatery, I was delighted by the open airiness and bright green touches in the décor – definitely reminded me of a garden! Continue reading →
Yesterday, media members were invited to poke around the Perot Museum of Nature and Science ahead of its Dec. 1 opening to the public. Essentially this meant romping, child-like, amid five levels of immense and interactive hands-on exhibits of all stripes, aimed at teaching about everything from dinosaurs to basic computer programming.
Inside, the 180,000-square-foot facility just off Woodall Rogers doesn’t seem as expansive as it looks from outside. But there were a ton of attention-getting educational doodads to please kiddos and adults alike — my favorites included a machine you could stand on that simulated an earthquake; a touchable faux tornado; and a science lab for isolating cheek cells under a microscope.
The $185 million museum built entirely with private donations has five floors of public space and stands about 14 stories high. The lobby floor of the distinctive building located on almost 5 acres just north of downtown has open glass walls so visitors can look out into the landscaping. Continue reading →
Come this Thursday night, it’ll be nigh impossible not to find a party associated with Fashion’s Night Out, that evening of soirees that kicks off New York Fashion Week. Dallas happens to go all out for it, with every shopping establishment worth its salt throwing a cocktail-soaked mini-fete in honor of, well … shopping. But you need energy for the hours on end of high-heeled revelry, so here’s a little guide to where to feast (or nibble) pre-FNO, depending on your circumstance (call ahead, as most of these spots require reservations). Aimed at ladies, ’cause, let’s face it … you kind of own the night. Continue reading →
So it’s your third or fourth day in New Orleans, and you want to do something miles away from Bourbon Street in spirit — where to go?
If it’s imbibing you want, away from the boisterous rowdiness of Bourbon, turn up St. Peter Street to find a low-key little locals spot called Boondock Saint. No frills, but also no hawkers standing outside trying to pack the place with partiers. And partiers would flock if they saw the prices here. “We’re a local bar with local prices,” the sweet-faced bartender told me. That meant $3.75 vodka sodas at 2:30 a.m. Who needs a happy hour or hawkers with prices like that? Continue reading →
I’m pleased to announce that I’m co-hosting a fall-themed Underground Dinner with Chef John Kleifgen on Nov. 5. The intimate, five-course meal will be a great chance to get a taste of Kleifgen’s culinary stylings ahead of his gig at the upcoming, beer-centric Union Bear resto in West Village. Once guests RSVP, they’ll learn not only of the event’s location (eventually), but also of some fun surprises we have in store at sup time. Should be fun! Get thee to the interwebs to buy your ticket, at http://flavorsoffall.eventbrite.com. Continue reading →
Last night I attended an invite-only bash thrown by Hennessy to celebrate its limited-edition bottles designed by NYC artist KAWS. It took place at my favorite downtown party venue, the PM Gallery, and the scene was funky. The walls were emblazoned with snippets of KAWS’ bottle art and a display of the special containers anchored the room.