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Give Dad The Gift Of Beef This Father’s Day

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Jimmy’s Food Store owner Paul DiCarlo wants beef for Father’s day. Not just any beef, but instead he wants to be flown to Tuscany for a Bistecca Fiorentina made by Dario Cecchini, ‘the Butcher of Panzano’. The DiCarlo sons won’t be flying their father to Tuscany this Sunday, but we have it on good authority that the boys will be grilling that very slab of beef here in Dallas for their dad.

A real Bistecca Fiorentina comes from an ancient Tuscan breed, the Chianina cow. It is one of the world’s largest breeds; tall and alabaster in color. The cow is generally used as a beast of burden due to its strength and stature, but the meat is prized for its succulent flavor.   Continue reading

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Helicopter To The State Fair Compliments Of The Palomar Hotel Dallas

by Steven Doyle

As the State Fair of Texas approaches we will start hearing about all sorts of deals and attractions with the Big Tex theme. This one from the Palomar Hotel Dallas is more delicious that a box of Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. They are actually offering two Big Tex packages.

The package for $189, which is a good value, offers a room, DART rail passes to the fair, chef Graham’s triple fried potatoes and cotton candy in the room.  Every room gets use of the corporate gold fish regardless.       Continue reading

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NYLO Irving Kicking Up The Menu

by Steven Doyle

As summer shows signs of moving along in deference to another season, we decided to check in and check out the NYLO Hotel in Irving; this on the eve of the latest version of NYLO opening in the South Side area just south of downtown Dallas.

The NYLO Hotels are chic, fun and a fantastic escape for a couple to recharge their batteries without the burden and expense of actually leaving the city. The hotel has that stylish-inner city feel as all the rooms are actually lofts that are stark, yet spry. The rooms are well appointed with all the necessities you might find at any hotel, but without the cookie cutter feel you often experience at a similarly priced room most anywhere.        Continue reading

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