Category Archives: Tequila

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We Have 8 Ways To Celebrate In Style

by Steven Doyle

Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a splash of tequila.

On this special day thoughts may wander to the very first margarita machine that was invented in Dallas by restaurant owner Mariano Martinez in 1971. The Smithsonian was so thirsty they nabbed  the machine and is on view at the DC museum.

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Q-n-A With The Milagro Texas Brand Ambassador

DSC07575by Steven Doyle

I spent the better part of this week shadowing the Milagro Tequila ambassador as he made his way around our village, spreading the good word about tequila and the upcoming Margarita Meltdown which we both are sponsors. JP de Loera is an affable fellow who was probably born for this position, but in our Q&A we ask how one becomes ambassador. In our notes I was to ask him about diplomatic immunity, but through the fog of many margaritas I failed to ask that important question.

I did witness the good ambassador offer to buy a group of elderly women shots of tequila. The Oak Cliff Business Women’s Club was more than pleased to oblige his valiant offer. Although JP acknowledged that shooting good tequila was probably not the best use of his product, it was fun none the less. And isn’t that what it is all about?     Continue reading

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Holiday Vignettes: Alice Lassaude

by Steven Doyle

Alice Laussade is a James Beard nominated food writer in Dallas, working for the Dallas Observer some times under the nom de plume Cheap Bastard. Her legendary wit and outrageous deadpan style has garnered her an enormous following. Alice also hosts the Annual Meat Fight which has become a cult event which raises money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Today Alice shares memories of holidays past.   Continue reading

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Clase Azul Tequila Celebtrates A Fitting 15th Anniversary

IMG_1036by Andrew Chalk

The ultra premium tequila brand Clase Azul recently celebrated 15 years of being in business. In planning the event, the creative and business management of the company went back to first principles. They stood for authenticity, supporting the traditional crafts of Mexico, and acting in a sustainable manner. For example, every bottle of Clase Azul is different, because it is hand made. Over 100 artisans in a single town mold, paint and decorate each bottle. Non toxic ceramic paints and hand made brushes are the tools and equipment, and each bottle takes a full two weeks to complete. The final article is a work of art and if you buy a bottle start your own collection.        Continue reading

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A Gran Patron Dinner At Abacus

patron1by Steven Doyle

Last evening Kent Rathbun held one of his famous dinners, this time surrounded by the people from Patron who offered some amazing pairings with Rathbun’s surprisingly unusual food. Walking  into the restaurant I was thinking ‘Mexican’ to match up to Patron Tequila, and that would certainly work for Abacus which serves up world cuisine. But instead of just going to the immediate south of the border, we were treated to full-on pan-Latin cuisine, which took elements from Spain, South America and yes, Mexico.          Continue reading

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Don Julio Comes To Lazaranda

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by Andrew Chalk

I just read a restaurant review by a famous critic whose prose makes mine sound like a garbage truck being shoved into reverse. He argued that great meals are made not by the food, or the beverages, but by the ‘whole milieu’ in which one enjoys it. The location, the company, the sense of accomplishment from endeavors earlier in the day. From kind remarks one heard. Maybe it was a combination of those things that made tonight’s tequila dinner at Lazaranda  in Addison so enjoyable. According to famous critic, I could have replaced the food with a TV dinner, the Don Julio 100% blue Weber agave tequila with battery acid, and the evening would have been just as adorable.    Continue reading

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Tasting Tequila As Serious As Tasting Wine With Casa Noble

IMG_1690Full house for Komali’s largest tequila tasting to date

by Andrew Chalk

It was a sea of people last night at Komali in Uptown where owner Abraham Salum put on his largest Tequila tasting since Komali opened two and half years ago. The fêted brand was Casa Noble, a premium Tequila produced since the 1700s near Tequila in the state of Jalisco. Perhaps the high turnout (you could hardly move) was not a surprise, as Casa Noble CEO Jose Hermosillo had flown into Dallas to personally make the presentation as part of a promotional tour of the important Texas market. Alongside the tequilas, Komali chef Anastacia Quiñones served ‘botanas’ to suit each one.  Continue reading

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