These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things: 2020

Ravioli at Homewood by Matt McCallister

Text + Photos by Joey Stewart

It’s a strange year to try and make any sort of “best of” list. We made it out several times before lockdown, then supported the scene by ordering take-out, and finally were able to venture out to a few patios when the weather would hold up. While there are dozens of options that we sadly missed, here are some favorites from our limited ventures out. (Or in).

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Cameron Diaz’s Wine — What is it All About?

Cameron Diaz believes empowerment involves being healthy — she leads a healthy lifestyle, only consuming foods that are sustainable, organic, and simple. While she’s been conscious about her eating habits, she didn’t always pay the same emphasis on her wine. She trusted that wines being advertised and marketed as organic would live up to that name. She believed, like most of us, that wine is simply fermented grapes.

But, she recently realized that most store-bought wines consist mostly of chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, fungicides, and other additives. She was horrified by this discovery, and so she set about investigating the matter. She learned that there’s a shocking lack of regulation and oversight in the wine industry. Manufacturers can basically slap the “organic” label on any bottle of wine, regardless of the production process.

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Where To Find Your Black-Eyed Peas For New Years Day

peasby Steven Doyle

Black-eyed peas have long been a traditional New Years dish with the thought that they bring the eater good luck. The tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock, and destroyed whatever they could not carry away. At that time, Northerners considered “field peas” and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and did not steal or destroy these humble foods. It’s a southern thing.

There are a few great places to enjoy your personal pot of good luck in the Dallas area. Certainly look to the obvious spots such as Celebration on Lovers Lane in Dallas where they have been serving  southern hospitality since 1971. In addition to your black-eyed peas, you can also find a great chicken fried steak, catfish, meatloaf and other hearty dishes to start your year off right.   Continue reading

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Vidorra Makes its Highly Anticipated Addison Debut

The Addison community will get to experience “the good life” at Vidorra through inspired Mexican cuisine and over-the-top cocktails when it opens on Monday, Dec. 28.

Located at 5100 Beltline Road, Ste. #410 in Addison’s Village on the Parkway, Vidorra will serve hand-crafted Mexican dishes and curated cocktails, as well as a large tequila selection. The new 5,800-square-foot restaurant marks Vidorra’s second location in Dallas-Fort Worth and second systemwide.

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Ten Lucky Dishes You May Enjoy in Dallas for the New Year

newyearby Steven Doyle

Luck be a lady tonight and throughout 2020 should she following along with our all-star guide to superstitiously delicious and fortunate foods from around the globe, but can also be found right here in the DFW area to stack the odds in her favor.

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Po Melvin Schools Us In The Art Of Black-Eyed Peas, Just For Good Luck

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Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s Day “good luck” tradition.  But for Mel LeMane, the Southern staple is something more.  Black-eyed peas literally launched his family into the restaurant business, and they’re the most requested side dish at Po’ Melvin’s, which serves up Southern comfort fare from an unassuming strip mall space in Irving.   Continue reading

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