Jeng Chi Is A Sichuan Delight With Amazing Dumplings

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The crowned jewel of Richardson’s Little China Town is none other than Jeng Chi, with their masterful Sichuan dishes, dim sum and the beloved xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings. Jeng Chi calls the latter “juicy dumplings”, but however you bite into them, they are masterful.

Opened 30 years ago by master chef Yuan Teng, the restaurant is now mostly operated by his son Francisco and daughter-in-law Janelle who has taken a small restaurant to their current digs just a few doors down to its current glorious 8,000 square feet.  Continue reading

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Laurel Tavern Opens May 23rd on Lowest Greenville

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Laurel Tavern opens to the public for dinner on Wednesday, May 23 at 1920 Lowest Greenville Avenue (same block as Nora Restaurant & Bar) is a casual but elevated modern American bar and restaurant with an intentional focus on high quality but approachable food, cocktails and superior hospitality.

Laurel Tavern features a menu with most everything made fresh daily onsite and from scratch. What the kitchen does not make, they source from the highest quality purveyors possible. Breads are sourced via local bakers and the burger is a proprietary blend ground in-house daily and hand formed. Produce is also hyper local and fresh, delivered daily.   Continue reading

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Orno Brings Life To Cedar Springs

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Once every so often, the stars align and the food gods shine upon us and we discover a beautiful little restaurant in an oasis all to its own where the wine pours magnificently, the cocktails are superb and the food will make your heart skip a bit with passion. Orno on Cedar Springs seems to be one of these restaurants.

Located in the Gayborhood which is oddly filled with burger options, sans the marvelous Peasant Pizzeria which just opened months ago. The finer dining options seem to have crept away from an area which should be an obvious choice for those with discriminating tastes.  Orno does fit this bill. It is not a place to shoot bad whiskey, but instead a slice of another place in another land.  Continue reading

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British Baker and Food Network Star in Lewisville

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Are you planning a tea party with crumpets and scones to watch Meghan Markle marry her prince?  Perhaps you want a unique decedent cake made by a Food Network baker? Or, you just want a gooey yummy brownie for no reason.  Whatever your pastry and dessert dreams are, you can find them on King Arthurs Blvd…in Lewisville. Continue reading

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A Wine Roundup Under $20

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Let’s take a look at a few bottles to get your weekend off to a good start.

2012 Angelini Pergola Rosso, DOC Marche, Italy $19

100% Pergola grapes. From the Marche region of Italy. Dark ruby color. Red fruit, herbs and rose petals in nose. Confirmed in the mouth. Black cherry flavors as well. Medium plus acid and chewy tannins. Not a huge amount of complexity but pleasant to drink now or near-term ageing. A red-sauce pasta wine.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: The Banh Xeu at Vietnam

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Bánh Xèo is a Vietnamese dish that is a savory fried style of pancake made from rice flour, water, turmeric powder, then stuffed with slivers of  shrimp, pork, chicken and diced green onions and bean sprouts. They are typically served with a stack of lettuce and other greens which can be used to wrap slices of the crepe then dipped into a sweet and sour diluted fish sauce.   Continue reading

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Celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookie Day at a Tollhouse Cafe

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As if you needed another excuse to enjoy fresh-baked Nestlé Toll House cookies from the Tollhouse Cafe, the calendar offers this helpful reminder: May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day.

The tasty dessert destination is celebrating the occasion by serving up its classic cookie, full of soft chocolate chips, at a very special price. Continue reading

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