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The New Luna’s Tortilla Factory and Restaurant Now Open For Business

image4 (2)by Steven Doyle

In a time when women were kept at home and away from the workplace Maria Luna, who at the rime was a single parent, rose from the kitchen to create her mark on Dallas history with Luna’s Tortilla Factory. A strong and devoted woman Luna gathered local women to crush her nixtamal , or corn that would become masa. Once gathered from Luna had the masa formed into tortillas and tamales which became a business that is now 94 years old and run by her son and grandson, both named Fernando.

Maria Luna ran her business, originally located on McKinney Avenue near downtown on a block that Luna purchased in 1938 for about $50,000 and shared with the original El Fenix. There the family worked, living above the tortilla factory. This meant dedication. Maria never turned away a stranger in need of fresh tortillas regardless of the hour. The building has since been remodeled to accommodate Meso Maya, and is considered a historical landmark.  Continue reading

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The First Thanksgiving Menu

by Steven Doyle

As our day of Thanksgiving fast approaches we wanted to look back and see why and how our Pilgrim ancestors celebrated their feast.

What began in 1620 with a band of 102 religious separatists seeking a new home and the lure of the New World’s prosperity, the Pilgrims settled into their new life style, which proved harsh throughout their first brutal Cape Cod winter.   Continue reading

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Celebrate the Gin and Tonic at Hide in Deep Ellum

IMG_3514by Steven Doyle

The ubiquitous gin and tonic has a long and rather storied history that dates back to 16th century Holland where the drink was prescribed as a means to aid circulation. It wasn’t until 1750 where the cocktail made major strides in Britain and was consumed in great quantities. Eleven million gallons annually to be precise. Speed up to 1857 when the British Crown took governance of India and the gin and tonic took on a new life staving off malaria and scurvy with the assist of the addition of a lime.   Continue reading

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Celebrate Julia Child’s 101st Birthday With Us

I was fortunate enough to have met Julia Child several times, and am usually giddy when I hear her name mentioned. What royalty in the culinary world. What class and reverence. Thank you for enlightening us all.   — Steven

 

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