by Steven Doyle
Inca’s Cafe is located in Carrollton just off George Bush and Josey, in the same strip center as the Target which you will find on the corner. What looks to be very ordinary, and possibly even mundane from the outside, turns out to be a whimsical ride through Machu Picchu in Peru. Inca’s serves up some pretty terrific Peruvian dishes, often with a side of live music to keep with the beat of the theme.
Owned by Candy Vera, who purchased the restaurant from her mother. “In 2003 my mother started the restaurant using all of our family recipes. My grandmother’s, and further back” said Vera. Candy Vera was working for Merrill Lynch at the time as a broker, and at one point invested in the restaurant to help take it to another level. She eventually bought her mother out, and now runs the restaurant by herself. She talks of expansion, catering (which she does now to a happy list of clientele) and even going back to school for some culinary lessons to help elevate those old family recipes. Not that she needs to, because what we found was thoroughly delicious, and reminiscent of my travels to Peru. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We are fortunate to have some interesting and talented people living and working in Dallas. I obviously obsess over over chefs , artists and musicians, as we should. One of my very favorite people in Dallas is something of an artist in her own right. Paula Lambert is many things. She is a cheese-maker (owner of Mozarella Company in Deep Ellum), an artist and has a voracious appetite for travel. I say artist because sh has this innate ability to create something absolutely beautiful out of practically nothing. And her travels are stuff of legend. And her cheese makes its way around the world, winning many awards along the way.
I once told Ms. Lambert that I would be happy if I had half her air miles. She looked at me and smiled, “what air miles”? What I figured would be millions of miles racked up each year are actually used as quickly as they accumulate. And good for her. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Dinner with Stephan Pyles is always going to be an adventure, as it was on our most recent visit to the chef’s latest incarnation on Ross Avenue, San Salvaje. Here you will savor flavors from most anywhere south of Harlingen, Texas. This would include Mexico, Central and South America, and a heavy influence from Peru, the true breadbasket of the planet.
Peru has no less than 3,000 varieties of potatoes, 2,000 species of fish, 650 varieties of native fruits. With 7 centuries of history and many influences, Peruvian cuisine is essentially based on Inca tradition tempered by many waves of migration. To mark his menu with dishes he found on a variety of excursions to Peru, chef Pyles has the perfect soundboard for a variety of flavors., and he does them very well.
by Steven Doyle
How would you like to spend a week with two beautiful and talented celebrity chefs, Tiffany Derry and Uno Imminavong in the South America, wining and dining through Peru? You now have that opportunity. Peruvian restaurateur and master distiller at Pisco Porton and television sensation, Johnny Schuler will join you through Peru which is known for their immense variety and quality of its foo. Lima has been declared the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America. The gastronomic boom Peru is experiencing has led to an explosion of more successful and innovative restaurants than ever before. Lima is also where the cocktail, Pisco Sour, originated.
On this amazing tour, you will not only visit the top restaurants in the city, but also have classes in creating our own Pisco Sour cocktails with the topmost authority on this popular spirit, Johnny Schuler.
This sounds like a culinary vacation of a lifetime. For more information, or to book your trip visit the Tripboutiq website. Check out the itinerary: Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
This weekend on craveRADIO we hosted Dallas restaurant legend Bob Sambol, who is currently working with the myriad of restaurateurs soon to open in Trinity Groves in West Dallas. Sambol has this amazing past, and discussed both his highs and lows in the industry. Since a young age he enjoyed the trappings of running a restaurant, and had the good fortune to work for many of the nation’s best as this amazing front of the house man, a talent that he is sharing with a new flock of first time restaurant owners.
Sambol discussed the birth of his restaurant, Bob’s Steak and Chop House in Dallas, and gave us a fun bird’s eye view how he took the restaurant from just a few covers a night to a multi-million dollar operation. He also talks about his struggle with gambling and how he is able to deal with his personal demons which made for some compelling radio. Continue reading