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A Short Trip To Spain With Si Tapas

by Steven Doyle

We love our tapas, and probably and remain a bit disappointed that the term is becoming a diluted with the use for anything small. Small plates does not equal tapas. Tapas are these marvelous plated dishes from Spain, and are basically snacks and small meals. Since dinner can be served as late as midnight in Spain, you might find yourself bar hopping and sampling a few items from an array of tapas the bar has on hand that evening.

Most likely you will be served several styles of olives, breads, a bit of slow cooked beef, battered squid, sausages or a tortilla de patatas. The more you drink the better the tapas become.

We do have lovely tapas in Dallas, and very much with traditional recipes. Not free mind you. but delicious none the less. This week we checked into Si Tapas. Continue reading

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Eat Me: Soft Shell Crab at Casa Rubia

DSC02651by Steven Doyle

A night in Trinity Groves always compels me to make at least a pit stop into Casa Rubia, the kicked up tapas restaurant cheffed by James Beard nominated Omar Flores. Last evening was no exception. I sauntered in for a cocktail, but actually walked away with a happy belly full of crab. In this case it was three smallish soft shells that were perched so beautifully on my plate ever so lovely.    Continue reading

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Scenes From My Cell Phone: Casa Rubia

rubiaby Steven Doyle

I am pretty much out every night checking on the wining and dining scene in DFW, but do not always have my souped up Sony cam with me. Those are the nights I snap away using my cell phone and often share those pics with the good folks on Facebook. I have over 5,000 photos on my cell, and thought I should be sharing some of those with you. Look for future editions of Scenes From My Cell Phone.

This photo was taken at Casa Rubia in Trinity Groves last week when they were running a special called Polenta con Trufe y Iberco. Basically it is a bowl of polenta with an egg, a smattering of Jamon Iberco, freshly shaved black truffles, and an Iberco jus poured table-side. I pronounced that it was the best thing to hit my mouth in ages and was totally elated. I implored my Facebook buddies to drop in the next evening for an order of their very own, but alas they ran out of the Iberco jus.  There was only so much to go around.

Last night I ran into Cody Sharp, the sous at Casa Rubia, and he informed me that I should stop by tonight where he would be serving the special once again. Seems a bone was freed and he was able to make another round of the Iberco jus.     Continue reading

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Casa Rubia In Trinity Groves Serves Up A Slice Of Spain

casa4by Steven Doyle

There are a few tapas restaurants in Dallas, but none hold true to the flavor of Spain as much as the new Casa Rubia does in Trinity Groves. The beautiful new restaurant cheffed by Omar Flores with Cody Sharp as sous is cranking out delicious and beautiful plates of authentic flavor.  A recent visit revealed a heavenly paella served in the large paellera that easily serves a hungry gathering of four. Flores now makes what is possibly the best charcuterie board in the city, balanced perfectly on a rough-hewn wedge of wood.

On the menu is a version of Flores’ pulpa, as delicious but different that his octopus at Driftwood. The chef has the dish down pat and is a must order.    Continue reading

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Where The Moose Graze

casa rubiaby Alex “Moose” Perez

We asked local competitive eater Moose Perez where he has been dining lately and he sent us over a short list. Interesting restaurants. We will check in with Moose on occasion.

When it comes to food I’m sure to be as picky as any Foodie, but when it comes to food competitions, you can bet I’ll eat anything thrown at me.  There are four things that take precedence to eating and making it best choice for me: environment, service, drinks, and more importantly, quality of food.  Here are my TOP FIVE places to eat that meet Moose criteria.    Continue reading

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