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It Takes A Village To Make This Burger

DSC08996by Steven Doyle

Village Burger Bar opened its fourth location on Inwood in north Dallas just recently, and I stopped in yesterday for a look – and a taste. I had been to the location in West Village numerous times and always appreciated the skinny fries and what Jules Winnfiled would call a “tasty burger”. But there is so much more to Village than burgers, and it emanates from the talented hands of its chef-owner Susan Matta. While husband Mike Matta is tops when it comes to brand development, it is Susan that makes her way around the kitchens creating new ideas and flavors.

The Matta duo opened their first location in West Village back in 2005. Susan Matta explains, “Our business model is simple.  I am the chef/co-owner and responsible for the menu development along with all recipes.  I acquired my passion for food and cooking from my mother and grandmother.  Mike is the co-owner/business and brand developer.  In his spare time he is also a commercial pilot.”  Together they make a great team that allows each of them to express their individual creativity and work to bring their customers the best product possible.     Continue reading

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Two Wine Finds With A Quirky Name

Cabernet merlot lily pad red jcmby Andrew Chalk

What do you do if the rest of the world calls you a frog and thinks that you are arrogant just because you have the best shrug? If you are French winemaker Jean-Claude Mas you turn the joke back to them with a wine that displays a refined idiosyncrasy and calls itself The Arrogant Frog.

The importer just delivered bottles of their 2011 vintage. The red, a ”Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot” blend with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Chardonnay. Both come from France’s beautiful Languedoc region on the Mediterranean and both come in screw cap bottles. These are unprepossessing wines in name and packaging but surprisingly refined in taste. Good winemaking makes a good value wine for $10.            Continue reading

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Your Guide To The Taste Of Dallas

tod3by Steven Doyle

It is plenty hot outside which means it is time to check out the 2013 edition of the Taste of Dallas at Fair Park this weekend. This year promises a few new attractions, and we have them all listed below.  Several of the attractions and gate admission can be purchased in advance at the Taste of Dallas website. this is always a fun event that shouldn’t be missed. Continue reading

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Walking Food And Historic Tours Of Uptown

by Steven Doyle

Tours are a  fantastic way to see a city and get a bite of what the food and culture is all about. Starting June 9, 2012 Food Tours of America announced that they will be begin Walking Food Tours in Uptown on McKinney Avenue and West Village. These food tours will last approximately 2.5 hours with brief, scenic walks between tastings.

The Uptown Dallas Food Tour offers participants an insider’s view of Dallas’ most pedestrian-friendly areas with a special focus on interesting local  In addition to generous tastings at several hand-picked eateries, each narrated walking tour includes historical attractions and anecdotes as the trained guides whisk pedestrians around the streets of Dallas.         Continue reading

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