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Ten Best Pancakes in Dallas

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There is nothing more satisfying in the morning than a few slabs of terrific pancakes and a perfect cup of steaming hot black coffee to set your day in motion. Go for an entire stack and a pot of coffee for a more extreme perpetual motion. We have been scoping out some of the top spots in the Dallas area for pancakes, and hope you enjoy them as much as we have.  We know there are many more that we enjoy, but we had to limit this list to ten. What are your favorites?

In no particular order, our top pancakes for Dallas:   Continue reading

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Sneak Peek at Abacus’ New Year’s Eve Selection

abacusby Steven Doyle

New Years Eve 2015 is so very close and the very best restaurants are filling quickly. We have it on good authority that one of Dallas’ best fine dining establishments has some openings. Abacus, owned by chef Kent Rathbun, has been one of our very favorite restaurants in the city. It opened 16 years ago and ages like a fine wine. Many of our very top chefs have worked at Abacus, and Rathbun himself comes with an amazing pedigree. You may also know him from his winning stint on Iron Chef where he slayed Bobby Flay in an Elk challenge.

It isn’t very often that you are able to get a sneak peek at a New Year’s dinner as we have for you today. Abacus invited us in to taste and give a foreshadowing of the many dishes that will be offered New Year’s Eve. What a joy this was as the food that the chefs have prepared for the big night are all simply amazing. Each course you will have a choice of offerings that range from Naked Cowboy oysters with a Cava Mignonette, Blood Orange, Creme Fraiche and Sturgeon Caviar, to a delicious Golden and Red Beet dish heavy on Jumbo Lump Crab, a Meyer Lemon Creme Fraiche with Chicory and Chives.

Other fond selections include a Miso Butter Poached Main Lobster with a Shiitake Mushroom Dashi, Crispy Pork Belly, Fresh Ramen Noodles, Edamame and a Farm Fresh Egg. Talk about a flavor bomb.  
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India Palace Enjoys an Upgrade of Decor and Flavors

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Serving Dallas since 1985, India Palace has been a mainstay for freshly prepared Indian cuisine. The dishes offered at India Palace are a combination of subtle tastes with flavors as varied as India’s climate and as exotic as India’s people. Fragrant, zesty, and warm spices India are delicately blended. Fresh and natural ingredients are used and the menu includes many gluten-free and vegan selections.

The restaurant has recently undergone a spiffy upgrade in decor as well as the menu. On our most recent visit we enjoyed the freshly updated dining which is as bright as some of the new offerings. We tackled a good portion of the menu including a variety of kabobs and a sampling of flavored naans which included the Palace Naan infused with raisins and nuts, an eye opening Habanero Naan stuffed with onions and spices, and Keema which has lamb. We absolutely loved the variety of Parathas, a buttery whole wheat bread.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: Lockhart Smokehouse Big Beef Rib

lockhartby Steven Doyle

Barbecue has to be one of the most satisfying meals a Texan could ever wish to enjoy. And nothing says barbecue like the big beef rib at Lockhart Smokehouse located in Oak Cliff (Bishop Arts) and downtown Plano. As the name would imply, it is big, it is bountiful and it is meaty.

Forget the holiday turkey, your table needs to be adorned with beefy ribs, brisket and whole smoked chickens (the latter at a bargain rate of a mere twelve bucks for an entire yard bird). Add an armload of meat-filled deviled eggs, smoked baked beans and some crunchy blue cheese slaw and you have a feast for the masses.   Continue reading

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Christmastime at the Dallas Arboretum is Filled with Surprises

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The Dallas Arboretum Children’s Adventure Garden presents many opportunities for holiday experiences before it closes for winterization beginning January 4 through the opening of Dallas Blooms on February 27. Before then, Children’s Adventure Garden guests will be busy with many special activities to close out the year.

On Saturday, December 19, guests can use science to prove the case for the holiday’s favorite cookie-lover, Santa Claus. Starting at 11 a.m., guests will get to use science to answer questions like, how does Santa’s sleigh fly? How does he fit down all the world’s chimneys? How does he not burn himself in the fireplace? The Case for Santa Claus program will take place in the Children’s Adventure Garden’s Entry Plaza.   Continue reading

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Limoncello Time

by Steven Doyle

Popular in the citrus-growing regions along Italy’s Amalfi coast for more than a century, the digestif Limoncello makes for the perfect holiday gift. The liqueur is second in popularity only to Campari in Italy, and is a refined and genteel way to end a great meal.

Now is the time to make the elixir.  It is so simple to make, pretty much anyone of drinking age can pull this off.

You will thank us for this.  Best way to say thanks?  A bottle of Limoncello.    Continue reading

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2015 Dallas – Forth Worth Haunted House Guide

by Steven Doyle

It’s haunting that there are so few weeks left in 2015. This means cooler temps, Fall parties and  terrifying romps through DFW’s best haunted houses.

Most haunted houses have two prices, one for regular admission, and a second speed pass price to exit through the long lines that you will surely meet. Jump in the haunted pit of horrors for a list of our local favorites. If you wish to add to our list send an email to steven@cravedfw.com. Continue reading

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