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Thanh Nguyen From Oishii Hosts A Very Extreme Pop Up Dinner At Zen In Deep Ellum

zenby Steven Doyle

This Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 2013, the chef and proprietor of Oishii will be hosting a special eight course dinner on the premises of Zen Bistro and Dessert Bar in Deep Ellum. Thanh Nguyen will be offering some extreme and Zen dishes. The seventh course will be provided by the Zen girls who will offer up a special dessert.

The dinner is only $50 and reservations are very limited. If you need an Oishii fix email Chonnie directly at chonnie@zenbistrodallas.com.

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Zen Bistro And Dessert Bar Adds Vegan And Gluten Free Cakeballs

DSC06241by Steven Doyle

Zen Bistro and Dessert Bar just became a little more zen-like with the addition of gluten free and vegan options in their dessert line. In the past two years the restaurant owned by sisters Chonnie Richey and Czarina Hounsel has grown in popularity which first started as a cool coffee shop with a vibe in Deep Ellum. It was a great place to snag a cake ball or two, which is their claim to fame after appearing on the Cooking Network.  Central Market loved the Zen cake balls so much they sell hoards of them each week.

Soon the girls found their customers asking about their Filipino heritage and wondering where they could actually find that style of food in Dallas. There aren’t many, to be sure.  So the girls changed their name from Zen Baking Company and added Bistro to the name. Now you can find an assortment of Filipino dishes, some in tapas portions for easy tasting and sharing.   Continue reading

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Bacon Tour 2012

by Steven Doyle

It’s no secret that I am a wandering tour guide for the city’s best restaurants. I feel it is my role at craveDFW and I am an actual food guide on weekends with Dallas by Chocolate. But I have done this for years. Weekends I would take my friends on tiny excursions around Dallas on warm Saturday afternoons, showing them my favorite spots to hang out for a cold beer or a savory bite.

Our impromptu tours might have included grabbing a bottle of wine and a sandwich at Jimmy’s Food Store, only to enjoy on Tom Spicer’s back patio next door which during a conversation might lead to the best mussel battle and we would be off to enjoy a shared batch at Vickery Tavern. This would lead to tacos at Cool and Hot in Oak Cliff, followed by cocktails at Bolsa and a late pizza and a beer at Nova on Davis.    Continue reading

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Zen’s Chonnie Richey On A Filipino Festival And How She Plans To Grow Her Business

by Steven Doyle

It has been just over one year since the young ladies at Zen Bistro and Dessert Bar opened their doors in Deep Ellum at the old Blind Lemon spot on Main Street. Since then Chonnie Richey and Czarina Hounsel have grown their little empire to stellar proportions.  We sat down with Chonnie last night to find out how the business of cakeballery and Filipino food is going and see what the sisters might have planned for the near future.   Continue reading

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