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2001 Stories by Dave Faries

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  • Buttering Upscale

    published December 20, 2001

    The French always complicate things. From brandy to sparkling white wine to butter, everything they produce succumbs to regional designations.... More >>

  • Dishtasteful Duties

    published December 6, 2001

    Donald Eugene Lytle looked at Americans long and hard, then grappled with our very souls, extracting a truth both frightening and self-evident. We... More >>

  • Food Fight

    published November 29, 2001

    One fine day in the Big Apple, a restaurateur recognized New York Times food critic Eric Asimov scanning a menu. It was, in food-service... More >>

  • Celebrity du Jour

    published November 1, 2001

    Emeril Lagasse has a nightly show on the Food Network, a failed sitcom and a catchphrase. He is, in the currency of the times, an American... More >>

  • Mmm, Brains

    published October 25, 2001

    Many, many years ago, a man named Peter Zenger defended the rights of a free press with such vehemence that the idea became sacrament. In the Gulf... More >>

  • Weather or Not

    published October 11, 2001

    Inside Al's Prime Steaks and Seafood the temperature hovers comfortably in the 70s. Wind and rain smack against the restaurant's walls,... More >>

  • 'Boys Night Out

    published September 27, 2001

    The Burning Question crew returned from a vacation our editor described as "long-overdue"--a compliment, we presume--just in time for football... More >>

  • Skipping School

    published September 13, 2001

    Tom Fleming graduated from a top cooking school, Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois. He now serves as executive chef at Lombardi Mare in... More >>

  • The Hole in the Doughnut

    published August 23, 2001

    Here's a riddle: Take away the fine dining establishments that define Dallas nightlife. Remove the bright clusters of familiar chain... More >>

  • Too Old-Fashioned

    published August 16, 2001

    Sometimes in our daily lives we unwittingly explore the fuzzy boundaries between brutishness and sophistication. It's a tricky path between... More >>

  • Tale of Three Cities

    published August 9, 2001

    Several years ago Jeffrey Yarbrough thought up a wild idea for his wife's 25th birthday. Anyone could reserve a table at some Dallas hot spot,... More >>

  • Peanuts, Popcorn and Mee Grob

    published August 2, 2001

    It's difficult to imagine a more important year in baseball annals than 1908. It was the year of "Merkle's Boner," which isn't what you think... More >>

  • Feeding Frenzy

    published July 26, 2001

    Retro commercials on TV Land assure us of several critical things. A Coke, for example, tamed angry 1970s linebackers. Cartoon owls knew the... More >>

  • The Not-So-Finer Things

    published July 19, 2001

    Every time this country ends up with a Bush in the White House, several things most assuredly occur: The government inflicts some regrettable... More >>

  • Up to Snuff

    published July 12, 2001

    Only a few weeks from the planned opening of their first restaurant in 1996, Texadelphia owners Brian Mitts and Tom Landis ran into a little... More >>

  • A Glassware Menagerie

    published July 5, 2001

    Dixie Cups rank high in the pantheon of great inventions. They are sturdy, compact, disposable and capable of filling a room with oily black smoke... More >>

  • Being Avi Adelman

    published June 28, 2001

    A night out on Lower Greenville Avenue provides enough stuff for a Hollywood movie. The story line would be something gripping about a lone... More >>

  • Top Tenders

    published June 21, 2001

    Way back in the days of classic film noir, reporters spent their workdays hanging out in squalid taverns, knocking back whiskey and... More >>

  • Wrapped Up In Chains

    published June 14, 2001

    Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas operates a level-one trauma center, a violence intervention program, a palliative care department--and a... More >>

  • Chinese Cookie Torture

    published June 14, 2001

    For some reason we always think the Chinese hold the key to success, happiness and all of life's little secrets. For example, we're suddenly a... More >>

  • Tippling Tips

    published May 31, 2001

    We tend to define human progress in terms of personal wealth or the amount of open space bulldozed by developers. But a mere glance at history... More >>

  • Love Bites

    published May 24, 2001

    Laura Raymond disagrees with the conclusion of this article. "Lunch dates are for wussies," she explains. "If you really like someone, take... More >>

  • Decisions, Decisions

    published May 17, 2001

    The human brain is an amazing thing. It can conceive pyramids, space travel and the Popeil Pocket Fisherman. But when the brain confronts the... More >>

  • Din-din

    published May 10, 2001

    On a Saturday evening at Green Papaya, glasses clink together and occasionally shatter. Doors creak open, allowing the sharp banter of pots... More >>

  • Soul Survivor

    published May 3, 2001

    Sometimes comparisons just don't work. For example, New Englanders speak with grating accents just like Southerners. They contributed... More >>

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