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  • Crowded House, Lawrence Arabia

    published August 5, 2010

    Crowded House have been rushing about playing and promoting Intriguer, their follow-up to 2007's Time on Earth. And rightfully so,... More >>

  • The Best Taco Food Network Ever Ate

    The Best Taco Food Network Ever Ate

    published Aug 02, 2010

    ​Cruised on over to a certain Buckner Road taco joint's Facebook page today to check out the menu board postings -- as we are wont to do -- and was reminded that tonight it'll finally be time to see... More >>

  • Cool Drinks, DOMAXXII Style

    published Jul 26, 2010

    ​Last week was spent building tolerance: It was the annual week of the Dallas Observer Music Awards. The tolerance of which I speak really has nothing to do with music, but of crowds, heat and hooch... More >>

  • Sippin' Spiked Sweet Stuff at the Kessler

    published Jul 06, 2010

    ​After a full-belly dinner at Smoke, girl drinker Marla and I headed off to meet other girl drinkers Sarah, Lindsey and Amy, and some other homies at the Kessler Theater. The Beaten Sea and The Napt... More >>

  • Refresh Yourself. Moscow-style.

    published Jun 21, 2010

    ​At a party recently, I was given a taste of one of the most refreshing vodka cocktails I've had in a great while.Josh -- who wears a Canadian tuxedo with more style than anyone else I know, but tha... More >>

  • Top Five Things We're Expecting to Happen on <I>Top Chef</I> Tonight

    Top Five Things We're Expecting to Happen on Top Chef Tonight

    published Jun 16, 2010

    ​OK, so we're all really stoked about the start of Top Chef, D.C. tonight. Even Bravo producer and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen is venturing into fanboy-level excitement, as proven by his... More >>

  • Apple Loves a Food App

    published Jun 10, 2010

    ​Apple released its list for the Apple Design Award's top 10 applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Among them were sweetly addictive time-killing games (what, no Angry Birds? At least they i... More >>

  • Nocturnal Admissions

    published June 10, 2010

    Most everyone--of legal drinking and deeding age, anyway--has experienced a lapse in memory concerning the proverbial night before. Of course, an... More >>

  • Meet Big D's D-Files

    published June 10, 2010

    We've all seen the stereotypical dragonfly--the little stick bug with four wings that resides on juice glasses or pillows or wallpaper or garden... More >>

  • The Sounds Of Rebirth

    published June 10, 2010

    With all of the variety found in Fair Park over the years--opera, ShamWow demonstrations, women's history, funnel cakes, that bizarre Magnum P.I.... More >>

  • I'd Like My Pina Colada Improvised, Please.

    published Jun 07, 2010

    ​As many of our Internet-savvy readers have figured out by now, Andrea Grimes is back at ye ol' Dallas Observer. After less than a week back on the beat, Grimes and I had enjoyed way more than one... More >>

  • 100 Favorite Dishes: Lunch Express at Dream Café

    100 Favorite Dishes: Lunch Express at Dream Café

    published Jun 07, 2010

    ​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no partic... More >>

  • Going Back to the Drawing Board

    published June 3, 2010

    Have you seen the sketches and notes of the writer or director of a movie you truly love? It can make the movie deeper, clearer or more personal.... More >>

  • From the Ground Up

    published June 3, 2010

    Pink will forever be associated with not only the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, but the entire full-fledged fight against breast... More >>

  • Nothing Satisfies Your Mom Like a Bloody Mary

    published May 24, 2010

    ​I wouldn't classify my mother as a real big drinker. More like a rare drinker. She's never had a predilection for Pinot Grigio, and she doesn't require a cocktail during her nightly stories. On a s... More >>

  • Getting Shots On Galaxy

    published May 20, 2010

    I don't want to be negative, here, but seeing as how FC Dallas tied the Seattle Sounders 2-2 just two weeks before the LA Galaxy... More >>

  • Top Five: Steve Brule Eats for Your Health, You Dumbo!

    published May 18, 2010

    ​If you're anything like the City of Ate staff, you love Dr. Steve Brule (aka, John C. Reilly) and his Brule's Rules on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Not only is he looking out "for your hea... More >>

  • Frank-ly, My Dear

    published May 13, 2010

    If you want to know what a real Frank Sinatra fan looks like, don't bother with American Idol and last week's Sinatra tribute shows. Don't... More >>

  • Seek And Find And Drink

    published May 13, 2010

    Think long and hard about this: Why the hell wouldn't you want to compete in a 21-and-up scavenger hunt/pub crawl benefiting a worthy artistic... More >>

  • Neighborhood Services Tavern brings good taste to social networking

    published May 13, 2010

    A loosened tie. Rolled-up shirtsleeves. Ditching heels for flats. Friendly banter during the ballgame or an "I'll get the next... More >>

  • Lavender Cocktails Rock the 'Hood

    Lavender Cocktails Rock the 'Hood

    published May 07, 2010

    ​Lots of people equate lavender with soaps, sachets and lotions. And that's fair. So much of the reason lavender is even popular is due to its fragrance -- which is soft, fresh and somehow, purple.B... More >>

  • Make a Meal for Mamma

    published May 6, 2010

    What would you say to risotto with wild asparagus and pecorino? And how would you like some pan-seared scallops with fregula pasta and roasted... More >>

  • The Rosenberg Press

    published May 6, 2010

    This isn't the first time Andrea Rosenberg has flied solo. She did it before in this fair city, two years ago, in fact. It was then that she... More >>

  • Silver Screen Weekend

    published April 29, 2010

    Dallas is just now recuperating from the 10-day big-screen marathon that was the Dallas International Film Festival. I bested my last two years'... More >>

  • Girl Drink Drunk Flies Solo at Studio Movie Grill

    published Apr 23, 2010

    ​Last installment, Girl Drink Drunk pal Jen and I were just starting our vacations (I use that term liberally as Jen wasn't really on a work vacation, but it was just so dang fun) with the Dallas In... More >>

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