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  • 100 Favorite Dishes: Kibbi at Ali Baba Cafe

    published Sep 21, 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 particu... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Savory's Finale a Little Sick, Sweet's Premiere a Little Sour
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    Chef Tell: Savory's Finale a Little Sick, Sweet's Premiere a Little Sour

    published Sep 16, 2010

    ​First of all, let's get something out of the way. We all need closure. After our lovely Tiffany Derry packed her knives and came home to Dallas to get hitched, I didn't recap the finales. Partly be... More >>

  • Model Watch: Bullying and Being Too Thin Aren't In, But, Like, Demi Lovato Totally Is

    published Sep 16, 2010

    ​We found the chosen girls from the America's Next Top Model premiere talking themselves up something crazy and strolling Venice Beach, which, if I'm not mistaken, go hand in hand. A Venice street ... More >>

  • How 'Bout a Little Bear Huntin'?

    published September 16, 2010

    It's the second week of the regular season, which either means we're all collectively breathing a sigh of relief because this shit actually... More >>

  • The Smoky Haze of Art

    published September 16, 2010

    Mark Sheinkman's ability to represent an organic curve is lyrical, urban and damn sexy. His exhibition, Manhattanville, named... More >>

  • Model Watch: Tyra Chooses Slim Pickings and the Chuckle Sisters

    published Sep 09, 2010

    ​The newest season (Cycle 15, for those counting or interested) of America's Next Top Model kicked off last night, and since I'm posting this here, you know we have at least one contestant from our ... More >>

  • Giving Cheese the Boot

    published September 9, 2010

    The owner of Scardello Artisan Cheese, 3511 Oak Lawn Ave., might be named Rich Rogers, but Scardello is indeed a family name (his grandfather's)... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Cooking for Buzz and Beyond
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    Chef Tell: Cooking for Buzz and Beyond

    published Sep 02, 2010

    ​First of all, TV fans, let me just throw you a cyber fist bump and wish you all a happy 9.02.10. Donna Martin graduates!But seriously, last night was the last set of "normal" challenges before the ... More >>

  • I'm a Geek Who Drinks...Root Beer?

    published Aug 30, 2010

    ​I've been totally jazzed about telling all you drinkers, girl and otherwise, about how bad ass Geeks Who Drink on Mondays at the Barley House is. It is just 2 weeks old, but it is outstanding. Geek... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Take Them Out To The Concession Stand
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    Chef Tell: Take Them Out To The Concession Stand

    published Aug 26, 2010

    ​Last night Top Chef opened with our fair Tiffany Derry's boisterous guffaws. Ed, the cheftestant who is her show BFF and who totally adores her, was parading around in one of her dresses. At that p... More >>

  • If You Win We'll Go Shopping

    published August 26, 2010

    Previously, our fair Frisco RoughRiders have maintained a fairly even win-loss record with the Midland RockHounds this season. The Riders... More >>

  • File Under Various Artists

    published August 26, 2010

    Too often, art is considered an exclusive thing, something for the in-crowd--established artists and their cohorts, collectors and such. But TCU's... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Dishes in Disguise?
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    Chef Tell: Dishes in Disguise?

    published Aug 19, 2010

    ​Last night's episode of Top Chef provided A) the best text messages sent by friends watching the show before I was, and B) the most quality "sheesh"-inducing insults during tasting and Judges' Tabl... More >>

  • 100 Favorite Dishes: Black Bean Enchiladas
    At Avila's Restaurant

    published Aug 19, 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 particular... More >>

  • 100 Favorite Dishes: Vegetable Platter
    At Roti Grill

    published Aug 13, 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 particular... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Restaurant Wars, WTF?
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    Chef Tell: Restaurant Wars, WTF?

    published Aug 12, 2010

    ​Ah, yes. The Top Chef fan's most beloved and anticipated episode: restaurant wars.But first, there was the tag team cook-off -- which, personally, I adore without restraint. It's stressful, it... More >>

  • Do You Like to Keep It Mellow?

    published August 12, 2010

    What? Don't tell us you're not familiar with the easy, breezy, laid-back songstylings of Jack Mother-Lovin' Johnson. The pro-surfer... More >>

  • Last Night: Crowded House at the House of Blues
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    Last Night: Crowded House at the House of Blues

    published Aug 06, 2010

    Crowded House, Lawrence ArabiaHouse of BluesAugust 5, 2010Better than: Seeing Crowded House on an Edgefest bill in 1994 and only getting 45 minutes of greatness... Oh, and um, all my expectations. Bec... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Tiffany, Official Food Ambassador
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    Chef Tell: Tiffany, Official Food Ambassador

    published Aug 05, 2010

    ​Right away, we knew this would be a big week for our Tiffany Derry. They started off the show with her smoothing toner all over her face and neck (so that's how she gets that awesome skin!) and tal... More >>

  • Q&A: Crowded House's Nick Seymour Talks Inspiration, Visual Art, David Byrne, Mustaches and Bicycling With Our In-House Superfan
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    Q&A: Crowded House's Nick Seymour Talks Inspiration, Visual Art, David Byrne, Mustaches and Bicycling With Our In-House Superfan

    published Aug 05, 2010

    ​On a hot summer day last month, I played the "international calling game" with Crowded House's bassist Nick Seymour. I harassed operators and PR reps to no avail: The number I was dialing was not i... More >>

  • 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
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    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 >>

  • Do You Remember, Kids?

    published Jul 30, 2010

    ​We've gotten sort of nostalgic this week. Not sure if it's hormonal or the fact that we at pizza yesterday and haven't gotten a whole helluva lot of sleep, but something made us start reflecting on... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Lobbying the Palm
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    Chef Tell: Lobbying the Palm

    published Jul 29, 2010

    ​Bring out the politicians! Well, I wish they hadn't, actually, but they did. And man, do those people smile and nod, smile and nod. It's really sort of infuriating. In the beginning -- during ... 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 >>

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