The first biryani I ever made was on Christmas Day. I somehow convinced the majority of my family that glazed ham with pineapple rings and the roast turkey redux were about as edaciously fashionable as microwave cookbooks and jello molds. I thought if a holiday meal was supposed to feel decadent and ... More >>
You like spicy, right? You'd better.
When the fossils of a giant plant-eating reptile were found in South East Asia, paleontologists wanted to give the world's largest lizard ever discovered a proper name. They just couldn't decide between Jim Morrison, a rocker with an affinity for lizards, or Hunter S. Thompson, a rock & roll journal ... More >>
If known only for being a member of The Buggles, keyboardist Geoff Downes would still have a place in rock history. "Video Killed The Radio Star" was the first video played on MTV way back in 1981. But Downes' greater commercial success came as a member of Asia and Yes. Currently recording and touri ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. Multi-instrumentalists Max Townsley and Drew Erick ... More >>
Even without considering his most recent band, OFF!, Keith Morris' punk rock credentials would be secure. Best known as the original singer for Black Flag and the founding member of the Circle Jerks, Morris has been at the forefront of the American hardcore and punk experience for the better part of ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. When Gretchen and Sonny Williams bought the Highland Park Pharmacy in 2006, they agree ... More >>
Korean comedian/musician PSY's track "Gangnam Style" became a global viral hit over the summer and served as an example of the Hallyu, or Korean wave. This week, Schoolboy Records (the crew behind Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen) picked PSY up for releases in North America, the most high-profile ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Remember that paper bag of mini doughnuts you bought from the grocery store? They were ... More >>
As distributors flee the Far East, Dallas' Asian Film Fest keeps fighting.
The first time I ate cabrito was at El Ranchito, a glorious palace of Mexican food specializing in Comida Norteña (that is, the regional dishes of northern Mexico) located on Oak Cliff's Jefferson Boulevard.
Maybe my imagination's become limited and cynical in the third decade of existence, but I feel as though this Party Rock thing is on its last legs. It's enjoyed a phenomenal run, mostly in the perennially club-stamped hands of Redfoo and SkyBlu, the two Gordy descendants who compose LMFAO. They're e ... More >>
"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind," Humphrey Bogart once said. His wise words are printed on the menu at Tate's, a craft cocktail outpost housed in an old Victorian house on Mckinney Avenue that opened last December, and where I found myself in need of a beverage on ... More >>
Justin BieberMonday, October 29, at American Airlines Center, $52.71-$103.90Though he's one of the most disliked artists in the world, I predict this show will sell out quicker than it takes load the video for "Baby." Of course, Dallas has a special place in Biebs' heart. His girlfriend Selena Gomez ... More >>
Weary of soy protein and veggie burgers from Meatless Mondays gone by, I had set my sights this go around on exotic flavors and spices. My search for bargain vegetarian nirvana took me to Mumtaz, an Indian restaurant located in a generic Richardson strip mall at Campbell and Central. I'm typically ... More >>
By now you've probably noticed the banners across the top of our blogs or seen the Mixmaster post touting Brew at the Zoo September 10, but perhaps were hesitant to commit to a $30 ticket without knowing just which beers would be available. How about I just tell you that the ticket includes zoo ... More >>
The Museum of Nature & Science (1318 S. Second Ave.) is hosting another Beer & Bones "after-hours" party. -- not to be confused with a raging, post-bar sloshfest. Rather, the museum is staying open past its usual 6 p.m. close. The first Beer & Bones took place March 24 and fea ... More >>
Not a bad Tuesday night coming at you this evening. After the the jump, we highlight the three best.
OK, we'll be the first to admit that the whole idea of turning 4/20 into a pot-smoking holiday is pretty stupid. If you're an adult, you should be able decide if and when you want to smoke on your own, without a numerical coincidence putting any extra emphasis on the activity. But the date has ... More >>
At 68, legendary guitarist John McLaughlin has nothing left to prove. He's played with everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix. And, as leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the '70s, McLaughlin created a bold new fusion of jazz, rock and Indian influences that remains some of the most challenging ... More >>
Jesse HugheyOne of the most exciting bits of beer-related news I've received in the last year came in an interview with Guinness brewmaster Fergal Murray at Trinity Hall in March as he was touring the country making the case for celebrating St. Patrick's Day with his products. Intrigued by outsta ... More >>
I had intended to provide as this week's aural audio the entirety of Beck's redo of INXS's Kick, which features on guitar and vocals none other than Lake Highlands' own Annie Clark, or St. Vincent. (The formerly Dallas Observer Music Awards-nominated St. Vincent, Pete asks me to remind you as I d ... More >>
Twenty-something years ago, Merritt was just your average high school kid, hanging out and throwing keggers. But, one Saturday afternoon, on his way to help set up a party, Merritt witnessed a series of life-changing events which transformed him into DJ Merritt--pretty much over night. Now, with ... More >>
Flickr user Ctd 2005Except on Mardi Gras, the jackalope is rarely seen in the wild with its shirt off.Some think the best thing about February is Valentine's Day and spending some romantic time with your significant with a box of chocolates and bottle of wine. Not us. We'd rather drink strong coc ... More >>
The Peking Acrobats bring magic to the DSO
The DSO rocks the Latino festival flare
At Afghan Grill, the fortunes of war pay delicious dividends
Temptations Indian Cuisine is less than seductive
Swim in the Indian Ocean
Oishii is a culinary adventure
You'll need to make a couple of laps around Osaka's buffet table
Jeff Moschetti joins team ZaZa