If you watched the local news at all over the last week, you must have seen the breathless, helicopter-aided reports of the $700,000 luxury home falling bit by bit down a 75-foot cliff into Lake Whitney. According to those news reports, the home's California-based owners first reported a fault line ... More >>
It seems as if Dallas is quickly becoming a destination for chefs that hail from California. Several well-reviewed kitchens across the city, including Gemma and Victor Tangos, are helmed by chefs who honed their skills in Napa, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica. Chefs Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley of ... More >>
It was inevitable, really. Some lawmaker, surfing the outrage stoked by the wrist-slap handed down to 16-year-old Ethan Couch for drunkenly running over four people in Burleson last summer, was bound to propose a law attacking his novel "affluenza" defense. It's just weird that it would happen in Ca ... More >>
There are some foods that aren't legally available in Texas due to federal import bans. Haggis from Scotland, for example, is banned because of restriction on importing sheep's lung. The Kinder Surprise, the Italian-produced chocolate egg filled with toys, has been banned because of the choking haza ... More >>
The California Crossing Dam doesn't look like much, just a few hunks of concrete anchored in the Trinity River in far Northwest Dallas, but it's important. The water that pools up behind is processed at the Bachman Water Treatment Plant, which is a key component of the city's water supply system. S ... More >>
It's thirsty work being Rick Perry. You have to stand in the warm May sun outside a gun shop and wax poetic about the virtues of firearms, laissez-faire capitalism and how much California blows. It's no wonder then that you would promptly hightail it across town to the local brewery. After all, what ... More >>
The city of Dallas is "maybe a year or two" away from considering a plastic bag ban, assistant city manager Jill Jordan told City Council members on Monday. First there will be a study to figure out its potential impact and exactly how many bags plastic bags there are in the city. It might also be ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry is in California this week as part of his campaign to lure businesses to Texas, attempting to finish in person what his radio ads started. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News Perry said that California Governor Jerry Brown's comments that Perry's radio ad was "a fart ... More >>
The addition of Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs to the shopping center on Gaston Avenue, just north of Paulus Avenue, has me considering a petition the strip be officially called Junk Food Row. The hot dog restaurant joins Papa John's and the Philly Connection, and while the Cock and Bull may have a hummus ... More >>
The very first Texas outpost of Trader Joe's opens tomorrow morning at 2701 S. Hulen in Fort Worth. The Monrovia, California-based specialty market has a cult following, with loyal devotees sometimes traveling hundreds of miles to stock up on Two-Buck Chuck ($2 wine that beats the pants off of Walm ... More >>
Every few years there's a new it girl, and Best Coast's leader, Bethany Cosentino, is one of them. That's not to say the talented California native, who has a new line of clothing to her name, is an empty vessel who just happens to play guitar. Cosentino and her multi-instrumental partner in crime, ... More >>
If known only for his guitar playing and production work with Dwight Yoakam, singer/songwriter Pete Anderson would still be a legend in both the country and alt-country genres. There is much more to Pete Anderson than the stellar licks on such Yoakam hits as "Guitar, Cadillacs" and "Streets of B ... More >>
"Mecca lecca high mecca tiny bit more salt, please."Finally time to see how your tax dollars were put to work by Bravo and its Magical Elves. As you'll recall, we reported back in July that Governor Rick Perry's office, that bastion of small government, spent $400,000 to promote the state's ... More >>
Friday, August 5, at Dada
Happy Eating brings you tips on the best deals on local restaurants' happy hour menus. Just like its North Park neighbor Kona Grill, Cibus has made some changes to its happy hour selections. Where: Cibus, 8687 N. Central Expressway, No. 1608 (in NorthPark Center mall). When: 4-7p.m M ... More >>
Down with the manglers of a grand language.
California folk-rock act Dawes has had a whirlwind couple of years. Since abandoning the more hard-charging rock vibe they boasted before the departure of former co-songwriter Blake Mills, the SoCal act has gained steam, interestingly enough, by becoming more musically laid-back. And there's been pl ... More >>
Well, maybe you don't want to eat this exactly: Hollow crawfish shells and dirty napkins make for a pretty lousy meal. But you definitely do want to eat what would have shown up in the "before" picture if I'd had the willpower to reach for my phone before digging into the plastic bag full of ... More >>
Corporate kitchens are continuing to add wine and spirits to their dishes, apparently angling for sophistication and increased perceived value. Olive Garden is now pushing a pasta dish with shellfish "sautéed in white wine" and a stew "simmered in light white wine." Red Lobster's developed ... More >>
Fish tacos had a banner year in 2010, but California-style tacos made with beer-battered tilapia and chipotle mayonnaise are still outpacing the grilled fish variety more commonly served in Mexico. According to a survey from industry research firm Technomic, the number of fish tacos on resta ... More >>
In-N-Out Burger is still planning a Garland location, but the store won't be the only one in the DFW area. The popular California burger chain has signed a lease with the West Seventh development in Fort Worth. According to a release from the developer, the store at the northwest corner of West ... More >>
Oh, joy! Everyone's favorite California girl's got another track on the charts.
A few profs and economists, among them SMU's own Bernard Weinstein, are among those in the new issue of Forbes trying to figure out how "Texas powered through the global fiscal crisis," while California "remains locked in such a pronounced slump compared to its economically and demographically si ... More >>
Photos by Brandon ThibodeauxOf all the didn't-quite-make-it-into-the-story facts I discovered while researching the botánica biz for this week's cover story on Chango Botánica in Oak Cliff, one of the most interesting discoveries was that many of the candles sold on the shelves of area botánic ... More >>
But It Is Pretty Damn Confusing, Even For The Servers Themselves. A More Than You Ever Want To Know Primer...The restaurant industry might be one of the shadiest in the country. It is populated by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Jason Sheehan, after all. But mainly this is due to the highly conte ... More >>
More than any other "normal" food we've paired with wine thus far in this series, fish sticks scared the bejeezus out of the experts."God," mutters Jim Fleming of Sigel's Elite, shaking his head. "Oh, man," exclaims Majestic's Scott Loudder at the thought. "You come up with some odd ones."But when y ... More >>
Here are some of the leftover bits from the past few days. Officials in Marin County, Calif., are considering the potential benefits of turning food waste into an energy source. The city already does something similar with sewage, but adding food apparently assists the process, according to St ... More >>
The Modern plays host to a King
Are illegal immigrants closing California hospitals? Not quite, Mrs. Dobbs.
Someone call Norm Hitzges, pronto. A seller in Woodlake, California, is trying to unload a bunch of 1960 Dallas Cowboys artifacts -- including autographed footballs and programs, including one from a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Rams in Oregon. The lot's full of fascinating keepsakes -- i ... More >>
Victory Tavern is stylish without being smug
Cashing in on the adoption biz is easy in Texas, where lax rules let almost anyone play. Take Jennalee Ryan, for instance...
Get hip to Australin vino
Catalina Room is like a California Applebee's
May 1 is scheduled to be "A Day Without a Mexican," so named for the great-idea-lousy-execution 2004 movie in which Californians wake up one morning to find all the Mexicans simply vanished overnight. Some folks are also calling May 1 El Gran Paro Americano 2006 ("The Great American Boycott 2006") o ... More >>
Tuesday, September 14
dios (Star Time)
Coppell's Siam Thai Cuisine is a dry run
It's better to come to BJ's with a thirst than an appetite
In Texas, more people die in truck crashes than any state in the country. It's not an accident.