Chef Nicole Gossling has been bringing farms to tables for several years in Dallas. The vegetarian from Carrollton attended culinary school in San Francisco, but she landed a job as a corporate trainer at BJ's Brewhouse, where she spent her days training people on the fine science of preparing food ... More >>
You can almost pinpoint the exact moment Rudolph Casillas realized he wasn't going to get the cash. The note ("Give me all the money I have a gun") and firearm (actually a pellet gun purchased a few minutes before, but no one had to know that) seemed to work well enough. But then the teller disappea ... More >>
With Lakewood's anniversary party coming up Sunday, you've got plenty of reasons to drink a lot of beer, and you should. But not before we wrap up this week's food news. This week I visited the Russian Banya in Carrollton. Check out the review, and if it sounds like the kind of place you could get ... More >>
Whether it's you or the dumplings cooking, everything comes out perfect.
Hopefully you made it to Iron Fork last night. Hopefully you dressed lightly. While massive blowers at the front of the venue did their best, the back of the Dallas Contemporary was quite warm. I'm half convinced that Matt McCallister's sweat was the magical ingredient that propelled the young chef ... More >>
Well, I finally made it to Babe's. What kind of food critic lives in Dallas for nearly two years and doesn't check out the chicken fried steak blessed by Sam Sifton himself? I didn't stop by the Roanoke location like the former New York Times food critic recommended, but I did follow his direction t ... More >>
So much food, so little time
Mark Henry Kett's troubles with the Texas Medical Board began on Feb. 23, 2008, when Carrollton police received a disturbance call at his home. They found Kett armed with a semi-automatic pistol and ranting about assassins who had come to his house to kill his wife. He had fired off a single shot at ... More >>
Everyone's talking about the coming cold front, and the weekend is closing in. Sounds like a good time to get outside and explore. We've started offering a list of notable food events here, but before you make plans, we've got a week to wrap up. This week I reviewed Island Spot in Carrollton, notin ... More >>
If you've driven around the suburbs, you've undoubtedly seen countless Indian groceries dotting the strip malls. They're everywhere. And while they have a lot of similarities with other ethnic grocers in the area, many of which are much larger, they do have some ingredients that are hard to find els ... More >>
A Korean grill's banchan offers an endless display of flavor.
When the U.S. Census Bureau released figures Thursday estimating cities' growth between 2010 and 2011, the big news locally was that eight of the 15 fastest growing cities are in Texas and, of those, five -- Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Denton, Carrollton -- are in our corner of the state. The big new ... More >>
There's nothing like the sad death of an adorable puppy to stir up the police, animal services and the media. That's certainly the case with Justice, the 4-month-old lab-terrier mix doused in lighter fluid and burned in a Pleasant Grove apartment complex on April 4. Justice suffered through a week o ... More >>
Last month we broke the news that Dallas Area Rapid Transit would begin charging for parking at the Parker Road and North Carrollton/Frankford stations, an experiment (or "demonstration," in DART parlance) intended to boost flagging revenues. DART's been eying this for a long while; public hearin ... More >>
Many good Friends of Unfair Park have forwarded me the clip you see above, which District 103's state rep, Rafael Anchía, posted to YouTube last night. In it, the Haynes and Boone attorney and former Dallas ISD school board trustee argues against the passage of Carrollton state Rep. Burt Solomons's ... More >>
T.G.I. Friday's, a place known for its red-and-white stripes and flair for shrugging off the work-week, may be feeling the crunch just like everyone else -- or it may just be changing its game. Within the last week, the location at NorthPark Center shuttered its doors amidst numerous T.G.I. ... More >>
It took four years and $1.8 million to complete the longest light-rail construction project in U.S. history -- says DART -- but a little more than one month since DART's Green Line opened, it's been for all intents and purposes a success. While the full line was officially opened on December ... More >>
We can look at CQ Press's just-released City Crime Rankings 2010-2011 two ways: from safest to most dangerous or vice-versa. But either way -- based upon the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports that include "the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and the property crimes of bu ... More >>
All photos by Stephen MaskerTim DeLaughter was in rare form on Friday night. Kind of a crazy scene on Friday night in Carrollton. Even in the face of rain and the Texas Rangers clinching a trip to the World Series, a very respectable couple hundred folks turned up in Carrollton Square for the ina ... More >>
A Friend of Unfair Park forwarded along this Center for Public Integrity round-up of Republicans and conservative Democrats who railed against the the $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ... then asked for stimulus dough anyhow. For our purposes, the piece begins with none other t ... More >>
Once upon a time--a whole 14 months ago--if you were in the suburbs and listening to music, chances were you were listening to mall punk.These days, though, that's a little different, thanks to the efforts of the folks in Frisco, Carrollton and Grand Prairie.But lest you thought that spelled the ... More >>
We've known since March that Dallas Area Rapid Transit's $3-billion drop in sales tax receipts would put on hold several key projects, chief among them the second downtown rail line, or D2. But exactly what and for how long? Those are answers we didn't know, not until this evening. DART spokesman ... More >>
I Orchid1837 W. FrankfordCarrollton972-242-4955Stripped bare of its old Agave Azul comfort, the space housing I Orchid now looks like a warehouse which several unimaginative factory laborers engaged in a design on a dime feud, one intent on setting up a pub, another a white tablecloth restaurant, th ... More >>
The Dallas area has been hitting better than even in the openings and closings department. But when one closes...This month the new, well-reviewed "gastro-pub" on lower Greenville, Zymology, shut down. Suddenly and quietly. From all accounts, the venue proved too good for its neighborhood. The break ... More >>
Even these dark, ominous skies looming all around us, don't make it less true: today is May 1, and summer's right around the corner. That means patios, pools and mint juleps (or Cheladas) -- and another week of highlights from City of Ate.The Week in Review(s):Your own Dallas Observer: A few trips t ... More >>
Yup, says so right here on CQ Press' 2008 City Crime Rate Rankings: The fine, fair city of Allen's a Top 10'er when it comes to safety among 385 cities in the country -- and not far below, why, you'll find the likes of Frisco (at No. 16) and Plano (No. 51) and McKinney (No. 60) and Carrollton (No. 7 ... More >>
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Tasty Greek is disheveled, but the food cleans up
Dick Armey will eat his lunch.
Hispanics demand a school-board member's resignation after comments in the Observer