Photos by Elaine LinerTajmahal cook Gautam Beda making pani purOn weekends hungry customers line up five-deep at the chaat counter at the back of Tajmahal grocery store (501 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson). Chaat, roughly translated, means snack or street food. On a recent visit to this friend ... More >>
Elaine LinerThe Bath House Cultural CenterIf you haven't visited the lovely Butterfly Garden outside the Bath House Cultural Center on the east side of White Rock Lake, drop by the Dallas Green Festival Butterfly Rally tomorrow morning for a free breakfast.
Breakfasters and butterfly lovers ... More >>
Tadoor dal (pigeon peas)Go on in. Don't be shy. If you're not sure what's what inside Tajmahal Imports, the all-vegetarian Indian grocery at 501 W. Beltline in Richardson, ask for Mr. Shah. That's Pramod Shah, the owner of this expansive food, spice, knickknack, religious statuary and cookwar ... More >>
Photo by Elaine LinerAmong the veggies in season right now at the downtown Dallas Farmers Market (1010 S. Pearl St.) are the adorable 8 Ball zucchini squash. About the size of a baseball, in yellow flecked with green or solid green like the typical zukes, 8 Ball squash are a new hybrid develo ... More >>
Elaine Linerhow Cafe Pacific looks now and won't look after September 3Look around the dining room at Café Pacific, the clubby-feeling, 30-year-old Highland Park seafood spot, and you can see the work of Dallas' finest plastic surgeons. It's where all the best facelifts and boob jobs in town gat ... More >>
Photo by Elaine Liner Dallas Theater Center patrons still fondly remember post-show sweets by former Craft pastry chef Shannon Swindle. This was after a show in 2009. No more goodies in the new Wyly Theatre.What actor doesn't love a free meal? But it never hurts to give theatergoers a nibble ... More >>
Elaine LinerAs 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 order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eate ... More >>
Some news and notes on this light-commenting Thursday:Domingo Garcia's got himself a whole new immigration-reform MegaMarch to promote -- this one, a May 1 parade that'll start at the Santuario de Guadalupe on Ross Ave. and end at Dallas City Hall. Says Garcia on the Web site, "Our immigrant comm ... More >>
If Elaine knew she was going to see a naked guy on a billboard today, she would have brought a better camera.Our own Elaine Liner had a whole different flavor of Theater Jones moments ago on southbound John Carpenter Freeway near the Regal Row exit -- right across the street from The Fan's HQ, ma ... More >>
Observer theater critic and Theater Jones'ing Elaine Liner passes along this photo, taken yesterday at the school where I spent a thousand Saturdays playing soccer as a kid. But, c'mon, that is how you pronounce it, no?
(Fake Name Alert!) Curt Mega
For once the squeals they're hearing over at Theatre Three aren't coming from the elderly patrons' hearing aids. It's the reaction of a new audience of teenage girls who've discovered Curt Mega, the 20-year-old TCU student playing the romantic lead, Fabrizio Nacarelli ... More >>