Shannon Neffendorf's entry into coffee roasting came out of selfish necessity. His job with Blockbuster (remember that) required work trips to Milan several times a year, and he soon found himself meeting with friends for cappuccino in the morning and taking a break for an espresso in the afternoon. ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Bonnie Jacobs studies plant fossils found in ancient rocks and deeply cored soil samples ... More >>
People take their coffee very seriously, or at least take their coffee ritual very seriously. For me, coffee is a part of the rhythm of my life. Drinking coffee is my first order of business every morning without exception. I begin looking forward to that first sip of coffee in my dark kitchen befor ... More >>
Google "Colten Moore" and you'll find that there are two young North Texas men of that name currently making headlines. One, 24, from Krum , just scored an inspiring snowmobiling victory at the X Games, one year after brother Caleb was killed trying to do the same. The other, 18, from Garland, is ... More >>
With heady spices, fresh ingredients and loads of butter, this restaurant will send you home with a happy stomach.
For a city that's quick to tear down most any building, Dallas has embraced its history with gusto. Not that it's possible to pretend that the Kennedy assassination never happened, but across the city people are enthusiastically touting their history and connections to event. Really, it's a surprise ... More >>
If you've eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants around Dallas, you may have noted a glaring omission in the dessert department. Some restaurant menus offer up store-bought confections, but when you place an order the waitstaff often admits they don't actually carry them. Other menus neglect sweets com ... More >>
Talk about falling from grace. Tim Lambesis, the 32-year-old lead singer of the Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, is accused of plotting to kill his estranged wife. He posted a $2 million bail on Friday. Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his estranged wife and children.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Congrats to Tracy Halliday, who is the lucky winner of Index Festival tickets and the loot from the Good Records challenge. Have fun out there, Tracy! Here we go now, get busy! It's time for another Good Records Challenge. I wish I had a whistle to blow. You know the drill: We gi ... More >>
We made it! At least unofficially. Labor Day weekend is here, and with it hopefully an end to triple-digit heat. Actually, compared with last year, this summer was pretty comfortable. I might say I even enjoyed it. I won't miss it, though, because with fall comes what I think it one of Dallas' mos ... More >>
With the right frame of mind, Jason Maddy can take you anywhere
The other day, Unfair Park chatted with filmmaker Bentley Brown about his film Faisal Goes West, the tale of a Sudanese family moving to America and settling in Dallas' Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Brown mentioned his friend who convinced him to film in Dallas (and acted as script supervisor) starte ... More >>
Atti Worku was born and raised in Adama, Ethiopia, where at an early age she noticed a distinct difference in her private school education and those in the public school system. During college Worku began modeling and competing in beauty pageants, and in 2005 was crowned Miss Ethiopia. Shortly aft ... More >>
And the menus, thankfully, have numbers.
Sara KerensWhile I was here for my job interview a while back the heat had me on the lam. I was holed up in my hotel, trying to avoid a stroke, and found an article in D discussing Dallas' Ethiopian restaurants and how the volume here compares to New York and Los Angeles. The D.C. area, wh ... More >>
Jose Ralat MaldonadoEntering a supermarket--or a mall, for that matter--is a stressful venture packed with potential pitfalls, so it's always comforting to see food options as an escape or security blanket. Super Plaza, a market in Upper Greenville's Little Ethiopia, is no exception. The mar ... More >>
Created by Alexander FloresMake the jump for the Taco Trail This certainly isn't the week to jog the Katy Trail (Fountain Place is frozen, man!), so instead, Jose Ralat Maldonado -- who has traversed the taco scene for City of Ate -- and the rest of us implore you to eat. Eat as much as you ... More >>
Best Coast and Wavves--In Love and On the RoadIt's no secret that Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino wished that Nathan Williams, the stoner behind Wavves, was her boyfriend. She got her wish, too. And, now, the two are taking their much publicized relationship on road, presumably leaving a trai ... More >>
Slow Food Dallas is planning to use a portion of the proceeds from its upcoming $100 per plate benefit dinner to help launch a community garden in a Vickery Meadows area apartment complex. The local chapter has traditionally raised money to send delegates to the biannual Terra Madre conference in ... More >>
Sara KerensThe burgers are great, the desserts are tiny at Square BurgerThis week's Dallas food blog coverage is a medley of Czech chili, lamb burgers at Square Burger, good eats from Ethiopia, seafood stew from San Francisco, and gun-eating Texans. We'll help you to prepare your sweet tooth ... More >>
I was tipped off to Ibex by an airport shuttle driver who was born in Ethiopia. When I told him I'd heard there wasn't any great Ethiopian food in Dallas, he looked at me quizzically and asked "What about Ibex?" Ibex opened three months ago on the ground floor of a generic-looking office bui ... More >>
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 talking about how she was planning her wedding before hopping on the Top Chef train. But it was also wo ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Former Carter High School star Michael Crabtree may not be a bad guy, but he's following some horrible advice. Friend of a friend of Crabtree tells me that he and the 49ers remain $10 million ... More >>
Why, yes, that is R. Kelly playing from my computer speakers in the office right now. Which means it must be the weekend. And means I must be running late on posting Good Friday. My sincerest apologies. Here are your weekend plans, friends. First up, the shows we've already hyped.Tonight's kinda cra ... More >>
Tonight, Reno's Chop Shop in Deep Ellum has a great lineup of punk and punk-influenced local acts that includes Rocket For Ethiopia, Warcola, Division of Power, Sleep As The Enemy, Just Another Consumer and Embolization. Even better than the bill is the cause. The Phoenix Project is a DIY space curr ... More >>
Nice lineup, but it ain't happening. At least, not this weekend. Unpaid taxes forced Bar of Soap, Exposition Park's venerable rock club/laundromat, to shut its doors last weekend, and owner Charlie Gilder is doubtful that he'll be able to open this weekend either. That's a tough break for the bar ... More >>
Who better to save America than an armed Mark Wahlberg? Seriously.
Peter Calvin One of our fave MP3 blogs kinda, sorta suggests today that an old Bobby Patterson song sounds familiar--if you're a fan of Ethopian soul music of the 1970s. Here's a local music grab bag for your consideration. Today, one of the best MP3 blogs out there, Said the Gramophone, plays comp ... More >>
Ride the Nile with explorer Pasquale Scaturro
Why can't they make Texas food outside Texas?
For these Sudanese refugees, just surviving makes them real comic-book supermen
Little Ethiopia businesses get eviction notice
Brutality and romance make odd bedfellows in Beyond Borders
Meet Kenna, "the 2Pac of rock"
Antoine Fuqua and Bruce Willis lend nobility to brutes
Dallas immigrants don't have to go home for holiday fare
Be a kid again and bring a bib to Ghion
Uncover the Mysteries of Egypt on film
In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX