There was a time when going out to dinner was an indulgence. A thing you did when you really wanted to treat yourself. Now most of us head to restaurants out of necessity, or at least we tell ourselves that: We're either too busy or too lazy to actually prepare food for ourselves. Professional che ... More >>
With the knockout game having officially arrived in Dallas, and with the two documented cases here occurring in restaurant parking lots in northern Dallas, it would be only natural to assume that the man beaten with a baseball bat outside Smashburger on McKinney Avenue is a victim. Yet that doesn't ... More >>
Erich Spangenberg, like others in his trade, would prefer that you refer to his stable companies as "patent assertion entities." But he has a thick skin; you're more than welcome to call him a troll, so long as you point out that he is, in fact, the world's biggest. Over the past five years, Spange ... More >>
The chances of a Lamborghini and Ferrari crashing into one another on a random stretch of Fort Worth highway have to be remote. But it appears the accident yesterday, at I-30 and Henderson, suggest it wasn't exactly random. Judging from reports on DFW Scanner, both cars appear to have come from an e ... More >>
In Dallas and across the country, hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation’s sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.
It's hard to forget Alan Todd May. He's the Texas con man who, until his phone privileges were revoked, used to sell spaces in made-up trade shows from his Harris County prison cell, not to mention any number of more pedestrian financial misdeeds. His boldest scheme started in 2008, when he formed ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Brooke Humphries is standing outside the entrance of It'll Do Club on Elm Street a few week ... More >>
Thurston Moore The Texas Theatre Friday, February 10 After re-listening to last year's Demolished Thoughts a few weeks ago, there was an added psychic layer to the experience. When I heard Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon had divorced a few months ago after close to three decades of marriage, I felt c ... More >>
Stealing from the rich to ... oh, whatever. Funny is the message.
Photos by Anna MerlanThis morning the Dallas Contemporary was closed to the public, but a bunch of reporters were inside taking first looks at the most exorbitantly priced, publicity-getting items, otherwise known as the Fantasy Gifts from Neiman Marcus's 2011 Christmas Book. Eight of t ... More >>
10. Ate dinner last night at Prime Italian on South Beach. In the midst of ridiculous opulence in the form of $20 valet parking and $100,000 cars, it was relatively affordable. $125 for a steak and a couple drinks. Thumbs up. 9. They also offered prime Kobe steak for $30 an ounce. Ou ... More >>
Unless you're spending Super Bowl Sunday with Dennis Rodman in a hot tub at the Silver City parking lot or joining the throngs of obnoxious drunks at Hooters, you'll probably be watching the game in the comfort and safety of your home or a friend's house. For those hosting a watching party o ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jerry Jones is desperate to break the Super Bowl attendance record, set at the Rose Bowl back in 1980. To do so, he needs to pack 104,000 into Cowboys Stadium. Or around it? He wants to sell ticke ... More >>
Woman, where's my meatloaf?I don't own any kind of Viking appliance. But if I did, now I know what I would do with it. I didn't realize that the "Experience the Viking Difference" cooking class at the Viking Cooking school referred to the difference a Viking appliance can make in a cook's li ... More >>
Alan Todd May's sham company's website is still up and running, unlike Alan Todd MayBack in June, you may recall, downtown oil man (coughnotreallycough) Alan Todd May was caught in San Francisco, to which he'd fled following a filing by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that said his Pr ... More >>
The Fair's left us...As the State Fair roller coaster eases back into the station, the setting sun is casting a clichéd orange glow and Dallas bloggers are beginning to reminisce about what they wish they'd seen. Five Sixty initially wanted to see a gaggle of veterans in pressed khakis and past ... More >>
Meadows MuseumWho wants to celebrate Spanish culture and gastronomy during the month of July? The Meadows Museum at SMU will be presenting "Foodjects: Design and the New Cuisine in Spain" from Tuesday, July 6, to Monday, July 26. A collaboration of Spanish designers and chefs will display mo ... More >>
Some of the very generic imagery featured on Alan Todd May's company's Web siteAlan Todd May spent the better part of 1983 to 2002 in and out of prison, having been arrested for such things as credit card abuse, check fraud, theft ... well, you name the hustle, he hustled it. There were 14 convic ... More >>
Who knew Megan Henderson liked to suck down whipped cream, straight from the can?We began the 10 Questions series early in the new year, so it seems like a good time to pause and look back.Over the past few months, we've interviewed some interesting characters, including chefs, waiters, managers, ba ... More >>
Just about everyone with an abiding interest in food knows the name Wolfgang Puck.The Austrian born superstar helped to usher in the era of celebrity chefs after he opened the Beverly Hills destination Spago in 1982. What followed was a series of media raves, television appearances and the creation ... More >>
Today, the words "political party" have double meaning. And, forget partying like its 1999. Ten years later, America is celebrating the here and now, and a few local restaurants are joining the fun. Lakewood's Café Lago hosts an Obama Bash from 6 to 9 p.m., tonight with a buffet, live jazz, TV co ... More >>
Fruia thinks big--and no wonder.His tenure includes Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (big steaks, big wines and, once, the world's biggest cigar) and a stint with Consilient Restaurants (big buzz), while his newly opened Tre Amici fills the old Rick Stein's spot...making it perhaps the largest restaurant ope ... More >>
Photo By: Patrick Michels Set aside for now the question of whether valet parking represents an indulgence leftover from the pre-collapse heyday or a convenience necessary in congested parts of town. There are larger issues at stake. For instance, there we were at The Mansion on Turtle Creek wai ... More >>
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