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    October 10, 2014

    The State Fair's Award-Winning Deep-Fried Shrimp Boil Is Not a Good as a Shrimp Boil

    It's become an annual tradition, and I'm not sure how. While other food-freaks try to consume deep-fried everything at the State Fair of Texas, I get to know one dish -- always the winner of the Big Tex Choice Awards -- a little more intimately. So far my experiences haven't been great. Last year' ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    The Meat Fight Meat Scavenger Hunt Starts ... Now

    Last year, tickets to Meat Fight (my barbecue competition that benefits the National MS Society) sold out in a flash. So, this year, we decided to have a meat scavenger hunt so that one lucky bastard could have easy access to our meat tickets before any other bastard. This is good for us for two r ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014
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    May 29, 2014
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    May 14, 2014

    Duncanville High School Suspends 170 Kids For Dress Code Violations, Nearly Causes a Riot

    A decade ago, the Duncanville Independent School District kicked off the 2003-04 school year by suspending 700 kids for dress code violations. The crackdown made headlines, but the first didn't appear until late September, more than a month after the district began booting kids from class for infrac ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Taco Bell Is Launching U.S. Taco, a New "Fast Casual" Spot Where the Tacos Will Channel Dallas

    You with the Instagram camera. Taco Bell is looking at you. The latest idea that came down from the YUM brand Olympus: In the style of the Arlington-born Super Chix, KFC's anti-Chick-Fil-A spot, Taco Bell will launch a hip, Instagrammy restaurant called U.S. Taco Co and Urban Taproom. Basically, i ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014
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    April 7, 2014

    Scardello Cheese Wiz Rich Rogers on Building the Perfect At-Home Cheese Board

    There is little better about life than cheese, especially the good stuff that you get at places like Scardello Artisan Cheese in Oak Lawn. Fancy cheese plates are expensive at restaurants, but it's easy to do a good DIY job at home -- if you know what to get. Cheesemonger Rich Rogers is easily the ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Miley Cyrus Played Dallas Last Night, Really Needs to Calm Down About Her Vagina

    A dark arena illuminates with a 60-foot specter of Miley Cyrus' head floating independent from her body. Her giant, LED-emblazoned eyeballs glare into a sea of mostly 18- to 21-year-old female faces, as her pupils saunter in opposite directions. The crowd roars and shrieks as her lips begin to part, ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Seven Dallas Restaurants You Should Really Be Following on Instagram

    Restaurants are notoriously bad at the Internet. They have terrible websites, yell at customers on review sites, and some still ignore the web altogether. Social media provides a unique opportunity for restaurants, who can use sites like Facebook and Twitter to push out their menus and best dishes t ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014
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    February 11, 2014

    The Jig Is Up for L.A.'s Dumb Starbucks, but its Legal Dance Has Just Begun

    If you spent much time on Facebook over the weekend and have any "friends" from Los Angeles, you were likely peppered with posts and pictures about Dumb Starbucks. A coffee shop bearing the corporate java giant's logo, prefixed with the word "dumb," opened in Los Feliz, giving away free coffee and s ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    El Come Taco Isn't Afraid of Bugs and Guts (You Shouldn't Be Either)

    Have you stopped into El Come Taco since it opened late last year? The taqueria run by Luis Villalva and his family had been turning out an increasingly interesting menu since opening its doors to the public on Fitzhugh Avenue. See Also: This week's review: A New Taqueria with an Old Soul in East ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014
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    December 4, 2013

    To Get The Most Out Of Your Vodka, Infuse Your Own

    If you're a human being who attended college then you have likely had a shot of vodka. If you were doing it right, you took several shots on several occasions and consistently wondered if the resulting hangover was worth whatever you couldn't remember. But while vodka shots have remained consistentl ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Millennials, Your Party Sucks. Here's How to Make it Better.

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you: You do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods but that the fri ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Fun Fun Fun Fest: How to Find the Secret Shows

    Fun Fun Fun Fest have released a very nice app. It's sparkly and it makes nice noises and it shows you where everything is, especially tacos (there is a whole map of local area tacos). It will cost you precisely zero dollars, and it's so hip and, dare I say it, "funky" that is has some sort of built ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Unbaby.me: The Awesome New App That Replaces Facebook Babies with Tacos

    There are those that love dresses, ribbons and the other flowery things that come with weddings, and then there are those of us who show up for the free drunk. It's not that we have disdain for the sanctity of marriage; we just really like alcohol. We also share a common fear that getting married mi ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    KFC Is Now Selling a Dish for Your Car's Cup Holder for Mobile Hate-Eating

    One text or call could wreck it all, according to distraction.gov, a site that warns of the dangers of using a cellphone while driving. Eating and drinking are also listed as dangerous habits on the site, along with reading, adjusting your radio and grooming. And yet, amidst all this danger, KFC i ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Here Are the Dallas Fun Fun Fun Fest Scavenger Hunt Winners

    Gavin Cleaver: All competitions should be run in a scavenger hunt format. True, it's a lot more work for everyone involved, but nothing good ever came from laziness, right? The FFFFest Scavenger Hunt, given that the prizes have an insanely high monetary value, is a perfect example of how you can use ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013
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    August 5, 2013

    An Ode to Louie's Other Pie, From Scratch and Made by Mom Herself

    Been to Louie's lately? You know the place: bad parking, cash and AmEx only, expensive cans of beer, potentially surly waitresses and all that other fine stuff. Customers just either get the whole-in-the wall spot or they don't. Whether or not you like cracker-like pizza crust and flavors (both cul ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Brek Shea is Back in Dallas, and He's Carrying Two Very Large Guns

    Brek Shea, whose first season of European football can best be described as an epic disappointment, is back in Dallas for the summer where he's wasted little time showcasing his love for large firearms and gaudy American-flag tank tops, both of which are banned in England. He posted -- and quickly ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013
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    May 9, 2013

    Dallas Observer's Iron Fork 2013 Through Your Instagrams

    And so we come to the full-bellied end of another Iron Fork. Hope you had a lot of great bites. We sure did (sweet fancy Christmas, did you have the sausage orgy from Kuby's?). Anyway, a few days ago, we asked you to hash tag us on Instagram #IronForkDallas and mentioned you might see your photo in ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    It's Happened. The Original Snuffer's Is Dead.

    Two weeks ago we told you that the original Snuffer's was no more. Earlier today Instagram (which has been proven to be marginally more accurate at breaking news than CNN) reports that it is gone. See also: Snuffer's to Rebuild Iconic Greenville Location Instagram user Doylerader posted this phot ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Glazed Donut Works Brings Fancy Doughnuts to Deep Ellum

    Do you follow @blackswansaloon on Twitter or Instagram?Gabe Sanchez, the drink maker behind Deep Ellum's most popular bar, Black Swan Saloon, may be one of the best ways to stay on top of the neighborhood's restaurant news. When Tanoshi Ramen put their permit application up in their window, Sanchez ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Quitting Your Job At 35 to Join A Band: Best or Worst Idea Ever?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Austin Food & Wine Festival to be a Buffet of Food, Wine, Music and Stars

    Andrew Zimmern. Marcus Samuelsson. Marc Murphy. Brian Malarkey. Tim Byres. Tre Wilcox. Tim Love. Aaron Franklin. Paul Qui. Where can you hang out with the likes of these national and local food greats all in one place? The answer is The Austin Food & Wine Festival, coming up at the end of the mont ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    10 Signs Your Band Won't Make It at SXSW

    Being a successful musician really has to be a slice of heaven. And of course the chicks are great. It's why from the beginning of time men (and women) have taken up instruments in the chance that they will be played in front of many, many others, some of whom could possibly want to have sex with ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    50 Important SXSW Music Questions

    Editor: We have so many questions in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? 5. How far can you sprint w ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Waffle House Now Taking Reservations for Candlelight Valentine's Dinner

    Yes, select Waffle House locations will actually whip out nice white table cloths and candles for Valentine's Day this year, as it has done at some locations for several years now. All of which I think is absolutely awesome, for these reasons: 1) Those big white globe lampshades that can be seen ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    The New Facebook Diet with a Side of Shame

    This morning the HuffPo reported on a marginally successful cell phone restriction at Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles. The upscale spot offers a 5 percent discount for diners to put their cell phones away during meals. We've tackled this subject here before. Last year we lobbed the idea of a "cell p ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Hey Dallas, Send Us Your Instagrams (Again!)

    The end of 2012 is quickly approaching, and in honor of Dallas' eventful year we're asking all of our readers (who have smartphones) to send us their Instagrams. Send Instagram photos of your favorite events, places, people, bands, restaurants, art exhibits, after-hours spots, animals and basicall ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Hey Dallas, Send Us Your Instagrams (Again!)

    The end of 2012 is quickly approaching, and in honor of Dallas' eventful year we're asking all of our readers (who have smartphones) to send us their Instagrams. Send Instagram photos of your favorite events, places, people, restaurants, chefs, cocktails, art exhibits, animals and basically anythi ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Five Rap Albums That Changed the Game in 2012

    Before the storm of best of lists start hitting the blogs, I wanted to take a second to put aside the artistic merit aspect of the year in review, and take a look at what happened in the cultural landscape of rap music. Some of these albums were really good, some of them were really not, but all of ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Baking for Good Is Baking Up "Instagrahams" for the Holidays

    I'm sure you other Instagram users noted it too. Last Thursday the popular social media site, based on filtered photography, was absolutely inundated with pictures of turkeys, table settings, pies, fall leaves and anything else that was even remotely related to the Thanksgiving holiday. A bakery ba ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    A Journey Through the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase in 12 GIFs

    Before Tuesday, which is when we'll be handing out the Observer music awards at House of Blues (with our emcee, comedian Paul Varghese, the Cannabinoids, Lucero and more), we'd like to present some GIFs. They're from photographer Catherine Downes, who was roaming the streets of Deep Ellum and captur ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 DOMA Nominees: Dustin Cavazos

    Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. On a Monday night, Dustin Cavazos invited me to ca ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Five Must-Have Dallas Mixtapes For The Rest of 2012

    Another season has come and gone, and with a 10-degree temperature drop comes the jones for new playlists. Dallas rap fans have much to look forward to. Things already kicked off toward the end of the summer with the release of the long-awaited TyCity mixtape, Good Look On the Listen. It proved wel ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Hey Dallas, Send Us Your Instagrams!

    Our annual Best of Dallas awards are around the corner, which means you can vote for your favorite local people, places and businesses. But this year, to shake things up a bit (and because we know how much you love to Instagram stuff) we're having a Best of Dallas Instagram contest. Send Instagram ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Hey Dallas, Send Us Your Instagrams!

    Our annual Best of Dallas awards are around the corner, which means you can vote for your favorite local people, places and businesses. But this year, to shake things up a bit (and because we know how much you love to Instagram stuff) we're having a Best of Dallas Instagram contest. Send Instagram ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    We Have a New Commenting System for You to Bitch About

    And no, it's not Facebook, so don't worry your pretty little anonymous head. You will still be able to fire-hose the general populous from the cave of privacy afforded by your clever screen name. You will just be able to do it faster, and hopefully with fewer quirks. The new system is called Livefy ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Penthouse Pets: Going to Church at the Stoneleigh Hotel

    "If you are here tonight, it's because you know somebody. You came here with a friend. And don't go put this on Facebook, don't Instagram this. Just put your phone away and have a good time." A trip to The Stoneleigh Hotel is always a pleasure. The art deco grandeur has been fully restored, thanks ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Study: Texas Teens Sure Love to Sext

    A team of Texas researchers recently published the findings of a scientific undertaking studying a condition plaguing 28 percent of Texas teens. Sexting. So now, when that half-cocked smile rolls across a teen's face in line at 7-Eleven or when your kid checks his phone at the dinner table and b ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    First Round of Gorilla vs. Bear II's Lineup Announced: Glass Candy, Chromatics and More

    On Saturday night, while we were all out shortening our lifespan in one form or another, the Granada quietly slipped some of the initial lineup for this summer's July 28 gig onto Instagram, which really is the most stylish way to leak music news: Glass Candy, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Twin Sister, ... More >>

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