Want to find the best tacos possible in Dallas? Look for handmade tortillas. Sure, there are a handful of great taquerias around town that don't make their own meat hammocks, but chances are if someone is pressing or patting out masa within the confines of your chosen taqueria, the tacos you're abou ... More >>
Dave Eagle of Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese in Granbury speaks with a strong Texas swagger and often in a very direct, to-the-point manner. Before becoming a cheese maker, he practiced law. And I suspect that if you were involved in some type of litigation, you'd want him on your side of the table ... More >>
Anne and Johnny Jones started Latte Da Dairy in 2005 with five acres of land and a wild cheese-making dream. Anne, a veterinarian by trade, bought just two goats to get started and named them Serenity and Rosemary. But, no kidding, things have really changed in eight years. On April Fool's Day this ... More >>
Cheese week in Dallas just wouldn't be a real cheese week if it didn't include the mozzarella queen-bee Paula Lambert. Several decades ago while studying Italian in Perugia, Italy, Lambert, who is originally from Fort Worth, fell in love with fresh mozzarella. While in Italy, she came up with the cr ... More >>
As they try to carve out a permanent niche in the ultra-competitive American car market, Tesla and billionaire founder Elon Musk have had to position themselves as sprightly Davids disrupting the lumbering Goliaths of Detroit and Japan. They have no other choice. They can't afford the untold billio ... More >>
So here we are at the door to election day. In the nation it all comes down to Ohio. In Ohio it all comes down to the auto industry. And Mitt Romney is betting his marbles on TV ads that say he's the one who wanted to save the industry and President Obama's the one shipping jobs to China. Man. As ... More >>
I've called this emergency meeting of the Dallas Area Chocoholics Anonymous to prepare for the onslaught of chocolate temptation coming our way this Saturday at the Chocolate Conference & Festival.
See also: *Candy Corn Oreos Will Enter Our World on September 10 And, of course: *Candy Corn: The Worst Halloween Candy in the History of Ever I wanted this to be a positive piece, but I'm sad to report that the news here is not good. In fact, let it serve as a warning. Candy corn takes a good be ... More >>
Most food holidays start with "National." National Tequila Day and National Rum Day have both been marked on City of Ate in recent months. Tomorrow is National Taco Day, and if you're inclined you can refer to this calendar, which demonstrates nearly every day of the year is devoted to a specific fo ... More >>
Via.Back to the Dr Pepper-on-Dr Pepper lawsuit ...Early this morning we posted Dublin Dr Pepper's response to the lawsuit filed in June by Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which is trying to limit Dublin's real-deal Imperial Sugar-spiked soda pop to a six-county area and alleges the oldest Dr ... More >>
If a mega-tornado strikes Oak Lawn or zombies take over the city, there's one thing we here at the Observer won't have to worry about while we're barricaded in the break room: a food shortage. Not only do we have enough of those neon orange crackers to feed everyone for three days, we also g ... More >>
Local Movement Fights for Cottage Food Bill.
Four years ago, Stephen Colbert and Ben & Jerry's teamed up to create a new ice cream flavor, Americone Dream, and today the flavor is available at all Ben & Jerry's locations. Today you can get two-for-one scoops of Americone Dream, vanilla ice cream blended with caramel and bits of fudge-c ... More >>
The cows certainly are happy in California.Southern cheesemakers were shut out of the Good Food Awards, a new initiative to recognize the best-tasting artisan edibles made in accordance with sustainable principles. In a weekend ceremony hosted by Alice Waters, eight awards were given in the c ... More >>
Soup Can"Schepps" has been a brand name in Dallas since 1942, when Harmon Schepps started the dairy with a single truck that became a ginormous bidness since swallowed up by Cityplace-based Dean Foods. (Fun fact: Harmon was called to testify in front of the Warren Commission due to his friendship ... More >>
Every chocolatier at next weekend's Chocolate Conference, sponsored by DallasChocolate.org, is slated to participate in a roundtable discussion of "the state of chocolate in Dallas." Panel members will presumably debate the quality and quantity of artisanal chocolate available in the DFW area ... More >>
On a related note, I bought this from a guy for $4 outta the back of his truck a few weeks ago. The box was a wreck, but the glass Dr Pepper logo was worth it.That's the word out of Plano this morning: Legacy Drive-HQ'd Dr Pepper Snapple Group issued a press release moments ago announcing that Th ... More >>
Now might be a good time to go back and read Megan Feldman's '06 profile of Carlos QuintanillaOooh, just got a press release about an "informational protest" scheduled from 4-6 afternoon at a 7-Eleven close to my house -- the one at Marsh and Forest Lanes, to be precise, as it's apparently "the l ... More >>
Diana Merrill ClaussenField greens with chocolate NapoleonFor the first event in their brief history, dallaschocolate.org hosted chocolatiers Alan McClure and Steve DeVries for a tasting and a dinner focused on American "bean to bar" chocolate production.Teresa Gubbins, who recapped the event for ... More >>
Alexa SchirtzingerIf this picture were at all legible, you'd see Deirdre Tinker testifying while dressed as a cement kilnAmong the first 60 commenters at yesterday's public hearing on proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations intended to reduce emissions from cement kilns, there was obvi ... More >>
"We're seeing comfort foods, back-to-the-basics foods do real well in this economy and that's speaking to some of the success we're seeing with hot dogs." (Todd Hale, senior vice president for consumer and shopper insights at Nielsen, on the 5.3 percent booset in revenue for hot dog companies--would ... More >>
"Coke's messages were totally unacceptable, creating an impression which is likely to mislead that Coca-Cola cannot contribute to weight gain, obesity and tooth decay." (From a statement released by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission regarding an advertising campaign run by the Atl ... More >>
The Mozzarella Company's beer and cheese pairing mentioned in yesterday's Hash Over post and scheduled for this evening has been canceled in anticipation of tonight's Chicago-like weather forecast.
Moments ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its latest Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey -- a snapshot look at what folks are making, ordering and selling -- and it's not looking good, not surprisingly. As in:Texas factory activity deteriorated further in December, according to busine ... More >>
Dallas Fed prez Richard Fisher This morning, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas -- those bloodsuckers! -- released the latest Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. In a word: Oy. In two: "Plunged sharply." Or, as the Associated Press puts it: "Texas manufacturers are painti ... More >>
The loading dock at Petra Chemical's Dallas facility on Storey Lane Only yesterday, Politico.com suggested that the think tank Center for American Progress would become a major player within Barack Obama's White House. After all, it was founded and is headed by former Clinton chief of staff and curr ... More >>
Because nothing says golf like, um, a printer? This just in: Next year’s Byron Nelson golf tournament will be sponsored by HP. Which begs the question, who was last year’s title sponsor? If you’re like me – and I went to the dang thing – you had to think a minute or 10 before comin ... More >>
At least one DISD student will get a brand-new computer and printer: Charles Rice Learning Center fifth-grader Dalton Sherman, courtesy Ellen Degeneres and Hewlett-Packard on yesterday's episode of her daytime chatshow. --Robert Wilonsky
Sam Merten Want a new Cadillac hybrid? Are you made of gold? Times are tough for the auto industry, but General Motors is taking action to stay competitive in the long term by shifting its focus from trucks and SUVs to cars and crossovers. At least, that's according to company chairman and chief ex ... More >>
Dallas had but four high schools listed among Newsweek's list of the top public high schools in the U.S. and A. in 2003 -- and back then, the highest-rated among the locals was Highland Park High School, which sat at No. 15 on the list, followed by W.T. White (at 290), Lake Highlands (482) and Hillc ... More >>
Breaking news from The Wall Street Journal concerning the sale of a DallasPlano company you might have heard of. Reports the paper in a subscription-only piece at which you can sneak a peak: "Hewlett-Packard Co. was close to a deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems Corp. for between $12 billion and ... More >>
Says here Philip Morris USA will debut "a new, spitless, smokeless tobacco product" in a couple of months, to jumpstart its declining cigarette biz. And, lucky us, the DFW will be the petri dish in which Philip Morris tests its new product, which bears a most appetizing moniker: Marlboro Snus, descr ... More >>
HPHS throws a garage sale for charity
What will the new Whole Foods -- which is to say the Park Lane edition, reportedly to sprawl more than 80,000 square feet when it opens spring 2008 -- be like? Will it be the chain's largest? Will it have a spa? Will it have an organic hybrid-car wash? The Austin-based company is releasing few detai ... More >>
Dallas Is Banking On Ethanol, But Is It The Fuel Of The Future Or A Barrel Of Pork?
This is a cement kiln. It makes cement. And it also makes pollution. A lot of it. That is so bad for, like, the environment and stuff. Here's something else to add to the list of Things That Are Slowly Killing Us and The Earth and Stuff: cement kilns. Never gave it much thought till, oh, 18 minutes ... More >>
When I was in high school, the school participated in a program called Shattered Dreams just before prom season. It's meant to instill fear of drunk driving in the hearts of binge-drinking high schoolers who may imbibe on their magical evening. The point is to create a shockingly real, disturbing ca ... More >>
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When Dan Morales brokered Texas' $17.3 billion tobacco settlement, he blew away Governor Bush. He also made sure his friends got a few puffs.
Dick Armey thinks he's found a free-market paradise in the Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory where the workers never complain, the factories never quit, and wages are so low, even welfare mothers can hire a Filipino maid