Michelle Carpenter

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 20: The Smoked Salmon at Zen Sushi

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. The smoked salmon you see pictured above demonstrates exactly why you should sit at the ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    This Weekend: Mardi Gras Revelry and, Oh Yeah, Free Beer

    It's a good thing Ash Wednesday is next week, because you're going to need to do a lot of repenting after this weekend. You've got an excuse to indulge in gumbo, King Cake and plenty of beer because it's Mardi Gras, so go ahead and sin a little. You can ask for forgiveness next week, if you're int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Oak Cliff Boils Up 500 Pounds of Crawfish for Mardi Gras Party

    Worth the effort.​The key to enjoying crawfish, according to chef Michelle Carpenter, is patience. Carpenter, of Zen Sushi, is advising attendees at Mardi Gras Oak Cliff's first-ever crawfish boil this Sunday to accept there's no quick way to peel a mud bug. Carpenter, who's preparing 500 pou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Hash Over: Texas/OU Weekend Watch Parties, Urban Crust Wine Tasting, Espelette Chili Dinner at Cadot, and more.

    ​ All right, folks, it's that time of the year again for die-hard college football fans to take over Fair Park with their crimson red or burnt orange-painted bodies. Yes, it's Texas/OU weekend. We're sure there's about gazillion watch parties from which fans can choose to watch the Red River Shoot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    David Uygur Flexes His Mussels To Win Bastille On Bishop Cook-Off

    Photo by Kristy YangA beret and an accordion -- can't get more French than that, right?​As you can see in our slideshow, Go Oak Cliff and Alliance Francaise De Dallas celebrated Bastille Day yesterday with a Francophile street festival featuring crepes, wine, a mussel cook-off, French maid obstacl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Kabocha Squash Risotto

    Recipe Demonstrated by Chef J Chastain of The 2nd Floor Bistro ​The year and, well, decade are coming to a close for us. It's time to stock up on confetti, silly New Year's hats and horns and of course, lots of Champagne to give this year a proper farewell. In the past year on Appetite for Inst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Zen Offers Raw Deals Every Monday

    Michelle Carpenter, chef at Zen Sushi (380 W. Seventh St.) in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District, celebrated her 40th birthday by offering a sake deal over the weekend. Unfortunately you missed it. We did, as well. But while that one-weekend only deal may be over, it ushered in the debut of a Monday s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Ceviche Martini

    Demonstrated by Michelle Carpenter of Zen Sushi After 21 years behind a sushi bar, Michelle Carpenter knows a thing or two about fish. "It's very interesting--there's a lot of thought that goes into it," the owner of Zen Sushi says of her specialty, known for its delicate balance of textures and ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2008

    Review: Zen Sushi

    Straightforward, simple and delicious, Zen Sushi delivers without fussiness

  • Dining

    December 27, 2007

    Victory: That Gasoline Smell...

    2007 started with the scent of napalm in the morning

  • Dining

    December 20, 2007

    Two Fireside Pies and Victor Tango's

    Making a scene without the scenesters