Michelle Obama

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Dallas City Employees Are Too Fat, So City Hall Now Has a "Chief Wellness Officer"

    It's been six months, 11 days, and, oh, about three-and-a-half hours since City Manager A.C. Gonzalez was voted into office on a promise to shake things up at City Hall, and it's finally happened. The city announced today that Gonzalez has injected new blood into upper management by bringing in two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Dora Rivas Is on an Insatiable Quest to Improve the Nutrition in Dallas' Public Schools

    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. After Michelle Obama visited Dallas' public schools in 2012, Dora Rivas, the district's ... More >>

  • Film

    May 15, 2014
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    May 15, 2014
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    September 25, 2013

    How Vegans and Omnivores Can Coexist in Dallas: A Guide to Eating Together

    Contrary to popular belief, being a vegan in Dallas is not a wholly miserable experience. We don't get spit on while walking down the street, nor do we have to wear big red Vs pinned to our clothing. These days, most people in the restaurant industry know that vegans don't eat any animal products o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Carroll ISD is Quitting Federal School Lunch Program, Because Healthy Food is Gross

    Even when the USDA rolled out the new, healthier, Michelle Obama-approved version of the National School Lunch Program last year, there were grumblings. Kids complained that the new menu, which includes generous helpings of fruits and vegetables while capping meat, carbohydrates, and overall caloric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    The Power of Dallas: Erykah Badu Gives Tyler a Bump and Bill's Old Friend Makes the White House

    This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Tyler, The Creator features several artists on his new album, and according to CD Source owne ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2012
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    August 13, 2012

    Know Thy Doorman: Would The Granada's Tim and Gee Let Kanye In?

    The doorman. They are Dallas' gatekeepers, ticket takers, fight breaker-uppers and occasional crowd curators. Before you ever get past that velvet rope, or even show your ID, they are sizing up our city's finest and not-so-finest. The Overserved wants to introduce you to the gents and ladies letting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Over Dinner at a Fort Worth Olive Garden, Michelle Obama Heard All About Oak Cliff

    ​Maybe you saw KXAS-Channel 5 last night -- why, yes, that was Jason Roberts and wife Andrea seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama at a Fort Worth Olive Garden last night. But, but ... how'd the would-be congressional candidate and the missus land the seats? And what did they talk about? Beside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Rowdy and Michelle Obama Visit a Dallas School To Promote Nutrition, Reality TV

    Michelle Obama joined the folks from Top Chef this morning, as part of her tour celebrating the second anniversary of her "Let's Move!" initiative. The folks from Bravo staged a mock cooking competition in front of scores of crumbsnatchers (who didn't look that fat to me, by the way) from the Nancy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Where Michelle Obama Should Eat in Dallas

    The First Lady is headed to Dallas next week. A news release posted to the White House press page details the schedule for Michelle Obama's three-day trip, which will celebrate the anniversary of her Let's Move! initiative. She'll spend Thursday evening and Friday morning in the DFW area, meeting wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Michael Rapaport Talks A Tribe Called Quest and His New Documentary on the Group

    ​On July 8, actor Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, a documentary called Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, will earn its release theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. Later that month, on July 28, the film will begin a run locally at Dallas-area Angelika Theat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Bill Maher's Coming to Dallas This Sunday. But Not Before His Unfair Park Interview.

    ​There was a time in the 1980s when Bill Maher was little more than a modestly successful comedian for whom small roles on big television shows were considered the mark of having Made It. His early résumé reads like a Nick at Nite who's-who, with roles on Alice; Murder, She Wrote and Newhart amo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    For Local Food Bloggers, It's A Holiday Wrap

    ​Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's is the triathlon of Where To Eat for food blogs. Bloggers have every cuisine covered, from salty duck to eggnog ice cream. On the upside, this should be the last round of Where to Eats until February. Between lists, post-Christmas foodies are reviewing 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    5 Food Resolutions You Damn Well Won't Keep

    ​We're optimistic that 2011 is going to be the year: The year we discipline ourselves to stop eating just before we feel full; the year we take walks instead of naps after lunch; and the year we admit that not every day is a reason to celebrate (Hey, it's Thesaurus Day! Let's feast!) But it do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Wanna Know Why We're Fat? Let the Feds Draw You a Map.

    Fast food state -- see the pretty, pretty purple.​The only thing worse than coming back from vacation is beating the rest of the world back to work -- especially if you're a reporter waiting for return phone calls. It's been a quiet day in the office. But all that time spent in silence hasn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Turnips, Happy Meals and Tainted Eggs: The Year's 10 Biggest National Food Stories

    ​Food lovers must talk with their mouths full, since there was plenty of discussion of many, many food-related topics in 2010. But a few national stories struck us as most important. Let us know what you think. 1. The food safety bill The massive food safety bill had been left for dead when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Chef Tim Byres Goes in Search of Himself and Finds Smoke

    ​Walk into Smoke early on any Saturday afternoon and you'll get the sense that the year-old restaurant hums along effortlessly. Simple preparations, a small, amiable kitchen crew, a mastery of the menu. Truth is, the food takes hours to prepare and there is meticulous care in the execution of wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Down on the Farm: Are Women Being Denied Credit for Changes to Eating Habits?

    In a less patriarchal and oppressive society, she'd be holding the pitchfork.​Ms. Magazine took on food politics this month, arguing in a cover story that women aren't getting enough credit for their contributions to the changing culinary landscape. Author Jennifer Cognard-Black fingers a "fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Domino's Slims Down Pizza for Schools. Yes, Our Culture is Dying.

    ​No matter how many talented chefs Michelle Obama invites to the White House, or how many vegetable costumes Jamie Oliver dons, it seems unlikely school nutritionists will ever be able to strike pizza from their cafeteria menus. "You can't stop buying pizza for kids," says Sherry Brokenberry, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Sonia Sotomayor, a Supreme Court Justice and a Dallas ISD School? Maaaaybe.

    Brian HarkinRon Price would like to name a DISD campus for the president as well.​Hadn't intended to look at the Dallas Independent School District board's meeting agendas till next week -- damn, summer break went by in a hurry -- but Tawnell Hobbs gives us an early warning: Trustee Ron Price woul ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    May 22, 2009

    The Situation Rooms

    Are they liberal or conservative? You can tell one from the other by their drinking habits...maybe.Is the difference between a liberal and conservative drinking group as wide as the chasm between their political views? You decide. A group of self-proclaimed liberals met at the Libertine Bar in Low ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.20.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *It hit me this week: More than the Mavs being psychologically gutted from playoff failure or inherently soft or whatever, the thing that has stunted their growth is the regression of Josh Howard. He was o ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Food For Thought 2.24.09

    "The president calls Bill 'the crustmaster,' because he's a big pie guy." (First Lady Michelle Obama introducing a group of culinary students to White House pastry chef Bill Yosses. Apparently W isn't the only president who deals out nicknames to staff members. At least Obama didn't stoop to "Turd B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2009

    Tracy Feith Was "Now" Long Before Dressing Michelle Obama and Target Shoppers

    Jeff Liles, whose can't-miss trip down Amnesia Lane this week features a visit with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Theatre Gallery in 1985, has had another flashback, this time concerning a former Decadent Dub Team-mate. And it's quite the fashionable flashback, as Jeff sends word this evening tha ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Food For Thought...

    "I called it 'lemon grass' because it's not yellow, it's not green." (Isabel Toledo on the kinda Granny Smith-colored dress she designed for Michelle Obama).

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    August 27, 2008

    Did Local Rockers Greater Good Play The Democratic Convention? Like Just Now?

    Is Greater Good performing for...the greater good? (Matt Cooper) According to the band’s Myspace site, local retro rockers Greater Good (whose new CD, Shake Till I Let You Go, was reviewed in this past week's paper) supposedly played an event today that's associated with the Democratic Convention ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2008

    Obama and Me

    It was the year 2000, and I was a young, hungry reporter in Chicago with a young, hungry state legislator on my speed dial