Nuts and Edible Seeds

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    I Went on a Nut Bender with Bandera's Smokin' Pecans and Learned Something in the Process

    Earlier this week I received a box containing assorted pecans, shortbread cookies and a number of other items from a company called Bandera Foods. All of it was delicious, but the Smokin' Pecans were near transcendent. They were light, had a crisp, airy texture and were laced with a subtle smoky fla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Cook Hall Has a New Chef and a New Menu, and They Want to Make You Fat (and Happy)

    When the W Dallas reopened its restaurant as Cook Hall, there wasn't much reason to get excited. Dry charcuterie, bland sliders, soggy shrimp and other dishes that seemed less than inspired made the closure of the hotel's old restaurant Craft, where even something as simple as roast chicken once see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Here Are the 8 Fried-Food Finalists for the Texas State Fair's Big Tex Choice Awards

    You've done so well keeping that swimsuit physique sharp and toned for the entire summer, but it's all about to come crashing down like a mountain of thinly shaved potatoes fried to something resembling perfection. The State Fair of Texas is back. And you're all going to die. Remember, these are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Fork Fight Round I: The Inaugural Forking

    Last night was the first Fork Fight battle over at Trinity Groves. The contenders in the first round of friendly competition were from incoming restaurants Casa Rubia and Souk.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    I Made Candied Bacon. Now You Make It. Now.

    When I opened up this cookbook at Christmas, this was the recipe that had to be made. I waited for the right moment, then I tried it out. There are no photos of the results, because the results were eaten too quickly. I assure you, this bacon is amazing. It's sweet. It's spicy. And it's bacon. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    The Lot: Sharon Hage Tackles Papadum!

    Just when you think there can't possibly be another Sharon Hage designed restaurant, the former York Street chef cranks out another. The next goes by the name The Lot and will open February 25 on a two-acre lot where Gaston Avenue and East Grand Avenue meet up with Garland Road. This time Hage is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    A Texas Pecan Processor is Suing Over Nuts Contaminated by Rodent Droppings

    George Martin and Marty Harrell used to be friends. They live 800 miles apart but swim in the same professional circles, the former heading Corsicana-based Navarro Pecan Company, one of the world's largest pecan-processing companies, and the latter in charge of the Harrell Nut Company, which shells ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Senator Charles Schwertner Wants To Give Texans Their Very Own Pie

    The recently elected Senator Charles Schwertner has been busier than a beehive down in Austin. In addition to standing up for conservative values and cracking down on illegal immigration, the senator just filed a very important piece of legislation. If it passes the 83rd Legislature of the State of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Seasons 52 is Open at NorthPark Center

    Seasons 52 opened Monday at NorthPark Center, between Neiman Marcus and Dillard's in the old McCormick & Schmick's space. The casual upscale grill and wine bar seats over 400 diners and focuses on a menu that changes seasonally -- or perhaps like all 52 weeks of a farmers' market. In addition to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Lower Greenville Avenue Is Getting A New Southern Comfort Restaurant

    This October, 1 Jack's Southern Comfort Food should open up on Lower Greenville Avenue, provided permits and all those other things that keeps restaurants from opening when they say they will go through. A new release about the opening uses the word "biscuit" an unprecedented 22 times, in case you' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    10 Great Not-Meat Things You Should Grill

    With the brief, if glorious, respite from 100-plus degree weather, we took again to outdoor activities that, for many of us, have been shelved since late May. And though fall may be upon us, we have at least a solid three weeks, if not more, of summery weather perfect for cranking up the grill and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    From Sara's Market, A Sunflower Seed to Add to Your Baseball Mix

    Last week while I perused the aisles at Sara's Market & Bakery in Richardson, Zaid Bayan, one of the owner's son, excitedly directed me towards one of their most popular items in the store: sunflower seeds. Sara's is a cornucopia of unique items from the Middle East, plus it has a great old-school ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Patience Is A Virture In Matters Of Pour-Over Coffee

    "So you really brew every cup by hand?" I asked the petite barista wrapping up her shift at Mercantile Coffee House. She told me it was the only way they could do it, so I pointed to the two massive drip machines perched on the counter, prompting her honesty. "Gotta have some reason to keep people f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    I'm Doing a "Foodie Cleanse," but for Some Reason It Doesn't Involve a Baconoscopy

    Cleanse. It's a word that strikes fear into the heart of every foodie and non-foodie alike. A cleanse used to mean a woman named Monica was about to get up close and personal with a big scary tube to literally flush your system. Nowadays a cleanse usually involves juicing (which is so hot right no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    The Yu Dog: When Darvish is on the Mound, There's Seaweed on Your Dog

    There was some social media gossip about a Yu Dog at the Rangers Ballpark on Monday night, so I contacted Casey Rapp, the Operations Manager with Metroplex Sportservice, which coordinates most of the food for the stadium. (Rapp has a pretty cool, yet tiring, job and keeps in touch throughout the sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Coconut Water Tastes Like Bed Bath & Beyond

    In 2009 the New York Times ran an article describing a trend taking over the city. Various shops were selling young coconuts, with undeveloped shells, liberated of their tops and served with drinking straws. "I think it's stylish, it's pretty," said a Brooklyn shop owner who was selling cases of coc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    For Day-Dreaming's Sake, a Look at Austin's South Congress Food Truck Park (with Photos)

    I was down near Austin over the weekend (not for SXSW) and decided to check out the South Congress food truck park, to get a little sense of what may happen in Dallas by 2027. The food truck park is a testament to the best weirdness of Austin, as demonstrated by the musician just trying to earn a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    The State of Pecan Pie in Texas: It Ain't That Good

    ​Texas Pecan trees have taken a punch. The USDA predicts our state's trees will collectively produce 40 millions pounds of pecans this year, which is 30 million pounds less than the 2010 crop. The Sunnyvale Pecan orchard east of Dallas is closed for the season. And today I spoke with Red Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Dude Sweet's Crack In a Box: I GOTTA HAVE IT, GIMME SOME, CRAAAACK

    ​ The first time I bought Dude, Sweet Chocolate's "Crack in a Box," it was on a whim and possibly because the name was amusing. Later that evening, as I polished off the last bite of the two large slabs that were inside the box, I had my "ah-ha!" moment: the name is in reference to the fact th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Supper Club! Smoke Chef Tim Byres Sends Along His Menu

    Tim Byres of Smoke​Supper Club at the Kessler, (presented by City of Ate)our dinner series that features local chefs whipping up bad ass food alongside local tunes, is happening soon (June 8 y'all.) This month's chef is Tim Byres of Smoke. Oh yes, we're excited too. Chef Byres will prepare a four- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Texas Hill Country Cooking Takes Manhattan, Sort Of

    This New York City restaurant is serving up something called a "Texas hand roll." Someone should tell them city folks that the Chicken Ranch was in East Texas, not the Hill Country.​Hill Country, the wildly popular New York City barbecue joint that's been busily indoctrinating Yankees in the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Baskin Robbins Fans, Texas Pecan Growers Bugged by Flavor Changes

    ​When Baskin-Robbins recently announced it was axing five of its 31 signature flavors, the resultant uproar centered on French Vanilla, a fixture since the company's founding in 1945. More than 1000 people have joined a "Save French Vanilla," group on Facebook, pleading with the company to ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    If Memory Serves: Secret Toffee

    Recipe Shoebox​If Memory Serves chronicles moments from my dining past, perhaps explaining what's wrong with me.Every year around the holidays, my mom sends a tin of what she calls "Secret Toffee."Actually, I learned the name of this chocolate-toffee cookie thing just last week, having spent a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Spiral Diner's Faux Meatballs Win National Acclaim

    The prized dish.​A recent survey conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ranked Spiral Diner's Sketti & Meatballs among the nation's top ten faux meatball dishes. You'd think the Spiral crew would be doing somersaults and touchdown dances over the news, but these guys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Roy's Natural Market

    ​After a rough Saturday night--I'll spare you the details, but I will say this: there was much vodka involved--Sunday's hangover carried into Monday. Tuesday--still not human. So I got online to Tweet about my misery. Then I saw a Tweet from one of my raw food friends that read, "Alcohol acts a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    On The Range: Chiles Rellenos

    Chiles rellenos, Emeril-stylePoblano peppers or Anaheim? When making chiles rellenos, the chef must first consider which pepper might better serve his or her vision of the completed dish. Indeed, they are similar and both are widely used, but tasting reveals subtle but noticeable differences. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.28.09

    "This is a journey, and we still have work to do, but expanding our sourcing of beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and partnering with the Gates Foundation represents significant steps." (Steve Yucknut, vice president of sustainability, announcing Kraft's intention to increase coffee be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Veggie With A View

    The days of vegetarian's blah reputation is fading fast. No longer are veggie lovers limited to greens and sides when they eat at mainstream restaurants. And now chef Anthony Bombaci of Nana in the Hilton Anatole (2201 Stemmons Freeway) has done his part to stamp out those pitiful "rabbit food" joke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Back To School

    North Texas Daily A friend of mine swears that he ate at Mr. Chopsticks in Denton at least five times a week during his tenure as a student at the University of North Texas during the late '90s. He still makes a half-hour trip to the place a couple times a month. I could never understand this obsess ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2008
  • Dining

    June 5, 2008

    Review: Cafe R&D

    Café R&D serves up pretty, tasty dishes, but where's the meow mix?

  • Dining

    April 17, 2008

    Review: Spiral Diner & Bakery

    Spiral Diner & Bakery lets you avoid sins of the flesh

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    Birthday Luau

    Roy's turns two decades old

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2008

    Elegance Is Key

    Learn to cook for some of your friends

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    Holy Holly! Actually Good Christmas CDs

    The onslaught of mass-marketed holiday drivel cast upon music consumers is usually enough to make even Santa jaded. It seems everyone and anyone gets to throw together a collection of those old Christmas chestnuts. Beating “The Little Drummer Boy” into all sorts of ugly guises seems to have beco ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Bland on Bland Crime

    September's CDs produce more beef than a Western Sizzlin'

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Thin-Crust Pizza

    Scalini's Pizza and Pasta

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Frozen Custard

    Wild About Harry's

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Hamburger

    Keller's Drive-In

  • Culture

    November 15, 2001


    The alternative to eggnog

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Sushi

    Teppo Yakatori Sushi Bar

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best dumplings

    Tabil spiced pork dumplings, The Landmark at the Melrose Hotel

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best sports spectator experience

    MasterCard Colonial Golf Tournament

  • Calendar

    August 3, 2000

    Top of the shops

    When you've got nothing better to do, you might as well go buy something

  • Music

    June 27, 1996
  • Dining

    June 8, 1995
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