Dallas' restaurant scene has managed to shove its way into the national conversation this year: First, FT-33 and Smyth got attention in multiple national magazines, and now Esquire is giving Dallas a one-two punch of feel-good. Stephan Pyle's Stampede 66, and John Tesar's Spoon have been recognized ... More >>
On February 5, U.S. Postal Inspectors customs agents were doing a routine inspection at the North Texas Processing and Distribution Center when they spotted a package freshly arrived from Singapore and destined for a home address in Crowley. The customs agents opened the mail -- they have the autho ... More >>
Yesterday, Forbes released the billionaires list, its annual parade of the ridiculously, absurdly super-rich. This year, the list stretches to some 1,426 names worth a combined $5.4 trillion. Texas claims a small if significant portion of that, counting 50 billionaires among its 26 million resident ... More >>
In Latin, the word simulacrum means "likeness" or "similarity." It's a term often used by philosophers and social theorists (see: Baudrillard) to exemplify the hyper-real. To boil it down: a simulacrum can often be a perverted version of reality. See also: The 10 Worst Fast Food Trends of 2012 So ... More >>
With the announcement of 35 Denton's initial lineup, it was only a matter of time before you felt that tightening in your chest, aka the first round of SXSW acts. North Texas' Blackstone Rangers, Ronnie Fauss, the Relatives, Somebody's Darling, Sarah Jaffe and Tedashii are all represented. Thurston ... More >>
Jerry Jones must have felt the superlatives slipping away from Cowboys Stadium, that monument to football, consumerism, and, not least, Jerry Jones. What other explanation could there be for opening the first ever lingerie store inside a sports stadium? Three years after it opened with a dome that ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain comes to Dallas this Thursday, visiting the Majestic Theater to share what will no doubt be candid and curse-filled insights into his life's work, travels and food. Since City of Ate is sponsoring the event, I spoke to Bourdain recently, asking about his new show, the food sc ... More >>
Big disagreement. My house. Now. Ferris wheel next to Kennedy memorial. Wife, a Dallas native. Self, a carpetbagger. Wife, tasteful. Self, not. Wife says Yankees will criticize city. Self say, so what? Self know more about Yankees than wife. Screw Yankees. It's been almost 50 years. Can't Dallas ... More >>
Eat Street host James Cunningham lets food serve as the real star of his show.Eat Street leads with one of its many trump cards when it starts out each episode with chrome-domed host, James Cunningham, just taking up some space on a city sidewalk, shooting the breeze. Cunningham may have been ... More >>
Yesterday Bloomberg noted that high-end American hotels are being sold to buyers from Hong King, Singapore and China in the hopes of catering to "a growing number of affluent Asians traveling abroad." Among those sold: the Rosewood Crescent Hotel and the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, now in t ... More >>
Rick Perry keeps telling me that I shouldn't worry about dumping all the kids out of school or putting Grandma out of the nursing home. Texas has the nation's fastest-growing economy, he says, so don't sweat it. What does that mean -- fastest-growing economy? I took a look around yesterday ... More >>
Secret Recipe's Hainanese-style roasted chickenMalaysia is a country of vast and diverse cultures, all marrying to create one united cuisine. The nation's food borrows and combines elements of Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Filipino, and Indian menus, creating a robust flavor profile. The use of ... More >>
George Gillett, left, and Tom HicksIt's déjà vu all over again this morning in the U.K.: On the one side of the courtroom are attorneys repping the creditors trying to force the sale of a sports team owned by Tom Hicks; on the other side are Hicks's attorneys. So perhaps it's not an exact repla ... More >>
All photos by Kristy YangAt the Food Court in ThailandI've been away for the past few weeks tending to some family stuff in Asia and have been a tad too busy to do any blogging. I'm sure the editor's ulcer will be relieved to know that I'm back now with my one measly post a week. While away, ... More >>
First of all, let's get something out of the way. We all need closure. After our lovely Tiffany Derry packed her knives and came home to Dallas to get hitched, I didn't recap the finales. Partly because I was heartbroken they sent Kelly home over Kevin or Angelo on Part 1 and partly because, well ... More >>
First of all, TV fans, let me just throw you a cyber fist bump and wish you all a happy 9.02.10. Donna Martin graduates!But seriously, last night was the last set of "normal" challenges before the Final Four set off to cook their way through the finale. It was tense and yet surprisingly lackluste ... More >>
Earlier this week, City of Ater Kristy Yang told you about her less-than-stellar experience dining at the new 99 Ranch Market's food court. Since the market is a grocery store, not a restaurant, we thought we'd have her come back with a separate review of her shopping experience at the mega-A ... More >>
Here's you, serving yourself, at Lion City.I blatantly stole the idea to visit Lion City Chinese Café in Plano from the online events calendar for the Dallas Ethnic Restaurants meet-up group, which sounds like a fairly brilliant eating club. According to the organizer's description, the restaur ... More >>
May seem bizarre to some that I would compare a South Indian dinner to my Mexican grandmother's breakfast taquitos, but that's exactly what came to mind while chowing down on my potato-filled dosa at Madras Pavilion. Growing up, my brother Michael and I hated eggs. Still do, in fact. Whenever ... More >>
In my school of thought--and keep in mind, it's not a very well attended school--cocktails born in the heyday of gentlemanly drinking are to be revered. Drinks such as martinis, old fashioned and the great sazerac came from an era when even the prettiest glass carried a big, stiff belt of alcohol ... More >>
You probably remember the moment you first saw Jessica Simpson slink into a Pizza Hut and, quite seductively, feed some dorky tween an oh-so-cheesy popper while moaning the line "one of these days these bites are gonna pop right into you." Yeah, it was pre-the now post- Tony Romo and she might have ... More >>
Like most worthwhile "hidden gem" ethnic eateries we dream about, Thai Noodle and Rice is nondescript, a dive next to the Shop n' Go on North Fitzhugh near I-75. And fortunately, the shabby exterior seems to promise something good, worthwhile--very different than overfused and overpriced pan-Asian ... More >>
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Our restaurant critic travels to China to unravel the riddle: Why can't Dallas do Chinese?
Being Out of the Loop is not a bad thing
The DMA's culture bash
Battling for Ozzfest, rockin' for the girls, and some jolly Christmas-song trivia
Life Is Killing My Rock 'N' Roll (Stinky)
Awash in oil, the Spanish victims of a tanker disaster seek justice from a Texas company
Playwright Tracy Letts gets the last laugh on Dallas
Does anybody drink classic cocktails anymore?
Sure, Troy can throw a ball, but can he shoot an ion cannon?
Fishbowl is for peering. Eating isn't bad either.
Majid Majidi's new film extends Iranian cinema's fascination with children
Even with decent food, Rainforest Cafe makes appetites endangered species
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Saigon Savour brings a rich Western touch to Vietnamese
Cathy's Pacific skirts the Asian edges of the Rim
New bill to outlaw "indecency" on the Internet makes no sense