• Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    The Best Places in Dallas to Go When You're Stoned

    Texas may not be Colorado, but hell, that's never stopped us from being awesome. That's just kind of a rule of thumb for life in general, but it's particularly appropriate when it comes to, you know, marijuana. Getting high. Baked. Stoned. Keyed. Whatever the hell lingo you happen to prefer, point i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    How a Dessert Menu Is Built: Pastry Chef David Collier on Sweetening Up John Tesar's Knife

    There's certainly a lot of talk about meat, and rightly so, when it comes to Chef John Tesar's Knife Modern Steak, opening soon in the Hotel Palomar. But what about the hotel guest with a sweet tooth, or the film geek who wants to break down the third act after a night across the street at the Ang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The State Fair's 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards Were Sad, So Let's Please Change Them

    I love the State Fair of Texas. I also love fried things. Which means I have a deep, undying love for the Big Tex Choice Awards. And for the last few years, I've been so excited to go to the competition to get a chance to try all the new fried ridiculousness. This year was different. None of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Shaking Down the Baby Carrot ShakeDown

    Earlier this year, we pointed to an article in The New York Times that covered the science of snack food. In it, Michael Moss detailed the many different ways snack food companies trick your brain into taking one last pull off of a soda bottle to wash down the massive bag of potato chips you clearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    How to Pull Together a Cheap Last-Minute Easter Basket

    Last year it wasn't until 10 p.m. the night before Easter Sunday that I remembered it was absolutely definitely time to round up some Peeps and chocolate peanut butter eggs to fill baskets, which is partially on account of me not wanting to spend money on things that will be obliterated within one h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Alice Laussade Is the Guest Chef at Next Monday's Cane Rosso Pizza Party

    By now you've surely heard that the folks at Cane Rosso love to invite celebrity chefs and other local food personalities to sit in as guest pizzaiolos. The story was almost getting stale before Alice Laussade got in on the action. This Monday night she'll be joining the ranks of Jack Perkins, Brian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    An Englishman Provides Our Final Word on the State Fair: One Hero Passes, Another Enters

    I chose the saddest day of all to go the State Fair. The death of Big Tex (flame-grilled is the way he'd have wanted to go) cast a shadow over the whole event, which had Big Tex's now non-existent face on every piece of merchandise, every map, every stall, every advert, every building. When the twit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Rita's Italian Ice Ice Baby

    Rita's Italian Ice, or Rita's Water Ice, or as the corporate website put its, Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness, is a quickly growing frozen treats franchise out of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, (near Philly). In addition to their many names, they also have many many many combos. One can have a straight Rita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Bearded Brothers Energy Bar: A Texas-Made Energy Bar That Actually Sounds Good for You

    Recently I was reading the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, about Mexico's Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyons who have an amazing ability to run extreme long distances. In the book McDougall describes the pre-run concoction of choice for the Tarahumara, which is made from chia seeds. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    The Food of Denton's Arts and Jazz Festival

    The Arts and Jazz Festival should be called the My Chest Will Hurt On Monday Convention. Taking a step into city limits, you're olfactory sense is assaulted with the undeniable, comforting aroma of all things battered and fried. If only Village Voice Media would invest in smell-o-vision.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    In Honor of Titanic 3D (Or Something), the 10 Very All-Time Best Frozen Foods

    Yeah, we went there. Most of these are dessert-related. And might force you to face your childhood because most of them are also a bit nostalgic. Which may or may not be an indicator that we need therapy. 1. Lemon Chill Available at any water park, baseball stadium or outdoor concert in the hist ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    P-nutty's: A Dallas Stoner's New Best Friend?

    ​It's Saturday morning, 2:30 a.m., and after a night of partying at Sfuzzi you find yourself on your couch, more stoned than a Snoop Dogg's bus driver, and in desperate need of a candy bar. Who you gonna call? P-Nutty's Snack Delivery Service. The new Dallas-based home-delivery company recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Five Halloween Candies to Hand Out if You Hate Kids

    Alice LaussadeNana is kinda chalky. ​Monday night is Halloween. Which means it's time to start thinking about what you'll be handing out to the little ones this year. If you're awesome, we know you'll be the house with the king-size Snickers bars and the werewolf droppings. But if you hate kids a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Leon Lett Finally Apologizes for His Cowboys Blunders. Sorta. With a Snickers.

    ​Got this letter the other day, from "The Desk of Leon Lett": Even though I have three Super Bowl rings, made two Pro Bowl appearances and recorded 22 sacks during my 10-year NFL career, I'm only remembered for two mistakes. Including one monumental mistake I committed on an icy Thanksgivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    NFL Films, Snickers Get Leon Lett to Seek "Redemption" For '93 Thanksgiving Eff-Up

    ​No doubt you recall where you were at the exact moment Leon Lett cost the Dallas Cowboys a Thanksgiving Day victory over the Miami Dolphins in 1993. Me? I was icebound in Farmersville, cooped up with out-of-town family convinced it would be just fine to drive up to Collin County during a sleetsto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    As If We Need To Tell You, Avoid These Candies On Valentine's Day. Seriously.

    Consult Dr. Chuck Norris before giving anyone modified candy dispensers on Valentine's day.​Valentine's Day is a zero-sum game. And I say that as someone who loves Valentine's Day, as someone who knows terms like "Hallmark holiday" and "Singles Awareness Day" are just the protests of the unhappy a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Ten Food Commercials Featuring...Pandas?

    Never Say No to Panda's stares​Seems everybody loves a big tubby panda. Like, everybody. All over the world. They pop up in commercials for many kinds of cuisine and with all sorts of attitudes. They can be lovable, they can be stoners, they can be full on bullies. But it seems like panda bears ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Top 5 Things To Do With Halloween Candy
    After October 31

    ​This year, we saw no more than 15 trick-or-treaters come to the door -- at that wasn't even at our own house, but an an organized trick-or-treat event. At home, there were seriously, zero children out roaming the streets for sweet treats. Now we're left with a bucket of pre-packaged sugar and not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Adam Carolla Makes Time for Pie... Between Rants

    ​ There are cake people and pie people. Adam Carolla, headlining a special two-night event at the Addison Improv Tuesday and Wednesday (October 5-6), is a confirmed pie man. More about that in a minute. If all you know of Carolla, 46, is from the 1990s on cable's The Man Show and Crank Yankers (s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    And The Libertine Beer Dinner Winner Is...

    Self-portrait by Eugène Delacroix, who apparently came back from the dead to enter and win a beer-naming contest.​Thanks to all the commenters for the fun beer ideas from yesterday's Libertine Oktoberfest Beer Dinner contest. Some sounded tasty, some sounded disgusting and some had us laughing ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Pie in the Sky: Is Fried Frito Pie Ready
    To Hit the Top of the Greasy Charts?

    ​Not satisfied with winning "best taste" honors at yesterday's Big Tex Choice Awards, fried Frito pie inventor Michael Thomas has implied he'd like his concoction to become a concession stand staple. "The deep-fried Frito pie is a game changer for fair food," Thomas told The Dallas Morning Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Sunday's Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven, So... Bring Your Cameras?

    "I feel it right inside my head somewhere.""I feel like I've ben shot."Maybe you already forgot. It's cool -- it's been almost a year. But yeah, this Sunday's another July 11 -- 7/11, right -- so just like last year and the year before that, 7-Eleven is celebrating with free 7.11-ounce Slurpees fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    A Baker's Dozen of Authentic Munchies Recipes

    From​Last week, we discussed The New York Times' article on "haute-stoner cuisine" and, in response, we offered up some dishes from local restaurants that totally speak to the high mind.This sparked (ha!) some discussion regarding much more low-brow, what's-left-in-the-pantry culinary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    If Memory Serves: Zero Candy Bars

    Denver Westword​If Memory Serves chronicles moments from my dining past, perhaps explaining what's wrong with me.It has been dismissed as a white Snickers. The company that makes them has changed hands so many times it's near impossible to keep track. And when I went to the 7-Eleven by our posh, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Pairing Off: Snickers

    Patrick Michels​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.It's funny what foods frighten the wine experts.When I began calling around about this week's pairing, I expected nods to certain reds that go well with chocolate. But the guy at Dallas F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Top 10 Foods To Fry For Next Year's State Fair

    Patrick MichelsBecause even with garlic sauce on one side and grape topping on the other, this fried butter love affair can only last so long.​Every year, vendors on the state fair circuit push the limits of fried excess: chicken fried bacon, deep fried peanut butter cups and, of course, this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008
  • Dining

    August 16, 2007

    Guilty Pleasures

    You don’t have to wait for a taste of the State Fair

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    How Would Jesus Eat?

    This week, Bible Girl turns to Jared Binder, a graduate student at Dallas Theological Seminary and a Dallas Observer intern, for thoughts on the "deadly sin" no one ever talks about in church. Bible Girl posts from Bible Girl will be sparse in the next few weeks; I'm working on something for the pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2006

    The Day Jim Schutze Met Gerald Ford and Asked Him the Worst Question Ever

    Jerry Ford has died. I seldom have personal feelings for politicians, but Ford's death makes me sad. Of course, that may be because I played such an important part personally in his presidency. This is a short story, so I'll try to make it long. People born since 1973 probably can't imagine how weir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2006

    Penal Colonies?

    Richardson has just passed an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from living on all but 2 percent of the city's real estate. Those convicted of molesting minors under 17 are now unable to live within 2,000 feet of schools, daycare centers or parks. The only other place in North Texas with su ... More >>

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Camp Death

    Plus: Stink Pit

  • Calendar

    July 21, 2005
  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Balls Out

    How to throw a no-hitter on acid, and other lessons from the career of baseball legend Dock Ellis

  • News

    November 25, 2004


    Want to design video games? SMU's Guildhall can show you how, if you're willing to work like a dog.

  • Calendar

    October 23, 2003

    Ghouls Club

    CATS offers twice the fright

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Carrying the Load

    Troy Hambrick begged for Emmitt Smith's job. After one good game, can he keep it?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Dessert

    Terilli's Xango cheesecake

  • News

    September 25, 2003

    Kick Ace

    Billy Cundiff's performance was great. So why do I hate him?

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2003

    Blue Note

    It's a smash hit

  • Calendar

    February 27, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Chocolate Fix

    Super Target

  • Music

    February 15, 2001

    Here I Am Again

    Loretta Lynn is Still Country, and still woman enough for you

  • Calendar

    July 22, 1999

    It's one "ele" of a show

    Save the elephants ... from these circus costumes

  • Music

    September 17, 1998

    Back in black

    Or, Why you shouldn't go to the Bauhaus show dressed in white

  • Music

    March 5, 1998
  • Dining

    August 22, 1996
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