• Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    How Do We Convert From Christian Rock to Indie Rock?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The City of Ate Interview: Union Bear's John Kleifgen

    Dallas native John Kleifgen took his first job at a restaurant as a teenager because a gig carrying mulch at Calloway's didn't provide much entertainment. So, when a friend told him about a kitchen job for the Lakewood Country Club, he weighed his options and wisely chose a country club scene instea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 15, 2011
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    September 13, 2011

    Rangers Closer to Raising AL West Pennant, Funds for Shannon Stone

    ​Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13. Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Find Truth In Wine At These Vino Events

    ​For all of you out there who are fretting over the remainder of the work week, just remember that's there's a glass of wine with your name on it. Actually, there are multiple glasses waiting for you because we've found three wine events you won't want to miss. For her final column in the Observ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Shots with Your Texas Rangers Today, Wine Tastings Tonight

    Ginger ale doesn't sting the eyes quite like Champagne.​With the Dallas International Film Festival in full swing and the Deep Ellum Arts Festival beginning today, you already have two reasons why you shouldn't be glued to your couch this weekend unless you're doing really well on your March M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Pop Quiz: Can You Tell One City from Another By Menus?

    ​I recently had occasion to look up a menu from a town where I used to live, and was startled by how ostentatiously it flaunted the region's culinary biases. The menu was so obviously issued by a restaurant in this particular town that I'm pretty sure I could pick it out of a line-up of 100 me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Lumi's Susie Bui On Holiday Stress and an Intriguing Burger Idea

    Aaron YoungSusie Bui​Yesterday, we gave you the goods on Susie Bui, co-owner of Lumi Empanada and Dumpling Kitchen. Today, we asked Bui to finish a few sentences for us. Tomorrow, she shares one of her small plate recipes. I was born and raised in... Fort Worth, and I went to school in Arlington. ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010

    Shiny Around The Edges

    Denton's Dreaming (Sounds Are Active)

  • News

    May 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Sauce on the Square in McKinney is not about getting sauced on the square in McKinney--necessarily

    Colleen Meesey​At first glance, downtown McKinney and its approaching streets seem bucolic, picturesque, quaint even. Wooden frame houses line Louisiana street, giving a small-town feel to the place. When you reach the courthouse square, you will swear that you've entered Fredericksburg or some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Oh, Thank Heavens, 7-Eleven's Making Its Own Wine. Just, Ya Know, Don't Call it "Cheap."

    ​Dallas-based 7-Eleven's had a few proprietary wines on shelves for some time, among them Sonoma Crest and Thousand Oaks, but today comes word that the convenience store's actually in the private-label business thanks to a partnership with its Japanese sibling, Seven-Eleven Japan. And, whoa, Yosem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Pairing Off: Long John Silver's

    Patrick Michels/BrokenSphereEach week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.I've commented already about the quick-service seafood chain's diabolical attempt to add a few years to my life, at least on paper. But the store I visited for this week's wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Cali Country

    First the BCS pushes Texas into the also-ran category and now this. The 28th National Beef Cook-Off is asking home cooks to submit "Sonoma-style" recipes for this year's contest.That's right, think simple, light and (above all) colorful...which can probably be achieved by carving thin slices of meat ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2008
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    June 26, 2006

    Cowboys in Third Place!

    Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach's Hall of Fame Racing team finally broke through on the NASCAR circuit yesterday. Wonder how Quincy Carter's racing team's doing. On the football field, that would be disastrous news. But on the NASCAR track, it's a breath of better-late-than-never air. Giving hope to ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 18, 2006

    Road Wear

    Bye-bye, Volvo. Hello, Lola.

  • Film

    January 19, 2006

    Smiles to Go

    Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie

  • Film

    December 22, 2005

    Smiles to Go

    Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie

  • Dining

    November 10, 2005

    Sour Grapes

    At Tony's Wine Warehouse, there's a sucker born every minute

  • News

    August 4, 2005

    Drink Up

    Loosened Texas laws spawn a litter of Dallas street wineries. Ready for Preston Hollow Pinot Grigio?

  • Dining

    July 7, 2005

    Brass-Knuckle Blossom

    Believe the hype: Hibiscus may be named for a showy flower, but it's still strong enough for a man

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2005
  • Dining

    December 9, 2004

    Eating a Life

    With George Restaurant's austere environs, the food is even more alluring

  • Dining

    November 11, 2004
  • Dining

    February 27, 2003

    Street Feed

    Houston Street's "creative American" fare has a lot of potential

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Big Death

    Fading flashiness marked the year in Dallas dining

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002


    Check out the wine program at Sonoma, but you should probably eat before you go

  • Dining

    August 22, 2002

    "M" Scales Uptown

    New Maguire's to open in November

  • News

    May 9, 2002


    A Plano homemaker finds herself in a legal pit with a very big rooster

  • Dining

    May 31, 2001

    Steak Rubble

    Ernest Gallo is honored

  • Calendar

    March 22, 2001

    Happy Hours

    Expect palete fatigue at The Dallas Morning News Wine and Food Festival

  • Dining

    September 3, 1998
  • News

    July 16, 1998

    Whine capital of Texas

    A rigged wine contest peels away Grapevine's grandiose label as the Napa Valley of Texas, revealing instead another cheap import

  • Dining

    April 2, 1998

    Grand hotel

    The Adolphus' French Room offers courses in dining elegance

  • Dining

    March 26, 1998
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    January 25, 1996
  • Dining

    December 7, 1995

    Revisiting a Dallas classic

    Parigi is a mainstay for sophisticated, unfailingly fresh food