Something recent and specific must be driving the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children across the Texas border with Mexico. It's reasonable and prudent for government to try to figure out what's behind it in order to stem the tide. But that's one thing. The other thing is this: The offer of Dal ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
On Sunday afternoon, Luis Villalva gently slipped two battered pieces of tilapia into the deep fryer at his restaurant El Come Taco. Minutes later they emerged, like fish sticks entombed in a blistered golden brown. Villalva placed the two pieces of fish on honest, double-stacked tortillas, added co ... More >>
It is now known that the Socal burger at Ten Bells Tavern comes with two omens. The first came in the form of a kind waiter, who warned me of a possible doom: "Leave the wrapper on as a long as you can." I thought, "the prophecy of the meat juice is real!" The other came in the form of a black cat. ... More >>
So-Cal Tacos was one of the first food trucks to hit the Dallas scene just two quick years ago, before the city even had rules established for such ventures. In September of 2011, we reported on stringent codes that actually prevented So-Cal Taco's owner, Scott Wooley, among others, from wandering o ... More >>
So, I think they're being facetious, but not totally sure. Tone is so hard to detect in the written word sometimes. Regardless, Food & Think on Smithsonian.com offers a lesson about our nation's growing thirst for sodas through the history of Big Gulps. The title of the article is "We Have Texas the ... More >>
OK, so there are no more jokes to make about Taco Bell pushing the boundaries of hyperbole with their new fast food items. It's done. It's all done. Can we be done? Somewhere in between Idiocracy references, Inception, the zombie apocalypse and our heads exploding like the guy in Scanners, we're out ... More >>
Slayer's social media outlets are reporting that founding member Jeff Hanneman died Thursday morning at 11am, of liver failure. A constant of the band from his first meeting with Kerry King in 1981 until taking his leave from the band in 2011 due to a case of necrotizing fasciitis potentially contra ... More >>
Another busy month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurants happenings in January, and be sure to share tips about new and/or dead restaurants in the comments section below or at email@example.com. Openings: Suns ... More >>
The new, new, old Sunset is back. And this time it has gone tiki-style. Wednesday marked the grand re-reopening of the bar on Ross Avenue, this time with Free Range Concepts owners Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan and celebutender Lucky Campbell heading up the bar program. According to the bar's swank ... More >>
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 >>
Tuesday, January 22, at Trees
Over the course of 14 albums and countless cassette-only releases, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has become one of the best (and busiest) singer/songwriters around. While his songs can be depressing and dark, Darnielle's sense of exploration is simply remarkable. Whether it's writing about me ... More >>
Sigur Rós Monday, April 8, at Verizon Theatre, $42.75 In a follow-up to their run of summer festivals, Sigur Rós have announced their largest North American tour to date, set to kick off next spring. Although the Icelandic band put out its most ambient-leaning album, Valtari, earlier this year, t ... More >>
Bulgogi meets tacos, and nachos, and hot dogs, and more.
Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports.
Last week, workers at Wal-Mart stores in Southern California walked off the job in what was, per Salon, the first multi-store strike in the retail giant's history. Today, the protest made its way to Dallas. Workers at nine area Wal-Mart stores walked off the job this morning to demand higher wages ... More >>
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a specialty coffee and tea cafe, is set to open at 15250 Dallas North Tollway this Friday, September 28. On Thursday, however, from 4:00 to 7:00 they're hosting an open house and customers can sample the goods for free. The Coffee Bean is originally out of Southern Cali ... More >>
Brooklyn via Southern California band Delta Spirit have certainly spread their wings over the course of three studio albums. Managing to go from the lo-fi, alt-country stylings of their 2008 debut, Ode to Sunshine, to their new, shimmering, self-titled offering while still sounding very much like th ... More >>
Want to give yourself a good case of the climate-change willies? Go to climatecentral.org, click on their report on sea level rise and look for Texas. We could be in for it worse than California, depending on how you measure. When national media talk about sea-level rises, they tend to focus on New ... More >>
"Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air gives the hotel a serious restaurant and the chef an ideal California spot." How many stars is that? The Los Angeles Times recently ditched its star rating system. Russ Parsons, the food editor at the Times, says the system is dated, especially considering the rapi ... More >>
Lately we've talked a lot about how the Dallas food scene is moving past plates of melted cheese. But let this stand as a warning to the fancy-pants chefs in this town: Melted cheese will always have a place here. You hear that? Always. And that's how I justify the nachos I shared at lunch yesterda ... More >>
And why the love for UT?
Matt Damon needs your love.
Musicians are undoubtedly influenced by the music they listen to. And an artist's musical selection at any given moment can sometimes even foretell what a next album might sound like. So if you've ever wondered what the artists who grace your stereo are getting funky to, here's your chance to find o ... More >>
Tim HalperinLast week we ran a quick item about American Idol contestant, Tim Halperin, and his publicity stunt leading up to the release of his new record, Rise & Fall. He was to sit in a mock jail cell at Plano's Shops At Legacy for 28 hours leading up the expiration of his dreaded American ... More >>
Scott Gottlich, chef and co-owner of Bijoux and The Second Floor.From a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Oklahoma to restaurant owner and chef, Scott Gottlich's career progression may seem odd. But that's the path -- with a few important stops in between -- that led the Dalla ... More >>
Saturday, June 18, at Fair Park
Meddlesome Moth's Chad Kelley at work, pairing food with the restaurant's enormous beer collection.The problem with bars with food is bar food. But Chad Kelley, 34, executive chef at the Meddlesome Moth, has fixed that problem with choices like meat pies, mothballs, venison tartare, arctic ch ... More >>
Don't blame them for hip-hop cliches; also, how to propose in Mexico.
"I am not an Obama supporter. Could never be, and as much as having an African-American in the White House could be a good thing, having one with Marxist ideals is certainly not a good thing! I will not be patronizing your restaurant, much less the 'Obama Room.'" (Patron--make that former patr ... More >>
Meet the Pivnicks of Richardson. Sounds like an ABC sitcom, actually. USA Today and Good Morning America Weekend found two families willing to take part in their joint Frugal Family Challenge -- and, of course, one of those families is local (and, so happens, the husband works for a Gannett-owned co ... More >>
How 'bout that? A real California Quake! Thanks for not a single one of you asking, but I’m okay. Myself and the Cowboys somehow survived the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that rumbled through southern California at 11:42 this morning. The epicenter is Chino Hills, which is east of downtown Los ... More >>
Well, that was fun. We spent Tuesday getting our asses handed to us by Southern California, by a combined score of 11-6. First, the Texas Rangers bumbled their way to a 7-4 loss, followed by the Dallas Stars' humbling 4-2 defeat at the wings of the Mighty Ducks. The good news: The Mavs finish the r ... More >>
So, Sunday, my partner in dining and I were about to tuck into some deliciously bad for us brunch at our neighborhood's pride, the Gold Rush Cafe. As is the case for most meals at the Gold Rush, we ran into five people we knew, including our own Jim Schutze in to pick up some bites as well as Tania ... More >>
Next on Unfair Park, we will review diamond necklaces, silk undergarments and European sports cars--in other words, all the important things. I have something of an unfavorable reputation 'roundabouts our little cubicle cluster. I am none too patient with publicists pitching irrelevant stories. Some ... More >>
As the sun sets over the rolling waves of Ventura County, the Cowboys say adios before moving on to...San Antonio. Not the same. Not even close. No one's particularly happy that the Dallas Cowboys have broken training camp in Oxnard, California, for the last time. Not the media, which drools over t ... More >>
We would tell you what this is, but you might find it kinda, well, gross. OK, it's allegedly a Morgellons fiber taken from a kid's lip. Happy? Two weeks ago we reported on the mysterious skin disease known as Morgellons, which is defined by symptoms that include black sweat and colored fibers sprout ... More >>
On Sunday The Dallas Morning News ran a piece reiterating the myth that NASCAR was once a regional--specifically southeastern--sport that has suddenly expanded into the major urban markets. Strangely, even NASCAR officials adhere to this and other myths (such as the disregard for non-southern drive ... More >>
Still fishing; Mixed hash
P.F. Chang's polishes Chinese fare with an American bistro veneer