In this week's issue of Burning Questions, in which we quiz a chef about cookbooks, worst meals, food shames and whatever else comes to mind, we hear from Marc Cassel, the man behind 20 Feet Seafood Joint. What are a few of your favorite cookbooks? The Internet has made the cookbook question sort ... More >>
In a recent New York Times Magazine, Mark Bittman endorses Taco Bell's bean burrito. Well, not really, but he does point out that from a nutritional standpoint the "mushy beans in that soft tortilla" are a lot better than the alternatives. Bittman uses the anecdote to launch into an appraisal of new ... More >>
This year, Dallas Observer music blog DC9 at Night and Houston Press music blog Rocks Off teamed up to bring you dispatches from the SXSW madness. Here are the nine worst things we saw. See also: -There's an App to Get You Laid at SXSW, But You Absolutely Don't Need the Help -The 50 Commandments of ... More >>
When you go on the 35 Denton website, it becomes clear that most of the bands sent in their own descriptions. Some are standard musical lexicon-run-of-the-mill "Such and such band emerged from the Bumville scene in 19-dickety-two and have been playing since blah blah blah..." type of stuff. Some are ... More >>
If you're pregnant and are due in early March, go ahead and schedule things for March 7th. Because then forever and ever and ever (into infinity) you'll be able to say your baby was born the same day as the Cool Ranch Tacos at Taco Bell. People will say, "Ooh, awesome. I totally remember that day! ... More >>
1. Taco Bell rolls out the Cool Ranch taco shell, as posted on Facebook just this morning. Don't tease, Taco Bell. Please, don't tease.
It was the Smackdown that lead me to reviewing Hopdoddy. I couldn't believe how much work the small chain put into burgers they charged so little for. Most customers will likely spend a little more on burgers topped elaborately with gourmet cheeses and toppings, but if you want, you can get a plain, ... More >>
Quick programming note: Things are going to be light around here in the coming weeks. A bunch of us threw in on the Powerball, which is up to $550 million, and as everyone knows, the more people who get together on buying a ticket the better the odds. So I don't suspect we'll be around to do much bl ... More >>
Tomorrow is Halloween, just so you know. It's also Wednesday, which means if you're at least 23, you're probably working all day instead of getting daydrunk and flinging fake blood on one of your old undershirts to make a "costume." But maybe you should swing by Party City on your lunch break and ... More >>
Pink Friday, February 22, at American Airlines Center, $39.50 I get the appeal of Britney, Christina and Gaga, but Pink has always been the bad girl of the current run of massive pop singers. Nevertheless, she's carved out a niche for herself, and this show will likely sell out.See also:- Ten con ... More >>
If you've having trouble selling a menu item, your best bet may be to put Doritos on it. The Texas Rangers just announced the latest snack to follow the much lauded boomstick. Totally ROSSome Nachos will boast tortilla chips covered in white queso, pico de gallo and a choice of shredded meat heaped ... More >>
Yesterday, Pizza Patrón announced a new pizza promotion: On Tuesday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., Spanish speaking customers get what every Spanish speaking customer desperately craves -- free pepperoni pizza. The press release tried to preempt any possible backlash by doing its best to invoke a jov ... More >>
Oh, pink slime, where did it all go wrong? Your name alone is gross, your photo induces a gag reflex and, unfortunately, the image has been seared into our brains (for now, anyway). And now grocery stores -- including Walmart, where just about everything goes there -- are banishing you. Sorry, kiddo ... More >>
When Observer Web Editor Nick Rallo and I shuffled down to SXSW last week, we both noticed the same thing: The somewhat icky marketing that seems to have inundated the Austin music festival, to the point where even the fans themselves were part of the brand. Here's an excerpt of a conversation we ha ... More >>
Nearly every time I knock the food at a chain restaurant, a few commenters jump to and tell me why chains are great. Often those comments brand me as a chain-hating snob who only wants to eat trendy food, served by a waiter with bad facial hair and a fedora. But that's not true. Mostly I just want t ... More >>
FlickrAirline dining has been synonymous with substandard eats forever, as multiple decades of prepackaged, lifeless meals have graced our flimsy fold-out tray tables. We've became collectively aware of a basic and undeniable fact: This stuff is absolutely terrible. In response, airlines ha ... More >>
And what's the Mexican music that sounds like polka?
Imagine walking into a restaurant as management dotes on your every move out of fear you might blog about the greasy thumbprint on your plate. Imagine cooking and plating a fabulous meal for 10 friends only to not let them eat while you snap 700 photos of your accomplishment. Imagine all the ... More >>
You're a serious foodie. You regularly say shit like, "I'll try anything" and "I'm totally adventurous -- let's get the weirdest thing on the menu," and "When in Rome, ellipsis." And so, dear Adventurous Foodie, we bring you the day you hoped would never come. Enter: the doo doo burger. We're not ... More >>
And why would an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe cause so much controversy?
Saturday, April 23, at Trees
Animal PlanetThe winner of the Puppy Bowl gets the Ruff Lombardi Trophy. Ah, We're Sorry.February 6, you could get together with a bunch of friends to eat wings and yell at the Super Bowl on Fox. Or, you could not. If you're anti-Super Bowl, here's a list of five other shows you could watch, ... More >>
Get a clue, America.Restaurant owners are growing increasingly excited about the prospects for breakfast pizza, but breakfast tacos don't show any signs of making significant inroads nationally. Breakfast pizza is typically a tomato sauce-less concoction of eggs, cheese and meat -- sort of l ... More >>
It took four years and $1.8 million to complete the longest light-rail construction project in U.S. history -- says DART -- but a little more than one month since DART's Green Line opened, it's been for all intents and purposes a success. While the full line was officially opened on December ... More >>
Tiffany Derry, the former Top Chef contestant who was left unemployed when Go Fish Ocean Club closed last month, has accepted the executive chef position at a new uptown restaurant. Derry is now developing the menu for Private Social, the first restaurant from longtime Dallas wedding industr ... More >>
Think about eating this cheese, and you won't want to. Call it the Taco Bell Effect.A new study showing the benefits of imaginary eating could help explain why few food writers are fat. The research, published in this month's Science and reviewed on the front page of today's New York Times' ... More >>
In the last few years, the taco has become a mad scientist's laboratory. Many well-intentioned Vincent Prices -- whether from south of the border or homegrown -- have sought to elevate the taco, fusing it with disparate parts. Their experiments are to be commended; the masses that have dipped ... More >>
From WikipediaA (secret) 3x3In some sort of reverse Manifest Destiny, In-N-Out is finally making its way to Texas. The City of Garland's website, and Nancy Nichols at D who broke the story, showed seven yea votes for the building of the west coast burger chain. There's a lot of hype about ... More >>
Kellogg's just ripped my heart out, slammed it to the dirt, then proceeded to stomp the hell out of it with a seven-inch stiletto! Ok--high drama, but I'm seriously heartbroken about their recent de-veganizing of one of the best faux meat products on the market. For years, I used Kellogg's Mor ... More >>
Rule No. 1 for putting Dallas rap on the map: Avoid skating rinks
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Snoop Dogg vs. Bob Marley? Ike vs. Courtney? Let the games begin.
Bruce Campbell knows why bad movies happen to great actors
Dallas chefs learn their trade here, there and everywhere
Hasta la you know what, baby
KISS-FM attempts to create the next boy band sensation. Why does that sound so scary?
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Heroes without powers, the Mystery Men fight crime with laughter
Robert Smigel is the hottest animator you've never heard of
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