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    June 25, 2014

    Dallas County Has More Gun Stores Than Museums and Libraries (Map)

    Kolten Parker/San Antonio Express-News via Washington Post For the last week or so, as America's mayors and well-heeled urbanists descended on our fair burg, we have touted ourselves as the bonafide Florence in Texas, a cultural oasis in a vast desert of philistines. Well, kind of. Turns out we st ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    September 12, 2013

    The Man Behind the World's Best Lasagna Lives in Frisco

    According to and 10,000 Facebook likes, The World's Best Lasagna hails from Frisco, Texas. Earlier this week The Washington Post featured John Chandler's recipe for the layered pasta dish, AllRecipe's single most popular recipe on the entire English-language site. The Post took th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Have the Localist Hot Dog Cookout Possible

    Editor's note: Earlier we told you about a few locally made hot dogs, and hopefully you've been persuaded to give one of your local butcher shops a try. Don't stop now. There are a few more things you can do to take your hot dog game even further. See also: - Dallas' Hand-Crafted Hot Dogs Make for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Dallas ISD Magnets Are Once Again Among the Washington Post's List of Top Public Schools

    It's tradition by now. Every year, Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews crunches the numbers and comes up with a list of the country's top public schools, and every year Dallas ISD's cohabitating School of Science and Engineering and TAG Magnet are near the top. This year is no different. Mathews ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Best Recipes for Spending the Super Bowl with Food Nerds

    If you need evidence that food nerds don't know sports, take a look at the intro to this video for short rib nachos. Painful, right? But ask yourself: What would a Sunday game be without a good tailgate? Who turns on a big game at home and doesn't at least offer some Buffalo chicken dip? While some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Baking for Good Is Baking Up "Instagrahams" for the Holidays

    I'm sure you other Instagram users noted it too. Last Thursday the popular social media site, based on filtered photography, was absolutely inundated with pictures of turkeys, table settings, pies, fall leaves and anything else that was even remotely related to the Thanksgiving holiday. A bakery ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Great Service Can Mask Flawed Food, But It Doesn't Work the Other Way

    A few weeks ago I tuned into an NPR broadcast out of DC. The Kojo Nnamdi show featured local journalists, and they discussed the state of dining in the nation's capital. Tom Sietsema, food critic for the Washington Post, made reference to a survey that determined diners were more inclined to return ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    The Curse of the iPhone at the Dinner Table

    Two men and an iPhone​"Is it just you dining?" "Yes, my waitress, I'm a sorry solo sap. Thank god my iPhone can keep me company." I tweeted that exchange from Princi Italia, the subject of this week's restaurant review, while enjoying one of the nicer lunches I've had in some time. Two days ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    City of Ate is the First Loser in the Association of Food Journalists Awards

    Scott was really hoping for first place.​The Association of Food Journalists met in South Carolina over the weekend, presumably engaging in heated debates over critic anonymity and restaurant-review waiting periods and whether a large slab of bacon should be carved into Mount Rushmore. (Of cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Post's Hunting-Camp Story Unfairly Loads Southern Baggage on Perry's Shoulders

    ​Well, pardon me for making myself important, but I feel like I do bring a certain perspective to the Rick Perry N-word story. For one thing, I just finished a long stretch of reporting on Perry. I have a story coming out his week in the newspaper that's pretty much a deconstruction of his "Te ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011
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    July 27, 2011

    A Second (But Still Shitty) Life for Bluefin Tuna, the 600-Pound Chicken of the Sea

    FlickrBluefin: It's what's for dinner, presuming you have flexible food morals.​Wednesday is Arts and Life and Style Day at the nation's newspapers, which, believe it or not, still contain no small amount of interesting food news. Our Wednesday Feed highlights the best of it. Tim Carman at Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    How Many Dallas High Schools Made Washington Post's Best-Of List? Quite a Few.

    The Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center, home to some of the best schools in the country, says The Washington Post​How about some good news for the Dallas Independent School District? That would come from today's online edition of The Washington Post, where longtime education columnist Jay Math ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Despite Vietnamese Food's Soaring Popularity, Native Fish Sauce Hard to Find

    ​On one of my trips to Vietnam years ago, my mother and I traveled to the seaside town of Danang. During morning jogs on the beach, I'd run through hot spots of a familiar scent lingering in the air. It was the very distinct odor of fish sauce. Until now, I'm still unsure as to the source of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Cold "Oatmeal" is Hot With Trendy Breakfast Eaters

    Oatmeal, once derided as dull, is now so trendy that at least one Dallas-based restaurant chain's slapped the name on a dish of uncooked rolled oats, yogurt and fruit. ​The sweet breakfast snack is officially muesli, but - after nearly a decade of name-tweaking --Corner Bakery now sells it as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Democrat Governors Association Is Betting Plenty on Bill White to Take Texas

    Sam Merten​According to The Washington Post this morning, the Democratic Governors Association has already poured $2 million into Bill White's campaign. Which is just the start: Today the DGA's set to debut an ad in Dallas that attacks Governor Rick Perry on three fronts -- for his 2007 executive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    News & Notes & Our New Computer Wallpaper

    Justin Terveen​A little bit o' this and a little bit o' that while admiring that picture taken yesterday by Best of Dallas-certified Justin Terveen:A Friend of Unfair Park whose name rhymes with "Jason Roberts" forwards along this Washington Post piece in which Oak Cliff's Better Block Project ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    For Your Lunchtime Reading Pleasure: ACLU of Texas's Latest Banned Books Report

    ​The ACLU of Texas just released its annual banned-books report, Free People Read Freely -- compiled with the assistance of former Washington Post reporter Myra MacPherson, mother of the late, great Leah Siegel. As in previous years, the report documents the books banned, restricted or given the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Yes, Indeed, Kay Bailey's Staying in the Senate After All. How ... Shocking?

    State Sen. Florence Shapiro​Word is Kay Bailey Hutchison will announce this morning down in San Antonio that she's staying in the Senate -- so say NBC News and The Washington Post, anyhow. Which would explain Mayor Tom Leppert's acknowledgment yesterday that, sure 'nuff, he's mulling a second term ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    WaPo Asks: Why Do People Hate the Dallas Cowboys? Answer: The Fans. Go Get 'Em.

    ​The Washington Post's The League blog wonders this morning, "Why are the Cowboys So Hated? How does 'America's Team' remain one of the most loathed franchises in sports?" To which the responses, including essays from Eagles and Giants bloggers, have been varied and nasty. (Something about Cowboys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Free Tinsel! Or: Do You Want a Copy of That Book About Christmas in Frisco?

    Washington Post writer Hank Stuever begins a three-day sign-and-speak stint in North Texas tomorrow -- a sprint compared to the marathon of spending three years, on and off, living in Frisco in order to document how folks spend Christmas up thataways for his book Tinsel: A Search for America's Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Lowe Blow: Get Motivated! Co-Founder Says Dubya Was "Inspirational," Not a "Caricature"

    ​Seems Tamara Lowe, one half of the couple behind Monday's Get Motivated! sell-or-be-sold hoedown at the Fort Worth Convention Center, isn't too keen on the coverage of the event. Her peoples have sent word that Lowe wants to right the media's wrongs: Per the press release freshly landed in the Un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    The Other North Pole: A Washington Post Writer's Book About Christmas in Frisco

     This is probably a way-too-early heads-up, but I just opened the afternoon mail to find a copy of Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present, due on bookshelves 'round November 12 -- just in time for all your gift-giving needs. And, trust me, those living up in Collin and Denton counties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Mr. Moroney Goes to Washington

    James Moroney IIIDallas Morning News publisher and CEO Jim Moroney will be in D.C. tomorrow for a hearing on "The Future of Journalism," scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. C.S.T. in front of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Belo Will "Continue to Focus on Expense Reductions and Operational Realignment"

    Weeks after completing its latest round of penny-saving layoffs, which were preceded by pay cuts and benefits trims, A.H. Belo this morning reported its first-quarter '09 results -- and they are significant. The publisher of The Dallas Morning News reports a first quarter net loss of $103.1 millio ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009

    The GPS Is Hard To Read

    Fareed Zakaria speaks at the Fairmont

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    KERA-FM Says NPR Hasn't Asked the Station to Hold a Pledge Drive for the Mothership

    At the end of March, The Washington Post ran a piece in which some National Public Radio hosts and higher-ups discussed the idea of having NPR member stations raise funds on the mothership's behalf. Because, after all, NPR's struggling like every other media organization: In December, it axed two po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Food For Thought...

    "We don't have a good idea right now in terms of how much of that product is still out there; it may have largely been consumed." (Stephen Sundlof of the FDA after the government extended a recall of peanut products produced by the Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, GA, plant to include the pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Tom Schieffer's Out of a Job

    Tom Schieffer -- you remember him, right? Former president of Your Texas Rangers. Co-owner of the team too, with some dudes named Rusty Rose and George W. Bush. Oversaw construction of the Ballpark in Arlington. Served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Brother of CBS' Bob. Right, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Toasting Dallas's Wine Curmudgeon

    Scattered among the local news and notes found on The Advocate's blog, you'll also find Jeff Siegel's wine reviews -- like, from today, this item about the Domain du Tariquet Côtes de Gascogne 2007. But Jeff's true affections lie with the more locally grown flavors of vino, as evidenced by DrinkLoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Watchdogs Sue Cheney For Records, Which He Insists He'll Play Quietly in the Basement in Bush's S.M.U. Library

    Kimberlee Hewitt The Washington Post said it would happen, and it did: Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued Dick Cheney, insisting that the vice president comply with the Presidential Records Act that demands he release his all records, including his rare collection of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Ross for Boss! And He's Got Charts!

    "The Return of Ross Perot?" asks a The New York Times blog post this morning -- which means, awesome, it's time to whip out my ironically purchased Ross for Boss T-shirt that's held up remarkably well 16 years later. The Times site actually links to David Broder's Washington Post column from yesterd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    Just What -- And Who -- is Behind "The Great Immigration Panic"? You Name It.

    The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps sent out a news summary this week with a typically mild and rational heading: “Record High Crime from Illegal Aliens!” Interesting, I thought. Curious to know on what they’d based such Lou Dobbsian fear-mongering, I opened the first link. Behold: A Washington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    "Dallas, You Merciless Universe!"

    On April 2, 1978, the cultural tsunami that was the TV show Dallas debuted with an episode titled "Digger's Daughter" -- and, of course, the hard-drinking, hard-fighting and hard-effin' Ewings may be far more responsible for the fall of communism than the Afghani fighters who beat the Russians court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    That's What Friends Is For

    From The Washington Post this morning comes this story, which tries to explain why Hillary Clinton is "the Grace Adler to [the gay community's] Will Truman." And it does so from the great Gun Barrel City, a short drive to the south of Dallas, where you'll find one of the 50 Greatest Gay Bars in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2008

    Hillary's Other Big Secret: How Texas' Primary System Works

    No word yet on when and where Barack Obama will be appearing Wednesday -- not even his local campaign operatives know anything. And, yes, they too have heard all the rumors that have the Illinois senator appearing mid-morning at a local church, Fair Park or even the American Airlines Center. Ian Kri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007

    Romo to Simpson? Sure, Why Not.

    Don't wanna post; just ... can't ... stop. Also, a little confused. First, "reported" yesterday that Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson had dinner with 25 friends and family members at Hotel ZaZa's Dragonfly following the Cowboys' Thanksgiving spanking of the NY Jets. (Funny, that's been our f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2007

    That's Some Bush in Coach

    Jenna Bush was at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center last night, joining Gramps and Nana for the Celebration of Reading fund-raiser benefiting the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. And, go figure, the First Daughter flew from Washington, D.C. to Dallas in coach, according to The Washi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    The Book on the NFC East

    With one flag football game left before the new National Football League season means something, it's a good time to pick up a book I'm having a hard time putting down: Mark Maske's brand-new tome War Without Death: A Year of Extreme Competition in Pro Football's NFC East. It's a look back at last s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    Because God Loves a Good Hangin'?

    Yesterday, The Washington Post published a Reuters story about how Texas is about to "hit the grim total of 400 executions this month," which puts it far, far ahead of other states that reinstituted the death penalty after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on capital punishment 31 years ago. But the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007

    A Sports Beat Down

    A few sportsy items, in no particular order. First, from that venerable sports authority known as The New York Sun comes this story about how Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson's job is on the line this season; "Johnson Must Succeed To Avoid Texas Boot," reads the head, and, like, ya think? O ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007
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    July 6, 2007

    A Former Dallas News'er Takes on the Entire Newspaper Business

    Photo by John Hibey Mark Birnbaum and Manny Mendoza interviewed Walter Cronkite for their doc-in-progress. Yesterday we mentioned Craig Flournoy and Tracy Everbach's bad-News piece in the latest Columbia Journalism Review, for which they claim to have interviewed about 100 former newsroomies. But o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2006

    Wright Deal Not Right? Maybe. Probably?

    Steven Pearlstein, a business columnist at The Washington Post, has an outsiders' take on the Wright Amendment compromise, which Mayor Laura touts as her legacy and some folks at the Justice Department insist is bad for business. Pearlstein writes that the compromise reached by mayors Laura Miller a ... More >>

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    November 3, 2005
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    April 8, 2004

    Rag 'Em Up

    Ain't missin' this

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    The "Oh" Face

    Morning News not so prudish after all

  • News

    February 1, 2001


    Disorderly retreat

  • Culture

    November 13, 1997


    Want to know what's going on at Valley Ranch? Ask an unnamed source.

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