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  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Dallas Entrusted its $11 Million Horse Park to a Man Accused of Mistreating Horses

    Sitting on 19 acres of Collin County pastureland, Storybook Ranch is part nonprofit, part for-profit kids camp and dude ranch, with horseback riding, a petting zoo, and a faux-Western saloon -- a place where exurbanites can indulge in their nostalgia for a simpler time. And that's the feel the city ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2013

    A Cat Fight Over Declawing

    A common surgery for pets becomes the next battleground for animal rights.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Ridding a Menu of GMOs, Provided You Want To, Is Hard

    An almost GMO-free burger with almost GMO-free fries at Sundown at Granada.When Sundown at the Granada first opened, chef Patrick Stark offered what he called an equal opportunity menu. Burgers and steaks were served alongside vegetarian wraps and vegan dishes. It was an attempt to keep everyone hap ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    How Dallas Killed Farmers Markets

    Dallas leads the nation in over-regulating farmers markets ­— which is why we have so few of them.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Craft Brewers Say People Really Like Craft Brews. Especially Canadian People.

    Beer-drinkers across the globe are growing ever more thirsty for American craft brews, and more craft breweries are opening as a result, according to two not-remotely-unbiased reports from a craft-brew trade group. On Monday, the Brewers Association, which represents small and independent crafter b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    DISD Cafeterias are Looking Mighty Svelte These Days. Get Ready to Eat Your Veggies Kids.

    Were you a lunch line kid? I was mostly, until Smithville ISD put in a "snack line," which allowed the kids who could afford it to eat pizza and french fries every day, while the others went through the line. In retrospect, it was wrong. Every bit of it. I hope they don't still do that. The scenar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    The Texas Farm Bureau Applauds Domino's Support for Gestation Crates, Orders a Pizza

    Confining sows in small gestation crates has come under great scrutiny lately. Major companies like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and most recently the nation's second largest grocery chain, Safeway, have announced a phase-out of pork supplied by farms that use gestation crates. However, recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    The State of Pecan Pie in Texas: It Ain't That Good

    ​Texas Pecan trees have taken a punch. The USDA predicts our state's trees will collectively produce 40 millions pounds of pecans this year, which is 30 million pounds less than the 2010 crop. The Sunnyvale Pecan orchard east of Dallas is closed for the season. And today I spoke with Red Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    How 'Bout Them Wineboys? (At Least Some Texas Competitors Had a Good Monday Night.)

    ​There's no dispute that Texas trounced New York in last night's Grape Gridiron Classic, a Texas Department of Agriculture-sponsored competition featuring wines from both states. What's debatable is whether it was a fair fight. "You guys killed us, and we deserved it," Albany Times-Union wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Observer Hires New Food Critic and It's Not Dude Food's Noah Bailey

    Not Hanna Raskin​It's no easy thing, hiring a food critic. There's the slogging through countless resumes and writing samples, the wining and dining of potential candidates, the follow-up phone calls and e-mails to find that one voice among the many whose writing pops off the page and knows what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    The Dallas Zoo Wants to Reassure You: This Gorilla Escape Wasn't Like the Last One

    Flickr user: Dallas1200am​Maybe you heard: On Saturday, Tufani, a 19-year-old female gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, got out of her holding area at the 2-acre Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center. It was nothing as dramatic as the Jabari rampage in '04, which prompted PETA to demand the U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Impressions of Dallas with Matt Taylor of Motion City Soundtrack. Also: His Thoughts on Record Labels, Ric Ocasek and the Vans Warped Tour

    This here post is the first edition of what will be a weekly peek at what outside musicians think about the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Each week, we'll present a conversation with a touring act, and conclude it with a quick word-association game focusing on certain aspects of Big D and the surrounding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Down On The Grass-Fed Farm: The Beef May Be Better, But It's Still Damn Hard Work

    Jayme RutledgeMarguerite Robbins with her cattle.​ Sweat pours down Marguerite's sun-baked face. She feels briars scratching through her dusty jeans. The buzzing and biting of mosquitoes is maddening. So is the old fence lining one of the back pastures. It's broken again. Marguerite stops wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Tequila and Sushi, Together At Last

    Patrick MichelsStrictly speaking, this is duck, not sushi. We'll explain...Hoping to prove his is a kinder, gentler brand of the Mexican ass-kicking liquor, Casa Noble Tequila's Jose Hermosillo invited local media to be his guests guinea pigs Thursday night for a pairing of his tequila with courses ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 19, 2009

    Stay Hungry, Live Longer: the Science Behind the Calorie Restriction Diet

    An SMU biologist thinks the secret to the fountain of youth may be found by putting fruit flies on a diet.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    AFI Dallas Announces Its First 15 Films

    Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel in Gigantic, which premiered in Toronto last year and screens this year at AFI DallasThe AFI Dallas International Film Festival just released its first list of films selected for this year's shindig, which runs March 26 through April 2 -- with, as noted last month, most ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 16, 2008
  • Dining

    July 17, 2008

    The Dirt Doctor

    How radio show host Howard Garrett pushed Dallas to the center of the organic gardening movement through passion, principle and molasses

  • News

    July 3, 2008

    Pack a Trunk

    Despite efforts by animal welfare activists, the zoo decides to ship a problem elephant out of the country

  • Dining

    January 31, 2008

    Review: Bob's Steak & Chop House

    Bob's brings the beef to the 'burbs

  • Dining

    January 10, 2008

    Tex-Mex Horse Meat

    Horse slaughtering has stopped in Texas, but the horses are still dying—now in Mexico

  • News

    April 26, 2007
  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Ground Meat

    Native-born and immigrant both get bled at Swift's beef plant

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    High on the Hog

    In Texas, shoot as many feral pigs as you like. Just don't let your dog bite them.

  • News

    January 5, 2006

    The Poop

    That's what I'm supposed to give readers. That's what I got.

  • News

    September 1, 2005

    All the Pretty Horses...

    Plus: Gone FIshing

  • News

    April 22, 2004

    Playing Coy

    Plus: Dude, You Owe Us, Like, $95,000; Edit Yourself

  • Dining

    November 13, 2003

    Wharf Arf

    The Wharf @ Bayview Marina floats and sinks

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Bellies of the Beast

    Food cuts have inmates and guards grumbling

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Green Giant

    Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug is credited with saving the lives of 1 billion people. So why is a small cadre of activists bent on tarnishing his legacy?

  • Dining

    November 28, 2002

    Horton Heard What?

    Find out Who's Who at Romano's latest venture

  • Film

    November 15, 2001

    In the Screening Room

    For the Deep Ellum Film Festival, the third time's the charm

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Steak

    Bob's Steak and Chop House

  • Dining

    August 9, 2001

    Shoal Shocked

    The Lighthouse doesn't quite work

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    More, Please

    Quick, someone buy the county's juvenile authorities a copy of Oliver Twist

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    If Horses Could Talk

    The city alleges that horses at Samuell Farm's private riding concession were mistreated

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Sour Town

    Resident dreamer Robert Bledsoe has a plan to keep his hometown of Ladonia from disappearing off the map. His neighbors want him to wake upand shut up.

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Fooling with Mother Nature

    Plano-based Frito-Lay finds it's better to be safe than sorry with genetically modified foods

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    Cola kids

    Public school students become a captive audience for corporate advertisers

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Hercules unchained

    Many mistakes were made the day a 340-pound gorilla got loose at the Dallas Zoo. One keeper almost paid for them with her life. But should the deputy zoo director have paid for them with his career?

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Bull--it's what's for dinner

    The cows aren't the only ones pumping out manure in windy Amarillo, where Oprah is giving the cattlemen a lesson in steer wrestling

  • Music

    January 22, 1998

    Behind the lines

    From reds to feds to blues

  • News

    July 31, 1997

    Too Many Chiefs

    The only center Dallas has to help Native Americans is mired in ineptitude and tribal politics

  • Dining

    July 17, 1997

    All shook up

    Doolittle's barely emerges from a martini-induced culinary fog

  • News

    April 3, 1997

    Collective grief

    Private child support agency means more headaches for single mother

  • News

    June 27, 1996

    Hot Product

    World-class embezzler Gary Lewellyn rebounds with a fast-selling treatment for A.D.D.

  • News

    February 8, 1996

    At a Snail's Place

    Richard Fullington is trying to make a fortune in a slimy business

  • News

    October 19, 1995

    Rogue Yogurt

    When you buy that double-swirl cone from ICBIY, you may not be licking what you think