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  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Casa Rubia Is the Best Restaurant in West Dallas' Hit-or-Miss Trinity Groves

    "Dinner in Trinity Groves?" It's a question that so often sends my potential dining companions running for the hill country, a trail of withering dust the only evidence they ever existed. This restaurant empire, rising from the clay of West Dallas, isn't the only destination that has given me troub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Is This Band Local? A Guide to Making Claims on Tenuous Ties

    Not too long ago, we at DC9 took a look at the value of supporting music with the local tag. It's tempting to apply the tag to anyone with any ties to North Texas, but how often is it accurate? Two notable releases will be widely, and perhaps wrongly, deemed local in the coming weeks. The self-tit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    You Can Buy a Year's Worth of Post-Apocalypse Food for $10,000, but How Does It Taste?

    I never expected freeze-dried food would cross my path as a food critic. I was in Park City, Utah for this year's Association of Food Journalists conference recently, and food storage was the topic of one of the scheduled discussions. I was hoping the presentation would feature a cute old lady with ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013
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    April 15, 2013

    How to Find Your New Favorite Cheese at Your Local Cheese Shop

    Are you afraid of cheese? My editor posed the question in light his experiences at Scardello, the gourmet cheese shop in Oak Lawn. Certainly to an enthusiast, a veritable treasure trove of flavors wait to be discovered inside the cheese counter. But to the uninitiated, a cheese case can look like an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Last Night's Stewardship Dinner Featuring Joel Salatin Was A Big Success

    If you're a real food-nerd -- and I'm talking a Michael Pollan-readin', Farm Inc.-watchin', vegetable lovin', pro-farmer food nerd -- then you've likely heard about Joel Salatin. The sustainable agriculture guru, known for his advocacy for back-to-roots farming, got a lot of attention when he popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Eased Trade Restrictions Good for Texas Cattlemen; Bad For Texas Fajitas?

    A news release from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced the recent lifting of restrictions on U.S. beef exports to Japan should be good for Texas cattlemen. According to the USDA, Japan will now allow imports of beef from cattle less than 30 months of age, as opposed to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Beef Products, Inc. Sues ABC News Over Pink Slime Coverage

    ABC News was slapped with a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit this morning from Beef Products Inc. as a result of the networks' coverage of the great 2012 Pink Slime Shitstorm earlier this year. Oops, I'm sorry, it was the 2012 Lean Finely Textured Beef Shitstorm. The coverage, a result of a massive ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2012

    In a Hidden Texas Farming Village, the Making (and Selling) of a Cambodian Bumper Crop

    Cambodian immigrants are growing and selling a plant so invasive it's banned in several states. How did you think that water spinach ended up in your bowl?

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Meatless Monday Conquered At Seven Mile Cafe

    While I wait for the USDA to sort out its feelings about Meatless Monday with breath that is most certainly bated, I continue the valiant search for meatless dishes that don't suck and aren't cheese nachos from 7-Eleven. This week, I couldn't ignore the dull roar of ballyhoo any longer and decided t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape on the Kansas Beef Council's Bus Tour

    Recently Sara Blakenship reported that chef Brian Luscher was embarking on summer camp tryst with the Kansas Beef Council. As proprietor and chef of The Grape on Greenville Avenue, undisputed burger master and barbecue pro, what better person to represent Texas out on the ranch? So, with permissio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Maple Avenue's New Kroger Fresh Fare Store Channels HEB in One of Dallas' Food Deserts

    Recently a new 73,000 square foot Kroger Fresh Fare grocery store opened at 4901 Maple Avenue in what is considered an "economically distressed Census tract." It is also adjacent to two food deserts as defined by the USDA, a designation that indicates limited access to groceries, particularly fresh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Solving the Mystery of Melting Cheeses

    My recent investigation into the endless cycle of queso enjoyment promoted a question in the comments. After I described a bubbling plate of molten cheese primi timpano asked: A little surprised at the bubbling cheese as I thought cheese heated to these temperatures would result in broken proteins. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Skinnygirl Wine is Now Available at Sigel's. Let's All Get Wasted and Gossip.

    I don't know a ton about wine, nor do I know much about "real" housewives in New York City (shout out to Oak Cliff Housewives, who truly keep it real). But word on the street, according to Jasper Russo at Sigel's, is that Skinnygirl wine "HAS ARRIVED!" I pass along this information because I watche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Who's Eating All This Steak?

    Steak steak steak steak steak steak steak. The Dallas Morning News published a Pavlovian steakhouse slideshow the other day, with pictures and a link to a story published two summers ago that ranked Dallas' best steakhouses. There are some sexy shots in that slideshow, but they invoked deja vu: D M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Rowdy and Michelle Obama Visit a Dallas School To Promote Nutrition, Reality TV

    Michelle Obama joined the folks from Top Chef this morning, as part of her tour celebrating the second anniversary of her "Let's Move!" initiative. The folks from Bravo staged a mock cooking competition in front of scores of crumbsnatchers (who didn't look that fat to me, by the way) from the Nancy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Why Smashburger Sucks More Than It Has To

    Gratuitous macro depicting maximum crustiness.​Late last year, Forbes named Smashburger America's most promising company. The article describes an American population as burger-obsessed and compares the Denver-based smashers to other chains, including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Jack in the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Hammered by the Drought, Texas Ranchers Are Running Out of Cows to Send to Slaughter

    Brandon Thibodeaux​Since we started catching rain in pans and writing down measurements, Texas has never gotten so little rainfall as we have this year. As we reported in our recent story on the cattle industry, we're in uncharted territory. That's why, in August, experts were anticipating ano ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Five CSAs That Aren't Just For Earth Day

    ​Earth Day is this week's cause celebre. Everyone from food trucks and arts institutions to television networks and giants of industry has jumped on the green bandwagon. Come Monday, many will have forgotten the simple message of how each of us can do our part to protect our planet. One method ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Salmonella No Match For Traditional Texas Foodways

    A pair of college students has discovered traditional Texas cuisine can be used to fight foodborne illnesses. ​According to research presented at last week's Texas Academy of Science meeting, a common strain of salmonella can't stand up to chili powder or certain barbecue marinades -- at least wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    As Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, White House Sends Endorsement From DISD

    In March '08, Dora Rivas testified before a House committee on the need for better school nutrition.​Back in August we sneak-peeked the Dallas Independent School District's new-n-improved school menus, which offer a few more healthier alternatives than in recent years. But the district has long sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Apple Juice Not Just for Kids Anymore, Though It Should Be

    ​Far be it from me to meddle in other people's hydration techniques, but I was surprised this weekend to come across an overheated valet chugging a gallon of frozen apple juice. I like apples, but I always figured there was an age limit on enjoying apple juice. I'd no sooner drink apple juice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    School Lunches: How Can Something That Taste Like One be so Hard to Make?

    Low-sodium sauces​Editor's note: Apparently, feeding kids is a lot more complicated than tossing them a box of Pop-Tarts and a 3-liter jug of root beer. Who knew? For the breeders among you readers, here's a wrap-up of newsy, nutritional items Hanna shipped in from the School Nutrition Associa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Lion-Serving Restaurateur is King of the Bungle

    What kind of fool offers to serve Americans lion burgers? Bet he resembles this extinct species.​Food lovers, many of whom aren't inclined to get worked up about disallowed goals, have saved their World Cup-related outrage for an act of culinary one-upmanship that unfolded last week in Arizona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    On The Range: Machacado Con Huevos

    ​On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.Growing up, the most magical place in the world was not Six Flags, Playland Park, or Disney World. Nope, not even the State Fair of Texas. You see, the place near and dear to every child's heart--before the inventio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    The New Faces of Hunger in North Texas

    ​When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report earlier this week that placed Texas second only to Mississippi when it comes to the swelling ranks of hungry residents, Jan Pruitt wasn't surprised. After all, the president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank had just released her own da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Bye-Bye, Sugar High

    Reporter Megan Feldman Goes Without Refined Sugar. Her Life May Never Be The Same. When my doctor recently recommended I stop eating refined sugar as part of a broad plan to curb a bout of allergies and eczema, I didn't think it'd be such a big deal. "Sure," I said, thankful it wasn't something mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Re: FYI, Read This ASAP. OMG!

    The following is a prime example of my curse here on Earth. A fleeting thought sprouts into a mild observation, only to bloom into a thesis that eventually flourishes into a blog item with sports branches. My apologies ... Got a text the other day, the salutation of which was LOL. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Like Shootin' Hogs From a Helicopter!

    What we don't want, insists state Rep. Sid Miller, is "some Bubba flyin' around, sayin', 'Pass me the beer and the ammo!'" The District 59 rep's talking about his most recent proposal, H.B. No. 836, which calls for extending aerial hunting of feral hogs -- which currently is done only by Texas Wildl ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 29, 2009
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    August 30, 2008

    Gustav Isn't Screwing Around, and Neither is the City of Dallas

    National Weather Service About an hour ago, city officials gave local media members a tour of the Dallas Convention Center, in which Dallas expects to hold folks fleeing Hurricane Gustav, which is close to reaching Category 5 status as it approaches the Louisiana coastline. Only, the city keeps in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    The Elephant in the Room: The Dallas Zoo's Response to Concerned Citizens

    Sean Greene, the Dallas Zoo's director of community relations, read yesterday's item about folks protesting the zoo's moving Jenny the elephant to the Africam Safari Park in Puebla, Mexico. Then he read the comments, which keep piling up from people who'd rather see Jenny sent to an elephant sanctua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2007

    TXU's Winged Friends

    A place for birds to live, as long as they don't breath the polluted air. A year ago this month, before the brouhaha surrounding TXU's coal-fired power plans peaked last month in a buyout of the company, the utility made more environmentally friendly headlines. In one of the stories, an animal advo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2006

    Yup. We're Screwed.

    In case you haven't noticed--and if you haven't, you either ride your bike to work, office out of the house and never leave or are a 2-year-old mooching rides off your folks--gas prices have risen dramatically in recent weeks; according to the most recent AAA gas price survey, released March 24, the ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2006
  • Dining

    January 8, 2004

    Out Back

    Jasper's revels in the new age of backyard cuisine

  • Dining

    December 11, 2003

    EU Brew

    Old Coppertank space in Deep Ellum to get new life

  • Dining

    September 18, 2003

    Eddie's Red Adventure

    Eddie Merlot's is a cliché with elegance

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Fly Cook

    Jeff Moschetti joins team ZaZa

  • Dining

    May 30, 2002

    How Dry It Is

    Why shouldn't we order well-done steaks?

  • Dining

    February 21, 2002

    Food Foolery

    Shenanigans' sleight of hand is all thumbs

  • Dining

    April 12, 2001

    Steak God Bob

    Thoroughly masculine

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Silent Scream

    Mute and immobile, Alice Joy Taylor couldn't cry out when fire ants attacked her in her nursing-home bed, but would anyone have heard her if she did?

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Down on the farm

    The Farmer's Market is finally turning a profit, and the city has plans to make it even better. So why isn't everyone happy?

  • Dining

    May 27, 1999

    Tin tongue

    Tin Star's "salsa, smoke, and sizzle" fizzle

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Barnyard stench

    City auditor believes something stinks at Samuell Farm Parkand it's not just the cow manure

  • Dining

    September 10, 1998

    I ate what?

    Tei Tei Robata pushes the envelope on foodstuffs, and does it very well

  • Dining

    April 4, 1996
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    March 14, 1996

    Sacred cow

    Bob's Chop House is a celebration of rich men's pleasures

  • News

    July 13, 1995

    Snakes in the grass

    We're about to get bit again by deregulation

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