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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Friends forwarded our invitation to John Tesar's 3rd and Last Private Underground Dinner, which led to an exhilarating birthday celebration. Texas architect, Steve Chambers, turned "12" on June 2. It happens that both fell on a Saturday; our friends thought this dining experience could be fun. We had tasted Tesar's food at the Mansion and thought his back-to-back Five-Star wins were well deserved.
ceasar salad
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Stephen Pyles has opened several restaurants in the Dallas area over the past 25-plus years, winning several awards, but his restaurant carrying his name is our favorite. Located at 1807 Ross Avenue at St. Paul Street, it's in the heart of the Arts District in Dallas.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
French food is tricky. Too often it's overdone: over-sauced, over-cute, over-small. But when it's done right, there's no more satisfying meal. Le Gigot, a tiny place in New York's Greenwich Village does French bistro food just right.
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Tucked under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge, at 279 Water Street, is a small red brick building that has been sitting there since 1794. The oldest serving tavern in New York City, it's been a food and beer shop, a restaurant, a pirate bar and a brothel. It hasn't been a brothel for a while now. In 1979, a young couple purchased the building, remodeled the space and opened the Bridge Café.
poster from company cafe
Monday, December 26th, 2011
Those of us with gluten allergies or celiac disease are somewhat used to interrogating wait staff on what we can or cannot eat.  It's a totally different experience at Company Café in Dallas, Texas.  Gluten eaters may find themselves asking for the gluten version of things because pancakes, French toast and bagels are gluten free, unless you request the full flour version.
botttles of Balsamic
Friday, November 18th, 2011
Ever wonder why some balsamic vinegars cost $5 at the local grocery store, but other smaller, albeit fancier, bottles and found only at specialty food stores cost $100?  It's all about the aging. You may also wonder if the price difference is worth it. After a tasting at Acetaia San Giacomo, I argue that there is a place for all versions, and even if you can't afford the $100 bottle vinegar, you can enjoy the unique, fabulous, sweet and sour taste of great balsamic.
Monday, November 7th, 2011
For this holiday season, how about a nice panettone!  No, it's NOT a fruitcake.  And it's not just for Christmas celebrations, although its history relates to the winter season. This Italian confectionery is a sweet leavened fluffy bread that may contain candied fruit (raisins, figs, cherries, apricot, or pear), almonds, or chocolate drops.  Loaves may also be flavored with Prosecco wine, cinnamon or cloves. Really yummy and light.
pasta man
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Five years ago, my husband and I participated in a week-long cooking class and wine education, with Giuliano Hazan. Convinced by popular demand, Hazan agreed to host another cooking class for "alumni" students. We jumped on it.  It took us two years to get everything together to make it back to Villa Giona, but it was worth the wait.
Friday, October 14th, 2011
Paella is a typical Spanish dish traditionally cooked in a "paellera," a round flat pan with two handles, from which it can be served at the table.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Ferran Adria, the Catalan chef, performed cooking experiments which forever changed the El Bulli restaurant's place in cooking history and put this region of Spain in the center of a culinary paradigm shift.
Monday, September 12th, 2011
There seems to be a lot of confusion around whole grains, and good and bad carbohydrates.  I think the pandemonium occurred somewhere along the path of human food consumption when someone erroneously stated that all carbohydrates were bad. Who knows how it happened? I can only guess that maybe an innocent victim was wolfing down an oversized bagel too quickly and it got lodged in his throat. 
boy with ice cream
Friday, July 1st, 2011
Summer and ice cream. Ice cream cones on a hot summer day, ice cream with apple pie on the 4th of July, your mom's homemade fresh peach ice cream. Ice cream is a part of almost every summertime memory.
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
As you all know, I love my ice cream (see ). So when I found out that we were headed to Annapolis for a quick road trip, and that there was an ice cream store with lots of unusual flavors, I had to put it on the schedule.
Boatyard bar and grill
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
We may have missed the opportunity to dine with Michelle and Sasha Obama by going to the Boatyard Bar and Grill 2 days too late, but we didn't miss the chance for great seafood.
Friday, May 27th, 2011
Seeing that it's springtime and everything is just so GREEN... Pesto came to mind. It reminds me of this time of year when basil starts to take advantage of all this sunshine and grows like crazy. Enjoy!

Pesto... the word comes from the Italian verb pestare which means to crush, to trample, to pound.

food button
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
We are at the point in our marriage where the small gestures count more than extravagance in showing affection. Brewing coffee on Saturday morning, reading the paper together in our comfy kitchen chairs covered in terry robes, pointing out the stories that mean something to us, and occasionally reading them to each other. Dancing in the living room to a favorite song on iTunes, the comfortable and simple things. Cooking together in our kitchen, then sitting at the little square glass table with our simple meal and a glass of wine is another such experience.
Monday, February 28th, 2011
Just like the Dean Martin song, Volare, that is playing as we enter the store, "we fly away from the maddening crowds...and sing in the glow of a star that we know...where lovers enjoy peace of mind and leave the confusion and disillusion behind." This is Jimmy's Food Store at Bryan and Fitzhugh, where the brothers DiCarlo concentrate on doing what they do best: serve up the finest that Italy has to offer with friendly smiles, in a quaint multi-ethnic neighborhood.
service included
Friday, February 25th, 2011
I received this book as a birthday gift from a friend with whom we had a marvelous dinner at Per Se Restaurant in New York.  I love books about places I've been or want to go, especially those involving food and wine.
like it
Friday, December 24th, 2010
I wasn't surprised when I opened the December issue of D Magazine and saw that Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill (NHS Bar & Grill) received "best new restaurant" of 2010.
holiday food
Monday, December 20th, 2010
For people watching what they eat, the holidays lurk like monsters in a kid's closet. Sometimes we start eating what we know we shouldn't just because the holidays are coming: A preemptory shot of eggnog to keep feelings of deprivation at bay.
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