<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Food and Drink, Nightlife, Bars, and Restaurants]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/the-scene/food-drink http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:59:47 -0500 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:59:47 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sausage Gravy Recipe From Chef Scott Jones]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chef-scott-jones.jpg

As the Taste of Dallas hits North Texas this weekend, NBC 5 invites guests to sample a dish whipped up by Chef Scott Jones of Jack's Modern Southern Kitchen in Dallas.

Jack's Modern Southern Kitchen features meals that combine Louisiana Cajun-style flavor with Texas family recipes. The family business uses locally owned products to create its dishes.

Chef Jones shared a classic recipe for Jimmy's Italian Sausage Gravy on Buttermilk Biscuits with NBC 5 as he prepares for the Taste of Dallas at Fair Park.

First, you'll need the necessary ingredients:

I pound hot Italian Sausage
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
8 oz cremini mushrooms (sliced)
2 TBS Olive Oil
4 TBS Flour
4 Cups Half and Half

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat add olive oil – when olive oil is hot, add mushrooms, saute mushrooms until brown and caramelized. Add colored peppers and onions. Saute until tender.
  2. Remove vegetables from pan. Reserve for later.
  3. Place pan back on burner.
  4. Add Italian Sausage. With the back of a spoon (preferably wooden) break up sausage and separate. When sausage is brown – add flour and stir to combine and cook for one minute. Slowly add Half and Half while stirring to sausage.
  5. Add vegetables back to sausage and simmer until gravy has thickened. Garnish with basil and parsley.
  6. Finally, serve over buttermilk biscuits. 

NBC 5 is proud sponsor of the Taste of Dallas. This year's event will feature more than 50 restaurants and more than 70 vendors July 11-13 at Fair Park Dallas. Admission is $12 for an individual ticket. Chidren aged five and under are free.

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<![CDATA[Taste of Dallas 2014]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TOD+2013.jpg

NBC 5 invites you to the 2014 Taste of Dallas on July 11 - July 13 at Fair Park in Dallas. Make sure to bring your family, friends, and all your taste buds as you enjoy great music, activities for the children and, of course, vendors from Dallas' best restaurants.

As the largest tasting event in DFW, the Taste of Dallas is set to draw more than 150,000 hungry mouths from all over the metroplex for three days of tasty food and fun. This year, in addition to over 50 restaurants selling food outside, Taste of Dallas will be adding 20 restaurants inside for those who want to beat the heat.  With over 70 indoor and outdoor restaurants, along with the Culinary Marketplace, Sweet Factory, Taste of the Town, and Health & Wellness you’ll be sure to find something you love.

Parking is available for purchase in Fair Park or attendees can ride the DART Green Line which stops at the front entrance.

For details on this tasty event, visit www.tasteofdallas.org.

2014 Taste of Dallas
Friday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:  Fair Park - Dallas
www.tasteofdallas.org.

Admission:
$12 – Individual Ticket
$50 – Family Value ticket
Free for children under the age of 5
Walgreens is offering discounted tickets starting June 20 for general admission individual tickets and family value tickets.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Cities Considered "Most Taco-Crazed" ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:59:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*160/f86765b652f711e2949722000a1f90e17.jpg

North Texans love tacos. We already knew that.

But now it's official.

A blog called Estately compiled a list of the "Most Taco-Crazed Cities in America" and guess what?

Three of the top 5 are right here in North Texas.

Arlington is number one, Fort Worth is number two and Dallas ranked fourth.

So, what criteria did they use to come up with such a list?

They looked at the percentage of the city's restaurants that serve tacos, the percentage of Facebook users expressing interest in tacos and the level of Internet-based searches related to tacos.

Turns out, Arlington was in the top 3 across all of those categories, sending the city to the top of the list.

Now I want a taco.



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<![CDATA[1st Look's Best of Food 2012]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BESTOFFOOD.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as we take a look back at some of the best foodie moments on 1st Look this year. ]]> <![CDATA[Ali Bakes with the "Ace" himself at Duff's]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:39:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DUFFSCAKEMIX.jpg Ali heads to Duff's Cake Mix to see if she can hang with the Ace of Cakes himself, Duff Goldman. Watch what happens when they put their heads together to make the ultimate Ali cake. Duff's Cake Mix 8302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA / 323-650-5555]]> <![CDATA[A Dessert with Everything But The Kitchen Sink]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:39:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CULINA.jpg Why choose your toppings when you can have them all at once. At Culina in Los Angeles, there's a dessert that literally has everything except for the kitchen sink. Ali gets in the kitchen to see just how many toppings it takes to make the ultimate dessert. Culina Modern Italian 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA / 310-860-4000]]> <![CDATA[Get Up Early for a Doughnut from Glazed and Infused]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:33:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GLAZEDANDINFUSED.jpg When does your alarm go off? If you work at Glazed and Infused, its before the sun is up! Ali gets up early to feed the citizens of Chicago with some of the best doughnuts in the windy city. Glazed and Infused 813 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL / 312-226-5556]]> <![CDATA[Francois Payard Shows Ali the Secret Behind FP Patisserie]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:58:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FPPATISSERIE.jpg Francois Payard is the name in French pastries, and he's just opened a new patisserie in NYC. Ali checks out what makes French pastries so delicious. FP Patisserie1293 3rd Ave, New York, NY / 212-757-5252]]> <![CDATA[Explore the World of Chocolate at the Chocolate Show]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:09:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CHOCOLATESHOW.jpg Looking to get your chocolate fix? The place to go is the Chocolate Show! Ali samples the best chocolate from around the world. The Chocolate Show 125 West 18th St., New York, NY]]> <![CDATA[This Week on 1st Look: Get Ready for a Sugar High]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:39:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/alisugarrushthumb.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Ali Blends a Boozy Smoothie at Cocktail Bodega]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:09:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/COCKTAILBODEGA1STLOOK.jpg Love drinking, but hate the hangovers? Just head for the Lower East Side and grab yourself a boozy smoothie from Cocktail Bodega. Ali grabs a blender to see just how to make a cocktail that's actually good for you! Cocktail Bodega 205 Chrystie St., New York, NY / 212-673-2400]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: El Toro Blanco]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:46:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/el+toro+blanco+main.jpg

Two words: Guac bar. What is there not to love about a guacamole bar and everything else at the stylishly fun and exuberant new restaurant from the all-star combo of chef Josh Capon and owner/partner John McDonald? Designed to great effect and channelling a modernist Mexican vibe, with many items thoughtfully selected over several years by McDonald on his travels, ETBs interiors evoke a sultry, chic nod to Tijuana’s past while also creating a vibrant warmth.

Check out all the touches in the tiled artwork, the framed vacation cards near the restaurant’s entrance, the matador paintings, and the ink drawing of Clint Eastwood--stylishly whimsy indeed. Get your appetite and your thirst sated with a bustling menu of delicious eats from ceviche to a variety of tacos and platos fuertes, plus some truly smooth tequila options.

What Capon and McDonald do so well is to understand and extend a hospitality and graciousness that make patrons feel welcome, feel good, feel happy and satisfied, and feel that they are right where they should be on any given evening.

El Toro Blanco
257 Sixth Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-645-0193

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<![CDATA[Ali gets a Taste of Italy at Rosemary's]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:03:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ROSEMARYS+1STLOOK.jpg Ali Fedotowsky gets into the kitchen to discover the secret of what some are calling the "best pasta in NYC" at Rosemary's! Rosemary's Trattoria & Enoteca 18 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY / 212- 647-1818]]> <![CDATA[Disease Keeps Chef From Eating Own Recipes]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:37:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chef-food-ee-111512.jpg

Chef Nancy Maslonka's passion is for cooking, but she can't eat a lot of the food she prepares.

Maslonka has a rare disease called eosinophilic esophagitis, or EE for short, which causes her throat to swell up.

She first noticed problems when she started choking on everyday foods --- requiring the Heimlich maneuver. Her frustration grew as doctors couldn't find anything wrong with her.

"Knowing that as food continued to get stuck, that something was wrong," Maslonka said. "To have physician after physician after lab report after result come back with nothing's wrong, nothing abnormal. I knew something was wrong. I was confident in my own body, knowing what normal responses should be and that wasn't one of them."

After three years and a half-dozen physicians, she was finally diagnosed with EE. 

Amber Grapevine, a registered dietitian says symptoms are normally first seen in children.

"If they're losing weight, if they're having the nausea and vomiting, the reflux-type symptoms," Grapevine said.

Parents and sufferers are often confused because foods may only cause problems sporadically.

"What's odd is that one day I can eat carrots, a week from now I can have a little piece of shredded carrot, or a piece of carrot or a cube, and it gets stuck. So everyday it's a different adventure," Maslonka said. 

An adventure that is exceptionally problematic for a chef. Maslonka is still able to cook and taste food, just in very small amounts -- with some ingredients off limits.

"Eating for me has lost a lot of its -- a big part of that pleasure factor, because I'm always on guard," Maslonka said. 

It's a lot like a painter who can't use the color blue. But Maslonka says this rare disease just makes her more creative.

EE Resources:

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<![CDATA[Twinkies in Turmoil]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:29:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Twinkies1.jpg

Irving-based Hostess Brands Inc., maker of Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, and even Wonderbread, announced Wednesday that the company will file a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday to liquidate if striking employees don't return to work.

A strike called by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) started on Nov. 9. Hostess says if enough workers don't return by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, the company could be closed as early as Nov. 20.

UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. Central time (5 p.m. Eastern), the company had not announced a decision to liquidate. The company says it will not announce any plans until Friday morning.

“We simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike,” Gregory F. Rayburn, the Company’s Chairman and CEO, said in a press release.  “Therefore, if sufficient employees do not return to work by 5 p.m., EST, on Thursday to restore normal operations, we will be forced to immediately move to liquidate the entire Company, which will result in the loss of nearly 18,000 jobs.  It is now up to Hostess’ BCTGM represented employees and Frank Hurt, their international president, to decide if they want to call off the strike and save this Company, or cause massive financial harm to thousands of employees and their families.”

The company says they've already obtained the support of the largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, as well as lenders.

If the strike doesn't resolve, the company says a decision could be made by Monday by the bankruptcy judge on whether the company could sell off facilities and other assets.

The company says they employ 17,780 people in the U.S.



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<![CDATA[Freshen Up Your Turkey Day]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:28:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/farmers_market_veggies_generic.jpg

Tired of the same old menu for Thanksgiving? Freshen up your Turkey Day by visiting one of the farmers markets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Cowtown Farmers Market in Fort Worth will hold their regularly scheduled market opening on Nov. 17 -- the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- from 8 a.m. until noon.

They'll also open a special Thanksgiving market on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon for last-minute shoppers and chefs that want their produce extra fresh for Turkey Day.

On the other side of town, the Dallas Farmers Market will have a special Thanksgiving-inspired class on making vegetarian dishes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 17.

The Dallas Farmers Market is open 362 days a year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- the only days they close are Christmas Day, New Years Day, and...Thanksgiving.

Need some menu inspiration? Click here to see our Gourmet Yourself section full of recipes from local chefs.

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<![CDATA[Cupcake Craze Goes Low Cal]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:02:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pure-DeLite-Cupcakes.jpg

If the recent cupcake craze is showing up around your waist, you'll be happy to know there's a new bakery offering cupcakes with half the calories.

Pure DeLite is opening its first Texas bakery on Hebron Parkway in Carrollton on Saturday.

The bakery specializes in what it calls "guilt-free" cupcakes using gluten-free and pure ingredients.

Many of the sweet treats have around 200 calories. A typical bakery cupcake usually costs you about 500 calories.

"Everybody has that sweet tooth and you have to fight it most of the time but with our cupcakes you can give in just a little bit," said Pure deLite Manager Lilly Galvan.

During the month of November, 10 percent of the Pure DeLite's proceeds will go to the North Texas Food Bank.

Pure DeLite
3432 East Hebron Parkway Suite 114
Carrollton, Texas 75010
972.735.9334
On the Web: PureDeLiteCupcakes.com
On Facebook: Pure DeLite Carrollton

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<![CDATA[North Texans Want Their Drinks]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:01:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-beer-sales-02.jpg

North Texans went to the polls with drinking on their minds.

Voters in Cedar Hill, Seagoville, Frisco, and Parker County voted to allow sales of beer and wine in those areas. Frisco also voted to allow sales of mixed beverages in the city.

Sales of alcoholic beverages -- including beer, wine, and liquor -- were also approved by voters in Balch Springs, Aubrey, Sanger, and both the Collin and Denton County areas in Prosper.

In short, every initiative related to the sale of alcohol in North Texas passed -- but that still doesn't mean every city has the same rules.

Aubrey's initiative, for instance, allows the sale of alcoholic beverages, including mixed drinks, which will allow restaurants to apply for a license to serve alcohol in the city.

Frisco's mixed beverage vote will allow restaurants to serve without making customers sign up for a "private club" card.

All the other alcohol elections only approved selling the drinks for "off-premises consumption," in retail stores.



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<![CDATA[A Push for Changes to Irving's Alcohol Ordinance]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:58:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beer-100812.jpg

A public hearing in Irving on Monday evening could lead to changes in the city's decades-old alcohol ordinance.

The current ordinance sets a ratio of 60/40 for food/alcoholic beverage sales at restaurants throughout the city. The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and area businesses are asking for the Zoning and Planning Commission to reverse that ratio or make it even more favorable for alcohol sales.

"It hasn't kept up with the times, and it needs to be more reflective, or current economic circumstances that are forcing the hand," said Brian James, managing partner at Champps Americana in Irving.

James said restaurant trends have changed since the original ordinance was issued decades ago.

"People are drinking less better. So what it means is, people are getting more educated about not only beer but wine, and whiskeys and alcohol," he said, adding that those premium beverages cost a lot more. "People right now, they buy a beer that costs $6 and a hamburger that costs $8. The math becomes pretty simple."

The Chamber's President and CEO Chris Wallace said the ordinance has become a challenge when trying to bring more high-end restaurants for developments such as the Water Street project.

"We could do a much better job in recruiting businesses to Irving and to retain existing businesses if we could change this ordinance," he said.

But not everyone is a fan of changing the ordinance. Neal Dacus, a longtime Irving resident, said revising the ordinance's ratio to favor alcohol sales sends the wrong message to the community.

"We want our children to be able to have the right influence, and we want to give them the right perimeters to live by," he said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission's decision on Monday night will be taken to the City Council. The council members will make a decision at a later date.



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<![CDATA[Get Some Southern Cultcha' at Bayou Bakery]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:15:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Bayou+Bakery+2.jpg New Orleans is known for its diverse food options, but why should they be the only ones to enjoy all that southern flavor? At Bayou Bakery, chef David Guas is bringing his jazzy menu to Arlington, VA. Bayou Bakery 1515 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA / 703-243-2410]]> <![CDATA[Chris Crary Cooks in Ali's Kitchen for Kitchit]]> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:39:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KITCHIT.jpg Want to throw a great dinner party, but don't want to bother with all that cooking? Just give Kitchit a call, and they'll send a "Top Chef" to your doorstep! See what happens when fan favorite Chris Crary gets into Ali's kitchen to whip up her guests a gourmet meal! For more info, visit Kitchit.]]> <![CDATA[Gourmet Breakfast Moves Close to Home at Break of Dawn]]> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:36:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BREAKOFDAWN.jpg One inspiring chef in Orange County, California is breaking with the traditional breakfast in favor of flavor. Break of Dawn 24351 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA / 949- 587-9418]]> <![CDATA[Ali Visits Chicago's One Stop Shop for Home Cookin']]> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PUBLICANQUALITYMEATS.jpg Ali Fedotowsky shops, prepares, and dines on some home cookin', all in one place, Chicago's Publican Quality Meats. Publican Quality Meats 825 West Fulton Market Chicago, IL / 312-445-8977]]> <![CDATA[Comfort Cooking Comes to Williamsburg]]> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:30:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PIESNTHIGHS.jpg Sporting the best doughnuts in NYC, this Williamsburg eatery is bringing Brooklynites a taste of home with their unique blend of the savory and the sweet. See if Ali can whip up some quality biscuits! Pies 'n' Thighs 166 South 4th Street Brooklyn, NY /(347) 529-6090]]> <![CDATA[This Week: Get a Taste of Homestyle Cooking with 1st Look]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:00:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/1stlookcookingthumb.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky and tune in to "1st Look" Saturdays after "Saturday Night Live." ]]> <![CDATA[Hooray, It's Food Day!]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:09:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/farmers+market+2.jpg

Transform your diet and choose healthy options on Food Day.

Food Day is a national celebration created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that happens every year on October 24. The movement promotes healthy living and encourages Americans to choose healthy options to avoid diet-related health conditions.

The day was organized to address issues such as health, nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare and farm worker justice.

There are several places in North Texas participating in Food Day festivities.

University of Texas at Arlington 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
University of North Texas in Denton 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dallas Farmer’s Market 10 a.m. – 4p.m.
Arlington City Hall 6 p.m.

For a complete list of Food Day events in the area, visit www.foodday.org.
 

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<![CDATA[Frisco Voting on Beer, Wine Sales Throughout City]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:34:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beer-tap-102212.jpg

On the first day of early voting, people in Frisco had more on their minds than just the presidential election.

In late 2011, a group of citizens circulated a petition to get a measure that would allow the sale of beer and wine throughout the city on the ballot.

While Frisco is considered damp, the city has annexed land that is legally dry. Supporters of the measure call them pro-business and say that they worry leaving the areas dry could hinder future development.

"When we OK'd the alcohol sales, boom -- Costco built in Frisco," Joel Rogers said. "Prior to that, they didn't want to do it and didn't do it until we had the alcohol."

Rogers said there has been talk of a mall development along U.S. Route 380. Allowing alcohol sales in the mostly undeveloped northern part of the city could pave the way for progress, he said.

"We need the people in Aubrey, Pilot Point, places like that," Rogers said. "The closest mall they have is Stonebriar. If we can develop the whole 380 corridor, when Jerry Jones puts his mall in, it's better for everybody."

However, others disagree.

"I'm against, because I think it brings in a whole new level of devilment," said Sheri Ward, a Frisco resident of 27 years. "I realize that everyone likes to have a cocktail with their dinner or whatever, but I would hate to lose my grandchildren to someone who left a little inebriated."

The nearby town of Prosper also has an alcohol-related measure on its ballot. Voters there will decide whether or not to allow the sale of all alcohol in town limits.

NBC 5 wants to know if you have any voting problems. Email newstips@nbcdfw.com and we'll investigate. Be sure to include your name and phone number so we can contact you.



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<![CDATA[Ali Indulges at BadHappy Poutine]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:33:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BADHAPPYPOUTINElxtvweb720ph264_722x406_3979331604.jpg You like fries. You like gravy. You like cheese curds. At BadHappy Poutine Shop, you get all three. See if Ali can finish an entire platter of this Canadian import! BadHappy Poutine 939 N. Orleans St. Chicago, IL / 312-890-2165]]> <![CDATA[Take a Ride (or a Bite) on The Toy Boat]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:24:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TOYRESTAURANT.jpg When was the last time you took out your toys at the dinner table? At Toy in the Gansevoort Park Hotel in NYC, you can't do gluttony without the Toy Boat, a $400 platter of sushi. Watch to see if Ali can sink or swim in the ultimate battle of Girl Vs. Fish! Toy 18 Ninth Ave, New York, NY / 212-660-6766]]> <![CDATA[Dare to Try a 9,000 Calorie Burger?]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:36:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HEARTATTACKGRILL.jpg In Las Vegas, one extravagant 9,000 calorie burger promises to live up to its notorious name. Meet the Quadruple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill. Heart Attack Grill 450 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV]]> <![CDATA[Ali Prepares for Her Triple Bypass Surgery]]> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:51:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JELLOSHOT.jpg Watch 1st Look Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" to see what happens next at the Heart Attack Grill.]]> <![CDATA[This Week on 1st Look: Get Ready to Indulge]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/ali-fed-indulge.jpg Get ready for a food coma this week on 1st Look. Watch Saturdays after "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Bourdain, Ripert Cook up Bass Hall Show]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:40:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AnthonyBourdain.thumb.jpg

Culinary personalities Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert head to Bass Hall on Nov. 9 for an evening of storytelling.

The show, titled "Good Vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert" will apparently contrast Bourdain's "bad boy" image to Ripert's "one of the best chefs in the world and a nice guy to boot" status (second quote is ours).

Both have written multiple books about their experiences inside and outside the kitchen, and each make frequent television appearances -- Bourdain's "No Reservations" has been a hit, while Ripert is often seen on various "Top Chef" episodes.

Tickets cost $44 each and are on sale now for the 8 p.m. show.



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<![CDATA[Mesquite Chili's Reopens After Destructive Blaze]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:10:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MesquiteChilis.jpg

Business is back  for a Chili’s location in Mesquite after it burned down during the early morning hours of Dec. 6, 2011.

Fire crews battled the two-alarm blaze for hours, but ultimately the building could not be saved.

On Monday morning, city leaders and Chili’s employees celebrated a new, restored building at a ribbon cutting in Mesquite.

When the the fire swallowed the restaurant near Town East Mall, employee  Amber Williams worried her job went up in flames with the building.

"I just broke down, I was like freaking out,” said Williams. “'What am I going to do? What am I going to do? Christmas, haven't got anything for my children for Christmas, nothing.'"

Now, ten months later, she and 88 other employees are back to work. The restaurant has added 72 jobs and a new look as part of a nationwide re-imaging project.

"We got here early, we established a great reputation, the city of Mesquite loved us, we're ready to be back in business again,” said Brinker CEO, Doug Brooks.

The restaurant first opened its doors in the city in 1986 and the city officials hope the new facelift will push other businesses to re-boost the area.

"That’s a good thing,” said Mesquite Mayor John Monaco. “Potential future restaurants that will locate in other places in the city, they all watch these things."

For the workers, the re-building isn’t just restoring jobs, it’s revitalizing a well-known spot that been in the community for 25 years.

"Now that it's open, we're all excited, it feels like its a home,” said Katie Crabtree, Mesquite resident who also works at the restaurant.

"I'm excited, I'm excited to be back at my second home,” said Williams.

Officials said the fire damage was so severe, a cause was never determined.

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<![CDATA[Learn How to Make World Class Pasta at Flour + Water]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:33:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FLOUR+AND+WATER.jpg If you love pasta, take a crash course making it at Flour + Water with chef Thomas McNaughen in the heart of San Francisco. Ali tries her hand at making her own personal pasta at the table. Flour + Water 2401 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA / 415-826-7000]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: "Ludobites: Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre"]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/ludobites.jpg

Check out this latest must-have cookbook from white-hot chef Ludo Lefebvre, maestro behind the wildly popular L.A. pop-up phenomena LudoBites, an ongoing series of meal events set up and cooked in borrowed spaces. Fresh off a one-night gig at Blue Ribbon Bakery last night, Ludo drops his book today, a perfect gift for serious foodies and home cooks.

Tasty stories and anecdotes mixed in with recipes for mouth-watering delights (Foie Gras Beignets with Apricot-Saffron Chutney, anyone?), this is a terrific cookbook from a very talented and imaginative chef.

For more information on the book, visit the website.

 

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<![CDATA[Should Legislature Increase Beer Tax?]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 23:38:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beer-100812.jpg

A Texas policy group is suggesting that lawmakers hike what's sometimes known as the sin tax.

The Center for Public Policy Priorities has proposed raising the beer tax to help fund schools, transportation and health care.

"We're a growing state, and we have growing needs," said Dick Lavine, Center for Public Policy Priorities senior fiscal analyst.

The group says that the beer tax has stayed at the same amount in almost 30 years while the price of beer has nearly doubled.

"It shows you what happens when you don't go back every once in a while, take a look at your tax system and see if it's doing what it's supposed to do," Lavine said.

But the idea hasn't had much support.

"When you mention any type of an increase, people see it as an additional tax," one woman said. "Most of the time, it has a negative effect."

Tiffany Barron, of Scholz Garden in Austin, said she can understand why a beer tax might be on tap.

"People aren't going to stop paying for beer," she said. "They'll be mad, but they're going to drink beer."



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<![CDATA[Some Starbucks See Pumpkin Spice Latte Shortages]]> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 01:04:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pumpkinspicelatte100512.jpg Some Starbucks stores are running low on one of its fall Some Starbucks stores are running low on one of its fall favorites -- the Pumpkin Spice Latte. But java fans don't have anything to fear -- the company says such shortages are due to infrequent deliveries, not to any kind of scarcity.]]> <![CDATA[Pyles to Preview Stampede 66 With Benefit Dinner]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:39:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stephan-pyles-2012.jpg

Chef Stephan Pyles is planning a sneak peek at his new restaurant, Stampede 66, with a dinner benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.

Pyles latest spot describes its menu as "modern Texas cuisine," which should go well with Pyles' style as tasted at his eponymous restaurant Stephan Pyles.

The dinner is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22 at 1717 McKinney Ave. in Dallas. Wine and appetizers start at 6:30 p.m., dinner and dessert are served 7:15 p.m.

Of course, as a benefit sneak peek, it's going to be a VIP event -- and the tickets will cost you three Benjamins to snag one of the limited seats.

Click here for more information on the event and how to reserve your seat.

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<![CDATA[Hip Hip Hooray for Free Taco Day!]]> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:55:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/taco-cabana-chicken-fajita-taco.jpg

Taco Cabana says they are planning to give away 60,000 free chicken fajita tacos on Oct. 2.

That's in celebration of National Taco Day...oh cripes.

Now we're torn: free chicken fajita taco from 5 to 8 p.m. at participating Taco Cabana locations sounds good, but now we've got another "national ____ day" faux-liday to deal with.

Can't we just call it like it is? Taco Cabana wants you to buy stuff, so they're giving you a sample for free.

UPDATE: Looks like Taco Cabana isn't alone in celebrating National Taco Day.

Blue Mesa is offering free street tacos from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the bar area on Oct. 4. They'll also have drink specials to wet your whistle. Click here for more information.

Taco Bueno is planning a National Taco Day offer for Oct. 4 as well. More information will be revealed on their Facebook page (which you can find here).



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<![CDATA[Swim up to the Tastiest Shark in Marfa]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FOODSHARK.jpg Sharks may lurk in the water, but this one prefers dry land! Food Shark supplies the sleepy town of Marfa with its own unique brand of Falafels, and Ali took a trip to see if she could swim with the sharks. Food Shark South Highland Ave. Marfa, TX / 432-386-6540]]> <![CDATA[Ali Rolls a Sushi Burrito at Jogasaki]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:06:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JOGASAKI.jpg When picking your burrito fixins, you probably wouldn't opt for raw fish. But when you line up for Jogasaki, get ready to pile on the soy sauce! Jogasaki Sushi Burrito 10601 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA / 626-589-1620]]> <![CDATA[Ali Serves Treats to her Puppy Patrons at Fido]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:03:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FIDOTOGO.jpg Food trucks aren't just for humans! Dogs need a truck as well, and Fido To Go serves up treats for our four-legged friends! With puppy treats as tasty as these, there might not be any left for the dogs! Fido To Go 729 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL / 847-863-5857]]> <![CDATA[Ali Puts a New Spin on Pizza Delivery]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:00:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DELPOPOLO.jpg Jon Darsky recently launched what could be the largest food truck in San Francisco. But size won't keep this truck from zipping around the city and providing patrons with some of the finest mobile food in the Bay Area. Del Popolo San Francisco, CA / 415-967-1853]]> <![CDATA[All Hail the King of Falafel]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:00:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FALAFELKING.jpg Looking for the best falafels in NYC? Head uptown to Astoria and bow before the King of Falafel & Shawarma, Faras "Freddie" Deida! King of Falafel & Shawarma 30th St & Broadway, Astoria, NY / 718-838-8029]]> <![CDATA[This Weekend, Curb Your Appetite with 1st Look!]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:30:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Curb+Your+Appetite+with+1st+Look.png

This week on "1st Look," it's all about food on wheels. Find out what topped our list during our show Saturday, Sept. 29 after "SNL."

 
But if you're still hungry, here are some great ways to curb your appetite across the country!
 
NEW YORK
Mexicue - It's exactly what it sounds like, Mexican + Barbecue.  So good.
 
56th & 6th - AKA the infamous "chicken & rice" guy who's food stand in NYC has lines around the corner even at 5am!
 
MIAMI
Dim SSam - Voted one of the best Asian Food Trucks in America.
 
The Fish Box - One of the city's favorite food trucks hits the streets. Try their signature fish sandwich, you won't regret it.
 
CHICAGO
The Southern - We ain't talking no smack about this truck's cheesy mac.
 
The Tamale Spaceship - Super good tameles made with great mole and fresh, authentic ingredients.  Plus,  the servers where crazy masks.
 
AUSTIN
East Side King - Top Chef Paul Qui brings his sophisticated touch to street food. The fried beets are just one of the items Austinites crave.
 
Gourdoughs - Savory to sweet, this dough is a meal all by itself.
 
SAN DIEGO
Pierogi Truck - The best of Polish & Eastern European Food all made mobile, like Hungarian Pancakes, Pieorogi Dumplings, Vegan Goulash!
 
PHILADELPHIA
The Foo Truck - The oh-so-portable Foowich!  Plus a BYOB Garden setting.
 
Zea May's Kitchen - Native American cuisine and culture.
 
For the best food on wheels across the country, tune into "1st Look" this Saturday, Sept. 29 after "SNL."

 

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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Perla]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:37:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/chefs-counter.jpg

Post-summer city life torques up the dining scene to exciting levels again, and the place we are loving now is Gabe Stulman’s Perla. Unsurprisingly as befits a restaurant group that includes Joseph Leonard, Fedora and Jeffrey’s Grocery, Perla is wonderful in its warm atmosphere, gracious, uncloying service and exceptional food and drink.  

Open since spring, Perla has been packing them in, and has become a go-to for all sorts of city denizens from media types and actors, to art world characters and fashion folk. Italian food has been done to death in New York and in L.A. (12 great Italian places in Brentwood alone), but everything at Perla pleases and and makes one want to return, and soon.

Stulman’s places are truly congenial, with great cocktails, mouth-watering appetizers, primi and secondi (house-made potato chips, gnocchi, steak… all of it yummy), flattering lighting, and a great crowd.  

Perla is nestled on Minetta Lane, and is perfect as a regular neighborhood joint and as a destination dining locale.  

Perla
24 Minetta Lane
New York, NY
(212) 933-1824



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<![CDATA[Deep Ellum Hosts Fried Pie Eating Contest]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:01:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2011-Walking-Man-1.jpg

Commentary
by Ty Pressley

The Original Fried Pie Shop is partnering with Baker’s Ribs to bring Dallas a tasty competition.

On Sept. 29, Baker’s Ribs will host the first ever National Peach Fried Pie Eating Championship, as sanctioned by All Pro Eating Promotions, the world’s most recognized Independent Competitive Eating Organization.

The event will be hosted at Baker’s Ribs’ Deep Ellum location.

Joe Duncan, Owner, said “Our customers always like to tell us how many pies they have eaten so we thought what a great way to put their mouths to the test and have a Fried Pie Eating Championship. We are all excited about this upcoming tasty battle!”

An Original Fried Pie Shop fried pie is served golden brown in a half-moon shape, so you can hold in a single hand and eat while piping hot. They are made with intensely flavored fillings both sweet and savory folded into fried pie buttermilk crust and deep-fried in 100-percent peanut oil.

All Pro Eating already has confirmation from several of the World’s top Independent Competitive Eaters including Eric “Silo” Dahl, Stephanie “Xanadu” Torres and Jamie “Bear” McDonald in addition to local Competitive Eaters for their involvement with The Original Fried Pie Shop National Peach Fried Pie Eating Championship.

If you think you’ve got what it takes (or rather, gut what it takes), registration will remain open until all available spaces have been filled.  Anyone wishing to register or participate can find additional information on the All Pro Eating Promotions website or by contacting Todd Greenwald via email HungryGenius(at)CompetitiveEaters(dot)com

Ty Pressley hails from the world of corporate communications and public relations.  He is a Dallas native and avid Cowboys' fan. 

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.



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<![CDATA["Top Chef" Picks Hat Trick of Dallas Chefs]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:16:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/top_chef-texas.jpg

The next season of Bravo's "Top Chef" should have a few familiar faces to Dallas diners.

Three local chefs are joining the "chef-testants" on the new season starting in November.

John Tesar (The Commissary, the upcoming Spoon), Joshua Valentine (pastry chef at FT33), and Danyele McPerson (sous chef at The Grape) will join the other contestants in Seattle and compete to win the Top Chef crown.

We're pretty confused by the addition of Tesar to the list of folks in this non-Masters class -- the dude has successfully opened his own restaurants in a major metro and is well enough known as "The Most Hated Chef in Dallas" (according, to D Magazine, at least).

Fort Worth's Tim Love, for instance, was on the first season of the Top Chef Masters version of the program and came back for a few Top Chef: Texas episodes. We're kinda curious as to why Tesar (who did serve five-star meals just a few years ago) doesn't earn a little bump up to the bigger leagues instead of battling with folks that haven't opened their own spots.

If you're ready to tune into the drama, Bravo will begin airing the series, titled "Top Chef: Seattle," on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m.

FYI, NBC Universal, who we work for, also owns Bravo.

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