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Cantina Laredo to host several tequila-paired dinners in September

Celebrating tequila and modern Mexico City cuisine, several DFW-area Cantina Laredo locations will host  four-course “Tequila dinners” that pair a special menu with a popular tequila for $50 per person. On the menu at each dinner: chicharron de queso chalupa, watermelon salad, an entrée choice of filet tampiqueno or halibut and coconut pecan ice cream for dessert.   Featured Continue reading →

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Singer Jennifer Hudson crashes Dallas couple’s wedding in surprise promotion for Turn It Up for Change

We received advance word that something extraordinary was about to go down at the W Hotel last week. Naturally, we sprung into action, sending Rebecca Marmaduke to catch the fun. Scott and Chris Lindsey were already aglow with happiness as they renewed their vows before an enthusiastic crowd of family, friends, and drag queens. Overlooking Continue reading →

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Registration to TexSom, the world’s best wine conference (with tastings!), is open – and seats to the tastings are going fast for the August 9-10 conference

Texsom, the wine education and tasting conference designed for both sommeliers and the general public, is also the world’s best weekend wine conference, and it’s headed back to the Four Seasons Las Colinas August 9-10. Anybody who is interested in learning about wines can attend, but you have to register for the seminars now… and several of the top tasting programs are Continue reading →

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Happy Mothers Day from Maui’s “Celebration of the Arts”

My mom and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Mothers Day this year than to jet off to Maui for the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Arts, a weekend festival that brings together Hawaiian artists, cultural practitioners, chefs, musicians, dancers and artisans. But for us, the highlight is the celebration luau, the Continue reading →

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How To: Make fresh, from-scratch pasta

I’m a big fan of Chef Steps, the website of chefs, filmmakers, and engineers that demonstrates modern culinary concepts with compelling visuals and short films, illustrating the fundamentals and science behind its recipes and techniques. Love fresh pasta? So do the folks at Chef Steps, who put together this video (the recipe calls for superfine, high-quality Caputo flour for Continue reading →

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse now has world’s most expensive wine, a $56,000 stunner

Last weekend, I joined some out-of-town friends for dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, the place with crazy good dry-aged steaks and three full-time sommeliers. Headed by master sommelier Barb Werley, the wine team manages a 33,000 bottle wine cellar that holds a Wine Spectator Grand Award (the only other Texas restaurant to earn that award is Pappas Bros. Continue reading →

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