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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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This Vietnamese coconut grater is one reason Malai Kitchen should be on your Go list

Dallas’ Uptown West Village area is far from an ethnic polyglot. Yet at Malai Kitchen, the small but vibrant homage to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, husband-and-wife chefs Braden and Yasmin Wages deliver culinary authenticity in a neighborhood where few seek it. There’s a beguiling sense that nothing’s too complicated or too simple about the cooking at Malai Kitchen, but you know that can’t be true. Continue reading →

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Here’s what happens when you strap a GoPro to an eagle

Drones are so 2014. Next year, we’ll be using action cameras harnessed to live eagles. In this cool POV video, Victor, a white-tailed eagle, takes off from the summit of the Eiffel Tower, then soars at 110 mph to the Trocadero and then to his handler. The film was made by Freedom, a non-profit conservation project helping to return the white-tailed eagle to Continue reading →

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