Who’s up for an Audie Murphy flick?Full Story
Lyle Burgin and Rick Kopf have pulled the plug on the restaurant they wanted to build on White Rock Lake. Through their PR firm, they issued the following quote:
“We both firmly believe that the concept would be an excellent amenity for all of the citizens of Dallas, but the present time is not the right time. We thank all of the individuals and groups that have voiced their support. And we will see you at the lake!”
Eric attended a very contentious public meeting Tuesday night, which I suspect is what killed this deal (not Eric’s attendance but rather the tenor of the meeting). Eric will be along shortly to give us some thoughts. Surely.Full Story
Despite small setbacks (including a fire that destroyed Teiichi Sakurai’s ramen shop, Ten), Sylvan Thirty is plowing ahead. This afternoon, it announced that Mayor Mike Rawlings cut the ribbon at the opening of Cox Farms Market Store, which is actually located in the building right across from Ten.Full Story
Lately, our Pinterest personality has been a little more scattered than in weeks past. We’re not stuck on a theme, but we did still notice a trend nonetheless: Details. In fact, we’ve got a board called It’s All in the Details, because, truly, that’s what separates a good home from a great home. Those little touches that could go overlooked by a less-than-discerning eye, but the areas that more attentive decorators relish, because it’s where who they are really shines through.
We love this vintage magazine rack from the 1950s made of leather and brass. Certainly makes more of a statement than the wicker basket I use to collect my periodicals. Wouldn’t it look lovely next to your favorite chair?Full Story
After serving the Dallas fine art community for 35 years, Banks Fine Art is closing shop. Owned and operated by Bob and Maloree Banks, the business started at Bob’s house, and later moved to their Design District location. While the shop may be closing, that doesn’t mean that the Banks’ are stepping away from the art dealing world—they prefer the term “semi-retiring.”
They will continue to sell art privately by appointment, as well as doing appraisals. For now their goal is to sell every piece of art that’s in their gallery, which means steep discounts on the pieces. Their goal after that? To spend a little time relaxing.
For more details from Bob and Maloree Banks, you can check out this blog post.Full Story
The Other Woman is a predictable romantic comedy that might have doubled as a female-empowerment fantasy if its characters weren’t so shallow and superficial.Full Story
The May issue of D Magazine is out. In it you will find my review of Gemma, the new 65-seat restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder. I fell in love with it. Will you?Full Story
Admittedly, we miss Samar and that glorious, glorious naan served with three different dipping mechanisms. (Still dream about it, sometimes.) Stephan Pyles, though, has already moved on with his newest restaurant venture, San Salvaje, at 2100 Ross Avenue. He says it’ll be open sometime next week. Probably Thursday, May 1. The interior’s not finished yet, but that didn’t stop the Southwestern chef from hosting a media lunch today, which we were invited to join.Full Story
As Zac will attest, I like to point out when vegetarian options exist. So here’s one: Nikki Koenig, a local lady, is a finalist in PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest. I say bully on her. But I also say, with all due respect to Nikki, that her rivals Katarina and Kenna are wearing less clothes in their profile pictures, which gives us voters more information to work with in assessing their sexiness, if not their next-door-ness. Anyway, here’s a little about Nikki:Full Story
Thirty-six lanes of traffic. If the Trinity toll road were built, that’s how many highway lanes of concrete, in parts, would separate downtown Dallas from the river. Bear in mind that Dallas, through its CityDesign Studio, recently went through an exercise to figure out how we can connect downtown to the river.
On Twitter, Angela Hunt pointed out that the NTTA image you see above is what we voted to build. Here are the current drawings. Follow the link if you want more detail. But here’s an aerial perspective of the road as it is imagined today:Full Story
I’m not into pink. I have an established preferred color palette in my garden that includes shades of blue, orange, purple, peach, chartreuse, white and silver. I’m a little neurotic about it. When my wedding bouquet showed up in shades of pink and lavender, instead of the agreed upon deep purples, burgundy and chartreuse, more than just a few expletives escaped my my mouth. I’m pretty sure I scared the daylights out of the poor delivery girl. So yes, me and pink have a sorted history. Yet, it has a way of worming it’s way into my garden despite my best efforts to keep it at bay. It’s vexing. Most plants sold as “peach” or “apricot” typically end up turning pink. That’s how pink keeps sneaking in. But when it shows up in the form of the stunning iris you see above (I call it “The Offender”), what can I do? I was promised these pass-along irises were white. White. Yet, pink and lavender they are. Well played pink, well played.Full Story
It seems like everyone is becoming diary-free, gluten-free, and everything else that sounds remotely healthy. Is it a trend? Will it fade? Who knows. I, for one, have recently become lactose-intolerant. But before I mourned my dairy days, I decided to adjust old, familiar recipes to match my needs. Slowly, I’ve succumbed to my body’s peer pressure and have made a few dairy and gluten-free recipes lately.
I wanted to start off this series with the most original flavor: chocolate chip. (I had to add a twist, though. Cue the vegan caramel syrup.) This recipe, derived from Minimalist Baker, is made with coconut milk which makes the recipe not as heavy as normal ice cream flavors are typically. If you are looking for a light, sweet snack that won’t leave you feeling gross before you hit the sheets, then this recipe is exactly that.
Hamilton spent his early years on a farm in rural Oklahoma growing peanuts and cotton. Similar to most local food producers, he got his start selling grass fed and finished beef at McKinney’s downtown farmers market, however he quickly learned that selling products to the public a mere four hours a week, six months a year in ideal weather was not a sustainable business model. When the opportunity to purchase a nearby storefront arose, he and his wife jumped at the opportunity. Beyond the beef selection, you can find Village Baking Company brioche buns, pasture raised chicken and eggs, locally made chocolate, and Texas olive oil.Full Story
Le Week-End is a honest and sometimes stark look at the harder side of marriage.Full Story
Gambit features a top-notch cast, a screenplay by the Coen brothers, and a breezy caper-comedy premise with lively banter and exotic locales. So what went wrong?Full Story
Jaramusch seems keen on constructing a cultural metaphor, and his film’s intensity and sense of desperation feels like the working-through of a transitional epoch.Full Story
For the past four years, Central Market stores have created a lively and tasty two-week celebration of the culture, chefs, food, and drink of one country. This year, they celebrate all things Italian, April 30 – May13, by showcasing traditional foods and ingredients from regions like Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Campania, Sicily, and all the places in between.Full Story
There are tons of reasons behind our love for Dwell with Dignity‘s Thrift Studio. First of all, we’re big believers in good karma—and if we can get it while shopping, even better. Second, they recruit local designers to create the vignettes, reminding us that Dallas is full of design stars. Take Julio Quinoñes, for example. […]Full Story
From the Free Barrett Brown organization comes the following good news:
Today District Court Judge Sam Lindsay issued an order unsealing documents and vacating the September 4, 2013, gag order in USA v. Barrett Brown. A veil of unnecessary secrecy that loomed over this case has finally been lifted. Here are some critical previously sealed documents: Plea agreement; Factual resume; Government’s opposition to motion to dismiss (CR-317); Government’s opposition to motion to dismiss (CR-030).
What’s this mean? It means that the next time Barrett needs to know whether a famous person is alive or dead, he can call a journalist to have him google it for him.Full Story
Yesterday, I posted that former Dallas city councilman Dave Neumann would probably never, ever get a parking ticket in the city of Dallas. Rudy Bush at the Morning News picked up the ball and ran with it, and, earlier today, Neumann returned his city council parking pass.
Let me be the first to say this: I’m so sorry, Mr. Neumann. Had I known that you were doing anything but being a simple chauffeur for other city councilmembers—a mensch of epic proportions—I would’ve never dimed on you. So we here at D Magazine would like to make it up to you.Full Story
Kenny Bowers and his partners Bob Stegall and Mike Hutchinson opened the first Kenny’s Burger Joint in Frisco five years ago. Today, they announce a second location of the popular joint will debut in Plano’s LakeSide Market in August.Full Story
UTD may lose its beloved Art Barn after the end of the Spring Semester. It’s a mistake we hope the university doesn’t make.Full Story
The clever, often confusing dialogue in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is expertly tackled at Fun House Theatre and Film, but you may not hear it for all the laughter.Full Story
This April we’re celebrating Architecture Month with AIA. Every Wednesday and Friday I’ll be introducing you to a guest blogger who will tell us all about whats happening in the Dallas architecture world. Today Kelly Mitchell is going to talk to us about the history and transformation of one of our favorite Downtown haunts, the Hospitality Sweet.
The ‘Old’ Post Office and Federal Building at 400 North Ervay in downtown Dallas was originally opened in 1930. In addition to being home to the United States Post Office, it also housed the Federal Court System, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous other government offices and agencies. In 2011, the upper levels were beautifully converted into apartments and the lobby was restored. While the USPS operation onsite has been reduced, it still remains open on the ground floor.Full Story
It’s nice to have the Dallas Morning News recognize the destructiveness of urban interstate highways, as they do in this editorial. A taste:
The chance to restore the physical connection between East Dallas and South Dallas, with a walkable link to Fair Park, would change the face and function of two of the most important and historic areas of the city. Both East and South Dallas suffered decline after the interstate’s construction.