For more than 2 years, John and Jen have been crafting small-batch popsicles using natural, local ingredients. Their passion shows.Full Story
Led by Shawn Rao and Jonathan Serrano, the popular bar has been making a difference by handing cash-stuffed envelopes to customers and asking them to give to a good cause.Full Story
My first full-time magazine job was at American Way, the in-flight for the airline. This was circa 1993. Zac worked there, too, prior to joining D, from 2005 to 2007. Eric did several tours there (and at Spirit, Southwest’s in-flight, which was later taken over by Pace). Jessica Jones, who works for our D Home, used to work there. And American Way’s creative director (David Radabaugh) and senior art director (Brian Smith) once worked for D. Point is: there are a lot of connections between that magazine and this one.
So I was dismayed to learn that the operation will no longer be run in-house by American Airlines Publishing. The airline has decided to outsource the magazine to a London-based company called Ink. The first Ink-stained issue will find its way into seat-back pockets in January 2015. I asked Adam Pitluk, the director of AA Publishing, for some more details about the move.Full Story
Who can pass up Munchies? We love this little shop’s frozen concoctions. And the Readers’ Choice winner is Paciugo for the 5th time!Full Story
Even though we’re finally hitting 100 degree temps in Dallas, it’s already time to start thinking about your fall garden. By mid-August, you should be shopping for seeds to plant your cool season salad greens. If temperatures come down a bit by the end of August, you can start sowing seeds of lettuce, arugula, kale, and other greens. If it still feels like an oven by then, wait until mid-September to sow. Either way, now’s the time to get planning! Here’s some advice on how to do it.Full Story
One Arts Plaza will welcome a new tenant on August 27. Proof +Pantry, a production of Misery Loves Company Restaurant Group, will open the doors to a restaurant with “pantry,” a seasonal menu of global cuisine, and “proof,” a list of carefully curated cocktails.Full Story
Word comes that CBS Channel 11 has fired its morning anchor for his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad night in Aspen. Gotta say, though, not a bad mugshot.
Update (4:32) Here is the official statement from Higgins.
If my email inbox is any indication, many of you are wondering about a recent incident in Aspen, Colo., that resulted in my arrest. Sorry it took so long to issue a post as I’ve been dealing with the related matters. First, I need to apologize for the negative attention this incident has brought to my wife and our family, our friends and the many wonderful people I’ve worked with over the years. I’m also sorry to the authorities in Aspen, who do a great job every day. I simply put myself and others in a bad situation, which will not happen again. My plan is to answer the legal charges against me. Thanks to all of you who have sent your support.
State Rep. Jason Villalba (whom I’ve written about) has called for the Texas State Auditor’s Office to conduct an audit of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office following the allegations that DA Craig Watkins (whom I’ve also written about) used more than $60,000 of county asset forfeiture money after rear-ending a car after a speaking engagement, while staring at his phone.
“It’s our responsibility to earn and maintain the public trust, that’s why this case demands an immediate review and audit,” Villalba said in a press release. “Public funds should never be used to cover up reckless driving or to pay personal settlements on behalf of public officials. If Mr. Watkins has violated the law, he should be held responsible.”
Prediction: it doesn’t get better for Watkins for a bit.Full Story
‘Tis the season to be greasy. Deep fryers are warming, oil is bubbling, and stomachs are growling. Here are some comfort foods to nosh on as appetizers to the annual fair food fight.Full Story
The first three of my posts offering suggestions for consideration by the Home Rule Commission debating whether to rework the DISD charter. Come get a taste:
More to come. As always, read with your eyeballs.Full Story
Sue Ellen tries to retrace how she spent the time before the fire to Bobby. Thanks to her binge-drinking and denial of her alcoholism, she’s fuzzy on the details.Full Story
I would attend this show solely for Nite, which is one of the area’s best dance-friendly bands.Full Story
Yesterday was the media preview of Pirch, the new home plumbing and appliance store opening to the public this Saturday at NorthPark Center, and a few lucky D Home staffers were able to get a sneak peek of the space. The California-based company has made their Texas debut in a big, beautiful way, with a store that’s high on style and low on pressure, with an emphasis on experience. They carry the best brands in fridges, faucets, stoves, showers, and more, and they partner with more than 50 brands of cabinetry-, countertop-, and tile-makers to make it a one-stop kitchen, bath, and outdoor wonderland.
So what should you know before you visit?Full Story
Yesterday the Grapevine city council finally approved the plans for Grapevine Craft Brewery to officially brew craft beer in Grapevine! And a new mega-craft beer store will open in Lewisville.Full Story
Disclosure upfront: Despite thinking Zac’s series on Gov. Rick Perry is hilarious, I sort of like Perry, not least for his ability to make “enlightened” types see red. That said, I can’t help thinking that the governor’s defenders in the Travis County dust-up—including David Axelrod and Alan Dershowitz—are underestimating one aspect of the case.
That is, the implication that Perry vetoed the public integrity unit funds because the unit was investigating funny business at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, one of Perry’s “signature accomplishments.”
That might be seen as a stretch—if the governor didn’t have a history of bigfooting in this manner. Remember how he delayed investigation of the Willingham arson case by replacing several members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission just before a key presentation? Just seems like the CPRIT angle might strike Jane and Joe Six-Pack as a little more troubling than Perry’s defenders are letting on.Full Story
Why banish Candy’s fascinating story to the edges of what’s essentially a gabfest that trudges in circles for 90 minutes?Full Story
Affluenza Teen’s Father Arrested for Posing as Officer. Ick. I hate typing out affluenza. But that’s why this is in the news, so here goes. Frederick Couch was arrested Tuesday after allegedly posing as a reserve officer at the scene of a disturbance call. Couch’s 16-year-old son, Ethan, killed four people while driving drunk last year. Couch the Elder apparently had a fake badge and ID card in his car. Seems like that household’s got a real lock on everything.
Weekend Storms Did Little to Help Lake Levels. “Overall, the district’s lakes are in considerably worse shape than a year ago.” Well, this is wildly reassuring.
Man Found Guilty in Plot to Kill Wife. “Attempted capital murder” is probably the scariest charge after “actual, real-deal capital murder.” A Denton County jury found John Howard guilty of just that Tuesday, after he hired someone to try and kill his wife. After trying unsuccessfully for years to find a hitman to kill his wife, he eventually found one. That person botched the effort, though, and Nancy Franklin survived.Full Story
Stomp on grapes Lucy-style, shoot champagne corks as far as you can, and drink lots and lots of wine at this year’s celebration.Full Story
The largest statewide celebration of plant-based foods returns to Reverchon Park on Sunday, October 19.Full Story
Performing in the Wyly’s sixth-floor Studio Theatre, Upstart is the first of six performance groups to present a show in the Wyly as part of this groundbreaking collaboration between the AT&T Performing Arts Center and smaller companies, most of whom don’t have a permanent home.Full Story
Elsewhere tonight is -topic and Simon Phoenix at Sunset Lounge for experimental R&B. It’s one residency that deserves a larger turnout.Full Story
In the July issue of D Magazine, the word “portmanteau” appeared in two stories. You may well wonder how rare an occurrence this was, and I will tell you how rare it was. From what I can gather, in the 40 years that the magazine has been in business, the word “portmanteau” has appeared in our pages just four times — including the two examples from July.
Zac used the word in his profile of Councilman Dwaine Caraway, explaining that when a constituent called him “trill,” he was combining the words “true” and “real.” And I used the word in my profile of Matt Rutledge, whose former company Woot combined the words “wow” and “loot.” At least two readers noticed our “portmanteau”s:Full Story
I talked about board accountability at some length yesterday. (And by “at some length” I mean, in the immortal words of Bart’s girlfriend, “Do you ever think anything you DON’T say?”) The gist of it was suggesting that we should want our system of school governance to focus on improving student outcomes, and that’s not what is happening currently. That’s why creating a mechanism in the charter so that our trustees do have a good reason to keep focused on student achievement seems like solid plan to me.
But even that device comes with limitations. What if you have a board member who should be held accountable not just to voters, but to state law?
I’m not talking about someone with political views like Carla Ranger, who differed in her policy recommendations from everybody else. We have a diverse city with diverse interest groups, and it’s foolish to expect everybody to agree on what needs to be done to help our kids. We should encourage open and honest debate focused on solving problems for kids.
But what if you have a board member who isn’t interested in open and honest debate? What if that trustee breaks laws? [...]Full Story