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Fernie’s Fried Toffee Coffee Crunch Cake Wins D Magazine’s 2021 State Fair Food Bracket

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When the State Fair of Texas returned in full swing this year, we knew we had to revive our State Fair food bracket, pitting the classics versus newcomers. Each week, voters whittled down the contenders. And, now, we’ve got our 2021 winner: Fernie’s Fried Toffee Coffee Crunch Cake. 

It was a hotly contested battle against perhaps the most beloved State Fair staple, Fletcher’s Corny Dog. Alas, the public has spoken and it’s a sweet treat that reigns supreme this year.

The Armadillo, we’ve very seriously reported, took the winning spot for Best Sweet at this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards. But Alice Laussade, our State Fair food correspondent, declares that, in her extremely professional opinion, Fernie’s [Fried] Toffee Coffee Crunch Cake should have won. No shade to the butter cookie ice cream sandwich shaped like an armadillo, but “Oh God, it’s so good… It’s not too sweet, a bit of unexpected crunch on the outside. I’d have it with coffee every morning if a coffee shop served it. And it’s brought to us by the same family who brought funnel cakes to the fair in the first place.”

Christi Erpillo knows fair fare. She grew up doing this. See, Erpillo of Winter Family Concessions (official LinkedIn title: Chief Frying Officer) helps run one of the most decorated food stands in State Fair history. Her concession stand, which has been a fair institution for over 50 years, is credited with bringing the eternally classic funnel cake to the fair in the ’80s for crying out loud.

Erpillo has been doing this for a good while, and still she was excited for another win among many. “We thought it was that good, but the fact that somebody beat Fletcher’s in anything, we’re so thrilled about it. I’m thrilled to death,” Erpillo told SideDish as she was walking between concession stands Friday afternoon.

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Local News

What It Will Take To Bring the Longhorn Ballroom Back To Life

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One of the most storied venues in Texas is being saved from the wrecking ball. New ownership is announcing its big plans: not just a space for live music, but a community center, a hub for local artists and musicians. The city of Dallas is saying it will pony up $500,000 for restoration. The press is gushing about all of it. After years in a state of ignominious repair, the Longhorn Ballroom—where Bob Wills led the house band, where Jack Ruby once held the lease, where the Sex Pistols shared a marquee with Merle Haggard, where countless country and western and blues and soul and rock acts played shows that the people who were there will never forget—is back.

That was all happening in 2017, and if anyone knew that those plans weren’t going to work out, they were saying it quietly and out of earshot of any giddy media member. Within a couple years, the owners would default on their loans. The Ballroom would go back on the market to be sold out of bankruptcy. Lawyers would get involved. Demolition would again look all too possible.

You could be forgiven for experiencing some deja vu when the Dallas Morning News first reported a couple weeks ago on the latest plan to resurrect the Longhorn. The difference this time is Edwin Cabaniss, who is now under contract to buy the venue. Cabaniss has done this sort of thing before, rescuing and restoring the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff and the Heights Theater in Houston. 

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Politics & Government

Holocaust Museum ‘Appalled’ at Carroll ISD Suggestion That Students Should Get Opposing View to Holocaust

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To catch you up: HB 3979 is the new Texas law that attempts to protect racists from getting their feelings hurt. Sorry, I’m showing my bias. I am biased against nonsense. Read the thing for yourself if you want to. Anyway, the law led an administrator in Carroll ISD to tell teachers there that if they had any books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they also should have a book presenting an “opposing” view. The folks at NBC News broke this story yesterday.

Today the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum sent a note from Mary Pat Higgins, their president and CEO, and Mark Zilbermann, their board chair, that shows their own bias against nonsense. They are appalled by what’s going on in Southlake. Here’s the full text:

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Music

The Bass-Beating Queen of Western Swing

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It’s funny sometimes how things work out. Bill Sanderson didn’t set out to profile Louise Rowe. Bill had come across a handwritten history of the Longhorn Ballroom that Dewey Groom had given him back in 1977. As Bill put it, the pages were sitting in his “piling system.” Groom owned a record label and was a recording artist. He also owned and ran the Longhorn. So Bill got the idea to track down some of the folks who’d played the iconic joint and put together an oral history. Which is how he found Rowe, who he pretty quickly decided deserved her own treatment. She’s 89 now and lives in Hurst. How she got discovered as a teenager by Bob Wills and became one of the few Texas Playboys ever to wear a dress — well, I agreed with Bill’s assessment. His story appears in the October issue of D Magazine, and it went online today.

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Sports

Woodrow Wilson Defeats Bryan Adams 48-14

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Mike Piellucci won’t let me contribute stuff to StrongSide. He also won’t bet me on the USC v. ND game, even if I give the dumb Trojans 11.5 points. So this is my only sports outlet, here on FrontBurner. Y’all need to know that Woodrow won the Fracas in East Dallas (which was actually played in southeast Dallas, at Forester Field). The News has some pics of the game here. You’re welcome.

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Local News

Leading Off (10/15/21)

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Texas Abortion Restrictions Remain in Effect. The legal challenge that briefly blocked Senate Bill 8 from being enacted is in the rear view mirror. Perhaps the most conservative of all the federal appeals courts allowed the ban on abortion after six weeks of gestation to continue until the courts take up the U.S. Department of Justice’s official challenge to the state law. The state’s decision has caused women to pour into neighboring states like Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas seeking abortions.

Meanwhile, Legislators Dilute Tarrant, Dallas County Districts. The redistricting process is targeting the 33rd and 6th congressional districts, largely suburban areas that have seen a flood of Latino and Asian residents. Those districts had long been Republican strongholds, but have recently won favor with Democrats. Now, the Texas Tribune reports, they’re taking these areas with growing percentages of people of color and “grafting them onto massive districts dominated by White voters.” That means the districts, which currently encompass the suburban areas east of Fort Worth and just east of Dallas, respectively, would glom onto the rural counties north and south of them, more than halving the influence of likely Democratic voters.

Dallas Cop Shoots at Man, Suspended for 45 Days. Officer Branson Grisham rounded a corner and then fired his weapon at a 59-year-old man who was standing still with his hands up. The cop missed, but his body camera captured the act. No weapon was found on the man, proving that he was not a threat to the officer. Police Chief Eddie Garcia said he had “serious concerns” with the incident and placed the officer on administrative leave. Now Grisham will be sidelined without pay for 45 days; the incident has been forwarded to a grand jury.

Cold Front Is Here, Fall To Come. You’re going to wake up to temperatures in the low 70s that will drop into the 60s behind a northern wind. Expect those temperatures to hold through the afternoon and evening. Saturday morning will begin in the 50s with surrounding areas in the 40s; expect the afternoon to stay around the 70s. Same deal on Sunday. Enjoy the weather—Fake Fall is dead.

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State Fair of Texas

State Fair Photo of the Day: 10/14, Chickens Belong In Pots

| 3 days ago

There are plenty of wonderfully absurd things at the State Fair of Texas, particularly on the Midway. Here, photographer Jason Janik captured Chris Lanzillota watching as Luca Lanzillota sent a chicken launching into a moving pot. You have three days to take in such absurdity, preferably with a three ticket beer clutched in your hand that isn’t sending a rubber chicken sailing through the air. Head here for more State Fair of Texas coverage.

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Education

Southlake Admin Says Teachers Should Offer Opposing Views to Holocaust

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Mike Hixenbaugh and Antonia Hylton with NBC News have been doing an amazing job covering the ongoing craziness at Carroll ISD. If you haven’t yet listened to every word of their podcast titled Southlake, it is worth your time. A national story is unfolding right in our backyard. If I ran a local Education Lab, I would be embarrassed by all the scientific scoops coming out of NBC.

Anyway, tonight on Nightly News With Lester Holt, Hixenbaugh and Hylton will break off a piece of this absolutely insane story that they just put online. In trying to keep up with HB3979, the new Texas law that “requires teachers to present multiple perspectives when discussing ‘widely debated and currently controversial’ issues,” a Southlake administrator told teachers that if they have any books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they also need to have a book offering an “opposing” perspective. NBC has a recording of the meeting in which this guidance was given.

This is not a good look for Southlake.

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Bicycles

Should You Spend $300 On a Fancy Bicycle Fitting System?

| 3 days ago

Chances are, I am more serious about cycling than you are. My bike is expensive enough that it caused a fight with my wife when I bought it. But I ride maybe only 50 miles a week. No way did I need a $300 bike-fitting session with an Italian robot. I asked for it, though, and the Bike Mart folks said they wouldn’t charge me. So here we are.

Bike Mart you might know as Richardson Bike Mart, founded in that city in 1962 by Rhonda and Jim Hoyt, who had no idea at the time that they would one day open stores in Frisco and McKinney and near White Rock Lake, thereby confusing an untold number of people. With business growing online and across the Dallas area—and with the September opening of what they’re calling a Preston Hollow store (actually Bluffview)—they shortened the name.

Back in July, they took delivery of the aforementioned Italian robot (my term), a stationary bike that adjusts itself as you ride it, using input from a camera and a computer running an algorithm fed with data generated by tens of thousands of riders. It’s called the idmatch system, developed by Selle Italia, the venerable 124-year-old saddle manufacturer. Bike Mart has the only idmatch system in the United States. Totally state of the art.

I was curious: how far off from the Italian notion of ideal might my bike’s setup be? I don’t race, so aerodynamics and power output aren’t major concerns, but just as with pants, fit does matter.

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Basketball

Yeah, the Mavericks Actually Beat a Team by 68 Points

| 3 days ago

Did you watch the Mavs’ preseason game last night? It’s OK if you didn’t; it’s preseason.

But Dallas treated the third of their four preliminary games — the final one takes place tomorrow night — as something of a dress rehearsal, trotting out their starting lineup and launching a ton of 3s (something they’d hesitated to do thus far) and generally giving a pretty good shit what was happening.

Turns out, when that happens, the Mavericks can look lethal. So lethal that they walloped the Charlotte Hornets 127-59. You read that correctly. The Mavericks really did double their opponents’ score (and then some). They really did win by a larger margin of points than Charlotte scored. They really did win the most lopsided preseason game between NBA teams since 1995, per the Elias Sports Bureau. The only preseason game with a larger margin of victory took place two years ago, when the Houston Rockets obliterated the Shanghai Sharks by 69.

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