Austin Food & Wine Festival to be a Buffet of Food, Wine, Music and Stars

Andrew Zimmern. Marcus Samuelsson. Marc Murphy. Brian Malarkey.

Tim Byres. Tre Wilcox. Tim Love. Aaron Franklin. Paul Qui.

Where can you hang out with the likes of these national and local food greats all in one place? The answer is The Austin Food & Wine Festival, coming up at the end of the month. Time to break out the stretchy pants and sterilize the wine helmet.

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Free Food Alert: Jack is Hitting the Road with Free Jumbo Jacks

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Jack's Burger Truck, also called the Munchie Mobile, is in town, and you might be like, "Yeah? So what? I can go to Jack in the Box anytime my little clogged heart wants." Well, burgers from Jack's truck are free.

On Friday the truck will be passing out free Jumbo Jack's with cheese before the Rangers home opener, along with coupons and "gifts." Specifically, they'll be in the Six Flags parking lot from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Munchie Mobile has already made a few stops around town. If you've missed them, here are some upcoming dates.

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Alice "The Cheap Bastard" Laussade Has Been Nominated for a James Beard Award

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The Observer's very own Alice Laussade, who for years put her cast-iron stomach on the line as The Cheap Bastard to bring you reviews of Dallas' low-cost lunch spots, was named a finalist in the humor-writing category of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, which is like the Oscars of food and food journalism, except with no cheesy musical numbers.

Alice was nominated for The Cheap Bastard's Ultimate Guide to Eating like a Total Cheap Bastard in Dallas, a story that is about exactly what its headline says it's about. Plus, it's funny. You should read it.

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Win Tickets Sharon Hage's Sip and Savor Event

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Since Sharon Hage closed York Street more than two years ago, there have been few opportunities to taste her cooking. Sure, she has designed menus for restaurants and bars across Dallas, but she's not actually in the kitchen cooking at any of these places. The only ways to taste Hage's food directly have been through small dining events that pop up here and there around Dallas.

Hage's next event is tomorrow evening. She's teaming up with master sommelier Barbara Werley to offer farm-to-fork creations paired with red, white, bubbly and dessert wines, at a private residence in University Park. The event will raise money for low-income women. To that end they're charging $125 a ticket unless you happen to win one right now on City of Ate.

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Fine, Taco Bell is Going to Release the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, OK?

Whatever you're doing right now isn't important. Put it down.

Earlier this year, Taco Bell teased their nacho cheese-dusted fans on Facebook by announcing a likely 2013 release of the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. Which is their trademarked way of saying, "later there'll be a taco inside a big ol' Cool Ranch Doritos chip."

So, here we are today, when the news comes down from Taco Bell's Olympus: Chief Executive Officer Greg Creed has confirmed the Cool Ranch taco thing will debut very, very soon.

Taco Bell's sequel isn't out of the blue. As Lauren pointed out here on City of Ate, the release of the Doritos Locos taco in 2012 was Jersey Shore popular. The tacos were celebrated by 200 million-plus people, which is more than most tacos.

The Dallas Observer is Partnering with Foursquare, and We Have a Badge and Everything

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Our fancy new Foursquare Badge: "The Dallas Wayfarer"
Every September-or-so here at the Dallas Observer, we unveil one of our meatiest issues: the Best Of Dallas. It features, as you know, the best damn things in the world of arts, film, theatre, food, booze and everything culture in Dallas.

It's with that in mind that we announce our new partnership with Foursquare.

Here's what this means for you:

- If you check in to any of our Best Of locations, you might just unlock our fancy new badge. It's called The Dallas Wayfarer (see the giant image above).

- Our Voice Places event data is going to sync with Foursquare, so you can check into events, find what's trending and other cool stuff in the area in Dallas.

You can check out the details on our Dallas Observer Foursquare page, which is where you can totally let us know if you've unlocked the badge. We'd be thrilled if you would.

In the meantime, see you out there?

The Mango Creme: New Girl Scout Cookie or STD?

This is the new cookie that our Girl Scouts decided to roll out for 2013. I thought we were friends. The fuck, Girl Scouts?

It's known that I love Girl Scout cookies pretty hard. But, seriously Girl Scouts? Mango Creme NutrifusionTM cookie with vitamins in it? You thought that would please the masses?

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Trailercakes is Open in Knox Park (Photos)

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Heads up, Triptophan-lovers. It's time to trade whipped cream and marshmallows for buttercream and ...marshmallows, because breaking news: Bubbles the Airstream's mommies have a new home base. And Dallassites have a new permanent spot to get their teeny tiny cupcake on. Trailercakes, one of the first food trailers to hit the streets of Dallas, is now open, strip-center-style, in Knox Park between Pei Wei and SportClips. It's a small space, but it's big enough to house a cupcake-and-icing-making kitchen and a display case full of sweet goodies.

See also: We Gave Trailercakes a Big Box of Crap and They Made Us Two Glorious Cupcakes

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So Torani's Chicken 'N Waffles Syrup Actually Exists Now

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It's real! It's real!
So, last year in March, Torani announced through a Marketwatch story that they had a Chicken 'N Waffles Syrup. Then, they were all like, "Oh hey, just kidding this is an April Fool's joke in the disguise of a viral marketing campaign and stuff."

Which brings us to today, where a package just showed up in the Observer HQ inbox: actual Chicken 'n Waffles Syrup. Alongside it is a press release from San Francisco-based Torani entitled "Due to Unprecented Demand, Torani Chicken 'n Waffles Syrup Will Debut Cyber Monday" and a few recipes (pictured below) From the release:

"In late April, the Torani research and development team set out for a day-long flavor safari to Bay Area restaurants like Auntie April's and Frisco Fried, to find the gold standard of this classic food combination."

Well played, Torani, well played. Starting November 26, the new syrup'll be on sale for $6.95. Us? We're thinking about adding it to this morning's coffee.

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The White Rock Lake Festival is Canceled Because Wind Blows

We just got word from one of the organizers of the White Rock Lake Festival that the concert and food truck event scheduled this weekend has been called off an account of the high winds, proving my theory that "wind blows."

In his own words:

I'm sorry to say but the Festival this weekend is canceled due to rain on Sunday and the wind today was blowing over porta pottys and forecast says the wind will be twice as strong tomorrow.

The stage company said 25 plus mile an hour wind would take the stage down the way it is right beside a lake.

Setting up today and the wind was really howling ... when it comes across that entire lake from the south it almost knocks a guitar out of your arms.

So sad.

We are going to look at a reschedule next year.

Don't be sad. It's OK.

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