How to Brew Tea Like a Complete Geek

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Scott Reitz
Creme Oolong from The Cultured Cup
Earlier this week, I visited Houndstooth for a cup of their carefully prepared coffee. A barista walked me through various beans and their flavor profiles, and then I watched as he made my coffee, using a scale and an espresso machine that cost as much as some cars. The resulting latte was as good as any coffee drink I've ordered in Dallas. It's always good at Houndstooth.

Later, I wanted something to further warm my insides, but not the intensely caffeinated experience of an espresso shot, so I ordered some tea -- Jade Goddess, a type of oolong. I watched as the tealeaves were measured out with a teaspoon, instead of a scale like the beans, potentially miscalculating the amount of tea to be steeped. I watched as hot water was poured into a cool vessel, bringing the water down to some unknown temperature before the tea was added.

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Five Dallas Chefs Named Semifinalists for the Prestigious James Beard Awards

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Catherine Downes
Is this finally the year that John Tesar takes home a James Beard Award?
In is, we realize, mostly chefs and media types who care about the country's most prestigious culinary awards from the James Beard Foundation, and how many times a chef has been anointed best in their region has little to do with what ends up on the plates of Dallas diners. But the Awards do help provide the city's rising dining scene with a little national credibility.

In 2015, it looks as if the James Beard Foundation is stuck with the same perception of the city's dining scene that it had last year. Yesterday, the Foundation announced its full slate of nominees for this year's awards, and the representatives from Dallas look awfully familiar.

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The Makeover of Maple Avenue Continues with a New Restaurant from the Owner of Nonna

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Jay Barker
Hmm. The Windmill is on Maple. Hmm.
With all the hubbub in recent months about Trinity Groves and the rapidly growing Design District, it's important to remember that Dallas' thriving dining scene means that restaurants are opening up all over the city, not in just one concentrated area. Outside of these up-and-coming spots, a new dining district is starting to take shape along Maple Avenue.

CultureMap reported yesterday that a $3.5 million dollar Crow Holdings development called the Maple Avenue Dining District is expected to include two pretty exciting additions to the restaurant scene alongside apartments and a restoration of the Old Parkland campus. In addition to 18th & Vine, a Kansas City-style barbecue joint that was announced last year, storied restaurateur Julian Barsotti will also open an Italian restaurant in the new Dining District.

Barsotti, owner of beloved Highland Park restaurant Nonna, will open a "Roman tavern" in conjunction with the minds behind The Dram on Henderson Avenue. 18th & Vine will open as soon as "spring 2015," but the yet-unnamed Barsotti-backed tavern will not open until later in summer. Either way, there will soon be a handful of new dining options in an area that has been sorely lacking in recent years.

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Eight Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, February 19-22

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Deep Ellum venues located on Main Street open their doors every third Thursday evening for Wine Walk. This event is perfect for the art-lover whose resveratrol levels could use a little pick-me-up. For $5 you get a specially designed wine glass which will be topped off as you meander through participating stores and galleries.

What it be: Deep Ellum Wine Walk

When it do: Thursday, February 19 at 5 p.m.

Where dat is: Kettle Art 2650-B Main St, Dallas, Texas 75226

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A Sneak Peek at Luscher's Post Oak Red Hots, One of Dallas' Most Anticipated Restaurants

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Kathy Tran
Starting next week, you can put these sausages in your mouth EVERY DAY.

UPDATE: Luscher's has reached out and indicated to us that the official opening date has been pushed back to March 2. That makes us sad.

If you've ever visited White Rock Local Market on the weekends, Brian Luscher's snappy Post Oak Red Hots are likely a weekend tradition. The chef-owner of Dallas institution The Grape is widely known for his delicious side project, and a Deep Ellum restaurant devoted to the sausages has been in the works for well over a year. Next week, Luscher's tribute to all things meaty will finally open its doors.

As Eater Dallas reported yesterday, you'll only have to wait a few more days to experience the Chicago native's take on his home city's classic hot dog, among other delicious menu entries like Italian beef sandwiches and hand-cut fries. Over the weekend, Luscher took to Instagram to introduce some of the more exciting items on his menu, like thick battered onion rings and a drool-inducing bacon cheeseburger. If the hashtags on Luscher's burger post read as a description, you can look forward to a pillowy pain au lait bun, Wagyu beef, and local bacon. Hashtag fuck yeah.

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Eggs Are Healthy Now, So Let's Do Something Cool with Them, Dallas Chefs

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Sarah Kerens
The government says that eggs are healthier than previously thought. But not when wrapped in sausage and deep-fried.
A new report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says what we've been thinking about cholesterol is all wrong. Don't get too excited -- fatty meats and dairy are still no good, but we may be standing at the dawn of the age of the egg.

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The Bone Broth Trend Has Arrived in Dallas, but Is It Really That Good for You?

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Scott Reitz
Your new morning pick me up?
The latest trend to engross the health-conscious is bone broth, and it's showing up in health and organic stores and trendy restaurants in cities across the country. New York, Washington D.C. and Portland have been overtaken. Stories about the purported benefits litter the Internet. So much bone broth has been bubbling over, NPR stopped to ask how it became the elixir du jour.

Bone broth has arrived in Dallas, at the Green Grocer on Greenville Avenue. Next to the coffee dispensers visited each morning by slack-eyed commuters on the way to work, another thermos promises to deliver broth made from chicken bones, one pump at a time. Various herbs and seasoned salts are available for last-second adjustments. For $2.50 you get an 8-ounce paper cup of the stuff.

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The Return of Tom Spicer, Dallas' Veggie Whisperer

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A face only a mother and every restaurateur and hungry person in Dallas could love.
When it was announced that Tom Spicer would be losing the retail space at Bryan and Fitzhugh that housed his Spiceman 1410 storefront, everyone knew that the resilient gardening whiz wouldn't be down for long. Right after Spicer made it known that his storefront would be closing due to plumbing and structural concerns with the building that housed it, the food community stepped up and helped him get back on his feet.

Especially Garden Cafe. Last month, owner Mark Wootton opened the doors to his restaurant to Spicer, offering up a place for the Spiceman to continue serving Dallas' best restaurants with his spicy arugula and other carefully-tended local produce. The storefront has yet to find a permanent new home, but it looks like Spicer is ready to get back to serving his non-restaurant customers with a series of dinners planned for March.

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Ten Awesome Valentine's Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, February 12-15

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Catherine Downes
The goods at LTO.
Here it comes, ready or not. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which means one of two things, food-wise. It's either A) time to start making reservations or B) time to stockpile TV dinners and Friskies. Just kidding. Singles can still go through the McDonald's drive-thru without fear of social condemnation.

For all of you who do have someone that loves you, we have compiled a list of food events that are sure to make you remember why you came together in the first place: having someone sentient to eat out with.

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Monkey King, the Deep Ellum Noodle Bar, Is Throwing a Pop-Up Dinner at Zoli's Tonight

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Scott Reitz
This, but on a pizza.
It's not too often that expertly-pulled Chinese noodles and New York-style pizza come together. When they do, your stomach takes notice.

Which is exactly why you need to head to Zoli's New York Pizza in Bishop Arts tonight. In conjunction with Street Fooder, a "group of pan-Asian cuisine gurus, including chefs Roger Wang and Wai Chhen" according to Eater Dallas, the noodle whizzes at Monkey King Noodle Company will commandeer the kitchen at this beloved pizza joint, and the resulting fusion cuisine sounds delicious.

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