This Photo of Blind Butcher's Duck Poutine Will Make You Rethink Your Hatred of Canada

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Catherine Downes
Click the photo to embiggen, and read Scott Reitz's review of Blind Butcher here.

Seven Dallas Restaurants You Should Really Be Following on Instagram

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Restaurants are notoriously bad at the Internet. They have terrible websites, yell at customers on review sites, and some still ignore the web altogether. Social media provides a unique opportunity for restaurants, who can use sites like Facebook and Twitter to push out their menus and best dishes to potential customers in real-time.

And some of them use it really, really well. Instagram is a particularly good way for restaurants to get the point across, because they can just show us delicious-ass pictures of their food that makes us want to immediately dash out the door for a big plate of cheese fries or oysters or whatever they're selling.

If you need a little more food porn in your life, follow these seven restaurants on Instagram. A word of caution, though: It's not my fault if you drool all over your phone.

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The Valentine's Day Cocktails of Dallas (Photos)

Photos by Catherine Downes
Winter is on its way out (fingers crossed), but Dallas is still serving up plenty of delicious seasonal spirits. I spent the past few weeks exploring some of Dallas' winter cocktails (you can view the full slideshow here). And while all the drinks are a foolproof way to escape Dallas' bitter cold front, these five might be most apt for heating things up between you and your babely Valentine.

Pictured above:
Love Potion #6 at Oak: Reyka Vodka, Byrrh Grand Quinquina, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Blood orange puree and strawberries.

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Our 10 Favorite Dallas Food Photos of 2013

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Photos by Catherine Downes
It's been a food-heavy year for Dallas, what with all the restaurant openings and closings, chef changes, foodie events and more. As the photographer assigned to shooting most of the plates we photograph, I was asked to pick out some of my favorite food shots from the year. Here are my 10 favorites, and you can check out the entire 2013 food slideshow here. The above photo is of the super decadent brownie sundae at Village Kitchen.

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This Is What an Uncooked McRib Looks Like

Via Ruocaled
No, not that.
The McRib is returning to McDonald's restaurants across the country, and in honor of that special season we bring you another look at one of America's most popular "meat" sandwiches. We all know the McRib, with its patty machine-molded to resemble bone-in ribs and its spare dressing of onion and pickles.

But thanks to the diligence of Reddit, we now get to see one more step in the lifespan of a McRib:

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A Visual Guide to Pizza Styles (Infographic)

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For some people pizza is a simple question: pepperoni or meat lovers? Toppings are a source of unending variation and argument, but just as important is the style and preparation of the pizza. And to help clarify the differences in those styles (and to get some pretty slick marketing out there), Cane Rosso and Zoli's NY Pizza Kitchen have created a handy infographic, showing the styles each restaurant features.

So if you prefer a saggy tip, anchovy-heavy sauce or classic shredded mozzarella, this chart can help you figure out which way to go.

See also: Cane Rosso Coming to Cowtown

The Five Prettiest Chocolate Dishes in Dallas

Photos by Catherine Downes
(Pictured above: Gluten and dairy free chocolate molten cake with almond milk ice cream at HG Sply Co.)

Today is International Chocolate Day, and in honor of this tasty "holiday," my camera and I set out in search of some of the most decadent chocolate dishes in Dallas. Here are what I think are the five prettiest dishes I shot; see the rest in this slideshow.

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Prediction: Ruby Tuesday Is Going to Regret its New "Fun Between the Buns" Campaign

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The other night I saw an ad for Ruby Tuesday that ended with a URL that made me say, "Wow. Did that actually just happen?" This is not something I say often. But I am a sucker for mysterious URLs. (See: Me speed-typing "" into my phone after passing a billboard for it on I-35 on the drive to Austin).

This time, the URL was And, to everyone's surprise and disappointment, it's 100 percent SFW.

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The Summer Drinks of Dallas (Photos)

Photos by Catherine Downes
Summertime in Dallas is a scorcher, and sometimes there's no better way to escape the heat than by sipping on an ice cold cocktail. We set out to find some of the best summertime drinks in Dallas and asked bartenders from around town to create some of their favorite seasonal libations. Here is what they came up with. Feel free to share your favorite summer drink in the comment section, and check out the full slideshow here.

See also:
24 Hours of Drinking in Dallas

Chilled Melon Balls (per glass):
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce watermelon
1/2 ounce honeydew
1/2 oz cantaloupe

Made in a batch, so that the melon balls can soak up the liquor

"It's one of those cocktails/appetizers that gets people talking and kind of brings everybody together." -- Kyle Hilla, Bolsa

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Our Five Favorite Gut Bombs at the Rangers Ballpark (Photos)

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All photos LDD

"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," wrote Herrick.

Or eat. We sort of like eating more than gardening to celebrate the beginning, or ending, of any season. And, if you've made it out to the Ballpark in Arlington for some springtime baseball, you've certainly had plenty to keep you busy. The Rangers spent their offseason rounding out their menu options. Girth was the strategy.

I like the use of buckets here at the Ballpark this season. It's like, "Hey, we're going for it all. No holds barred." Who are we kidding though: when are we getting troughs?

Here are our five favorite culinary gut bombs, including the darling above: a bucket full of potato chips topped with bacon, cheese, sour cream and chives known adoringly as the Bases Loaded.

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