Building Dallas' Best Beer Float, with Help from Carnival Barker's and Blind Butcher

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When food writers get hungry for a real dessert (and then pawn it off).
I've always been a bit of an irregular sweet eater, but when I do eat dessert I do my best to make the act one of extreme decadence. I have a favorite recipe for a chocolate cake that serves 12, but I think it's best when it's cut to serve six so that the slices eclipse the plate. They're almost impossible to finish (I mean, not for me) but you can always start up again in an hour or so, and the audacity of the serving makes for a great cake memory.

So when I saw Steven Harrell's post about a Lakewood Temptress beer float served in a diminutive glass suited to a baby's spoon, only one thought came to my mind: Cute.

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The Summer Drinks of Dallas

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Soon enough the Polar Vortex will be rightfully consumed by summer and the sweat will start pooling again. When it does, douse it with one of these summer cocktails, either using the recipes below or just showing up at the bar.

Violet Beauregarde, above (Bolsa):
1 1/2 oz Tito's vodka
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
6 to 7 blueberries
2 to 3 basil laves
1 lemon wheel (muddled)
Topped with red wine


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Screw The Potato Salad Kickstarter. Here's How To Make Your Own Amazing Potato Salad.

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Or you could, you know, donate to a food bank or something.

The potato salad is always a concern. The success of every summertime event hinges upon its outcome. If too acidic then the family reunion will either be called off or derisive factions will form. Too yellow and the picnic blanket will be abandoned, the bounty laden upon its red and white checks left to bake in the August heat (lest crows show mercy upon its mayonnaise-based soul.) Too mushy and entire holidays will be ruined.

I remember many a Fourth of July spent perched on the laminate counter-top in my parents' kitchen. I would watch, mesmerized, as my mother went round and round a stainless steel bowl with her hand-mixer, combining the contents of our refrigerator's condiment section into a ribbony, buttercup yellow sauce.

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The Ivy Tavern, a New Pub on Lemmon, Is Now Open (Photos)

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Photos by Catherine Downes
The Ivy Tavern, located at 5334 Lemmon Avenue, opened early this month in the space that once housed a place called Kitty's. While we're not entirely sure what Kitty's used to be -- some sort of dive bar, it seems? -- a beer-guzzling patron tells us the venue has received a serious facelift since the folks at Ivy Tavern took over. Those folks are Lisa and Elia "Tom" Georgalis, former owners of Inwood Tavern.

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The Beautiful Egg Dishes of Dallas

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Catherine Downes
It seems there is a national "holiday" for practically everything these days. According to Food.com yesterday was National Rocky Road Day, and tomorrow might be the greatest day of all, Cheese Day. But today is National Egg Day, and so we put together a list of some of our favorite egg dishes/photos.

Pictured above: The Nooner at Jonathon's Oak Cliff.

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Chef Will Bring Your Restaurant Fantasies to Life, with Help from Franklin's Barbecue

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Anyone who has curled their knuckles over the back of an onion, obsessed over every detail of a grilled cheese sandwich or taken any other step to produce anything remotely edible in their own kitchen, has somewhere in the recesses of their minds harbored a fantasy of opening their own restaurant. Whether or not this culinary fantasia is taken seriously, it is filled with flashy knife skills, stunning dishes that make customers swoon, kitchen camaraderie, lots smiles and no fewer than four stars.

The movie Chef, which opens in Dallas this weekend, plays out a lot like these fantasies. Save for one scene featuring chef Carl Casper (played by Jon Favreau, who wrote and directed the film) and his son putting a little elbow grease into a reclaimed food truck, the kitchen scenes in this film about a chef's renaissance after a colossal failure play out exactly as they are expected to in the minds of culinary civilians. There are no cuts, burns only hurt for a second and the arduous nature of prep work is glossed over, much like it is on cooking shows on TV.

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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)

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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.

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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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