How to Have Cool Ice Balls in Your Drink without Buying a $1,000 Ice Baller

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Alice Laussade
This silicone ice mold is much cheaper than the shmancy one, and does the same thing. Faster.
It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more.

If you drink boozes, you've probably had a giant ice cube or ice sphere thrown into your beverage at a local bar. The reasoning behind using giant cubes and spheres is that giant ice melts slower, which means it won't dilute your fancy bourbon as quickly. If you're sipping bourbon, this is a nice benefit. If you're chugging Jack Daniels: high fives, chest bumps, and skip the rest of this post.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 31: Loukoumathes at Greek Fest

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Greek Fest is coming!
To prepare for this fall's Best of DallasĀ® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

In just about a month, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in North Dallas will become the epicenter for the biggest Greek party of the year. For three days, thousands of people will come to eat gyros, drink lots of Fix beer and get in touch with their inner Grecians.

I've visited the festival for the last few years, and it's one of the better cultural events in Dallas. And every year I go, I finish my stay with an order sticky Loukoumathes, fresh from the oil. They're often so hot they let out a burst of steam when you bite them, filling your nose with their wonderful aroma.

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Ashwood, Which Replaced the Awesome Bonchon, Is Not Awesome

Ashwood's namesake burger boasts pickled peppers.
If you've been missing Bonchon, you might want to let that lament go; no trace of the excellent Korean-fried chicken joint remains. Bonchon closed about three weeks ago, after a short-lived existence on Greenville Avenue. The owners said revenue hadn't been what they expected.

For their new concept, they gave the face a minimal face-lift. The greasy sheen that was ever-present on the floor during the Bonchon days is gone, and some brick work has been added behind the bar. There's a patio space now, complete with two sets of cornhole decks but hardly enough room for anyone to use them. They face each other in a bed of mulch, maybe 20 feet apart from each other and tightly packed side-to-side.

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Vandals Tipped, Busted and Stole from Pecan Lodge's Iconic Cow Last Night

Categories: Food News

Not cool
Terrible news in Deep Ellum, at the newly minted Pecan Lodge. Last night, a few youngsters thought they'd take up some bovine gymnastics before their antics quickly turned into a game of urban cow tipping. What may have initially been a harmless stunt became an act of vandalism, and now Huevos the bull needs to be put down.

Owner Justin Fourton says one of his morning employees was first to discover the damage. Fourton then examined the security tape and reconstructed the crime. Apparently the youngsters were walking along the fence that frames the patio, and one sneaked under the fence and mounted the bull. It was over in a matter of seconds.

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Where Gemma Pastry Chef Stephanie Childress Eats Out in Dallas

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Dive bar meets homemade pasta? Are we in heaven?
When she's not busy cranking out housemade sorbets and ice creams at Gemma, pastry chef Stephanie Childress, the subject of this week's chef interview, has to eat. Like most chefs, she's pretty particular about where she dines out, to the point that being at a less-than-great restaurant makes her a little anxious. "I see all of these details, things that could be fixed," she says. "And it drives me crazy."

Still, she finds time to make it out occasionally to check out what some of her favorite spots around the city. The team at Gemma all makes family dinner for each other, but when she's off work, Childress heads to these five Dallas establishments.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 32: Pelmeni at the Russian Banya

Catherine Downes
Pillows from heaven
To prepare for this fall's Best of DallasĀ® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

It's the least you can do for yourself after you've endured the Russian Banya's hotter-than-Hades oak-fueled sauna. Just minutes inside can test you sanity and your fortitude. A quick splash in the plunge pool kept at eight degrees centigrade will revive you, though. Some say these things are good for you.

This is the price you must pay for the Banya's delicious pelmeni: small dumplings floating in buttery broth and dusted with dill and served with a side of sour cream. Tighten your robe and lean over the shallow bowl they're served in. Breath in deeply. You'd go hours in the hell-box for food moments like this.

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AF+B's Cocktails Are the Real Deal

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Amy McCarthy
Who knew applejack was so great? America!
Since opening earlier this year, AF+B has been cranking out food and cocktails that are impressive enough to justify a drive to Fort Worth even if you don't have other plans. What hasn't gotten as much fanfare, though, is the restaurant's impressive (if short) cocktail menu.

In an effort to bring something different to their particularly up-and-coming corner of Fort Worth, Consilient, the management group that conceived AF+B, brought in a bartender from New York cocktail hotspot Milk and Honey to build the cocktail menu here. After a few drinks, it's clear that this was a good decision.

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Here are the Breweries Coming to Dallas Observer's BrewFest at the Farmers Market

Categories: Events

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A sea of drunk: It doesn't get any better.
You may be more focused on the best ways to injure your insides with fried things at the State Fair of Texas, but we need to talk for a few moments about Dallas Observer Brewfest, our annual ode to beer. The upcoming fest is less than a month away, and the list of participating brewers has come out. It's looking really good.

Local beer has exploded in Dallas in the past few years, and the growth is reflected in the breweries you'll have access to at this year's event. Peticolas, Lakewood, and Deep Ellum are breweries we've all gotten to know really well, but these newcomers will round out a solid local beer offering.

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Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas

Categories: Eat This

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You've had Velvet Taco nine times this year. Your kid's peed himself in the Klyde Warren fountains another seven. You're in a rut. You need a change-up, and you need it covered in sauce, and you need it now.

We've got you covered, in sauce, with these 10 food road trips. Charge the iPads, gas the minivan, and get driving. There's not-Velvet food in your future.

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Shivas Bar & Grill, a New Late-Night Indian Restaurant on Lower Greenville, Is Now Open

The chile bhaji at Shiva's
Shivas Bar & Grill opened this on Greenville Avenue, tucked into the same strip that used to house Jack's and then JO24. A kolache restaurant named Bohemian Cafe will open next door this fall.

But for now, the fresh smells of curry are wafting down the strip, which is nice. Other than Nora and Qariah, most the new restaurants that have opened up on Lower Greenville have had domestic leanings.

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