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Downtown Dallas

Lunching Downtown Dallas

June 18, 2014

Oh, downtown Dallas. I want to love you. I love most downtown areas, typically the epicenter of the city, filled with pedestrian and retail activity, thriving with business and innovation. And Dallas isn’t the worst, but it could definitely use a bit of improvement (and the demolition of the terrible underground tunnels). Regardless, I spend over forty hours a week in this city center, and the most important part of my day is definitely lunch (outside of working, of course). I’ve been working downtown for almost two years now, and I’ve learned to love some of my downtown lunch options. My criteria for lunch is 1)has to be somewhat healthy 2)walkable location. Other than that, I’m pretty open to different cuisines and price points. When I first starting working downtown I found a lunch spot list someone had compiled, and I found it to be extremely helpful. And since lately I’ve been trying to accomplish more good deeds than bad, I’m […]

Chefs for farmers

Chefs for Farmers: Sous Chef Competition

June 4, 2013

Two Hot Potatoes love Chefs for Farmers and Cafe Momentum, so when Chefs for Farmers announced the June 1st “Get Some #&@% Credit Sous Chef Competition” benefiting Cafe Momentum, we knew we had to attend. It was the first time we’d seen the Trinity Groves setup in action, and we’re really looking forward to the future of this area. What an incredible addition to the city of Dallas.   Chefs for Farmers always throws top-notch events – as seen here at their event in Fort Worth and here at their event at Highland Park Cafeteria. We should probably have a post from last year’s event, but I think we might have had too much fun at Lee Park, and the pictures are better unseen.   Luckily, we kept it together (mostly, anyway) at the sous chef extravaganza on Sunday. We both tried every dish and dessert and drink in the space, and we left with joyful, full stomachs. In the end, our votes for the top dish […]

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Sea Bass & Coriander Berries with Spring Spinach Sautee

May 15, 2013

Doesn’t this just look like heaven… My friend has a plot at the Deep Ellum Gardens and these delightfully floral cilantro ‘berries’ (which are actually seeds) are one of the things I miss most about growing cilantro in my garden. I’m so happy Paula invited me to join her there yesterday because this lovely recipe is the result. When cilantro goes to flower it produces these dainty little white blooms along with these tender little seed pockets (many call them berries). Overlooked by many- but they are actually edible, and oh-so delicious! I know this dish sounds fancy because it involves exotic garden-grown micro greens- but it seriously couldn’t be a more quick and easy week night meal, and it’s just as delicious without the fancy ‘coriander berries’. One of my favorite parts turned out to be this impromptu side dish! The sweet crisp sugar snap peas with buttery garlic added an excellent texture and spring-fresh flavor to the otherwise boring spinach. Lately when I’ve been cooking spinach I’ve just been […]

DIY Foodie Christmas Ornaments

DIY Foodie Christmas Ornaments

December 3, 2012

In my household growing up my parents would fire up the old electric popcorn maker only once a year for the making of our cranberry and popcorn garland. (It’s not that we only ate popcorn once a year, but that was the only time we would make the unflavored kind and lots of it- thus the old fashioned popper. We’d all gather round the tree with our own bowls of popcorn, fresh cranberries and thread and string up our decor. I’ve since carried on the tradition but with my own Hot Potato twist. Turns out there are tons of food items that make for beautiful holiday decor. And more times then not- it’s less expensive to shop for foodie decorations at the grocery store, then it is to shop for real decor at a Crate & Barrel. When making something like garland its all about the asymmetry for me. It doesn’t have to be an exact perfect pattern, just a handfull of berries, […]

Win a FREE foodie tee from Threadless!

Win a FREE foodie tee from Threadless!

July 18, 2012

Our friends at Threadless, the community-driven design company, have a selection of new and wildly popular tees featuring all sorts of clever and funny t-shirts for the ultimate foodie. From a jolly slice of watermelon, or toast basking in the sun, to a couple of oranges running in terror from the juicer. Threadless has a wide range of clever shirts and we’ve picked out 3 of our favorites to give away to our readers! To enter to win send us a picture of your favorite dish or leave a comment on our facebook wall and let us know what you think a Two Hot Potatoes t-shirt should look like. Every facebook post, share, and comment left between today and next Wednesday July 25th will count as one entry in to the drawing. Feel free to comment multiple times telling us how fabulous you think the Hot Potatoes are for a better chance to win 😉 3 Winners will be chosen […]

Carbone’s!

Carbone’s!

April 19, 2012

It’s no secret that the Hot Potatoes are huge fans of Nonna. It’s easily my favorite Italian in Dallas, and I’m always ecstatic when I get to spend an evening devouring their pasta or any delicious morsel from the seasonal menu. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of Carbone’s in the old Talbot’s (RIP Talbots, sorry Mom) at The Shops at Highland Park. And wow, Julian Barsotti did not disappoint. Two Hot Potatoes grabbed a quick lunch there today, and we’ll definitely be frequenting this joint. Most likely, we’ll be returning for the house-made mozzarella, homemade Sunday Gravy or a bag of their signature pasta. During the weekdays, you can get meals to eat there or to go from their counter service, or pick up homemade sauces from their stocked fridge plus they have every Italian accoutrement you might need (well the most important one anyway, wine). Also, this place just feels good. It’s airy, welcoming and homey in a […]

S’more Brownies?

S’more Brownies?

April 18, 2012

This brownie recipe is the most indulgent of all the indulgent brownie recipes. I honestly couldn’t even finish a whole brownie because it was so ridiculously decadently rich. But those few bites…heavenly. I love s’mores. I grew up going to an all girls summer camp every summer where nights ended with campfires and s’mores or doughboys (basically dough, cinnamon and sugar). And I was always a s’more girl. If it wasn’t for the whole “fire hazard” on the terrace thing I would definitely be serving s’mores at my mountain wedding. Last year, I made a s’more pie. And it was good and pretty simple, but it wasn’t mind blowing. These brownies entail a few steps, but the effort is worth it. Be prepared to share – I promise you can’t eat these all on your own. You can skip the ganache layer if you’re hesitant about the richness, but I like the depth that it adds. S’more Brownies  Graham Cracker […]

Costa Rica Highlights

Costa Rica Highlights

August 15, 2011

I just returned from the most amazing week in Nosara, Costa Rica. I’ll whip up a full trip report once I download all my pictures, but I thought I would share my favorite Costa Rican discoveries with you in the meantime. Numero Uno: The Casado A casado (Spanish for “married man”) is a typical Costa Rican meal consisting of rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an optional entrée that may include chicken, beef, pork or fish (I usually chose fish). The term originated when restaurant customers asked to be treated as casados, since married men ate such meals at home. So I let myself be treated to the married man’s meal several times over the course of the week. Oh, the life. Numero Dos: Lizano Salsa This stuff is literally crack in a jar. Although the name is salsa, it’s nothing like your typical salsa – it’s not red, spicy or chip-dip-able, but I could literally throw it on everything. It’s actually slightly sweet, with a hint of cumin and […]

Fried Frog Legs

Fried Frog Legs

July 25, 2011

I didn’t technically make this recipe. Or even eat it. But I was on vacation in LA all weekend so I needed to supplement the blog with guest posts. And luckily, my brother whipped up some fried frog legs – something I’ve never attempted to before. Has anyone else ever made these? I’ve seen them at Central Market before, but I’ve never though twice about picking them up. They look a little intimidating in the package, but once fried they totally look edible to me. The verdict from my brother? They were a little strange in that they were insanely tender and had the consistency of white fish, but tasted more or less like chicken. But not like KFC chicken.  So there you have it.   Fried Frog Legs  8 sets frog legs 1 cup all purpose flour, for dredging 1 quart buttermilk (to tenderize legs) 2 cups buttermilk, for dredging 1/2 cup hot sauce 1 cup corn flour 1/2 tbsp. […]

Grilling in Disguise

Grilling in Disguise

June 23, 2011

Have you ever needed to disguise you precious cooking tools? I remember when I was living in my first college apartment they had a ban on patio grills throughout campus (and rightfully so, most students would most definitely burn the place down). I had a great spread at Texas State University on the third floor of my complex with a balcony that overlooked the Texas hill country and drunken coeds- it was fantastic. In the summer time all we wanted to do was chill on the shaded patio and cook out. My roommates and I were always frustrated with the task of hauling out the grill, secretly grilling, then stashing the evidence so the apartment managers wouldn’t fine us. Well if only these grills would have been in production back then. I stumbled upon these Black+Blum grills the other day and thought it would be the perfect patio addition for anyone with that same predicament- or anyone who just wants […]

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