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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 […]

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What they cook in the Cook Islands

October 29, 2013

I returned a few weeks ago from the trip of a lifetime! After a dream wedding in Marfa Texas my new husband and I set off for an extra long honeymoon in the Cook Islands. Which are really just a few small specs of land in the middle of the South Pacific ocean. You can check out the full photo gallery on my flickr site here, and the tastiest edible outtakes are in this post. Two weeks were spent galavanting across these two islands. Rarotonga (left) and Aitutaki (right) Heaven is sipping pure coconut water from a chilled young coconut. Unadulterated tropical beauty everywhere! Of course we had to sample food from the traditional Cook Islands “umu” (underground oven). All was smoky and delicious. I ate some questionable chicken from a 24 hr fried chicken shack in Raro… The dogs enjoyed it much more than me. A surprising hit was the fried waffle we enjoyed at the town farmers market. One bite […]

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What to do with BBQ Leftovers

February 13, 2013

Dallas has no shortage of excellent BBQ joints, and if you’re a native Texan like me, you probably frequent these at least once (or many) times a week, who’s counting? Although I have been known to consume my BBQ favs in un-ladylike proportions, I still find myself  walking away with Texas-sized leftovers time and again. No complaints here, I’m just consistently challenged with the task of incorporating the meat into something new. This dish was the happy outcome from my last BBQ binge at Smoke Restaurant. I ordered the Dry Rubbed Pork Spare Ribs. These succulent ribs are so tender, all it takes is one sharp glance, and the meat shudders from the bone. Delicious! Served with one heaping portion, I was left with 3 large meaty ribs to take home. This time, instead of re-heating the next day for lunch, or pulling the meat off for some simple tacos I took things a step further and made a little hash, topped with the […]

Nashville: Trip Report

Nashville: Trip Report

November 5, 2012

So the hot potatoes have been fairly busy this fall. One recently married, one recently engaged, so that equals busy lives and a not-so-busy blog. This past weekend I hopped on a plane for a quick weekend of eating, shopping and exploring Nashville, the hometown of my dear brother. What a cool, cool city. It’s just the right combination of food, music, shopping and sports along with an authentic (mostly hipster) vibe. But let’s be honest, I mostly focused on the food. Day 1: Drinks attempted at Holland House Bar and Refuge. Apparently we weren’t the only ones interested in this libations lounge as the wait for the bar was around 30 minutes. Next trip. Second drinks attempt at Bar No. 308. Success! Great classic cocktail list with a quirky diorama-like display at the back of the space. Dinner at Lockeland Table. Really, really, really great meal.  The winning dish for me was the Tanglewood Farms Chicken with Roasted Pepper Jam, but […]

Trip Report: New Mexico

Trip Report: New Mexico

June 6, 2012

I’m sure when people think of New Mexico they don’t think of culinary mecca. But I had some really great meals in the enchanted state, and the scenery alone is worth the trip. Day One Dallas to Albuquerque. Arrive at Hotel Parq Central – such a gem. It’s a modern, boutique hotel that used to be a hospital, and it also has an amazing rooftop bar with a great view of the city and surrounding mountains. A drink at the rooftop Apothecary Lounge at the hotel was followed by dinner at Jennifer James 101. Jennifer was a James Beard Foundation award semifinalist, and rightfully so. Her small, locally sourced menu was spot-on, and we loved her thoughtfully chosen wines from the wine list. Favorite dish: fava beans and greens with salumi and manchego. Day Two Breakfast at Frontier Restaurant. This place is literally a New Mexico legend. It’s been around forever and is well known for their giant breakfast burritos and […]

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 […]

i can haz cheeseburger?

i can haz cheeseburger?

March 20, 2012

Who loves a juicy cheeseburger? Yeah, I thought so, us too. Then we thought you might be interested to know that Tillamook Cheese’s Loaf Love Tour has partnered with five Dallas restaurants for Tillamook Burger Week, running right now through March 24. Each of these restaurants are offering a unique burger special featuring Tillamook Cheese. And as an added bonus you can enter to win a $25 gift card to one of the Dallas Burger Week partner restaurants. Just snap a picture of yourself enjoying your favorite burger, and post your pic to their Tillamook Facebook page or tweet @TillamookCheese with the hashtag #BurgerWeek to enter to win! Your tweet-worthy choices are: Twisted Root Burger Company – Tillamook Horseradish Pimiento Burger: with Twisted Root Horseradish Mustard, Cayenne Pepper and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar. Lee Harvey’s — Erick’s Tillamook Burger: Tillamook Pepper Jack, Grilled Onions, Grilled Jalapenos and Fries. Neighborhood Services Tavern — 1/2 lb# Cheeseburger and Fries: caramelized onions and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar. Thomas Avenue Beverage Company — Tillamook Pepper Jack […]

Chef Scott Gottlich

Chef Scott Gottlich

September 20, 2011

It’s that time again! Time to peak into the refrigerator of one of our favorite Dallas chefs – Scott Gottlich. Isn’t he handsome? I met Scott a few months ago on my first trip to Bijoux. Bijoux had been on my radar for a long time, and I’d heard really great things, but for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to dining there. But after spending a romantical, undeniably uh-mazing meal there for my 31st birthday I seriously can’t wait to return. Scott Gottlich and his team did not disappoint. Considering his background, it’s no surprise I loved the meal from Scott. After culinary school, working for Chef Tim Goodell at Auberge in California then working for my dream chef boyfriend Mr. Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin in New York, Scott landed in the Big D at one of my old Dallas favorites – Lola. And after Lola he consulted at Toulouse – another favorite of mine. Scott opened Bijoux […]

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 […]

Ate My Way through Santa Fe

Ate My Way through Santa Fe

June 16, 2011

Last weekend Matt and I jetted off to the land of enchantment for a much needed long weekend getaway. Santa Fe is an excellent weekend trip for Dallas-ites. You can almost always catch a cheap flight, and after a quick 90 minutes in the air you’re transported to another world. I’ve never meet an unfriendly face in this desert city. The pace is much more quiet and laid back which forces folks like me to take a breath, slow down and just smell some roses, or smell the green chilli… both of which I did of course. Santa Fe is a bona fide food nation. They put as much creativity and craft in to their art work as they do their food. We didn’t eat one meal, or sip on a single cocktail that wasn’t seriously outstanding. These are just a few of the highlights from my favorite meals, cocktails and shops around town. The perfect margatita– found at our […]

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