Café Herrera brings Tex-Mex heat to the Omni

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I had an opportunity last week to get a sneak peak at the now open, Café Herrera at the Omni Dallas hotel. This marks the continued presence of the Herrera name in Dallas dining scene, consistently serving  good Tex-Mex for decades.

Café Herrera has all you need for a quality and relaxed evening. It starts with a great bar, featuring one of Dallas’s premier bar-men, Dex Gatlin. His drinks do not suck, nor does the atmosphere he’s created with a smart and good-looking staff. Complicated drinks are crafted quickly and oh so tasty. I mean, look at this thing: (more…)

Nicoise Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna

Nicoise Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna - HERO

One of the main issues with “dieting” or changing the way you usually eat, is that feeling of hunger. It comes before, after and even during a meal. It’s annoying and one of the main driving factors people give up on a diet. Typically, you’re removing a lot of the crap you put into your body and it’s that crap that makes you feel full. Breads, pasta, heavy sauces, all complex carbs that make you walk away with that full belly feeling and tide you over until the next feeding.

But you can do it! Just get past those first 7 days, they are the worst.


Greek Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce and Spinach Salad

Greek Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce and Spinach Salad_a Recipe

When having people over and you need to feed folks, the instinct is to go cheap and easy, which typically results in serving bad-for-you food. Toss out some chips and dip, maybe order a pizza and/or wings, pair with an under delivering dip, you know the drill. It’s a sad state of hospitality affairs.

However, if you want to feel a little better about yourself and have your company go home secretly thrilled for being feed well (“healthy”), I got a recipe for you.

Enter: Greek Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce and Spinach Salad.


Steamed Bok Choy with Mapo-Style Pork

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Fashion magazines are notorious for presenting clothes and models in impossible-to-reach-scenarios for the everyman (or woman). I sure as shit don’t have a size 30” waist or look good in black skinny jeans. Sometimes I think maybe, maybe that look could work on me. But it doesn’t. I’ve tried to put those pants on and getting it over my calves is a problem. Sad, Matt.

I can say the same for many of the cooking/food magazines. Beautifully plated dishes using ingredients you can only get at a farm or specialty shop. How the hell am I supposed to “render beef tallow”? Wait, to make this soup I have to boil a whole chicken, take it apart and then make a stock of the bones? Oh, because I have an extra 17 hours to make that happen? Come on, now.


2016 Dallas Observer Iron Fork is Here! – A Giveaway


What’s that? Something amazing is happening in Dallas April 27th?

Sure is!

Whole Foods Presents the Dallas Observer Iron Fork, a grand tasting event that will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm at Centennial Hall at Fair Park.

The center stage will feature the Chef Challenge Moderated by Restaurateur Kent Rathbun.Two top chefs will receive a basket of ingredients and go head to head for the prestigious Iron Fork award. During the event, attendees will enjoy the chef challenge, live music, tastings from local restaurants, alongside wine, beer and cocktail samplings!

Matt, I need more details! How can I go? Is there a chance I can get tickets before “normal” people? I’m special, damn it!