Food & Drink

Wines made from tempranillo grapes: Moro reds and white godellos impress

By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr Alberto Moro said his family wasn’t really interested in making white wine until they fell in love with the godellos made in the Bierzo region of Spain. The ...
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Reata: Offering Comfort Through Food Texas Style

By Donna Long With a Texas-sized tip of the hat to great food and service, Reata in Sundance Square of Fort Worth embodies the quintessential atmosphere and spirit to the good ‘ole days of ...
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A Sweet and Savory Halloween Treat

By Metro Creative Save the tricks for another time; this Halloween is all about the treats. Halloween parties are par for the course, and Spooktacular hosts and hostesses want to serve their ...
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Canned wines: Quality producers raising the bar

By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr We once thought that canned wines would be a fad enjoyed only by a handful of people more focused on convenience than quality. Generally, that still may be ...
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From the Kitchen: Grilled Corn

IngredientsCorn cobsSaltPepperButter*You also will need paper towels and tinfoil. Directions Preheat grill to 350 to 400 degrees. If cooking on a gas grill, turn it to medium.Remove the ...
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Cheese and beer: What do they have in Common?

By Donna Long What do Cheese and beer have in common? For starters, Justin Bonard - owner, Cicerone, and chief cheesemonger of Denton’s only artisan cheese shop, Ten:One. Justin, a 16-year ...
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The Rise of Single-vineyard Pinot Noirs

By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr If you’ve been to Burgundy, you know the euphoria you feel standing outside an iconic grand cru vineyard like La Tache or Romanee-Conti.You wonder how one ...
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Delicious Grilled Salmon

Ingredients: 4 6-8 ounce skin-on salmon fillets about one inch thick2 tablespoons grape seed oil2 teaspoons kosher salt2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper1 lemon cut into ...
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April is a Transition Month

By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr April is a transition month for many people If you’re in a northern state, you start to see robins and green grass. For those of us in southern states, such ...
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Better than Sex Plano: Hottest New Dessert-Only Restaurant

By Donna Long What’s in a name? For Better Than Sex (BTS), the hottest new dessert-only restaurant in Plano’s historic downtown - everything. The name is catchy, provocative, and I dare say ...
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Tasty Bites for Easter Meals

By Metro Creative Easter dinner is a special occasion, presenting an opportunity for family and friends to gather, celebrate their faith and give thanks fortheir blessings. Traditional ...
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Wine Pairing: Tips for your Favorite Food

By Metro Creative Pairing wines with your favorite foods can be intimidating. Professional and amateur sommeliers might know just the bottle to pair with that sizzling steak, but weekend ...
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From the Kitchen: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:StrawberriesChocolate BarkVanilla Almond Bark Instructions: Place the chocolate bark in a bowl and the vanilla almond bark in a separate bowl.Following package directions, melt ...
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Tipsy Oak: Creating daily specials with passion

By Donna Long Tucked in a quiet corner of Arlington’s downtown district near Front and Elm is Tipsy Oak, a casual dining spot that beckons people to relax and stay awhile. The decor at ...
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Tricky Fish: A Culinary Adventure

Tricky Fish Bloody Mary. (Photos by Donna Long) By Donna Long, Travel Writer Early this summer I had the lunch-time culinary adventure of dining at Tricky Fish in Fort Worth. Tricky Fish ...
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German Wines: A Jigsaw Puzzle

By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr German wines have always been a jigsaw puzzle for us to put together. Confusing categories ranging from dry to sweet, names hard to pronounce and varying ...
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From the Kitchen: Easy Pecan Pie

Ingredients: Crust • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour • ½ tsp. salt • 4 tbsp. shortening • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter • 3 tbsp. to 5 ice cold water • 2 tsp. white vinegar Filling • 1 cup granulated ...
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Tuscan Style Chicken pairs perfectly with Blue Ostrich Winery and Vineyard’s Sangiovese

Courtesy Blue Ostrich Winery The Sangiovese grape is widely grown in the Tuscany region of northern Italy and is the primary grape used in making the Italian wine style known as ...
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Jack & Grill, Roanoke’s hottest casual hangout

By Donna Long, Travel Writer Jack & Grill located on the edge of Roanoke’s city center is not your typical basic sports bar of yesteryear offering a limited menu selection to a ...
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Vineyard provides depth and complexity for Jackson family wines

Shane Moore, Zena Crown Vineyard winemaker. (Courtesy photo) By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr Jackson Family Wines knew what it was doing when it purchased Zena Crown Vineyard in Oregon’s ...
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From the Kitchen: Fresh-squeezed Lemonade

Ingredients8 lemonsWater1 1/3 cup of sugarInstructions Squeeze the juice from the lemons. It is ideal to have around a cup and a half of juice.Add the sugar to a pot and add water. Cook the ...
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Something About Summer that Unleashes the Fun

By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr There is something about summer that unleashes the fun in us. Even the oldest of us take childish delight in stepping outside to enjoy the outdoors, whether ...
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Grilled Chicken Salad with Feta Cheese and TF Vineyard and Winery Salad Dressing

Ingredients: • 12-14 ounces green salad with arugula • ½ cup feta cheese • 8 ounces chicken breast, grilled and sliced • Olives Instructions:Toss the salad, tomatoes, olives and onions together ...
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Truluck’s: Creating Culinary Adventure with Sustainable Ingredients

Truluck's Baked Alaska Dessert. (Photo courtesy Donna Long) By Donna Long, Travel Writer Sometimes it can be a challenge to find a restaurant that stands out from the others creating ...
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Local Farm-Table Restaurant Creates Quality Falvor

Whiskey Cake's herb garden. (Photos by Donna Long) By Donna Long, Travel Writer Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar is not only Plano’s neighborhood hotspot for local farm-table cuisine. It also ...
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