There are dinners and then there are moments of food experience that completely change your expectations of what food is supposed to be and taste like. One of the top three meals of my entire life was had just a few months back at the newly opened Uchi restaurant in Dallas.
When I say “ramen” I bet most of you are picturing 99 cent packages of dried noodles with the saltiest powder you will ever put on anything. Well no. You are wrong. That is as much ramen as McDonald’s is to a good, real hamburger. Nope. That won’t do. So let’s reset your mind with authentic ramen, the way the Japanese invented it. And the best way for Dallas to do that is at Zagat-rated Ten Ramen. The much anticipated opening by chef Teiichi Sakurai of Dallas’ own Tei-An has been well received. Hidden away in a small corner at Sylvan Thirty in Oak Cliff is this gem. A gem that will not be hidden for long.
Who doesn’t absolutely love, and occasionally as well as legitimately dream about, Tex-Mex food?! This happens to me at least twice a week. Then I stop, reflect and thank God that I was born and raised in Texas. The ingredients in a lot of Tex-Mex food, if utilized properly, are fresh and delicious, not heavy and greasy like you’ll find at most Tex-Mex restaurants.
Being a professional pencil pusher, by the time lunch comes I’m super hungry and really needing a pick me up from the lack of occupational inspiration. I want a filling, satisfying meal but I don’t want something that’s going to weigh me down and make me tired and useless for the rest of the workday. I also try to eat well during the week so I can splurge a bit on the weekends without completely ruining my fitness routine. So by some means of random inspiration I devised this incredibly delicious, filling and even refreshing chicken salad that’s on the light and healthy side that gives me that very necessary energy boost to last until 5 p.m. It has everything: sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, soft, and creamy! Everything I used was organic, but you can use what you want. And the good thing about this is you can make it at the beginning of the week and have it for lunch every day! I love meal planning, especially when it’s this easy!
One of the greatest things about cooking at home is being able to control what goes in “it” and how much goes in. This holds especially true to desserts and its notorious heavy hitter, sugar. Well I have simplified a classic dessert and cut some, yes only some, it is still dessert of course, of the sugar down. Fresh, in season, ripe fruit is a great way to keep the amount of refined or processed sugars down.
A huge part of my heart, and my stomach, belongs to the quintessential American dessert: pie. I’ve grown up on good southern pie and for the love of pie, you need this place in your life. I accidentally stumbled upon this quirky pie heaven during its inaugural weekend of business and ever since then it’s been history. I broke up with this place for a while when I started to really get my diet under control about a year and a half ago, but recently opened my heart back up to the sheer pleasure of occasional pie enjoyment. Emporium Pies is taking pie, turning them on their head and taking them to the next level.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s also my absolute favorite. I could eat it for every meal! On weekends I like to really enjoy a great breakfast whether I cook at home or go out to get what I’m craving for the day. Today I woke up craving donuts. But not just any regular donut. I wanted interesting, fun flavors that you can get with gourmet, small batch made donuts. So I headed down to Deep Ellum on the outskirts of downtown Dallas with one place in mind, Glazed Donut Works. These babies are in a league of their own!