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Savor the Flavor with Jim White-The Wining and Dining Guy January 28, 2011

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Yummy Oak Cliff Gets Tastier

Congratulations to long-time friend, and longer time restaurateur Monica Greene on the opening of her new place in Bishop Arts:  Best Enchiladas Ever (“BEE”).  People on Yelp are describing it as a “grownup Chipotle” with build your own enchiladas instead of burritos.  Prices are cheap:  $4.99 for one enchilada; $7.99 for two.  You choose the tortilla (corn, flour, blue corn) the filling (beef, cheese, pork) the sauce (red, green, etc.) to totally customize your dish.  The physical address is 202 W. Davis St., near West 7th.  The phone is 214-941-1233.  And you can visit their facebook page here. It is so cool that Monica is back in town and taking care of biz.  She describes her new operation as an “enchiladeria–a new fast-casual concept where enchiladas are made your way with fresh, natural, and organic products”.  BEE is open daily from 11 a.m. til 10 p.m.  We will make a concerted effort to bring Monica and BEE to you at Savor Dallas March 19th.

Wining and Dining with Jim White January 26, 2011

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“Our next film will be in color…”, but not GREEN!

Chef Joel Harloff

Pardon the paraphrase from a John Lennon quote referring to “Help” the Beatles motion picture follow-up to “Hard Days Night”.   All the color has gone out of the promising resurrection of the storied Green Room in Deep Ellum.  By all reports we can gather the rumors are true:  The Green Room has been dark since before the holidays, and despite protestations that it would soon “reopen”, the restaurant remains padlocked.  Executive Chef Joel Harloff is reportedly working at Le Cordon Bleu-the chef training school in North Dallas.  We were hoping against hope that the rumors were untrue.   It’s a bummer, because we were looking forward to having Joel Harloff and the Green Room at Savor Dallas on March 19th (still plenty of great restaurants there, though, at the International Grand Tasting).  All best to all associated with the Green Room.  I guess it really was a “Hard Days Night” for them.  And even though they may have “been working like a dog”, alas, the “Feed Me” menu slips once again into the annals of time.

Michael Eddy, winemaker Ghost Pines Winery January 22, 2011

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“Wining and Dining with Jim White” introduces you to winemaker Michael Eddy from California’s Ghost Pines Winery. Michael talks about the heritage of Ghost Pines, born of the Louis M. Martini winemaking tradition, and Ghost Pines constant search for the finest grapes available no matter the AVA. Also, find out how winemaking is much like making bread or cheese; Michael does all three! Ghost Pines Winery will bring its Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel to Savor Dallas, March 18th & 19th.

Wining and Dining with Jim White January 17, 2011

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Just Like Mom Used to Make (or wishes she had)

No offense intended, if your mom or mother-in-law is a FABULOUS cook (like mine is), but Chef Tom Fleming is giving her a run for the money at his new Crossroads Diner in Dallas.  We’ve followed Tom for years (formerly chef at Central 214, Old Hickory Steakhouse, and Lombardi Mare), and he is one of our top chefs in the area.  He’ll be among the great chefs at Savor Dallas on March 19th for the International Grand Tasting.   He not only has his hands on sticky buns (maybe I should rephrase that in deference to his wife Karen who is running the front of the house of the new family restaurant), but numerous other outstanding items on the bill of fare.

Jim and Tom Fleming

Crossroads Diner in the Corner Shopping Center at Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway (US 75) in Dallas  is offering the aforementioned buns as an all day dessert specialty.  Have them with java (world famous illy Caffè) for breakfast–it’s served all day from 7 a.m. til close (around 2 or 3 now, but dinner will be added to the mix soon), or after lunch, as we did, as a shared dessert.  Tom comes in early to make them fresh everyday.  Breakfast entrées also include a host of pancakes, corned beef, frittatas, and egg dishes (served with Applewood smoked bacon or smoked pit ham).  Get your grits or steel cut oats, slow cooked and piping hot.

Lunch specials are all comfort favorites:  hot corned beef and Swiss, Hot ham and cheddar, warm turkey and Swiss, a BIG B.L.T., and a juicy 10 ounce Black Angus burger are highlights of the sandwich section.  I am still raving about Tom’s pork schnitzel–lightly breaded and served with cous cous.  Other items include, chicken picatta, meatballs and fettucini, chicken fried chicken, and pan seared trout with almond butter.  Crossroads Diner also serves a Quiche with spinach, bacon and goat cheese.  Soups and salads round out the menu.

In addition to the aforementioned sticky buns, you can also get chocolate cake and lemon canolis for dessert.

Find the comfortable and friendly new restaurant at 8121 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas 75231.  Phone:  214-346-3491.

Here’s a quick iPhone video of Crossroads Diner to give you a “taste”.  I recommend you get in there soon for a real taste.

Wine of the Week – Castello di Tenuta di Biserno January 14, 2011

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“The estate lies among the hills of Bibbona. Previously unknown to wine production, it borders the DOC of Bolgheri. The vineyards of Bibbona and Bolgheri meet each other, as Lodovico observes, “very similar to Saint Emilion and Pomerol.”  Lodovico learned about this parcel of land from Dante Scanavino, his then-General Manager at Ornellaia. Lodovico surveyed the land and was struck by the similarities between this terroir and that of Masseto. But beyond that, what Lodovico recognized here were other elements in the soil that immediately inspired him to plant Cabernet Franc. He “bet” that this varietal would thrive in this terroir. Also, the panorama of the property was breathtaking, with views down to the Tyrreanean Sea all the way to Corsica.  Lodovico Antinori has been head of Lamson International for the last 25 years. In the mid 1980s, MLA founded Ornellaia, the avant-garde winery located in Bolgheri in the Upper Maremma, producing the world-acclaimed wines, Masseto and Poggio alle Gazze. After the company was sold at the beginning of the 21st century, Lodovico, together with his brother, Piero, decided to establish a new wine project, having discovered a new terroir with great potential in the neighboring commune of Bibbona.”  Excerpt from biserno.it

“World-renowned oenologist and consultant Michel Rolland was born and raised in Bordeaux, where he underwent his early training, excelling in his studies at the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology. Michel consults for premium wineries all over the winemaking world.  ‘Lodovico Antinori asked me to be involved in his new project in Tuscany, and I couldn’t refuse him. We have worked together for more than 15 years, and so I am sure that everything will be done to achieve a wine of the very highest quality. The exciting new winery, in combination with the already superb vineyards and the quality of the first few vintages, bode extremely well for the future.’  [The winemaker] Helena Lindberg has an MSC in Chemical Engineering; she worked in the food industry before developing an interest in wine and winemaking, a passion which took her to Australia in 1994.  Helena returned to Europe in 2000 in order to attend faculté d’oenologie in the Languedoc, where she also made wine.  It was in France that she met Lodovico Antinori, and in 2004 Helena relocated to Tuscany to become responsible for wine making in both Tuscany and Marlborough.”  Excerpt from biserno.it

Castello di Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio del Cinghiale, 750ml. “Made from 32% Syrah and the remaining part is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The peppery characteristics make it the ideal pairing to game dishes, such as wild boar (after which it is named.)” Excerpt from biserno.it. Sale Price $24.99.  Save $10.00!

Tenuta di Biserno Coronato 2005, 750ml. “An absolutely delicious, joyful wine that captures the essence of this terroir.  It reveals notable freshness and perfume in its dark fruit, licorice, leather,spices and toasted oak in a plump accessible style.”91 points – “The Wine Advocate” June 30th, 2008. Sale Price $54.99.  Save $10.00!
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