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Marzipan Candy - Where to Buy

I've seen Niedereger Marzipan at World Market in Grapevine during Christmas. You might check with one local to you - or maybe Central Market.

Jul 03, 2014
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Help with really picky eaters in Dallas!

Though once a working Stockyard (last stop before heading north up the Chisholm Trail) back in the day of actual cattle drives, today it is more for visitors to come and enjoy a walk through the past - original architecture, weekend rodeos, the Herd (as you've mentioned) and a few really high-end, high dollar purveyors of custom western wear - also some of lesser dollar for the more "usual" visitor.

As to food - the already mentioned Love Shack and Lonesome Dove; and for chicken fried steak (and other options), Star Cafe across Main Street.

Jul 01, 2014
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Walking distance Omni Hotel

I'd still look into taking DART's light rail (red line) from Union Station, one stop to West End Station. Cuts the walk in half. Depending on time of year (summer heat), it'd be a welcome half.

Jun 17, 2014
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Walking distance Omni Hotel

Savor or Lark on the Park (Klyde Warren Park/Arts District) would be a really far distance to walk from the Omni. If either of those are selected, I'd look into riding DART Light Rail to the D-LINK shuttle which routes directly to the park.

Jun 13, 2014
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Where can you CURRENTLY buy raw goat's milk??

FWIW, you're free to roam about the property at your leisure while visiting the little store at Homestead. If you have young kiddos, it'd be a little farm lesson for them to see he goats, pigs and chickens. Behind the store, they have a picnic table in a very no-frills area, if you want to bring a lunch. If you have paper grocery bags or empty egg cartons hanging around, they are always in need of those.

And if you have cheesecloth, you're ahead of me on the cheese making process! ;)

Jun 10, 2014
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Where can you CURRENTLY buy raw goat's milk??

The day I bought the chicken at Homestead Farms, they were very busy in the store and I picked up a frozen package of chicken as an afterthought. I was under the impression it was chicken raised on their farm, but maybe it was Frans.

It actually had color rather than being anemically pale, pieces were small and very tender by comparison to grocery store chicken. Best of all - it had flavor, reminding me of flavors from grandmother's Sunday chicken dinners. But to compare to WM chicken, I've never bought chicken there.

Jun 10, 2014
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Help in Hurst area tomorrow..twelve 13 year old girls...lunch

In the same area as Wittens is a Logans, 5-guys, Red Robin. Across 183 at Precinct Line and Hwy 26 is a Rosa's. SW of Precincnt on Hwy 26 is Red, Hot & Blue, Mooyah, and Chapps.

The nearest (definitely nicest) Burger Box is probably Bedford at SWC Hwy 157/Industrial @ Harwood. They recently remodeled into a cool and bright, retro 50's drive-in themed interior with a couple of large wall TV's. Love their crinkle fries, and as always, they have a good selection of BlueBell ice cream for shakes/sundaes. Here's a couple of coupons ..... http://www.burgerbox157.com/promos

183 is currently demolished between 157 and 820. If you get in a back up, exit to the north and pick up Harwood as an alternate E/W route.

Jun 09, 2014
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Where can you CURRENTLY buy raw goat's milk??

Good! It's always nice to have a couple of sources. I was just there last week and their case was well stocked. Per the website looks like there's times when they don't have it. Not sure if it's seasonal or according to rain/pasture grazing availability. Glad you found a closer place.

Jun 09, 2014
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Where can you CURRENTLY buy raw goat's milk??

Homestead Farms in Keller is the answer and is closer than Greenville - http://homestead-farms.net/products/g...

Their farm raised pork and chicken shouldn't be ignored either!

Jun 08, 2014
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All things Goat

Homestead Farm in Keller has grade “A” raw goat's milk. Maybe cheese.

Mar 25, 2014
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Cowboy chicken cobbler

If it's "cakey", it's probably a Deep South style cobbler, also known as a 1-1-1-1 cobbler. My grandmother made this as far back as I can remember.

1 cup (self-rising) flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, 1 stick melted butter. 1 can fruit pie filling or similar amt fresh fruit with sugar.

Mix all ingredients (except fruit) together lightly. OK if a few lumps. Do not overmix. Pour mixture into an 8x8 or 9x9 or similar volume glass casserole. Empty fruit into center of mixture. Do NOT stir. As it bakes, the batter will rise up and over the fruit and fruit will spread some.

Bake on 350/375 for 40 min-1 hour plus - all depends on size of the baking dish. Bake until bubbly and golden on top. Serve topped with cream or ice cream.

These recipes are passed along generation to generation, so there is no a hard-core recipe.

If you want something a bit more tangible..... http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2011/07/...

Jan 28, 2014
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Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Ah yes... Fairly common knowledge that a good Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with oysters, but if one prefers a less sweet choice, Pinot Grigio is an excellent choice.

Feb 15, 2013
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Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Lol! Perhaps that's the difference. I prefer an oyster to taste like the ocean, not a fruit or vegetable. And honestly, if they resonate any taste of metal, I send them back - regardless of originating coastline.

Feb 15, 2013
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Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Interestingly, not all would agree that ocean selections are more flavorful that gulf options. I believe it's a personal taste, which only you can decide. I find the brininess of the Gulf oysters much more appealing. But that's how my taste runs. You should find somewhere that has both and try each - standalone, without red or Mignonette sauce.

Feb 15, 2013
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Conference at the Anatole

So pleased to read of your successes!! And do come back!

Feb 15, 2013
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Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Nearby on McKinney Av - S&D Oyster Co. New Orleans style oyster bar, long-time independent, casual with beer and limited wine. My personal favorite, trusted source for (raw and fried) Gulf oysters.

Within a 4-5 block walk of the Melrose, Pappadeaux's - regional chain, casual, full bar.

Feb 09, 2013
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Wild Boar

PBS, Ch 13 DFW, tomorrow (Sat, 2/8),11am - TX Parks and Wildlife discusses hunting, trapping and cooking feral hog.

Feb 08, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

Once you arrive and if you decide to come to G'vine, repost and I'll route you directions through a "back way" to avoid the often-time traffic congestion (particularly during peak and early evening hours) due to extensive highway construction through G'vine.

Feb 07, 2013
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Must Eat Restaurants-Downtown Dallas or Arlington

Just for info - Lupe's is definitely more (Mexican) restaurant than bar. The others mentioned are more sports bar with menus.

Feb 06, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

I hope you thoroughly enjoy your "foodie crawl" time while here.

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

That question is probably better asked closer to your arrival time. D/FW is not huge on the crawfish front, but there are a number of restaurants that have them, though not all the time, depending on price and availability.

Pappadeaux is a large regional chain, so it's not a surprise their quality control wanes at times. I would say the same of Uncle Julio's Mexican, but if they have a particular dish to your liking, then jump on it! :)

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

The outlet is in Grand Prairie. I'm of no help there.

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

Sorry, I don't know about the goat. Once you arrive, I'd call them direct as it may be a seasonal item.

You should be arriving right in the middle of crawfish season. It began the beginning of Jan. this year.

RE: Babes - You order your meat entree, salad and *all* the sides and biscuits are served family style and unlimited - honey and molasses are staples on the table. Dessert and drink is extra. No alcohol - not sure if that location is BYOB.

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

Yes, there is an Uncle Julio in Grapevine - Wm D Tate @ Hwy114.

Tamales: while in G'vine, Tommy Tamale is your best bet, but they are for take "home'' and heat. I'm going to tell you he purchases them from multiple local sources, freezes them, then sells to the public. You're going to read "freezes" and say "bleh....". Not so! Google Tommy Tamale and read others' reviews. His tamales are undeniably good. Hopefully you will have access to a micro while here, but if not, he usually keeps the more popular ones "ready to eat" in a crock pot - so if you want to buy some of those and "tailgate" it, that would be an option - call ahead to place your order.

He also has various salsas, tamale toppings, jellies and chips available, but the tamales will stand on their own, plain. Steve and Jan are both great people - Steve LIKES to talk! :) http://tommytamale.com/

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

It sounds like you liked Uncle Julio's - there's one in Grapevine as well as other notable restaurants. Also check out a couple of well-liked taquerias (El TacoH and Burritos Locos) and Tolbert's for dinner and live music most nights. https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/Def...
http://www.tolbertsrestaurant.com/

Bishop Arts is about a 15 min. drive east and south. There are a number of well-liked and reviewed, independent restaurants in the area. While driving there from I-30, you'll likely pass Smoke - great daily breakfast and Sunday brunch as well as lunch and dinner. http://bishopartsdistrict.weebly.com/
http://smokerestaurant.com/

Fried Chicken! Babe's Chicken Dinner House (local chain) in Arlington. http://www.babeschicken.com/our-kitch...

Feb 05, 2013
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Must Eat Restaurants-Downtown Dallas or Arlington

A city's skyline is always a unique view not seen anywhere else. You could enjoy a cocktail and appetizer atop Reunion Tower (the ball) at Five Sixty (happy hour Mon-Thur). http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran...

Feb 05, 2013
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Don't like tex-mex. Help me change my mind.

"Stellar" restaurants is hardly the topic. Why the snarky Grapevine hate?

Feb 03, 2013
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Don't like tex-mex. Help me change my mind.

No need to hate on G'vine - particularly when you're wrong.

Feb 03, 2013
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Conference at the Anatole

Smoke being considerably nearer to the Anatole than Bishop Arts' Oddfellows.

Feb 01, 2013
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Andouille Sausage - What grocery or specialty stores in Plano/N. Dallas

They have a very small (about 3 tables) eatery. The boiled shrimp in the case are quite alluring, but if you're tempted to order a plate of fried shrimp, you'll be sorely disappointed when you are served frozen popcorn shrimp. :( That said, the fried oysters were small (a couple of months ago), but tasty and barely cooked, as they should be.

If you cook red beans and rice, be sure to pick up a bag of their Camellia brand beans. You'll be surprised at the creaminess of the finished bean and liquor as compared to the local grocery store brand.

Jan 30, 2013
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