Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Review: Most Eligible Dallas spotlights Dallas chef John Tesar and a half-dozen restaurants
And lots of cast members get kissed.
DALLAS The Bravo reality show Most Eligible Dallas turns the romance up a few notches in Episode 5, with most cast members getting smooched by at least one person, except for Drew Ginsburg, the gay guy who can't seem to catch a break.
We begin with the crew of six Dallas socialites at DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS gala. Matt Nordgren and Neill Skylar, who have dated on-again-off-again on the show, end the evening with a kiss. But only after Matt got jealous that Neill spent the evening with Glenn Pakulak, the hunky NFL punter, when she was supposed to be Matt's date.
Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery: Courtney and Drew make up after an argument.
The ghetto: Where stray dogs get rescued
McKinney Avenue Trolley: Site of Courtney and foreign guy Mark's group date
Trophy Room: Second stop on Courtney and Mark's group date
Katy Trail: Matt, Glenn, Tara, and Courtney take a walk.
DFW International Airport: Glenn picks up ex-girlfriend Rebecca.
Jack's Backyard (we think): Drew and ex-boyfriend Cody meet up.
Billy Bob's Texas: Courtney, Tara, and Tara's boyfriend Jody go for a date.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate: Glenn and Rebecca learn to make chocolate.
The Commissary: Matt takes Neill for a private tasting.
Then animal rescuer Tara Harper drags Drew with her to rescue a dog “in the ghetto” after she's driven by several times and noticed the dog isn't being properly cared for. The two break into the chain link fence, woo the dog out of its urine-stained home, and put it in the Rover. Mission accomplished.
Meanwhile, Courtney Kerr, personified as the Texas girl on a serious hunt for a husband, is set up on a date with a new guy named Mark, who has an adorable South African accent. Courtney invites two girlfriends along and they ride the McKinney Avenue Trolley, drinking Spaten beers. (The girls say riding the trolley feels like they're on the log ride at Six Flags. Never thought of it that way.) The group date then makes a stop at Trophy Room in Uptown to ride the mechanical bull.
Mark has this “quiet confidence that's really, really sexy,” Courtney says. True.
What we see from footballer Glenn in this episode is his sweet, romantic side. He picks up his ex-girlfriend Rebecca, a teeny, pretty blonde woman, and they go to Dude, Sweet Chocolate in the Bishop Arts District for a private chocolate making lesson.
Drew then picks up his ex-boyfriend Cody in a Volkswagen Toureg – confusing, given that his family owns a luxury car dealership that sells Ferraris and Lamborghinis -- but we digress. Cody drops the bomb on Drew that he got accepted into Pratt Institute's design school and will be moving to New York for three years. Drew seems crushed.
At a date at Billy Bob's Texas, Courtney joins Tara and her boyfriend, Dallas radio DJ Jody Dean. He's shaved his lower lip hair at Tara's request. (“Jody, you're soulful. You don't need a soul patch for it,” she says. Win.)
Then Matt invites Neill to a “friend's” restaurant, and it happens to be chef John Tesar's newish place in One Arts Plaza, The Commissary. The two snack on grass-fed Texas beef and shoestring fries. Matt seems smitten with Neill.
That is, until a few scenes later, when Courtney lets herself into Matt's house -- she and his mother are the only ones with keys -- and unloads a bag of Eatzi's food. Matt comes home and he and Courtney kiss.
What does this mean? Stay tuned.
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