Thursday, May 9, 2013
Week in view: Plano is hot, Sean Lowe is not?
Here are the good, bad, and ugly stories from the past week.
This week, two restaurants in Dallas announced sibling restaurants in Plano: Katy Trail Ice House Outpost will open a sprawling patio near Park & Preston, and East Hampton Sandwich Co. will have a storefront at Shops at Legacy. Maybe the 'burbs still got it?
A plastic-bag ban is being discussed in Dallas ... This fall, Reunion Tower's observation deck will finally reopen ... Mark your calendars for May 25, when a fundraiser honors Oak Cliff mover and shaker Jason Roberts, who was diagnosed with cancer ... West Nile season is back.
Sundown at Granada took a big step last week, declaring that by May 25, its menu will eliminate all genetically modified ingredients ... Pizzeria Testa, a new Neapolitan pizza spot in Frisco, is open open open; Nosh Euro Bistro in Plano is closed ... Stay away from fish caught off the Texas coast, says the health department ... Making mom breakfast in bed? Check out recipes for pork tacos or homemade scones.
- Kenny's Smoke House in Plano: upscale barbecue
- Campisi's in Fort Worth: nicely reminiscent of the Dallas original
- Bread Haus in Grapevine: go for the bread, stay for the sweets
- La Duni in Fairview: excellent desserts
Do you know this guy? He doesn't like to have fun.
On the Tube
Bad news first: Dallas hunk Sean Lowe danced his last dance on Dancing With the Stars after an "ugly" Monday night performance ... Now the good: Rockwall woman Amber Carrington on The Voice is great. Watch this ... But not every reality TV show should make it. Check out 10 reality shows that should seriously, really, stop being on TV.
Take a peek at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders tryouts ... At Bark in the Park, dogs dressed up in adorable Rangers themes ... If you're into yoga but can't afford it, check out free classes from Indigo Yoga this summer.
What's it like to be an heiress of the Marriott company, or to be Deion Sanders' son? Read the behind-the-scenes stories of 4 famous SMU students.
Justin Timberlake tours through Dallas in December in his "Suite and Tie." He's also releasing a new album in September. Isn't it too soon? ... Donate your used musical instrument and get free tickets to a Barry Manilow show ... Dia de los Toadies this year will not be in New Braunfels or Glen Rose. It'll be in Fort Worth! Check out the bands ... Nearly 300 million people have seen Psy's new song "Gentleman" on YouTube. (You're one of them, right?)
- The Band Perry at Billy Bob's: too loud
- Diana Krall at Verizon Theatre: freshly retro
- Jewel at Verizon Theatre: intimate
- PHOTOS of Brave Combo at the Arboretum: festive
- The Thursday night brewery tours at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. are always great, but this Thursday is especially bright, because the company is lighting its new sign. Go toast to big (little) business.
- Tony Award-winning musical Fela! is showing at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. It's produced by celebs, including Jay-Z and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith.
- The Found Footage Festival at the Texas Theatre is a wonderfully funny show of some of the worst VHS footage. Prepare to giggle.
- Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma might seem like a bit of a drive, but it's worth it to see former Voice judge Cee Lo Green. We can't wait to see his wacky outfit.
- Concerts these days are pricey, no? Go see Texas country singer Roger Creager for not a lot of money: $12-16. Show's at Billy Bob's Texas.
- So, there is an event Friday in Denton called MILFest, in honor of hot moms. We're not saying it'll be fun; we're not saying it won't be.
- Check out some of DFW's best bands at the fabulous outdoor fest, Homegrown. You'll love Dallas even more after this show.
- A country mega-concert hits Cowboys Stadium Saturday night: Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves. Expect a big tailgating crowd.
- If you've got some fine, fine face fur, get thee to Beardfest this weekend at Sons of Hermann Hall, where bearded and mustachioed men -- and women! -- will show off their fluff.
- Let's play a game: Click on the food you think mom will like on Mother's Day. French toast & vanilla cream. Champagne Hollandaise. Strawberry shortcake. Happy brunching.
- Take mom to the Swiss Avenue Home Tour. There's nothing better than looking at someone else's clean, beautiful home.
- Take your pup to the Bishop Arts District Sunday night for Dog Days. There will be treats for the pups (splash pools), and treats for the humans (corny dog stand).