The first time I saw Nelson, it was from my apartment window. I saw his parents on the silver Vespa first. Then I saw the sidecar. And then I saw Nelson, the Goldendoodle, in the sidecar. It was one of the greatest sights I’ve ever seen. (I realize I need to get out more.)
The second time I saw Nelson, he was at Klyde Warren Park. His dad had just put his goggles on, and he had just been loaded into his sidecar. I ran over like a madwoman and asked if I could take a photo.
I love Nelson and his family, not just because they’re adorable, but because I’ve had a scooter for a year, and every day since I purchased the scooter, I’ve talked to my husband about getting a sidecar and putting our dogs in it. But here’s the thing: it would never work. I love my dogs, but they’re not incredibly smart. Instead of staying away from cars’ bumpers, they try to sniff them as we walk past. If they see a squirrel, they lose it. So I know my dogs could never, ever be as cool as Nelson. Which means I could never, ever be as cool as Nelson’s parents.
I wanted to know more about Nelson and his scooter-riding ways, so I called his mom, Genesis Lee. Below is a Q&A on how the whole thing got started and why Nelson is probably the best dog in Dallas (sorry, Miko and Maya).Full Story
Trinity Tollway Loses Another Supporter. This time it’s Larry Good.
Design District Up for Sale. Well a portion of it. Lionstone Group scooped up some 30 acres in 2007. Now, they’re putting their remaining properties on the market, the majority of which fall on Oak Lawn Avenue and Hi Line Drive.
Woman Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Dog. I mean, really? A bus of school children came across the bloodied dog and her 10 pups on the side of the road. What a disaster.
Jesus Christ Superstar Canceled. You mean to tell me that Johnny Rotten couldn’t sell tickets? Please.Full Story
A longtime FrontBurnervian sent me a note asking why I hadn’t put up a final postcard from our trip to D.C. He wondered if perhaps it was because we didn’t fare well at the annual city mag awards. We didn’t. Thanks for asking. But that’s not why this post is tardy. Really, it was just fatigue. Now that I’ve had some time to recover, let’s recap, shall we?Full Story
The big question, obviously, is why are we having an unhurried lunch in Texarkana, at a Mexican joint called Ta Molly’s, talking about The Muppet Movie, drawing suspicious looks from Texarkansans, waiting for a guy named Dan to come take away our 2015 Escalade, one of the finest automobiles ever made? The smaller, though no less relevant, question is: have you ever barreled down an interstate at 80 mph, cradled by a leather chair that blows cool air across your buttocks, letting adaptive cruise control essentially drive your car for you? I highly recommend the 2015 Cadillac Escalade — as soon as they fix the passenger-side airbag, the recall for which occasioned our stop in Texarkana, where the aforementioned Dan is rushing to meet us in a replacement automobile, a Yukon XL, year of manufacture unknown. I’m sure the Yukon will suit our needs. But will it chill our bottoms? Questions. Right now, at Ta Molly’s, that’s all we have.Full Story
Not that anyone is particularly surprised, since the Justice Department gave the city no choice, but city manager A.C. Gonzalez officially decided today to accept American Airlines’ sublease of its two gates at Love Field to Virgin America:
“Rather than simply signing the sub-lease presented to us, we took some additional time to make sure our actions would be responsible and capture the vision of the Justice Department’s selected carrier. This was accomplished by incorporating Virgin’s publicly stated intentions into a compliance agreement,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
The agreement includes Virgin America committing to the city’s noise abatement program and clarifies how any unused gate space may be made accessible to other airlines.Full Story
You’re spending a life-saving’s worth of money on a crazy-expensive trip to Hawaii, and the hotel/resort is baller. Absolutely amazing. You’ve got a beach view, martinis with a hand wave, and infinity pools so clean, you could drink the water. Now, eating is a different story. In Maui—should you choose to visit this island of dreams—the food is fantastic and the prices are even better. You can eat like a king for $15 or less with every meal. You just have to know where to go. Here’s where we come in.Full Story
Spring is stunning in Dallas. It’s probably the best time of year to live in our great city. But if you have a little spring fever and you’re looking for a reason to get out of town on a long weekend, here are a few ideas over the coming months that are great excuses to hop on a plane or take a road trip.Full Story
Earlier this week, we went on a black winter truffle hunt with wine company Gonzalez Byass in the northern part of Spain—specifically, the Somontano region—where I was traveling as their guest. After the hunt and a very hot shower in the medieval village of Alquezar, we set off for our truffle feast prepared by chef Carmelo Bosque of the Michelin-starred Lillas Pastia.Full Story
The day we arrive at Secastilla Valley, the base for Secastilla and La Miranda wines, seems perfectly fitting for a truffle hunt. It’s cold and damp with snow flakes starting to fall. We enjoy a hearty lunch among the vines with local cheese, grilled lamb, and piles of traditional Spanish tomato bread; then cozy up to fires made from pruned vine-canes of gnarly, 70-year-old+ Garnacha vines, while sipping concentrated, red fruit-filled, nicely rounded 2009 Secastilla wine. With full bellies and adrenaline for the hunt peaking, we set off, just as heavy snow and sleet starts to fall. Again, it seems only fitting for a proper winter truffle hunt.Full Story
Now First United Methodist Church is getting in on the act. On Thursday, Patrick Kennedy from A New Dallas will lead a panel discussion on “bringing investment to downtown and the surrounding disadvantaged areas.” Translation: tearing down I-345. Other panelists include the Dallas Morning News‘ architecture critic Mark Lamster, CitySquare’s Larry James and Gerald Britt, and BC Workshop’s Mark Lea. The “Let’s Do Lunch!” event runs from 11:30-1. Pompeii and Cup Cakin’ Machine food trucks will be on site, and the conversation will take place in the Fiedler Atrium.Full Story
At the Restaurant at Meadowood, Chef Christopher Kostow uses seasonal ingredients to create refined meals always remaining true to his ever evolving vision.Full Story
As Peter has mentioned, Maxwell Anderson was a driving force behind bringing the New Cities Summit to Dallas. When Anderson called John Rossant, chairman of the New Cities Foundation, and Mathieu Lefevre, executive director of New Cities Foundation, and told them to check out Dallas, Lefevre was doubtful. “It’s pretty bad,” was his first thought of Dallas, but by the end of his first trip, Lefevre was sold. “Actually, [Dallas] is awesome. There’s a dynamism,” he said. “Not every city is willing to reimagine itself.” The selling point? The Arts District.Full Story
DISD Recruit’s Mother Pointing Fingers at the District Post Death. Tammy Simpson knew it was illegal when DISD recruited her son, then living at the Dallas County Youth Village, to play basketball at Wilmer-Hutchins High School. But she thought the move would be the best thing for him. She says DISD forged residency papers, and her son, Troy Causey, hit the court. He died March 24 as a result of injuries sustained in a fight. Fifteen DISD employees, including coaches, administrators, and staff were fired Friday.
STARR Results Terrible Despite Success Initiative. In 2009, the Student Success Initiative was expanded to cover all third through eighth grade students who were identified as at risk of failing the state exams. Three years later, the Dallas Morning News is reporting that results show little improvement with widening gaps for some of the state’s lowest-performing students overall.
A New Orleans-Style Funeral For a Not-Officially-Dead-Yet Tollway. Some 50 residents and business owners in Bishop Arts gathered Friday to bid adieu to the Trinity Tollway project. They, as many have before, pointed out funding obstacles, environmental harm, and the overall impracticality of the project.
Ted Cruz Still a GOP Rockstar. He was quite the hit at the Texas Republican Convention over the weekend in Fort Worth.Full Story
If you’ve been around this blog or our magazine for any length of time, then you’re familiar with the name Richard Patterson. He’s a British painter of some renown. Every so often, we trick him into writing something for us. Perhaps you recall what he had to say about the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. More recently, last summer, he wrote a piece for the magazine about a religious experience he had at a Fort Worth Jaguar dealership. Correction: he didn’t write that story for the magazine; he just sent along an email, to keep us apprised of what was going on in his life, and then we decided the email needed to be published. Richard is something of a Jaguar nut. He drives a 1994 XJS. Or, rather, he drove a 1994 XJS. Last week, someone plowed into his car, totaling it. I thought you might enjoy the obituary he wrote for his dearly departed car:Full Story
As you can plainly see, we rendezvoused with Dan, who was a delightful fellow, especially given the way his Friday afternoon was unfolding, and we took delivery of the replacement 2015 Yukon XL. Yes, the Yukon does blow cool air across the buttocks of its passengers — but only in the front seats. The Caddy […]Full Story
There are some very exciting things happening these days in Willamette valley. Yes it is a region known for their stellar Pinot Noir, but beyond that the region continues to make headway on a few beloved varieties that are just now really developing in the area, like Chardonnay.Full Story
Put this March 2015 Azamara cruise on your bucket list: Kyle Stewart, co-owner of The Cultured Cup and certified tea specialist and Phil Krampetz, co-owner of The Cultured Cup have teamed up with star chef Sharon Hage and put together an amazing journey along The Spice Route.Full Story
Toyota Moving to Plano? That’s the word on the street. More than 4,000 workers could set up in a Legacy business park, in office space totaling 1 to 1.5 million square feet. As Bloomberg first reported Sunday, Toyota is looking to reduce operating costs by moving from California. The move is expected to be announced today.
Stars Fall to Ducks in Overtime. It looked promising with a 4-2 lead, with 2:10 left on the clock. But no dice. The Stars are out in 6.
Consultants Push Southwest for Love Field Gates. Two gates are on the table, and L.E.K. Consultants, a group hired by the city, has come out in favor of Southwest Airlines. American Airlines is required to divest the two gates as part of a lawsuit agreement made while the airline merged with U.S. Airways. The Justice Department has already stated that it thinks the gates should go to Virgin America.
DART Might Sell Naming Rights for Lines. Estimates show DART could bring in as much as $24.5 million over 15 years.Full Story
On Friday, we discussed Michael Morris, who is the transportation director of the North Texas Council of Governments. Morris has played the race card, intimating that everyone in support of tearing down I-345 is rich and white and not concerned with poor people. Morris said he attended a meeting about the future of I-345 and noticed the following about those who want to tear it down:
“They were all white, they were very wealthy and I don’t think any of them live in the neighborhood.”
Now Morris, along with another road guy, Bill Hale, TxDOT’s Dallas District Engineer, has offered another argument for why we shouldn’t tear down I-345:Full Story
Of all the delicacies in the world, none excites my palate more than an earthy truffle. They can be white or black, from the Piedmont region of Alba at the foothills of the Alps, the Périgord region in France, or the Spanish hills of Somontano in the shadows of the Pyrenees. The divine, intense aroma […]Full Story
Continuing with some of the great wineries of Sonoma County, here are a few additional ones to try and visit when traveling to the area. Each welcome you like you are part of the family.Full Story
I-345 Tear-Down Debate Continues. The Dallas Morning News ran this I-345 explainer on the front page of the Sunday paper. There’s no new news here, but it does provide a bit of I-345 history, namely that it was built in 1974 as suburbs like Irving took hold. There was also a nice traffic count graphic in the paper, but that didn’t make it online. To refresh, some 200,000 cars travel the 1.4-mile stretch on weekdays. Patrick Kennedy and co. want the 75-45 connector eliminated, but TxDOT is set to spend $100 million to renovate it instead. As is to be expected, and can be demonstrated here, debate persists, some of it well-reasoned, some … not.
Plastic Bag Ban Proposal Up For a Vote Wednesday. Dwaine Caraway has been working on this for a year and is expecting a partial ban, at the very least, to pass when City Council votes Wednesday. There are a number of options up for discussion, including a total citywide ban, a “responsible retailer” option that charges stores for distributing the bags, and an “environmental fee” that has customers paying for bags. Several council members are vehemently opposed to any change.
Bike Share Program a Possibility for Fair Park. The Dallas Park and Recreation Board has approved $125,000 for the project. If City Council passes it, some 15-20 bikes could appear in Fair Park by May. This is an impossibly small (yet expensive) program. For comparison, Fort Worth started with a $1 million grant, 300 bikes and 30 stations.Full Story