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A Visit To Cafe Izmir

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izmirby Steven Doyle

Cafe Izmir, the tiny restaurant packed with loads of flavor and spirit, is located on Greenville Avenue where diners have enjoyed romantic get-a-ways for decades. The new locations in Plano, downtown and even at the airport still bring in the flavors, but it is the original location that continuously brings me joy.  

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Shaken AND Stirred

Dallas Museum of Art Uncrated

Whether you like your adult beverage shaken or stirred, we think you’ll enjoy this. A celebration of over 100 years of cocktail ware design, Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail opens at the Dallas Museum of Art this Friday, November 18, during the DMA’s Late Night event. Organized chronologically and divided into sections that correspond to major shifts in the consumption of cocktails, the exhibition features nearly 60 works drawn primarily from the Museum’s collection. It explores the relationships between political, social, and economic currents, developments in technology, quotidian practices of consumption, and design styles. An interactive display prompts visitors to explore the history of spirits and cocktails alongside that of the vessels in which they were prepared and served. Below are a few highlights paired with historically accurate cocktails included in the exhibition’s interactive display. Cheers!

skyscraper-cocktail-shaker_2008-48-1-12 “Skyscraper” cocktail shaker, cups, and tray, William Waldo Dodge, designer, 1928–31, silver, Dallas Museum…

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Thanksgiving Cheer Brought To You By the Pros

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With Thanksgiving just on the approach, we offer you a bit of holiday cheer with spirits you may already have stockpiled for a day with the relatives.

Cruzan Pumpkin Pie Martini

1/2 part DeKuyper Buttershots Schnapps

1/2 part Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

1/2 part Cruzan Aged Dark Rum

2 parts Half and Half

1/2 part Pumpkin Puree

1 dash Pumpkin Spice

Whipped Cream

Method: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with whipped cream.

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EFFEN Spiced Orange Mule

2 parts EFFEN Blood Orange Vodka

1/2 part DeKuyper Hot Damn

Ginger Beer

Lime Wedge

Method: Combine ingredients over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Laphroaig Broadbay Sour

Created by Portland, OR mixologist, Jordan Felix

1 1/4 parts Laphroaig Select

1/4 part Amontillado Sherry

3/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice

2 teaspoons of Orange Marmalade

3 drops of Aromatic Bitters

Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)

Orange Peel (for garnish)

Method

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the strange orientalism of ai wei wei

The Bridge to Texangeles

10-16_wn_ai-bruguera_1Photo: Tania Bruguera and Ai Weiwei, at Brooklyn Museum, ELLEN QBERTPLAYA

my parents think ai wei wei’s father, ai qing, writes bad poetry. my parents also think donald trump will save the u.s. economy, so their opinions are to be taken with a grain of salt.

still, there’s something refreshing about hearing a chinese person’s opinion on chinese art. i don’t hear that often living in the united states. instead i hear opinions from people who have never set foot in asia, not only about ai wei wei, but about the legacy of communism and about tibet’s right to be free.

i want to clarify that i’m not denying the trauma of Maoism which i still feel in my body to this day, and i’m not denying that china has committed severe human rights abuses in tibet. there’s this metaphor that i use to explain gayatri spivak’s argument in “can the subaltern…

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some kind of exhaustion with the creative class

more and more, i am tempted to disavow my identification with the creative class. i can’t tell if it’s just a dallas-based discontent, or if it is more far flung, like when i see gentri…

Source: some kind of exhaustion with the creative class

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A Fête to Remember

Dallas Museum of Art Uncrated

Tomorrow evening the DMA will kick off an Annual Fête celebrating 18th-century French masterpieces from the Michael L. Rosenberg Collection and the release of a new publication, French Art of the Eighteenth Century: The Michael L. Rosenberg Lecture Series at the Dallas Museum of Art. Join us for performances, talks, art making, and a tres magnifique menu.

Before we step back in time and party like it’s 1799, I asked each of the past and present curators of the Rosenberg Collection to share a favorite work of art or a fond memory of working with this group of objects. Catch up with them at the Annual Fête, where they will be available to answer questions about your favorite Rosenberg artworks.

Nicky Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, DMA

“It is truly a privilege to be able to display and study such an important…

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Culinary Legends Stephan Pyles and Paula Lambert Invite You on a Culinary Tour of Italy

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pyles-lambertThe 9-night, 8-day luxury Silver Spirit Cruise from Venice to Rome is specially priced at $4,635 per person from now until October 31, 2016

Next summer, venture out on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with Legendary Chef and Founding Father of Southwestern Cuisine Stephan Pyles and American cheese making Pioneer and Founder of Dallas’ Mozzarella Company Paula Lambert through Italy onboard the Silversea’s intimate luxury ship the Silver Spirit from July 17 – July 26, 2017. The nine night, eight day cruise includes a Mediterranean tour from Venice to Rome filled with culinary and cooking demonstrations, dinners and a special shore event developed by Pyles and Lambert. The Silversea offers personalized service-nearly one crew member for every guest-and butler service in every suite. Special pricing is available for those who book now until October 31, 2016, by calling 800-374-3740.

Pyles is a fifth-generation Texas chef whose life was changed after a trip to France during college…

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