Royal Bakery (Chinese)

Bakeries have a special place in my heart, not just because I have a sweet tooth. My parents owned Garden Bakery – a Chinese bakery where I spent many hours tying red wire twisties around pastry bags and stuffing my face full of egg tarts. Not until I was older did I realize how hard my dad … Continue reading

The Cedars Social (Brunch)

 The Cedars Social opened about a month ago and thanks to a little social media birdy, I was alerted that the swanky 1970s cocktail den would debut its brunch last Saturday. Here’s a little foodporn to excite your breakfast sausage:      Marmalade Collins (pictured left)      The fluffy ephemeral Red Tomato Omelette will bring out your inner Wylie Dufresne egg fetish.     … Continue reading

The Grape Restaurant

The Grape opened in 1972 and was the first restaurant in Dallas to offer a blackboard menu as well as one of the first to offer wines by the glass. In 2007, the Greenville Avenue institution was acquired by returning chef, Brian Luscher and his wife and General Manager Courtney. Over the years The Grape’s employee list that reads … Continue reading

Mozart (Harry Hines)

Mozart Bakery and Cafe is a cute little cafe serving “Korean” pastries. Since most of the Mozarts are located near dense Korean populations and their employees are Korean, I only assume that this is a Korean-owned bakery. From what I’ve researched, most Korean bakeries serve french pastries with a Korean flair vs. Korean pastries with a Western flair. I don’t know much about … Continue reading

El Paisa

El Paisa is a very unassuming little restaurant with bars in the front and a bar in the back; a literal double entente. There’s metal bars in front of their windows and a little bar serving drinks at the back.   It looks as if it’s just a small mom and pop store but I was … Continue reading

Central Market’s Macaron (Plano)

With our macaron deficient in Dallas, leave it to Central Market to provide the goods. Just mosey down to the bakery and you’ll find six different flavors: vanilla, lemon, chocolate, raspberry, coffee, and pistachio. Their macarons aren’t made in-house but are shipped from France. I love how these little beauts look like miniature burgers. Actually, they’re … Continue reading

Pluckers Wing Bar (Grapevine)

Move aside Buffalo Wild Wings and Hooters, there’s a new mother plucker in Grapevine — Pluckers! I welcome Austin restaurant establishments with open stomach and open arms wings. (What’s the other Austin establishment that holds dear to my heart? Torchy’s! And you can read my post here. And for the love of self-promotion, I also blogged about the Original … Continue reading

Vivian’s Bakery

After lunch at Ajisen (here), I decided to go for some dessert at Vivian’s Bakery, located down the plaza, next to the large Chinese grocery store. If you’re American, don’t be too shy to go in, there are signs written in Engwish too 😉 But really, if you’ve never been to a Chinese bakery, you should try some … Continue reading


As part of my Richardson “Chinatown” adventures, my friend and I decided to come to Ajisen for a Wednesday lunch. (See my review for Chang Jing here). Located on the north corner of the strip as a stand alone restaurant, Ajisen. It’s home to Japanese casual dining but offers other types of Asian cuisine. The menu is quite lengthy: there’s ramen … Continue reading

Cupcake Bliss

Wow, the cupcake scene has finally entered into the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area all thanks to Cupcake Bliss. *Applause* Cupcake Bliss philosphy: The “cake” is the most important part of the cupcake while the frosting enhances the cake flavors. Cupcakes should be light and fluffy but still hold intense flavors. So does her ying and yang theory translate … Continue reading