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Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but dumping that jerky boyfriend turns out best when done in the heat of passion. And if you’re so fired up that words fail, we’d like to suggest BitterSweets: Dumped Collection. Inside each precious heart-shaped tin is a collection of tiny candies etched with quick and painless ways to say “see ya” to your former paramour. Some of our faves include: I GOT SOBER, DOG IS CUTER, TRADIN YOU IN and the ever-popular HE HAS A JOB. Sure, it may not bring the same joy as throwing his Plasma TV onto the…

‘Tis the season to start grilling, and OMG are we ready to RSVP ASAP for some BBQs. But to help ensure we make it on all the summer party invite lists, we’re greasing your palm with a little insider’s knowledge about the latest craze for cookouts – the pomegranate. No longer content to just make cameos in health drinks and fancytinis, these delicious tart beauties are taking over and quickly becoming a summer must-have. (Nice knowing you, watermelon.) Our pick is Pomegranate Grille Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen. Whereas the pomegranate in its raw form can be an overcomplicated, nail-dirtying mess,…

Leslie Jordan has appeared in more than 75 films, TV shows and plays in his twenty-odd years in showbiz, so there are plenty of roles you remember him from and a few that you’ll want track down on DVD (The Fall Guy? Pee-wee’s Playhouse?). But wherever he pops up, he’s like the single nut in an Almond Joy—your favorite part of the whole stinkin’ thing. Leslie kindly took time out of his busy schedule with the nationwide tour of his new play, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, to deliver a few bon mots with a swish, a sashay and…

Admit it, your brain goes to a different place once Memorial Weekend rolls around. It’s like a Pavlovian response to summer and all the fun to be had. Suddenly workdays are spent daydreaming of lazy afternoons in the pool, vacations to sandy beaches or just grilling out in the backyard with friends. (Did we mention they are shirtless beefcake friends fanning us with palm fronds in our version?). Well, your moment in the sun has arrived so Carpe Extended Weekend and enjoy some of these festivities about town. Artfest Friday-Sunday, May 23-25 While in general we are pro-nudity, we have…

Waking up is hard to do, especially after tying one on the night before at that $2 beer bust/drag show/cookout you love so much. Well, snooze-aholics. You’ve finally met your match. Developed by a group of sadists at M.I.T., Clocky is a cute little alarm clock with clever little wheels adding a bit of whimsy to the sleek, unusual design. Cute, that is. Until you realize that those wheels were made for walking. Or more to the point, jumping and hiding. Yes, if you hit the snooze button on this sucker, it jumps off your nightstand and rolls around for…

If you don’t scratch the surface, Dallas nightlife can leave you feeling trapped in a world of spray tan, fake boobs and obscenely white veneers (kind of like being married to Pamela Anderson). But for every fancy-pants lounge of VIP lists and $400 “bottle service,” there are also places like Barbara’s Pavilion where $400 might be the total decorating budget (think Trading Spaces – lots of painted MDF and “repurposed” decor). Tucked away in a darkened corner of Oak Cliff is this jewel of a neighborhood bar. For years, locals called it “Open Bar” as the neon sign reading “open”…

While religion and politics are two taboo subjects not to be discussed in mixed company, a third category may be in order: Best Pizza. As we’ve seen, what starts out an innocent conversation amongst close friends about crust preference can quickly go all Fight Club leading to upper cuts traded alongside deep-dish insults. So, in an effort to prevent a sissy slap or black eye, we won’t proclaim Scalini’s hand-rolled pizza the best we’ve ever had. But we will give it snaps of superiority for overall size and deliciousness. And yes, size does matter, as in evidenced by the fact…

If 2008 had to hang its hat on a buzzword du jour, it would certainly be GREEN. Seems like everyone is jumping on the polar-bear-saving bandwagon with eco-friendly this and carbon-footprint-reducing that. But we think there’s one green that’s totally inexcusable – avocado. As in the hue that ran rampant on cook tops and refrigerators circa 1970 along with gold fleck Formica countertops and marigold-orange cabinetry. Luckily, many of the same folks who have found an inner eco-consciousness have also found a deeply hidden sense of style and decided to say au revoir to their kitchen from days gone by.…

Grab a boy, grab a girl. Grab a donkey for all we care (we never judge). Head out on the town this week for a chance to win money, and plenty more chances to spend it. Katy Trail 5K Tonight, May 15, 6:30 p.m. Run, Forrest! Run! (Ah, we just love dusting off old jokes from 1994). Bring your pet, bring your friends and bring your well-stretched quads to Reverchon Park for the start of the Katy Trail 5K run. The run ends with a kick-ass party, complete with bad-for-you food and beer to balance out all that healthy living…

A new Tex-Mex restaurant opens in Dallas more often than Angelina Jolie adopts a baby. So, unless it’s really good, it’s not exactly a breaking-news kind of event. Yet here we stand again, chimichanga in one hand, quill pen in the other, reviewing the second standout Tex-Mex restaurant in so many weeks. Life is muy buena indeed. For more than 25 years, Dallasites have lined up to eat at Mia’s on Lemmon Avenue. Now founder Ana “Mama Mia” Enriquez’s niece, Gina Lara, has opened up her own eatery in the old Alfredo Trattoria space just up the street, proving that…

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