Proclamations, Pyles and “The Prisoner”

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Current Events

The Sauce was captivated with Greater Dallas Restaurant Association President (and i Fratelli Brother) David Cole as he delivered his “2012 State of the Association” address.   Dallas Mayor Rawlings followed with his vision of making Dallas “The Best Customer Service City in the Nation.”

http://gdra.org/

 

Food Glorious Food

The Sauce celebrated to-the-max at Samar by Stephan Pyles.  Wow!  Casual, urban, with small plates for sharing.  Start with the spicy, kicky Chaitini.  The menu is inspired by Spain, India, and the Eastern Mediterranean, but TS fell in love with peasant food… Potatoes and Chorizo with fried egg… it was the addition of foie gras that made it fit for a king.  Try the Short Ribs in Ginger-Garam Masala with Saffron Rice matched with spinach-goat cheese naan.

TS and i Fratelli are family,  so enjoying a meze of tapas “family style” is how we roll.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meze

http://www.samarrestaurant.com/


In Vino Veritas!

“The Prisoner” was paroled and “released” into the custody of guests enjoying the Thursday Weekly wine tasting event last week at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar.  It was an adoring crowd.  Orin Swift Cellars scored with this blend of Zin, Cab, Syrah, Petit Syrah, and Charbono (you say Charbono…I say Bonarda).  Soooo good with the grilled lamb chop.  MacArthur HS class of ‘79 and ’81 grads gathered and swapped stories.  We invite all Old School pals to do the same.

http://www.orinswift.com/wines/the_prisoner.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charbono

http://www.oldschool-themovie.com/


Musica, Musica, Musica

While searching for new i Fratelli Pizza locations, TS has developed an in-car-addiction to the SweetJack song.  TS and i Fratelli are known to love the canine and would love to host this clever puppy on any Wednesday in April when we start our Spring version of Smooch Your Pooch.

http://sweetjack.com/

Get ready to Smooch: April 2012

Cole Family Fun

 

Cole Brothers Clean Up Circa 1993



Football, Prosecco, and Holiday Cheer

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Overheard:  Nelly Furtado playing over the speakers at the Keg this week

TS (The Sauce) recognizes it’s the most wonderin’ time of the year so we’re wonderin’ whatever happened to Nelly Furtado?  For those who say she was a one-hit-wonder…wrong.  http://www.nellyfurtado.com/

What else…?

High School Football playoffs

Southlake’s Carroll Dragons used every letter of the alphabet to traumatize Skyline. “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”

photo by Chris Wilkins, DMN

Wine of course!

Here’s a luminous sparkling wine that plays up its Italian good cheerWine Enthusiast Magazine

Tiamo Prosecco is now proudly served for holiday toasts, aperitifs, and lovingly paired with Scampi alla Piccata at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar.

Tiamo Prosecco
http://www.winesellersltd.com/wine/Veneto%20and%20Chianti/Tiamo/Prosecco%20DOC%20Organic/NV.html

Musica, Musica Musica

TS caught a rare  “unplugged” set by Hello Lover at SWIG Gin Mill… Hello Lover is upbeat power pop punk rock…. danceable, sexy, & fun for all notes i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar  manager John Hardy.  Johnny and his bro Joe supply the riffs. “Like” them on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hello-Lover/108340453574

Catch Hello Lover at La Grange on Christmas night, and Club Dada on New Year’s Eve!

Current Events

Egypt will always have the Nile River, The Sphinx, and The Pyramids at Giza, but how many tourists will abandon an adventure to Egypt if by Sharia law they eliminate booze, bikinis, and co-ed bedrooms?

Cole Family Fun

Cole family Christmas circa 1997

GP (George's boy), Mary (Mike's oldest), Meredith (George's oldest) and Aaron (David's boy) Christmas Day, 1997
 

 

Holly Days

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The Halls are Decked

The Sauce (TS to his friends)… wishes a Peaceful Advent, a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday Season’s Greetings to all who like this time of year.  TS announces enthusiastically that the decorations  are up at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar so gather your family for holiday get-togethers.

Festive surroundings for imbibing and noshing!

What else…?

Friday Night Lights

Congrats to those Bishop Nolan Vikings and David’s son Aaron Cole as state champions in TAPPS Division I. It was a Cole family affair in Temple last weekend as many made the drive.  The Brothers are enjoying the State title vicariously as no championships were earned back in our supposedly “good ol’ days”.

David and Sandra Cole with son Aaron

Southlake’s Carroll Dragons are still in the title hunt against Skyline.   We don’t have a store in the Skyline neighborhood yet, so GO DRAGONS!

Beer and Wine of course!

St Arnold’s Christmas Ale is on tap at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar. Don’t forget that Samuel Adams Winter Lager and the passionately popular Maredsous 8 makes its seasonal visit on draught.

Modus by Ruffino is a new addition to our list. Such a sophisticated blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cab.  Look for the Modus label painted on the brick in the lobby (though it is presently covered by a Christmas tree you can remember and spy it after the holidays). Try Modus with our Steak Gorgonzola tapa.

TGIF!  Happy Weekend to all

The Typical Cole Family Thanksgiving Meal

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We asked our 77-year-old Dad to describe a typical Cole Family of Irving Thanksgiving meal.  He rattled off 13 items within 60 seconds.

Two birds:
One for now and another for turkey sandwiches for the “big game” later.

Five starches:
Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn bread dressing, rolls, peas (not enough vitamins to be a real veggie)?

One gravy:
A big ladle with bowls on every table.

Two vegetable-starch casseroles:
Broccoli-rice-cheese and, yes, that ever-popular green-bean-mushroom-soup concoction with fried onion strings on top.

Two fruits:
“If you don’t include the Brothers,” he said wryly, “Waldorf salad and cranberry sauce (available with and without skins).”

One dessert:
Pie including pecan, chocolate, pumpkin, and often apple.

 

He has difficulty remembering some things — like taking his meds, coming up with the words to complete his daily crossword puzzles, or quoting who said what to whom. But the Thanksgiving dinner is still a no-brainer for Dad — mostly because it was a favorite of our Mom’s, whom we miss dearly.

What’s your typical Thanksgiving meal?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
In gratitude,

The Cole Brothers:  George, David, Mike, and Darrell