From our family to yours: Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2017.
the Cole Brothers
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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/
Southlake’s Carroll Dragons used every letter of the alphabet to traumatize Skyline. “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”
Wine of course!
Here’s a luminous sparkling wine that plays up its Italian good cheer – Wine 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.
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!
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 Christmas circa 1997
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.
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”.
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
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.
One for now and another for turkey sandwiches for the “big game” later.
Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn bread dressing, rolls, peas (not enough vitamins to be a real veggie)?
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.
“If you don’t include the Brothers,” he said wryly, “Waldorf salad and cranberry sauce (available with and without skins).”
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!
The Cole Brothers: George, David, Mike, and Darrell