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Advocate Lake Highlands (October 2009) : Page 24

LAUNCHfood&wine dining & drinking in our neighborhood A guide to GET UNPLUGGED IN THE CorNEr of THE DINING room, a woman types on a laptop as her infant sleeps in a carrier nearby. It’s a common scene at Highlands Café: This is a place neighbors linger over their laptops or a cup of coffee. And it’s intended to be a community gathering place. Everything here is a reflection of Lake Highlands, down to the local art on the walls, and even some menu items — like the pasta salad, which was inspired by a Lake Highlands Women’s Club luncheon reci- pe. Keeping with that theme, the restaurant is celebrating its five-year anniversary by inviting neighbors to submit their own recipe ideas, one of which will become a daily dinner special in November. There’s also a community celebration in the works, so check the restaurant’s website beginning Oct. 1 for details. –MARLENA CHAVIRA MEDFORD HIGHLANDs CAfé HIGHLANDsCAfE.Com Pictured: Pork Tacos Three more spots wireless hotspots an afternoon of internet browsing. ABrAms & roYAL 214.340.3663 EATTHEWorLD.Com A corner table here makes an ideal spot to park your laptop with one of those stacked cheddar burgers. CoaCh’s BurgErs CoACHsBUrGErs.NET Linger over a latte while you surf the web — and if you stop in on a Thursday night, you can hear local musicians perform live. WhitE roCk CoffEE fErNDALE & NW HWY 214.341.4774 WrCoffEE.Com food and WinE onlinE 24 @ Visit our website at advocatemag.com/lake-highlands/dining OctOber 2009 advocatemag.com/lake-highlands MArK DAvIs forEsT & ABrAms 214.342.2622 laptop and your favorite bottle of beer — pair that with one of the dozen entrees, and you’re set for This spot lets you bring your Eat thE World Delicious. AUDELIA & WALNUT 214.349.2233

Food + Wine

A guide to dining & drinking in our neighborhood

GET UNPLUGGED

In the corner of the dining room, a woman types on a laptop as her infant sleeps in a carrier nearby. It’s a common scene at Highlands Café: This is a place neighbors linger over their laptops or a cup of coffee. And it’s intended to be a community gathering place. Everything here is a reflection of Lake Highlands, down to the local art on the walls, and even some menu items — like the pasta salad, which was inspired by a Lake Highlands Women’s Club luncheon recipe.

Keeping with that theme, the restaurant is celebrating its five-year anniversary by inviting neighbors to submit their own recipe ideas, one of which will become a daily dinner special in November. There’s also a community celebration in the works, so check the restaurant’s website beginning Oct. 1 for details.

–MARLENA CHAVIRA MEDFORD Highland s Café AUDELIA & WALNUT

214. 349.2233 highland sca fe.com Pictured: Pork Tacos

drink outside the box

ROBERT HALL RHONE DE ROBLES 2006

($20) CALIFORNIA>

WITH YOUR WINE

Chicken braised with bell peppers, onions and mushrooms

This is an adaptation of various Frenchstyle braised chicken dishes. It’s almost impossible not to do well, and you really don’t have to brown the chicken if you don’t feel like it.

Serves four (45-60 minutes) 1 chicken, cut into serving pieces 2 onions, sliced 2-3 bell peppers, sliced 12-16 oz. Mushooms, sliced 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tbsp olive oil ¼ tsp dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste

season it with the salt and pepper. Brown in a non-stick skillet in the olive oil over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet.

ring frequently. Add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, and mix well. Add the chicken back to the skillet, surrounding it with the vegetables.

is done, 30-40 minutes. The vegetables should be soft and almost melted, and there should be broth made by the chicken and vegetables. Serve over noodles, rice or couscous.

Ask the WINEGUY?

Q: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SYRAH AND SHIRAZ?

A. Nothing, really. They’re the same grape, which is used to make red wine in France, Australia and California (and in other wine regions, including Texas, as well). The French call it syrah, and the Aussies call it shiraz. Winemakers here use both terms, usually depending on whether they make a French- or Australian- style of syrah. —JEFF SIEGEL

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