When your aggravatingly hip friends brag, “Ooooh, we just ate at Boeuf and Stuff, and it’s soooooooooo fabulous,” resist the urge to shove them into a large, steaming vat of creme brulee. Instead, get up to speed your own clueless self. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, hire Texas Toast Culinary Tours to lead you around by the hand. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to confess that Texas Toast co-founder June Naylor is a big friend of mine. But that’s also why I know that her tours will be great. (She’s a restaurant critic and cookbook author.) The Toast’s culinary excursions come in several lengths (short, medium, and long) and sizes (personal, small-group, and bus-size). It depends on what you want. To dip your toe in the water, try the Seventh Street Shuffle, in Fort Worth, on November 17. Starting at 6:30 p.m., tourees will visit three restaurants for noshes and drinks, for $75 per person. (Think of it as a progressive dinner/cocktail hour.) If you like it, watch the web site for other, more-extensive Texas-wide tours now being planned, focusing on wine 101; barbecue & beer; food, wine & art; and much more. Sounds like fun to me.
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