September 2003 Issue

On the Cover

Love Thy Self-Help

America's notoriously needy readers certainly do—and for the robust health of this publishing genre, they have Dallas in general and Phil McGraw's agent in particular to thank.


Big Shots

In the sixties, when stars like the Beatles, Dinah Shore, and Marlene Dietrich descended on Dallas, Peggie and John Mazziotta captured them on film.

Lip Shtick

There are countless theories about why Dallas women are so crazy about makeup, but there's something approaching a consensus about the place to buy it. Which is why, against all odds, I found myself at the NorthPark Center Neiman's.



Everybody Loves Ray

As in Nasher, and everybody should. His $70 million sculpture center is the most eagerly anticipated arts opening in Dallas' history.


Pilot Error

Wondering what American Airlines CEO Don Carty was thinking when his plan to save the company blew up in his face? I certainly was. So I went to see him.

Food and Drink

The Fusion Thing

Don't make the mistake I did in assuming that Dallas dining is a white-bread world. This is the Latin Century, and these days Big D is all about Nuevo Latino.


All’s Fair

For 117 years, the State Fair of Texas has been part parade, part carnival, part livestock show, part museum—and all fun.



A Few Words With Ron Kirk

Evan Smith talks with former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk about life after politics and, well, politics.


Season’s Eatings

FIRE AND ICE Autumn will arrive on September 23 and fall fashions have been in the stores forever, but as usual, the thermometer might as well be hanging in a sauna. What to do? Have the season-spanning drink known as an affogato—a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of

Pegaso Café Mexicano y Taquería

HORSING AROUND My latest favorite spot for a cheap date is Pegaso Café Mexicano y Taquería, a bustling eat-and-run place in the heart of Dallas’ downtown financial district. At breakfast and lunch, this retro-hip creation of local restaurateur Monica Greene is all business. You line up, place your entrée

Fair’s Fair

The State Fair has seen it all, from a model of the Washington Monument made entirely out of human teeth to a visit by King Olaf V of Norway on Norweigian Day.

Word of Mouth

A GOOD SIGN After preparing for an academic career, Houston native Scott Tycer decided instead to do what he loved: cook. He set his sights on owning his own restaurant by age thirty, a feat he accomplished by thirty and a half. Three years later, Aries is thriving in Houston,

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Metro Editor

Senior executive editor Paul Burka talks about this month's special issue on Dallas.


Lobster Scallion Shooters

DUMPLINGS2 ounces sesame oil 4 cloves garlic — minced 2 each shallot — minced 1 stalk lemongrass — minced 2 ounces ginger — peeled and minced 1 pound lobster meat — chopped fine 1/4 cup tamari soy sauce 2 tablespoons sambal chili sauce 1 bunch scallion — chopped 2 tablespoons


Steak Tataki with Citrus Ponzu

Steak Tataki with Citrus Ponzu Recipe by Kent Rathbun, Abacus Executive Chef/Owner Serving Size:8 Preparation Time:1:30STEAK2 pounds sirloin steak — fat removed 8 cloves garlic — minced 6 each shallot — minced 1/4 cup tamari soy sauce 2 ounces ginger — peeled & minced 2 each limes — juiced 2



Straight Talk

SUPER MODEL Jerry Hall will be performing the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate September 17­21 in Austin and September 23­October 5 in Houston. Was modeling your first job? Did you ever have to sell shoes or anything like that? Yeah, I worked at the Dairy Queen and Wyatt’s



FAIR PLAY A little town to the west of Dallas gets a lot of ink in the national press for its stellar museums—and rightfully so. But Big D has its share of institutions that deserve recognition too. And this month you’ll discover there’s a lot to look at. Begin at


A Great Weekend In Houston

CRASH COURSE True Renaissance men (or perhaps today we should say “Renaissance people”) spend years mastering their broad-ranging interests. But for us wannabes, the Bayou City offers a shortcut to enlightenment the weekend of September 19-21. Well-roundedness 101 starts on Friday with a lesson in art. The Blaffer Gallery examines


Tune In

TAKE IT OUTSIDE There’s almost no substitute for an Austin City Limits taping. For starters, it’s free. Throw in the gratis drinks, the intimate setting, and the impressive acts, and it can’t be beat as a night on the town, even if the show is recorded on a studio set

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