Dallas's favorite chef has a new kitchen; Dior coming to Dallas


We've had an arduous relationship with the Trinity River. The toll road is dead at last, and now there's a plan for a park between the levees. The Trinity Park Conservancy's plan for Harold Simmons Park includes "fake hills, fountains and little bridges all over the place." There's even a cute park for the kiddos. What's not on the blueprint? Roads and definitely no re-wilding. Groundbreaking is set for 2020 and opening 2022. (Dallas Observer/Oak Cliff Advocate/KERA)

Better make it rain: Apartments are stupid expensive. Now they're small and expensive. The average Dallas apartment's square footage shrunk 8 percent while rents increased 48 percent in the past decade. (Dallas Observer)

No cigar: The developer planning to buy the Dallas Morning News' former building for $33 million canceled the deal. KDC and investor Hoque Global had planned to purchase the building and pitch it as Amazon's second headquarters. (Dallas Business Journal

Don't get excited, potheads: The Texas Agriculture Commissioner wants to legalize industrial hemp. If legalized, farmers could use it for crop rotation. And, no, you can't get high off of hemp. (KERA)

House of Dior:
Drool over Dior at the Dallas Museum of Art's upcoming exhibit featuring 70 years of the French fashion house's history and couture. The show runs May-Sept. 2019. (CultureMap)

Good thing we have Google: The host of KERA's "Anything You Ever Wanted to Know" is tuning out, and so is the show, which he hosted for 12 years. Last chance to ask Jeff Whittington any burning questions is Friday. After that, he'll be on the road, living the van life. (KERA/Lakewood Advocate)
Ex-Cowboy testifies: Josh Brent testified about the night drunk driving killed his best friend and Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown in 2012. Brent, who is serving 10 years in prison for the death, was wasted and driving 110 miles per hour when he flipped his Mercedes. His testimony was part of a civil lawsuit brought by Brown's mother. (DMN)

You dropped something: Police identified a hit-and-run driver Friday after she left her front license plate at the scene of the accident. Jeanette Alvarez, 33, was speeding when she hit a pedestrian who was walking in the right lane. The 59-year-old victim died at the hospital. (DMN)
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The Big Wide Open
Inspired by open fields, wide vistas and even the tiniest details that bring magic to a larger landscape, The Gallery at North Haven Gardens presents ‘The Big Wide Open’. (Learn More)

Terilli's on Greenville hosts a Happy Hour daily from 4-7 p.m. What are you waiting for?

Fa, la, la, la: Time to show off your holiday spirit! Showcase your blow-up Santas and your light shows with the Advocate's "Deck the Hood" Contest. (Submit)
Breakfast at your doorstep: Fast-casual Panera is making breakfast real fast with its new delivery option — Dallas is one of the first cities on the list. (Baking Business)

New kitchen, new hood: Chef Anastacia Quinones and her flavored tortillas have a new home at José in Preston Hollow. Quinones headed up Cedars Social, Kitchen LTO and Oddfellows. (Eater)

Tending now: Brunch at Snooze, An A.M. Eatery, Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, Sixty Vines, and a few others are trending based on Yelp traffic. Someone put together a whole lot of statistics to figure out Dallas loves and wants brunch. What's new? (Hoodline)
Grab your ugliest sweater and head up to the GeO-Deck for holiday cheer, drinks and a little Christmas bingo. Santa may stop by to give free gifts and prizes. (Details)
— Taste f
ree Ben Milam bourbon drinks and pecan pie at Katy Trail Ice House during the Ben Milam Whiskey Good Tidings Tour.

— Head to the Bath House Cultural Center for its annual Holiday Party. Make ornaments and gingerbread houses while sampling hors d'oeuvres and libations. (Details)
If “treat yo' self” is the motto this holiday season, then snag a ticket for the "Back to My Roots" Italian Wine Dinner by Chef Giuliano Matarese in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Mille Lire. (Details)

Watercolor & Wine
Prepare your palette and brush up on your painting skills at North Haven Gardens on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1:30-4 p.m. Learn expert watercolor techniques while you enjoy wine and snacks from our Café in the inspirational surroundings of our Gallery, with all supplies included. (Sign Up Here)