Archive for August, 2011

Delicious Doesn’t Do It Justice…PoPaLiCious Paletas

Posted by    |    August 17th, 2011 at 10:05 am


Natural. Organic. Naturally sweetened.  These buzz words aren’t just hype; Americans are on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon and starting a food revolution.  (Thanks to Jamie Oliver for giving us a jump-start.) Oh sure, you know where you can get veggies and fruit to cook a healthy meal with, but what about something for the sweet tooth?  The secret is out: paletas are the sweet treat you’ve been looking for with less calories than that slice of lemon cake at Starbucks (fruit bars are 50-60 calories!) You don’t have to travel to Mexico to experience the sweet, cool, and divine flavors of chilly paletas any longer, because local treat connoisseur Pamela Rueda has you covered. (more…)

No Longer Developing: Cooter’s Cameras to Close

Posted by    |    August 10th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Founded by Al Cooter in 1941 and a staple of Highland Park Village, Cooter’s Village Cameras will close on Saturday, marking the end of a era for a popular Park Cities retailer. Virtually every Park Cities resident has at one time wandered into the store, generally regarded as one of the finest camera stores in the southwest. Cooter’s was a place where professional photographers could get their $30,000 Leica serviced, or little old ladies could get a set of Kodak prints from their disposable camera. Ably managed by brothers Kirk and Chriss Cooter (Chriss is the one that, to my recollection, has never smiled), the store has been a treasure. In my early days of owning Park Cities People, we would often have to get photo supplies or emergency processing done there. The guys always gave a fair price, but ultimately, online photo retailers like B&H Photo out of New York have  stolen market share away from local stores. A tragedy, especially given that the Cooter’s staff was probably the most knowledgeable photography team around. Standing ovation to a great family owned business who served its community with devotion and professionalism for 70 years.

Dip into Dive

Posted by    |    August 2nd, 2011 at 11:49 am

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I’ve been having a mini love affair with Dive for a while now, and I think it’s time I finally spoke out about it. I love it so much. I love the coastal cuisine, I love the soothing white and mint interior and I love the fact that you can dip pretty much every entree (love to dip).

But I’m not just going to go on some rant about how awesome it is. There are some negatives. Mainly, the prices. Honestly, it’s a little too pricey for me to go as often as I would like to (I just can’t bring myself to pay $12 for a little ahi tuna every day). But when you think about it, there’s really no where else like it. It’s tacos, ceviche and wraps are unmatched in my opinion. So while I wish the prices were lower, I’m willing to shell out a little extra change to keep my coastal cuisine taste buds satisfied.