via Carnival Barker's

Oak Cliff-based writer Jose Ralat Maldonado of the Taco Trail gives us his favorite tacos of 2014. Included are the barbacoa roja estilo sinaloa at Los Torres taqueria and the tacos rojos at Morales Restaurant.

The coffee scene in our neighborhood is becoming intense. Cultivar Coffee and Tea is planning to open a new location at Jefferson Tower in the next few months.

And a new ice cream shop is planning to open here this year. Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams, which has a location at the Truck Yard off Lower Greenville, also is taking a space at Jefferson Tower.