Thursday, September 22, 2016

Deep Ellum Welcomes Emporium Pies

The beloved Emporium Pies has officially expanded to Deep Ellum!

After having a home in Bishop Arts and McKinney, and trickling into numerous restaurants and coffeeshops around the metroplex, it was about time they opened up a new shop.

I first fell in love with their pies a few years ago in Bishop Arts when I tried their Smooth Operator. The french silk chocolate with a pretzel crust had me sold almost instantaneously. Since then, that decadent pie had been my number go-to. That is, until I welcomed their Cloud Nine pie into my life. This is a three layer cream pie. Yes, y'all, THREE layers! And they incorporate a house-made caramel butterscotch custard and toasted brown sugar meringue.

It may be both a blessing and a curse to be so close to these heavenly pies. (A curse on my waistline that is.)

As of last week, the new location is officially open, and it's so new, they are no where to be found on google maps! I've linked Pecan Lodge below, as they are now next door neighbors!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Vodka Fest at Cool River Cafe + Giveaway

Calling all vodka lovers! Cool River Cafe in Irving will be hosting VODKA FEST on Saturday, September 24, beginning at 7:30pm. Whether you enjoy your vodka shaken as a Martini or with a splash of fruit in a Cosmo, you will get to enjoy it all with 20 different craft vodkas from all around the world. Not to mention, mixologists from across the country will be creating the cocktails. Appetizers will of course be provided as well.

This will surely be a fun event, complete with raffles and prize giveaways throughout the night. Following the event, attendees will enjoy live music by Derek Anthony!

Tickets information:
$30 in advance
$35 at the door


To enter to win 2 FREE tickets to Vodka Fest:

1. Find our Instagram post and tag your friends! Each tag counts as an entry.
2. Make sure you're following us (@thefindingdallasblog).
3. For an extra entry, subscribe to the blog and comment below (or on our Insta post) that you did!

The winner will be announced tomorrow!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Cantina Laredo + Avocado Margaritas

Introducing Cantina's Laredo new Avocado Margarita. Smooth, creamy, with 1800 Añejo Tequila, this new beverage is available only through the fall season.

Being the perfect patio drink, it's only fitting to order the fresh Table-Side Guacamole. The balance of the lime juice, tomatoes, and onions will have you reaching for more with every bite.

Cantina Laredo is well known for their authentic Mexican food. I tried the Camaron Poblano Asada for the first time, as recommended by my lovely waiter. It had been awhile since I had last dined at Cantina, so I couldn't remember what to expect. I was absolutely blown away by my entree though. The steak was extremely tender, and combined with the poblano pepper, it was excellent.

Finish your meal off with the Mexican Apple Pie. Sizzled in Mexican Brandy Butter and topped with your choice of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream, you will not be disappointed.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Smoked Dallas + Giveaway

We are about a week from Smoked Dallas! Keep reading to learn about this "deliciously curated" Music and BBQ Festival and maybe enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Smoked meats, smokin’ good tunes, and a relaxed, down-to-earth good time are just around the corner! OnSaturday, September 24th SMOKED DALLAS will welcome Texas food lovers with barbecue from 15 famed Texas pitmasters including first time additions of Pecan Lodge, 18th and Vine, plus Austin’s Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. Barret Black, fourth generation pitmaster from Black’s  says "Smoked has turned into a family reunion of sorts for Black's BBQ getting to hang out with our Dallas area fans and fellow pitmasters. Dallas gets very excited about barbecue and Smoked keeps getting better every year only furthering the passion.” Not only will Smoked feature barbecue from award-winning pitmasters, Dallas’s very own Chef Dean Fearing will serve up his own take Southern barbecue while Café Momentum will serve veggie sides and Haute Sweets Patisserie will handle desserts.

Along with a full day of barbecue tasting SMOKED DALLAS also features a day long concert featuring platinum-selling Ft. Worth rock outfit the Toadies. Dirty River Boys, Shinyribs, The Roomsounds, Dean Fearing's Lost Coyote and Madison King will also perform.

The Olympics in Rio may have just ended but you still have time to watch and enter SMOKED DALLAS' Trailer Park Olympics, presented by the Double Wide.  Games will include Armadillo Racing, Chicken Sh*t Bingo, Mechanical Bull Riding and a Toliet Seat Toss….imagine a game of horseshoes, using toilet seats and plungers. A curated selection of vendors will also be on hand including Belle & Chloe, Potheadz by Sarah Jaffe, Vintage Boots by Molly and Nails by Ms Patty Cakes.

$90 VIP ticket (Entry at 1:30 PM) Includes early entry, barbecue tastings and access to VIP areas. Stay all day and night for the concert.
$48 BBQ Tasting+Concert Combo Ticket (Entry at 2:30 PM) The best of both worlds - includes 2.5 hours of complimentary barbecue tastings from 2:30-5pm. Stay for the concert with the Toadies!!
$28 Concert Ticket (Entry at 5PM ) BBQ will be available for purchase inside the festival, while supplies last.

Children 6-12: $10
Children 5 and under: FREE


Black's BBQ*

BBQ on the Brazos

Bet The House BBQ
Chef Dean Fearing
Cousin's Bar-B-Q*
Heim Barbecue & Catering
Hutchins BBQ*
Lockhart Smokehouse*
Longorias BBQ*
Louie Mueller Barbecue*
Pecan Lodge Catering*
The Slow Bone
Schmidt Family Barbecue
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
18th & Vine Barbeque
Side Dishes: Cafe Momentum
Dessert by: Haute Sweets Patisserie 
* Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQ Joints

Madison King

To enter for the giveaway for 2 tickets to this year's Smoked Dallas:

1. Find our Instagram post, and tag a friend you'd like to pig out on BBQ with! Each tag will count as an entry.
2. Make sure you're following us! (@thefindingdallasblog)
3. For an extra entry, subscribe to the blog and comment below (on this blog post or Instagram post) letting us know you subscribed!

The winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon! Hope to see you all there!
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Oktoberfest Round Up!

As September rolls in and the weather becomes (somewhat) cooler, this can only mean one thing... OKTOBERFEST SEASON! I've already stocked up my fridge with all the Oktoberfest beers the local grocery stores have in stock, and it has got me pumped for the upcoming festivals we have going on around Dallas!

So here's our list of top places to toast and prost!

(One of the top 10 Oktoberfest events in the country!)

When: Thursday, September 15: 6pm-11pm (FREE ENTRY)
Friday, September 16: 6pm-midnight
Saturday, September 17: Noon-midnight
Sunday, September 18: Noon-6pm
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children (ages 4-12), free for children under 3
WhereAddison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr.  Addison, Texas 75001

When: Thursday, September 22 to Saturday, September 24
Tickets: $5 on Thursday, $10 on Friday and Saturday (If you purchase your ticket online by 9/21, you'll receive a FREE stein.), free for children under 12
Where395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

When: Saturday, October 1
Tickets: $40 (includes race entry, pint glass, dryfit event shirt, German-style food samples)
Where: 701 Galveston Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

When: Thursday, September 15 at 10am
Tickets: Free admission
Where665 S Lamar St #1, Dallas, TX 75202

WhenFriday, September 23: 4pm-11pm
Saturday, September 24: 10am-11pm
Sunday, September 25: Noon-5pm
Tickets: Free admission
Where111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069

Disclaimer: Photos used in this post were provided by a variety of PR firms.
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