Sunday, March 19, 2017

Toasted Coffee + Kitchen

The rumors are true, I finally got Toasted! After seeing and hearing all the buzz about Toasted on social media and, funny enough, the radio, I finally got to see what all the talk was about for myself. Here's everything you need to know about this new hot spot in deep lower Greenville.

Toast. So simple, yet so much room for so much more. Toasted was created based on a concept in San Francisco. Owner of Toasted, Bob Sinnott found something that had to be brought to Dallas, but of course, a bigger and better version. Because there's no other way to do things in Texas, right?

Walking into Toasted, I imagined a small low key place, and it turned out to be the complete opposite. Not that I'm complaining. I am absolutely obsessed with the industrial and rustic styled space. Meant to be a place to dine, catch up with friends, grab a drink, or work, Toasted has tons of open space to accomodate every need. They've even extended the space with a nook upstairs - a little more hidden for those looking for some quiet time.

Here's what to order:

For a savory option -

The Aloha - pulled pork with pineapple guajillo BBQ sauce, pineapple rico, coleslaw, & avocado. Y'all that pineapple slaw is EVERYTHING. Drizzle the BBQ sauce all over the toast and enjoy all the flavorful goodness!

Eggs in Jail - benedict poached egg, incarcerated in a circle of bacon and toast with hollandaise sauce. Their version of eggs benedict is ridiculously good. 

For a sweet option:

Ricotta Be Kidding - country bread, strawberries, ricotta cheese, and basil garnish. 

Toast Ma Goats - house bread, sweet goat cheese, pear slices, pecans, and honey drizzle. 

These are both cheese-lover's dream, not to mention the house-made toast that they're on. Most other restaurants will bring frozen dough and bake it "fresh" in house but not at Toasted. They start with the flour and build up the bread from there. 


What you also may not know about Toasted is that they have a full bar! Yes, food, coffee, AND drinks, this is seriously the perfect spot for any occasion.

Stay tuned for the launch of their new dinner menu coming soon! Until then, enjoy a menu of toasts available all day, breakfast, and lunch menus.

A big thank you to Toasted Coffee + Kitchen for providing our meal. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Toulouse - Regional Menu Week

Lombardi Family Concepts (aka Taverna, Penne Pomodoro, and Toulouse Cafe and Bar) has a new one-of-a-kind dinner series planned through 2017. Each month, all restaurants will feature a unique Regional Dinner Menu for one week - Taverna and Penne Pomodoro to showcase the cuisine of Italy and Toulouse Cafe and Bar to showcase the dishes of France. Owner of Lombardi Family Concepts, Alberto Lombardi said they're "using local ingredients and traditional preparation techniques" to capture the authentic flavors of France and Italy during their Regional Menu Week.

Last month, I experienced Toulouse’s Journey in Alsace menu. I had always heard great things about this restaurant and was excited that I would get to visit while they had this special menu available! 

At no surprise, Toulouse blew me away. Each course was unlike anything I've had recently, which was really refreshing. Disclaimer: I've never had authentic French food, but if someone said that the food at Toulouse was as authentic as it gets in Dallas, I would believe it! The flavors were not too overpowering or too heavy, and at the end of it all (THREE courses and THREE wine pairings), I wasn't uncomfortably stuffed.

Foie Gras Maison

Truite Fumee Maison


The featured dishes may be purchased separately at the listed prices or all together for a set price ranging from $35 to $59, depending on the location. Exquisite wine pairings are offered at an additional cost.

This month's Regional Menu Week starts next Monday, March 20, and will run until March 26. Here are menus for each concept:

- Toulouse – Journey In Normandie
- Taverna – Sagra dell’Agnello
- Penne Pomodoro – Veneto

Time to plan next week's GNO or date night!

Thank you Lombardi Concepts for comping our meal. As always, all opinions and thoughts are our own.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dallas Observer Iron Fork

Dallas Observer hosting their annual Iron Fork 2017 on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM at Centennial Hall at Fair Park.

The center stage will feature the Chef Challenge Moderated by Restaurateur Kent Rathbun. 

Two top chefs will receive a basket of ingredients provided by Whole Foods Market and will go head to head for the prestigious Iron Fork award. During the event, attendees will enjoy the chef challenge, unlimited tastings from over 40 local restaurants, alongside wine, beer and cocktail samplings. 

Ticket Information:
General Admission $35
VIP Admission $65
VIP Table Package $1500

*ticket prices will increase

We will be doing a giveaway for 2 tickets to the event as we get closer to the date! Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Dallas 2017
March 11th may not technically be St. Patricks day, 
but we are ready to celebrate anyway.
We rounded up the places to be
while you're decked from head to toe in green.

-March 11th-

St. Paddy’s Dash Down Greenville 5K
8am – 10am Central Market at Lovers Lane
Support The North Texas Food Bank and receive FREE beer when you’re done!
Get tickets here.

Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade
9am – 1pm
Greenville will be alive at the early hour but the parade doesn't step off until 11am.
 Starting at Greenville Ave and Blackwell and ending at SMU Boulevard, we suggest you get there early to grab a great spot!
Free shuttles from Mockingbird Dart Station will be running every 10 minutes to help you avoid the parking nightmares.

Get the VIP experience along the parade route this year with tickets to BrewFest.
VIP gives you faster service in line, two complimentary brews, and promotional swag! Oh, don't forget the upgraded port-o-pots.
Get your tickets here.

The Skellig Celebrates
Open at 10am
Kick off your day with brunch while the party starts
Come back at 4:30p for some jams by With Or Without U2

St. Patrick's Day Block Party
9am - 5pm
Beer, wine, and food available to keep your spirits high at this annual block party.
Three stages will be set up for live music
and free shuttles to get you to and from your car at Mockingbird Station.
$10 entry (cash at the door)     21+
no coolers or large bags/backpacks

Aw Shucks After Party
Open at 11am
With tons of drink and food options, Aw Shucks is expanding 
their patio into the parking lot – plenty of room for the whole crew to get together.

Post-Greenville Parade Party
11am at the Truck Yard
Live music and lucky drink specials at this after party!
Dallas Observer’s St. Patrick’s Day Concert feat. Jimmy Eat World
12pm – 6pm Energy Square
Great music and tons of food make for the perfect Saturday.
Don’t forget to grab your tickets here.
Use Uber promo code SPDCONCERT17 for up to $10 off your first two rides!

St. Patrick’s Day Music Festival
The Crown and Harp at 1pm
All day FREE music festival is music to our ears!
Ryker Hall, Bayleigh Cheek, I Happy Am, Total Voltage, Billy Brown & Southern Junction, ManifestiV, The Gypsy Bravado, Kites and Boomerangs, The High Moons

Parkit Market's Green Beers and Burgers
Open at 10am
Don't let the team in the back turn green for no reason,
hit up Parkit Market for the food and drink combo that deserves an insta post

Sundown at Granada + Granada Theater
Perfect location off of Greenville, beer, partiers and 
if you survive until 8pm, music by Sleigh Bells.
Get tickets here.

Yucatan Taco Stand

Kegs and Eggs at Henderson Tap House
RSVP here for discounted drinks
A ticket gets you into the pre-party shenanigans which includes any brunch item,
bloody marys, and mimosas for 3 hours. Get your $30 tickets here!

PSA: HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE so you can be ready for round 2

- March 17 -

Happiest Hour
Enjoy tons of drink specials including $4 ice cold green beer and $6 Jameson
while you fill up on a hearty Wagyu Shepherd's Pie
The Skellig
Open at 2pm
Live music starts at 4 and celebrates with bagpipes and Irish dancers at 6:30pm.
Irish food, beer, and entertainment - what more could you ask for?

Saint Pats Shamrock It Out at Bar Louie
11am - 2am
ALL DAY $4 green beer and $6 Jameson

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Drip Coffee

About a year ago, I was on the hunt for a new coffee shop when I stumbled across Drip Coffee. I spent a few hours sipping on my latte and working at the shop and was all in all mildly unimpressed. Fast forward a year, I came back to Drip Coffee to give it another try, and now I'm beating myself up for depriving myself of their coffee for so long!

Drip Coffee join the Park Cities family in 2005 and has since become a local favorite because of their high quality coffee. And for the coffee snobs out there (you know who you are), Drip roasts all of their beans in house and in small batches to ensure that their coffee is served at its peak flavor. You will also find a huge variety of beans from different origins. The list is quite impressive.

The Laura -  a half caffeinated double shot Americano with steamed almond milk. Drip Coffee has so many loyal customers, who have ordered one drink so often that their specific drink has overtime came to be named after that person. Shout out to Laura, you have great taste!

Proof that Drip roasts their coffee beans themselves! These are the green/unroasted coffee beans imported internationally.

The Brain Freeze - similar to a Frappuccino from Starbucks. Keep in mind that this is the only drink that cannot be made with almond or soy milk. Everything else can!

Chemex - Have you seen one of these contraptions and wondered what the heck it is? You're not the only one! I have always known it was used for coffee but had never seen it in action. It turns out that the chemex is used for large batch pour overs! One of Drip's coffee experts gave me the full run down, and I learned that pour overs are such a simple yet intricate coffee brewing method. Nonetheless, the final product is completely worth the time and effort that goes into it.

The Nitro - Drip's cold brew on tap! I would definitely recommend this for any beer lovers. It has the consistency of a Shiner, full-bodied and smooth, but with a strong caramel and chocolate coffee flavor. The Nitro's flavor is dynamic and will give you that jolt of energy to get you through the day.

There are tons of big things happening at Drip! As of last week, they announced their new happy hour - 20% off from 12-2pm Monday - Friday! And I got word that they'll be opening up a second location in the near future! I can't wait to see what else they bring to the Dallas coffee scene. Keep an eye out, as we'll be sure to keep y'all in the loop with any new developments as we hear about them!

More about Drip Coffee here.

A big thank you to Drip for the coffee and brewing tips! As always, all opinions and thoughts are our own.
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