Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Taste of Dallas 2017

Taste of Dallas 2017

If you love all food. And you love all drinks. Taste of Dallas should be your new favorite holiday.


Night one was the Foodie Experience at Gilley's Dallas. Unlimited food samples was music to my ears (and my budget). Plus, tons of head chefs were in the house to demo their meals making for a great opportunity to learn from the best of the best. Sandwiches, pasta, fried rice - you name it and it was there. It is safe to say I over ate. #noragrets


Saturday was the 31st Annual Event at Fair Park. Tons of different activities for all age groups along with booths of local artisans. Oh, and EVEN MORE FOOD! 
For future reference, avoid a full stomach when you decide to take a ride on the Jeep obstacle course. Other than that, layer on that sunscreen and have a fabulous time enjoying all that Taste of Dallas has to offer.


Special shout out to Glenfiddich for inviting me out to their Experimental Dome for their array of sensory demonstrations featuring their Single Malt Scotches!
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blog and Brunch DFW at Fearing's Dallas

Located in the heart of Uptown and well-known for their elevated American cuisine, Fearing's Dallas was the destination for this month's Blog and Brunch DFW! Our blogger friends were completely stoked about the brunch at Fearing's, but to be completely honest, I had known little about Fearing's before our meal, so I didn't get what the excitement was all about. This quickly changed as I pulled up to the valet at the Ritz Carlton. The sophisticated furniture, the sparkling chandelier, and the large windows lining the walls - to say Fearing's is an elegant dining space would be an understatement. As expected, the food is nothing short of elegant either.

We basically ordered the entire brunch menu (besides all the starters), and here's the 4-1-1.


BREAKING BREAD

Between the four options under Breaking Bread, my top pick would be the classic Buttermilk Biscuits. They are like little fluffy pillows. The perfect texture combined with a more than adequate amount of butter. Carbs and butter? Sign me up!


STARTERS

We tried a few of the starters, but my favorites were the Chilled Shrimp Campeche Cocktail and the Dean's Tortilla Soup. Okay, I'll be completely honest with y'all. Fearing's is not cheap. It's the type of place where the prices aren't listed on the menu! BUT, if you want to go for the experience and not break the bank, get these two appetizers. They were my absolute favorite items of the afternoon. The best shrimp cocktail and tortilla soup I've had in a while. 

(FYI - These are two separate starters. The photo below does not display full portions. We received sample sizes to try both, but I would've gladly eaten full portions for my entire meal.)






HOT PLATES

Try the BBQ A Bar N Ranch Beef Tenderloin and Dr. Pepper Braised Rosewood Ranch Short Ribs. They're not your ordinary brunch platters, but they are tasty and hearty.

Buffalo Chili Benedict 

Dr. Pepper Braised Rosewood Ranch Short Ribs
Crispy Fish Tacos
Gaby's Migas
Granny Fearing's 'Paper Bag Shook' Fried Chicken
BBQ A Bar N Beef Tenderloin
   


DESSERT

Three options available. It really depends on what you're wanting in that moment. You can't go wrong here.




Happy brunching, y'all!

Full menu here.

Tip: Try to find street parking if you want to save a few bucks on valet.


Thank you Fearing's Dallas for hosting a complimentary Blog and Brunch DFW. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

True Food Kitchen's Newest Location at Legacy West

If you haven't heard, the new Legacy West development in Plano is making MAJOR moves. Announcements of new shops and restaurants are constantly being released. Fortunately for North Dallas, many favorites in the city are making their way up to the area, most notably True Food Kitchen!


I never made it to the Dallas location so I can speak to whether the Plano location lives up to the reputation, but I can say, that the Plano location lived up to all the hype! As you're entering the restaurant, you'll notice a spacious, open concept with green accents, which compliments the wholesome and healthy menu.


A girlfriend and I headed up North a couple weekends ago for brunch, and we could not be happier with our meal. Everything from the cocktails to entrees were spectacular. The best part was that we felt good about the food we put in our bodies and didn't regret a thing walking out of True Food Kitchen.


APPETIZERS


Torched Avocado - cucumber noodle, mushroom, snap pea, radish, sesame, tumeric ponzu


Edamame Dumplings - dashi, white truffle oil, asian herbs


ENTREES


Scottish Steelhead Salmon - smoked onion farro, arugula, roasted beet, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto


Grilled Fish Tacos (left) - avocado, greek yogurt, cilantro, pickled onion, anasazi bean, cotija cheese


COCKTAILS

Honey & Grapefruit Mimosa and Cranberry & Pomegranate Mimosa


DESSERTS


DESSERTS

Flourless Chocolate Cake and Coconut & Chia Seed Flan

Definitely recommend the Chia Seed Flan!


We were thoroughly impressed with everything we ordered. Our conclusion - you can't really go wrong with any of their offerings. We can't wait to go back and try more!

Full menu here.


Thank you True Food Kitchen for inviting us in for a complimentary preview of the new location. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Texas Spice Artisan Dinner Series with Community Beer

Two months later, I returned to Texas Spice's monthly Artisan Dinner Series. As you may have seen on our Instagram, this month's featured brews from Community Beer Co. Our meal was absolutely fantastic, as to be expected from Chef Donald Chalko. He never fails to impress!


Course 1
Braised Bison Short Rib & English Pea Agnolotti
Paired with Community Public Ale


Course 2
Guajillo Butter Poached Prawns
Paired with Community Mosaic IPA



Course 3
Smoked Beef Tenderloin & Charred Onion and Truffle Gold Potato Gratin
Paired with Community Oak Mosaic



Course 4
Fresh Orange Tart with Cilantro Lime Gel
Paired with Community Witbier

Be sure to catch next month's Dinner at Texas Spice! Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on what's to come in June!


Thank you Texas Spice for comping our dinner tickets. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Hari Mari is a Dallas Brand!

I've always known about Hari Mari. I've seen their flip flops in shops around town. I may have even shopped their online website a couple times. It wasn't until recently that I found out that they are based here in Dallas!


Hari Mari is a flip flop brand that started here in Dallas by a couple who knew two things: 1) they had an unhealthy obsession with flip flips, and 2) they wanted to continue making philanthropic efforts after moving back to the states from Indonesia after a few years.



Since then, the power couple has cultivated a brand of flip flops with various color combinations and extreme comfort! Hari Mari has a variety of types of flops of different material and levels of cushion. However, all flaunt a Memory Foam Toe (only available in Hari Mari flops), a cylinder of memory foam encased with a soft nylon to help grip toes and reduce abrasion. Best part is, the break-in period is non-existent, which is relatively rare with most premium flip flops.


This year, Hari Mari turned 5 years old, and they are making large strides in the flip flop industry. You can find their products across the US and internationally as well!



More on Hari Mari here.

For reference if you plan to order your flip flops online, I am typically a 6 1/2 and got a 7, and they fit perfectly.

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