Sunday, October 16, 2016

#ButFirstBrunch at Happiest Hour

This week we had work, errands, laundry ... but first, brunch!

I've always believed that breakfast has the best meal options. Savory and sweet, how can someone argue? Over at Happiest Hour, they have mastered some truly inspired dishes that will satisfy every pallet.

For a truly southern meal order the Biscuits + Gravy made with jalapeno venison gravy. This was the only meal on the menu that the chef wasn't able to make dairy free for me. It smelt amazing and the house-made biscuits looked so fluffy and flakey I have no worry that they weren't everything I would have expected them to be. But no worries, something even more tempting was on it's way...

PANCAKES, PEOPLE! Otherwise known as Sugar Rush Hotcakes, they are topped with peanut butter and nutella pebbles and drizzled with blueberry apricot compote. I'm not even sure what to tell you other than these pancakes were hands down amazing, and I couldn't stop myself from taking bite after bite.

To be dairy-free, mine wasn't topped with hollandaise.

We decided that the Rise & Shine Sandwich would easily be our go-to choice since we are usually pretty classic in our meal choices. Bacon, shoestring hashbrowns, and fresh avocado are hugged between two slices of sourdough bread, topped with two eggs and hollandaise. Flip that egg to the inside, cut in half, and get to attacking this messy but delicious sandwich.

The Crab Cake Benedict puts a fresh twist on the typical eggs benedict. The crispy crab cake added so much flavor and texture that my tongue was singing.

For a meal more on the side of lunch than breakfast, order the Shrimp + Grits. With a bit of a spicy kick and plenty of shrimp to fill you up, this dish reminded me a lot of some of my favorite shrimp gumbos. I imagine it would pair amazingly with a Bloody Mary.

Did I mention the Frose yet? Frozen rose wine. Um, yes please. The alcoholic slushie of your dreams.

Everything is either made in-house or is locally sourced from the Harwood District - cheers to supporting local! A great spot with amazing views and perfect patios puts the cherry on top of a beautiful weekend in our favorite city. Oh, and don't forget to ask for David to get some grade A service.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

#NationalTacoDay Round-Up

Alright y'all, let's taco 'bout this Taco Tuesday because it just so happens to also be National Taco Day, and there are specials going on everywhere! We've rounded up everything we could find so you can just focus on stuffing your face with tacos, tacos, and more tacos!

1. Favor Dallas - FREE deliveries from Velvet Taco

2. The Mucky Duck Bar - $1 Tacos all day

3. Fuzzy's Taco Shop - Dollar Tacos

4. Rusty Taco on Greenville - 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages to food banks and an additional $1 for every Facebook and Yelp check-in. Dallas Observer Tacolandia ticket giveaways, $2 Dos Equis specials, and a chance to win a $100 giftcard from 6-8pm.

5. Taqueria La Ventana - $1 tacos from 3pm-6pm at all locations

6. On the Border - 50 cent mini crispy tacos all day, all you can eat 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

National Coffee Day + Dallas Coffee Day 2016 Giveaway!

We all know coffee is the blood of life, so let’s make sure we celebrate National Coffee Day with caffeine flowing through our veins!

Magnolias Sous Le Pont
7a-7p Half-priced drip coffee
5-7p FREE pastry with the purchase of a specialty pour-over partnered with live music
from F O X J A R and an art show

Opening Bell Coffee
$4 Iced Lavender Lattes

White Rock Coffee
For every drink bought this Thursday, White Rock is donating $1 to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas! Show up at any of their three locations to be a part of the act.

For every cup of brewed Mexico Chiapas coffee sold, Starbucks is giving away a free coffee tree to a coffee farmer. Why? A fungus that attacks trees called coffee rust, is seriously affecting coffee farms. The donated trees are rust-resistant – viva la trees!

Krispy Kreme
Free small coffee AND a free classic glazed donut. This is heaven.

Dunkin’ Donuts
Any medium cup of coffee for just 66 cents.

Dairy Queen
During Happy Hour, 2-5p you can get:
$1 small iced coffee
$2 Ultimate Frappe
$2 Premium Fruit Smoothie

Smoothie King
BOGO – buy a Coffee High Protein Smoothie of any size and receive a free 20oz smoothie

Don’t sweat it if Thursday isn’t enough to celebrate our beloved coffee.

Dallas Coffee Day is Saturday, October 15th!

Ascension, Avoca, Cultivar, Edison, Eiland, Noble Coyote, Novel, Oak Cliff, Tweed, West Oak, and Handground will all be participating at this year's Dallas Coffee Day.

For $15 you walk away with a Dallas Coffee Day logo mug and tote bag, coffee tastings from all roasters, cuppings, latte art throwdown, espresso bar, and an origin talk.

And don’t forget to bring some extra cash to enjoy some of the cities best street tacos from Oak Cliff Trompo!

We are thrilled to be partnering with Dallas Coffee Collective to bring y'all a giveaway for two tickets to the coffee event of the year!


To enter:

1. Tag your friends on our coffee day post on Instagram. Each tag counts as an entry!
2. Make sure you're following @thefindingdallasblog and @dallascoffeecollective.
3. For an extra entry, subscribe to the blog and let us know in the comments!

If you want to ensure your tickets now, you can purchase them here.

The winner will be announced on Friday.

Now, go enjoy this brilliant caffeinated holiday!

Photo credit goes to Dunkin' Donuts and Dallas Coffee Collective.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Planet Sub

Every so often, I get the biggest craving for a nice, hearty sub sandwich. I normally end up at the nearest Subway or Firehouse Subs because it's familiar and guaranteed to satisfy my craving, but I finally stepped outside my comfort zone and into our local Planet Sub.

Planet Sub is situated in the heart of Deep Ellum off of Commerce Street. Unfortunately, this means parking will be a pain, especially if you're going over the weekend. (If you're okay with pick up or delivery, they offer these options as well!)

The interior is urban and spunky. I love the makeshift tables made of refurbished doors. How creative!

As you walk in, you'll go straight to the front counter, order your meal, receive your playing card, then sit back and relax while you wait for your sub!

I got the Super Hero with Salami, Pepperoni, Spicy Capicola, Provolone, Red Onions, Lettuce, Banana Peppers, Oregano, Oil & Vinegar. The sandwich was a decent size and completely satisfying. While Planet Sub can't beat the wallet-friendly prices at Subway, the premium on their sandwiches is well worth it because they only use premium ingredients and even bake their bread fresh every day!

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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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