Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

El Chico - 2/19 – 2/25
$4 Cucumber Chili Margarita

Cantina Laredo - 2/18 – 2/22
$8 Perfect Patron Rita

Taqueria La Ventana - 2/22
$2 el Jimador Margaritas and $2 Chambord Swirls
Free samplings will be offered from 3-5pm at the Addison location,
and from 5-7pm at the Downtown Dallas location

On The Border - 2/21-2/22
$2 House Margarita

Snuffers - 2/20 - 2/26
$3 Frozen or On The Rocks Margaritas

Urban Taco - 2/22
$5 Hibiscus Margarita On The Rocks

Mother Trucker's - 2/22
$3 Margaritas All Day

504 Bar and Grill - 2/22
$3 House Margaritas and $7 Top Shelf Margaritas from 6:30-9:30pm

Asador - 2/22
From 5-10pm the Asador will be featuring $5 margaritas...
The Razzle, The Kinky Berry, and the Flama De Asador

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Texas Spice Artisan Dinner Series with TX Whiskey

Earlier this month, Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas Hotel launched a new monthly Artisan Dinner Series. Each month, guests will enjoy dishes created by the Chef of Texas Spice with cocktail pairings, featuring local beverage companies. We had the honor of attending February's installment with TX Whiskey. Let me start off by saying how outstanding our night was. Everything, and I truly mean EVERYTHING, was absolutely incredible

As far as TX Whiskey goes... WOW! Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. from Fort Worth really struck gold with this whiskey. TX Whiskey smells like vanilla bean, oak, and pear, tastes like honey butter, banana, caramel, and coffee, and is 82 proof! Learn more about Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. here.

Thanks to Texas Spice, we were able to enjoy some tasty craft cocktails, created by their very own bartenders! Their spin on a Mint Julep may be my new favorite whiskey drink. I fell in love with how light it tasted and would gladly sit on their patio every weekend to sip on this delight. Another great drink of the night was the Witty Comeback. The flavor was so amazing and wasn’t too heavy even though it was a whiskey drink.

Now, let's get to the food!

Onion Soup

Let's just say, one of us (the one that can eat all that cheesy goodness) scarfed down that soup!

Crisp Braised Pork Belly and Seared Diver Scallop

I’ll be honest here. Scallops are still a texture I’m trying to get used to, so I tend to shy away from eating them. But, hello! I was pleasantly surprised by not only how well it was cooked, but how flavorful it was. The Crispy Braised Pork Belly was the perfect pair in texture. It was so tender and basically melted in our mouths.

Tri Chili Rubbed Beef Tenderloin, Braised Beef Cheek Croquette, Whole Grain Mustard Whipped Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Smoked and Seared Shitake Mushrooms

Every bite was different, delicious, and amazing with so many flavors on the plate. The Beef Tenderloin was so soft and well seasoned, easily one of the best steaks in Dallas. Maybe Texas Spice will start packaging that Tri Chili Rub to sell (wink, wink)?

Apricot Sticky Toffee Pudding

Let me be honest, it was painful to watch the others around me eat this dessert because of how pretty it looked, not to mention all the "mmmm" sounds going on around me. I was told the dessert was not too sweet but completely decadent. If there was a way to make this dairy free, someone please share!

Berry Tacos

Now these aren’t on the menu, but pudding wouldn’t be pudding without dairy, right? Chef Kristina Kent made me these special Berry Tacos covered in cinnamon sugar. I was already stuffed when they brought these out, but I devoured every bite of them anyways.

Bottomline: the food at Texas Spice is nothing to mess with. Sourcing locally allows every plate to be flavorful and fresh meaning you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

And to Chef Donald Chalko, I truly want to thank you for your work in creating plates that were dairy-free. It means a lot to be able to try all the same food and not be left starving!

The next Artisan Dinner will feature Trinity River Distillery on Friday, March 10 from 6:30-10:00pm. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit their Facebook event here.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Concert

With Valentine's Day officially behind us, we are already gearing up for St. Patty's Day!

As you all may know, the St. Patrick's Day Parade off Greenville always ends in a big concert bash! This year, the concert will feature JIMMY EAT WORLD along with Roony and The Unlikely Candidates. 

The concert will be held at Energy Square Parking Lot, located at the corner of Greenville and University. Gates open at noon.

Ticket info:

GA - $15
VIP - $85
*Exclusive offer* - Lucky Me + 3 - 4 GA tickets for $50 ($12.50 per ticket)

Take advantage of this offer, as there is limited availability! Click here to purchase tickets.

As we get closer to the big day, we will be posting more about St. Patrick's Day festivities going on in Dallas this year. Stay tuned!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Hypnotic Emporium

Things are shaking up at Hypnotic Emporium! Last week, Hypnotic Emporium rolled out four brand new "Hyppie Shakes", and they are all every kid's (or inner kid's) dream!

Smores - chocolate ice cream, marshmallow topping, chocolate syrup, toasted marshmallows, whipped cream, and waffle cone

Quintuple Chocolate - chocolate ice cream, white chocolate syrup, chocolate syrup, chocolate covered pretzels, and brownie bits

Cereal Killer - vanilla ice cream, fruity pebbles, whipped cream, and cherry

Candy's Bar - peanut butter cup, butterfinger pieces, caramel, chocolate, vanilla ice cream, chocolate, and cherry

Growing up, I had quite the obsession with fruity pebbles. Every Saturday morning, I would pour myself a bowl of fruity pebbles to enjoy while watching Saturday morning cartoons. So when I saw the Cereal Killer, I was sold. 

Man oh man were my taste buds soaring with every sip. It tastes exactly like a bowl of cereal but in shake form! Who could hate that?!

If you've never been to Hypnotic Emporium, this shop will put you in a state of nostalgia. The classic candies, marble countertops, and ice cream display case is exactly how you would remember an ice cream/candy shop from your younger years.

Another must-try at Hypnotic Emporium is their donut ice cream sandwiches. Choose up to 3 of their Beth Marie's ice creams, sourced from Denton, and either a regular or chocolate donut from their very own Hypnotic Donuts (next door)! I went with Pralines 'n Cream in a regular donut, drizzled with caramel. Best ice cream sandwich I've had in a long while. The donut is surprisingly crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. It's I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E.

Click here to visit their website.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fuzzy's New Chicken Fried Taco

As of last week, Fuzzy's taco shop officially unveiled their new Chicken-Fried Taco - hand-battered and fried fajita-style beef or chicken, latin-fried potatoes, a creamy verde sauce, and shredded cheese, served on a flour tortilla. This one is for those who adore Southern comfort food but love tacos! It stays true to Southern flavors, while adding flair with the verde sauce.

Also, found this gem of a patio space at the Deep Ellum location! It's perfect for the beautiful weather we've been having.

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