Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Old Navy Helps You Show Your Gay Pride

So, the rest of the country celebrates pride in June, while Dallas does it in October (helloooo, that way we get to party twice, duh) But Old Navy is helping you celebrate this month.

Old Navy says on its Facebook page that it's selling Gay Pride T-shirts in select stores until supplies run out. The shirts will be available at the Galleria and Park Lane stores in Dallas.

The Dallas Voice has images of two of the T-shirts. The paper reports that 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the It Gets Better Project, an initiative to provide support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, who often face ostracism, bullying and discrimination.

Go get yours to support a great cause, get a cute shirt and have a good time!

BTW - this is good for straight people to show their support to! What? You didn't know you were supportive? Do you think it's wrong that people can be fired just for being gay? Yes? ~ Congratulations! You're one of the straight allies! Now go support your friends, interior decorator, handy-woman and Gay BFF!

Word on the Street: Buzzbrews is Coming and Cowboy Chow is Closing

From SideDish (yes, this is a cut and paste AND Late) :

Word on the street is that the Deep Ellum/Commerce St. location of Cowboy Chow is being taken over by D’s Best Breakfast favorite, Buzzbrews. In fact, this (last) weekend is the Chow’s last one in that location. Look for Buzzbrews to start slinging their hash to downtown brunchers, the 2 am Adair’s crowd, and hungover hipsters sometime in July.

Gift Ideas for Dad: Flyfishing in Dallas- for more than half off!

Via the Cut and Paste Department thanks to Travelzoo:

$80 - FLY-FISHING LESSONS ON PRIVATE LAKE, REG. $200 http://www.travelzoo.com/l/72883938-1039596/
Source: Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co.

For $80, cast a line in the waters around Dallas with two private fly-fishing lessons from Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. The lessons, a great Father's Day gift, include all necessary gear and would normally cost $200. The first 90-minute lesson meets at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. in downtown Dallas to cover the basics of knots, riggingand casting before heading to Turtle Creek to practice. Then, pick a weekend to go to Athens, where you will catch and release bass and sunfish on a four-hour trip. For $119 (regularly $300), get the same deal for two, and learn to fish with a friend.

To get this deal, purchase a voucher directly fromTravelzoo, then call Tailwaters to schedule your lessons.

Important:*This deal is valid once 25 are sold -- forward to friends!*Buy the voucher before 8 p.m. Monday, June 6.*The voucher can be redeemed starting Tuesday, June 7,through Nov. 6, 2011.

For more information on this deal from Tailwaters, click here: http://www.travelzoo.com/l/72883938-1039596/

Getting Ready for Father's Day at Bistro Watels

With just 2 weeks to go, it's time to start thinking abotu your father's day reservations and I've heard from a fave that Bistro Watel's will serve Father's Day Brunch from 11 until 2 at the new restaurant

BISTRO Watel’s is in the former York St space, near Lakewood at Live Oak and Skillman, the actual address is 6047 Lewis Street.

Reservations are required at 214 720 0323 or by email: mail@watels.com

They will offer the full menu plus egg dishes at the special price of 2 courses for $24, or 3 courses for $31. Yum!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thai Brunch and Cheap Mimosas at Malai Kitchen

Step one: wake up. Step two: head to the West Village Malai Kitchen. Here, you’ll grab a table on the patio, order up some Vietnamese french toast (made with banh mi bread) or eggs Benedict on a coconut biscuit, and—for this weekend only—sip on 25-cent mimosas. Those quarters have been burning a hole in your pocket.

411: Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm, Malai Kitchen, 3699 McKinney Ave, 214-599-7857

Shorts to Make You a Hit at the Next Pool Party

Lush is a just-dropped board short that's collage-style patched up w/ Mulisha-scripted-takes on beer logos and best of all, specially set up to semi-covertly tote up to 90oz of beer, so John Daly's going to have to wear four pairs, at least. In order to lug around all those suds, they've got two cargo-type pockets each equipped for a pair of tallboys, plus two skull-decorated straps on the back that're specially-reinforced for the weight of a can. Of course, there're side-pockets too (yes John Daly, each is about deep enough for a regular-sized can), plus the shorts come with an aluminum bottle opener attached to the inside of the side pocket.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Giving a Fake Phone Number that Connects to Your Real Phone Number

Ok, so we've all accidentally given out our real phone number to the wrong person on occassion. Here's a way to give out your number (in case you actually do want to talk to your next potential Sig-O) without having to worry about that individual blowing up your real phone number (why your previous Sig-O has "previous" in the name) and it saves you the hassle of giving them 972-444-3456 (which sounds fake and "Hello, and welcome to AOL Moviefone!")

Babble.ly provides a fake forwarding number you can give out freely and cut off at any time. Now, to think of an appropriately cool-sounding alias...Take care of this before you head to that annual pool party featuring too many jello shots.

Another Super Sale at Sigel's!

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, you can get your party on for less. I've listed a few of the specials below, but visit Sigel's to take advantage of this sale that is good for beer, wine and liquor

TGI Friday Mai Tai Ready to Drink Cocktails
Sale: $2.99, Reg $9.99 Save $7.00 (Duh)

Jarana Tequila
Reposado or Blanco
Huge 1.75 L
Sale: $ 15.99 , Reg: $ 41.99 Save: $26.00 (Super Duh)

Holiday Specials Sale Reg
SMIRNOFF (all flavors) Vodka 80 $14.99 $16.99
KETEL ONE (all flavors) Vodka 80 $25.99 $29.99
ABSOLUT (all flavors) Vodka 80 $23.99 $26.99
GREY GOOSE (all flavors) Vodka 80 $28.99 $33.99
BELVEDERE (all flavors) Vodka 80 $31.99 $36.99
SKYY (all flavors) Vodka 80 $16.99 $19.99
ULTIMAT Vodka 80 $39.99 $46.99
TITO'S Vodka 80 $17.99 $21.99
CIROC Vodka 80 $28.99 $35.99
CROWN ROYAL Canadian 80 $23.99 $29.99
JACK DANIEL'S BLACK Bourbon 80 $21.99 $24.99
JIM BEAM Bourbon 80 $15.99 $17.99
MAKER'S MARK Bourbon 90 $24.99 $28.49
WILD TURKEY Bourbon 101 $21.99 $24.99
KNOB CREEK Bourbon 100 $29.99 $33.99
BUSHMILLS Irish 80 $23.99 $27.99
JAMESON Irish 80 $23.99 $26.99
BACARDI Light, Dark,Select Rum 80 $12.99 $15.99
CAPTAIN MORGAN(all flavors) Rum 80 $15.99 $17.99
MALIBU (all flavors) Rum 48 $15.99 $18.99
BEEFEATER Gin 94 $19.99 $24.99
TANQUERAY Gin 95 $22.99 $25.99
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin 94 $24.99 $27.99
JOHNNIE WALKER RED Scotch 86 $22.99 $26.99
DEWAR'S Scotch 86 $22.99 $25.99
JOSE CUERVO Gold or Plata Tequila 80 $18.99 $21.99
SAUZA Gold or Silver Tequila 80 $14.99 $18.99
LUNAZUL Reposado or Blanco Tequila 80 $17.99 $19.99
PATRON Silver Tequila 80 $47.99 $53.99
DON JULIO Blanco Tequila 80 $44.99 $54.99

Karaoke Battle to get on TV

You've dreamed of being on reality TV, but didn't want to put on more weight for the Biggest Loser and you don't think that having 4 cases of wine in the house qualifies you for a slot on Hoarders (it doesn't, I'm just sayin')

House of Blues Dallas will host the local competition for Karaoke World Championships USA. Local competition is held on May 31st at 7 p.m. with winners qualifying for the finals on June 9th. The finalists are eligible to compete at the state level competition and a chance to appear on ABC’s new Karaoke Battle USA premiering Monday, August 8th at 10 p.m.

WHO: House of Blues® Dallas, Karaoke World Championships USA, and 106.1 KISS FM are joining forces to find the next Karaoke superstar and have a chance to appear on ABC’s new Karaoke Battle USA.

WHAT: A karaoke contest to qualify local contestants to compete in the state competition for Karaoke World Championships USA. House of Blues Dallas is qualifying one female and one male winner to compete at the state competition held in June.

WHEN: May 31, 2011 at 7p.m.

Regional Finals - June 9th, 10th, 11th, 2011 at House of Blues® Houston

Go warm up and get ready to sing!

Stay at the Adolphus for Just $55

That's right, you can stay at the Adolphus Hotel for as little as $55 a night. Seriously, this is for a number of different nights, not just the 3rd tuesday of the 6th month of the year ending in a 2. Built by beer baron Adolphus Busch in 1912 two blocks from Neiman Marcus’s flagship store, Dallas’s Adolphus Hotel has kept its place as a favorite among distinguished visitors for years. The draw? An Old World aesthetic with baroque furniture and paintings, a hyperattentive staff and an outstanding French restaurant — right in the middle of downtown. The French Room is consistently rated well, so why not splurge with all the money you saved and take your date out for a great dinner?

Click here to take advantage of this deal today!

Win a Free Tree!

Want to win a free tree? It's as simple as becoming a fan on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TexasTrees Go! Now!

Redbox Discount Code!

You can start your summer vacation (or not vacation) with a deal for 50 cents off any 1st night rental at Redbox using the code: MAY26

The code is only good for 1 use, and has to be used today, but why not make it a Redbox night? Make your reservation at www.Redbox.com

Wine for a Penny (1 cent that is)

This is the First Big Weekend of Summer and Winetastic is ready to Celebrate!

Their "Wine by the Glass" special runs today through the Holiday Weekend! Purchase one glass of wine and the 2nd is only 1 cent! That might even make me a cheap date!

Their Prosecco, Cava and Sparkling Wine Event was a huge success last week and I hear they still have some great Proseccos, Cavas and Sparkling wines in stock, so stop in soon for the best selection.

The will be closed on Memorial Day, but enjoy the special and stock up on some great wines for that Monday cookout(your Natty Light 6-pack was a bust last time, remember?)

Drink up!

Your Next Luxury Plane Car

This is a twenty-two foot long, seven-foot wide, four-wheel drive vehicle sits on a 1979 Jeep Cherokee chassis. This "Beechcraft" Car sports bench seating for up to fourteen passengers. The authentic steel pilot and co-pilot seats have matching upholstered cushions. There is a hand-carved instrument panel with unique military-style gauges. Also included in the sell is a large scrapbook highlighting the car’s history, with color photos and newspaper articles documenting every step of its unique transformation from military aircraft to show car. Here’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this unique creation.

It's the perfect gift for the girl or guy who has everything . . . except a plane car

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Start Your Engine for Less - IndyCar Series Tickets for $20

The IZOD IndyCar Series is blazing into Texas Motor Speedway, and tickets in rows 1-10 have been reduced to $20 (regularly $31) for the Firestone Twin 275s race on Saturday, June 11.

Get the best value from this deal in rows 11-28, where, for $55 (regularly $119), you'll receive a pre-race pit pass and an even better view. Or, for $75 (regularly $134), sit in padded chair-back seats in rows 29-48, and receive a pre-race pit pass.

Current IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Will Power and renowned drivers Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves will be looking for the checkered flag under the night sky in Fort Worth.

Click here to start your engine.

Gap Discount for a Good Cause

Gap's LET IT GO Event is still going on at the West Village in Dallas! Until May 29th, bring in your old/ unwanted clothes to Gap and receive 30% off your purchases! It's the perfect time to update your wardrobe for less, while cleaning out your closet and helping those in need.

Great Food, Great Price: Horne & Dekker for Half Off!

The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's Groupon presents another option when there are no illusionists handy: for $20, you get $40 worth of creative southern fare at Horne & Dekker. Click here to get the deal right now, or if you need convincing, keep reading.

Horne & Dekker's executive chef Corey Smith, born and trained in New Orleans, sates southern comfort cravings with deconstructed interpretations of classic comfort food dishes, earning the restaurant a spot on D Magazine's Best New Restaurants in Dallas 2010 list. Diners dig into the revolutionary menu inside the restaurant or on the climate-controlled patio with hardcore delicacies from below the Mason Dixon line such as golden-battered deep-fried frog legs and fries ($10), along with mainstream munchies including the crisp-shelled fried green tomatoes ($7).

For a bigger bite, childhood-nostalgia inducing Dr. Pepper takes center stage, marinating juicy pork carnitas to caramelized tenderness ($16). Bolster unexpected entrees with a comforting bumper of succulent sides, including creamy mac 'n' cheese ($7) or cheesy scalloped potatoes ($8), while enjoying the restaurant's local art and clever, but very inedible, canned-good table toppers. Home-baked red velvet cake takes on new life as moist, cream-filled twinkies ($7) that could easily defeat their lunch-box cousins in a sugary showdown. Horne & Dekker's special brunch and Sunday supper selections award well-behaved appetites with straight-up comfort grub, including biscuits and gravy, beer-battered fish, and mom's meatloaf ($16 per person).

Now you can go get that deal and get some of the best southern food around.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pei Wei Discount Today!

Today only, you can get 20% off your online order at Pei Wei!

To use your code:
1. Visit www.peiwei.com/order and build your order
2. Click checkout and create your account (or login)
3. Enter promo code: MAY24

This offer is only good for May 24, 2011, so get your lettuce wraps (yum) today! Click here for the deets!

Get a Nook for Only $99, But Only for 30 More Minutes!

Sorry I just saw this one, but act fast to get a brand new full color Barnes & Noble Nook for only $99. This is one of Ebay's Daily Blasts and it's only going one for another 30 minutes. If you're one of those folks who claims, "I just like the feel of a real paper book," that just tells me that you haven't tried it. And at $99, you'll be glad you did. Click here NOW to get this great deal!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Get Your Free X-Factor Tryout Tickets

Are you more the type that enjoys watching people make a fool out of themselves, rather than making a fool out of yourself? If so, you can snag your FREE tickets to the X-Factor Tryouts.

Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul have been reunited as judges and the show will be in Texas for TWO DAYS ONLY auditioning both solo artists AND vocal groups. The auditions will be in front of the judges and a live audience. The acts that survive will compete for a $5 million recording contract with Sony/Syco! It's the biggest guaranteed prize in TV history. Click here to print your free tickets now!

Eat Sushi for a Cause at RA Sushi's Nicky's Week Fundraiser

From the folks at RA Sushi:

RA Sushi's 7th annual Nicky's Week fundraiser is around the corner! Join us this Sunday, May 29 through Saturday, June 4 and RA Sushi will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the nation's top children's cancer research center.

The special Nicky's Week menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Tuna Tataki, Chicken Yakitori and select beverages.

Nicky's Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas "Nicky" Mailliard, who lost a long battle with brain cancer in February 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi's founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates throughout the organization.

Since 2005, Nicky's Week has raised more than $700,000 for the hospital and we hope to reach our $125,000 goal this year! Details here.

Dallas Farmers Market - You Need to Go

When I looked at my calendar last Thursday, I was surprised to see a pretty open weekend. What in the world is a girl to do? Oh, I know! Fill it up with fun adventures! So, after crawling the web as I usally do, I planned an adventure to the Dallas Farmers Market. Now, I've been before, but it's literally been years.

So, Saturday morning (I use that term liberally, but anything before noon is morning), the Sig-O and I grabbed our reusable shopping bag and headed downtown. I've admitted before that I love great food and I'm totally digging the idea of eating local, so this was bound to be fun. Parking was easy and free, then we walked over to the sheds. This is not some little street farmers market. The DFM (see, I'm cool and know the lingo) has 4 sheds, each with different specialties.

  • Shed 1: Local Farmers/Produce Dealers - right now they have great looking green beans, potatoes and tomatoes(got those!) And I got the most beautiful portabello mushrooms. These are why people don't mind being vegetarians

  • Shed 2: Eateries & Special Foods - this shed is indoors and air conditioned. You'll find great meats, spcies and more. We grabbed a reuben for lunch and it was fantastic. Definitely recommend it, but split it!

  • Shed 3: Produce Dealers - They have fruits and vegetables from all over. This stuff looks great and might be slightly cheaper than the local stuff, particularly the things that are not commonly locally grown. For instance, pineapple is not local, at least not in North Texas

  • Shed 4: Wholesale Produce - buying in bulk. You'll be buying by the case rather than by the basket

Clearly there was plenty to look at, and you'll be offered free produce samples at almost stand (yum). Sig-O and I had to discuss what all we'd be having for dinner this week to prevent overbuying (an easy and common problem to have there). We're looking forward to return trips to enjoy whatever is in season. I strongly recommend visiting your local farmers market. Here's the 411 on the DFM: www.dallasfarmersmarket.org Enjoy!

Get Gaga for $.99 (Yes, that's 99 cents!)

Today only! On Amazon.com! To get people excited about their cloud music system, you can buy the brand new Lady Gaga Born This Way Alubum for only 99 Cents! That's a $15 savings over iTunes. Click here to get yours today!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cheap Ticket Alert: 97.1 The Eagle B.F.D. presents Motley Crue and Poison

97.1 The Eagle B.F.D. presents
Motley Crue and Poison
with New York Dolls

Tuesday, June 7
Gexa Energy Pavilion
(formerly known as Superpages.com Center)

Buy $9.71 Tickets This Weekend!*
*Offer Ends: Mon, May 23 at 10pm, plus fees

On Sale Now!

Music Lineup for Taste of Addison

As if the food weren't a good enough reason to go to Taste of Addison, here's the music lineup that will definitely make a trip up the tollway worth it:

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
6:00 Dustin Perkins Band
7:30 Kyle Bennett Band
9:00 Chris Young
10:30 Tracy Lawrence

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011
1:00 Seryn
2:30 Jace Bersin Trio
4:00 Tiffany Shea Band
5:30 Calhoun
7:00 The Orbans
8:45 Cody Canada & The Departed
10:30 Third Eye Blind

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011
12:30 Mariachi Rosas Divinas
2:00 IMAJ
3:30 The Killdares

Half Price Date Idea for the Adventurous

You don’t have to be a world-class paddler to power one of these lightweight watercrafts. Kayaking is the perfect anytime activity for adventurers, water enthusiasts, and those simply looking for a great tan and a fun workout: 1) $25 gets you a half-day rental of a single or double kayak ($50 value) or 2) $37.50 gets you a full-day rental of a single or double kayak ($75 value) from Flying and Floating Toys.

Sounds like a fun date for the adventurous, water-loving sort. Have fun!

The Food Trucks are Coming! Nammi Truck Debuts Saturday

Just saw on Twitter that Nammi Truck, a new mobile Vietnamese kitchen, will make its debut tomorrow at the Deep Ellum Open Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They say they're "Bringing Vietnamese Banh Mi to the DFW Metroplex!” and we can't wait!

FC Barcelona vs. Club America at Cowboys Stadium Presale

Hurry – offer ends at 10:00 PM Tonight!

Get in on this exclusive today-only presale offer and get access to the best seats first when FC Barcelona takes on Club America, August 6 at Cowboys Stadium.

This explosive match-up is expected to sell out fast, so act now! Sit up close and don’t miss any of the electrifying MLS action!

You can get tickets before the general public by entering ‘FCBCA6’ into the Special Offers box.

But hurry – this exclusive presale ends tonight at 10 PM, so get your presale tickets now!

Discount Seafood, and Not Because it's Old

TJ's Fresh Seafood Market is closing for renovations Sunday through Thursday.

The email says they don't want any seafood or other fresh product left at the end of the day Saturday, so everything is 25 percent off till then. This includes "Copper River salmon, TJ's famous cocktail shrimp and anything else perishable that is in the store."

TJ's is in the southwest quadrant of Preston and Forest. Go for it.

Free Drinks to Celebrate Teddy's Birthday

Teddy’s Room turns one this weekend and is throwing a party complete with free drinks.

You know Teddy’s Room: the house band, girls dancing on top of the bar... pictures of President Roosevelt. Well, in honor of its one-year, you’ll be sipping gratis vodka cocktails and champagne before someone named Miss Dakota takes to the burlesque stage at midnight. Don’t forget your present. You want to be there.

Half Price Dallas Zoo Tickets!

Lions and Tigers and Deals! Oh my! If you’re looking for a safari adventure without the big price tag, go wild with this offer from the Dallas Zoo. Celebrate the SavannAnniversary with half priced Zoo admission. For only $7.50 take a journey across Africa, where you’ll find a multi-species habitat with elephants, zebras, ostriches, and more (up to a $15 value). You’ll even have the chance to feed a giraffe or get up close and personal with the king of the jungle. At this price, you’ll want to bring the whole family to experience the fun or even gift it to your friends so they can join the adventure too. Click here to take advantage of this great deal!

Rock of Ages Tickets for Under $20

Head out for a thrilling night of musical theater when the Broadway hit, "Rock of Ages" opens in Dallas. Deemed an "insanely fun" show by New York's Time Out, this rollicking musical centers on a love story borne out of the '80s, and features the mind-blowing hit rock songs from Journey, Twisted Sister, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, and more. Spend just $19.80 for a ticket to "Rock of Ages" on May 25 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, and you'll be singing all the way home. Click here to get yours ASAP.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fun at Work - Michael Bolton, Pirates and Lonely Island

It's lunchtime, you're hungry and bored. Check out this video for 3:17 of hilarity. Thanks to the little sister for showing this to me:

Patrizio's is Your New Brunch Spot

Well, not technically until June 4, but here's the release with details:

Dallas, Texas (May 19, 2011) - One of Dallas’s favorite eateries is opening its doors for breakfast! Diners can now enjoy traditional Italian morning offerings at the Patrizio in Highland Park Village every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon starting June 4.

Known for their affordable Italian family fare, the new “La Mattinata Breakfast” menu will also include moderately priced items such as Frittata Del Fattore a traditional Italian folded omelet with wild mushroom, chicken, bell pepper and mozzarella; Torta Rustica a savory puff pastry quiche with asparagus, sautéed onions, mozzarella, bacon and bell pepper salsa; Crespelle Farcite A Piacere homemade vanilla crepes with your choice of filling; and Uova Colombo a baked garlic English muffin with melted provolone cheese, pancetta and two poached eggs topped with homemade basil pesto. All breakfast items range in price from $5 to $6. A special breakfast menu for children 12 and under is also available. Each table will receive a complimentary breadbasket filled with a variety of breakfast breads and pastries.

Getting started in the morning is definitely more fun when you add a Baby Bellini or Baby Mimosa, each priced at $1.88. Coffee lovers are in for a treat with the Chilled Coffe Shakerato, Espresso, Cappuccino, Mochaccino and Macchiato.

Known as having one of the best patios in Dallas, Patrizio is the perfect place to enjoy a morning breakfast with family and friends while taking in the beautiful scenery of Highland Park Village. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi. Get more info here.

I Love BYOB Restaurants in Dallas

We all know that I'm a bit of wino from time to time, but the reality is that if you don't appreciate wine, you probably don't appreciate me. Here's a great reason to appreciate Wednesdays (that awful day in the middle of the week): Cane Rosso is BYOB on Wednesday night. Yes kids, you read that right. You can get amazing pizza and drink amazing wine for an amazing price (namely the price without wine). Plus, you can also take Fido, Fluffy or Rowser there because they're dog friendly. Score! Check out their site here and I'll see you there Wednesday!

Free Addison Improv Tickets for Best of Texas Fans!

Best of Texas friends receive Free Tickets to the Addison Improv Comedy Theatre!

Use promo code 'BOT' to get this special offer when you purchase tickets online, or just mention "Best of Texas" when you call 972-404-8501. Tickets are limited for each show, so please call now!

Catch Mark Agee THIS Thursday, and Aaron Aryanpur on Sunday!

Click on the image below for more information and valid showtimes for this great deal! Use promo code BOT online or call 972-404-8501 and say you want the 'Best of Texas' special.

Enrique Iglesias w/ Pitbull & Prince Royce - Presale Today!‏

I don't judge your music taste (that often), so if you're a fan of Enrique, Pitbull or Prince Royce, here's your presale info:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Maroon 5 and Train Presale

Please lord, let Maroon 5 go first so I don't have to sit through all of that Train show. Here are the deets:

Maroon 5 and Train
with Matt Nathanson

Friday, September 23
Gexa Energy Pavilion
(formerly known as Superpages.com Center)

Presale starts: Fri, May 20 at 10am
Presale ends: Fri, May 20 at 10pm
Use Password: marimba
Public Onsale: Sat, May 21 at 10am

$15* Lawn Tickets:
Limited Time Only!
*Ends Sunday, May 22 at 10pm or while supplies last, fees may apply

Buy yours now!

New Brunch Spot in the OC: Jonathon's (and it's BYOB)

Yes, this is another cut and paste, but it sounds fun. And the real job (the one that pays the bills) has been super busy. My apologies for not being more attentive to your needs today.

Presenting Jonathon’s, a new BYOB brunch spot from a Bread Winners disciple, now open at the old Beckley Brewhouse location.

You’ve probably met Jonathon (or maybe just his Peanut Butter Jelly Time Waffle) at Bread Winners. So you know exactly how this will go down: you’ll slide out of your place, sleepy, recovering from a romantic evening of doing the electric worm, craving some breakfast tacos.

That’s when you’ll come to this little greenhouse in Oak Cliff. You’ll settle into a banquette on the left wall, drowning in throw pillows. Summon some Brunch Kabobs (sausage, bacon and ham on a stick) or Danger Dogs (pancakes wrapped around sausage on a stick). Or if you’re in desperate need of expediting your healing process, go with The Kure—bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, Tabasco and pico de gallo. (You believe in backup hot sauce.)

But on a cool summer night, you and a casual date could grab a black table on the gated front patio and order up some fried chicken and waffles followed by Pan de Jon (bread custard and citrus bananas).

Note: Jonathon’s, now open, 214-946-2221

5 Pounds of Money for Only $45!

Ok, that sounds like a lot of money, and it kind of is, except it's shredded. But it's cool. I'm thinking you could take it into a bank and ask for change? Or not. Anyway, so here's what I'm talking about, but you should check out this link for all the cool money products you can get.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Meet Bethenny Frankel (Skinny Girl Margarita!) on Friday at Sigel's

Wine and Dine Deal at Bodega Bar

From the Cut and Paste Division, via Travelzoo:

Visit the elegant Bodega Wine Bar in Uptown and unwind with wine and gourmet snacks in its intimate, European-influenced space. For $29, two people can enjoy a wine tasting with food, normally up to $65.

Enjoy a flight of wine each, including four 2-ounce samples that will be served by an expert sommelier who is on hand to educate and answer questions. Share a gourmet meat and cheese platter with up to three selections from the menu.

Select from 10 different choices of white, red or sparkling wine flights that include top options like Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet and Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon. Sample cheese selections like brie, havarti or chevre to pair with your tastings. Or, nibble on prosciutto, chorizo or serrano as you sip your selection of varietals.

Also receive 15% off a purchase of a bottle of wine on the same night that you redeem your voucher. Click here to buy yours ASAP.

Get Good Beer - To Go

From the Cut and Paste Division, but worth reading since this fab new bar has its soft opening on Thursday. Go get your drink on.

Introducing The Bottle Store, an impressive new mecca of brew, soft-opening Thursday.

You may have consulted with the guys behind this place before—they run worldbeercompany.com. Now, they’re going full brick-and-mortar. Imagine the offspring of a beer shop and a pub: long oak bar, glass refrigerators and wooden shelves overflowing with bottled brews. (Well, not literally overflowing, but you get the idea.)

You’ll settle into one of four brown leather chairs in the front, facing two flat-screens. You could play it safe with a Firemans #4 on tap... but that’s not for you. No, you’ll be ordering a bottle of anything from a Rogue Chocolate Stout or a beer from India (Kingfisher Lager) to a Maredsous Triple (the strongest brew in the place with 10% ABV) or, starting in June, their beer of the month.

And should you need to rush out—or, you know, it’s last call—you can order up a couple six-packs to take with you.

Bottle opener not included.

Note: The Bottle Store, soft-opening Thursday, 214-828-2873

Half Price Scarborough Faire Tickets and Pictures from My SF Adventure

Ok, so Sig-O convinved me to go to Scarborough Faire last weekend and it turned out to be entertaining. If you just want to take advantage of this deal for half price and get your tickets now, click here. If you want to see my awesome pictures from this adventure, keep reading.

Oh, and in case you need the details about the festival, here:
Scarborough Renaissance Festival runs eight consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday each spring. The Festival is a Renaissance-themed festival based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. There are 21 stages with over 200 performances and three Full Combat Jousts daily, as well as Falconry demonstrations.

And here are my awesome photos:

Seriously, this dude was just wandering around the faire. Not talking, kind of grunting. Hide your children

You can get your libations and random food at the Crown Kitchens.

She has a tail. Seriously. These people dress up for going to the Faire. That means they actually OWN these costumes. And now she owns a tail to go with it.

You know you want these. I wonder if they have a Scarborough Faire wedding registry area?

Turtle Races. Thrilling.

I picked out your dress for next year's faire. You're welcome.
You better buy this deal or the scary unicorns will find you.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cane Rosso Doesn't Deliver, But They Might Be in Your Hood

Cane Rosso, one of my fave pizza places, that just happens to have a mobile oven, has released their new Mobile Schedule:

  • Mon - Green Spot

  • Tue - Veritas on Henderson - Yumminess abounds there. Sig-O introduced me to their half-price wine nights. Does life get better? Oh yes, b/c they always have a great cheese selection

  • Wed - X10 Lakewood

  • Thu - X10 Fort Worth
If none of those locations or dates work for you, you can always check them out at their permanent home in Deep Ellum. Visit Cane Rosso online here.

First Look/Restaurant Review: Mesa

I usually have a deluge of emails in my inbox each morning, which I diligently skim to let you know all the best deals, steals, and you know the rest. Then there are the emails that come in later in the day that I might take a little more time to read, and I’m glad I did just that on Friday, as I found out about the soft opening for Mesa. The official opening party is on Wednesday, and it’s worth the trip to the OC.

The location, on Jefferson, makes you double check to make sure you locked your car, but once you’re inside the nicely appointed space, you completely forget where you are. There are few tables, so be glad when you snag one. The dark brown chairs and banquettes coordinate nicely with the orange accent wall and orange bottles of water placed on your table.

Sig-O and I were warmly greeted by the hostess and the chef owner, who continued to check on us throughout the evening. The service was prompt and friendly, letting us know that they weren’t serving their signature cocktails yet, but the bar was a still available. Their cocktail list is impressive, involving a number of house made ingredients that made us want to return to enjoy the bar. After taking our drink order, the server told us that he’d bring out the Surtido Veracruzano , an assortment of appetizers, so we could try a number of things, as well as their ceviche. The plate includes enmoladas, enfrijoladas, platanos fritos, picada and an empanada. The empanada was the standout appetizer, but I’d certainly recommend getting the sampler plate so you can try things on your own. But the ceviche, with house-made tortilla chips really stole the show. The bright flavors seemed to dance in your mouth. I even bargained with the Sig-O to make sure I could have a little extra ceviche.

After the large appetizer we had, Sig-O and I decided to split the Camarones Enchipotlados. Described as whole Galveston shrimp sautéed in chipotle sauce and served with jasmine rice, we found that we had chosen wisely again. The smokiness of the chipotle sauce married well with the tender shrimp. The side of sautéed vegetables included onion, zucchini and corn. Our charming server also brought out some fresh tortillas, which were wonderful. Since we were splitting, I’m sure that bringing three tortillas would have been perfect for one person, but a restaurant pet peeve of mine would be those that bring an odd number of tortillas to a couple. It would just be nice to have them throw in an extra tortilla. Not as much a complaint about Mesa, but just a restaurant comment. You know, it would just help avoid that awkward, “oh, I took the last one, is that ok?” moment.

Since Sig-O and I had split our entrée, and they had two desserts available that night, we opted to try each. The first was Arroz con Leche. It was wonderful, just the right amount of sweetness with the texture of the rice. But the winner for the entire night was the flan. Sig-O isn’t even a fan of flan, yet the plate kept going that direction. I don’t want to sound crass, but this dessert was like sex on a spoon. It was fantastic. With a creamy texture, rich mouth feel and a touch of orange flavor, this will most certainly be on my must have list.

On another note, Mesa has done a very good job of indicating gluten-free and vegetarian options on their menu. It’s always nice to see the attention to detail. I’m so glad that we got to go to Mesa before the crush that will undoubtedly ensue. I’d recommend heading over there ASAP so you can enjoy it too. Check out their site here and make your reservation!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sigel's Inventory Reduction Sale Continues!

Restaurant Inventory Reduction Sale Continues!

We have restocked the sale with more than 100 new wines! 20-75% Off

Sigel's-Elite (3209 N Fitzhugh)
5/13-5/28 - while supplies last

Go! Now! Seriously! Earlier this week they announced it and when I went by 8 hours into the sale it was already picked over. What are you waiting for? Go get wine!

Could BEE Really BEE the Best Enchiladas?

I’ll freely admit that I’m a fan of Monica Greene’s restaurants - RIP Ciudad, we still miss you and are waiting to see what in the world ever happens with that shopping center. I enjoy Monica’s Aca y Alla in Deep Ellum for lunch and brunch (hello, cheap mimosas and margaritas), and I’ve even ventured up to her place in Aspen courtesy of a family trip, thanks mom and dad. But when I hear that BEE was really an acronym for Best Enchildas Ever, I was like really? Really? Seems a little arrogant, so the bar was officially raised for this adventure.

Sig-O and I ventured down to Bishop Arts District, as this seems to be blossoming with foodie hangouts – hello Decanter and Dude Sweet Chocolate, but our mission this time was to check out BEE. We found the brightly colored building on Davis to have ample parking, made easier since we hadn’t ventured out until close to 2 p.m. We walked in and were cheerfully greeted and asked if we knew what we were doing. Yes, I get the concept of enchiladas, but ordering at BEE is reminiscent of Which Wich, complete with an order card so you can personalize everything. Sig-O and I each grabbed one a proceeded to fill out our cards. There are a lot of choices, so at some point I just started checking things. You get to choose between four different kinds of tortillas, 6 different fillings, 10 different sauces and four cheese toppings. That’s a mind-boggling 920 possible combinations, so you’ll understand why I just started checking. And that doesn’t even include the taco choices.

I went with a blue corn tortilla, carnitas filling, queso blanco sauce and Oaxaca cheese. Sig-O opeted for corn tortilla, chicken tinga filling, chipotle crème sauce and queso fresco. We also decided to get a beef picadillo taco in a corn tortilla, as well as chips and queso blanco. We hand over our cards to the friendly cashier who twists our arms into getting BEE margaritas. BEE also has a good selection of domestic and foreign (Mexican) beers, but he told us that we’d be glad we got the best $4 margarita in town, and we were, after the brain freeze wore off just in time to watch our enchiladas get made in front of us.

You’ll watch as enchilada making experts carefully craft your handmade enchilada to your exacting specifications, followed by your selection of additional toppings in case you feel like making mom proud and throwing some veggies on top(lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, carrots). Sig-O is a purist, but a cilantro fan, so has them throw a dash of cilantro on the enchilada. Now it’s my turn – the enchilada master makes my enchilada and I decide to make it pretty with everything, seriously, it makes it fun and colorful. Then there comes the taco, and the chips, and the queso. Thanks to the Sig-O for making me write all of that on mine, so I look like the fatty, but that’s neither here nor there.

We find a table on the patio that looks like it would be in the sun if we had ventured out earlier, which provides a good view of people and car watching. Winner for the day – woman driving the Aston Martin convertible with the fluffy white dogs in her lap. Back to the food. The queso blanco is the same queso Monica serves at Monica’s, and it’s still great. Thin chips were tasty, but required a rescue mission or two when they snapped under the weight of the queso. The beef picadillo taco was good with authentic flavors shining through as an opening act.

The star of the show was the enchiladas. The blue corn with carnitas was a very good choice. The pork was tender and flavorful, and the queso on the top was the same one we had with the chips. Sig-O had already delved into the chicken enchilada and didn’t look terribly interested in sharing, but thought better of it and switched plates for the obligatory taste test. The chipotle chicken was moist and well complemented by the chipotle crema sauce, which I had to keep myself from licking off the top of the enchilada. Seriously, it’s that good. Around that time, the Sig-O insisted I hand the enchilada with the magical sauce back over. I did, and then went back to enjoying my own yummy enchilada.

When our friendly cashier came by to check on us, we asked if that was possible to get the chipotle crema in a cup instead of queso to go with our chips next time. We got a questionable look with a raised eyebrow. I think that means it might be ok, but we’ll have to come back again to find out. And that’s not a problem.

Best enchiladas EVER? Don’t know that I can judge that without tasting enchiladas throughout time and space, but these just might be the best I’ve had.

Finding the Holy Grail in Plano

Since moving down south, I can't say I can find many reasons to go north of 635. Well, the Addison office, but that's a different story entirely. Here's a good reason to venture north to the Holy Grail's Farm to Fork Beer Dinner. These guys are serious about their beer and their food. It's worth the trip.

Here's the blurb from the guys: Experience all the best seasonal flavors of the Lone Star State at our first ever Farm to Fork Beer Dinner. On Monday, May 30th, join us for a night of six courses of locally sourced foods prepared by our chef and presented with complementing full flavored Texas beers. Each course will feature a dish made with ingredients from area farms, ranches and food artisans. Get the rest of the deets here and make your reservation fast!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Next Vacation, Please?

Just saw Living Social Escapes release this fantastic special and I so want to take advantage of this getaway:

A Texan Confection of Perfection

Like a cloud of cotton candy, this week's Escape is a light, airy getaway that's oh-so-sweet. Savor a two-night trip for two to a country cottage at Serenity Farmhouse Inn in Wimberley, Texas, and delight in a sumptuous bath package or a culinary trip that'll leave your taste buds wanting more.

Perched atop a hill in the middle of picture-perfect Texas Hill Country, the bed and breakfast offers a much-needed spoonful of tranquility to soothe your stresses and melt away concerns. Come for a two-night weekday ($298) or weekend ($389) stay and lounge around on hand-ironed vintage linens in a quaint cottage bedchamber.

The inn is peppered with antiques, fine china, and fresh flowers, not to mention endearing little farm animals that never stray far. Whether you're in the White Willow cottage with its lovely canopy bed, or the Poet's Cottage with its library and 1930s crystal chandelier, you and your travel companion will get a taste of cozy antiquity.

Wake up to a hearty in-room breakfast every morning, then meander through shops in Wimberley Square and see "Shakespeare Under The Stars" at the Emily Ann Theatre. Head to Wimberley Glass Works to see glass-blowers demonstrate their craft, or stroll through a nearby lavender field for a deliciously aromatic experience.

Click here for all the deets and to take advantage of this fantastic deal. I'm more relaxed just thinking about it.

This is Crazy Expensive, but will be Great at Wolfgang Puck's 560

In-N-Out is Open in North Texas!

In case you've been living under a rock. The first two stores are in Allen (75 and Stacy) and Frisco (Preston and 121). Those are hella far away. Not sure I'm making that trip today, but feel free to report back!

Cool Gifts for the Cyclist or Greenie in Your Life

Saw this website and they've got some mighty cool things made from recycled bike parts. I'm a fan of these, seeing as a I have a bike chain bottle opener and it makes beer taste better, I swear. Ok, so maybe not, but check out this site if you're looking for cool furniture, clocks, art, etc.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kings of Leon Presale

Kings of Leon
with Band Of Horses
Friday, July 29
Gexa Energy Pavilion
(formerly known as SuperpagesSUCKS.com Center, I hate that arena)

Presale starts: Thu, May 12 at 10am
Presale ends: Fri, May 13 at 10pm
Use Password: marimba
Public Onsale: Sat, May 14 at 10am

$20 Lawn Tickets:
Limited Time Only!*
*Ends Sunday, May 15, 2011 or while supplies last.

Click here!

New Italian Restaurant in Town

Sig-O and I regularly drive by this space (formerly occupied by Rosita's on Maple) and have been anxiously waiting for Mark & David's to open. The menu features pasta dishes and pizza. It is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Friday, dinner only on Saturday. See you there!

Eat Cookies for Good and Win Cool Stuff at Tiff's Treat's Grand Opening!

This Just in:

Grand Opening Charity Event!

When: Saturday May 14th 9am-4pm

Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas

Where: New Hillcrest/NW Hwy Store @ 8611 Hillcrest Rd. Dallas, TX 75225

What: We will be selling cookies for $3/dozen! All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish®.

Fun Stuff: We will insert prizes into random boxes of cookies, so you have a chance to win an awesome gift card or prize! There will also be a drawing for free cookies for a year.

Come Early: The first 10 people in line at 9am will receive a $100 Tiff's Treats Gift Card. The next 10 will get a $20 gift card and the next 10 will get a $10 gift card.

Wish Kid : We are working to send our 8 year old Wish Kid Matthew on an Alaskan Cruise.

Click here for all the details. Bottom Line: Awesome cookies, Awesome Cause.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Does Anyone Still Care About Idol? Here's the Idol Presale Password

It was a whipping just posting that. I can't imagine the concert will be any better. Good luck with that one.

Restaurant Review: Watel's Bistro

So, this last weekend was the celebration of my final sub-30 year. It was fantastic. Sig-O went above and beyond, arranging 3 fabulous celebrations for me. I’m a lucky girl. But this blog isn’t about my personal life as much as sharing with you the things that will serve you well as you wine, dine, date and save your way through life, particularly in Dallas. Which brings me to my fabulous Saturday night dinner at Watel’s Bistro.

Watel’s occupies the former York Street spot at Live Oak and Skillman, and there must be magic that stayed in that kitchen. The space is small, quaint, but well-appointed, with a chalkboard listing the evening’s specials (but everything on the menu is special too, we were told). It is a welcome change of scenery in a town full of loud restaurants where you have to yell across the table and your older dining companions have to pull out cell phones to read the final bill because it’s so dark. We were able to have lovely conversations between the two of us, as well as periodically chatting with the table next to us who kept looking over to see what we had just ordered. Tables are close together, but not uncomfortably so. They have certainly done a good job of putting in as many tables as possible without making it feel cramped.

The wine list is friendly, approachable and very reasonably priced. It’s quite easy to find a good bottle under $30, and certainly under $40. They do feature a number of the Times Ten Cellar wines, who just happens to be a close neighbor. But we were celebrating my birthday, so what to drink? Bubbly! Of course! We selected a Brut Rose Cava, and our waiter reminded me that it’s a rose. “Yes,” I said. “It’s pink,” he said. “Yes, I know,” I replied. This isn’t some sweet pink sparkling wine that you make fun of people for drinking. It was a flavorful and very fun accompaniment for the entire meal.

Watel’s features American cuisine with a French twist. They also do you a favor by allowing you to order your meal pre fixe. Two courses for $29, Three for $36 and Four for $43. It’s a very reasonable way to have a wonderful evening without blowing through your entire entertainment and food budget for the month. The Sig-O and I elected to both start with salmon. I went with the smoked salmon with caviar (did I mention it was my birthday, of course I picked caviar) and the Sig-O went with the Salmon Roesti. Both were perfectly prepared and presented beautifully. The presentation was consistently beautiful for all three courses. It’s a bit of a lost art form and I wish more places would showcase the beauty of the food rather than go for the presentation shock value. For our main courses, I ordered the scallops, which were perfectly seared. Sig-O went with the beef shoulder medallions, which came out as a textbook medium rare and seemed to melt in your mouth.

Then came the last challenge – choosing dessert. They have quite a number of desserts that were very tempting. (Are we allowed to do three courses of desserts? Probably not.) We asked our charming waiter what his recommendations were and were told that we needed to order the waffle and the chocolate terrine. (Side note: the menu on their website isn’t updated, so I don’t have the official fancy names, but just go with it) We asked what he thought of the warm bread pudding, which he said was quite good. We opted for the waffle and bread pudding, which they brought out, along with French press coffee that complemented dessert well. He then came back with a slice of the chocolate terrine, telling us, “That one is on me. I just thought you needed to try it too.” What a nice surprise. And he was right. The Sig-O and I got to share all three, and the table next to us was eyeing what we had ordered, asking what our recommendations were. The waffle and chocolate terrine. Hands down.

As the Sig-O and I were finishing dessert and the last of our cava, our waiter then brought over two more glasses of champagne, saying, “your glasses were getting dry.” Such wonderful service and attentiveness made it a wonderful birthday celebration.

I’m not one who normally wants to oooh and aaah over every aspect of a restaurant, but I truly had no complaints. The food was fantastic, the service was superb and the experience was a joy. I think I have a new favorite restaurant in town. You can visit their website and make your reservation here: http://www.watels.com/

Un-Cupcakes Sound Good for Un-Birthdays

I just celebrated my 29th birthday. Yes, the real 29, not the the 3rd, 4th or 5th anniversary of it, but thanks for making me feel older than I should. But whatever, I had some excellent cake this weekend - thanks Sig-O. Then today I saw the miracle un-Cupcake at Rush Patissere.

It's basically a miniature cake in a jar, that allows you to get the perfect bite every time. AKA, none of the crappy just dry cake bites. The cake is hollowed out so that frosting (or other fillings) can be put inside, as well as on top of the cake. The result? Perfect bite after perfect bite with frosting, filling and cake living in harmony on the miniature spoon that comes tied on each Un-Cupcake jar.

​The other benefit with Rush's diabolical creation is that you can eat just a few bites and save the rest for later. You simply screw the lid back on the jar, which keeps it surprisingly fresh, unlike even the prettiest little cardboard box.

The Un-Cupcake comes in eight signature flavors, including Wedding Cake; Chocolate Ganache; Lemon Crunch; Caramel Coconut & Cream Cheese; S'mores; Red Velvet; Strawberries & Cream; and Caramel Macchiato, which comes with mocha flavored chocolates in the shape of coffee beans sprinkled on top. Check it out.

Rock of Ages Rocks More with Discount Tickets!

Broadway's '80s hit "Rock of Ages" is heading to the AT&TPerforming Arts Center's Winspear Opera House in Dallas fora two-week run. As a Travelzoo subscriber, you haveexclusive access to tickets for up to 50% off.

Sit in Grand Tier seats for $20 (regularly $35) or Dress Circle seats for $27.50 (regularly $55) at performances starring "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis. Called "impossible to resist" by The New York Times, "Rockof Ages" features the hits of Journey, STYX, Bon Jovi, REOSpeedwagon and more. Discounted seats are available for three performances:
- Tuesday, May 17, at 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 18, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click below and select "Buy Now." Click"Purchase" next to a valid performance. Enter code TZOO inthe box in the upper-right corner, then click the black arrow to apply. Select a valid seating level from theinteractive map to choose seats and check out. Fees of $5per ticket and $5 per order will be additional. Full-price tickets are subject to the same fees. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Restrictions may apply. http://www.travelzoo.com/l/72883938-1027348/

Let's Go Air Hogs!

Not entirely sure what an Air Hog is and if it's referring to flying pigs (look out below!), but there's a deal today that's too good to pass up. You can see the Grand Prairie Air Hogs in action with 2 for 1 tickets for only $9 for box seats. Now I know we all love the Rangers, but checking out a minor league team is always lots of fun in a more intimate setting, and you love combining intimate settings and baseball. Anyway, Click here to take advantage of this great deal ASAP.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dallas Wine Trail is This Weekend

Tomorrow. You had margaritas last night, sake on the docket for tonight at Kenichi and now the fantastic Dallas Wine Trail tomorrow. With everyone going green, isn't it about time you drank local? Here are the deets:

From 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Ticket price includes:
A 19 oz tasting glass
A bottle of wine from one of the 4 wineries
3 wines to taste at each of the wineries
Light food pairings
Map of the Dallas Wine Trail

Tickets are on sale now. Buy yours now. It sells out every time!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cheap Brunch Alert - 1st Saturdays

Your Brunch, Now for a Dollar

Starting now, LaGrange is doing this: serving you a brunch buffet every first Saturday of the month... for a buck. They’ll be laying out everything from Texas Eggs Benedict to Challah French Toast. Go ahead, get your money’s worth.

Saturdays starting May 7, 1-5pm, LaGrange, 2704 Elm St, 214-741-2008

Your Seis De Mayo Plans

Seis De Mayo, the often forgotten due to hangovers from Cinco de Mayo day following Cinco de Mayo. It's a time to relax and drink water in a softly/dimly lit room while you nurse your hangover. Well, glad you did that all day b/c by the time 5 p.m. rolls around, it's time to party with the masters.

Kenichi’s hosting a party full of fantastic sake, sourced from all over Japan via the collection of Dallas’s only level II sake master. You wouldn’t celebrate Seis de Mayo any other way.

May 6, 5-8pm, $40, Kenichi, 2400 Victory Park Ln, 214-871-8883

If Margaritas Aren't Your Speed

You're slow. Freaking slow, but you might actually be in luck. If you're more of a wino than a tequila shot kind of gal/guy, I'm suggesting you head over to Winetastic tonight for the Ferrari -Carano tasting. For only $10, you'll get to try a number of their fantatic wines. Still not convinced to stop by? How about 20 percent off of Ferrari-Carano wines tonight.

There's nothing like celebrating Cinco De Mayo with California wine. Hey, some of that soil was probably from Mexico.

And don't whine about the parking, it's easy and underground, just the same as Glorias. Sounds like a good place to start your evening. Because margaritas are great wine chasers.

Drive Your Car Like a Racecar

Did you know that racecar is one of those words that is the same word both forward and backward? Go ahead, check it, I'll wait. . . . See? But that's mostly irrelevant to this post.

There always seems to be something fun going on at “The Great American Speedway!”™ This Saturday is the “Laps for Charity” benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway. Instead of watching race cars speed past you from your seat in the grandstands, you get a chance to take the wheel and experience the 1.5-mile superspeedway oval from an entirely different perspective! Come over to Texas Motor Speedway anytime between 5-10 pm Saturday and take your very own car out on the track for three laps behind a pace vehicle. It will cost you only $30 to experience the thrill of the race track and to gain even more respect for your favorite race car drivers. For an additional $10, you can even have your picture taken in Victory Lane! Click here for all the details.

If you want to REALLY make this an experience, you can purchase the VIP Laps Experience for $250. With this purchase, you are guaranteed a reserved time for a five-lap driving session, a photo in Victory Lane, two event t-shirts, a two-week trial membership to The Speedway Club, and dinner for two in The Speedway Club on Saturday evening. Such an amazing deal! Be sure to claim your VIP Laps Experience soon because they are limited and must be purchased in advance! All you have to do is contact Speedway Children’s Charities at (817) 215-8421 and you will be on your way to a great Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sounds like a good way for my sister to drive her car like a bat out of hell without worrying about those pesky HP cops. Have fun!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In-N-Out Opening May 12!

It's too long for even the cut and paste department, but Dallas Foodie has reliable sources that say In-N-Out is opening its first North Texas store Thursday May 12. Check out her site for the deets: http://dallasfoodie.dgdesign.biz/2011/05/first-in-n-out-in-texas-opens-on-thurs.html

Free Happy Hour Tonight!

Today. Join Sokol Blosser Winery for a complimentary Happy Hour wine tasting at The Second Floor this evening at 6:30 p.m. You'll learn more about winemaking and sustainable vineyard techniques from Alison Sokol Blosser!

Free. Drinks. Is there a better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo Eve than drinking sustainably produced wine? I think not.

Peter the Possum

I have to have a real job since this blogging thing doesn't pay the bills. So, I thought I would share this video that I shot this morning. Enjoy:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How to be a Slumfish Millionaire

Ok, so I'll confess that the baby tree in my office almost died over the weekend. And that I'm not actually the caretaker of the plant in my office b/c it would die if it had to depend on me for water. I play music for it, isn't that enough? But I digress, I think I may need a new officemate. Not sure what color he will be or what breed he'll be, but I know he'll be living in style. Check this outYep, a fish condo. And you can even stack them so you can have a whole complex! Check out this link for the deets: http://remodelista.com/products/fish-hotel-and-condo

Free Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

Free. Margaritas. Cinco de Drinko!

Get your drink on at Margarita Ranch at Mockingbird Station on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. The folks from Cointreau and Herradura finish pouring their FREE MARGARITAS at 7, but the restaurant will extend its happy hour specials.

Sevy’s Grill is offering complimentary Quervo Silver Margaritas or Palomas from 5 – 7 pm!

Trader Joe's Is Coming to Dallas!

OMG, Two Buck Chuck is, well, Two Buck Chuck and you get what you pay for. But, that doesn't make it any less exciting that Trader's Joes is coming to town. Word on the street is that it Trader Joe's will be opening by the end of this year, so keep an eye out for Joe and Chuck.

Dining for a Cause at RA

From the Cut and Paste Department:


Join us for RA Sushi's 7th annual Nicky's Week fundraiser held Sunday, May 29 through Saturday, June 4 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the nation's top children's cancer research center.

RA Sushi will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude to help support the hospital's lifesaving mission.

The special Nicky's Week menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Tuna Tataki, Chicken Yakitori and select beverages.

Nicky's Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas "Nicky" Mailliard, who lost a long battle with brain cancer in February 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi's founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates throughout the organization.

Since 2005, Nicky's Week has raised more than $700,000 for the hospital and we hope to reach our $125,000 goal this year!

Other Fun Foodie Blogs - With Giveaways!

From one of my fave foodie blogs (yes, I just dropped an F-bomb) This just in from the Junk Foodie:

Welcome to The Junk Foodie's first ever giveaway!

When this blog has 100 followers, two random and faithful readers will be chosen to receive a $50 restaurant gift card! Each winner will get to choose between three of my favorite Dallas restaurants; Toulouse Cafe and Bar, SMOKE Restaurant, and Little Katana. Look over the menus because the winner could be you!

Don't forget to tell your friends. The sooner we get to 100 followers, the sooner you could be the winner of the giveaway extravaganza! Follow her here: http://thejunkfoodie.blogspot.com/

Cashmere, Wallets and Bras, Oh My!

I'm a fan of the Today Show, so I wanted to pass along the great Money Saving Deals they shared this morning. There's a great bra for $6, wallet for $35, sandals for $18 and a cashmere sweater at 79% off! Check out all the great deals here: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42866177

Monday, May 2, 2011

Let's Go Rangers! Again!

For every Rangers win in April, fans receive $1 off per ticket in the Lower Reserved and Lexus Club Terrace seating areas when the Rangers host their division foe Oakland Athletics, May 9-11.

Texas Wins, You Win Ticket Savings
Lower Reserved Reg. $32, NOW $16
Lexus Club Terrace Reg. $26, NOW $10

Buy Tickets Now

Tickets for this promotion are available at the box office, online, and by calling 972-RANGERS, while supplies last. Special offer will be valid one week only: May 2, at 9:00 a.m. CT until 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, May 8. Tickets are limited, and offer is subject to availability.


Britney Presale Password!

She's Baaaaack!

Britney Spears
with Nicki Minaj, Jessie &
The Toy Boys and Nervo
Tuesday, July 12
American Airlines Center

Presale starts: Wed, May 4 at 10am
Presale ends: Thu, May 5 at 5pm
Use Password: marimba
Public Onsale: Sat, May 7 at 10am


Mother's Day is 6 Days Away

Don't get stuck doing a last minute gift for mom, treat yourself (or her, or both of you) to two spa services at the upscale Village at Fairview and save more than half on the regular price. This exclusive 85-minute package includes a massage and customized facial at the playfully named Hello Gorgeous for$59.

Normally $140, this package includes:
- 55-minute full-body massage with organic oils and lavender aromatherapy
- Ultra Aloe Care Mignon facial (30 minutes) with exfoliation, mask, and neck and shoulder massage

This package makes a great Mother's Day gift. To get this deal, purchase a voucher directly fromTravelzoo, then call Hello Gorgeous to schedule an appointment. Important:* Buy the voucher before 8 p.m. Monday, May 9.* The voucher can be redeemed starting Tuesday, May 10,through Nov. 9, 2011. For more information on this deal from Hello Gorgeous, click here: http://www.travelzoo.com/l/72883938-1022015/

Gourmet Camping

The Sig-O recently convinced me to go camping. I hadn't been since 8th grade, which, let's face it, was a traumatic experience. $1.50 for a pay shower that you're quickly rushed in an out of so the other 60 girls can shower, combined with shoving 3 people in 1 tent, sleeping on the ground, crappy food, etc., you can see why I was in no rush to go camping again. But, alas, the Sig-O somehow convinced me that I should go out there too. So I did, for one night, my way. I took great steaks and sides, fresh ice (because not fresh ice is just water), and screw cap wine (we were roughing it). Sig-O's goal was accomplished b/c my review was, "well, I didn't hate it." Didn't like it, but didn't hate it. And will probably get convinced to do it again, which brings me to today's deal: A portable campfire rotissere. Yep, I'm all over this one.

Because I consider roughing it to involve good screw cap wine and a fresh rotisserie chicken or wild boar you caught and killed all by yourself.