Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Ice Cream on Sept. 11

Raise your hand if you’ve ever tasted kulfi, the ice cream of the Indian subcontinent made with only pure cooked milk, cane sugar, and natural flavors. It’s decadent; it’s intense; it’s lower in calories, sugar, and fat than similar ice creams.  Yum.
If you’re still unsure, swing by the Dallas Farmers Market between 10:30 and 4:30 on Sept. 11 when Dallas’ own Kaurina’s, local manufacturer of authentic Indian kulfi and exotic ice creams, will partner with the Cooking Channel’s Frozen Treat Truck tour stop to hand out free samples of Kaurina’s 80 calorie Kulfi bars.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Camarena Tequila Taco Truck is Back!

Join Sigels in Addison (Inwood Road) on Thursday, September 1st as they welcome back to Dallas the Brand Ambassadors for Camarena Tequila. This premium Tequila is double distilled in small Alembic pot stills from 100% Jalisco highlands grown Blue Agave by a sixth generation Camarena family member master distiller. To highlight the affinity of this fine Tequila with great food, Chefs John Tesar & Philip Vorkoper of The Commissary will craft handmade, artisan tacos to accompany the free tasting. Yum!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Presale Password: Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams brings his “Bare Bones” Tour to a city near you! Come hear hits from the past three decades, stripped-down and acoustic, including “Summer of 69", “Run To You”, “18 ‘Til I Die”, “It’s Only Love”, “Somebody”, and “The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You”.
For 1 day only, get access to tickets FIRST when you find your event and enter the password 'BONES' into the Internet Presale box.
Act fast-offer ends August 25 at 10PM! Get presale tickets now!
Enter code: BONES in the presale password box.

Presale Password: T-Pain, Chris Brown and Some Dude Named Tyga

I have no idea who would actually go to this show, but for those of you who want to, have at it:
Chris Brown
with T-Pain and Tyga

Friday, October 14
Gexa Energy Pavilion 
Presale starts: Fri, Aug 26 at 10am
Presale ends: Sun, Aug 28 at 10pm
Use Password: electricPublic Onsale: Mon, Aug 29 at 10am

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Big Flippin' Deal at Hotel Palomar - Only $75 through 8/31

It's crazy hot in Dallas, but the cool kids over at Hotel Palomar have THE BIG FLIPPIN' DEAL! Temps outside go up, but the rates take a nose dive for fall temperatures. BOOK NOW and use rate code BFD for $75.00 rates on

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Date Night Deal: Celebration Restaurant for only $35

This one is from the Cut & Paste via Travelzoo Division, but I'm thinking of getting this one for a nice laid back date night with the Sig-O. Check out this deal:

Experience the traditional Southern flavors of Celebration Restaurant, just off Lovers Lane in Greenway Parks. Southern Living says the restaurant serves some of the "tastiest" food in the city, and the magazine names Celebration Restaurant to its Secrets of the South's Best Diners list. With this deal, two people can select any two entrees, two desserts and two glasses of wine for $35.

Normally $69, this meal includes generously portioned Southern cuisine influenced by Texas flavors. All of the entrees includehomemade bread, three fresh vegetables served family style and a choice of homemade soup, salad or fresh fruit. Choose from the following:

• Any two entrees, such as the grilled salmon with fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic and olive oil; or pot roast cooked with carrots and onions and then served with horseradish sauce

• Any two desserts, like banana pudding with fresh whipped cream or a homemade brownie sundae with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and walnuts

• Any two glasses of wine from the restaurant's list

Celebration Restaurant features an expansive patio with a wood-burning fireplace; outdoor dining is available year-round. Snag this one before it's gone!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Your Next B&B Vacation Staycation - Hattie May Inn for only $89!

From the Cut & Paste via Living Social Division: 
This week's Escape starts at the romantic Hattie May Inn, a Fort Worth bed and breakfast bedecked in antiques and intricate Victorian details.
You and a guest will get one night at this registered Texas landmark, plus a country breakfast for two and the ever-romantic trio of wine, chocolates, and flowers upon arrival ($89).
What makes the Hattie May a landmark property? Maybe it's the open turret, the upstairs parlor filled with games, or the wraparound porch.
Or maybe it's the inn's place in Texas history. More specifically, the history of the Wild West. The inn is also known as the Maxwell-Liston House, site of a 1917 heist that claimed the life of its saloon-owning resident, James Liston—and the bullet holes remain to prove it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My 36-Hour Summer Vacation: Next Stops - More Wine and a B&B

Ok, I finally found the time to share my next installment of the 36-hour summer vacation, in between working and researching which members of the cast of Most Eligible Dallas I know (none) and which said cast members are really as important as they pretend to be (also none.)

So, where was I? Oh yes, the lovely people at Pilot Knob advised us to visit the Vineyard at Florence where there are two wineries that share a parking lot. "A TWOFER!" I screamed in my head, hell to the yes. Sig-O and I finished up, thanked them and headed over to our next stop. When I (yes, I usually drive, the Sig-O is a fine driver if you like driving slower, thus I drive on all roadtrips) pulled into the parking lot and decided to hit Inwood Estates first. Inwood Estates is actually in Dallas too, in case you didn't know. They're part of the oh so cool Dallas Wine Trail, so I was happy to visit them where they grow these yummy grapes. The winemaker at Inwood Estates is serious about his wine, our new wine pouring friend Courtney told us. He's been at it for 31 years, so it was no surprise that they produced some very, very good wines. Not just Texas good, but like for real deal good. Dubious? Keep reading about the amazing grape juice we got to enjoy. They have the Estate Level, Limited Production and Segundo (second-label) wines. Since they're in Dallas, I'm going to tell you to go try these wines for yourself rather than telling you about each and every one.

But I have to tell you about the very surprising Texas Palomino-Chardonnay. First, it was good. That's important. Second, it's grown in Dallas. Seriously, City of Dallas in Dallas County, apparently just a mile or so away from mi casa. Sig-O and I may have to hunt down where this is grown (will post pics if we find it). The other wines are produced in the Texas high plains, think Lubbock/near the New Mexico border. The Inwood Estates Cornelius, Magellan and Tempranillo are all beautiful wines. Tempranillo grows very well in Texas. If you haven't tried it, you should. Come on, go local already. And, in the same paragraph, I'm now going to tell you about the Segundo wines (second label), which aren't entirely Texas wines, but are a blend of Texas grapes and some others from around the country. Don't hate on them for this. Rather than waste the grapes not good enough for the estate wines, they combine them with other American grapes and make some excellent wine, at a lower price point. They have a Segundo White, Red and Port-style. The Sig-O is a fan of port (look for how my port was stolen from me at RW at Bijoux) and reported that it was quite good. What I really have to rave about is the Segundo Red. It's a blend of several grape varietals and it is freaking great. I dubbed it the Segundo Mutt and the Sig-O kindly indulged me by buying a bottle for us to take home after I agreed to make a really good steak to go with it.

We were planning to head across the parking lot to the Vineyard at Florence, but looked at our watches and realized that it was almost 5 p.m. and we should go check in at our lovely Bed & Breakfast - The Gold Coat Inn. Off we went, thanks again to the Google map from the Pilot Knob dude.

Gold Coat Inn was easy to find and we were warmly greeted by Inn owner Jo. We went over the necessary paperwork (don't mess up the house, duh) and were taken to the lovely Summer Garden Suite. It's a wonderful room, with lovely decorations, including an antique Singer sewing machine that's been in the family for generations (how cool!) After settling in, we headed down to the pool to enjoy the last bits of daylight and the fact is wasn't 109 degrees. They've got a saltwater pool, which is great b/c it doesn't leave you smelling like chlorine and won't turn your hair green. Jo even brought out pool towels to the pool for us! After a relaxing dip in the pool, Sig-O and I realized we were hungry since we hadn't eaten since West and it was approaching 7:30 p.m, so we headed into Georgetown to grab dinner.

There went our planned excursion to the Georgetown Winery since they closed at 8, but we did find ourselves at Wildfire on the Georgetown Square. With a Texas/Southwestern theme, this is a dinner spot I'd recommend. Stars for the evening included the Duck Quesadillas for a starter (they have a number of duck options on the menu and do them very well) and the Bananas Wildfire for dessert (think bananas foster with a wildfire twist). Entrees were enjoyable, but the start and finish really shined. The wine list featured a number of Texas wines, and the bar looks to make a solid martini, as I saw more of those than I did bottles of wine.

Apologies for the length of this post, I'll try to shorten the 3rd installment. Back to work!

Free Food at Cafe Brazil in Bishop Arts

In honor of the third anniversary of their Bishop Arts location, Cafe Brazil feeding us for free! Just stop by this Wednesday (17th) between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm for a free order of chicken crepes, pasta de tigre (not to be confused with cougar), pumpkin pancakes, or the wine country salad. Save room for the free slice of red velvet cake or banana cheesecake. Extend your good fortune by wearing a Cafe Brazil t-shirt; do so and your drink will be on the house as well.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Rum Sale at Sigel's to Celebrate National Rum Day on Tuesday!

In case you did not know it, Tuesday, August 16 is National Rum Day. There will be no parade, no nationally televised fireworks, no speech from the White House or Capital, and frankly, you will be left to celebrate this holiday on your own. Well Sigel's is here to help. Sigel's shelves are stocked with over 200 fantastic Rums. Many of these Rums are already on sale from our everyday low prices and on National Rum Day (8/16) we will mark down the remaining Rums 15% off!

My 36-Hour Summer Vacation: First Stops - Kolaches and Wine

So, the Sig-O and I have been enjoying what we call "36-hour vacations" lately. We were in Fort Worth a few weeks ago to celebrate the BIG 4-0 with a Fabulous Fort Worth Getaway weekend, complete with margs at Joe T's, beer at Rahr Brewery, dinner at Brownstone in West 7th, and golf at the Marriott at Champions (you can see TMS from your room). It was a great one, so, in the interest of taking more vacations, we headed down I-35(worst, highway EVER) to visit the hill country.

First stop, Czech Bakery in West. I've lived in Texas my whole life(including college) and had never made it there to get kolaches. Seriously, as much as I love my Dallas donut shops, they will now pale in comparison to the kolaches in West. Hell, these things are so good that they made the Texas Monthly Texas Bucket List. Normally, I'm a basic sausage and cheese kolache kind of gal, but the Sig-O was in charge of choosing, so we threw in some others for variety. Thank goodness we did. They were all really, REALLY good, but the ones that stood out for me were the jalapeno sausage and cheese (real sliced jalapenos, none of the namby pamby spicy sausage, that's the hot chubbie), the ham and cheese (I drooled remembering it), and the cream cheese (my IT people will not be happy with the amount of drool now). Point is, if you're near West, get your kolaches there.

Sig-O and I continued our trek down south. It happened to be the one day it was not sunny and 100, which made our pool plans less enticing. So, what's a girl to do? Drink wine! Through the miracle we call Google, we found several wineries that weren't terribly far from the B&B we were staying at. First stop - Pilot Knob Winery (yes, I giggled at the name and the Sig-O did an eye roll at me.) The folks at this winery were uber-friendly and greeted us very warmly. They even had a bridal trunk show going on at the winery and invited us to check it out and sample the cupcakes (yum). After the Sig-O convinced me to walk through and my hives for fear of commitment and all things wedding, we got to taste the wines of Pilot Knob. The whites were slightly sweet, with the Viognier winning medals at several competitions. I'm not a big rose drinker, but could certainly see how one could enjoy it on a hot summer day, particularly poolside. The Franco-Rojo was a delightful Tempranillo-Merlot blend with the body and depth of a nice pinot and a flavor all of its own. We could have stayed and enjoyed a glass of that, but knew we had other wineries to visit, so best to not drink all you can at the first. The bonus of Pilot Knob was that they were very, very friendly and helpful. When we told them we were making our own wine tour, they had several suggestions and were even kind enough to print out a Google map for us! Love that hospitality. These are great people who are working hard at a young vineyard and have a passion for their wine. I definitely recommend visiting them.

Instead of making this a marathon post, I'm breaking it up. Check back later for the next installment of my vacation. And now you see why the Sig-O is exhausted after our relaxing vacays.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Don't Freak Out

I'm tired of my blog. Not the freaking awesome deals I give you, but the look. It was cool once upon a time, but now it sucks. It's boring. I have friends with pretty blogs and mine looks like the fat ugly friend you might bring along to the bar as your wing chick so you look AWESOME. Anyway, so, trying out new things. If you love or hate something, tell me. At least that way I'll have a clue what you want.

P.S.- I'm going to Bijoux for dinner tonight for KRLD Restaurant Week. You're jealous, aren't you? Oh, want to be more jealous, I took advantage of one of the fabu deals I share with you and I'm taking the Sig-O here. Will report back.

Trashy Reading for Less - 1 Year of US Weekly for $30

From the Cut and Paste via Living Social Division:

Whether it's a gold statue winner or a star from the silver screen, celebrities always seem to dazzle us. Get a glimpse of the glitz and glamour with today's gem of a deal from Us Weekly: Pay just $30 (regularly $67), and you'll receive a one-year subscription to Us Weekly magazine. Get exclusive celebrity news from Hollywood insiders, see the hottest fashions from the red carpet, and read all the intimate details about their lives. With regular features like "The Red Carpet," "Who Wore It Best?," and "Hot Hollywood," you'll always be entertained and in the know. With today's hot and sexy deal, you'll get to see what makes celebs really sparkle. Click here to get it.

$1 Ice Cream at Pokey O's on Saturday!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Discount Deal for Texas Discovery Gardens

From rowdy pool parties to sizzlin’ backyard barbecues, you’ve put all five of your senses through the ringer this summer. So if you’re ready for a calm and colorful escape, head to Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, and wind your way through a breathtaking indoor tropical butterfly house, native wildlife pond, scent garden and more: 1) $4 gets you one adult ticket ($8 value) or 2) $2 gets you one child ticket ($4 value).
Boasting over 2,000 Facebook fans, featured on Dig In, and listed as a must-see DFW attraction by the Dallas Morning News, Texas Discovery Gardens will fascinate and intrigue you. Whip out your iPhone, BlackBerry or Android for a self-guided smartphone garden tour, watch in awe as tropical butterflies take wing at a butterfly release demonstration (everyday at noon), or explore the fragrant Faerie Blanton Kilgore Rose Garden with your nose. Your senses will thank you for treating them to a tantalizing experience at this magical urban oasis. Get it here.

Presale Password: Evanescence

The Pretty Reckless & Rival Sons

October 19
Palladium Ballroom
On Sale Friday @ 10am
 August 11 @ 10am
August 11 @ 10pm


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Presale Password: Plain White T's at HOB

Plain White T's
with The Summer Set, 
The Downtown Fiction and Alli Gillis

Wednesday, October 12
House of Blues Dallas

Presale starts: Thu, Aug 11 at 10am
Presale ends: Thu, Aug 11 at 10pm
Use Password: electricPublic Onsale: Fri, Aug 12 at 10am

Live Nation Onsale - Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
Live Nation - Plain White T's
Live Nation - Plain White T's

Simply Fondue for Half Off

From the Cut and Paste via Groupon Department:
A tender touch of the toe into the ocean, a chip scraped across a ranch-scented surface—nothing tempts the senses like a nice, quick dip. Tease your taste buds with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of dunkable delights at Simply Fondue. From fresh cuts to exotic cheeses and chocolates, the interactive eatery sets the mood for romance with its extensive and intimate menu. Redeem your Groupon at the Greenville Avenue location for a night of molten magic.
Served with a smattering of fresh breads, veggies, and fruits, Simply Fondue's standout communal cheese bowls take center stage. Try the beer-and-garlic blended Wisconsin sharp cheddar ($18), or food-woo your lover with the sexy traditional swiss chalet ($18)—both of which serve two. You can also dismiss fondue in favor of a lush salad, including a classic caesar—romaine, parmesan shavings, and herby croutons, all tossed in a creamy dressing ($8)—or fresh spinach and strawberry ($8). Simply Fondue also offers à la carte entrées such as beef tenderloin ($26), a seafood dinner ($29), and a meat-free option upon request.
End the meal on a sweet note with an original chocolate blend, flambéed tableside and served with a collection of delicious confections, including cheese-cake bits, marshmallows, berries, rice krispie squares, rolled cookies, and cinnamon-sugar balls. Recreate cabin fever with the campfire chocolate, a nostalgic mix of rich milk chocolate, jumbo marshmallows, and smashed graham-cracker bites ($9 / person).
Sig-O and I took advantage of this one last time and really, really enjoyed it. It's a fun date night, and you'll certainly have something to talk about as you skewer meat and veggies, dip them in cheese and finish the night off with chocolate. Fondue is sexy. If you can't make the magic happen with this one, then, well, you're just not very magical. Get this one today.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Party with the Dallas Observer at House of Blue with Cheap Drinks!

FC Dallas Ticket Deal - $20

For $20, dribble down to Pizza Hut Park in Frisco with a sideline ticket to cheer on our boys as they take on the Seattle Sounders on August 20 or Texas Derby rivals the Houston Dynamo on September 24, and enjoy a hot dog and soda while you watch (a $45 value). Check out Brek Shea, Kevin Hartman, and the rest of the team as they continue their quest for the MLS Cup. You may have wimped out on that soccer league you signed up for, but with this championship deal, everyone can feel like a winner. Click here to get yours.

Monday, August 8, 2011

I Can't Find Anything for You

I'm sorry, the deals just aren't flowing today. Or maybe I'm just not feeling wheely-dealy. I don't have to feel that way every day, I'm not getting paid from this little adventure. Sidenote: if you see something cool in one of the ads that you want to learn more about, please, by all means, feel free to click and learn more. :)

Anyway, so, here's all I've got. Restaurant Week starts Friday night. Yes, Friday people, it's the preview weekend. Score! So, the Sig-O and I managed to score 3 primo reservations: Bijoux, The Mansion and Abacus. Jealous? Where are you going? Where should I try to add? And yes, I'll write these up for your reading pleasure.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Presales: Jack's Mannequin and Duran Duran

Jack's Mannequin
Motion City Soundtrack, Company of Thieves
Saturday, October 22
Palladium Ballroom
On Sale Friday @ 10amPRESALE
 August 3 @ 10am
August 3 @ 10pm

Duran Duran
Neon Trees
October 6
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
On Sale Saturday @ 10amPRESALE
 August 5 @ 10am
August 5 @ 10pm

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

JAY-Z and Kanye West Watch The Throne Presale Password

You will not see me at this concert, but I know it will sell out. Here's your chance to get your tickets now.

Music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY-Z and Kanye West have joined their extraordinary talents to form the group'The Throne' and create the most anticipated album and touring event of the year, Watch The Throne. Check out tour dates and presale info below - all presale ticket purchases include a digital copy of Watch The Throne.

Join the Watch The Throne movement! 
Presale Tickets Available Now!
Password: WTT
Public On Sale: Monday, Aug 8 at 10am

Monday, August 1, 2011

Brew at the Zoo Party Discount Pre-Sale Tickets!

It's Monday and I'm Already Thinking About Next Sunday's Brunch at Q de Cheval

It's Monday, the worst day of the week. You need to recover from your weekend and work just isn't the funnest way to do that. Soooo, you start thinking about next weekend, and with that, where you'll eat the most civilized meal of the week - Sunday Brunch. When else can you hit the buffet multiple times without fear of judgement, an drink vodka drinks before noon? Check out this special for a great hotel brunch deal (it's commonly known that hotels do Kick-A brunches). Check it out:

Located in the InterContinental Dallas hotel in Addison,  Q de Cheval just opened in May. Two people can try out this new venue with unlimited Sunday brunch for $29, regularly $60. The extensive menu changes every week; options may include:
• Breakfast quesadillas with bacon, egg, tomato and jalapeno
• Build-your-own waffles
• Lunch items like crab claws and shrimp pasta salad with artichokes, tomatoes and citrus dressing
• A carving station with meats like herb-crusted prime rib
• Desserts such as pastries, tarts and cakes

This deal also includes bottomless Ketel One Bloody Marys and Sonoma Piper mimosas. Get it now!