Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spice & Wine Dinner at Samar Tonight

Looking for a fun weeknight date night? Samar's Spice & Wine Dinner is a great option that will break you out of that same old routine. Check it out:

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It Doesn't Matter How You Feel About Yelp, It's About the CHEAP Drinks

Save The Date! 

Yelp Drinks is back and better than ever! You might even need to hydrate for the next two months to gear up for this week full of awesome happy hour prices, yelp
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When: February 27th - March 4th, 2012
Where: Various locations

Friday, February 17, 2012

Theater Reviews: 2 Very Different Shows, Both Worth It

So, as the Sig-O will gladly tell you, I over-scheduled us. Seriously. We're headed out of town (so pretty much don't expect much from me next week) and we were busy every single night. Not a big deal in a normal week, but when we're headed out of town for 10 days, it's a bit much because of that little thing called packing. Ugh. But I digress, what I really wanted to tell you about and give you a snippet of review about are the two dramatically different shows we saw this week. Both are great and you should see both, maybe even in the same week if need be.

Tuesday night was Bring It On - the musical. I'm pretty much the best gf in the world when I take the Sig-O to see bouncy cheerleaders on Valentine's Day. Saying this musical was based on the movie is about like saying that Rudy was based on the Superbowl. It's just not really true. Sure, it's the same sport, but that's kind of when the similarities stop. Fortunately, the Sig-O hadn't actually seen the movie, so we continued on without a problem. It's a musical. And more importantly, it's Dallas Summer Musicals. It was fun. It was entertaining. It was the kind of show where you're supposed to clap after a fun song rather than sit there with hands in your lap, not clapping because you were taught that you do not clap between movements or songs. There's cheering and dancing and singing. This one will make you laugh and smile. It's not serious theater, but since when do we have to be all serious, all the time? We all know that when you want a real theater review, you don't come here. And there are plenty of "real" reviews. But I'm just saying it was fun and it was worth the price of admission. Plus DSM keeps running some good deals on tickets, so you should support one of your local arts organizations. Oh, and the seats at the Music Hall at Fair Park are so much more comfortable than the ones at the Winspear or the Wyly. You don't think it's a big deal, but 2.5 hours later, you're grateful that someone tried to sit in the chairs before just ordering them b/c they went with the fabulous design.

Speaking of uncomfortable chairs. . . . After sitting in any chair for 4.5 hours of opera, even a Lazy Boy would get uncomfortable. That's what I got to do with the Sig-O last night when we sat through 4.5 HOURS OF OPERA. That's right, we saw Wagner's Tristan & Isolde. This is probably not one you want to check out if you're an opera virgin. Not because it's not fabulous, but because it's 4.5 HOURS OF OPERA. Moving on from the point that it took almost 20 percent of my day, Tristan & Isolde was fantastic. Sure, go read some other site when you want to hear about the beautiful soprano, bass and baritone voices, but I'm just telling you it was great. The Sig-O wasn't really feeling the whole contemporary design with moving panels at the beginning, but it turns out to make the show visually stunning. It's a beautiful show. Wagner wrote beautiful music, and the Dallas Opera does a fantastic performance. But the imagery projected on the panels alone is worth you sitting through at least two acts. It really is that good. If you have the time (almost 20 percent of your day I remind you), I do recommend you check out the show.

See, I'm eclectic. I do lots of stuff. The rest of the week was filled with having company at the house (again, bad planning on my part,) but I did get to try out some great recipes - may I recommend Pomegranate Duck or Shrimp curry for your next get together? Yes, I made both. The Sig-O is freaking lucky. Oh, and sometime between now and early tomorrow morning I need to pack for both of us for a 9 day trip. But only after a quick happy hour event tonight.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Popping the Question on V-Day

Yes, a lot of people think it's cliche to pop the question on Valentine's Day. But you know what? They still do it. Why? Because it works. And that way you won't forget the day you proposed. So there's a bonus. If you're looking for another bonus, how about a free meal? Nicola's is offering a free dinner if you propose over V-Day dinner. The Valentine's Day deal includes dinner for two for $89, then you get to come back and relive the magic with a free dinner later. You weren't going to actually propose over a free meal, were you? Here are all the deets from the Nicola's PR people:

It’s a day of love poems, romance and surprise engagements: Valentine’s Day. This February 14th, Ristorante Nicola, located at 8111 Preston Road in Dallas, invites guys (and ladies) to take a bended knee in an elegant atmosphere with exquisite food that will not be soon forgotten. Every couple who “pops the question” during the evening’s meal will receive a complimentary dinner*. To make the event extra special, the staff at Ristorante Nicola will even work with suitors on a one-on-one basis before the big day to determine a perfect surprise presentation. Imagine a loved one’s expression when the tiramisu arrives topped with an engagement ring!

The evening’s three-course San Valentino (Valentine’s Day) menu, for those getting engaged or just enjoying a dinner together, is $89 per couple plus tax and gratuity. It will be available on Tuesday, February 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant’s most treasured items from the regular menu of house-made pastas and other delicacies will also be available during this time. Reservations can be made by calling (214) 379-1111 or by visiting

And no, Sig-O, we're not going there for Valentine's Day dinner, so you can stop the panic now.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why $10 Ruined the Hot Chocolate 5K For Me

OK, so I was pretty excited about running the Hot Chocolate 5K this weekend. After doing the half a few weeks ago, a 5K seems like a piece of cake. Yummy chocolate cake that comes with a really cool running jacket instead of another ugly race t-shirt I won't wear (I'm looking at you Hotcake Hustle. Brown? Ugh, that goes with nothing.) The race jacket is cool, so I didn't mind paying a little more than the usual 5K registration fee. Packet pickup is today and tomorrow, and that's where the trouble started.

To get that fabulous jacket and your race info, you have to go to their Expo at Fair Park. No race day pick up, no pick up at Run On, no mailing it to you. You have to go to the Expo. That sounds like no big deal and Fair Park is pretty, but then they make you pay $10 for parking. Really? It's not about the $10, it's the damn principle of the thing. I paid $45 already, and now an extra $10. Boooooo! But I tell myself that it's an Expo, so it's going to be awesome and I'll get cool stuff that will totally make up for the $10 I just paid to park. WRONG! Ugh, sure, they had some shoes and stuff on sale and a kids play area, but I don't need shoes and I don't have kids. Not even a 5 hour energy drink knock off freebie table for me to snag a couple for the Sig-O (crap, now I need a Valentine's idea.) It was pretty much a sad excuse of an expo.

Oh, wait, Back On My Feet was there and they are one of the coolest nonprofits around. They're all about promoting self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. They're even selling cool BOMF gear and sandals for only $5 that benefit BOMF and help raise money for their amazing member Matthew, who is helping raise $$$ for them by running the Big D Marathon. You should learn more about him and give to this awesome effort. I'm not kidding, click that link already. If you didn't have to go to the Expo, so you have an extra $10, give it to his fundraising effort.

So long story short, the Expo took $10 from me and if it didn't take it from you, you should be charitable. And that's your PSA for the day.

P.S. - If they charge me another $10 for race day parking, that will be very, very uncool.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Learn Origami to Hold Chocolate

This sounds like a fun class where you can make a present for V-Day that won't force you to say, "It's the thought that counts, right?"
In this class, you will pick your favorite color of cardstock and fold a perfect square box, just the size to hold one of CocoAndre Chocolatier’s fine chocolates. Apply a square of patterned paper to the top of the box, tie a neat bow, and you have a gorgeous handmade gift. The final touch is a nifty double heart gift tag made using paper cutouts and a luggage tag.
SPREAD THE LOVE!!!!!! A portion of proceeds from this class will go to Genesis Women's Shelter. Click here for all the deets.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Great Date Deal for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Here's a great idea if you're looking to plan a great date for Valentine's Day or really any day. From the Cut & Paste via Travelzoo Division:

It's "all too easy to while away an entire afternoon" at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, according to Frommer's. With this exclusive Local Deal, subscribers can spend a day touring 109 acres of native and exotic plants and enjoy lunch at the Gardens Restaurant for $16, regularly $29.

Highlights of the grounds and the 2,500 species on display include the Rose Garden -- modeled after Italy’s renowned Villa Lante -- and the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk. Admission to the seven-acre Japanese Garden, which Frommer's calls "serene," as well as fish food for the koi ponds, are also included with this deal.< Lunch at The Gardens Restaurant consists of:

  • Any appetizer, like the roasted bell pepper hummus with feta, olives and pita bread (up to $7)
  • Any entree, like the bistro shrimp pasta with fresh mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes (up to $12)
  • Any nonalcoholic beverage, like soft drinks, iced or hot tea, or coffee (up to $2.50); in addition, bottles of wine are 20% off with this deal

Or for $30, purchase an annual membership valid for two people and enjoy the gardens as often as you'd like all year long. To see the full benefits of membership, including reciprocity at gardens nationwide and restaurant discounts, click hereAnd click here to get this deal now.

Friday, February 3, 2012

$99 Spa Deal at the Four Seasons

From the Cut & Paste via Travelzoo Division, but seriously, snag this one as it's a great V-day gift idea or a great way to spoil yourself:

The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, the only AAA 5-Diamond resort in Texas, is a "lavish place [that] seems worlds away from Dallas" according to Condé Nast's For $99, Travelzoo subscribers can visit this luxury spa for a trio of treatments with amenity access, regularly $185. This exclusive package includes: 

• A 50-minute Las Colinas custom massage, which combines Swedish, therapeutic and deep-tissue techniques 

• A Moroccan oil scalp massage, where warm oil is drizzled along your scalp then slowly massaged through your hair to enhance texture and shine 

• A lava gel hand treatment, where hands are moisturized and placed into self-heated lava mitts to rejuvenate dry skin 

• Access to the spa amenities, including the eucalyptus steam room, dry heat sauna, warm whirlpool, outdoor spa pool, hot tub and cold plunge pool 

• Refreshments like peach tea, lemon or cucumber water and fresh fruit after your treatments

Click here to get it. I'd suggest you do it fast b/c this one will likely sell out.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

V-Day Getaway Package at The Belmont Hotel

Red Hot Love - Valentine's Special
Whether your love meter is registering cool, warm, or hot we're here to help you take it up a notch on the heat meter. Grab your lover, book the Red Hot Love package, and the Belmont Hotel will do the rest.

This package for 2 includes:
 Flowers from the petal wizards at Dirt... to set the scene
 Chocolates from the sugary scientists at Dude Sweet Chocolate... to sweeten the pallete
 A bottle of Champagne... to fan the flames
 Special seating for 2 on the BarBelmont patio... the perfect panorama for romance
This package takes a while to heat up so please allow 48 hours notice.
Rates: Standard $169/Deluxe $189/Jr Suite $239/Suite $279

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hasta Luego Horne & Dekker

 — Horne & Dekker, the Henderson Avenue restaurant opened in mid-2010 by partners Shawn Horne and Flynn Dekker, closed on Monday. According to a source connected with the restaurant, the staff was informed on Monday night. Check out Pegasus News for the full story.

I'm bummed, but not shocked about this one.

Cupcake Delivery: This Could Be Dangerous AKA I Could Get Fat

For only $36 per dozen, you can have delicious cupcakes delivered to your home or office. They use only the finest ingredients available, from French Valrhona chocolate and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla to fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and nuts (locally sourced whenever possible). All of the standard gourmet flavors can be mixed and matched with any of signature frostings to create a cupcake as unique as your personal tastes! They even have several vegan options available! 

I think I just gained weight thinking about that. There goes that new year's resolution thing. 
Phone: 972.695.3000