Archive for August, 2010

The Comeback Kid

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

The Dallas Observer is reporting that yet another Deep Ellum institution is making a comeback…renovations on Club Dada start Monday with hopes for an official re-opening by the end of the year.

Thanks to the re-opening of Trees, The Bone and The Green Room, as well as the openings of La Grange, Lemongrass, The Boiler Room and The Black Swan, Elm Street is looking GOOD y’all.

Get the full scoop here!

All Good Cafe 10th Anniversary Block Party!

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

If you’ve ever been to the All Good Cafe, I’m willing to bet that you call it one of your fave spots in Dallas.  With a motto like “Make Love Not Money” and It’s Like Goin’ To Austin Without Having to Pass Thru Waco” printed on the menu, how can you not?  I used to frequent this cozy spot on a weekly basis (a little less now that I live up north), and I can honestly say that everything on the menu is delicious.  The chicken fried steak is award winning, the king ranch chicken is killer, and the Lone Star is always ice cold.  And to top it off, owner Mike Snider makes every effort to support local purveyors such as the Dallas Farmers Market, Rudolph’s Meat Market and the Dallas Mozzarella Company.  The decor is as eclectic and laid back as the staff and patrons who frequent it…and there is an indoor stage for live music on the weekends.

Its hard to believe our friends have been serving up good food and good times for a decade now, and to celebrate they are throwing a block party this Saturday.  And this ain’t your typical block party…there will be live music from Boys Named Sue, New Bohemians, The O’s, The King Bucks and more, plus a “Taste of the Hood” with food vendors All Good Cafe (duh), Monica’s, Dallas Mozzarella Co, LaGrange, Baker’s Ribs and Rudolph’sOH…and there’s no cover charge. (more…)

Forty-eight hour fuel

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

The Sons of Thunder bring you Sanctuary, a twisted horror short with sequence of events and plot twists that make your stomach crawl. Brilliant writing, sound, special effects and direction were beautifully interwoven to produce a streamlined short film. Now, what if I told you this all happened in a mere 48 hours? Well, you’d have to believe me because (truth be told) I’m a pretty bad liar.

This April, Deep Ellum was home to the 48 Hour Film Project, where 30+ video production teams armed with camera men, sound equipment, talent, makeup, and plenty of adrenaline (and mountain dew and coffee and 5-hour energy and diet coke) gathered for a long weekend of filming. La Grange held the opening and closing events as well as the screening. Such a cool array of talent could only be housed in this lackadaisical environment. (more…)

Deep Ellum’s Newest Resident…

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2010 at 11:16 am

Zach Warner.  To know him, is to love him, and this is what I know about him:  He will do absolutely anything for a photo-op! …including, walking into the middle of Medieval Time’s moat with his bare feet, wearing a child’s armor set during his 32nd birthday celebration (pic here)!  He wears his heart on his sleeve, but he’s not scared to get it dirty.  He stores one of the most creative minds I have ever met!  (If you need to create anything, company name, logo, photo shoot, website, party, art, tattoo, just have a five minute conversation with this man and you’ll be set.) And, when the time is right, ask him to relive some of his memories as a MTV videographer, they’re always entertaining!

Read on for my interview with Zach!

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Reincarnation

Posted by    |    August 16th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that The Green Room, at one point, was my home away from home.  For someone young and living in Deep Ellum, you couldn’t ask for a cooler place to grab dinner and hang out.  Best described as “rock and roll meets fine dining” (the two things in life I really geek out about), The Green Room was originally opened to be just that – a place to feed the artists playing at the owner’s live music venue next door.  So naturally when I heard that the Deep Ellum institution was reopening its doors after an almost four year absence, I jumped at the chance to head down there for the first official night of service.

Upon arrival, my best friend Gabby and I immediately took note of the buzz of activity on Elm Street – and this was a Tuesday night.  The Bone (yup, they’re back too) and La Grange were alive with Dallasites enjoying good food, cold cocktails and live music.  Runners and cyclists flew past us on the street while others were casually walking their dogs. We agree: people are starting to feel safe here.  And they should.  Two police officers stood strong in front of the Green Room doors to put patrons at ease–they will have a uniformed presence until nerves begin to settle –and valet parking will be available shortly.  It’s beginning to look like Deep Ellum is finally making its deserved comeback. (more…)

Meet Squirt

Posted by    |    August 16th, 2010 at 11:46 am

These are the things that I know about Beka ‘Squirt’ Johnson:  Born in Dallas,  cheerleader in college for Hawaii (yeah, I know), truth teller, tough enough that a broken rib doesn’t stop her,  balloon lover, model for Whiskey Vintage, buff enough to not mess with her, hug giver, and a great friend to anyone that knows her.

She recently invited my husband, Paul and I to an art show she was in, at the Wit Gallery.  I’ve gotten to know her over the past couple years and she’s one of my favorite artists to support.  I started off going to her art shows while she was in school at UTA and admired her work hanging in our friends house at “Lexington Place”.  I always had my eye on this piece of hers called Chucks and never thought she would sell it.  But, when my husband and I showed up at Wit and saw it hanging on the wall, I knew instantly that it was mine.  She then told me that it was her first piece she had ever done.  I feel so special to be the owner of Chucks.

I was so excited to interview her to get to know her a little more.

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Deep Ellum Outdoor Market!

Posted by    |    August 13th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I’m so excited about this months Deep Ellum Outdoor Market!  Reasons: 1.  I was out of the country and missed last months, which had over 800 visitors!  2.  I’m a vendor this month with my women’s vintage clothing!  (I usually sell out of Dolly Python, but wanted to be apart of this.)  and 3.  38 booths of everything under the sun, live bands, food, drinks!

I’ve been working with Brandon Castillo, Director of the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, in getting a booth.  He’s been so helpful and the process couldn’t be easier.  If you’re interested in getting a booth for September, act quick!  Booths fill up fast!  Go to their site for more info, here.

Don’t miss out on all the great spots in walking distance to cool off afterwards!  Might I suggest La Grange and picking up an ice cold “adult” snow cone! Hope to see you there and come say hi!  I’ll have a big fan waiting for you to cool you down!

LaGrange Plays Against Type

Posted by    |    August 6th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Everybody moans about the lack of new spots in Deep Ellum, then here comes LaGrange showing exactly how to do it right. Went there first to check out a concert, then stopped by last week when they starting ringing the dinner bell. In both cases, LaGrange delivers a different — read, classier — product than you’d expect.

Lunchmate (and internet guru) Christine and I decided to graze, and we ordered four different appetizers. Rock shrimp quesadillas (score!), crab cakes (a little too fried, but flavorful inside), BBQ sliders with fabulous stack of fries (tasty, with lean brisket but no BBQ sauce), and chicken nachos (winner!). The nachos had a creamy cheese on the side so you can pour it over the chips in exactly the right amount and the chips don’t get soggy. Who thinks of that? All had such nice presentation that I had to walk outside and confirm our DE longitude and latitude. Big ups to chef Rosanne “Roe” DiLeo, who has a great approach of both serving and surprising her customers.

Speaking of Mokah Coffee Bar…

Posted by    |    August 3rd, 2010 at 4:06 pm

You gotta meet Mimo and try one of his masterpieces.

I love going into a business and you just feel the pride and experise.  That describes Mokah Coffee Bar to a “T”. I wandered that way today (literally a block away) and enjoyed a cool banana smoothie.  I can’t wait to go back again and try a new drink each time.  Take a second and check out their website here, to see their menu, info, and check out their blog!

Mokah Coffee Bar is a part of Life in Deep Ellum.  I’ll give you the lowdown on them throughout this month; it’s way too much info for one post!


Right Now…

Posted by    |    August 3rd, 2010 at 3:17 pm

All this week 100% of Mokah Coffee Bar’s proceeds will fund the Deep Ellum Community Association.  Check out the line up for events for this week.

I’m thinkin I need to check out Wednesday’s Sunset Yoga on the Patio.  I can’t recall a time that I’ve done yoga outside!  Who needs “hot” room yoga, when you live in TX?!

So, if you wanna come sweat out some toxins with me or catch some great live music, you know where to go! (You can’t beat BYOB either!)

…tons more to come on Life in Deep Ellum.