Somebody call me a Mambo taxi. I mean taxi.

Posted by    |    June 27th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

It’s like New York City minus Central Park.  Santa Monica without the pier. San Antonio sans the River Walk. Austin without the wierd.  A Lakewood with no Matt’s Rancho Martinez gives many of you a feeling similar to the one you get when you dream you went to school with no pants on. Something’s missing. And it’s just not appropriate.

Plans are underway for Mi Cocina, the popular and ever-growing M Crowd restaurant chain, to make it’s new home where Matt’s has lived for over two decades, as I’m sure you’ve heard and maybe even shed a tear over.  Or have you? Are you already giddy with excitement over the smell of Sunset style fajitas sizzling right down the street from your house? I’ll admit – I have mixed feelings. On the one side, there’s the Bob Armstrong dip, and on the other – a Mambo taxi.  It’s hard for a girl to choose!

I’m curious – what team are you on?  Team Matt’s or Team Mi Co?

Sale away this weekend

Posted by    |    June 23rd, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Here’s a typical conversation with my husband that I have a feeling will play itself out again in a couple days.

Him:  Uh-oh, you’re carrying shopping bags.  What did you buy? Me:  Don’t worry, honey…I saved SO much money. Him:  I don’t get it.  How did you save money if you spent money on whatever’s inside those bags? Me:  I hit the sales!  I saved 60% on this top and 35% on this planter for the back yard!!! Him:  I see.  And I like your logic.  Soooooo…(lightbulb moment)….I have a half-off voucher on a round of golf…(pause…big smile…) do you care if I go save us some money this afternoon?

For all of you out there that love a good sale as much as I do, here are a couple ones you don’t want to miss this weekend!

Tee Hee Greetings and Gifts: It’s their Annual Off to Market Sale!  Everything in the store is marked down atleast 20%, with some items up to 75% off – but get there soon…the last day to get your hands on their (low priced) goods is this Saturday!


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World premiere opening…TONIGHT!

Posted by    |    June 17th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Dallas Children’s Theater does it again.  And by “it” I mean their uncanny ability to orchestrate top-quality productions cast with professional (union) actors, staged amidst highly complex, in-house set designs crafted by magicians which are destined to transport you into a imaginary world of knock-your-socks-off entertainment that will keep both you and your kids engaged for 90 minutes of fun.  WHEW! That was a long sentence. Oh and the part about magicians….I can’t technically prove that little tidbit of info – but once you see a wonderland of imagination on DCT’s stage, you’ll believe it too. Read the rest of this entry »

It was the best of times…

Posted by    |    June 13th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Ridgewood Belcher Park and Rec

and unfortunately for Dallas residents reveling in all our post-title-win glory, it is also the worst of times.  The Lakewood Advocate shines a less than celebratory light on our city’s budget deficit.  You may not like what city manager, Mary Suhm describes as their solution to the problem. Could we be kissing our beloved recreation centers, road repairs and neighborhood area security good-bye? Read more about what the city of Dallas plans to do  here – and make sure to leave your comments below.  What is your opinion? Do you think there’s a more suitable alternative for reversing our city’s budget deficit?

Spray it, don’t say it.

Posted by    |    June 8th, 2011 at 1:05 am

Leslie Knope

I love the show Parks and Rec.  Seldom do I miss it – and when I do, my DVR doesn’t. Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department, takes enormous pride in her city parks – and most of the time, to the eye-rolls and irritation of her co-workers. Her endearing enthusiasm drives her to go to great lengths for the city she’s devoted her life to. And for that, I thank her…because it makes for great television.

Max's buddy Cooper playin' in the spray

I had a Leslie Knope moment today at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. For all you moms out there, this diamond in the rough is only a stone’s throw away from Lakewood – and the ideal way to get revenge on the sweltering, Texas heat. The park features two play-scapes (one for older children and another for younger), a pavilion, pool, rec center…and SPRAY PARK! Having never been to a spray park before, I was rather impressed. Yes, I’m a first time mom, so all you veterans with years of motherhood under your belt, please excuse my naivete. This thing was awesome.  My son, Max, was all smiles as he stood on the peripheral taking it all in.  Slowly but surely he ventured closer to the water and once he did, I heard squeals of delight and excitement from a distance as he took off to explore every water fall and spray spout available.

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Did someone say Cinnamon Roll French Toast?

Posted by    |    June 5th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

If  you’ve had this oh-so-delicious dish at Another Broken Egg, you won’t be able to stop saying it.  Let me paint a visual for you… a super-sized cinnamon roll – sliced, grilled and battered, smothered with warm cream cheese icing and topped with berries, banana’s foster sauce and whipped cream.  It very well could be one of the yummiest breakfast dishes I’ve ever enjoyed.

The rest of the menu? Impressive. In addition to classic favorites, Another Broken Egg takes great pride in their signature dishes.  And judging from my meal, I can certainly see why. Clearly, you know how I feel about their tasty twist on french toast, so let’s skip right on over to their other signature dishes, like the Lobster et Fromage omlette filled with brie cheese, diced tomatoes, garlic sauteed Maine lobster meat and a light champagne cream sauce.  Or for those of you that like your red meat first thing in the morning, try the Benedict Oscar – a grilled Sirloin steak, two poached eggs, sauteed crabmeat, asparagus and Bearnaise sauce all perched atop a toasted English muffin. These are only a sampling of their mouth-watering menu options.  Speaking of options, did I mention they have over 130 items to choose from? Read the rest of this entry »

Get festive

Posted by    |    June 1st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

July 4th is practically knocking on our door and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.  Nothing says summertime than fireworks, hot dogs, watermelon and some good ‘old patriotic pride.  Whether it be with family, friends, in the shade or on the water – how do you plan to celebrate the 4th? Will I be seeing you at The Lakewood 4th of July parade?