Archive for November, 2012

Light Emanating Dudes

Posted by    |    November 30th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

To all practitioners of parkour in Dallas, please watch this video and be inspired to stick LED lights onto your clothing and free run through downtown at night. It would make night time walks through the city that much more amazing.

SDD 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by    |    November 29th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Boozy Advent Calendars

We’ve all done the chocolate calendar, but this is a fun twist to gift to the alcohol aficionado in your life.  Each little door reveals a 3cL sample of different alcohol (you can pick whisky or gin).  By December 24, you’ll have swigged 72cL of delicious spirits .  BONUS: one whisky door holds a 50 year old single malt Scotch.  This gives the term “holiday spirit” a whole new meaning.  Order ASAP so they don’t miss a day!

$128.01 (gin) or $240.08 (whisky) per calendar


BevShots Scarf

Why not make your drink a fashion statement?  Bevshots has items, from coasters to canvas prints, adorned with your favorite drink’s picture … magnified.

The scarves are large enough to be worn many ways and are available in many different drink prints (shown on the right in “Black Russian”).

$44.99 per scarf (currently on sale for $37.99) or (

The Original Whiskey Ball

A whiskey ball maker is a staple for any whiskey drinker’s bar (err … freezer?).  A larger piece of ice means your beverage will stay cold longer, without melting the ice as fast (therefore, no more watery whiskey!)  I have a set of these and LOVE them.  I always keep a couple frozen balls on-hand … because you never know when Don Draper could stop by.

$23.95 (set of two molds) 
(a cheaper alternative to last year’s)

ALTUZARRA Collection
from the Target + Nieman Marcus CFDA Collaboration

A luxurious-looking glass makes a drink taste more intriguing (or does it?).  Get a great set of glasses from Zara Home.  Take a tip from Southern Living and mix-and-match!

Black Tray – $79.99, Double Old Fashioned Glasses – $49.99 (set of 4), Cocktail Shaker $49.99
Target stores starting December 1 or on starting December 1 at 12:01am

Homemade Infused Liquors

A personal and thoughtful gift.  Use your imagination to come up with flavors.  Southern Living’s Apple Pie Infused Bourbon sounds tasty, no?
Come back soon to see my how my infusions went (I’ll be posting a step-by-step guide)!

Get unique bottles from 

Cynthia Rowley Flask Bangle

C’est magnifique!  Available in gold or chrome, this statement piece has been souped-up and made functional (well, functional for a boozehound).  At Fashion Week in NY this year, Cynthia Rowley showed off these boozy bangles in her Spring 2013 line … and I swooned.  If anyone wants to gift one of these to me in gold, I’d be forever grateful.

$225 per bangle

A never-fail gift, giving someone a thoughtfully-chosen spirit is sure to raise his.  My go-to liquor store is Sigel’s on Greenville.  Ask for Ruben.  Don’t forget the bow.

Sigel’s, 5757 Greenville Ave 

Thanksgiving Cocktail

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Some Thanksgiving fun is happening tomorrow at the British…

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 am

Some Thanksgiving fun is happening tomorrow at the British Beverage Company!

Ring in the New Year at the Granada

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

granada new years

It’s one of the most anticipated nights of the year. If you’re looking for something in between the aggressiveness of Lights All Night and a warmed up cup of Ramen Noodles, this is how you’re ringing in 2013.

It’s become a bit of a tradition. Jonathan Tyler the Northern Lights have played at the historic Granada Theater since 2007. There will be lots of great local music including two favorites, Somebody’s Darling and The Quaker City Night Hawks. The Dallas roots-rock and Americana band, Somebody’s Darling, took home the Dallas Observer’s Best Country Act this Tuesday. Fort Worth Natives, The Quaker City Night Hawks have had two songs “Ain’t No Kid” and “Cold Blues” featured in the FX series Sons of Anarchy.


"An alcoholic has been lightly defined as a man who drinks more than his own doctor."

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2012 at 10:00 am

“An alcoholic has been lightly defined as a man who drinks more than his own doctor.”

Alvan L. Barach

There’s a new kid in town.  Well, not so much a new kid as a…

Posted by    |    November 13th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Chicken wings (teriyaki, buffalo, honey BBQ)

Baja Fish Taco

There’s a new kid in town.  Well, not so much a new kid as a clone of a kid that goes to school across town.  The owner of Pour House in Fort Worth, Eric Tschetter, brought his sports bar concept to Oak Cliff for the cliff dwellers and Kessler Theater goers.  It’s the perfect place for you southies to hang out and watch a game on one of the many TVs while snacking and … well, drinking.

PhD is deceptively large with a patio, bar, and restaurant area.  The patio has a lot of promise.  It’s: a) huge, b) decked out with TVs, and c) going to be screened in.  I can already imagine all of the great summer brunches I’ll be spending there with $1 mimosas in-hand.

The food (which we got to try a nice sampling of tonight), was great for bar food.  I’d recommend the Red Pepper Penne Pasta, Baja Fish Tacos (oh muh guh), and the buffalo wings.  Everything we had tasted like real food, not frozen fried things like most sports bars serve.

PhD’s drink options include local beers (think Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Rahr, and the brand new 4 Corners), the usual suspects (Bud, Blue Moon, etc.), a handful of wine options, and a full bar.  I enjoyed a couple Jacks on the rocks and the pours were quite generous.  Their cocktail menu hasn’t been finished yet, so stay tuned to hear about drink options.

Expect an update when their cocktail menu gets sussed out … but for now, head on down to Oak Cliff to catch a game if you’re tired of the crowded Uptown sports bars (because sometimes it’s nice to be able to order a beer and actually get it when you want it and not 20 minutes later).

When I tell my friend I was drinking a glass of vodka on Friday night

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2012 at 5:56 pm


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OCHO Kitchen + Cocktails is the new Southwest restaurant in…

Posted by    |    November 6th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Berry Woodie Smash and Skinny Cougar

Cosmo “Drank” and Jalapeño Margarita

8Bar (picture courtesy of Ocho)

Cosmo “Drank”

Chips and salsas complete with pat of green chile butter & house hot sauce

OCHO Kitchen + Cocktails is the new Southwest restaurant in Preston Center. I made it in last week to try some of their offerings with some other media folks (I felt fancy).  The vibe is somewhat unexpected.  The hostess didn’t seem interested in speaking to us when we walked in which put a bad taste in our mouths from the start.  Luckily, once we met the amazing Michael (our waiter for the evening), we felt a completely attended to in terms of service.  

There are two floors, the main floor is a more traditional dining area, and the second has a giant bar, gorgeous private room, sumptuous leather sofas, and expansive patio seating area overlooking Preston, dubbed 8-Bar.  Our only complaint about the second floor was the high noise level.  Odd art adorned the walls and the decor of the entire place was quite eclectic.

A variety of appetizers were paraded out to us, from lobster shooters to ancho roasted chicken flautas to shrimp ceviche.  Everything we tasted was delicious.  I had an edge over some of the other taste testers because my sister recently moved to Albuquerque, so I’ve tried and enjoyed many of the flavors that were showcased in Ocho’s food.

The drinks that our amazing waiter, Michael, kept on a’bringin’ were unique and potent.  I started with a jalapeño margarita (note: I hate margaritas, but love spicy drinks) and actually enjoyed it.  Some of the other guests said it wasn’t spicy enough, but I thought it had just enough bite.

Oh Hey Dallas joined me at the event, and ordered a Berry Woodie Smash (Woodford Reserve, simple syrup, blackberries, lemon, mint), and lucky me, didn’t realize it was bourbon based, so I got to drink it.  It was very good, but could have used a bit more sweetness since that’s what it’s trying to go for with the berries and syrup.

Another drink we tried was the Cosmo “Drank” (gin, peach liqueur, white peach cranberry juice, lemon juice) which was tasty, but nothing incredibly memorable.  The Skinny Cougar (vodka, watermelon juice, lime juice, grenadine, soda water) was a recommendation from our water, but I’d rather splurge on the other delicious normal-calorie drinks.

Overall, I enjoyed my time at Ocho (the company helped!) and am looking forward to visiting again soon to try the Hatch Chile Smoke Tequila Cocktail (tequila, lemon juice, agave nectar, green chile powder).


  • Specialty cocktails are around $10
  • Complimentary valet (make sure you’re going south on Preston to get in the parking lot)
  • Green chile is delicious
  • Ask for Michael
  • 8Bar opens at 3pm daily
  • They stock around 50 tequilas for your tasting pleasure

Ocho Kitchen + Cocktails
8411 Preston Road Suite 132 | (214) 217-0888 | | @ocho_dallas