Archive for December, 2012

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Posted by    |    December 29th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

RSVP by commenting on this post or emailing  The first 20 guests who RSVP and show at BBC on January 3 will get a round of drinks and appetizers on BBC!

NYE 2012 Events

Posted by    |    December 26th, 2012 at 9:15 pm



31 (BISTRO 31, Highland Park Village)
Perks: Enjoy appetizers, cocktails and champagne before your dinner (6-9pm), fixed priced menu
Price: After 10p.m. $25, bottle packages include admission, bottle service, and a table reservation)
Reservations: (214)420-3906 or

ASADOR (The Renaissance Dallas Hotel)
Price: tapas starting at $5
Reservations: (214)267-4815

BOLSA (Oak Cliff)
Time: Reservations 5-10pm
Price: A la carte menu prices on special menu
Reservations: (214)367-9367 or

BOULEVARDIER (Bishop Arts District)
Price: a la carte pricing on special NYE menu
Reservations: (214)942-1828 or


Live music by Kent and Kay starting at 9pm, champagne toast, party favors
NYE menu available starting at 9pm, $20 entrance after 9pm
(214) 217-6888

CAFE PACIFIC (Highland Park Village)
Price: $95 4-course prix fixe menu
Reservations: (214)526-1170

California Pizza Kitchen
1/2 off select bottles of wine (11 a.m.- 9 p.m.)

CENTRAL 214 (Hotel Palomar, Midtown)
glass of prosecco
Reservations 5-11pm
: $70 prix fixe menu (+ tax and gratuity)
Reservations: (214)443-9339

Perks: Moscow Mules upon arrival, champagne toast, music by DJ EZ Eddie D, professional photography, BYOB
Time: doors at 7pm, dinner at 8pm
Place: Deep Ellum (exact address to be released to attendees)
$113/person + gratuity

COOK HALL (W Dallas Victory, Victory Park)
Perks: Live jazz starting at 8pm
regular menu items offered, bloody Mary kits ($15 small, $30 large + cost of liquor), $12 mimosas
: (214)397-4111 or



DRAGONFLY (Hotel Zaza, Uptown)
Perks: admission to NYE celebration
Price: 5:30-6:45pm 3-course prix fixe meal, $75; 7-11pm 4-course prix fixe meal, $150

Reservations: (214)550-9500

Perks: last seating will have a champagne toast and party favors
Price: Prix Fixe 3-course menu for $65, wine pairings +$20 (+tax and gratuity)
Time: dinner reservations starting at 5pm
Reservations: (214)828-1981







Victory Park
Time: 7pm
Price: FREE, VIP tickets available here
Perks: concerts by five bands, fireworks at midnight, food trucks

: Warwick Melrose
Price: $20
Perks: midnight champagne toast, party favors, live music starting at 8pm
Reservations: (214)224-3152



Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights with Somebody’s Darling
(Granada Theater)

Price: $24 (GA), $80 (VIP)

Crown Maple and Bunnies of the Playboy Persuasion

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

This past Sunday, while I was busy spending the afternoon with my (lovely) grandmother who was visiting from PA, people with less responsibility were seen at Sfuzzi … with free Crown Royal Maple flowing .. and a Playboy Bunny.  Jealous?  More so about the CR Maple, but yes, I was jealous.

Apparently they all had a blast, and the drink below was the hit.  I’d like to say I got to try the CR Maple that was (so kindly) sent to me, but cousin decided that it should be his … I only got a taste … but that’s all I needed.  I may or may not be planning to buy a handle of it this evening.

1 1/2 oz Crown Royal Maple Whisky
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
top with Ginger Beer

Shake ingredients and strain into a highball glass.  Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Giant Christmas Soiree at The Foundry | Chicken Scratch TONIGHT 12.19.12

Posted by    |    December 19th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

If you haven’t experienced the casual fried-chicken awesomeness that is Chicken Scratch, tonight is your chance. The Foundry | Chicken Scratch is partnering with Art House Dallas, Walk the Light, Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, and Reap Marketing to host a Christmas Soiree for the books. Entertainment will be provided by The Dallas Family Band and Fox and the Bird with food and drink provided by (of course!) Chicken Scratch and the Foundry Bar. Be sure to bring some gifts for the Angel Tree!

For more information, head to

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6th Annual Kinki Kristmas Party at Sundown at Granada This Saturday

Posted by    |    December 17th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Get your Santa hats on and your holiday spirits ready for the Sixth Annual Kinki Kristmas Party this Saturday, December 22. Always the perfect way to let loose during the holiday season, this year’s Kinki Kristmas is headed to Sundown at Granada. One of our favorites, DJ Elizabeth Farrell, will spin the soundtrack of the evening will guests enjoy an open bar filled with Moscow Mules (the best), Spiced Punch, and Rumplemintz Hot Chocolate. Top the night off with some Midnight Tacos… the way I wish I could top every night off.

There will be prizes awarded to the best costume so get creative! Here are a few ideas to get your started. Buy your tickets now and we’ll see you on Saturday!


Click to buy: Tree Costume, Gingerbread Man, Costume, Grinch Costume, Reindeer Costume

All the Best Brews for only $25 at Blackfriar Pub’s Christmas Beer Tasting

Posted by    |    December 17th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

blackfriar pub christmas beer tastingIt’s easy to get a little stir crazy in the days leading up to Christmas. Sometimes all you want to do is hang out with friends, drink a good beer, and maybe nibble on some cheese. Getting out of the living room or kitchen every now and then is key, so if you enjoy all the things listed above, here’s an easy going Monday night activity that will get you out of the house, put a beer in your hand, and help you save some of that hard-earned shopping money.

Blackfriar Pub’s annual Christmas Beer Tasting is back. Sample the best brews of 2012 for a mere $25 and enjoy an evening in Uptown’s casually cool pub. You’ll get an information pack that will tell you all you need to know about what you’re sipping as well as a cheese plate and logo glassware. Gratuity is included in the $25 and you are encouraged to make reservations (214.965.9926).


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I got a wild hair about a month ago and decided that this year’s…

Posted by    |    December 17th, 2012 at 12:25 am

Bottles and ingredients

Apple Pie Bourbon Ingredients

Apple Pie Bourbon Ingredients

Straining the Ingredients

Bottle It Up

I got a wild hair about a month ago and decided that this year’s holiday gift would be homemade infusions.  I decided to make jalapeño vodka, lavender gin, and (wait for it) apple pie bourbon.

The bourbon was very easy to make.  I began with Jack Daniels, a middle-of-the-road liquor without any wild flavors in it.  I began with a recipe for small batch infusions and ended with the proportions below.

  • 1.75L bourbon
  • 3-4 Golden Delicious apples, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 5 sticks of cinnamon (roughly 3-inch sticks)
  • roughly 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup simple syrup

Place all ingredients except bourbon in an airtight container.  Pour bourbon over ingredients, ensuring the ingredients are covered by the bourbon.  Seal the container and let sit at room temperature for three days.  Shake or stir periodically to agitate the ingredients.

After three days, take a sip to test your infusion (it’ll be a bit bitter).  Add more ingredients if necessary, and seal for another day.  Test one more time after four days (total).  Some infusions may take up to five days.

When you’ve achieved the desired flavor, strain the solid ingredients out of the bourbon using a colander.   To remove the small sediment, strain the mixture using a cheesecloth.  Add the simple syrup and stir for at least thirty seconds.

Bottle your mixture in an airtight container.  I ordered swing-top bottles from and painted them using chalkboard paint.  For gifts, I added a tag with recipes to use the bourbon.  Your apple pie bourbon can be stored for up to two months in the refrigerator.

Holiday Drink Recipes

Posted by    |    December 11th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Peppermint HINT Martini
2 ounces HINT Peppermint water
1.5 ounces vodka
1 ounce 100% cranberry juice
Approximately, 1 ounce seltzer water
Ice cubes
1 lime

Fresh fruit In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, Peppermint HINT, cranberry juice, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into chilled glass and top with seltzer water. Squeeze lime into mixture and use as a garnish, along with some fresh fruits!

Total Calories: 122

Peppermint HINT Blueberry Blitzer Mocktailimage
3 ounces Peppermint HINT
2 ounces 100% cranberry juice
1 ounce seltzer water
Ice cubes
Approximately ¼ cup blueberries
1 mint leaf

Muddle blueberries and add to a chilled glass. In a cocktail shaker, combine Peppermint HINT, cranberry juice, seltzer water and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into chilled glass; serve immediately. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Total Calories: 46

Basil Hayden’s® Holiday Spice (Joaquín Simó) image
2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3/4 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 part Maple Syrup
1/4 part Amaretto
3 dashes Angostura® bitters

Combine Basil Hayden¹s®, lemon juice, maple syrup, Amaretto and bitters in a mixing tin with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Grate a cinnamon stick over the top as garnish

Cali Wonderland
1 1/2 oz Caliche Rum
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp Granulated Sugar
1 bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Aromatic Bitters
1 Lemon slice for garnish
Additional lemon juice and granulated sugar for garnish

Rub the rim of a festive old-fashioned glass with lemon juice and then dip it into the sugar and set aside to dry. Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and strain into the crusted glass. Garnish with the lemon slice.

Cali Kiss
1 1/2 oz Caliche Rum
3/4 oz St Germaine elderflower liqueur
1/2 Lemon cut into quarters
1 oz chilled Prosecco (or any dry sparkling wine)

In a mixing glass muddle the lemon, Caliche and elderflower liqueur, fill with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled flute and top with sparkling wine.

Recipes from Bow & Truss restaurant in North Hollywood:

Toast 12/12/12 with this Cocktail from Central 214’s Lead Bartender

Posted by    |    December 11th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Well, it’s finally upon us. If the Ancient Mayan calendar is accurate, tomorrow will be the end of the world. But on a lighter note, 12/12/12 is also considered the luckiest day of the century. The CENTURY.  So let’s toast!

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Celebrate the last tri-numeral calendar date for the next 100 years with a cocktail from one of Central 214’s most talented bartenders, Amber West. Her creation, The Conquerer, has elegant flavors from the Ron Abuelo rum alongside an amber cognac, Grand Marnier, honey and lemon juice. Enjoy!

12/12/12 cocktailThe Conqueror

Created by mixologist Amber West of Central 214 (Dallas, TX)

  •  1 3/4 oz Ron Abuelo 12 Años
  • 1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand Cognac Ambre
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz honey syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  •  Put all ingredients into shaker tin and shake vigorously to make sure the liquid is very cold. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Wild Rooster Presents the 4th Annual Children’s Medical Center Benefit on 12.12.12

Posted by    |    December 10th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

children's medical center benefitIf the world doesn’t come to an end, this would be a great place to be. Bring as many unwrapped gifts as you can (worth $10 or up) and spread some charitable holiday cheer at the Children’s Medical Center Benefit this Wednesday. Amazing raffle prizes and cocktails await you!

For more information, go to