I’m always a little impressed when I meet someone (whose not a bartender) that has some solid knowledge of mixology. I’m even more impressed when they can surprise me with one of the best Tequila Sunrises or Amaretto Sours I’ve ever had. Alot of people leave the art of mixology to bartenders, but how cool would it be if you could be your own bartender, providing you and your friends with artfully mixed cocktails whenever the opportunity presented itself?
This Thursday, Seth Brammer, bar mixologist of Second Floor Bistro, will be holding a one night course in hand crafted cocktails. This hands-on class will show you how to perfectly mix some of the best springtime cocktails using ingredients such as vermouth, px sherry, champagne and rosé wine. Brammer will also share how to create a special infusion you can make at home.
Single this Valentines Day? Sitting at home eating a box of chocolates you bought yourself, watching lame romantic comedies? Well stop it. Come out to Frankie’s Sports Bar instead and tell Valentines day to kiss off with other like minded individuals. What makes this Anti-Valentines day party so good for your spirit is the giant shredder that will be located outside Frankie’s where you can put any remains of a dying or dead love affair such as an exes picture, a break up letter or that stuffed bunny from last year’s Valentines, through the blades for a nice cathartic release. Plus Every everyone who puts something through the shredder get’s a free drink (one per guest, up to a $6.50 value).
How cool is that, a free drink in exchange for some healthy emotional purging. To top it all off it’ll be happy hour prices all night with bar tenders mixing up 4$ drinks with names like Love Stinks, Stupid Cupid, Bitter End, and Arrow Thru my Heart. The party started at 11am but it’s going until 2am , so collect those pictures, letters or whatever other items that symbolize your relationship baggage that might be lying around, and drink some drinks to Valentines day being lame.
Mardi Gras weekend is upon us Dallas and The House of Blues is bringing you a weekend full of Fat Tuesday festivities. Apart from beads, beer and feathery masks lets take look at what House of Blues has got for you this weekend.
I was lucky enough to be part of the group that was invited to preview the soon-to-open Peak & Elm, a seriously authentic Mexican restaurant (what they’re calling “Mex-Mex”) in East Elm. This new taste is coming to Dallas thanks to the father-and-son team, the Morenos, who are behind the heralded La Popular Tamale House that has been serving delicious tamales to Dallas for many years.
Housed in a building at (you’ll never guess) Peak and Elm in East Dallas, the owners are doing their best to maintain the integrity of the historic building. P&E is located in a building that was once a stop on the original trolley line, and the florescent sign is original (and there to stay).
In juicier news, let’s hear about the food, shall we? Some of you may think that I have an unsophisticated palate when it comes to solids, but it doesn’t take a true foodie to realize that their food is going to be in a league of its own. I LOVED EVERYTHING that they served … from the fajita soft tacos with exquisitely thick homemade tortillas to the Mexican cinnamon coffee that capped-off the night. They say that they’ll always make their food with local ingredients from sources as close as our very own Farmer’s Market. Oh, and they swore they’d never use yellow cheese.
Their food is sure to please once they open to the public on February 8, and you should all be looking forward to your first taste of P&E’s offerings. IIIIIII myself am very much looking forward to their cocktails that weren’t ready for the preview, but sound amazing. For now, they’re serving local goodies like beers from Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Rahr and wines from Times Ten Cellars.
Their “Bebidas” menu will have three unique offerings like the agues frescos (vodka-infused Mexican “fresh waters”), the Margarita Pera Espinosa (pear-infused margarita), and the Streetcar Sangria (red wine sangria).
For now, we’ll all just have to wait with baited breath. To take the edge off, I found their Cinnamon Sangria recipe on their blog.
4 (750 milliliters) bottles red wine
1 ¼ C. white sugar
2 Granny Smith apples (cored and sliced)
4 Peaches (sliced)
2 Bananas (sliced)
2 Cinnamon sticks (crushed)
3 Lit. lemon-lime flavored, carbonated beverage
In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients above, except for the lemon-lime soda, and refrigerate for a minimum of six hours and up to overnight.
When ready to serve, add in the lemon-lime soda and pour over ice; garnish with additional fruit before serving if desired.
The music we dance to is undeniably an integral part of a good weekend. All throughout Dallas clubs people dance and drink while DJs spin, mix and blend beats and genres of music, creating a new musical whole that’s completely different from the individual parts. Most of the time we’re too busy dancing to be able to notice who or what is being used to make these mixes, so for your Friday viewing pleasure I share with you this awesome short video that not only offers a great song but a nifty visual guide to all the the artist you hear. It’s kind of like a musical I Spy.