Archive for August, 2010

Sweet Music in the Summer Air

Posted by    |    August 16th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Poster for the Kidd Springs Park Concert provided by Tino Jalomo.

Music lovers in Oak Cliff came together to experience an evening of symphonic bliss at Kidd Springs Park. Tino Jalomo, Kidd Springs Central President, hosted the free concert. Delicious local foods, kid-friendly festivities and a world-class orchestra were featured in perfect harmony. The carefree crowd savored the tastes and sounds of a magical and music-filled celebration.
Children relished in the scene as well, enjoying activities such as a Ladybug Sprinkler in the Butterfly Garden, the always-exciting bounce house, and a face painting station. Playing before the show helped them chill out as the DSO hit the stage.
When the sun went down, kids, parents, and puppies alike were all ears. Everyone relaxed together in the welcoming environment. Audience members lounged in chairs, rolled out comfy blankets and danced to the music. Happy dog owners toted their little friends along for an evening of socializing and snuggling. The outdoor setting dissolved any barriers that a formal setting’s curtain could have created.
The concert provided a creative and positive way to increase involvement and support for the DSO among all age groups. The increased attendance (an amazing 300%!) inspires hope that Kidd Springs Central will host another Community Concert Series in 2011.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Barbeque (and really friggin delish pancakes)

Posted by    |    August 4th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Word on the street was, “Smoke, the newish place next to the Belmont Hotel, has good barbeque, delicious brunch, and is really fun.” I’m an easy sell and so with that I Googled, banking on my theory of relativity: cool website = cool restaurant. The site met all of my own personal standards and I was sold. Next step: finding a wingman. Odds on the BF venturing outside of his comfort zone? Slim to none, but somehow, someway, he conceded and on a Saturday we were off to the OC.

Smoke is just one of those places. You walk in, and you immediately know you’re going to like it. Not too crowded, not too loud. Walls covered in old wooden shipping crates and exposed brick say Texas rustic, which perfectly matches their Lone Star menu. The staff is unbelievably welcoming, (since when did this become so unexpected?) genuine, and laid back — there’s not a snooty thing about it. Atmospheric tunes? Think Band of Horses, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne … the list of “good grubbin” music goes on and on, and I haven’t even mentioned the food.

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Eating for Good

Posted by    |    August 2nd, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Vegans, start your corn-powered, animal by-product free engines, and kick it in gear to Spiral Diner, Oak Cliff’s eclectic vegan treasure. The menu is packed with a wide variety of affordable menu items like the grilled portabella quesadillas and the hot hummus wrap.

They also offer up baked goodies that taste so delicious, you’ll wonder how on earth all of their recipes are completely dairy-free and made from scratch. This diner isn’t only for friends of PETA; foodies alike will love the relaxed 50’s inspired atmosphere complete with checkered tablecloths and retro chandeliers. A portion of the profits goes to local organizations for human, animal, and environmental causes so you can eat well and feel warm and fuzzy all over.