Archive for March, 2011

Spring is Finally Here…and Now I Want Summer

Posted by    |    March 30th, 2011 at 9:55 am

The Sprinkles truck in Highland Park

As a junior at SMU, exploring Dallas during the weekends is something that comes naturally at this point. No more staying on campus and going to the same ole-same ole lunch places and no more just going to see a movie. My friends and I are all about trying new restaurants, bars and exploring Dallas.

This weekend we did exactly that. A bit of a spontaneous weekend for me, but really relaxing at the same time. We started the weekend off on Thursday evening at Coal Vines with some of my best girl friends. Yep, the weekend starts on Thursday. If you didn’t know it already, it’s the goal to not schedule classes on Fridays—and if you do have class Fridays, you better be prepared to be pretty tired. But, we wanted a more relaxed Thursday evening. At Coal Vines I started off with my favorite (prosecco) and we all shared two large pizzas. I tried a salad on the side—the Mesculin Greens. It came with mixed field greens, green apples, montrachet, cranberries and bacon Dijon vinaigrette. Mmmm it was so delicious I know I will go back there just for that awesome salad.

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Chip’s heads outdoors

Posted by    |    March 20th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Parkies, get ready for a new see and be seen hangout!

A few weeks ago, I alerted you to the fact that Chip’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers was undergoing a transformation. The scheduled completion for this project is April 1 (fingers crossed). Patrons will be able to enjoy beer, wine and mixed drinks on the newly screened in porch. Today I was told that they are planning on knocking out the bathroom area and expanding into the parking lot a bit to add a new game room for the kids.

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Join Jason Kidd for Celebrity Casino Night

Posted by    |    March 15th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Last Friday, Dallas Mavericks guard and 10-time NBA All-Star Jason Kidd announced that the Jason Kidd Foundation will hold its first Celebrity Casino Night on March 21 hosted by local sports broadcaster Chris Arnold and radio personality Kellie Raspberry of Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.

The event will feature a celebrity poker tournament as well as a live auction that includes items such as a trip to New York Fashion Week and a round of golf with Jason Kidd himself.  Additionally, those who are unable to attend the event will still have the opportunity to bid on auction items online from March 9 to March 30.

Jason Kidd with some of the children of Vogel Alcove

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Cheers, Ma!

Posted by    |    March 8th, 2011 at 9:54 am

It’s an age-old debate: Should you provide alcohol to your minor children?  Now,  ”provide” can mean different things to different people.  Provide can mean let them have a sip of margarita at Mia’s. Or it can mean allowing them to have a glass of wine at Thanksgiving dinner.  Or it can mean providing them with alcohol to drink at your home because, you know, they’re going to drink anyway, it’s better if you give it to them and they drink it at home.  Right?

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal provides an excellent review of this topic, and provides interesting statistics for you parents to chew on. 

72% of high school students have had at least one drink*

16% of alcohol users aged 12 to 20 got it from a parent or guardian*

6% of 12-to-14-year olds drank alcohol in the past month, nearly 45% of them got it from home*

All 50 states outlaw furnishing alcohol to minors, but 31 states exempt parents, gaurdians or spouses*

50% of the students who attended HPHS’s Hi-Lites dance in February were hammered**

* Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; Alcohol Policy Information System; Youth Risk Behavior Survey; CDC; National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

** Not actual data, just speculation based on anecdotal feedback of people there who weren’t hammered

I have many friends who give tacit approval to their minor children, in this case, 16-year-old new drivers, to drink, or “pre-game,” especially before dances and parties. I do not.  My kids know that they cannot imbibe or I will blow a gasket or something far worse.  So far, so good.  What will happen when my son is a senior and he wants to have a few beers at a party?  I don’t know.  I hope that the values I’ve taught and the decision-making processes I’ve coached him on will kick in and he will break the law responsibly. OK, Kidding.  I hope he decides it’s more fun not to drink.

What’s your position?  Let them drink or just say no?