Archive for July, 2011

And this little piggy…

Posted by    |    July 31st, 2011 at 11:14 pm

So many festivals so little time. Literally the morning after Tales of the Cocktail wrapped on Saturday down in NoLa, think the Oscars of the bartending world, foodies were making a maddening cross country dash for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Chelsea Ballroom.

At precisely 3:30 PM this past Sunday the doors to the ballroom swung open and guests, some still with luggage in hand, entered the first ever All-Star Cochon. For the uninitiated, Cochon 555 is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event–five chefs, five pigs, five wine makers–to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs.

Each stop along the ten-city tour offers hard-working local farmers the opportunity to connect with like-minded agriculturalists, renowned chefs and the pork-loving public as 50 chefs are selected to prepare a ‘snout-to-tail’ menu from heritage breed pigs. (more…)

Komali: a not so authentic Mexican eatery

Posted by    |    July 28th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Komali

What: “Contemporary Mexican cuisine”

Where: Uptown Dallas

Komali, Chef Salum’s latest endeavor, opened up fairly recently to provide Dallasites with an authentic Mexican meal.

I had heard of Komali once or twice before (with mixed reviews), but when I saw the deal on Scout Mob for 50% off the bill, I was in. I didn’t even check the prices on the menu before I came in because I knew I’d be getting a great deal anyway. I invited my friend to come along, and we set off for our very first Komali adventure.
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What I Ate Wednesday. Welcome to the party.

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

 

 

After I stumbled upon the large blogging foodie community, I realized I was missing out on a big “link party”. What in the world is that? When I include the button above (WIAW) my blog is sent to the hostess’s page so that all other foodies can click my link and see what I ate!

So here we go:(and it’s nice to meet all you other foodies out there!)
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Somersault Snack Co.

Posted by    |    July 26th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Somersault Snack Co.

You juuuust did a product review. I know that’s what you’re thinking. But, I last minutely grabbed these suckers off the shelf at Whole Foods yesterday and was pleasantly surprised.

Just take a look at the bag! How cute is the design of the bag? Although I’d never judge a book by its cover, I definitely judge snacks by their bags/containers.

I have to admit I was a bit confused about what these snacks were in the first place– the description being “crunchy nuggets with sunflower seeds & toasted grains.” Good thing I grabbed them, because they are delicious, not to mention nutritious. To give you a better idea of what they are, they’re little sunflower and grain clusters. See photo below:
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Torchy’s Tacos. Trailer Park, Trashy style please.

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Torchy’s Tacos

What: tacos (duh)

Where: Dallas

Hungry yet? Everyone needs some exciting bites to eat on a boring Monday. And thank goodness for everyone’s collective love for Torchy’s Tacos, I was able to find beautiful photos of all sorts of Torchy’s tacos on Google.

I tried the tacos for the first time a few weeks ago. And that’s a big slap on the wrist to me since I’m from Austin, Texas—the birthplace of Torchy’s. Since Dallas was recently graced with this taco joint, I decided it was time to finally try out the food that every Austinite raves about.
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Be Kind to yourself, eat non-processed food.

Posted by    |    July 21st, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Kind bars.

My latest product obsession. Kind bars. Maybe I’m a little late on the Kind bar train, but these bars have been my favorite go-to breakfast or snack item. Although they are 200 calories a pop, it’s the real stuff. And by that I mean it’s a whole food bar with no processed ingredients, just 100% real food.

When you bite into your “energy bar” each morning, you might want to take a look at the sugar count and perhaps the ingredient list. If there are items on the ingredient list that you can’t pronounce, it’s probably not healthiest thing you can put in your body. And that is exactly why I prefer Kind bars. Instead of all the sugary processed bars that are available everywhere, I look for Kind bars for a wholesome and filling breakfast. Also, the bars are gluten free, contain no trans fats and are low sodium. What’s not to love?
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Ketchup Burger Bar disappoints

Posted by    |    July 20th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Roadhouse burger

Ketchup Burger Bar

What: burgers

Where: Uptown Dallas

You know the feeling of really enjoying a meal while you’re eating it, and then a couple days later you look back with not-so-fond memories?

That’s what happened with Ketchup and me. I probably made the mistake of ordering the manliest item on the menu—The Roadhouse burger. A giant burger with heaping amounts of gruyere, smoked bacon, onion rings, garlic mayo and tomato on a baked Brioche bun. Ok, might sound good to you now…but it was loaded with fat and I only have memories of nausea afterwards. That icky feeling of being way too full after a meal.
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Cibus: an Italian escape inside NorthPark

Posted by    |    July 19th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Cibus

What: Italian

Where: Northpark Center, Dallas

Lombardi’s newest addition to its delicious group of restaurants (like Sangria, Taverna, Toulouse, etc) Cibus, gave me a nice taste of what is yet to come.

I went with a few friends for lunch one day, after having passed by it during several shopping trips inside Northpark Center. I finally made it in, and I loved the cute, modern feel inside. A great place for a group of friends for lunch, or maybe a date spot at night after a movie at the Northpark AMC.

Once seated, we received good service (although nothing outstanding) and then faced the biggest challenge: what to order. The lunch menu offers salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and more. I went with something I usually wouldn’t order—the parmesan risotto. It was a creamy bowl of risotto with truffle oil and shaved parmesan. It’s not too pretty as you can see, but it was really tasty. It was a bit too rich for lunch, but maybe that was just me. I found myself wishing I ordered a sandwich or something lighter. That will just be for next time!

My friend ordered the jumbo lump crab salad, which came on a bed of spinach and two slices of ripe tomato. And the other meal pictured is the chicken panino with caramelized onions, wild mushrooms and provolone cheese. Looked good!

The drink menu is definitely worth mentioning as well. They have delicious-sounding cocktails, lots of wines and a section on the menu devoted to one of my favorite things—prosecco cocktails. Oh, and they have bottomless mimosas and bellinis everyday until 3pm. I think I’ll be back for happy hour. Will you?

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Bon appétit,

ThatFoodieGirl

A healthy rhubarb obsession

Posted by    |    July 14th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

You may have heard about rhubarb once or twice before, but have you been brave enough to try it? Before you freak out about its initial appearance (see photos above), give its flavor a chance. It’s delicious and my current obsession.

Rhubarb is in fact a vegetable that belongs to the buckwheat family, but has edible stalks that are good for making preserves, pies, and….who knew! Martinis!
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Tamarind: a must eat NYC Indian eatery

Posted by    |    July 13th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Dum Aloo Gobi

Tamarind

 

Where: Flatiron District, NYC

What: Indian

Coming in at number two on my list of favorite restaurants in New York City (Extra Virgin being number one), Tamarind has me really turned on to Indian cuisine.

I have to start by giving props to my dad. He chose the restaurant by searching Zagat (?) and because of his love for Indian food, decided on Tamarind, an upscale authentic Indian dining experience.

I’ve always enjoyed Indian food, but I don’t usually even consider it when deciding on where to eat in Dallas. Maybe there’s a lack of Indian places here, or perhaps I just haven’t been looking hard enough.
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