Archive for July, 2011

A foodie pantry

Posted by    |    July 12th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I opened my pantry up after having been gone for 6 weeks and I wanted to cry. My 2 roommates and I have only lived in our apartment for a year now, and because of the deep shelves, we have buried/hoarded ourselves into a pantry disaster. I will blame mostly myself for my compulsive grocery shopping–I mean how can you resist the snack bins at Whole Foods? Dried cranberries and mangos by the pound? I’m in.

As you can see in the before and after photos, most of the “organizing” was actually just tossing out the majority of the food. I stumbled upon outdated breakfast bars, half-eaten boxes of pasta and of course the infamous chip bags folded over just enough for air to get in and make them stale. That all had to go. I have to promise myself I won’t let my pantry ever get this bad. Just take a look at this:


Rise No. 1 Rises to the Occasion

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2011 at 11:34 am

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Truly a one-of-a-kind excursion, a trip to Rise n°1 allows Dallasites to experience the wonder of the gravity-defying, French souffle. We recently got some adventurous girls together to celebrate a birthday dinner at this “salon de souffle” and it was truly an event.

This particular friend is a food connoisseur; truly, no one loves food more passionately than she. She does not discriminate. She accepts foods of all shapes, sizes and origins. So we couldn’t take this friend to just any old restaurant, it needed to be special. Going to a restaurant that devotes itself to one of the most difficult of concoctions did not disappoint.

How about a snow cone in a Chinese takeout box?

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2011 at 11:10 am

Happy Monday everyone!

Everyone knows Mondays can be sort of boring and drab, so I thought I’d give you a little bit of food-viewing pleasure this morning.

Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls

What: snow cones

Where: West Village, NY

My interest was immediately piqued when I saw the bright colors and big comfy pillows that lined the window seats around the little snow cone joint. Then, I saw people leaving the store eating snow cones out of Chinese takeout boxes! A cool, innovative way to alter the classic snow cone is probably what has customers coming back for more.

Enjoy Chick-fil-A Til The Cows Come Home!

Posted by    |    July 8th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Today might not seem like a significant day, but in fact it’s Cow Appreciation Day. As you know, my family is a fan of Chick-fil-A and on “Cow Appreciation Day,” they give away free ENTREES & COMBO MEALS depending how much you come in dressed like a cow.You can print out their cow costume kit here if you need help or create our own “costumes.”

With the help of its “Eat Mor Chikin” cows campaign, Chick-fil-A was recognized in 2010 as one of the top “Marketers of the Year” by Advertising Age, and as one of J.D. Power and Associates’ “Top Restaurant Brands in Customer Satisfaction.”

In preparation for this day, I sat down with Chick-fil-A’s President & Chief Operating Operator Dan T. Cathy, who was in Dallas to celebrate the advertising campaign at the headquarters of its creator, The Richards Group. (more…)

Cowboy Chic Cooking

Posted by    |    July 8th, 2011 at 1:59 am

“Cowboy Chic” is when southern comfort meets hip fusion… This is also what I call Chef Jon Bonnell’s cooking at his self-titled “Bonnell’s” Restaurant.  (When an eating establishment proudly boast the chef’s name.. It’s got to be good!)

Southern cooking isn’t just steak and potatoes anymore. It’s about using the freshest ingredients sourced by local farmers, applying modern techniques… straight to the dinner table or your kitchen in this case.  I spent a tasty day with the Chef  Bonnell and we (mostly him) created a wonderful four-course meal that you can make at home.  Chef Bonnell’s philosophy has always been to share his recipes.  Before he became a renowned restauranteur, he taught cooking classes and continues to pay it forward one delicious bite at a time.

On the menu for our chic’ed up video demonstration is a Grilled Tomato and Roasted Mozzarella Salad with Cilantro PestoTexas Shrimp and Creamy Grits, pan seared Rocky Mountain Elk Tenderloin and for dessert… a delicious Cast Iron Cinnamon Apple Crisp. (click on the red text for a copy of the recipes) (more…)

Birthday cupcakes and Magnolia Bakery

Posted by    |    July 7th, 2011 at 2:11 pm


It’s my birthday today, so I figured I’d do my Magnolia Bakery post! Although I won’t be enjoying those delicious cupcakes, I think I packed enough of them into my month in New York City to last me a while. Above is the cute early birthday dessert plate my boyfriend’s mom made for both of us. Ryan’s birthday is almost exactly a month after mine, so it was a nice little early celebration together. All the desserts came from Central Market (yum). My favorite was the blueberry tart.

Yankee Stadium: sushi, burgers and hotdogs

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I’m back in Dallas now, and back at my internship at You Plus Dallas. It feels great to be back in the city I like to call home, but also a little sad my month in New York is over. To help reminisce a bit, I still have a few more New York City posts for you all.

First off, My dad and I went to a Yankees game at the new stadium, and we had pretty awesome seats as you can see from the photo above. Coming into a baseball game, most people think a beer, a hot dog and some peanuts, right? Well, not at this baseball game. Food ranged from hot dogs to sushi to pizza to noodle bowls. What really made me laugh was when I saw a man carrying a big box that you would usually see filled with hotdogs, but this time filled with gourmet sushi and some extra wasabi and ginger on the side. Even the baseball stadiums are a foodie’s paradise in New York City!