Archive for August, 2011

Dallas Rehearsal Dinner & Meeting Venue serves up Texas Style Hospitality and Incredible Texas Steaks

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

So, you love Texas hospitality, Texas style and hill country food – especially great steaks … and you need a venue to hold a private event like, say, a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, an offsite company meeting, a holiday party or just need a private group setting. Well, welcome to YO Ranch in the West End of Dallas

For the Texas lover, the décor is classy, ranch style with actual western photos (be sure to check out the real Texas Ranger photos) and a variety of wall-mounted Texas hill country game, giving the place an authentic cowboy feel. The private rooms can accommodate groups from 20-300 and will give your out-of-town guests the memorable Texas experience they are looking for.

On top of all that, the food never disappoints. The steaks are prime age beef and the wild game seems to always be cooked perfectly (my all-time favorite is the buffalo filet). This place is the real deal. The service is always excellent and they really want to be sure that when you leave, you know the definition of Texas hospitality. Plus, if you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of a jackalope.

KRLD Restaurant Week Begins

Posted by    |    August 15th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

The ultimate foodie event of the year is upon us! KRLD’s Restaurant Week begins today. This is a great time to have a try restaurants that’s prices may have intimated you. Also, many restaurants have items on their menu that are only offered during Restaurant Week, such as Chamberlain’s Duck Confit Spring Rolls. You have to try this!

It’s a perfect time to book summer dining deals at 130 regional hot spots opening up tables, and currently accepting reservations for this special giveback opportunity supporting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home the week of August 15-21, 2011. The event continues through September 4, 2011.

The event showcases North Texas’ thriving culinary scene, offers tasty three-course prix fixe dinner priced at only $35/person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately). The icing on the cake is that you help support local fine dining establishments and two great charities – making a $7 donation to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Last year they raised over $600,000 for these great organizations.

BONUS TIP: Make a purchase of $25 or more at any Central Market location, to receive a certificate redeemable for a FREE fourth course valid at participating restaurants.

Where will you be dining? Enjoy & make your reservations at the participating restaurants here!

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My last day at YouPlusDallas

Posted by    |    August 4th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Today is a sad day. It’s my last day at You Plus Dallas. All of the high fives, the cookie baking and the video shoots will be missed. I feel so blessed to have met all the amazing people here, but most of all to have formed real friendships. Although it is my last day here, I feel I will always be a part of You Plus.

In honor of my last day here (I’ve been here since January, give or take a few months), I decided to bring a homemade treat.

It’s What I Ate Wednesday!

Posted by    |    August 3rd, 2011 at 1:44 pm

It’s that time of the week! Time for my second “What I Ate Wednesday” and a link party with hostess Peas & Crayons.

Yesterday was a very adventurous and exciting food day. But, it started out with this boring item:


I was running late to work, so it was the first thing I could grab. It’s Clif Bar’s “Crunch”– a granola bar that kind of reminds me of Nature Valley bars. Not my favorite, but it tied me over til lunch.

A sneak peek at Velvet Taco. That doesn’t sound right.

Posted by    |    August 2nd, 2011 at 3:51 pm

What used to be Church’s Chicken on the corner of Henderson and Highway 75, is now the newest addition to the long list of Front Burner restaurants.

Velvet Taco, a strange, perverse name for a taco shop, was really meant to give off a smooth, chic and retro feel, Franke said. But for most, it will probably be taken a much different way.

Franke and his partners, owners of Whiskey Cake, Ojos Locos, Ranch at Las Colinas and more, came up with the taco concept about six or seven months ago. In Franke’s words, they wanted “a taco place that’s more for the gringos”—a taqueria for the urbanite.

One-on-one with My Private Chef Holly Muller

Posted by    |    August 1st, 2011 at 1:52 pm

A young, vibrant Holly Muller sits down next to me, ready to talk about a subject we’re both passionate about: food.

Chef Holly Muller, a small town girl from Iowa, has traveled all around the world and now resides in Deep Ellum, Texas doing exactly what she loves: cooking and teaching.

She now owns and operates My Private Chef, a prepared meal delivery service of healthy meals providing three meals a day, five days a week for only $150 a week.

Although Muller hasn’t always wanted to be a chef from day one (she wanted to be a ballerina as a little girl), she was always intrigued by the way her mother cooked and created delicious dishes.

After she finished college, she moved into an apartment with her sister and they began to explore the art of cooking. Together they shared their love for food and great restaurants. Sometimes the two sisters would even spend 12 hours just on one dish, getting every detail right and trying to replicate something they had tried at a restaurant, she said.