A New Menu and Executive Chef for Ocho Kitchen & Cocktails

Posted by    |    February 1st, 2013 at 2:23 pm

joel harloff ochoThe owners of Ocho Kitchen & Cocktails have heard and addressed the mixed reviews they’ve received since the restaurant’s opening September of 2012. Their solution? The appointment of a new Executive Chef: the award-winning Joel Harloff.

It’s the perfect choice, considering Harloff was offered an Executive Sous Chef position at Ocho co-owner Brian Black’s restaurant Mi Piaci. Having kept in touch over the years, the two are on the same page in terms of updating the Santa Fe-style, Tex Mex restaurant.

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“All You Need is Love” Dinner and Fundraiser at Central 214

Posted by    |    January 24th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

When: February 7, 2013 @ 7:30 PM (doors open @ 6:30 PM)

Where: Central 214 in Hotel Palomar

Cost: $85 per person

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Central 214’s Graham Dodds and Café Momentum’s Chad Houser will be cooking with love at an incredible prix fixe dinner at Hotel Palomar’s Central 214. “All You Need is Love” will benefit Promise of Peace Community Garden, a non-profit that strives to connect East Dallas neighborhoods through horticultural, environmental, and nutritional educational experiences.

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The Gem: Eating Your Veggies is Way More Fun Through a Straw

Posted by    |    October 12th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

the gemI remember trying something from a juicer back in the day and deciding never to have anything to do with liquidized veggies again. Ever. Ew. If that language is any indication of how old I was, clearly a significant amount of time has passed. Now I am fully on board with all things juiced and when I am struck with a desire to drink my fruits and veggies, my number one pick is always The Gem.

If I can find it that is. After my second or third trip, I mastered the art of locating and parking at this hidden “gem” (clever) but my first voyage to DUO (The Gem is inside)  was not so fortunate. Just turn left right after Inwood Theater onto Inwood and you’re there. Why doesn’t Siri just tell me that? She keeps secrets.

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Hopdoddy Hits Dallas

Posted by    |    October 10th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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For any recent Austin transplants, the transition just got a little easier. Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened last Wednesday in Dallas to some serious crowds. Founded by the original owners of Eddie V’s, it’s not your average burger grill.

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Hopdoddy’s has the fresh, all-natural ingredients that almost every new restaurant has been boasting lately, but the food is actually incredible and the attention to detail is what truly sets this place apart. Grab the Terlingua with Sassy Sauce or the Ahi Tuna Burger to go with your beer or for lighter eaters, try one of the new Dallas-edition salads like their watermelon-feta-baby kale salad.

My fave: the Magic Shroom with Texas Goat Cheese and Basil Pesto.

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East Hampton Sandwich Co. Opens in Snider Plaza 9.12.12

Posted by    |    September 10th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

 

East Hampton Sandwich Co.

So I just heard about a new restaurant opening in Snider Plaza this Wednesday, September 12, and I cannot wait to eat there. Seriously, it sounds amazing. These are the 3 main reasons East Hampton Sandwich Co. sounds so incredible.

1.     It’s different

Yes it’s a sandwich place. But it’s not like other Dallas sandwich places. It’s more like something you’d find in NYC; a little elevated but comfortable. The sandwiches are handcrafted with sauces, salad dressings, soups, sides, and desserts made in-house.  The two items I want to try most: the Lobster Roll and the Goat Cheese & Avocado. I mean right?

2.     They serve wine and beer

East Hampton Owner Hunter Pond

Owner Hunter Pond

There aren’t a lot of sandwich places that serve wine and beer. But this one does, ensuring that I will choose this sandwich places over all others. Every time. I love me some vino with my Lobster Roll.

3.     It’s lovely

Owner Hunter Pond hired Alex Urrunaga, of famed restaurant design firm Plan B Group, to design the interior. In accordance with its name, Urrunaga explains that, “The design of the restaurant was based on a traditional beach home.  Most of the living is done in the kitchen when people entertain, so when you walk into East Hampton, it’s a clean space that resembles a large residential kitchen.  You feel like you are sitting in your friend or neighbors welcoming home.” It’s a quick, casual but beautiful place.

See you on Wednesday! I’ll be the girl in the corner shameless stuffing lobster into her face.

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Easter Dining at Highland Park Cafeteria

Posted by    |    April 4th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Celebrate Easter at Highland Park Cafeteria Sunday, April 8 from 10:45 a.m. – 8 p.m. Highland Park Cafeteria features the choice plate which includes a multitude of entrée selections including carved ham with two vegetables and homemade bread for $8.99, excluding tax and beverage. Select entrees include grilled salmon and prime rib. As always, live piano music!

Highland Park Cafeteria catering features a spring-themed a-la-carte holiday menu with Easter favorites including carved ham, prime rib, Waldorf salad, deviled eggs, squash casserole and over two dozen freshly prepared desserts such as carrot cake, buttermilk pie, lemon icebox pie and much, much more.

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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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.
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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…)

Uptown Popcorn Has Something for Everyone

Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 am

It’s summer blockbuster movies season! So, what’s better than munching on some gourmet popcorn while you enjoy these summer flicks. The good news is that you don’t have to travel to Chicago to grab a bag…Uptown Popcorn located in NorthPark Center, The Village at Fairview and Uptown Village at Cedar Hill has all you want and more.

As you walked up to the shop, the wafting smells of freshly popped popcorn and luscious caramel fills the air. Uptown Popcorn produces 70-plus flavors of gourmet popcorn. What is awesome about this shop is that they give out free samples, so you can try before you buy! They have every flavor from strawberry cheesecake to beer popcorn.

Paul’s Caramel and Hannah’s Caramel are amazing! You also need to try these flavor combos: The Chick Flick (Cookies & Cream, Rocky Road and S’mores) and The Chili’s (Chili Cheese and Loaded Baked Potato).

What’s your favorite gourmet popcorn flavor? What combo should we try next?

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