The Only Salsa You’ll Ever Want to Eat (Plus a Giveaway!)

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2012 at 3:57 pm

As someone who is now living gluten and refined sugar-free, I have my eye on all things natural and delicious so I don’t wither up into a rice cake ball and blow away.  I want tasty.  I want exciting. I want DELICIOUS!

Lucky for me and all the rest of you health nuts who don’t want to compromise on taste, I have good news.  News that will make you realize there is a whole wide world out there that is all natural, preservative and additive free, fat free, gluten free, kosher certified, and remarkably still the best stuff you’ve ever stuffed in your pie hole.

By now you’re probably thinking I’ve found the Holy Grail of deliciousness.  Well, you’re right.  Wholly Salsa.

Salsa? Yes, salsa.  And recognize the “Wholly”?  As in “Wholly Guacamole”?  If you’ve ever tried their guac, then you know what I’m guac-in’ bout. It’s darn good stuff.  And now they’ve got salsa that is so yummy I’d eat them straight out of the package without any dippers. (more…)

Share Your Steal and Win $500!

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am

You know how you’ll find a great deal and want to brag about it to all your friends?  Well, until June 1st you can potentially be paid for it!  Yep, paid, mi amigos. The down and dirty courtesy of The Shops at Park Lane: “The next time you’re out at The Shops at Park Lane’s great stores and see a great deal, don’t forget to take a photo and post it to their social media pages. The better the deal, the greater the likelihood of you winning!” (more…)

Mother’s Day Plans? You Betcha

Posted by    |    May 7th, 2012 at 10:46 am

Show Mom that you didn’t forget her special day, Sunday May 13th.  Make plans!  Our fine city has quite a few delish dining options for Mother’s Day, and one you need to consider is the fabulous Hotel Zaza Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch.  Starting the day off the assorted breakfast breads, croissants, bagels, and fresh fruit, Mom will already feel the love.  Hey, anytime she doesn’t have to fix breakfast for someone is a good day.

Smoked salmon, foie gras pate, grilled poached shrimp, and egg station, assorted quality meats and dim sum all mean one satisfied Mommy and tummy.  Don’t think this is just any meat, either.  I’m talking NY strip, leg of lamb, and fried turkey, for goodness’ sake!  Cap it off with seven different desserts, including strawberry shortcake parfait and you’ve done your job to make the woman who raised you feel extra special. Make your reservation by visiting this link ($85 per person/$100 with champagne). (more…)

Get a Jump on Mother’s Day Plans!

Posted by    |    April 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and rather than waiting until the last minute, it may behoove you to start planning now.  Mom simply wants that special day of recognition and love from you, so concocting a sweet plan is a must.  Here are a few creative gift ideas to help make the day memorable:

Bake Mom a gorgeous rainbow cake that no one will be able to resist! Not only will it look beautiful on the table, but Mom will know just how much love you baked into it. Detailed (not for the easily frustrated) recipe can be found here.

If planning a delicious meal for Mom means reservations, then Bolla, the award-winning restaurant at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, welcomes you to enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch. The multi- course dining adventure will be held Sunday, May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Samplings of more than 30 unique items include tasty treats like a breakfast buffet, smoked pecan chicken salad, caviar and deviled eggs, Italian cream cake with raspberry marmalade.  Pricing for the Mother’s Day brunch at Bolla is $48 for adults and $24 for children. For a Mother’s Day weekend getaway, The Stoneleigh’s ‘Suite Sale’ offers rates for luxurious studio suite accommodations starting from $237.

For more information on the Mother’s Day Brunch or for reservations at Bolla at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, call (469) 375-5842 or visit http://stoneleighhotel.com.

 Treat Mom like the queen she is and start by planning your show of appreciation now. She always did love it when you tried your best.

Art From the Heart: From Creative Celebs to YOU

Posted by    |    April 18th, 2012 at 10:46 am

Remember the fun of creating papier-mâché projects or painting Mom a Mother’s Day masterpiece in art class?  Art is uniquely special because the finished product gives you a lasting memory of the inspiration behind it or the special person who created it.  In the spirit of art warming hearts, Dallas Challenge is proud to announce the 3rd Annual ART FROM THE HEART Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit. This fabulous Dallas event features the artwork of prominent local and national celebrities and personalities in an exciting and competitive auction, hot dishes from Dallas chef Marc DePetris, cool beverages and a hopping dance floor – all in the super chic digs of Marc Events in the trendy Dallas design district, April 27, from 7 to 11 pm. (more…)

Spring Break: Break Out The New Styles for Spring

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2012 at 11:48 am

It’s officially THAT time.  Time to haul your winter stuff to the back of the closet, under the bed, or off to Good Will.  The good news is that when all that is over, you’re left with the light, sweet, summery things that make you feel like planning a beach vacay.  I’m slow to change; especially when the weather can’t make up its mind about whether it should be 50 degrees or 80 degrees.  If you need a little inspiration like me to get your brain jogging on what to wear for spring, I’ve picked a few fav looks that you may already have hiding in your closet.

Of course, adding new pieces to your growing collection in a sure-fire way to get yourself in the mood to patio dine at Bolsa and picnic at the Arboretum, so hit the mall this weekend while you’re at it.

Look #1: Kate Spade Casual

The Swoon Event This Saturday at South Side

Posted by    |    March 21st, 2012 at 9:09 am

So, you’re blissfully in love and tying the knot.  Most brides have a hard time restraining themselves from hours a day on StyleMePretty and attending every wedding-related event that comes to town.  I don’t blame you; I was that girl.  But you don’t have to schlep around to every single wedding event to find the vendors, ideas, and handmade goodies that you really love for your big day.  Your chance to condense all that event-going is coming up this Saturday at South Side on Lamar, and you don’t want to miss it!

Amberly Washington (Sweethead accessories designer and Jr. League Event Coordinator) hosts the Swoon Event, a wedding market and party that the lover of organic, green, handmade and DIY will heart bigtime. The market will feature over 40 local vendors selling handmade wares, a bridal fashion show, a DJ spinning love songs of the ’70s (I can already hear “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White, baby), food trucks like Easy Slider and Rockstar Bakeshop, and Oak Cliff lovely Oil and Cotton will be on hand doing DIY demonstrations!

This is Dallas, so no event is complete without a fashion show, ya’ll.
 The 
Swoon
 Event
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showcase 
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local
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by 
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Bridal.
 West
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Salon 
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Event 
shoppers 
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Bridal 
Kits 
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handmade
 jewelry 
by 
Cardinal 
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 parking 
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Sip and Shop at the Bishop Arts Wine Walk This Thursday

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Looking for a fun date this week?  I’ve got one for ya.

The Bishop Arts District is giving you a chance to sip  fabulous wine, experience beautiful art, and shop at your leisure during the Wine Walk. It’s set to take place this Thursday, March 1st starting at 6:00 p.m.

Attendees can purchase a wine glass from one of the myriad stands around the District for $10 and will be given a list of the shops participating as delicious wine stops.  (Sounds kind of a like a wine lovers scavenger hunt to me.)

This Wine Walk also features a pop-up art gallery called The Green House, which will be located at 403 Melba. The opening reception for Havana, Cuba: Te Vemos is from 6:00 to 8:30 and feature the works of photographers Rick Barton (the owner of sinfully delicious Hunky’s), Patricia Richards, and Martha Gordon.

Don’t miss out on your chance to sip, shop, and take advantage of the mildest winter weather we’ve seen in a long time!

Valentine Weekend Plans: Underground Dinner and Sweet Shopping

Posted by    |    February 9th, 2012 at 10:56 am

Valentine’s Day plans can be repetitive. Dinner. Movie. Flowers.

Not that there is anything wrong with the aforementioned plan, but how’s about a game changer this year?  Something to surprise your sweetie and make you feel like one creative cat?

It may sound risky, but why not try the underground dinner? A secret menu until you arrive is one sweet surprise, and will spark the excitement and romance that each Bachelor contestant feels on the fantasy dates. And, it isn’t some random chef at the helm of these CIA-like meals. No way.
Holly Muller of My Private Chef kitchen has added her name to the roster as lead chef for weekly underground dinners. Holly will offer the hottest trend in dining by kicking off the new underground dinner schedule as the featured chef on Friday, February 11th  for an exquisite Valentine’s dinner.
The general public can attend the underground dinners by adding their names and email to the underground dinner distribution list found on her website.

Early week, interested attendees will receive a notice of each week’s underground dinner to grant them time to make a required reservation. Guests will be notified of the featured chef within the emailed notice and to BYOB; the dinner menu is undisclosed until the guests arrive. Dinner costs will range from $50 and up depending on the selected menu which always favors small local purveyors. Wine pairings are offered upon request. (more…)

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by    |    January 10th, 2012 at 7:00 am

The biggest selling cookie in the United States is the chocolate chip cookie, which is no surprise. (Except to you die-hard Thin Mints people, who have hoards of those delicious morsels in your freezers. Thanks for supporting our Girl Scouts!)  But, did you know that chocolate chip cookies were originally called Chocolate Crunch Cookies?

Like all great things in history, they were made by mistake. In 1930, an ingenious woman named Ruth Wakefield was in the midst of baking Butter Drop Do cookies and realized that she was out of bakers chocolate. Not one to give up in the kitchen, she then chopped up a Nestle’s Semisweet Yellow Label Chocolate bar into small pieces and add the pieces into her cookie dough. Though she hoped the chocolate would melt into the dough, the pieces just softened a bit and created the modern day chocolate chip cookie.

Okay, enough trivia.  Here’s what you’ve been waiting for…the famous New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe! (You can find a modified version here at The Other Side of Fifty blog. The photos below are courtesy of this fabulous blog.) (more…)