Charles Smith II Fashion Show @ Guapo Skate Park

Posted by    |    March 31st, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Last Friday at Guapo Skills Center in The Cedars, Designer Charles Smith II debuted his SMITH II Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. My friend Heather Lettieri of DFW Style Daily had one of the best seats in the house, next to Dallas fashion experts Lisa Petty, Cynthia Smoot, and Jeanette Chivvis. “Last year, Charles piqued my interest with his obvious talent,” Heather told me. “But with this collection he solidified his place as someone-to-watch. This collection seems inspired by the likes of Rick Owens with an obvious nod to Chanel tailoring. The clothing was daring as usual and nearly flawlessly executed. In just one year Charles has expertly refined his skill and grown into his designer status.” I’ve heard only good things about Charles Smith and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.

Photo by Chris Jones (chrisjonesfoto.com)

Photo by Chris Jones (chrisjonesfoto.com)

Guapo Skills Center, a skate park which served perfectly as a backdrop for Charles’ cutting-edge collection, is located at 1300 Corinth St, Dallas, TX.

Baby Back Shak’s New Look

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

It was lunch time and I needed to go to Baby Back Shak. As I pulled into their parking lot and realized they weren’t open, I almost had a nervous breakdown. I’m glad I didn’t do anything rash in my desperation, because later, I would learn that they were only temporarily closed for remodeling. I finally got my fix today.

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I remember noting, during my first visit to Baby Back Shak, that the place was quite dark on the inside and very modestly decorated. I didn’t mind, though, because it reminded me of Freddy’s BBQ Joint on House Of Cards –  no windows, no fluff, just ridiculously good ribs. I wish I had taken photos then, because the before/after comparison is amazing.

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Baby Back Shak is now even more wonderful with its new front door, wall of windows, and bright red exterior featuring a caricature of the King Of Barbecue himself, owner Clarence Cohens. All the new details on the inside, including a lit up “BBQ” sign and sturdy aluminum chairs, will make your heavenly lunch that much more delightful. The place still has that same good old hometown feeling – the new changes simply add a little more flavor to the atmosphere.

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I had a rib plate with potato salad and beans. The ribs fell right off the bone in all their uniquely flavorful glory, the potato salad was fresh and delicious, and the beans were awesome. I thought those were my favorite items on the menu until I tasted (and then ate most of) my friend’s spicy green beans.

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Baby Back Shak is located at 1800 S Akard St in South Dallas. You’ll probably see me there a lot this Summer. I apologize in advance for the sauce all over my face.

2 Chainz @ South Side Ballroom

Posted by    |    March 13th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Last week at South By Southwest, Def Jam Records celebrated its 30th anniversary at Stubbs BBQ. 2 Chainz was among the performers there, which also included Pusha T and YG. Tonight, 2 Chainz is performing again for everyone in Dallas who missed out on the SXSW action. He’ll be at South Side Ballroom with August Alsina opening for him at 8:00. Don’t miss it!

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