You better have your green ready … because this weekend is St. Patrick’s Day! Check out some great recipes and local events to celebrate.
SPORK THIS Apparently North Dallas has a new restaurant called Spork that they boast as “a chef-driven roadside eatery”. I’m not even sure how to feel about the name … but I’m super curious to know what John Tesar thinks about it! Visit this fast-casual establishment for burgers, salads, sandwiches, cocktails, and desserts.
Fast-casual pizza spot Pie Five will now offer a Thai-inspired pizza. It’ll have a “sweet chili sauce, sliced grilled chicken and a mix of fresh veggies, topped off with crushed red peppers, carrot sticks and cilantro.”
FORK & CORK, UNCORKED
Addison’s foodie festival, Fork & Cork, has announced the dates for this year’s event–March 15 & 16. This year, they’ll have tastings from Chef Tim Byres, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, Chef John Tesar, Chef Richard Chamberlain, and more. See what they’ll have to offer this year and buy your tickets on their website.
NEW BUDA Buda Juice will open at Mockingbird Station later this month! Stop in for their nutritious juices and soups served in their 100% recyclable glass bottles.
Two of my favorite things at once, all while raising money for a local charity? Don’t mind if I do! Join me at Mockingbird Station‘s evening of gourmet cupcakes and champagne from its soon-to-open new cupcakery, Smallcakes.
The evening will feature a five-course mini-cupcake tasting paired with champagnes for 30 guests. There will be fabulous gift bags for attendees and all proceeds will go to the chef’s favorite charity, You Can. We invite you to enjoy a night of decadent holiday treats in support of a wonderful cause!
Buy your $20 ticket here and join me for the deliciousness!
You’ve heard the name, and know they make some (damn) good Tex-Mex. BUUUUT did you know that they also make some pretty delicious drinks? Barkeeps Dex and Bryan came up with a craft cocktail menu to please every palate. From sweet and slushy to strong and smooth, the drinks are all very different, but are equally unique and delicious.
The drinks are made by hand, and are all available served over crushed ice. This isn’t some half-assed crushed ice … it’s nearly snow cone-esque. Also, their margaritas are mostly green. (This seemed like an important point — though I’m not really sure why — so I’ll go along with it … GREEN MARGARITAS?!??!! WHOOOHOO!) Drinks range from $8 to $24 (Ultimat Lemonade Pitcher) and have a decent strength behind them.
We’ll start from the top of some of the drinks I sampled.
HANDCRAFTED PIÑA COLADA | I haven’t had a piña colada in ages, but this made me wonder why I’ve poo-poo’d the classic poolside drink. It’s not too sweet and is made with crushed ice, making it more a snowcone than a traditional Icee.
SAZERAC | The CH version of the Sazerac takes away the vicious bite of the classic version by adding a bit of lemon. Being a whiskey fan, I really enjoyed this drink.
TITO’S TEXAS SIPPER | As some of you may know, I hate me some grapefruit. Even with my aversion to the ruby red, I enjoyed this drink enough to drink half of it (which, given that I tried upwards of 9 drinks that night, is saying something).
EL PEPPINO | A delightfully refreshing martini with cucumber, elderflower liqueur, and TY KU citrus … so basically, it’s delicious.
SUMMER BREEZE | I already mentioned my disgust for grapefruit, and this one has some serious grapefruit going on. Crazy thing? I dug this drink. Really. I drank most of it and hardly let my HH guests have a sip…. though when one of them got a hold of it, she ended up finishing it and ordering two more.
KICKIN’ MULE | Who isn’t a fan of a traditional Moscow Mule? (Seriously … if you don’t like them, raise your hand and I’ll come through my computer and slap you. Moscow Mules are delicious.) Their amped-up version of the MM is a very well-balanced take on it … and I’ll say that I’ve journeyed back in since my review to buy one of these with my owned hard-earned money. That should tell you something!! Bonus? They’re served in copper mugs … if you’re into that sort of thing.
The drinks at Cafe Herrera aren’t the only thing I am going to harp on. The food is pretty damn awesome, too. The food is made fresh daily out of the open kitchen. (I like to see into kitchens … you?) The queso and guac are better than most, and the Herrera’s Appetizer (nachos, flautitas, cheese quesadillas, and some delish garnishes) is excellent. I love a good sampling! But the best food of the night? Definitely the ceviche — it was really fresh and had the perfect balance of citrus and “sea”. It’s my jam.
Head into Mockingbird Station and visit one of Dallas’ oldest Tex-Mex cafes (the family is one of the oldest, that is) and don’t forget to order a drink … a real drink.
As you may already know (and if you don’t, you should stalk me better), I am hosting Art & Wine at the Station this Thursday, August 16 in Mockingbird Station. The event will feature pieces by local artists Michael Cross and David McCullough, wine from Times Ten Cellars, and food from Cafe Momentum.
Why not come to the station right after work and take advantage of some of the great things that MS has to offer?
You can start by enjoying one of Urban Taco’s new Snowritas (pictured to the right), then shop around a bit (almost everyone is having a sale), and then come to the event and enjoy a few FREE glasses of wine from Times Ten Cellars with me and see some beautiful art. Even better, after the event, you can wrap the night up with one of the new drink features at People’s Last Stand (I recommend the Great White Jail). That sounds like a perfect night to me!
Join the Station and host Susie Oszustowicz, of Susie Drinks Dallas, for an evening of Art & Wine in the elegant setting of condo 711 at The Lofts.
The event will feature pieces by local artists Michael Cross and David McCullough, a complimentary wine tasting by Times Ten Cellars and excellent gourmet fare courtesy of Café Momentum. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a $5 raffle for a fabulous gift bag with all proceeds going to Café Momentum.