9 Must-Try Dishes at Standard Service

If there is one restaurant all of my friends want to visit, it’s Standard Service. Located in my darling small town of Rockwall, Texas about twenty minutes east of Dallas, Standard Service has fantastic farm-to-table cuisine, cocktails that support local charities, and a breezy patio with a fire pit, strung lights, and corn hole. The…

White Christmas at Bass Performance Hall

“Watson’s back in town.” I had goosebumps when that line was sung during Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bass Performance Hall. Watson was indeed back in Fort Worth for a magical holiday show at my beloved Bass Performance Hall. Bass Hall is a sight for sore eyes at Christmas time and could fill even the biggest…

Christmas at Dallas Arboretum

It’s no secret that I love the Dallas Arboretum. Add half a million Christmas lights and twelve yuletide gazebos and you’ll be bursting with holiday cheer by the time you leave! Twelve twenty-five foot gazebos are installed annually across the Dallas Arboretum’s sixty-six acres for its annual 12 Days of Christmas exhibit. It takes over…

Carriage Event at Black Star Sport Horses

One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Tejas Carriage Association two-day event at Black Star Sport Horses. Black Star has 255 acres of woods and uses them for an epic cross-country carriage event on Sunday. On Saturday carriages compete in dressage and a cones course. I love setting up a picnic and watching…

State Fair of Texas 2017

It’s your last weekend to go to the State Fair of Texas! The fair has over 100 daily shows, live music, a Midway, an auto show, livestock, family-friendly activities, more fried food than you could ever pack into a day, and the largest ferris wheel in Texas. (It’s 212 feet, to be exact!) Want to…

Diner en Blanc 2017

What a glamorous night! Diner en Blanc Dallas 2017 was held at one of my favorite places in all of Dallas-Fort Worth: the Dallas Arboretum. 2,500 elegantly dressed guests arrived just before sunset to set up their tables, chairs, floral arrangements, and decorations for the most elegant picnic Dallas has to offer. Guests even got…

Greek Food Festival of Dallas 2017

I had the most amazing night previewing the Greek Food Festival of Dallas! This is honest to goodness my favorite festival in Dallas-Fort Worth of the entire year. I first discovered this gem when I was in high school and I was hooked. All of my loyal readers know that Greek food is my favorite…

ML Edwards & Co in Mount Vernon, TX

My regular readers know I spend a fair amount of time at the family lake house in east Texas. (You can read about Winnsboro here and Clara Ida Frances here.) Imagine my delight when my mom asked if I was in the mood for crepes on Friday! (The answer to that question by the way is, Always.) A…

Learning How to Shuck Oysters at Rapscallion

Today my friend Colleen (pictured above) and I learned how to properly shuck oysters at Rapscallion, a Dallas restaurant in the Lowest Greenville neighborhood. I buy raw oysters all the time but I never learned the art of shucking an oyster. Instead I throw raw oysters on the grill for a minute until they yawn…

Experience Lowest Greenville

A little birdie told me about an event happening next week and I just had to share the details with you! Experience Lowest Greenville starts at 9 am on April 1st and goes until 2 am. There are all sorts of fun foodie events – some free, some ticketed – happening in the area. A…

Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival 2017

“Oh what a night!” The Dallas Arboretum was in fine form last night at its inaugural food and wine festival. The temperature was practically perfect for the sold-out affair and the garden couldn’t have looked better. Thousands of tulips and cherry trees were in bloom, subtly perfuming the evening air. I took my food friend Kat with me and…

Dallas Blooms 2017

The Dallas Arboretum has a lot going on. There’s the first ever Food and Wine Festival next week, the spring concert series, and Dallas Blooms, the Arboretum’s 34th annual floral festival. Dallas Arboretum has planted 6,500,000 million bulbs over the past thirty-four years, offering the most tulips on display of any public garden west of Holland. Pretty…