Return to The Nutcracker

It was a joyous opening night at Texas Ballet Theater. I’m not sure who was more thrilled to be at Bass Performance Hall: the performers, who radiated enthusiasm from the stage, or the audience, who cheered just about every three minutes. Seeing Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker is one of my favorite holiday traditions. After…

Tamales & Tequila

When Penta Tequila invited me to a tequila tasting + tamale making class this afternoon, I was ecstatic. I’ve never made tamales before and I’ve never taken a tequila tasting class so I was intrigued! Penta Tequila was created by five Napa Valley winemaker friends who love enjoying tequila together and is made using 100%…

Holiday Tea at Dallas Arboretum

My dear friend Sylvia and I decided to kickoff the weekend with the Dallas Arboretum’s Holiday Tea. The Arboretum hosts several different seated teas throughout the year. The holiday tea is served November 8 – December 31. Tea is served at DeGolyer Restaurant inside the Dallas Arboretum across from the Christmas village so be prepared to…

Holiday at the Arboretum

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” One of my favorite holiday events of the year is Holiday at the Arboretum, the annual festival held November 10-December 31st at Dallas Arboretum. Over a million lights twinkle throughout the festival, which is sponsored by Reliant Energy. There’s so much to do and see; it’s no…

Harvest Hootenanny

What a night at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center! This was my first time attending their Wings over the Wetland Harvest Hootenanny and I could not have had a better time. Located about twenty-four miles southeast of downtown Dallas, the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is breathtaking beautiful. The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center…

Autumn at the Arboretum 2021

It’s just not fall without a trip to the annual Dallas Arboretum pumpkin village! This is one of my favorite events of the whole year because the only thing I love as much as strolling through a beautiful garden is pumpkins. Named one of America’s best pumpkin festivals by Fodor’s, it’s always a delight to…

Flowers at the Farmers Market

Dreams do come true, people. I have often dreamed of strolling through a market in Provence and picking up fresh flowers for a dinner party. Never have I ever seen flowers at my local farmers market until I turned the corner last Saturday and squealed with delight. There it was: a flower stand at my…

Ham Orchards

It just isn’t summertime without a trip to Ham Orchards! The Terrell, TX staple is worth the trip from Dallas. Located about 45-minutes east of Dallas (and about 20 minutes east of Rockwall), Ham Orchards has incredible BBQ, cute photo ops, pick-your-own peaches, and an adorable store with all sorts of local produce (think fancy…

Mermaid Raw Bar & Champagne Room

Life is da bubbles at Dallas’ stunning new champagne bar! The folks behind Dallas hot spot Paradiso are opening a swanky new  champagne room adjacent to their restaurant this week: Mermaid Raw Bar & Champagne Room. Located just outside Paradiso, this lovely patio is so beautifully decorated, I have half a mind to redo my…