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Scenes From 2015 Addison Oktoberfest

DSC08996by Steven Doyle

Named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest features four days of family-oriented entertainment. German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more. A special “Oktoberfest” Paulaner Bier is served along with several types of German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels and more.

For guests who visit Munich’s famed Oktoberfest, the ticket to have is in the VIP balconies of the 14 bier tents at the festival. At Addison Oktoberfest, the massive 30,000 square foot Schloss Addison tent has a similar opportunity. Noted chef and restaurateur Richard Chamberlain will host Chamberlain’s Brau Haus, a full-service restaurant overlooking the Addison Oktoberfest busy dance floor.  Continue reading


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Snap Kitchen Opening in Flower Mound Sept 14

snap4by Jennifer Thomas

The ever-growing Snap Kitchen is putting down more roots with a new location in Flower Mound. Health-conscious residents in this suburb can now find Snap Kitchen’s chef-driven and dietitian approved meals in their neck of the woods. Set to open on September 14th, Snap Kitchen’s newest location is at 3701 Justin Rd. and features grab-and-go prepared meals available for in-store or curbside pickup. Guests can find comfort in knowing they can pick up healthy, freshly made meals on the go, without compromising on taste or experiencing the post-meal guilt that often comes with dining out.

“We are fortunate that the Dallas community has truly embraced Snap Kitchen for its quick, healthy dining since opening the first Dallas location last summer. We are excited to expand into Flower Mound, our eighth area store, and continue to grow our Snap Kitchen family, both internally and with our customers,” says Martin Berson, Snap Kitchen’s Co-Founder and President.   Continue reading

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The 2015 Ultimate Guide to Oktoberfest in Addison

oktoberfest1by Steven Doyle

For nearly three decades, the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich has been held in Addison, Texas.  This year, over 70,000 fans will come together September 17-20, 2015 to share a love of polka, German food and, of course, the same Paulaner Bier that will be served at Bavaria’s favorite festival. As a part of its award-winning tradition, Addison has timed their festival to coincide with the famed Munich Oktoberfest, and Addison Oktoberfest will also feature much of the same music, folk dancing, sing-a-longs plus great German food and entertainment.

Often questioned about hosting a festival called Oktoberfest during the month of September, as a part of their efforts to make Addison Oktoberfest the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in North America, the festival is always timed to open the same weekend as the Munich celebration.   Continue reading


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Royal Blue Grocery to Open Late September in Highland Park Village



Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village will open its doors late September or early October 2015 at 1 Highland Park Village in Dallas, Texas. Locally owned and operated by Dallas residents Zac Porter, Emily Ray-Porter and Cullen Potts, the 6,000 square foot two-story urban market will serve as the shopping center’s new flagship grocer while also offering breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

Originally founded in Austin of 2006, each Royal Blue Grocery carries a different variety of food, beverage and household needs tailored to the surrounding neighborhood and people it serves.  This new store (the largest in the Royal Blue Grocery family) will feature mainstay grocery departments such as produce, bakery, butcher shop, deli, floral, beer, wine and more with the added bonus of catering, a café, patio seating, and a Stumptown coffee bar. With seating for 70-plus in the café, on the mezzanine level and on the outside patio, it will also serve as a charming gathering spot for the grab-and-go breakfast, lunch or dinner menu options. Wine selections can be purchased at retail prices to enjoy onsite.   Continue reading

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Eclair Bistro on Historic McKinney Square is a True Gem

Chef_Aaron_Thomas-eclair_bistroby Steven Doyle

First opened in the Cedar Hill area for about five years, French inspired Eclair Bistro moved just off the square in McKinney about six months ago. The restaurant owned by chef Aaron Thomas and his family are excited to be in the area, and are now closer to their family. The new location also gives chef Thomas a fresh perspective on his cooking, and enjoys a new audience for his special brand of plating.

“This is a family run business, and my mother, who is retired, is helping in the kitchen. She is a pitbull of sorts, but does a tremendous job helping with the pastries and such” said Thomas.   Continue reading

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The State Fair of Texas Announces Finalists for the 2015 Big Tex Choice Awards

Big-Texby Steven Doyle

Food has been at the heart of the State Fair of Texas since the gates first opened in 1886. Since 2005, each year State Fair concessionaires cook up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards.

A group of contestants presented their creations to the State Fair of Texas in August. The field has been narrowed to eight. A panel of judges will pick winners in the two categories – Best Tasting & Most Creative. Here are this year’s finalists in the Big Tex Choice Awards who will compete for the titles of Best Tasting and Most Creative.  Continue reading

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Behind The Scenes At Fogo de Chao

by Steven Doyle

Perhaps you have been to a churrascari or a Brazilian steakhouse and sampled the flurry of meats that is served by the gauchos. If you have chances are you have been to Fogo de Chao, which started with 9 locations in Brazil before expanding to the United States, with Dallas as its first domestic location.        Continue reading

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