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Ruth’s Chris Tours Napa With Special Dinner

ruth'sby Angela Hopkins

Julie Miller, Wine Education Manager of Treasury Wine Estates delighted us with her knowledge of her portfolio including Beringer, St Clement, Etude, and Stag’s Leap at a recent wine dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Dallas. She greeted each of her guests with a smile. Her approach to the room was also comprised of interesting facts and of eye contact. While soaking in information, you really lose sight of her physically as she paints a picture worth more than a thousand words.

In a tour of the Napa Region via the sound of her voice, with intrinsic detail on the history of estates built, to fungus on dessert grapes, allowed for a virtual visual only a creative mind could absorb and appreciate. Ruth’s Chris and Julie Miller joined forces for a Tasting Dinner paired to perfection. The ambiance of Ruth’s Chris, combined with the efforts of Executive Chef, Thomas Holt explaining the prep for each course, gave way to a seamless setting. Beautiful people meeting for the first time, left with embrace and statements of “here is my number let’s get together soon.” This could only take place if the mood was properly established.      Continue reading

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Holy Cow! Really, Cow, At Rodeo Goat

rodeo goat3by Angela Hopkins

Rodeo Goat is an emerging hot spot in Fort Worth, your new favorite ice house is tucked in the midst of all new construction in the West 7th area. Unlock the cage and cruise through the cattle door dividing the parking lot and sand pebbled covered patio. Giggle at the indoor rodeo stall (used for private parties if requested). Cozy up to family style seating with bar tables accompanying tall cushioned bar stools; you know a little class spruces up the place? I liked it already.

Calling them just burgers does not seem to do this place justice. With components and toppings such as Fresno-aioli, hatch chilies, green olive tapenade, pineapple and plantains, a variety of condiments such as herb, roasted red pepper and a smoky, orange-mayo;,all made fresh in house daily along with the hand punched fries and or chips. Wowzzza.   Continue reading

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Crockett Street has a DUDE!

Dude-Sweet-Chocolateby Angela Hopkins

Dude, Sweet Chocolate is going on its fourth year in DFW. My first experience was in the Avoca Coffee shop off Magnolia in FW. Most people know of the uber popular location in the Bishop Arts District, but now we can cruise over to 2925 Crockett in the West 7th area.

Pastry Chef, Katherine Clapner, having studied with Valrhona Chocolatier, entices us with her uses of dark chocolate in all her creative chocolate concoctions from truffles and fudges to soft butter toffees. Everything is handmade. She has your typical combinations with marshmallows and coffee. I was told by Adrian at the Fort Worth newly opened location, the “Crack in a Box” is a best seller. Chocolate Bark with candied salted nuts, and yes, it is in a box.          Continue reading

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Jason Manning Has Returned… Lucky Us!

IMG_A01001aby Angela Hopkins

Originally from Corsicana, Texas, and a graduate from Texas A&M, Jason Manning planted his roots in Fort Worth, now calling the Magnolia Area home. We will use the word “home” lightly, because Jason travels all over the States and sells out crowds with his Eagles Tribute Band, 7 Bridges. However his original music projects and collaborations with different artists, make his solo music soul encompassing.      Continue reading

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A Good Fortune: Shinjuku Station

shin2by Angela Hopkins

Shinjuku Station is like falling in love and only you know what your heart feels but you cannot do it justice with words, but I will try.  The décor is deconstructed and trendy.  An exposed brick and narrowed black and white photography filled wall, Japanese characters on curtains dividing the kitchen from the bar, an old wide bench that sits four, about 10 tables set up back to back along the brick wall and a sushi bar for eight or so hugging around the back side of the kitchen.  Whether you wait for a bit or are seated as you walk in, begin with an “Overflow of good fortune.”   Continue reading

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