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2021 Ultimate North Texas Girl Scout Cookie Guide

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For more than 80 years, Girl Scouts have sold cookies to raise funds to support their scouting activities. Today, the sale of Girl Scout Cookies raises more than $800 million each year, making the Girl Scout Cookie Program the largest girl-led business in the country.

Girl Scout Cookies got their start in the kitchens of Girl Scouts and their mothers. Girl Scouts began to sell cookies as a way to finance their scouting activities as early as 1917, just five years after Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout group in Savannah, Georgia. Continue reading

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Trinity Groves Welcomes La Bajada P.O.P. Farm

Trinity Groves is known for creating some of the most exciting dining concepts in Dallas. But its restaurants can’t create delicious, finished plates without fresh ingredients. So, as people become more connected to their food sources and increasingly care about what goes into their bodies, Trinity Groves is excited to welcome the Promise of Peace farm, located just off Singleton Blvd at the western edge of the Trinity Groves complex.

The small farm is staffed by youth interns and community members, who grow a variety of seasonal ingredients—all without chemicals—to share with the neighborhood. These ingredients also go into the program’s “Soup It Forward” kits each month, in which fresh produce, broth and instructions are given to families in need, so they can make nourishing meals at home. La Bajada Farm also hosts volunteer opportunities, growing classes and garden tours.

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Po Melvin Schools Us In The Art Of Black-Eyed Peas, Just For Good Luck

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Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s Day “good luck” tradition.  But for Mel LeMane, the Southern staple is something more.  Black-eyed peas literally launched his family into the restaurant business, and they’re the most requested side dish at Po’ Melvin’s, which serves up Southern comfort fare from an unassuming strip mall space in Irving.   Continue reading

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Finding Tamales in Dallas

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As the holidays continue and we ready for the new year, many will offer blessings for our heart and hearth.And nothing blesses my hearth more than a few dozen tamales lovingly hand-made in homes or selected from a steaming basket that an experienced tamale-maker offers as she passes from office to office. For those who do not possess the skills nor the energy to craft their own tamales, DFW  is rich with eager cooks willing to share their bounty.

Local chef Stephan Pyles co-authored a book on tamales and makes literally thousands of them for the holiday season. Says Pyles, “West Texas has heavy southern and Hispanic influences and one of my favorite early memories is my discovery of tamales. I was most intrigued by the fact that they came in their own special ‘gift-wrapping.’ That early fascination was enough inspiration for me to compose an entire book on the subject.”

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First Chinese BBQ Roasted Duck For Christmas

by Steven Doyle

Through out Chinese history you will find notable recipes, poetry and even songs extolling the virtues of the tasty duck. The most popular treatment is by far the Peking Duck, one of Kissinger’s favorite and is said to have brought together our two countries during the 70’s Nixon visits.

Now considered a national dish, the Chinese roasted duck can be found almost everywhere. The best versions are most assuredly found where you may view the carcasses in their full splendor, and one of our very favorites can be tasted at First Chinese BBQ.   Continue reading

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Rooftop Life-Sized Snow Globes and Bubbles To Celebrate the Season

Waterproof, the rooftop lounge at the iconic Statler, offers expansive, breathtaking views of downtown Dallas. But when the temperatures drop, you just might be able to see that breath. That’s why the lounge is offering a way for you to stay nice and cozy this winter. For the second year in a row, Waterproof is offering life-size Snow Globes for your party of 2 to 8 to bundle in and stay warm – and socially distanced from others. 

The Snow Globes – which must be reserved in advance – come in two sizes: One is large enough for a lively party of 8, while three are just right for two to four people to comfortably enjoy an evening.  The large Globe requires a food and beverage minimum of $600 for two hours, and the smaller globes have a minimum of $200 for two hours.

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