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Mike Shares His Neighborhood Favorites

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Tired of the noise and traffic in Uptown? Maybe you should move.

Here is my list of areas to live 10-15 minutes away from Downtown Dallas.

Neighborhoods that “Get It”  Continue reading

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“Date Night” Returns: Date Night in Dallas, Memorable Evenings for $100 or Less

couple-holding-hands-sitting2by Mike Marrero  photos by Karey Drew

This column is intended to provide you with upscale and unique dates that do not break the bank and prevent date night monotony. This evolving topic will vary weekly to accommodate foodies, drinkers, music lovers, and more. There will also be casual suggestions like dive bars, brunch, comedy shows, festivals, picnics, and wine tastings too.  This week’s installment has you starting off and focusing your budget at Origin Kitchen and Bar near McKinney Avenue and Knox Street.

Origin Kitchen and Bar excels in serving healthy food that tastes great!  Origin sources locally as much as possible and the sources many times change weekly.  Often they use greens from Tassione Farms, Windy Meadows Farm chicken, Vital Farm eggs, Village Bakery, and cheeses from Paula Lambert’s Mozzarella Company in Deep Ellum.  Even when working with distributors, Chef Scott Tobey is a big fan of using Farm to Table distribution, and the Go Texan partner program.   Continue reading

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Date Night in Dallas: Memorable Evenings For $100 Or Less

couple-holding-hands-sitting2by Mike Marrero

Fall has officially arrived and now it is time to start enjoying the great outdoors.  A unique opportunity presents itself this weekend at Klyde Warren Park when Veuve Clicquot Champagne House’s vintage mail truck will make two stops in Dallas.  This Saturday September 27th between 5pm and 8pm you have the chance to enjoy Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label Champagne for $15 per glass, or $75 per bottle if you want to throw the Date Night $100 challenge out the window. The event also features chances to play giant Jenga and Clicquot bottle toss.   Continue reading

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Date Night in Dallas: Memorable Evenings For $100 Or Less

couple-holding-hands-sitting2by Mike Marerro

Boxwood Tap + Grill resides in the revitalized 2901 Thomas Avenue building within the State Thomas neighborhood on the east side of Uptown.  The 80-year-old historic building which formerly housed Thomas Avenue Beverage Company (T.A.B.C.) has been restored to its original craftsmanship with exposed natural brick, soft lighting, tin ceilings and hardwood floors.  The spacious patio is a beautiful oasis with ample seating and its own bar, providing patrons a very comfortable environment to enjoy the upcoming lovely fall weather while partaking in many great food and drink items.    Continue reading

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Sweet Success at the Dallas Chocolate Festival

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DallasChocolate.org was started in June 2009 by Sander Wolf to promote artisan chocolate in Dallas, Texas. A big component of that is educating people about how complex and yet how accessible hand crafted chocolate can be.  The 5th annual Dallas Chocolate Festival was held September 13th at the Addison Conference Center and featured samples from approximately 50 chocolatier’s and chocolate makers.  Continue reading

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Date Night In Dallas, Memorable Evenings For $100 Or Less

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This week’s date night is on a Thursday, and starts off at Max’s Wine Dive to participate in Battle of the Grapes.  Max’s Wine Dive excels in serving gourmet comfort food paired with your choice of spectacular wines and champagnes from around the world.  If you’re craving “Chicken and Champagne” then you need to visit Max’s.

Executive Chef Patrick Russell prepares unique edibles using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The spread is comprised of two sections: on one side you have traditional Wine Dive Classics, with the other side being creative and seasonal specialties. This gourmet comfort food entices customers with unique flavor pairings that seduce the palate.   Continue reading

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Date Night in Dallas: Memorable Evenings For $100 Or Less

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Sometimes you experience an establishment where everything is always perfect; you have no want or need to move onto another destination for it suits the two of you time and time again.  The restaurant we recommend this week for you to make your “spot” is Del Frisco’s Grille at 3232 McKinney Avenue in Dallas.  When you get the right combination of quality, ambiance, and service… why go anywhere else?  A couple should always have one special location they mutually love and trust that they will be pleased with again and again.

When you step into Del Frisco’s Grille, you get everything you pay for and then some.  While meeting the budget of this column, you can still experience a great evening with superior product and service.  Many times couples brush off or delay visits to great restaurants because they have the mindset they cannot afford to go.   With a little help below, we should be able to show you how you can make just about any of your favorite restaurants your “spot.”   Continue reading

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