Monday, June 27, 2016

Andy Cohen Talks About The Possibility Of A Season 2 For The Real Housewives Of Dallas

Andy Cohen and his BFF, Anderson Cooper, are on the road with their AC2 tour this Summer and made a stop in Austin last Saturday. While they were in the vicinity, they called in to talk to the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show for Dish Nation. J-Si started the interview by asking Cohen, "Andy, why didn't you ask Kellie Rasberry to be a Housewife of Dallas?" To which Cohen laughed and said, "You know what... because I didn't want to ruin Kellie Rasberry's life! I wished that I would have thought of it. We're looking around in case we do Season Two. You want to throw your name in the hat?" To which Kellie retorted emphatically, "Andy...NO. I was going to ask you - because we are fans of the show - is there a potential season two of the Real Housewives of Dallas?" Cohen says, "There IS a potential second season of the Real Housewives of Dallas, you bet." When asked about the potential of new cast Cohen said cryptically, "We always shake it up a little bit. Now that the Reunion has aired and all the dust is settling, we're taking a look back and reevaluating and figuring out who we want to keep and who we want to let go."

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Market Offers 20 New Reasons To Visit Dallas Farmers Market

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photos c/o Dallas Farmers Market

Have you been to Dallas Farmers Market recently? They have been busy beavers over there and the place has a whole new feel to it! Locals who shop the iconic Dallas Farmers Market have enjoyed progressive achievements over the past few years.  The Shed opened in August 2014, which is a space now exclusively dedicated to local farmers and their locally grown, seasonal produce. This past January, locals celebrated the opening of Mudhen Meat and Greens, the freestanding restaurant and beer garden from restaurateur Shannon Wynne and led by executive chef Suki Otsuki. Its healthful menu highlights fresh, local ingredients from the city and The Shed. In May, DFM opened Dallas’ first food hall called The Market in the space formerly known as Shed 2. This European concept is a fully renovated indoor space, and features a unique selection of local merchants, artisanal food vendors and restaurants creating a vibrant and much-needed food hub in downtown Dallas. The Market’s current 20 restaurants, food vendors and merchants include: 

Friday, June 24, 2016

One Arts Plaza Goes Bollywood When PRASHE Takes Over

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photos c/o Thomas Garza Photography

On Friday, June 17th Dallas designer, Prashi Shah, presented her PRASHE 2016 Ready-to-Wear and Couture Collections at One Arts Plaza in the Dallas Arts District benefitting the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Jan Strimple produced an exquisite event that combined dance, vibrant garments, sound and lights. Among those in attendance were Heidi Dillon, Dawn Mellon, Jeanette Chivvas, Melissa Rountree, Naila Malik, and Allison Mitchell. Guests enjoyed complimentary mule cocktails featuring Stoli® Gluten Free Premium Vodka, champagne courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company and mineral water provided by TopoChico. The show began with an electrifying performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre followed by the PRASHE Ready-to-Wear collection. Toni&Guy provided hair and makeup for the models who strutted around the One Arts fountain. Preceding Prashi’s couture evening wear, members from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre performed an original piece utilizing fabrics from the PRASHE collection and movement inspired by her designs. The show ended with an appearance from Real Housewives of Dallas cast member, LeeAnne Locken walking the runway in a stunning crimson gown. Following the show guests were invited to attend an after party at Proof + Pantry, the bar and restaurant featuring new American cuisine. Ready-to-Wear pieces range from $100-$400 while Couture pieces range from $500-$3000. All of the looks from the runway and more are available to shop at the PRASHE showroom open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm located at 163 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207, as well as online at

Thursday, June 23, 2016

How To Have A Great Girls Night Out In Dallas

Cynthia Smoot with WFAA's Jane McGarry and the Ft. Worth Star Telegram's Food Editor, Bud Kennedy talking about great spots for a Girls Night Out at Scardello

Having great girlfriends is a crucial part of my happiness. My husband tries to empathize and be supportive about certain things, but he will never truly understand some of my issues around my body, child-rearing, and (let's face it) our marriage. Only another woman can nod along and know exactly what you are talking about when you go off on how your man left the toilet seat up for the 10,000th time or how he got you a vacuum cleaner for your birthday "because you said you needed one". There are endless articles about how to strengthen your marriage and keep the love alive. But friendships are much like a marriage - you have to dedicate quality time to any relationship if it's going to flourish and stay the course. Today, I visited the set of Good Morning Texas to chat with Jane McGarry about some of my favorite ways to get enjoy a Girls Night Out in Dallas. Watch the segment and let me know if I left off a favorite haunt or yours. I'm always looking for fun new options. Click to see the segment(s) and hopefully you'll discover one r two new things to try with your gal pals. Cheers!

Things Are Peachy Keen At Fireside Pies

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photos c/o Fireside Pies 

Last night I headed to Fireside Pies to enjoy their annual Peach Fest celebration. Each year, the head chef of Fireside Pies visits Cooper Farms in Fairfield to hand-select peaches that are featured in a series of seasonal recipes. This year entrees include a savory and sweet Smoked Ham & Peach Pizza Pie, a Tito’s Peach Basel Gimlet, Peach White Sangria and their ever-popular Peach Market Crisp, which is comprised of warm peaches, oatmeal, pecan streusel and topped with praline ice cream. These seasonal peach offerings are available now through July 6th. For this year's #FiresidePeachFest celebration, Fireside Pies has partnered with local vendors including Mozzarella Co., Village Baking Co., Local Oven and Henrys Homemade Ice Cream. A portion of the proceeds from this menu will go to Dallas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Launched in 2004, Fireside Pies is now a collection of intimate neighborhood restaurants dedicated to serving outstanding artisan pizzas made in hot wood-fired ovens, as well as items that naturally compliment pizza such as market fresh salads, craveable appetizers, housemade desserts, fine wines, craft beers and scratch cocktails. Each Fireside Pies restaurant reflects the character of its neighborhood so no two are the same. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Dallas Arboretum Offers Summer Classes For Adult Fun

photo c/o Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has many amazing programs to educate and entertain Dallas-area residents. Don't be fooled into thinking that the fun is all for kids! Well, maybe it is, but they offer great classes and exhibits for kids of all ages! The Arboretum has just announced its Summer 2016 Adult Programs, sponsored by Full Color Inc., featuring a variety of expert-led special interest classes for adults. This year's line-up includes horticulture, landscape and floral design, photography, art, tastings, day trips and more, all available for registration online at Classes are offered at various days and times in a range of formats and settings, including demonstrations and lectures, to hands-on in the garden. They begin at $30 for members, with costs for each class including parking and admission to the garden. Some classes also offer continuing professional education (CPE) credit, for which professionals should register for in advance online to earn. Those coming for Wednesday evening classes can also enjoy victuals from one of the food trucks on-site for Nature Nights, when the entire garden is kept open late. Upcoming classes are listed below and member pricing listed:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Drama On (And Off) The Set Of The RHOD Reunion

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Photos courtesy of Bravo

Before the Bravo even taped one hot minute of the RHOD Reunion special there was drama. Shocking, I know. It's been such a kumbaja season! Initially, the ladies and their spouses/boyfriends were to participate in the reunion but... it seems that a couple of the husband's refused to attend the taping, so Bravo decided that none of the husbands would be a part of the show. Oh, except for Dr. Mark Deuber, because he needed to defend his marriage. Plus there was no way he was going to miss the opportunity to talk fashion with Andy Cohen. I guess I can't blame Bryan Redmond for bowing out. Seems he had chartered a yacht for that week and despite Bravo knowing about their tropical vacation plans well in advance, they scheduled the reunion at the same time forcing them to reschedule their vaca at a very costly fee. Since Rich and Aaron had nothing to defend (except Aaron's choice of hair style) it wasn't deemed important for them to be there. Take that in. Pause a second. Now, imagine how some of the ladies felt about that... And this is how the RHOD reunion kicked off before they had even started packing for the trip. Taping happened in New York City. Seems Andy Cohen was far too busy running the world of reality TV to come to Dallas, so he brought the ladies to him. Which really bites, because I had planned to hang out backstage and be a fly on the wall. Plan thwarted.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Flashback To The 90s In Celebration of Kidd's Kids 25th Anniversary

Kidd’s Kids is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a one-of-a-kind party that you won’t want to miss. The New Kidd’s Kids On the Block Party will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Empire Room, located at 1225 N. Riverfront Blvd., in the Dallas Design District. Live music performed by ‘90s cover band The Clinton Years will get the party rocking, and a special performance by Caroline Cradick and Radio DJs will close out the night with a bang. 90s attire is encouraged. Come hungry – and thirsty – as great food and drinks will be provided by Nine Band Brewing, Fuzzy’s Tacos, Chili’s and Glazier’s. “It’s crazy to think that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Kidd’s Kids!” said Caroline Cradick, Kidd’s daughter and executive director of the Kraddick Foundation. “My Dad would be proud, and he’d certainly want to throw a party to celebrate.” Caroline has a great post on her blog if you need a reminder of 90s vernacular to use throughout the evening. Tickets are now on sale for just $100 for adults 21+, and include entertainment, food and adult beverages. All proceeds will be donated to the Kraddick Foundation to help fund the annual Kidd’s Kids trips that have sent more than 1,000 special-needs children and their families to Walt Disney World over the years. To purchase tickets, visit

Taylor Swift Is Coming To The 2016 State Fair Of Texas (Sort Of)

Celebrating 130 years of tradition, the State Fair of Texas is powering up for another season of food, festivities and family fun. Themed “Celebrating Texas Agriculture,” the 2016 exposition kicks off on Friday, September 30 in historic Fair Park and will run through October 23. Before Big Tex makes his annual debut, the State Fair has a few announcements about the latest and greatest attractions lined up for this year’s event.

Amazing Lash Studio Hosts Addison Grand Opening On June 17

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