Thursday, July 21, 2016

NYC Cult-Favorite The Halal Guys Open In Dallas This Saturday

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photos c/o The Halal Guys

Over the past 25 years, The Halal Guys have grown from a popular food cart in New York City to have multiple brick-and-mortar locations throughout the United States. Tonight, I was lucky enough to be one of the first to get a sneak peek at the place and see what all the fuss was about. The fast casual concept, offers a simple mix of various Middle Eastern favorites. Choose from Chicken, Gyro or Falafel and create a sandwich (made with Pita bread) or a platter served with their famous hot or white sauce and choice of toppings. Add sides like fries, hummus or tahini with Pita bread. Want something sweet? They have Baklava at the register. And that's it. Their menu motto is clearly KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). And frankly, it's perfect.  According to their press release, "The Halal Guys aim to be different and encourage patrons across America to ditch burgers for something unique. They pride themselves on only using high-quality products like their chicken, which has never been frozen and is marinated and seasoned overnight, then cooked and chopped on the grill and served directly to their plate to ensure a crave worthy meal that's piping hot. The Halal Guys’ mission is to ensure that every customer leaves happy, with a smile on their face and a satisfaction that brings them back again." Their first Dallas location will open to the public this Saturday, July 23 at 5444 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75209. The first 500 people in line will get great swag: scratchers, t-shirts, sunglasses, and hats! One super lucky guest will get FREE food from The Halal Guys for a month! The fun starts at 11:00am, so get there early for the goodies!

Ford Motor Company Focuses On Creating Eco-Friendly Vehicles

2016 Edge Sport | photo by Rob Beaird

Last night I attended a really interesting dinner hosted by Ford Motor Company at Mudhen Meat and Greens located at Dallas Farmers Market. The purpose of the evening was to educate local media to Ford's ongoing commitment to sustainability. I will admit that I accepted the invitation mainly because I hadn't been to Mudhen yet and wanted to experience their cuisine. I left the dinner being super impressed by what I learned. For example, did you know Ford vehicles are currently 95% recyclable? Ford has a long history of being eco-friendly going back to the early 1940s when Henry Ford experimented with making plastic parts for automobiles. According to the Henry Ford Museum, the "Soybean Car" was a plastic-bodied car unveiled by Henry Ford on August 13, 1941 at Dearborn Days, an annual community festival. The car weighed 2000 lbs. - 1000 lbs. lighter than a steel car. The exact ingredients of the plastic panels are unknown because no record of the formula exists today. One article claims that they were made from a chemical formula that, among many other ingredients, included soybeans, wheat, hemp, flax and ramie. World War II interrupted Ford's experimentation with this program, but it didn't dampen the Ford company's commitment to a more eco-friendly way of producing their vehicles. Today, Ford uses many sustainable materials.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Architectural Digest Names The Dallas Arboretum One of the "World's Most Breathtaking Gardens to Visit This Season"

File this one under "News Locals Already Knew But Outsiders Are Just Catching Onto". I want to give my friends at the Dallas Arboretum a slow clap for being recognized by Architectural Digest as one of the world's most Breathtaking Botanical Gardens To Visit This Season.  "Whether you're interested in seeing rare flowers, relaxing in a gorgeous green space, or finding ideas for your own summer garden, you'll find what you're looking for at these celebrated botanical gardens around the world," says the international architecture and design publication. It goes on to describe the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as a "66-acre haven for thriving ferns and azaleas... with one of the best views of the downtown skyline." The Arboretum sent me this news saying that they were gobsmacked to be "listed second in an elite group that includes Gardens of the Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France; Claude Monet Foundation, Giverny, France; Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden, Cape Town, South Africa; Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Chonburi Province, Thailand; Royal Botanic Gardens, London, England; and Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore."

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Cedar Grove Brings Class and Sass To The Dallas Dining Scene

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Dallas Dining: Cedar Grove
photos c/o Kevin Marple and Cedar Grove

According to the press release I was sent, Cedar Grove was described to me as "an imaginative nature-inspired concept which has transformed the former DISH Cedar Springs space into a modern forest within the dining room and bar, featuring a farm-to-table menu developed by award-winning Executive Chef Taylor Kearney." If you aren't familiar with Kearny, he has been named one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30” and Culture Map Dallas’ “Rising Star Chefs for 2016” (so he come to the table with a bit of street cred). The exterior entrance to Cedar Grove is made from fresh cedar planks which encase the building and "begin to set the nature-themed design". The interior 6,000 square foot space offers seating for 212 guests,  and "is designed to bring 'the outdoors in,' featuring a grove of twenty-four modern, stylized trees standing over twelve feet tall among the dining tables and reflected in floor to ceiling mirrors. The whimsical ambience is further elevated by the refreshing scent from the cedar planks lining the walls and ceiling along the entryway and enclosed patio. The 360-degree bar, with seating for sixteen, is inlaid with green ceramic tiles to create a leaf pattern." I am OBSESSED with this tile. Be sure to flip through the slideshow to see a photo of it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bungalow 5 Opens New Dallas Showroom: Celebrates with Style Dallas $5000 Sweepstakes

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The Design District is one of Dallas' hottest neighborhoods. With its close proximity to Downtown, this once commercial district has been evolving over the past few years into one of the fastest growing areas for restaurants, retail and residential living. One of the neighborhoods newest offerings is Bungalow 5, a New York City-based furniture brand known for their luxurious finishes and global inspirations which opened its first direct-to-consumer retail location in the Dallas Design District earlier this month. The 7,000-square-foot showroom is located at located at 1201 Oak Lawn Ave, Suite 180 and shoppers will delight in browsing the brand's entire product line, which includes furnishings, lighting, and decorative accessories. To celebrate their arrival to Big D, Bungalow 5 is having a fun contest where one person will WIN a $5000 shopping spree at the store as part of the Style Dallas Sweepstakes. In addition to the ca$h, the grand prize also includes a champagne and hors d'oeurves reception and personalized shopping experience, to be shared with the winner and five friends. Whoo hoo! Par-tay! Those interested can enter by visiting the Bungalow 5 website, and inputting their name and email address. Submissions can also be entered via Bungalow 5's Facebook page. Entries will be accepted until July 29th, 2016.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Casting Call: Relationship Regrets

Have you ever been in an amazing, romantic relationship with someone you thought was “the one,” only to have it go horribly wrong or just fizzle out? Did he/she ghost? Did you/they cheat and now you regret the breakup? Do you have something important to tell him/her? Do you miss him/her? A HIGH-END CABLE NETWORK who likes to keep things "Real" (hint, hint) is looking for charismatic men and women of all types, all ethnicities, straight and gay who want a chance to spend up to 24 hours with their ex to ask hard questions, get honest answers, find closure, open a new chapter, show them how great you look!, ask or give forgiveness, see if there's still a spark... Whatever the reason, or however long you’ve been broken up, everyone has wanted that one last chance to set the record straight, to get closure, to apologize, to speak his/her mind, to maybe rekindle…and we want to give you that chance!

For more information, please email Cherish at ASAP with:
  • Name 
  • Age 
  • Location 
  • Phone number and email 
  • Occupation 
  • Photos 
  • A short paragraph about your relationship and what you hope to get out of this one-of-a-kind opportunity! 

 * Submissions must be received no later than Aug 1st. Once you submit, a casting producer may contact you with more information (network, casting process, etc.). If selected, there is compensation and a one-day shoot in Oct or Nov. in Los Angeles.

Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses Heads to NorthPark Center

Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, which brings whimsical, custom children’s playhouses into NorthPark Center for display and to support abused children, runs July 15 to 31, 2016. The 15 playhouses are designed and constructed by local architects, builders and corporations who donate the playhouses to the event, which benefits the abused and neglected children Dallas CASA serves. Some of the unique playhouse themes for this event include an African adventure campsite, a mountain-shaped house with climbing walls on both the inside and outside and a house shaped liked a block of cheese. Other playhouses include a flexible accordion-shaped house, a spacecraft house called “Life on Mars” and a house with a working garage built for a child-sized car.

Dodge for a Cause Raises Funds for Vogel Alcove

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photos c/o Thomas Garza Photography

I recently attended the fourth annual “Dodge for a Cause” dodgeball tournament benefiting the Vogel Alcove, which provides free development services to homeless children in Dallas. The event featured several simultaneous games, all taking place on the floor of the American Airlines Center. To date, more than 30 teams representing some of the city’s most prominent companies have raised over $70,000 to sponsor and play in the round-robin tournament. I was part of the only all-girl team sponsored by Highland Capital Management and led by Carmen Surgent. We didn't win a game, but Team Hot Shots took home the award for Best Dressed for the second year in a row... and that is winning in our book! Gina Ginsburg, Brooke Branigan, Jane McGarry, Donna Richardson, Lindsay Lee McCain, and Claire Kinsey were just a few of my fellow Sporty Spice teammates.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Beer, Cycling And Stamped Stories Are On My Radar For The July/August 2016 Issue Of The Society Diaries

Among my many projects, I am a Contributor for The Society Diaries, a bi-monthly lifestyle publication that is distributed all across the great state of Texas. I mean, who else know more about what makes Dallas fabulous than me!? In every issue I get an entire page to spotlight the restaurants, fashion designers and retail stores that I think are worthy of a Texas-sized spotlight. In the new July/August 2016 issue I am shining a spotlight on Emmitt Smith's passion for cycling and the launch of the inaugural Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo happening in September; my amazing friend, Tori Gonzales, who spun her 15 minutes of reality TV fame into a fashion blog and a jewelry line with her sister called All The Wire, and Downtown's hippest new spot for a cold beer. Check out the article online at