This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Tastings are the name of the game this weekend. Take a bus tour with a brewery and go on sampling walks through Deep Ellum, Trinity Groves, and Bishop Arts plus much more.


Tuesday, Feb. 17:

Henry’s Majestic for Lunch: The bar on McKinney Ave. begins lunch service today. The menu includes al pastor tacos, a chicken salad, a beer-braised corned beef ruben, a pork belly salad and more.


Tequila Appreciation Society Social: Casa Herradura’s global tequila ambassador Ruben Aceves will be at 3015 at Trinity Groves sharing his love for and knowledge of Herradura tequila from 6 to 8pm. Stop by for tastings of Herradura and food by 3015. Proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum.


ZaLat: Owner Khanh Nguyen of DaLat, the Vietnamese comfort food restaurant on Fitzhugh, is opening a late night pizza spot right next door today at 5pm.


Wednesday, Feb. 18:

Women and Wine: Grace invites ladies to “Tour of Spain” with Brian Smith, Fine Wine Specialist with Republic National Distributing Company. It includes three wines paired with three light bites from Chef Blain Staniford.


Thursday, Feb. 19:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: It’s the third Thursday of the month again. The Deep Ellum Community Association and local merchants invite you for a night of wine, shopping and fun. You’ll take a Sip & Shop tour through the neighborhood and each destination on the tour will feature wine samplings.


Wine Dinner at Grace: Chef Blaine Staniford and Grace present the Old and New World Small Production Wine Dinner beginning at 6:30pm. The menu indues Dungeness crab, saffron risotto, lacquered duck and egg, ribeye cap, and brioche pain perdu paired with new and old world small production wines.


Saturday, Feb. 21:

Community Beer Co. Goes on Tour: The craft brew company is loading up a bus to visit Cold Beer Company, Nickel & Rye, Scotch & Sausage, and Rodeo Goat– all of which serve Community libations. Each stop includes a beer sampling and a food pairing. A $45 ticket also includes a t-shirt and a commemorative glass.


Discovering the Beauty of Washington Wines: Join the Dallas Chapter of the International Wine and Food Society as they taste and discuss five expertly selected fine wines from Washington. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres to accompany the tasting and live jazz music will follow the event.


Taste of Trinity Groves Walking Tour: Taste your way through one of the hottest food spots in Dallas. From 11:30am to 3:15pm, get a group together to try samples from Chino Chinatown, Four Corners Brewery, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Luck, and Souk.


Sunday, Feb. 22:

Sunday Supper with Urban Acres Farmstead: Urban Acres begins a monthly series of casual Sunday Night Suppers. Join them for a hearty meal of local, organic, sustainable cuisine served family style. This month’s menu features a turkey and sweet potato pot pie.


Taste of Bishop Arts Walking Tour: The tasting continues through another of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in the Dallas area from 1 to 4:30pm. Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Eno’s, Lockhart Smokehouse, and Veracruz invite you to sample their creations.



Kin Kin Urban Thai: The Thai restaurant plans to open three DFW locations, on W. 7th in Fort Worth and on Oak Lawn and Preston/Forest in Dallas. The Fort Worth branch is set to open on February 27. The Dallas locations are expected to open in April and the summer, respectively.


The Mitchell: A new cocktail lounge in downtown Dallas had its soft opening last Thursday. The menu includes oysters, caviar, charcuterie, fried duck rilletes, a cheeseburger and more.


Spice in the City: Downtown Dallas has a new option for healthy Indian takeout and delivery.


Tiff’s Treats Fort Worth: Your favorite warm cookie delivery shop will open a Fort Worth location in April located on W. 7th.

Tate Presents Pulitzer Prize Winner

Tate Lecture Series Presents Pulitzer Prize Winner


On February 24, SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series brings world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin to the SMU campus. The Ebby Halliday Companies is  proud to be in the second year of a four-year sponsorship of the renowned lecture series.


Regarded as one of the country’s premier platforms for distinguished and engaging discussions, the “Tate” provides unique opportunities for student interaction, faculty discourse and community debate with world-changers. A portion of the proceeds from the series supports the next generation of leaders by providing full-tuition scholarships and study-abroad opportunities for exceptional SMU students.


To learn more, visit

Feature We Love: Open Floor Plan

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The transition into open floor plans is one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in housing trends over the past few years. While some still prefer a traditional layout, with divided rooms, the open floor plan has been widely adopted because it offers an entirely new way of living.


Homeowners and builders love this trend because it’s ideal for entertaining, allows for seamless design and an incorporated style throughout, provides panoramic views, and it’s great for keeping an eye on family members in other rooms. Additionally, open floor plans have an easy flow and can make a home feel much larger.


Check out the various ways people are making use of this popular trend all over DFW.

Feature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^7304 Park Lane Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^6838 Stefani Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^8139 San Leandro, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^621 Pelican Hills, Fairview

Feature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^4519 Cherokee Trail, DallasFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan

^978 Rockport Drive, AllenFeature We Love: Open Floor Plan^2411 Laguna Lane, Arlington

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Love Where You Live: Exterior

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Today is the final day of our Love Where You Live series and we want to thank you for following along as we explored the rooms that inspire all of us to love where we live. On the final day we are talking about the home exteriors. Driving up to your home at the end of the day should be a relaxing and welcoming experience. An exterior that just “feels like home” is the ultimate realization of loving where you live.

Love Where You Live: Exterior

We knew we had to pick something special for the final day, so we went with timeless and classic. The home at 8 Robledo Drive is a French Traditional decorated in understated French Country style. It just feels right, from the smooth, cream stucco and gabled roof to the mature, soaring trees and circular driveway. This home is the manifestation of elegance and sophistication. We’re relaxed just looking at it and can’t imagine the joy of getting to return home to it each and every day.


Overall, this home has 3 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, 5,819 sq. ft. and a 3-car garage. It is located in the exclusive gated community of Los Arboles and was designed by Tie Davis, with construction by Cy Barcus and landscaping by Naud Burnett. It’s a gem and a haven from front door to back porch. Take a minute and get the full tour, here.


For more stunning exteriors, click here.


Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master Bathroom, Day 2- Living Room, Day 3- Dining Room, Day 4- Outdoor Space, Day 5- Master Bedroom, Day 6- Breakfast Area, Day 7- Media Room, Day 8- Home Office, Day 9- Kitchen, Day 10- Walk-in Closet, Day 11- Entry, Day 12- Game Room


For more Valentine’s ideas, click here

Love Where You Live: Game Room

We saved this feature just for Friday. A game room is the perfect place to watch the game, relax, and enjoy the weekend. It’s a space for family and friends, adults and kids to have a some fun without ever leaving home.

Love Where You Live: Game Room

The game room at 1029 Abbey Lane in Mclendon Chisholm, TX is an ideal addition to our Love Where You Live series because it brings so much together in one room. This space offerers a pool table, an area to play cards, recliner seating in front of the TV, a fireplace, and a full bar- with another TV! Obviously, this room is just as beautiful as it is functional thanks to the wood trimmed, vaulted ceiling, crown molding, handscraped hardwood flooring and tall stone fireplace. We’re jealous of anyone who gets to look forward to a weekend in this game room!


To give you the full picture, this room belongs to a 5-bedroom, four-bath, and two half-bath home with 6,628 sq. ft. of living space. The backyard is an oasis, with an outdoor TV, four fire pits, and a saltwater pool and spa with a built-in table and seating. Did we mention all of the covered outdoor space as well? This home is ideal for anyone who loves to entertain and do it right. Take the full tour, here.


For more game rooms and entraining spaces, click here.


Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master Bathroom, Day 2- Living Room, Day 3- Dining Room, Day 4- Outdoor Space, Day 5- Master Bedroom, Day 6- Breakfast Area, Day 7- Media Room, Day 8- Home Office, Day 9- Kitchen, Day 10- Walk-in Closet, Day 11- Entry


For more Valentine’s ideas, click here

Fresh Listing Friday: Real Gem in Richardson


This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a stunning home at 22 Balmoral in Richardson. It is truly a rare find for all of its amenities and style.


Here are the important facts you need to know:

-Mediterranean-style, stucco home with a tile roof listed for $1,100,000

-4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 5,107 sq. ft. on a 1/2-acre creek lot

-Archways, imported tiles, exposed beams, and wood-trimmed ceilings

-Open floor plan on the first floor, first-floor master suite, media room and bar

-3-car garage, diving pool, separate spa, covered porches, open patio


Ok, let’s get to the pictures!

Fresh Listing Friday: Real Gem in Richardson

^Front exterior showing the home’s beautiful style, landscaping, and garageFresh Listing Friday: Real Gem in Richardson

^Double wood front doors and covered front entry with Mediterranean accents

Fresh Listing Friday: Real Gem in Richardson

^Main living room with on-style floor tiling, tile around the fireplace, thick wood mantel, wood trimmed ceiling, and a wall of windows with views of the backyard. This room is open to the kitchen and breakfast area through multiple archways

Fresh Listing Friday: Real Gem in Richardson

^One view of the kitchen showing stainless-steel appliances, two sinks, granite countertops, an island, a breakfast bar, the aforementioned breakfast room and arches, and more beautiful Mediterranean accents. Not pictured are the butler’s pantry and walk-in pantry

Fresh Listing Friday: Real Gem in Richardson

^The first-floor master suite features a tray ceiling and a wall of windows with backyard views. Not pictured is the see-through fireplace shared with the en suite bathroom, which also includes dual vanities, a walk-in shower, a jetted tub, and a walk-in closet

Fresh Listing Friday: Real Gem in Richardson

^The backyard is an oasis, with a diving pool, separate hot tub (seen in the far middle of the photo), covered and open patio space, and immaculate landscaping


To learn more about this property, click any of the images above.


To see all of the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, click here.

Southwest Adds 10 Love Field Destinations

Southwest Adds 10 Love Field Destinations


The list of non-stop destinations from Dallas Love Field continues to grow. Southwest Airlines announced today it’s adding nonstop flights between 10 cities and Love Field, linking 43 destinations to Dallas’ intown airport starting in April.


Starting April 8, Southwest will offer non-stop service from Dallas to Charleston, Columbus, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Panama City Beach, Portland, Oregon, Sacramento, San Jose, and Seattle/Tacoma.


Promotional fares range from $49 – $99 – but act quickly, these fares are good now through February 15.


Love Where You Live: Entry

We’re only two short days away from Valentine’s Day! If this Love Where You Live feature doesn’t get your heart pumping, we’re not sure what will. Today, let’s talk about your home’s entry. It’s the first impression that guests get when they step inside, and it sets the the tone for look and feel of the rooms that lie beyond it. An entry doesn’t have to be dramatic, but it should be warm and welcoming.

Love Where You Live: Entry

The entry we chose comes to use from the listing at 12541 Renoir Lane in Dallas. It does have a little flare for the dramatic, but we think it’s just the right amount. The staircase seems to be pulled like clay right out of the ceiling. It has a lovely, slow curve that perfectly accentuates the gorgeous chandelier that hangs at its center. The colors and materials used in the space and the open feeling that draws you into the home all add instant charm and an inviting feeling. We love the plantation shutters flanking the wood and etched glass front door, the thick crown molding, the rich hardwoods, and the fine ironwork.


Of course, this entry is just the beginning of a wonderful 5-bedrooms, 5 1/2-bath, 6,414 sq. ft. home. The home features three stories with elevator access from the basement with a wine cellar, to the kitchen, to the bedrooms upstairs. If we could see this one in person, we know we would be wowed! Lucky for us, and for you, there’s an open house this Sunday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. If you can’t stop by, you should still take the digital tour, here.


For more elegant entries, click here.


Previous posts from the Love Where You Live series:  Day 1- Master Bathroom, Day 2- Living Room, Day 3- Dining Room, Day 4- Outdoor Space, Day 5- Master Bedroom, Day 6- Breakfast Area, Day 7- Media Room, Day 8- Home Office, Day 9- Kitchen, Day 10- Walk-in Closet


For more Valentine’s ideas, click here

DFW Weekend Round Up (2/12-2/15)

DFW Weekend Round Up (2/12-12/15)


Love is in the air this weekend. Love for the arts, love for sports, and love just for the sake of love. Take your pick from this list of events that will have you falling in love with your city all over again.


Thursday, Feb. 12:

Bob Seger: The artist known for hits like “Night Moves” and “Old Time Rock and Roll” with be at American Airlines Center promoting his latest album, Ride Out.


The Book of Mormon: If you didn’t make last year’s show, now is the time to catch the Tony Award-winning musical created by the people behind South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It will be at Winspear Opera House through Feb. 22.


Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: This live, multi-media show at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie will take you on a musical journey through the life and times of one of the world’s most celebrated bands.


Stagger Lee: This musical travels through the 20th Century with mythical characters on their quest to achieve the American Dream. Its message promises to get you thinking and its music with have your feet moving. The show takes place at Wyly Theatre through Sunday.


Friday, Feb. 13:

A Hard Day’s Night: The internationally-renowned Beatles tribute band, that has its roots in Dallas, will play at Granda Theater with opener Run For You Life, also a Beatles tribute band.


Sarah Jaffe: The Texas-native is back in town with openers $1, Sam Lao and Blue, The Misfit. They will all play at Trees in Deep Ellum.


Stars vs. Panthers: The Dallas Stars will take on the Florida Panthers at 7:30 at American Airlines Center. Grab your jersey and cheer them to a win!


Saturday, Feb. 14:

11th-Annual Dallas Blues Festival: Whether you love the blues or you’re feelin’ the blues this Valentine’s, head to Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie for a lineup that features Mel Waiters, Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey and more.


Hearts in the Park 2015: Enjoy family-friendly actives from 12 to 4pm, followed by music and dancing from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Klyde Warren Park. There will be a “Smooch-a-Pooch” event with White Rock Dog Rescue, a Valentine’s Story Time, a Magician, and more during the day. Then, at night, dance to live music from the Mad Men Swing Band.


The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes: Through May 10, the Perot Museum will host an exhibit that asks you to tap into your inner detective. See how Sherlock Holmes used science to solve mysteries- then try it yourself.


Ricki Derek and Casablanca: Get in your Valentine’s Day dose of romance at the Granada Theater. Frank Sinatra-impressionist Ricki Dereck will take the stage for an unforgettable concert, followed by a screening of Casablanca, arguably one of Hollywood’s most romantic movies.


Sunday, Feb. 15:

John Waters: The director of films like Hairspray and Pink Flamingos and author of many books will be at Texas Theatre for his one-man show that will also promote his latest book.


Wayne Brady: Most famously known for his role in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady will bring the laughs to Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.


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Luxury Portfolio Magazine Delivers

Luxury Portfolio Magazine Delivers

The latest issue of Luxury Portfolio Magazine is now online. With over 140 pages of the hottest trends in luxury real estate, travel, design and more, we’re thrilled to share this new edition with you. Featured properties waiting to be explored include Ebby Associate Joe Kobell’s stunning Strait Lane Circle listing, the inimitable Villa Solenzana in Sardinia, Italy, the historic Locksley Hall of Belvedere Island, California, and a designer penthouse in the heart of Berlin, just to name a few.


Additionally, the newest Luxury Portfolio Magazine brings you an interview with award-winning interior designer Laura Kirar, delivers a rundown of the latest activity in the world’s most-exclusive resort markets in Market Pulse, samples the best “foodcations” around the globe and much more.


At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud of our affiliation with the world’s premier marketer of luxury homes, Luxury Portfolio International.


Click here to view a digital version of Luxury Portfolio Magazine.