Feature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

The farmhouse sink came onto the interior design scene a few years ago and it seems like it is here to stay. We are seeing them pop up in our listings’ kitchens more and more these days and we have to say, we are big fans.


Also referred to as an apron sink, this style is characterized by an exposed basin on the front, meaning it is not dropped into the counter like other sinks. This hot trend is most commonly seen in traditional white porcelain or modern stainless steel.


Take a look at the great ways in which these sinks add character and style to the kitchens currently on the market in DFW.


Feature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^2224 Gatsby Way, CarrolltonFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^5055 Addison Circle #705, AddisonFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^9903 Coppedge Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^601 Isleworth Lane, McKinneyFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^4432 N. Hall St., DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^2 Green Park Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^3508 Villanova St., University Park

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling

This edition of Feature We Love is all about ambiance and drama, because that is exactly what a vaulted ceiling adds to a room. Vaulted ceilings amplify visual space and bring a sense of style that regular ceilings simply cannot. They come in different varieties and they can be found just about anywhere in a home.


These 5 spaces, in houses that are on the market around DFW, that are all made more wonderful by a vaulted ceiling.

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^2900 Corkwood Circle, Flower Mound

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^14901 Lake Forest Drive, Addison

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^4406 Woodfin Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^7004 Peters Path, Colleyville

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^1410 Pecos Drive, Southlake


This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage NewsCelebrate the return of sweater weather by indulging in some of the area’s favorite fall food events including the State Fair, the Texas Veggie Fair, and the inaugural year of Cultivate Fest. Plus, check out the latest restaurant openings and what’s coming soon in DFW.


All Week:

Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where to find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week.


State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing, but, sadly, this weekend will be the last. Check out all the fun including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.


Thursday, Oct. 16:

Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9pm.


Savor Las Colinas: Get your taste of food and wines from 18 Las Colinas restaurants at the annual fundraising event held at AMLI at Escena. All proceeds from the evening will go towards granting the wish for a selected “Wish Kid.”


Scotch Dinner at Bolsa: Join Bolsa and the Bruichladdich Distillery for a five-course menu paired with whiskey and gin. The farm-to-table menu is by chef Andrew Bell. Call for reservations: 214-943-1883.


Friday, Oct. 17:

State & Allen 10-Year Anniversary: Celebrate this State Thomas neighborhood staple and it’s success over the last 10 years with food, cocktail specials, and dancing.


Saturday Oct. 18:

Cultivate Fest: This marks the inaugural year of the (free) Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival at Lake Carolyn. There will be performances by Amos Lee, O.A.R, and more, plus demonstrations by chefs Kent Rathbun, Amanda Freitag, Matt McCallister, Sean Brock and others. Chipotle, the Fest’s main sponsor, will provide food and local breweries and wineries will provide beer and wine tastings. There will also be a kid zone, multiple exhibits, a music stage, and so much more.


Food Network Casting: The network’s top celebrity chefs will be at Dallas Farmers Market looking for amazing home cooks. Bring a made-from-scratch, savory dish that highlights your cooking abilities and go up against the competition for a huge cash prize.


Sunday, Oct. 19:

Texas Veggie Fair: Head to Reverchon Park to take part in the 5th-annual event celebrating all things veggie. You can learn about plant-based lifestyles, try vegan food, experience a local beer garden, listen to live music, watch chef demonstrations, partake in yoga, and hear live speakers.


Monday, Oct. 20:

Fall Dine Around at Trinity Groves: The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association is hosting its fall get-together next week. You’ll meet for appetizers at 3015 @ Trinity Groves and then go on a dining crawl to your surprise dinner location. Dessert and a nightcap will be served afterwards back at 3015.



Al’s #1 Italian Beef: Come November, Addison will be the first D-FW home to the legendary Chicago-based Italian beef chain. There are plans to open future locations around the metroplex.


Cane Rosso Cookie Butter Pizza: They’re at it again. Cane Rosso Deep Ellum now offers a dessert pizza called The Lady Bird, made with cookie butter, vanilla bean mascarpone, crushed speculoos cookies, Nutella, and powdered sugar.


Gino’s East: In other Chicago-based news, DFW is slated to get its taste of “Chicago’s original deep dish pizza,” when this famed restaurant opens in Arlington in November.


Remedy: This summer, we reported that the owner of Lower Greenville’s HG Sply. Co, Elias Pope, would be opening a new restaurant. Now, we’re happy to report that it will be open in late November/early December and will feature a “back to the basics” menu using polished techniques. Think BLTs, grilled cheeses, iconic pies and ice creams, etc.


Snap Kitchen: The newest branch of the Austin-based, healthy, to-go restaurant opened Oct. 13 in Preston Royal Village. You can also find branches at Snider Plaza, Uptown at McKinney Ave. and soon on Fitzhugh and in Addison.

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News: Houndstooth Coffee Opening

Coffee, canines, and craft beer are the major highlights of this week’s edition of Food & Beverage News. Plus, read up on recent openings, closings, and all the relevant news you need to know.



Joyce & Gigi’s: They’re not participating in the official Restaurant Week, but Joyce & Gigi’s is featuring a special three-course menu this week through August 23 for just $25, with wine parings for an additional $10.


Fisher Wine Dinner: Gemma is hosting a five-course dinner paired with Fisher wines tonight, August 12, with special guest Cameron Fisher.


Backpacks for Brews: United Way and Family Compass invite you to 3015 at Trinity Groves tonight to do some good. In return for a new backpack to fill with school supplies for abused and neglected children you’ll get yummy food and craft beer courtesy of Four Corners Brewing Co.


Houndstooth Coffee: We told you recently that Henderson Ave. was getting a new coffee spot to replace Pearl Cup. Well, Thursday, August 14 is opening day! Featuring beans from North Carolina and California, the coffee house will be open from 6:30am-7pm on weekdays and from 7-7 on the weekends.


Haute Dogs in the City: Grab your favorite four-legged pal and join Modern Luxury Dallas at the iLume Park Lifestyle Community for a garden party celebrating man’s best friend Thursday night. There will be cold drinks, “haute dogs” with a twist, and all proceeds will benefit Operation Kindness.


New Zealand Wine Dinner: Driftwood and it’s new chef, Chef Kyle McClelland, are featuring a five-course dinner paired with Kim Crawford Wines on Thursday. Dinner begins at 6:30pm and includes Thai-style oysters, roasted duck, and whole red mullet.


Chefs for Farmers: Sunday, August 17 marks the kick off of the 2014-2015 charitable season during which the organization will pair up with local chefs and businesses to support local food and farmers. You’ll find the “localvores” at Pecan Lodge dining on local food and sipping wine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Café Momentum (see more on them below).


Del Frisco’s Prime Pair Sundays: Every Sunday for a limited time, you can indulge in a summer prix fixe menu of an 8oz. filet, your choice of crab cake, scallops or shrimp, a salad, and a side for just $49.


Green Grocer Happy Hour: Every Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm is you can get $2.50 of any juice or smoothie.


$1 Craft Beer Mondays: Throughout the month of August, R Bar & Grill will sell craft beers for just $1 from 5pm until closing. Additionally, each week, Executive Chef Michael West will recreate a menu item with a craft beer of his choice.


Bird Cafe Beer Dinner: Next Monday, August 18, Bird Cafe and Community Beer Co. are teaming up for a six-beer, five-course dinner.


Brew Night at The Rustic: Meet the team from Lone Star Beer and learn a thing or two from 5-7pm on Monday, August 18. All schooners of Lonestar brews are just $4 until closing.




Herrera’s Closing: After an attempt to relocate fell though, Herrera’s on Maple will close August 18. They’ve asked customers to follow them on Facebook for information on future openings and news.


LUCK Stout Beer Float: The people at LUCK are taking the classic root beer float and kicking it up a notch with their new Stout Beer Float. It consists of a house-made beer ice cream floating in craft beer.


Restaurant Week: The time is now! Make your reservation and get out there and try something new and delicious.


Ramen Hakata: If you haven’t heard, Addison now has it’s very own ramen restaurant. This isn’t your dorm room microwave meal, their traditional pork-based ramen broth takes at least 12 hours to make.


Public School 214: A new gastropub will open this winter when the 3500M Development in West Village is completed. This full-service restaurant and bar also has three locations in California, all of which are named according to their respective area codes. Also known as PS214, the concept is “An Education in the Art of Food and Beer.”


Café Momentum: Since 2011 the organization teaching juvenile delinquents to work in Dallas restaurants has been hopping from spot to spot while hunting for a permanent address. Executive Director Chad Houser has finally found “the tangible reality of a longtime dream” in Thanksgiving Square in downtown Dallas. Beginning in December, young men will develop kitchen skills and spend time in a classroom all in the same location.


Midnight Rambler: The Joule’s basement bar is set to open this fall with a “craft cocktail salon” theme.


World Tasting Tour Stops in Dallas: The owners of El Celler de Can Roca, the restaurant consistently voted the best and second best restaurant in the world, have locked their doors. On a mission to share their love for food, wine, conversation, and culture, they are traveling the world demonstrating their techniques and technology. After putting on an amazing eight-course dinner the brothers ate only one meal while they were in Dallas- lunch at Mot Hai Ba.


Image via Houndstooth Coffee Facebook

Big Stars and Great Food in Addison

Fork & Cork Addison 2014

Taste of Addison is getting revamped this year with exciting new additions! Now called “Fork & Cork, A Celebration of Taste“, the event will span Friday, May 16th, and Saturday, the 17th, at Addison Circle Park.


“This two-day culinary event… invites guests, ages 21 and up, to sample some of the best local food and music Addison and the Dallas/Fort Worth area have to offer,” says a new promo page for the event.


Attendees will have the chance to experience a concert by Pat Green, co-owner of Uptown Dallas’ popular The Rustic, and an appearance by award-winning, nationally-acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson. Guests will also be able to take interactive cooking classes and sample food, wine, beer, & spirits from top restaurants and vendors. Additionally, there will be opportunities to see wine and craft beer seminars from local brew masters.


With all this in store, this event should be one you add to your permanent calendar. The chance to see big stars and indulge in local food and drink is something you just can’t pass up!

OTD: Last-minute Valentine’s dinner plans


Valentine's Dinners


Well, everyone, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! If you’re feeling remorse over unmade reservations, this Of The Day post is here to instill some hope! We just stumbled across a Dallas Morning News article, which we tweeted out earlier this morning, that outlines 9 Dallas spots where you don’t need reservations for Valentine’s. Some are taking reservations but holding tables for walk-ins and some are not accepting any reservations at all. Either way, there’s some hope that, with a little luck and good timing, you could still have a fabulous Valentine’s dinner! Here are the links to the restaurants, see the full article for more details.


1. AW Shucks and Big Shuck Oyster Bar (2 Dallas locations, Lewisville, Richardson)


2. Boxwood Tap + Grill (Uptown Dallas)


3. Cantina Laredo (Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Addison)


4. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (Addison)


5. Lazaranda Modern Kitchen and Tequila (Dallas)


6. Norma’s Cafe (North Dallas, Oak Cliff, Frisco)


7. Pho Chateau (Irving)


8. Tanoshii Ramen + Bar (Dallas)


9. True Food Kitchen (Dallas)


Photo from dallasnews.com