State Fair of Texas: Steals and Deals


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The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning to go (and why wouldn’t you?), below are great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sep. 30 – Oct. 23. Just think of all the extra mouth-watering treats you can indulge in after your savings!

 

Advance Tickets

Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket, any day and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.

 

Big Tex Insider

Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and get the latest ticket discounts delivered right to your inbox as they’re announced. Insiders also receive first access to pre-sales, information on every show and attraction at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a happy birthday message from Big Tex on your birthday!

 

Coca-Cola $6 Thursdays

Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product on any Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 6, 13 and 20) and enter the Fair for only $6.

 

Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on any Tuesday during the Fair (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) and pay only $5 for general admission.

 

Free Attractions

Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the auto show, and always stay for the Starlight Parade. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

 

Group Tickets

For groups of 20 or more, the Fair has a deal for you. The Fair can get your group through the gates for as low as $12/person, saving you 33 percent overall.

 

106.1 KISS-FM Fridays

Visit the radio station’s website on Fridays to download a coupon for $5 off general admission.  You can’t get this deal at the gate, so remember to download and print before you go.

 

McDonald’s

When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. They’ll save you $5 on general admission and half the price of a kid’s admission on any day.

 

North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays

Bring in 4 cans of food for donation on any Wednesday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19) and enter the Fair for only $4.

 

Opening Day

Bring a sealed 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sep. 30) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

School Tickets

Chances are your kid(s) will be given a free Fair ticket from whichever North Texas school they attend. Take the opportunity to treat them. Or, save them for another day.

 

Season Passes

Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and includes 100 food/ride tickets. Also, all season passes come with a free bag of Fair goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.

 

Senior Thursdays

Senior citizens (60 years and better) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 6, 13 and 20).

 

Thrifty Thursdays

Thrifty Thursdays are back! Special food pricing is available every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 6, 13 and 20). Featured items include corny dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more. Download the Thrifty Thursday map here.

 

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.

State Fair of Texas: Steals and Deals


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The State Fair of Texas is finally here! For those planning on going (and why wouldn’t you?), below are some great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sep. 25 – Oct. 18. Just think of all the extra fried food you can indulge in after your savings! And, if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to attend, check out our quick video thats shows some of the fun to expect this year.

 

 

Advance Tickets

Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.

 

Canned Food

Bring in four cans to exchange for $4 general admission any day of the Fair.

 

Coca-Cola

Bring a 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for only $6.

 

Dr Pepper

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on a Tuesday or any day after 5 p.m. and pay only $5 for general admission (Tuesdays) or half off (any day after 5 p.m.).

 

Free Attractions

Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the car show, and always stay late for the free light show. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket.

 

Group Tickets

For groups of 20 people or more, the Fair has a deal for you. Depending on how large your party is, tickets range from $9 to $13.50 each.

 

106.1 KISS-FM

Visit the radio station’s website on Fridays to download a coupon for $5 off general admission.  You can’t get this deal at the gate, so remember to download and print before you go.

 

McDonald’s

When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. They’ll save you $5 on general admission and half the price of a kid’s admission any day.

 

Opening Day

Bring a sealed bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sep. 25) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

School Tickets

Chances are your kid(s) will be given a free Fair ticket from whichever North Texas school they attend. Take the opportunity to treat them. Or, save them for another day.

 

Season Pass

Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and comes along with a free bag of goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.

 

Senior Thursdays

Senior citizens (age 60 and up) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 1, 8 and 15).

 

Thrifty Thursdays

Aside from the free admission for senior citizens and the discounted admission with a 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product (see above), this year the Fair has announced a new discount promotion taking place every Thursday – Thrifty Thursdays. This tasty program offers special pricing on signature menu items. To see the full menu of discounted items, click here.

 

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.

2014 State Fair Steals


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The 2014 State Fair of Texas is here! For those planning on going, and why wouldn’t you be, here are some great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from September 26 through October 19. Just think of all the fried food you’ll be able to buy with your savings!

 

Advance Tickets: Buying in advance and printing yourself will save you $2 on general admissions and $1 on senior and child tickets. Your second option is to buy through DART’s GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket and allow you to access them right on your phone. The third choice is to buy an advance ticket at any local Kroger, which will save you $1.50 on general admission.

Season Pass: For $39.95 you can attend all 24 days of the Fair and experience something new with every visit. If you buy a season pass in advance at Kroger you can get it for $34.95. The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket Monday-Friday.

Group Tickets: Save up to 30% on general admission tickets when you buy tickets within a party of 20 or more.

North Texas Food Bank Deal: Opening day, bring a full 20 oz. Coca-Cola product for donation and get admission for $6.

Any Day: McDonald’s offers $3 off general admission with one of their State Fair coupons (available on tray liner or bag stuffer) any day of the Fair. You’ll also find coupons for a $6 children’s ticket when you purchase one full-price general admission ticket.

Dr Pepper $8 after 5: Any day after 5 p.m., bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $8 after 5 p.m.

Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays: Every Tuesday during the 2014 season, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $5.

Can Food Wednesdays: Any Wednesday, admission is $3 for each visitor who brings three cans of food to donate to North Texas Food Bank.

Coca-Cola $6 Thursdays: Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6.

Senior Thursdays: Senior citizens (age 60 and over) get in free every Thursday during the Fair: October 2, 9, and 16.

KISS-FM Fridays: Print a coupon off the KISS-FM website and get $12 general admission on Fridays. This special does not apply to senior or children’s tickets.

Free School Ticket Days: DISD elementary school kids get in free on October 10 and DISD secondary school kids get in free on October 17.

Normal ticket prices are as follows:

-General Admission: $17

-Child (under 48″ in height): $13

-Children 2 and under: Free

-Senior (60+): $13

For full details on the 2014 State Fair of Texas, visit the official website, BigTex.com.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Good luck choosing between all of the awesome food & drink events this week, because the calendar is packed! From a dinner served by a Cowboys running back to free guacamole to a bourbon and brisket festival, there’s an event to satisfy every craving. Plus, don’t miss out on the latest restaurant openings, closings, and change ups.

 

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

 

Tuesdays at The Mansion: Tonight, Tuesday, September 16, the Mansion’s weekly event will feature Legacy whiskey and live music by the Phil Pritchett Duo.

 

Mexican Independence Day Celebrations: Komali is celebrating tonight with a tequila tasting and authentic Mexican street food cooked outside the restaurant by chef Julio Peraza. San Salvaje and chef Stephan Pyles are celebrating with a special menu that includes pozole rojo stew with pork chicharrones among other speciality dishes and tequila cocktails.

 

Free Guacamole at Iron Cactus: In celebration of National Guacamole Day, Iron Cactus will have free tableside guacamole tonight when you show a picture of guacamole from their Facebook page (link). Limit 1 per table at all locations during lunch and dinner.

 

Wine Chat with Michael Flynn: The former Wine Director at the Mansion and three-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation will host one of his famous Wine Chats tonight at Veritas.

 

Addison Oktoberfest: From tonight to Sunday, Sept. 21, you can go all out German at Addison Circle Park. For four days, there will be German entertainers, yodeling, sausage, sauerkraut, and beer to fulfill all your Oktoberfest dreams. Thursday and Friday, the festival begins at 6pm, but on Saturday and Sunday you can start the fun at noon.

 

Cheese 101: Scardello is hosting a basics class on Wednesday, Sept. 17, that will teach you everything you need to know. From how it’s made to distinguishing between different flavors, you’ll leave the event with a new found appreciation for cheese.

 

Dallas Salsa Fest: Saturday, Sept. 20, join in the celebration of “one of Texas’ greatest contributions to the world of food: chips and salsa.” Deep Ellum Outdoor Market will be filled with live music, local beer, and local vendors as you taste your way through and vote for your favorite salsa in Dallas.

 

2nd Annual Beer, Bourbon, and Brisket Festival: If that’s not a triple threat, we don’t know what is. Head to Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on Saturday for tasty food, and drink alongside live music.

 

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally: Sunday, Reverchon Park will host all of Dallas’ most delicious food trucks for a day of local food, live music, and a beer garden with all proceeds going to Executives in Action.

 

Pop Up Pork Dinner: Sunday, Lucia sous chefs Justin Holt and Mike Gibson will host their second pork-centric dinner at Oak Cliff Social Club. $20 gets you roasted whole Ossabaw hog and fresh sausage with sides and beer.

 

Dinner at Home with Phil Romano: For $500 you can join select guests for hors d’oeuvres and a six-course meal at Phil Romano’s home on Sunday. The meal will be prepared by the chefs at Nick and Sam’s and 3015 @ Trinity Groves, Samir Dhurandhar and Sharon Van Meter.

 

Celebrity Waiter Night: If you love the Cowboys and great food, head to Ocean Prime on Monday, Sept. 22 and have your food served to you by Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and his teammates. This is the second annual event presented by Albertsons and includes a three course dinner, wine, and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit the DeMarco Murray Foundation, which supports Dallas children in need.

 

News:

Cake Bar: 16 kinds of cake, quick breads, cookies, and ice cream will be available at Trinity Grove’s newest desert bar and retail shop, which opens on Thursday, Sept. 18. The business is owned an operated by Tracy German, a home cook whose decadent creations caught on like wildfire and could no longer be contained to her kitchen.

 

East Hampton Sandwich Co. in Fort Worth: After two years in Dallas, the popular sandwich shop is celebrating by opening its newest location in Fort Worth today. After success in the Park Cities and Plano, the third location will be at 1605 S. University Drive.

 

Eater’s 38 Essential Dallas Restaurant Recommendations: The quarterly recommendations are in.

 

Kitchen LTO Winners: Blythe Beck will be the next chef to take over at Kitchen LTO come October. She’s made a career for herself at the Mansion and as an apprentice to Dean Fearing. Artist Salma Gottfried will change up the restaurants interior with her abstract architectural visual interpretations.

 

Park Tavern Closing: Yesterday, the restaurant located in the Shops at Park Lane closed.

 

Viet Bites: Last week the second location of this Vietnamese favorite opened in Denton. Their unique menu includes chicken and pork dishes shaved right off their vertical rotisserie broilers.

 

Image via Visit Addison Facebook page

The Best Skyline in the World


In case you missed it yesterday, Dallas’ downtown skyline was rated as the Best International Skyline by a USA Today Reader’s Choice poll.

 

All 20 nominations were made by a panel of practicing architects, and readers were given four weeks to vote.   This is not the first win for the Lone Star State.   Texas also took #1 for its ‘Big Tex’ statue in our Best Quirky Landmark contest.

 

In recent years, Dallas has added colorful interactive lighting to its skyline, giving it 8 extra hours per day to impress travelers. Nighttime flights into DFW – one of the nation’s busiest airports – often give passengers a memorable view of what has become an extravaganza.

 

“Dallas became initially identifiable by the opening credits of an infamous 80’s TV show,” says expert Preston kinsman. “The contemporary Dallas skyline tells a story of big banking, big oil, big money, and the occasional big bust.” James Adams adds, “Dallas has continued to stay flashy. Controversially, it has done this not with the height or style of its newest architecture, but rather through an internal race to adorn its existing and new icons with colorful interactive lighting that cannot be ignored.”

 

Here’s the full list:

Best Skyline in the World1. Dallas

Chicago2. Chicago

Rio de Janiero3. Rio de Janeiro

Toronto4. Toronto

New York5. New York City

Washington, D.C.6. Washington, D.C.

St-Louis7. St. Louis

Hong-Kong8. Hong Kong

San Francisco9. San Francisco

Seattle10. Seattle

 

Other nominees included Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, London, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, and Vancouver.

 

All images via USA Today

This Week in Food & Beverage News


Exciting openings, boozy dinners, and a big birthday take over this week’s edition of Food & Beverage News. See where to have the best wine and beer paired dinners in D-FW and get the scoop on all the new restaurants coming town. Plus, you could win a year’s worth of entrees for free!

 

Events:

Texan Restaurant Round Up: The 7th Annual event benefitting Texas food banks runs from tonight, July 22, through Sunday, July 27. More than 60 restaurants across D-FW are participating by offering special menu items that are made from Texas products!

 

Belgian Beer Dinner: The chefs at Mot Hai Ba are teaming up with Barley’s Angels for a five-course dinner in honor of Belgian Beer Week and Belgian Independence Day, which is Wednesday, July 23. The event is ladies only, since the focus of Barley’s Angels is the advancement of education for female beer drinkers.

 

Wine Dinner at The Grape: A three-course, wine-paired dinner featuring Chef Jed Delmer and wines from the Piedmont region of Italy will be offered at The Grape on Thursday, July 24.

 

Celebrity Wine Dinner: Friday, July 25, TV-star and Master Chef Tiffany Derry is cooking up a five-course, wine-paired meal at Wine Poste.

 

Beer School at Community Beer Co.: Have a desire to learn more about craft beer? Join head brewer Jamie Fulton to learn about ingredients, the brewing process, tasting tips and more on Saturday, July 26. You’ll also get entry to the open house from 2-5pm, which includes food trucks, live music, and a tour of the brewery.

 

 

 

News:

Bread Winners 20th Anniversary Giveaway: You could be one of four lucky patrons to win 52 free entrees from Bread Winners as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. During the following weeks, each location will give out a free cake ball to each diner that could hold within it a winning gold coin. Plano location: Week of July 21; NorthPark location: Week of July 28; Inwood location: Week of August 4; Uptown location: Week of August 11.

 

Modmarket: This Colorado-based restaurant chain is making its first move outside the state and planning to open four D-FW locations over the next eight months. It’s all about food that “tastes great, is made from scratch using simple, farm fresh, whole ingredients, is fairly quick, isn’t too expensive, and can be eaten everyday.” Look for locations in Flower Mound, Southlake, Preston & 121, and the new Preston Hollow Village complex.

 

Harvest: A new seasonal kitchen is coming to McKinney Square in September. Dallas native chef Andrea Schakelford and the owners of Rick’s Chophouse intend to bring the best of farm-to-table, local, and seasonal ingredients to the restaurant’s menu.

 

Rapscallion: The minds behind Boulevardier and Veritas Wine Room are planning a new Southern-style bistro that will open some time in the first half of 2015. The concept is “neighborhood-friendly” and will be situated on Greenville Ave. between Trader Joe’s and The Libertine.

 

Remedy: Chef Danyele McPherson, formerly of The Grape, is joining the HG Sply Co. team in a new venture called Remedy, which will open later this summer. Owner Elias Pope and his crew are remaining tight lipped on what the menu will offer, but he’s hinted that it will have a soda shop feel. Remedy will go in the old Public House space on Greenville Ave.

 

Trinity Groves: Didi’s Tamale Diner, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Off-Site Kitchen, Sushi Bayashi, and St. Rocco’s are all coming-soon to Dallas’ hippest foodie area.

 

Image via breadwinners.com

Dallas Loses Bid to Host 2016 RNC


Dallas Loses Bid to Host 2016 RNC

The Browns got Manziel, the Cavs are rumored to be in talks in LeBron, and the 2016 Republican National Convention will officially be held in Cleveland. Whether you’re a fan of the three aforementioned names or not, they each had the potential to be big for D-FW, especially the RNC.

 

Tuesday, the RNC Site Selection Committee announced that Cleveland beat out Dallas in the bid to host the 2016 event. Though Dallas is donor-rich, Ohio is a major battle ground for the presidential race, the last candidate to win the White House without Ohio was Kennedy in 1960. Likewise, leaders of Dallas’ campaign to host the RNC say that calendrical issues arose when an earlier-than-normal convention date was proposed.

 

This win would have been big for party-supporters as well as for the Dallas economy in general. Though the host city is expected to raise nearly $60 million to help pay for the event, the convention pays off when managed correctly. After hosting the 2012 GOP convention, it was reported that Tampa saw a $214 million direct economic impact. During each campaign, more than 50,000 supporters, officials, and reporters flood the convention city, brining their wallets with them.

 

Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said that “Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.” We’ll get ’em next time!

 

The RNC will ratify the choice next month. Meanwhile, DNC officials are still weighing their options. with cities like Birmingham, AL., New York City, Philadelphia, Columbus, OH., and Phoenix all in the running.

 

OTD: Last-minute Valentine’s dinner plans


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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