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.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

We have some huge announcements for the future of restaurants in 2015, but while you wait, check out a few awesome food and drink-centric events going on this week.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 6:

Kitchen LTO: Chef Blythe Beck is back by popular demand. After major backing from social media fans, the chef will remain at her executive position at Kitchen LTO for another four months. Stop by and see what all the hype is about today when she debuts new lunch and dinner menus including mini beer-battered corn dogs, champagne brie bisque, garlic shrimp with jalapeño bacon cheddar grits, chicken fried quail and waffles and more.

 

Rahr & Son’s Pint Night: The Gingerman Fort Worth and Southlake will host pint nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Both will feature Rahr’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer and you’ll get a limited edition BBAWW tulip glass.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 7:

Lakewood Brewing Tapping at Bottle Shop: The brewery’s newest additions, the 2014 Bourbon Barrel Temptress and Sin Mint, both imperial milk stouts, will be on tap at Greenville Ave’s WBC Bottle Shop. Join in the celebration and get a free glass.

 

Thursday, Jan. 8:

Henderson Avenue Country Club Grand Opening: At the beginning of December, we reported that this honky-tonk joint would open in January and now the time is upon us. Celebrate with brisket, catfish, smoked quail, habanero cheddar grits and more, plus craft cocktails, beer, and music by Texas artists.

 

Saturday, Jan. 10:

3rd-Annual Chocolate Momentum Tour: Does it get better than eating chocolate for a good cause? Taste treats from Kate Weiser Chocolate, Village Baking Company, Isabelly’s Sweet Treats and others during this event brought to you by Dallas Bites Food Tours. You get all of this, including transportation, a tour guide, and food and beverage samples for just $39. A portion of each ticket benefits Cafe Momentum and its dedication to at-risk youth.

 

Sunday, Jan. 11:

Taste of the Championship: Local top chefs are getting in on the celebration of the first College Football National Championship, which comes to North Texas January 12. 18 chefs and 10 former NFL and college legends, including Tim Brown, Larry Brown, Tony Dorsett, Randy White and more, will be at the Irving Convention Center. Proceeds benefit the College Football Playoff Foundation and North Texas Food Bank.

 

News:

East Hampton Sandwich Co.: Owner and Dallas-native, Hunter Pond made the Forbes 2015 30 Under 30 List in Food & Wine.

 

Ida Claire: The restaurant group Fork It Over- think Velvet Taco, Whiskey Cake and Mexican Sugar- are planning to open a “Southern gastropub” in Addison early next summer. Expect twists on southern classics, beautiful cocktails, and Southern hospitality with a rebellious side.

 

Grip Mediterranean Grill & Ali Baba: The Preston Center Mediterranean restaurant has closed its doors. This coincided with the closing of its sibling restaurant Ali Baba in Lakewood.

 

Patina Green Home and Market: The McKinney gourmet sandwich shop will begin dinner service in April after it undergoes a remodel. Dinner menu items will rotate on a weekly basis.

 

Remedy: Greenville Ave’s newest restaurant opened last Friday, Jan. 2nd. We’ve been waiting for this one for a while and we’ve heard great things! Head over for a fish sandwich, homemade pimento cheese and buttermilk biscuits, hushpuppies, “The Bob Sundae” with dark chocolate ice cream, caramel, potato chips and salt, and more.

 

Smoke Plano: The guys behind the popular barbecue spot in Oak Cliff plan to open a second location in West Plano by the end of 2015.

 

Snap Kitchen Addison: Yesterday, Jan. 5, Addison became Snap’s fifth Dallas location. Snap Kitchen is dedicated to healthy grab-and-go options and also offers healthy pre-packaged meals.

 

Snuffer’s Addison: The iconic burger and cheese-fry restaurant hopes to open doors at an Addison location in spring 2015.

 

Spoon: John Tesar will close the restaurant and move it to a new location to open in January 2016. After experiencing extraordinary success recently, Tesar plans to form his own company and open Spoon in a hotel setting. He’s also planning to open an Italian restaurant named Fork in spring 2015.

 

Taqueria La Ventana: The owner of Mesa Maya and El Fenix is planning a “casual taco” concept to open by late spring 2015.

 

Image via Henderson Avenue Country Club Facebook page

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.

D-FW Continues to Win Awards


D-FW Continues to Win Awards

Will the accolades ever stop rolling in for North Texas? It’s highly doubtful since our cities continue to rack up awards. This time around, Grand Prairie, Plano, Irving, Garland, and Fort Worth are all making news.

 

Grand Prairie (No. 2), Plano (No. 9), Irving (No. 12) and Garland (No. 14) all ranked in the top 15 of WalletHub’s 2014’s Best and Worst Places to Retire. Though retirement and financial security are a common dream, the study reports that “a fifth of American workers approaching retirement age haven’t saved for it.”

 

In order to establish these rankings, the 150 largest cities in the U.S. were analyzed based on 25 key metrics. These included everything from cost of living to job prospects for workers 65 or older to the availability of recreational activities. Click the link above to see the full list of city rankings and to find out why our four cities are so impressive.

 

In other great news, Fort Worth’s Sundance Square won the International Downtown Association‘s “Downtown Pinnacle Award” for Downtown Leadership & Management. Here’s a basic summary of why it beat out the 10 other entries in the category:

 

“Sundance Square has added a remarkable, innovative lifestyle element to downtown Fort Worth: an extremely flexible, comfortable, and active space…literally on Main Street. Sundance Square Plaza makes downtown a more appealing residential option, a better hospitality offering and a more enjoyable office choice.”

 

So there you have it, people, living in D-FW is just the gift that keeps on giving!

 

Image via Sundance Square Plaza website

North Texas Cities Rank High For Working Parents


North Texas Cities Rank High For Working Parents

Plano (No. 2), Garland (No. 6), Arlington (No. 19), and Fort Worth (No. 24) all ranked in The 25 Best Cities For Working Parents by Business Insider.

 

“Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Plano is home to the corporate headquarters of Dell Services, Toyota Motors, J.C. Penney, and Siemens PLM Software. NerdWallet found that Plano has a high median income, average childcare costs, and high quality public schools.”

 

Three additional Texas cities, El Paso (No. 7), Laredo (No. 13) and Corpus Christi (No. 23), also made the top 25 list.

 

“The Southwest snagged a total of eight of the top 10 spots on our list largely because of the relatively low cost of living.”

 

The rankings, published earlier this morning, are based on affordability (median income and housing costs), childcare costs, school quality, and the community (percentage of households with children) in the 100 largest U.S. cities. Click the link above to learn more.

 

Image via businessinsider.com

The Best of Big D 2014


The Best of Big D 2014

Last week, D Magazine officially released the annual The Best Of Big D list. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook exploded with humbled posts from and congratulatory posts to winners. (Don’t worry, we joined in on the “humble brag” a few weeks ago when more than 125 of our associates were named to D Mag’s list of Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers for 2014!)

 

Anyways, whether you give weight to their choices or not, the annual list is always a great reference point for trying all kinds of new things in D-FW. One of our favorite parts? They also list reader’s choices for many of the categories. For example, the magazine chose Monkey King Noodle Company as the Best Chinese, but readers chose Royal China. In our minds this just means we have to go back to each of them and compare for ourselves.

 

Consider this your invitation to break from your normal routine and explore new horizons. From the Best Tex-Mex to the Best Place to Get a Massage, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of new experiences if you let this list lead you.

Image via D Magazine

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