Backyard Barbecue Essentials


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Grilling season is upon us! As summer approaches and vacations begin, so does the peak time for entertaining outside.

 

Whether you’re enjoying a casual get together with family or an extraordinary backyard soiree, here are a few must-haves for hosting an amazing barbecue.

 

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Portside Expandable Dining Table + Chair Set | $2,673

 

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Caliber Thermashell Charcoal Grill | $2,475

 

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Pacifica Square Patio Umbrella | $2,399

 

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MVP Leather Bocce Ball Set | $415

 

5_yeti cooler

Yeti Tank 85 | $249.99

 

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Solano Lanterns | $229 to $329

 

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Bleecker Bar Drink Dispenser | $149

 

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Brass Tiki Torch | $49.95

 

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Mr. Bar-B-Q 18-Piece Grilling Set | $49.66

 

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Eco-Friendly Compostable Palm Leaf and Wood Dinnerware Set | $47.99

 

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Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights | $44.95

 

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Cast-Iron Garlic Roaster | $24.95

5 Culinary Classes for Couples


Looking for something new to do with your partner? Try taking a culinary class! Whether you’re a self-proclaimed gourmand, or simply looking to dip your toe in the water of the culinary world, here are some courses you can find in North Texas. They may cost a small fee, but the memories will last a lifetime.
 
1. Mozzarella Company
Situated in Deep Ellum, the Mozzarella Company is a bustling cheese factory that produces almost 200,000 pounds of cheese a year. What better place to learn about cheese than from the experts? The Mozzarella Company offers three classes perfect for any cheese enthusiast: wine and cheese pairing, beer and cheese pairing, or hands-on cheesemaking. To see the schedule, click here. To make a reservation, call 214-741-4072 or email mozzcomanager@mozzco.com.
 
2. Central Market
Gourmet grocer Central Market offers a wide variety of classes at its various Texas locations. Learn how to make sauces, gumbo, or Korean BBQ from cooking school staff, or hone your knife skills and the latest cooking techniques. But wait…there’s more! Central Market also invites special culinary guests and celebrity chefs to teach various classes, so be sure to keep an eye on your nearest location’s calendar.
 
3. Sur La Table
Popular cooking retail store Sur La Table has a few locations across North Texas. While you may just be familiar with the store as a place to shop for kitchen items, each location also offers many different in-store cooking courses. Learn to make sweet treats like doughnuts, crêpes, or macarons, or opt for a culinary escape with courses centered around Thai food or Spanish tapas. The calendar is quite extensive, so you’ll be sure to find something in your budget on a date that’s right for you. Call your local Sur La Table for more details.
 
4. Kenichi – Ken’s Sushi Class
This modern sushi restaurant in Dallas’ Victory Park neighborhood offers sushi rolling classes once to twice a month. For $45, enjoy appetizers before learning to make a California, Spicy Tuna, or Veggie roll from Chef Ken McCullough. Classes are usually on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to stay in-the-know for when classes are offered, follow Kenichi on Facebook. You can find upcoming classes or book a reservation on Kenichi’s Eventbrite page.
 
5. Stoney’s Wine Lounge Wine Pairing
This charming wine bar and lounge in the heart of Lakewood offers three wine pairing classes each week. The hour-long class is taught by owner Stoney Savage himself, and covers what to look for in wines that pair well with food. You’ll even learn about the various grape categories and what foods each one is known to pair with. The ticket price includes a tasting of six wines and seven bites such as nuts, chocolate, cheese, and sausage. Classes are offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Purchase two tickets for $24 on Groupon.com, and then call 214-953-3067 to reserve your spot. An additional $8 per person is due upon arrival.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Home


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and we can feel the love in the air. To spread the love, we’re publishing a blog post each day until Feb. 14 on a different Valentine’s Day-themed topic. To start the series, here’s our Valentine’s Day gift guide for the home. Stay tuned!

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Drawing a blank on what to get your friends or family this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few gift ideas that are perfect for the homebody. Plus, you can expedite shipping to make sure everything is here in time for the special day.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide1. Faux Hydrangeas – $49.99
While fresh flowers are always a good idea, faux flowers aren’t a bad alternative. The more you spend, the more realistic they will look, too. These hydrangeas add a pop of pink to any room.
2. Velvet Pillow – $29
Much to our pleasure, velvet is no longer just a winter fabric. Now, you can find this fuzzy fabric year-round in a variety of colors. This soft pink adds a hint of Valentine’s spirit to any home décor.
3. Diptyque Candle – $68
This limited-edition candle not only comes in beautiful packaging, but also releases the scent of two roses: Damascena and Centifolia. These roses offer rich scents, while currant and bergamot provide freshness on top. Other notes include lychee and geranium.
4. Amazon Echo – $179.99
Know someone hoping to make his or her home smarter? Amazon’s Echo is a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that allows you to play music, control smart home devices, set alarms, and more.
5. Pink Wine Glasses – $7.95
These light pink glasses are a fresh twist on a classic glass.
6. Tassel Blanket – $250
This delightful black and white-striped tassel blanket is 100 percent wool and the perfect complement to year-round décor.
7. Apple Watch – From $299
While technically not a gift for the home, Apple watches give you the ability to turn smart lightbulbs on or off all from your wrist.
8. Cheese Knives – $35
There’s something romantic about wine and cheese, and these twig cheese knives are perfect for any pairing.