Kitchens Worth Crushing On


Dinner reservations are often one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day, but cooking at home with your honey can be even sweeter.

 

Not only are these seven kitchens worth crushing on, they’ll have you wanting to stay in for a romantic meal.

 

1_Willow B

2104 Willow Bend Drive | Plano | $5,999,000

 

2_KING

2221 King Fisher Drive | Westlake | $3,250,000

 

3_Forest

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,345,000

 

4_Cedar

2222 Cedar Elm Terrace | Westlake | $1,949,900

 

5_Sea Side

537 Sea Side Lane | McKinney | $1,795,000

 

6_Dowling

1607 Dowling Drive | Irving | $995,000

 

7_Lincoln

1315 Lincoln Court | Allen | $860,000

 

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Where to Dine With Your Valentine


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Valentine’s Day is this week, but it’s never too late to make plans. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite North Texas dinner spots offering special Valentine’s Day menus.

 

Dee Lincoln Prime – Frisco

Enjoy a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day at Dee Lincoln Prime, an upscale steakhouse located in “The Star” at the World Headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. Delicious offerings include grilled quail, chilean sea bass and white chocolate cheesecake for $85 per person.

 

Lavendou Bistro Provençal – Dallas

Classic French bistro, Lavendou Bistro Provençal, will be offering a delicious three-course meal on Valentine’s Day for $69.95 per person. Selections from the chef include lobster bisque, filet mignon and red velvet cake.

 

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine

Enjoy a three-course meal at any time of the evening at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Frisco. Book your reservation before 5:30 p.m. for the $59.95 per person option, or after 5:45 p.m. for $74.95 per person.

 

Princi Italia – Plano

This restaurant specializes in “scratch-made Italian fare” prepared using modern techniques. This Valentine’s Day, Princi Italia will offer a four-course dinner for $55 per person. Special selections include beef carpaccio, lobster salad, chilean sea bass and chocolate Italian cream cake.

 

Bistro 31 – Dallas

This classic restaurant in Highland Park Village dishes up savory American and European classics with a modern twist. This Valentine’s Day, Bistro 31 will offer selections including petite sweet oysters, charred tomato soup and lobster.

 

Del Frisco’s Grille – Dallas, Plano, Southlake

If you’re looking for something romantic yet low-key on Valentine’s Day, Del Frisco’s is a great choice. This traditional American steakhouse is offering a sophisticated yet fun Valentine’s Day menu, including shareable appetizers and desserts galore.

 

Table 13 – Addison

This restaurant specializes in fine dining, live music and reliving the 1960s. Table 13 is offering a chef-prepared, fixed-price dinner for $75 per person this Valentine’s Day. Choose from jumbo lump crab cake, shrimp cocktail or bacon-wrapped dates for your starter, and select from a number of delicious entrée options.

 

Abacus – Dallas

Enjoy a four-course menu for Valentine’s Day at Abacus, an upscale restaurant with a relaxed ambience and a passion for food. For $90 per person, enjoy a range of selections from venison empanadas, wagyu beef and lobster thermidor.

 

Sambuca 360 – Plano

This Valentine’s Day, Sambuca 360 will be offering a savory three-course dinner for $55 per person with delicious offerings, including crab bisque, pan-roasted halibut and white chocolate cheesecake. The entertainment for the night will be Memory Trip, a rock and blues band from Dallas.

 

Bullion – Dallas

Dying to take a trip to France? Bullion is the epitome of French cuisine in Dallas and is offering a Valentine’s Day dinner for $135 per person. Enjoy selections from Michelin Star-awarded Chef Bruno Davaillon, including elevated cocktails, peekytoe crab, scallops and a raspberry poached apple.

Valentine Treats for Your Sweet


Whether you’re planning a date with your sweetheart or spending the day with friends, give your loved ones a delightful treat this Valentine’s Day.

 

From pies and cupcakes to bite-sized cheesecake, these sweet treats make the perfect gift — and an even better dessert!

 

1 Bird Bakery

Bird Bakery’s Cupid Valentine Box puts a cute, modern spin on the classic box of chocolates. Available for preorder, each box contains 12 mini cupcakes in flavors like red velvet and fresh strawberry.

 

2 Sweet Daze

Sweet Daze Dessert Bar offers an extensive collection of Valentine goodies. From artfully designed chocolate-covered strawberries to festive heart-shaped cake pops, you can preorder these handmade treats or limited quantities will be available in-store Feb. 10 through Feb. 14. 

 

3 Val's final

Dallas-favorite (and now a Fort Worth-fave, too) Val’s Cheesecake is offering the “It Takes Two” cheesecake cupcake box. Val suggests melting your beloved’s heart with two delicious cheesecake cupcakes topped with chocolate-covered strawberries — but there are two, so maybe your sweetie will share.

 

6 Emporium

Emporium Pies is taking Valenpies preorders for delivery on Feb. 14. These delicious 7-inch pie brownies are available in Dr. Love, a red velvet chess pie, and Ebony & Ivory, a buttermilk chess pie with chocolate hazelnut spread. Delight even more knowing that a portion of the sales will go towards providing Valenpies for women at the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

 

7 Sprinkles

Sweeter than a box of chocolates, Sprinkles suggests saying “I love you” with a custom XOX box through Feb. 18. Each box includes the perfect mix of cupcakes (think red velvet, raspberry chocolate chip and classics like dark chocolate and vanilla) topped with sugar hearts and sweet messages.

 

5 Pie Pop Co

Who wouldn’t love adorable, bite-sized pies on a stick? Don’t miss The Pie Pop Company’s special edition Valentine’s Pie Pops, filled with dulce de leche or sweet cherry and available for delivery or pickup.

 

4 Krispy Kreme

If you’re missing those traditional conversation hearts, say it with doughnuts instead. Available at participating Krispy Kreme shops through Feb. 14, the all-new Valentine Conversation Doughnuts are topped with edible phrases like “DM ME,” “ALL THE FEELS” and “BE MINE.”

Where to Dine With Your Valentine


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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s never too late to make plans. You wouldn’t want your Valentine to go hungry, so we’ve pulled together some of our favorite North Texas dinner spots (that, according to OpenTable are still open for last-minute reservations!) offering special Valentine’s Day menus.
 
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Bistro 31 – Dallas
This classic restaurant in Highland Park Village dishes up savory American and European classics with a modern twist. This Feb. 12 through 14, Bistro 31 will feature a special menu in addition to its regular menu.
 
Crudo Wood Fired Taverna – Frisco
If you’re in the mood for an Italian-style bistro with a relaxed atmosphere, then this is the spot for you. This restaurant offers a vast, mouthwatering menu that will be sure to please the most discerning palates.
 
Del Frisco’s Grille – Dallas, Plano, Southlake
Enjoy an intimate atmosphere, hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood at this popular restaurant.
 
Il Calabrese Ristorante and Bar – Southlake
This Italian restaurant offers fresh ingredients imported from all over Italy on a regular basis. This Valentine’s Day, il Calabrese is offering a three-course, fixed-price dinner menu for $75 per person. Choose from bruschetta, Mozzarella caprese, or calamari fritti for your starter, and pick from a number of delicious entrée options.
 
Mille Lire – Dallas (Oak Lawn)
Chic new Italian restaurant Miller Lire will be offering its regular menu in addition to a few Valentine’s Day specials (including dessert) this Feb. 14.
 
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine
Enjoy a three-course meal at any time of the evening at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Frisco. Book your reservation before 5:30 p.m. for the $59.95 per person option, or after 5:45 p.m. for $74.95 per person.
 
Seasons 52 – Dallas, Plano
This restaurant specializes in seasonal food prepared using “rustic techniques.” This Valentine’s Day, Seasons 52 will be offering a three-course dinner for two at $60 per couple.
 
Sixty Vines – Plano
Enjoy seasonal cuisines made with local ingredients and paired with the perfect wine, or enjoy an exclusive Surf & Turf Valentine’s Day dinner.
 
Mexican Sugar – Plano
While this restaurant isn’t serving a special Valentine’s day menu, don’t let that stop you from enjoying innovative cocktails and decadent desserts. If you want something romantic yet low-key, Mexican Sugar is a great option.
 
Up on Knox – Dallas
Newly opened American Brasserie Up on Knox is offering a three-course meal this Valentine’s Day for $65 per person with dishes like Burrata & Celery Salad and Seared Yellowfin Tuna.
 
Ziziki’s – Dallas (Knox), Dallas (Preston Forest Village), Plano
This authentic Greek restaurant is offering a four-course dinner menu on Valentine’s Day with delicious offerings including flaming saganaki and rack of lamb.
 
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Take our advice and wine and dine your Valentine the right way!

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings


 

Wine Pairings

Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in life’s simple pleasures. But, pairing wine and cheese like the pros can be anything but simple. Whether you’re enjoying wine and cheese pairings today or any other day, being educated before heading to the grocery store can help your taste buds tremendously. Here are some quick tips on perfect pairings:

* Follow your taste preferences: If you don’t like a certain cheese or a certain wine, pairing it with something won’t change your opinion on the flavor.

* Try to match flavor profiles evenly: Avoid pairing mild cheeses with strong wines.

* The bolder the cheese, the bolder the wine should be: Cheese that has been aged for a long time needs to be paired with a full-bodied wine.


 

Cheese Pairings

Fresh/Soft & Bloomy Cheeses: Burrata, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Brie, Boursin
Pairs well with…
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato, Champagne

Cheese Pairings

Semi-Soft Cheeses: Havarti, Gruyère, Manchego
Pairs well with…
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

Cheese Pairings

Semi-Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Baby Swiss
Pairs well with…
Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot

Cheese Pairings

Hard Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, Aged Manchego
Pairs well with…Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chianti

Cheese Pairings

Goat Cheeses: Chèvre, Pavé, Rave de Provence
Pairs well with…Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Champagne

Cheese Pairing

Blue Cheese: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton
Pairs well with…Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Port

For more tips on the perfect wine and cheese pairings, visit HEB.com.

 

How to Make Your Bouquet Last Longer


Colorful roses background. Beautiful, high quality, good for holidays, valentines's gift.

 

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and that means flowers are flying off the shelves.

 

In fact, Valentine’s Day is the “second-largest holiday next to Mother’s Day for the floral industry,” according to 1800Flowers via Fortune Magazine. It’s estimated that Americans will spend $2 billion on flowers this year, according to GoBankingRates.com.

 

If you’re the lucky recipient of a bouquet of flowers, here are some tips on how to make your bouquet last longer.

 

1. Clean vases are a must.

If whatever container you’re putting your stems in isn’t clean, bacteria will continue to grow and kill your flowers. MarthaStewart.com suggests scrubbing the vase with a mixture of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water before rinsing.

2. If a whole leaf is submerged underwater, tear it off.

When leaves remain underwater, they decompose and bacteria grows. You must keep bacteria at bay if you want your flowers to last.

3. The colder the water, the better.

When you want to cook vegetables, you steam them with warm water until they wilt and soften. Think about it like this … if you use room temperature or warm water, you’re causing the flowers soften. The colder your water, the better your results.

4. Cut stems at a 45-degree angle.

When you cut flower stems with scissors, you are constricting the straw-like tube that allows nutrients to reach the top of the flower. Use a Swiss Army knife for soft stems and a pair of bypass cutters for woody stems. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle.

5. Measure flower food precisely.

Avoid taking the easy route and dumping flower food into the vase with your flowers. Too much flower food will poison your flowers, and too little flower food is somewhat pointless. Use the directions on the packet of flower food to follow the correct food-to-water ratio.

6. Fresh water is a must.

Every two days, or when the water gets cloudy, replace the water in the vase. With each water change, it’s recommended to clean the vase. Use the same recipe as above.

8 Luxury Homes We’re Crushing On


It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re feeling the love for these eight North Texas luxury properties.

5326EdlenDrive5326 Edlen Drive | Dallas – Old Preston Hollow | $8,650,000
BrazosCourt2001 Brazos Court | Westlake | $4,900,000

4415 Lively Lane | Dallas – Lively Estates | $3,399,900
2109 Kimbrough Way
2109 Kimbrough Way | Irving – Cottonwood Valley | $1,395,000
LittleElm1213 Shahan Prairie Road | Little Elm – Lake Lewisville | $1,270,000
29 Balmoral29 Balmoral | Richardson – Hills of Breckinridge | $1,225,000
1300LincolnCourt
1300 Lincoln Court | Allen – Hamilton Hills | $1,240,000
MeletioLane
5606 Meletio Lane | Dallas – Melshire Estates | $1,199,000

 

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Love Where You Live: Kitchen


Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

It’s finally day seven of our Love Where You Live series, and we saved the best for last!

 

They don’t call it the heart of the home for nothing! We’re talking about the kitchen. And, if you love where you live, there’s no doubt your kitchen plays a big part in that feeling. It’s the space where you gather for holidays, birthdays and celebrations. It’s the space that gives you the feeling of home.

 

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3740 Pallos Verdas Drive | Dallas – Underwood Estates | $750,000

Love Where You Live: Living Area


It’s day six of our Love Where You Live series countdown! Be sure to check the blog for daily heart-throbbing spaces, all leading up to Valentine’s Day.

 

A living room should be stylish, cozy and inviting. These three key ingredients make for a perfect sweet spot to lounge and converse with the ones you love. Today’s pick is no exception.

 

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16809 Bradgate Court | Dallas – Tioga | $575,000

Love Where You Live: Master Bedroom


It’s day five of our Love Where You Live series countdown! Be sure to check the blog for daily heart-throbbing spaces, all leading up to Valentine’s Day.

 

For today’s pick, we’re headed to the bedroom – the master bedroom, that is. Because you begin and end your day in this rather intimate space, it’s always important to show it extra attention and love. Remember: it’s all in the details.

 

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5504 Burkett Drive | Frisco – Starwood | $1,250,000