Don’t Miss Dallas’ Newest Addition – District 30 Craft Bar and Kitchen!

There’s a new hip restaurant in Dallas called District 30 Craft Bar and Kitchen and it’s officially open and ready to delight you with their unique cuisine.  This new “gastropub” features American, Italian, and combines Tex Mex with comfort food in the most surprising ways.  There is something for everyone here – from standard fare such as burgers, crab cakes, pizza, and salads to unique and creative recipes.

My husband and I recently went for a dinner preview and we had a wonderful experience from start to finish.  The staff was friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere of the restaurant is warm and inviting with wood paneling and décor and big comfy booths.  This will be the place to go this fall to watch the big games because they have lots of TV’s throughout the restaurant.

Everything we were served was delicious and thoughtfully prepared.  For appetizers our favorites included the unique ahi tuna mini crisps that are served with wasabi spiced avocado and pickled  ginger (my husband’s favorite), tasty tempura asparagus sticks, and the stuffed Portobello mushroom caps filled with garlic, spinach, and cream cheese (my favorite).

Next up we were absolutely delighted to sample the restaurant’s incredible Chicken and Jalapeno Dumplings.  This is where Tex Mex meets comfort food at District 30.  The dish features pan roasted chicken breast with jalapeno dumplings cooked in a creamy cilantro sauce.  My husband and I agreed that this was one of our new favorite dishes and we will absolutely be going back just for this fabulous creation.

For the main course we sampled District 30’s signature dish which is the braised beef short ribs.  The short ribs are slow cooked in a red wine sauce over mashed Yukon gold potatoes with green beans.  The ribs were incredibly tender and the wine sauce is rich and to die for and the pairing with mashed potatoes is perfect.  The spring lamb lollipops are pan seared with a cashew and mini pesto crust and are interesting and favorable.  They are served with roasted fingerling potatoes and vegetables.  Also of note were the grilled mahi mahi served with a pineapple pico de gallo and the seared scallops with sautéed spinach, Portobello mushrooms with a really yummy roasted corn and vanilla bean cream sauce.

We followed up with desserts which included a great chocolate nut brownie and a different twist on bread pudding – don’t miss this dessert when you go!  It’s made with orange juice and is much denser than a lot of bread pudding.  And yes I finished the whole thing and part of my husband’s.

 

If craft beer is your thing they have a great selection and they also have some pretty creative cocktails with names like Ginger and Mary Ann – love it!

 

Here’s a little background:  District 30’s kitchen is directed by the gifted Chef Mike Smith who has worked as sous chef at The Green Room and in the kitchens of Arcodoro/Pomodoro, Restaurant 2900. and The Common Table to name a few.  He also created the healthy menu at Utopia Food and Fitness.  There’s a lot of talent in the kitchen at District 30 and you will reap the benefits when you go.

 

District 30 has a perfect location – right on the corner of Oak Lawn and Hall Street.  It has a great patio with a view of what’s happening in this popular area.  And did I mention that the menu is reasonably priced?  Final Conclusion?  This is a great happy hour spot which just happens to have some really wonderful food.  You can’t go wrong here and I’m betting that this place will be a hit.

 

If you want more information before you go here it is:

https://www.district30dallas.com/ or go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/district30dallas/

 

 

Peace, Love, and Free Frozen Yogurt February 6th!

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Free Yogurt for Froyo Lovers Everywhere!

Yogurtland “Raises a Spoon” to the First-Ever International Frozen Yogurt Day Celebration

February 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Yes, you heard me – FREE YOGURT!  Celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Yogurtland!  The self-serve frozen yogurt pioneer, Yogurtland will offer guests around the world Free Frozen Yogurt and Toppings!  That’s right – at all locations!

 Each guest will also receive a Limited-Edition Hershey’s® Collectible Spoon for joining Yogurtland in its tasty mission to celebrate peace, love and frozen yogurt.  To help sweeten a delicious day, Yogurtland will feature a new Peanut Butter Cup frozen yogurt flavor made with Reese’s® and Hershey’s® ingredients, and the popular Chocolate Milkshake made with Hershey® flavor, also made with real, creamy California Milk.  These two chocolatey flavors will continue to be served at Yogurtland locations throughout the month of February.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to taste the new flavors and some old favorites!  

International Frozen Yogurt Day is sponsored by Yogurtland and The Hershey Company.

Find a location go tohttps://www.yogurt-land.com/locations  For more information visit http://www.yogurt-land.com    #YogurtlandIFYD   

Yogurtland Story

The Yogurtland Difference

Yogurtland today leads the industry with the best-tasting handcrafted flavors made from real ingredients. Separating Yogurtland from competitors is the company’s team of flavorologists who develop the proprietary recipes for the brand’s more than 100 different and customized flavors. Whether traditional or exotic, each flavor uses real ingredients sourced from their original locations. By controlling the entire frozen yogurt making process, Yogurtland has raised the standards for flavors and quality to new heights and much to the delight of millions of fans.

Naturally occurring calcium makes Yogurtland yogurt a healthful, refreshing treat. Fruit flavors are also fortified with Vitamin C. All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non- and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices.

Presently there are 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand and Venezuela

Celebrate National Waffle Day on August 24

Bacon-Cheddar-WafflesCelebrate National Waffle Day on August 24th with two of the greatest ingredient: BACON and CHEDDAR CHEESE! This recipe from FamilyFun Magazine offers the perfect combination of savory and sweet.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1¾ cups milk
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

1. Heat oven to 200°F and preheat the waffle iron. In a medium bowl, help kids measure out and whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the milk, melted butter, and eggs until incorporated.

2. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined, then stir in the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

3. Pour about ½ cup batter onto the center of your waffle iron and cook until golden and fluffy. Transfer the waffle to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with maple syrup.

Too busy to make these during the week?! Then grab a box of Van’s 8 Whole Grain Waffles and use good-for-the-body ingredients to create a happy face on top for your happy eaters. Kids can help with assembly—let them choose their toppings or match their waffle face to their mood. You can use blueberries for eyes and raspberries, cherries or a kiwi slice for a mouth. You’ll be smiling, too, as you watch how quickly they gobble it up! Good luck getting back to the routine of school and enjoy a delicious brunch on the weekend. 🙂VANS_Infographic_FINAL

Trois Petits Cochons Makes Passionate French Cuisine

The Three Little Pigs

When you start planning your next posh party, you don’t have to fly to New York to go shopping at Les Trois Petits Cochons (French for “The Three Little Pigs”)  for your French gourmet menu.  The fabulous and award winning gourmet charcuterie shop in Greenwich Village, New York, will make all your dreams come true, but here’s the really great news – you can NOW find their products in grocery stores and specialty shops across the country!

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Les Trois Petits Cochons began as a small charcuterie in Greenwich Village, New York City, and has been a leader in charcuteries for over 40 years.  They produce award winning, all natural pate and charcuterie by crafting small, handmade batches using high quality ingredients. The charcterie leads the industry in offering a complete line of artisan pates, mousses, terrines, sausages, saucissions, smoked meats and other French specialties.

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You can serve the charcuterie platter alone, or you can incorporate their ingredients into great recipes that they have provided on their website.  The options are unlimited!  You can order their products  online or you can check out where their products are being sold now across the country (stores such as Whole Foods, Central Market, Safeway, and even Amazon!).  Although Les Trois Cochons has grown in distribution it still continues to use the same traditional practices and has stayed true to their authentic, artisanal beginnings.  I personally love their Mousse Truffee, and I’m going to try their recipe for Mousse Trufee Ravioli en Brodo for my next get together with friends!

Les Trois Petits Cochons History

So when you start planning your next posh party go to Les Trois Petits Cochons’ website to start shopping for your French gourmet menu: http://3pigs.com and make all your French food dreams come true.

How to Throw an Epic Captain America: Civil War Party

captain-america-civil-warMy son loves the Avengers…like LOVES the Avengers. I could not tell you how many times that I have seen that movie – well, I digress. The excitement has been building in our house for the newest movie, Captain America: Civil War. Naturally, when I asked my son what he wanted his birthday party theme to be, he yelled: “Marvel!” This year, we threw an epic birthday party for his friends, and I am here to share how his party has just the right amount of epic awesomeness to get your family pumped for Captain America: Civil War. The only question remains is, are you for #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan? 😉

Themed Snacks Instead of Flashy Decorations
I am all about themed snacks. They can double as decorations, and since the point is for you and your guests to eat the snacks, it can cut down on your cleanup time after the festivities are over. Here are a few snack ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.Hulk-Juicecaptain-america-pizzateam-cap

Bring the Entertainment Home Instead of Paying for a Playhouse
Next, I had to figure out what entertainment to provide for 9 year-old boys. Thanks to my friend, Facebook, I discovered a piñata company in Kotor, Montenegro. Angela is amazing and made us an Iron Man head. We just added some hard candy into the piñata and grab the nearest scarf and broom stick – an the party festivities went up to an epic level. Then, we added a “pin-the-star on Cap’s shield” game and much fun was had. Here’s are some of the fun pictures.Iron-Man-Beforeiron-man-pinatairon-man-blastcaptain-america-shield-gamepin-the-star-captain-america

Recipe: Egg and Lemon Soup from Albania

With the colder, rainy weather lately, I have been enjoying chili and soups more. I thought that I would share this tasty egg and lemon soup (supa od jaja i limona), which I recently ate at Restaurant Shqiponja in Shkodër, Albania. This soup is popular in Albania, and it is delicious to enjoy when you are wanting to stay warm at your grandmother’s house or trying to get well with a winter cold. You could modify the recipe by adding chopped chicken to the soup. This soup is comfort food that is amazing on a cold winter day because it adds warmth and a bit of sunshine to your day! 🙂

Egg and Lemon Soup // Supa od jaja i limona

egg-lemon-soup800ml chicken broth // 800ml pileći bujon
4 eggs // 4 jaja
2 freshly squeezed lemons // sok od 2 limuna
3T butter // 40g maslac
3T flour // 30g brašno
salt and white pepper // so i bijeli biber
parsley // peršun

Melt butter in a pot and then add flour to make a roux. Add chicken broth and simmer for 10 minutes. In the meantime, beat eggs in a large bowl and add all of lemon juice and season with salt and white pepper. Take the broth off the heat, and while constantly stirring, add the broth mixture into the bowl with lemon and eggs. Then sieve the soup and leave on low heat for one minute while stirring constantly. Garnish and serve with parsley leaves.
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Priprema

U loncu rastopiti maslac, zatim dodavati brašno dok smjesa ne zgusne. Lagano dosipati pileći bujon i kuvati 10 minuta. U drugoj posudi umutiti jaja sa solju i bijeli biber i dodati limunov sok. Bujon skloniti sa vatre i uz stalno miješanje uliti ga u posudu sa jajima. Supu zatim procijediti i kuvati na tihoj vatri jedan minut uz stalno miješanje. Servirati u dubokom tanjiru i dekorisati grančicom peršuna.

Beautiful Coffee Makers For Coffee Lovers

coffee-makers-for-coffee-loversI love when I get mentioned in a blog post. It truly is the sincerest form of flattery, and my friend over at Diskors Projekt discussed about “coffee makers for those who don’t really care about coffee.” As a coffee artisan, Matt prefers starting his day and ending his night with an Aeropressed cup of coffee. I will not disagree that I myself enjoy an cup of coffee prepared with a Chemex, Siphon, V60 or Aeropress, but I have to be honest, I don’t have the patience to make these types of coffees daily. 😉 Which brings me to my preference at-home brewing method: the coffee machine. Finding this coffee machine is a very personal decision and choosing the right model can be tricky. I prefer the speed and convenience of brewing a pot of coffee, but I will ALWAYS say “Yes!” to my friends like Matt and others who express all the deliciousness out of coffee beans by their hands. 😉 Whether it’s posh style you crave, having the most features, or simply value the brewing performance, here are our most beautiful coffee makers that perfectly fits your needs. Don’t only look at the beauty outside, enjoy the beauty inside every cup. 🙂

Beauty Queen
Bonavita Coffee MakerBV1900TSCurrently the most popular drip coffee maker by all the coffee snobs around the world, the $180 Bonavita has brewing performance to match even the most expensive machines yet costs two-thirds the price. The impressive appliance is also compact, it has few parts that you need to clean, and it’s a breeze to operate.

Controlling Beauty
Brazen Plus Customizable Temperature Control Brew SystemBrazenPlusLike Bonavita, the Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System features the unique ability to pre-soak a batch of coffee grounds before beginning the brew process. Its oversized shower head also ensures the grounds soak evenly, while its pulsing water flow allows for the perfect amount of saturation during each brew cycle. The impressive device also provides a means for quickly setting a start time and boasts an insulated carafe capable of keeping each pot of coffee warm for multiple hours. The $200 price tag might be a little high, but the Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System is a worthy companion for any coffee aficionado.

Dynamic Duo Beauty
OXO On 12-Cup Coffee Makeroxo-barista-brainOXO brings the precision brewing skills of a master barista to this intuitive coffee system. Providing handcrafted-quality coffee at the touch of a button, its intelligent microprocessor monitors time, temperature and volume from start to finish. For optimal versatility, the $300 machine has two carafes: a glass carafe to heat water for brewing coffee or tea—and an insulated carafe into which the coffee is brewed.

Efficiently Built Beauty
Technivorm Moccamaster
moccamasterThe $260 Technivorm Moccamaster isn’t cheap, but it’s also one of the best coffee makers money can buy. More a work of art than a kitchen appliance, this machine not only is constructed with eye-catching metal and modern European-style, it bubbles away joyfully while brewing. AND, it truly makes incredible pots of coffee, and it also keeps them hot for up to 6 hours because of an excellent thermal carafe.

Retro Beauty
KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewerkitchenaid-pour-over-coffeeRecreate every step of the pour-over method at the touch of a button with an advanced electronic brewer that brews a flavorful and rich, full-bodied coffee. After heating water to the optimal brewing temperature (a precise 200°F), the $180 KitchenAid machine pre-wets the grounds to begin the flavor-extraction (blooming) process, then pours and pauses the flow of water over the coffee grounds with precise timing to maximize every nuance of flavor and aroma—just as a master barista would.

HONORABLE MENTION
Saeco GranBaristo Avanti

saeco-granbaristo-avantiOkay, I realize that this machine is not a “coffee maker.” Well, it does make coffee, but it’s average – this is truly an espresso machine. What makes it stand above the other espresso machines is its bluetooth technology to iOS and Android devices through a well-designed mobile app. Saeco GranBaristo Avanti uses its built-in ceramic burr grinder and brewing system to create exceptionally good espresso and coffee drinks at the push of a button. The GranBaristo Avanti is also attractively sleek and compact. The ability to customize coffee drinks and adjust the grind allows you to find a setting that works for you. The machine also comes with two bean hoppers (the place that holds the beans), allowing you to swap out different beans easily. Saeco even has a setting that grinds any leftover beans in the machine when you make the switch, so your old beans don’t contaminate the new ones. Saeco GranBaristo Avanti is one of the most advanced home coffee makers you can buy. It’s also one of the most expensive at $1,750.

Which of these coffee makers do you like? How do you prepare your cup of coffee during the day?

Supplies for Baking

supplies-for-bakingThere are a seemingly, endless number of supplies that you can buy for baking, but which ones are worth investing in? Depending on how much baking you do – and the size of your recipes – there are certain items will absolutely last longer (and work more efficiently) if you go for quality materials. Below are our list of best supplies for baking, some of which have multiple uses in the kitchen.

Best Apron: Hedley & Bennett
Former line cook Ellen Bennett designs simple, sturdy aprons made from canvas, denim and linen for restaurants from Michael Voltaggio’s ink in Los Angeles to Michael Schwartz’s Michael’s Genuine in Miami.

Best Cutting Board: Tableboards by Spinella Bread/Pastry Board
This large surface is perfect for kneading bread dough, rolling out pizza or pie dough, working with pastry dough and many other tasks. Reversible with 1 1/2″ lip on both sides to hold board in place when kneading or working with dough. The handcrafted durability of this kneading board will be valued for generations.

Best Rolling Pin: Fletchers’ Mill French Rolling Pin
This tapered pin rolls dough more efficiently than handled pins, works well for rolling both pies and cookies and is one of the easiest to clean. It’s also posh looking and sturdy enough to last a lifetime.

Best Butter: Plugrá European-Style Butter
This slow-churned butter makes your pastries flakier and sauces unbelievably creamy. Plugrá Butter contains less water than average table butter. Lower moisture helps you create cakes that rise higher and cookies that crisp more evenly.

Best Kitchen Napkins: Williams-Sonoma All-Purpose Kitchen Towels

Made of top-quality ribbed cotton terry, our kitchen towels clean like a scrubber and absorb like a sponge. The towels are ideal for lint-free drying of glassware.

Best Cake Mix: Betty Crocker SuperMoist Golden Vanilla Cake Mix
Sometimes, we cannot all be Betty Crocker, so why next be able to grab the next best thing – her cake mix. 😉 This mix makes a cake with a delightful light and fluffy texture.

Best Cake Stand: Bed Bath & Beyond Everyday White® Large Footed Cake Server

Presentation is everything. In pristine white porcelain with wide rims, this cake stand makes every cake or cheese tray special. Always posh, it adds a classic element to your table, whether used on its own or mixed with your favorite dinnerware.

Best Pie Pan: Emile Henry Pie Dish
A good pie, which melts in the mouth, needs to be cooked evenly and gently, without drying out. The secret is the earthenware dish. It can go straight from the freezer to the oven, which is helpful because we often freeze my fruit pies before baking them.

Best Pie Carrier: Pyrex Portable Pie Carrier
The indentation in the bottom of this carrier keeps the (included) pie plate from slip-sliding away. And the five-inch-high domed lid allows full clearance for your loftiest creations.

What will you be baking this week? 🙂

4 Smart Spots for a Ljubljana Coffee Break

Ljubljana is lined with cafes along the beautiful waterfront serving up the local specialty drink, a white coffee. With a huge population of students, you can understand why the city is filled with coffee shops and bookstores. The white coffee may not be for coffee aficionados since your precious shot of espresso is topped with LOTS of milk and frothy foam, but you should try it to enjoy Ljubljana like a local. Pair the white coffee with a tasty cake, and the European café culture is alive in this green city. While in Ljubljana, there are four coffeehouses that make me want to come back, so here’s my list!
cafe-coklCafe Čokl
There are people who take coffee seriously, and then there are people who work at Cafe Čokl. This café by the puppet theatre serves the best coffee in Ljubljana. Cafe Čokl roasts their beans and feature daily recommendations on a chalkboard outside. For all the coffee snobs out there, you will love the sweet taste at the front and a hint of bitter at the back.

cafetinoCafetino
Cafetino offers a huge range of coffee, using only freshly ground beans. With a wide selection of worldly coffee beans, this is place is for those who take their coffee seriously. Climbs the stairs, and upstairs to enjoy your brew. Consider ordering their turkish coffee while you are with your friends and possibly a cappuccino when you want to be alone with a book. 🙂 This coffee shop has no sign out front, but you can’t miss the selection of coffee roasting equipment in their window display.

daktariDaktari
With an interior resembling your grandparents’ living room, Daktari is one of the coolest café in Ljubljana. Daktari has the best Turkish coffee in Ljubljana. They also offer some delicious masala tea for those non-java drinking friends. In the evenings, they host a diverse program of social events, live music and literal readings. Daktari is definitely the place the intellectual // smart people. 😉

tozdTOZD
TOZD produces a relaxed atmosphere with has several bikes decorating the small café, which also adds for a great element of quirkiness. TOZD offers cold brew coffee, which is simply amazing. First, let’s talk about the presentation: coffee and water are served in beakers accompanied by the TOZD orange cup. Depending on the way you like your coffee, you are the “chemist.” You can have is straight up, by pouring the coffee into your cup and drinking as is. You can dilute it with some hot water, think warm Americano. Lastly, you can chill the coffee with the ice water and sip an iced coffee along the waterfront. What a great idea from TOZD because if you don’t like your coffee, it’s because you don’t know the “science” of your coffee palate…not because of their delicious cold brew. 😉

Which of these coffeehouses are your favorite? How do you like your coffee? Let’s experiment!

4 Smart Coffee Spots for a Zagreb Coffee Break

Coffee culture has always been particularly strong in Zagreb, not just in flavor but in society. People value a good strong espresso, cappuccino or latte in a ceramic mug rather than an overpriced sweet “coffee” drink that they take away as they walk through town. People want to chat or do business in a relaxed way, sitting at a café with a delicious cup of locally roasted coffee. While in Zagreb, there are four coffeehouses that make me want to come back, so here’s my list!
eliscaffeEli’s Caffe
Locals come here for great coffee, located on the most prominent street of Zagreb, Ilica. This is not only a coffee bar, but also a coffee roaster. Owner Nik Orosi is a pioneer in the field of all things coffee, sourcing coffee from specific producers and roasting it himself for maximum freshness and flavor. Eliscaffe coffee brand is available for purchase, which is where I get my supply every time I am in town – convenient for true addicts. Eli’ s Cafe is known as “no logo, just taste!”, and it just opened its second location.

cogito-coffeeCogito Coffee Shop
At Cvjetni trg, you can have coffee in countless cafes, but if you look closely you’ll find excellent coffee in a small café, hidden in a passage and decorated in an industrial, hipster-style. Cogito Coffee Shop make truly amazing coffee. The concept was devised by two Matijas, who were frustrated that there were not enough coffee roasters in town, so one of the Matijas opened a roasters in Jurja Žerjavića Street, right next my next favorite coffee shop called Cafe u Dvorištu, which was opened by the other Matija.

u-dvoristeU Dvoriste
U Dvoriste is situated in a quiet backyard setting in the center of a building block. Immediately next door, there’s a small roastery – Cogito Coffee Roasters – where you can see where your coffee was roasted. You can enjoy a delicious coffee with milk or even a cup of aeropress coffee, as well. Naturally, they also sell their coffee – either in bean or ground version. Do you know why Cogito Coffee blend is called “Tesla”? Because their location actually used to be a lightbulb factory.

42-coffee-co42 Coffee Co.
In the cozy ambient of 42 Coffee Co., located on (old) Vlaška, they serve top-notch coffee and guarantee pure pleasure. The lovely barista will chat with you about all the wonders of coffee. Industrial decor paired with a giant community table with a dog-friendly environment, and you have yourself a winning combination.

chocolat-041Honorable Mention: Chocolat 041
There are few reasons why locals love this place. First it is owned by once very famous football player Zvonimir Boban; Second, decoration is unique with lamps made of old cassettes, chairs look like big puzzle toy or old chairs taken from high school classrooms. This place is fun for the WHOLE FAMILY when you are wanting coffee but need something for your kids to enjoy, too. The ice cream is superb, and the range of irresistible cakes – all of which are based on chocolate in some way or another – almost guarantees repeat visits. Order a delicious espresso which goes sooo well with chocolate, and you’ll have a sweet experience for the whole family.

Which of these coffeehouses are your favorite? How do you like your coffee?