Best North Texas Easter Brunches

Our family doesn’t do Easter baskets. To us, too many holidays revolved around sweets and treats, and the holiday itself can lose its meaning. Our Easter tradition is to go to early church service on Easter, and then we head to an amazing brunch, where we talk, laugh and eat ourselves to the point that a nap is required.

Here’s a list of Easter brunches in North Texas that you should make reservations and have fun with your family and friends:
Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill
Addison | Seafood
Enjoy a fabulous 3 course menu specially prepared by Chef Chamberlain for $39.95 per person.

Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House
North Dallas | Steak
Enjoy a fabulous 3 course menu specially prepared by Chef Chamberlain for $39.95 per person.

Grace – Fort Worth
Fort Worth | American
Join Grace for Easter brunch, lunch or dinner. They will be serving our regular menu as well as a few brunch items.

Grain – Hilton Park Cities
Dallas Uptown | Steak
Come join Executive Chef James Music & his culinary team to celebrate Easter Brunch in our Beverly Ballroom for adults at $55 and for children at $27.50.

The Grill on the Alley – Dallas – MY PICK!
North Dallas | Steak
Featuring your favorites including Crab Cake Benedict,Pan Seared Salmon and Roasted Lamb at  $45 for adults and a special kids buffet at $10.

Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill
Addison | Contemporary American
Join them on Easter Sunday!

MAX’s Wine Dive Fort Worth
Fort Worth | American
Please join them for special Easter menu items!

Plano | Steakhouse
Join us for a beautiful three course Easter Sunday Brunch for $44.95 per person.

NYLO Irving/Las Colinas
Irving | American
Hop on over to The LOFT Restaurant this Easter Sunday for a signature Easter brunch by Executive Chef Jeff Lavrenchik. The buffet-style menu will feature options like omelets, beef carving stations and a kids-only buffet for $48.95/adults and $20 for children 12 years or younger and also only $30 for seniors. Children will have a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny and hunt for Easter eggs in the courtyard.

The Second Floor
Dallas | Contemporary American
Buffet favorites, waffle bar, omelets, carving station and 2 egg hunts at $58 Adult and $26 Child, age 5 + under free. Hotel valet parking included. 18% gratuity added.

SÉR Steak+Spirits
Dallas Downtown | Steak
Celebrate Easter Sunday at SER Steak + Spirits where chef Anthony Van Camp has prepared a delicious four-course brunch for $65.

III Forks
Dallas | Steak
III Forks will offer both the Easter Menu and the regular dinner menu Easter evening. The four course Easter meal is $46.95 for adults and $16.95 for children.

Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine
Fort Worth | Seafood
Come enjoy the freshest seafood Fort Worth has to offer. Reservations available for brunch, lunch and dinner. Family friendly dining with an elegant flair.

Final Four Dribbles into Dallas this Weekend

FinalFourDribbleThe Final Four Dribble Refreshed by Coca-Cola will be held on Sunday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. Youth will dribble from Dallas City Hall Plaza to Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to commemorate the 2014 tournament. Participating youth will receive a T-shirt, basketball and free entry into Bracket Town. Register here to avoid the lines! This is a FREE event for youth 18 years and younger!

Sunday, April 6
9:30 a.m. – Registration
11:30 a.m. – Dribble Begins

Start: Dallas City Hall Plaza
Finish: Hall C of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Bracket Town presented by Capital One is the Ultimate Final Four Fan Fest, offering over 350,000 square feet of family-friendly activities. A budget-friendly, four-day indoor interactive event, Bracket Town targets basketball fans and fans of all NCAA sports by offering them a chance to meet legendary coaches and former college stars at exclusive autograph sessions, sign up for daily youth clinics, and participate in a host of sport activities ranging from basketball to lacrosse to hockey and more. The weekend also boasts a variety of unique entertainment including the annual Final Four Pep Rally featuring the bands and cheerleaders from the four participating NCAA teams. Rounding out the weekend experience is the Kings of the Court 3-on-3 Tournament presented by BURGER KING®, open to kids of all abilities and ages – from ages nine to 40+. Purchase tickets here!
FinalFourBracketTown EVENT LOCATION
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center – Halls A-D

Friday, April 4 (Noon – 8 p.m.)
Saturday, April 5 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Sunday, April 6 (Noon – 8 p.m.)
Monday, April 7 (Noon – 7 p.m.)

• $10 – Adults
• $5 – Children ages 3-11, Current College Students with valid ID, Senior Citizens ages 55+ and Military Personnel with valid ID
• FREE – Ages 2 and under.

Lastly, don’t miss your chance to see the girl band, Fifth Harmony, including their single “Miss Movin’ On.”The ticket is FREE with the purchase of a Bracket Town Sunday session ticket. This performance was made possible by AT&T.

Accessible Luxury Celebrates Style and Kids in April

Come enjoy Accessible Luxury on Friday, April 11, 201, beginning 7 PM at Park Place Premier Collection Dealership. It is a wonderful night of cars, fashion, food, cosmetics and jewelry all in one place – a fun upbeat event that benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Tickets may be purchased here, beginning at $125 for a individual ticket or $1,000 for an exclusive VIP couple ticket which includes priority runway show seating for 2, access to VIP hour, test drive of a Luxury vehicle and a Luxury swag bag.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. They strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world. They treat Texas children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders.

Fashion Show by Harriet Kelly Gibbe
Fashion Show emceed by D Magazine’s Kim Elenez and Fashion Blogger Lauren Scruggs

Something for the ladies
Showcasing designer Ray Griffiths
Bubbly | Beauty Room | Front Door Fashion
Lip Impression Reader

Something for the gentlemen
Hot Cars | Hand-Rolled Cigars
Beretta Apparel & Gear

Fine cuisine and a hot scene
Raffle & Big Board | Fashion Sketxh Artist
Social Media Photo Booth | Late Night Dance Party

What a great way to enjoy fashion & help the children in our community!

YesVideo: From Memories to Retelling Stories Digitally

YVStoryTourThese past few months, I have been honored to be a YesVideo Storyteller, their ambassador program. Part of the benefits of being a “Storyteller” is traveling to their headquarters in Santa Clara, California, and take a tour of their facilities. Since 1999, YesVideo has been providing services and programs for families to protect and share generations of memories. They believe in designing products that our own families would enjoy and building processes that we would trust to handle our own irreplaceable memories. First, they started out by mailing customers CD-ROMs, then moved toward mailing DVDs and now making it easy to share the memories via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and NOW even EMBED VIDEOS on your blog. Along with mailing in your “memories,” you can go into a retail drop-off location like Costco and pick up your “stories” within a few weeks.

“YesVideo is the platform for America’s Family Memories,” said YesVideo’s CEO Michael Chang. “17 million tapes will be lost forever this year. YesVideo wants to change this.” YesVideo brings back memories. Their mission is to help families rediscover & share precious moments held on old film reels, VHS tapes,etc. They currently have 1.8 million video in their YesVideo Cloud, which is connected with Amazon Cloud. Did you know that 125 million minutes of video securely via the cloud with 30% of users are sharing with friends and family? AMAZING!YesVideoBarCodesThe YesVideo tour, given by VP of Operations Lisa McCabe, began at the beginning of where “your stories” enter the facility, the loading dock. From the moment they receive your memories, YesVideo understands that you are entrusting us with your precious and irreplaceable “memories.” They assign ever videotapes, etc with a barcode. They take this responsibility extremely seriously and treat your memories as we would treat our own, like gold. So much, that they have installed tons of video cameras in the facilities to ensure the security and safety of each “story.”YesVideoReelsThe video transferring begins of your media. It is truly amazing to see all the reels going. The sounds bring me back to my childhood. 🙂
YesVideoEditingThen, it moves to editing, where they use an algorithm to make chapters in “your stories.” Each chapter a picture is grabbed to be put on your DVD cover.YesVideoLisaMcCabeThen, the edited videos are burnt on your DVD and placed in the YesVideo Cloud. Did you know that YesVideo has the greatest number of VHS players than anywhere in the world?! If you want to donate yours, they are always accepting more. 😉YesVideoPlayersDuring the last step called “Order Fulfillment,” YesVideo brings up your order record and the system lists all of the items that correspond to your order. This list consists includes your original media, DVD disks and cover sheets for the DVDs. We complete the inventory of your order by scanning the barcode on each item in your order. This ensures that we have the correct DVDs matching to each piece of original media. Once YesVideo has fulfilled and sealed your order, it is boxed up and shipped back to you via UPS.YesVideoPackingI personally want to thank the great YesVideo host and hostess of the mostest, Eber Legarreta and Sharleen Reyes. You know how to show people great food and fun places in the Bay area. I also want to thank CEO Michael Chang and VP of Operations Lisa McCabe for taking time out of their busy schedules to show us what makes YesVideo the place where the world should be bring their Family Videos. Thank you!

Belk Grand Opening at Galleria Dallas Benefits Susan B Komen

BelkGrandOpeningThe Belk Dallas Grand Opening Charity Event will benefit Susan G. Komen and will celebrate Modern. Southern. Style. Meets Texas in a one-of-a-kind experience. Admission to the April 3 charity event is available by making a $50 online donation to Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink® by visiting The goal of the event is to raise $50,000 to benefit the Dallas County and North Texas Affiliates of Susan G. Komen. The funds raised will help support those in the fight to save lives, as well as, educate local residents about breast cancer risk factors, the importance of early detection and the resources available to them. This is in addition to the $125,000 commitment Belk will present to five community partners, Junior League of Collin County, Junior League of Dallas, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and YWCA Dallas, at the official ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 9.

What makes this Belk different from the other ones in Texas? The huge fashion selection of designers like Vince Camuto, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein to name a few.

Belk will open its doors at the Galleria Dallas on March 29, 2014. The company will celebrate the opening of its Galleria Dallas store with several events, including a grand opening celebration on April 9. Designer Karen Kane and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are scheduled to make personal appearances that day. Lucy Dang, Southern Designer Showcase winner, will host a dress party with Belk on April 11. On April 13, Belk will host an Engagement Party to showcase the store’s extensive offerings for wedding registries. As part of its community outreach program, Belk will host a ticketed Charity Day Sale on May 3. Local non-profits are invited to visit the store between April 9 and April 19 to sign up their organization. Participating charities will have the opportunity to raise money for their organization while private sales customers save between 20 to 70 percent off purchases store-wide.

· Celebrity appearance by Nashville star and Belk brand ambassador Hayden Panettiere

· Take home a keepsake photo of you with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

· Spot some of our special guests such as the Belk brothers, Tim (CEO) and Johnny (COO), Arlene Goldstein (Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction), Nancy Brinker (founder of Susan G. Komen), Pat and Emmitt, Jake Pavelka (formerly of The Bachelor) and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman (Southern Living’s editor-in-chief)

· Preview the latest brands now available at Belk Galleria Dallas during a fashion show at 8PM

· Enjoy the sounds of celebrity DJ Lucy Wrubel

· 100% of all donations will benefit Susan G. Komen

· All gala attendees will receive a $25 gift card. Five lucky winners will get $1,000 gift card/shopping spree, and one lucky guest will win an autographed guitar by Blake Shelton!

The Belk Dallas Grand Opening Charity Event, benefiting Susan G. Komen, will take place on April 3 from 7PM to 10PM Tickets are available for a $50 online donation to Susan G. Komen’s Passionately Pink for the Cure.

DFW Breaks for Spring this March + Giveaway

DFWSpringBreakI love this time of the year when the sun shines and the trees start to blossom. I also love it because it means my birthday is just around the corner, but I digress. 😉 In my family’s busy life, Spring Break is one where we do just that – take a break and smell the roses, literally. Don’t stay in your house during your Spring Break! There are so many fun things to do in North Texas, and they don’t have to break the bank. 🙂


On Thursday, March 13, the Dallas Arboretum will host an exclusive screening of the acclaimed Disneynature documentary, Wings of Life,” and the film’s director Louie Schwartzberg will be on hand to talk about the film and answer questions. The event will be held at 7:15 PM at Rosine Hall. Adult tickets are from $10 to the $30, student tickets are $5 and children under six are free. ENTER BELOW TO WIN TICKETS!

Other activities planned for Spring Break week include:

  • Spring Festival Tea, March 10-14
    A favorite during Blooms is the Spring Festival Tea held at the Restaurant DeGolyer by Gil’s Elegant Catering through April 4, 2014. Seatings are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the DeGolyer Tea Room. The price ranges from $47 to $57 per person. Reservations are required. The seated tea is for adults and children ages 13 years and older.
  • Cherry Blossom Viewing, Sunday, March 16, 12:30PM–2:30PM
    Located in the Pecan Grove, this Cherry Blossom viewing has become an annual tradition and the welcome of spring, with special thanks to the Japan American Society. Bring or purchase a picnic, while celebrating spring blossoms and blooms.

Dallas Zoo is offering $5 off your admission with this link (password: DCVB). Purchase and print your discount tickets to bypass the ticket lines and save money this Spring Break! Make it a fun outing for the kids by taking the DART down, eliminating the stress of traffic and parking, plus it shows your GREEN spirit as we approach St. Patrick’s Day. 😉

Remember, Fort Worth Zoo offers  half-priced Wednesdays all year-long…including this Wednesday. Come early. Pack a lunch and make sure to use the Safari Shuttle, which drops you off right at the entrance of the zoo. Fort Worth Zoo is also celebrating the new arrivals, from mountain lion cubs to baby swans to a rhino calf and not one, but two baby elephants.


Join American Girl fans as they move andAmericanGirl2014 twist through “Isabelle’s Dance Jam,” a special event at American Girl Dallas on Wednesday, March 12. Girls will have their moment to shine in the spotlight at this fun, interactive event inspired by Isabelle, American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year. Before the event, girls will learn the moves to “UR Your Own Star,” an original song from the upcoming movie, “Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight.” Fans will then perform the dance live for the camera with other girls at the FREE store event for a chance to appear in a dance video. The final video will debut at the Isabelle movie premieres at American Girl stores in July and online on August 1, 2014. Call 877-247-5223 to reserve your spot!

Dallas Museum of Art has FREE general admission every day and has scheduled an action-packed week of art-making activities, team gallery competitions for families, story times and tours. Enjoy these activities for FREE every day from March 11-14, 2014 during Museum hours. Nothin’ but net! Score a look at the NCAA Championship trophy on public display throughout Spring Break week only at the DMA. Stay out late at the DMA on Friday, March 14 for the Dallas Arts District Spring Break Block Party. The museum will be open from 11:00AM-9:00PM with family friendly activities.

Kimball Art Museum has ongoing studio art projects, family tours, films and other creative activities during Spring Break Art Extravaganza. For the schedule of all activities during this week, click here.

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Spring into Night with SeaWorld San Antonio

SpringintoNightStarting TONIGHT and continuing through March 15, 2014, SeaWorld San Antonio will extend its hours for Spring Break with its “Spring into Night” schedule, including a 20-minute “Sea Lions Tonite” which pokes fun at the park’s daytime shows and attractions and Sesame Street Bay of Play “Block Party.”SeaLionsTonite
LoveSeaLionsToniteAquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ will be the first waterpark in San Antonio to open up its doors for the 2014 season on TODAY. Featuring exciting rides and attractions from the extreme to the serene, Aquatica is the place to be during spring break. Park hours during “Spring into Night” are from 10AM to 10PM. Aquatica park hours are 12PM to 6PM.

Beginning March 21, 2014, all three SeaWorld parks will celebrate its 50th year with a sea of surprises that includes new interactive experiences and shows, even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park and the SeaWorld Surprise Squad treating guests with prizes and special experiences every day.

Disclosure: SeaWorld Antonio selected be to be a “Wildside Blogger,” which provided my family with an annual pass for SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio. This post was not reviewed by a 3rd party. All opinions are mine and may not reflect those of the company. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All photos are mine and subject to copyright.

Rio Star Grapefruit & Quinoa Salad

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Did you know that red grapefruit is state fruit of Texas? Texas Red Grapefruit are sweet, juicy and tree-ripened, literally stored on the tree to peak of perfection. Rio Star combines the two reddest varieties – Rio Red and Star Ruby grapefruit. It has an overall blush on the exterior peel with a deep red interior color which is 7 to 10 times redder than the Ruby Red. Rio Star grapefruits are in season from late October to early May.

1 Texas Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
1 Texas Orange, sectioned
8 thin slices fresh ginger
1/4 cup extra-virgin oil
3/4 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp honey
1 small serrano pepper, minced (with seeds for maximum heat)
2 scallions (both white and green parts), minced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves (substitute parsley if you don’t like cilantro)
Freshly ground black pepper
PeelingRioStar Strip the peel from the grapefruit with a vegetable peeler, taking care not to include the bitter white pith. Warm the grapefruit peel, ginger, and olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. As soon as the oil starts to bubble, after about 2 minutes, remove from heat. Set the oil aside to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and reserve the oil.
Quinoa Meanwhile, rinse the quinoa in a bowl and drain. Put the quinoa in a small saucepan with 1 1/2 water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Set aside off the heat, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and fluff with a fork. Cool.

Segment the grapefruit over a bowl, reserving the segments and juice separately. Whisk 3 tablespoons of the grapefruit juice with the vinegar, honey, and salt to taste in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons of the reserved grapefruit oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a stream to make a slightly thick dressing. Season with pepper to taste.

Toss quinoa with the dressing, chiles, scallions, carrots and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.GrapefruitQuinoa

3 Stacks Adds More Comfort Seating to Their Comfort Food

Trace in new roomThe smoked meats at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House may be cooked “low and slow,” but they will now be served up hot and fast! As I have mentioned before, they know how to smoke their meat and leave you completely satisfied when you leave. 🙂 After a 3-week renovation, 3 Stacks invited me for a media lunch to see their newly designed space that allows them to now offer a full-service experience to their customers.

The cafeteria-line portion of the restaurant has been removed to make way for additional booths and tables and a new merchandising area has been created behind the hostess stand to provide customers with the opportunity to purchase rubs and sauces created from Trace “The Rib Whisperer™” Arnold himself.TraceArnoldA few new dishes have recently been added to the menu including:

Fried Dill PicklesFriedPicklesCheese FriesCheese FriesCowboy Cobb SaladCowboy Cobb SaladBrisket CheesesteakCheesesteakBBQ Cuban SandwichBBQ Cuban

3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
4226 Preston Rd
Frisco, TX 75034

Warm Citrus Bake

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This is a great dish to get your kids in the kitchen! My daughter at first said that she didn’t like grapefruit. That was until she made this dish and tasted it. Now, I have a Texas grapefruit fan. 🙂

2 Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
2 Texas Oranges, sectioned
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter, softened

In a medium bowl, combine grapefruits, oranges and pineapple. Transfer to a 1-quart broiler-safe casserole dish or ramekins. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; sprinkle over fruit. Broil 4-inches from heat for 5 to 6 minutes until sugar is bubbly and fruit is warmed. Serve warm.WarmCitrusBake