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Redd Wood – Yountville

December 10, 2012

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Redd Wood.  Favorite breakfast during our Napa trip.  Loved the food, the design, and also its vibe.  Definitely a highlight.  Check it out.

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Digg’s Taco Shop – Dallas

October 25, 2012

So I guess I’m not writing as often as I’d like at the moment, but I am eating.  And at the moment I cannot get enough of Digg’s Taco Shop, right across the street from SMU on Hillcrest.  I would have been there every night had it been around when I was in college.  For those of you around my age–I promise you will not be the oldest person there.   It generally does have its fair share of students, but I also always see families and couples on date night.  Do not miss the brisket tacos, but they also have mahi and vegetarian options in addition to the usual (although still delicious) chicken and beef variations.  We are averaging once a week at the moment.  And we have not even tried the margaritas yet.

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Hiltl – Zurich

October 4, 2012

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Just back from Zurich, and what I wouldn’t do to have a restaurant like Hiltl here at home.  It is the oldest all vegetarian restaurant in Europe, and features a by-the-pound food bar of all sorts of incredible vegetarian offerings.  I could not get enough of the hummus, spring rolls, and fried rice, but there were a lot of other more sophisticated options.  It is a very kid-friendly restaurant, but also has an adult-friendly bar/nightclub on one side.  Yes, they somehow do it all, and it is all good.  So good I went three times in four days.


Start Restaurant – Dallas

August 19, 2012

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Alright loyal readers, I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Really.  The babies and the move and slow internet connections and summer vacation and life.  You know how it is.  I am going to try to get back on my regular post schedule.  So let’s start with some of my favorite finds.  Some new, some old.  Here’s a new restaurant concept that’s time had come.  I was considering starting my own restaurant, simply because I am so tired of all the terribly unhealthy kids’ menus.  Kids pretty much all love chicken.  And it’s almost always fried and who knows what else.  So here is one place where it isn’t.  Start. A fast food restaurant without the “fast food.”  Hormone-free and mostly organic menu options.  A lot of things that relatively health-conscious adults will like (breakfast burritos with cage-free/organic eggs, quinoa salad, veggie/quinoa burger, hummus, grass-fed beef burgers, etc.)  And the kids can eat baked and breaded or grilled chicken without the hormones, or p and jam, or cheese pizza on whole wheat flat bread, etc.  We tried it and had a great experience.  Plus, it’s nicely designed.  Read more here and definitely check it out for yourselves and your kiddos.  Photo from Pegasus News.


Alinea – Chicago

June 26, 2012

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Wow. There is a reason Alinea was ranked the best restaurant in North America, and number 7 in the world.  Eighteen courses of the most creative food combinations and presentations imaginable.  The experience is like going to the theater, where the food is the show.  There’s also incredible wine and champagne pairings and a full staff for each table.  Foodie heaven.  And an experience for your bucket list.  Make reservations months in advance.


Dallas Child May Issue

May 17, 2012

Wow.  It’s been a week already?! I’m obviously a bit behind on posting (and everything else).  Thanks for sticking with me as I get through the new baby phase. And the 3-year-old phase!  In the meantime, you can read about my friend Jenny Kirtland’s beauty secrets, The Gem Juice Bar, and Samudra clutches, in my May page for Dallas Child.

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The Ranch – Las Colinas

May 10, 2012

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Sometimes driving outside your usual 10 mile radius turns out to be a good thing.  The Ranch in Las Colinas is my new favorite concept in the ‘burbs.  Good menu (loved the kobe tacos) and drinks (sipped Texas tea and then champagne).  Lots of indoor and outdoor seating.  Live music on the patio.  Great wait staff.  Kid-friendly.  Happy hour-friendly.  Can accommodate big groups.  Wine and cigar room.  Everyone’s happy here, all around.  Check it out.

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The Foundry and Chicken Scratch – Oak Cliff, Dallas

April 26, 2012

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Here’s where I spent Saturday night.  The Foundry, a hip bar and outdoor concert venue, which is also part of Chicken Scratch, a super casual new restaurant concept by the guys who created one of my other Oak Cliff favorites, Bolsa.  I pretty much loved everything about this dual concept.  It’s a particularly awesome place to enjoy live music when the weather is good: outdoor courtyard with cafe lights and a cool stage, a great indoor/outdoor bar scene, and food available from the accompanying Chicken Scratch.  Chicken (of course) and comfort food sides are the main items on the menu, but they also offer a great quinoa/vegetable salad and hummus.  Read about it here and here.  And go see for yourself.  It’s kid-friendly too!

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The Gem

March 9, 2012

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Attention health-conscious Dallas readers.  While in NYC and LA you can find fresh juice bars on every corner, until now the only Dallas juice bar I’ve known about is inside Whole Foods on Park Lane.  For me that means a lot of time stuck in traffic on Northwest Highway.  But now there is also The Gem, a juice and smoothie bar located inside Duo, the culinary shop and cooking class venue at Inwood and Lovers.   The Gem’s menu consists of all fresh juices, smoothies with protein and other boosts, tea, coffee, and a trio of salads that includes hummus, kale, and quinoa.  Everything I’ve tried so far has been excellent: Green Glow and Ruby Slipper juices, Chocolate Diamond smoothie, and the salads.  Hello, new daily ritual! 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax Cinnamon Chips

March 7, 2012

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These Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax Cinnamon Chips were probably a healthy snack until I devoured the entire bag. Sorry no pretty photo but these things are crazy good, trust me.  Available at Duo in Dallas or online here.


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