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Be Mine Red Velvet Valentine-Peticolas-Part 3

Peticolas-Rated 4.5 Stars txMB Let me preface this by saying, while the focus of “Be Mine Red Velvet Valentine” is all things red velvet, this beer actually has nothing to do with Red Velvet. However, this very fine brewski made the cut. “Smooth as velvet and hits you like a hammer.” Don’t you wish that was your real life tagline? Unfortunately friends, it’s already taken.  Velvet Hammer is a 9% Imperial Red Ale produced by the fun folks at Peticolas Brewing Company. The most popular brewski of their bunch of beers, this brew strikes a blow. For the beerologists out there you should know Velvet Hammer has 85 IBUs making it a…
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Be Mine Red Velvet Valentine-Patti’s Place-Part 2

Patti’s Place- Rated 5 stars txMB There is a merriment that happens while enjoying the company of a fine cup of Joe. Like the best sort of relationships, it keeps you guessing, and engaged. A great pal, never dull, and undefined by a singular sip. There are layers to its personality. And if you are truly good chums you know what it takes to bring out the very best in Joe, be it a little cream and sugar or absolutely nothing. Patti Snell is a coffee matchmaker. Tell her what you’re looking for in a blend and you’ll know what a coffee soul mate really is. Maybe you will find…
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Be Mine Red Velvet Valentine-The Festive Kitchen-Part 1

The Festive Kitchen-Rated 4.5 Stars TxMB Freshly prepared, packed and ready for the taking. That’s the exquisiteness of The Festive Kitchen. Maybe you are in charge of the office spread and looking for delectable doosies to win over the coworkers. They’ve got it covered. Nice night inside with your sugar foot, the pals, or playing it solo with a full course meal. This too can be done. Everything is made from scratch here, no preservatives. The menus are extensive, filled with plenty of tasty treasures, but on this day we focus on their homage to the velvet which is red. Let us begin with the cookie. Here, the cookie, or…
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Check Out the Pizza on that Cheese

Anvil Pub-Rated 4.5 stars TXmb Cheese is a separate food group. It just is. You can usually count on cheese to make any meal better than it would have been sans cheese. This belief flows right into the world of pizza. Now, let’s be clear, everyone enjoys their pizza a certain way. There’s a whole array of crusts and toppings to choose from, but that’s not what we are focusing on. Today’s lesson is in super thin crust some tasty ingredients and the over powerfully amazing mozzarella that loved them. Anvil Pub is a bar located in Deep Ellum. This bar is greatness because of its high ceilings, dark wood,…
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The Uncle of all Sammiches

Uncle Uber’s- Rated 4.5 stars TXmb [dropcap color=”red-vibrant” font=”georgia” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-4em”]T[/dropcap]urkey Sandwich. You’ve been doing it wrong. For years you’ve been doing it wrong. When you put the words turkey and sandwich together your mouth should break into spas grins, otherwise you’ve been doing it wrong. Thank goodness for an Uncle that teaches us the error in our ways. Uncle Uber’s is a place dedicated to righting the wrongs of bread, meat, bread. Here they take your sandwich knowledge, flip it, fry it, blacken it, cheese it, avocado it, and bacon it until it becomes a Sammich. Like the Smokin Turkey, or a turkey sandwich re-imagined. Thick crunchy slices of…
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A Wok on the Moon at Moon Wok

Moon Wok-Rated 3 Stars Ten bucks. That’s the limit. I folded my little loot, bounced in Old Blue and met my pals at Moon Wok. Arriving a few minutes before them, I took a gander around this place. Not too shabby, but teetering closer to a hole in a wall than a palace. It’s about the food not the ambiance. A massive version of their menu covers one stretch of wall. I grabbed a seat at the booth right above the huge menu. Reading it, I grinned with glee. I tucked at the wrinkled bill in my coat and realized I had more than enough for a feast. Once my…
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Piefection at Emporium Pies

Emporium Pies- 5 stars TXmb When someone tells you there’s a pie shop somewhere, you pay attention. Not surprisingly I was all ears after being told about the Emporium Pies located in Bishop Arts. Emporium Pies has to be one of the MOST darling little places that ever existed. A house turned into a pie shop, the space is cozy and quaint with cutie pie waitress kindness to boot. Even the menus are printed on pretty glossy floral stock. It’s overwhelmingly wonderful. And the pie is sort of extraordinary. Changed seasonally, their confections contain no artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oils, dyes or corn syrup. A slice will run you 5 bucks, but if…
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Black Swan Saloon; the Birth of Cool

[dropcap color=”color-default” font=”arial” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-5em”]S[/dropcap]porting jeans, a baseball cap, and a black and white[dropcap color=”color-default” font=”arial” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-5em”][/dropcap] t-shirt reading FUCK WITH ME and inked arms, Gabriel Sanchez makes brisk movements through his establishment. He whacks away at pineapples, shedding the hulls and cubing chunks with such rhythmic swiftness it’s mesmerizing. “Honestly, people have done it before me and will continue to do it after me. It’s not something that I made up at all. But if you do it right, it’s difficult. You have to cut the fresh fruit every single week and drain it. There’s a lot of steps involved, but it’s good. ” Gabe explained. Once he’s…
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Campfire Coffee at Bolsa

Bolsa-4.5 Stars txMB Two chilly chickadees chasing warmth on a particularly brisk December day in Dallas decided to try their luck in the Bishop Arts District. Sick of seeking a fireplace for heat, they chose booze for the bones at Bolsa. Inside, it was inviting and endearing. They picked up their chatter about life, and all that it entails and ordered a few cozy cocktails. To their wonderful delight, they came out just right. Great Campfire Coffee, cleverly composed with , whipped cream, brown simple syrup, cayenne pepper, and a few shots of Irish Whiskey. Laughing and sipping away, they realized that this had been a wonderful and giddy December…
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What’s Pho Breakfast?

Vietnam Restaurant Bar and Grill- 4.5 stars  Teeny tiny shorts, my most awesomest UT sweatshirt, and shin splitting tennis shoes were my attire of choice for lightly jogging in 40 degree weather. Pushing little by little just to get through a couple of miles, I stared down at my freezing cold thighs and immediately craved something warm. It had been months, and the need was getting to be a bit much. Hustling through the two miles, I hoped in Old Blue, and headed down Bryan Street. When the rest of Dallas is pushing eggs and bacon to hungered breakfast goers at 9 AM, Vietnam is serving pho. You can imagine…
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