Archive | October, 2011

2011 TX State Veggie Fair | The 2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair at White Rock Lake

18 Oct

..Have we got a Fair for you!.. presents The Texas State Veggie Fair on Sunday, October 23rd!! The 2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair is back! Come enjoy a wide array of environmentally friendly as well as animal friendly vendors from 11am to 6pm at Winfrey Point – White Rock Lake. There will be Vegan Food sampling, carnival games, guest speakers, live music and entertainment. And guess what else? You get in Absolutley FREE!!

Just when you thought the State Fair of Texas overdid it with the Fried Foods, The Texas State Veggie Fair comes along with their Vegan Fried Foods competition! If you’re interested in applying yourself click here. One must prepare at least 5 servings of their fried food item, use ONLY and ALL vegan products (no milk, eggs, cheese, etc). Honey can’t be used either. There is a $100 prize for the winner! The entry fee is $15. (Just because we’re the “Fried Food Capital” of Texas doesn’t mean it always has to be fatty unhealthy fried food.)

Enjoy guest speakers for the 2011 Texas State Veggie Fair (I keep wanting to call it Vegan Fair). Julieanna Hever, Nathan Runkle, Nicole Sopko, Maria Miller Wolfson and Amber Shea Ford will present intriguing topics on vegan cooking, lifestyle, health & fitness. Read up on some of the outstanding speakers here.

You just might consider the main attraction of The 2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair to be the FOOD! If that’s the case, be on the lookout for vegetarian/vegan eateries like Hail Merry, Gennarino’s, Spiral Diner, NadaMoo!, Holy Kombucha, Denton Vegan Cooperative, Little Eden Baker and Jackaklope Mobile Kitchen. Sometimes you have to really look for a good vegetarian restaurant in the DFW but now you can get some of the best ones all in one location! In addition to the restaurants listed above, food sampling at the Veggie Fair will be available from: Gardein, Honest Tea, Sophie’s Kitchen, Starlite, Tofurky, Upton’s and WayFare.

Hit the Fair veggie style this weekend! You can jump for joy or skip for soy! Celebrate healthy living and an animal friendly lifestyle with other North Texans at the 2011 Texas State VEGGIE Fair. Make up for all those fatty fried foods you ate at Fair Park and bring your appetite to White Rock Lake on October 23rd for plenty of green and organic protein!

Winfrey Point – White Rock Lake
950 East Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

Food Truck Smackdown Dallas

16 Oct

The newest growing trend in DFW seems to be to sell your food hot from four wheels! More and more food trucks are popping up in the city! On October 21st, all of the local food trucks come together for the Food Truck SmackDown! The DFW food trucks and carts competition has numerous trucks vying for awards like Favorite Concept, Favorite Food and Overall Winner. Some of the participating businesses for the Inaugural Food Truck Smackdown include Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Gennarino’s, Enticed Shaved Ice, Jackalope Mobile Vegan Kitchen, Nammi Truck, So-Cal Tacos and Squeals on Wheels. That’s just who has been confirmed so far, but I’m sure more are registering as we speak! In fact, if you or a friend of yours owns a Food Truck or cart, you might consider looking into it.

Better have one of these! Dallas Mobile Food Permit

If any tickets happen to be left for the 2011 Food Truck Smackdown, they can be purchased here, while a limited amount will be available at the door. The main event will be from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on Friday, October 21st, while the Exclusive Preview starts one hour before (6:30pm). VIP Tickets give you access to the private happy hour at 6:30 with specialty drinks, 5 drink tickets, an eco-friendly swag bag from Yelp, a preview of the night’s events and all benefits included in the regular ticket. If you didn’t know what a regular $75 (non-refundable) ticket covers, that includes: sampling each food truck’s dishes, voting for the winners, 3 drink tickets and entertainment by The Duo of Domino Effect. (Yelpers get reg tix for $50) Valet parking is available for $5.

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The Food Truck Smackdown benefits the World Water Crisis. All proceeds will go to a comprehensive water project in Kicukiro, Rwanda. Ten for 10, sponsor of the Food Truck SmackDown in Dallas, is an all-volunteer 501©3 For Impact organization whose primary mission is to provide clean drinking water to people in Sub –Saharan Africa. Comprised of 3 local Dallas residents who share a passion for both food, non-profit work and fun, Ten for 10 raises awareness through direct donations, dinner parties, social events and other fundraisers to help combat the water crisis. Visit their website to learn more:

Feed the Food Trunk frenzy of DFW and support a great cause at the 2011 Food Truck SmackDown which will be taking place at Sunset Lounge on Ross! Gather ’round the ring for the battle of the Best Food Carts and feed your tastebuds with the most impressive meal on wheels!

Sunset Lounge
3030 Ross Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

West Plano Family-pa-looza Benefiting Minnie’s Food Pantry

16 Oct

October 30th brings a FREE event that will benefit Minnie’s Food Pantry and give the family something fun to do for about 3 hours. West Plano Family-pa-looza is like Double Dare meets Fall Festival. Enjoy bounce houses, obstacle courses, carnival games, interactive games, rock wall, slides, face painting, crafts vendors and other outdoor entertainment from 3pm to 6pm on Sunday, Oct. 30th. West Plano Family-pa-looza will take place in the fields located between Gulledge Elementary and Robinson Middle School. Click here to see the entire list of activities you can expect.

The event’s beneficiary, Minnie’s Food Pantry, is a nonprofit organization that provides free quality food to feed families in need. Minnie’s Food Pantry distributes protein sources like meat (frozen or canned) peanut butter, fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and non-perishable items to clients. Eligibility to receive food is determined by the federal income guidelines which base a person’s need on their income. Every two weeks Minnie’s Food Pantry provides a free supply of emergency groceries per household for residents who do not have enough food because of their lack of resources to purchase it. Five dollars and forty cents can feed a family of four for a week. Non-perishable food items will be accepted at Familypalooza but monetary donations can go even further. Support Minnie’s Food Pantry at West Plano Family-pa-looza (Sunday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm) and ‘Just Feed One, while having some fun’!

*Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase soon. All proceeds from West Plano Family-pa-looza go to Minnie’s Food Pantry.

If you can’t make the festival,
you can still donate to Minnie’s Food Pantry online.

(Between Gulledge Elementary and Robinson Middle School)
6800 Preston Meadow Drive
Plano 75024

Uptown Village’s Fall Fest & Trunk-or-Treat

9 Oct

Uptown Village keeps the party “live” in Cedar Hill! There’s never a month that passes without some exciting event for Village shoppers/visitors. This month the “Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat” will be taking place on Halloween weekend, October 29th. The Village Green will be a pumpkin patch where different activities will occur, while Trunk or Treat will be behind the new Black-eyed Peas restaurant in their parking lot. What’s October without a great Fall Festival? Incomplete. Slap on some costumes and load up the kiddos (and doggies) for face painting, balloon art, pumpkin decorating, seed spitting, a pie eating contest as well as a Dog Costume contest! (Uptown Village has a thing for pups) Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat begins at 5pm on Saturday and lasts until 9pm.

The Village Green transforms into a Pumpkin Patch

It’s a great safe alternative for going trick-or-treating door-to-door, especially the Trunk or Treat which is brought by Midlothian Classic Wheels. They’ll have the scariest yet coolest looking cars over in the Black-eyed Peas parking lot fully equipped with treats! (If you don’t trust the neighbors might as well go for the trunks of some old classic cars right? lol KIDDING…It’s safe.) All the Village Green activities mentioned above will go from 5 to 7pm, and the Trunk or Treat is from 6 to 9pm.

Bring a camera if you like as the Village Green will be decorated just right for some great family shots and fall photos of the tiny tots with the pumpkins. Don’t get uneasy about suspect trick-or-treating plans. Just make a night of it over at Uptown Village’s Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat Saturday, October 29th!

WORLDFEST 2011 Addison

9 Oct

Travel the world in ONE weekend for FREE!! WORLDFEST in Addison grows a little more each year! On October 22nd and 23rd, Addison Circle Park will host WorldFest, a diverse culture festival celebrating all of the cultural communities that make up our metroplex. The Middle East, Africa, Asia, European and even the West Indies islands are represented. You can find cultural food as well as dancers and live performances. One year we went and were out beating drums and dancing with North Texans of all colors, ages and backgrounds. It was really fun. (see pics below)

The 4th Annual Worldfest has partnered with the following organizations for this year’s festival:

Bugarian American Cultural Center “Bulgare”
Consulate General of Mexico
Council of Ghanaian Associations – DFW
DFW Asian-American Citizens Council
Italian Club of Dallas
Maharlika Dancers, USA/La Creme Ensemble
Maison de l’Artisan – Kingdom of Morocco
Romanian Food Festival DFW
Polish American Foundation of Texas
Turkish American Association of Northern Texas

Worldfest is produced in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

At Worldfest you’ll find an International Marketplace divided in sections according to regions. Each region will feature exotic items from around the world, including clothing, fashion accessories, décor, art and more. Berlitz Language classes will also be offered at the festival. WorldFest is great for the little ones! The Kid’s Activities and Global Games at WorldFest will give children a hands-on intro to global cultures through arts, crafts and exciting games from around the world. On the International Business side of things, the Gobal Business Connection offers a new lecture series presented by WorldFest’s partner, the World Affairs Council, presenting programs throughout the year on a variety of international business topics. Network with professionals from around the globe or right here in North Texas. Come to Addison Circle Park for a cultural experience you and your kids are sure to remember!

Fun at the first ever Worldfest in Addison

Drumming & Dancing at the end of WorldFest '08

Worldfest '09

Worldfest '09

Worldfest '09

Worldfest '09

WorldFest will be open from 12:00Noon- 6:00PM
on Saturday, 10/22 & Sunday, 10/23.
Remember, Admission is FREE!!!

*Parking for Addison Worldfest is available for Free at the NW corner of Dallas Parkway and Arapaho Road.

Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle Drive

*ATMs are also available on site.

State Fair FOODS | The Fried Food Capital of Texas

7 Oct

I know a place where your tastebuds will jump and prance in excitement! A place where suddenly “green eggs and ham” no longer seem so strange, like foreigh food. A place where calories are of no concern. A place where Deep fryers reign the land and the batter never runs dry. A fatty’s, *cough* I mean foodie’s paradise: The State Fair of Texas!!! YES!! *insert Jafar laughter*

We can pretty much agree that FOOD is the #1 attraction to state fairs, and with The State Fair of Texas being the Fried Food Capital, there’s only one guess as to why millions attend each year. Sure the rides make your heart jump into your throat, the shows are eye-catching and the cars will keep your attention for about an hour, but the FOOD will feed a part of your brain reserved only for September 30 to October 23. More than just sustenance, it’s almost a 9th Wonder of the World to see what they’ll come up with next. You walk for miles across Fair Park only because your just that determined to find the fried food item your mind is set on. This year’s new fried food is : FRIED BUBBLEGUM. Is it REALLY bubble gum?? No, more like a marshmallow-y substance. But they still managed to deep fry whatever it is and take home the 2011 award for “Most Creative”. This year’s winner for Best Taste went to the Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack.

New this year: Fried Bubblegum

This year’s Big Tex Choice Awards included the following competitors:


Here’s the list of winners over the last 6 years:

2005 Most Creative Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream
2005: Best Taste Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
2006: Most Creative Fried Coke
2006: Best Taste Fried Praline Perfection
2007: Most Creative Deep Fried Latte
2007: Best Taste Texas Fried Cookie Dough
2008: Most Creative Fried Banana Split
2008: Best Taste Chicken Fried Bacon
2009: Most Creative Deep Fried Butter
2009: Best Taste Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
2010: Most Creative Fried Beer™
2010: Best Taste Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie
2011: Most Creative Fried Bubblegum
2011: Best Taste Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack

See anything you like? Maybe you saw some stuff that you have NEVER EVEN HEARD OF. Well, you’re gonna hear about it at the State Fair of Texas. Besides, isn’t this what the state fair is all about? FOOD!

Fried Buffalo Chicken

I’m going to introduce you to some of the NEW foods to this year’s State Fair. (btw, most of them are Fried) It may be better if I leave the descriptions to your imagination, but then this wouldn’t be as fun right? First up we have Fried Naked Tamalesfresh tamales dipped in egg wash and rolled in masa harina para tamales (whatever that means). Next, Texas Steak Conea flour tortilla cone stuffed with mixed beans, juicy steak, chicken pico, shredded cheese, & sour cream.

Fried Butter

The Heavenly Deep Fried Brownie will have you on Cloud 9 with its bite-sized battered chocolate decadence dusted with powdered sugar and served with chocolate-cherry syrup ambrosia (hold my cherry dressing please). Ever wondered how southern breakfast could be deep fried? Well the answer is in Deep Fried Biscuits and Gravya flaky biscuit filled with gravy and dipped in a light batter. Speaking of Southern, taste the new Deep Fried Southern Hospitality – its combination of seasoned pork, fresh collard greens and hot water cornbread, shaped in a cone and served on a stick will make you always feel welcome in the southernmost state. If that wasn’t enough consider the Praline Sweet Potato Popperssweet potatoes mashed and blended with a mixture of butter, brown sugar, brandy, orange zest, chopped pecans, ginger and marshmallows. Is anyone keeping record of calories yet? Want to give your blood pressure a scare? Get the Fried Pecan Caramel Candy. Sheesh, saying it just gave me a cavity.

Where it all began

This sweet tooth fix consists of flattened caramel candy squares dipped in pecan chocolate batter, topped off with a buttery caramel sauce. Double Fried Chicken Breast Taco – a hand breaded home-style chicken breast wrapped and refried in a flour toritilla, served with either cream gravy or jalapeno ranch dressing. Last but not least, Fernie’s Deep Fried Whole Lotta Chocolatta is a Whole lotta SUGA as takes two slices of Italian bread stuffed with dark chocolate, dipped in egg wash, coated with crunchy bread crumbs and served with a side of Russet potato chips, sprinkled with sea salt and drizzled with a hard white and milk chocolate shell. Now everyone take 5 laps around the coffee table because sitting here reading those descriptions was nearly sinful. I think you may have gained a pound.

Fried this...Fried that..

New Vendors List:

(located on the Midway at the intersection of MLK and Midway)

(located at the intersection of Pike and Fun Way on Fun Way St.)

(located in the Food Court inside the Tower Building)

(located on Fun Way in front of the Lost Children’s Shelter)

(located on First Ave. on the lawn of the Magnolia Lounge across from the Old Mill Inn.)

(located in the Food Court inside the Tower Building)

(located on Pike Street inside the Kids Way Area

(located in Cotton Bowl Plaza)

Click here to find out what each of these vendors serve.

Funnel cake with the works

Enter if you Dare

A personal favorite: Texas sized Nachos

Have your workout plan set for early November because you may be tempted to keep tasting and tasting when the Fried Food Capital sucks you into Jenny Craig and Kirsty Allen’s worst nightmare.

I don’t know how Big Tex keeps his figure with all those Fried Oreos and Cheesecakes surrounding him.

The Aftermath from our table in the food court

After Dark In the Park: River Legacy Arlington – Oct 7-9

6 Oct

Ask yourself one question before the weekend:
Are YOU Afraid of the Dark??

On October 7th, 8th & 9th, River Legacy Park in Arlington will be having their annual “After Dark in the Park” from 5pm to 9pm. It’s basically a family-friendly fall festival for Arlington residents that will cost you about $7.00 per person. At After Dark in the Park one will enjoy starlight strolls, storytelling, karaoke, pumpkin patch, bounce houses and a variety of children’s games, crafts and activities. Going to After Dark in the Park will help any kid fight his or her fear of the dark with all the fun and safe activities that are planned. All proceeds from the three-day event will benefit the environmental education programs of River Legacy Living Science Center. The only way you’ll end up paying more than $7 is if you spend money at some of the concessions, and a few of the activities might incur additional costs. The temperature seems best around this time of night/evening so come out and bring the kids for a fall festival they won’t forget. If you want to bring a flashlight, go for it! But with everything that’s planned for this festival you probably won’t need it, because as dim as it sounds, After Dark in the Park will light up the night with fun that’s far from being fear-ful. The only thing that MIGHT make you pee in your pants is the animated story-telling. NOW who’s afraid of the dark??

River Legacy Park is located at Cooper Street & NW Green Oaks Blvd

River Legacy Park
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
(at Cooper Street)
Arlington 76006

All proceeds will benefit the River Legacy Living Science Ctr

Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market Dallas – Fridays in October

5 Oct

You’re about to have another reason to #TGIF! Every Friday in the month of October the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market will be open for business! What IS that you might ask!? It’s a weekly market located in Downtown Dallas that will have live music, fresh produce, handmade crafts and other cool stuff, all at the fingertips of downtown employees and YOU if you dare to venture downtown on a Friday. Teaming up to sponsor this weekly outdoor October special, if you will, is The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and Downtown Dallas Inc. If you didn’t know already, Pegasus Plaza is located at the corner of Main Street and Akard. To apply be a participating vendor at this market click here. The main purpose of the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market is giving downtown workers an exciting alternative to the normal lunchtime experience. I personally think they’re trying to push people outside of their cubes, into the fresh “fall” air and expose them to the Central Business District. They’re doing this between the hours of 11am and 3pm, just in time for that 3 o’clock slump. Yeah you know how that goes. We’ll see who’s taking extra long lunch breaks every Friday this month. When it comes time to point the finger, blame Downtown Dallas Inc. and Deep Ellum Outdoor Market for the afternoon distractions.

Pegasus Outdoor Market is sponsored by DEOM & Downtown Dallas Inc

Not only is the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market trying to bring people to the streets of their neighborhood, they’re also making an effort to give exposure to their local artists and businesses. How’s that for cultivating an artistic booming community? Deep Ellum is such a unique community itself that it needs the support of people throughout the Metroplex who also share the desire for an alternative to DFW’s mainstream. Here’s some instruction on how to get your own booth and become a vendor.

The Dates for the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market are October 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th. It looks like the Outdoor Market will be back in November & December as well. Check here for future Market Dates.

Now try saying “Pegasus Plaza” 8 times fast! Orrr just head downtown on your lunch break (unless you work in Arlington or Grapevine or something) and enjoy the closest thing we have to our own little “New York City” before you become too tongue tied. I swear, if Dallas doesn’t stop trying to become more downtown busy-city-like…Our New Years Eve celebration is already getting bigger and bigger each year filling the streets of Victory Park. What will they come up with next?! Talking pigeons with New England accents like on Bolt?! Stay tuned….because at this rate, it’s definitely possible.

Stay clicked in for the next market Oct 15th at Indiana Boulevard. Deep Ellum Outdoor Markets will be every 3rd Saturday of the month for the rest of the year!

*Wanna become a DEOM Volunteer?? Click here!

2011 Fall Season of Shakespeare In the Park | Shakespeare Dallas at Addison Circle Park

2 Oct

My first Shakespeare in the Park experience came when I was still in grade school. (either grade school or middle school) An adult friend of ours from church would take a couple of us to Samuell Grand Park each year to see the Junior play they were putting on. Plays like “Hamlet”, “As You Like It”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or “The Taming of the Shrew” resonate in my mind from those summers as a child. (I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly what a couple of them were about then but it was still fun to go and get out of the house and do something different.) We’d pack up some snacks, cold drinks, picnic blankets or mats and of course the OFF! Candle and spray to ward off bugs.

More than a decade has passed and Shakespeare in the Park is still going strong. But they have extended their performances to the Addison Circle area now as well. I may be a little bit older but Shakespeare Festival of Dallas can cater to people of all ages really, especially if you’re seeing it outdoors. From October 5th to October 9th and October 12th through 16th Shakespeare in the Park will be at Addison Circle Park. “Hamlet” will be the featured play this year.

The story of Hamlet

The only difference between Shakespeare Dallas in 2011 and Shakespeare Dallas of the late 90s early 2000’s is now one has to pay $10 for admission. Back in the days we were just encouraged to give donations, but everything was free. (By the way, you can donate to Shakespeare Dallas by clicking here) With it being such a major and recurring production that has so much involved throughout the year, I’m sure costs add it up and finances are required to keep such a successful program running. Click here for Tickets & Group reservations!

A little history for ya: Robert “Bob” Glenn started The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas in 1971 as a FREE summer Shakespeare Festival when inspired by the nature of the New York Shakespeare Festival. This company serves as North Texas’ only producer of an education program that focuses on teaching Shakespeare. By 2005 they branded the organization “Shakespeare Dallas” in order to illustrate the new direction that the company was taking on of “year-round, affordable and accessible programming”. Shakespeare in the Park has three programs it uses to carry out its mission: Shakespeare In the Park outdoor productions, Shakespeare on the Go! Education programs for Grades 3 -12 and Shakespeare Unplugged programs for young adults ages 18 and over. The core of their programs, which began in ’71, started with a one-man version of Hamlet, and over the years this summer tradition evolved. After growing in popularity the company decided to add a second production in its third year and you can imagine how things went from there. If you’ve got a passion for the arts or Shakespeare you can even volunteer, intern or possibly work with Shakespeare Dallas! Check out their website for more info.

One of the Shakespeare Dallas stages

The first few years of my Shakespeare Dallas experiences were kind of HOT. The plays always took place during the summer or at least some point of the year when it was warm, even though the plays were scheduled in the evening and ran after sunset. (Thank God) It’s a relief to know that now you can go when Texas temp’s are just right – October. Addison Circle’s trees help with the shade and cool breeze that will blow throughout the stage area.

This is the way I remember it - Samuell Grand Park

How fitting that 30 years later Shakespeare Festival of Dallas puts on Hamlet performances in 2011 the same way they started out, only with more than one man. It’s probably not a coincidence. My childhood years may be long gone but now Shakespeare might just provide an affordable date night idea in one of my favorite hang-out spots in North Texas. Pack up the coolers, bug spray and picnic mats (wine & cheese if you must) and take your honey or the kids out for an evening of Shakespeare. Even if the play runs a tad bit long (luckily it’s in a park too), your kids won’t forget their time spent with Shakespeare. I know I didn’t.

Addison Circle Park

4970 Addison Circle Dr
Addison, TX 75001

Look for the Blue AC structure and Shakespeare won't be far away

~Entrance Times~

Members Only
Groups, Special Guests, Advance Tickets Holders
General Admission Tickets on Sale at the Park

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