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Flea Style Dallas Recap

I had the opportunity to attend FLEA STYLE for the very first time last weekend, and it is decidedly not to be missed! Mimosas and a big variety of Texas-based artisans and retailers make for a fabulous time. Hunter and I just purchased our first home, and I’ve realized that moving to a four bedroom ranch style from a tiny (however much loved) downtown apartment requires a lot of new decor.

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Give me all of the Southwestern flair!

I always like to support local companies, and many of these shops also make philanthropy and giving back to the local community a priority. I loved meeting some of the owners and hearing their stories!

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Water Grill

Top of the list: Water Grill

Water Grill: a restaurant so nice I went there twice (in one weekend). The seafood restaurant from California is opening its brand new Dallas location TODAY at 1920 McKinney Avenue. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of both the dinner and brunch menus last weekend and they are absolutely not to be missed.

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Wild Mexican Mahi Mahi Caponata

The restaurant’s interior is cozy and nautical, and the service was wonderful. For dinner, we opted for Blue Point oysters and jumbo lump blue crab cake to start. I enjoyed Mahi on a delicious bed of vegetables, while Hunter indulged in a filet. Of course, we had to try the mac and cheese (it has my approval).

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Super Bowl of Chips and Dip + Baked Jalapeño Poppers

The Super Bowl, AKA day of super snacking. The Carolina Panthers face the Denver Broncos in what is sure to be a delicious day of chilling in jerseys and chowing down on sweet and savory game day treats.

The savory game day snack is my jam, so I have two easy, crowd-pleasing recipes for you:

  1. Tomatillo Avocado Dip from What’s Gaby Cooking
  2. Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers from Skinnytaste 
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Take it from an expert: this dip is the bomb.

There are few things I love more in life than a heaping bowl of chips paired with a bangin’ dip. It’s like diet Kryptonite! There is no limit to the amount of chips and dip I can consume. If you’re like me, just make sure there are a few other people around to help you out. Especially with this dip. It’s addicting AF.

As for the jalapeño poppers – enough said. Everyone loves these things. Crunchy, spicy, creamy, cheesy…you just can’t go wrong. And TBH, love football, but the Super Bowl just wouldn’t be as fun without great food. So let’s get started.

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CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop Favorites

Even with allergies in full effect, there’s one holiday shopping tradition in Dallas that I simply refused to miss out on.

While some enjoy the crowds at NorthPark and the Galleria (and I too will undoubtedly join the masses in crossing off the finishing touches on my Christmas list in the upcoming weeks) the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop provides an ideal one stop shop for local gift giving, complete with prosecco, valet, sweet treats and a wrapping station to round out the experience.

Neighborhood, Jack Mason, Bullzerk, Celebrity Cafe & BakeryJoy Macarons and Dallas Museum of Art are just a few of the vendors that showcased their curated holiday gift selections to eager shoppers on December 6. Pictures with Santa were also available on-site, although I couldn’t convince Hunter to participate in that particular tradition (maybe next year…)

Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Eating, Drinking and Changing Lives with Café Momentum and D Magazine

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Q: What’s better than a 10-course meal expertly crafted by D Magazine’s best new restaurants of the year?

A: Giving back to an organization that makes a huge impact on our community, like Café Momentum.

D‘s annual Best New Restaurants Dinner, held at Café Momentum on Dec. 1,  donated 100 percent of proceeds from ticket sales to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit restaurant, which works with the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department to provide adolescents with job skills, education and employment opportunities; along with equally important mentorship and a positive environment. Read up on the many ways the organization is helping young people here.

But moving on to the FOOD…let’s just say I experienced firsthand the delicious evidence that led D to select these restaurants as Dallas’s best in 2015.

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