Love tacos? Get thee to Tacolandia!

Tacolandia festival comes to Dallas! |

In a land of tacos and the people who are rabid about them comes a new taco festival joining the lineup of signature events from the Dallas Observer. Tacolandia arrives in Dallas for its inaugural run on Oct. 17, bringing tastes of all manner of tacos to Dallas City Hall Plaza. In addition to showcasing eats ranging from authentic street tacos to contemporary tacos, Tacolandia will host live music acts, offer cash bars selling beer and cocktails, and give out awards to the best tacos of the event.


Chef Rick Bayless wows Negra Modelo dinner crowd

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Ed. note: Due to my recent excursion to Colorado, I was unable to attend what sounded like an epic beer and culinary event led by Negra Modelo beer and globally known chef Rick Bayless. Happily, my occasional movie contributor, Josue, was able to attend in my stead and has a delicious-sounding recap of the Trinity Groves event from last week. Dig in! Thanks I hate you for attending, Josue!


Summer is spectacular at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch!

Vacation #resort in Colorado |

It’s summer, y’all! That means it’s time to travel. Resorts are among my favorite getaways, because of the multitude of great things you can partake of without even leaving the property: spa visits, pool time, great dining and all manner of events and activities onsite and in surrounding areas. If you’re looking for all of the above a quick flight from Dallas, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Colorado has got you covered!


Dallas Dinner Date: Mixology class at Steel


Welcome to the first post in what I hope becomes a very useful series for my chickadees out there in the dating pool: the Diva’s Dallas Dinner Dates!

As you may have observed from following me, I dine and drink around town A LOT, and in my excursions, I run into a ton of great local spots that’d make terrific settings for a date. I also get daily notices of great dining and drinking events that would be an ideal date for foodie couples. And now I’m happy to share all this fabulous info with you! Read on to find out more about my first-ever foodie date recommendation!


Dallas Restaurant Recap: BBBop Seoul Kitchen

I’d long heard raves about Korean eatery BBBop Seoul Kitchen on Upper Greenville, but I’ve never been. Well, now that Dallas restaurant has birthed a new fast-casual concept that keeps the original’s Korean-fusion flair, this time at a modern spot on booming Lower Greenville.

Dallas Restaurant Recap: BBBop Seoul Kitchen |

I got to check out an array of menu items on a recent visit; here’re some highlights …


Dallas Restaurant Recap: Twenty Seven

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I went to Twenty Seven for my birthday a couple months back, to immerse myself in chef David Anthony Temple’s new Deep Ellum digs. For newbies, chef DAT, as he’s popularly known, grew famous for his series of fun underground dinners that always seemed to be a tip of the hat to his past homes, particularly Hawaii and New Orleans. In Twenty Seven, the chef has dug his roots into a permanent spot – a cozy, little spot off Malcolm X (and the site of my own one-off underground dinner a few years back!). The nightly dining experience comprises two seatings: a three-course meal at 6:15 p.m. for $60 per person and an 8:30 p.m. six-course chef’s tasting for $90 per person. Here are some hits and misses from my visit …


My tour of Austin bars and restaurants

Recently, I went to Austin for a visit, and, let me say, I fell in love with our neighbor down I-35 all over again! It’d been about four years since I’d really torn up the town, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m happy to report that the city is as fun, vibrant and quirky as I lovingly remembered.

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There’s hot new stuff popping up all over town; I could hardly keep up! But here’s a rundown of what I DID get into; voila, my travel recap of my eats and drinks in Austin.


Why Culinaria is worth the trek to San Antonio

You should know by now that I adore San Antonio a ton: Our neighbor to the south has grown by leaps and bounds in just the two years that I’ve been visiting for cocktail conferences and resort visits.

Previewing Culinaria Festival Week, a food and drinks extravaganza in San Antonio |

Now I’m about to head back to check out Culinaria Festival Week, a food and drink extravaganza that sounds like an epic Alamo City delight. The nonprofit organization brings together a food truck party, tequila tasting, wine dinners, burger-and-beer fest and more in one four-day weekend of festivity from May 13-17.

While Festival Week isn’t the only foodie event that Culinaria puts on, it’s possibly the most varied and sounds like it’d make a worthy, action-packed weekend trip from Dallas. Read on to learn more!


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