On March 22, you’re invited to get your run on at SHAPE magazine’s ladies-only 5K called the Diva Dash. I’ll be there!
“What’s a ladies-only run?” you may ask yourself. In the case of the Diva Dash, it’s scads of women participating in an obstacle-dotted course, most of them running in teams and tons of them TRULY getting into the spirit with fun and funky costumes and team uniforms. We’re talking tutus and camo, arm bands and matching tights! It’s meant to be an empowering bonding event with a healthy serving of fitness.
I’m in training mode so that I can get my jog on at least for part of the 5K — I mean, as a Diva, I gotta make a halfway decent showing, wouldn’t you say? Interested in trying your hand at the 12-obstacle path? I can help! If you register here with the promo code AXBLOG, you’ll save $10 of the $65 entry fee. Need even more motivation to join? Every registered runner is entered to a five-night stay in Aruba at Blue Residences Aruba!
The Diva Dash takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Santa Fe Trestle Trail at 2295 S. Riverfront Blvd. Get to the registration website quick to pick your start time (waves take off between 9 and 10:45, with the 9 a.m. one being the competitive wave with medals for top finishers), as a few waves are already sold out. Hope to see you dashing, diva!Read the rest
Tomorrow night, my friend, gifted visual artist Justin Adu, is hosting what promises to be a memorable mingling of the arts in celebration of under-the-radar heroes of black history.
“Unsung Changemakers” is an art and film exhibition at the Angelika Dallas that Justin has brainstormed that’ll not only feature his art (under the name Adu) but also musical performances by QMoore Music and DJ Wild In The Street, a raffle of apparel from Cantoinette Studios. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and happy hour drinks will precede a special premiere showing of “Unsung Changemakers,” a short film directed by Adu that spotlights the road to greater freedoms paved by brave black leaders of decades past.
Eats, drinks, music and a healthy taste of important cultural history? Sounds like the makings of a fabulous night — and it’s all free! RSVP for the 5:30 p.m. event here, and make sure to arrive early — the first 50 people to land get a free Nelson Mandela tribute print! And if you see me mixing and mingling in the crowd, pop over to say hey!Read the rest
I was recently invited to explore and partake of the luxurious goodness in every corner of American Express’ new Centurion Lounge at DFW Airport, and let me tell you, chickadees, it was Ahh-MAY-zing!! From landing to leaving, this Diva was immersed in head-to-toe relaxation.
Centurion Lounge is a sprawling space in its own second-floor corner of Terminal D. After being picked up by hired driver and delivered to the airport, we were whisked (and thankfully not frisked!) through security up to the Centurion Lounge. I walked in, and all was light, bright, airy … with a view!
Those of us gathered to check out the space got the rundown: For $50, AmEx members (entry is complimentary for Centurion and Platinum cardholders!) gain access to plenty of room to work, relax, eat and drink. Included in that entry rate is a sprawling buffet of chef-crafted food from Dean Fearing …
… complimentary body treatments from a phenomenal staff at an in-lounge Exhale Spa. YES, child …
… a full bar featuring a wondrous cocktail program by NYC star mixologist Jim Meehan …
… a make-your-own espresso bar …
… even a shower!
There’s also a kiddie play room, cozy chairs for lounging such as this one …
… as well as luggage lockers, plenty of outlets for hooking up devices AND front-desk reps who are there to cater to extra special services you may need. Let me tell you, if I were stuck at DFW during this Icepocalypse, I’d whip out my AmEx card in a heartbeat and chill out at the Centurion Lounge for sure. Heck, even on a regular day, the wealth of services available make it totally worth it to arrive a few hours early to soak in the pampering at the Lounge. If you’re gonna travel, I say kick off your trip in style. But remember — membership has its privileges at the Centurion Lounge, and only AmEx cardholders are allowed!
After an evening of spa treatments (ask for Kathy if you’re ever at the Lounge’s Exhale Spa OR at the Hotel Palomar’s!), noshing on Chef Fearing’s cuisine and sipping on fantastic beverages, my hired car came to whisk me back to reality. I can’t wait to visit the Centurion Lounge again!Read the rest
The Fashionistas and CultureMap Dallas are presenting an evening packed with festivity and elegant looks from two rising Dallas designers. The creations of Lucy Dang and Danh Ta will be on display at tomorrow night’s Fashion Friday at Fedora in the One Arts Plaza, 8 to 10 p.m. RSVP at email@example.com, and raise a glass to high style!Read the rest
So this happened last night … not just me posing with a drunk werewolf!
The People’s Last Halloween went down last night at the People’s Last Stand, and it was a tremendous time! The Mockingbird Station bar was packed with costumed revelers, enjoying complimentary eats and ghoulishly good drinks and grooving to DJ Blake Ward’s phenomenal set of spooky-themed music. One gal even performed all the steps to MJ’s “Thriller” dance!
Overall, it was an epic time, and I’m happy about all my chickadees who came out to support and have a blast. Thanks and much love to you all … XOXORead the rest
I had the chance to sample Savor, the sleek new Klyde Warren Park-adjacent restaurant with glorious views of the downtown greenspace and skyline. Needless to say, the ambience is vibrant here — floor-to-ceiling windows all around lend the space a light and airy feel, as do the sexy thangs that populate the room, no doubt curious about the new resto that’s been in the works for months.
Seeing as I do Sunday yoga mere steps from Savor, I feel like I’ve watched it grow up, childlike, right before my eyes. This baby — which calls itself a gastropub — delivers New American standards in a setting I’d call more lounge-like than anything else. It’s ideal for hot dates and girlie get-togethers, whether at the curvaceous bar or on the patio watching contented Klyde Warrenites saunter by.
At a recent media dinner, highlights began with the fruity, gingery Savor Cup cocktail (top) a tantalizing mix of Stoli, strawberry, rosemary and honey. How refreshing!
Although I’ve never much liked raw tomatoes, I ate every bite of my tomato burrata salad (below) — watermelon chunks added a cool brightness to the plate, and a mole verde was wonderfully piquant, especially with the burrata. Mmmm. Kudos on the delightful plating, too.
A chile-braised short rib needed a tad of salt to cut through its fat as well as the cream of the sinfully delicious aged cheddar mac it sat on top of (below). Otherwise, it was a tummy-warming, perfect-for-fall plate.
An assortment of desserts arrived for sampling, and among them my favorite by far were the Salty and Sweet Pudding and the candy bar-like Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bite.
While Savor’s price point is a little high for me to make it a regular hang, it’s too splendid of an atmosphere not to visit for a treat. I can definitely see myself lounging on the patio for the occasional cocktail and soaking up the scintillating park energy.
Note: A couple paces from Savor’s back door is Relish, an affiliated gourmet burger stand spun off from a popular food truck
I used to gorge at right after yoga. Go. Have the mushroom and truffle burger with Old Bay fries. Thank me next time you see me.
Max’s Wine Dive is unveiling its fall menu, and the chicken-and-wine haven is clearly in lust with all the flavors and produce of the season, based on what I sampled last week.
The dinner started with my diving into a plate of chicken fried brussels sprouts (above), including a romesco sauce and parmesan version that tasted like veggie parm.
The new menu’s highlights include a pumpkin and squash mezzaluna — half-moon pasta filled with sauteed pumpkin and afloat in a sage butter sauce with pepitas and ham (below). The pasta absolutely melted on the tongue and was much lighter than I expected. The crispy ham on top added a great saltiness that cut through the rich sauce and brought terrific textural interest.
Another standout that was much less traditional is the peanut butter and jelly eggrolls filled with — get this — veal sweetbreads (below)! Somehow, the mix of Asian peanut sauce, local fruit gel and veal bits wrapped in a wonton skin and fried to perfection worked splendidly.
Finally, what’s a fall menu without a superb short rib? Max’s demonstrates the requisite tenderness, served over garlic mashed potatoes and carrots in a red wine-veal stock sauce (below).
Other delights include diver scallops over sweet-spicy Texas caviar and the Never-Smoked Smoked Salmon with chunks of fish prepared in bacon fat (!!!). Sounds like autumn’s a prime time to pop over to Max’s …Read the rest