Summer is spectacular at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch!

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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!

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Dallas Dinner Date: Mixology class at Steel

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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!

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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 | TheDallasDiva.com

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

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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 …

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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.

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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 | TheDallasDiva.com

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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Vivo 53 modernizes Italian cuisine classics

I finally trekked it out to Fort Worth recently to bite into new Italian eatery Vivo 53. As any good foodie knows, DFW doesn’t really have a ton of quality, classic-Italian eats. It’s a problem! While Vivo 53 isn’t what I call red-checkered-tablecloth, Little Italy food, it does present modern fare from the boot country with pizzazz and delicious tweaks.

A plate of bolognese at Fort Worth's new Vivo 53 | TheDallasDiva.com

From apps and cocktails to dessert, there was a great lot to rave about at Vivo 53, and it’s very much worth the drive west — let’s dig in!

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6 Dallas bars to toast your federal tax status

It’s Tax Day in America! If you’re like a ton of folks, you’re polishing off your return today, if not right now, and maybe even sometime tonight. Whenever you get that tax form in the mail, I say it’s time to celebrate with a beer or cocktail … or several of both!

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To that end, I’ve compiled a handy mini-guide for where to raise a glass in Dallas tonight depending on the result of your 1040: three bars for getting spendy with your refund and three bars that make boozing on a budget easy, if you’ve filed an extension. I’ve even got a bonus for those of you who owe Uncle Sam! Onward!

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Dallas’ second DISH is as splendid as the first

I finally got the chance to check out my new neighborhood DISH — the Cedar Springs original recently birthed a sibling resto in Preston Hollow. This location, helmed by exec chef Andrew Bell, puts the restaurant much closer to me, which only makes it easier for me to enjoy its gustatory delights on any random day! I’ve never had a bad dish (heh) at the original, and definitely wondered, pre-visit, if the offshoot would live up to the expectations set by its predecessor …

Dallas’ second location of DISH restaurant is every bit as splendid as the first! | TheDallasDiva.com

[Disclosure: My visit to DISH Preston Hollow was comped for this piece. My opinions are my own]

Happily, DISH lives up to its promise and throws in a few surprises and cool touches. The first of these is the gorgeous interior design that’s so elegantly bespoke you’ll feel like you’re in a really fabulous furniture showroom. But, alas — there’s food! Oh so much food. But first, the drinks!

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