All about Iron Fork … and a ticket giveaway!

Dallas foodies, get yourselves to the 2015 Iron Fork food festival and chef challenge! | TheDallasDiva.com

Get your tastebuds ready, my friends: Chef Kent Rathbun’s food-tasting and drinks-sipping extravaganza, Iron Fork, is back and set to light up Fair Park’s Centennial Hall on April 29. With a slew of some of the best local restaurants there to share samples, as well as wine, spirits and beers there for the tasting, it’s the kind of night no foodie can miss. Best part? You can snag discounted tickets for the food festival using my unique promo code AND enter to win tickets! Read on …

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The Dallas Flea returns, remixed!

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Howdy, chickadees! You know when The Dallas Flea — the local, very precious and hip flea market — comes around, I whip out my bullhorn and shout it from the rooftops. Well, now I’m on cloud nine announcing its impending arrival, because the Flea is set to fly. This year, the annual pop-up market is moving from its usual South Side on Lamar digs to Trinity Groves! Find out more about the March 7 event …

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Diva Car Review: Lexus IS250

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Disclosure: Lexus provided me a vehicle to take for a one-week spin. These opinions are mine, all mine.

Over the holiday season, I got to take the hot ‘n’ sexy 2015 Lexus IS250 sedan out for a spin. Find out what I loved about this sexy ride …

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The Dallas Diva Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gift guide for Divas | TheDallasDiva.com

Happy holiday season, merry chickadees! Are you shopping your butt off looking for the right gift for that special gal in your life? Let me help: I’d hereby like to welcome you to my very first Dallas Diva-tastic gift guide! This is my tightly curated list of presents for the Diva in yo’ life – which totally includes YOU, as you’ll see if you read on …

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Etsy Jingle Bash brings good shopping cheer

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Today’s a prime day to start your Christmas shopping, as the annual Etsy Jingle Bash returns to Dallas with a wealth of cool, handcrafted goods.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., nearly 100 terrific local artisans with Etsy shops will congregate at the South Side Event Center showcasing artware, apparel, jewelry and paper goods perfect for gifting … or keeping for yourself! And unlike with Black Friday shopping at big-box retailers, your purchase at the Jingle Bash supports a local and home-grown business. (For a full list of who’ll be selling what, peek here.)

So go out and support your friendly local artisan and stuff some stockings while you do it!

Diva Car Review: 2014 Buick LaCrosse

The 2014 Buick Lacrosse, driven by The Dallas Diva

[Disclosure: Chevy provided me a vehicle to take for a one-week spin.]

I had the pleasure recently of getting a 2014 Buick LaCrosse in my clutches for a week to do with as I please [insert evil laugh]. What I discovered was a sturdy, sleek sedan that’s a fun-to-drive ride.

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Food, drinks, fun collide at Chefs and Seeds

Chefs and Seeds lands at Trinity Groves in October.

Tomorrow, Trinity Groves will be alight with a special benefit highlighing the foods of some of Dallas’ best culinary luminaries. Chefs and Seeds is uniting terrific cuisine, crafted cocktails and live music for a good cause at 3015 at Trinity Groves, the restaurant complex’s party venue. Proceeds will go toward a group called Seeds of Africa, which, according to its news release is “creating a Dream School that will house Seeds of Africa’s cutting-edge education and community development programs. Upon completion, the Dream School will serve 600 students between Pre-Kindergarten and 12th grade with free education, school supplies, meals and uniforms. In addition, its facilities will provide community development and health services to the students’ families and the greater Adama [Ethiopia] community.”

Some of Dallas’ top chefs — including two Top Chef alums — are donating their time for this wondrous cause, including Jon Stevens of Stock & Barrel; Andrew Bell of Bolsa; Omar Flores of Casa Rubia; Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry; Brian Zenner of Oak; Sharon Van Meter of 3015 at Trinity Groves; Tom Fleming of Crossroads Diner, Gilbert Garza of Suze; Tracy German of Cake Bar; Jeff Harris from AF+B; DJ Quintanilla of Resto Gastro Bistro; Stephen Rogers of Gemma; and Top Chef vet John Tesar from Knife. That’s a whole lot of good eatin’ that’ll be happening at TG, plus Deep Eddy Vodka is the beverage sponsor, so cocktails — flowing from no less than five bars! — should be ridiculously delicious alongside all the impeccable cuisine.

Tickets to Chefs and Seeds run $150 per person; snag yours here.

3 things to know about Dallas’ new beer pairing event

Beer pairing contest comes to Dallas

HopChef, a beer-and-food-pairing competition is set to light up Trinity Groves on the evening Nov. 3. Here are some essential deets to know before you click through and snag some tickets … and you will snag tix, because who doesn’t want to spend an evening sipping on craft brews and supping on some of the best beer-friendly food in town? Read on!

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Shop the Dallas Flea this November

Shop The Dallas Flea this November 2014! | TheDallasDiva.com

Our favorite occasional urban flea market and rustic glam shopping destination is back! On Nov. 8, The Dallas Flea will hold court once again at South Side on Lamar, bringing its charming mix of home-grown artisan wares to one central spot. There is always so much goodness to be uncovered here, chickadees! I love sitting for a spell at Cowgirl Cuties and trying on girly cowboy boots — they’ll be back this November! In the past, I’ve enjoyed perusing the goods of local stationary, art, jewelry and apparel makers; I love to devote the better part of an afternoon to shopping the Flea. And when hunger sets in, this foodie’s appetite is always sated with food vendors and trucks on site selling much deliciousness!

You can trust Flea founder and style maven extraordinaire Brittany Cobb to curate the event wonderfully, and I’ve never been disappointed. Word is that the Flea will leave its south-of-downtown digs next year for a larger new home. We can’t wait to see where it lands! Meantime, save the date for this fall’s go-round. Hope to see you there!

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