Dallas Fogo de Chao Delights with Bar Drinks and Bites

By Josue Alva, Contributor

Fogo de Chao, the beloved churrascaria in Addison, has opened a new location in Uptown and it’s pretty freakin’ nice! The romantically lit dining room is large and open, but there are nooks for a semi-private dining experience.

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For large parties, you can request one of the enclosed private rooms where you can hatch your most sinister plans for world domination or celebrate someone’s name day, your choice. If you want to take in the sun or you like the wind in your hair, check out Fogo’s sweet patio that faces McKinney Avenue.\

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Dallas Chocolate Lounge Launches BYOB Happy Hour

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

Dessert, dessert, dessert: What can I say about it except, yes, please? I hardly ever turn it down and I’m always looking for new places to Just. Have. Dessert. Perfectly normal, right?

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Sablon Chocolate Lounge off McKinney Avenue and Blackburn is just such a place. The restaurant/chocolate shop recently launched a Happy Hour “BYOB” service. Every Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., guests can bring in their favorite wine to sip alongside their food. Hint: If you get a good dessert wine, Sablon staffers can match you up with the best chocolate dessert for it.

On my visit, me and a guest brought a Kentucky sweet wine, and we went for the Chocolate Fondue, featuring thick milk chocolate with wafer twists and marshmallows. It was so rich and smooth that between the two of us, we couldn’t finish it. Alternately, you can have fruit with it, and that may be a better, lighter idea for next time I go. Sablon also has crepes and hot chocolates made from scratch.

This is the perfect place for after dinner and is in walking distance from some great restaurants and bars on and off McKinney and in the general Uptown area.

Sablon Chocolate Lounge, 3839 McKinney Avenue, #157, Dallas. 469-779-6600.

Northern Cali Wine Event Blends The Best in Food and Drink

By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

Gas up the jet or book Virgin America tickets: It’s time to head to Northern California for the 28th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley, a festive weekend showcasing food and wines of the region hosted by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. Set northwest of the city of Healdsburg, 70 miles north of San Francisco and 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Dry Creek Valley AVA is famed for world-class wines.

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Its annual spring wine event is a standard bearer. “While there are many wine festivals around, few offer the access to winemakers and intimate tastings that Passport to Dry Creek Valley in northern Sonoma County, Calif., boasts,” noted Jeanne O’Brien Coffey in Forbes.

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Dallas Bakery Serves Sumptuous Sweets and Savories

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

There is a place in Highland Park Village not too far from my office called Bird Bakery, and it’s one of those real bakeries that are hard to find … meaning not in a grocery store!

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I visited on a Saturday for lunch, and it was busy. Bird serves breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., but I was there for lunch. Sandwiches, soups and sweets, oh, my.

Sweetness to Start …

Julie was our gracious host, running back and forth serving food and drinks to the hungry customers, and she made me love her right then: She brought us dessert first!

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New Garland Taco Place Delivers Simple and Kicked-Up Eats

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

It’s all about a guy and a dream, and Peter To made it happen with his new taco restaurant Taco Bodega. When his friends started a taco place over in Richardson, he thought, “so can I!”

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Everything at Taco Bodega is simple, yet tasteful. You walk in, and it’s picnic tables and chairs and a large-screen TV to yell or scream at whichever game is on at the time.

But the food …!

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Exploring Grub Burger Bar’s Fanciful Sandwiches and Shakes

By Patrick St. Jean, Contributor

From the outside, Grub Burger Bar looks like a fairly typical fast-casual burger place, but the work put into the menu and the execution of the offerings are anything but typical.

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Grub’s Plano location (there’s one on Lower Greenville in Dallas) is nestled in a relatively new strip center on Preston Road just south of the Sam Rayburn Tollway. My companion Heather and I headed over to check it out on a recent evening, where, upon arrival, we met our host, Matt, who gave us a short tour of the joint. He told us that they bake their buns and grind their meat in-house. Ordering is like at many of the fast-casual type restaurants: queue up, place your order, grab a table and wait for your food to be delivered.

To start things off, Matt brought out a selection of adult beverages, including some sangria, a peach martini and a margarita.

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