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.
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.
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!
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!
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!”
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 …!
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.
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.
By Josue Alva, Contributor
“Mr. Alva, your car is ready.”
This was the call I received one brisk winter morning. As I walked outside, I was greeted by the Infiniti QX30 which is Infiniti’s first crossover vehicle. I was handed the keys to the Premium AWD version, which came with every bell you could want and a few whistles to boot. The exterior was appealing until you looked at the back.
The profile view was sleek with aerodynamic creases. The grille had a determined glare, and its bottom lip jutted out as if to tell the other cars on the road that it shouldn’t be messed with. But then when you look at the back, all the tough talk goes out the window. This isn’t a jab at the QX30 alone; all these crossovers suffer from a smooshed-looking rear end. It looks like the guy who goes to the gym and skips leg day, every week.
Two of the best things to put in your face are joining forces and coming to Dallas in festival form: The Bacon and Beer Classic will arrive in Big D on Saturday, March 18, bringing with it samples of bacon dishes, endless bacon strips (!!!) and more than 50 regional craft beers to try. Think bacon strips, bacon on skewers, bacon on dessert … and some beer. Oh, man!
While this festival has delighted visitors in other cities for years, this is the first time it’ll happen in Dallas. The Foundry in West Dallas (attached to Chicken Scratch) will host the salty-meaty-crunchy extravaganza, showcasing not just porky goodness and beer but giant Jenga, a photo booth, bacon- and suds-inspired faux tattoos and a bacon-eating contest, among other activities guest can dive into. Says Bacon and Beer Classic founder Kate Levenstien, “Dallas is a young, fun-loving city, and a dream destination for the Classic. I can’t wait to showcase the best bacon dishes and beers this city has to offer!”
Not quite hungry for this event yet? Check out the dishes that’ll be featured in Dallas …