Oct 11, 2013

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How Chevy drove me to heaven …

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This past week, I was invited to test-drive a number of Chevrolet’s hot new models at the State Fair, and, let me tell you, chickadees, I vroomed my way straight into nirvana! It was like that scene out of Grease where Sandy and Danny drive off into the sky … more on that in a bit.

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Oct 9, 2013

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Halloween thrills with The Diva and CultureMap!

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I’m pleased as pumpkin pie to announce that the fun and freaky folks at Mockingbird Station have asked me to co-host a Halloween party at one of my FAVORITE bars, The People’s Last Stand!

On Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., moi and CultureMap Dallas nightlife editor Jonathon Rienstra will welcome ghouls and goblins of the night of sips, snacks and supreme scares! There’ll be prizes for the best costumes, so whip out your best gear and dress to impress! Too, we’ll be handing out two drink tickets for all guests, and complimentary bites will be available — so far, this is win-win territory, chickadees.

The screens behind the bar will be showing horror flicks AND DJ Blake Ward will be in the house spinning up a musical storm. The bestest part? All this is free and open to the public (21 and up, of course)! I really, truly hope to see you there — do stop by and say hi. Not sure what costume I’ll be going for, but I always love the flapper look. Oooh, or perhaps I’ll get dolled up like Joan on Mad Men. Hmmmm, so much to choose from. You’d do well to choose fabulously to contend for one of the prizes. Whatever you decide, I hope to see you on Oct. 30! Make sure to RSVP at the event’s Facebook page here.

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Sep 27, 2013

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GODIVA’s Truffle Flights rocked my world!

Our dreamy Truffle Takeoff tour guide, Micah, was as luscious as the treats, ha!

Our Truffle Takeoff tour guide, Micah, was as luscious as the treats, ha!

Last night, Klyde Warren Park came alive with the sights and sounds of pure ecstasy. NO, it was not from the Decks in the Park DJ party — but moans, oohs and ahhs of delight from moi and my fans, friends and followers who joined GODIVA‘s Truffle Takeoff VIP tasting.

As previously stated, I am no chocoholic. As you regular readers will know, I’m not even a big fan of sweets in general. But, boy, oh, boy, did GODIVA make my heart melt with some candied fabulousness.

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With our Truffle Takeoff pilot Micah, we were treated to the Dark Decadence Truffle Flight that contained: Dark Vanilla Mousse, Chocolate Soufflé, 50% Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Lava Cake, 72% Extra Dark Chocolate and Aztec Spice truffles. From left to right, each bite got increasingly richer and more heavenly. My absolute favorite was the 50% Dark Chocolate, as it wasn’t too dark and had a sinfully melty interior I let luxuriate on my tongue. Yowrrrmm. Micah rightly suggested we just take one bite of each nugget and save the other bite for later — richness is spades! He even offered some wine pairing ideas, saying that the lighter truffles would pair well with a light pinot grigio with the heavier ones marrying nicely with a big red or dry sauvignon blanc, for example. Mmmm …

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As you can see, my chickadees who attended enjoyed their truffle-tacular experience, and it was so lovely to enjoy the flight with them. Big, huge, creamy, melty thanks to GODIVA for making it all happen — check out more pics from our event here.

This post was created in partnership with GODIVA Chocolatier, which provided me with product and compensation for this post; however this post is based on my own experience and opinion, and I wouldn’t host or endorse anything I don’t like or respect!

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Sep 26, 2013

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Chinese Lantern Festival = My fountain of youth

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Last night, I had the chance to enjoy a preview party at the Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park — what a wonder! I could go on and on (and ON!) about how breathtakingly beautiful it was, but I think it’s best to let you have a glimpse of all the magic and majesty that’s awaiting you. Suffice it to say, however, that I felt like a 7-year-old, even going so far as to skip from highlight to highlight — yes! I was, all, “Ooooh, ahhh, LIGHTS!” Should go without saying that I highly recommend you to visit! Just make sure to take a gander at the map; had we not looked around certain corners, TechGod and I would’ve missed out on some fantastic scenery.

The lantern fest opens to the public tomorrow, Sept. 27, and runs through Jan. 5. Definitely read up on how to get tickets before you go, here. For now, check out the slide show!

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The giant dragon boat was phenomenal! So colorful ...

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Beautiful giant tulips ...

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Ants marching through the exhibit ...

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Symbols of fortune and long life ...

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The Porcelain Pagoda, made of thousands of pieces of chinaware. Breathtaking!

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A view of the Cotton Bowl!

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Sep 24, 2013

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Join GODIVA’s Truffle Takeoff at Klyde Warren Park!

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Hola, chickadees! I’m back with more delicious details about this Thursday’s VIP Truffle Takeoff tour going down at Klyde Warren Park. First off, there is more edible info to share about the Truffle Flights themselves — see what makes GODIVA’s filled chocolate candies so delectable …

At Thursday’s VIP tasting event, a handful of lucky fans and followers will join an expert-led tour through your favorite flight. Just tell me: Which flight would YOU choose? Your options are …

Nut Lovers Truffle Flight: Salted Almond, Hazelnut Crunch, Pecan Caramel, Butterscotch Walnut, Maple Walnut, Pistachio.

Dark Decadence Truffle Flight: Dark Vanilla Mousse, Chocolate Soufflé, 50% Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Lava Cake, 72% Extra Dark Chocolate, Aztec Spice

Heavenly Mousse Truffle Flight: Dark Vanilla Mousse, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Mousse, Lemon Mousse, Peach Mousse and Café Au Lait Mousse

Cake Truffle Flight: Birthday Cake, Pineapple Hummingbird Cake, Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Lemon Chiffon Cake.

Ultimate Dessert Truffle Flight: Chocolate Éclair, Crème Brulee, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Tiramisu, Strawberry Crème Tarte

Milk Chocolate Lovers Truffle Flight: Chocolate Éclair, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Milk Chocolate, Butterscotch Walnut, Salted Almond, Hazelnut Crunch

I’m torn between the Cake Truffle Flight and the Nut Lovers Flight, yum! Good problem to have! And I hope you can join me!

I have four pairs of tickets to give out to an 8 p.m. seating this Thursday — just use the nifty and conveeeenient Rafflecopter tool below to enter by tweeting my special message OR leaving a comment. (Oh, and be sure to check out how Atlanta and NYC’s Truffle Takeoff events went here!)

And if you don’t snag a ticket to the VIP affair, no worries! GODIVA will set up a booth for all chocoholics to pop by and try a truffle, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Klyde Warren.

This post was created in partnership with GODIVA Chocolatier, which provided me with product and compensation for this post; however this post is based on my own experience and opinion, and I wouldn’t host or endorse anything I don’t like or respect!

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Sep 4, 2013

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GrapeFest gab … and sweepstakes!

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Next weekend, the city of Grapevine will be taken over by its annual celebration of vino, GrapeFest, running from Sept. 12-15. I’m as shocked to write this as you may be to read it, but chickadees, I have NEVER been to GrapeFest in all my Dallas days! Scandalous, eh?

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