Thursday, October 28, 2010

What's brewing after Halloween?


- Premiering Sunday, November 21 at 10 PM E/P on Discovery Channel -

Its cold, its comforting, its beer....but for Sam Calagione, founder of one of America's leading craft brewers Dogfish Head Brewery, beer is a passion, a business and a personal quest for best, most imaginative brews. Premiering Sunday, November 21 at 10 PM E/P on Discovery Channel, BREW MASTERS follows Sam and his partners in suds as they travel the country and the world sourcing exotic ingredients and discovering ancient techniques to produce beers of astounding originality.

From chocolate to mussels to tomatoes, Sam is constantly pushing his team and himself to innovate and celebrate the amazing world of beer and beer making. The imagination of the Dogfish Head team is matched only by the fun they inject into every facet of their jobs. Beer tasting meetings in the conference room with co-workers, a bocce ball league in the parking lot, filming original rap videos in the brewery plant, it’s all in a days work for BREW MASTERS.
“BREW MASTERS taps more than just kegs and barrels, it unlocks a fascinating history of beer making, showcasing the ingenuity and passion behind our love affair with those alluring suds and how it played a role in building civilizations,” said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel.

Running a successful business also requires inspiration, so BREW MASTERS hits the road for the ultimate beer tasting road trip. Sam sets out to recreate “ancient ales” that have been discovered at sites around the world from Egypt to Peru. He travels to Rome to research old world Italian beers as inspiration for a new site in New York with Mario Batali. A visit to New Zealand introduces the idea of making the “first tomato based beer.” And back home, Sam is tasked to come up with a commemorative beer called “Bitches Brew” to celebrate the 40th anniversary release of Miles Davis’ famous recording.

“Beer has always been my passion. It is so much more than what you see in the glass

Trick or Treat? Chocolate made with child labor

Trick or Treat? Chocolate made with child labor

Hidden Halloween horror in cocoa production

Halloween candy is a treat for many children, but for those forced to work on cocoa farms in west Africa it's a mean and tortuous trick. Two professors at Washington University in St. Louis call attention to the exploitation of children and efforts to end it in the chocolate industry in an op-ed piece published today by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


This Halloween, Rallie McAllister, MD, book author, mother, home chef and nutritionist has created some fun and filling dinner ideas, sure to send your family off trick-or-treating happy and well fed. Using Van de Kamp’s® and Mrs. Paul’s® fish sticks and whole fillets, she has developed creative meal ideas that are fun, delicious and offer your entire family a meal with Omega 3 Fatty acids and a good source of protein.

Some brands of frozen fish are made from minced fish, which means that bits of the fish have been pulverized and reformed into the form of a stick. However, Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s fish sticks and fillets are always made from only 100% Whole White Fish Fillets for great tasting, crunchy fish meals that you can feel good about.
“It is important to send your family off trick-or-treating well fed so they don’t eat too much junk along the Halloween path,” says Rallie McAllister, MD, author of Healthy Lunchbox and The Mommy MD Guide. “ With these easy to prepare and fun recipes using Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s 100% Whole White Fish Fillets and Fish Sticks, you can feel good about giving your family an overall good meal complete with Omega 3 Fatty acids and protein.”
Try these no-fuss Halloween recipes as a great way to get your family “hooked” on fish:

2 Mrs. Paul’s®/ Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Fish Fillets Two 6-inch plain or spinach tortillas (use spinach tortilla for a green lizard’s face) Two 1-inch wide strips of green bell pepper
2 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 black olives, sliced in half

Bake fish according to package directions. Place fish perpendicularly in folded tortilla or sandwich wrap to make lizard’s tongue. Cut green bell pepper strips into 4 diamond-shaped pieces for eyes, then place ½ cherry tomatoes and black olives on top of green pepper pieces. Makes two lizard face tortillas.


8 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Crunchy Fish Sticks
4 leaves Boston lettuce
3 strips red pepper, cut into fingernail-size squares All-natural, no sugar added catsup

Bake fish sticks according to package directions. Place fish sticks on lettuce leaves. Place red peppers on ends of fish sticks for fingernails. Add catsup to opposite end of fish sticks. Serve immediately. Makes four.


4 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Fish Fillets
1 can refrigerated bread stick dough
1 stick string cheese
2 black olives
1 red pepper strip or cherry tomato

Cut bread stick dough into ½ inch-wide strips and wrap around frozen fish stick to make mummy wrapping. Place on ungreased baking sheet and spray dough lightly with cooking spray. Bake dough-wrapped frozen fillets according to package directions. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Cut eight ¼ inch slices from end of string cheese stick and place on surface of each fish fillet for whites of eyes. Cut 8 small wedges from black olives and place one on each cheese string slice for eyeballs. Cut 4 small wedges from red pepper or cherry tomato for mouth. Makes four.


10 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Crunchy Fish Sticks Four 6-inch whole grain tortillas cut into 2” strips ¼ cup all natural, no sugar added ketchup or fish cocktail sauce

Bake fish sticks according to package instructions, then roll a tortilla strip around each fish stick, positioning the tortilla strip around the center of the fish stick. Drizzle catsup on one end of the fish sticks. Serve immediately. Makes 10 Mummy Toes.


4 Mrs. Paul’s®/Van de Kamp’s® 100% Whole Fillets Crunchy Fish Sticks
4 whole grain sandwich thins
2 slices Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup Tangy Tarter Sauce
Halloween shapes cookie cutters

Prepare fish sticks according to package directions. Cut sandwich thins into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place one fish stick on the bottom piece of each sandwich thin. Add ½ slice of cheese and a dollop of Tangy Tartar Sauce. Add top piece of sandwich thin and place sandwiches back on baking sheet and bake for three to five minutes. Serve with fresh veggies with light ranch dressing for dipping and applesauce with no sugar added. Makes four spooky shapes sandwiches.

For more recipes and meal solutions using Mrs. Paul’s® or Van de Kamp’s® frozen seafood, go to or

Happy Halloween treats



Give trick-or-treaters a real treat this Halloween by filling plastic pumpkins and pillow cases with some of America’s best known and loved candies. Every kid likes something different and the candies and snacks mentioned below deliver a variety that will satisfy any preference. This year, don’t throw out left-over Halloween candy— just use these tips to prevent post-Halloween pig outs. Find out how to repurpose leftover candy in creative new ways at home, at school or at work!

For the little “chocoholic”:
Skip the chocolate bar and give them something more this year! Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins marry sun-drenched Sun-Maid® California Raisins with the finest, creamiest pure milk chocolate for the perfect balance of goodness and delectability. Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins are a good source of potassium, fiber, calcium, iron and protein and are unsurpassed in quality. Available in fun size packs just for Halloween! For more information, visit

For kid who loves fruit snacks:
Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are packed with delicious flavors and made with real fruit and fruit juices! These bite-size snacks satisfy a kid’s cravings while still providing 100% of your daily value of vitamin C and 25% of vitamins A and E. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are fat free, gluten-free, contain no preservatives and are available in a wide range of flavors including Mixed Fruit, Berries ‘n Cherries, Island Fruits, Strawberry, Fruit Punch and Concord Grape. For more information, visit

For the sweet kid who loves something a little sour:
Sour Jacks® is mouth puckering candy that is chewy, sour, sweet, and most importantly, fun to eat! Original variety includes classic flavors like cherry, lemon, orange, and lime. Choose between original and Watermelon to find their favorite. Sour Jacks® are a fat free snack and have been one of America’s favorite candies for more than 15 years. For more information, visit

Try these tasty, easy and fun tips for Halloween parties, Halloween–themed lunchbox treats and leftover candy ideas.

For your child’s lunchbox: Surprise them with something unexpected!

• Add together 1 cup of each: Fisher® Milk Chocolate Peanuts, Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins, chopped dried Apricots, dried cranberries, bite-size pretzels, rice or corn cereal squares, dried banana chips, salted sunflower seeds and salted Fisher® cashew pieces. Mix all ingredients together and you’ve got Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisin Fun Mix! Store in a sealable container or zip-top bag and pour into a bowl for everyone to share, or keep stored in a cool place and grab a handful whenever the mood strikes.

For after-school celebrations: Be the coolest mom with treats that are sure to wow any sports team or activity group!

• Add Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins to your favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe to add flavor, texture and nutrients like potassium, fiber, calcium, iron and protein!

• Kids love fruit snacks and they love cupcakes, so why not combine the two? To make a Welch’s® Fruity Cupcake, simply make your kids’ favorite cupcakes and top them off with any flavor variety of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks for a chewy surprise in every bite.

Make any party a hit, during or after Halloween: Serve the treats that will delight a crowd at any party!

• Put out a bowl of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks pouches and you’ve invited vitamins A, C and E to the party! This is also a great portable snack that allows guests to mingle and munch without having to camp out at the snack table.

• Toss 4 oz. of Sour Jacks® into a bag of already made microwave popcorn and shake the bag to mix together for a treat that’s a little salty and a little sweet (serves 2-4).

• Stir 1 oz. of Sour Jacks® in with 4 oz. of vanilla ice cream to create your own Sour Jacks® Swirl ice cream (serves 1).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Black Tie Dinner Saturday, Nov 6


Black Tie Dinner announced Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, the first out lesbian and the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress, will present the keynote speech at the 29th annual Black Tie Dinner, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The speaker and entertainment lineup were announced on Aug. 5 at Park Place Motorcars Dallas.

Serving Wisconsin's Second District since 1999, Congresswoman Baldwin is co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, which is dedicated to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the United States and around the world. In 2009, she helped lead the successful effort to enact the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act.

She continues to champion a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

"Congresswoman Baldwin is a true friend inside the Beltway," said Ron Guillard, co-chair of the Dinner. "She is using her influence to move us closer to equal rights for GLBT Americans. She has been an advocate and a role model for many who face obstacles in achieving their dreams."

Congresswoman Baldwin is the author of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would grant the domestic partners of federal employees the same benefits - and require of them the same obligations - as the spouses of federal employees. She also authored the first comprehensive approach to improving all areas of the health-care system where LGBT Americans face inequality and discrimination. She is currently drafting legislation to address issues affecting older LGBT Americans.

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Baldwin chaired a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the Anti-Homosexuality bill in Uganda, and she continues to urge our government to assist LGBT refugees who are persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


Singer/songwriter Chely Wright will receive the Black Tie Dinner Media Award which is given in recognition of positive, increased awareness of GLBT issues in the media.
Wright became the first prominent country music star to declare publicly that she is gay. On the Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah and in a People magazine cover story, Wright discussed her decision to live openly as a lesbian entertainer in the mainstream country music world.

In the interviews she clarifies that it was important to come out - not only for herself - but because she's in a unique position to be able to provide a counter message to the hateful, bigoted messages young children hear from their churches on the issue of sexuality. Wright has recently written a memoir, Like Me,

Black Tie Dinner Co-Chair Nan Arnold praised Wright for her courage. "The reaction from her fans and others has been overwhelmingly positive," Arnold said. "Chely's decision to live openly as a lesbian is creating an opportunity for the voices of acceptance and equality to be heard." released in May, 2010.

Though Wright made her name as a commercial country singer, recording songs from some of Nashville's top writers - including modern-day classics like "Single White Female," "Shut Up and Drive" and "Jezebel" - she has been honing her craft as a songwriter since her teenage years in rural Kansas. Her seventh studio album, Lifted off the Ground, was released in May.

Activist, author and businessman Mitchell Gold will present the Black Tie Dinner Media Award to Wright. Gold, who plays a major role in the national dialogue on gay rights, is the founder of Faith in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about how religion-based bigotry is used to justify discrimination against gay people. He has also authored Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

Black Tie Dinner will have a full program line-up with a specially arranged tribute to the Black Tie Dinner Beneficiaries featuring Broadway entertainer Gavin Creel who will perform with the Turtle Creek Chorale.

Black Tie Dinner will also honor Reverend Carol West with the Kuchling Humanitarian Award and American Airlines with the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award. , as well as books on home furnishings. He is the openly gay Chair-man and co-founder of the innovative home furnishings design, manufacturing, and retailing company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, which is headquartered in Taylorsville, North Carolina.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Smile pretty for the camera

Time is running out to be the next face of Luster Premium White! Luster’s contest on their Facebook page is over THIS Friday! ( Participants will be invited to post their pearly whites for a chance to be Luster’s new spokesperson and appear in a full page ad running in the Golden Globe edition of Star magazine February 1st .

Luster Premium White, a leader in oral care and at-home whitening products developed by Dentovations, is giving people a new reason to smile – from here to there – as they launch a new viral campaign in search of a new star.

Fans are encouraged to submit pictures from October 1st through October 31st, whereupon five finalists will be chosen by Luster’s panel of experts including Star magazine’s beauty editor. On November 10th one winner will be chosen and then flown to New York City for a photo shoot to create Luster’s new advertisement.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chefs at Play

Chef Scott Gottlich gives Bijoux guests a peek inside his playful kitchen with a new menu option

As a nod to the ever present playfulness and inquisitive nature of Executive Chef Scott Gottlich and his back-of-the-house team at Bijoux, Gottlich has introduced a new menu to the Bijoux repertoire, Chefs au Jeu, which in French literally translates to “chefs at play."

Gottlich mixes his whimsical modern gastronomy with classical French techniques to create the menu’s playful, yet refined plates. This seven-course feast of the senses enables guests to discover a unique blend of avant-garde and familiar while hopefully discovering something they have never before tasted.

Chefs au Jeu further explores Gottlich’s cutting-edge cooking style with local, seasonal ingredients to include menu items like a beautiful Progression of beets with divine goat cheese with beet threads, an apple and beet roll-up, pressed borscht, a beet meringue and jelly cookie and a glass of ginger beet soda; Maine Lobster with a sphere of béarnaise, Brussels sprout leaves with duxelle and crispy chanterelle; and Hot and Cold Beef with layers of crispy and raw beef carpaccio with onion consume noodles and potato froth.

With 48 hours notice, guests can experience Chefs au Jeu for $145 per person and an additional $65 for wine pairings by in-house sommelier Gina Gottlich. The menu, as per Bijoux tradition, will change daily, will be subject to availability and will only feature the bounty of the season.

Gotllich’s modern gastronomy is also seeping further into the daily a la carte and chef’s tasting menu with items like his Fried Eggplant Salad with spherical mozzarella, herbed coulis, tomato and black garlic vinaigrette or his Valrhona Chocolate Tart with brulee'd banana, shattered meringue and Frangelico ice cream.
"Using modern techniques that blend a little chemistry with classic culinary art makes cooking really fun. We figured, why be the only ones enjoying ourselves? Let's share the fun with our guests," says Gottlich.

Bijoux is located in the heart of prestigious Inwood Village in Dallas, TX. One of the few restaurants in Dallas to earn five stars twice, once in 2006 and again in 2008 by the Dallas Morning News and named one of the “10 Hottest New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit, Chef Scott Gottlich impresses with a luxe menu that changes regularly to reflect the season.

Wife, sommelier Gina Gottlich serves as the wine director, expertly pairing every course with distinctive wine selections. The restaurant is open for dinner at 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling 214.350.6100.

Free trip home for the holidays

Anyone over 21 years of age can visit and apply through the Baileys Brings You Home tab. After entering their information, applicants can submit either a video or written statement addressing two questions:

1. Who do you want to spend time with this Holiday Season?
2. How do you enjoy Baileys?

Submissions must be in English. Video entries must be within 45 seconds to 2 minutes and written statements must be within 50 to 250 words.

Entries will be judged based on Adherence to Theme, Relevance to Holiday Season and Originality.

Every Friday, 25 winners will be announced for the following six weeks, until December 10. Winners will be notified via email.

Free pumpkin yogurt at Pinkberry in Dallas

Stop by any Dallas area Pinkberry today FRIDAY for a free pumpkin yogurt
4-7 pm

free lunch at Pei Wei Thursday Oct 28


On Thursday, October 28, Pei Wei Asian Diner will host a free lunch for its local fans. Executive Chef Eric Justice will be on-site preparing Grilled Thai Sausage with a pineapple fried rice. The off-menu, authentic street fare will be available free of charge for the first 250 Pei Wei lovers to arrive.

Location to be revealed the morning of October 28 on Facebook and Twitter
Thursday, October 28
Noon – 1 PM

For more information, visit the Pei Wei Facebook Fan Page: or follow on Twitter: @PeiWei

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Something sweet to Share

COOKIE SWAP by Lauren Chattman (Workman). She has a modern take on this age-old tradition with inventive recipes, clever packaging, and the many different occasions that are perfect for swapping cookies.

With the holidays approaching she has ideas for a pre-Thanksgiving cookie swap that will let you have a little fun and get your Thanksgiving baking out of the way. And her Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies are just the thing for Christmas. She even can show you how to transform a store-bought cookie into a home-made masterpiece with her no-bake cookies.

She is in Dallas on Wednesday, November 16 and will be doing a Cookie Swap event at Milestone Culinary Arts Center at 6 pm that evening.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Volunteer to taste wine and travel the world


2010—Pinot Noir or Cabernet? Chardonnay or Reisling? Chinese Merlot or Argentine Malbec? For some, a wine’s only duty is to taste good; but for others, discovering the true joy of a glass or two of wine with their favorite dishes rests in appreciating the nuances between the varietals and observing the service traditions.

Happily, with a dizzying array of wine choices available today, aficionados are in a bold time for wine and the only conundrum is often a question of so many wines, so little time.

Helping to heighten the wine tasting experience for its guests, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has introduced its Wine Ambassador’s program at its 46 locations worldwide. The JW Wine Ambassadors are a volunteer cadre of wine experts from all areas of the hotel where wine is available and who represent the highest level of wine expertise at the property.

“Our Wine Ambassadors are passionate about wine. They love their jobs. They are eager to share their knowledge by telling stories that help personalize our guests’ wine tasting experience and deepen their understanding of the wine being savored,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Marriott’s senior director for brand management . “Ultimately, our goal is to be thought of as a wine destination where our guests can appreciate wines at all price levels through our Ambassadors’ obsession with quality and attention to the little details whether they’re in the lobby lounge, dining in one of our restaurants or at a catered event.”

“By combining live tastings, written materials, on-line educational resources and the timely sharing of tasting notes, this program allows us to permeate a high level of wine-service excellence throughout our JW Marriott portfolio,” said Lou Trope, Marriott’s vice president for restaurants & bars.

Mr. Trope said that a number of resources were specially developed for the Wine Ambassador program, including training articulates on how to appropriately prepare a wine tasting and tasting mats illustrated with cues from the deductive tasting process of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Personalized wine journals were given to all Ambassadors as a tool for them to reflect on and record their learnings.

Before being designated a JW Marriott Wine Ambassador, all those volunteering to serve in this capacity must complete two certification programs. The first is a comprehensive approach to beverage education including spirits and beer. Following completion of this program, the Ambassadors must then complete The Academy of Wine on-line curriculum that was custom developed for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts by Constellation Wines, one of the world’s leading wine companies. This curriculum offers a series of 17 self-directed training modules on topics such as opening and serving wine, pairing food and wine, and in-depth overviews of varietal characteristics and wine growing regions.

To ensure that each Ambassador’s wine expertise remains current and relevant, all Certified Wine Ambassadors participate in monthly tastings across the globe—tasting wines of different brands but of the same varietal. Monthly tasting notes are then shared with their peers throughout the JW Marriott portfolio in 19 countries on a website developed especially for this purpose.

“Through this dynamic, cross-cultural approach, our Wine Ambassadors either personally experience or have access to the evaluations of upwards of 140 different wines each month, enabling them to confidently discuss different wines with our guests. They know what they are talking about,” Mr. Trope said.

Friday, October 08, 2010

“The Folk Art of Mexico and Central America”


“The Folk Art of Mexico and Central America”
John Lunsford

Thursday October 14 7:30 - 9

John Lunsford curates an exhibition of folk art from Mexico and Central America from various private collections in Dallas. The exhibit will include antique Mayan and Guatemalan textiles as well as old and contemporary examples of baskets, ceramics and Oaxacan painted wood sculptures. Lunsford will give a gallery talk offering commentary on historical significance and the evolution of craft in contemporary work.

John Lunsford studied at English Literature at Harvard and completed graduate work in art history at Columbia University in New York City. He was a senior curator at the Dallas Museum of Art from 1958 to 1986 and was appointed Director of the Meadows Museum at SMU from1996 to 2001. Lunsford taught art history at SMU for almost twenty years and has a long resume of publications, public lectures and lectures/tours for numerous trips throughout the world sponsored by the DMA and the Meadows.

October 14. The cost is $10 for members of Turner House, $15 for non-members.

Scott Chase

This may be as close as I ever get to Dancing with the Stars

Monday, October 25 at 6:00pm - October 27 at 9:00pm

Location Studio Matisse
3425 Northaven Rd
Dallas, TX

The 2010 Dallas Flamenco Festival Presents
Fall Workshop with Jesus Muñoz

October 25,26, & 27
Studio Matisse 3425 Northaven Rd Dallas, TX 75229

Beginner Technique & Fandangos 6:00PM-7:30PM
Advance $125 Walk-In $150

Inter./Adv. Technique & Sigiriya 7:30PM-9:00PM
Advance $125 Walk-In $150

Limited Class Space
Info & Purchase
(214) 876-4401

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

What is better than a cheap date? a free one!!


Dragonfly Introduces New “Date Night” Wednesdays

Hotel ZaZa is implementing the new Wednesday promotion “Date Night.” This season, guests can dine two for the price of one, making for a romantic evening without the worry of breaking the bank!

Alcohol is not included under the “Date Night” promotional prices.

5:30 p.m. - close

Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa Dallas
2332 Leonard Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 550-9500

About Hotel ZaZa
Hotel ZaZa is a sensory experience that is refined yet relaxed. Its sophisticated and sensual interior design and culinary excellence is completed by a staff that pays impeccable attention to each and every guest, making them feel at home. Whether for business, a romantic weekend, or world-famous celebrities, both hotels blend intimate comfort with Stay ZaZa-style to create inspired accommodations, one-of-a-kind themed suites, and award-winning restaurants and spas.

Nestled in the fashionable Uptown neighborhood and next to downtown, Hotel ZaZa Dallas is a creative mix of warm, Mediterranean elegance and comfortable chic. This exceptional boutique hotel offers 4,500 square feet of function space, 152 rooms, 17 concept suites, the Magnificent Seven Suites, the award-winning Dragonfly Restaurant and Lounge, the enticing Urban Oasis and the relaxing ZaSpa. Reservations may be made at or by calling 888.880.3244.

Located in the heart of the vibrant Museum District and minutes from the world renowned Texas Medical Center, Hotel ZaZa Houston boasts 17,000 square feet of function space and is the perfect backdrop for any business meeting - not to mention home to some of Houston’s most memorable weddings and galas. Monarch Urban Bistro & Lounge, the Urban Oasis, and the tranquil ZaSpa combine to create the hotel’s breadth of impressive amenities. With more than 300 rooms, including Pool Villas, Concept Suites and The Magnificent Seven Suites, ZaZa exceeds all expectations. Reservations may be made at or by calling 888.880.3244.

Hotel ZaZa, a member of the Preferred Hotel Group™, was created by Charles S. Givens and Jeff Records and is owned by Givens-Records Developments. Operations management and marketing are provided by Z Resorts, LLC, led by Z Resorts President Benji Homsey.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Euforia LIve at Candleroom on Friday

Euforia Live·

Friday, October 8 · 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Location Candleroom
5039 Willis Avenue ( 75206 )
Dallas, TX

Created By
Seth Simmons, Euforia Live, Tommy N Krystal DeAlano

Witness color and sound unite. Ro Diaz will paint an original oil on canvas to composer / classical rocker pianist Seth Simmons. Doors are open at 8 pm and the show is at 9pm. Art piece will be up for bid after well as other pieces of art to have / or view from Sundance Award winning artist.

Come join us for a night of rocked out art and music at the candleroom.


Erase 'monkey chatter' in the brain!
Enhance mental clarity & emotional equanimity!
Create a state of relaxation, ⇓ blood pressure, relax the heart, improve digestion, reduce sleep apnea & snoring!
And...learn how to play the DIDGERIDOO!

I took this class twice and loved it. I even played the didgeridoo once for friends. They were entertained (but no one suggested an encourse)

Visiting Australian lecturer and recording artist Rev. Phil Jones presents an interactive workshop teaching meditation and simple breathing techniques with the Australian didgeridoo. The didgeridoo is an ancient mesmerizing drone instrument made from a eucalyptus tree and traditionally played in ceremony and healing by the Aboriginal clans of Australia.
Playing the didgeridoo creates soothing and resonant harmonics that easily erase the the ‘monkey chatter’ in the mind – enhancing mental clarity and emotional equanimity. The primordial vibration of the didgeridoo and the simple breathing techniques help create a state of relaxation, lower blood pressure, relax the heart, improve digestion, and significantly reduce sleep apnea and snoring.

Phil provides didgeridoos for you to play~
no musical experience necessary.

Please RSVP ~! Sign-up online or at Tsada.


Eat. Drink. Be part of something BIG. Texas-size. Save the world. Your tab (81% of it) goes directly to improve the energy efficiency of our host - LaGrange on 10/13 from 5 pm to midnight. Below is the flier for the event. Share it with friends. .

Participate in the first-ever Texas Carrotmob at 2704 Elm Street in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood and support the community.

As you know, there are a lot of social issues to worry about, and a lot of concerned citizens worrying about them. However, we’ve found that a lot of the methods out there to enact change are often very negative, too difficult or impractical for the average person to participate in, or simply ineffective.

Enter the concept of Carrotmob: what if we created a situation where businesses and consumers helped each other out? What if we directed conscientious consumers to a specific store to make the same purchases that they normally make everyday already—and in return for the benefits the business receives, the business would promise to put some of the additional profits towards solving a social issue? Well that, my friend, is Carrotmob.

First, we partnered up with Net Impact DFW and TEDxSMU Idea Week teams.

Second, we put a bid out to 12 Dallas restaurant and bar owners asking them to bid a percentage of 10/13 gathering towards increasing the energy efficiency of their place.

Third, we gathered some brilliant minds and formed the first-ever Carrotmob Charette team of energy efficiency professionals to make recommendations to the restaurants how to do more with less.

There was tough bidding going on. The highest bidder was LaGrange, at 81.5 percent of revenue being plugged back into their business for energy efficiency improvements.

We just miss the secret sauce - YOU - to come and make the money rain on LaGrange.

Follow our blog at to see the "how, when, who, why". We will make this event a huge success, spectacle and FUN. All you have to do is show up.

Shrek on Sale

Dallas Summer Musicals

Two Tickets to See "Shrek the Musical" Plus Admission to the State Fair of Texas
$ 32

Fall is here, but fun's not over... it's ogre! Get ready for some autumnal excitement with today's fair deal: Pay $32 for weekdays or $34 for weekends and get two-for-one admission to see an evening performance of "Shrek the Musical," put on by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park, plus admission to the incredible State Fair of Texas.

Pick a day between October 8 and October 16, and after hours of watching contests, listening to live music, and taking in the familiar smells of fair fare, laugh out loud as you watch a jolly green giant find love and friendship. Nothing says fall like a state fair, and nothing says fun like a farting, burping, beloved ogre.
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Friday, October 01, 2010


A fun and festive way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"Denim & Pink Breast Cancer Bash" on Sunday, October 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at South Side on Lamar. Shop until you drop with over 16 vendors, bid on one of a kind silent auction items, enjoy pink survivor cocktails at Absinthe Lounge’s cash bar, eat So Savvy catering and pink cupcakes, enter your dog in the pink pooch costume contest, live DJ, photography booth, and more. Bring the entire family and help our community raise $10,000 for the Susan G Komen Foundation. This event benefits South Side on Lamar's Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Team.

For ticket or vendor information, please contact Kimberly Cockrell with Flaunt Boutique at 214.497.8175 or at

What: Denim & Pink Breast Cancer Cash

When: Sunday, October 3
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Artists’ Quarter
South Side on Lamar
1409 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215

Cost: $10 Admission at the door or online at