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  • The Dallas Diva Holiday Gift Guide

    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 –…

  • The Dallas Chocolate Festival is back!

    This weekend, Big D will become Big C — chocolate will rule as the sold-out Dallas Chocolate Festival rages at the Addison Conference Centre today, followed by chocolate workshops going down at 3015 Trinity Groves on Sunday. Can you handle it, chocoholics? If you’ve already bought your tickets, you won’t be alone in sampling rich treats from the likes…

  • Early views of Boulevardier

    I stopped by Veritas co-owners Brooks and Brad Anderson’s new restaurant venture, Boulevardier this morning … it’s coming along quite nicely, and I’m jazzed about the French bistro-inspired menu. The about-100-seat resto is revamping the space most recently occupied by the short-lived Decanter, in the heart of Bishop Arts. As you can see, it’s going to be a light-filled…

  • NOLA: Esquire mag’s John Mariani gives NOSH some love

    So it turns out the Tennessee Williams Literary Fest is way more than simply seminars on the famed author and adopted son of New Orleans. I attended a couple of valuable foodie events, including one called Restaurant Scoop from the Virtual Gourmet, said gourmet being Esquire magazine restaurant critic John Mariani. He’s presented this seminar for a…

  • Q de Cheval’s prime rib party

    Examine that slab of tender prime rib above, y’all. Imagine enjoying that delightful piece of beef, satisfying your meaty desires with each juicy bite … and being allowed to have as many such slabs as you wanted. That, my friends, is the name of the game at Q de Cheval‘s new Friday night prime rib buffet.…

  • Breaking the fast at Bistro 31

    On Tuesday, I was bestowed an invite to sample breakfast at hot new Highland Park Village eatery Bistro 31. It’s rare that lunch and dinner eateries these days serve weekday breakfast — weekend brunch tends to be the norm. But Bistro 31 serves the morning meal Monday through Friday as well. And what a serene, lovely…

  • Recent-party recap

    Ah, a Diva’s partying is never done. Alright, alright … her blogging is never done because of the partying. Guilty as charged! I’ve been to a handful of elegant gatherings recently, featuring food, festivity and, of course — drinky-drinks. Here’s the quick-and-dirty: PATRON MAGAZINE LAUNCH   The new, luxury-skewing, art-centric publication (pronounce PAY-tron, not Pah-TRONE!) celebrated its first issue,…

  • NOLA, Night 3: Boys and booze

    I really wanted to title this post Cocktails and … ahem. Boys and bevs, definitely a dangerous mix, and did we get plenty of both Thursday night. Detroit Diva and I were positively blazing our way through town when my guy friend Dimples drove into town to meet us … and to take the partying…

  • Big fun at Sewell MINI of Plano

    Yes, that is your neighborhood celebu-chef and mine, Kent Rathbun, peering under the hood of a MINI at the opening bash for Sewell MINI of Plano. But he’s not checking the transmission (that’s under the hood, right?), he’s perusing a bevy of sweet treats set up on a clear serving platform tucked under the hood —…

  • Summer at Ristorante Nicola

    Last week, I ventured up Preston Road to check out Italian eatery Ristorante Nicola‘s special summer menu. About 11 dishes later, I had to proclaim that it was, indeed, quite special. But, first, some background: I’m an Italian food fiend. I attribute it to my Brooklyn roots (fine, I only lived there till I was 1.…

  • Lightbulb Oven underground din

    This past Saturday, I attended an underground dinner — my first evah! Pardon me for the enthusiasm, I’ve never actually been a part of the process of learning about a private dinner, buying a seat for it and arriving to … who knows what? Saturday’s gathering was hosted by Lightbulb Oven, aka cooking pro Sara.…

  • Super Bowl: Hennessy and Badu

    At the last minute, a Super Bowl-closing Sunday night party entered my life. The so-called House of Hennessy was holding its 5th annual Game Over party, with special musical guest DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, aka Dallas songstress extraordinaire Erykah Badu. And though it started at the school-night-unfriendly hour of midnight AND was located about…

  • Super Bowl: Love me some Usher

    So last night I hit the DirecTV party hosted by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in a gigantic tent in Victory Plaza. Fabulous! Headlining musical acts were Usher and celebu-DJ and Lindsay Lohan’s ex Samantha Ronson. This party wasn’t in just any tent — it was decked out for partying, that’s for sure. Actually, it was…

  • Super Bowl madness: Ashton & Demi – get off my coat!

    The above photo is what you get when you tell two A-listers that they’ve sat on your coat. Which is precisely what I did last night to Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at Sports Illustrated’s pre-XLV fete. But more on that later. After checking out the backstage action at the NFL Gospel Celebration that afternoon,…

  • Super Bowl: NFL Gospel Celebration

    I’m blogging and watching the action in the backstage gifting suite at the NFL Gospel Celebration! The walls are thumping as the musical acts rehearse — looks like Mary Mary’s on stage now — but we’ve seen some footballers roll through, already! Stay tuned for updates!! UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Buffalo Bill Bryan Scott is cah-yute!…

  • Din-din at Cedars Social

    Last night I wined and dined at Cedars Social the new restaurant and so-named “cocktail den” across from Southside on Lamar. It’s in the old Sala space, which gave me cause for concern — “this location is cursed!” I told my companion — but, thankfully, that fear was put to rest. First of all, Cedars Social…

  • I’m baaaaack … with brunch!

    Yawwwwwn! Just waking out of my holiday hibernation, y’all. So glad to be back! I’ll admit I’ve slacked these past couple weeks, but now that party season is ramping up again — helloooo, Super Bowl!! — I have so many events to share with you! Let’s get started, shall we? A while ago, I checked…

  • The lips have it!

    One of my favorite parts of my face is my mouth. I have full lips, so there’s plenty o’real estate to take care of, haha. And this time of year, as with most folks, my lips tend to get dry, chapped and ill-mannered. That’s when I have to employ my not-very-secret beauty trick: Before I…