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Romantic Dining Options for Valentine’s Weekend February 5, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is next Sundaycupid

I hope you’ve made your dinner reservations well in advance.  It will be difficult to get a table most anytime over the weekend.   I direct this comment to men:  Guys, Calling a restaurant the day before won’t cut it.  And, if your idea of a romantic evening is pizza, a six pack and Netflix, you’re in trouble!  And, don think a jumbo box of candy and a cheesy bouquet or carnations will get you off the hook either.

But there’s still hope.  OpenTable.com is the quickest and easiest way to cruise the list of fine restaurants in DFW that still have reservations available this weekend.  Be prepared for early or late.  You have a better chance of getting a table if you can double date with another couple and reserve a 4 top.  Don’t cheat on this.  Only use this tactic if you plan to show up as a party of four.

Or, look into the Joule, Hotel ZaZa, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Adolphus, The Worthington or The Ashton.  If there’s room in the inn…. you might be able to get a table at these fine hotel dining rooms.

If that strategy doesn’t work.  Swing for the fences.  And check out The Robb Report online to see the five most romantic hotel getaways for Valentine’s.  Offering suggestions in New York, Paris, Marrakech,  and Barcelona.

You’ll undoubtedly exceed your normal Valentine’s day budget, but the payoff will be worth it.   Hey, Mariah Carey got a 35 carat diamond ring from her fiancé!  See, I told you should have made a reservation in advance.  Next year.  Call ahead!

Bon appetit.

But wait, there’s more

Here’s an escape this Valentine’s weekend.  Visit the Texas Bluebonnet Wine and Chocolate Trail at the 7 wineries along the route just about an hour NW of Houston.  We know Messina Hof, one of the participating wineries, also has a wonderful bed and breakfast at the winery in Bryan.  Sounds like fun.   Visit localwineevents.com for details. You’ll need to order your tickets through them by 5  o’clock Monday.

Good pickin’ and drinkin’

Learn about “Bourbon Through Bluegrass”  Tuesday night at III ForksChef Chris Vogeli features a menu of hors d’oeuvres and a tasting plate designed to pair with six whiskeys from Heaven Hill, then the Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers entertains and educates you with a special Bluegrass experience.

And, furthermore….

Our new Podcast, “Wining and Dining with Jim White” debuts Monday with the talented Janice Provost, chef/owner of Parigi in Dallas, as our first guest.  Upcoming guests include Mike and Paul DiCarlo from Jimmy’s Food Store; The Royal Chef, Darren McGrady; Richard Chamberlain, chef/owner of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Fish Market Grill; Tre Wilcox, Tre Cooking Concepts; Stephan Pyles, on opening his new Flora Street Cafe; Chef Joanne Bondy from Stocks and Bondy in Farmers Market, and more!  You can subscribe to the series on iTunes.   We’d love to hear your feedback, and suggestions for guests you’d like to hear from the world of wining and dining.  Hope you enjoy.  In a way, it’s a bit like getting our old “KRLD Restaurant Show” on the air again.  Except this time, I don’t have to miss church to do the program, chefs and winemakers don’t have to drive to the Ballpark in Arlington, and you can listen anytime you want.  Ain’t digital wunnerful?

If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner.  Tell ’em, reservations!

 

DRAGONFLY AT HOTEL ZAZA-DAN LANDSBERG March 28, 2012

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Dan Landsberg Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa

The iPhone roams again!  This time to one of the coolest spots in Dallas, Hotel ZaZa.  And, it just so happens that Executive Chef Dan Landsberg has his new spring menu rolling out for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dragonfly.  Catch his tasty take on a BLT, or in this case DLT, with house cured duck instead of bacon.  It’s delicious.  Take a look as we salute another of the “Great Chefs of Savor Dallas”.  Dan joins us for the International Grand Tasting this weekend (March 30-31) at the 8th Annual Savor Dallas.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy July 10, 2010

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Bastille Day Parties

Celebrate French Independence Day on July 14th. Storming the Bastille is so over (and besides it’s gone, so no use looking for it).  Instead, hang with the moist and cool set poolside at Hotel ZaZa and nosh on “petite treats” and sip delicious bubbly from Veuve Clicquot.  The happening is 8 til 11 at ZaZa’s Urban Oasis.  Get more details at their website.

Meanwhile, if you’d like a taste of the real deal, with people who speak real French.  Join the folks at the French American Chamber of Commerce Dallas Chapter as they present a Bastille Day Gourmet Dinner at Lavendou at 7 p.m.  The five-course dinner with Mouton Cadet Wines is $70 per person and is all inclusive (tax, tip included).  Call 972-241-0111 or visit their website.   Read on to see the entire menu.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy May 5, 2010

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Here’s “news you can use” about Mother’s Day Brunches–

Bolla Restaurant at the Stoneleigh Hotel, 11am – 2:30pm, three-course Prix Fix menu, $36 for adults ($48 including Champagne or Mimosas) and $18 for children.  Reservations: 214-871-7111 or reservations@stoneleighhotel.com.

Cadot Restaurant, 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  $38.95 per person.  Multi course and dessert.  18111 Preston Road, #120 Dallas, Texas 75252, 972-267-5700.

Central 214 at the Hotel Palomar, Price is $47.00 per person or $22.00 for children, 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. 5680 North Central Expwy. at Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206 – 214.443.9339.

Charlie Palmer at the Joule, 11am – 3pm  Brunch and 5pm – 9pm  Dinner, $75pp / $35 children. 1530 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-261-4600.

Craft, Dallas, 11 a.m. until 2:30.  $45 per person.  Located in W Dallas – Victory at 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219.  214.397.4111.

Dali Wine Bar & Restaurant, 11:30 until 2:30 p.m.  $38 per person.  469-385-9360.  In One Arts Plaza downtown.  1722 Routh St.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is offering a package featuring Mother’s Day brunch at Opus Restaurant in the Meyerson Symphony Center, followed by a performance of the DSO with Ravel’s Ma Mère ľOye–Mother Goose–how appropriate!  Special pricing begins at $55 per person and ranges to $78 per person and includes brunch and a ticket to the symphony performance.  For more information contact 214-871-4550.  Or email:  groups@dalsym.com.

The Grotto, Adults $32.50, Seniors $24.95, Children $11.95, 6 and Under Free, 972-318-0515 or email morris@thegrottotonight.com.  2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 500, Highland Village, TX.

Kirby’s Steakhouse – 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Southlake, DFW Airport North, 3305 E. Hwy 114, Southlake, TX 76092, (817) 410-2221.

Orion Ballroom, 10 a.m until 3 p.m. 400 South Zang Street 15th Floor Dallas, Texas 75208.  214-942-1661. Or, brunch@theorionballroom.com.

Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge is featuring regular menu and specials all day.  Call 972-596-7100 for information and reservations.  5013 W. Park Blvd, Plano 75093.

Trece, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4513 Travis St., 214-780-1900.

Villa-O, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4514 Travis St.,  214-780-1880.

Other happenings–

Of course, it’s Cinco de Mayo.  Trece hosts one of the biggest parties around starting at 4 p.m. with music, dancing, eating, and of course, Margaritas!

A great benefit for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center happens tomorrow (Thursday May 6) poolside at Hotel ZaZa.  It’s “PJ for PJ’s”.  Bring a pair of pajamas and a $25 donation to help a kid and sip delicious Perrier Jouët poolside.  Get it?  PJ for PJ’s.  Fun.  5:30 til 7:30 at the “Urban Oasis” at Hotel ZaZa, 2332 Leonard St.

Send us your wining and dining news:  jim@savordallas.com.

Cheers!

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