7 Spring Dallas Desserts to Eat Right Now

1.Sno-cones!

There are so many places in Dallas to grab a sno-cone including the Farmers Market, Klyde Warren Park and Aunt Stellas but our favorite is Sno-Cone Shack #5 on Hampton Road in Desoto, TX.

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2.Steel City Pops

Go-to for craft popsicles made with organic, locally sourced ingredients in creative flavors.

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3. La Duni Cafe

Romantic, award-winning Latin restaurant, bakery, coffee house featuring hand-crafted cocktails, wedding cakes, desserts and more.

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4. Milk & Cream

Dessert shop specializing in donut sandwiches filled with ice cream & mix-ins like candy & cereal.

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5. Chills 360

Cozy counter shop for fun, exotic ice cream flavors transformed into made-to-order rolls.
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A dessert restaurant serving artisan soft serve ice cream, designer donuts, fresh baked cakes, unicorn cake, fresh baked goods, frozen treats, lemonade, tea and more.
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Deep Ellum spot for Taiwanese boba tea, shaved snow treats, macarons & packaged Asian snacks.
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Hope you enjoy! Tag #SoDallasy in your posts if you go visit.

xoxo,

SoDallas.com

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Cocktail of the Week: Champagne & St. Germain

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Lately, I’ve been drinking an embarassing amount of champagne which is unusual for me considering I’m a “tequila girl” but since New Years I’ve kept at least one bottle of champagne in the fridge.

This cocktail is super simple yet dare I say it, magnificent.  My super fabulous sorority sister introduced me to this a few months back on a trip to Arizona. There’s only two ingredients: St. Germain (elderflower liqueur) and a sparkling wine. I prefer Asti Spumante but the vendor sold out of it on the Minibar delivery app the day this photo  was taken so I had to get a Prosecco. Lately, I’ve been jazzing up this simple cocktail by adding a little grenadine.

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Directions:

  1. Fill a champagne flute 1/3 of the way with St. Germain.
  2. Top off with champagne.
  3. Stir.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Cheers,

sodallas.com

 

Hosting 101: Build the Cheese Board of Your Dreams

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of being a good host and having the proper food and drink options for guests when they come over. I love cooking but sometimes I just want to chill a little and a create a bomb cheese board which pairs well when you’re casually having a friends over for a glass of wine or two. I think this is a true art and I finally came across my dream chease board at Anthrolologie a few weeks back. So of course, I could not wait to bring my cheese board to life!

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Here’s what you need to build the cheese board of your dreams:

  1. A cheese board. I love my marble and brass cheese board from Anthropologie but they have many more options that may fit your particular style. Luckily, they always have a great cheese board on sale if you don’t want to spend more than $50 for one. I honestly felt like I hit the jackpot when I found mine. It was sold out online but I found it in store on clearance. PLUS, they were having an additional 40% off clearance sale. WINNING! I knew it was meant to be when I saw it and I’m glad I didn’t settle for another cheese board. lol
  2. Make it rain CHEESE. Choose a mix of cheese from a variety of textures. I stay away from stinky cheese! That’s not my thing. Here’s a list of some of my favorite cheeses that past guests seemed to enjoy: smoked gouda, brie, cheddar, pepper jack, cream cheese and maybe something fun I’ve never tried before.
  3. Add something salty (meats and other things). My go-to salty items are usually olives, pickles, prosciutto, smoked salmon, salami, salted smoked almonds and maybe pepperoni.
  4. Add something sweet. I’m not big on jams and things so I tend to add fruit like grapes or apples to my cheese boards. Fruits go really well with cheese.
  5. Add crackers. Maybe Bread. Use plain sourdough or french bread. If you’re having people over for a good amount time, people tend to get hungry and will reach for the bread. Crackers are totally up to you. I lean more towards water crackers.
  6. Fill in spaces. Fill in the spaces of your cheese board with garnishes, nuts, fruits or whatever is left over!

Happy hosting!

sodallas.com

 

 

 

A Look Inside Internet Cafe 2

Go to Internet Cafe 2 and grab a really good coffee at one of Dallas’ most instagrammable (is this a word?) coffee shops. Megan Wilkes, co-founder of Emporium Pies, and her husband, Paul Wilkes, former owner of Glass Optical, brings you a 300 square ft space with a nostalgic white and pink aesthetic.

Scroll down and take a look inside but don’t forget to go and take a look for yourself.

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Photos by Benita (@wefoundbenny on IG)

Internet Cafe 2 is open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 2 PM and Saturday/ Sunday from 8 AM to 4 PM.

with love,

sodallas.com

Las Almas Rotas Shares their Passion for Mezcal and Mexican Culture with Dallas

Three friends became the partners behind Las Almas Rotas out of a passion for mezcal and the culture that produces it. It all started when this group of friends would meet at each other’s house and share bottles of mezcal. From this grew Las Almas, a private social club based around the spirit.

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They decided that even though none of them had backgrounds in bars or restaurants they would pull together their resources and open Dallas’ first bar dedicated solely to the spirits of Mexico.

Las Almas Rotas is in the business of not only entertaining their patrons but educating them on these unique spirits and their culture.

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Las Almas Rotas, the first Mezcelaria in Expo Park,  features a small menu of Mexican food developed and executed by their chef Jose Luis, a 25-year veteran of the Dallas restaurant scene.

Las Almas Rotas is closed Monday and Tuesday. It opens Sunday through Wednesday from 5 PM till Midnight and Thursday through Saturday from 5 PM till 2 AM. Happy Hour is Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM.

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Photos by Raecene Collins from the Sweet and Savory Blog (@sweetandsavoryblog)

with love,

SoDallas.com

Where to Celebrate NYE in Dallas

Here’s our top 5 picks for NYE events in Dallas this year.

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Join Hotel ZaZa for an unforgettable evening filled with bubbly champagne, hand crafted cocktails and Chef selected culinary delights.

Featuring local artists, DJ Sober and DJ David Austin, spend the evening dancing the night away in our glamorous Uptown Ballroom and our iconic Poolside.

Cost: $75

To purchase your tickets:
– follow the link: http://bit.ly/2iF03ky

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Join Bowen House for their infamous New Year’s Eve party complete with DJ Redsean, a cigar roller, specialty cocktail menu, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a midnight champagne toast.

**The ticket price includes bar service (select liquor options and a specialty cocktail menu from both the front bar and the mezcal bar, top shelf items can be purchased separately), passed hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, a cigar from an on-site cigar roller, balloon drop, and party favors.**

Cost: Starting at $100

To purchase your tickets:

-follow the link: http://bit.ly/2kMvdHy

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Feeling lucky? Join the Fashion Industry Gallery this New Years Eve for Monte Carlo Carouse: A Night of Cocktails & Casino Games!

Go all in from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM, with cocktails, dancing, casino games, hor d’oeuvres and more at one of Dallas’ most coveted event spaces. Treat yourself to the VIP experience with early access starting at 9:00 PM, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a private VIP bar.

Money raised at the Casino tables will be donated to DIFFA Dallas, and “FIG” cash can be used to place your bids at the Silent Auction.

All food will be provided by Bolsa’s Catering team (including late night, grab and go tacos!), and DJ Nate Nelson with Le Force Entertainment will keep you moving on the dance floor ALL night!

Please note that self-parking is limited, and Lyft will be on-site to ensure you get to and from the event safety. Valet will also be available.

Cost: Starting at $125

To purchase your tickets:
– follow the link: http://bit.ly/2D6uCbO

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The Art of Celebration at the Sheration promises…

* NYE Cocktail Soiree:: 8:00pm-9:30pm:
The night begins with an array of live music from old school R&B, jazz to soul,
creating the perfect mood for an early toast as you take in the sights
of Dallas’ premier socialites. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available at this time.

* Resolutions::9:30pm – 2am:

A beautiful ballroom filled with a kaleidoscope of the best in choice music
to bring in the New Year properly, from decades past
to today’s favorite party anthems….

Cost: Starting at $15

To purchase your tickets:
– follow the link: http://bit.ly/2BO7j91

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This event provides an opportunity for you to escape the mundane collective norm. This is an occasion to rise to with an elite social caste by indulging in an instance of glee. We implore you to abscond from your dilemmas, to reside in the thought of harmony and take pleasure in your good fortune. Our aspiration is to ensure that you enjoy your time with us; we anticipate your arrival will be punctual to maximize your amusement. We’ve spent the year perfecting your nightlife experience; on Sunday December 31st, New Year’s Eve will be no different. What better venue to “Pursue Happiness” than the glorious ALOFT hotel. Your attire should represent your temperament and disposition for this occasion, upscale with an opulent demeanor. Your mindset will be nothing short of affluent, for it is this evening that you have painstakingly arranged the perfect ensemble in which you have meticulously determined the garments that compliment your manner. The musicians playing the noble sentiments will be none other than music maestros. . So join us as we bid the year of 2017 adieu and welcome the year of 2018 properly. Welcome to ALOFT Downtown Dallas!

Champagne toast at midnight!

Cost: Starting at $15

To purchase your tickets:
– follow the link: http://bit.ly/2BK5LNo

Be safe and happy NEW YEAR!

xoxo,

sodallas