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!




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.


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,

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,

Where to Celebrate NYE in Dallas

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


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:
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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:

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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:
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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:

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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:

Be safe and happy NEW YEAR!




Cocktail of the Week: The Grassy Knoll

Find out how local bartender creates the Grassy Knoll cocktail at Bowen House located in Uptown, Dallas, Texas.

Bowen House is located at 2614 Boll Street where it opens Sunday to Tuesday 4 PM – “Until” and Wednesday to Saturday from 4 PM – 2 AM. Valet is located on Howland Street.

To Learn more about Bowen House, visit the post You Need to Drink Here: Bowen House


The Dallas Opera Offers Discounted Pricing for Young Professionals

Love opera or just curious?

Young Professionals under the age of 35 can now enjoy best available seating at the low price of $50 for your choice of the following performances at the Dallas Opera.

Wed 10/25 Samson & Dalila
Wed 11/1 La Traviata
Wed 2/14 The Ring of Polykrates
Wed 3/14 Sunken Garden
Wed 4/18 Don Giovanni

There is a limited number of tickets available at this pricing!  Check the Dallas Opera website to see if a performance is still available.

Ticket includes best available seating on Wednesday performances, access to the exclusive YP Lounge, access to the Community Beer Co. Lounge serving complimentary beer from the brewery AND the opportunity to network with other young professionals interested in art and cultural events.


The Pin Show Celebrates 10 Years

The Pin Show is an annual event that provides a platform for both emerging and established designers, mostly from the South West Region, and musical talent that aims to create an experience unlike anything before it.

The Pin Show team hope to bring together a show that provides the audience with the latest designs from designers you know and those you will discover, in every aspect of fashion. Whether you come for the streetwear, evening looks, bridal or the swimwear, you will be immersed in over 160 walks from more than 22 designers.

The Pin Show’s 2018 event marks their 10th anniversary and will feature emerging, established and some of the Pin Show’s favorite alumni!

Save the date for February 17, 2018 at the Bomb Factory.


Save the Date for the Mad Hatter’s Tea in 2018

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host its signature fundraising event, the Mad Hatter’s Tea, Thursday, April 12, 2018.  Money raised through this event benefits “A Woman’s Garden”, one of the principal gardens at the Arboretum.  This garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded and maintained by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women.  That spirit includes the strength, ingenuity, creativity, and determination of all women.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea features an outdoor champagne reception, hat judging contest and some of the best people watching Dallas has to offer as ladies and gents stroll the Plaza showcasing their creative chapeaus.  The event presents a Runway Fashion Presentation by Jan Strimple Productions along with an auction of fabulous items and a tented luncheon at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Will you be there?



You Should Hang Out Here: Nikkei Dallas


Carefully crafted cocktails along with sushi and other Japanese dishes fused with Peruvian flavors is what you can expect from Stirr’s sister restaurant, Nikkei Dallas. Much like it’s sister concept, Nikkei features a robust rooftop overlooking Dallas.

Nikkei’s exotic yet approachable menu reflects both Peruvian and Japanese cultures.

Downstairs features a flawlessly executed lounge while the rooftop patio provides an alternate atmosphere with stunning views.

Enjoy lite bites with bold flavors like the blistered Shishitos, fried calamari and sushi classics including the spicy Salmon, Tuna and California roll.

Nikkei Dallas is located at 2404 Cedar Springs #400 where it opens Friday to Saturday from 7 PM to 2 AM. The kitchen closes at 12 AM.


You Need to Drink Here: Bowen House


Experience great cocktails in a plush, Victorian-style watering hole in a vintage house located in Uptown Dallas. Menu consists of one-of-a-kind cocktails & a meat heavy menu served in one of the best ambience in Dallas.

Honestly, if you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t know there was a bar inside this historic landmark that is Bowen House.

Whether it’s Wednesday or Saturday, you’re sure to be surrounded by craft cocktail connoisseurs alike.

And don’t forget to ask about the hidden Mezcaleria in the back.

Bowen House is located at 2614 Boll Street where it opens Sunday to Tuesday 4 PM – “Until” and Wednesday to Saturday from 4 PM – 2 AM. Valet is located on Howland Street.

Trust us, you’ll love it.


Learn how to make Cocktail of the Week: Grassy Knoll from Bowen House by clicking here.