Tish Around Taste of the Cowboys 2018

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the pleasure of attending Taste of the Cowboys 2018 fundraising event benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The event was held at the impressive Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. It was a great night of delicious food and amazing live entertainment, all in support of raising money to fight hunger in North Texas. It was a perfect event for Cowboys fans, as there were past and present players and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in attendance, and what’s a Cowboys’ event without Rowdy.

Hanging with Dallas Cowboys’ Mascot Rowdy….For the record I’m still an Atlanta Falcons fan ☺

The event was set up like a tailgate on field with 30 gourmet food stations featuring some of the best chefs around North Texas. There was a large variety of food and drinks to enjoy, as we were being entertained by two great bands. Big Joe Walker gave the crowd some bold Texas-style country music, and Jordan Kahn Orchestra kept us dancing to all the top 40 hits.

There was a silent auction with a lot of nice items to bid on during the event. A live auction, and football toss that benefited the NTFB’s Child Programs was also held. The live auction was a fun experience, with some unique items to bid on, and the football toss had people donating money, in return for a football signed by some popular Cowboys.

I had so much fun at the event – supporting a good cause, and of course tasting different food and drinks. I’m, definitely planning to attend next year’s event, and you should too.

Here are some of my favorite bites from the night.

Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market – Citrus Soy Braised Brisket Steam Bun with Green Mango Slaw

Legends at AT&T Stadium – Shrimp & Grits

Bulla Gastrobar – Chicken Paella with Mushroom, Artichoke, Carrots & Peas

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Pork Chop Bites

Tish Around Town is now an advocate for local food banks, and I hope you will join me in contributing to the fight to end hunger in the United States. Make sure you stay tuned to Tish Around Town for details on how you can be a part of this movement.

For more information or to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank, visit their website. If you are outside of Dallas, and would like to find your local food bank, go to Feeding America and search by your zip code.

By the way, Tish Around Town’s newsletter is coming soon! Yaay! I’m so excited for you to see what I have planned. But, for now, make sure you subscribe to the blog to stay in the loop on foodie news and what’s happening around town.

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Brunching Around Town – Bolsa in Bishop Arts District

Hey TAT Family!

I’m re-launching a series I started on Tish Around Town called, Brunching Around Town. Brunch is my favorite meal of the week, so I try to make sure brunch is on my radar a few times a month. In the Brunching Around Town series, I will share some of my favorite brunch experiences locally in Dallas, Atlanta, and around the world.

I decided to re-launch Brunching Around Town with Bolsa, a restaurant in the Bishop Arts District, which is located in one of Dallas’ most unique neighborhoods in Oak Cliff. The district is a close-knit community with several independent restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, art galleries, etc., that’s always buzzing morning, noon and night. So, I had the chance to choose from several restaurants offering brunch. I ended up choosing Bolsa and enjoyed every minute brunching there.

Bolsa is a farm-to-table restaurant located in the western corner of Bishop Arts District. The restaurant offers healthy and appetizing meals made from the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers, and their dishes and cocktails are seasonally inspired.

The restaurant building is quite unique – a renovated old garage with indoor and outdoor seating, and had a laid-back and rustic feel. In addition to its parking lot, the building is surrounded by plenty of street parking, so you won’t have to stress about looking for a parking space.

My dear friend, fellow foodie and travel buddy, Kanika was in town visiting me for the weekend, so I was under a little pressure to pick a good spot for brunch. I yelped around, read a few articles, and then I settled on Bolsa. We made reservations early Sunday morning for noon, and we were seated as soon as we arrived. Our server, Andrea greeted us promptly, and she was fun and quite attentive through the entire meal. There were a variety of foods with numerous options to pick from on the menu. They had it all, from classic brunch dishes and original dishes to brunch cocktails, soups, salads, and flatbreads.

I usually start off my brunch with one of my favorite brunch beverages; a Bloody Mary, Bellini, or Mimosa. This time, I had a mimosa. Bolsa’s mimosas come by the glass or by the bottle. The glass is priced at $5, and the bottle of Sparkling Wine is priced at $15 with your choice of juice orange, grapefruit, pineapple & cranberry. I usually enjoy the bottle option mimosas over bottomless because I can mix my own drink to my liking.

Grapefruit Mimosas

We had a few others join us for brunch so we were able to try a few entrees off the menu. We ordered Steak and Egg Hash, Iron Skillet Quiche, Beet Salad and French Toast “Cakes”.

Steak & Egg Hash – potatoes, peppers, onions, shishitos, fontina & s.s.u. egg

Iron Skillet Quiche – spinach, mushrooms & chèvre

Beet Salad – local greens, candied Texas pecans & goat cheese vinaigrette – paired nicely with the Iron Skillet Quiche

French Toast “Cakes” – seasonal berries & maple syrup

Bolsa has an open kitchen concept, which I absolutely love because it gives me the opportunity to engage with the chef, as well as see what looks good before ordering. At Bolsa, I had the opportunity to see them prepare the steak hash, so I knew what I was having before I sat down.   We loved everything we ordered and had a lovely time brunching at Bolsa. I will definitely be back for brunch, and I’m also planning to come back to try their prix fixe dinner.

Location – Bishop Arts District
614 West Davis,
Dallas TX 75208
Phone: 214-367-9367
Website: https://bolsadallas.com/bolsa

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 4:30pm – 10pm
Friday: 4:30pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Where do you like to brunch at in the Bishop Arts District?

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Chat n’ Chew with Tish at Zaytinya – A Staple for Mediterranean Food

Hey TAT Family!

In this episode of the new series, Chat n’ Chew with Tish, I’ll be featuring Washington, DC Blogger, T-Mac from Fat Girl N’ Motion, who I met up with when I was on vacation in DC. I had a chat with her over dinner at Zaytinya, and it was an absolute delight. Fat Girl N’ Motion was gracious enough to let me select the restaurant for our blogger meetup, and I chose Zaytinya because it came highly recommended by a few of my fellow foodie friends and bloggers. I also wanted to try it out, before they opened their new location at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Food Bloggers – Tish from Tish Around Town & T-Mac from Fat Girl N’ Motion

Zaytinya is one of Chef José Andrés numerous restaurants scattered all over the US and Mexico. Chef Andres is an internationally-recognized chef, culinary innovator, and owner of the ThinkFoodGroup. He is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy and has a non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, which empowers communities and strengthen their economies using the power of food. Chef Andrés was named one of “Time’s 100 Most Influential list” and has earned several awards including the “Outstanding Chef” award by the James Beard Foundation and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Zaytinya, which opened in 2002, is a Mediterranean restaurant, and I love Mediterranean food and the culture. I usually go to more casual Mediterranean restaurants, so Zaytinya was a nice change for an upscale dining experience. The outstanding restaurant offers innovative food, which is inspired by Greek, Turkish and Lebanese cuisines. It is considered one of the top restaurants in Washington, consistently ranking as a Top Dining Destination in the city, and has earned numerous great reviews from the Washington Post and other publications.

When we arrived, we decided to sit at the bar, and we were immediately attended to by the bartender, Camila, who was attentive and delivered impeccable service. She walked us through the menu, gave us great suggestions and helped us pick our meal. The menu featured excellent cheeses and spreads, seafood, poultry, beef, vegetables, creative desserts, and more, as well as unique Mediterranean wines, cocktails, coffee and tea. We settled on the Kabob Tasting Sampler, Crispy Brussels, and Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie), all of which were delicious.

Kabob Tasting Sampler, Crispy Brussels & Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Kabob Tasting Platter – lamb, kofte, chicken, adana, tomato, onion, garlic toum, harissa

After dinner, we asked Camila if we could meet the head Chef. I was secretly wishing that we would luck up and Chef Andrés would be around and available as well, but no luck. Anyway, Chef Michael Costa, the head chef of Zaytinya in DC, was available and was so gracious to come meet us. He also gave us a dish to try from his private six-course dinner he was preparing that night – a one of a kind six-course meal with a 90lb Tunis Sheep featuring meat from the entire sheep and paired with wines selected by Master Sommelier Andy Myers.

Food Bloggers Tish & T-Mac with Chef Michael Costa

Tish Around Town Tip (#TATTip): Zaytinya is popular with the locals and travelers, so if you are planning to go during the peak dining hours, I strongly suggest you make reservations.

Dinner with Fat Girl in Motion was utterly fun. Our conversation flowed seamlessly, as though we were old friends catching up. We chatted about how she got started blogging, the DC food scene, favorite foods and restaurants, and so on. See the below Q&A to learn more about Fat Girl N’ Motion.

Tish: Where are you from, and how long have you been living in DC?

Fat Girl N’ Motion (FGM): I’m a native of Washington, DC. I’ve lived here for over 30 years.

Tish: How long have you been blogging?

FGM: I’ve been blogging for a couple of months – 6 months. I started in July 2017.

Tish: What inspired you to start your blog?

FGM: I was inspired to start a blog by my fellow foodie friends, who often asked me several foodie questions like, “Where did you get that meal from the other day?” or “Where can I go for the best brunch/happy hour?” I tend to keep this level of detail to myself depending on who’s asking. However, I came up with the idea to create a blog, so my foodie friends can stop asking these questions and alert restaurateurs/owners/staff of the industry the diner’s experience, either good, bad, or indifferent!

Tish: When did your love affair with food start?

FGM: My love affair with food started post-college years.

Tish: What is your favorite restaurant in DC and why?

FGM: My favorite restaurant is Matchbox, which opened in 2006 and now has nine locations in the DC metro area. Consistency is key when running a restaurant, and Matchbox has been able to stay consistent. Although they’ve changed their menu countless times, their authenticity has remained the same since they opened years ago. I, especially love their juicy Porcini Rubbed Ribeye entrée. You can check out my blog for the delicious details of my experience at Matchbox.

Tish: Tell me a little about you, and your blog.

FGM: Okay. My blog name is Fat Girl N’ Motion, and I’m just a fat girl who loves food, not a cook or critic. Watching a lot of Food Network programs inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and start to try out several dishes. I used to just post about my food experience on my social media profile until I started my blog. My blog helps me document and share my foodie experience. When I go to a new restaurants or try a new foods, I try to understand what/why I like the food while enjoying its comfort and then document it on my blog. I also have reviews of my favorite restaurants on my blog.

Thanks Fat Girl N’ Motion! See you next time I’m in DC for another fabulous dining experience!

Make sure you check out one of Zaytinya locations in Washington, DC, and now open at The Star in Frisco, TX.

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Legacy Hall – Dallas Premier Food Hall

Hey TAT Family!

I found my Foodie Heaven in Dallas at Legacy Hall, the newest addition to Legacy West in Plano.  The hall, which opened in December 2017, is the first of its kind in North Texas, and like many other Texans, I had been anticipating the opening since I first read about it.

Legacy Hall is a European theme food hall that has over 30 unique food and beverage stalls offering cuisine from all over the world. It also has an in-house brewery and multiple bars, which serve specialty cocktails and craft beers.

The restaurants in the hall are miniature versions of existing and new concepts from some well-known local chefs. Chef Tiffany Derry from Bravo’s Top Chef serves her famous Duck Fat Fried Chicken with some other savory dishes at Roots Chicken Shak. Another local favorite, Celebrity Chef John Tesar from the acclaimed steakhouse Knife, who is a four-time James Beard semifinalist, also serves his famous burgers at Knife Burger in the Legacy Hall.

In addition to everything situated within the Legacy Hall, an outdoor venue called The Box Garden is under construction, and is scheduled to open Spring 2018. The Box Garden, will host live music, festivals, concerts, and other outdoor events.

I have been to the food hall a few times since it opened in December 2017. Here are the Tish Around Town Tips (#TATTip) for tackling the hall:

  • Bring a foodie buddy or come with a group – Bringing a foodie buddy is highly recommended so that you can share and try more things during your visit. This will allow you to enjoy our own international smorgasbord.
  • Bring your credit/debit card – The stalls at the food hall are cashless, so you have to pay with a credit/debit card or a Hall Pass. You can bring cash, but you will have to load it to a Hall Pass that can be purchased at a kiosk at the hall.
  • Come with an open palate – The variety of cuisines in the food hall gives you the opportunity to try a variety of international dishes along with some American favorites. China, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico and beyond are all represented in the hall, so come prepared to try them all.
  • Walk around before deciding on a meal – Make sure you take a lap around the hall before picking your meal. You can easily mix and match items from multiple stalls to create the perfect meal and enhance your experience.

Here are a few things I tried on my culinary journey through the food hall:

Roots Chicken Shak – Southern Cooking

The Duck Fat Fried Chicken & Fries

Note:  Make sure you checkout my blog on my fun cooking experience with Chef Derry – Cooking & Cocktails with Chef Tiffany Derry!

Red Stix Yakitori & Banh Mi – Asian Street Food

Yakitori-Grilled Meat Skewers – Beef, Chicken & Pork

FaQ’s – Authentic Mexican

Chicken Flautas

Enter The Bao – Chinese

Beef & Pork Belly Baos

Sea Breeze Lobsta & Chowda House – Seafood

Lobster Roll or as they say ‘Lobsta’

Main Bar

Craft Cocktails – 1st Froze´ made with frozen Rose´ wine, 2nd Prime Thyme with vodka, thyme, elderflower liqueur, honey, lemon, 3rd Bramblin’ Man with vodka, blackberries, mint, bitters, lemon, honey

Press Waffle Company

The House with nutella, cookie butter, fresh cut strawberries and house made whipped cream

Glazed Donut Works

Classic Chocolate Donut & Crème Brulee Donut

Legacy Hall is located at Legacy West:
7800 Windrose Avenue
Plano, TX 75024

Legacy Hall is open every day of the week:
Sunday: 9AM – 10PM
Monday to Wednesday: 7AM – 11PM
Thursday: 7AM – 12AM
Friday: 7AM – 1AM
Saturday: 9AM – 1AM

Have you been to the food hall?  If so, tell me what you think and what food you tried.

See you around town!

All Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Park & Palate Grand Taste 2017

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the opportunity to attend the event Park & Palate Grand Taste. I had run across the event on Facebook, and it piqued my interest because it was being described as one of the hottest culinary events in Dallas. That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to go check it out.

Park & Palate is the annual fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park that showcases the region’s most popular chefs, as well as wineries and spirits from around the world. The two-day culinary event had a unique theme – “Pillars and Protégés,” which featured well known pillar chefs and up-and-coming protégés making collaborative dishes to showcase.

The event was held at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, which is 5.2 acres of urban green space built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It’s a beautiful park with a lot of fun activities and great views of the city skyline, and the perfect backdrop for this event. Attending the event allowed me to kill two birds with one stone because visiting this park was on my Dallas To-Do List.

The event kicked off Friday night with, “Down To The Root,” which featured two chefs, a pillar and protégé, from each major city highlighting the best of Texas cuisine. The night was also filled with live music and dancing. I attended the Saturday afternoon event, “Grand Taste,” which featured more than 60 chefs and 30 wineries, plus spirits, craft cocktails, and beer. My beautiful Mom was my foodie buddy for this event. The Grand Taste was from 2.pm – 6.pm so we arrived a little after 2.pm.

TAT Tip: When attending a food festival, it is better to arrive on the earlier side so that you can get the majority of the tasting done before the crowd shows up.

Park and Palate Grand Taste

Selfie with Mom, my foodie buddy for the day

We first walked around to get the lay of the land, and then we started on our culinary journey. The majority of tastings were delightful and pleasing to our palates. You can tell the chefs took pride in working together to curate the perfect tasting for this event. On top of the great food, there were also countless selections of wines and spirits to pair with the tastings.

Lobster Roll

Empanada & Pork Belly

Some of my favorite wines

The entry process was easy, and there were also no long lines at stations. However, it was an unseasonable 90-degree day in October, so we had to take a few breaks to get out of the sun, and luckily there were plenty of cool seating under the trees and umbrellas.

I, definitely, recommend this event, and it is now on my radar as an annual event I have to attend. My Mom is a newbie to the foodie events but she had a blast, and she will also be back next year too. This festival is well worth the money for the quality of food, the portion sizes and the plentiful pours of wines and spirits. I have been to a lot of food festivals and foodie events, and this one ranks pretty high on the list as a new favorite.

Chefs serving savory bites

Chefs serving delicious desserts

Having a mini photoshoot in front of the We Rosé wall

My new foodie friends

Dallas TAT Family, make sure you add Park & Palate to your social calendar for next year, and for my out of town followers, this would be a great event for a Fall weekend trip to Dallas. The weather in Dallas is usually beautiful in October, and you can also catch a Cowboys game or some other fun events that same weekend

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Klyde Warren Park Newsletter, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the loop on the next Park & Palate, and all of the other fun events at the park.

What are some of your favorite food festivals to attend in Dallas or other cities?  I will travel for good food so I just might make a road trip!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town