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The Delish Dish Dallas: Chino Chinatown

Dallas is home to an array of delicious cuisines and each speaks to the different palates of the various customers. Chino Chinatown’s executive Chef, Uno Immanivong, creates a uniquely colorful Latin Asian dining experience in the hopping Trinity Groves area. My husband, along with a pair of our closest friends, had a wonderful time from start to finish. Parking, which we all know can ruin the dining experience before it starts, was no trouble and before we knew it we were all sitting comfortably at the bar having red wine suggested by the bartender. As the night progressed, we found the bartender and our server could provide a wealth of knowledge about the drinks and food at Chino Chinatown. Each wine suggested paired perfectly with our food and we were asked to taste the wines before we committed. We all found this to be a welcome request and one that made us feel that our satisfaction was a priority. When we dove into the menu, the whole table was excited to see a plethora of choices. My friend that was joining us is gluten free. Not only did she have a ton of gluten free options to choose from, but the waiter also informed us that most of the entrees could be easily manipulated into gluten free versions. We started out with the duck fat yucca fries and chicken lollipops. The fries were crispy on the outside and had a soft inside; the texture that any respectable fry should have. The dipping sauce was a siraracha ketchup mix that generated the perfect amount of kick without our party reaching for water after every bite! The tasty chicken lollipops also delivered a crispy texture and married both a sweet and savory quality that kept the whole table talking about their deliciousness. Next up was the duck fat fried rice. This is not your everyday fried rice and I mean that in the best way possible. It is full of bountiful shrimp, roasted pork, and a sunny side up egg that the server slices up and tosses into the dish. Who knew a side dish could be such a vital part of a meal?! Finally, our main courses arrived each with its own personality and flair. My girlfriend and I both had the sweet chili glazed sea bass which were cooked perfectly and paired with a Chinese broccoli. My husband tried the steamed buns which were pillowy soft, light, and delicious. My friend’s husband had the short ribs and by the look of his emptied plate, I would say he thoroughly enjoyed every bite. At the closure of our meal, I noticed Chef Uno busy in the kitchen. When our server came back I asked if it was possible to snap a quick photo with her and thank her for such an amazing meal. Just like her cooking Chef Uno was warm and delightful and jumped right into our photo like a long lost girlfriend. Before she left our table she asked if we were having some dessert and when she found out we had not ordered any she sent one over to our table. The cheesecake she sent over had a small kick of jalapeno and a bruleed topping. It really was one of the creamiest cheesecakes I have ever eaten and satisfied the sweet tooth of all. With summer quickly approaching and meal times become a bit less rushed, head out to Trinity Groves and try out Chino Chinatown, the food and service will be well worth the visit. Chino Chinatown at Trinity Groves #110 3011 Gulden Ln. Dallas, TX 75212 469-513-7457

DFW Live Music Scene - 4/19

There are some great lineups in the DFW area tonight.  Here are just a few that we recommend you check out:

Old 97's - AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas)


The O's - Love and War in Texas (Plano)


Williams Clark Green - Hank's Texas Grill (McKinney)


Green River Ordinance - House of Blues (Dallas)

Texas Tech's Kingsbury Challenges Players

Looks like Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury is making national news again since his comparisons to Ryan Gosling.  In an effort to stay relevant and to connect with his players, Kingsbury challenges his players to a 'stanky-leg' dance off.

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TMBBQ Fest 2013



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What makes good BBQ? Is it the burnt end? Maybe its the sauce or the rubs... or maybe its the company you have when you enjoy the Lonestar state's trademark food. If you are from Texas and enjoy BBQ as much as the rest of us then you may want to save this date: November 3rd. TMBBQ is back for another year! at this event they invite their Top 50 Joints that made the list to the TMBBQ FEST. You can't miss out! 

Daniel Vaughn AKA (The BBQ Snob) - "The Prophets of Smoked Meat"
Daniel Vaughn is known as The BBQ Snob and has traveled all across Texas in search of the best smoked meat in the state. An expert in all things barbecue, Daniel Vaughn published his first book "The Prophets of Smoked Meat," a restaurant guide to the best joints in Texas. Vaughn has also kept a BBQ review blog called Full Custom Gospel BBQ.
  

Barbecue Joints:



Movies in Texas

Movies Filmed in Texas

Texans know that there is so much more to our state than meets the eye. . It isn't all about food or fashion here, although those things may be notably important to what makes Texas, Texas. As a diverse state we have grown to welcome art that can be created through canvases, instruments and even film. Throughout our history these are just a couple of movies we have discovered that were filmed right here in the home land. 


















10 reasons why people move to Texas


Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the U.S., but apart from the obvious like our amazing food and great music, what is responsible for this rapid growth? The BBC wrote an article about Texas growth, and these are their top ten reasons why so many people are moving to Texas.





1. Jobs

2. It’s cheaper
3. Homes

4. Low tax

5. Pick your own big city

6. Austin in particular

7. Family friendly

8. Fewer rules

9. Texans are normal people

10. And they’re not going anywhere

Fried Food Capital of Texas




One of the most memorable Fall trips to take in Texas is a trip State Fair of Texas! If you made it out last year then you may know about the tragic loss of one of the most familiar icons in Texas, Big Tex who burst into flames. This year he came back to over see and greet all our fellow Texans as they inhale glorious amounts of battered foods. Lets take a gander at the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards Winners and Finalists.


2013 Big Tex Choice Awards Winners
Best Tasting: Deep-Fried Cuban Roll



Most Creative: Fried Thanksgiving Dinner


2013 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists
Awesome Deep Fried Nutella® 
Fernie’s Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole 
Golden Fried Millionaire Pie
Spinach Dip Bites 
Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf 
Texas Fried Fireball 

DISCLAIMER: YOUR CHOLESTEROL MIGHT RISE WHILE READING THIS POST

TopGolf


Friday night. School’s out, you get to leave the office, and you have the whole weekend ahead of you. The biggest question on your mind at this point is “what is there to do?” Well if you want a break from the ordinary, you should check out TopGolf


TopGolf is a Texas based company that offers a unique entertainment experience through golf. This isn’t your grandfather’s  golf course though. The layout consists of golfing stations set up in rows facing the target field. There are multiple stories of rows, and they all face the field that has several targets scattered around the field. 


The thing that sets TopGolf apart from traditional golf is that the golf balls used in TopGolf have microchips in them that allow you to see exactly where your ball ended up. With this high tech gadgetry, you are able to play several games such as distance and accuracy games. And the best part is that you never have to go search for your ball. You can stay put, hit a few balls, and enjoy some food and drinks with friends. There are multiple locations throughout Texas, with a new location in The Colony opening up this fall. So if you want to try something new this weekend, be sure to go check out TopGolf. It’s a blast, and with prices starting at $20 an hour for a row that can accommodate up to 5 people, it won’t break the bank either. 

Royers Pie Haven

THE PIE HAVEN

Round Top, not to be confused with Round Rock is home to a modest number of 91 people. Something sets this small town apart from the rest, is it that natural southern-hospitality flare, that eclectic antique essence you can feel from every mom and pop business that inherit the land... Or is it something sweeter? Round Top is home to Royers Pie Haven. Lines and lines of people crowd into the welcoming shop just to get a lick of the best pies around.


Yes, Royers Pie Haven is without a doubt most well know for their pies but with perfect pies come a great responsibility to provide a perfect cup of coffee to wash it all down. We don't like to pick favorites but the classic Cinnamon coffee compliments any of their pies perfectly. Royers Pie Haven is a place dripping with creative spirit from the food to the aesthetics of the shop.

THE PIE QUEEN

Everything has a beginning and the founder and mastermind behind the Pie Haven is no other than Tara Royer Steele aka The Pie Queen and the daughter of Bud Royer. In September of 2011 the Haven that served as a home away from home for her customers and an outlet for creativity was up and running!

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THE PIES



The Pie Haven is now coming to Austin and will be right on the corner of 29th and Guadalupe. It is scheduled to open November 5th this year so whenever you come in to Austin stop by and get some pie!

Just a few of our favorite pies straight from the menu to get your mouth watering:

TEXAS TRASH PIE ~ OMP!!

Pecans, coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, pretzels and caramel…this is a toooo die for pie!!!

JUNK BERRY PIE aka CRACK BERRY PIE

Yep, named after our dear friends “THE JUNK GYPSIES” who have set up camp just down the road! A mix of a whole bunch of junk…apples, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches with a sour cream topping! To die for!
BUD’s CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE ~ OMP!
The Claim to Fame! It’s like a big Chocolate Chip Cookie with tiny bits of pecans—only better!die for!

NOT MY MOM’s APPLE PIE ~ OMP!

Six whole Granny Smith apples, in a sinful filling of brown sugar and whipping cream AND topped with a pecan and brown sugar strudel…Holy Cow!

THE SHIRTS

If you get a chance to stop by the Pie Haven in Round Top, Texas or go by the Haven located in Austin, Texas in November and be sure to pick up a tshirt with the hand-drawn design of every pie available at the shop! You know it's quality if the Tumbleweed Texstyles team is behind it!

Blue Bell Creameries



We all know that there’s nothing more American than baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet, but as Texans we also know that you can’t eat apple pie without ice cream. And you can’t eat ice cream if it’s not Blue Bell ice cream. Blue Bell has been this state’s leading producer of ice cream since Blue Bell Creameries set up shop in Brenham, Texas in 1907. Blue Bell is as Texan as the flower that gives the company its name. It began as a small regional ice cream maker, not expanding outside of Texas until the late 1980’s. Even today, Blue Bell can only be found in around 20 states in the Southern / Western United States, yet it is among the top 3 best selling ice cream brands in the country. It is even rumored that Blue Bell was a favorite of President George W. Bush. And for all of you ice cream aficionados, tours of the factory in Brenham are available Monday- Friday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. With over 60 flavors to choose from, including the very Texan Buttered Pecan, there is surely something available that will make your taste buds sing.
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