Here’s your chance to go around and around at Texas Motor Speedway. But racing cars will not be involved. On Saturday, May 6, thousands of people — and let’s…
The State Fair of Texas is gearing up for another great season of activities, concerts, and of course, fried food! Speaking of fried deliciousness, a handful of Texas-area businesses submitted their new and creative food ideas to the 12th annual Big Tex Choice Awards. Eight contestants were chosen to present their fried foods at the awards show on August 28 at Fair Park.
The Best Taste award went to Ruth Hauntz for Fried Jell-O. A classic cherry-flavored Jell-O in a panko-crusted breading, flash-fried to perfection, and then dusted with powdered sugar. Prepared with a tasty topping of whipped cream and a cherry garnish, this dish has the perfect amount of crunch to compliment the jiggle.
Isaac Rousso earned the Most Creative award for the State Fair Cookie Fries, a unique play on America’s favorite savory side dish. The cookie fry may look like it needs ketchup, but don’t be fooled by the classic crinkle-cut appearance. Offered in traditional cookie flavors like chocolate chip or sprinkles, these sweet treats are served with your choice of the accompanying strawberry or milk chocolate sauce.
Click here to learn more about every contestant and their food, which will all be available this year at the Fair.
The State Fair of Texas opens September 30 and concludes October 23. See you there for another wonderful fair season!!
(Disclaimer: I was provided with a media pass to attend the Big Tex Choice Awards. All opinions are my own.)
Mediterranean food is one of the healthiest diets you can find in the world. Now more available than ever, such food in this category can be found at your local grocery store and restaurants around town. I stopped by Afrah Mediterranean Food in Richardson off Hwy 75 and Belt Line for a menu sampling and learned why this food is guilt-free and serves as a perfect meal for the whole family.
Research shows you can live a longer and healthier life with food from the Mediterranean diet. The overall diet is packed with fruits, veggies, healthy oils and low in sodium. No wonder it can lower your risk of cancer and lead to a better cardiovascular health.
Afrah, owned by a local family who grew up in Lebanon, prepares its food fresh every day and makes many of its meals and desserts in house. Many recipes come from the owners’ mother, which have delighted guests for years at this restaurant. From fresh hot bread to its meats and sauces, much of the food is prepared by the staff each morning and throughout the day.
Start off your meal with one (or more!) of the housemade appetizers. The hummus is incredibly popular here, as are other traditional Mediterranean dips including Baba Ghanoush (eggplant and olive oil) and Labneh (plain yogurt and olive oil).
The grape leaves are also a personal favorite of mine. Wrapped in an eatable leaf, you have rice, diced tomatoes, chopped onions and parsley cooked in lemon juice.
If you are visiting the restaurant and with a family of 4 or more, I recommend ordering the Afrah Sampler. This will surely feed everyone in the group and won’t leave anyone hungry!
The sampler comes with loaded with chicken and beef kabobs, or you can order lamb and other meat options. Additionally choose four sides, such as hummus, rice and more!
Additional single-serve meals include a Meat Pie (a Mediterranean pizza on a thin crust – several variations available with and without meat), classic Mediterranean sandwiches with pita bread, large salads (Greek, Fattoush and more) and even burgers and chicken fingers for the younger kids who may be picky eaters.
Don’t miss out on dessert, either! The bakery at the front of the store whips up a variety of fresh sweets, such as cookies, gelato and the ever-popular Baklava.
For a full list of menu items, please click here to see the menu.
Guests can enjoy a variety of food from the buffet for $12.99/person (includes a drink) from Monday through Fridays.
The Richardson store is located at: 318 E Main St., Richardson, TX 75081 and the Irving can be found at 3351 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063.
(Disclaimer: My menu sampling was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)
Toyota continues to make a splash in North Texas with another eventful festival coming May 20-22. A weekend of country music, delicious food and fishing (all for a cause)will take place at Toyota Texas Fest, presented by JBL, next weekend at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium. This three-day festival celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Texas Toyota Bass Classic (TTBC) and strives to increase awareness and funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). A portion of the ticket purchases will be donated to this cause.
This family-friendly outdoor festival includes activities for children, such as archery, fish art, habitat puzzles and a host of outdoor themed educational and interactive exhibits. Additionally, check out an outdoor expo, rounds of fishing, concerts by Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and many more of country music’s biggest artists, as well as a food fest with Chef Dean Fearing, the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine.”
Tickets prices for the festival include:
- General Admission (GA) Tickets $10/day, or $20/3-day GA tickets.
- Kids 15 and under get in FREE with ticketed adult. Military personnel with ID are also admitted free. See more details here.
- Upgraded Ticket Option: Lone Star Food Festival – features food and drink samples, upgraded seating and stage pit access. ($25/day; $50/3-day). (Dean Fearing as host is only available Saturday & Sunday.)
- Tickets are available online and at the door.
Check out the official Facebook page for more updates and share your pics on social media with #texastoyotafest to join the conversation.
(Disclaimer: I’m provided with a media pass to attend the event. Photo credit: Texas Toyota Fest)
This Saturday, May 7, 2016 Adam Winrich (aka Adam Crack), 19 time world record holder, will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for the ‘Most Bullwhip Cracks in One Minute’ at Scarborough Renaissance Festival® and hopes to put it well out of reach of his competitors in the field. The current record was set by Adam with 257 bullwhip cracks in one minute and during his 10:30 am show on Crown Stage he will attempt to set a new record. Don’t miss it!
Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is interactive fun for everyone, 16th Century style – set in the days of King Henry VIII! Complete with full combat jousting, birds of prey exhibitions, Mermaid Lagoon and 23 stages of non-stop Renaissance entertainment along with 200 shoppes of exquisite crafts and amazing artisan demonstrations. Plus Renaissance rides and games of skill and food & drink fit for a king. Scarborough Renaissance Festival® 2016 runs every Saturday & Sunday (and Memorial Day Monday) now through May 30, 2016. Located in Waxahachie, Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is just 30 minutes south of Dallas and Fort Worth on FM 66 off of I-35E at exit 399 B (please note the NEW exit number). For more information visit SRFestival.com. Facebook & Twitter (SRFestival) or on Instagram (theSRFestival).
For more information visit SRFestival.com. Facebook & Twitter (SRFestival) or on Instagram (theSRFestival).
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