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DUE TO FAN DEMAND, ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC RELEASES ADDITIONAL SEATS FOR THE 50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

LIMITED VIEW TICKETS AVAILABLE MARCH 18TH AT TICKETMASTER.COM

ENCINO, CA (March 16, 2015) – The Academy of Country Music announced today that due to an overwhelming fan demand, additional seats have been released for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 19, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The limited view tickets at AT&T Stadium will go on sale on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 AM CT on Ticketmaster.com for $50, and are positioned to offer fans a unique vantage point with behind-the-scenes views of the awards show.

As previously announced, performers at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards include country superstars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and more to be announced.

“We keep finding ways to open up seats to accommodate as many of our fans as possible, and give more locals the opportunity to attend the 50th ACM Awards. These seats will give a very unique perspective inside the stadium, while offering affordable views to all of the excitement and backstage moments,” said Bob Romeo, CEO for the Academy.

Additional ticket packages for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards and ACM Party for a Cause Festival are available at ACMawards50.com and Ticketmaster.com. These packages became available through creative stage design to accommodate more fans on February 20, after the initial ticket allotment for the show and festival sold out in 18 minutes in April. The accumulated 60,000 tickets sold in April marked the biggest and fastest selling sales record in the Academy’s history.

The 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host this super-sized night of incredible country music performances, which will cap off three days of events, including ACM Party for a Cause Festival on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park, in Arlington, Texas. This two-day outdoor music event will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more. All participating artists will be announced at a later date. In addition, the weekend will end with the All-Star Jam, the Academy’s “official” after-party immediately following the Awards Show in the West Plaza at AT&T Stadium.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

 

A while back I hit up The NYLO Hotel over in Plano for a staycation and had a blast.

Taking advantage of a package deal, we checked into our New York loft inspired funky urban room which featured a NYLO NYTE™ bed with custom bedding and free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access. Our room also sported a handheld rain shower head, exclusive NYLO amenities, free bottled water, coffee and tea, a large 32″ flat-screen HD LCD TV, pay-per-view movies and an iPod docking station.

After settling in, we were off to explore the hotel’s bar and restaurant. As we coursed through NYLO’s high polished concrete floors and exposed interiors and just off the entrance, found the restaurant, lounge and bar area. Packed with seating and tables designed for intimate gatherings and conversation, we also noticed the space had a relaxing patio courtyard with cool swing-style seating, a lap pool, lounge beds, and bar area with tables and chairs.  My companion and I remarked how perfect these areas would be for say a bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or wedding and reception.

Also as soon as we sat down, we were greeted by the hotel’s chef, Nick Amoriello, who joined us for a glass of wine. He made for a charming conversationalist and the food we enjoyed was incredible. Nick explained the dishes to us, how he found his was to Dallas – long story – and made sure our NYLO experience was top notch.

After a quick nap, we found our way back to the lounge later that night to discover that NYLO’s lounge literally turns into an outdoor nightclub on the weekends with DJ Julio, a piece of NYC in the heart of the Plano burbs!

If you’re a N. Texas local looking for a New York-inspired staycation, spa get away with the gals, romantic jaunt away from the kids, chic place to hold a business meeting or planning a girl’s night out, Best of Texas highly recommends NYLO Hotel and their great, budget-friendly getaway packages

And if you’re a bride on a budget? We highly recommend that you take a look at just how incrediblly smart, chic and elegant NYLO can make you wedding.

Every now and then a friend tells you about a meal that changed their life, so it wasn’t a surprise when my friend Kristen, in telling me about Austin’s Tacos and Tequila, described the experience as life changing.

After one bite, I couldn’t agree more.

Located on the corner of 5th and Pressler, Tacos and Tequila (TNT), when we arrived, we quickly took up residence at our booth. Before digging too deeply into the menu, we were immediately served chips and a salsa trio and we ordered the tableside guacamole.

The margarita and tequila list was intense and, just in time, we met Shelby, TNT’s mixologist master. Let’s just say that we would soon learn that Shelby does such wonderfully and deliciously obscene things to tequila, that we suspect would be illegal in several states.

Shelby explained that the restaurant serves over 100 types of tequilas, including tequila on tap served at a chilled 15 degrees. The drink menu features tequila flights, which for any tequila lover should be tried, infused tequilas and fresh, mixed drinks and margaritas. We stuck primarily with Shelby’s recommendations: a Cazadores margarita, an Orange Noir, a First Class tequila flight including cilantro-cantaloupe-infused, ice cold Cazadores, a cucumber jalapeno margarita and, table favorite, the Modern Paloma with Gran Centenario, ruby red grapefruit, fresh squeezed lime juice and grapefruit soda.

Now on to the food!

Starting with the Good Karma guacamole – mixed to order tableside on a guacamole cart – not only was it the best guacamole we’d ever eaten, it makes you feel good, too! See, fifty cents from every guacamole order supports Urban Roots, an Austin youth development program focused on teaching sustainable farming.

Feeling a little cheesy, we also opted for the Queso Flight: Beef chorizo, wild mushroom, and spinach artichoke – delish! Finally, we feasted on the Taco Platter, the Mixed Grill Skewer Platter with chile-glazed steak, chipotle chicken, and rojo shrimp, and Korean Short Ribs. Sides included black bean adobe pie, ginger rice and Chimayo market corn. Nom!

From the service and presentation, to the food and tequila, we had nary a complaint, and I can guarantee you this: Next time I’m in Austin, you will find my fanny parked at a patio table, armed with Chimayo corn and a tequila flight at TNT Taco.

Tacos and Tequila
507 Pressler Street
Austin, Texas 78703
P 512 436 8226

Last weekend we decided to drive from Dallas to New Braunfels to have a relaxing weekend of floating down the river and Schiltterbahn fun. Little did we know at that time, what was in store for us over the next few days. We could never have imagined how much fun we were going to have in New Braunfels.

We left Dallas on Thursday around noon and headed south. The drive wasn’t bad at all and only took us about 4 hours to get to New Braunfels. On the way, we stopped at the Little Czech Bakery in West, Texas for some lunch. This place was packed, even at 2pm in the afternoon, and I can see why. They have an amazing selection of delicious kolaches to choose from in both sweet and savory flavors.

After hours of researching places to stay in New Braunfels on the web, I found a really great website called Guadalupe River Houses. They have a really cute house right on the Guadalupe River, called the Kuehler Cottage (pronounced “Cooler”). I was very lucky that it was available for Thursday and Friday night, since this trip was last minute, so we booked it right away. The Kuehler Cottage is located right on the Guadalupe River/Lake Dunlap and close to everything in town.

When we arrived, there was a nice handwritten note on the door from the owners. They also had some fruit and cold bottles of water waiting for us in the fridge. To me it’s the little details like this that make you feel really welcome. I dropped my bag at the door and ran around to check out our new waterfront home for the next two nights.

The living areas were really nicely decorated in that warm, cottage kind of way. The hardwood floors and cold AC blowing out of the air vents on the floor felt very nostalgic to me, and reminded me of my grandmothers old lake house from when I was very young. The kitchen was rooster-themed and had everything we needed for our stay, they had also left coupons and other New Braunfels attraction materials on the dining room table for us. The Kuehler Cottage can sleep up to six people. There is one bedroom and one bathroom, but a large living and dining area with two sofas that fold out into beds. Along the back all of the cottage, which faces the Guadalupe river is an entire wall of windows, so it’s very open and you get excellent views. If you’re going to New Braunfels for the weekend, you probably aren’t going to be spending much time indoors, so the set up is perfect.

The most exciting part of the Kuehler Cottage for me was the outdoor back patio! You can tell that this was a patio built for entertaining and BBQ gatherings. There are several chairs, a nice table, a few BBQ grills, and even a HOT TUB! Although we didn’t partake in the hot tub action, since it was about 104 degrees outside, the Kuehler Cottage would also be a great place to come stay in the winter months, too. Walk down a few steps and there is another sitting area that is right on the river. Immediately upon seeing this, I ran back upstairs, grabbed a bottle of white wine that we’d brought with us, put on my swimsuit and headed back down to jump in the river. A quick dip in the nice cold river water cooled me off immediately, and I was ready to watch the sunset and have some vino.

Tom, the owner of the Kuehler lives right next door with his lovely wife and their daughters. He called me to check on us and inform me about some of the river tube rental places for our adventure the next day, so I told him to just come down and have some wine with us. Five minutes later, Tom and his wife were headed down the steps with grapes, cheese and wine in hand.

I must say, Tom and his family are some of the friendliest, most interesting people I have ever met. Check out some of his guest’s comments. We all hung out down by the river for a couple hours, and then all decided to go to dinner together. On the way to dinner, Tom was a fabulous “tour-guide” and showed us a few other of his New Braunfels properties, and pointed out other points of interest as we drove through the town. Tom has lived in New Braunfels his entire life, and it’s always best to hook up with the locals when you’re traveling anywhere! We all had a fabulous dinner at The Gristmill, which is located in historic Gruene and on the river. It was one of those amazing nights that you don’t plan and you end up having the most wonderful time and meeting the best people.

Bright and early the next morning, we loaded up the car and headed over to Felger’s Tube Rental. We decided to float on the Comal River, instead of the Guadalupe, since the Comal River isn’t quite as rough or crowded as the Guadalupe River and the water is so clear and blue that you can see all the way to the bottom! The Comal River tour starts off with a fun ride down the Tube Chute and you can lazily float through the river for about an hour and a half, checking out the beautiful homes on the sides of the river wall and you even pass by Schlitterbahn. Of course, you can also get an extra tube with a bottom on it for your beer cooler or buy one of these awesome floating coolers. I even saw a guy that had his dog in one of the tubes!

After our relaxing float down the river, we had a few beers back at Felger’s with the owner, J and his bartender Russ. J is a big, loud, friendly character and I liked him immediately. He’s a proud father, and his daughters are beautiful girls. He also has one of the coolest “Crown Royal” Harley’s in his bar. All of the staff and everyone at Felger’s was really nice. I also had my first taste here of my new favorite drink, called the Cordina Mar-GO-Rita. I liked it so much that we decided to write a story on the Best of Texas Blog about them as well, and this is the PERFECT drink to take with you down the river.

Could this weekend get any better? Um, yes. My friends from Austin had just arrived to New Braunfels and were at the Kuehler Cottage waiting for me and ready to BBQ. We hung out the rest of the afternoon, swimming, eating, drinking and catching up. That night, we met up with some more friends and went to Gruene Hall to catch some live music. Gruene Hall is the oldest Dance Hall in Texas. There was a $10 cover charge and the place was packed on a Friday night. You can check out the Gruene Hall Music Calendar, and famous favorites that have played here over the years. They should really have a list of Who’s NOT played here.

The next morning we all went to Schlitterbahn. How can you go to New Braunfels and not check out Schlitterbahn? It was a Saturday morning and the place was packed, of course with it being the last weekend before school started, you can understand why. Most of the rides had long lines, but my two favorite rides there are the Boogie Bahn Surfing Ride and a ride called the Back Flop, which is a simple, but fun water slide,which drops you right off into the lazy river. Schlitterbahn has over 3 miles of tubing adventure, 17 water slides, and 3 uphill water coasters spread over 65 acres. You’re also allowed to bring your own cooler and food, but no alcohol. Does Deep Eddy Sweet Tea count? Deep Eddy Sweet Tea was also a new drink that my Austin friends introduced me to this weekend, but that’s a whole other story in itself….I could swear there was no alcohol in that stuff. Wrong.

So, to wrap this amazing weekend up, we decided to take the long way home back to Dallas, and check out some other great towns, including Fredericksburg, which will have its own weekend adventure story soon. New Braunfels is definitely one of my favorite getaway in Texas. It was a weekend of new friends, old friends, adventure, music, history, and natural beauty everywhere. I can’t wait to get back there, and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is full of great information and has a calendar of events for everything coming up in New Braunfels, so pick your flavor and go have fun!

Bella32 InteriorBella32 is set to open to the public in mid-July. Hailed as the premiere super-lounge and live music venue in North Dallas, Bella32’s Las Vegas-style nightclub will feature sophisticated, modern design and décor, VIP bottle booths, three bars, dance floor, and enormous outdoor patio.

In anticipation of their Grand Opening, Bella32 is on the search for doormen, cocktail waitresses, bartenders, hostesses, and professionally trained dancers. Hopefuls will be required to bring a resume and upon hire you will be required to wear the Bella32 uniforms, which will be worn at the casting call by models.

Bella32 Cocktail Waitress Uniform

Cocktail Waitress Uniform for Retro Nights

In addition, Bella32 is also seeking light jocks, sound booth operators, and DJs capable of working with state-of-the-art equipment. Behind the scenes, Bella32 is hiring porters, bar backs, security, busboys.

Casting call will take place on June 30, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at 15203 Knoll Trail Drive in Addison, TX.

If you wish to attend the casting call, please visit Bella32′s website for more information and to schedule an appointment.

About Bella32:
Bella32 is a super-lounge that features a modern, sleek décor within an expanded open space, and is set to blossom into the premiere destination for nightlife in North Dallas. Featuring three top-shelf, fully-stocked bars serving specialty cocktails, as well as an exciting dance floor and stage to highlight the best entertainment in town, Bella32 will easily provide nightlife lovers with distinctive high-end party experience like no other. Additionally, Bella32’s tiered VIP lounge and bottle service area lends a privileged view of the scene, and will satisfy even the most discerning tastes of the nightlife connoisseur. Follow Bella32 on Twitter and Facebook.

A Dallasite’s relationship with tacos is usually either a quick, casual lunch or a late-night binge. In both cases, the tacos are simple: chicken, beef or pork topped with onions and cilantro. Enter Rock N’ Taco.

Uptown’s latest taco casa isn’t your Fuel City, Bongo’s or Mia’s, fare. Instead, flamboyant owner Avi Adri, known for bringing, “camels to McKinney Avenue and midgets swinging from chandeliers,” has created a masterpiece with his first dining venture . Thanks to “design intervention” from Billy Salsberg and Tyler Duncan, Adri’s partners have served Rock N’ Taco up as a ‘see and been seen’ atmosphere within a beautifully built and designed new space.  Mexican-fare restaurateur, Jose Rodriguez, also worked with the partners to create a Contemporary Mexican menu of the utmost style.

Speaking of atmosphere, and before we tackle the menu, we’re talking lush hot pink, cow print, a little kinky and a whole lot of high class fabulousness akin to a Miami nightlife hotspot. Well endowed eye candy will posit you at a luxe table, handing you what can only be described as a mouthwatering, albeit dripping in pink, menu rife with sopas, tacos – both traditional and house specialty – and more.

Last night, plied with tequila straight from Rock N’ Taco’s vast collection of low brow to high end, the three of us ordered a rather musical assortment  for our dinner: the Rock N’ Guaco, fresh and housemade, Elvis Brisket Tacos, The Beach Boys Baja, Red Hot Chili Pepper Calamari, topping things off with A Kiss, aka Tres Leches cake.

To sum dinner up?  Our tacos were both hot and haute. The Elvis Brisket Tacos were smothered in perfectly caramelized onions, the fish in the Beach Boys Baja flaky, tender and fresh. Though my dainty lips couldn’t handle the hot, hot heat of the calamari, my dining companions remarked several times on the light batter and tenderness of the squid. We all agreed that the Kiss we shared was creamy, decadent and left us longing for more.

Speaking with owner Avi, we learned that he’s a native to Israel. Moving to Dallas at the tender age of 13 he actually began life as a promoter at a time in life when most of us are developing first crushes, battling puberty and doing our best to avoid breakouts and fashion faux pas. His life in the nightclub and restaurant industry started with Club Metropolis and led him to Aura Nightclub, Rock N’ Taco’s next door neighbor.

Avi Adri is most certainly a character, think of the Rosalind Russell version of Auntie Mame, and in Rock N’ Taco’s atmosphere, food and people watching goodness, it shows. Great for a late night nosh after patronizing the club scene or for having a bite with the beautiful people and a group of girlfriends, we suspect that Rock N’ Taco – and their musically inspired theme – is here to stay.

Rock N’ Taco will be throwing their Grand Opening party on Tuesday, June 22.  Come by Rock N’ Taco in Uptown on McKinney Ave. at 5pm, and we can guarantee that this will be a party to remember.  Space is limited, so please RSVP for the party at www.RockNTacoRSVP.com.

Rock N’ Taco
2916 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 740-0909

A big thank you to all that came out and supported the BestofTexas.com Wheel of Fortune Watching Party last night!

Congrats to our winners from last night:

Paula – won the Weekend Stay at Hotel Palomar

Melissa – won the Dinner for Two with a Wine Pairing at Central 214

Stuart – won the VIP State Fair of Texas Package

If you missed the show, we’ll be putting it up on YouTube soon, so you can search for “BestofTexas.com and Wheel” to find the video clip!

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to check out San Antonio for a relaxing break from Dallas! We contacted the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, and they mailed us a very informative package with tons of information about everything going on in San Antonio!

168710180_0f37582d0f_mWe threw some clothes in the car, and left the office around 12:30 pm to head to San Antonio. *Note, if you’re traveling from Dallas, I would suggest leaving before noon to avoid the Austin traffic on I-35. It may not normally be that bad at 3:30pm, but ACL was going on, so it took about an hour just to get through Austin.

Very happy to get out of the car, we arrived at the Watermark Hotel and Spa, and Trent greeted us to valet the car. He took our bag and offered us a nice glass of champagne while we checked in….they had me at the champagne, and it set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

3392207349_6d5cb51c98_mOur room was on the same level as the Spa (2nd floor), and it was decorated in soft neutral colors with a modern-luxury style. We also had a nice sized balcony, which overlooked the Riverwalk. When I stay at a hotel, it’s all about the beds and bathrooms, so I headed into the bathroom and immediately jumped into the Jacuzzi tub for a relaxing bubble bath!

Feeling refreshed and ready to hit the Riverwalk, we headed over to Rita’s for some Tex-Mex. The food was very good, and of course, we ordered a margarita, which came in a glass that was seriously the size of my face. After dinner, we grabbed some ice cream from Justin’s, which is next door, and strolled through the scenic Riverwalk. I went to bed early, to prepare for the next day….my Spa Day!

The greatest thing about the Watermark Hotel and Spa is that you could easily NOT leave the hotel, and have a wonderful weekend. You could stay in your robe all day, order room service for breakfast in bed, go swimming in the roof top pool, enjoy the spa amenities, and have dinner at Pesca.

168710053_50d8c1158f_mSaturday morning, I rolled out of bed, put on my white fluffy robe, enjoyed an espresso on my balcony, and then walked across the hallway to the spa. Leticia greeted me at the spa, and we went over the services that I had selected. I opted for the Watermark Spa Refresher Package, which included a 50 min. Swedish Massage, a 50 min. Deluxe Facial, an elegant lunch on the Rooftop Café, and a 50 min. Body Scrub. My boyfriend opted to skip the spa services, and relax in their Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. The Watermark Spa is amazing down to the smallest details, and it’s one of the best spas that I have ever visited.

Denise gave me an excellent Swedish Massage, with just the right amount of pressure, and the aromatic lavender oils completely relaxed me. Next, I had my Deluxe Facial from Brittany, and she used product from Sothys Paris, which left my skin glowing. After the facial, I headed up to join my boyfriend on the Rooftop Cafe for lunch. We were greeted by Jaysen and Katie, and they had our lunch order ready. We had the Heirloom Tomato Salad as a starter and the Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich, which included Brie Cheese, Boston Lettuce, and Tomato Aioli Sauce, served on a Fresh Croissant. For dessert, we tried the Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with Strawberry Almond Shortcake and Mint Syrup and the Key Lime Cheesecake with a Macadamia Nut Coconut Cookie and Blueberry Compote. Simply amazing! I had one treatment left, so I headed back down to the spa for my Body Scrub from Amber. I chose the Purple Sage Salt Glow, which smelled like fresh coffee beans and peppermint. They rub the exfoliating scrub on your body from head to toe, then rinse it with a vichy shower, and finish off with a moisturizing oil. My skin has never been so soft!

We retreated back to the room, all refreshed and relaxed, and got ready for a big night out on the Riverwalk! Brittany from the spa had suggested that we try a nice Italian restaurant called Paisano’s. They had an excellent wine list and the food was great. We ordered a bottle of the Ruffino Chianti and an order of calamari (the biggest calamari I have ever seen) and the Parmesan Breaded Artichoke Hearts with a Basil Aioli, and settled in to “people watch” along the Riverwalk.

With full bellies and a nice wine buzz, we headed straight upstairs to a cute martini and cigar bar, called Swig. They had an excellent selection of martinis, and I had the Flirtini, while my boyfriend had the Manhattan. I looked up and heard live music coming from above, on the 3rd level, so we headed upstairs to check it out. We found the greatest place, called Howl at the Moon. It’s a dueling piano bar, and it was packed with all ages of people and a few bachelorette parties. Everyone was having a great time, and laughing and singing along to their favorite songs on the pianos. It ended up being a fun and very entertaining night!

The next morning, we checked out of the hotel at noon, and hit the road back to Dallas, trying to make it to Willie’s Place in Carl’s Corner, TX by 3:15 for the Cowboys game. Willie’s Place is very cool! They have a great convenience store with all the typical items, and lots of Willie memorabilia. They also have a cafe, which serves all of your home cooked favorites, and most amazing, is the roadhouse theater. It is definitely worth stopping by to check out on your way to Austin or San Antonio, and it’s even worth the hour drive from Dallas to catch some great live music.

We had such a great weekend, and will definitely be heading back to San Antonio for a little R&R again soon!

This past Saturday I threw my first baby shower for my sister, Lindsay. I chose to have the shower at Bella in Uptown Dallas, since it’s a regular hang out spot for me – they have the best patio for private events and excellent food and drinks. Bella is usually closed during the day on Saturday, but Tony, the co-owner of Bella, opened up just for our special event!

bellaLindsay is having a baby girl, so of course, pink was the overall theme of the event. Tony arrived early to meet us and help get the party set up. We transformed the Bella patio into a pink paradise of balloons and martini glasses filled with pink and white customized M&M’s that read, ‘Sweet Olivia’, the name of my soon-to-be niece. Tony put Rick in charge of our group, and he did an excellent job! Guests began arriving at 2pm, and they were immediately offered a glass of wine or champagne. Rick didn’t let the champagne and wine stop flowing the entire day, and later in the afternoon, he brought out some great house specialty drinks- the ‘Bellarita’ and the winner of the day was the ‘Real Good Iced Tea’, which you must try next time you visit Bella. The ‘preggo’ guests also got fresh raspberry mojito drinks to sip on – virgin, of course. It was also great that the Longhorns in the group were able to catch subtle glances of the UT game’s score from the big screen on the Bella patio. FYI- Bella is also the best place in Uptown to watch the Cowboys game on Sundays. They do an excellent brunch with 2 for 1 Bloody Mary’s and $9 Bottomless Mimosas!

Shortly after the celebration began, the food began rolling out to the patio. The chef began with mini gourmet BLT and Chicken Salad sandwiches. The BLTs had crisp bacon, and the basil leaves were a nice twist on the classic, and the Chicken Salad sandwiches had apples in them, which gave them a fresh crunch. Next, Rick came out with incredible wild mushroom pizza squares- with just the right amount of tomato sauce and generous amounts of cheese and chopped mushrooms on top. Lastly, on the menu were the skewered tenderloin pieces with a tzatziki sauce for dipping, and these were by far the hit of the party.

cakeballsWe wrapped up the party with Lindsay opening her gifts, and Rick brought out our amazing little “cake balls.” Let me tell you, this was my first experience serving cake balls at a party, and I will never go back to traditional cakes again. The cake balls were beautifully decorated in shades of pink and chocolate, and it’s just enough “sweet” for all the guests to nibble on. We ordered the cake balls from Jessica at With Love Bakery, and you can personalize them to match any celebration or event. They taste better than cake, and they’re super moist and delicious, plus you don’t have the messy clean up of plates and forks.

My first baby shower went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time. I host many events, so I’m familiar with all the stress of throwing a big event for 30 guests. This was not the case with Bella though; Tony and Rick took everything off my hands, so that I could relax and enjoy my baby sister’s shower and visit with all of our guests. I will be throwing many more parties at Bella in the future. If you would like to host your next event at Bella, contact Tony.

Bella
Dallas, Tx
214-855-5001

TODAY at 5:30pm, Best of Texas will be hosting our first charity happy hour event to support the Bridge Homeless Shelter at Jack’s Backyard in Dallas.

There will be NO COVER, FREE FOOD, FREE VALET, live music by EASTWOOD, great prizes, $3 BestofTexas’ Ritas and surprise celebrity guests!

All proceeds from the Best of Texas Ritas will be donated to the Bridge Homeless Shelter.

What’s the catch? The event is limited to only 200 people! At posting, there are only 55 spots available.

YOU MUST RSVP NOW!