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Best of Texas is excited to launch our new social, local, mobile (SoLoMo) app called BestBuzz, so to celebrate, we’ll be doing “Appy Hour” parties around town all month.  Please join us and ‘buzz-in’ to receive great deals at our events and have some fun for a couple hours!  To get on the guest list for all of our upcoming parties, please visit www.BestBuzz.bz to register.

Using the BestBuzz app, users can scan unique QR codes on door stickers and get real-time special deals from several of the best places in Dallas!  Our motto is, “If you love it, Buzz about it,” so share what you like best at places and add photos using the BestBuzz app.

The BestBuzz app is free and available for iPhone and Android users (Blackberry version is coming soon), so make sure to download the app and join our “Appy Hour” party at Hacienda on Henderson this Thursday, March 3rd from 5pm-7pm . Our team of “social buzzerflies” will be on the patio and the first margarita is on us, and then you can stay and enjoy $3 margaritas and 20% OFF food when you buzz-in and show your waiter!

PLUS! BestBuzz is throwing the Official SXSW Interactive “Appy Hour” bash in Austin next Friday. Come and enjoy free food, free cocktails, and we even have special Grammy-winning artists showing up for some entertainment from 5pm-8pm!

RSVP- www.BestBuzz.bz/sxsw

Be sure to check out some of these other great places for BestBuzz special offers around Dallas:

Patriarchs Humidor
Patriarch’s Sanctuary Bar
Sugar Queen Cupcakes
The Salad Stop
Bounce U
Love, Peace & Popcorn
Salon & Spa at Eaton Court
Addison Improv
Café Malaga
Bounce for Fun
Rene’s Lagniappe Hair
Fortuna Grill Pizzaria
Papa Murphy’s Richardson
Adriatica Day Spa
Hacienda on Henderson
Quesa-D-Ya’s
Primo’s Uptown
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Dallas
Roni Deutch Tax Center
Locked Out Comedy
Fox Sports Grill
The Alcove Uptown
Rock N Taco
Planet Beach Contempo Spa
Chito’s Mexican Restaurant
State & Allen Lounge
The Nodding Donkey
Christie’s Sports Bar
Vino 100
Aura Lounge
McKinney Adventure Boot Camp
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka
Jasper’s Plano
ZEA Woodfire Grill
Abacus
Tiff’s Treats
Rathburn’s Blue Plate Kitchen

Eight of Dallas’s premier DJs will be battling it out in a head-to-head format know as Red Bull Thre3Style come February 19th! Competing DJ’s include Joe Vega, NVS, Danny West, Fishr Pryce, Danny V, Trek, D-Roz and Rev.

Headlining the show is none other than DJ Mix Master Mike of The Beastie Boys. Guest judges include notable DJs and industry leaders including DJ A1 from the Cannabinoids, Kwasar of Chocolate Groove, DJ Enferno, Delano, Ben of the Rec Shop and DJ Sober.

Red Bull Thre3 Style - whos the best party rocker in the Big D?Not quite your standard DJ battle—far from it actually—Red Bull THRE3Style is a creative and innovative event format where the true art of party rockin’ is put to the test. Red Bull Thre3Style is a DJ contest that promises to be a night of dance-floor mayhem. Each DJ is challenged to play a selection of at least three genres or styles of music in a 15 minute set. Genres don’t matter, all that matters is the DJs ability to mix them and make them work together.

Participating DJs are judged on their track-selection, technical skills, creativity and most importantly their ability to bring the house down. It doesn’t matter if they know all the DJing tricks and techniques in the book, if they can’t get the feet on the dance floor and hands in the air, they don’t stand a chance of winning a Red Bull Thre3Style.

More than 20 US Qualifiers will take place this year. The winner of each qualifier will win $1,000 US and compete in a Regional final. The Winner of each regional battle wins the chance to fly to Las Vegas in November for the national Red Bull THRE3Style Championship. The national champ then travels to Vancouver, Canada to compete in the global finals against the world’s best party-rock DJs in hopes of being crowned the International Red Bull THRE3Style champion!

Excited yet? Well guess what? Best of Texas and BestBuzz.bz are giving away Four VIP Tickets to the Red Bull Thre3Style DJ Event in Dallas, TX at the Granada Theater on February 19th, 2011.

To win, go “Like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BestofTexas, and tell us the craziest thing you would do for Red Bull VIP tickets! Be creative…videos are welcome!

Don’t forget: DOWNLOAD the free BestBuzz app on your iPhone or Android and ‘Buzz-in’ with your phone at the Thre3Style party to be entered to Win VIP Tickets to the Thre3Style FINALS in May 2011.

Red Bull THRE3Style
February 19th, 2011
Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX

When the clock hits zero at the Big Game on Sunday, February 6, the biggest celebration in Big D won’t take place at Cowboys Stadium. Instead, Addison is THE place to be post game as Usher, one of the biggest entertainers on the planet, hosts a Texas-size celebration thrown by Seth Wiener Ent. and Martin Ent. Group with BlackFinn.

UPDATED: Chelsea Handler has confirmed, so has Slah and Maroon 5!…could Justin Bieber be there, too?  Usher is not releasing his guest list yet, but you can guarantee there will be some big surprises!

Are you an Usher fan? If so, we’ve got some great news for you- BestofTexas.com and our new mobile social app, BestBuzz are giving away a FREE pair of tickets (value $1,000) to Usher’sOfficial Super Bowl After-Party Bash! VIP Ticket includes VIP access and Open Bar.

Check out this morning’s Squawker post to find out just how easy it it to enter to win!


When the clock hits zero at the Big Game on Sunday, February 6, the biggest celebration in Big D won’t take place at Cowboys Stadium. Instead, Addison is THE place to be post game as Usher, one of the biggest entertainers on the planet, hosts a Texas-size celebration thrown by Seth Wiener Ent. and Martin Ent. Group with BlackFinn. Chelsea Handler’s confirmed…could Justin Bieber be there, too?  Usher is not releasing his guest list yet, but you can guarantee there will be some big surprises!

Are you an Usher fan? If so, we’ve got some great news for you- BestofTexas.com and our new mobile social app, BestBuzz are giving away a FREE pair of tickets (value $1,000) to Usher’s Official Super Bowl After-Party Bash! VIP Ticket includes VIP access and Open Bar.

Chelsea Handler just confirmed that she’ll be attending one of Dallas’ best Super Bowl After Parties – Usher’s Official Super Bowl After-Party Bash – will you?

To be entered to win, all you need to do is go ‘Like’ BestofTexas.com on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BestofTexas) or ‘Follow’ us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/BestofTexas), and tell us why you want to win by Friday at 5pm! Also, please post this link on your personal Facebook or Twitter page to share it with your friends- just make sure they take you with them, if they win!

OMG! – Usher to Host The Official Post Game
After Party at BlackFinn Addison, TX
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Star studded party hosted by the five-time Grammy winner

When the clock hits zero at the Big Game on Sunday, February 6, the biggest celebration in Big D won’t take place at Cowboys Stadium. Instead, Addison is THE place to be post game as Usher, one of the biggest entertainers on the planet, hosts a Texas-size celebration thrown by Seth Wiener Ent. and Martin Ent. Group with BlackFinn.

Being on break from his sold out OMG Tour, Usher is personally inviting his closest celebrity friends to party with him before he leaves to continue with his tour overseas. Besides Usher’s guests of A-list of celebrities and athletes, Usher is known for his dance skills, so party goers might see plenty of Usher’s moves as he dances the night away with the crowd.

Since releasing his multi-platinum second album My Way in 1997, Usher has been a fixture in the music industry. The pop superstar has released six studio albums, five of which have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Nine Usher songs have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, tying him for 10th most all time with the Bee Gees, Elton John and Rihanna. Usher songs have spent a cumulative 47 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100 Chart, fifth best all-time behind only Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, The Beatles and Boyz II Men.

A sellout crowd is expected at BlackFinn American Saloon’s Addison location with current ticket sales already over 50%. Ticket and table options are going from $250 to $20,000 with all VIP tickets to include an open bar. Ultra VIP tickets allows access to the red carpet and everywhere at the venue. Tables start at $4000 and go up to $20,000 OMG tables. The major tables are almost sold out.

To purchase tickets, please visit before they sell out: www.SupremeTicket.com

To be entered to win, make sure to go ‘Like’ BestofTexas.com on Facebook or ‘Follow’ us on Twitter and tell us why you want to win by Friday at 5pm.

In the spirit of holiday giving, Best of Texas has teamed up with the Dallas Mavericks and Hotel Palomar to give one lucky winner a Double Suite Deal:

  • A weekend stay in a boutique suite at Hotel Palomar
  • Two tickets for the November 23rd game to see the Mavericks take on the Pistons from a luxury suite where you’ll party with Best of Texas and a Platinum parking pass at American Airlines Center.

Continuing in the spirit of giving and thanks to the Dallas Mavericks’ group sales guru, Zac Whitley, Best of Texas has been able to also secure deeply discounted group tickets for fans of Best of Texas, too!

In honor of  the Mavericks Be There campaign, here’s the discount breakdown when you purchase tickets to any game between now thru December 28th:

$12 – Upper Level

$25 – Upper Level

$35 – Upper Level

$71 – Lower Level

$55 – Platinum Level

$76 – Platinum Level

It’s easy to enter to win our Best of Texas Double Suite Deal!

The deadline is Monday, November 23rd and all you have to do to be there is follow these super simple steps to Be There for all the excitement, Be There for all the thrills and Be There rowdy, loud and proud:

1. Visit our special link at http://tinyurl.com/WinMavs

2. Pick any game you’d like to attend before December 28 at the special discounted rate

3. When prompted, enter in the code: bestoftexas

4. Enter in your information and purchace your game tickets.

It really is that easy and you’ll automatically be entered into the Double Suite Deal Contest!

So why are you still on this page? Go grab your tickets to day before the contest expires on Monday!

Be There for all the excitement…
Be There for all the thrills…
Be There rowdy, loud and proud!



CKE Restaurants, Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, announced the start of “The Key to Black Beauty” instant-win game and sweepstakes. The promotion, part of a marketing partnership announced earlier this year with Sony Pictures around the January 14, 2011 release of the  The Green Hornet, will give one lucky action-seeker the opportunity to win a fully-loaded Black Beauty car from the film.

“The Green Hornet sweepstakes at all Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants offers a grand prize that is truly one of a kind,” said Brad Haley, executive vice president of marketing for CKE Restaurants. “The Black Beauty car is really one of the stars of the film, and now one lucky guest will be its owner. Whether you are a fan of The Green Hornet, a vintage car buff, or just want to take it out for a spin to your local Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s, this is a unique opportunity to own a piece of Hollywood history. Of course, we will be giving the winner the option to get the Black Beauty either in its fully weaponized mode, with non-functional machine guns and rocket launchers, or in its street-legal mode with no visible weapons. Either way, it’s a sweet ride.”

I’ll take mine weaponzied please, with a side of fries…

A variety of other prizes, including Southwest Airlines Vacations packages, limited-edition The Green Hornet PSP®go Systems, Sony home-theater system, Sony Electronics, movie tickets to see The Green Hornet, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s gift cards and food prizes will also be available.

Click here for all the full details.

Oh, glorious turkey day. There are so many things about the holiday I love. For example, I love cream. I love it in my coffee and my tea. I love whipped cream, fresh and from an aerosol can. Heck, I even love crème fraîche.

You get the idea, now imagine it smeared with mayo

You get the idea, now imagine it smeared with mayo

So imagine my delight when I saw a cranberry and jello-based, whipped cream topped, shimmering dish of goodness sitting on the Thanksgiving table at my MeMaw’s house a few years ago. Then, imagine my horror when taking an especially healthy spoonful into my mouth only to find that the cranberry dish was not covered with whipped cream.

It was covered in freaking mayonnaise.

Yeah.

MAYONNAISE.

MAYONNAISE mixed with cream.

And yes, thank you, I did throw up a little. My mom, aunt, uncle and MeMaw proceeded to eat it, exclaiming that this ‘treat’ was both, “delicious and a Southern thing.”

A.) it was the stuff of nightmares and B.) CranMayoJello is NOT Southern, it is the stuff of Satan.

I know I’m not alone in Thanksgiving nightmares. Share yours in the comments before November 25th and the winning horror story will win a $40 gift card to Whole Foods Market!

Well, Stetson has certainly stepped things up a notch as of late. First there was their recently announced partnership with world-renowned milliner, Albertus Swanepoel which produced a slew of retro hat badassery that left me both drooling and covetous and now Stetson has collaborated with Garland’s own music maven Erin McCarleyhat tip to Wind-Up Records for letting me know and for signing Jeremy Fisher (yay!) – to present Erin’s new video for her new cover of Hank Williams’ ‘I Saw The Light’.

The video is pulling double duty, serving as both a vehicle to spread Erin’s music and as a look book of Stetson’s new Fall clothing line. I have to admit, I had to watch the video a few times because I was utterly gobsmacked by the sheer rock and roll awesomeness of Stetson’s new line. Believe you me, this is so not your grandpa’s Stetson, oh no not at all. We’re talking tight, low rider, black leather pants, people!

Steston is also running a contest where you can win some of the pieces Erin wears in the video. (It’s okay fellas, they have options for you, too, if you’re so inclined to enter the contest.

It’s easy to enter, just watch Erin’s new video and enter to win at Stetson here.

P.S. Like Erin’s take on a Hank Williams classic? Stetson will also let you download it for free!

FunnyFur.com, a Houston luxury pet boutique specializing in couture wear, fashionable pet carriers, designer dog accessories, collars, harnesses, handmade pet jewelry, novelty dog toys, pet furniture and an array of breast cancer awareness pet accessories, are hosting their annual non-profit Howl-O-Ween pet costume contests. There will be an in-store Howl-O-Ween costume contest at the Funny Fur pet boutique in Houston, as well as an online contest available to pet owners everywhere.

Forget the dog, I want this in a people sweater

The in-store contest will be held on October 29, 2010 at 6 p.m. and will feature a Halloween costume contest for dogs, as well as other pet-themed activities including a scary-costume fashion show, dog nail painting, a raffle and more. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served throughout the event. Donations are accepted for participation in the festivities with all proceeds benefiting the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The grand-prize costume contest winner will be judged by local business owners and volunteers. Winner will be announced at the end of the evening and awarded a $200 gift card to FunnyFur.com.

The online contest is open to any pet owners who wish to send in a picture of their dog in their favorite costume. Submissions will be judged by customers and the winner will be announced online on November 1 and awarded a $100 gift card to FunnyFur.com. For contest eligibility, contestants must purchase a costume from the company’s website – enter TREAT at checkout to snag 15% OFF – . This year’s must have costumes include the Calypso Queen dog costume, a colorful carnival dress inspired by Carmen Miranda and the Prince Charming dog costume, a charming getup for male dogs. All photo entries should be submitted to events@funnyfur.com.

Whether they’re over-the-top, small family gatherings, or a quick trip to Vegas, weddings are always memorable. To celebrate one of life’s most momentous occasions, Gaylord Hotels is launching a Most Memorable Weddings Sweepstakes.

Sometimes the best part of a wedding day is planned and sometimes a surprise becomes the ultimate memory of the day; whether it’s a perfect sunset, a dance routine down the aisle, or the hilarious best man’s speech. With Gaylord Hotels’ new Most Memorable Weddings Sweepstakes, anyone can log on to share and enjoy wedding memories through the eyes of the bride, groom, flower girl, or even the wedding officiant.

From now through October 31, 2010, everyone is encouraged to visit www.mostmemorableweddings.com and post photos, stories and/or videos of their favorite wedding memories for a chance to win a getaway for two to a Gaylord Hotels resort.

“The thing about weddings is that no matter how hard you plan, the most memorable moments are usually the unplanned ones,” said Amy A. Atkinson, vice president of leisure marketing and public relations for Gaylord Hotels. “As experts in hosting and executing these occasions, we have learned from experience that what makes weddings really special are these situations. And since we can all relate, either as a participant or a guest, we’ve created a forum for everyone to share their stories.”

The winning entry, which will be randomly chosen, will be awarded a Grand Prize trip for two to one of the four Gaylord Hotels, located in or near some of the country’s most desirable destinations, including Washington, D.C., Orlando, Nashville and Dallas.

The sweepstakes prize includes two nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast buffet, one spa treatment per person at Relâche Spa and roundtrip coach air on Southwest Airlines.