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OK, for those who may be new to this here blog, or for those who just don’t pay close attention sometimes, we really love us some Slobberbone, here at Best of Texas. We also love us some concerts at the Granada Theater in Dallas.

So, with that out of the way, it’s of little wonder that this Saturday’s show at the Granada Theater is of extremely high interest to us. Slobberbone, along with Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward, will be gracing and sweating on the stage of the grand, old room, and it will be incendiary.

What’s even better is that we have some tickets to give awy to this most drool-worthy of shows. Thanks to our friends at the Granada, the first person to email me at kelly.dearmore@bestoftexas.com with the words “THE MIGHTY SLOBBERBONE!” will have their name on the list with a “plus one” for a friend, even.

Do yourself a favor and hit up this Slobberbone 101 write-up I posted a few months ago. You’ll be so glad you did!!

We’re not sure what else really needs to be said. We’re giving away a pair of GAME 2 MAVS PLAYOFF TICKETS!

It’s playoff time and the Dallas Mavericks find themselves in the NBA’s final four, fighting for a spot in the finals. The playoff series starts tomorrow night in Dallas as they take on Kevin Durant and the young and exciting Oklahoma City Blazers. Perhaps this is a new regional rivalry in the making? You can see for yourself on Thursday night, May 19th in Dallas. 

So, scan the code here, using your BestBuzz App and be entered to win, why don’t ya? Also, head on over to Facebook and “like us” while you’re at it. We’ve told as many people as we can about the benefits of downloading the BestBuzz App for the iPhone or Andrioid. Tons of great goodies, food and drink specials and give-aways. And now MAVERICKS PLAYOFF TICKETS!

On May 20th, Trees in Dallas’ Deep Ellum district will be simply raging! Six of the nation’s top DJs will be facing off in a unique DJ competition that aims to put their skills in arranging diverse beats to the test. The DJs featured include: Competing DJ’s include: DJ Fishr Pryce (Dallas), DJ Diverse (Oklahoma City), DJ Vajra (Boulder), DJM (San Antonio), DJ Rockwell (Houston), and DJ Spin (New Orleans). You might remember we told you about an earlier round of this sweet competition a few months back. It’s back, and we’ve got some tickets for you (maybe)?

Here’s more from the press release:

The stage has been set, now it’s time to lay it all on the line. They’ve powered past the competition in local battles and now the six best party-rock DJs from across three states will meet in Dallas for a regional throwdown to earn a coveted spot in the National Red Bull Thre3Style Finals.

Not quite your standard DJ battle—far from it actually—Red Bull Thre3Style is a creative and innovative 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 of music in a 15 minute set. Genres don’t matter, all that matters is the DJ’s ability to mix them and make them work together. Competing DJs are judged on their track-selection, technical skills, creativity and most importantly, their ability to bring the house down.

The top two winners from the Regional Final will fly to Vegas in November to compete in the US Finals 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.

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Want free passes to this very cool event?? BestBuzz is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the National Red Bull Thre3Style Finals at Trees. Deadline to enter is May 18th. The lucky recipients will be notified on Thursday the 19th. Sharing with your friends on Facebook gets you extra entries, so invite your music-loving friends!

 Go to our Facebook Page and see how to take advantage of the very cool offer!

For those of us with small kids, or even not-so-small kids, the Saturday birthday party can be a bit of a beating and can absolutely throw a wrench into any well-meaning plans of getting something productive around the house done (even if we were likely never going to get to that pesky project, anyways.) Screaming kids, ringing video games, creepy, large singing mice and general sensory overload can really bring a frown to a parent’s face, if we’re all being honest here (we are, aren’t we?).

For many of us possessors of the BestBuzz App, we have found a different, and less stressful way of helping our children celebrate birthdays, whether it be their own, or the celebration for one of their tiny friends: Bounce U.

The well-trained staff of each Bounce U knows how to operate the well-oiled party machine they possess, ultimately taking the headache of having to handle everything away from the parent. Imagine, just hanging out while your kids bounce and play in the indoor, bounce-eriffic playrooms before heading to another party room for pizza, goodies and presents – all in the span of a quick hour or two.

Be sure to use the BestBuzz App to it’s fullest and you can see what I mean for yourself. Go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bestbuzz/id405561566?mt=8 to read more about the App and download it FOR FREE, for yourself.

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

BestofTexas.com and BestBuzz are very excited and honored to be sponsoring the ‘Best Party in Texas’ Super Bowl charity event with the Jose Feliciano Foundation, and we’re giving away Two FREE VIP Tickets (value $2,000) for the party to a lucky winner at 5pm on Friday!

To be entered to win, all you have to do is go “LIKE” us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BestofTexas) or go “FOLLOW” us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/BestofTexas) and Re-Tweet or Re-Post this link on your page!

This Saturday night, February 5th from 9pm to 3am, we will be partying it up at the Embassy Suites Outdoor World with some of the hottest celebrities and athletes in the world. This will be the BEST party in Texas, and 100% of the proceeds go to support these fabulous charities: Gridiron Greats, CSD, Ronald McDonald House, Friends of Wednesday’s Child, NOVA Center, Habitat for Humanity, Dallas Margarita Society, and Dallas Children’s Charities.

Only a few tickets are left before the party sells out, and you can get tickets while they are still available by contacting Jeannie McLaughlin at info@superbowldallas.org or call 972-983-4258.

Many surprises are in store for the evening and you’ll mix and mingle with such celebrities as Carmen Electra, Aubrey O’Day, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Randy Jackson from American Idol, cast members from Glee and 90210, Hayden Panettiere, the Ultimate Cheerleaders, the Conan O’Brien Show, Beyonce, and so many more! Athletes attending include Mike Ditka, Jay Novacek, Tony Dorsett, and the list keeps growing so check out this page for an up-to-date list.

The cocktails will be flowing and the night will be full of entertainment from DJ Krave, Emerald City Band and more. Guests will also be able to participate in a silent auction which includes everything from autographed sports memorabilia to “experience” prizes, such as a night of cooking in the kitchen with Iron Chef Winner, Kent Rathbun, then enjoying dinner at Abacus with a guest! There will even be a gorgeous one-of-a-kind diamond “football” ring that was created by Gauthier just for this event, and is worth over $10,000! Specialty cocktails by Texas’s own, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea and warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies by Tiff’s Treats are just a few of the treats to be had at the event.

None of this could happen without our amazing sponsors and we’re so grateful that the community has come together to support this amazing night before the big Super Bowl game in Dallas, TX!

AND, to top off this fabulous night, Best of Texas and BestBuzz will be giving away an exclusive VIP vacation for two to the Cayman Islands! After all this freezing snow, we figured what could be better than a nice tropical vacation to a Caribbean island?

This luxury dream vacation to Grand Cayman includes all of this and MORE:

  • Airfare for two from any Cayman Airways hub with complementary Rum Punch (value $1,200)
  • Six nights hotel stay at the Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman (value $3,000)
  • Private 3 Hour Luxury Yacht Cruise for Two (value $975) – includes snorkeling and snorkel gear, wave-runner, water-skiing, wakeboarding, stop at the famous Stingray City Sandbar, tropical fruit kabobs and more. Watch a video of Cayman Luxury Charters: http://bit.ly/eY5pAe
  • Waterfront Ocean Fine Dining VIP Dinner for Two at The Wharf Restaurant & Bar (value $125)
  • VIP Table with Bottle Service at the new Elements Ultra Lounge in Grand Cayman (value $500)

You can visit www.BestBuzz.bz/superbowl for more information.

BestBuzz is the new mobile-local-social app for BestofTexas.com and it will be launching throughout DFW this February! To be invited to the BestBuzz launch party, please register at www.BestBuzz.bz today. Guests will be able to download the free BestBuzz app for iPhone or Android and ‘buzz-in’ at the party to automatically be entered to win a vacation to Grand Cayman!

To WIN VIP tickets to the ‘Best Party in Texas’, all you need to do is go “LIKE” us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BestofTexas) or go “FOLLOW” us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/BestofTexas) and Re-Tweet or Re-Post this link on your page!

See you at the BEST PARTY IN TEXAS!

For more information about BestBuzz or BestofTexas.com, please contact carrie@bestoftexas.com.

Customers named Mary can drop into either Mary of Puddin Hill locations, in Greenville or at Uptown Village in Cedar Hill, and receive a complimentary chocolate dipped strawberry, now through Christmas Eve.

Mary of Puddin Hill has been a Christmas legend for more than 60 years and is considered by many to be Texas’ best tasting fruitcake. Made from Mary Horton’s original heirloom recipe the cakes are abundant with pecans or walnuts, apricots, cherries, pineapples and dates—with just enough batter to hold it all together. There are no spices, citron, preservatives or additives, keeping the flavor legendary.

Each December, the little bakery founded in Greenville, Texas ships thousands of fruitcakes and other homemade goodies around the globe.

Mary Horton Lauderdale began it all baking fruitcakes using her namesake great grandmother’s recipe, a pioneer woman with a family farm on a northeast Texas patch of Blackland Prairie. In 1839, Mary’s husband, James Horton, received 620 acres of land as payment for his services to the Republic of Texas.

The day Mary and James arrived at their new home site, rain poured consistently . Gully washers make any patch of Texas Blackland soil a soggy, gummy mess. Even so, James and his proud family slogged around the site as he led them to the crest of a small hill when Mary, struggling through the thick black mud declared, “This is like walking through pudding.”

Inspired, James spread his arms wide and proudly shouted, “Welcome to Puddin Hill!”

More than a century later, Mary’s great granddaughter, Lauderdale, started making fruitcakes out of their tiny apartment from advice given to her by her economics professor. Mary’s parent’s loaned her the money to purchase the fruit and friends helped prepare cakes.

Five hundred pounds of fruitcake later, they realized they might be on to something, moving to Greenville and opening their first store in 1975 located at E. Interstate 30, Exit 95.

For more information and to order online go to www.puddinhill.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.

Now that I’ve completely ruined your appetite, I thought I’d make sure that those of you in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Lufkin, Midland, Nacogdoches and San Antonio can get a free chicken sammich on Thursday, August 19 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at participating Texas Popeyes locations.

“As we bring something new into the market, we want to offer our loyal guests the opportunity to try, taste and fall in love with our new Simple Chicken Sandwich — for FREE,” said John Busby, a Texas franchisee.

Popeyes recommends calling ahead to confirm the restaurant is participating in the promotion.

Head to your local Texas Popeyes early to beat the flocks of Popeyes lovers taking advantage of this one-hour only offer.

Think of it as the original High School Musical…

This Friday night’s showing of Grease: Sing-A-Long (PG13) at Frisco Square’s Movies in the Square is the only one of its kind before the limited release at local theaters on July 8. This interactive presentation of the fully restored 1978 film has been customized with on-screen lyrics and..it’s FREE! After the limited release in just a few cities, other and other theaters will have to “Demand It” through a special promotion sponsored by Paramount Studios.

“What an exciting week for Frisco”, said Paige Scheer of ScheerMattlage, the events management company at Frisco Square. “Presenting Grease: Sing-A-Long is a great way to celebrate and have some fun at Frisco Square. We’re thrilled to have been selected for this event. It shows what a special place Frisco is and that others think very highly of our Movies in the Square program. We know that at least one classic car club is coming out. We’ve heard from people who are planning their costumes, too”.