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.

Every year on March 17th, people aim to celebrate their Irish-ness (whether real, or imagined). Cheap green beer, T-shirts with funny puns relating to drinking and general, Guinness-drenched revelry ensue.

Also each year, on the Saturday before the greenest of all holidays, Greenville Avenue in Dallas is transformed into a jubilant parade of drink, whoops, hollers and a complete lack of concern for the following morning’s dehydration-induced headache. But, before all the craziness, something perhaps even crazier occurs down Greeville Avenue - a 5k Run!

The annual St. Patty’s Dash Down Greenville Avenue at 8:30 am, you can register from the parking lot of Central Market at Lovers Ln and Greenville. This is one run where typical active attire doesn’t cut it, by the way. Not only should you rock as much green as you can, but one is in danger of feeling left out if one opts to run without a green afro-wig, massive leprechaun hat, or some other season-appropriate good-time accessory.

Of course, for all the hard work that a 5k really is, there is a reward. Tons of live music, drinks and fun await the runners at the end of the line. Later in the day, even, The Dallas Observer is hosting an insane concert featuring not only recent Squawker subjects True Widow and Here Holy Spain, but non other than Texas-rock heroes The Toadies.

The Dart rail makes it easy to get to that special strip of upper Greenville Ave, so there is really little room for excuses to those who are looking for reasons to not make it out this year.

For more information on the St. Patty’s Day Dash Down Greenville Ave 5k, go to www.dashdowngreenville.com. For information on the St. Patrick’s Day concert, starring The Toadies, go to the show’s offical site

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.

Bliss Raw Café and Elixir Bar will consolidate the Greenville Avenue location into the recently opened Bliss Raw Café in Preston Center. Now raw food enthusiasts and curious foodies can find the “modern” raw, organic cuisine and tonic super food elixir bar at 6005 Berkshire Lane in Preston Center.

“We could have never predicted the popularity that the Greenville Avenue location would generate,” says Dee Pisarro, proprietor of Bliss Cafe.  “Lack of space and parking limited expansion, and our loyal clients have embraced our Preston Center location.”

“Dallas has certainly taken note of raw food cuisine and the health benefits that it offers,” says executive chef Kelly Dennis, formerly of 105degrees in Oklahoma City where she served as executive chef for the menu created by noted raw food chef and author Matthew Kenney.  “We’re very excited to debut a revamped menu in December.”

Bliss serves only pristine, raw, nourishment for the health conscience.  Committed to using only the highest quality ingredients from organically grown sources in all recipes and refreshments, seasonal and local organic choices are a priority whenever possible.  Ingredients are uncooked, refined, fresh, alive; rich in enzymes and minerals.   Bliss Café foods are free of gluten, sugar, meat or dairy products, unhealthy additives, processed flours, genetically modified foods, pesticides and preservatives.

Pisarro is currently working on second concept, V-Spot at 1908 Henderson Avenue, set to open December 2010. V-Spot will focus on cooked vegan/vegetarian-fare.  The former Bliss location on Greenville Avenue will go under renovation to become a new concept announced soon.

Bliss Café and Elixir Bar is located at 6005 Berkshire  in Preston Center across from Gold’s Gym.

Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday from 11am-9:30pm and Sundays from 11am – 4pm.  For more information visit Bliss online or call 214.368.8585.

A veritable beauty booty bonanza bringing the best names in beauty products and services all under one roof, the Dallas Pretty City & SHAPE Magazine Beauty Sample Sale will get things started at 6 pm at Studios 1019 on December 8th.

Guests will sample complimentary beauty services courtesy of the world’s prettiest brands, from hair care and skin care to cosmetics and cosmeceuticals.

The sampling doesn’t stop there, either! You’ll get to sample on the go with awesome goodie bags featuring full and sample size products from brands like OPI, Pureology and Blow NY. Included are cocktails and edible treats as well!

Hurry and buy your tickets – a total steal at $15 or FREE for a limited time when you use the code dalprettyfree – today!

Pretty City & SHAPE Magazine Beauty Sample Sale
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 6pm-9pm
Where: Studios 1019 2278 Monitor St. Dallas, TX 75207
Cost: $15

Etsy Dallas is hosting its 3rd Annual Jingle Bash 3rd Annual Jingle Bash on Saturday, November 20th, 2pm-8pm in the Lone Star Room @ The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas

Mark your calendars now to shop over 50 of the best handmade artists in the Dallas area and beyond. Sip on yummy cocktails, win free goodies, groove to good tunes, get your picture taken in the Etsy Dallas photo booth, and so much more!

It’s a festive little gathering of over 50 local vendors and their displays of handmade arts, crafts and other fun goodies. Admission is free and open to the public, so it’s a cheap way to enjoy great food, live music and karaoke – all while doing your holiday shopping.

Bash Bucks are this year, too! For details on how you can win up to $40 in Bash Bucks, click here!

This year’s Jingle Bash is sure to be the perfect place to pick up holiday gifts for the whole family, but this event is not just for the pros, there’s even an area where you can exercise your own crafting skills and create some personalized inspired pieces to take home with you. Etsy Dallas’ Jingle Bash is the ideal setting to kick off the winter season and get you into that holiday spirit.

The event is free, and you should expect live music, great food fare and local music, to boot!

This Friday, October 22nd, Mr. Rocky Patel will grace the halls of Patriarchs Cigar Humidor and Sanctuary Bar.

This one night only, huge event will kick off at 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Cigar aficionados will be able to meet Rocky Patel, have picture taken with him and he’ll even sign a box of Rocky Patel cigars for you.

Patriarch’s will also have great specials during the night’s event:

• Buy 3 single Rocky Patel cigars and receive 1 promotional Rocky Patel cigar free

• Buy 1 full box and receive 5 promotional cigars free

• Buy 2 boxes and receive 10 promotional cigars, a Rocky Patel Lighter and a free DVD

• Buy 3 boxes and receive 10 promotional cigars, a Rocky lighter, a free DVD and a Rocky Patel Humidor.

To complete the evening, they will also include a MACALLAN Single Malt Scotch tasting.

It’s been a big first year for Patriarch’s Sanctuary Bar (6142 Frisco Square Blvd.) and Patriarch’s Cigar Humidor (6190 Frisco Square Blvd.) as both opened on February 12, 2010. The two entrepreneurial masterminds behind the ventures, B.J. Accuardi and Bill Wilkerson, worked for more than a year to bring an upscale piano bar and a separate retail cigar shop and smoking lounge to Frisco Square.

“Patriarch’s Sanctuary Bar has been developed as a destination where people will gather to have a quiet drink, enjoy soft piano music and won’t be required to shout to be heard”, said B. J. Accuardi, President of Patriarch’s. “Even the décor will be different. We’re decorating with French and English Gothic antiques, an antique bar, large back-lit stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings, a grand piano and custom-made seating”, noted Accuardi.

Bill Wilkerson commented on the cigar humidor and smoking lounge, “B.J. and I are avid cigar smokers. We have high standards and didn’t find a place that met them where we could sit, have a drink and a conversation while we smoked a good cigar. The result will be one of the most complete cigar humidors and smoking lounges in the D/FW area; with a knowledgeable staff and a haven for like-minded people”.

For more information about Patriarch’s Sanctuary Bar or Patriarch’s Cigar Humidor, visit here.

For those of you who want to know more about Mr. Patel:

Rocky Patel, 47, has quickly become one of the best-known faces in the world of premium cigars. The owner of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars Inc. spends most of his life on the road, either in the factories in Honduras and Nicaragua that make his cigars, in the tobacco fields of Central America or in the many cigar shops that sell his wares.

In 2008, his 10th Anniversary smoke, the Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo, was rated a classic, scoring 95 out of 100 points in Cigar Insider and Cigar Aficionado tastings. In April, Patel sat down with senior editor David Savona to speak about the impact of that rating, the impressive growth of his company and his efforts to confront the challenges that face the American cigar industry in the form of prohibition and exorbitant taxes.

Now through Dec. 24, one Texas chain of grocery stores will helping you get a jump on holiday gift giving with a unique opportunity:  Create your own custom wine labels in a matter of minutes.

Over the next three months, a 3 Dreams Wine tour of north and west Texas will take place at United and Market Street stores in Allen, Amarillo, Colleyville, Coppell, Frisco, Lubbock, McKinney, Plano and Wichita Falls.

Just purchase one of the specialized bottles of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon for $15.99 and a 3 Dreams Wine Representative will turn your favorite photo or piece of artwork into a personalized wine label for no additional cost.

No art or photo? That’s okay, too! You can also choose from existing designs or enlist a 3 Dreams Wine graphic artist to render your original idea and create your custom label! At each labeling event, a trained sommelier will host a complimentary wine tasting for guests inside the store while their one-of-a-kind labels are crafted.

All of the wines provided by 3 Dreams Wine are harvested from the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian river valleys in Sonoma, Calif., yet each variety offers a unique taste for wine connoisseurs with experienced palates. The 2005 Chardonnay offers hints of apricot and figs while the 2006 Merlot boasts ripe cherry and blackberry flavors. For those who enjoy rich, bold flavors full of spice, 3 Dreams Wine 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant choice.

“Wine is a classic piece of the gift-giving tradition, and these custom wine labeling events give United guests the opportunity to add their personal touches into a time-honored, customary practice,” said Roger Scott, business manager of beer/wine for United Supermarkets, LLC. “Whether celebrating an anniversary, birthday, engagement, new home, special event or holiday, personalized wine bottles preserve the memories with a lasting keepsake.”

With trained beer and wine stewards in many of its locations, United serves as a local resource for guests interested in learning more about food and wine pairings as well as the subtle differences between vineyard regions and grape selections. Additionally, the grocer offers three varieties of its own private label wine bottled “from the vineyards of Market Street” through a partnership with Lubbock’s renowned McPherson Cellars Winery. Patio Sangria, Farm to Market Red and Farm to Market White can be found in any United or Market Street store where beer and wine are sold.

For a complete list of stores, dates and times, visit “The Vineyard”.


For me, when it comes to mortadella and bresaola its Jimmy’s Food Store. Burrata and brie de nagis? It can only be Scardello. As for fresh seafood, look no further than TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market. In addition to TJ’s great seafood, they also offer some pretty cool merch, including that gorgeous tableware by VIETRI you’re always drooling over in Bon Appetit and and on Food Network.

And, oh my sweet Larry, have you seen the new VIETRI Bellezza Fish dinnerware collection? It is so pretty! I’m not normally one who likes motif-style dinnerware, but the muted colors and subtlety of shape would be perfect for a coastal home’s table or a formal, outdoor dinner party!

So I’m happy to report that TJ’s Seafood Market has announced a another VIETRI Trunk Show showcasing the Italian importer’s newest items lines and offering 20% off any VIETRI in the store! Woo-hoo!

TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market, a VIETRI Gold retailer, will showcase the newest VIETRI collections at their Fall 2010 Trunk Show on Wednesday, October 13th from 6-8pm, for discounts on all VIETRI purchases, as well as complimentary wine and hors d’oeurvers catered by TJ’s award-winning kitchen.

TJ’s will offer a 20% DISCOUNT on all VIETRI in-stock purchases the day of the Trunk Show, and a 10% DISCOUNT on special orders.

Need a private consultation to update your VIETRI collection? Starting a new one? Want to create a unique bridal registry? VIETRI experts will be on hand to help with all your VIETRI needs.

What: TJ’s Vietri Trunk Show
Why: Wine, Hors D’oervres, New Product Showcase & 20% Savings!
When: October 13th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Who: Open To The Public
Where: TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market
11661 Preston Rd – Suite 149
Dallas, TX
(214) 691 2369

Frisco Square announces that the MarketPlace at Frisco Square will be hosting it’s first ever Ladies Night Out event on September 28, 6:00-8:00 pm.

MarketPlace welcomes all ladies to join in for an exclusive evening featuring the artists of the boutique. Shoppers can indulge in taking advantage of surprise promotions by the merchants, as well as select drawings for prizes. Refreshments will be served.  R.S.V.P. to attend, 972.377.9400.

The MarketPlace at Frisco Square hosts more than 25 boutique businesses selling a variety of specialty items, such as women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, home décor, toys, gifts, and more!

“The owners of the MarketPlace recognize changing trends and needs of business and are excited to bring together creative entrepreneurs with the customers who love their creations, right in the heart of Frisco!”  said Julie Wakefield, Store Manager.

For additional information about the MarketPlace at Frisco Square, contact Julie Wakefield at 972.377.9400.