Posts tagged ‘uptown’

May 13, 2012

Mustaches and Sequins!

I was itching for another party, but I needed a theme.  How about mustaches and sequins?  They go together so well that they deserve a party!  It was a stache bash!

Some of the men on the invite list were bearded, so all they had to do was trim it into a sexy stache.  Those that were not bearded got 2 weeks notice to man up.  Their other alternative was to wear sequins.  You will see that some did…

The ladies finally had an excuse to wear sequins outside of NYE.  We rocked it like a newly legal 21 year old in Uptown.  A few donned mustaches as well.  Thankfully none were real.

We have committed to another party in June.  I think this one might be a play on corporate America.  Of course costumes will be required.

PS – I will be posting the menu soon!  Homemade marshmallows, marinated mushrooms…nom nom nom.


November 23, 2011

Jester King and Mikkeller Beer Dinner

We attended a Jester King and Mikkeller beer dinner at The Common Table last week, and I think I had more fun taking photos with my friend Tait than drinking beer and eating food.  It was quite the collaboration.  The photos are below.  Favorite beer of the night…Das Wunderkind.  It is surprisingly sour and funky.  The majority of the table loved Mikkeller’s Barrel Aged Black Hole.  Not my palette at all.

Favorite photo of the night…you decide.

May 17, 2011

Gastronaut in the Cliff

I have guests in town from McKinney this evening and I got put in charge of selecting the restaurant (my local readers will get the joke).  As a self proclaimed gastronaut (foodie is much too pretentious), I feel it is my responsibility to introduce them the culinary delights in the Cliff, also knows as N Oak Cliff.  A few selections I sent them are below in case you too have guests from McKinney someday.

Fresh and local food with the best cocktails in the city. Also one of my favorite patios.

Decent beer selection but amazing daily specials. Their menu is a small representation of what they serve each day. Interesting worthless piece of knowledge – it is in a former Dairy Queen.

This place is a little more formal but still easy going with a southern influence. Excellent martinis and my #1 pick for mac n cheese in all of Dallas. Maybe even the world.

If your guests aren’t feeling the Cliff because they made a judgment when they saw the 15 tire shops on Davis, you can take them to Meddlesome Moth, a gastropub in the Design District.  It is for the adventurous diner. Half of my guests will love it and the other half will be frightened by it if I tell them what sweetbreads really is.  BTW, The Moth also gets bonus points for their uber clever url.

April 27, 2011

Life Rule #15

You will always be better off not clapping in rhythm when watching a musical performance.

March 9, 2011

My Love Affair is Over

It is big day for The Plastic Jungle…the food & wine category has changed to food & beer.  My serious love for hops and barley hit me when I was dining with a gf at Victor Tango’s Monday night.  I didn’t even glance at the wine list.  I went straight for the beer and ordered myself a Golden Monkey Tripel.  This isn’t the first time this has happened. I ignored it in the beginning like I ignore the fact that my natural hair color is not as blonde as I claim.  My love affair with Sauvignon Blanc is over.  I immediately texted the fiance to tell him that I had officially converted.  You would have thought I was a Catholic converting to Judaism (he would be Jewish in this example).  I think he fell in love with me all over again. Then he told me to order the Doggy Style.

I feel I should note that Victor Tango’s is worth an immediate visit for 3 reasons.  I will visit again and again for #3.

  1. Their excellent taste in music
  2. The adult beverages
  3. Ahi Tuna Nachos
January 28, 2011

Uptown Life Rule #14

Nobody cares if you can’t dance.  Just get up and dance.  I promise we will enjoy it.

January 10, 2011

My Very Own Daddy Warbucks

Halloween 2011

It’s a little early, but I already have our Halloween costumes planned.  It came up because I have major hair envy right now.  Afro envy to be exact.  It must be because my own naturally curly hair makes me look like a blonde chia pet.  Or Orphan Annie.  *Aha moment* And I have my Halloween costume!  I’m going to be Orphan Annie and I’ll get the fiance to be Daddy Warbucks.  A little dirty, but that makes it all the better.

Back to afros.  My friend Robin has amazing hair.  She picked me up for lunch on Saturday and I was so excited to see that her natural hair was back.  Wild, curly, twisted, and spunky.  Just like her.  I think I told her 15 times that I love her hair.  My admiration probably seems a little rude.  The fiance and I had brunch at Breadwinner’s recently and I think I scared a poor woman to death when I stopped her dead in her tracks to tell her much I loved her hair.  I can’t help myself.

You definitely have to have a level of confidence to rock a fro.  Or at least that’s what it says to me.  What’s a blonde do when her hair doesn’t want to participate?  I heard perms are back.  Maybe I will perm my hair to attempt to get an afro.  I kid…

January 9, 2011

Vertical Epic

Stone Vertical Epic Ale.  It is on my top 3 beer list now.  I am the fist to admit that my beer knowledge is very limited, but I am developing my palette.  It was delicious at first sip and didn’t stop there.  The fiance even liked it so much that he had 3 glasses in a row.  That does not happen.  He is pretty non-committal with his beer.  Thankfully the same can’t be said for his ladies (lady).

It immediately reminded me of my wine of choice, Sauvignon Blanc.  Turns out it is made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  I knew the Epic and I were a match.  I even got my typical wine buzz with its 9.5% alcohol.  No beer bloat here!

Apparently this beer is so good that it is a special release and available for a limited time.   I had my experience at The Common Table on Friday night.  You might want to stop by soon.  I heard the next release isn’t until November!

December 30, 2010

Local and Organic Members Only

I signed up for a produce co-op.  I was in love with the idea before I even truly understood it.  All I needed to hear was local and organic.  It also didn’t hurt that Urban Acres, the local organic market, is walking distance from the house.  I don’t even have to get in the car to purchase my obscure produce.

The bf and I joined for a couple reasons.  The most obvious being that we want to support the local community and Texas farms.  Another being that we can’t wait to get that mystery produce item that we have to learn to cook.  I also wanted to be a member with exclusive access to special items.  I think I was a sucker.

So we got our first half-share, 15-18 lbs of produce, on Monday.  I swear it is the best produce I have ever had.  I have never made a citrus vinaigrette so delicious.  But let’s be honest.  It could taste like dirt, and I would love it just because of the concept behind it (and because I am a member).   With that, I am off to learn to like radishes without covering them in ranch.

I stole some info from the Urban Acres website that explains what they are all about.
What started as a few friends traveling the dirt roads of Texas in a Volkswagen Rabbit has become the source of local organic food for thousands of people in the Dallas metroplex.  Urban Acres is a local organic market, and our goal is to provide our community with very best local and organic foods while supporting Texas farm families and artisans.

Our farm store allows small farmers and local artisans to have a voice and share their gifts.  We also created a “co-op style” produce system that makes shopping easy and trying new veggies fun.  All of us here at Urban Acres got really tired of not knowing where our food comes from, and we like taking care of the earth by getting food from around the corner and not a million miles away.

December 29, 2010

Top Posts from The Plastic Jungle of 2010

As we bring 2010 to a close, it is only appropriate that we take a look back at the top TPJ posts of 2010.  I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my life and adventures with you.  This is just the beginning.  I have a feeling 2011 is going to be a very big year.

  1. Philip’s Birth Rite
  2. The Dark Side
  3. Skankasaurus Ex
  4. Top 10 songs you are not supposed to love
  5. Amateur Weekend
  6. Plastic is not Fantastic
  7. Don’t Be a D-Bag
  8. Moving Day Panic
  9. Another Missed Fashion Opportunity
  10. Bring Your Own Woman

You know Philip is a special kind of man when he more than doubled the traffic of Skankasaurus Ex.

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