Sunday, March 29, 2015

Revolver Brewing

 A little over an hour outside of Dallas, in Granbury, TX is a brewery that knows it's stuff! We have been fans of Revolver Brewing since trying Blood & Honey at House of Blues.
Hubby's dad joined us to tour the facility
We are all old enough!
They hold events every Saturday, and they have a nice big piece of country property, so they encourage you to come out with the family and have a picnic!
They bring in a band, this week it was Rise & Shine, we really enjoyed them!
Hubby & his dad enjoyed their car!
They have lawn games!
Hubby beat me by a lot!
Giant Jenga!
and a water table for the kids to play on
It looked like fun, but they wouldn't let me play ;)
The real reason we went was to sample some beer!
With price of admission we each got a pilsner glass to take home :)
and you get to try 4 beers. The Mother's Little Fracker Stout quickly became my favorite, although I will still always go back for a Blood & Honey! Revolver Bock was great paired with the brownie I bought from their caterer. I also tried Sidewinder, which is one of their seasonal beers, it was the only of my 4 I tried that I didn't like. There was something sour in it that I didn't enjoy.
You gotta let them know where you are visiting from!
Then we got to listen to a tour of the brewery. Our tour guide is their brewmaster, and he left Samuel Adams to take this job with them!
This vat was roped off because the yeast was so happy it was bubbling over! :)

How do you tap this keg?! ;)
Like father, like son


We had so much fun hanging out at the brewery! I think they have re-imagined the entire concept of what a brewery can be! I would have never thought of a brewery as a family friendly picnic destination! But they built on a big piece of the country, and look what happened!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book 6 - Dreamland

"Dreamland" by Kevin Baker is the 6th book on my empty shelf!
The back of the book describes it as, "A dazzling masterpiece of literary historical fiction, 'Dreamland' delivers a sweeping yet intimate portrait of immigrant New York in the early part of the twentieth century."
What that description left out is how gritty & depressing this intimate portrait was. This book focuses on Coney Island, and the characters both performing &/or visiting. These people's lives are neither good nor easy. This book was not easy to read! There was more than once that I had to put it down because it was more than I could handle that day. However, in saying that, I will also say it was very well written! It wouldn't have bothered me so much had it not been so real.
Have you ever read a book that while it was well written, you can neither claim to have liked it, nor necessarily recommend it? That's how I feel, that & very ready for an upbeat book!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Girl Time

 The sister's had a girl's night to register for baby goodies!
 GIRL BABY GOODIES!!!!! I am going to have a niece!!!!! A little girl to dress up in hair flowers & lace! A little girl to scrapbook with! A little girl to teach the art of egg roll making!
 The Aunts are very excited!!
 You will be one very loved little girl, my precious niece! And I see alot of Hello Kitty in your future!
After we scanned every item Babies R Us had for baby girls ;) The baby was craving Chuy's! Have you ever seen someone so happy about a salad?!
I can't wait to meet my niece! So all of you aunts of nieces out there, what are some fun things I should plan to do?! :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Asia Times Square

Yesterday I went to eat Pho with my sister & nephew :) We love "Beef Noodle" soup!! If you are a fan of Pho, or want to try it, we highly recommend Pho Hung in Grand Prairie (which is not that far from Dallas if you are visiting & looking for something different to do!) at Asia Times Square. It's where my sister grew up going :)
 After our soup we walked next door to Bambu Desserts & Drinks. This is my drink, the Bambu Special, it was coconut, pandan jelly, longan, and basil seed.
It was an interesting concoction! Luke loved every bit of it! Here he is having some basil seed and a piece of pandan jelly.
And I fed him the coconut after I tore it into smaller pieces, I had no idea how tough fresh coconut is! But that didn't stop him!
 I was not a huge fan of the longan, but the rest of it was yummy!
Sister got green tea ice cream, and Luke was a big fan of that as well! I love green tea ice cream! we will have to go back soon!
 We also walked over to Hong Kong Market, because when in the area, it's a must!
 And they had green tea KitKat from Japan! I had watched a video recently about different candy bars from around the world, and this was one of them. So when I saw it on the shelf I got really excited! They did not disappoint! I would decribe it as green tea flavored white chocolate covering the normal crispy KitKat center. Hubby was also a fan :)
 As we were walking through the produce, my curiosity got the best of me & I bought a banana blossom. Did I know what a banana blossom was? No :) I just wanted to take it home & find out!
 So I peeled off the first petal, and decided it was time to Google. Apparently, this flower grows on the end of a bunch of bananas. And people cook and eat the inner petals like an artichoke. Also, those tiny things on the inside are baby bananas.
I did not take the time to cook any of it, but I did try it. The baby banana dried my mouth out, but didn't have much flavor. I took a bite of one of the tender inner petals, it was bitter and very tough. So in my opinion, banana blossoms are better for looking at than eating.
We had a great day in Asia Times Square! I love being Thai! ;)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Book 5 "Just Like Heaven"

I listened to "Just Like Heaven" by Marc Levy while organizing my craft room (once the room is finished I promise to post pics!). I now have 5 books on my Empty Shelf! This story was not something I expected, but it was enjoyable & easy to follow along with while I was preoccupied. It is a movie, but I have not seen it. This is not a story I would read again, just wasn't that intriguing. But I do like having something going in he background while doing my house work :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I hope you wore your green today! Of course, I wear green most days :)
More importantly, today is Hubby's 30th birthday!! There are no more 20s in our home!
So I took him out to dinner in Deep Ellum to celebrate! First drinks at The Free Man, where I had an obligatory Irish Car Bomb. Wouldn't order it again, but it's St. Patrick's Day! We will be back here for some Crawfish Boil!
 Then a walk down the street to Cane Rosso for pizza.
 Thin, soft, fire baked crust, with amazing toppings. We will be back here as well! Anyone who puts bacon marmalade & a honey drizzle on pizza, knows their way to our hearts :)
On our way home we stopped for dessert at Sonic. They were, afterall, celebrating Hubby's birthday with half price shakes! It's so nice of them to remember such a special day :)
Happy birthday Hubby, I love you! I'm the luckiest girl ever!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Bishop Arts Fun!


Last weekend, Hubby & I went on a double date with some friends to check out Dallas' only Cidery. We shared a sampling of all 4 of their home brewed ciders, & they did not disappoint. The bartender was so knowledgeable, you would think he owned the place! This will definitely be a place we come back to!
 We decided to walk to Oddfellows for dinner. Their Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese has been on my mind ever since! Chicken tenders covered in buffalo sauce atop a heaping bowl of creamy mac & cheese with blue cheese crumbles sprinkled throughout. I should have taken a picture, but that would have required putting my fork down! ;)
After dinner we were much to full for the best pie you have ever had, so we decided on a nightcap at Whitehall Exchange. I have walked past this place numerous times & always thought their indoor/outdoor bar was a cool concept. It was too cold to take advantage of it this trip though! Which just means we will have to go back :)
 And this Choco-Tini will have me coming back anyway! The perfect dessert drink, but I wouldn't drink more than one - the possibility of a sugar coma would be real! ;)

I am having so much fun trying new places in Dallas! Is there somewhere you think I should add to my list?