Date Night at Grapevine’s P.F. Chang’s

Thank you P.F. Chang’s for sponsoring today’s discussion and for the tasty date night!

For well over a year I have said that I wanted to grow my Eateries section here on the blog. Funny enough I was offered to visit P.F. Chang’s for a review. I jumped at the chance since I have yet to eat there. Plus why not grow that Eateries section right?

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I called the other half, Vojta, and said we are going to P.F. Chang’s for date night. Now see this is an adventure for us since getting him to go further than down the street to eat is like seriously taking candy from a 2 year old. He simply says no. To my shocking surprise he said yes immediately. This excited lady was already dressed and impatiently waiting when he got home. We found the location pretty easy and didn’t even have much of a wait. 

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We started off with Long Island Rum Tea and a Red Sangria. He got the tea and I got the sangria but with the idea to share and taste everything. The Jamaica pork tacos featured above where delicious and I would eat those if they just had a huge plate of them. While we sipped on our drinks and taste tested the pork tacos and the California Roll our server was extremely helpful. She was patient too! Since we had never been we had some fun making decisions on what to try. 

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We were laughing about how he couldn’t figure out how to use the chopsticks as well as I could. He used them for most of the meal though. He was sure to use a fork when it came to the rice. I teased him. Rice can be fairly difficult. We decided on pork fried rice and BEEF Á LA SICHUAN. What I wouldn’t give to have a bowl of that right now. The crispy beef with a bit of spice and the plethora of spring onions. This dish just screams to me. It has some of my most favorite elements in cooking. 

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Near the end of dinner I noticed they had saki. Immediately I said we have to get some! I usually like warm saki but decided to ask the server which would be good for Vojta as he is pretty new to saki. She suggested the Raspberry chilled saki. It was fabulous! Perfect suggestion. The management talked to us a bit and since we were first timers they even gave us BOTH $10 off of $40 for our next visits. I know where I will be suggesting for my birthday :)

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Here is a few tidbits about what P.F. Chang’s is doing lately. 

It’s simple to remember: ‘3 to 7’ means 3 to 7 pm with prices from $3 to $7. Guests can add a little fizz to the day during the new, extended P.F. Chang’s happy hour, with specials served from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday. Guests seated in the bar and patio can order small plates, sushi and appetizers ranging from $3.00 to $7.00. Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available for the same price range. Specialty cocktails include Red Sangria, Chang’s Mai Tai, Twisted Whiskey Sour, and the Organic Agave Margarita.

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New Sushi, Small Bites & Wine Flights Wednesdays:
Culinary adventure shouldn’t just be reserved for the weekend. Starting July 23, all P.F. Chang’s in the Dallas area will feature “Sushi, Small Bites & Wine Flights Wednesdays,” allowing guests to experience a flight of three wines expertly paired with new sushi and small plates. Pick your pairings and your price range with two menu options for $25.00 and $35.00. Available all day for dine-in guests. (this is those super tacos we had and the sushi comes in)

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P.F. Chang’s is hosting a contest called “Spark Something New.” The contest will run from July 29th through September 15th. A winner will be chosen at the end of the campaign. Each participant will have the opportunity to win a 4-course pairing dinner including new small plates and sushi for 8. Participants must be 21 or over to enter.
To enter, visit the P.F. Chang’s contest page and submit an original fortune sharing your love for happy hour.

Submission examples:
• “A wise man once said: Asian food craves craft brews.”
• “The object of your desire lives on the P.F. Chang’s happy hour menu.”
• “You will have a pleasant surprise when pairing beer and Asian food in one delicious bite.”
• “Now is the time to try something new, like Sam Adams Seasonal and Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang’s.”

Have you been to P.F. Chang’s? If so, let me know below!

After School Fuel Mac Cups & Hot Pockets

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After school my son and I sometimes like to have a movie afternoon. Between work and school sometimes we don’t get to see each other often. Though when we get the time we like to have some snacks. After school they are like ravenous beasts and the poor fridge is their prey. I love to have food on hand that they themselves can make for our movie afternoons. Mac Cups by STOUFFER’S and Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza with garlic buttery crust is our latest addition. My son swears it has to have the garlic crust for the flavor.

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They will usually pick them up as a I am browsing the aisles at Walmart. The Stouffer’s Mac Cups, 2 pack can be found in the freezer aisle with STOUFFER’S® Single Serve Entrées. 

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My son says he has to try the chili mac next time. I am going to keep that in mind as he enjoys these. We also found the Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza (with garlic buttery crust) in the freezer section. I love that I can get a 12 pack. 

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Lately we have been watching movies that represent SYFY style or 1920′s Chicago. We are definitely movie buffs! What movies are you into lately? I’d love to hear about the most recent movie you have seen.

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He really hates when I snap shots of him eating but I just love the color of his hair right now and it shows how different we are as a family.  We munched on the pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets and the STOUFFER’S Mac Cups while goshing about the latest Haven episodes and then threw on a movie while digesting. It’s really our bonding time. I have done this with them all through the years. I think I will be pretty sad when they are all moved out. For now, I will enjoy my movie and grubbin’ time with them.

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Sugared Strawberry Basil Lemon Iced Tea

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My Keurig was a Christmas gift two years ago. I begged to get one for two years before. We really use it for everything. From winter drinks like apple cider and hot chocolate to #BrewOverIce drinks like Snapple’s iced teas, Vitamin Burst, and cold brew over ice coffee additions. If we don’t use it for drinks, we use it for ramen. You know those little cups of soup with ramen and vegetables. We use the Keurig to add the water, let them sit three minutes and then they are ready to eat. Condensed soup, just add water, stir and serve. It is just so functional!

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I can say I cannot live without my Keurig. Neither can my family. My daughter swears by the brew over ice lemonades. They are a bit strong for me but the teas I love! I haven’t been so lucky to find the Snapple Peach tea here but once I do I will have a pantry full; not that I already don’t. 

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Brew your favorite and new found Brew Over Ice flavors on the 6oz (small) or the 8oz (medium) setting for the best brewed taste. I picked mine up at Walmart. They have the box sizes I like for a larger family for iced teaIt is very important that, when brewing over ice, you must be using a plastic cup or tumbler. BPA FREE!

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite drinks to make in the summer with my Keurig. It’s pretty simple and full of flavor. I call it the Sugared Strawberry Basil Lemon Iced Tea.

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That’s why the rim of the glass is coated in sugar for a little extra sweetness. It includes fresh strawberries which enhances the tea. I hope you enjoy it like I do sitting outside by the pool or late night on the front porch. Enjoy!

Sugared Strawberry Basil Lemon Tea
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Lemon tea brewed with strawberries wrapped in a sugared rim and topped with basil.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 K-cup of Snapple Lemon Tea - Brew Over Ice
  2. 5 strawberries; slice four strawberries and keep one for the rim
  3. 1 slice of lemon
  4. 2 basil leaves; fresh
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. Ice
Instructions
  1. Turn on Keurig and let it warm up. Wet rim of the plastic cup (do not brew in glass) roll in sugar. Add ice to the rim of the cup. Add in sliced strawberries and brew lemon tea over the top. Add a slice of lemon and a strawberry to the rim. Top with basil leaves. Serve!
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 She just loved how the strawberry paired with the Snapple iced tea.

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Mr. Coffee® Drip Coffee Maker for my #CoffeeJourneys

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My other half V loves his morning coffee. I like to have coffee now and again as more of a treat. I like to make specialty coffee drinks at home. We have a single cup brewer but we recently picked up a Mr. Coffee® Drip Coffee Maker 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker at Walmart. The 10-cup brewer is great to use when you want more than one cup of coffee in the morning. It’s also fantastic when you have breakfast with friend or a large household like mine. What I am even more excited about is that I am giving one away here today for one of you to win! My oldest son just loves iced coffee so I have a strange feeling this will end up being his new toy not mine ;)

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While we were at Walmart we also picked up some Millstone® Coffee Flavored Coffee to share with friends when they visited. It always great to serve up good coffee with a delectable treat like apple turnovers. Or rather anything with a good flaky dough! I have to say just bringing home the Hazelnut Cream Millstone® Coffee Flavored Coffee in the bag made my entire car smell so darn good! I am enjoying the smell of the package next to me on my desk now. The aroma is simply amazing.

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Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker brews 10 cups in less than 7 minutes to ensure thorough extraction and full bodied flavor. With the Pause n’ Serve feature, you don’t have to wait the full time to enjoy your cup of coffee! Which makes this the best coffee maker when you have friends over. Pause n’ Serve is an automatic feature that is activated when the vacuumed-insulated stainless steel carafe is removed from the coffee maker. How cool is that!

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My #CoffeeJourney started the year before I went into high school. I spent a summer up north in Connecticut and New York. My love for cappuccino grew along with my love for cheesecake.

From there I used to visit a specialty coffee shop in Dallas but then I lost my love for coffee for awhile. Now I like to enjoy it with a good dessert or cheesecake now and again. 

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La Madeleine – Children’s Hunger Fund

A few week’s ago my friend Jess and I got to visit the new La Madeleine’s in Flower Mound before it opened. To our surprise we got to hear the owner of La Madeleine’s speak about how he build his business catered to women. I found it very interesting as I really do think it is great restaurant for women. Though I have been able  to find something on the menu that almost everyone in my family would eat. We went back a number of times now. Enjoyed both dinner and desserts on several occasions. 

La Madeleine's Jess and I had a chance to try the wine along with the baked potato soup, basil soup, and a few of the desserts. We lucked out and got a chance to sit directly by the fireplace. It was such a fun event that benefited a good cause. The Children’s Hunger Fund helps those in need for food. They were that evening with a raffle for those to pitch in to win a great gift pack to/from La Madeleine’s. All monies benefited the Children’s Hunger Fund. As a food blogger I very largely support the any organization that helps feed those in need. Once, a long time ago, went without food and this is not something I would wish for anyone. Food is the most basic of necessities. While most food bloggers write about things like high end meals I am always humbled to make a simple dish that is only cents on the dollar or a few dollars to make. Everyone needs to eat!

lamadeleinesoneAnother fantastic part about being a food writer and blogger is I get to express those opinions and tell all you great readers about great events like this. There is many organizations that help and I love that, what’s become one of my favorite restaurants, does work with organizations that help others. 

I have to admit La Madeleine’s is the only place of it’s kind serving French food to a urban Texas city. I love it though! My great grandmother was French. It’s like an ode to my heritage when I have a chance to eat there. Have you ever been to La Madeleine’s? Do tell! 

SodaStream – Orange Soda Float

About a month ago I received a Soda Stream in the mail. My son, Chancelor, wanted a SodaStream since they first came on the market. It was a win, win situation. What I did not expect was the plethora of flavors they sent along with it. We didn’t even know they sold that many flavors including Kool-Aid and Pina Colada! The Kool-Aid and the original soda flavor were the first to go. Next up was root beer. We even had friends over on two occasions to try it and it was definitely a hit!

Orange Soda Float

After the initial use of the machine I wondered how much fun I could have with it. Different floats for parties and drinks for adult parties. I would love to get some Italian gelato and make a blood orange Italian soda float. I love those; they are hard to find here. My son and I had some fun making a float in this big stein glass. As you can see below he really loved it sticky hands and all. 

Orange Soda Float

SodaStream has a full line up of products including the machine named Source. It comes in a whole line up of basic colors to match your kitchen. We received the black which fits perfectly with our red and black kitchen set up. What color would you choose from the pretty line up below?

SodaStream Source

 It’s really simple to work too. All you do is fill the liter bottle with water either via tap or refrigerated, insert into the machine and press for carbonation. No need for an electric source or batteries. With a SodaStream home soda maker and over 60 delicious regular, diet and caffeine-free sodamix flavors to choose from, you’ll enjoy freshly made, great tasting soda that fits your health and diet. Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame. Plenty of reasons to own one. Now I just need to figure out where to hide it when he decides to move out. He is already insistent he wants it in his room.

Orange Soda Float
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  1. Water
  2. Orange syrup
  3. 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Follow directions to make carbonated water via the SodaStream. Add in orange syrup and pour into a glass. Add two scoops of vanilla and serve.
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MyYogaWorks – Wedding Time

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MyYogaWorks. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

You knew these posts were coming. The ones were I tell you all about how I plan to lose weight for the wedding, everything I am buying, and well in general gushing. Before I will even share with you what I plan to buy I want to share with you my plan to get fit. It’s called MyYogaWorks and I can do it from anywhere especially right from my living room. That’s killer for me as my schedule with three teenagers and adopted teenager friends can be pretty hectic. I don’t even think I find time to hang out with friends anymore lately. 

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I really love this site because it allows me to use this at a friend’s house, at a park, or at home. You can’t take a gym with you. I cancelled my gym pass and decided between my treadmill and MyYogaWorks I will have an routine that I can manage with my super crazy schedule. MyYogaWorks offers 500 online yoga classes ranging in length from 5 to 90 minutes. Classes are available for all skill levels and range from beginner to advanced.

For a limited time, visit MyYogaWorks and use the coupon code YOGA2014 to receive a free, one-month subscription to MyYogaWorks.(Please note, a credit card is required to sign up, but the credit card will not charged until the free promotional period ends.)

Project 12 – Honey Beer Bread

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Budweiser. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

We had some fun the other night with friends Jessica and Shane for a taste testing of the new Project 12 beers by Budweiser. We tasted all of them with some poppy seed crackers. We wanted to have some cheese but I forgot it. However, I had back up tortellini chili which they all enjoyed. After tasting all three of the special edition beers we agreed that the North Pacific Lager is the best out of the three.  Any of these can be picked up through the end of the year.

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The least favorite was the Vanilla Bourbon Cask in which I decided to use to make honey beer bread. That recipe is below. It will be served up with loaded potato soup for a delicious week night dinner with the colder weather that is on its way in.

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Project 12” started in the early spring when Budweiser’s 12 brewmasters across America were asked to write a unique beer recipe worthy of the Budweiser name. After internal discussion and debate, six of the recipes were chosen to be brewed in small batches. Now, after a summer-long nationwide sampling effort involving thousands of consumers at dozens of events, U.S. beer drinkers have provided feedback, which helped Budweiser decide which three beers would be available for sale in a limited-edition sampler pack this fall.

The “winning” recipes, named for the ZIP Code in which the beer was originally brewed, are from brewmasters at the Budweiser breweries in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Williamsburg, Va.

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Don’t forget to stop by and ‘like’ Budweiser’s Facebook page.  Below is the yummy honey beer bread that will pair perfect with one of these special edition beers and a hearty potato soup this winter.

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I put a slit down the top for a little decoration. If you would like your bread smoother, just smooth it out before baking. I really love the rustic texture.

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Without further ado here is the recipe!

Honey Beer Bread

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: Two 9" x 5" loaves

Honey Beer Bread

Ingredients

6 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups Vanilla Bourbon Cask beer
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two 9" x 5" loaf pans.

Mix the flour, honey, olive oil, and the beer in a stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment. Once it clumps just form a large oval ball. Push into loaf pans and smooth top.

Bake the bread for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out onto a rack to cool. Slice when cool to serve.

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Fat Cow BBQ

Are you like me and search for a place to find good BBQ? I have to admit I love Mom and Pops restaurants. I will gladly be the first one to try the new place out. This is a problem for my other half, V, he never trusts a new place. I had to beg to get him to try Fat Cow BBQ and he kept saying no. Finally, my son, Chance and I were out shopping at Lowe’s and you could smell the food inside the store. It’s located across the street. That did one over on him and I. I looked at Chance and said are you hungry, he said yes, and we’re very glad he did.

Fat Cow BBQ is one of the best BBQ  joints this side of Dallas. On our first visit my meal consisted of a brisket sandwich with a side of mac and cheese and potato salad. The brisket is pulled not chopped which is the number one thing on my list. I don’t like chopped brisket. The mac and cheese is to-die-for. Seriously! The potato salad seems to be made with red potatoes and enlists some red onion which is puts it in favor for me. My other half LOVES their potato salad and he grew up hating potato salad.

fat cow bbq, peach cobbler

Then they served my son and I the best peach cobbler ever (mine’s pretty good, maybe a close second). It comes with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream. Need to stay away from the desserts… way .. too… good. On top of the amazing food the service is always friendly. Very talkative and funny! Honestly, I’ve been back to Fat Cow BBQ now four times and head there tonight for another dinner with friends.

I have it on a good note that the slider buns are awesome according to my daughter. I might try those tonight. The tacos are really delicious too!

brisket tacos, fat cow bbq

Then there is the buttermilk pie. I will be honest that this is my first time to try buttermilk pie but it’s the owner’s grandmother’s recipe. I loved it! Super soft and not overly sweet. I could eat it any day with ice cream.

buttermilk pie, fat cow bbq

If you’ve tried Fat Cow BBQ I would love to hear what you think. If you haven’t and live in DFW area then it’s a MUST! 

Brew Over Ice Giveaway #LoveBrewOverIce

Last Christmas I seriously begged my other half to purchase a Keurig as my gift. To my surprise on Christmas he finally got  me one! While I don’t drink coffee often Keurig has some of the best teas. When I got the email to try the brew over ice flavors I was overly excited! Not to mention I also get the chance to share one of the packets they sent me with one lucky winner. The Brew Over Ice giveaway is below but first a little more on the new flavors of brew over ice teas, juices, and coffees!

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My picture is missing one of the samples Vitamin Burst strawberry pomegranate. As soon as it came in my daughter took off with it. She said that I “HAD” to get more.  The peach Snapple tastes just like Peachie-O’s candy and it’s so good!

This is what I received and what you have a chance to win!

  • 3 Brew Over Ice K-Cup samples
  • 1 Brew Over Ice tumbler
  • 4 Brew Over Ice coasters
  • 1 Brew Over Ice light-up ice bucket with tongs

If you’re interested in trying out some of the cool products from Brew Over Ice yourself, you have a few options. You can purchase K-Cups online / in stores, or participate in the official “Brew Over Ice Sweepstakes.” Don’t forget to print out this $2 off coupon when you head to the store!

brew over ice keurig

With the cool tumbler that Keurig sent me I added ice from the fridge and in just a minute I had tasty iced tea. Do not brew in glass as ice, hot liquid, and glass can be an epic fail of broken glass. I especially loved the bendy straw on the tumbler. It’s definitely on my list to always have a box of the Vitamin Burst strawberry pomegranate on hand at all times. It’s great for on the go and easy to make when at work.

You can follow along with our conversation about Brew Over Ice on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #LoveBrewOverIce. We would love to hear from you and your feedback on Brew Over Ice. What’s your favorite flavor?

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*Disclosure: I received the above items from Brew Over Ice for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.