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t was hard not to have spring on our minds as we worked on this issue. Amid the frequent intrusion of 80-degree days this winter, we sent award-winning photographer and writer Beatriz Terrazas, a dog lover who lives in Southlake, to investigate the growing number of pooch-friendly amenities around town, including off-leash parks, specialty retailers and interesting newer ventures like doggie play groups and day care. We can’t get enough of her photos (the cover and Pages 12-22). When the calendar says it’s really spring, Southlake turns its attention to big outdoor events, including Art in the Square (April 28-30) and the Perennial Garden Society’s biennial garden tour (May 7). Kathryn Hopper paid tribute to the Southlake Women’s Club, whose impressive, diverse membership organizes the massive arts festival and makes sure its proceeds benefit the community year-round (Page 56). And Joy Donovan went behind the garden gates to give us a tantalizing taste of the Southlake Garden Tour (Page 41). As we approach school holidays small (spring break) and ON THE COVER Jake Sowell and Brinkley walking along large (summer!), Grapevine’s Horseshoe Trails. June Naylor met a See story on Page 12. local family that travels Photo by Beatriz Terrazas the world with the enthusiastic participation of their small children (Page 48). We were impressed with Hudson and Vivienne’s willingness to try new foods and heartened by their openness to unfamiliar peoples and customs. And Meda Kessler met a couple who have downsized their home as the empty-nest phase of life approaches. They lost stuff but added style, as well as a new high-tech approach to home management. Enjoy a tour of their new space on Page 28. Be well — and get outdoors!

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Well-traveled gastronomes will persuade you that the Emilia Romagna region offers the best of Italy’s food and art. It’s the inspiration for this new Colleyville restaurant and emporium, whose apt subtitle is Taste of Italy. The husbandwife team of Andrea Matteucci and Stefania Bertozzi relocated from their hometown of Ravenna, near the Adriatic Sea, to Keller a year ago. Architects by profession, they’ve employed a modern design with sleek lines for their sophisticated but casual cafe and emporium, where they’re partnering with fellow Ravenna native, chef and food scientist Michele Ragazzini, who also Loveria retails items moved his family to the Keller-Colleyville such as coffee. area. Local real estate agent Michelle Rawls, who helped the Italians find their homes and guided them to a desirable business location in Town Center Colleyville, came On the menu are classic dishes such as aboard, too: She signed on as a restaurant partner, describing the cappelletti al ragu Bolognese. team as “visionaries.” The name Loveria comes from the Emilia Romagna dialect, translating, Stefania says, as “something so delicious that you can’t resist.” We’re finding their selection of coffees, olive oils and beautiful art books in the retail space to be irresistible — all imported from Italy, of course, as is the decor, from flooring to tables and chairs. Chef Michele’s wine list is purely Italian, and his menu stars food he has loved since childhood, courtesy of grandmothers, one of whom works as a chef and the other as a farmer. Look for signature pastas like cappelletti and lasagna, the latter with rich interior and just-crispy edge; meatballs made from beef sirloin and tenderloin; and grazing items, such as salumi and cheeses and flatbreads. (Gluten-free options and kids menu are promised, too.) Open for lunch and dinner at Owners Stefania Bertozzi and Andrea Matteucci 5615 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 410, Photos by Ralph Lauer 817-932-2771 or

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in Southlake just west of Carroll Senior High School, and it’s targeting early April for its opening. We’ve always loved the neighborhood-hangout feel of the Hall-Johnson Road location and the company’s ethos, which was inspired by Europe’s “slow” culture. Buon Giorno roasts its own beans and is dedicated to classic coffeehouse ambience. In Grapevine, you can choose table seating or slump on a sofa, and the classical music playing quietly helps make a friendly space for whatever you’re there for — good conversation, reading or getting some work done in a sane environment. Owner David Clarke tells us that the Southlake location will be similar. The setting in a residential area near a big high school “should open up a regular community of people who get to know each other.” They’ll find “a place where they can be known and looked after as we seek to do in our other two locations.” The menu will be the same, and drinks will be made by hand using the same


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kind of lever, or manual, espresso machine. Clarke plans to add live music and local artworks at some point. Watch for the opening at 1901 W. Southlake Blvd.


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’Lette Macarons | Coming soon This Beverly Hills-based company that specializes in the vivid-hued French almond cookies plans to open its first Texas store in Southlake in April. Look for it near Luna Grill and RA Sushi in the Park Village shopping center. ’Lette is short for Paulette, as in macaron connoisseur Paulette Koumetz, who co-founded the business with French pastry chef Christophe Michalak, a winner of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. They’ll tempt customers with everyday classics such as Caribbean chocolate, Colombian coffee, Earl Grey tea, Madagascar vanilla, rose, salted caramel and red velvet, as well as seasonal flavors (currently a St. Patrick’s Day version with green cookies and an Irish cream ganache, though Southlake will miss out on those this year).

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And it’s fabulous. With play groups and birthday parties, patio lunches and squirrel-filled hikes, Southlake’s the place to be if you’re furry and on four legs.


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he spread is yummy this Sunday morning: tater tot casserole, kolaches, cinnamon rolls and vodka grapefruit cocktails. A special tray of doughnuts is only for the birthday boy and his guests. While the disco ball flashes red, green and blue, the music booms, “Who let the dogs out, woof, woof, woof, woof. …” There are goody bags for everyone, so the guest of honor should be happy, right? But it’s his party and he’ll cry if he wants to. So 1-yearHercules, a 1-year-old old Hercules, dachshund who belongs to a dachshund Laura Lozano of Fort Worth, is ready for his birthday party belonging to at Trophy Club’s Zoom Room. Laura Lozano and Joseph Mercado of Fort Worth, stands by the gate of the Zoom Room doggie area and yaps. “Hercules, go mingle,” Lozano tells her dog. But he’s nervous. His 10 to 12 guests are playing, barking, sniffing rears, chasing bubbles and, once in a while, tinkling. Hercules is the first dog she has ever had, and Lozano is pulling out all the stops for

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Gracie finds a cool drink refreshing after playing hard. Even though she lives in Euless, she visits BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park in Southlake almost every morning for a play date with another dog.

Lily, an 8-year-old Lab, chases bubbles at a birthday party for her cousin Hercules, a 1-year-old dachshund. The celebration was at the Zoom Room in Trophy Club and featured food and drink for both humans and dogs.


Bitsy Lu, a Pembroke Welsh corgi, is dwarfed by Lexi, the resident Labrador at EarthWise Pet in Southlake.

him. He attends puppy obedience classes here, as well as occasional social hours. Because he’s short-haired, he wears turtlenecks in winter, and for today’s party, he’s sporting a black bow tie. Lozano is not alone. The American Pet Products Association estimates that last year we spent $62.75 billion in food, medicine, vet care, grooming and boarding for our pets. The figure for 2015 was $60.28 billion. The Zoom Room is an example of how our area is rapidly morphing into a dog-friendly mecca. Dog parks for off-leash play are multiplying. Specialty businesses are constantly cropping up — one trainer will ferry dogs via a canine “school bus” to play dates on a horse ranch. At least one Southlake day care and salon facility serves only dogs 25 pounds and under. And many local restaurant patios now welcome well-behaved pups. In short, society recognizes our dogs as family — and cities and businesses are finding ways to serve and accommodate them.


“It’s part of being in a community,” says Southlake Mayor Laura Hill. She owns a publishing business based in Southlake and takes Emma, one of her dogs, to work with her every day. “More cities are realizing this is that sense of community that they want for their citizens.” While she and her husband take full advantage of the dog parks in Southlake and Trophy Club, she also enjoys taking Emma to lunch or dinner at venues with dog-friendly patios.

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Joe Kahan, owner of EarthWise Pet in Southlake, offers treats to his dog Lexi (left) and Lulu. At right is Lulu’s owner, Kerry Henry. Kahan says he and his wife don’t have customers, they have family.

Bear, a 4½-monthold golden retriever, walks a ramp at Trophy Club’s Zoom Room with trainer Veronique Clarke. The Zoom Room offers obedience training for puppies and adult dogs, as well as agility training. The business also hosts doggie birthday parties and socials, and offers pet products for sale. Bear’s owner, Mark Edson of Southlake, doesn’t plan to compete with Bear — it’s just a fun activity for both of them.

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Chloe, a wire-haired dachshund/terrier mix, peers over Michele Pisciottano’s shoulder while attending Bark-n-Brew at Shannon Brewing Co. in Keller. The event benefited Legacy Animal Foundation.

“A lot of people ask, ‘Where can I take my dogs to lunch, or can I take it into a business?’ ” Hill says. So last year, she took to social media to crowdsource a list of pet-friendly businesses in Southlake. The city “saw it as another opportunity to let visitors and residents know all the great things they can do with their furry friends,” she says. When a new business comes into the city, “We always ask, ‘Are you going to be pet-friendly?’ ” As a result, Southlake’s dining guide and tourism website highlight dog-friendly establishments. Among them are

old favorites such as Cafe Express and Starbucks, where you can often find dogs with their owners at outdoor tables, but also newer locales such as The Ginger Man, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles and SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza.

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In Keller, a favorite patio is the one at Shannon Brewing Co., now going on 2½ years of welcoming people and dogs. “I never thought twice about it,” says proprietor Shannon Carter, whose own dog, Arlo, a giant 6-year-old German shepherd/

Kimber, a 4-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback, snuggles with owner Amanda Dugan while visiting Shannon Brewing Co. in Keller. Shannon is among the growing number of businesses that are opening outdoor areas such as patios to patrons with dogs. From left, Brinkley and Faith greet Gemma as she retrieves a ball from Lake Grapevine. The three dogs don’t know one another, they just happened to meet when their respective people met on the Horseshoe Trail off the lake.

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Joy, one of Tana and William Thomases’ four dogs, shows off by running circles around a photographer at BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park in Southlake. The Thomases are regulars at the dog park. Two of Joy’s doggie siblings sniff the ground.

Jake Sowell, a Camp Gladiator trainer, takes Brinkley on thriceweekly runs along the Horseshoe Trail in Grapevine. When Brinkley tires, she wades into the lake for a quick drink. Jake says he takes Brinkley everywhere dogs are allowed.

golden retriever, alternately dozes under his desk and patrols the facility. “He goes everywhere I go. If the place I go doesn’t allow dogs, he has to stay in the car. Dog lovers don’t know strangers. Jake Sowell (top) was walking Brinkley, a German shepherd mix, And some times along Grapevine’s Horseshoe Trail when he met Kathy Stringer and her boxer/Lab mix, Gemma. of the year, you can’t do that.” spread will be at Bear Creek Park spaces, including Main Street There are rules at Shannon and will include a splash pad area, Bistro & Bakery, Chill Sports Brewing Co., he says. “All dogs an agility course, a pavilion and Bar & Grill and Farina’s Winery have to be on a leash, except for people restrooms. & Cafe. Annual events such as my dog. No dogs in the back, the Butterfly Flutterby Parade except for my dog.” Trails welcome pooches, too. No dog Has he lost business due to the Until then, a popular place park yet, but it’s coming. dogs? He figures “80 percent of the for dog lovers in Grapevine is “After seeing the overwhelming people love it, 20 percent tolerate the city’s Horseshoe Trail. The demand for a dog park from it.” Maybe there’s 1 percent in meandering, 4-mile loop cuts our 2015 Citizens Survey, we are there that hate dogs, he says, and through the Cross Timbers area; excited to respond to the needs of “I’m okay with that. My 80 percent our community with one of their it dips, rises and hugs the lake in are loyal.” some spots. The temperatures are most requested items,” says Kevin Nearby Grapevine also boasts in the high 60s when fitness trainer Mitchell, the city’s parks and several restaurants that welcome Jake Sowell and his 4-year-old recreation director. Scheduled to your dog to their outdoor German shepherd mix, Brinkley, open in spring of 2018, the 9-acre

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Checkers, a 90-pound golden retriever, enjoys the blow-dryer after being bathed by owner Trish Sheedy in the self-wash tub at EarthWise Pet. The Southlake store offers natural pet food products, toys and snacks, as well as professional grooming. On Saturdays, the line for the tubs can be long.

visit the trail off of Dove Road in early March. “She does everything with me,” says the Keller resident. That includes running the Horseshoe Trail three times a week. “She likes to be out in nature, to have the dirt under her feet and not having to run on pavement,” he says. “She

chases squirrels and takes it all in. She’s very independent. So she doesn’t need a lot. She really just likes to do what I’m doing and be around me.” Today, Brinkley and Jake run into a few other people with dogs. Though none of them have met before, the dogs begin the getting-to-know-you sniffs, and before long, all three dogs are splashing in the shallow edge of the lake.


Beau, a goldendoodle, gets styled at EarthWise Pet in Southlake.

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All this puppy love is a boon for Dog groomer Haily Sharp gives Molly’s front nails a local pet businesses. trim. Molly is one of a brother-sister pair of Havanese pups belonging to Linda Rose, and they are regulars Southlake’s Fireplug Inn is a day at Southlake’s Fireplug Inn. Linda says she likes it here care, salon and boarding facility for because her dogs only are around other small dogs. dogs weighing 25 pounds or less. dogs?’ ” Now, on any given weekday, there “When we first started in 2000, are anywhere from 30 to 60 dogs at the inn, we were the first day care in Tarrant County and Wallen is adding a bigger grooming area, for dogs,” says owner Nancy Wallen. “It another day care room and a second yard. was nonexistent. We had to go through city EarthWise Pet has been open for 1½ years. council to get special permits, and they were “We try to teach people stuff that you don’t asking, ‘People are doing what with their




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RESOURCES Some dog-approved highlights of life in Southlake. Critter Care Play groups for dogs at a horse ranch. EarthWise Pet All-natural pet nutrition, supplies and spa. 100 W. Southlake Blvd., Suite 150, 817-912-1471, southlake Fireplug Inn Day care, salon and boarding for dogs 25 pounds or less. 2251 E. Continental Blvd., Southlake, 817- 329-8835, Three Dog Bakery Wholesome artisan bakery treats, plus dog food, gifts and toys. 1251 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-310-3364, Zoom Room Dog training and social hours. 2001 E. State Highway 114, Trophy Club, 817-380-8606,

Bear can’t decide what comes first — a treat or a jump through this hoop during puppy agility training at the Zoom Room.

know you don’t know,” says Joe Kahan, who owns the pet wellness store with his wife, Dawn. “It’s not just food and treats,” he says, though your dog will find many of its offerings drool-worthy. (The Kahans’ dog, a chocolate Lab named Lexi, personally approves all treats.) A big attraction is the self-wash poly-tubs equipped with ramps and temperature-controlled water. Sometimes “you’ll get six, seven family members” bathing their dogs, says Kahan. “We tout it as the

Sophie, a 6-year-old Pomeranian who belongs to Summer Farina, gets bows as part of her grooming at the Fireplug Inn, which offers day care, salon and boarding services for dogs weighing 25 pounds or less.

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Hercules isn’t quite sure about the bubbles and disco light at his Zoom Room birthday party, so he snuggles in dad Joseph Mercado’s arms.

cheapest family entertainment spot in Southlake, because your worst-case scenario is $10.” Also based in Southlake is Critter Care, the brainchild of Jenny Manning, a former seeing-eye-dog trainer. Manning’s 3½-year-old business specializes in play groups for puppies and adult dogs in a controlled environment at a local horse ranch. While it’s important for dogs to socialize and play offleash, “this is not a freefor-all,” she says. Manning conducts a full assessment of each dog before accepting it into a play group. Once the dog is in, she has “doggie

buses” (aka vans) that will pick your dog up and drop him off. Her wait list is long enough that she’s about to add more groups. As for Zoom Room, its patrons are finding that obedience and agility training are great ways to exercise and bond with their dogs. And any dog can do it. “I love that a dachshund can do agility,” says owner Heather Gillihan. “One of the dogs that does best in agility is a Great Dane/standard poodle.” There’s also a tiny Shih Tzu that loves this activity. “We just do it for fun … fun and enrichment for your dog.” “We love the community,” she says. “They have welcomed us with open arms, and I have made the best friends.”

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Show visitors with such a wide selection of vehicles to test drive,” Chapman added. The DFW Auto Show also will include an experiential event space presented by Capital One, where attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Capital One’s Auto Navigator® site. New to the DFW Auto Show this year will be the CBS 11 Classic Car Corral, a five-day event that will take place in the Aftermarket Area at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. “The rich history of the automobile will be on full display this year at the CBS 11 Classic Car Corral. Makes and

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A large sectional defines the small living room. The glass-topped buffet helps divide the space from the kitchen and provides more storage.

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A MODERN FAMILY Soon to be empty nesters, Sonya and Stephen Ellis decided to downsize, giving up space and stuff for a cleaner, contemporary look. By Meda Kessler


Photos by Ralph Lauer

hile Sonya and Stephen Ellis

enjoyed the roominess, storage and

other amenities of their Old World-style former Southlake home, they were ready to downsize.

Son Cade will soon be graduating

from high school, and the busy couple — he’s an anesthesiologist and Sonya is a plastic-surgery aesthetic nurse —

wanted to cut back on house and yard maintenance.

They selected a lot in the Carillon

Southlake development for its access to

freeways, the high school and Southlake Town Square.

One of Carillon’s low-maintenance

Stephen and Sonya Ellis worked with designer Maria Sauls in creating a contemporary look when they downsized to a two-story garden home. Flowers from Devin Designs Flowers in Grapevine; Sonya’s hair and makeup by Tina Nguyen

“villas,” the 3,600-square-foot,

two-story house they chose was

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Above each bedside table is an inspirational note geared to husband or wife.

residence. But it still had a multiple-car garage and a spacious patio for their dog, Tux, and for entertaining. They also went for a soft

contemporary look: lighter colors, more modern furnishings and less “stuff”

overall. “We had to work hard to get

the builder to accommodate our builtin wine refrigerator,” says Sonya with a laugh. “The deal wasn’t happening without it.”

A new build also meant that Stephen

could get his wish for a “smart” home. “We had a system at our old house, but it’s nice to be able to have one

put in during the building stages. We control everything — lights, music,

temperature, downloaded movies — through our phones and tablets, so

Chrome and glass pendants complement the solid-surface white countertops and neutral cabinetry. Upholstered barstools in a geometric pattern add some punch to the monochromatic look. Near the refrigerator is the full-size wine fridge that the Ellises brought over from their previous home.

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While the bathroom in this home is smaller, a large tub separates his-and-hers vanities. The small disc on the counter is another voice-activated device.

Dark porcelain tiles line the walk-in glass shower.

The master suite features pops of yellow, one of Sonya’s favorite colors, along with the neutral color scheme featured throughout the home. Double doors lead to the bathroom; on the opposite side, glass doors lead to the patio. March-May 2017 31

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Cade’s bedroom, complete with a red “racing” stripe, is a nod to his father’s British roots.


there’s no need for keypads. It’s just been a bit of a learning experience with the

new technology.” That means learning how to program party lighting and

music, having the blinds come down at a certain time and even having the

entire house “shut down” at 10 p.m. on weeknights.

“We typically go to bed early. In

Cade’s room, his electronics all shut off at a certain time and his mobile phone is left in the charger in the mudroom,” says Sonya, who admits she’s not as

fond of the system as her husband. “I

loved the ‘Griswold Me’ program we

set up for the holidays. I could turn on

all the holiday lights inside and out with one touch on the keypad. But we were

watching a movie once and the system began to shut down the house — and Dragon memorabilia and a flatscreen TV are part of the decor.

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The landing at the top of the stairs was turned into Cade’s study and media area. The guest room can be seen in the back. March-May 2017 33

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Originally designed to be the media room, the second-floor space is now a gym complete with rubberized floor tiles. The mirrored wall is actually a series of storage units.

the movie — at its programmed time.” A guest, too, decided to

deal with the window coverings in the old-fashioned way — by attempting to pull them down

manually — without waiting for the automated program.

A media room that has been

turned into a workout space

houses a closet with the smart system’s “brains.” Installed

and designed by MODIA in

Southlake, the gear resembles

the ultimate sound system, with a stack of blinking receivers and

A first-floor spare bedroom is now Sonya’s dressing room. The large windows allow for lots of natural light; a drop-down curtain is available for privacy. The glass also has a special tint to allow a view of the outside but blocks anyone from looking in. A tongue-in-cheek statement has been painted over a hanging rod on one wall.

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A MODERN FAMILY other electronic components. For Christmas, Stephen bought Amazon’s voice-recognition system to add to the mix. “Yes, I’m familiar with Alexa,” says Sonya. “She is another thing I’m getting used to.”

The couple are happy with streamlined living and the open

living, kitchen and dining room — it has made life easier

(and more interesting). “We didn’t need a separate place to watch television,” says Sonya. “Stephen and I can curl up

on the couch in the living room.” Entertaining a crowd is a bit more of a challenge but, in nice weather, they can open

the doors to the patio to accommodate more people. Instead of a pool, a fountain and a fire pit fill the patio, which is landscaped with artificial grass and concrete pavers.

The patio offers access to the Ellises’ master suite, whose

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The patio is the perfect spot for bubbles.

smaller closets necessitated that Sonya turn a guest

bedroom into a walk-in

dressing and storage room.

The window allows for lots

of natural light, and built-ins accommodate clothes, shoes and other accessories. “We

have a guest room upstairs, so we weren’t really losing anything,” she says.

The master bath is

considerably smaller than

their old one, but there are still his-and-hers sinks, along with a spacious walk-in shower

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To carry through the neutral color scheme to the exterior, the Ellises had the brick home “whitewashed” with mortar. It’s the only house in the development with this unique look.

Tux, the family labradoodle, warms up near the gas fire pit on the patio.

and jetted tub. (And, yes, “Alexa” is available to answer any questions while the Ellises are in the bathroom or

bedroom.) Sonya also uses the powder room located next to her dressing room, as it is outfitted with a shower, too. Stephen’s office just inside the front door and the

laundry room just off the garage complete the first floor. Upstairs, along with the guest bedroom, is a workout room, Cade’s British-themed bedroom (a nod to his

father’s heritage), a full bathroom and a small powder

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The Southlake Carroll junior uses the large landing at

the top of the stairs as his media room and study area,

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ac’s on Main is within walking distance of the historic Grapevine district, offering delicious from-scratch fare prepared with fresh seafood, steaks and locally-grown produce. Chef Rena Frost strives to maintain a consistent dining experience for her guests while incorporating seasonal entrees and produce into the menu. Mac’s offers select wines, Texas beers, single malt Scotches and classic cocktails, often enjoyed out on their covered patios, favorites with couples wanting to enjoy the fresh evening air. Customers, many regulars since 1987, feel like Rena’s guests at a home dinner party. Mac’s is open for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or happy hour cocktails.

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Stephen’s office faces the small park that is their front yard.

A MODERN FAMILY and watch TV or play video games. The two-story setup

gives everyone a bit of privacy. “And we like the

neighborhood,” says Sonya. “There are retirees, young

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he arched portico is your passport to luscious aromas of perfectly cooked steak accompanied by irresistible pasta and hospitality served up with Francesco and Jane Secchi’s vibrant warmth. A meal at Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House is an invitation to the Secchis’ family table.

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Five Southlake gardens will be open to the public on May 7.

Green thumbs up


Take a sneak peek at the fabulous stars of this year’s Southlake Garden Tour. By Joy Donovan Photos courtesy of Perennial Garden Society

orget fancy manicures. Digging in the dirt is the most fun there is, according to members of the Perennial Garden Society. Members of this Southlake-based group of skilled, educated and enthusiastic gardeners want to share that love of dirt and things that live in it and surround it through the club’s annual garden tour. Five private Southlake gardens will be open to the public on May 7. The theme of the biennial tour, “Behind the Garden Gate,” invites the curious, whether casual beginning gardeners or ultra-green-thumbed, to peek beyond the street-facing landscapes. The green spaces are chosen for their uniqueness and variety, with a focus on perennial flowers and native Texas plants. For garden society members, educating their fellow Texans is the aim.

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Green thumbs up “We want them to know you’re not stuck with Bermuda grass and one oak tree,” said master gardener Carol Dowd, who is co-chairing the tour with Susan Schleppegrell. “They can steal ideas and get inspired.” The five landscapes vary from small to large, from sunny to shady. Special thought is given to water conservation, but don’t expect just gravel and cacti. “There is quite a variety of plants that do thrive here, and the tour gives examples of what you can do,” said Schleppegrell, who as a transplanted Canadian had to learn how to work with the hard clay dirt that greeted her in North Texas. To help others learn how to cope with the Texas sun and dirt, each garden will feature an education station. Scheduled to visit with tour guests are Steve Huddleston, senior horticulturist for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; Trey Bradley, owner of DFW Ponds Inc.; Christi Upton, environmental coordinator for the city, who will speak on mosquito control; and Joe Pipes, a container gardening expert and owner of The Flower Ranch. Proceeds of the tour benefit the club’s educational activities, including its Monarch Butterfly Festival, planned for Sept. 23 at Bob Jones Nature Center.

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The Gardens A quick tour The Smith Garden | 1225 Bent Creek Drive The home’s front yard, formal and manicured, sits in contrast to the more free-form traditional English garden look in the back. Researching English gardens helped Yvette Smith achieve the more natural look, mixing perennials with annuals. She believes it suits her home. A miniature wrought-iron fence surrounds a vegetable garden, too, in this yard that has an unobstructed view of a golf course.

The Depauw Garden | 704 Shorecrest Drive This garden, owned by club president Angeline Depauw, is testament that beautiful gardens and dogs actually can coexist nicely. A master gardener and a dog rescuer, Depauw created large beds with lots of color over a halfacre lot. It features a koi pond, bubbling fountains and her favorite plant — the drought-tolerant salvia greggii, in every color available. March-May 2017 43

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The Gardens A quick tour

The Miranda Garden | 1206 Wyndham Hill Lane Water surrounds this backyard, which was made for entertaining. Water features flank the yard, which is punctuated by a koi pond and putting greens on the terraced grounds. The magnificent setting (the lot is on a private lake) is what attracted the homeowners to this property. The garden attracts lots of birds and boasts several sitting areas throughout the grounds.

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The Brinkman Garden | 411 Palladian Blvd. The custom gate that welcomes visitors was designed specifically for this patio home. An oasis in the suburbs, Deborah Brinkman’s garden blends texture, color and line, using perennials such as jasmine, hydrangeas and clematis with flowering trees and zero grass. The result is what happens when a couple downsizes but refuses to give up flowers.

The Fritchie-Jerusa Garden | 218 Westwood Drive What was once just an acre of grass, master gardener Susan Jerusa-Fritchie saw as an empty canvas to be filled. A mix of sun and shade affords her the opportunity to grow a variety of plants, including 22 rose bushes. Now the site of frequent entertaining, the landscape combines the sounds of fountains with relaxing sitting areas and a fire pit and pool. March-May 2017 45

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Sydni and Brandon Kahle, with kids Vivienne and Hudson, enjoyed visiting numerous temples on their 2016 vacation in Tokyo.

Tiny travelers, big adventures By June Naylor Photos by Ron Jenkins

For this Southlake family, Disneyland is not on the itinerary. Tokyo or Madrid are more like it, and the kids are all right with that.

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When Sydni and Brandon Kahle find themselves on a beach with their kids this year, they won’t be building sandcastles in Destin or South Padre Island. Instead, the globe-trotting Southlake family’s short list of 2017 destinations includes Chile and Greece. So far, daughter Vivienne, 6, and son Hudson, 5, haven’t pushed to visit famous theme parks or other places you’d expect. That’s because Mom and Dad have made a point of learning how to make every trip kid-friendly, choosing to explore the larger world. To date, they’ve done just that on vacations in Europe, Asia and Mexico. “Brandon and I both gravitate toward collecting experiences rather than stuff. I’ve never regretted

The Southlake family values cultural explorations, which include those involving art and food, in destinations far beyond our own borders. March-May 2017 49


Planning their journeys is half the fun, as is looking through thick photo albums from past trips.

Tiny travelers, big adventures spending money on a trip,” says Sydni, a New Jersey native who met her husband when the two lived in Phoenix. “It is important for us to instill in Vivienne and Hudson a broad view, helping them understand the world is bigger than the bubble we live in. We don’t want them to grow up believing everyone looks, talks and thinks like them.”

Just ask Vivienne and Hudson what they’ve enjoyed about their overseas adventures, and they’ll give you a list of greatest hits. In Paris, Vivienne loved joining in with a street dancer’s routine in a park and eating pain au chocolat. In Madrid, Hudson was taken with (and maybe a little

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overwhelmed by) Picasso’s works. Both kids eagerly share memories of collecting origami cranes and kites, as well as charms from temples, in Tokyo. Many of their finds are recorded in journals they keep during trips. “There was a soccer field on top of a building!” says a bubbly Vivienne, pointing to her drawing of that find in Tokyo. Likewise, Hudson — a little blonder than his sister, and perhaps a bit more of a ham — pages through his journal till he finds his illustration of a favorite meal at the muchfrequented ramen stalls: “Noodles!” The Kahles appreciate the generous travel privileges afforded by Brandon’s job at American Airlines, which brought the family to Texas in 2014 and where he works in finance. When they began having children, they wondered how their travel habit might be affected, and friends warned that little ones wouldn’t remember travel experiences. “So many people came up with lists of things that could go wrong and why it was a bad idea. Eventually we took a deep breath and just went for it. After our first trip we realized traveling wasn’t just to our benefit: The kids were fascinated and absorbed everything around them,” says Sydni.

Planning any trip requires adequate research, and the Kahles do their homework. They’ll camp at a coffee shop with their guidebooks and a laptop — “It’s a little like cramming for a final, but we like to book everything and draft an itinerary in a few hours,” Sydni says. Then they prepare the kids for the destination ahead, readying Vivienne and Hudson to appreciate places they’ll explore. They’ve read books to the kids and shared YouTube videos with them about places they’d be visiting. They’ve taken them to museums like the Kimbell in Fort Worth to familiarize them with artists they’d see at the Prado in Madrid and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the latter fascinating the kids, too, with not only the Monets but with the giant clock and surrounding windows overlooking the city. The parents practice new languages with the kids — basics, such as “hello,” “please” and “thank you” — and the family visits restaurants with appropriate foods to try before leaving home. “When our kids say hello to waiters in the native language, the staff would always go out of their way

Sydni and Brandon Kahle prepare their kids for adventures in foreign lands by teaching them common phrases and showing them videos that explain customs in the countries they’re visiting. March-May 2017 51


Seeing London’s famous landmarks meant also riding the Tube, where the kids got to interact with local children.

to engage with the kids. It’s such a small courtesy, but it shows they are trying to learn about their culture,” Sydni explains. Vivienne and Hudson learned to eat Japanese dishes like tonkatsu (fried pork chops), ramen, rice balls and hot pot ahead of time. Likewise, they enjoyed meals at Spanish restaurants here at home before going to Madrid. “Tapas is wonderful for kids. They love jamon serrano, manchego, paella and, of course, churros dipped in warm chocolate. If we can have a few things on their plates that are familiar, they are more likely to try something new,” says Sydni. “When we’re traveling, they do not have to eat anything they don’t want, but they must be respectful. No nose-pinching or saying yuck. We tell them we are guests of this culture, and some people find peanut butter and jelly revolting.”

Catching on to customs and practices can

challenge adults, too, the grownups admit. Everyone in the family giggles over memories of figuring out the many automated systems in Tokyo, particularly the first encounter with a vending machine. “We thought we were getting a grape soda from a machine on the street, but it turned out to be something like Jell-O in a can,” says Brandon. “And we learned that when you get something from a machine, you should stand there to eat or drink it right there, then dispose of it. It’s rude to walk and eat or drink.”

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Hudson and Vivienne can show you where they’ve been, picking out points on the globe. Asked where else he’d like to go, Hudson eagerly spins the globe.

Sometimes, it’s younger travelers who find cultural barriers easiest to cross: In London, the kids struck up a conversation with a British boy their age when the family was on a long Tube ride. They compared favorite sports, TV shows, food and bedtimes, capturing the interest of almost everyone on the train. In Tokyo, the family was enjoying a treat in an ice cream shop when a group of Japanese kids came in. “They stared wide-eyed at our kids, who looked so different. Before you knew it, they were smiling, making silly faces at each other and laughing. They couldn’t speak a word to each other, but they found a way to connect, and this is at the heart of why we travel. We want our kids to see that our cultural differences make the world so interesting and beautiful. At the core, we’re all more alike than we’re different. I mean, we all like ice cream and silly faces, right?”

At an ice cream shop in Tokyo, Hudson and Vivienne didn’t need to speak Japanese to communicate with kids from the neighborhood.

Tips for traveling with kids Sydni and Brandon Kahle learn something new on every trip with Vivienne and Hudson, particularly ways to make travels more enjoyable, sensible and practical. Here are some of their tips for traveling with kids. • It’s best to visit one city and really take the time to explore it. “On a trip to Spain, we tried to visit several, but lugging suitcases and kids is not fun. When we went to Tokyo, we were tempted to travel to every countryside town someone recommended. In the end, we were glad we stayed in the same hotel and really took in all the neighborhoods in the city,” says Sydni. • Teach the kids key phrases in the language you’ll be hearing; it goes a long way toward engaging positively with the locals.

During their time in Seville, Spain, the Kahle family enjoyed tapas meals.

• Read books together and watch YouTube videos about the cities you’ll visit. “Culture shock can be overwhelming. Seeing a video really helped our kids visualize what something as foreign as Tokyo would look like,” explains Sydni.

• When you arrive, hit up street markets before going out for the day. Pick out fruit or a local snack to take along on your walks. • Research the customs to teach your kids. In Tokyo, for example, people do not eat or drink while walking. “We do our best to ensure we and our children are respecting norms,” Brandon says. • Bring sketch diaries for each kid, pulling them from your backpack to use while stopping for a meal. • Take a siesta, then let your kids stay up late. “There’s something magical about seeing a city at night. Otherwise you’ll miss the twinkling of the Eiffel Tower or the 10 p.m. dinners in Spain,” offers Sydni. • Work in a fun outdoor activity each day. Kids need to be able to run and holler; look for boat rides, parks and public gathering spaces with street performers. • Show your enthusiasm. “If our kids had just seen the Rosetta Stone without perspective, they probably would have just thought, ‘nice rock.’ We explain the importance of what they will see ahead of time and let them see how excited we are to see something so special. Kids rise to the occasion if you give them the chance,” Sydni says. March-May 2017 53


Break on Through


How I survived two decades of spring vacations with the family. By Kathryn Hopper

n my college days, spring break meant buying a new bikini and piling into a beachfront hotel room with a half dozen sorority sisters. As I became a mother of four, spring break evolved into an elaborate ritual that required the logistics and bankroll of a major rock tour. Even with weeks of planning, detailed itineraries and organized bags packed with first-aid kits and spill-proof pants, something invariably went wrong.

Back when I was a new mom with just a toddler, I made the mistake of not packing extra clothes in my carry-on bag during a spring-break trip to Florida. On the return flight, my still-toilet-training son lost it — all over me. No worries. I could simply hit an airport gift shop and purchase some new attire. Alas, it was also spring training, and the only clothes there were New York Yankees gear. I suddenly became a fan. Outfitted in navy pinstripes, I made my way back to the gate, where my husband, a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, could only shake his head. After our second son was born, I worked to be better prepared for family travel, becoming a master packer who could stuff a week’s worth of clothes, snacks and gaming devices into a duffel bag. For a spring-break trip to a familyoriented resort outside Austin, I’d even brought along matching bathing suits for the kids so I could easily pick them out as they floated by in the lazy river. Feeling a bit smug in my

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accomplishment, I wasn’t worried when one child already needed a change of clothes by the time we got to Waco. We pulled over and I opened the back of the minivan only to discover that we’d left one bag behind — mine. I’d spent so much time organizing the kids’ gear and getting them situated for the trip that I’d left my own luggage back at home. More shopping saved the day this time, as well, and I spent the rest of the trip living out of Bealls bags. Another kid and a few years later, we prepared for our annual spring-break migration to the Texas Hill Country. We had barely made it to Airport Freeway when our youngest son, then a preschooler prone to car sickness, said he felt funny. A few seconds later, the first wave hit. “Maybe it’s a sign,” I said. “Let’s go back home.” “Come on,” my husband urged. “It isn’t really a family vacation until someone throws up. He’ll be fine.” By the time we made it to Austin, it seemed safe to stop for lunch. Properly

fortified, we took a scenic backroad, traveling down a winding road just outside Wimberley. That’s when the second wave of nausea hit. My son’s eyes widened, and my sweet toddler transformed into a full-throttle Linda Blair a la The Exorcist. We pulled over to regroup at a small church with a playground. Of course I was ready with antibacterial wipes, but I resolved to be more nausea-ready next time. Since then, I’ve been keeping a bottle of Dramamine tucked into the glove compartment. Our kids are older now. They’re the ones heading to spring-break hot spots like Panama City and Gulf Shores with friends. But I still have my youngest son at home, and the open road beckons us this spring. I may forgo the elaborate travel plans for a spur-of-the-moment jaunt. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on Dramamine or find my old pair of spill-proof pants — just in case. Kathryn Hopper is a Southlake mother of four. Her favorite spring-break destination is her own backyard.

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As the Southlake Women’s Club prepares to stage Art in the Square, we celebrate the group’s three-plus decades of friendships and fundraising. By Kathryn Hopper

Kris Nelson chairs this year’s Art in the Square, whose food and drink proceeds go to the club’s many beneficiaries.

The club has raised many thousands to provide crucial school supplies for local students in need.

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Emily Levin, principal harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, performs 20th-century French music in a joint concert with DSO violinist Bruce Wittrig. Photo by Ryan Brandenburg

Linda Thompson’s Yellow Brick Road is part of a new fiber art exhibit from Keller Public Art. Image courtesy of Keller Public Art

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Southlake’s annual Easter in the Park offers egg hunts for various age groups, giving participants a good shot at gathering treats. Photo courtesy of the city of Southlake

Dress up like any favorite superhero — Captain America or Superman, for instance — and you’ll be ready to run the Southlake Superhero 5K. Photo courtesy of the city of Southlake

Hailey E. Herrera’s Fresh Paint is part of her new exhibit of abstract watermedia works at Elm Street Studio in Keller. Image courtesy of Elm Street Studio March-May 2017 59

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dining guide

This is a partial list of restaurants in the 76092 area. All listings are published on a space-available basis. Some fast-food and chain restaurants have been omitted. Also businesses that serve primarily dessert only or do not offer complete meal service may not be listed due to space limitations. AMERICAN/ECLECTIC ••••••••••••••• Another Broken Egg Cafe A big breakfast menu features six varieties of Benedicts and eight gourmet omelets, plus cinnamonroll French toast, signature “biscuit beignets,” shrimp and grits, and brunch cocktails. Lunch dishes, too. Open 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. daily. Bicentennial Plaza 410 W. Southlake Blvd. 817-912-1506 BJ’s Brewhouse Casual dining for lunch and dinner with an eclectic menu that offers everything from steaks to glutenfree pizza. Pair your pick with one of the many craft beers. 2201 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-796-9990 Black Walnut Cafe This popular family-dining chain offers a menu of all-American crowd-pleasers: big breakfasts, sandwiches, pastas, tacos, pot roast and steaks, with a kids menu and a full bar. 1205 Church St. Colleyville 682-235-5100 Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery The first Tarrant location of an old Dallas favorite, this big, upscale family restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, emphasizing baked goods and comfort foods (burgers, meatloaf, pork chops and breakfast fare all day). The connected Quarter Bar offers the same menu in a barroom setting. 3000 State Highway 114 Trophy Club 469-283-6903 Bread Zeppelin This latest counter-service salad restaurant has a fun twist: You can order any entree salad (there’s a menu of 12, or build your own from dozens of ingredients) served in a hollowed-out baguette, making a zeppelin-shaped salad sandwich. 260 N. Kimball Ave. Southlake 817-251-1856 Cafe Express Choose fresh and flavorful and healthy including breakfast scrambles, frittatas, sandwiches, pastas, gourmet burgers and grilled and roasted entrees. Southlake Town Square 1472 Main St. 817-251-0063

The Classic at Roanoke An on-site garden helps ensure the freshness of ingredients in Charles Youts’ lunch and dinner menus. Enjoy everything from a mixed grill to the catch of day, and don’t miss the extensive wine list. 504 N. Oak St. Roanoke 817-430-8185 Del Frisco’s Grille There’s something for everyone via the menu of prime steaks, gourmet burgers, seafood, numerous wine choices and specialty drinks. Southlake Town Square 1200 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-410-3777 Duff’s Famous Wings Authentic chicken wings including some truly spicy versions. 2787 E. Southlake Blvd., #100 817-421-8181 East Hampton Sandwich Co. Upscale Dallas-based sandwich chain offers an extensive menu of scratch-made fare including lobster rolls and fried-chicken sandwiches with interesting sauces such as garlic-sage aioli and bourbon mustard. Fresh chowders and salads, too, plus wine and beer. 2211 E. Southlake Blvd., #500 817-541-7394 FnG Eats Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, you’ll be hard-pressed to choose from the extensive menu. Appetizers, salads and sandwiches go beyond the norm and the substantial entrees feature great price points. 201 Town Center Lane, #1101 Keller 817-741-5200 Great Harvest Bread Co. & Cafe In a homey modern country room, you’ll find an all-day oasis for house-made savory and sweet breads; morning muffins and scones; and sandwiches, salads and grain bowls at lunch and dinner. Locally roasted Avoca coffee and craft beer and wine, too. 1241 E. State Highway 114, #160 Southlake 817-488-9313

Great Scott In a space with a California wine-country feel, this “meatery” serves stellar charcuterie boards with housemade sausages and pickled vegetables. Small plates and entrees emphasize wholeanimal butchery and items grilled over wood or roasted in a woodfueled oven. Wine, craft beer and cocktails, too. 1701 Cross Roads Drive Grapevine 817-717-7701 Mac’s on Main Find everything from prime rib and chicken-fried steak alongside new and lighter options, such as poached cod and grilled red snapper. 909 S. Main St., #110 Grapevine 817-251-6227 Mason & Dixie Tucked inside an antique mall, the cafe’s menu delights with rotating daily specials, be they brisket tacos or a fig-proscuitto panini. Help yourself to ice tea and water. And don’t skip dessert even if you get it to go. Lunch only. 1641 W. Northwest Highway Grapevine 817-707-2111 Modern Market The emphasis is on health and nutritional disclosure, with inventive made-from-scratch pizzas, sandwiches and salads served in a light-filled dining room. Park Village 1161 E. Southlake Blvd., #260 817-442-0123 Redrock Canyon Grill Roasted chicken from a woodburning rotisserie, smoked salmon, barbecue ribs and the big open kitchen are highlights at this spot that features big portions of American and Southwest fare. Dinner and Sunday brunch only. 2221 E. Southlake Blvd., #360 817-912-1510 Seven Mile Cafe An outlet of a popular Denton restaurant, this breakfast and lunch spot in Keller’s old downtown has a large menu of specialty coffee drinks (using Stumptown beans), egg dishes, pancakes, burgers and sandwiches, with plenty of healthy and vegetarian choices. 110 W. Vine St. Keller 817-379-3186

Snappy Salads The focus is on entree salads, such as the popular grilled avocado and the yellowfin tuna. Or build your own. 2175 E. Southlake Blvd., #180 817-251-8888 Trio New American Cuisine Chef Jason Harper offers an impressive and focused menu of specialty sandwiches and salads at lunch and eclectic appetizers and seasonal entrees at dinner. Now open Tuesday through Saturday, with a varied wine list. All desserts are housemade. 8300 Precinct Line Road, #104 Colleyville 817-503-8440 Wildwood Grill Upscale meets casual at this woodfired grill. Choose from 25 wines by the glass with grilled steak, fish, chops and flatbreads. 2700 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-748-2100 ASIAN/SUSHI ••••••••••••••• Cowtown Sushi Expect generous-sized sushi and sashimi plates, tempura, grilled orders, teriyaki and salads. 2225 W. Southlake Blvd., #411 817-310-0089 Golden China This classic Chinese-American restaurant has generous portions and attentive service. 2105 W. Southlake Blvd., #201 817-416-1185 Howard Wang’s China Grill Enjoy a varied menu of Asian and Asian-fusion dishes — from satays to stir fries to bulgogi to vegetarianfriendly dishes — in a sleek setting complete with cozy patio dining. Sample specialty cocktails at the sleek bar. Shops of Southlake 1471 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-488-6667 H&H Noodle At this strip shopping-center spot, the varied menu offers traditional Vietnamese pho, steamed dumplings and spring rolls. 2120 E. Southlake Blvd., #D 817-251-9237

Kobeya Japanese Steak & Sushi A large- or small-party full-service destination restaurant serving quality Japanese food. A tender Kobe filet mignon and fresh sushi menu items. Southlake Town Square 1230 Main St. 817-416-6161 Lava 10 Navigate a large menu of Asian and Asian-fusion specialities including sushi, curries, Thai soups, rice and noodle dishes, lunchtime bento boxes and more. 401 E. State Highway 114 Grapevine 817-329-5282 Malai Kitchen A second location of the Uptown Dallas favorite brings stylish Thai and Vietnamese including drunken noodles, iron pot green curry chicken and Massaman braised lamb shank. Interesting brunch dishes and house-made beers, along with a full bar, too. Park Village 1161 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-251-9141 RA Sushi A very large selection of sushi and Japanese fusion dishes in a swank, loud, high-energy environment. Choose from the extensive cocktail and sake menu, too. Dine indoors or on the patio. Park Village 1131 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-601-9590 Shogun Hibachi Entertainment and dinner are part of the package at Shogun. Guests gather around a large flat-top grill where dinner is prepared before them. Sushi and bento boxes, too. 2970 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-749-0300 Sushi Sam This beloved family sushi restaurant is a rare find in Southlake. Specialty sushi rolls are named for frequent flyers of the traditional sushi bar. 500 W. Southlake Blvd., #138 817-410-1991 Sushi Zen Japanese Bistro This modest Japanese fast-food restaurant originated in Wylie. Quick, quality Japanese cuisine comes with an ample wine selection. 2600 E. Southlake Blvd., #100 817-749-0900 March-May 2017 61


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This is a partial list of restaurants in the 76092 area. All listings are published on a space-available basis. Some fast-food and chain restaurants have been omitted. Also businesses that serve primarily dessert only or do not offer complete meal service may not be listed due to space limitations. Sushi Zushi Indulge in a variety of generously sized sushi and Japanese items with Latin influences. An attentive staff complements Sushi Zushi’s food and upscale atmosphere. 1420 E. Southlake Blvd., #168 817-310-3191 Thai Chili Enjoy shareable appetizers such as veggie tempura or spring rolls along with filling entrees of curries, rice and noodle dishes at lunch and dinner. 210 S. U.S. Highway 377 Roanoke 817-251-6674 BAKERIES/ DELIS/TREATS ••••••••••••••• Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop Colleyville residents are flocking to this new import from Tennessee that offers Southern pies in full and miniature versions, including the bestselling I-40 (pecan, chocolate and coconut). Try the Cloud 9, a unique twist on a pie a la mode using locally made ice cream. 4712 Colleyville Blvd., #160 817-581-7437 The Cakery Edible art found here in madeto-order custom cakes, pastries, cookies, petits fours and cupcakes. 2001 W. Southlake Blvd., #111 817-310-3377 Cheesecake Factory This full-service restaurant was founded because of its cheesecakes, serving more than 50 varieties today. Opt for more substantial from the regular menu. Southlake Town Square 1440 Plaza Place 817-310-0050 Cinnaholic Luscious gourmet cinnamon rolls finished to order with your selections from a long list of flavored frostings and sprinkled toppings. Astonishingly, all ingredients are 100 percent vegan. 2704 E. Southlake Blvd., #102 817-749-0246

Corner Bakery Cafe What began as a bakery has become a go-to spot to grab a breakfast pastry, sandwich, salad, soup or pasta. Family-friendly service with a covered patio. Southlake Town Square 100 State St. 817-329-1127 Elegant Cakery This bakery offers tempting specialoccasion cakes including petits fours and cupcakes. The cakes are works of art, and services include special orders and wedding cakes. 535 Nolen Drive, #200 Southlake 817-488-7580 Gigi’s Cupcakes A cupcake mecca with about 30 varieties in rotation weekly, most with gourmet ingredients and decorations piled high. Design a custom batch for your celebration. Park Village 1161 E. Southlake Blvd., #208 817-320-1902 Main Street Bistro & Bakery Known for baked goods, decadent breakfasts and solid lunches. Dinner is an adventure. Look for everything from housemade gnocchi to roasted duck breast. 316 S. Main St. Grapevine 817-424-4333 McAlister’s Deli Break the fast-food habit with fresh sandwiches, baked potatoes, salads, soups and sweets. 100 N. Kimball Ave., #109 Southlake 817-310-5570 Milwaukee Joe’s This locally owned spot has nearly two dozen flavors of homemade gourmet ice cream, sorbets and custards that can be ordered in waffle-type or fancy cones. Southlake Town Square 1417 Main St. 817-251-1667 Nothing Bundt Cakes The name says it all — Bundt cakes, for all occasions, in nine flavors. Cakes are baked fresh daily and come in mini and full-size versions with the signature cream-cheese icing. 339 N. Carroll Ave. Southlake 817-416-6228

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Rita’s Italian Ice In addition to frozen custard, Rita’s offers other cool treats, including Italian ice, custard cookie sandwiches, milkshakes and gelati. 410 Southlake Blvd. 817-251-8811 BARBECUE ••••••••••••••• Feedstore BBQ & More A popular spot for hickory-smoked barbecue, Feedstore’s service line is fast and efficient. Eat in, on the patio or get your order to go. 530 S. White Chapel Blvd. Southlake 817-488-1445 Meat U Anywhere BBQ Best bets on the by-the-pound menu include German or jalapenocheddar sausage, St. Louis-style ribs and brisket. Sandwiches are huge and lines are long. 919 W. Northwest Highway Grapevine 817-251-1227 and 91 Trophy Club Drive Trophy Club 682-237-7854 BURGERS ••••••••••••••• Five Guys Burgers and Fries Sandwiches and hot dogs also are are available. Burgers come in two sizes with a variety of toppings. Southlake Town Square 242 State St. 817-416-9726 Johnny B’s Burgers & Shakes Burgers are made with fresh Texas premium beef on a sourdough bun. Fries are hand-cut and shakes are made with real ice cream. 2704 E. Southlake Blvd., #104 817-749-0000 Kincaid’s Hamburgers Natural vegetarian-fed, preservative-free meat that is cut and ground fresh daily makes for a superior burger. 100 N. Kimball Ave. Southlake 817-416-2573 Snuffer’s Enjoy burgers or home-style platters such as fried chicken. And don’t skip the cheddar fries. Southlake Town Square 431 Grand Ave. East 817-410-9811

CAJUN ••••••••••••••• Copeland’s of New Orleans Enjoy a mashup of Cajun, Creole and American tastes in a festive upscale atmosphere. Southlake Town Square 1400 Plaza Place 817-305-2199 INDIAN ••••••••••••• •• Ista Indian Cuisine The tandoori specials are a must-try as are traditional curry and masala dishes with multiple vegetarian options and just the right amount of spiciness. 2140 E. Southlake Blvd., #B 817-421-0305 ITALIAN/PIZZA ••••••••••••••• Armend’s Restaurante This family-friendly pizza place is more Naples than New York but prides itself on New York-style thin crust. 2315 E. Southlake Blvd., #101 817-251-0270 Brio Tuscan Grille Enjoy a beverage on the patio or at the outdoor bar while dining on grilled meat or fish, substantial salads, flatbreads or pastas. The dessert trio is a post-movie mustshare. Southlake Town Square 1431 Plaza Place 817-310-3136 Buca di Beppo A lively atmosphere complements the authentic Northern and Southern Italian food of Buca di Beppo. 2701 E. State Highway 114 Southlake 817-749-6262 Coal Vines Pizza and Wine Bar Family-owned, this wine bar features thin-crust pizza prepared in a coal-fired oven, plus a selection of appetizers and entrees such as chicken Parmesan, and fish. Gluten-free options are available. Shops of Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd., #301 817-310-0850

Farina’s Winery & Cafe Chill out with a glass of wine or beer and pizza. Or try one of the Italian specialties such as chicken Marsala or a substantial salad. The atmosphere is friendly, partly due to the cozy feel enhanced by the brick and woodwork. 420 S. Main St. Grapevine 817-442-9095 iFratelli Thin-crusted pizza plus housemade marinara sauce, meatballs and salad dressings. Take it home or have it delivered. 2600 E. Southlake Blvd., #110 817-749-0990 Il Calabrese Ristorante and Bar Choose from a range of modern and traditional Italian specialties including carpaccio crusted with black pepper, old-school vegetable minestrone and pizzas. The entrees are substantial, ranging from grilled meats to a meaty pork shank. 1281 E. State Highway 114 Southlake 817-251-8798 Loveria Caffe The subtitle of this winning new Colleyville restaurant and emporium is Taste of Italy. Three natives of Ravenna, Italy, are serving up Italian grandmother food such as signature pastas, meatballs made from sirloin and tenderloin, and grazing items such as salumi and flatbreads. Open for lunch and dinner. 5615 Colleyville Blvd., #410, 817-932-2771 Mellow Mushroom In addition to specialty and buildyour-own pies, this pizzeria also offers calzones, hoagies, salads and a diverse mix of appetizers, plus a wide-ranging beer selection with local choices, gluten-free pizza crust and catering. 2820 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-749-1111 southlake Oliva Italian Eatery Enjoy ample portions of all your Italian favorites plus warm service, especially from owners Cynthia and Justin Loeb. Don’t miss their familyfriendly takeout specials if you can’t dine in. 12477 Timberland Blvd., #633 Fort Worth/Keller 817-337-6999;

Ruggeri’s Italian Ristorante Expect classic food in a comfortable setting, from starters of baked oysters and toasted ravioli to hearty pasta dishes to specials including a meaty veal chop and sweetbreads with mushrooms. Service is smooth. 32 Village Lane, #100 Colleyville 817-503-7373 SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza Choose from pizza, salad, panini and entree recipes from Kansas City celebrity chef Michael Smith. Pies are cooked in a wood-fired oven and incorporate artisan toppings. Local craft beers and house-made sangria fill the beverage menu. Southlake Town Square 1586 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-416-7746 Taverna Rossa The energy is high at this popular new spinoff of a Plano favorite. Pair an artisan pizza — ingredients include locally made bacon and sausage, stout-braised brisket and balsamic tomatoes — with something from the long list of craft beers. Park Village 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., #300 817-809-4533 MEDITERRANEAN ••••••••••••••• Luna Grill Fast-casual service and Mediterranean staples like kabobs, falafel and wraps. Grass-fed, hormone-free meats, organic produce and vegetarian options are highlights. Park Village 1141 E. Southlake Blvd., #530 817-488-8811 TruFire Kitchen & Bar Bistro setting with a menu of mainly Italian and Mediterranean dishes including pizzas, pastas and salads. Gluten-free dishes available along with craft cocktails. Southlake Town Square 1239 Main St. 817-488-6280 Verts Mediterranean Grill This fast-casual cafe puts its spin on Turkish kebabs offering beeflamb or chicken cut to order from spits; crispy, crunchy falafel; or vegetarian, all served in a pita or tortilla wrap or as a salad. 2310 W. Southlake Blvd., #100 817-431-0203

Zoe’s Kitchen This fast-casual restaurant offers Mediterranean-inspired comfort food from hummus plates to shrimp tabbouleh salad to specialty kebabs. 2175 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-488-5900 MEXICAN ••••••••••••••• Anamia’s Tex-Mex Dependable for its fresh, highquality ingredients; don’t miss the popular Sunday brunch. 2980 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-748-0100 Anna’s Mexican Grill Homestyle Tex-Mex ranging from tableside guacamole to combo specialties. Brunch, lunch, dinner. 1009 Cheek-Sparger Road, #122A Colleyville 817-281-0747 Chiloso Mexican Bistro This quick-casual place offers build-your-own burritos, tacos and bowls, but also interesting specialties including the signature grilled avocados topped any way you want and served atop queso. Daily breakfast, too. 2251 E. Southlake Blvd., #140 817-488-7773 Chuy’s The Austin-based chain offers kitschy decor and specialties like stacked blue corn tortilla enchiladas layered with chicken and tomatillo sauce. 1221 E. State Highway 114, #100 Southlake 817-421-2489 Cristina’s Fine Mexican Authentic, home-style Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine is served in a lively atmosphere. Catering and private parties available. 2707 E. Southlake Blvd., #100 817-488-2095 Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano We can make a meal from the nachos menu, but then we’d miss out on the carne asada or brisket tacos. Located in a renovated home just off the historic district. 125 E. Worth St. Grapevine 817-481-4668

Gloria’s Latin Cuisine Outpost of a popular upscale Latin chain serves stylish plates — some with Salvadoran touches like yuca and plantain — in a bit of a nightlife atmosphere, at least at dinner. Lunch and brunch, too. Park Village 1121 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-305-0000 Mesa One of Dallas’ best restaurants expands to the suburbs, with a menu of Veracruz-style coastal Mexican fare including seafood dishes, a fantastic mole sauce, enchilada plates and a kids’ menu. Good cocktails and a large patio, too. 1000 Texan Trail, #130 Grapevine 817-329-1144 Mi Chula’s Good Mexican Casual dining spot offering mesquite grilled meats, fresh vegetables, warm flour tortillas and prickly pear margaritas, all handmade on-site. 1431 E. Southlake Blvd., #551 817-756-6920 Mi Cocina Upscale chain featuring refined, sleek surroundings and a contemporary Tex-Mex menu. Southlake Town Square 1276 Main St. 817-410-6426 Mi Dia From Scratch A blend of flavors borrowed from Santa Fe and Mexico City-style cuisine along with classic Tex-Mex cooking permeates the menu here, from stacked enchiladas to the cochinita pibil to the relleno stuffed with huitlachoche. 1295 S. Main St. Grapevine 817-421-4747 Taco Diner Fast, fresh and dependable appeals to diners of all ages. Enjoy a variety of tacos, salads and fresh fish. Southlake Town Square 432 Grand Ave. West 682-651-6427 Torchy’s Tacos There’s always a line at this outpost of the Austin chain with over-thetop taco fillings like fried avocado or guajillo-seared ahi tuna. Breakfast tacos, beer, margaritas and possibly the best queso in town, too. 2175 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-601-2880

SEAFOOD ••••••••••••••• Bonefish Grill Market-fresh fish and other woodgrilled specialties are the main draw; the lively bar offers specialty drinks along with a select menu. 1201 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-421-3263 Citrus Bistro Chef Didier Viriot offers top-notch seafood — as well as steaks, lamb and other specialities — at this tucked-away spot off Colleyville Boulevard. Choose from the serene dining room or the patio for lunch, dinner or brunch. 5005 Colleyville Blvd., #240 817-281-6282 Fish City Grill This neighborhood restaurant serves classic Southern seafood items including shrimp and grits, fried pickles and bayou gumbo. 2750 E. Southlake Blvd., #130 817-748-0456 Rockfish Seafood Grill Don’t miss the fish tacos or ahi tuna nachos. Or try a chef-inspired dish such as the seafood pot pie. Southlake Town Square 228 State St. 817-442-0131 Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House Sophisticated diners look for fresh stone crab, quality beef and a fine wine list. Southlake Town Square 1420 Plaza Place 817-912-0500 STEAKS ••••••••••••••• Bob’s Steak & Chop House Beef is king here along with classic steakhouse pairings: wedge salad, baked potato, creamed spinach and, of course, Bob’s signature big carrot. 1255 S. Main St. Grapevine 817-481-5555 Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse Fresh seafood and daily chef specials in addition to its popular grain-fed aged prime beef. 3305 E. State Highway 114 Southlake 817-410-2221

Old Hickory Steakhouse Located inside the Gaylord Texan Resort, it’s a destination for those seeking out its signature Black Angus. You’ll need time to peruse the lengthy wine menu. Dinner only. 1501 Gaylord Trail Grapevine 817-778-228 Texas Bleu Steakhouse and Cellar The owners of Keller Tavern team up with chef Stefon Rishel. Enjoy Angus beef along with classic dishes such as chicken cordon bleu and farm-fresh produce in side dishes. 124 S. Main St. Keller PUBS/WINE BARS ••••••••••••••• The Ginger Man Enjoy an extensive beer menu along with French-dip sandwiches and soft pretzels. 1512 E. Southlake Blvd. 817-778-8846 Messina Hof Check out four wine-tasting spaces including a pair of wine bars with nine wines on tap. Relax in the lounge areas and sample white, red, rosé and dessert wines by the flight, glass or bottle as well as small plates for snacking. 201 S. Main St. Grapevine 817-442-8463 Sloan & Williams Winery Enjoy award-winning wines along with a menu of imported cheeses and meats, coconut shrimp, crab cakes and rolls at both the original location and now the new addition of this Grapevine winery. 112 E. Texas St. 817-416-9371 and 401 S. Main St. 817-421-9463 Grapevine Umbra Winery Settle in at the long bar or get comfortable on one of the sofas. Plates to share include bruschetta, antipasto, gourmet cheeses and hummus. 415 S. Main St. Grapevine 817-421-2999 March-May 2017 63

photo finish

Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,

But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee. For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,

And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.

— from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

Photo by Jeffrey Wooten

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M A R K G O O D W I N PRESIDENT OF MORTGAGE PRODUCTION Mark Goodwin has helped homeowners in North Texas achieve their real estate and home ownership goals for more than three decades. A regional expert that specializes in assisting established professionals, Mark will be your dedicated partner throughout the home lending process. From jumbo loans, to doctor/professional loans, to construction-to-permanent loans, Mark will help consult and advise you down the path to meet your goals. Investing in a home is one of the most important decisions of your life, and Mark is among the best lending experts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Call for Mortgage Inquiries: Office: 817-912-4444 | Cell: 817-366-8666 NMLS # 411456 NMLS #543312

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