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As a lifelong perfectionist, planner, people-pleaser and type A personality, it’s taken me a long time to have gratitude at all times—and in all things. Due to the aforementioned character traits, at many times in my life when my best laid plans fell apart and control was completely out of my hands it was enough to drive me mad. Life’s twists and turns have taught me to look on the bright side of even the worst situation. There is always a silver lining as cliché as that is.

During the Thanksgiving celebrations, many things will likely not go right. From difficult family issues, to recipes that don’t turn out right, to the weather, to frankly who knows what! Anything is possible. By focusing on our blessings—no matter how small—we save our sanity.

Beating yourself up over past mistakes and replaying scenes in your mind you wish you could do over again is normal. You’re not alone. I‘ve had to learn to let go of many things—but admittedly the hardest for me hasn’t been forgiving others, but giving myself that same grace. By getting along with each other we show that we have a gracious heart. Sometimes having a gracious heart means we need to lay down a grudge, but sometimes it means we need to forgive ourselves. Seeing our problems as blessings and accepting the unexpected as a gift is the true key to happiness.

As a woman, I see so many other women similar to me who are carrying the weight of the word on their shoulders and having a hard time giving ourselves grace when we can’t do it all. I heard a quote recently that said, “The people who tend to be the most gracious are those who know how badly they need grace.” On Thanksgiving this year, I will sit in gratitude and forgiveness, knowing that in the same way I offer these things to those around me, I should also offer it to myself. And in doing so, I will live with a gracious heart and hold a key that has the ability to unlock all of the blessings and gifts this life has to offer—a true thanks-giving.

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Always, Always, Always Something to be Thankful For

These words are “plastered” on a very big wall in my home. They are immediately visible coming through the front door and are also seen when entering from the garage. Even when cooking in the kitchen, there’s no getting around them. The words greet you from every entry and serve as a constant reminder to “find something” to be thankful for.

Psalms 92:1 says “it is good to give thanks to the Lord…” However, it is difficult to be thankful when we face unpleasant circum stances. Especially when we have a pes simistic attitude and allow ourselves to be consumed with feelings of hopelessness. Thankfulness is not only a choice, but it should also be a lifestyle. It was something I learned many years ago while living in Iowa.

My daughters were about 8 and 10 years old. Normally, I didn’t allow my children to eat cake for breakfast. But one Monday morning, it was all I had. That weekend, I used all the milk to prepare a cake. So, when Monday morning arrived, we had cereal but no milk. We had bacon, but no bread. I couldn’t send my daughters to school with out eating. So, I cooked some bacon and served it with a slice of cake. After breakfast, I escorted them to the bus stop for school.

Once the bus was out of sight, I immediately began to sob. As a parent, I was extremely overcome with guilt. I sat at the kitchen table full of shame and disappointment. Suddenly, I remembered how happy my daughters were. I set my emotions aside and begin to see the true blessing—my girls did not go to school with empty stomachs. Although it wasn’t the “best” breakfast, it was sufficient for the day.

(2 Corinthians 3:5) And that was something to be thankful for. God provided, as He had done so many times before. This was an opportunity to praise God and thank Him for supplying “manna,” and that’s exactly what I did.

thanks…”. Furthermore, Philippians 4:8 encourages us to take control of our thought life by focusing on things that are true, things that are honest, things that are just, things that are pure, things that are lovely, things that are of good report, things that are virtuous and more so things that are praiseworthy.

Whenever we find ourselves under stressful circumstances, it is our responsibility to re think the situation and “find the good” in it. I allowed myself to focus on what I didn’t have and neglected to appreciate what I did have—two very happy daughters! Once I refocused my attention, I realized just how silly it was to “stress out” over serving my daughters cake for breakfast. Let’s be real! Life will present me with “real” issues to be distressed about.

Thankfulness will not proceed out of the mouth, if it doesn’t dwell in the heart. Luke 6:45 and Matthew 12:34 both reveal that the mouth speaks what’s in the heart. If we want our speech and thoughts to be acceptable in the sight of the Lord, we must discover the things that are “acceptable” (Psalm 19:14). What does God accept?


John 17:3

Philippians 4:6-7 teaches us that we don’t have to “be anxious about anything. But pray about everything and always give

As Believers, we must be thankful for what ever God sets on our table. Although many of the situations we find ourselves in are the result of poor decisions or outcomes that were unforeseen. We can still be grateful for the blessings bestowed and the lessons learned. 1 Timothy 4:4 teaches that every thing created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if received with thanksgiv ing. My daughters didn’t “reject” the cake (chuckle). They received it with joy and thanksgiving. Christians should do the same! Learning to give thanks to God is easy when we are aware of His wondrous deeds (Psalms 75:1). So, whether it shows up for breakfast or appears as part of a special celebration—eat the cake! It’s yours to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17b)! Just make sure to give thanks and eat it with gladness.

— Y’all be blessed!

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I once worked a job that took me “behind the scenes” at many different businesses. I really loved learning how things worked and seeing places that most folks never saw. “The Curse of Estacado: Trails of Blood and Wine” by pioneers in the Texas wine industry Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo (Merbon, $15.99) whisks you behind the curtain of the Texas wine industry for an in sider’s look at the on-going struggle to produce a nuanced, superior and profitable product—the perfect glass of wine.

The main character of this novel, Trevor Talan, begins his relationship with the almighty grape while his father is de ployed to Italy. Trevor experiences the magic combination of location, soil, climate and topography that makes a wine growing region unique.

But this book is about Texas wine which was born in the 16th century when Spanish missionaries helped Native Americans improve their winemaking methods.

Even though it is a novel, the book overflows with facts on grape-growing in fickle Texas weather and technical

aspects of harvesting, blending and marketing. It focuses on a particular tract of land near the fictional city of Cotton, Texas. This land passes from one owner to the next. No one seems to have what it takes to succeed. Employees disappear, leaving only their keys behind. Bankruptcy, family issues, even divorce plague almost everyone who dares to get involved. Eventually Trevor calls the area “cursed” but has no idea how close to the truth he is until much later in the story.

Trevor’s family shows up as his warm, but problematic launching pad. His dad’s military career keeps them apart for years, but he relies on sweet mem ories of his mother—including a recipe for Mom’s German Roulade. Yum!

Strong chapter-to-chapter transitions will keep you turning pages to dis cover what could possibly happen to allow success for the cursed vineyard. A large cast of characters demon strates the different types of people who come and go from the industry. The final resolution of the mystery around the curse harkens back to the bloody conflict between Native Americans and European settlers.


Curse of Estacado

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: The Bonarrigo’s own and operate the four Messina Hof wineries in Texas. They lead wine tour groups around the world and have published four previous books: “Ultimate Food and Wine Pairing Cookbook,” Ultimate Food and Wine Pairing Cookbook II,” “Vineyard Cuisine, Meals, and Memories from Messina Hof,” and “Family, Tradition and Romance: The Messina Hof Story.” They introduced Sagrantino grapes to Texas, and have traveled to 38 countries to teach wine, hospitality and successful generational transition. They lead wine tour groups around the world. Since 2015 Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo have developed Messina Hof Estates, a 37-acre vineyard lifestyle community. For more, visit The book is available on Amazon.

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ICE! is back at Gaylord Texan. And, you are invited to don their signature blue parka and step into a wonderland carved by the expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice. For 2022, experience The Polar Express with all new larger-than-life sculptures and even plunge down slides made entirely of ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience. Tickets are on sale now and the ICE! exhibit will run from November 11 through January 1, 2023. Each Gaylord Hotel property will feature a classic Christmas story or movie, making this a holiday spectacle not to be missed. Become part of the Christmas stories you love! Book your experience at any of the Gaylord Hotels, where you can enjoy this one-of-a-kind holiday attraction. Unwrap the joy of the season at the Gaylord Texan with endless hours of entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Marine Toys for Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s premiere Community Action Program, announces its 75th anniversary of supporting children in need across the nation and the kick-off of the Program’s 2022 holiday campaign. The idea of the Marine Toys for Tots Program began in 1947 at the helm of Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. Major Hendricks’ wife, Diane, was the inspiration behind the Program after she asked Major Hendricks to deliver some handcrafted dolls to an agency that supported children in need. When Major Hendricks reported back to his wife that he could not find an agency for the handcrafted dolls, Diane encouraged her husband to “start one!” Since Marine Toys for Tots Program’s inception in 1947 with a single hand-crafted doll, they have distributed 627 million toys to over 281 million children in need over seven decades. They’ve adapted and overcome many challenges, but always accomplished the mission. As our nation has faced the many challenges and national crises over the past 75 years, the American public has never let Toys for Tots down. Our Marines and volunteers have been able to support millions of children in need year after year. Marine Toys for Tots had a record-breaking year in 2021 and distributed an unprecedented 22.4 million toys to 8.7 million underpriv ileged children. Today’s children are tomorrow’s future, and Marine Toys for Tots is dedicated to ensuring it’s as bright as possible for children living in challenging cir cumstances. Because of the support we have received over the last seven decades from the American public, our wonderful corporate sponsors, and our dedicated local coordinators and volunteers—we are 75 years strong! Now, in our 75th year, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program also provides support year-round to families experiencing challenges and exceptional circumstances, thus fulfilling the hopes and dreams of millions of children in need nationwide at Christmastime— and beyond. Help Marine Toys for Tots fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of millions of impoverished children who otherwise may be forgotten, after all—every child deserves a little Christmas. | NOVEMBER 2022 15


Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thou sands of children around the country each year. Once a child or senior adult has been registered and accepted as an Angel their Christmas wish list is shared with donors in your community who purchase gifts of new clothing and toys. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their family Christmas tree.

You can adopt an Angel online or by scanning the QR code on the large sign located near the Angel Tree. Additionally, Forgotten Angel tags are available for selection on Salvation Army Angel Trees at participating Walmart and mall locations. By picking a Forgotten Angel tag, you help us make Christmas happen for those who were adopted, but their wishes weren't fulfilled and are still in need of a gift. You can drop off your new, unwrapped gifts through a drive-thru drop-off on December 2-3 from 11:30am until 5:30pm at multiple sites across North Texas. Make sure your gifts are bagged per Angel and ensure that the corresponding Angel code is included inside the bag. Local Mall Tree Locations are:

NorthPark Center | 8687 N Central Expy., Dallas, TX 75225

Galleria Dallas | 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75240 ........................................................................................................................................

Northeast Mall | 1101 Melbourne Rd., Hurst, TX 76053 ........................................................................................................................................

The Shops at Willow Bend | 6121 W Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093 ........................................................................................................................................

Golden Triangle Mall | 2201 S. I-35E, Denton, TX 76205 ........................................................................................................................................

Hulen Mall | 4800 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, TX 76132

The Parks at Arlington | 3811 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76015

The last day to adopt an Angel and return your gifts is December 3.

Backed by 131 years of expertise, The Salvation Army of North Texas is uniquely positioned to respond to the changing needs of our community. Their footprint across 4,078 square miles in Dallas, Tarrant and Ellis, Denton and Collin Counties makes them the largest Salvation Army Command in the world. But more im portantly, it allows them to reach our most vulnerable neighbors in every pocket of North Texas. As The Salvation Army of North Texas works to address the startling realities of addiction, homelessness, and poverty across our cities, they’ve never been better poised to win our battles. By re-establishing goals for processes, partnerships, programs, and places, they can do more than just change lives—they can revolutionize the way we serve our cities.


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The Christmas Cottage is a program that provides families with Christmas gifts for their family at no cost to them. What makes this program unique is that they allow clients to make their own selections of gifts for their family. Each qualified family is given a hypothetical “budget” that allows the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting based upon their family size. They “shop” in the cottage among age appropriate items that are given a point value that is representative of a dollar value of the item. This way, they not only get to choose the gifts that they know their children will like, but they are learning to budget and understand the value of what they are receiving. It really helps the parents maintain a sense of dignity since they are able to maintain a level of autonomy in their selections. Providing warmth and comfort this season not only allows families facing hardship to uphold cherished traditions—but also both programs are designed to continue a legacy of giving and instill new traditions for individuals, families and groups year after year.

This incredible effort is sustained through gifts donated by the community and hundreds of volunteer hours. Including the volunteers who decorate the space, those who work while the cottage is open and those who help take everything down and pack up, it takes more than 450 volunteers! On average they serve over 2,700 families members with new, unwrapped gifts, housewares and family appliances. As we all continue dealing with the repercussions of COVID, they expect to serve many more in the years ahead. If you would like more information about donations or volunteering, please contact GRACE’s Volunteer Coordinator. They would also like to encourage local businesses to host toy drives or they can supply them with bell ornaments that list gift needs. That way, their employees can select an ornament or two and simply purchase the items listed on them.

For ideas on what toys you can donate, please visit their Amazon Wish List or Toy List on the websites below. Gifts for teens are usually in shortest supply. Great teen gifts are gift cards ($10, $15 and $20 denominations), movie tickets, DVDs and CDs to name a few. They also run low on our family gifts which are things like small appliances, towel sets, dish sets, etc. Each family gets to select one “family gift.” All donations must be unwrapped, that way they know what the items are and can organize them. Each family that shops with them is given all of the wrapping paper, tape and bows that they will need to wrap their own gifts, so they also need lots of those things donated as well.

2022 GRACE Christmas Cottage is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, December 6 from 4:30-7:30pm. Celebrate the holidays with GRACE and help them collect new, unwrapped toys for families in need. Kids’ time starts at 4:30pm and the open house starts at 5:30pm. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. This year Christmas Cottage will be located at 2550 SW Grapevine Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051.

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It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! Gaylord Texan Resort invites guests to “freeze the day” as the hotel’s longtime holiday tradition, ICE!, returns this holiday season. The signature attraction is part of their 19th annual Lone Star Christmas celebration that runs through January 1st, 2023.

The Polar Express ICE!

Using more than 2 million pounds — or 1,000 tons — of ice, the holiday classic movie, The Polar Express™, has been brought to life by a team of 40 master ice artisans who traveled from Harbin, China, and have worked for over six weeks to create the nearly 17,000square-foot, frozen attraction. Colored ice, clear ice and LED lights are all used to create the elaborate display. Although this will be Gaylord Texan’s 15th time to present ICE!, this is the first time that The Polar Express has been featured. Inside the ICE! attraction, kept at a wintry 9-degrees, guests marvel at larger-than-life sculptures of their favorite scenes from the film, take rides down twostory-tall ice slides, traverse through the ice tunnels and arches, and take advantage of capturing the memories with picture-perfect photo-ops at every turn. Those 21 and over can even grab a drink at the On The Blocks ice bar. The ICE! experience ends in a separate area dedicated to an awe-inspiring Nativity scene, meticulously carved and shaped in a dramatic display of crystal-clear ice. Unwrap the joy of the season at Gaylord Texan!

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There’s snow much more! While ICE! is the signature attraction for the 2022 Lone Star Christmas celebration, there are plenty more festive activities, events, attractions and dazzling decorations at the 125-acre resort. The entire resort transforms into a holiday wonderland with over 2 million lights, elaborately themed Christmas trees throughout the garden atrium and convention center, more than 15,000 ornaments, and miles of garland. Christmas shows and activities are presented in the atrium, while parts of the convention center transform into a Christmas Village — a bustling, holiday hamlet with village storefronts. Here’s a rundown of the events, live entertainment, holiday meals, hands-on activities, exciting attractions and notable news taking place:

Cirque: Winter Wonderland: Watch in awe as performers achieve highflying stunts, acrobatic feats, jaw-dropping juggling, and stunning contortion.

Shine Light Show: Watch the atrium come alive each night and dazzle with thousands of dancing lights on a towering Christmas tree, synchronized to a high-energy soundtrack.

Merry & Light: Grab a hot cocoa and journey through larger-than-life décor and immersive state-of-the-art light elements in this outdoor attraction.

Snow Tubing: Calling all thrill-seekers! Grab a tube and zoom down the twostory, eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow.

Santa’s Snow Throw: Grab your very own bucket of real snowballs and take aim at interactive targets.

Ice Skating: Take a ‘yuletide glide’ on a 6,000-sq-foot real ice skating rink.

Christmas Carousel: Take a spin on this timeless, family-friendly ride.

Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends: Enjoy a delicious breakfast in this one-of-a-kind dining experience where you will get to meet some of your favorite members of the Peanuts gang like Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy!

Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt: Search high and low to help Snoopy deck his house out for the Dog House Decorating Competition in this fun scavenger hunt. Once complete, receive a special gift.

Elf Workshop: Learn all of the tricks of the trade from some of Santa’s top toy makers as they help you craft a holiday keepsake.

Gingerbread Decorating Corner: Let your creativity run wild while adorning a gingerbread treat, then meet-and-greet with Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man.

Photos with Santa: Chat with the jolly ole’ elf himself and make sure you have secured a spot on his prestigious ‘Nice List’ before he heads back to the North Pole on December 24th to begin his gift-giving journey.

Holiday Escape Rooms: Test your winter weather wits as you race against the clock inside the three exciting Escape Rooms.

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Make a furry friend, take part in a Heart Ceremony, and personalize them with seasonal outfits, accessories, sounds and scents.

Gaylord texan’s 2022 Lone Star Christmas celebration promises more décor than ever before! Overnight stays sweeten the holidays with balconies that overlook acres of Christmas décor, guests can immerse themselves in festive surroundings. Make the most of your visit with overnight packages that include special room rates and admission to select events the family can enjoy together!



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XAR Clothier is synonymous with style and founder Roy Rizwan has spent a lifetime curating designer pieces across the spectrum of fashion and lifestyle to dress his clients for exceptional events, special occasions and gatherings. Experience XAR. Experience STYLE.

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Holly Golightly — adorned with elaborate pearls, a black designer dress, above-the-elbow gloves, and an intricate up-do — steps out of a taxi in New York City. She approaches a store window and takes out her breakfast from a white paper bag. In the opening scene of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, awardwinning actress Audrey Hepburn was the very embodiment of grace and style — and looked very much the part of a well-to-do socialite. The scene is dreamy and generates a feeling of perfection. However, the reality was she was only window shopping and her character was daydreaming. This Oscar-winning movie had a huge effect on pop culture, fashion, and of course, the high-end jewelry retailer’s success.

In the heart of Southlake Town Square, this elevated level of style is not only attainable — it is inclusive. At XAR Clothier in Southlake Town Square, you can do more than just adore the trending fashion lines on display in the front façade boutique windows. XAR Clothier founder and style guru Roy Rizwan’s embellished storefront windows catch the attention of passer-bys who admittedly gaze upon them like Ms. Hepburn did in the movie — hesitant to be welcome inside. Make no mistake, not only will you be embraced by the hospitality and generosity of Rizwan and his team — surrounded by the sleek, impeccably designed, modern showroom, you’ll wonder why you haven’t ever stepped inside before. | NOVEMBER 2022 21 ELEVATE YOUR STYLE XAR Clothier — A Style Destination [continued on next page]

found at XAR’s Gentlemen’s Shop and Ladies Boutique in Southlake.



Marc Cain

Sachin & Babi

Ted Baker London

XAR Clothier is the only store in Texas to carry Marc Cain — a German line world renowned for well-cut silhouettes, fine fabrics and gorgeous shades. XAR CLOTHIER’S | GENTLEMEN’S SHOP

clothing from designers such as:

Jared Lang

PYA Patrick Assaraf

Ted Baker London

Fidelity Denim

XAR Clothier Founder ROY RIZWAN

High fashion can be intimidating, but Roy Rizwan wants you to see XAR Clothier as your trusted style advisor. Customers consistently rave about his unrivaled customer service and guidance—he’s not going to let you walk out in something that you don’t look and feel your best in. You can expect positive energy and enthusiasm while discovering the best options for you from XAR’s exclusive attires.


It would have been anticipated more if XAR Clothier’s proprietor Roy Rizwan had followed a career path to become a doctor or a lawyer. The way of life he was raised in comes with these expectations and is in sharp contrast to his chosen path. He admits that picking fashion as his life’s journey was incredibly difficult, but he’s never looked back. Originally from Pakistan, Rizwan came to America with a passion for fashion that he has steadily honed for 30 years moving through the ranks at Hugo Boss and Bernini. Now with decades of experience deliberately delivering unique and high quality attire, exquisite fashion, superior service, and sharing his keen eye for design—he’s built a respected reputation in our community. It’s no wonder that XAR Clothier has become the first stop for the style-savvy looking to update their wardrobe. From bold prints and colors to timeless silhouettes, statement-making pieces and wardrobe staples, every piece is thoughtfully curated to appeal to a broad range of tastes and budgets.


Several years ago the XAR Clothier store itself underwent a transformation. Once occupying separate spaces, the men’s and women’s shops merged under one roof. It’s not uncommon for couples to shop together—even coordinating their attire for special occasions. XAR Clothier offers an impressive range of globally sourced designer lines showcased in waves of color throughout the showroom. XAR’s broad closet has something for everyone—from diverse dresses to smooth suits. With Rizwan’s sharp eye, he can tell your precise size at a glance ensuring an exceptional experience that promises no difficulty creating an intense and delightful look that’s explicitly custom-made for you. Loyal clientele have come to trust their ability to find them the most flattering fits. Rizwan focuses a lot of his time on merchandising—collecting exclusive apparel for his customers, moving commodity and staying updated about the latest trends is imperative. XAR’s aesthetically appealing displays of curated pieces makes the store sparkle like eye candy for patrons and sets it apart from any other local retailer.

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Carries clothing from designers such as: • Alberto Makali • Anatomie • Black Halo • DíOMí • Fidelity Denim • La Fuori
Au Noir
“We don’t push customers too far stylistically. We help them make incremental changes that earn them compliments... the more compliments they get, the more they trust our judgement.”

The ladies boutique presents shoppers with women’s clothing and accessories from an international spectrum, and contains anything a woman could need or want. XAR’s style master Roy Rizwan has thoughtfully chosen each of the designers specifically for their effortless flair and vast array of styles sure to match the taste of each and every woman as an individual.

Equally diverse and brilliantly bold, XAR’s gentlemen’s shop also intentionally features clothing and collections from top designers. Rizwan carefully selects an edit of menswear to incorporate into your wardrobe. From GQ-worthy suits to jeans, XAR’s menswear helps gentlemen differentiate between fads and future classics. Like many of XAR’s loyal female clients, men have long relied on XAR to help them achieve that head-to-toe, put-together look.

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your style or perhaps it’s time to invest in a pair of jeans that will stay stylishly relevant season after season, XAR Clothier’s selection of premium denim is long-wearing, precisely crafted, flattering in many settings and worth every penny. As temperatures drop, XAR offers distinctive outerwear keeping wearers warm even as they look effortlessly cool. And with the holiday season upon us, it’s time to remind yourself that there’s always a good reason to dazzle and gift. Whether it’s with an ultra-feminine fit and flare party dress or a chic but understated suit, XAR has festive fashion on lock.

With all that XAR offers, you would be hard-pressed to find this combination of value, selection and expert guidance anywhere else. Rizwan knows that people don’t push boundaries or make fashion changes overnight. Like the stores he’s built, he knows his customers do inevitably change. As they do, he remains their trusted advisor with impeccable taste throughout each season. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, don’t just peruse XAR’s exquisite window scapes, fling open the doors and head inside. Once you enter, you’ll quickly realize you can never go wrong by choosing XAR Clothier. Having experienced a style destination this elevated, your new look will reflect the best version of you.

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Practical or luxe, quirky or classic, these gift ideas will send just the right message to the people you are grateful for this year. We searched high and low for unique gift ideas—now put a bow on it! | NOVEMBER 2022 33



We can all use a little gift giving inspiration when it’s time to buy for the person who’s always been there for you! Whether you’re buying for your mom, wife, girlfriend, sister, grandmother or aunt—we’ve got you covered. Shop our picks for the top gifts for her in 2022.

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Ergonomically designed for perfect handling and will fit any bottle.

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Keep cozy and warm with these generously sized, extra plush fleece blankets.

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The new way to carry water—reminiscent of a flask’s unique slim shape.

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Wine Advent Calendar has 24 mini bottles for a 24 night countdown.

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Customize a charcuterie board for the hostess or choose from designs.

Clutch all-inclusive unique fashion accessory for her lunch on the go

Elevated bead necklaces for the young at heart with a message.

8Puffer Hug fleece-lined wrap with deep pockets is like gifting a hug!

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Finding the perfect gift for the men in your life isn't easy. Settling for a boring tie won’t do—think about what the guy you're shopping for would love to unwrap. Remember the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys so check our top picks for 2022.

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Give him the Tame-toInsane Challenge Box to see just how manly he is!

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The Sonos Move will go wherever the tunes are most needed.

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Wearable light therapy helps you heal with push-button simplicity.

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Beats Fit Pro true wireless canceling earbuds that lock in place.

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Matador Chronograph in Desert Brown is inspired by aviation design.
Uber Appliance’s Air Fryer is the perfect gift that anyone can use!
Push button let’s him pepper his steak in 7 cranks instead of 70!
Bearback’s back scratcher self care bundle makes a great gift for anyone!



Teens rule the world when it comes to trends and pop culture— which makes gift shopping for teenagers quite tricky. Plus, it can be difficult figuring out what is cool enough, but also still ranks age-appropriate. Show your teen that you’re still on trend!

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For writing, for touch screens, for work and for play—that’s a cool pen!

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Echo Dot is time, temp, timer, awesome speaker and is Alexa-enabled.

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It’s a hoodie, it’s a blanket, it’s a blanket hoodie called The Comfy.

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Keep track of keys, phone and essentials they lose with Apple AirTag.

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Three-in-one charging hub for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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Reap benefits of deep relaxation and sounder sleep to help their mood!

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Highly interactive games that are worth playing over and over.

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Every year top toy lists feature the most popular toys and gadgets of the season. These lists are filled with the year’s best-selling toys. Here are just a few of our favorites. Word to the wise—get your hands on them ASAP before they’re impossible to find!

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Jetson Lava Light-up Bikes make any kid supercharged about riding!

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Storypod is an adventure in storytelling, it’s totally Interactive STEM fun.

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Blast your way to victory with the SplatRBall Water Bead Blaster Kit.

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True story picture book, about the uplifting tale of PT the rescue dog.

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Stomp Rockets let their imagination fly and burns off excess energy.

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Turn any staircase into a slide zone, so fun the adults will line up, too!

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Treat your furry family members to these top rated toys, beds, treats and grooming products. We love them like family because they are! We've rounded up some of our favorite pet gifts for 2022 to treat your dog or cat like royalty this holiday season.

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The Pupsicle helps dog owners calm and train plus say I love you!

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Wobble Wag Giggle Dog Toy is guaranteed to be a hit—and a bit noisy!

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Dash Express Dog Treat Maker is the perfect way to reward a good dog!

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Reddy indoor/outdoor corner dog bed fits any size space!

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Regal pet portrait that reimagines your dog or cat as a lord or lady!


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iFetch automatic ball launcher that provides a fun twist to the game!

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Furbo 360° Pet Camera with treat tossing, 2-way audio and night vision.

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November 19, 2022

Southlake is the perfect place for your holiday days and nights! With a list of fun things happening throughout the season, there’s no better place to see lights, experience a visit with Santa, send letters with your wish list to the North Pole, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, taste delicious holiday fare and fill up your car with all the items on your shopping list. It all kicks off with Southlake’s Home for the Holidays Annual Tree Lighting. This event and all of the activities are free for the whole family. The festivities will begin at 4:30pm with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm. Discover holiday magic at every turn. You can also bring a can of food for the annual Christmas is for Children Food Drive. Activities will continue until 8:30pm, including: carolers, crafts, photos with Santa, four lanes of snow hill tubing, carriage rides and snowman building. For more details, please visit:


November 20, 2022

The annual Parade of Lights features over 100 spectacular floats, large illuminated balloons, theater groups, dancers and musicians. The parade, produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, starts at Weatherford and Throckmorton streets at 6pm. It lasts for about an hour ending on 3rd Street. The main highlight of the parade is Santa Claus who begins his trip around the procession route on a spectacularly illuminated float at about 7:10pm. The parade is free for spectators, but with a sold-out crowd expected for this milestone year of Texas’ largest holiday parade, attendees are encouraged to purchase reserved “Street Seats,” which start at $18. For more information, please visit:


November 21, 2022

Rediscover the magic of Christmas in Historic Downtown Grapevine with the annual Carol of Lights and street lighting event to kick off the Christmas Capital of Texas! New this year, all of Main Street will be shutdown to car traffic from Northwest Highway to Dallas Road. Visitors are invited to explore up and down Historic Main Street to enjoy live performances and family-friendly activities, such as photos with live reindeer, holiday bounce houses, seasonal crafts, and tasty food vendors, starting at 4pm. At 6:30pm, Mayor Tate will flip the switch during the tree lighting ceremony at Peace Plaza, illuminating the over 40-foot tall live Christmas tree. Celebrate the Christmas spirit by ending the night with a spectacle of lights and a breathtaking firework show held at City Hall, with two separate times to choose from at 7:30pm or 8:30pm. For more information, please visit:


Come see all your favorite characters from the TV special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure

Holiday cheer, family and friends gathering near — it’s that time of year. It’s time to get in the holiday spirit! As we countdown to Christmas, let’s take a look at some of the local events that will do their best to help us get into the spirit of the season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly afterall, so let’s deck the halls and go have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!
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that teaches us that what makes you differ ent can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in us all! Show begins at 7:30pm both days. Tickets start at $32. Visit:


November 24 thru December 31, 2022

Upon arriving at the entrance to Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of all-new displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Halfway through the drive, get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you find food, gifts, Santa and the Holiday Magic Lighted WalkThrough Forest. The second half of the drive ends with the animated light tunnel— perfect finale to a night you’ll never forget. Prairie Lights is open every day 6-10pm. Admission is $50 per car. Advanced tickets available now. Santa returns to the North Pole on December 23, so if you want to give him any last requests, visit before then! For tickets and details, visit:


November 25 thru December 23, 2022

Casa Mañana presents a new, fresh twist on a classic Dickens tale that will have kids ages

4 to 100 laughing alike. Christmas Carol: A New Musical Comedy features a contempo rary pop score and current pop culture references sure to have you dancing in the aisles. Don’t miss your chance to get in the spirit of the season with this new holiday tradition. This show is suitable for all audi ences. Tickets range from $19 to $38. For tickets and more info, visit:


November 25 thru December 24, 2022

Celebrate the holidays Cowboy-style every Friday-Sunday starting with Santa’s grand arrival on November 25th, and continuing through December 24th with fun activities for the whole family. Centered on western heritage holiday activities that the entire family can enjoy, like a cattle drive, story time with Mrs. Claus, caroling and cowboy Santa! All festivities happen along East Exchange Avenue on the lawns of the Cowtown Coliseum & Livestock Exchange Building, inside Stockyards Station, and participating surrounding businesses like Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and Billy Bobs. Photos with Santa are taken from noon-5pm in Stockyards Station. For a complete list of events, visit:


November 25 thru 27, 2022

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Come on down to Bass Performance Hall to catch a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as your hometown band delivers another magnifi cent installment of every family's favorite holiday tradition and Christmas carols. It’s a family tradition in true FWSO style—where the audience gets to sing-along, Santa Claus spreads cheer and maybe even a snow flurry! Friday and Saturday the show starts at 7:30pm, and Sunday the show starts at 2pm. For more, visit:


November 25, 2022

thru January 1, 2023

Escape to an incredible illuminated winter wonderland. Experience a world of adven ture featuring over 4 million sparkling lights creating a fully-immersive walk-thru, storythemed maze. Discover a charming Village offering ice-skating, live entertainment, dining, holiday shopping, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more. Enchant is a spec tacular annual event produced out on the playing fields of major league sports stadi ums and iconic outdoor spaces. Make plans to bring family and friends to Enchant for your most memorable, fun, and heartwarm ing evening of the Christmas season. A world of Christmas wonder awaits! Tickets are on sale now and start at $34 for adults and $20 for children. For tickets and more information, visit:



27 thru December 23, 2022

From the Grammy–winning musician Harry Connick, Jr., this jazz musical is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Eubie is, much to the exhaustion of his coworkers, an elf of unparalleled and endless energy looking to get a spot on Santa’s coveted sleigh team. When his unstoppably sunny spirit comes into contact with the miserable town of Bluesville—where every single child is on the naughty list—he’s in for the shock of a lifetime. Will his relentless positive attitude be enough to turn this gloomy place around, or has the happiest elf in the North Pole finally met his match? The Happy Elf runs every weekend day between Nov 27 and Dec 23 at 1:30pm and 4:30pm. The show is recommended for ages 5 and up. The Dallas Children’s Theater is located at 5938 Skillman, Dallas 75231. Tickets are $28-$35 and available at:


November 29, 2022

This year’s Christmas Tree Lighting event is packed full of fun and excitement for the

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entire family. Activities include a 3-lane snow tubing hill, Rudolph’s reindeer game area, a petting zoo, face painting and even more. Santa’s workshop is where you will find Santa and Mrs. Claus, hands on crafts and the toy drive drop off. Visit Santa’s Christ mas Marketplace to purchase the finishing touches for your home with ornaments and holiday décor. Festivities begin at 5pm at the Hurst Conference Center located at 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst. Parking and shuttles to and from event site available at Tarrant County Community College North east Campus beginning at 4:30pm until 9pm. For details, please visit:


Now thru December 18, 2022

This holiday season, the Dallas Cowboys will host the 5th annual Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza powered by Reliant at The Star in Frisco every Friday and Saturday evening at 6pm from now until December 18 on Tostitos Championship Plaza. The Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza is an electrifying 20-minute show that begins with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christ mas tree, lit with digital LED lights, and leads into a holiday performance showcas ing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drum line, mascot Rowdy, Santa, and special Dallas Cowboys guest appearances. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. For more, visit:


Now thru January 1, 2023

The most exciting and electrifying light show South of the North Pole, The Light Park is a mile-long, drive-thru spectacular that has been heralded as “one of the coolest ways to brighten your holiday sea son.” At the Light Park, guests will witness millions of lights synchronized to an electric mix of music powered by DJ Polar Ice from the North Pole’s #1 Hit Radio station, KGLO as they take in the brightest sights and sounds in the South. Priced per vehicle, rather than per person, the more is truly merrier for visitors who want to travel through the longest light tunnel in the world, rock out to the coolest tunes, and celebrate the holiday season with the most Insta-worthy shots! Tickets start at $49 per vehicle and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and info, visit:


Now thru January 1, 2023

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There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than gathering your family for Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort and

Convention Center in Grapevine. ICE! returns this holiday season. Step into a won derland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice. You’ll see the story of The Polar Express in larger-than-life sculptures and even plunge down slides made entirely of ice. Try your hand at snow ball throwing, snowtubing, gingerbread decorating, and so much Christmas at Gaylord Texan! Use code RUDOLPH to get 50% off several attractions. Tickets and info, please visit:


Now thru January 4, 2023

The magical experience of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge is unforgettable. From spectacular decorations, visits with Santa, Snowland-themed suites, and even a lifesized gingerbread house, it’s one of the best times to visit Great Wolf Lodge. There’s a feeling of happiness that glows through the Lodge, and just entering the lobby will take your breath away and make you feel like you just stepped into a winter wonderland. Santa visits on the weekends, a red mailbox is in the lobby that will deliver your message directly to the North Pole, and you can stop by Great Wolf Kids where they will provide you with themed paper to write your letter

to Santa. Bring joy to your family this holiday with time together under the enchanting spell of Snowland’s twinkling lights, holiday trees and indoor snow showers that melt into 84-degree weather in their indoor water park. Visit:


Now thru January 6, 2023

Since 1987, the Trains at Northpark have been delighting the hearts and minds of young and old alike. This holiday family tra dition features miniature toy trains rolling along 1,600 feet of track from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. The Trains travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with stops along the way to see New York City, Washington DC, our beauti ful city of Dallas, and the desert Southwest, including the Grand Canyon. The display is on view on Level Two between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s from now until January 6, 2023 (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas—closing at 4pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and 6pm New Year's Day). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors. All proceeds from ticket sales help Ronald McDonald House of Dallas families. Visit: | NOVEMBER 2022 47


Now thru January 8, 2023

Just when we thought the Christmas Capital of Texas couldn’t get any bigger, Grapevine announced that, for the first time, the city will unveil an all-new attraction for the 2022 holiday season—a 4,500-sq-foot outdoor ice-skating rink on Historic Main Street. Vis itors will enjoy the Texas-sized ice rink that will be located on Peace Plaza in front of the Grapevine Main Station, home to Harvest Hall. The towering live Christmas tree will remain in its location on the plaza, as well as the larger-than-life ornaments visitors have come to know and love each season, such as the giant reindeer, Victorian coaches and more. Everyone will have plenty of time to enjoy all the festivities and work on their triple lutz thanks to a schedule that spans 52 days up to January 8! The rink will quickly become a must-visit winter activity for all ages, and adding to the list of more than 1,400 attractions and events Grapevine hosts over 40 days during the holiday sea son. Please visit:


Now thru January 8, 2023

After sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities—London, Melbourne, Chicago, Los

Angeles, and New York—the internationally acclaimed Lightscape will make its North Texas debut at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. With entry times available every 15 minutes from 5:45-9pm nightly, ticketholders will walk an illuminated 1.2-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, fire garden, undulating wave of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and other artistic installations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to toast marshmallows over a fire and drink hot chocolate and seasonal drinks at stations along the trail. Tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for kids ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. With a soldout crowd expected, attendees are encour aged to purchase tickets early as possible. Tickets on sale now at:


Now thru February 6, 2023

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is impressive during any season. However, it's only possible to witness its spectacular illu mination during the holiday season. Visitors can enjoy the sight of festive lights from the galleries. The museum offers extended hours until 8pm and free gallery admission on Fridays. Take your time to enjoy dazzling lights on the museum grounds or grab a

bite at Café Modern during “Dinner with Lights’ on Friday evenings. You can also enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at “Lights, Flights, and Bites” on Tuesdays. For more information, please visit:


December 1, 2022

Bring the whole family to Parade of Lights— the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition fea tures more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event. This event is free. The parade starts at 7pm, but be sure to arrive early to claim a spot. For route map, visit:


December 2, 2022

Join the Colleyville community for the an nual lighting of the Christmas tree outside Colleyville City Hall to ring in the holidays. This event has holiday fun the whole family can enjoy. In addition to several perform ances from area schools, Santa will make an appearance alongside Mayor Lindamood at 5:15 pm. Other photo-ops include live rein deer, a Christmas monkey, pony rides and the petting zoo. Looking to burn off some energy from those holiday sugar cookies? Try your hand at the obstacle course and in flatable slides. The event is from 5pm until 8:30pm. For more info, visit


December 2, 2022

Join us as we kick-off the holiday season with Holly Days. Grab your friends and your family and head to the Keller Town Center for a full day of cheerful holiday fun. Snow tubing, live entertainment, delicious snacks and children’s activities will make for a very festive Christmas celebration. This event is the first Friday of December and includes The Very Merry Light Parade, pictures with Santa, Christmas Tree lighting, and more! Don’t miss holiday fun—what a sight to see! For more info, please visit:


December 2, 2022

Join the city of North Richland Hills to kick off the Christmas season with the NRH Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 2 from 6-8pm in Stormy Plaza Park. The event will include a traditional tree lighting, carolers and take-home holiday craft bags distrib uted by the NRH Library. For a festive warm treat, the Friends of the NRH Library will be selling hot chocolate, and of course, Santa will be joining us too! Parking available at

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NRH Centre, with overflow at the west park ing lot of Birdville High School. Families will be able to enjoy the city’s Christmas Tree and all the holiday lights and scenery along Grand and Hawk Avenues through January 2, 2023. For more info, visit:


The Colleyville Lions Club 27th Annual Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 3 from 8am until noon at Crown of Life Lutheran Church at 6605 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville. Come celebrate the begin ning of the holiday season with your family and friends, and join us for a morning full of holiday cheer! Santa will be on site for all kids getting photos with Santa! Activities include a pancake and sausage breakfast served on-site, live holiday music and singing, a Christmas Land Adventures, raffles and more. Santa photo lines will be appropriately spaced in the Event Center. Children and their families will have the chance to go on a Christmas Land Adven ture Scavenger hunt while waiting for their photos. Children may also fill out a “Wish List” that will be given to Santa instead of sitting on Santa’s lap this year. Attendees are asked to please bring a canned food for GRACE, or an old pair of eyeglasses for recycling, and Microsoft computers and mobile phones for recycling to the visually impaired. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for the entire family. Proceeds support local and Lion designated charities and Colleyville Lions Club scholarships. For more information, visit:


In 1987, the Adolphus hotel and Children's Medical Center Dallas each reached historic milestones. Wanting a way to celebrate the holidays and their 75th anniversaries, the hotel proposed the idea of a parade to kick off the holiday season for the city and bring families to downtown Dallas. Since then, they’ve paraded down Commerce for hun dreds of thousands of spectators—making it the largest parade in Texas! See marching bands, festive floats, costumed characters, and Santa and Mrs. Claus march down Commerce St., from Houston to Harwood. The holiday parade is free for spectators and starts at 10am. However, if you want to make sure you have a great spot, you can purchase advance bleacher tickets starting at $25. There are also Premier Club Stadium Seats that include a swag bag, cookie dec orating, refreshments and a visit with Santa for $50. Visit:

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December 3, 2022

If you’re looking for a different parade to float your boat, make your way down to the Twinkle Light Boat Parade. One of the most unique Christmas parades you will ever see! Watercrafts decorated in all of the finest sparkling lights. This floating festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina including Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake. The parade is visible from Silver Lake Park and Rockledge Park. This event is free (though parking fees may apply) and runs from 6-9pm. For questions, call Scott’s Landing at (817) 481-4549 or visit:



December 3 & 10, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of year at Dallas Symphony Orchestra! The DSO will deck the halls of Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center this month with garlands, bows, wreaths, and Christmas trees to prepare for DSO’s holiday concerts. The beloved tra dition continues with the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing transcendent anthems, classical holiday favorites and sing-along carols. Sprinkle in an appearance by youknow-who, a bit of snow, and the joyous

music of the DSO and there is nothing quite like it! Join us for a special one-hour long family-friendly performance of their popular Christmas Pops concert. Come early and enjoy a variety of pre-concert kid’s holiday activities! Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is at 2301 Flora in Dallas. Both Sat urdays at 11am. Visit:


December 3 & 17, 2022

Join us for Grapevine’s second annual Merry & Bright Christmas Drone Show, presented by Harvest Hall & Hotel Vin, happening on Saturday, December 3 and on Saturday, December 17 at 8pm. Take the Christmas Capital of Texas to new heights and watch a fleet of 160 drones create Christmas magic in the sky over Main Street in front of Peace Plaza (815 S. Main Street). Shows will last eight to nine minutes. We encourage you to show up early, park at the Grapevine Main garage, and view the show from Peace Plaza in front of Grapevine Main Station. Come gather, meet, connect, and celebrate with eats and treats from Harvest Hall and a breathtaking Christmas spectacle to re member all season long. VIP seating will be available for purchase closer to the event. Visit: | NOVEMBER 2022 49

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December 10, 2022

Join us for an outdoor Holiday Celebration, Christmas in the Park, Saturday, December 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at Independence Park East (500 Parkview Drive). The celebration will include the Trophy Club Christmas tree lighting, a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mayor Fleury, choir perform ances courtesy of Beck Elementary and Lakeview Elementary, pictures with Santa, face painting, refreshments, giveaways and more! Free admission. Visit:


All aboard the Polar Express! Piano duo Sara Doan and Mikhail Berestnev take you on a magical musical journey to the North Pole to visit Santa’s home, where you can re-discover the wonder and spirit of the holidays. This is their take on Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved holiday classic, The Polar Express. Apex Arts League and White’s Chapel Church are pleased to welcome the “Cliburn in the Community” on Sunday, December 18 at 5pm at Grace Chapel in White’s Chapel United Methodist Church. This event is free and especially suitable for young ears. Visit:


December 18, 2022

Get in the spirit of the holiday season at Fairmount’s Festivus, a holiday light tour of the Fort Worth’s historic Fairmount neigh borhood. Festivus is Saturday, December 10 from 6-9pm. This year’s event will be launch ing from One Safe Place at 1100 Hemphill Street. Participating house locations will be provided via a map so everyone can expe rience the magic of Festivus safely from their own cars, bikes or other preferred method of transportation. Maps will be handed out at the Festivus launch site (One Safe Place) on day of the event. In exchange for the map, they ask for a small donation. Donation can be monetary, $10 suggested, or donate a toy. Visit


December 20, 2022

The Apex Arts League will present their annual Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Sounds of the Season holiday concert at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. The Assistant Conductor Taichi Fukumura will lead this program of holiday favorites including selections from Jingle Bells Forever, How the Grinch Stole Christ mas, Sleigh Ride, and more. This Sounds of

the Season holiday program will take place on Tuesday, December 20 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for children and $25 for adults, with discounts available for Seniors and Apex members. Tickets can be purchased now by calling the FWSO Ticket Office at (817) 665-6000 or by visiting:



December 3, 2022

Catch Santa from noon until 8pm at the City of Roanoke's Hometown Holiday street fes tival, tree lighting, and parade on historic Oak Street in downtown Roanoke. The free, family friendly event also boasts a sledding snow hill, skating rink, alpaca petting zoo, cookie decorating and much more. For more info, please visit:


December 4, 2022

Join Autism Speaks for a private photo ex perience for kids with special needs and their families. Children will have the oppor tunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him. Northeast Mall will make necessary adjustments to the environ ment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event December 4 from10am until noon. For more informa tion on this Caring Santa and others in the DFW area, please visit:


December 11, 2022

This is one of the most memorable events of the season. Enjoy a hot breakfast and visit with Santa inside the C.A. Sanford Club house at Iron Horse Golf Course. Breakfast will be served on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 9am and at 11am. Reservations are required. The price is $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children under 12. Kids 3 and under are free. Please bring your own camera for photos with Santa. Call (817) 918-2289 to reserve your seats or visit: NRHtx.orgn


Now thru December 24, 2022

During Santa’s Sabbatical from the North Pole, kids can stop by to whisper their list, then have a magical moment with Santa captured forever in keepsake photos. Now through Christmas Eve, Santa will be sta

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tioned in the Center Court near Macy’s and Starbucks Monday through Saturday from 10am until 9pm and Sunday from noon until 6pm. For more info, call (817) 284-3427.


Now thru December 24, 2022

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, don’t miss the chance to have a treasured photo taken with old Saint Nick. From now until December 24, Santa will be waiting for you in the Lone Star Atrium, near the Oil Derrick next to Texan Station. Times: M-F 4-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm and Sun 10am-6pm. Photo packages start at $35 and are required to meet Santa. For more details and special hours, please visit:


Now thru December 24, 2022

Bass Pro Shops features Santa’s Wonderland where families can get a free photo with Santa weekdays from 5-8pm, Saturdays 10am until 8pm and Sundays from 10am until 5pm. Is your little one a bit shy or you don’t have time to wait in line? Families can also drop by a letter to Santa and enjoy the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store. Bass Pro Shop is located at 2501 Bass Pro Drive in Grapevine and at 5001 Bass Pro Drive in Garland. Visit for more details and advanced reservations.


Now thru December 24, 2022

Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the perfect Christmas family photo with Kris Kringle at the Founders Building at 701 South Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. Reservations available for photo times Monday through Sunday starting now through December 24. Receive your photos before you leave! Picture packages start at $30. Visit:


Now thru December 24, 2022

Come see Santa in-person at Santaland at Galleria Dallas. Stationed on level one near Banana Republic, families are welcome to bring their phones or digital cameras to take photos with Santa. Combo tickets are available with the photo op and exhibit Snowday. From there, you can catch the next Express Train to Santaland with daily non-stop service to the North Pole. These trains leave every 15 minutes. You’ll arrive in a magical moonlit forest and journey through an enchanted path filled with starry lights, polar bears, and extra photo ops leading to Santa’s majestic cabin hideaway. Special Needs: Book your visit between 8am and 11am on Sunday, December 18

during Santa Cares, an exclusive time for kids with all spectrums of special needs. Have a furbaby? Bring your pet (100 pounds and under) for photos with Santa on Wednesday nights from 6pm until close. Pet tickets are available on the ticketing page and are the same price as for kids. For more info, visit:


November 20 thru December 24, 2022

Kids of all ages can visit with the jolly fella at Santa’s Village in Southlake Town Square. Starting Sunday, November 20 through Christmas Eve, you can stop by to take a peek inside the village, have photos taken or just drop off a last-minute request letter to Santa. Photo prices start at $25.95. To decrease the number of people waiting in line, there will be a paging system. Check in at the Elf Station in person next to Santa’s Village to put your name on the list for that day only. Get a text 10 minutes before your turn. Visit:


November 26 thru December 24, 2022

Santa is back at the garden in the perfect holiday setting: The Christmas Village. Share your Christmas wish with the jolly old man,

and take a photo to commemorate the occasion. Keepsake family photos are available for a donation to the Volunteer Advisory Board from noon–3pm on both Saturdays and Sundays. Santa is only one of the reasons to come visit the arboretum during the holidays. You won’t want to miss the chance to see the 12 Days of Christmas and the 50-foot-tall musical tree. Admission includes Holiday at the Arboretum and the Christmas Village. Both members and nonmembers are required to reserve tickets in advance. Adult (13-64) $20, Senior (65+) , $16, Child (2-12) $12, Members are free. Please visit:


Saturdays Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 17, 2022

Bring the whole family—pets and all—to tell Santa who’s been a good boy! Get prints instantly to capture your holiday memory forever. Prints $15 each. Also enjoy letters to Santa these three special days at the mar ket. If your shy child would rather mail their letter to Santa, you can do that here, too. After your visit with Santa from 11am–3pm, stay for live music and chef demos over at the Shed. Visit | NOVEMBER 2022 51


A Dallas Holiday

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas!

It’s no secret that I already love this German Beaux castle-inspired hotel, but things get even more magical during the holidays when the hotel is decorated in lights and Christmas displays. If you’re looking for a stay that will get you into the holiday spirit, check into the Adolphus Hotel for an incredible experience.

Dallas’ revered holiday traditions await at the Adolphus. ‘Tis the season to gather, give thanks, and embrace tradition, and there is no better place to celebrate than the Adolphus. This hotel is the perfect destination to celebrate the holidays—from their exclusive offers to festive events and programming to unique dining experiences and luxurious perks. The Adolphus has been the capital of holidays in Dallas since 1912.

Holiday Tea at the Adolphus

We started off our Christmas at the Adolphus stay with their famous holiday tea—something you need to book ahead of time because it sells out quick! There are so many things that make the holiday tea at the Adolphus such a special moment. The Adolphus has been serving tea since its beginning and it’s a tradition in Dallas that’s been passed on for generations. When you go, you can see grandmothers with their daughters and granddaughters enjoying tea as they do every year since that grandmother was a kid! The holiday tea consists of two courses of sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats, a glass of

champagne, and two different teas. Each item is thoughtfully crafted down to the coronation curry chicken, a special recipe gifted from the Queen of England. If you do end up missing out on Christmas tea, they have tea in January as well—or checkout their incredible five-course dining experience.

[from the hotel] Holiday Tea at The Adolphus, one of Dallas’ most revered holiday traditions, has returned to The French Room. Year after year, Adolphus transforms afternoon tea into a beloved holiday destination with elaborate décor, seasonal music and inspired menus to create a haven for unforgettable holiday memories to last a lifetime Exquisitely executed, Tea at The Adolphus is served in the beautiful French Room dining room. A storied tradition, the tea service is filled with delight and surprise, from the menu curated by our culinary team to the custom china. During each sitting, guests can enjoy a three-course menu of tea sandwiches, scones and pastries paired with loose leaf teas from local purveyor, Zatki, who creates a special tea blend just for The Adolphus. Your champagne wishes and caviar dreams can now come true during our tea service. Add our newly debuted Caviar Service to your experience and enjoy Regiis Ova Siberian Reserve Caviar. Its clean and lightly creamy taste is perfect to enjoy on its own or add to our buckwheat blini with crème fraîche and shaved yolk.

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Winter Village at the Rooftop Pool

From November to January, the pool deck at The Adolphus transforms into a winter village complete with themed cottages, cozy winter cabins, live music, warm boozy cocktails, s’mores and Croque Monsieur winter soldiers. Meet up on the rooftop in the evenings, Tuesday through Saturday.

[from the hotel] Naughty or Nice Packages Are you feeling Naughty or Nice this holiday season? The Adolphus has you covered either way – whether you are looking for a little nightlife to spice up your festivities, or days filled with family-friendly cheer, the Adolphus has the perfect package for you and yours.

Memories in the Making

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wandering through all of the Christmas decor at the Adolphus from there four-story tree, the lobby with multiple Christmas trees and lights around, and the beautiful staircase decked out in lights. We ended our tour by the fireplace—a spot where good conversations are bound to happen.

Dinner at the Adolphus & Drinks at Cocoa Lounge

The food at the Adolphus is always a treat. City Hall Bistro is always a favorite place of mine to visit because they change their menu seasonally with fresh concepts and unique flavors. Every time I go they have new dishes to try! In Holiday spirit, their drinks included a bourbon and fig drink that had the perfect Christmas feel! The Capra lamb shank with ricotta gnocchi was the perfect mixture of savory and sweet in this Mediterranean inspired menu, and I love that I can always trust there to be a good steak option like the painted hill bistro steak no matter what the season.

[from the hotel] Revel in the spirit of the holidays at the Cocoa Lounge in The French Room Bar. Join us for colorful curiosities, our festive takes on your favorite winter cocktails, and boozy hot cocoa. Child-friendly options for the little ones, too! Discover a diverse culinary scene at The Adolphus that draws

inspiration from the greatest epicurean destinations in Europe. Be transported across the Atlantic with all-day dining concepts that include contemporary southern European plates, and distinctly Viennese café, and traditional French fare dinners.

A Little Last Minute Shopping

If you’re looking for a little last minute shopping, I love checking out Commerce Goods + Supply inside the Adolphus. As a true Texan, I love my Stetson hats and the Adolphus even has their own custom Stetson hats. On top of that, you’ll find artisan goods that can only be found in this store, so you’re getting one of a kind products that make for great gifts.

[from the hotel] A One Stop Shop — Commerce Goods + Supply is new blood born of Texas history and stories makers. Experience the warmth of a western presence in a modern light through a curated mix of artisan goods and elevated essentials. Located in the historic Adolphus Hotel, Commerce is new blood born from old money and mahogany. Luxury and history have shaped who we are, our intuitive unencumbered nature dictates what we do. CG+S encompasses the warmth of a western presence in a modern light with neutrals, relevant makers, and valuable local partnerships. We are a one stop shop, providing a curated mix of everything from clothing to apothecary. Sold exclusively at

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Commerce Goods + Supply, the Renard was designed in collaboration with Stetson specifically for the Adolphus. The design is a classic 1930s fedora with a modern twist. The hat is named after “Renard,” meaning “Fox” in French, which was the code word to get into the sub basement speakeasy in the Adolphus during the prohibition era. The hat is produced in Phantom Grey and Black. Made of 100% beaver, the Renard features a 3″ slightly curved up brim, and a ribbon detail perfect for accessorizing with a feather or pin. Inscribed inside the headliner is ‘”The Renard” Made exclusively for the Adolphus Hotel.’

A Christmas at The Adolphus

We checked into the Adolphus just days before Christmas. After days and weeks of work, it had been hard to get in the holiday spirit with a huge to do list. However, the relaxation and classic Christmas vibrancy really set the tone for a relaxing weekend full of holiday cheer! I loved everything that was going on at the Adolphus, so we really didn’t have to leave—not to mention their timeless spa journey. However, if you did decide you wanted to go out, they had a complimentary shuttle to take you any way three miles from the hotel.

[from the hotel] This year’s Adolphus holiday ornament (pictured above) is handmade by Nicole Aquillano, a Pennsylvania-based potter. Our long-standing

silhouette of the Adolphus in the Dallas skyline is given a freshness in Nicole’s rendering that reminds us of the value of simplicity in this coming year of hope and rebirth. Purchase this ornament for $38, along with other great gifts when you shop at Commerce Goods + Supply.

Give the Gift of Travel

Looking for the perfect gift? Give the gift of travel with a gift certificate from the Adolphus. Their gift certificates are available for hotel, restaurant, bar or retail use and never expire! Travel valid in 2023 and beyond for hotel, restaurant, bar and retail on-site experiences. To purchase, please email the Adolphus at:

[from the hotel] Memories in the making — Join us for a series of unique events at the Adolphus as we ring in the holidays with Small Business Saturday, the Great Tree Lighting, Holiday Tea, a Cocoa Lounge in The French Room Bar, and more. ‘Tis the season to celebrate the holidays in Dallas. Our hotel is the perfect destination to celebrate the season — from exclusive offers to festive events and programming to unique dining experiences and luxurious perks.

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In this issue of Society Life’s Mom’s column, we asked local teacher Kerri Hendrickson to answer 20 questions about her experiences both in becoming and being a mom. Kerri has four children: Savannah 11 years old, twins Brody and Bryson are 9 and Landon is 8. She lives with her husband, Bryan and their children in Euless. Here’s what she had to say…

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SOCIETY LIFE: What’s one of your earliest memories you have of your Mom? KERRI HENDRICKSON: My mom had an infectious smile and laughter that was distinctly her own. She was the room mom, Girl Scout Troop leader, 4H leader, car pool mom, and always on the go. She loved keeping my sister and me busy and involved in school and extracur ricular activities. She was always my biggest cheerleader and I could talk to her about anything.

SL: What is something you thought about Motherhood that was totally wrong? KH: My best laid plans are what I thought I’d never say or do, I have done.

SL: What’s something you always wanted to do but didn’t... and why didn’t you? KH: I’ve always wanted to live in New York City for six months. At the end of the day, I’m a native Texan and I love our state… why would I want to leave?

SL: Was there something your Mom did when you were a kid that you swore you’d never do as a parent? KH: Something my mom didn’t discuss with me was budgeting money. She taught me all about using coupons, looking for deals, and being savvy with my money. However, as a college student it took me some time to develop a system in place for how to allocate my money. Now, I like my kids to see my husband and I sit down and work on a monthly budget. It’s so impor tant for them to understand the value of a dollar. I also want them to appreciate Dave Ramsey’s idea of give, save and spend.

SL: What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? KH: I always wanted to be a teacher. At a very young age, I loved having my older sister be a student in my class. We also enlisted stuffed animals to make sure we had a full class of 10. I would have her complete assignments and then give them back to her with corrections she needed to make.

SL: How have your notions of what it means to be a Mom changed over

your lifetime? KH: I do feel like my idea of a good mom has changed over the years. I used to think doing as much as I could for them to alleviate any stress they might have would be best for them. It would show them how much I love them and want to do for them. I know now it’s more important that I teach them how to cook, do laundry, have a part-time job one day to pay for incidentals they might want. There is so much value in having kids work for what they want in life.

SL: What’s the best family vacation you’ve ever taken? KH: Last summer we drove from Texas to Pennsylvania along the East Coast. We stopped halfway in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tennessee and met up with another family. It was so fun doing all the touristy things, driving along the coast line, and the time we had with my family in Pennsylvania was great. We sprinkled history and science lessons into our trip and the kids didn’t even realize they were learning because they were having so much fun! We also went to Washington D.C. and it was wonderful for them to see the Capital and Washington Monument. Seeing the number of states we did in such a short amount of time still impresses me! The car ride filled with echoes of “when are we going to be there?” were daunting, but I know a day will come when the kids are grown and we will miss those little moments.

SL: Is there a moment or event that radically changed the way you saw Motherhood? KH: Yes, losing my father at age 15, and seeing my mother put her needs last and my sister and my needs first. She selflessly made sure we were doing well emotionally, spiritually, physi cally, and mentally. The person that was my rock growing up exuded so much strength and poise. She always carried herself with grace, manners and class. I feel like I am so much a part of both my mom and dad and they both showed me great strength.

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married when we were 27 years old. I felt like I was ready a year after our marriage, but God had other plans for us. We were able to travel and enjoy being a couple before we were blessed with children.

SL: What’s your favorite photo of your family or kids? KH: It’s very important to me that we take family pictures at Christmas and Easter every year. I love to see the changes of my kids over the years. I have all of them framed around our media room so we remi nisce. Some days I can get lost in the moments of what the kids were doing that day or what the photo shoot was like for Bryan and I. My favorite and most special photo was our family Christmas photo from 2018. My mother was traveling up from Austin to visit and I surprised her and told her she would be joining us for our Christmas card photo. This happened to be the last time my mom was able to travel to see us for a visit. I will always cherish this family photo and I hope my children do, too.

SL: What was the first year of motherhood like for you? KH: My first year was very chal lenging. I have always been a bit stubborn and when I make my mind up to do something, there is no stopping me. I was determined all my babies would have breast milk up to 12 months old. Savannah found comfort while I was feeding her and would fall asleep quite often. Because she had a difficult time nursing, I had mastitis multiple times. I remember when she was two months old, I had to go to the ER on Christmas Eve because I developed an infection. My family members said it was probably time to give her formula but I refused. Getting to sleep was also difficult for her. I remember using the soothing sound of water from the shower, the white noise of the dryer, and lengthy car rides to try and woe her to bed. Even with the challenges, being a mom was the best feeling ever. Just knowing this tiny little person is relying on you for everything is so rewarding. I was so fortunate to have my mom stay with Savannah when I went back to work in March. It brought me peace-of-mind knowing she was in good hands.

SL: What would your perfect day off be like? Describe it. KH: My perfect day starts at 6:30am with a cup of Joe from Summer Moon in Keller. Yes, I love it so much I’m will ing to drive 30 minutes for it. I’m back home in time to watch the sunrise as it’s my favorite thing to do early in the morning. Then, Bryan and I would take a long bike ride, play a match of tennis where I would win and he would treat us to Sushi for dinner. I would enjoy some time with friends over a mani/pedi and an after

noon of shopping. Later that night the family would watch a movie together and then gather around the campfire for smores and an “adult” hot chocolate.

SL: What do you want or wish most for your kids? KH: More than anything, I want my children to know that God is always present in their life and they can always go to Him when they face struggles or challenges. I want them to find value in hard work and it will pay off in the long run. I also want them to have joy and love with their own families and have confidence in themselves.

SL: What are some of your biggest strug gles as a Mom? KH: Teaching is a very demanding job that many times leaves me exhausted at the end of the day. I love pouring into my students to make sure I plan engaging and meaningful lessons, but sometimes my energy meter is low at the end of the day for my own family. After work, running to and from sports or dance performances sometimes means getting home at 8pm. Getting dinner on the table, laundry, and cleaning can result in a lack of sleep trying to balance it all.

SL: What’s the one song that means the most to you? KH: Rascal Flatts, “Bless the Broken Road.” This was the first song Bryan and I danced to for our wedding. I really do think God put the perfect person in my path.

SL: What advice would you give to your younger self about Motherhood? KH: Don’t stress the small things. Days are long and years are short, so make the most of the time with your kids. Remember that it’s your actions that make more of an impact on them than the words you speak. Wake up each day and ask yourself if you can help someone today. Have a grateful heart and realize how God has blessed you!

SL: Is there a quote, saying, words of advice or scripture you consider words to live by? Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding.” This scripture is a constant reminder for me that I am not in control of the future. I am naturally a planner and I like to know what tomorrow brings. I have to remind myself that if I trust in the Lord, my family will be taken care of and all will be well with my soul. God has a plan for my family and someday everything will make sense. For now, just laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and never forget to remind yourself that everything happens for a reason.

SL: If you could share a meal with any woman past, present or future who would it be? Why? KH: I would love to share a meal with my mom, who I recently lost a few months ago. Toward the end she was battling dementia and many of our conversations drifted between her younger years as a teen. I would love to be able to ask her advice about how to handle the “middle school years” with Savannah or “How can I get Landon to eat more vegetables?” There’s a song I like called, “Til You Can’t,” by Cody Johnson. It reminds us that you truly have to appreciate all those moments in life that are big or small because one day those opportunities might pass us by. I would also love to share a meal with both of my Czech Grandmothers so I could learn their tips and tricks for making the perfect kolache.

SL: What Mom from real-life or even TV/movies do you admire most? KH: Honestly, I don’t find a lot of time for TV or movies, but one series I really enjoyed was “This is Us.” I really connected with Rebecca and how she was as a mom. Did she make mistakes? Yes! As we all do. But, what I loved about her is she learned from those mistakes, reflected on them, and made ultimate sacrifices for her family. They were her core and center of attention through all of life’s ups and downs.

SL: At the end of a long day, what do you do for fun or relaxation? KH: Cooking and baking is definitely my happy place. I grew up in the kitchen learning from my mom and today it still is the place I find joy, trying new recipes for my family. Other perfect days would include watching the Pioneer Woman, walking our 10-month old puppy Charlie, listening to music, or attending concerts.

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table where you lunch defines you. Rightfully or wrongfully, permanently or temporarily, it marks your place within society.


My mark was made at Burton Elementary School in Michigan where for five years I sat between Eli and Theodore. During those years, Eli was regularly chased by Jules Baroni and her merry band of banshees. It was not because Eli was an extraordinarily cute kid unless repeatedly getting stuck on top of the monkey bars constitutes cute. He was a target of convenience. He was easy prey and easy to pin against the towering maple tree that stood sentry in the middle of the playground. When the banshees caught him, they greeted him with giggles, swift kicks between the proverbial goal posts, and then more giggles. I don’t keep up with Eli, but I often wonder if he has children.

Theodore covered my other flank. He didn’t have the same issue. The banshees didn’t chase him. They kept a safe dis tance from him. The rumor was he had a threatening superpower. One night, he hosted a sleep over with Eli and me. There he donned a pair of Shazam Un deroos from which dangled an electrical wire. Shazam’s symbol is a lightning bolt, so it made sense. Before the lights were turned out, Theodore hooked the wire onto a battery block. The contraption, according to Theodore, was necessary to charge his superpowers. At that age we each had special, often unorthodox, way to nurture our individually unique super powers. Out of respect, only a few ques tions were asked.

Early the next morning, a dew crept into our sleeping bags. We were not sleeping outside. It was a miracle of nature. As we became aware of our damp surrounding, we were thrust into full consciousness by the sound of a pulsating electric buzz from Theodore’s underwear, the aroma of lightly charred flesh, and Theodore’s alley-cat cries that straddled the blurry line between pleasure and pain. The con traption proved to be an early, albeit faulty, detection system. When the detection system failed, it revealed the true nature of Theodore’s superpower. His superpower was the wetting of not only his bed but also the beds of others. Eventually, I left those years behind me and with it a reputation garnered by association.

Fast forward several decades later to my daughter’s, 11th birthday lunch where I earned a new reputation. The lunch party consisted of my wife, Shannon, Revi, her cousin JuJu, a long-time family friend Linda and her daughter, Sydney. Despite the fact it was over 90 degrees and sunny, we asked to be seated on the patio. The patio had misters, fans, and most importantly the kids were less likely to disturb others. Despite the nearly empty patio, we were seated next to a mini-bridal party of three young ladies.

Service was slow. The kids became bored and hungry. To speed-up time, Sydney decided to take a hit from the yard-long, jumbo-sugar-filled pixie stick that she brought as a gift for Revi. Then in Cancunresort-style form, Revi and JuJu leaned their heads back and opened their mouths. In turn, Sydney hit them with the pixie dust. When their beverages arrived, the girls decided to up the ante by hold ing gulps of Coca-Cola in their throats as Sydney refilled their mouths with the dust. Mount St. JuJu and Mount St. Revi erupted. Pixi-infused Coca-Cola spewed from their mouths onto the table.

As sugary froth dripped from their chins, they euphorically rocked back and forth and clamored for more at which point my wife and Linda put an end to the science experiment. With looks of bewilderment mixed with disgust, the bridal party of fered us their unused napkins. The girls were on a sugar high and fidgety.

They got up from the table and migrated to the outskirts of the patio. They were just far enough away where their voices were drowned out by the patio’s sound system, but they were close enough for me to keep an eye on them. Most responsible parents would not have let them leave the table. I am not very responsible. My wife is overly responsible. She was fully immersed in a conversation with Sydney’s mother. She didn’t realize that the kids left the table. With their freedom, the girls practiced their extra-curricular crafts. Sydney practiced break-dancing. The robot was her go-to move. Revi, with legs over her shoulders, crab-crawled in circles around the far end of the patio. JuJu demonstrated Muay Thai punch combinations and kicks. This was how Charlie’s Angels likely got their start, so I was okay with the exhibitions.

Eventually, JuJu knocked herself to the ground with a menacing self-kick to the forehead and with it knocked over a water pitcher that was on a bus stand. The more responsible parents in our party put a stop to the children’s antics and apologized to the bridal party. Shannon and Linda made the kids return to the table and grounded them in place. As I eavesdropped on the bridal party, I could hear them debate the pros and cons of children. The one thing they agreed upon was that the self-kick to the forehead was cool and that the adult male (me) was soft. In response, I put them on notice when I inched down my shorts and discretely revealed the yellow waist band of my Shazam’s. | NOVEMBER 2022 61
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Operation Christmas
mission is to serve those who bravely serve our country at home and abroad. OHH is 100% volunteer, 100% hands on, and 100% direct support.
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Operation Help A Hero’s programs support military units and families as they prepare for separation, while they endure the challenges of deployment, and as they transition back into the United States. Operation Help A Hero connects communities with service members and provides real opportuni ties to make a difference in the lives of those who serve our country. OHH is an all volunteer organization, meaning that all board members and directors volunteer their time to focus donations on the military heroes that they serve. Every cent contributed to Operation Help A Hero is used to directly serve our military community—and every single project is based on real needs.


Operation Help A Hero is a 501c3 public charity dedicated to the well-being and care of American military members. Their projects uplift our military heroes and send a clear message of support to their entire family. Operation Christmas Spirit — going 19 years strong — is comprised of family “adoptions,” single service member gifts, unit Christmas party support, volunteer opportunities, and toy collections for children of service members.


Operation Christmas Spirit is Operation Help a Hero’s annual project which supports military families, single service members and unit morale boosting events during the holiday season by providing opportunities for the community to spread the spirit of Christmas and joy of the holidays to troops who sacrifice so much for our country.


Operation Help a Hero is an all volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization comprised of community leaders, business owners, military spouses and military family mem bers. OHH advisory team includes active

duty service members who volunteer their time, wounded warriors to give them all perspective, retirees, and single service members. It takes a village to accomplish their goals and it's really all of the volunteers from all over the country who make OHH work. All OHH Board Members, Project Directors and volunteers donate their time and talents because they have a passion for serving those who sacrifice. They wel come your questions and comments, and they'd love to have you join them!


Operation Christmas Spirit, going 19 years strong, is comprised of family “adoptions,”

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Welcomed home over 64,200 Marines, Soldiers and Sailors from deployment through Operation Rack Pack program

Celebrated and pampered over 2,175 expecting moms at OHH Baby! showers

Given over 4,800 children a day to remember and their parents on the homefront a much needed break through OHH Camp JOY program

Served over 2,170 families, over 5,370 single service members and hundreds of thousands of children through Operation Christmas Spirit program

Pampered over 400 ladies with spa services, dinners and more through Comfort for the Caregiver Program

Sent surprise packages to over 1,500 kids with personally recorded book readings and messages from deployed parents through Operation Bedtime Stories

Assisted over 615 families in crisis through Operation Enduring Support program

Coordinated over 3,000 pen pals, countless community relation projects, school visits, paintball tournament, jog-a-thons, parades, welcome home festivities, carnivals and more

single service member gifts, unit Christmas party support, volunteer opportunities, and toy collections for children of active service members. Hands down, the focus and most important piece of this project is this family “adoption” program. Families are vetted with unit nominations and/or applications for Christmas assistance. Once a family is approved for the program, they fill out a family wish list. These lists are shared only with the donor(s) the nonprofit pairs them with to make Christmas wishes come true.

Applications for the OHH 2022 Operation Christmas Spirit program are now re-open for active duty and gold star families. The nonprofit team will be unable to respond to general requests for help by email, phone or text. Only families who take the time to fill out the application can be considered. This form can be found on their website and by visiting:


Spread the spirit of Christmas by helping collect gift cards to meet the needs of families and single service members. The best way to spread Christmas perfection is hosting an OHH gift card collection! When they serve families and single service mem bers all over the country at Christmas time, gift cards are the most helpful donation they receive. Why gift cards? The most common wishes they see through this program is for help with items that are sometimes best chosen and purchased by families on their own, like gas, groceries, clothing, shoes, household goods and toiletries, furniture and baby items.

Midway through the season’s efforts, they focus on families who have applied for as sistance from all over the country. Sending assistance in the form of gift cards cuts down on shipping costs and maximizes do nation dollars to spend directly on families. Right up until Christmas day families reach out to them for help. Sometimes, folks who hesitate the longest are those who need help the most. Gift cards, e-gift cards and online donations allow them to email or FedEx help right up until Christmas day no matter where families are located.


Christmas bells will soon a-jingle, let's not forget those who are single! Roughly 2/3 of our fighting forces are single men and women. They serve and deserve to have a special Christmas, too. This facet of the Operation Christmas Spirit program pro vides surprise Christmas gifts to our single

service members who are often forgotten and assigned duty over the holidays so families can be together. Many single serv ice members spend Christmas away from their own families, and OHH wants them to feel the spirit of Christmas also.

SPREADING THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Operation Help a Hero provides so many options for people to help with Operation Christmas Spirit. You can host an angel tree or even a toy drive to bring in donations. Of course, monetary donations can be made online and are tax deductible. The organi zation is so very thankful for your hand in making this a Christmas so special for so many military families, children and single service members. They will not soon forget all of your kindness, especially during this challenging time. None of these projects, programs or efforts would be possible with out your support. Thank you for showing our men and women in uniform that you truly appreciate their sacrifice, bravery and dedication—your efforts help American military heroes know they are not forgotten.


This organization has grown beyond the grassroots ministry started in 2001 and now works with groups across the country to bring peace to our American patriots in uniform thanks to people like you! They are still a “mom and pop” organization in that they operate to ensure that every dollar or good donated goes directly to the men and women they serve, but make no mistake— their projects and efforts are huge! OHH volunteers and founders have supported our military since 2001. They did so before there were adoptive cities, before most mil itary supporting organizations were created, and they created the projects they have in place based on needs they saw in the military community. They will continue to serve those who serve our country at home and abroad—whether our country is at war or not. They do not require service mem bers to be in a combat zone to know that their sacrifices are real no matter were they are sent to serve our country. They know they need to be prepared for anything when they train and deploy, and we need to be prepared to support them no matter what their deployment looks like.

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IN KELLER • Start Thanksgiving off on the right turkey leg and join us for the annual Run With The Turkeys Trot 5K and 10K walk/run starting at 8am for the 10k and 8:15am for the 5k! Before you eat your big meal get a little exercise with a few of your closest friends and neighbors. This is an event the whole family can enjoy and help others in the community. Make the run or walk a family tradition. Bring the strollers and of course friendly dogs on a leash are welcome! This event will take place at the Keller City Hall Building located at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway in Keller, Texas 76248. To register:



The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is one of the largest multi-event races in the country and we look forward to gathering once again on Thanksgiving morning. The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will be held in-person on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th with a virtual option for people to par ticipate no matter where they live. The event will be held at Dallas City Hall and starts at 8:30am. To register or for more details visit:


TROT • Since 1981, new generations of families turn out to experience the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot. When you regis ter for the YMCA Turkey Trot, you’re signing up for more than just a race. You’re helping your neighbors in need during their most difficult times. This event will be held at 6115 Camp Bowie in Fort Worth 76116 (in front of Frost Bank). Runs will start at 8am. To register, please visit:



FEAST • Join us at Trulucks for a feast you won’t forget— Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with parmesan mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, broccoli and rice casserole, giblet gravy, and cranberry apple compote. The restaurant’s Thanksgiving feast is three courses with plenty of choices. Adults are $59 and young adults 12 and under are $25. For reservations please visit:

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Asador, a modern farm-to-fire restaurant located inside the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Dallas, will be hosting a Thanks giving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day, Novem ber 24th from 10am to 3pm including a full menu of seasonal, artisanally crafted dishes from Executive Chef Joe Graffeo. Join

Asador Dallas on Thanksgiving to celebrate the season of giving and thankfulness. The menu will be served buffet style and is $65 for adults and half price for children under the age of 12. Final seating will be at 3pm. Asador Dallas inside Renaissance Dallas Hotel is located at 2222 North Stemmons Freeway. Reservations, call: (214) 267-4815

NOV 29-DEC 4 • MY FAIR LADY • Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a proper lady. Tickets: ....................................................................

cited about their outdoor holiday adven ture, full of singing, dancing, games and sur prises. Little piggies everywhere will love celebrating the season with this 60-minute live musical experience! The tour will make a stop in Arlington, Texas at College Park Center on Monday, December 26, 2022 at 6pm. Tickets for the live, family-friendly experience are on sale at:




• Join us and over 250 local ven dors at the Keller Indianettes 41st annual Craft Show. It's a Craft Show, Farmers Market and Holiday Boutique all in one place! There will be a bake sale, a silent auction, entertainment, and Santa will be there both Saturday and Sunday from 122pm. Fun for the entire family! Saturday hours are 9am-5pm and Sunday is 11am4pm. There is a $5 admission fee and free parking. Craft Show location is Keller High School (601 Pate Orr Rd N., Keller, 76248) For more please visit:


JAN 18-29, 2023 • THE LION KING AT BASS HALL • For the first time in 20 years, Disney’s The Lion King returns to Bass Performance Hall for just two weeks! Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s The Lion King! More than 100 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular—one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Tickets at: ....................................................................


• Hats For Heart is a special Go Red for Women Tea Time to be held at the Charles Schwab Headquarters in Westlake. Did you know that one in three women will die from cardiovascular disease? That’s a third of mothers, sisters and friends. It’s time to change this fact. It’s time to be demanding when it comes to women’s heart health and ask others to do the same. By joining the Go Red for Women movement, you can make a difference. December 8, 2022 we can come together to save lives. Join us for some delicious eats, fabulous entertainment, and really inspiring survivor stories. Interested in learning more? Please visit Event.Gives/HatsforHeart.


ADVENTURE • Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Adventure will bring the lovable, cheeky lit tle piggy to audiences across the United States in time for the holidays! Come join Peppa this Holiday season on an exciting camping trip in the winter woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are ex

JAN 21, 2023 • CBI CASINO NIGHT • The 2023 Casino Night is raising funds for CBI (Congregation Beth Israel) and three local charities: Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), Jewish Family Services of Fort Worth & Tarrant County (JFS), and the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. All of these organizations are improving the lives of individuals and families in our com munity on a daily basis, and it is an honor to be able to support them. The event starts at 6:30pm at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville. Tickets are $25 and sponsorships start at $250. To learn more about the organizations and this event, visit: .................................................................

JAN 22, 2023 • CELEBRITY CHEFS • Enjoy an evening with your favorite local chefs’ extraordinary cuisine paired with fabulous wines, chefs’ live auction packages, and an amazing online silent auction all benefiting the women and children of SafeHaven. We are grateful for your continued support of this significantly worthy cause which will mean so much to families affected by do mestic abuse. Your generous donation will touch many lives! Sponsorships and tick ets now available. Celebrity Chefs 2023 is pairing with a purpose—together we can make a difference! Visit ....................................................................

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Women—listen up! Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women. It claims more women's lives than all cancer combined, including breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Women must stand together and take charge of their heart health. Go Red for Women wants you to know they are standing tall next to you. Their mission is to bring awareness to the simple truth that with education and healthy lifestyle changes, most car diovascular diseases can be prevented. Launched in 2004, Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's signature women’s initiative and comprehensive platform designed to serve as a catalyst for change, improve women's lives, and raise awareness of a woman's most significant health threat—Cardiovascular Disease. Here are some Myths and Facts About Women and Heart Disease:

Myth: Heart disease is for men, and cancer is the real threat to women. Fact: Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Here are the STATS: 1 out of every 31 American women dies from breast cancer yearly. One out of three women dies of heart disease each year. That's roughly one death each minute.

Myth: Heart disease is for older men. Fact: Surprising research shows heart attacks are on the rise in younger women. Yet more youthful generations of women, Gen Z, and Millennials are less likely to be aware of their greatest health threat. The combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent. The American Heart Association recommends you start getting your cholesterol checked at age 20 or earlier if your family has a history of heart disease. And while you're at it, keep an eye on your blood pressure at your next check-up.

Myth: Heart disease doesn't affect women who are fit. Fact: Even if you're a yoga-loving, marathonrunning workout fiend, your risk for heart disease isn't eliminated. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits, and smoking counterbalance your healthy habits. You can be thin and have high cholesterol.

Myth: I don't have any symptoms. Fact: Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no prior symptoms. Because symptoms vary significantly between men and women, they're often misunderstood. Media conditioned us to believe the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Women should look out for other symptoms: dizziness, lightheaded or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, and extreme fatigue.


Myth: Heart disease runs in my family. I can't do anything about that. Fact: Although women with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, you can dramatically reduce that risk by creating an action plan to keep your heart healthy. Because of healthy choices and knowing the signs, more than 670,000 women have been saved from heart disease, and 300 fewer are dying daily. What's stopping you from taking action?

Pump Up Your Heart! As the hardest working organ in the body, the heart is responsible for everything that keeps your body alive. Much like a per fectly constructed house, the heart is comprised of walls, rooms, plumb ing and an electrical system that works in unison to keep blood and


Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 10am until 12pm




• Delightful Teas

• Bubbly Champagne

• Lovely Ladies Lunch

• Fabulous Entertainment

• Inspiring Survivor Stories

• Extravagant Fashions by Southlake Town Square

Individual Tickets - $150 Table for Ten - $2,500

Sip tea and champagne, watch an exciting fashion show, and hear a remarkable story from CVD survivor Christal Howard. Chaired by Jenni Lanier and Kathy Talley, this fun-raising event is about women standing together with Go Red and taking charge of their heart health and the health of those they love.

Though Hats are Optional, Bring Your HEART and Join Go Red for Women!

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nutrients flowing to other body parts. As the command center of our circulation system, it controls heart rate and maintains blood pressure. Sadly, many women don't discover their heart's actual value until it starts to fail. Go Red for Women wants you to know most cardiac and stroke events can be prevented through education, lifestyle changes, eating smart, managing blood pressure—they need your help to spread that good news!

Go Red for Women is hosting its inaugural Hats for Heart Tea and Fashion Show. Join them on December 8, 2022, at the Charles Schwab Headquarters in Westlake to sip on tea and champagne, watch an exciting fashion show, and, most impor tantly, hear a remarkable story from CVD survivor Christal Howard. Chaired by Jenni Lanier and Kathy Talley, this fun-raising event is about women standing together with Go Red and taking charge of their heart health and the health of those they love. Though hats are optional, Go Red for Women hopes you bring your heart to join them on this life-saving mission. —————————————————————————

WHO: Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's signature women's initiative to raise awareness for a woman's greatest health threat—cardiovascular disease (CVD). Their com prehensive platform is designed to increase women's heart health awareness through education and life-saving research. It is committed to removing the unique barriers women face and to being the catalyst for change to improve the lives of women.

WHAT: Hats for Heart Tea and Fashion Show will serve delightful teas and bubbly champagne, showcase fashions by Southlake Town Square, provide a lovely ladies lunch, fabulous entertain ment, and inspiring survivor stories!

WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 10am-12pm Individual Tickets - $150 | Table for Ten - $2,500 —

WHERE: Charles Schwab Headquarters located at 3000 Schwab Way in Westlake, Texas 76262

WHY: Did you know that one in three women will die from cardiovascular disease? That's a third of mothers, sisters, and friends. Losing even one woman to cardiovascular disease is too many! By joining the Go Red for Women movement, you can make a difference!

HOW: Your support and commitment ensure they provide a best-in-class experience when you join them for Hats for Heart! Purchase event tickets at:

For more information, don't hesitate to get in touch with Brooke Berryman at |

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Babe’s Chicken Dinner House • Fried chicken as good as grandma’s, but she’s got better things to do, like chow down on unlimited sides. Warm biscuits with butter and honey are reason to go. • Roanoke and NRH $ L D

Blue 22 Sports Grill • Locally owned, family gathering spot with a scratch kitchen offering prime sporting events—what more could you ask for? This is a perfect family friendly sports bar! • Trophy Club $-$$ L D

Chef Point Modern Bar & Restaurant • Fine dining redefined. With indoor and outdoor dining spaces, they accom modate private and semi-private parties. Catering available. • Colleyville and Watauga $-$$ (Sat.B) L D

Chill Restaurant & Bar • Sports headquarters for business meetings, company parties, wedding receptions and rehearsals, birthdays and anniversaries. Outdoor patio, live music and ladies night. • Grapevine $ L D R

Stunning indoor-outdoor watering hole. Everything from expansive beer and wine choices to a menu of shareable plates invites conversation. Happy hour with martinis and sunsets. Roanoke $$ L D

American grill comfort cuisine serving memories with a twist. A decidedly casual neighborhood spot where you get both a good burger and a dressed-up plate of mussels. The Keller $$ (Brunch) L D R

• Healthy has never been more indulgent. Using all-natural, minimally processed ingredients, the menu satisfies almost anything, whether you’re on a restricted diet or throwing • Trophy Club $$ L D

Order a burger served “bone-in” or topped with mac and cheese and bacon, or chicken pot pie made with fried chicken chunks and crowned with a crispy chicken tender. Build $$ L D

Wine should be easy, eco-friendly and enjoyable—that’s why their wine is on tap. Tap is less bottles, less waste, consistent quality—glass after glass. Consider this your new wine bar. • Trophy Club $$ D

TruFire Kitchen & Bar • Consistent menu, exemplary burger of akaushi beef or truffle-scented mac and cheese. Ba nana split and handcrafted cocktails are a must. Gluten free and vegetarian menus. • Southlake $$ B L D

ASIAN / SUSHI / THAI .................................... Cowtown Sushi • Unexpectedly refined sushi and sashimi. They’ve had “hidden gem” status for way too long. Chefs are eager to impress diners, making this an environment to expand your palate. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Foster’s Sushi, Seafood, Bar & Grill • Creative style to fill your appetite. Indoor and outdoor bar with friendly staff and total of 10 flat screen TVs to suit all sports fans, plus happy hour from 3-6pm. • Roanoke $-$$ L D

Honey Teriyaki • Quality Japanese food—teriyaki and sushi. Many sauces made from scratch with honey—hence the name. Large portions, reasonable prices, friendly service, legit food. • Colleyville $-$$ L D

Maki & Poké • Sushi rolls and Hawaiian bowls—here you don’t have to choose! Incredibly fresh and generous sushi rolls. BYOB (build your own bowl) is a fav. Very deserving of their many 5-star ratings! • NRH $-$$ L D

Malai Kitchen • Thai-Vietnamese mash-up—with silky cur ries, sriracha made in-house. Imaginative beverage program with house-brewed beers. A rand finale, Mango Sticky Rice Smash. • Southlake $$-$$$ L D

My Lan Vietnamese Kitchen • Big, steaming bowls of pho, heaping rice plates and rows of crispy egg rolls. Vietnamese staples are soulful and flavorful with reasonable prices . • Col leyville $ L D

NAPA Thai Asian Cuisine • Unique Thai restaurant that offers a glimpse of traditional Thai culture—where balance and harmony come together in a relaxing, yet elegant atmosphere. • Colleyville $-$$ L D

Noodles @ Boba Tea House • Generously portioned, skill fully prepared Vietnamese, pan-Asian dishes. Try the spicy beef noodle soup, Thai beef salad and the Mocha Madness smoothie. • Fort Worth $ L D

• Celebrating all things Southern—a neigh borhood gathering place. Take them up on their BYOB invite when shrimp and grits is on their specials board. • In Grapevine Antique Market $ L

Mason & Dixie

Sabai Sabai Southeast Asian Kitchen • Expect pad Thai, massaman curry, pho, also explore Lao beef jerky, steamed fish or a marinated beef salad. Dine in or takeout. Food packs plenty of flavor. • Grapevine $ L D

• Crowd pleaser serving globallyinspired fare like Thai curry bowls, tuna ceviche, steak frites. Fun, sophisticated setting that’s equal parts sports bar and eclec tic brasserie. • Southlake $$-$$$ L D

Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar • Intimate, and re fined restaurant serving everything from simple roasted chicken or crab cakes, to lamb tagine or surf and turf. Acclaimed wine program. • Colleyville $$$ L D

Oak Street Food and Brew • Food hall with chef-driven food—from fish and chips to overstuffed baked potatoes, to craft bbq. Expansive in and out—gathering place for groups. • Roanoke $-$$ B L D

PIAF Kitchen+Wine+Bar • From power lunch to happy hour, to a romantic date night. Weekends start with buffet brunch and end with drinks on rooftop bar. Flatbreads, seafood, steak. • Grapevine $$-$$$ (Brunch) L D

Sky Creek Grill • In Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club—bistro dishes with contemporary western flair. Steak, salmon, pasta, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, cold beer. Restaurant and bar open to public. • Keller $-$$ B L D

Sky Creek Kitchen + Bar • Sky Creek embodies casual elegance with sleek, understated décor—prime destination for a special celebration, family dinner, romantic evening, or afterwork drinks. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Stone House Restaurant • Regionally inspired, locally sourced proteins and a chef’s garden. Sharables, craft beer, cocktails, wine, chops. Must-try 1200-degree broiled steak. • Colleyville $$-$$$ D

The Trophy Table • Scratch-made food, daily specials, chefdriven menu, ample indoor/outdoor dining—everything from comfort food to seafood and steaks. Live music in a casual, fun atmosphere • Trophy Club $$ L D

Saikou Sushi & Ramen • Well-executed Japanese cuisine. Slurp tonkotsu ramen, pork-forward broth, superb vegetable ramen, classic miso, shoyu and shio varieties. Sushi and bento boxes. • Alliance $-$$ L D

Sushi Dojo • Premier fast-casual sushi restaurant specializing in party trays, office/event catering, and food truck service. Known for sushi tacos and burritos. Delicious, affordable, high quality sushi. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Sushi Nomi • Modern Japanese with inventive sushirolls, ramen, teriyaki and more, plus beer and wine. Choose from delicious lunch options like bento boxes, fried rice, sushi specials. • Fort Worth $-$$ L D

Sushi Sam • Lunch deals like loaded bento boxes. Manage ment is always warm and personable, which is reflected in their friendly service. Amazing salmon skin rolls (not the easiest to pull off). • Southlake $ L D

Thailicious • Authentic Thai in a contemporary, relaxed en vironment. Soft shell crab, creamy curries, Crying Tiger and pad Thai. Seek out tom yum-inspired martinis and mojitos. • Southlake $$ L D

Trending Kitchen • True scratch kitchen with rotating menu that changes weekly. Family owned and run. Top-notch ingre dients. Best cakes around—come early as they sell out fast! • NRH $$ L

V’s House • Family-owned Vietnamese restaurant offering up scale takes on classic dishes—plus surprises. You’ll find staples of Vietnamese cuisine, including pho varieteies—all made in-house. Creative cocktail menu. • NRH $-$$ L D

Wine:30 • Wine bar featuring Texas wineries/wine makers, complimented by wines from California, France, and Italy— also offering a handfull of locally brewed craft beers, flatbreads and charcuterie board pairings. • Roanoke $-$$ L D

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Axiom Coffee • Coffee house with purpose. Organic beans sourced from small Honduras producers from a farm run by World Gospel Outreach employing single moms to harvest and supports an orphanage.

j Personalized Grazing • Specializing in customized charcuterie boards and personalizing your culinary experiences, they offer classes, gifts, filled and unfilled boards, even custom boards. • Southlake $-$$$ B L D

• NFW $ B L D

• A curated array of noshables that pair perfectly with wine and talk. Cheese and charcuterie grazing boxes and boards, crowd-pleasing fare or feasts for one. Pick up or delivery. Catering for tables. • Roanoke $$-$$$ L D

Board + Brie

Brew & Batter • Locally owned, stand alone house serving good coffee! Not to mention waffles! There offer two bases— cornbread and a liege waffle (a european waffle made with yeast daily) • Grapevine $ B L D

j Buzzed Bull Creamery • Made-to-order, alcoholic and non-alcoholic frozen dessert and coffee company—harnessing the power of liquid nitrogen to bring a one-of-a-kind-experience to guests. • Grapevine $ L D

j Cake Pops by Alli • Delicious cake pops for any event, celebration or just because! They deliver your bouquet just like a florist and brighten the day of any recipient! Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, treats. • Southlake $ L D

Creative Memories Bakery • Cupcakes, smash cakes, wed ding, birthday, graduation, shower, gender reveal and baby shower cakes, petit fours, cookies, brownies, cake balls/pops, ding dongs. • Fort Worth $-$$

Crumbl Cookies • Giant cookies delivered! Chocolate chip, chilled sugar cookie and rotating flavors like key lime pie, salted caramel cheesecake, birthday cake or German chocolate. Open ‘til midnight! • Southlake $

DessertsRx Organic Café • High quality, organic, nonGMO, real food and drinks offered with the knowledge to em power you to make informed decisions when it comes to what goes into your body. • Colleyville $ B L D

Doughlicious • Offering scoops of raw, safe-to-eat dough in chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, sugar cookie, banana pudding and s’mores. Grab a multi-pack of mini scoops to share. • Grapevine $

Dr. Sue’s Chocolate • Doctor by trade, master chocolatier at heart, Dr. Sue Williams crafts the finest chocolate specimens you’ve ever had. Delightful creations like chocolate bark, truffles, and chocolate bars. • Grapevine $

Elegant Cakery • Beautiful designs that make magnificent centerpieces for any occasion—and the taste makes them un forgettable. Cupcakes, birthday and wedding cakes—made with quality ingredients. • Southlake $-$$

Hey Sugar Candy Shop • Bulk candies and popcorn, syrups and flavorings from an old-fashioned soda fountain. Chocolates by Nib Chocolates. Ice cream made in a machine from the 1920s. • Roanoke $-$$

JudyPie • Time-tested recipes, anchored by shortbread crust, elevate flavors like apple, pecan, buttermilk, banana cream into their best versions. By the slice or whole (large or small rounds). Gluten free, vegan, paleo. • Grapevine $ L D

Juice Junkies • No need to be a health nut to appreciate juice blends, smoothies, whole food snacks and cold-brewed cof fee drinks, but they just might convert you. Cold-pressed. Re stocked regularly. • Keller $ B L

Kindred Coffee Co. • A love for craft coffee and local com munity—they find the best coffee and roast it at their shop. Stop by for a cup, fresh salad, gelato or one of their pastries.• North Richland Hills $ B L D

Redefined Coffee House • Locals gather for birthdays, meetings, and conversation—and everyone sips macchiatos and iced lattes made with Avoca coffee beans. • Grapevine re $ B L D

Texas Harvest Pie Co. • Small pie shop feels like home. Lov ingly crafted pies like apple, blueberry, buttermilk, key lime taste like grandmas if she’s an expert baker. Serving lunch. • Keller $-$$

The Garden Party • It’s party time—experience North Rich land Hills’ newest tearoom, located in Golightly’s Antiques. Stop by and enjoy fresh tea, food and treats. They look forward to serving you! • NRH & Grapevine $ L

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Back Forty Smokehouse • Brisket, ribs, full bar, outdoor patio, friendly service, locally owned—should we keep going. Back Forty is conveniently located next to the new Tex Rail train station. • NRH $-$$ L D

Feedstore BBQ • Local fav with quality meats and the fresh est veggies available. Ridiculously good chopped beef, chicken, sausage and fall-off-the-bone ribs, fried okra, spicy beans and amazing rolls. • NRH $-$$ L D R

Hard Eight Pit BBQ • Authentic mesquite barbecue. Award winning cuisine. “Old World” slow cooking over pits adopted from German settlers who came to the Texas Hill Country long ago. • Roanoke $-$$ L D R

Meat U Anywhere BBQ • “Meating” your BBQ and cater ing needs. Slow smoked with seasoned oak and hickory. Exclu sive sides, special offerings, ultimate breakfast tacos • Grapevine and Trophy Club $-$$ B L D R

Red Barn Bar-B-Que • Best all you can eat catfish on Friday nights, and sausage and turkey around town. Rustic counter service with generous plates and comfort grub in. • Colleyville $-$$ L D

BREAKFAST (+ lunch/dinner) .............................

Another Broken Egg Cafe • Twists on Eggs Benedict and Omelettes, Biscuit Beignets, Cinnamon Roll French Toast and much more. Brunch is the most important meal of the week! • Southlake $-$$ B (Brunch) L

Bacon’s Bistro & Cafe • Breakfast diner with really good service, food and company—sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch. It’s common to have a wait on weekends because it’s just that darn good! • Hurst $$ B L

Black Walnut Cafe • Classic fare, upscale flair. Handcrafted sandwiches to chilled local craft brews to swirly rows of gelato. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. • Colleyville $-$$ B L D

DeVivo Bros. Eatery • Rustic comfort food on American ized menu with Italian flair. Bold flavor, large portions, meatloaf, pastas, sandwiches with rustic simplicity and refined elegance. • Keller $-$$ B L D

Kassandra’s Mexican Kitchen • Hidden gem. Great lunch with well-priced specials. Tortillas live up to the name. Put it on your list for breakfast, served all day. Breakfast quesadilla, beans and potatoes—a good reason to get up early! • Keller $ B L D

Main Street Bistro & Bakery (Bistro M) • Local gem with foodie following (and a Gallic accent). Best croissants. Chocolate bomb cake that makes your toes curl. Must-try are their pastries and desserts • Grapevine $$ B L D

‘Lette Macarons

• Elegant French sandwich cookies readymade for gifting. Endlessly customizable. Offers a selection of fine shortbread cookies and will soon offer macaron ice cream sandwiches. • Southlake $

Native Coffee + Kitchen • Refreshing, independent voice serving unapologetic interpretations of comfort food favs—pan cakes, tacos, burgers and nachos—alongside coffee made with Texas-roasted bean. $ B L D

Nothing Bundt Cakes • Made fresh daily using eggs, butter and cream cheese. Bite-sized Bundtinis, single serving Bundtlets, 8” and 10” cakes and double-tiered cakes. Daily samples show how yummy it is! • Southlake $

Mangos Breakfast Brunch • French toast, chicken, waffles, omelets. Taking shots at convention with duck bacon burgers, s’mores waffles, skillets with chicken fried steak, stuffed avocados. • Southlake, Keller $$ B (Brunch) L

Oldwest Cafe • Big menu, big portions, good value. Saddle up that horse and hit the trail for Oldwest Cafe... pretty darn sure ya’ might like it! Breakfast served all day long (or until we go home for the day)! • Grapevine $ B L

Rush Bowls • Smoothies in a bowl with fruit and toppings. Featuring all-natural fruit and açai blended until thick and creamy, these are a healthy alternative dessert or a perfect meal. Perfect refueling stop. • Keller $ B L D | NOVEMBER 2022 75

Seven Mile Café • Fans flock for specialty pancakes, Gouda grits, egg dishes and Stumptown coffee. You cannot go wrong with benedicts or the pancake sampler. Vegan and gluten-free options. $-$$ B (Brunch) L

Stevie’s Diner • A unique, family-owned and operated throwback dining experi ence. Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious breakfast or lunch, head over to Stevie’s Diner. • North Fort Worth $ B L

Starwood Cafe • Specializing in breakfast and lunch at eight locations around DFW, and serving breakfast all day—this is your new brunch destination. Vast menu serving all your favs. • Trophy Club, NRH $-$$ B L

Sunny Street Café • Serving hearty American fare—with gluten-free options. Dinein or carry-out, this is your neighborhood destination for fresh, wholesome food and friendly service served daily. • Roanoke $-$$ B L

Toasted Yolk • Perfectly poached eggs, strip after strip of crunchy bacon, layer upon layer of turkey and pastrami—these are delicacies we dream about at night, and they’re the ones we want to wake up to! • Keller $-$$ B L

Townhouse Brunch • Twists on omelettes, benedicts, pancakes, salads, sandwiches. Lean sweet (banana Nutella crepes) or savory (“everything spiced” avocado toast), your cravings is covered. • Colleyville $$ B (Brunch) L


From Across the Pond • Get your British classics—fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and more—plus, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and salads from beyond the pond. • Colleyville $ L D

The Londoner Pub and Grill • Pub turning out English classics like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash with confidence. Their decor screams typical English pub. • Colleyville $$ L D

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Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill • 100% Fresh Angus Beef, name brand quality meats, whole veggies chopped in-house daily and local artisan buns. A place where kids and adults co-mingle successfully. • Grapevine $ L D

Chick & Biscuit • Southern food done right! Home-style comfort food—from spicy hot chicken to pulled pork, brisket, and sausage gravy, the menu honors the South. Inside Harvest Hall. • Grapevine $$ L D

Fred’s Texas Cafe • Nationally acclaimed hamburgers, fabulous chicken-fried steak, the coldest beer in town—that’s Fred’s—a beloved local dive that’s serious about food! • TCU, Fort Worth, NFW $-$$ L D

Kincaid’s Hamburgers • Where friends meet to eat! Hype-free, good-old-burgers, ice cream shakes, deviled eggs, stuffed jalepenos, fried okra, chicken sandwiches, banana pudding. • Southlake and Alliance $ L D

LA Burger • Beautifully seared meat, thoughtful layering, oozy cheese and toasty buns—burgers solidly executed with California flair. Tacos, fries, hot dogs, salads and shakes served counter-style, but all with a fresh multi-culti twist. • Keller $ L D

Mighty Chick • Reinvigorating fried chicken with bold flavor and big crunch. Wings, pieces, tenders with sauce like BBQ Soy Garlic or Hot and Spicy Seoul Nashville-style hot chicken. • Watauga $-$$ L D

Old Town Ice House • Burgers, po-boys, wings, tacos, salads, artisan brews—cele brating the ice industry in its heyday, as well as the founding of Keller during that era. Raise an ice-cold glass with us! • Keller $ L D

The Pour Shack • Comes alive as the sun sets! Cover bands and DJs pump up the scene and the music at this big indoor/outdoor bar serving up burgers and drink specials. Your neighborhood bar. • Keller $-$$ L D

The Station Patio Icehouse • Gathering place to enjoy good food, good drinks and good music. It’s everything you’d want your own backyard to be, with all the people you love and none of the work! • Keller $$ L D


Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill • Part soulfuajun, part vibrant cocktails, two parts bon temps Jambalaya, po boys, grilled oysters, étouffée. Drink swamp juice, Hurricane Kris and Abita on tap. • Roanoke $-$$ L D

Copeland’s • Authentic taste of the Big Easy adjacent to the Hilton Southlake lobby. Soul satisfying eggplant pirogue and mind-blowing bananas foster French toast. • (In the Hilton Hotel) Southlake $-$$ B L D

The Lost Cajun • Real and authentic Cajun food from the gumbo and jambalaya to the fried seafood—it’s like you’re in Louisiana! Awesome frozen drinks and food you can taste! • Keller $-$$ L D


Café Medi • Devoted fans—they give as much attention to vegetarian dishes as their succulent grilled and braised meats. BYOB. Salads, hummus, falafel and fool. Their lamb shanks really shine. • Keller and Hurst $-$$ L D R

INDIAN ..........................................................................................

F2 Fusion Flavors • F2 combines the sensibilities of the Middle East with Asia, of fering Indian flavored Kebabs, lamb and even goat dishes for a global tour of cuisines and cultures. Daily buffet. • Southlake $-$$ L D

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Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine • Courtly cuisine of Mughal royalty—familiar dishes like lamb roghan josh and chicken tikka masala served alongside more obscure dishes from authentic Indian street fare.

• Southlake $$ L D

ITALIAN / PIZZA ..............................................

Armend’s Restaurante • Laid-back, family friendly pizza place reminiscent of Naples. Plenty of hearty Northern Italian favorites with great prices and friendly, family-owned service. • Southlake $ L D

Bosses • Brick oven pizza using the finest cheese and meats— and freshest veggies. They set out to make the best pizza in town and some say it’s “The Best Darn Pizza in Texas.” • Lake Worth, NRH, North Fort Worth $ L D

Brio Tuscan Grille • Buzzing from the shaded outdoor patio to the courtyard bar. Upscale enough for the date-night crowd, but casual enough for locals wandering in from their shopping. • Southlake Town Square $-$$ L D R

Calabrese Ristorante and Bar • Authentic Italian fare with ingredients imported from Italy—modern and traditional Ital ian dishes to please every palate. Wine list as seductive as the at mosphere. • Southlake $$ L D

Coal Vines • Pizza wine bar separating good pizza from great—a perfect crunch and just a speckling of char. This pie was made for good vino. Fortunately, they have plenty of that on hand as well! • Southlake $ D R

Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine • Slice-after-slice of gourmet pizza—garlic picanha, shrimp and fontina, Turkish lamb— along with cheese or pepperoni—brought to your table oven hot. All you can eat perfection! $$ D

Farina’s Winery & Café • Elegant but unassuming with solid food and wine to back up the atmosphere. Italian classics head lined by popular pizzas, are Farina family recipes. • Grapevine $-$$ L D

Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House • Beautiful banquet and private dining. Bountiful antipasti bar. The roasted entrées from the wood fired oven are standouts. Desserts prepared ta bleside. • Grapevine $$ L D

Fireside Pies • Swanky pizza served in a casual environment. Who knew my favorite veggie pie (Peta Pie) would come from the same place as my favorite meaty pie (Triple ‘Roni)? • Grapevine $ L D

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria • Brooklyn’s iconic pizza has now ar rived—crust is perfectly thin and crisp and cheese and toppings first-rate. Brooklyn charm here to go with some excellent pizza. • Grapevine $ L D

i Fratelli Pizza • Distinctive thin-n-crispy pizza, handmade sauces, dressings, dessert—favs for 30 years. Delivery committed to exceeding expectations with their exemplary service and fast delivery. • Southlake, Keller, NFW $-$$ L D

Inzo Italian Kitchen • Old-world menu with a new-world ac cent. Using fresh ingredients and doing things the way Nonna did years ago. One taste is all it takes to be amazed. Buon ap petito! • Roanoke $-$$ L D R

Loveria Caffe • Emilia-Romagna is Italy’s premier destination for food lovers—premium pastas, cured meats, cheeses, wines, meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parm perfected centuries before landing right here. • Colleyville $$ L D

Napoli’s Italian Café & Creamery • Italian-America clas sics in cozy historic Grapevine Main Stree setting. Linger in or drop by the creamery for freshly made gelato and Italian desserts. • Grapevine $-$ L D

Vinny’s Italian Restaurant • Good food, great people. Like being invited to your Italian uncle’s house for dinner— serving authentic New York style pizza and Italian classics. • Roanoke $ L D

Wise Guys Pizzeria • Exceeding expectations and providing Fresh food, family hospitality, hard work, and a hands on ap proach to pizzas, pastas, premium drafts—all made from scratch. • Roanoke & Grapevine $$ L D

Zeppole • Refined pasta dishes, seafood and soulful renditions of Italian specialties showcased in an open setting that feels like your favorite outdoor patio. • Located inside the Gaylord Texan Resort Atrium $$$ D

LATIN AMERICAN .............................................

Boca 31 • Drawing from Mexico, Peru, Caribbean, Americas— elevating street food with creative flare—barbacoa tacos to pulled pork to guava and cream cheese empanadas, the menu is anything but standadr. • Keller $ L D

Del Campo Empanadas • Empanadas with savories like chicken, ham, spinach, picanha steak. Dipped in chimichurri it’s a no-fuss meal or grab-and-go snack. Pick up sweet treats here also. • Fort Worth $ L D

Gloria’s • Fine Latin cuisine that hints at humble mom and pop roots. Sleek design draws crowds as much for their pupusas and margaritas as for the weekend salsa dancing. • Colleyville and Southlake $-$$ L D R

MEXICAN ...........................................................

Baja Cantina • Coastal Mexican with seafood and amazing steaks. Fajitas are a fav, also fish tacos, spinach queso, frozen margaritas that make you swear you’re on vacation! • Watauga, NRH, Roanoke, Keller $-$$ L D R

Cristina’s Fine Mexican • Lively setting, unique menu with Tex-Mex favorites, as well as unique central Mexican dishes. Must-have margaritas. • NRH, Trophy Club, Southlake, Flower Mound and Lewisville $ L D R

Elote Mexican Kitchen • Little taqueria with style. Slow roasted meats, fresh ingredients, marvelous margaritas. Entire menu is gluten free (except flour tortillas). Plus soy cheese and tofu sour cream. • North Fort Worth $ B L D

Enchiladas Olé • Specializing in enchiladas filled with chicken, cheese, veggies or beef, then topped with Perez’s famed sauces from a classic ancho chili to a rich queso. Tamales and happy hours. • NRH $-$$ L D

Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano • Possibly the coolest patio scene in the area. Feast on Mexican classics, but don’t miss out on their famous margaritas, fajitas or their authentic Mex ican favorites. • Grapevine $ L D R

Fresco’s • Vibrant joint serving traditional Mexican dishes and Tex-Mex using quality ingredients. Unmistakable flavor and freshness, and awesome margaritas. Fair prices. • Watauga $ L D

Los Molcajetes • Start with warm tortilla chips and red or green salsa. Enjoy a margarita and a sizzling plate of fajitas, top it off with sopapillas, flan or fried ice cream—the ultimate Mex ican comfort food! • Roanoke $ L D

Manny’s Uptown Tex-Mex • Dragon-ritas, brisket tacos, signature queso, fajitas and enchiladas—perfect with a Manny’s Taxi. Weekend breakfast is a fav, happy hours and catering.• Southlake $$ B L D

Martha’s Mexican Cocina • Reliable Tex-Mex in a relaxed, setting with a great patio. Try brisket tacos and pollo poblano. Vegetarian options with daily specials and happy hour. • Keller $ L D R

Oliva Italian Eatery

• Italian staples rendered with verve— spaghetti and meatballs, lobster ravioli, anticipated featured items. Expertly curated wines at a remarkable value. Popular wine dinners. • North Fort Worth $$ L D

Palio’s Pizza Cafe • Food tastes better, and they swear it’s bet ter for you with fresh ingredients made-from-scratch. Pizzas with pesto, artichoke hearts, chicken and mushrooms. • Keller, Col leyville, Grapevine $ L D R

Stellini Trattoria • Shareable arancini (crisp risotto balls) or taglieri (meat & cheese board). Housemade pastas and pizzas. Steaks and chops with polenta, gnocchi and potatoes. Creative cocktails. • Grapevine $$ L D

Mesa • Elevated coastal cuisine in a bright, elegant restaurant to match its vibrant, upscale menu. A magic touch with seafood, including lobster enchiladas, Mexican gumbo and chipotle shrimp. • Grapevine $$-$$ D R

Mesero • Beyond Tex Mex, but lives up to its promise of Mex ican Spirit American Life. One taste of the iconic Queso Mesero and brisket tacos will keep you coming back... don’t skip their amazing drinks! • Southlake $$-$$ L D

Mi Cocina • The original see-and-be-seen spot is still a crowd favorite. A sleek but festive interior draws locals for “modern” enchiladas and first-rate Tex-Mex. • Southlake and Alliance $-$$ L D R | NOVEMBER 2022 77

Mi Dia From Scratch • Traditional Mexico City recipes with modern Santa Fe and Tex Mex flavors. Experience a true fusion of the past and present. • Grapevine, Plano, Flower Mound $-$$ L D

So-Cal Tacos • Former food truck is now a great taco joint with the same delicious food and laid back vibe. The truck, Woody, paved the way for fresh tacos, delicious mar garita, and ice cold beer. • Grapevine $ L D

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Big Fish Seafood • Fresh seafood, including lots of Cajun options, plus great drink specials and frequent live music in a rustic and relaxed setting. Known for treating all guests like family. • Grapevine $-$$ L D

Bonefish Grill • A menu full of fresh flavors of the season and innovative dishes— specializing in seasonal fresh fish. Taste today’s freshest catch and try something new on each visit. • Southlake $$-$$$ L (sat-sun) D (daily)

The Crab Station • Promises the best seafood in a family oriented experience. Have fun cracking and peeling with your hands—getting messy while you’re at it! Entrees, wings, kettles, shareables, peel-n-eat • NFW $-$$ L D

Fish City Grill • Menu of crawfish, Gulf and east coast oysters, and other fresh seafood selections. Favs like fish tacos, Gulf shrimp, renowned oyster nachos. Chalkboard specials are a great deal. • Southlake $-$$ L D R

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen • From the warm waters of the Gulf, the icy Alaskan coast, the mighty Atlantic and Pacific, they go to any depth to bring you the finest seafood available—all year long. • Grapevine $$-$$$ L D

Rockfish • Local favorites like the shrimp basket, fish tacos, wild copper river alaskan salmon, rock-a-rita margarita, schooners, and Mexican shrimp martinis. Great seafood— not a lot of clams. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Shuck Me • Seafood spot with bountiful fried baskets, peel-and-eat shrimp, crawfish, oysters, po-boys, gumbo. Big portions. Plenty to choose from—perfect seafood fix without breaking the bank. • Southlake and Alliance $-$$ L D

The Blu Crab Seafood House and Bar • Inspired by travel and culture—offers vast menu of culinary delights using the freshest ingredients. Come in to and celebrate your senses! • Colleyville $$-$$$ L D

Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House • Iconic for stone crab claws—beloved for freshness! Chic dining room hosts sophisticated dinners with inventive foodie twists served in the mix. • Southlake Town Square $$-$$$ L D

STEAKS ..........................................................................................

Bob’s Steak and Chop House • Bob’s is ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the country—and for good reason. The steaks are prime, the portions are big and the drinks are stiff. • Grapevine $$$ L D

The Classic at Roanoke • Unlikely fine dining destination. Nicely focused menu serving grilled steaks and seafood. World-class food, casual atmosphere, family friendly environment. A true classic. • Roanoke $-$$ L D R

Del Frisco’s Grille • Spend the day shopping the square before meeting for dinner and drinks. Luxurious dining room or patio. Local flavor—diverse menu has something for everyone. • Southlake $$-$$$ (Brunch) L D

Dino’s Steak & Claw House • Serving a variety of seafood, steak and poultry dishes in a vintage bank building along historic Main Street. This romantic spot also offers live piano music. • Grapevine $$-$$$ D

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse • Prime aged beef, the freshest seafood and uncomplicated sides. No wonder it’s a favorite for impressing out-of-towners—their kitchen rarely (if ever) gets it wrong. • Southlake $$-$$$ L D

Mac’s on Main • Southwestern, cajun and global influences. Steaks, signature prime rib and seafood. Cocktails, beer, 30+ single malt scotches, wine list. Locally owned and operated, one-of-a-kind. • Grapevine $$ (Brunch) L D

Old Hickory Steakhouse • Savor premium Black Angus Beef seared to perfection, sample artisanal cheeses from around the world, indulge in the Texas inspired wine cellar. Inside Gaylord Texan $$-$$$ D

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille • Vibrant twist on traditional steakhouse fare with unexpected specialties. Bar 79 offers handcrafted bites, fine wine, cocktails, beer, live music and patio seating. • Grapevine $$-$$$ D

Keller Chophouse • Signature dishes like fried calamari with tomato risotto, sides of truffle Parmesan fries, a roster of seafood, chicken and steaks (New York strip, bone-in ribeye, and filet mignon). • Keller $$-$$$ D

Winewood • American fare with modern flair: Waldorf salads, Dagwood club, Niman Ranch pork chops and chicken Cordon Bleu. Ideal for family meals, business lunches or celebrations. • Grapevine $$ L D

Send us your favorite local dining spots. We will then check it out and list them here to share with our readers who are craving what’s on the menu. Please email your crave-worthy local dining destinations to us here at: And stay hungry!

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canned stuff, but making homemade pumpkin purée is easy, I promise. Not only is it incredibly fun and thrifty, it also makes the house smell amazing! It only takes about 15 minutes of hands-on time. For the purée recipe please visit:

(1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two 8″ cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with wax paper, grease and flour.

(2) In a stand mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thickened and pale yellow, about five minutes. Add pumpkin purée. Whisk together flour, cin namon, baking powder, and salt, then slowly add flour mixture to mixer, beating until just combined.

(3) Spread batter in prepared cake pans and bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans; remove, and cool com pletely.

(4) When cake has completely cooled, whip heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. In another bowl, beat cream cheese with pow dered sugar. Gently fold in whipped cream. Spread cream cheese filling on one layer of pumpkin cake. Place the second layer of cake on top of the cream cheese filling. Refrigerate cake while you make the ganache.

(5) Chop chocolate and place in heat proof bowl. Heat cream to nearly boiling on the stove or in the microwave, then pour over chocolate pieces. Let sit for five minutes, then whisk until ganache is smooth and glossy. Let stand for 15 minutes before pour over the cake. You can leave it naked or let the ganache pour over the sides. Store cake in the fridge.


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3 eggs 1 cup
3/4 cup
1 tsp
1 tsp
granulated sugar
fairytale pumpkin purée
cup all-purpose flour
baking powder 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup
4 oz
heavy whipping cream
cream cheese (at room temperature) 1/2 cup powdered sugar
6 oz
bittersweet chocolate 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


‘Tis the season to be jolly. Am I right? Cookies to bake. Endless gifts to buy. Endless gifts to wrap. School parties to volunteer for. And chances are, if you have a kid, you have an Elf on your shelf to keep up with. Every. Single. Night. ‘Tis the season to be extra busy and be jolly when you have a minute. Oh, yes! And that thing you offered to host for your bunco gals, small group or mother-in-law. You have that to do, too. What if I told you that there is someone who can take one or two of those gifts off your plate (and it’s for those people who you have no idea what to get) or help you with the finishing touches on your party. Sound like some sort of mythical Christmas fairy? Her name is Tiffany Reed and she does exist. She’s the owner of Personalized Grazing in Southlake.

Like many of the new businesses we never knew we needed before, Personalized Grazing started out of a need during the Pandemic. Up until that point, everyone loved care-free, bare-handed grazing upon shared charcuterie, but during those crazy times, it was best not to have everyone sharing tongs, utensils or anything for that matter.

At that time, Tiffany owned a small catering company, Tiffany’s Taste Catering Co., and decided to come up with a unique way to still serve guests grazing-style by putting together personal “grazing boxes.”

If you wanted to send one of these Personalized Grazing boxes as a gift, Tiffany could even make a one-of-a-kind wood serving board to accompany it.

As things cooled off, and we started to gather once more, Tiffany expanded her business to include themed grazing tables for parties and events. With Tiffany’s artistic eye and professional culi nary background, not only does it

take some of the pressure off of hosting, it makes the charcuterie a highlight of the event rather than just a table with snacks. It becomes not only a beautiful centerpiece, but a conversation starter.

If you are wanting to be totally hands-off at your next event, Tiffany also specializes in complete party planning and set-up. Whether it’s a bridal shower, baby shower, wedding or birthday party, from forks to food to favors, she can take care of it all. You tell her the theme and she runs with it. The really great thing about Tiffany is she truly has a passion for parties, be it glam and extravagant or simple and kid-friendly. She dreams up details that most hosts lose in the haze of their stress. Liter ally. Tiffany told me that she woke up from a nap with the idea of a photo backdrop she just had to do for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed party she planned for me. It involved several dozen of the iconic blue bags sawed in half. Never in my wildest dreams would I have come up with that on my own! From personalized coasters to lavish balloon arches to a wall of mimosas, Tiffany thinks of it all… and then some.

If you’re wanting to learn how to tackle the perfect spread on your own, Tiffany also offers charcu terie board private lessons. This is also a great way to celebrate a bachelorette party or anniversary. Whether it be a group of gal -pals, you and your significant other or you’re just wanting a one-on-one session to ask all the questions you have about cheese and crudité, she’s got options. Don’t let all the hustle of the holidays turn you into the Grinch. Enlist Tiffany the Christmas Fairy to lighten your load with personalized boards filled with tastes of the season to please even the pickiest of palates on your list.

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280 Commerce Street | Southlake, Texas 76092 | (817) 874-3384 | PERSONALIZED GRAZING
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