The Front Room Dallas

One of the best moments of this past weekend had to be my dinner date with Ryan at The Front Room. I couldn’t wait to try Hotel Lumen’s newest addition.

What: upscale diner

Where: Park Cities

Please excuse the horrible iPhone photos. I started off with the Mai Tai. It was refreshing and delicious. Ryan had the Jalapeño Caipirinha.

For my entree, I had the Chicken Paillard. I was very satisfied with the flavor. The arugula was dressed with a light lemony vinaigrette and the chicken was perfectly cooked. It was the perfect light dish to eat out on the patio.

Ryan had the steak and fries (wasn’t cooked the way he ordered it, but fries were good). On the side we shared their mac n cheese and green bean casserole. I got so excited green bean casserole was on the menu. It was a bit too creamy for my liking, but tasty nonetheless. The mac n cheese was very rich and creamy–with shell pasta. I tended to gravitate towards the fries.

Dessert was a hard choice because their menu was so jam packed with drool-worthy options. We went with the coconut cream pie–more of a cheesecake texture, but perfect amount of crust to sweet filling. Wish I had a better photo to represent it, but this will have to do!

The prices were right and so were portions. Even though they’re brand new, we had a great server. He was attentive and quick. I can’t wait to go back for a glass of wine and their “deviled tomatoes”! See ya soon, Front Room!

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Start Restaurant

Start Restaurant

What: healthy food fast

Where: Dallas

If you follow me on Twitter or like my page on Facebook, you’d know I have been very exciting about this “real food fast” concept. It finally opened this Wednesday and I went in on their second day of business. I loved the wood and earthy/recycled feel of the place.

I couldn’t help but laugh at all the birds everywhere. Put a bird on it! (Portlandia anyone?)

I started off with their “go go juice” with spinach, carrot, apple and ginger. It was refreshing but would you take a look at their size small? I was wondering where the other half of my drink went. It was $3 for that size.

My friend George ordered the Mediterranean quinoa. Again, small size. Side of hummus and pita chips. He felt he got a little cheated with the amount of food he received with the amount he paid.

After he gotten his food and began eating, my friend Eme and I hadn’t gotten our food after over 20 minutes. George went up and they had lost our order. They asked for our receipts and they promptly reimbursed us and brought out our veggie-bean-quinoa burgers.

I was too hungry to capture a good photo of my burger. It was good, but next time I might get it without the bun and on top of a salad.

Side of sweet potato tater tots. These were very sweet as they had hardly any salt and were very lightly fried. You could taste that they were wholesome and healthy, but they could have used some sea salt and a little more crispiness.

I will say they handled our forgotten order very well. We ended up not having to pay, and he brought over drinks for us too. It was a nice gesture, and I can’t wait to be back to try their breakfast.

Cheers to a finally healthy fast restaurant in Dallas! They have a drive through too!

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Whole Foods shopping cart

Before I show you what was in my little shopping cart at Whole Foods, you must watch this video.

Ok, now that you’ve been enlightened, you will never look at the WF parking lot the same way.

I am very interested in what people buy at the grocery store. Even the checkout lady will ask me what I’m going to make with certain ingredients. I think it’d be interesting to see what everyone buys. So here’s my latest shopping load full of summer staples.

Yes this is for ONE girl. It’ll last me about a week if I cook every meal at home. From the left we have my produce. Summer produce is the best. Bananas (huge), nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, sweet potatoes, Texas heirloom tomatoes, avocado and zucchini. I find that when I fill my fridge with the good stuff, I only eat fresh produce.

Continuing, we have chicken and turkey, and these whole grain sandwich thins that make things a whole lot easier.

I ended up making a sandwich right after I got home, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Moving across my WF loot, I also picked up some plain Voskos. My favorite Greek yogurt for delicious berry and oat bowls in the morning. A dozen eggs because eggs are great on just about everything, cranberry juice and coco water.

And my packaged items. I love this Near East couscous, so I decided to get the WF brand lemon & herb flavored as well. I love treating it like rice and adding grilled veggies and sometimes an egg too. And the Stubb’s BBQ sauce, honey pecan. I’ve never tried this kind, but I can’t wait to marinate and grill chicken with it.

Finally, my favorite almond butter. Mmmm.

After leaving WF hungrier than ever, I put together this little (big) lunch:

Fresh produce special of the day. Turkey, spinach, heirloom tomato, avocado. Side of fresh nectarine slices. It was heavenly.

There’s nothing quite like fresh avocado.

What would you make with all those groceries? Today’s lunch was a HUGE salad.

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

A new summer favorite: grilled peaches

Good evening, foodie people!

I have been thinking about this dish ever since my friend and I made it a few nights ago. Meet grilled peaches.

We didn’t exactly get those pretty grill lines, but it tasted just like peach cobbler. Minus the unnecessary sugar and calories. Grilled peaches + plain Voskos Greek yogurt + oats + drizzle of honey. So. Good.

Besides new dessert creations, I have been eating everything in sight. This lunch plate proves I couldn’t make up my mind.

Allow me to take you on a tour.

This is a veggie masala pattie (bought it in the frozen section of WF) and my favorite summer veggies– sautéed zucchini and bell pepper.

On the other side of my plate are baby carrots, lentil crackers and a gouda Baby Bell cheese. The cheese is so good. And you know I try to avoid cheese….until I met these little guys.

On another note, this is how my mornings begin. The joys of working from home.

Let’s zoom in.

Thanks to my recent trip to WF, I got to jam pack my morning with fresh produce. The best way to start the day. Under that pile of berries is plain Greek yogurt. On the right is a slice of Seeduction bread toasted with Justin’s PB and bananas.

What do you like to eat for breakfast? Have you ever tried grilling peaches?

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

and i’m back!

Hi everyone! I can’t believe an entire week has passed since the last time I posted. I have taken the last week to get out of my regular routine and I did quite a few things.

The above picture is of myself and my grandmother, whom I visited in Oklahoma City. It was an easy drive from Dallas, and it was a fun time with family and good food. If you’re ever in OKC, I recommend you try 501 Cafe, which is where we are in that photo. We both had cosmos. :)

Right after my 3 days in OKC, I headed back to Dallas, and was greeted by my twin brother Travis. He and I spent the last few days together and it was a really fun time. Last night we had dinner with friends at the Common Table, then drinks at the Katy Trail.

The night before we started our evening out with a drink at the Nodding Donkey. I had an icy cold Blue Moon with a slice of orange and he had a glass of Jameson.

And finally, we got to visit this little joy. His name is Pierce, and he’s my cousin’s 7 month old baby boy. He was too much fun.

Tomorrow I am headed to NYC (it’s been an entire year!) to be with my fiancé and have a weekend of fun in the city. I will do a better job at being a foodie, and I promise you will be seeing posts with lots of NYC eats. If you have any recs of places I just have to go to while i’m there, please comment below!

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Baboush: Mediterranean-Lebanese food in Dallas

Baboush Market & Bar

What: Mediterranean/ Lebanese fusion

Where: West Village, Uptown Dallas

How did I not know about this place? It was a nice surprise as Ryan and I were walking to get a pizza from Grimaldi’s and I’m so glad we decided to give Baboush a shot. We sat outside, and despite it being really hot outside, we loved being able to dine al fresco.

I decided to cool off by ordering one of their “sexy drinks”– the Lebanese Night. Vodka, guava nectar, fresh strawberries and lime juice. Really delicious if you like something fruity.

Ryan went with an exotic Lebanese beer.

At first glance at the menu, we were impressed by the decently priced menu items…especially for an uptown venue. When we actually received the dishes, we understood it was more of a tapas-style place. Smaller portions. But that’s ok.

We started off with their hummus. It was creamy and smooth, and the pita bread was warm and fluffy. And we got another basket full of the pita bread.

I was excited for my falafel to arrive, but was a bit disappointed. They were over-fried. They were extremely tough and hard to get my fork through. On the side is a lemon tahini sauce. I’m willing to give it another go just because I haven’t found a whole lot of falafel spots in Dallas.

On the side I had their saffron couscous with chickpeas, raisins and white onions. It wasn’t all that flavorful, but there’s something about couscous. I just love the texture. It went well with the hummus too.

Ryan enjoyed the grilled chicken kebabs with a tabbouleh-like salad underneath.

All in all, I think Dallas needs more Mediterranean spots like this. I truly hope the falafel will be cooked to perfection next time I stop by. Otherwise, the hummus and pita and cocktails were enough to get me back there. Also, if you’re into hookah, they have that too.

Bonus: Scout Mob just posted they have a 50% off deal right now. Just download Scout Mob on your smart phone, show the deal to your server, and voila! You’re welcome!

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes

These little babies were quite a hit at our 4th of July get-together if I do say so myself.

Meet the gluten free strawberry cupcakes, made from scratch. No gelatin, no box cake mix. Just pure goodness. Recipe came from A Dash of Sass. I added a pinch of baking soda, substituted rice flour for self-rising flour and nixed the red food coloring.

It was a great way to use the giant bin of fresh strawberries I bought on sale at Whole Foods!

For the 4th of July, we headed to the Belmont Hotel to hang out with friends. This was our view:

Great view, great weather, great company.

I even got to celebrate with Ryan despite his exhaustion due to being overworked as an investment banker.

So he took a nap and represented his patriotism while doing so. (and wearing 2 pairs of Ray Bans). haha.

What did you do to celebrate?

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

A perfect Saturday morning treat

You know it’s going to be a good weekend when your Saturday morning begins like this. At 11am. Sun is shining, coffee is brewing, and it’s time for waffles and a side of peanut butter of course.

Please excuse the missing bites out of this waffle..I was hungry. I was missing the maple syrup (new apartment…oops!), so I made my own healthier version of a sweet beginning. Waffle + plain Greek yogurt + blueberries + drizzle of honey. Oh and an occasional dip in the PB jar. It was so good and kept me full.

How did YOU begin your weekend?

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

What I Ate Wednesday: eat the rainbow edition

Happy WIAW everyone! So happy to be participating again this week.

This week’s WIAW is actually what I ate today (Wednesday), not my eats from yesterday or last week. Today. See? I’m getting better about posting now that I have a routine.

Is there anything more glorious than a big bowl of fresh fruit, yogurt & raw oats first thing in the morning? How about with the sun coming in? Taking this photo made me happy. Eating this bowl made me satisfied.

This bowl of plain Greek yogurt + peaches + strawberries + blueberries + bananas + raw oats kept me full for 4 hours or more. It was so delicious, I can’t wait to go to bed tonight so I can wake up and do the same thing tomorrow. Am I weird?

When lunch rolled around, I wasn’t that hungry, but decided to take advantage of my fridge full of fresh produce. I find that when I fill my fridge with the rainbow, I eat all that produce, and love it more than a usual sandwich lunch. This bowl contains a bed of arugula + spinach, sautéed yellow tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, fresh sliced avocado and a fried egg. A little bit of everything, I guess. It was yummmm.

Have a great evening everyone!

Bon Appétit,
That Foodie Girl

roasted brussels sprouts, fried egg and chocolate cake

Step 1: Slice brussels sprouts in half, place on baking sheet, drizzle coconut oil, salt & pepper. Roast for 10 mins on 400 degrees, flipping over half way through.

Step 2: Fry 1 egg, place over brussels, poke yolk to let the egg run.

There you have it! Roasted brussels sprouts with fried egg and the natural egg yolk sauce. For some of you, you may be repulsed. But for other egg lovers out there–you know this is the good stuff.

I had seen this particular dish on food blogs and fit blogs and I knew I had to try it. It was filling and nutritious. My other dish last night was a baked sweet potato topped with plain Greek yogurt and a dusting of cinnamon. I usually roast my sweet potatoes and dip them in ketchup, so I thought this would be a new fun way to enjoy sweet potatoes. For some reason, this way was much too sweet for me, I could only take a few bites, then threw the rest out. BUMMER.

So it was dessert time. I made a 3 min chocolate cake in a mug!

I found this recipe in an US magazine while getting my toes done. I would have cooked this in the microwave for only 2 minutes as this ended up being too dry.

Have you ever made a chocolate cake for 1?

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl