Medieval Times: Dallas, TX

Medieval Times

Let the tournament begin! A dinner and a show at Medieval Times in Dallas is fun and iconic. This is one of the best family dinning experiences in Dallas.

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 The Medieval Times experience transports guests to the times of medieval Spain and the sport held  behind the castle walls. When we arrived we were greeted with crowns representing the courts that we will cheer for. We were on the green team and super excited to cheer on our knight.
 Once inside you can walk around the venue and grab drinks, souvenirs and also watch someone be knighted. The kids liked watching the Queen and her court walk around and be among the guests. Don't forget to visit the horse's stables and look at the beauty of these horses that will be a part of the show.



 The royal court will make an announcement and guests will be divided into the colors of their knights team and be seated accordingly. Team green was our knight and we sat really close to royal court. Which was a bonus!




 This year Queen Maria Isabella has been the ruler of the court and it was a nice change to see a women in charge of the courts and the support that she received from the crowd was really inspiring.

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 Once seated we were treated to a four course meal that included dragon scales, dragon's blood and roasted baby dragon. Actually it was garlic toast, tomato soup, grilled chicken with corn, potato and a pound cake for dessert. 
 The food portions were really big and the kids barely finished their meal so I would suggest you ask for a take out bag for leftovers.



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 As the meal began we were amazed at the wonderful shows of falconry, the beautiful equine horses gracefully dancing, other games of skill, and of course the jousting competition. 
 The thrill and intensity of the matches kept us glued to the action as the knights fought for honor. We had alot fun cheering on our knight as he represented our team in jousting and sword battles.



 Medieval Times offers birthday and VIP packages that will include premium seating on the 1st and 2nd row rally flags, souvenir pictures, a special shout out from the royal courts, & more. Birthdays here are especially fun.


 Come and experience one of the coolest attractions that we have in the DFW metroplex and be amazed at the talents that we have in our city. My family really had a great time and will keep these unforgettable memories. I know you family will too.

Cheddar's Kitchen & Holiday Gift Card!


Have you been to Cheddar's Kitchen?



Holiday Gift Card :

This holiday season, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is offering a free Sandwich or Scratch Burger served with one side – such as Cheddar’s hand-battered Monte Cristo sandwich or hand-smashed Smokehouse Burger – when guests purchase $30 or more in gift cards online or in-restaurant from Dec. 17 through 24.  The free meal is redeemable anytime from Dec. 24 through Jan. 31. 

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is known for its scratch-made menu of Great American Classics, made well, for a good price. To order a gift card or find a restaurant, visit Cheddars.com. (by, Cheddar's)


My family really enjoy going to Cheddar's for weeknight dinners when I don't feel like cooking, and I am not bothered because I know that the food is made from scratch just like how I cook at home. There are 20+ scratch made to order food and with prices of $10 and below which is an affordable option for my family and yours.




My family was treated to a fantastic meal to try out some new menu items that be available at the Cheddar's location. We tried the Texas Sized Nachos, which were HUGE and that we couldn't finish it. 

I honestly think the portions is enough to feed a family as just a meal in itself, its perfect for sharing. 



Next, we tried the Better Than Mom's Meatloaf and the 14oz. Ribeye and those two main course dishes were very delicious. The seasoning and the combination of the flavors both made this dishes one that we will try again. 

I really enjoy the comfort of ordering home cooked meals and Cheddar's is the restaurant for made from scratch foodie options. Don't forget the cookie monster and your meal will be complete. 



Check out this list of the New Menu Items from Cheddar's and I hope you give it a try! 
NEW MENU ITEMS

·         Crispy Chicken Tender Noodle Soup: This unique take on the comfort classic, chicken noodle soup, combines chunks of hand-cut chicken tenders with pasta, sautéed vegetables and house-made chicken broth, generously topped with fried crispy crumbles from Cheddar’s iconic chicken tender batter for maximum crunch.

·         Better Than Mom’s Meatloaf: Meatloaf has become one of the most quintessential comfort foods and Cheddar’s culinary team has created a unique spin on the classic dish that’s so flavorful, they call it “Better than Mom’s.”
·         Two thick slices of tender meatloaf are baked with a tomato brown sugar sauce for extra flavor, then accompanied by Cheddar’s signature bourbon glaze for guests to drizzle atop. This dish comes served with a bed of mashed potatoes and one additional made-from-scratch side.

·         Texas-Sized Nachos: As a nod to Cheddar’s birthplace, these nachos are topped with chicken or ground beef, house-made queso, black beans, jalapeños, cilantro, corn, fresh pico de gallo and a drizzle of scratch-made honey BBQ and ranch. This appetizer is served with queso and salsa on the side.


·         14 oz. Ribeye: A marbled ribeye steak is grilled to each guest’s preference and served with two made-from-scratch sides.

Dallas Children's Theater: A Ghost's Tale for Mr. Dickens

Dallas Children's Theater
Magic Tree House's
Holiday Musical
A Ghost's Tale for Mr. Dickens
NOW- December. 23, 2018

Karen Almond


My family was introduced to The #1 Chapter Book Series - The Magic Tree House from recommendations I received from friends almost three summers ago when my oldest started reading chapter books. This book series is truly one of the best children's series that we have read together as a family. I can't express how much we have learned from the stories and the places that Annie and Jack visit and we feel immersed in the story. We have had fun with all the books in the series and how they all tie together with each other.



The Dallas Children's Theater has taken the magic of the Magic Tree house book and extended it onto the stage with their adaptation of the story. Following Jack and Annie on the journey is fun and offers many experiences kids can relate to easily. 

A Ghost's Tale for Mr. Dickens takes a special twist! Be among the first to see brother and sister duo, Jack and Annie, whisked back in time aboard their magical tree ride to the foggy streets of Victorian England. Their mission: to help the famous writer Charles Dickens overcome a terrible bout of writer's block. With a little help from three ghost friends, Jack and Annie learn how charity and kindness can change the course of history. No "Bah Humbug" here...this musical is a fantasy adventure filled with wonderful songs and dances of the season! (written by DCT)

Karen Almond


This is the #1 selling chapter book and YOU don't want to miss it. The show is recommended for kids 6+ but I did take my 3 year old and she did great. I would suggest you think about your kids who are younger and there tolerance for noise and time. What makes DCT special is that there are special times for ASL, and Sensory - Friendly performances that make it possible for every adult and child be apart of the magic of the theater.. 



The DCT is very intentional in choosing plays that the whole family can enjoy and leave with a greater appreciation for the love of theater and live performances. I feel like these theater performances are special and are events that kids need to experience first hand. That is why I can't wait for your family to go and see A Ghost's Tale for Mr. Dickens at the Dallas Children's Theater.



For ticket information and prices click here. Tickets range from $15- $40. The shows are shown Friday's at 7:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday 1:30 & 4:30 pm and special bargain days on Saturday shows with 30% off. check the schedule for those discounts prices. 







2019 Toyota Avalon : Thanksgiving Weekend



 I wanted to lookup the definition of Thanksgiving and this is what I found: The expression of gratitude especially to God (google dictionary). This powerful statement is the most accurate meaning that expresses how thankful I felt for the opportunity we had to work with Toyota this past week.

 My family was given the opportunity to enjoy the 2019 Toyota Avalon for a week in Dallas. This car came at the right time because we were invited to see and be apart of multiple events around town and the 2019 Toyota Avalon would make attending these events even more fun, especially the Magical Lights displays in Grand Prairie. 

 The Toyota Avalon, along with the other Toyota vehicles we've experienced, are full of features that not only make the drive more enjoyable, but also a lot safer. The rear/front view camera is easy use because it shows multiple angles along with the birds eye view screen. 




 The in-dash screen options are easy to use and helpful, especially the speed monitoring radar that adjusts speed according to the car in front of you while using the cruise control on the highway. This was a great safety feature that was comforting to have on longer trips.



We only had one really cold day during the week, but it was enough to enjoy the multi-level seat warmers that are independently controlled to just the right temperature.


Toyota has been making very visible strides in advancing the safety features offered in their vehicles  and I appreciate knowing this fact when taking my family on road trips in a Toyota.


The 2019 Toyota Avalon has a very smooth and relaxing ride feel that we knew we had to take a couple short distance family trips including to see Christmas holiday lights a mini road trip to a Christmas tree Farm nearby in Terrell, TX, which is only an hour from Dallas. 



The Walls Family Tree farm is a family friendly farm where families and friends come to cut down there own tree for the holidays and this was something we wanted to do. I knew we couldn't fit the tree in the trunk which is already spacious enough for groceries and whatever else you need to fit. 



We opted to place the tree on the roof of the car and that was the perfect fit.  I was a little nervous about it being on top of the car, but again the sunroof shade stayed open for us to monitor it on the way home. 

The 2019 Toyota Avalon was more than enough space for us as a family of 5 but it would not be my first choice for a family of our size. My kids had moments of happy rides and they enjoyed the sportiness of the car's cool looks, but like all kids we had moments of chaos. So, I know if we had a third row option it would have alleviated some of the stress. 




Gobble, Gobble, we are especially thankful for Thanksgiving season blessings and the break that we allows us time to enjoy the company of our family.

Thank you Toyota for sponsoring this great experience.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet


Ralph Breaks the Internet.




 6 years after Wreck it Ralph and audiences are being treated to a sequel that has excited fans that are eager to see what happens when Ralph Breaks the Internet on November 21st. This new story is funny, exciting, and inspirational that audiences of all ages can relate to as Ralph and Vanellope navigate the world of the internet and test their friendship.


                                          

 My family enjoyed the advanced screening of the movie and we walked away with valuable takeaways that began important learning discussions with my kids after the movie.
I had the awesome opportunity to discuss these points with the two movie directors, Phil Johnston and Rich Moore.
Here is the interview:






                                          



                                           





There were some moments in the movie that talked about the value of friendships, loyalty, and insecurities that people can go through no matter the age, race and gender. This movie went there and covered topics that a lot of us go through but sometimes are afraid to face them and deal with the consequences of what may happen.

As a blogger there are times that I face insecurity of my content, the friends that may come and go, and also those who are loyal no matter what. These are all real issues that people go through and I appreciate the two movie directors Phil and Rich for offering this new perspective of trust and self-confidence.

There were a LOT of hilarious moments in the movie that I couldn't stop laughing, especially the princess parts and more. Ralph Breaks the Internet has been my best movie experience this fall. Come with your family and remember to stay at the end of the credits for fun surprises.




Thank you to Disney for this great opportunity to interview the two movie Directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore.

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Sixty Vines in Plano


 Come to Sixty Vines in Plano to find a space to unwind and enjoy brunch on the weekends. Sixty Vines in Plano has been on my list of places to visit and I was thrilled at the invitation to try their brunch menu!



When you walk into Sixty Vines, it is like nothing I've seen in a restaurant. They have a very open,  modern and chill vibe in decor, style and feel of the restaurant. I felt like i was in someone's living room and being invited for a great meal. 




The first thing you will notice on the back wall is a great line up of wine on tap, which is intended to serve wine the way it should be chilled and perfect for every glass. There you will also find the Mimosa Bar catering to what you will need to make your mimosa unique to your palette. Expect to find sliced fruit, fresh squeezed fruit juices to complete your personalized mimosa. 




Chill out on the patio and request a seat by the fireplace if it is available. It is was were we sat on the patio and glad we chose to do so. There was a little chill in the air, but sitting near the fireplace was just enough warmth we needed.




The menu of wine and other drinks selection could be found on a tablet at each table, which is a cool twist on looking at a menu options. The drink selection is so vast that you really can try something new on each visit. 

I couldn't wait to order from the menu because everything looked like it would taste delicious so I really appreciated the waiter explaining the menu to us and suggesting a secret menu dish which is the short-rib Benedict, which is a brunch-time favorite for those that know. If you are a fan of short rib, polenta and poached egg, then order this exclusive dish.

Short-Rib Benedict 



 Texas Olive Oil- Citrus Cake


I ordered the fettuccine and I am glad that I did because this was on of the best pasta dishes that I have ever had, the creamy sauce, artichoke, grilled chicken was divine. I know this will be a dish I try again.


 Deviled Affogato 




The brunch menu here at Sixty Vines is well thought of and the attention to flavor combination is perfect. 

We are already scheming on when we will take our next visit here and I know that we will be back here soon, because we can't stop talking about the food, the experience, the vibe and the ambiance. 

This time I will opt to sit inside because the open modern theme is just to pretty that I want an Instagram picture. 



If you are a candle snob like me, you will appreciate the Rosemary candle by Ergo that is used throughout the restaurant and you will want to pick one up for your home. Make sure to buy one and thank me later. 


SMASHBURGER in Prosper,TX

 SMASHBURGER has opened a new location in Prosper located at the Gates of Prosper shopping center that is becoming a popular spot on that side of the town. And to have a new burger restaurant is a great place for families and friends to meet up on any given day to connect, is fantastic.



 I appreciate the attention to detail because this location offers great outdoor seating with a view, and something I haven't seen at other Smashburgers is a big screen TV inside to catch up on sports while enjoying a meal. 

 When my family arrived to Smashburger it was a fun ride to prosper. It was nice to get away from our normal routine in Irving and explore a new city. I think that is one of the best part of living in the metroplex is the different cities offering something new to visitors.

Smashburgers is making a name for itself by creating burgers that are delicious and the meat is fresh never frozen. This is essential because the tenderness of the meat is put on seasoned hot grill and smashed to perfection. Hence the name, Smashburger. 



 I am sucker for the classic burgers and Smashburger has the Classic Smash with all the traditional toppings, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, american cheese, smash sauce and served on a soft egg bun. That egg bun really holds all the flavors and the juicy meat together making it a great combo for the Classic Smash.


 Also the Truffle Mushroom Burger is packed with excellent seasoned truffle mayo , sauteed crimini mushrooms and served on an egg bun.




 My kids were super excited about getting a milkshake with their kids meal. The kids choose a kids SMASH meal and the crispy chicken tenders. This was as simple as it could get for a kids meal and they kids spiced it up and got tater tot and sweet potato fires. 






Pro-Tip- I would highly suggest that you get the smash-fries that are packed with flavors of olive oil, rosemary and garlic. The toppings are great on the sweet potato fries and well as the tots. Get creative. 

 I saw that on the menu that Smashburger offers a variety of salads. I will come agian next time and order the Classic Cob or the BBQ salad. This can be great for those on the KETO diet, just don't get any dressing and your are set. 

Thank you to SMASHBURGER for hosting my family on a nice family dinner.