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It was date night for my dad and I, I had no idea where we were going, but knowing that my dad is just as eclectic as I am, I knew that wherever it was…I would LOVE IT!

Another trip to The Bishop Arts District, such a great place, great hangout area.  Tillman’s Roadhouse.  I heard great and delicious things about their food.  My family went there for Mother’s Day and they said the food was really good.  We were lead to a back room, a quaint, intimate, banquet room, each table seating about ten.  The only person my dad knew was the owner, who invited us to this dinner and now I knew her, so really, we didn’t know anyone, but I think this was the first time that everyone was meeting…the only person we had in common was the owner, Sara Tillman.  Such a nice, welcoming, funny woman might I add.

We were seated at the table, a nice place setting, wine glasses, the menu…5 courses paired with 5 wines.

1st course…No curfew poached Bose pear, warm hazelnut crusted DMC (Dallas Mozzarella Company) goat cheese, watercress, pear glaze.  This starter was paired with a 2010 No Curfew Red, California.  The pear, it wasn’t too soft, wasn’t too firm, which I liked.  I’ve never had such fresh, soft goat cheese.  The taste wasn’t too overpowering and it was a smooth & savory taste.  The hazelnuts gave it that crunch.  Perfect combination.

2nd course…Pan roasted Texas quail, cherry “Chow Chow”, circus frisee, bacon lardons and a balsamic reduction.  This was paired with a 2009 amici Pinot Noir, Mendocino.  The quail was perfect.  I mean it was tender, and seasoned just right with that smokey, grilled taste.  The frisee garnish, it really added some excitement to the plate, because the sweet, sour & salty of the cherry & the bacon, mixed with the freshness of the frisee, I wanted more of it, it was just that good!

3rd course…seared sea scallop atop a potato pancake, mustard, prosciutto, crispy sage, watercress paired with a 2012 Amici Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley.  I believe this was my favorite overall.  The course itself and the wine it was paired with.  I love semi-sweet to sweet red, but I tend to lean more towards white wines. They’re not so sour, no so pungent, I like the light taste, the sweeter, fruitier taste.  That’s what I liked about the Sauvignon Blanc, just soft, but I could feel it in my blood.  The scallop on this plate, it was unbelievably delicious.  Saying that it was cooked perfectly is an understatement.; tender & flaky, fork cut right through it and sweet.  With this course, I tried to taste everything separate, but together.  The prosciutto chip, I ate alone, reminded me of turkey bacon.  The garnish atop the scallop, it reminded me a lot of strawberry jam, a chunkier version.  I took a bite of the scallop with it, I was in pure foodie shock.  It was like nothing I’ve ever had and I LOVED it.  The potato pancake, there were salted greens of some sort placed neatly underneath.  Let’s just say, I cleaned the plate in less than 5 minutes.  YES, I inhaled it, politely.

4th course…grilled elk tenderloin, potato gratin, rainbow swiss chard, chanterelle demi glace paired with a 2010 Amici Olema Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County.  Now, when this was first placed in front of me, you know what came to mind, simply from just sight & smell? Campbell’s Beef & Vegetable soup.  Really!  I ordered my elk medium well, I’ve grown to love my meats cooked like that.  The pink color was perfect, the presentation was great.  The elk, which I’ve never had a day in my life, but so excited to try, was heavenly.  It was cooked to perfection and tasted just like a well cooked steak.  I mean, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, taste wise ,between beef & elk or any other meat.  It literally melted in my mouth and the portion was filling.  That plate, oh yes it was cleaned as well!

5th course…last but not least, a “sorbet duo”.  Blueberry mint, raspberry ginger, topped with macerated Summer berries.  This course was the perfect ending, paired with a 20120 Amici Olema Chardonnay, Sonoma County.  This whole sorbet combination, it made me happy.  So refreshing, sweet & cold on the palette.  The raspberry was so bright and had just a tiny bit of a bitter, sour taste but more sweet than anything.  Now, the blueberry mint, tasted just like a blueberry mojito.  I couldn’t get enough of it either, I think I even ended up scraping the tin container it was in.  Don’t judge me.

This foodie experience, it was one of a kind.  I met some great people, ate some delicious food, five course at that, and tried things that I’ve never tasted, that’s always fun.  I would love to thank Tillman’s Roadhouse, Mrs. Sara and her staff, for being great hosts and making this experience a great one.  Y’all check out the site, the menu, all of it and try to make a trip there for some good eats if you’re in the DFW Metroplex.  Tell them that Charis Walls sent you!

Tillman’s Roadhouse – Dallas

Bishop Arts District

324 West 7th St.

Dallas, TX  75208

(214) 942-0988


A beautiful Sunday, church just ended, we had a bit of a sweet tooth and we felt a little adventurous.  According to D Magazine, the best bakery for sweets is Emporium Pies, so that’s where we decided to go!

Emporium Pies is located in the Bishop Arts District, a very calm area of Dallas, neighboring Oak Cliff.  It’s surrounded by a plethora of restaurants, shops, boutiques and small business for little nicknacks.  The whole area is very laid-back, everyone is walking around enjoying the day, chilling on the patios enjoying their meals or a glass of wine, walking their dogs, just a whole lot of everything.

When you walk up on Emporium Pies, right away the restaurant, which looks like a little blue & yellow country house, reminds you of a corner store, well that’s what I thought at least.  It resembled the candy store that everywhere would go to to get the candies from their childhood, very cute & quaint.  When you walk in, you’re greeted with a warm, “Hi! We’ll be with you in just second!”  While waiting, you can’t help but to take in the nostalgic ambiance.  Little wooden tables & wooden chairs, a dandelion flower on every table, displays of pies in the glass pie cases like at your grandmother’s house, the kitchen is little and petite, enough room for about 2 or 3 people, painted wooden walls, hardwood floors, metal icebox, antique white chandeliers, chalkboard signs all around, just the perfect little place.

When it came time to order, it really wasn’t difficult, seeing as though you have seven choices…which I like.  They have seasonal flavors as well, so the menu will change.  I heard they have a Red Velvet Pie in the Fall that is to die for! So, being the foodie that I am, I couldn’t just order one flavor, so I took a chance and ordered three: The Smooth Operator (French silk chocolate with pretzel crust), Lord of the Pies (deep dish apple pie with cinnamon streusel) and The Snowball (flaky crust filled with creamy coconut custard & their house whipped cream topped with crunchy toasted coconut).  My brother, he got the Drunken Nut (Bourbon pecan pie with shortbread crust) & Ebony & Ivory (buttermilk chess pie swirled with a chocolate hazelnut spread).  It’s always good to have choices, right?!

(l-r The Snowball, Ebony & Ivory, Drunken Nut, Lord of the Pies & The Smooth Operator)

What I really loved about this place is the presentation.  The time they put into every single slice when served, whether it’s to eat in or to-go.  The little wooden to-go containers are so creative, each slice is wrapped carefully, secured with a white & blue string with a bow and then you get a wooden fork to dig in.

My overall thoughts, The Snowball & Ebony & Ivory were for FAVES!  I liked the simplicity of the whipped cream & the coconut custard, it was so light, so fluffy.  The crust was perfect!  And the Ebony & Ivory, it reminded me of my mom’s buttermilk pies that I love!  I mean I couldn’t stop dipping my fork into all of them, but those two, they definitely have my 2 Forks Up!  As far as the others, don’t get me wrong, they were delish, but like for instance The Smooth Operator.  I really wanted the sweet/salty taste.  The silk chocolate was amazing, but the pretzel crust, I didn’t get enough salt from it.  The Lord of the Pies, it was just too much apple filling for me.  I love crust, so all that filling, it was kinda overbearing, but the apples were tender and sweet, loved that.  The Drunken Nut, yes I could taste the Bourbon, added to the flavor, but really it tasted like any other pecan pie that I could get from one of my aunties at Sunday Dinner.  I was blown away by it.

So, YES…Emporium Pies is a MUST GO TO ladies and gents, you will not be disappointed.  Don’t let my opinions keep you away from any of the pies, everyone’s palette is different.  I do know one thing, when you leave, you will have a new love for pies, cause I surely do!

Emporium Pies

314 North Bishop

Dallas, TX  75208

(469) 206-6126

Living in the state of Texas, in the South period, you have to deal with one major factor…the smoldering heat, OMG!  It can get so hot sometimes, that you don’t even want to do anything, let alone leave the house and that’s being so real!

This past weekend, while cruising the streets of Dallas with my brother , I remembered our cousin mentioning this shaved ice place called Bahama Buck’s.  Now, I had heard of it before, but I always forgot about it when the weekend came or when I was dying of heat exhaustion.  This time, we remembered and we were on a mission.

We pulled up and the first thing that I noticed is a lot of people sitting outside under the patio umbrellas, they even had games for the kids to play while the grown-ups talked and mingled.  When we walked inside, it kind of resembled a tropical hut; wood everywhere, bright colors, it just had that island feel, like a “paradise” getaway, atmosphere, not really though, because I mean, we were still in Hell hot Dallas, Texas.

Bahama Buck’s menu…AND where the magic happens…

Of all things in Bahama Buck’s, the one thing that you can’t miss is the menu.  It’s huge!  There’s a yummy assortment of flavors and combinations for every choice on the menu.  Such a serious decision to make, especially to a foodie like myself.  Bahama Buck’s offers all these tasty options like their famous shaved ice, smoothies, specialty drinks, seasonal paradise fruit and even coffee, Island House Coffee that is, made from the most flavorful coffee beans in the world, Hawaii’s Kona Coffee.

After looking over the menu for a good 10 minutes, we both decided to get what they’re famous for…their shaved ice.  I forgot what flavor my brother got, I know it was half pina colada and he added sweet cream and I got half pomegranate and half margarita, which really tasted like lemon-lime.  While waiting, we watched how the shaved ice cups were made and I kid you not, when the blocks of ice went through that blade, it fell into each cup like pretty, white, fluffy snowflakes. I was mesmerized.  Don’t judge me.

Next, came the best part…time to eat up & enjoy!  That first cold bite, it was like ice Heaven.  The ice was so soft, not a hard chunk of ice in sight.  I’ll tell you what else put a smile on my face…they did not skimp on the juice.  Talk about Flavor Town! While eating, I also noticed that the spoons changed color with temperature.  As you can see below, if the spoon is cold, it turns purple and once it warms back up to room temperature, it changes back to the original color of blue.  Pretty cool huh?

The "Magic" Spoon

The “Magic” Spoon

So, one thing I do know, I’ll probably be frequenting Bahama Buck’s every weekend I’m sure; trying out all of the flavor combos and recipes.  Follow me on Instagram @MsChay84 to experience the delicious, cool “eye candy”!

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