By

Cheryl Collett, Itty Bitty Foodies - Yummy Adventures with Kids!

24
Jul
2017

10 reasons to staycay at Four Seasons Dallas

Staycations are perfect in the second half of summer. It is that time of summer when you feel time has whizzed by too fast. Wasn't it only just May? And with another impending school year just weeks away, we recommend a late summer getaway at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas* in Las Colinas. "Are we going on a long road trip?" my littles ask. The kids are pleasantly surprised that our 'road trip' ended in just thirty minutes. That's the beauty of vacationing at the Four Seasons Dallas; it feels far enough to be away somewhere without the pangs of travel time. But the Four Seasons is in more than the hotel business, they're in the business of making memories for the whole family. Our latest YouTube Video of our weekend staycation says it all. If you need more reasons to visit, here are our top ten reasons why IttyBittyFoodies love vacations at the Four Seasons Dallas.
29
Jun
2017

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Galleria Dallas

I feel like a mall rat at The Galleria Dallas, lately. We're actually not there to shop but eat at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant.  Kabuki Japanese, the latest restaurant to open up at the Galleria Dallas has become a fast family favorite because of the vast menu. There's sushi, noodles, rolls, rice bowls to bento boxes so it suits all three of my IttyBittyFoodies and their food quirks. Kabuki Japanese even offers gluten-free options for my paleo friends, lots of veggie dishes for vegetarians and a huge bar for my drinking buddies. The clean, modern designs makes not-so-cool mommies like me feel like we're hip. It can double as a date night place or a nice outing with girlfriends. The restaurant is also spacious so it accommodates meals with multiple families while booths keeps things intimate for a party of two. Yep... Kabuki Japanese is that one-size-fits-all restaurant.
15
May
2017

Party Idea: Team Building with Taste

Have you always wanted to be on Master Chef or Chopped? Last week, I got a taste of cooking show stardom at Team Building with Taste with my DFW Bloggers group. Located in North Dallas at Frankford and Preston, this team building facility was full of fun, excitement and food! The mission is to put together a dish, cook it, plate it, then present it before a panel of judges with a team of people in an hour. Are you ready for the challenge?
13
May
2017

Mother’s Day Musings

"Mama did you know that when you hug someone, you add five minutes to their life?" asked my 9 year old, Lollo. "I'm going to hold you forever," he adds. I want to cry. Be still my heart. Tomorrow will the be first Mother's Day since I had my tumor removed last June. What a special day it will be! A year ago, when I was diagnosed with a rare tumor, I had no idea if I would live or die. So when people ask what I want for Mother's Day, I've already got it. It's there everyday I wake up and watch the sunrise. All I want is time. Time with the four lads in my house -- my husband who went on this crazy lifelong journey in sickness and in health and our three boys, who made me "Mama".
9
May
2017

Family Days at The Samurai Collection

Our weekend soared to new heights as IttyBittyFoodies hosted Kodomo no Hi, Japanese Children's Day at the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection. The collection located at Harwood District features Family Days on the first Saturday of each month. In samurai times, Children's Day commemorated a samurai's coming of age. Today, Kodomo no Hi is Japanese national holiday. The day honors growth and happiness of all children and is often spent flying Koinobori, or carp-shaped kites. According to a Chinese legend which tells of a carp who swims upstream and transforms into a dragon, the carp is a symbol of strength and success. We spent the day making our own carp kites and flying kites at the Rockefeller Gardens located on the 12th floor of Harwood International. What a spectacle it was to fly kites against a backdrop of skyscrapers. Click to view our fun Kodomo no Hi video highlights!
4
May
2017

Lotus Root Chips Recipe

I just attended a macrobiotic cooking class today taught by Mami Ogata. The Japanese native who is a florist in Dallas -- you may have seen her creations at Yutaka Bistro in Uptown -- also teaches flower meditation and macrobiotic cooking lessons. I first learned of her macrobiotic cooking when she brought over an bento box for me after I had my tumor removed. Like so many of my tribe, she lovingly prepared a healthy, vegan meal that fed me and my spirits. Her interest for macrobiotic cooking was piqued when her husband got leukemia and she wanted to cook more healthfully for the family. The Japanese macrobiotic diet consists mainly of whole cereal grains (like brown rice), vegetables, miso soup, sea vegetables, beans and legumes. It is a clean diet and recommends fish and seafood, other animal proteins sweeteners, fruits, seasonings and sweets occasionally. Our menu today consisted of lotus root chips with guacamole, home-made beet dashi soup (made with dried shiitakes and kelp), vegetarian sushi made with brown rice, beans, carrots and cucumbers, sauteed burdock root with carrots and a chocolate avocado mousse. It encompassed all the elements of a macrobiotic meal. But the lotus root chips were so delicious! Mami made them with a Texas twist and paired the chips with guacamole. I just had to post a quick recipe as it will change your guacamole for Cinco de Mayo or any gathering. Click for the recipe.
29
Apr
2017

Knife Sharpening

This is almost a public service announcement. I've finally found a place that has proper knife sharpening in DFW. I bought a set of Zwilling J. A. Henckels knives after we got married and have really tried to keep them in good condition. They're expensive but we picked them because they always fare well in reviews. They're top quality knives forged from single pieces of steel. Every year, I take the Henckels to a kitchenware store to get them done but I've never been 100% happy with the results. Thinking back, part of the reason is that they knife sharpening is done on a generic machine. Sometimes we've come home and the blade doesn't seem even. I've even tried to do it myself at home but it's never sharp enough which is why I'm ecstatic to find a local place right here in DFW.
20
Apr
2017

Playful eating at Outlaw Taproom

WANTED: A nice family night out with great food and fun. That's exactly what we got when we dined Outlaw Taproom, the casual bar restaurant that opened in March at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Outlaw Taproom is the naughty sibling to the elegant, signature LAW Restaurant at the Four Seasons Dallas. It reminds me a little of my less well behaved second child, Lollo who is now 9 years old. While LAW restaurant is classy and more subdued, Outlaw Taproom shows off its wilder ways.
31
Mar
2017

Spring into festival season in Dallas!

Spring is festival season and there's so much to do. I hope you all had a great Spring Break. If you're on our Instagram, you would have seen the IttyBittyFoodies' Instastories spent in Dallas. The week's theme was reconnecting with friends and rediscovering our favorite museums like the Perot Science Museum and Dallas Museum of Art, lots of outside time at Klyde Warren Park and a trip out to Dallas Aboretum. We even found a museum that we've never been to before, Samurai Collection at Harwood District (more to come in a future post on this). As we move into April, I wanted to highlight some wonderful events coming up and hope you'll join us. Some are food events, others for the whole family or just date night ideas. If you spot us, come up and say "Hi" we love meeting our readers!
16
Jan
2017

Plano Getaway

Is it my imagination or has the City of Plano mushroomed with activity in the last few years? We find ourselves driving the thirty minutes out regularly to visit festivals, grab a bite to eat or hang out at my favorite spa. Recently, we partnered with Visit Plano for a staycation to get a glimpse of what else Plano has to offer. We found a New York Loft hotel, wine-country inspired cuisine, artisan stores and Prairie-land trails for hiking. What a treat Plano is for a short getaway!
6
Jan
2017

My New Year’s Resolution is all about rekindling my relationship with my first husband

"You know, I'm her third husband," I heard my husband joke with my mother last summer when she was visiting. "Third husband?" my mother queried, raising an eyebrow. At first I thought he meant because we got married three times: first was the Vegas wedding when we moved to the US, then went home to Australia for a 'proper' wedding with the formal dress and then to Malaysia for my extended family. "First comes the children, then her writing and then me," he continued. Everyone laughed but I took the statement to heart and started delving deeper into why my sweet, sweet FIRST husband felt this way. Do you ever wonder, what happened to "US" after the kids come?
17
Dec
2016

Why I’m giving my kids their old Christmas toys for Christmas…

This year, my kids are getting a TON of presents under the Christmas tree. I'm so excited, just look at the great big pile! There's 8 Nerf Guns (because one for each child just isn't enough), two Sphero SPRK + STEAM education robots (yep... one for each of the older boys), Lego Mindstorms (because my oldest has been pining and asking for this since he was 4 years old), a rock tumbler and crystal growing set (for my budding geologist/gemologist), Circuit Scribe Kit (for my budding engineer), Pokemon cards (about 600 of them total but who is counting) and Basketball cards (just shy of 300 cards I believe). I can't wait to see their surprised little faces when they open them all up and find that these are their old Christmas toys from previous years.
9
Nov
2016

Chooze Pop Up Shop for holiday shopping

America you have chosen! I won't comment on political views but I'm so relieved the election is finally over. I'm done with choosing one over another and am happy instead to announce that Chooze is back with a pop up store for holiday shopping! For those who don't know, you don't have to choose sides with Chooze shoes. The right shoe is harmoniously different from the left shoe but both are united in step and design. I wish that kind of unity for our country too as we move forward.
4
Nov
2016

5 things I learned from having a thymoma tumor

You may have noticed a lull in posts over the past summer. It wasn't because we were busy with kids and vacation. I wish so much that was the case. In fact we had just planned a 2 month journey through Asia for a trip of a lifetime. Instead, the doctors found a thymoma tumor in my chest cavity. It was "the size of an orange", my doctor described. And just like that my life was never the same again.
1
Nov
2016

Battle of the Pies coming to Good Local Markets

Ah fall... it's the season of falling leaves, pumpkin everything and pie. Oh my ... so much pie. Are you a pie magician or have a young budding pie maker at home? Then Good Local Markets is calling for you. Good Local Markets 8th annual Fall Pie Contest will be held Saturday, November 12th 10:30pm - 12:30pm at the Lakeside Baptist Church location (9150 Garland Road). 2016 introduces the Good Local Kids Pie Contest for bakers 12 and under in addition to the adult category. Entry fee is $10 per pie. Come and join us for the Battle of the Pies!
17
Oct
2016

Red Rooster Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson

New York City is full of exciting boroughs, each with it's flavor and diversity and Harlem is no exception. The large neighborhood located on the north end of Manhattan, Harlem boasts a vibrant history and is rich in music, arts and culinary culture. When chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue, he envisioned so much more than just a restaurant. He wanted to create a gathering place at the heart of his adopted neighborhood, where both the uptown and downtown sets could see and be seen, mingle and meet – and so he did, in a big way. In conjunction with Samuelsson's long awaited release of The Red Rooster Cookbook, Macy's Culinary Council will be hosting a cooking event. Find out how to get your free copy of The Red Rooster Cookbook and have it signed by Samuelsson.
14
Oct
2016

7th Annual Texas Veggie Fair returns October 22

The annual Texas Veggie Fair is one of our favorite fall festivals. The annual event returns to Reverchon Park on Saturday October 22. I love it because it doesn't drain my wallet, fill my children up with sugar and give them a bad case of the "Gimme Gimme" as they ogle all the rides and useless soft toys. Texas Veggie Fair is different. It feels more lovey and less grabby. We go and play good old fashion carnival games, eat a few meatless items and then sing kumbaya while giving everyone free hugs. Ok not exactly but vegan singer Erykah Badu did let the kids come on stage with her one year while she was performing. We leave having learned a few things about healthy green living, animal welfare and inspired to cook more with vegetables. This is Texas' largest celebration of all things veggie!
4
Oct
2016

Dîner En Blanc

After weeks of anticipation, the most sought after secret event, Le Dîner en Blanc finally arrived. Pedestrians walking near the Dallas City Hall last Friday evening, stood agape to witness an intriguing scene unfold. Busloads of people clad in pristine white, holding white tables and chairs and baskets of food started arriving at the Dallas City Hall. 2300 people transformed the dull concrete courtyard of the Dallas City Hall into an ethereal procession of picnicking angels. Welcome to the second Annual Le Dîner en Blanc!
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