The Dough Bar is Sweet on Oddfellows – Let’s do brunch!
Fourth of July weekend kicks off summer vacation in a big way, for some families they are packing their bags, loading up the car and headed off to parts all across this great nation. Others are packing a picnic basket and heading off to the beach, lake or park for a fun activity filled weekend. And then there are people like me, staying home, relaxing and taking in all the goodness locally offered in my own backyard.
I started out this long holiday weekend with a photo shoot with my favorite photographer Izehi of Izehi Photography with a shot in Oak Cliff, TX, Bishop Art’s District, one of my favorite areas. Bishop Arts is such a jewel due to the culture and preservation. There are hidden treasures such as authentic local establishments, trendy shops, bakeries and so much more.
After a long morning working and shooting it was time for brunch. I choose a bustling local spot known for their awesome brunch and lunch by the name of Oddfellows. With so many delicious entrees to choose from I decided on the Oddfellows’ Benedict and because poached eggs aren’t a fav of mine I had my eggs soft scrambled and substituted the smoked salmon, which I highly recommend. When I tell you this meal was everything, it was everything!! And to celebrate the photo shoot wrap as part of the new look for The Dough Bar we sipped on Mimosas which made the meal even more special. Stay tuned for more on the photo shoot in a future blog post. If you are ever in Bishop Arts district stop by Oddfellows it’s definitely worth the wait and no worries they serve breakfast/brunch until 3 PM everyday. This place is truly a sweet spot in a sweet little area of town.
Let Freedom Ring!!
Saturday was a perfect day for packing up the picnic basket and heading out to the park for a little rest and relaxation as we prepared to watch the fireworks this evening. My basket was full of patriotic goodness one of which being my easy to prepare red, white and blue shortcakes (I’ll post the recipe on Wednesday.) Also included, a nice bottle of sparkling wine and my yummy red velvet cupcakes; because what would a picnic be without bubbly and dessert, right? Some of you may not know but I also make cupcakes. One of my favorite and most requested cupcake flavors is my red velvet and it couldn’t be more perfect for 4th of July. To give the red velvet a patriotic twist I topped them with our tie dye red, white and blue cream cheese frosting. You’d be surprised how easy it is to add this fancy effect to your cupcakes at home too. Below is the quick 3 step process with photographs for you to follow.
Tie dye frosting in 3 simple steps:
- Take your piping bag and put 2 dots of each red and blue food gel in the bag
- Fill bag with your cream cheese frosting
- Pip on your tie dye swirl
See super easy and a huge wow factor for your guest. All of my friends at the park totally enjoyed their patriotic dessert as we watched the fireworks explode all across the Texas sky.