Ida Claire – Another stellar offering from Front Burner Restaurant Group


Ida Claire in Addison is advertised as a Southern Food culinary Experience, and it delivers! It offers a full service garden patio for warmer weather and a unique Airstream trailer upgrade for dining and drinks.  Their Brunch offerings are delicious.  We sampled the fried green tomatoes and the Nashville Hot Chicken

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Wow! Donuts is open

Wow donuts

is now open at the Corner of Park (Hebron) and Midway. Awesome selection of gourmet donuts.  Open from 5am to 12am, they also have a reverse French press coffee system that is one of only 3 in Texas.  It recreates the perfect pour of coffee every time.  The selection of coffee and teas rotate daily. We tried the Salted Caramel and the Red Velvet.  Both were fresh moist and delicious.

Buon Vino Wine and Chocolate Pairing 2/13/2018 6pm

Pre Valentines wine and chocolate pairing at Buon Vino!

  • AMAPOLA CREEK – Cab lovers Zin,  dense deep purple in color rich, full bodied, moderate tannins long on the finish, complex ripe dark fruit not jammy. Monte Rosso Vinyard  in eastern Sonoma has some extremely old vines, some as old as 125 years. The Wine maker is Richard Arrowood who is celebrating his 51st year of winemaking.
  • Faust Napa Valley Cabernet – From the Huneeus family,  maker of Quintessa,  comes the 2015 Faust Cabernet. Blended with Cabernet, Merlot, Cab Franc, and Petit Verdot. Aged 19 months in 100% French oak. Velvety tannins, blackberry black cherry and plums. Robert Parker 92-94

Available through Buon Vino at

Amici Wine tasting at PIE 3.14

Great night of tasting wines at Pie 3.14 with Jeff Blaum from Amici wines.  From the Sauvignon Blanc to the To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon wonderful palet pleasers.  Two that stood out included the 2014 Charles Heintz Russion River Valley Chardonnay.  Great mouth feel long on the palate from 100% malolactic fermentation and time in oak.  Over ripe pinapple and stone fruit.   The 2014 Missouri Hopper Vinyard Cab was everything an ultra premium vinyard selection shoud be.  Ready to drink with medium tannins and long finish. Blueberries and black currents. Low availability.  Lucky to have had some.

Buon Vino Pahlmeyer tasting



Great Pahlmeyer tasting Thursday night. The 2014 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay was a big butter bomb with huge mouth feel.  100% malolactic fermentation ( hence the soft buttery mouth feel) Spent 11 months in new french oak medium toast. Wine spectator rated it a 95.  Liquid Art in a bottle for $79.99. Available through Buon Vino at