Pakpao: the new Thai eatery in Dallas

Pakpao Thai (same owners as Oak)

What: Thai (duh)

Where: Design District, Dallas

pakpao cocktailsLet’s start with these bright and colorful beauties. I had the pink drink with the crazy garnish– the “Hibiscus Flame”: prosecco + flor de cana rum + white peach + lychee. It was refreshing and super sweet…and I dropped that lychee into the drink and tried not to be freaked out by it. I don’t remember the names of the other drinks (not mine), but the coconut milk cocktail was so delicious and the pineapple one in the background was good too. They have a fun little cocktail menu!

pakpao fish cakesWe came here as a late birthday dinner, and my sweet friend Nina was kind enough to treat me to this delicious dinner (perfect gift for TFG :) ) We started with these crispy fish cakes which turned out to be more like 4 amuse bouches. They were made up of catfish, which sort of threw me off (but we are in Texas), but they were light and tasty. We asked our waiter what the most popular appetizer is and this was it.

pakpaoI loved the open and naturally lit space. It’s pretty small as far as number of tables and we had an awkward first moment. My friend got there before my husband and I, and the hostess said they had a table for 4. They seated her and her boyfriend, meanwhile another group of about 4 came in and asked for a table. The hostess walked over and asked Nina if her party was all here…after she was seated…and she said we were on our way (we were there within minutes). The hostess then told that other group of 4 that there was an hour wait…wow. We missed that by a hair, but it’s evident the staff needs a bit more training, but I guess it’s understandable since they recently opened.

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Onto the good stuff. I ordered the tried and true Pad Thai. This dish was just as it should be, but also fresh and not greasy. A+, Pakpao. I’m craving this dish just thinking about it again…

pakpao pad se eweMy husband had the pad se ew (sorry for the blurry photo) but this dish was even more flavorful than my Pad Thai and again, not greasy either. It was refreshing to have “clean” Thai food..something that is hard to find around here!

pakpao duckTheir duck with red curry was reportedly spicy but really delicious.

I wish we weren’t too full for dessert…we will be back to try their “Citrus steamed cake with lemongrass creme anglaise”. Mmmm! I highly recommend this spot if you’re into Asian cuisine.

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Le Bilboquet: French in Dallas

My husband and I had our very first date night as a married couple last Friday and we had an array of dining choices within walking distance from our new house. We decided on Le Bilboquet, the cutest little French restaurant on Travis St.

What: French cuisine

Where: Knox/Henderson (Dallas)

I love the grass growing on the wall outside, the little side patio with the white fencing and the understated awning sign at the front. It makes you feel like you could be in France. According to a few other blogs I read before dining there, this is the second Le Bilboquet, the first one being in Manhattan. It’s not a franchise, but rather, the managers from the NYC location came to Dallas and got the owner’s permission to brand their restaurant exactly as the one up north. They even managed to steal a chef too, so the food is almost exactly the same.

le bilboquet endiveI love summertime dining: where the sun is still out at 9pm. I started with the endive salad with French blue cheese and walnuts and some other goodies too. It was crisp, refreshing, but not something I would usually order. It was a nice change of pace though.

le bilboquet gazpachoMy husband started out with their gazpacho. “THIS is how you make gazpacho” were the words out of his mouth post-first bite. The flavor was just right–the perfect combination of salty, sweet and bitter. Perfect for the 100 degree temps we’re enduring this summer (and every summer in Texas for that matter)

date nightIt was a quaint little place, but it was SO loud. We had to shout to hear each other and we were pretty close…but the people watching made up for it. Oh, I almost had a champagne ice bucket spilled on me because the lady behind me knocked it with her elbow, as the bucket was just inches behind my chair. It turned out to be pretty comical because I didn’t get wet.

le bilboquet cajun chickenMy main dish was their Cajun chicken…nope, not authentic French, but I had heard it was one of their signature dishes. This chicken was so flavorful and *moist* <–hate that word, and the sauce wasn’t too heavy, perfectly complementing the chicken. The French fries were a nice little side too. You might not be able to tell from this photo, but there’s another row of chicken on the other side of the plate. That was my dinner the next night.

le bilboquet steakRyan had the filet mignon and fries. He was very pleased with his cut of meat and the pile of fries that came with it too.

le bilboquet berriesWe went all out on this meal. Started with champagne, moved to Malbec, ended with dessert (berries and Chantilly cream–can’t go wrong) and a cup of coffee. I wasn’t stuffed (because I saved the other half of my chicken) so I left Le Bilboquet feeling very happy and satisfied.

You could definitely tell who the co-owner was (Laurent) and he was very kind. He greeted each and every guest, and made it feel very intimate. I highly recommend this place for a fun date night, birthday celebration, anniversary or anything else you decide to celebrate. It’s not cheap, but the quality of food and atmosphere deserve the price. Only thing I’d say is, well, quiet down everyone!! I kind of wish it were mostly tables for two so it wouldn’t be so loud…but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Quinoa and veggie stuffed peppers

DSC02515Happy Wednesday everyone!

I know I’ve done a poor job of giving updates on my #tfgbridal plan, but if you follow me on Instagram, you at least get more updates.

I’m skipping around a lot, and I still owe you all a post about the food at my Bachelorette party. And the juicing afterwards. But for now, I wanted you all to see what I made for dinner last night.

DSC02517Some recipes I try are great. Some not so much. This was a winner.

Kale, zucchini, quinoa & black bean stuffed peppers.

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 handfuls baby kale (or regular. just be sure to not include stem)
  • 2 bell peppers (cut lengthwise in half)
  • 1 small zucchini (diced)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • salt + pepper + paprika

Heat oven to 400F. Line cookie sheet with foil, place 4 bell pepper halves on sheet. In a large pan, add olive oil, sautee zucchini until soft. Add kale. Let wilt. Stir. Stir in broth and garlic. Cook for 1-2 mins. Remove from heat. Stir in quinoa, Greek yogurt, black beans. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Spoon mixture into pepper halves. Be generous! Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for about 25 minutes or until peppers are soft. Voilá!

Dessert was homemade almond butter. Didn’t realize making almond butter is so easy. Add almonds to blender, blend at low speed, be patient. And you’ve got almond butter! Nothing added! I will never buy almond butter again!

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As far as the bridal plan goes, my workouts have been as follows:

Monday: 1 hour vinyasa yoga

Tuesday: 2 mi run, .5 mi walk

Wednesday: will be 1 hour vinyasa yoga

I have been pretty good, but it’s hard to be perfect! I will say I got a craving for Swedish Fish last night…and satisfied that craving. Does anyone else get weird candy cravings?

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

vegan quinoa and cheese

DSC02088Ok, this little bowl of delicious was quite a hit on my Instagram (@thatfoodiegirl).

Some wanted the recipe, but I can hardly call it a recipe. It’s a mishmash of ingredients. Here’s the ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

sauteed vegetables of choice (I used zucchini, bell pepper & asparagus)

handful of vegan “cheeze” of your choice. (I used Daiya shredded mozzarella)

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Cook the quinoa as instructed. Sautee vegetables in olive oil or coconut oil, sea salt and pepper to taste. When quinoa is done, add cheeze and stir until melted and combined. Add vegetables. Enjoy!

You might even have leftovers…I didn’t have the self-control though.

As you may or may not know, my Bachelorette weekend was last weekend. My bridesmaids and I enjoyed a fun-filled weekend in Sonoma, California (Healdsburg to be specific) hopping around vineyard to vineyard, enjoying delicious local wine and food. Healdsburg, CA is on the top of my favorite cities list. What a cute town. I can’t wait to show you all what we had! Until then here’s one of my favorite photos of us at Trentadue Vineyard in Alexander Valley.

DSC02365As far as my bridal plan goes, I did a juice cleanse the day before my bridal portraits this week (more on that later) and I’ve been eating well post-Bachelorette… Workouts haven’t been according to plan, but life is busy 4 weeks before my wedding! This week’s workouts were the following:

Thursday: free weights (arms + abs + thighs), 1 mi run , 1 mi treadmill incline workout that left me extremely sweaty

Friday: 1 hour vinyasa

Hope everyone is doing well! Has anyone else been to Healdsburg, CA?

Bon Appétit,

That Foodie Girl