Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

chocolate bourbon pecan pieThere it is–chocolate bourbon pecan pie. In all of its flaky, ooey gooey pecan with a hint of chocolate and bourbon glory. Nothing healthy about this. Just a really delicious homemade pie in honor of my husband’s first day at his new job on Monday. We’ve been indulging after dinner and loving every bite. Do yourself a favor and splurge. Make this pie. Recipe here.

And since I like lists, I’ll just update you on what’s been going on with me.

  • We went to Austin and stayed at my childhood home. Always love coming “home” and being with my family–missed my brothers (and sister!!) though. My parents hosted a big Juice Plus bootcamp at our house for a few days of nutrition, learning how to grow your business and great fellowship. If your interest is piqued (like getting healthy/want to share health with friends and family), let me know :) The photo below is when my mom spoke–everyone in the living room! jp bootcamp
  • I was happy to have my husband there. We took a few Annabelle breaks of course! ryan and annabelle
  • As you can see, it was warm there. We left in shorts and sandals at about 75 degrees. We arrived in Dallas 3 hours later to 28 degrees and SLEET. It didn’t stop all day…it was eerie the way it was gusting and snow/sleeting in March. But that’s Texas for ya! (This is looking outside the window at brunch at Ziziki’s) This was just the beginning of the storm…march snow
  • This week has been really taxing. Literally though. Did my taxes. Work has been too much to handle for one person (intern—can’t wait for you to get here!) and it’s been a struggle getting through all the work I have. Good and bad! Annabelle’s face says it all. working hard
  • This morning started off a great note and has been extremely productive. Always good :) I made a Juice Plus Complete shake with 1 banana + coconut milk + hemp seeds + 1 TB almond butter (love Justin’s!) and 1 scoop chocolate Complete. And ice. Tastes like a milkshake. morning shake
  • I am trying out Equinox because it’s super close and why not? It’s more expensive than my yoga studio-and quite frankly I feel like I’m cheating on my good ole Uptown Yoga right now. I absolutely love that place and the people. BUT! I really loved zumba and cardio body barre at Equinox. The gym is so big and a lot to handle–but I could get used to all those group classes. I really miss that! What are your thoughts on Equinox? Worth it? Obviously I’m all over the place on this one.
  • Tomorrow is Friday. YAYY! I hope to have our bathroom before + afters up here tomorrow hopefully… crossing my fingers!

Hope you all had a great day!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

The new furry baby

Good Sunday afternoon everyone!

I just wanted to pop in to introduce our new baby to you all… {warning: absolutely no food photos ahead}

Annabelle's first day

Her name is Annabelle and she’s a shih tzu/bichon frise mix. We got her from a breeder in Fort Worth last Saturday, and she was born on Thanksgiving! She’s a little over 7 weeks now.Annabelle tiny Annabelle in bag Annabelle's closeup Annabelle's tentShe’s such a sweetheart–and she’s got more energy than the Energizer Bunny. No joke. So, she’s been a handful, but once she grows up a bit, things have to get easier, right? :)

I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday! If you have recently raised a puppy, please please feel free to leave me your best advice. Any tips help!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

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.

pakpao pad thai

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