Monday, July 23, 2012

Double Wide Flea Market: Hot Deals, Cold Drinks

This past Saturday I had big plans to hit up the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, and was super bummed that it wasn't being held at it's usual time.... and had been moved to an evening event.  My spirits were lifted when I saw (via Twitter) that the Double Wide was putting on a kick ace event, and that the bar was open!  I headed over with my mom (she's a cool mom like myself) to have a cold drink and try and score some deals.  When I spoke to my husband en route, he only had one request: try and score some cool movie posters for our new media room.  As we hopped out of the car and moseyed up to the Double Wide, first booth I see?? A cool couple selling movie posters! Score.  We really wanted to hit up the food truck that was on it's way to the flea market, so we decided to drink first, shop later, and headed inside. 

I must admit, I was stunned by the sheer awesomeness of the bar, and wanted to snap a photo of every. single. knicknack. Luckily I was distracted by a Yoohoo Yeehaw, and the coolest drink menu I have ever seen.  The bartender Tiffany had whipped up a little concoction she described as a Wendy's Frosty with alcohol, and it came in a short glass and chery garnish.  It was pretty spectacular.  As I sipped my drink, I was mesmerized by the fact they served Tang, AND it had alcohol in it.  Talk about winning!  As my Yoohoo Yeehaw melted, it began to remind me of some chocolate wine I had once had, and it started to lose some appeal.  Luckily my class mother had no problem pouring the remains of my drink into her glass and chugging it down. The woman isn't nicknamed Drunk Grandma for nothing!

Outside, there were lots of cool vendors, slinging artwork, movie posters, clothes, jewelry and plants!  There were lots of deals to be had, and I walked out with some movie posters, a cool eagle necklace, a pair of goggles, a light up LED Jesus frame and a chili pepper plant.  Mom and I were able to chow down on some excellent Philly cheesesteaks (fresh off the Free Wheeln' Cafe truck) right before we headed home.

All in all, fun was had by all, and I can't wait to hit them up next month.  The Double Wide Flea Market is held the third Saturday of the month, and the bar is open!  Check out the kick ace staff slingin' drinks, and the vendors ready and willing to make a deal (sadly, no briefcases).  Follow my friends at the Double Wide on Twitter at @doublewidebar, their Facebook page at Double Wide, and check out their website at Double Wide.

Cool canvas....

I really wanted this for the foyer, husband vetoed me...

Too creepy for the boys' room?  They love monkeys!

Our kick ace bartender, Tiffany.  She make a MEAN Yoohoo Yeehaw!

House specialties.  I'll be back for the Hurritang.

Every 3rd Saturday, make plans to be there!

 Drinks, Drinks, Drinks, Drinks

White Trash tshirt display

It's Christmas in July at the Double Wide (and possibly year round)

Nectar of the Gods.... Frozen Yoohoo Yeehaw

Free Wheel'n Cafe: Crave-worthy Cheesesteaks

Free Wheel'n Cafe has won the hearts of many in the DFW area, serving up the best cheesesteaks this side of the Mississippi River.  The truck is manned by the cutest husband and wife team, and they serve up cheesesteaks that would bring a true Philadelphian to their knees.  Floyd, the owner and head chef, has mastered the Philly-style steak... soft, fresh bread stuffed with thin, top quality meat and melted cheese, dished up with sauteed onions and a variety of different add-ons to please the most finicky eater. (P. S. He also has chicken cheesesteaks, and burgers, but I was too full! Next time, next time...)

I have caught up with Floyd at several events, most recently at the Double Wide Flea Market this past Saturday.  Floyd dished up a cheesesteak just the way I like it (meat and cheese, onions on the side) so I could get an accurate taste of all the different flavors going on in the sandwich.  After chowing down on half my sandwich, I managed to pause long enough to pile on the onions and pour on a sample of Floyd's spicy ranch.  Mind. Blowing. Awesomeness.  The sandwich can definitely pull it's own weight, but the spicy ranch definitely kicked up the flavor and the wow factor. 

Free Wheel'n Cafe's prices won't break the bank, and lines are always short as the cheesesteaks fly out of the window.  You can easily make your cheesesteak a combo by pairing it with a soda and bag of premium chips for just a few more bucks. Floyd is working most days, and is one of my favorite tweeps on Twitter (@nessvannoy).  Follow Floyd and the crew on Twitter at @freewheelncafe, or check out his Facebook page, Free Wheel'n Cafe.

Here's to full bellies, Vanessa

Hard working Floyd!  It was 105 outside, and about 140 on the truck!

Full belly for less than $10.... What a deal!

 It was almost too pretty to eat.... Love it!

Lots of hungry fans at the Double Wide Bar!

Free Wheeln' Cafe... Cheesesteak Heaven!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Venture Into Veganism

My husband was recently moved to adopt a vegan lifestyle after watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives.  To be supportive, and in hopes of getting on the weight loss band wagon, I decided to try being vegan for 40 days, as of January 2nd.  I have tried several vegetables this week I would normally never have eaten, and am challenging myself to eat a banana at some point this week!  I have really enjoyed cooking all our foods from scratch, and have only had two or three foods this week that were pre-packaged food.... I even made our own whole wheat sandwich bread!  I look forward to blogging about our meals this year, what went well and what was a flop.  36 more days of being vegan, unless I fall in love with it!  I will be a holiday vegetarian after my 40 days of veganism, with Lent starting soon after.  We always abstain from meat during the Lenten season, but I am excited about incorporating dairy into my diet.  I sure do miss my cheese!  I am quite pleased with the increase in energy and overall sense of being healthy.

Here's to full bellies, Vanessa