Foodie Recap: Mi Dia from Scratch Plano + Giveaway

The best thing about blogger perks is being able to share those experiences with friends. So I’m always graciously appreciative when I get to bring a plus one for a private media tasting. I was invited to check out Mi Dia from Scratch in Plano and my friend and I were looking forward to an evening of good food, drinks, and patio weather.

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You know that feeling leaving work, seeing the sun for the first time in hours? It’s like walking into a big ole hug when the warm air hits your face. And the evening couldn’t have been more perfect. When we got to Mi Dia, we copped a high table on the patio. The restaurant is definitely much larger than you’d think, and it’s so pretty and welcoming.

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My beautiful drink was a hibiscus champagne margarita. SO COOL!

With so many great options (and for the sake of the ‘gram), we decided to start with table-side guacamole. The server brought out a huge cart and started making it right in front of us. It was a gigantic portion to say the least.

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It was probably one of the best guacs I’ve had. Perfect balance of salt, citrus, sweetness in the mix. I love a good chunky guac too. I went to another Tex-mex restaurant a week later and instantly recalled the deliciousness of Mi Dia’s guac. It paled in comparison and made me want to go back for Mi Dia’s immediately.

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My friend is Mexican and it was cool to get her input on what she thought of the cuisine. Mi Dia is a fusion  restaurant with influences and flavors from traditional Mexico, Sante Fe and Tex Mex. Everything is made from scratch. From the ingredients in the drinks, the tortillas, and even the desserts. It’s a thumbs up when your hispanic friends says it reminds her of grandma’s cooking. Then I visualized a bunch of crotchety grandmas in the kitchen, cooking up magic!

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For my entree, I ordered the Cochinita Pibil from the traditional Mexican menu. It’s a pork shank rubbed in achiote, wrapped in banana leaf and roasted. They unraveled it at the table and it smelled SO good. It comes with corn, a special salsa, and black beans.

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With tortillas, I made my little pockets of tasty heaven. And the portions are a good size to share.

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The tortillas looked like they were just made and pressed. I wolfed down two of these and was starting to hit my limit. The pork is so tender. It fell apart easily with my fork. I definitely liked adding the corn and beans for extra texture in my bite.

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From the Sante Fe section of the menu, my friend ordered the New Mexico Tampequena. It’s skirt steak, with blue corn tortillas and cheese and onion enchiladas layered on top. It comes with special red and green chile sauces and guac. Sides are guajillo rice and refried beans. The steak was cooked well and had lots of flavor. Glad it wasn’t overdone.

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We shared the plates and realized it was way more food than we could consume alone. But it definitely reminds me of childhood memories, when my friends mom’s or grandmothers would feed me and continue to offer me more food even when I was full. The homeyness of latin households is that food is love. And there’s plenty to go around. If it’s one thing I dislike about most new world or trendy Mexican restaurants are the skimpy portion sizes. I usually avoid trendy latin places because of this. However, that wasn’t the case here. Mi Dia does it right.

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We hardly made a dent with all the food, although our tummy’s made a valiant effort. There was still at least half of each dish. So when our server asked what we wanted for dessert, I was ready to tap out. BUT…. there’s always room for dessert. Since our meals were quite heavy, we opted for the light sorbet.

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This was the absolute perfect end to our meal. The dark pink scoop is a lemongrass hibiscus, the lighter pink is guava, and the white scoop is coconut. It’s three scoops per order and you can get one of each flavor like we did or just get all of one. I’m usually a huge fan of coconut, but thought it was on the sweet side to me. It was quite creamy. I loved the guava and thought it was the most refreshing. The lemongrass was good too and my friend’s favorite. Slightly tart, but great balance of sweet.

Had such a great time at Mi Dia. Can’t wait to come back. With Cinco de Mayo this week, Mi Dia is celebrating with margarita specials. $5 Mi Dia Frozen Over, the house frozen margarita featuring Sauza Blue Silver, Triple Sec, lemon juice and agave nectar, $5 Mi Dia Rita Rocks, the house rocks margarita, and a discounted Margarita of the Month, a monthly margarita special including seasonal and fresh ingredients. And to make this recap even sweeter…

FLASH GIVEAWAY ALERT! Being such a fan of Mi Dia, they’ve given me a $25 gift card to raffle off. Entering is super easy and you can do so below. Giveaway starts now and ends tomorrow, May 2rd at 11:59pm. Good luck!

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Things to Do in May: Food and Fitness Events

These round ups are so fun for me. I love sharing events, especially those that tend to be under the radar. Since there’s so much going on this weekend alone, I thought I’d include any new events with my May events.

1. Bandier Pop Up, April 29-30
Bandier invites you to two days full of free workouts, complimentary sips and bites, giveaways and more. Check out the schedule below for class times and get in yoga, Pilates, barre, boxing and more. Also, SoulCycle will be around all day passing out info on their newest studio coming soon to Preston Center. RSVP by emailing: HighlandParkVillage@BANDIER.com.

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2. Lorna Jane Warehouse Sale, April 28- May 1
Thursday through Sunday, you can stop by The Space and take advantage of the Lorna Jane Warehouse sale. You can also take advantage of the free fitness classes and sign up for any of them here.

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3. LFT Personal Training Grand Opening Party, Saturday April 30th
LFT celebrates it’s grand opening this weekend with an open house from 10am-1pm. . Families are welcome to attend and meet with trainers, check out the gym, and more. They are having a bounce house, local vendors including chair massages! Prizes and light snacks.

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4. Dallasites101 Anniversary Party @ The Grove, April 30th 1-7pm
Dallasites101 is hosting their anniversary party this weekend at The Grove in Harwood District. It’s free to attend and enjoy discounted food and drinks. They are also hosting a volleyball competition with sponsored gifts from Hari Mari Vita Coco Coconut WaterStudioHop, Poopourri, Dallas Zoo, Ruthie’s Food Trucks and Reunion Tower for the winning team. A portion of proceeds benefits Dallas LIFE, which provides meals, shelter and services to the homeless. RSVP to attend or register your team here.Anniversary Graphic

5. V Market Pop Up, Saturday May 7th, 10am
Stop by this Vegan pop up at Local Press and Brew. Enjoy vegan food, ethical and unique shopping and support local businesses! Check out what vendors will be there and more info here.
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6. Farmers Branch Market Opening, Saturday May 7 @ 8am
The Farmers Branch Market celebrates their grand opening and invites you to check out all their vendors for this event. There will also be a mimosa bar, Dough Boy Donuts Food Truck, a free gift to everyone who comes out. Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and more!

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7. Taste of Addison, Fri-Sun May 13-15
Taste Addison is back! Sample from over 30+ restaurants in Addison Circle, for this 3 day food fest. Enjoy a live performance from The Band Perry. Advance tickets are $15. Learn more here.

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8. Barre and Bites, Saturday May 21 @ 9AM
Bloggers Barre In Your Bedroom and The Ginger Marie Blog are bringing you Barre & Bites on the Continental Bridge, next to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Tickets are $20 and they get you a killer barre class, refreshments, bites, prizes, and it all benefits the Movemeant Foundation. You can grab tickets here.

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9. Plant Forward Dinner and Cocktail Pairing, Monday, May 23 @ 7pm
Join The Harvest Hands for a beautiful night filled with fun, food and friendship at Stock & Barrel. Enjoy a four course meal with a carefully curated hand crafted cocktail paired with each course. Snag your ticket here.
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10. Yoga at Community Beer Co, Saturday May 28 @ 10AM
Yoga. Beer. Sounds like my kind of morning. Join my girl Shanne of Cube Fit Yoga as she leads an all-levels yoga class at Community Beer Company. For $15, enjoy her class and a pint of beer. You can snag your tickets here. Bring your mat!

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11. Thai Culture and Food Festival, Saturday May 28th
Immerse yourself in Thai culture at this free festival. Head to the Buddhist Center of Dallas to experience Thai foods, classical Thai dance performances, Thai boxing and more.

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12. Trinity River Paddlefest, Monday May 30th @ 12pm
Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Rentals is kicking off the summer paddling season with a paddling festival at Panther Island Pavilion with free kayak and paddleboard demos. Enjoy half-price kayak, paddleboard, and canoe rentals; live music; food; beer and more.

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I’ll be updating this post as I’m sure there are more events happening that haven’t even reached my radar yet. Have anything fun to add? Comment below and let me know!

Fitness Gym Review: My House Fitness in Plano

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The questions I’m asked most often is, “What is your favorite type of workout”? My answer is always going to be strength or high intensity workouts. I can’t get enough of it. Being Deep Fried Fit, I need efficient workouts so I can go eat more. When I learned My House Fitness, a boutique gym, opened near Frisco and wanted to work with me, I couldn’t say no.

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My House Fitness is a franchise from Florida and franchise owner Bud Terrell opened Texas’ first location in February. This boutique gym offers a more personable approach to fitness. Unlike big box gym memberships, My House Fitness offers a space for private personal training, small group training, and group fitness classes with personal trainers.

How It Works: To check out the gym, you can purchase one of their personal training or small group training packages or get a monthly membership. Family plans are also offered. It’s not an open gym where a person can come in anytime they want, and workout by themselves. Their packages offer a combination of workouts, wellness assessments, nutrition and even meal planning plans.

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They also offer a handful of group fitness classes, if one-on-one isn’t your thing. Single classes are $20 and range from 45-60min gut buster classes and it becomes cheaper if you purchase multiple class packs.

My Experience: After doing so many group fitness classes, I was in need of a change. Doing more strength exercises and lifting weights was a refreshing change of pace. I enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and was able to just focus on my one-on-one workout with my trainer. I also had fun bringing in friends for small group training sessions. I loved that the trainer was able to modify the workout to accommodate a group of us and definitely making us all sweat.

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The Space: It’s brand spankin’ new. There are two entrances to this gym. The front is very unobtrusive and the lobby blocks the view into the gym, giving members more privacy from passerby’s. The back entrance isn’t very disruptive, but I do like that it lets in more sunlight. It’s also easy access to the back parking lot. Tons of space back there for outside workouts.

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The Sessions: Each session is only 30 minutes. It’s recommended to come in about 15 beforehand to warm up on the treadmills so that you can make the most of your 30 minute sessions. The trainers like making you do compound workouts, or movements that work 2 or more muscle groups. Think lunging with a bicep curl or a squat to overhead press. It’s meant to be efficient. There gym offers all the basic equipment you’ll need for almost any workout. From dumbbells, cable machines, medicine balls, boxing gloves, and more. I’d love to see more variety.

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The Trainers: There are currently four instructors, 2 men and 2 women. I had the pleasure of working out with Nick and Mark. Nick has a very cheerful demeanor with some great circuits and movements I enjoyed. I really had fun with Mark for the small group classes. After a long day, I need to vibe off of someone else’s high energy to get me going. Plus, he genuinely has fun kicking my butt.

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Favorite: I loved that each workout, whether it was a solo workout or with friends, was different. I crave creative challenging workouts that are also fun. I need the small distraction. I also appreciated Mark’s attentiveness. I had one of those days, where the energy wasn’t there. Before I even realized it, he called an audible and changed the workout from the usual weights with lunges and squats and took me through a boxing circuit to get me moving while having fun. I also LOVE the area. It’s nearby plenty of restaurants, with a decent amount of healthy options nearby.

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Feedback: The general feedback from my guests is wanting longer sessions. Forty-five minutes would be great for small groups. I can see 30 min one-on-ones being more feasible with less rest time in between sets. But with groups of 2 or more, it can easily go over if everyone is not on the same level and/or more breaks are needed in between. I would like to see packages/options for longer individual workouts, perhaps 30 minute sessions and 60 minute sessions. The shorter sessions may be great for people who are in a hurry or have never trained before, but personally, I don’t mind putting in more time. They did inform me that you can customize packages too. So that’s an option if you want more in time in the gym.myhousefitness-plano-fitnessblogger-deepfriedfit14

Difficulty Level: With one-on-one training, it’s going to be created for your fitness level. With friends, it’ll push you to work harder, especially if the exercise is meant to be done as a team. It may only be 30 minutes, but it’s a very productive 30 minutes.

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FYI/Costs/Parking: Parking is plentiful. It’s right off Headquarters and Preston, next to the Matador. Sweat towels are provided, and there’s a fountain to refill your water bottles. The gym is very clean and the trainers are good about tidying up and sanitizing the equipment. I’d definitely recommend coming in 15 minutes earlier to get in your warm up to make the most of your session. Pricing for training starts at $99 for newbies. When you break it down, the cost per 30 minute session depends on the package (whether it’s 1:1, group or family) and frequency per week.  The cost per session varies from $24/person/session for family, $30/person/session for group, and $40/person/session for 1:1 (these are all 2x per week, and the 3x per week is less per session).

Below are the specials they’re having:

  • TNT Program – $99 special for one month of group training (2x per week)
  • Starting May 2nd kicks off the 21 day drop a dress size challenge – three intense weeks of training to jump start ahead of vacation season ($99 – one group personal training per week, unlimited classes, meal plans, and fitness plans to do at home).
  • Get prepared meals from celebrity chef Tre Wilcox (as seen on Chopped, Top Chef). His new concept is right next door to My House Fitness. How cool is that?!

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The Takeaway: There aren’t many boutique gyms that offer what My House Fitness does. I’m a huge advocate for more strength training and weight lifting. Most of the classes I take are more cardio based or low weights with high reps. I come into places like this and want to become stronger. Their goal is to make the experience less intimidating, more personable, and to provide accountability with great trainers. The focus is on personal training (whether in a group or solo), so as a member you aren’t treated as number or a way to meet a quota at the end of the month.

My House Fitness is still new and they are open to collaborating with nearby businesses and open to feedback. Can’t wait to see where they are further down the line.

Brunchin’ at Lazy Dog Addison

lazydog-dallasbrunch-deepfriedfit-dallasblogger10I don’t have to tell you how real the brunch game is in Dallas. One Sunday, some friends and I got together for brunch and Lazy Dog provided the perfect opportunity.

In July, I’ll be heading to L.A. to Blogfest with 6 other amazing Dallas bloggers and since we will all be rooming together in a poshy penthouse, we wanted to get better acquainted and have everyone officially meet each other. Even as fitness bloggers, we all love a good brunch date.

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The only problem with brunch on Sundays at current trendy places are the eternal waits for tables and they typically don’t take reservations either. With 7 girls, that would’ve been challenging. So when Lazy Dog reached out to me, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for all of us to try something new.

Lazy Dog is a California-based restaurant that made it’s way to Dallas last year. It has a grande lodge inspired decor, with fireplaces, and cozy rooms. It’s a dog friendly restaurant that welcomes patrons to bring their fur-riends to enjoy patio weather with them. You can also find things like grilled meats and brown rice on their dog menu too. I’ve only been there once for an evening drink and it’s a huge space. I had no idea they served brunch, nor ever thought this would be a brunch destination. They really brought their A-game and served up some great items.lazydog-dallasbrunch-deepfriedfit-dallasblogger2

For drinks, we all started with the sangria sampler. There was a red, white and Moscato sangria and I loved the white and Moscato one. The white peach was the table favorite. Both refreshing and delicious. The raspberry Moscato was definitely on the sweeter side, like juice almost. The pomegranate red wasn’t my favorite. It lacked balance and had an overpowering red; none of us could fine the pomegranate notes. The dog tags were adorable too.

For the main course, there was SO much food. I remember looking at the special menu and couldn’t help drooling. We were all excited for the house-made carnitas and tater tot hash. It’s made of braised pork shoulder, poach eggs, country potatoes, sweet potato tater tots, roasted bell peppers + onions, American cheese, poblano cream sauce and cilantro. The carnitas were great and tender, but I thought the sauce was salty. And who doesn’t love yolk porn?

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My favorite would be the Chicken and Biscuit. It’s a crispy fried chicken breast with chicken sausage made in house, sunny side up eggs, a house-made buttermilk biscuit, all topped with cajun gravy maple syrup. I was really surprised and thought this was so tasty. The chicken breast was thin sliced and surprisingly wasn’t dry. I loved the eggs on top and that gravy was everything.

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The Orange Marmalade French Toast is for the sweet monsters. It’s basically a french toast ice cream sandwich. I’m not huge on sweets for breakfast, but really liked the french toast. The orange marmalade wasn’t overwhelming and we all enjoyed it.

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After getting through the main course, we all forgot about dessert. The amount of food we were served was unreal. So of course, we made room for more.

I LOVED the raspberry lemon cheesecake. I’m usually a simple cheesecake kind of girl, but this was awesome.

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The berry crumble is served with a huge scoop ice cream. It’s made with strawberries, blueberries and rhubarb. It’s tart, but the ice cream balances it out well.  Between the two desserts, I’m going for the cheesecake.

Photo Courtesy of Lazy Dog
Photo Courtesy of Lazy Dog

Brunch was superb and the staff gave us the royal treatment. Lazy Dog also added some new items to their spring menu and are slated to open two more locations in Dallas; one in Plano and Euless. I had a great time with these girls, gushing over food and summer travel plans. Already dreaming about California living and more brunch plans.

Restaurant Review: Fast and Furious in Addison

At first glance and after passing Fast and Furious in Addison a gazillion times, I never gave this place much consideration. The name and theme is cheesy and sounded like a place only dudes with car obsessions would go (true). But I was sorely missing out.

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After a friend sent me a photo of one of their sushi bowls, my jaw dropped and I went to visit the next day. It’s down the street from work. The website is well-done albeit cheesy with its car metaphors, but I was excited. It smelled great.

Walking in, the place was packed. It’s a fast casual Hibachi-style restaurant. You can build your own Hibachi bowls, buy pre-made sushi or go the sushi bowl route. I ordered the #1 or the Hawaiian Bowl. I asked for half salmon and half tuna. It comes on a bed of veggies (avocado, bell peppers, cucumber, mango, lettuce) and rice with a yummy mayo sauce on top. The best part: it as only $10 and I had leftovers.

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Gyoza or Fried Dumplings.

Over the next 3 weeks, I was back 3 more times. Needing a healthy-ish option, I loved the fresh veggies. My coworker tagged along and really liked their Hibachi and enjoyed the large portions. She ordered the shrimp with noodles. It comes with stir fried veggies and this delicious garlic sauce. She loved that they didn’t skimp on the shrimp either.fastandfurious-addison-dallasblogger-deepfriedfit1

I came back for their Chirashi bowl the next week. I love ordering the Chirashi bowl at any sushi restaurant. Usually it runs anywhere from $14 and up. This bowl was $11. Granted you only get three proteins (salmon, tuna and tilapia) compared to the usual variety, it’s still a deal and an awesome bowl.  It comes on a colorful bed of cabbage, spinach, sprouts avocado and some fish eggs on top… I was in heaven. It also comes with sauce (not pictured).

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Jalapenos Poppers w/ stuffed crabmeat, Chicken skewers. Photo courtesy of Hillary Truong.

Also highly recommended are the jalapeno poppers and the chicken skewers. I personally liked the gyoza or fried dumplings. They were a bit on the cold side, but still pretty tasty. And I loved that the price wasn’t ridiculous. $2 for 5 pieces.

Fast and Furious has 3 locations: Addison, Irving, and Greenville (and Southwest). Many of my friends (all dudes) raved about this place. Guess, you really can’t judge a restaurant by it’s silly name.

Lots of great menu options. Highly recommend the bowls and is a great spot for lunch. Come early though. The place gets pretty busy.

 

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