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SMU students can hitch a free ride to White Rock market

There's even more than local vegetables at White Rock Local Market, including local jellies, coffee and olive oil as well as meats and eggs. Oh, yeah, and you can find some pretty tasty, all-natural popsicles, too! (Photo courtesy of White Rock Local Market)

There’s even more than local vegetables at White Rock Local Market, including local jellies, coffee and olive oil as well as meats and eggs. Oh, yeah, and you can find some pretty tasty, all-natural popsicles, too! (Photo courtesy of White Rock Local Market)

Maybe it’s in my head, but it really does feel cooler. Not I-can-finally-wear-a-sweater cool, but cooler than triple-digit heat.

When this time starts coming around, it gets easier to do some outdoor activities. One place I love to be, but find myself miserably hot in July, is the White Rock Local Market. It’s not the somewhat massive arrayyou’ll find in Austin on a Saturday, but it is a good spot to find local vegetables, products, meat and — if you’re lucky and they’re not sold out — eggs.
You can tell by the crowd there on Saturdays that I’m not the only one who likes this place. But on top of that, folks at SMU are taking notice, too. Starting this month and running the first two Saturdays of each month (excluding October), a shuttle will run from the campus to the East Dallas market.
SMU students, faculty and staff now have a free ride there via the Oasis Shuttle. And they can thank students Gabriella Padgett, Paul Curry and Lisa Walters, who presented a proposal to the SMU Provost Office’s Big iDeas grant program. This shuttle program is run entirely by students, and it’s a service that’s expected to grow over the next few years.
The Oasis Shuttle will pick up at the flagpole on campus the first and second Saturdays of each month between9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This gives you plenty of time to stroll around the White Rock area before or after you buy your squash. You can follow updates on the shuttle on Twitter.
For those who want to visit the White Rock market more than those first two Saturdays of the month, you can take yourself. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 14.
The first and third Saturdays of the month, markets are at Lakeside Baptist Church, 9015 Garland Road. The markets on the second and fourth Saturdays are at the Green Spot, 702 N. Buckner Blvd.
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If you’re excited for Restaurant Week, start reserving today

KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market is Aug. 13 – 19. Reservations for the participating restaurants start July 16. (Graphic courtesy of Lovell Public Relations)

KRLD Restaurant Week is Aug. 13 – 19, but “Reservation Day” kickoff is today, making it officially your time to start calling for tables.

More than 125 restaurants are in this year for a three-course dinner for $35 per person. Each meal purchased has $7 going toward North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth.

As usual, some restaurants are carrying the week into two, going through Sept. 2. This is the 15h year for the annual event and some locations are offering a prix fixe lunch for $25 (each of which also gets a $5 donation).

Also, if you stop by any of the five Central Market locations in DFW today and spend $25 or more, you can receive two Fourth Course certificates instead of just one.  This “fourth course” is usually an appetizer or side dish feature.The restaurants that offer a fourth course are indicated on the restaurant list.

Is there a restaurant you’re eager to get into this year? Or will you be avoiding the crowds this time around?

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Dallas food trucks to pull up to Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday

Ten of Dallas’ food trucks will park their wheels at Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday for lunch. They won’t take over the school’s field because it’s nice parking space, but because some of the school’s parents had the idea to raise money for the Stonewall Gardens.

Katie Brown (left) and Jeanne Ferguson organized the Food Truck Field Day at Stonewall Jackson Elementary March 31. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

Katie Brown and Jeanne Ferguson, both parents of Stonewall students, had the idea among a group trying to pick out a fundraiser. Going with the rising food truck trend in Dallas, they, and food truck owners, are expecting a good turnout for the event. Many of the people who operate the participating food trucks said that having such a gathering at a school is new–in Dallas, at least.

Read the whole story that ran in neighborsgo.

So is the cause worth going to the event? The garden is funded by donations and support of the community, plus, there’s a good lineup for lunch. Here’s who’s driving to East Dallas for the event.

The Butcher’s Son–Serving up Johnsonville sausage in every gourmet way they can think of
Cajun Tailgators–Cajun deliciousness on wheels
Dos Paisanos–This truck has both Salvadorian and Mexican cuisine
Easy Slider–It’s hard to believe there was a time before mobile sliders
Enticed Shaved Ice–The high tomorrow is 85 degrees: perfect for a gourmet snow cone
Gennarino’s–Three brothers from Naples run this Neopolitan-style friggitoria
Nammi Truck–Preparing Vietnamese favorites, banh mi
Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe–Get a grilled cheese any way you want it
Ssham BBQ–Korean barbecue tacos? Yes, please.
Trailercakes–Two trends collide with cupcakes and a food truck

Want to go?
Stop by Stonewall Jackson Elementary, 5828 E. Mockingbird Lane, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Trucks are planned to be on the field behind the school. Admission is $5 and food is purchased separately from vendors.

Easy Slider is one truck coming to the food truck field day that benefits Stonewall Gardens. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

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Jersey Mike’s gives free subs to help Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer for a second year

Logo provided by Jersey Mike's Subs.

Among Jimmy Johns and New York Subs, Jersey Mike’s Subs is a popular sandwich go-to for many SMU students. And through this weekend, students choosing Mike’s over Jimmy’s will be helping children wipe out cancer.

For a second year in a row, Jersey Mike’s has dedicated the month of March to contribute to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) for each sub it sells. From Feb. 28, the sub shop has been giving 25 cents of every regular-sized sub and 50 cents of every giant sub sold to the organization.

Go in to any of the 14 Jersey Mike’s in DFW on Monday, March 28 and donate at least a buck to WOKC, and you’ll be handed a free regular sub as part of “WOKC Day.”

While all of this is consistent with last year’s campaign (that raised over $50,000), this year  SMU students and faculty get a WOKC day of their own Friday, March 25 at the Greenville Avenue location. Just bring your SMU ID and at least $1 to donate.

The money raised last year provided funding for four pediatric cancer research trials in 2011 at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center Fort Worth: so skipping the savory pastrami at New York Subs for an Italian sub at Jersey Mike’s this month may be worth it.

Jersey Mike’s Subs
Location: 5521 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 75206, 214-692-6985
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Finding my “Appetite for Architecture”

My brother, the architect, is lousy company for the first couple of minutes at a restaurant. As I’m commenting on menu items and beginning my complicated routine in picking something, his eyes are wondering everywhere. No, he’s not looking at women walking by, nor is he looking at food being placed on the table beside us (though I might be). He’s looking up, down, left, right, up again, down again. I’m sure those who dine with him for the first time think his wandering eyes are the result of his awkwardness–unless they’re architects, then they probably understand.

Dallas Fish Market is the venue for Thursday's "Appetite for Architecture."

Even for those of us who may not think about the detail of the ceiling in the restaurant before the freshness of the tomatoes in the Caprese, the space of the restaurant is a great effect on the dining experience. This Thursday, Tyler (the bro) and I are headed to Dallas Fish Market to look at restaurant design as part of “Appetite for Architecture.”

The Dallas Center for Architecture is hosting the event, open to professionals and community members, which is just the first of many to come. The Center hopes to have several of these events a year, where people “gather in an architecturally significant restaurant for food and drink and to hear from the architects/designers of the space and the chefs who inhabit them,” according the event’s website.

Dallas Fish Market is  located in the Kirby Building on Main Street, making this spot an ideal first venue for this series of events. 5gStudio architects will be there, discussing their work on renovating the landmarked building. The restaurant’s founder, Mike Hoque, will also be there, talking about his work with the architects in developing his ideal restaurant.

Wine and appetizers will help begin the evening at 6 p.m., followed by the discussion at 6:30. If  interested, you can register for $25. Otherwise, follow my tweets that night.

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