Corrientes 348 (Dallas, Texas)

We were fortunate enough to watch Umphrey’s McGee a few months back at the House of Blues in Dallas, but part of the reason that the trip was so memorable was the dinner we picked up immediately before that. We stopped by Corrientes 348 (1807 Ross Ave, Dallas Texas 75201) to set the night off right.

This Argentinian steakhouse has a deep menu that has authentic Argentinian cuisine as its backbone. The Morcilla (blood sausage; $22) has a depth of flavor that marries together distinct porcine elements with a bit of spice and minerals. When served alongside the restaurant’s crunchy (and rich) crusty bread, the appetizer shines even more brightly.

The Empanadas 348 ($6.50/each) were light and airy. With just enough pastry to cover the filling (beef with eggs, olives, and raisins for meatlovers; zucchini or leeks with cheeses for vegetarians), the flavor profile of the appetizer was out of this world. Rich, moist, flaky, and with just enough crispness to buttress the creamier insides, we’d have to place Corrientes 348’s Empanadas at the top of the plates we experienced during the meal.

The Papatasso ($12) are another specialty of the restaurant; delicately smashed potatoes are given a bit of pizzazz with the inclusion of oregano. Rustic in its simplicity, the Pina ($18; grilled pineapple with razor-thin prosciutto) was a fun take on the traditional ham with pineapple plate that was iconic throughout the mid-20th century.

The depth of wines, caipirinhas, and craft beers at Corrientes 348 provides further allure to the restaurant. With a deep wine cellar pulling out rarities not only from South America but the United States, continental Europe, and Australia alike, the restaurant will please even the most finnicky vine-head. Additional icewines and dessert wines are available as well.

With taps covering the wide array of Dallas-area breweries (Dallas Blonde, Blood & Honey, and Sidewinder are placed alongside Boulevard’s Tank 7), those that are looking for a top-notch beer to marry to their luxurious steaks will be similarly pleased.

We were treated to the Bife de Costilla ($112; Tomahawk ribs with the bone left-in) as the cornerstone of our meal. The variety of doneness (medium to rare) ensured that both of us were able to find the perfectly-prepared piece of meat. While we had already been stuffed by the first half of the meal, there was more than enough in the way of steak that we were able to bring another serving home.

To conclude our night at Corrientes 348, we picked out their Tres Leches Cake ($11). An ample portion made it a struggle for both of us to complete; the composition of the cake and the rich milks in which it was draped put a stellar cap on our dining experience.

We cannot recommend Corrientes 348 more strongly. The ambiance of the restaurant coupled with the world-class food ensured that we would be coming back in short order. For more information about the full menu that is offered at the Dallas location or specials offered throughout the week, make it a point to visit their Facebook profile.

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Stopping by the Kemah Boardwalk

About a year ago, we received the CityPASS ($62) for Houston, Texas. We were able to hit up a number of different attractions, including the Houston Space Center and the Aquarium. Our most favorite part of the trip had to be our visit to the Kemah Boardwalk. While it was still a bit on the chilly and windy side of things (our visit was in February), there were still enough in the way of attractions to keep things interesting. So, let us escort you through some of the things you can do in the Boardwalk.

The first thing that separated the Kemah Boardwalk from other boardwalks (such as the ones in NYC, London and the Jersey Shore) was how approachable and cheap the parking was. We were able to pull in to a spot about 25 feet away from the main gates of the Boardwalk and park there all day for $5. There were a number of rides for all ages. Where many amusement parks have limited amounts of attractions for the toddler / pre-school set, there were no less than five attractions that our daughter could ride. The lines were fairly short as well; rarely (except for the Ferris Wheel) did we have to wait more than one cycle to get onto the attraction.

Prices for food and snacks were fairly cheap as well; we were able to grab drinks for under $5 and various fair foods (e.g. cotton candy) for a price fairly close to what you would be able to get from local supermarkets. For those parents bringing their children to the Kemah Boardwalk, we whole-heartedly recommend jumping on the miniature train that snakes its way through the entirety of the park. There are a number of Easter eggs that are secreted away on the trail (such as the evidence of a miner shootout) that are only able to be seen by those taking the trip.

We can’t vouch for how empty that the Kemah Boardwalk will be by the time summer starts, but it really is a good way to spend a day. Ample amounts of stores will further increase the amount of time that one spends down there, while the beautiful sites of the Gulf of Mexico are truly a world-class vista for those that stop on by.

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Fogo De Chao (Denver, CO)

Our first night in Denver, we were lucky enough to be invited downtown to Fogo De Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse buffet. The restaurant is in a fairly non-descript building downtown, but opens up into something ornately appointed as soon as one enters. We were greeted and sat in short order, and our drink order was taken. I decided on their Brazilian Gentleman, a cocktail that utilized Knob Creek as its base. From there, port and Bitters are included. Passion fruit and honey tie together the drink as a marriage of opposites. Sweet, sour, strong, and assertive, it played the perfect counterpoint for the masses of food that I encountered.

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Rebecca Creek Saloon (Arlington, Texas)

The Rebecca Creek Saloon is the newest addition to the Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  We were lucky enough too be invited in for dinner and a game. This night, the Rangers faced the Oakland Athletics. The stadium was massive and airy, ensuring that the 15,000+  in attendance did not feel crowded. A similar sort of ambiance was present in the saloon. Tall ceilings and tasteful design will immediately strike listeners. Continue reading “Rebecca Creek Saloon (Arlington, Texas)”

Stopping by Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver, CO)

While we have had beers sent our way for NeuFutur nearly a decade now, actually visiting breweries is a fairly new frontier for us. Luckily, we were able to join up with Emily from RadCraft to see what was going on at Strange Craft Brewery. Head brewer Tyler Bies has crafted a considerably wide collection of efforts available both year-round and seasonally in the Denver area. Continue reading “Stopping by Strange Craft Beer Company (Denver, CO)”

Ocean Prime Denver, new American done right

While we were in the Denver area, we had a moment during the afternoon to visit the city’s Ocean Prime location (a second location will be opening later this fall). We were able to drop off our car at the valet without much in the way of hassle – Larimer, the street that the restaurant was on, was busy but the restaurant had placed the valet corral front and center to ensure one could easily get into Ocean Prime without having to hunt for a spot on the street parking.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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While the lot for the Cincinnati location of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant was full to capacity, we were astonished at how spacious the location was. After confirming our reservation, we were brought back to the main dining room. Lower lights made for a cozy experience. Continue reading “Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (Cincinnati, Ohio)”

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver

Oskar Blues has constantly helped our beer review section grow over the years, allowing us to enjoy a variety of their brews, including their IPA, Chubna, Death By Coconut, Hotbox Coffee Porter and Pinner.

We were able to stop in to their new location during our trip to the Denver area. As soon as we walked in the door, we marveled at the decorations and polish of the bar, tables, and overall ambiance of the location. Despite being downtown during the early evening, there was cheap parking literally next door to the restaurant. The Oskar Blues Grill & Brew remained busy throughout our visit, but there were ample enough staff and space to keep a light and air feeling throughout. Continue reading “Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – Denver”

Something for the kids (and adults): Children’s Museum of Denver

Before we moved to Arkansas, we were fortunate enough to stop by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Our daughter was a little bit on the young side at that point, so she was unable to properly get into some of the exhibits. While she was a bit older for our visit to the Little Rock Museum of Discovery, there were still a few things that she was unable to enjoy. Fast-forward a few months, and we were invited to check out the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus.

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Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price

Part of the fun that we have when going out on the road for NeuFutur has to be the variety of restaurant chains that we have the opportunity to visit. On our way back from Denver, Colorado, we had a pretty length return ahead of us. After a particularly daunting drive through New Mexico, we finally got into Texas and had a chance to stop at the Lubbock, Texas location of Dion’s. The store was well kept up and had a classic dining (think mid-1990s) feel to the decor. Continue reading “Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price”