Pomegranate season (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
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How to ‘spank’ a pomegranate

  What I’m about to tell you is a game changer the next time you want to eat pomegranate. These little jewels are not just nutrient dense and also antioxidant rich. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries. They burst with flavor and add a pop of color to any …

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Gift one. Give one. Tiny Bee Gift Co (photo courtesy of Tiny Bee Gift Co)
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A Holiday Gift Guide That Gives Back

Finding the right gift for someone involves thought and time. There’s much joy in giving and more so when local small businesses take the joy of gifting to a new level by giving back to the community! Imagine decking out your Christmas tree with origami ornaments that also help provide clean water to communities in developing countries or stocking a school library in need with new books because of a purchase you’ve made. Here’s the IttyBittyFoodies …

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Pho Kitchen brings fast and fresh Vietnamese food to NorthPark center (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
Restaurant Reviews

Pho Kitchen at NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center is really stepping up it’s mall food options. First with Green House Market which has become so many of my friends’ new favorite cafe and now with the newly opened Pho Kitchen that is sandwiched between Which Wich and Snappy Salads. If the guys behind the counter look a little familiar, that’s because this is not their first rodeo or pho joint. They are the same crew behind East Wind in Deep Ellum. …

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Celebrating in style at Neighborhood Services Tavern in Addison's Village on the Parkway
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Googie’s 2nd birthday at Neighborhood Services Tavern (Addison)

Happy birthday, Googie! How is it possible that you are two so soon? You had such a rough start in life but thanks to the awesome doctors at Presbyterian Hospital and good old fashioned prayers, we managed to take you home at 3 weeks old. Yes, so much to be thankful for this season and we’re happy to report, he’s absolutely perfect! In true IttyBittyFoodie form, Googie counts olives and salmon as some of his …

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A kale dish so tender, even a little toddler can eat it.
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Smothered Kale and Ham Recipe

The IttyBittyFoodies like kale chips but we haven’t had much success with kale salads because the leaves tend to be too tough. However, kale is such a nutritional powerhouse with it’s antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative health benefits that we have decided to explore other ways of cooking it like this Smothered Kale and Ham recipe. By cooking it down lightly, the kale leaves become soft enough that even Googie (now nearly 2 years old) is …

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Artisanal Cheese plate (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
Restaurant Reviews

Dallas Design District’s Ascension is more than a coffee shop

There’s been a slew of coffee shops opened in the last eighteen months in Dallas but Ascension stands out from the rest. However, it took me a little while to figure out why this Design District coffee shop keeps us going back for breakfast, lunch, dinner (many dinners!) date night drinks and Sunday brunch. It’s more than a coffee shop, it’s a cafe. Unlike most coffee places, the food isn’t prepackaged in a counter for you …

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6 yr old Pikelet loves his Happy Geo - (photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com)
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Indoor kids activities: Make “Happy Geo” 3D structures

The IttyBittyFoodies love unscheduled, free play especially outdoors but the last dog days of summer are so hot some indoor play is welcome. We’ve been bringing out the “Happy Geo” by Studio ROOF. Happy Geo is a modern toy set of basic geometric shapes that fit together to create cities, planes, robots and just about anything your child can imagine in a 3D structure. Best of all it’s great for holding their attention for hours, indoors. Like …

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Grilled striped bass with two salad sides
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Green House Market at Northpark Center – healthy mall fare

Believe it or not, our new favorite healthy eating spot is at the mall. Green House Market at Northpark Center with it’s chef driven, farm-to-table menu is a game changer to mall food. The little spot tucked behind AMC theaters (directly above Breadwinners) is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features handmade pastries, pressed juices, locally sourced ingredients, desserts, Blue Bottle coffee, organic wines and craft beer. Like this:Like Loading…

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Pasta from Lucido's Pasta & Herbs - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com
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Saint Michael’s Farmers Market

The Saint Michael’s Farmers Market is back! Founded in 2012, this fledgling summer market will be held every Saturday from 8am-12noon till September 6th. It’s a small farmer’s market but a true one, attracting farmers and growers who practice natural, sustainable, organic farming and artisans who make their own baked goods, tamales, local honey, cheeses and handmade soaps. Like this:Like Loading…

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17 month hipster Googie nabs a seat out the front of Monkey King Noodle Company - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com
Restaurant Reviews

Hipster Chinese Street Eats at Monkey King Noodle Company in Deep Ellum

The IttyBittyFoodies love escaping their reality to hang out in hipster haven at the Monkey King Noodle Company in Deep Ellum. Ok the hipster part is really more for us parents who want to feel we still have a life after having kids but who doesn’t love noodles and dumplings especially handmade ones. Bear in mind, Monkey King Noodle Company is a food stand not a restaurant so for those with little ones in tow …

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All carved up and ready to be assembled  - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com
Restaurant Reviews

Mr Wok Asian Bistro in Plano

I tell Pikelet & Lollo to share all the time but I must confess, there’s one thing I’ve been keeping all to myself.  It’s my secret favorite Chinese restaurant for Peking duck that I’ve not been able to part with until now… Mr Wok Asian Bistro! The unassuming Chinese/American Chinese restaurant up in Plano is where I go for special occasions like Chinese New Year or big family get togethers. First I’d like to get a few …

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Texas Rio Star Grapefruit Salad with Ramen - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com
Home Made

Easy Recipe: Texas Rio Star Grapefruit glazed Salmon and Rio Ramen Salad

“Grapefruit, grapefruit at the stall. Who’s the sweetest of them all?”  Texas Rio Star grapefruit of course! The Texas state fruit  is not only sweetest but also the reddest. Grown in the Rio Grand Valley on 28,000 acres, the sub-tropical climate and fertile soil work together to produce stellar fruit. Here’s a couple of easy recipes using Texas Rio Star grapefruit to add a twinkle twinkle to your mid-week dinner. Like this:Like Loading…

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Home Made

Easy Weeknight Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower ‘steaks’

  I’ve always loved cauliflower and though my kids are still unconvinced of the taste, I will present it on the table periodically in the hope that one day they will take to it. Remember our kids’ taste buds change over time and our goal is to continually expose them to different foods (especially vegetables). All I ask for is a “No Thank You Bite” from them. This cauliflower recipe is so easy it is …

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Restaurant Reviews

Miss Chi Vietnamese at Preston Center

Miss Chi is the latest fashionista to join the number of hipster Vietnamese restaurants in Dallas. Unlike the East Dallas gals like the nightowl, Dalat or the more serious Mot Hai Ba, Miss Chi is dressed in resort hues of citron and teal. Opened by Tanoshii Ramen owners, Chi and Joey Le,  she’s a welcomed addition to Preston Center but don’t let her bubbly personality fool you, there’s some authentic Vietnamese dishes to be had …

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Musings

Happy New Year from the Itty Bitty Foodies

Our new year’s resolution for 2014 is to live a simpler life. To cut down on crazy schedules, spend more time together as a family and to live more in the moment. As for IttyBittyFoodies, we’ve got a new look for 2014 and hopefully easier navigation. We look forward to what 2014 brings but I wanted to take a moment to relive some of our favorite posts of 2013. Like this:Like Loading…

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