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10 Must-Try Martinis for National Martini Day

Celebrate National Martini Day with our picks.

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National Martini Day is Wednesday, June 19, and we want to help you celebrate with an expert, hand-crafted martini in your hand.

From the traditional gin martini to a variation made with mezcal, we’ve got your martini needs covered.

Now, let’s get down to celebrating!

Here are our picks to help you commemorate the day.

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Unique Asian-Inspired Dishes at Kuai Asian Kitchen

Fresh, fast and delicious fair.

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Kuai Asian Kitchen, founded by Jeff Hancock, offers diners a unique, healthier approach to well-known Asian-inspired dishes.

The word “Kuai” means “fast” or “quick” in Mandarin Chinese.

The concept offers quick, quality, affordable fair inspired by six countries: Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and India. All menus items are either steamed, baked or boiled. There are no fryers or microwaves on-site.

“We try to pick the “best of” menu items from each country,” says Hancock. “People are becoming increasingly familiar with Asian food and willing to try dishes that at one point may have been considered intimidating.”

Known for their flavorful Asian Rice Bowls, Dumplings, Soups, Salads and Iced Teas, some of their other popular menu items include the Ahi Tuna Tower Bowl, made with Spicy Sashimi Tuna, Wasabi-Crab Salad, Red Bell Pepper and Avocado; Thai Chicken Bowl, made with Spicy Red Curry, Coconut Milk, Grounded Peanuts, Bell Peppers and Basil; Spring Roll Soup, made with Shrimp, Tender Chicken Breast and Thin Rice Noodles in Pork Broth; Pork Dumplings, made with a mix of chopped Pork, Cabbage, Scallions, Ginger, Garlic Chives and Asian Spices.

In addition, Kuai offers gourmet 100% Ceylon black tea in eight different hand-crafted flavors – Honey Ginger, Cranberry, Lemon Mint, Mango Peach, Peach, Raspberry, Sweet Tea and regular Iced Tea.

After indulging in a delicious dish at Kuai, guests are invited to treat themselves to the complimentary frozen yogurt for dessert available in four mouthwatering flavors.

Kuai Asian Kitchen has locations at Republic Tower (325 North St. Paul Street), Renaissance Tower (1201 Elm Street) and North Dallas near Galleria (13710 Dallas Parkway, Suite G).

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One Sette to Host Last Pop-Up Brunch of the Year

The theme? Dukes & Boots!

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Dust off your cowboy boots and mosey on over to Uptown’s favorite weekend hot-spot, One Sette, for their last pop-up brunch of the year.

On Sunday, July 14 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, attendees can enjoy bottomless Mimosas and BBQ, while fighting off their Sunday scaries.

“We wanted to make our last pop-up brunch of the year one to remember” says Brandon Nugent, One Sette Co-Operator. “There’s no better way to end a weekend than with a hardy plate of smoked meats, bottomless mimosas, and a cleverly-themed party,” added Chris Nugent, One Sette Co-Operator.

The brothers have planned an afternoon filled with hay bales, nostalgic red and white checkered tablecloths, a custom drink menu, as well as a few other surprise Instagrammable-moments up their sleeves.

Walk-ins are welcome, however Dallasites are encouraged to purchase tables in advance, where minimums start at $250, as seating is limited. Bottomless Mimosas and a plate of BBQ are $25 each and can be applied to the minimum of the table.

And, unlike previous brunches, there is no limit to the number of guests that can sit at each table. For more details or to reserve your spot, click here.

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Indulge in “The Story of Chocolate” at the Dallas Chocolate Festival

The annual event will celebrate 10 years of chocolate and scholarship in Dallas.

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Dallas Chocolate Festival, presented by DallasChocolate.org, invites everyone to indulge in “The Story of Chocolate” at its tenth annual event, September 6-8, 11am to 5pm, at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.).

The candy-coated event will feature more than 60 local and international chocolate makers and chocolatiers to greet attendees eager to learn about, taste, shop, and experience the craftsmanship of quality chocolate.

“It is incredible to think that we started this Festival 10 years ago with a young chocolate scene and that it has evolved to become a staple event in Dallas,” says festival founder, Sander Wolf.” “We have enjoyed every second working with the talented chocolate makers and chocolatiers that travel from near and far to bring their delicious creations to our event.”

For the first time ever, the Festival will host the expo over two days, and a special 10th Anniversary multi-course chocolate dinner will be held on August 17 in the Venetian Ballroom at The Fairmont Hotel from 7pm to 10pm.

Tickets go on sale for the 10th Anniversary Dinner on July 15. Tickets for the VIP party and the main two-day expo go on sale on August 1.

Chocolate education is fundamental to DallasChocolate.org’s mission, and a portion of proceeds are donated as scholarship funds to local culinary programs for students focused on pastry arts with an emphasis on chocolate.

To date, DallasChocolate.org has donated over $25,000 in scholarships to the culinary programs at El Centro Community College and Collin College.

Click here to learn more about the Dallas Chocolate Festival and to purchase tickets.

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