Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What Was The Name Of That Place????

*Scratching Head* Does that ever happen to you? A once familiar place from your past, maybe even a treasured place, comes up in memory, in image, in your mind, but you can't, for the life of you, remember the name of it? Well, this happened to me just last week. 

"Now, if I could just remember the name...Il Mulino...no, that's not it, Il Trattoria, nope, not even present in Dallas in a google search. I can see it, the gondola, the palm reader, who greeted you with a smile upon entry, the silver bread boxes, the roving band of of musicians, the staff who brought you unending quantities of bread. Hmm.  What is the name of that restaurant!!??  Mom and Dad took me there as a youngish person and I fell quite fully entranced with it, my husband and I went back, much later as newlyweds..."

This wasn't a place that we frequented, all THAT often, but it sure made an impression on me, and not being able to recall the name of it has driven me nuts for about a week!!!  Enter google and the return of my memory!!!  Volia!!!!  Il Sorento, a classic Dallas Italian restaurant. This gem opened in 1950 and closed in 2003. Its vibrant owner passed in 2014. Why do I post about it? Well, I guess I was overjoyed today, that the name randomly, returned to me. Poof, just like that, with a quick search and the Dallas Morning News, I learned this about the owner...

What a fascinating life! What a fun little trip down memory lane. What a joy it was to visit that restaurant and get to enjoy some good food and a bit of magic. With the decor and the ambiance that Mr. Messina strove so hard to create, it made this young girl feel as though she had been whisked away, magically, to another land. Such fun!

That's kind of how it goes around here...so much change, so much progress. Old, historic, or charming, these are the adjectives that sometimes give way to new, progress and construction. Here's three cheers to google, for being able to keep a record of so very many things, and those of us that can remember places of long ago.

Note, we happen to LOVE progress, but we also happen to LOVE history, even some personal history, too! That's it, isn't it, to really know a city, a community, you must know and love some of its past, while appreciating its progress and change, too!

Check out some of the images I found of Il Sorento in a google image search. See if they bring back any memories for you!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

North Texas Area July 4th Fireworks Celebrations

Happy almost-4th of July!  Have you made your plans to watch fireworks yet? In case you are still nailing down your celebratory fun, here is a round up of local firework displays!  

Addison- Addison KaBoom Town!  July 3rd @ 4pm Addison Circle Park
Allen- Market Street Allen USA Celebration June 30th @ 4 pm Celebration Park
Carrollton- Patriotic Concert July 3rd @ 12 noon Keller Springs Senior Center  and Fireworks display at Josey Ranch Lake July 4th @ 9:15pm Celina- Splash & Blast June 30th @ 5pm
The Colony- Liberty by the Lake July 4th @ 4pm Stewart Creek Park
Dallas- Red, White and Blues Music July 1st-July 4th @ 2pm Dallas Arboretum and Red, White and Boom on the Bridge July 3rd @ 6pm Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge and Fair Park Fourth July 4th @ 12 noon Fair Park and Old Fashioned Fourth July 4th @ 10am Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
Farmers Branch- Independence Day Celebration July 3rd @ 6:30pm Farmers Branch Historical Park
Frisco- Frisco Freedom Fest July 3 & 4th @ 4pm Frisco Square
Garland- Star Spangled Spectacular July 4th @ 4pm Firewheel Town Center
Lewisville- Freedom Festival & Fireworks July 4th @ 5pm Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza
McKinney- Red, White & Boom, Parade in Downtown McKinney July 4th @ 10am- Yankee Doodle Block Party and Fireworks July 4th  @ 5:30pm Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch
Plano- Lions Independence Day Parade July 4th @ 9am Plano ISD Admin Building and
All American Fourth Fireworks July 4th @ 5pm Oak Point Park
Prosper- Pride in the Sky July 3rd @ 5pm Frontier Park
Richardson- Family 4th Celebration July 4th @ 6:15pm Breckenridge Park
Sachse- Red, White and Blue Blast July 3rd @ 6pm Heritage Park

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I am going to remodel my_________.

Now what???

Well, that can be a sometimes daunting question, especially if you have not had much experience with remodels or renovations before.  There are a few options to get started.

  1. Do It Yourself- If you are the handy sort, and this specific task is in your wheelhouse, then gather your supplies and work your magic!
  2. Hire a contractor-  A contractor will bring his or her own subcontractors to the job and coordinate the timetable and the work, but all of this comes with a price.  Some contractors will charge a flat fee, while others charge a percentage of each component of the job. If you are in a position to do this, then it may help you save your sanity! Ha!
  3. Find a trade specific vendor to complete each component of the remodel- For example, if you are planning to remodel your kitchen, then you would find a vendor to do the tile and stonework and counter-tops, an electrician for any lighting, a carpenter or cabinet maker to handle the cabinets, and shop appliances at big box stores or appliance vendors, while you manage each of the vendors and the timeline of the project. If you are in a position to do this, then it may save you money. 
A few words to the wise...all vendors and contractors are not created equal.  
  • A wise woman (my mom, one half of THE PRZADA TEAM) once told me, use the rule of 3, meaning, get three estimates from vendors or contractors.  That way, you can get a feel for who is the most knowledgeable, whose rates are the most reasonable/outrageous, and whom you feel that you would work well with.  
  • Also, researching vendors and contractors online with the help of the Better Business Bureau, Angie's List, Google Reviews, Facebook Reviews are all good options to learn more about the potential person you hire.  
  • A remodel is an undertaking, even if you are hiring every single bit of it out.  Depending upon the scope of the work, there will be inconvenience at the very least, all the way up to completely changing your living arrangements during the job.  Timetables shift, as do budgets.  Be prepared for the job to take longer and cost more than the original estimate.  That is not always the case, but if you know it is a possibility, you are less likely to be shocked. 
  • Ask THE PRZADA TEAM for vendor suggestions.  YOU, of course, are under no obligation to use anyone we suggest.  It is up to you.  We do have a Vendor List that we curate routinely.  To make "the list," a vendor, contractor, or service provider must either come highly recommended to us from a very trusted source, or have personally worked with us and given us great service, and or a wonderful product. We revisit our list over time, so we certainly remove those that fall below our high standard, and we add new vendors that we discover.  
Happy Remodeling!