Saturday, June 6, 2009

Super Mario Bros. 3, Finished in 11 Minutes? Awesome.

This is unbelievable. So many tricks! Over 99 lives! I can't wait to get home and play.

I also find this totally awesome.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Muppet Movie + Inflatable Movie Screen + Picnic + Free = AWESOME!

Most of you out there know how much I love me some Muppet. I'm thrilled that AAAD reader Dustin let me know about the Frisco Square "Movies in the Square" kicking off tonight. The Muppet Movie is playing! Some of these movies even have themes. The October Sky movie night even has a rocket launch and display! June 26. That sounds so cool.

Apparently this summer, everyone around Big D (and probably America) is pulling out the big screen and doing it up free movie in the park style. I love it! Free family fun and yet another reason to bust out the picnic recipes. So throw the picnic in the bike basket and let's do this.

It's easy being green!
Pia The Pig

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Friday is National Donut Day. FREE DONUTS = AWESOME

Nothing has such a power over me as a donut. There, I said it. A free donut-even more beautiful. Friday June 5th is National Donut Day! To celebrate, Dunkin Donuts is offering a free donut with a purchase of a beverage, and Krispy Kreme is just plain ole' givin' 'em away. Go getchu some!!

What's your favorite kind of donut?
Pia The Pig

Let's Have An Awesome Weekend

Hey kiddos! Lots of fun to be had around town this weekend. I'm stoked to support the pets while enjoying pet-parent made videos at the SPCA Petflix. I hope you can find something below to spark some fun. If not, turn on the sprinklers and live it up!

Parker Hawn Vintage Trunk Show
Parker Hawn Vintage is hosting a summer collection trunk show from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hadley & Harriet courtyard (3922 Lemmon Ave.), with drinks, eats and giveaways and guest DJ Mr Rid (formerly of the Starck Club) spinning retro. Owner Pam Scrima's selection of '60s, '70s and '80s finds are all priced under $50 -- expect some designer name scores.

Dallas Arboretum Cool Thursday Concert Series
This is Dallas' only outdoor concert series overlooking White Rock Lake. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd.

Barefoot At The Belmont Concert Series
The Belmont Hotel is proud to present the return of the outdoor music series, Barefoot at the Belmont. Sip cocktails and munch on tasty bites from the BarBelmont while listening to some of Texas’ best independent artists. 877.476.3378 or

Open Mic Night
Got a band? Try out to be one of Newflower's featured ands throughout the summer. Winner will be paid to play on June 26. 4 p.m. Newflower Market, 1800 Henderson.

Fleetwood's Kit Kat bicycle rental
Bike rental is free for the Sunday group rides (first come; first served, while they last). The group rides from the bike boutique along the Katy Trail to Victory Park and back, stopping at a restaurant along the way for food and drinks.

Cinematic Titanic at the Lakewood Theater
Movie-spoofing has rarely been in better hands than the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" team. The cult TV show, which ran on several networks including Comedy Central, went off the air in 1999. But its premise was just too good to keep down: An astronaut, stranded in space with a bevy of wacky robot pals, is forced to watch terrible movies by a mad scientist who is controlling them from Earth.

Donut Day & Coffee Sampling
Enjoy a sampling of freshly baked donuts and our signature in-house roasted coffee. 8 a.m. Newflower Market, 1800 Henderson.

Storybook Playhouse exhibit at the Arboretum
The "Storybook Playhouse" exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum features 14 interactive playhouses inspired by children's stories. They were designed by local architects as part of a competition.

Target First Saturdays at The Nasher
Monthly Themes June 6: Technology July 4: Collaboration August 1: Personality September 5: Experience Activities: Family Tours: Hourly from 10:15am - 12:15pm Art Scavenger Hunt: 10 am – 2 pm Children’s Art Activity...

Dub Show Tour
Custom rides, new automotive products, and celebrity-owned vehicles are among the attractions at this indoor show. There'll also be music from Gorilla Zoe, King James II and Tum Tum.

Dance Lessons at Gilleys Dallas
Weekly C&W dance lessons at one of the best dance venues in the metro area - Gilleys Dallas. Lessons from 6:00 to 8:00 every Saturday, no cover before 8:00.

USA vs. Honduras at Trinity Hall
Soccer Watching party with American Outlaws!

Ad-Libs Comedy Improv Troupe
Ad-Libs is an American Comedy Improv Troupe performing since 1986. Ad-Libs has entertained and amazed crowds, at its cabaret style theater in Dallas and across the country.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
2009 casual classics Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake June 6, 7:30PM Dso assistant conductor Rei Hotoda makes her Dallas Symphony debut in a program featuring three Russian heavyweights to open the 2009 Casual Classics Series.

Happy Days - A New Musical
Seems like old times: TV show "Lost" may have gone back to the ’70s, but you can do your own time-traveling to the ’50s with a little help from "Happy Days — A New Musical," presented by the Dallas Summer Musicals.

Third annual Kids Triathlon
If you’ve got a high-energy kid, we’ve got an event for you. The Jewish Community Center of Dallas is hosting its third annual Kids Triathlon for ages 7 to 14.

Bocce Ball in CenterPark at Northpark Mall
Learn how to play Bocce Ball with the experts from The Italian Club of Dallas or join in and play. The CenterPark gardens at NorthPark make the perfect location for this fun sport.

Times Ten Cellars Jazz Concert
Achieve the ultimate kickback Sunday with a bottle of wine and a little live jazz. Concerts are the first and third Sundays of the month, Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect. 214.824.9463 or

SPCA Pet Flix
All ticket proceeds benefit the homeless animals of the SPCA of Texas. Pets also will be available for adoption at the event, in case you’re in the market for a furry addition to your family. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville. 214.824.9933 or

Central 214's Sunset Movie Series
Take in an outdoor movie before the summer swelter kicks in. Executive Chef Blythe Beck is offering movie-themed plates and cocktails (many under $7). Central 214, 5680 North Central Expwy.

Meet Me At The Donut Sampling!
Pia The Pig

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Throw Together An Awesomely Quick Picnic

This article from the New York Times lists 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics.

Pia The Pig

Another Reason Sonic is Awesome

Pia The Pig

Summer Nights + Movies + Cool Breeze = Awesome Change of Pace

Start popping the popcorn, and pass the Milk Duds. It's time to watch some movies outside. Tonight I am stoked go see Twilight under the stars, and with a cooler night at a pleasant 63, it sounds like simply a great night to take in a flick outside. If you're not into Twilight, tonight is also another Movies Under The Stars event at Hotel Belmont. Pack your picnic blanket and enjoy National Lampoon's Summer Vacation for free on the big screen at the Belmont Pool. Learn more about Belmont Hotel Movie Night here. I'm definitely heading there on July 1st to see Airplane.

Also, AAAD reader Lynn passed along the news of Central 214's Sunset Movie Series In The Courtyard on Sunday nights. Also free, these movies have a specially-themed meal for each movie available for purchase. This Sunday night's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sure to be deliciously awesome. Learn more here.

Finally, the best kept secret in's time to tell you about the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre. WHO KNEW this still existed? It's about 20 minutes or so from downtown, and so worth every penny of gas. Admission is only $6 and you can stay for the double feature. TWO NEW MOVIES FOR $6. $2 for children 5-11, and kiddos under 5 are FREE. HELLO! Even more spectacular is that the hamburgers are only $2 and the corn dogs $1.50.
Did I mention they have corn dogs? And mini golf? Pack up the kiddos for a night of fun. I haven't been since I got the convertible and I'm pretty much dying to go right now. It's such a throwback with the original concession videos that you just may feel like a kid again. Or at least a Sandy or a Danny.

Have fun out there!
Pia The Pig

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tomorrow Night Will Be Awesome

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 3rd, join my looney RP-obsessed friends as we watch Twilight for free on the enormous screens outside the American Airlines Center. 7:30. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and pack a picnic. This kicks off the Get Reel Movie Series. I can't wait! Who doesn't want to see this face 60 feet tall?

Here are some nearby drink specials if any of you want to get started early.
Havana Social Club: 4 pm - 7 pm: 1/2 price house and red wine; $6 Partagas cigars
RJ Mexican Cuisine: 11 am-7 pm: $4.00 Margaritas
El Fenix Mexican Restaurant (Dallas / McKinney & Woodall Rodgers): 3 pm - 6 pm: $6 margaritas; $1 off all liquor
Gator's Croc & Roc: 2 pm - 7 pm: $2.75 domestic drafts, $2 off frozen drinks / 1/2 price appetizers at the bar
Truluck's (Dallas): 5 pm - 7 pm: 1/2 off wells, $1 off calls

Who's in?
Pia The Pig

June. Let's Make It Awesome.

Happy June everyone! It's a Monday, a new month, a summer one nonetheless, so let's kick it off right. If any of you have been reading my Facebook updates, you'll know that I am officially having a summer fling with watermelon. (Wow, that screams "I'm single!") Anyhoo, I can't get enough watermelon lately. Maybe because it's messy, or refreshing, a pretty color, or easily-ish malleable into all sorts of fun shapes. (Make the fun smiling watermelon bowl seen above.) Regardless, it's yum. Here are some great looking watermelon drinks and fun that I can't wait to try, all from simply searching "watermelon" on the awesome blog, Tastespotting. Who's ready for a carving party?

Watermelon Lemonade!

Watermelon Mimosas!

Watermelon and Mint Ice Cubes. Cool!

Prosciutto Wrapped Watermelon With Bel Paese Cheese. Fancy!

Buy seedless!
Pia The Pig

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Awesome New Stamps

Doh! These Simpson stamps make the new 44centers seem quite okay. I love 'em! Grab a book or seven here or at your local P.O.
I got an extra book for my awesome dad, who helped me start a stamp collection at the ripe ole' age of 5. (Shout out to DAD! YOU ARE AWESOME!)

Also, I am loving these beautiful king and queen stamps. Adorable for wedding invites, or just anything needing a regal touch. And let's be honest, what doesn't need a regal touch? Okay, maybe the electric bill, but whatevs...get 'em anyway.

Send an I Love You card to someone today!
Pia The Pig


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