A bombing in Boston. An explosion in West, Texas. Now a killer tornado Moore, OK.
Our hearts are heavy after looking at the haunting photos and videos of the massive tornado that struck two schools and wiped out entire neighborhoods, killing over two dozen in Moore, Oklahoma. And now the residents of North Texas want to help our neighbors across the Red River.
Here's how you can help right now:
- Text "RED CROSS" to 90999 or visit RedCross.Org. $10 will be billed to your cell phone bill to help the victims of the Moore, OK tornado.
- Text "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army or call 800-SAL-ARMY or visit SalvationArmy.org.
And Here's One Tasty Way to Help:
- Il Cane Rosso is donating 100% of its sales to the Red Cross for the Oklahoma tornado victims (Tuesday, May 21, 2013). 2612 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226. 214-741-1188.
Be Prepared for Severe Weather
With severe weather looming across North Texas, please refresh your memory with these tips for what to do in case of a Tornado Warning.
About Moore, OK
Moore is about 200 miles from DFW with approximately 65,000 people. It's a suburb of Oklahoma City.
(Photo by Angela Patterson)
This is one of the most event-filled weekends for DFW. It's the Byron Nelson (partying, golf, partying). It's the Wildflower Festival (Uncle Kracker, Cowboy Mouth, The Toadies and more).
My money is on Taste Addison.
Never been? You need to check it out. Taste Addison is a festival of food, music and good ole family fun. Yes, 60-ish of Addison's most amazing restaurants will serve up samples of their menus at prices that will rock your world. Get in my belly! I mean this is the perfect place for foodies.
Add to the mix some great music, celebrity chef demonstrations and wine tasting seminars, carnival rides, midway games, cool stuff for the kids to do -- and you have the makings for the perfect weekend.
Music acts include: Blue October, Sister Hazel, Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly and more.
Fri., May 17: 6 pm to midnight
Sat., May 18: Noon to midnight
Sun., May 19: Noon to 5 pm
Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. The main entrance is located at the corner of Quorum Drive at Addison Circle near the large Blueprints sculpture.
Ages 4 and Older
Friday - $15
Saturday - $5 Before 5 pm; $15 After 5 pm
Sunday - $5
Children under 3 are free
What Not to Bring
Please don't bring lawn chairs, coolers or your pets. Do bring a hearty appetite!
Taste: the Competition
I was lucky enough to be a judge in Taste: the Competition. It was the inaugural competition to kick off Taste Addison where 15 restaurants prepared food that's not currently on their menus and the theme was street/carnival food. It was as delicious as it was fun -- and Addison is the perfect place to hang out and have fun whether it's with the kids or your friends. Don't miss it.
By the way, Blue Mesa Grill took first place with their Chimayo Market Corn and it was absolutely amazing. The judges got it right. Second Place went to Genghis Grill for Sweet & Spicy Steak Wrap. (It got my vote for 2nd place). Third place went to Buffalo Wild Wings for Deep Fried Bread Pudding Bites. It was delish -- but I also voted for Blue Goose Cantina's Margarita Pie -- possibly because I caught a buzz after eating two bites.
(Photo of Blue Mesa Grill's Chimayo Market Corn from Taste: the Competition by Angela Patterson).
As many as 10 tornadoes ripped through North Texas including one reported to be a mile wide. The worst damage appears to be in Granbury (outside of Fort Worth) and Cleburne. The cities of Ennis and Milsap also reported a lot of damage caused by the storms.
At this point, it's feared that maybe seven people in Granbury are missing and six deaths (adults) have been reported so far. This number was confirmed at an 8 a.m. conference on Thursday.
Here is a video of the Granbury tornado from WFAA.
DFW had experienced a fairly mild spring. Do you know what to do in case of a tornado warning? Here's some tornado safety information -- including some DO's and DON'Ts that just might save your life.
Happy Cinco de Mayo 2013 DFW! That's May 5th if your Spanish is not too bueno. Have you made plans to celebrate the holiday yet?
In the past I've gone to eat and drink margaritas on the patio at Desperado's. Their signature taco is on my list of The Top 10 Tacos in DFW. It's a no-brainer. I highly recommend it. There's a good chance you will agree with me or thank me for this because it's that good.
I'm constantly adding to my list of the Best Margaritas in DFW. When the temperatures heat back up, you'll find me working on the fabulous patios of many great restaurants. Well, maybe not working so much -- but sampling margaritas and posting photos on Instagram from my new mini iPad. (Find me at angelampatterson if you're so inclined).
In case you're still trying to decide, here are some of the parades and events to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2013 in DFW.
(Taco photo courtesy of Desperado's. Fire 'n Ice Margarita by Angela Patterson).