New Construction: Music on the Green at Canyon Falls

Curious what life is like living at Canyon Falls? This Sunday they’re giving everyone a great opportunity to come check out their community and see what they’re all about!

Canyon Falls is hosting a “Music on the Green” event this Sunday, March 26th from 2:00-4:00pm where they’ll have live music, food trucks and balloon art for the kids (or adults!).

While you’re there, it will also be a great opportunity to tour their Canyon Falls Club and their 11 model homes throughout the development.

If you’d like some more information about Canyon Falls before you head out there, or if you’d like us to accompany you to tour through their amenity center and model homes, give us a call at 972.724.2540!

Foodie Friday: Authentic Texas ‘Cue at 407 BBQ in Argyle

After much begging and pleading from their loyal catering customers, there’s a new Texas BBQ spot in town – 407 BBQ located off FM 407 in Argyle near the Paradise gas station on the west side of I-35W.

Owner Bryan McLarty and his team have been serving up authentic ‘cue via their catering business for around 17 years and decided in the last year to satisfy their customers’ demands and open up a restaurant location where people could come enjoy their food fresh from the kitchen. But they still offer full catering services too, so it’s really the best of both worlds!

You can tell that Bryan and his staff LOVE what they do. Each person that walks through their door is made to feel like their most favorite customer – even if you’re a first-timer! And when we asked them which of their cuts of meat was their favorite, each of them had a different answer before basically telling us, “It’s just too hard to choose just one.”

Before I even get around to telling you about their incredible food, let me preface this post with this one thing. 407 BBQ is a truly authentic Texas BBQ spot – you can tell that with every bite of their food that you taste. That also means that their food is served on a first-come first-serve basis. Once they sell out of something, they’re out for the day! So, we recommend getting out there as soon as possible to make sure you can try as many things as possible. Because it’s all delicious.

We were able to try out a whole smorgasbord of their meats including: jalapeno cheese sausage, hickory sausage, sliced brisket, pulled pork, turkey breast, and ribs. We had ours in the form of a meat plate, but you could also get it served up on a sandwich bun, stuffed in a baked potato, by the pound, or served up family style.

Now, here’s how I know I’m eating great barbecue – YOU DON’T NEED THE SAUCE. The flavors incorporated in the meat should always be able to stand alone, and the sauce should just be extra. And I can honestly say that I could have eaten every single cut of meat we tried without the sauce. But don’t get me wrong, their BBQ sauce is delicious too. It’s the perfect combination of sweet with a little kick of heat that gets you after you take a bite.

407 BBQ serves up some delicious and traditional Texas barbecue sides as well including baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, baked potatoes and smoked corn. And on Tuesdays and Wednesdays they serve mac ‘n cheese which we heard is delicious. So, looks like we’ll be heading back on one of those days soon.

407 BBQ may be small in size but it packs a big punch. We loved every minute we were there and even met a few other first-timers who were just as smitten with this place as we were. So, while it may be a bit of a drive for us Flower-Mounders, it’s definitely worth it!

*407 BBQ is located at 1213 FM 407, Argyle TX 76226.

Real Estate Update: Forbes Names Dallas Top City to Invest in Real Estate in 2017

If you live in DFW and have been contemplating beginning the process of investing in real estate, here’s just one more reason to make that a reality!

Forbes recently named Dallas as the top city on its list of places to invest in real estate for 2017. And Fort Worth made the list at Number 9.

Photo courtesy of Forbes

Photo courtesy of Forbes

The current average home price in Dallas is $233,000 and that number is expected to grow by more than 30% by 2020. Compared to all of the other cities on the list, home prices in Dallas are expected to grow the most over the next 3 years due to population and job growth in the area.

Chart courtesy of Forbes

Imagine investing in something that will actually yield a profit later rather than just sitting in an account somewhere!

We have helped several clients invest in real estate over the years and would be happy to discuss how investing in real estate could be a benefit to you and your financial goals.

Whether you want to buy a primary residence to invest in, or if you want to pick up a rental property or two, there’s no doubt that now is a great time to buy here in DFW!

Foodie Friday: New Cavalli Pizza Firing Things Up in Old Town Lewisville

We have been so excited over the past few years to learn about the plans the City of Lewisville has for revitalizing Old Town Lewisville. And with a few of their highly-anticipated restaurants opening in the last couple of weeks, we were thrilled to make our way out there to try one of them!

This week we visited the new Cavalli Pizza, a true Neapolitan-style restaurant founded by a family of first generation Italian Americans. Cavalli uses only the freshest and most authentic ingredients to prepare each of their dishes. They even import the flour for their pizza dough from Italy!

The location in Lewisville is their third here in DFW, and while the menu remains mostly the same across all three locations, they do offer some unique menu options at each location. For example, all of the cocktails at the Lewisville location are unique to that location and are hand-crafted by their house sommelier and owner.

We ordered their Italian version of a margarita – the Diavolo Azzuro – which is a beautiful bright blue color and comes served with volcanic salt.

In addition to their wonderful cocktail menu, Cavalli also has a great selection of beers and 28 wines ON TAP. Yes, you read that correctly. Imagine a back room of a bar filled with beer kegs, but instead of beer, the kegs are filled with wine. They pride themselves on their fantastic selection, and it’s not difficult to see why!

They’ve also created a Lewisville Salad for the new location which comes topped with pepperoncini, salamino, garbanzo, provolone and an oregano vinaigrette.

Before getting to the main course, we sampled a few of their Antipasti options including their Focaccia, the Arancini and their Mozzarella Fritta. My absolute favorite was the Arancini – they’re like fried rice balls stuffed with bacon and mozzarella and smothered in a jalapeno cream. And their fresh marinara that comes served on the side is incredible as well.

But what Cavalli is obviously best known for is their incredible wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Each of their pizzas are baked in a wood burning oven at 900 degrees for about 90 seconds – just as traditional pizzas in Naples are prepared. They are topped with the finest of ingredients including housemade mozzarella and authentic San Marzano tomatoes. And they have a pizza option for you no matter what kind of pizza you prefer.

We ordered 4 of their pizzas to give you a good idea of what their menu includes.

The Salamino e Funghi is a tomato sauce pizza which comes topped with some of their house mozzarella, salamino, mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, garlic and basil.

The Pesto Chicken is a great option for those of you who don’t like red sauce pizzas. It comes topped with their pesto, house mozzarella, ricotta, and grilled chicken.

For all you meat-lovers out there, The Dallas is the pizza for you. It comes topped with meatball, sausage, pepperoni and their house mozzarella.

And the Arugula & Prosciutto is a wonderfully refreshing take on a Neapolitan pizza. The crust is cooked and then is cooled a little before topping it with fresh arugula and prosciutto. So you still get the warm crust, but with fresh (not wilted) arugula.

And after all that, we still managed to find room to try one of their desserts. There were so many wonderful options to choose from like their Zeppole (Italian donuts), Nutella Pizza, and S’mores Pizza… but ultimately we decided to try their Lemon Tiramisu which was INCREDIBLE. If you are a fan of lemon-flavored desserts, this is your new soulmate. It’s like a traditional tiramisu in that it’s layered, but the layers consist of mascarpone, lemon curd, ladyfingers and limoncello.

We truly are so excited to see Old Town Lewisville go through a revitalization, and are thrilled  to now have restaurants like Cavalli Pizza so close to home. Be forewarned that with the opening of this restaurant as well as Twisted Root, this area of Old Town Lewisville could get quite congested this weekend. But we promise, this place is worth it!

*Cavalli Pizza in Lewisville is located at 233 W Church St.

Jay Around Town: DATE CHANGE for Grand Opening of Lakeside DFW’s Sunset Point

Due to anticipated rain tomorrow, Lakeside DFW has decided to move up the Grand Opening Celebration for Sunset Point to TONIGHT, March 8th from 5:30-6:30pm. The festivities will include live music and beverages.

There is still lots of construction happening at Lakeside DFW, so those wanting to attend the Grand Opening are encouraged to park at the Moviehouse & Eatery where golf carts will provide rides to the Boardwalk.

Sunset Point is a 6,000-square-foot deck located at the south end of the quarter-mile-long Lakeside Boardwalk where visitors will be able to take in breathtaking views of Lake Grapevine from one of the three levels with plenty of built-in benches and tables and chairs.

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