Living Free From Food Guilt


By the time this goes to press I will be on a well-deserved vacation … from being good.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to eat “right.” I’ve got friends who are gluten-free who don’t have celiac disease, but feel less “bloated.” Others are on the paleo diet, which forbids even gluten-free bread or pasta. Others are on the Mediterranean diet: nuts, olives, and tons of steamed or grilled veggies drizzled with olive oil (cold pressed, extra virgin, from a reliable producer).

Nobody my age gives dinner parties anymore because somebody’s dairy free; somebody else can’t eat tomatoes or onions because of irritable bowel; some have developed an allergy to shellfish; others have given up red meat; a handful won’t eat spicy because of reflux; and a bunch are off the sauce or will only drink pinot noir. It’s just easier to just meet for lunch or dinner at a restaurant.

i360 Individualizes Outpatient Treatment


For the past eight years, psychologist Dr. Kevin Gilliland and his team at Innovation 360 (i360) have served many Park Cities and Preston Hollow patients struggling with issues such as mental health or addiction with a different kind of treatment.

Gilliland started i360 in 2008 in a spot near Preston Center to meet some of the gaps he saw in the outpatient treatment industry.

“There were a lot of ends that just weren’t being met,” he said. “You may not need residential when you’re depressed or drinking too much, but you need more than seeing somebody in individual therapy.”

Rather than having patients go through more emotional turmoil to take off work for outpatient treatment — which requires patients to live at home and go daily to a clinic for treatment until they complete their program — he wanted to find a middle ground where clients could receive the treatment they deserve and resume everyday life.

Local Couple Serves Berry Cool Treats

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Photo: Imani Lytle

Locally-made Berrynaked popsicles might soon find their way into ice chests at Highland Park ISD schools.

“They want to make it a part of the plated lunches at the elementary and a more a-la-carte feature for the higher grades,” said Heather Kim, who owns the Inwood Village-based Berrynaked with her husband, Gavin.

HPISD spokesperson David Hicks said the district would likely have an answer for the Kims sometime this summer.

The University Park couple started serving up frozen confections and fresh purees in their shop in 2014, determined to offer their neighbors healthy desserts and “anytime” snacks. The Kims said they were impressed with the district’s commitment to that same idea.

Police Reports: July 5-10



Between 10 p.m. on July 4 and 5 a.m. on July 5, a vandal cut straps on the back of a truck in the 5100 block of West Amherst Avenue.

Between 8 p.m. on July 5 and 8 a.m. on July 6, a burglar broke into a storage unit in the 4200 block of West Lovers Lane and stole property.

Between 2 and 3 p.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the parking garage at Preston Center and stole property. 

Adjusting to Life Starts Early in Snider Plaza

Serving Life Chiropractic serves prenatal and pediatric patients to improve their quality of life. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Serving Life Chiropractic serves prenatal and pediatric patients to improve their quality of life. (Courtesy Photo)

A walk around Snider Plaza can sometimes require some investigative window-shopping. What may seem like a retailer might turn out to be an ice cream shop. What looks like an armory is also a book store.

Serving Life Chiropractic is no stranger to confused passersby, with its trendy waiting room filled with infants and toddlers.

“This location offered an opportunity for us to expand what we were,” Dr. Denisa Weber said of the six-year-old practice, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Snider Plaza. “I love being storefront. We get to meet people who just walk off the street who are just curious because they see a whole bunch of kiddos through the window. They peer up at our sign and think, ‘Oh, this is a chiropractic office?’”

Equal Heart Feeds the Hungry at Home

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On a humid afternoon in late May, residents of the Spanish Creek apartments near Bachman Lake line up patiently while volunteers from Equal Heart’s Mobile Food Access Network [MFAN] set up tables in front of two vans filled with crates of groceries, each of which will help feed a family for about two weeks.

Residents here and at other low-income apartment complexes across North Texas only need a form of ID to sign up to get the much-needed deliveries once a month. Mud from a morning shower doesn’t deter volunteers from wheeling dollies across cardboard boxes to take the heavy crates into the hungry homes.

“Even if it’s absolutely pouring, we still come out because it’s about them getting the food,” said Brianna Sanders, an AmeriCorps volunteer for Equal Heart. “If they’ll come out to get the food, then we’ll take it to them. It might be a lot of rain for us, but it might not be a lot of rain for them.”

Started last summer by Keven Vicknair, formerly of CitySquare, Equal Heart aims to feed families at their homes year-round with MFAN and feed kids in the summer with its Direct-to-Door meals program.

BBQ, Donations to Support Community


13626528_1031144510272033_2329758192545693430_nCelebrate your community with food and desserts donated by city leaders at the #DallasStrong BBQ Friday, July 15.

The event will start at 11 a.m. at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.

The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $25 per plate that will benefit the Assist the Officer Foundation, an organization providing financial relief for officers facing difficulty after injury, illness, or catastrophic events. First responders eat free.

The Oak Cliff, North Dallas, Greater Dallas Hispanic, North Texas GLBT, US-India, and Greater Dallas Asian American chambers of commerce will be donating barbecue, sides, desserts, and drinks for participants to enjoy.

Guests can give further by signing up to donate blood at the event organized by Carter BloodCare.

For more information and to donate online, visit the event page.


Playhouse Hunting at NorthPark Center

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A house from the Parade of Playhouses 2015. (Courtesy photo)

It’s that time of year again. The time when adolescent house hunters get to tour the playhouses of their dreams while their parents shop at NorthPark Center.

Presented by Dallas CASA, the 21st annual Parade of Playhouses starts this Friday, July 15 and concludes on July 31.

Raffle tickets are available for $5 online and at ticket tables throughout the shopping center. Proceeds benefit abused and neglected children through CASA. Winners will be selected at the conclusion of the 17-day event.

Sensational Summer Spreads


Attention! We have hit primetime for local produce. Don’t miss out. The juiciest, sweetest, freshest food you can eat is ripe on vines, trees, bushes, and plants all around us … right here, right now!

If you are not usually the farmer’s market type, summer is the one season of the year to give in. Those shipped-in Georgia peaches at the grocery can’t beat Texas peaches from your neighbor, picked the day before you eat them.

What is especially wonderful about all the fresh, local fruits and veggies at this time of year? They all go together and almost any combination works. I’m talking about berries, peaches, apples, tomatoes, onions, figs, melon, beans, squash, cucumbers, herbs, peas, pears, and peppers.