Things We Love in July

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SPECIAL DELIVERY FROM MAGNOLIA CHEESE COMPANY

Here’s a reason to get excited about office lunch-and-learn menu planning. Magnolia Cheese Company, the cute restaurant and cheese shop that opened late last year in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood, is now offering box lunch delivery service. Prices range from $7 for a quinoa salad to $10.50 for the beef and bleu sandwich, which offers grilled Texas hanger steak, Stilton cheese and onion-poblano relish served on a baguette. Sandwiches come with a choice of kettle chips or the heavenly crisp kale chips and include a lime-honey shortbread cookie. Delivery is free for destinations within a 15-mile radius when at least 10 box lunches are ordered. (Smaller orders can be picked up at the restaurant.) Now that addictive pimento cheese on sourdough, made with San Saba pecans and local Drunken Monk Gouda, can come to us. 1251 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817-945-2221, www.magnoliacheese.com.

CHECKERBOARDS FOR CHECKS

Love MacKenzie-Childs? You no longer need to leave your favorite patterns at home, as the popular home accessory and furniture brand now brings its signature designs, including the classic Courtly Check, to personal accessories. From totes to checkbooks to cosmetic cases and more, pieces boast durable cloth construction along with elegant details like scalloped leather trim and brass accents. Even the desk accessories are designed for maximum MacKenzie impact. The line, priced from $175 to $395, is available at Neiman Marcus Ridgmar, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581, and www.mackenzie-childs.com.

MEMORABLE MEMORY BOOKS

Taking photos on vacation is easy — figuring out what to do with them when you get home is not. For many, just remembering to download them is difficult, not to mention sorting and organizing. And the process of compiling them into a book, even with online tools, can be particularly vexing. That’s where Books of Life by Chenevert Photography comes in. This boutique service specializes in photography management, turning your important images into exquisite coffee table art books. Send in your photos in any format — from computer files to Polaroids in a shoebox — and longtime professional photographer Julie Chenevert and her staff of graphics gurus will cull the best ones, work any necessary digital magic on them, and then put it all together in a logical and beautiful way. You’re not limited to just photos; layouts also can include memorabilia like old letters or historical pieces. It’s the ultimate way to capture the spirit of your most memorable life events. Books begin at $550. For more information, call 847-859-9442 or visit www.yourbooksoflife.com.

SUMMER TIME

Don’t wait for the holidays to treat yourself (or someone you love very, very much) to an elegant timepiece. These two watches caught our fancy this month:

Look good while doing good with the special-edition NOMOS Glasshütte Tangente 33 and Tangente 38, which benefit Doctors Without Borders USA. Only 1,000 of these sleek stainless-steel watches have been produced in each size, and for each one sold, the Germany-based watchmaker will donate $100 to the international medical relief agency. www.nomos-watches.com.

Panerai’s latest collection includes this posh 515 Radiomir 1940 in 18k “red gold” with an alligator strap. Sized at an impressive 47 mm — it’s what the brand is known for, after all — this is the most eye-catching watch of the season. $54,100; Officine Panerai Dallas, 8687 North Central Expressway, Suite 524, at NorthPark Center, Dallas, 214-206-9860.

BARBECUE FOR BREAKFAST

We Texans know it’s possible to throw just about anything on the grill and turn out a tasty meal. Why not light the fire for breakfast? Weber’s new ebelskiver pan is a European-inspired tool that creates traditional, sphere-shaped Danish pancakes. Those filled pancakes that are so popular at restaurants now? Yep, you can make ’em in the pan. (Nutella filling, anyone?) It can also be used to turn out hush puppies, individual pizza puffs or potpies. The pan, about $50, is made of porcelain-enamel cast iron, and it’s designed for use with the Weber Gourmet BBQ System ($40-$80). Find it at Foreman’s General Store, 3801 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville; 817-281-7252, and BBQ Outfitters, 2366 E. Hwy. 114, Southlake, 817-329-1800.

EXPLORE PARIS WITH THE COWGIRL CHEF

First, food writer (and occasional Indulge contributor) Ellise Pierce charmed her way into local kitchens with her “Cowgirl Chef” column, which has appeared in the Star-Telegram for several years. (Who could resist her stories of falling back in love with the Texas food she missed while living in Paris, the culinary capital of the world?) Last summer, Pierce’s Cowgirl Chef cookbook got even more readers cooking her “Cowgirlified Frenchy” way. Now, Pierce, who recently moved to Santa Fe., N.M., is inviting travelers to pull on their boots and meet her in Paris for Cowgirl Chef Tours. Her three- and four-day “Brocantes, Bistros and Baguettes” tours will take folks who like to shop as much as they like to eat to some of her favorite Parisian flea markets ( brocantes), bistros and more; they’ll also, of course, get to take cooking classes from the Cowgirl Chef herself. The first tours run weekends Sept. 14 through Oct. 7 and are limited to four travelers; 1,875 euros (three days) or 2,500 euros (four days), includes food, wine, classes and tours but not airfare or hotel. For more information, visit http://cowgirlchef.com/tours or email ellise@cowgirlchef.com.

THRILLING NEW RELEASE

We get pretty jazzed when friends and colleagues publish books, and we’re thrilled about Julia Heaberlin’s chilling new novel, Lie Still (Random House, $15), the follow-up to last summer’s Playing Dead. Heaberlin, a Grapevine resident and former head of the Star-Telegram Features Department, once again sets all the action in the Fort Worth-Dallas area, in a wealthy little made-up town called Clairmont that just happens to have a “local upscale grocery” called Central Market and just happens to be seven miles from the town of Keller. Heaberlin weaves a riveting tale of social acceptance, revenge and redemption — and the bends and gnarls of the plot don’t stop until the last page. Indulge will help Heaberlin celebrate the book’s release with a party from 5 to 8 p.m. July 23 at Daddy Jack’s restaurant, 355 N. Carroll Ave., in Southlake Town Square. Heaberlin will sign and discuss Lie Still while party-goers nosh on appetizers and sip the signature cocktail of the evening, the “Thrillertini.” If you miss the party, you’ll have a chance for another book signing 7 p.m. July 26 at Barnes & Noble, 401 Commerce St., in Fort Worth.

SCHOOL SPIRIT IN EVERY STRIPE

Now you can show off your school spirit right down to your toes. Root for your home team by wearing a pair of Lilly U’s adorable new ballet flats adorned with wide stripes in a variety of college-centric color combinations featuring shades like Carolina blue, green, navy and, yes, even purple, orange and Aggie maroon ($58). There’s even a selection of adorable clip-on bows ($15) and enamel school logo clips ($18) to ratchet up the rah-rah factor. Explore the entire range of colors and clips at www.lillybee.com; find TCU-hued flats and clips locally at Brown Bag Etc., 2912 Pulido St., Fort Worth, 817-735-9361.

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