DFW is hotter than hell, and I'm not just talking about this summer's blast-furnace temperatures.
This year we hosted the NBA All-Star Game (and a record 108,000 fans); next comes the ultimate spectacle, Super Bowl XLV in February. Celebrity chefs are turning up the heat in kitchens from Fort Worth and Dallas, and network TV cameras are shooting all over town on shows like The Good Guys, Chase and Lone Star.
On any given weekend night, clubs and patios from Uptown to West 7th are filled with hot people (and we are not talking about the humidity!).
So, yes, the summer heat is miserable, but we prefer to celebrate the sizzling season by focusing on DFW's hottest attributes. Just park yourself by one of the many amazing pools -- from the W in Dallas to Four Seasons in Las Colinas to the Omni in Fort Worth -- and you'll see what I mean.
Since I don't have a shy muscle in my body, I took the liberty of chatting up some of DFW's hottest people -- everybody from a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader to a Ticket Chick to an energy-drink guru -- to make the summer heat a bit more bearable. And be sure to check out an extensive pics gallery from the sizzling photo shoot.
Current city: Dallas
You may recognize Candice from ... CW33, where she hosts Up All Night, a weekly segment about the hottest clubs and restaurants in DFW. It airs 9 p.m. Thursdays. She also hosts The RC Project, an entertainment and lifestyle program (www.the33tv.com/news/thercproject) that airs every day at the end of CW33's 5 p.m. newscast. Candice is also the younger sister of actor Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) and a former Miss Missouri USA.
Day job: sports reporter and host on CW33. Each week she travels to a high-school game of the week and hosts a segment called CW33 Gameday, www.cw33gameday.com
Dream job: Pastry chef. I love to cook!
Favorite sports team and player of the year: Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo (In case you missed her interview on The Ticket, they're dating.)
My best feature: My teeth. I wore braces for four years and don't want anything to happen to them, and I've always said that, "If you don't have anything to say, just smile, because it puts people at ease."
My favorite place in DFW to hang out is: Anywhere that has a patio (when it's not 105 degrees outside).
Does a guy who is NOT rich or famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? My motto for dating has always been to find somebody with high integrity, is hardworking, someone who makes me laugh and, most importantly, someone who loves the Lord, regardless of fame or wealth.
What's your perfect night out? It's more like a perfect night in.
Ideal place for a summer vacation: As long as there's a beach, a boat, good food, good friends and no schedule, I'm there!
Fantasy person to date: A hairstylist, like Frederic Fekkai. I hate blow-drying my hair, so how great would it be to date a guy that could do your hair perfectly EVERY DAY??
Favorite food, restaurant, junk food: Food: Chocolate-chip cookies or vanilla cupcakes. Restaurant: Mi Cocina. Junk food: pizza
Hobbies: Running, golf, basketball, cooking, organizing, entertaining, watching TV, going out to dinner with friends and family.
For the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium, I will be ... In the stands watching the Dallas Cowboys win it!
Current city: Las Colinas
Birthday: Dec. 31
You may recognize her from ... two seasons as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Amy has danced since she was 2 -- from ballet to four years on the SMU pom squad to the DCC.
Day job: Marketing consultant
Dream job: Working for a fancy PR firm
Best feature: my smile
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: The Common Table, a friendly Uptown restaurant/bar.
Does a guy who is NOT rich and famous have a realistic chance with you? Absolutely, I actually prefer it because the others come attached with drama.
What's the worst way for a guy to approach you? On Facebook
What's your biggest turn-off in a guy? Ed Hardy shirts
What's your favorite thing about summer? Lying out by the pool and getting a tan
Ideal place for a summer vacation? Bahamas
Fantasy person to date? Eric Bana
I am the ideal woman because ... I know more about football than most boys.
Favorite movie that made me laugh: The Hangover ... that made me cry: The Notebook
Hobbies: kickboxing, yoga
For this year's Super Bowl XLV to be played at Cowboys Stadium, I will be ... Cheering on the Dallas Cowboys!
What is an example of your perfect night? For the guy I am dating to cook me dinner (preferably Italian) and watch a movie on the couch.
Day job: Chief marketing officer and principle owner of BLU USA, maker of BLU energy drink.
You may recognize him: as the guy driving around town in the BLU mobile, a Toyota FJ Cruiser covered in BLU signage.
Dream job: I love my job! My business partners are my best friends, and I get to party for a living!
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: Thrive nightclub in Dallas
Best feature: I'd have to say my eyes. Got them from my grandmother.
Favorite food: Steak from Three Forks
Does a girl who does NOT look like a supermodel have a realistic chance to go out with you? I'm not into girls that look fake or act fake. Not saying that ALL supermodels are fake, but my experience has been such. I like a beautiful woman that is beautiful inside AND out. Looks fade ... I just so happen to be lucky enough to be dating someone that is just as beautiful inside as she is outside.
You may recognize her from ... four years as a Ticket Chick for Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
Dream job: hosting my own show on HGTV
Favorite sports team and favorite player: Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard
Does a guy who is NOT rich or famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? Yes! As long as he's handsome, 6 foot, 2 inches or taller, physically fit, has semi-perfectly aligned teeth and a FICO score of at least 750.
Favorite place to hang out in DFW: Grand Lux Cafe
Favorite guilty pleasure food: Double-Double from In-N-Out Burger with a strawberry shake
Hobbies: Volunteering with at risk youth/teens.
You may recognize her from ... the Miss Texas United States pageant. She is the current Miss Dallas and finished in the top 5 in the Miss Texas competition. (Vivian got a late start in the pageant world and didn't enter her first until she was 18. Her parents, who were born in Vietnam, were initially against it, she said.)
Day job: She's a junior at UTA, majoring in psychology
Dream job: Miss Universe
Favorite sports team: Dallas Mavericks
Fantasy person to date:
Favorite junk food: french fries
You may recognize her from ... two seasons as a member of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls.
Day job: I work for Frontburner Restaurants. You know us if you've visited The Ranch at Las Colinas or Twin Peaks.
Dream job: I'd love to be Diane Smith, senior editor of Sports Illustrated. For about a decade, she's been the mastermind behind the annual swimsuit edition.
Does a guy who is NOT rich or famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? I'm not looking for a wallet on legs -- they don't tend to have the diligence I find sexy.
My best feature is: I've been told I have a nice assiduity. (You thought I was going to say something else?)
Favorite junk food: Do they make 12-step programs for funnel cake?
You may recognize him from ... his days as an SMU football player.
Dream job: action-movie star
Does a girl who does NOT look like a supermodel have a realistic chance if going out with you? I get bored very easily, so a woman with a great personality can trump a beautiful nonpersonable model.
What's your perfect night out? Dinner, movie then either arcade or bowling alley
How in the world did you get those abs? In football training at Terrell High School. (Same high school as Jamie Foxx, who has helped Devonric in Hollywood.) He maintains his abs with lots of cardio and kickboxing. But he also said, "I'm not going to lie, a lot of it is genetics!"
Chelsea Leigh Davis
You may recognize her from ... four years as a dancer for the Dallas Desperados, and she was a captain last season of the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blues Dancers
Day job: Management at the new restaurant Trois, opening soon
Does a guy who is NOT rich or famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? "Starving artist" seems to be more my type.
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: Deux at Mockingbird Station and the pool at the Belmont Hotel
Day job: Founder of BuildingDFW.com real estate solutions
Ideal place for a summer vacation: the lakes and weather of my hometown, Caseville, Mich.
What's your perfect night out? Dinner and drinks at the Oasis at Joe Pool Lake, followed by a walk on the pier.
Hobbies: fishing, going to the beach
Day job: chief marketing officer for Salganik Solutions, an online marketing firm that I've been with since its inception in March 2009.
Dream job: To run my own charity that helps clothe and educate children in Third World nations
Ideal place for summer vacation: Amalfi coast
Favorite restaurant: Al Biernat's
Day job: ACN (International Telecommunications currently developing HD videophone technology)
Favorite pro sports athlete: Tony Romo
Favorite food: All-you-can-eat steak at Texas de Brazil in downtown Fort Worth
Hobbies: Tennis, rock climbing, mixed martial arts