Whenever someone asks me what my favorite food is or my favorite meal, I answer without a doubt-biscuits & gravy. This probably comes from a childhood of sitting on the counter while my grandma made (FROM SCRATCH) biscuits in a cast iron skillet, every morning for...
It seems that summer has officially arrived and what better way to celebrate than with live outdoor concerts and delicious treats at Taste Addison. Very few things excite me more than food & music and when the two are combined, well I'm one happy gal. This year,...
First off I would like to apologize to all North Texans and state fair enthusiasts everywhere. I just did not understand the hype at all. But I get it now, I get it. Big Tex is one of the coolest things I have ever seen and the corny dogs ARE that delicious. But now that that’s out of the way, lets move on. Did you know the Texas State Fair almost didn’t happen? Yup. A group of Dallas businessmen came together to start what was going to be called the Dallas State Fair, but the men could not agree on a location for the fairgrounds. C.A. Keating went out with his supporters and started the Texas State Fair at what is now Fair Park. They even opened the fair 1 day prior to their opposers to give them one last burn(ha). There is so much history that surrounds the Texas State Fair that I could not possibly tell you all of it but I thought that was such a cool little tidbit.
The Bishop Arts District is an up & coming neighborhood just south of Downtown Dallas and right in the middle of Oak Cliff. If you like to shop local and support small businesses, this is the place to go. Bishop Arts is Dallas’ self-proclaimed “most independent neighborhood.” There are over 60 different businesses featured in this hometown square setup. What I love most about Bishop Arts is their focus on exactly that, the arts. There are quite a few art galleries, shops that feature local artisans, street art murals and even live music. The kiddo in me just loves coming down here to visit all the pups hanging out with their owners on the street and swinging on the big swing by the Dallas Strong mural. But what we came down here for was obviously, the food.
Boredom had officially set in this past Sunday and I needed to get out of the apartment-FAST. It was rainy and I wanted to be out celebrating that my face was no longer going to be melting when I stepped outside. Gene suggested we go explore Historic Downtown Grapevine since he’s over there for work all the time and as usual with his suggestions, it didn’t disappoint. It just feels like you are taking a step back in time and it’s so…slow, but in the best way. Grapevine is just overflowing with history and culture. We loved it! There are some shops and things that we missed since it was a Sunday so we will definitely be going back just to see the glassblowing at Vetro Glassblowing.
Trinity Groves is what I like to think of as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow-or bridge, specifically the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. This bridge, which has quickly become a staple of the Dallas skyline, opened in 2012 and serves as a beacon that points us all to the most awesome food & culture that West Dallas is becoming. Trinity Groves gives new startups the opportunity to take their ideas to the public & successful restauranteurs who in the end, could make them just as successful. It’s truly an amazing concept that helps grow our local businesses, community and economy. It’s definitely not hard on the eyes either. I have seen so many pictures at Christmas time and I cannot wait to come eat among all the gorgeous lights. But for now let’s just focus on the food.
Note the triple z in Sundazzze. We are pretty lazy on Sundays but lately we have been participating in the notorious phenomena that is Sunday Funday. If you’re unfamiliar, boy are you missing out. And Sunday Funday must always include brunch. Period. The end. Coming from West Texas where brunch is not quite the staple it is here in Dallas, I have fallen in love. I have high hopes that it will catch on quickly there, but enough about brunch-let’s talk about Greenville Ave.
Gene gets to pick date night on Friday nights and I must say-he picks well! An area of Dallas that we had been wanting to explore was Deep Ellum. One thing that I just love about Dallas is that you can drive 10 minutes and the feel, culture and energy of the city can totally change. Just to give you some background on Deep Ellum, it’s been around for awhile-the late 1800s to be exact. It was a big contributor to industrial development in Dallas seeing as how Henry Ford had one of his first automobile plants here. But what it’s most known for is it’s contribution to the jazz music scene. You can read more about Deep Ellum’s history here.