On July 26, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Dallas is deep within the throes of Restaurant Week, the annual event that invites eager diners to try fabulous, three course meals for $35-$45. An added bonus is that a portion of the proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank or the Lena Pope Home for families in need. Locals come out en masse each year for the opportunity to enjoy an affordable meal at some of the best eateries in town.
Participating restaurants include the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated Mansion Restaurant and Stephan Pyles. The Mansion lets guests choose between a slow roasted pork shoulder with corn pudding, pickled mustard seeds, wild mushrooms and peaches; organic chicken with purple hull peas, fava beans and chorizo froth; or an artic char with orange mustard vinaigrette, savoy cabbage and potato mousseline.
Also, be sure not to miss the offerings from area icons Al Biernat’s, Arcodoro & Pomodoro, The Tower Club and the Pyramid Restaurant. Reservations are required, so visit DFWRestaurantWeek.com for more information on participating restaurants and seatings. Restaurant week ends September 1.
On July 26, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:With its retractable, power roof and larger-than-life HD monitors suspended over the field, one must-do activity is to visit Cowboys Stadium. Even those who aren’t necessarily sports fanatics will appreciate the architecture, creativity and detail that was put into the powerhouse landmark. Of course, the best way to experience “Jerry World” would be to watch the Dallas Cowboys in a gridiron battle, but a number of concerts take place there as well.
On most days, Cowboys Stadium is open to the public for walking tours. Self-guided tours are $17.50 for adults, $14.50 for children and allow access the Cowboys and Cowboys Cheerleaders locker rooms, the Miller Lite Club and the post-game interview room. VIP guided tours are about $10 more, and offer an in-depth experience that includes checking out a private suite, the print media press box, the Cotton Bowl office vestibule, and the Dr Pepper Star Bar or the Ford Motor Company Fountain. By far, the highlight of both tours is the opportunity to venture onto the playing field to toss around the pigskin and take a photo on the famed blue star.
An interesting fact is that the stadium is filled with striking artwork. Both a guided tour and audio tour are available to take in the complete Dallas Cowboys Stadium experience.
On June 28, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:The boutique scene in Dallas often reflects the vibe of the neighborhood in which they’ve set up shop. Suburbs like Allen, Frisco and Plano have robust shopping and entertainment areas with indie shops mixed among chain stores. The merchandise often caters to stylish moms and mature women who have a sense of flair. There’s a big emphasis on jewelry, accessories and gifts. Check out Willa, Altar’d State, Blinc and Firefly Trend.
When it comes to upscale shopping, Inwood Village, Snider Plaza and the Plaza at Preston Center offer the best selection of boutiques owned and managed by Dallas residents. A quick chat with the staff will reveal that operators often criss cross the globe and bring their finds back to the city, catering to the refined tastes of cosmopolitan women and men. Visit Mel Crews, Calypso St. Barth and St. Bernard Sports.
If you’re searching for edgy and fashion-forward style, take a stroll down the Miracle Mile on Lovers Lane, or explore the Knox-Henderson and Uptown areas. The majority of the boutiques in these areas have their finger of the pulse of the latest trends, straight from the pages of fashion magazines. Don’t miss Haven, Hemline, DEMARRA and Lilli London.
On June 28, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Summer solstice has passed and we’re entering balmy territory in Dallas. On June 27, the temperature broke 103 degrees letting everyone within city limits know that the dog days of summer have arrived.
June through August in Dallas is brutally hot, and oftentimes humid. The expectation is that it would be cooler before sunrise, but temperatures can dance in the 80s even before dawn. The hottest part of the day is still 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. and the heat lingers long into the night. Though air quality is reported throughout the year by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, you’ll encounter more “ozone action days,” when people are encouraged to stay indoors, during the summer months.
But fret not, it’s been hot in Dallas for decades and the residents know how to keep their cool. Nearly everyplace you go in town has central air conditioning, and restaurants with outdoor seating offer misting fans to keep cool the patrons who brave the sun’s rays. A cute perk often found in pedestrian-friendly Uptown is the occasional bowl of water left near business entrances to refresh parched pets. There are also several water parks across the city including Bahama Beach and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Still, the public’s favorite places to hide from the heat are usually shopping malls and movie theaters.
On June 27, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:A small fact that even some locals tend to forget is that the city of Grapevine is home to a throng of vineyards and independent wineries, lending itself to an impressive collection of wine experiences. A favorite is La Buena Vida Vineyards, which blends beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces with ornate, Spanish tile fountains and a modern but rustic elegance. The vineyard features award-winning wines and often updates its featured selections to showcase their offerings.
Another must-see winery in Grapevine is Delaney Vineyards & Winery. The 20-year old business is privately owned by its original founder, Jerry Delaney, who operates two vineyards in Texas. Delaney proudly sells his house wines and tours of the winery are available. On Thursday nights this summer, be sure to check out Rhythm and Wine to enjoy the wine and live music while overlooking the vines.
If you’re searching for something within Dallas proper, Mercy wine bar in Addison offers unparalleled romance and ambiance. This year marks their 10th anniversary of introducing their guests to a world of wines old and new.
On June 17, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:For a hands-on experience that the entire family can enjoy this summer, visit the Recycle Reef exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Each visitor plays a part in helping the exhibit grow and change every day. Recyclable materials are sourced within the “making area” to design an eco-friendly work of art. Keeping with the reef theme, the materials can be used to create fish, sea plants, manta rays and more. Guests can opt to take their artwork home or add it to the Recycle Reef’s collection of masterpieces. The exhibit runs through August 25, and once it closes, the entire exhibit will be recycled to honor the green initiative. Children of all ages will enjoy the Perot Museum, the newest kid on the block in the Dallas arts scene. Filled with a number of installations that encourage visitors to touch, learn and engage the museum is just one fun way to beat the Texas heat.
On June 17, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Dallas’ live music venues are just as varied as the artists who play them. Up and coming talent will often book gigs at Opening Bell Coffee and City Tavern while more-established cover bands tend to headline at Blue Martini and Sambuca 360.
Far and away from the indie rock and rap scene of Deep Ellum, live jazz is easily found in Dallas. The Mansion Bar, inside of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated Mansion on Turtle Creek, regularly features sounds befitting of its posh setting. For a scene that’s a little more relaxed, try Terilli’s. The Italian restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite for great food and jazz for decades.
To enjoy a little country-western flavor, head to Gilley’s where an active schedule of performers is sure to deliver that classic, Texas experience that so many people often imagine.
Lastly, the Winspear Opera House, an architectural marvel in the Arts District, plays host to a number of nationally- and internationally-recognized names. The acoustics are perfect and the setting delivers the proper air of elegance that is meant for fine performances.
On June 14, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:A nice aspect of Dallas is that if you drive an hour or so outside of city limits, it feels as if you’re in a completely different place. The Lone Star State is full of rolling green space—farm land, nature preserves and parks. Possum Kingdom State Park is three hours west of Downtown. The rustic oasis is open year-round, seven days a week. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, camping and picnics, along with a host of water activities and fishing on Possum Kingdom Lake.
For the folks who want to do some shopping and enjoy a bit of country charm, head to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Just an hour east of Downtown, this historic flea market dates back to the 1850s when townspeople came to the square to conduct business, sell and trade their wares, and watch court proceedings. As the years passed the market outgrew the square and was no longer relegated to only the first Monday of the month. The event still maintains its historic name but the flea market is open Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of the month. It’s open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market is accessible by a whopping four exits on I-20 and is filled with handmade wares, crafts, gifts, furniture, food and more.
On May 10, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Navigating the city of Dallas without a car is not for the faint of heart but it can be done – in certain areas. Generally speaking, yes, you should absolutely rent a car when visiting. Dallas is an expansive city with far-flung neighborhoods connected by a constantly growing network of highways and toll roads.
The areas that are most easily navigated without a car are Downtown, the West Village, and parts of Uptown. These neighborhoods are pedestrian-friendly with places for living, working, and playing all within close proximity. However, don’t let the flat landscape fool you. Many times destinations are a lot farther away than they look to the naked eye.The Arts District is connected to Uptown and the West Village by the McKinney Avenue trolley which is free to ride. Also, the DART light rail tends to stop closer to areas of interest in these three neighborhoods and won’t leave you in store for a long hike.
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On May 10, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Nightlife in Dallas is largely dependent on who’s throwing the party. Night clubs come and go quickly here, however Candleroom on Knox/Henderson has managed to stand the test of time. As of this writing, The Dram is a popular haunt as well. Locals know that it pays to check out F!D Luxe, D Magazine and Paper City -- the city’s social leaders -- to find out who’s throwing the next big bash. Events including celebrity-hosted fashion shows, Veuve Clicquot’s seasonal celebrations, and the Cattle Baron’s Ball are the highlights of nightlife beyond Dallas’ vast bar scene. Younger crowds frequent the ultra-lounges in Downtown while more sophisticated tastes head to Sambuca, Glass Cactus and Blue Martini. By and large, nightlife in Dallas revolves around late-night restaurants and bars featuring deejays and/or live music.