Quia Querisma

Correspondent

  • Dallas, Texas, USA

Quia Querisma is a correspondent who lives in Dallas and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Querisma sharpened her destination expertise while writing for Where Dallas and the Dallas Guestbook. Though she’s traveled to a number of major cities across the U.S. and parts of Mexico, Querisma got her first passport stamp in Great Britain. The trip inspired her to crisscross the globe collecting visas and chronicling each adventure. Since then, her travel features have been published by the Huffington Post, TravelSmartBlog.com and BlackAmericaWeb.com.

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    What are the best stores for designer clothes in Dallas?

    When it comes to shopping in Dallas, there is life beyond the mall. Sprinkled throughout the city’s well-heeled neighborhoods, there are several fashion powerhouses, each a force to be reckoned with, and with nary a food court in sight.

    Stanley Korshak is an independently-owned, high-end department store in Crescent Court, a compound that includes the Rosewood Crescent Hotel, and several fine restaurants. Korshak is widely revered for its men’s store, boasting labels like Kiton, Brioni, Salvatore Ferragamo and several Ralph Lauren collections; as well as its bridal salon with gowns from Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Rivini, and more. It has all of the usual trappings of a department store: ladies collections, shoes and handbags, jewelry and fragrance, home and gifts. However, The Shak, their expertly-curated boutique of contemporary labels that’s noteworthy on its own.

    Elements rests on Dallas’ own “Miracle Mile” and has been catering to fashionistas since 1999. The sprawling boutique is packed with a who’s who in contemporary ready to wear: Halston Heritage, M Missoni, Camilla and Marc, Black Halo and Abi Ferrin are just a few from the portfolio.

    The men’s, women’s and home collection at Forty Five Ten has been nationally recognized over the years. Walking the fine line of edginess and Dallas’ dedication to luxury is a task at which many retailers have failed, yet Forty Five Ten does so effortlessly. Labels include Celine, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Balmain, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Marni, Victoria Beckham and a host of others.

    For more options be sure to visit Traffic, Centre, and Scoop NYC.
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    What are the best Mexican restaurants in Dallas?

    With no shortage of Mexican dining options in town, it’s a challenge to know where to begin. Whether your taste calls for Tex-Mex or more traditional Mexican fare, here are a few options to jumpstart the dining fiesta.

    Cutting-edge restaurateurs opted for a hybrid of American and Mexican flavors that resulted in a delicious dining experience. Komali’s crab sopes and Mexican-style meatballs are small-plate favorites while the Mexican hamburger, a grilled beef patty with Oaxaca cheese, black beans, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion and chile mayo makes for grand entree. At Mr. Mesero, try the chilorio: two cheese enchiladas with pork chilorio sauce and green rice on the “Mexican Side”; or the Big D Dog, a quarter-pound Kobe beef dog with chile, cheese and onion, served on a brioche bun with house fries on the “American Side.”

    For Tex-Mex, visit Maximo, a chic eatery with a bordello of a bar. Their aguja al cazo is a cherry barbeque-braised short rib served with chimi-churri mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. Try it with the signature Maximo Heat, a Sauza Blue margarita muddled with jalapenos. For seafood, look no further than La Calle Doce. The crisp blue and white decor is a nod to the maritime menu. Their filete a la parrilla, marinated and grilled catfish served with grilled veggies and rice, is perfect in its simplicity.

    For Mexican fare that focuses on the country’s traditional offerings, you'll want to visit Wild Salsa. It's hard to choose from the selection of taqueria tacos, but you'll definitely want to try the sonoran enchiladas: chicken tinga on chile-rubbed tortillas with elote cream, cabbage and agave vinaigrette.
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    What are the best restaurants in Dallas?

    When it comes to top-notch dining in Dallas, the options are just as vast as the city’s network of highways. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Downtown or the in the recesses of the suburbs, great eats are never hard to find.

    Chef Kent Rathbun has made Jasper’s a required stop for foodies. Located in the Shops at Legacy, the chic eatery has a quaint patio great for people watching. The menu changes seasonally, but the rotisserie prime rib, paired with a “loaded” Yukon Gold baked potato is a staple that was voted a Dallas best.

    Charlie Palmer is another hotspot, located in the heart of Downtown. It shares space with the Joule Hotel and incorporates the stylishly-executed industrial energy theme of the hotel. Massive propellers are recessed in the ceiling and the dining room is bathed in rich, natural hues. On the menu, the lobster mac and cheese is a guest favorite. Be sure to try the duo of Berkshire pork served with house-made sausage, bitter greens, beer braised spelt and mustard creme.

    Finally, what’s a visit to Dallas without barbeque? Chef Tim Byres' Smoke is one of the most popular places in town. Priding itself on “homegrown, handmade, local eats,” Smoke specializes in farm to table fare. Hypnotic aromas greet visitors even before they enter the parking lot, tempting the senses of what’s to come. Of the medium plates, try the pit-roasted cabrito and fresh masa with goats milk cajeta and green apple salsa verde. When it’s really time to throw down with a large plate, the Texas barbeque coffee-cured beef brisket with bread and butter pickles and mustard seed potato salad is boot-slappin’ good.
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    What are the best bars in Dallas?

    The art of cocktailing has seen a strong emergence in Dallas in recent years. While you can get a Tito’s Cape Cod nearly anywhere, chances are if you order a Parliament Sour or a White Knuckle Paradise, then you’re at The People’s Last Stand.

    A rising class of accomplished mixologists have made names for themselves and the establishments in which they pour. And while complicated concoctions that require egg whites, flamed orange rinds, and unfamiliar spirits to take more time than usual, they are always worth the wait. Like chefs in the kitchen, the barmen of The Standard Pour can ask what flavors you like and create a cocktail on the fly, as can their talented contemporaries.

    Many of the best cocktail bars in town change their menus with the season, so get comfortable, get adventurous and visit Central 214, The Cedars Social, Bar Smyth, Boulevardier, Marquee Bar & Grill, The Dram and Sunset Lounge.
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    Where is the best shopping in Dallas?

    With more shopping centers per capita than any other American city, Dallas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to retail therapy. While Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center and Highland Park Village are often front of mind, there are several open-air shopping centers that demand attention for their boutique selections.

    Inwood Village on W. Lovers Lane and Inwood Road features St. Bernard Sports for luxury sporting apparel; BeTween Scene, outfitting fashion forward tweens and teens; and Mary Cates & Co. home decor. The Plaza at Preston Center also houses a number of noteworthy, independent retailers including a two-story Tootsie’s, TheBiz, Carla Martinengo, and Bachendorf’s. Snider Plaza, located near the postcard-perfect Southern Methodist University Campus has a number of locally owned shops for stylish women and children. Popular stores like Baby Bliss, Allie-Coosh, Blues Jean Bar, Melanie Gayle and Cotton Island are neighborhood staples.

    Other mall alternatives that feature familiar, national chains are Mockingbird Station, Preston Park Village, Watters Creek, and the Shops at Park Lane.
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    Where is the best shopping in Dallas?

    With more shopping centers per capita than any other American city, Dallas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to retail therapy. While Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center and Highland Park Village are often front of mind, there are several open-air shopping centers that demand attention for their boutique selections.

    Inwood Village on W. Lovers Lane and Inwood Road features St. Bernard Sports for luxury sporting apparel; BeTween Scene, outfitting fashion forward tweens and teens; and Mary Cates & Co. home decor. The Plaza at Preston Center also houses a number of noteworthy, independent retailers including a two-story Tootsie’s, TheBiz, Carla Martinengo, and Bachendorf’s. Snider Plaza, located near the postcard-perfect Southern Methodist University Campus has a number of locally owned shops for stylish women and children. Popular stores like Baby Bliss, Allie-Coosh, Blues Jean Bar, Melanie Gayle and Cotton Island are neighborhood staples.

    Other mall alternatives that feature familiar, national chains are Mockingbird Station, Preston Park Village, Watters Creek, and the Shops at Park Lane.
  • On April 26, 2013
    Quia Querisma answered the question: Quia Querisma

    Where is the best shopping in Dallas?

    With more shopping centers per capita than any other American city, Dallas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to retail therapy. While Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center and Highland Park Village are often front of mind, there are several open-air shopping centers that demand attention for their boutique selections.

    Inwood Village on W. Lovers Lane and Inwood Road features St. Bernard Sports for luxury sporting apparel; BeTween Scene, outfitting fashion forward tweens and teens; and Mary Cates & Co. home decor. The Plaza at Preston Center also houses a number of noteworthy, independent retailers including a two-story Tootsie’s, TheBiz, Carla Martinengo, and Bachendorf’s. Snider Plaza, located near the postcard-perfect Southern Methodist University Campus has a number of locally owned shops for stylish women and children. Popular stores like Baby Bliss, Allie-Coosh, Blues Jean Bar, Melanie Gayle and Cotton Island are neighborhood staples.

    Other mall alternatives that feature familiar, national chains are Mockingbird Station, Preston Park Village, Watters Creek, and the Shops at Park Lane.
  • On April 26, 2013
    Quia Querisma answered the question: Quia Querisma

    Where is the best shopping in Dallas?

    With more shopping centers per capita than any other American city, Dallas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to retail therapy. While Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center and Highland Park Village are often front of mind, there are several open-air shopping centers that demand attention for their boutique selections.

    Inwood Village on W. Lovers Lane and Inwood Road features St. Bernard Sports for luxury sporting apparel; BeTween Scene, outfitting fashion forward tweens and teens; and Mary Cates & Co. home decor. The Plaza at Preston Center also houses a number of noteworthy, independent retailers including a two-story Tootsie’s, TheBiz, Carla Martinengo, and Bachendorf’s. Snider Plaza, located near the postcard-perfect Southern Methodist University Campus has a number of locally owned shops for stylish women and children. Popular stores like Baby Bliss, Allie-Coosh, Blues Jean Bar, Melanie Gayle and Cotton Island are neighborhood staples.

    Other mall alternatives that feature familiar, national chains are Mockingbird Station, Preston Park Village, Watters Creek, and the Shops at Park Lane.

    Image courtesy of Highland Park Village
  • On April 26, 2013
    Quia Querisma answered the question: Quia Querisma

    Where is the best shopping in Dallas?

       With more shopping centers per capita than any other American city, Dallas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to retail therapy. While Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center and Highland Park Village are often front of mind, there are several open-air shopping centers that demand attention for their boutique selections.

    Inwood Village on W. Lovers Lane and Inwood Road features St. Bernard Sports for luxury sporting apparel; BeTween Scene, outfitting fashion forward tweens and teens; and Mary Cates & Co. home decor. The Plaza at Preston Center also houses a number of noteworthy, independent retailers including a two-story Tootsie’s, TheBiz, Carla Martinengo, and Bachendorf’s. Snider Plaza, located near the postcard-perfect Southern Methodist University Campus has a number of locally owned shops for stylish women and children. Popular stores like Baby Bliss, Allie-Coosh, Blues Jean Bar, Melanie Gayle and Cotton Island are neighborhood staples.

    Other mall alternatives that feature familiar, national chains are Mockingbird Station, Preston Park Village, Watters Creek, and the Shops at Park Lane.

    Image courtesy of Highland Park Village
  • On April 26, 2013
    Quia Querisma answered the question: Quia Querisma

    Where is the best shopping in Dallas?

       With more shopping centers per capita than any other American city, Dallas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to retail therapy. While Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center and Highland Park Village are often front of mind, there are several open-air shopping centers that demand attention for their boutique selections.

    Inwood Village on W. Lovers Lane and Inwood Road features St. Bernard Sports for luxury sporting apparel; BeTween Scene, outfitting fashion forward tweens and teens; and Mary Cates & Co. home decor. The Plaza at Preston Center also houses a number of noteworthy, independent retailers including a two-story Tootsie’s, TheBiz, Carla Martinengo, and Bachendorf’s. Snyder Plaza, located near the postcard-perfect Southern Methodist University Campus has a number of locally owned shops for stylish women and children. Popular stores like Baby Bliss, Allie-Coosh, Blues Jean Bar, Melanie Gayle and Cotton Island are neighborhood staples.

    Other mall alternatives that feature familiar, national chains are Mockingbird Station, Preston Park Village, Watters Creek, and the Shops at Park Lane.

    Image courtesy of Highland Park Village