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So Good It’s B.A.D. (aka Eating our Way through Bishop Arts District)

10 Sep

We’ve ventured over to Dallas’ Bishop Arts District, located in Oak Cliff, more than a few times now since moving here.  As much as we enjoy living in Uptown, sometimes we need a break from the pre-manufactured “cool” of the neighborhood and just crave a more laid-back vibe that’s still vibrant.   We’ve found this in Bishop Arts.  Sure, it’s bordered by some pretty sketchy areas, but this gem of an neighborhood is definitely worth visiting.   It kind of has a Sixth Street/Austin feel, where the stores and restaurants are all independently owned and the offerings are equal parts eclectic and charming.

While I can honestly say I haven’t done much shopping in the area yet, I’ve definitely checked out the foodie scene!  And it’s a little slice of heaven, with something for everyone.   We had authentic Texas BBQ at Lockart’s Smokehouse, super thin crust pizza (and great beer selection) at Eno’s Pizza, and more.  Our favorite find to date is Hattie’s (www.hatties.com), which they describe as an American bistro with southern low-country influence.   We’ve been there twice — once for dinner and once for lunch (on Labor Day).  Our preference was definitely the lunch scene and menu (not posted on their website, but linked here: http://www.zagat.com/r/hatties-dallas/menu.

The food is phenomenal, and the rare place where I literally want to try everything on the menu.  But what I really love is the space itself.   Its bright, airy Charleston-esque atmosphere is perfect for a date, brunch with friends, dinner with the parents or ladies who lunch.  Gorgeous fresh flowers and charming furniture and place settings would make Ina Garten proud.  The drinks are also excellent!


Next stop on the list will hopefully be Bolsa for a nice night out, or Oddfellows for a boozy Sunday Funday brunch!

So next time you’re looking for something a bit different, get out of Uptown, Highland Park, Galleria and the burbs, etc and venture down to Bishop Arts.

Lessons From The Mat + A Game-Changing Weekend

12 Jun

I feel like I’m way overdue for a post here.   I’ve been very busy at work, but mostly I just didn’t have anything interesting to say at the time.   But after a great weekend and some enlightenment from my yoga class, the words are spilling out.   I said this blog would cover a variety of topics, from our move to Dallas, to fitness, to food.  Well, how about all three at once??

So where to start??   Right… enlightenment!   In my yoga class last night at Uptown Yoga (did I mention how much I love this studio?   Oh, yes repeatedly…), our instructor focused on strength and flexibility of our back.  As a result, we spent a lot of time in poses that are of the heart-opening variety and challenging standing strength poses that require quite a bit of conviction to just stay there and remain grounded and calm.   She dared us to have courage to stay in our poses just a bit longer and courage to remain open, vulnerable and exposed (you have to when you are a total hot mess with sweat rolling down your face, elbows, behind your knees… you get the picture).

Confession time.  The past few weeks I’d been feeling a little insecure, and therefore pretty guarded.   I think it’s a mix of trying to adjust to the ways of Dallas, feeling not-so-hot about the way I look and feel (what happens when suddenly stop teaching 5 classes a week and start eating all your Texas faves) and just like I always had something to prove, just wanting to be accepted in my new home, new gym, with new friends, etc.  I’m loving Texas, but it’s a big adjustment, y’all!

But a few things changed over the past week.   One, I took the most ridiculous advanced yoga class that had me facing my fears and just humbled the hell out of me.   I taught several classes at Gold’s and really focused more on the people in my class and less on how I was teaching or how I was perceived as the “new teacher.”   I attended my first gym practice where I met my fellow instructors and was able to just be myself, have fun and feel like a new addition to the family.

To cap it off, we had a very social, fun weekend with great new friends.   We checked out some  standout Dallas restaurants, such as Il Cane Rosso (pizza to die for… and don’t skip the Nutella pizza for dessert) and Lockhart Smokehouse for some TX BBQ.   And while these were outings with both Kevin and me, I’ve also set up a few happy hours, lunches and gym dates that are just for me.   Cuz every girl needs some good girlfriends nearby, right??

Things are looking up, and starting to feel like home.   We haven’t completely abandoned our East Coast needs just yet though… Kevin and I made the most awesome homemade crab cakes for dinner on Sunday while catching the Mad Men season finale.  Yum!!!   If you love crab, go get yourself some good jumbo lump crabmeat (the real deal please… but be prepared to drop a good chunk of change for it), and try this recipe (Credit to Food and Wine Magazine).

  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 large egg, beaten
  3. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  4. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  6. 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked over
  7. 20 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  8. 1/4 cup canola oil
  9. Lemon wedges, for serving
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, lightly toss the crabmeat with the cracker crumbs. Gently fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Scoop the crab mixture into eight 1/3-cup mounds; lightly pack into 8 patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook over moderately high heat until deeply golden and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the crab cakes to plates and serve with lemon wedges.
See, I think I can be a Texas girl with a little East Coast-flava mixed in.   :)   Till next time!

Racking Up Those Frequent Flyer Miles

29 May

Well, I’m way overdue for a new post here.   And so much has transpired that I’m going to break it into 2 posts.

I’ve been on the road over the past 4 weeks, traveling to 4 different locations and staying in lots of hotels.   Two of the trips have taken me to conferences for work, both to Omaha, NE and St. Louis, MO.  Hello Midwest!   You’re friendly, laid back, and pretty much stress free.  These trips were beneficial from a networking standpoint, and usually have some great extracurricular activities built in.

A few highlights were taking in a Cardinals game (from Box seats, no less) and visiting the City Museum (where about 500 adults enjoyed free drinks, 2 story slides and an over-sized ball pit).   Boondoggle?   Perhaps… but this is where relationships are made and the interaction between industry and our customer was priceless.

Cardinals Game

I also enjoyed one of the most fabulous dinner experiences I’ve had (especially dining solo) at Anthony’s Bar (located in the venerated dining establishment Tony’s Restaurant in Downtown St. Louis).   Anthony’s/Tony’s promises  impeccable service and exceptional food and they hit the mark on both fronts.  I had an amazing lobster risotto (off the menu treat), prosciutto and fresh fig salad, and a brown butter almond tart with homemade praline ice cream and caramel sauce.  Are you drooling yet?   I so wish I would have taken pictures!   If you’re ever in St. Louis, definitely check it out for a fine dining experience (http://www.saucecafe.com/tonys/)

I was pretty disciplined about pacing myself through both of these trips… they are long days and often events go into the wee hours of the morning.  But I declined a few events and made sure to get my workouts in (props to the Embassy Suites and Hilton for having well-stocked and spacious hotel gyms) and some time to relax as well.

The other two trips this month took me to Charlottesville, VA for a friend’s wedding, and to Greensboro, NC for my brother Mike’s graduation.   Both trips were short (Friday-Sunday), but so nice for seeing family and friends.   A few pics from each weekend:

Courtney's Wedding

Mike's Graduation

Both events were held on gorgeous days, rich with celebration and full of Southern charm.    Best wishes to Courtney and David, and Mike, I’m so proud of you on your graduation!   Congrats!

Anyone else living the jet setter life recently?   It has definitely impacted my ability to help contribute to the unpacking and decorating, but luckily my wonderful hubby has stepped up to the challenge and made our new place feel like home.  I’ll have to post some pics of it soon.

Next up… Danielle finally does Dallas over Memorial Day Weekend.


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