How to spend 24 Hours in Dallas

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If you’re only in Dallas for a day or maybe even a weekend and need something to do…you’re in luck! I have outlined a few fun things that you’re bound to enjoy!

Breakfast/Brunch:

There are so many great places to eat in Dallas, and if you’re like me, picking just one is a struggle. After multiple trips over to Yelp, I decided to go with Jonathon’s Oak Cliff. I arrived around 10 ish and it was already packed. Parking is a nightmare – there is limited parking in the front and back of the building and getting in and out of the small parking lot is challenging. I would recommend finding parking on the street. Luckily, there was no wait and we were immediately seated on the patio. I ordered the biscuits and gravy, and Norma ordered the chicken and waffles. Sadly, I was not impressed with my order. However, the mimosa ($5) was legit! Norma’s waffle was really good, but in my opinion the chicken was mediocre. See more of Jonathon’s here.

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Mural Hunt:

I’m obsessed with murals and pretty street art, and Dallas has some of the best that I have ever seen. They are full of color and life which means that you’re bound to get tons of Insta likes with these amazing backdrops. See a few of my favorites below:

  • The Color Symmetry Wall by @imthornton13 – 1804 McMillan (next to High Fives)Dallas 33
  • The Colorful Pentagon Wall by @therealartgod – 3699 McKinney Ave. (parking garage behind Loft)Dallas 30
  •  The Striped Flower Wall by @mrkiji – 1901 North Henderson Ave. (on the side of Bonodos) *this one is a little hard to photograph – cars were parking right in front of it. *Dallas 29
  • Started With A Screenshot by Ali K – 2900 McKinney Avenue (Standard Pour parking lot)Dallas 31
  • The Wall of America by unknown artist – 2730 Commerce Street (on the side of St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin)Dallas 28
  • Fine Pies For Fine Folk by @dana_tanamachi – 2708 Main St. #110 (mural is at Emporium Pies in Deep Ellum) Be sure to grab a slice of pie while you are there.Dallas 19
  • The Colorful Squares by @huy_see – 2810 Elm Street (Deep Ellum) *depending on time of day, this one is hard to photograph due to cars being parked in front of it*Dallas 20

Thanksgiving Square Foundation:

I loved this little gem! Located in downtown, Thanksgiving Square is  the perfect place to stop and take a moment to remind yourself of what you’re thankful for. The ceiling is beautiful!! Admission is free, but donations are welcome! 

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Dallas Farmer’s Market:

Also located in downtown, this farmer’s market is packed with restaurants, shops, sweet treats, and the cutest garden nursery.  Also, the view of downtown is pretty sweet too. Parking is plenty and free! Dallas 17

Dallas Museum of Art:

I am not big on art at all, but this museum had some really nice pieces. I loved how designated areas featured art from different countries and cultures. It was impressive. My most favorite part of DMA is the Coco Chanel Chambers. It features her home and all of the furniture, personal belongings, living room, right down to the bed she slept in. I highly recommend working this into your day if you’re in Dallas.  Admission is free – donations are welcome! Parking in $12, but you can find metered street parking. 

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Bishop Arts District:

Bishop Arts is known for it’s colorful street art, diverse culture, and local shopping boutiques. Bars, restaurants, and bakeries surround this area, making it feel like a small town in itself. I loved everything about Bishop Arts District. We stayed in an Airbnb right down the road, and could not have asked for a better experience. The well-known Lockhart Smokehouse is right in the heart of BAD. I did get a chance to visit, and the food was pretty good. I recommend getting the ribs and the mac n’ cheese. Those were both delicious. Also, be sure to check out the Bishop Arts District Murals – they were super cute!

Deep Ellum:

Deep Ellum is full of bars, restaurants, shops, and much more! The art in this area is exceptional making it the perfect place to explore by foot during the day. However, at night Deep Ellum is also a super cool area to venture to. Many of the bars are laid back and offer live music, the patios are perfect for people watching, and the vibe is chill. You can’t go wrong hanging out in this part of town.

I hope you get to check out a few of these spots during your next trip to Dallas! Leave a comment, and let me know of some other places to explore in the Dallas area.

 

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On Sundays We Brunch

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I don’t know about you, but brunch is one of my favorite meals! I love having breakfast type foods in the middle of the day. Who am I kidding? I love any type of food in the middle of the day, but brunch is one of my favs. I was never a big “brunch” person until I moved to Texas. In fact, I had not heard of such until I was living in Houston my first year (back in 2013) and overheard people talking about “brunching” over the weekend. So crazy, but so true!

This past Sunday, I decided to have brunch at Walton’s Fancy & Staple. This was not my first visit here, but the food was delicious last time that I wanted to revisit. I love everything about this restaurant – even the fact that it is owned by the beautiful and talented Sandra Bullock. It’s located in the heart of downtown right off of 6th street: 609 W. 6th St, Austin, TX 78701. The exterior features a stairwell that leads to a rustic brick side wall along with their logo and beautiful greenery which makes the perfect photo-op.

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Once inside the ambiance is really cozy. It reminds me of what an old cafe or bakery would look like back in the day with a few modern touches. The interior is also very rustic-chic and decorated so beautifully with accents of green, white, and brown which gives off a warm and welcoming vibe. I also love that there is greenery everywhere: air plants, succulents, flowers, and big green plants! The walls are brick which adds to its natural flair. It’s hard not to feel at home in this restaurant.

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Upon entering, there is a huge bar style table to the left with bar stools for people to sit and eat. There are also tables in the center of the room where people sit, and the line sort of forms in an L shape around this area. Ordering is done at the counter prior to sitting. The only con to this is that it gets really packed and so often people are crammed at the door and around other people who are sitting and trying to enjoy their meal. I have never waited longer than 10 minutes to get to the ordering counter, but arriving early is recommended. Sundays are busier than Saturdays from my personal observation. 

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I ordered the shrimp and grits – one of my favorite dishes! My partner ordered the breakfast sandwich and beignets. The shrimp and grits were exceptionally delicious.  They tasted a little different from the first time I ordered them, but overall still very good. The beignets were okay. It is so hard to have beignets and not compare them to the oh-so-yummy Cafe Du Monde. The breakfast sandwich was average – the bacon was yum! Everything on the menu looks delicious – I will definitely visit again and try something new!

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There are three parts to the restaurant. The front area where you order your food along with some space for dining, the back area where the gift shop/flower shop is located, and the third part is another area of tables and chairs for dining. They also sell their plants, flowers, and other household products in house as well.

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If you live in Austin or  if you are planning to visit the area soon, you won’t regret adding this little gem to your list of places to eat.

“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw 

Summer Saturday: Barton Springs Pool

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Looking for one of Austin’s finest swimming holes on a hot summer day? Then, Barton Springs Pool is your place!

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A little about Barton Springs...

Barton Springs is a swimming pool, located in Zilker Park, that is filled with water from nearby natural springs. The pool is well over three acres and about nine hundred feet long with an average temperature of 70 degrees year round.

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“Summa, Summa, Summa time…”

The plan was to arrive at Barton Springs at 10 am to beat the crowds and to get a good spot on the hill; however, that didn’t happen. I couldn’t quite let the bed go this morning. Instead, I made it around 11. The parking lots were already full, and it took a little time getting a park, but nothing too crazy. We managed to get a spot close. Parking is $5 flat rate (kinda steep, but whatever). Admission into the pool is $3 for residents and $8 for non-residents. There was a line for those who were paying with card at the kiosk out front. I would suggest having cash, as the cash line was much shorter and moved much quicker.

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Once inside there are hills on both sides of the pool to setup your stuff and relax. Most people bring towels and blankets to lay on, but I saw families with tents and cabanas which is not a bad idea. Food and alcohol are not allowed, but bags were not checked upon entering….so, break rules at your own risk. 🙂

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THE WATER!!!

The water is absolutely beautiful. You can see hints of blue and green which makes for a beautiful picture. HOWEVER, the water is extremely cold. It was so funny to watch the reaction of the swimmers getting in the pool. It definitely takes some “warming up” to the water before just diving in. Although, some were brave enough to get it over with and dive in. Being that I am not a swimmer, I took the steps into the water at a very slow pace. It was glacial cold. Once inside the pool, you get used to it!

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Barton Springs is definitely a place that you want to visit whether you live in Austin or you are visiting. With this Texas heat, you’ll be glad that you did!

  • Something to note: I suggest arriving as early as possible to avoid long lines. I left around 1:30 and the lines were insanely long. Long lines + heat don’t mix. Beat the heat AND the crowds and get there early.

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