IGE Does Dallas, Part 2!

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How much can three girls possibly pack into two short days in Dallas, Texas? Apparently, A LOT! :D

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After our Mexican lunch/shopping/sight seeing extravaganza on Friday afternoon, we got gussied up and headed to Sambuca Restaurant for some appetizers, drinks and live music!

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Sambuca is in the Uptown area of Dallas, and features an eclectic menu with goodies like savory beignets, funky drinks like lavender martinis, and live music 7 days a week!

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We nestled into a booth in the bar area to listen to the band, nosh on some appetizers, and cheers to friends and our first evening in Dallas with some cocktails.

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We stayed at Sambuca for awhile, then hit the town to explore my friend’s new neighborhood, and show Dallas how Iowa girls like to vacation! ;)

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The next morning we headed straight to Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro for a nice, Saturday brunch!

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My friends had received several positive recommendations about the restaurant, and it did not disappoint.

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The inside looked like a charming old home, but we learned from our waiter that the building had actually started as a Chinese pharmacy in the 50s.

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Since then, it had been everything from a Neiman Marcus factory, to a laundromat, before becoming the present day bakery & bistro. It was so charming, unique and absolutely gorgeous on the inside!

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The bakery up front provided drool-worthy eye candy at every turn. Tray after tray of freshly baked cakes,

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pastries,

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(omg!)

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and racks of freshly baked specialty breads tempted us at every turn. There was no need to panic, though, because they bring samples of pretty much everything to your table for FREE to nibble on as you ponder what to order!

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Their signature banana bread, cranberry sour cream loaf and whole wheat bread was promptly DEVOURED as it was set down at our table. Sweet and moist – the banana bread even had the sugary, crunchy strudel topping that all banana breads require. Simply spectacular.

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Everything on the menu looked insanely fresh,

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but I settled on some of their homemade granola. Because, hello! Homemade granola?! Yes please!

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My homemade, still warm granola came topped with fresh, ripe strawberries and a sliced banana. Plus a cup of cold skim milk.

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So. Amazing. Crunchy, sweet, filling, light – I was so impressed!

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I also slammed this fresh orange juice. Perhaps the tastiest, most refreshing OJ I’ve ever had?!

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So content in this unique little eatery!

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The day was HOT but gorgeous, so we headed outdoors to walk off our breakfast on a fabulous trail running right through the middle of the city.

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Katy Trail!

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One thing that impressed me so much about Dallas is how GREEN it is. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but I was so pleasantly surprised to see such lush trees everywhere we went!

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The trail was bumpin’, despite the choking heat and humidity. We were seriously dying, but a nice long stretch of our legs felt amazing.

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Besides, we knew what we’d be cooling off with AFTER finishing our walk… PINKBERRY!

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Pinkberry is a frozen yogurt shop that’s uber trendy on the West Coast.

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All three of us girls have been dying to try it for years, so we semi freaked when we spied it while out shopping on Friday!

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I chose a swirl of coconut and pomegranate yogurt, plus fresh mango, raspberries, mochi and fruity pebbles for toppings – oh yeah!

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Oh, plus a little side of strawberries that the girl working gave me for free, because it wouldn’t fit in my cup and she could tell I desperately wanted it. ;)

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It was everything I could have hoped for, and more! Fruity Pebbles = key. LOVE Pinkberry!

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One shower, makeup application and dress later, we were off to the 24th annual Taste of Dallas for dinner!

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The Taste of Dallas brings small plates of food from the area’s top chefs and restaurants to one place, so everyone can get a taste for a tiny little price. Think a small plate of ribs from one of Dallas’ best BBQ joints for $3.

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Most major cities have events like this, and we couldn’t pass up on opportunity to go and taste Dallas’ finest!

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I was on the hunt for some ‘Q.

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I found it at Dick’s BBQ where I got a pulled pork slider for just $2!

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MMMMM – tangy, tender and juicy. It was incredible!

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The event also had a ton of free nibbles that we enjoyed as we strolled – people watching and seeing what the culinary community in North Texas had to offer. Yum!

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Afterwards we headed back to my friend’s place to kick back on some super comf couches in her complex’s community area.

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What a nice area to come and relax to!

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There were even outdoor fireplaces for those cool, Texas evenings in the Fall. SO cute.

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We brought out some tunes and kicked back with some Corona’s and convo ’til the sun went down.

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Then rounded out our final night in Dallas with a couple sips at the oh-so-English, UK themed bar – the Londoner,

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and rockin’ tacos from Rock ‘n’ Taco!

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This is a new taco joint in my friend’s neighborhood, and we just thought it was too funky to not check out!

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Cool huh?

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I am SO GLAD we did, because I had the best carne asada tacos I have ever had in my life. Hands down. Dallas folks – you’ve got to try them!!!

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The following morning, we may or may not have not gone back to Bread Winners for a quick brunch of banana bread, MORE granola,

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and THIS gigantic, warm cinnamon roll before heading out of town…

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Ok, we did!!! That place called to us!

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Two short flights later, I was home and climbing into the waiting car of IBE! :D It never ceases to amaze me how you can be in one part of the country in the morning, then be in a completely different part in the afternoon.  Love it.

Overall, I am so impressed with Dallas. Like I said, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I haven’t spent much time in the South besides vacationing in New Orleans, Florida and quick pit stops in hot airports. The dusty, desolate land that I’ve seen in parts of Mexico and south Texas couldn’t be farther from what I experienced in the city.

It was clean, walkable, very new feeling and packed with fun shopping, nightlife and restaurants. One would certainly never go bored living here!

Plus, how can you not love those sweet Southern accents? Gets me every time. ;)

Dallas gets 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up from me. I can’t wait to go back and am so happy that my friend can now call it home! :)

Be back tonight with your regularly scheduled programming! Have a wonderful day and start to your week!!

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What part of the country do you live in? What are some of your favorite parts around the country?

International friends – where do you live?

I, obviously, hail from the Midwest but have a special place in my heart for all parts of the country. The South for its uniqueness, the West Coast for being the West Coast, the East Coast for its history, and the north for its beautiful land. Maybe I should become a nomad?!

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Comments

  1. Wow it looks like you are having a blast! I am from Pa, but I would love to go more into the West coast and explore!

  2. Wow you packed so much in!! Everything looks fabulous :) How are you still so cool looking when it was so hot thoguh!? I went to DC in the summer and I looked a MESS!
    I’m from the UK – but I would do anything to live in America!

  3. awhh i loved reading this post!! you look absolutely gorgeous – the hair cut is fantastic, and your dresses are great!! sounds like you had such a blast. i LOVE girls weekends. i’m from philadelphia and have spent my whole life here. i love philly for its shops, restaurants, different neighborhoods, and accessibility to the suburbs. i do NOT like new york, so i’m glad i have a city 20 mins from me that i love! i’ve always wanted to go to texas, so i might have to try it! oh, and pinkberry is a hit on the east coast, too!! i always try 3 flavors of yogurts, and my toppings are ALWAYS mochi, blueberries, and pineapple. loveeee it!

    • heather 07.12.2010

      ahahaha, the rivalry thrives, viva la brooklyn(no philly!). but real talk–cheese steaks are *baller*…and either city can get a” chyeahhh living by the shore”!

  4. Jen 07.12.2010

    I am from northeastern PA but for now living in south central PA in the thriving (hardly… the city was planning to file for bankruptcy!) state capital of Harrisburg. This area is nice because you’re within about 3 hours of Philly, New York, Baltimore, D.C., all kinds of fun places.

    Of all the places I’ve been in the US, Key West, San Francisco, Tennessee and the western part of Virginia are my favorites.

  5. Dream Mom 07.12.2010

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Can’t beat a weekend get away with some good friends. All of the food looked delicious!

    If you ever want to make some great homemade granola, check out Alton Brown’s Granola recipe on the Food Network. It’s divine.

  6. J 07.12.2010

    I love your pink dress! It is so cute! Where did you find that?

  7. Love your dresses! You look adorable, as always. I’m from New England (MA) and can’t imagine being anywhere else. I have appreciation for other places, but I think it’s the most beautiful here. And, like you said – the history gets you every time. We have SO MUCH history in Boston. I can’t imagine leaving it behind.

  8. I live on the East Coast now – it’s really fun being in D.C. It’s definitely a trendy & fun city to explore. I’m moving to Northern California in the fall and I’m super pumped about that! I’ve never been there before, but I’ve heard great things!

    Oh, and I frickin’ love Pinkberry! I agree with you on the fruity pebbles – so good. When I lived in Baltimore there was a place called Mr. Yogato (similar to PB) and I always got fruity pebbles on it!

  9. Stephanie 07.12.2010

    I live in Richmond, VA and definitely love where I’m from…. we have tons of history and also so many things to do (can be either at the beach or in the mountains or in D.C. in just over an hour depending on which direction you drive!)

    Glad you had a nice trip!

  10. Jenna 07.12.2010

    (Jenna Here (from Swansons). This is my new blog. I thought it was time to upgrade to wordpress, and I love it already.)

    Wow, look at all of that food! Things really are bigger in Texas. It looks like you had a blast, that’s excellent!

    I hail from Fargo, ND and have lived in the state my entire life. I think my favorite part of the country is the northwest region of Seattle and Portland. I’ve been to Seattle three times and am going back again next month. I need to get to the east coast too before I can make a final decision.

    Have a wonderful Monday!

  11. How fun! Looks like you guys had a blast!

    I’m born and raised in the midwest…but would love to spend more time in the south!

  12. Colleen 07.12.2010

    Currently living in the Midwest, but have lived in south and on the east coast. Loved the east coast with all its outdoor opportunities and history – especially Boston.

  13. shannon 07.12.2010

    I. LOVE. PINKBERRY! They opened here in New Orleans about 3 months ago and me and the hubby have been going weekly ever since. Their summer flavor of watermelon is delish and refreshing with the chopped cucumber as a topping. But my go to is always mango yogurt with raspberries, kiwi, blackberries, pineapple and shaved coconut…. oh yum!!!!!

  14. brittany 07.12.2010

    I ADORE Breadwinner’s. I’m from Iowa, but have family living in Dallas and it is a must everytime we visit. I thought I had died and gone to heaven after eating the banana bread french toast :)

  15. I love Pinkberry! Red Mango is also really good if you ever stumble upon that. Those carne asada tacos look amazing. Mmm…

    I’m from Utah but now live in North Caroina. I’ve been to most parts of the U.S. except for the Midwest!

    You have the cutest clothes!

  16. Sara 07.12.2010

    What a fun weekend in Dallas! Those pastries look amazing. I live in the Southwest…AZ. My favorite part of the country is the West!

  17. Elyse 07.12.2010

    Yes, the heat is overwhelming here in Dallas, but after a while you get used to it ;-) I need to get downtown more often because I had never heard of the taco place you went too! I LOVE breadwinners though! They have the best everything!! Glad you liked your stay here in the Big D :-D

  18. Alaina 07.12.2010

    All of your clothes in this post are SO.CUTE! Also, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sad for the rest of the day that that cinnamon roll is not in my tummy :[

    I have lived in Florida for 8 years now, but I spent my childhood in Virginia! Definitely miss it up there, with the changing seasons and the wide variety of outdoor recreation - mountains to the west, beach to the east! I'm also in love with Colorado where my family regularly vacations, but I think as far as settling goes...I'm a city kind of girl :] Give me Seattle or New York any day!

  19. Daisy 07.12.2010

    What an awesome recap. I’d love to visit Dallas. I’ve only been to Texas once before – I was in Houston for a wedding. The wedding was a blast at the Four Season, but the city of Houston really didn’t impress. Maybe I didn’t have enough time to check it all out? It was also 45*, cloudy and cold in march so that kinda stunk! Wheres my 85 degree texas weather?!

    I’m from the east coast. Thanks for the shoutout! We love our history.

  20. Anna 07.12.2010

    I’m here in Des Moines like you, but in less than 6 weeks I’m moving to Reno! AHHHH. ::minor freak out::

  21. Mikael 07.12.2010

    You definitely have a cute body to pull off all those cute summer dresses! The orange one looks stunning on you!
    Again, read this while hungry–mistake! XD The Bread Winners Bakery sounded delightful! Homemade granola…. I probably would have gotten the same thing!
    I’ve lived in Utah for a vast majority of my life (besides a 1 year stint in Cali when I was 2/3). I’m not sure whether to call it the West or the Midwest. Either way–I want out! Haha. No, it’s nice here. I love US big cities like New York, San Diego, Boston, and Las Vegas. But my ideal place to live? Out of the US. Europe preferably. The history over there is so much more fun and there’s a much bigger variety of cities/towns/villages to explore.

  22. AJ 07.12.2010

    I like your dresses too. I think it is very hard to find dresses that fit, so I generally don’t wear them.
    I went to Pinkberry for the first time in San Diego and LOVED IT. I wish we would get one in Des Moines.
    Looks like a great trip! Friends trips are the best!

  23. Julie S. 07.12.2010

    Kristin, your outfits looked so cute! Especially loved the red/pink? dress you wore Fri. night.

  24. Looks like you gals had a blast! Glad you got to experience Pinkberry! Now if only the gazillion of self-serve froyo places out here made its way to IA, you’d save me from all the Peanut butter cup, taro, lychee, passionfruit flavors I eat every week! ;)

    I’m born & raised in SoCal and live in OC. Moved to Royal Oak, MI for 3.5 years for nursing school and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had to live in snow, appreciate the seasons, and see what the midwest had to offer. But we love the sun & beach so much that CA was calling us back. But if I’d ever have to settle on a new city, Chicago is where it’d be. Love that place! I can’t wait to do travel nursing so I can experience Hawaii, the deep south, NY, DC, Seattle, and more!

    Welcome home!

  25. Niki 07.12.2010

    Love your blog! I am an ‘international reader’… I live in Edinburgh, Scotland! :)

  26. I’ve lived all over but currently reside in the Berkshires of MA for work. I miss living overseas though. I loved Spain and Germany so much.

    I love with little cafe/bakeries give samples. They usually help me choose the best of the best.

  27. I grew up in Minnesota but now live in Alaska. I really like the WA and OR–as well as the upper Midwest. I would love to spend more time on the East Coast.

  28. Kim 07.12.2010

    That’s cool that you walked on the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail (nickname for MKT trail Missouri, Kansas, Texas) is the trail that I bike on. I live in Columbia, MO.

  29. Kait 07.12.2010

    I’m from Georgia, but I don’t know that I would call myself the typical “southern girl” both of my parents are from NY so I definitely feel like I have a little bit of the southern & northern mentality. I really love going to NC & SC though…and I’m so jealous of your trip to Pinkberry, they just opened one in ATL and I’m DYING to go!

  30. Beth @ bethcooks 07.12.2010

    Love it!

    I live in Altanta, but I love to visit Colorado (especially Telluride)- it so beautiful! East coast is where the heart is though- can’t beat the history.

  31. Laura 07.12.2010

    I love your pink dress but I think I love your Pinkberry more! I’ve only tried it once (on a trip to LA) and I can honestly say it’s a big part of the reason I want to go back…

  32. Carrie 07.12.2010

    First off, I love your hair short and both of your dresses were adorable! I am a southerner who has just moved to the northeast for my husband’s work but my heart will be in the south foreva!!!

  33. Christina Schave 07.12.2010

    Looks like you had a wonderful time with your friends!
    I am from the South, but just moved to Des Moines three months ago for a new job. I LOVE to travel anywhere and everywhere, but some of my faves include NYC (but, of course!), San Diego, New Orleans and any and all mountains!

  34. Jae 07.12.2010

    Im from South Korea and I live in New Orleans :)
    (We have the bestt food :D)

  35. Veronica 07.12.2010

    I love that you mention the Katy Trail! I currently live in Kansas, but grew up in Columbia, MO. Everytime I go back home I make sure to go for a run or walk on the Katy Trail. It is one of my very favorite places!!! There is something so peaceful about it.

  36. Dawn 07.12.2010

    Welcome home!

    I live in Southern California, but was raised in Oregon.
    Oh.. Pinkberry is popular in So. Cal, but so is Yozen Frogurt. Next time check it out.
    So glad you had a wonderful time, I have been to Dallas, but for business only.
    You make everything look and sound so good! ;-)

  37. sassy molassy 07.12.2010

    Love love love those dresses you wore! Do tell us where they came from. Looks like you ladies had a fabulous weekend. That brunch place looks amazing. I don’t know how you were able to choose.

  38. *Andrea* 07.12.2010

    you have the cutest dresses!!!
    i live in boston which i will never move away from…love it too much! i would love to visit more places in the country though. i’ve never been to texas or the midwest. hawaii and alaska would be cool to visit too!

  39. Wow, it looks like you had a fab time and Bread Winners looks amazing.

    I’m from the UK and think the States is fabuloso!

  40. Amanda 07.12.2010

    Oh my. HANDS DOWN. Pinkberry has to be the best thing in existence.

  41. Erica 07.12.2010

    You girls are adorable! And I LOVE your watch. Wish I remembered where you got it?! :-)

  42. Patty 07.12.2010

    I’m from S. California (eons ago), now living in a Portland, Oregon suburb. While visiting my daughter in L.A. a few years ago, I become a Pinkberry addict. Sadly we do not have one here–the closest shop is in San Jose–and I’m in withdrawal for over a month now. :-( My favorite Pinkberry flavors are pomegranate and original, topped with blueberries, strawberries and mango–YUM–perfection!

  43. Dawn Patricia 07.12.2010

    Love love the photos! Lavender martinis??? Whoh! I’m from north of Boston (grew up “south” of Boston) but I’ve lived in several different parts of the country and have to say that there are definitely regional chains that I miss badly (although my waist doesn’t miss them, In n Out Burger, oh goodness!). Pink Berry sounds amazing! I’m a big fan *blush* of cupcake bakeries at the moment and I’m literally dying to visit Sweet Cupcakes in Boston very very soon! Make sure it’s on your list for when you visit Boston someday! :)

  44. sarah 07.12.2010

    i have never been to dallas but your re-cap made me want to go!

    i am also a midwesterner:)…i am a chicago girl! i love the midwest but i also love the west (beautiful out there) and the carolinas! o and hawaii…not sure where that goes but it should have a category of its own!

  45. Lauren 07.12.2010

    What an awesome trip! Girl time in a big city is unbeatable! Glad you had a wonderful time.

  46. those cinnamon bun looks sooo good!!! all three of you look so cute in your dresses!

  47. Rachel 07.12.2010

    Looks like you had such an awesome trip! I’m originally from OH, but I live in South Dakota now…I’ve done a bit of traveling (not as much as I’d like), and I think my favorite part of the country is the Southwest–I like how laid-back things are.

  48. Abby 07.12.2010

    I am an Iowa girl :)
    I love Southern East Coast area…North Carolina. SO beautiful & relaxing.

  49. I live in St. Louis, where ironically we have our own Katy Trail! :) I grew up (til 7th grade) in WI and then my family moved to a suburb of Chicago, so I’m a midwestern girl all the way!

    All 3 of you girls had such cute dresses! Glad you had a fun weekend!

  50. Sara 07.12.2010

    Wow, that’s definitely not what I would expect from Dallas, either! Cool!! :) That granola looks SO good. YUM!

    I live in the southeast and I gotta say, it definitely has a culture all it’s own! I’ve come to realize how much I love GA and the southeast in general – I’d love to live in the Seattle area, but I don’t think I could deal with the cold!

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