How much can three girls possibly pack into two short days in Dallas, Texas? Apparently, A LOT!
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!
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!
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.
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! ;)
The next morning we headed straight to Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro for a nice, Saturday brunch!
My friends had received several positive recommendations about the restaurant, and it did not disappoint.
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.
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!
The bakery up front provided drool-worthy eye candy at every turn. Tray after tray of freshly baked cakes,
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!
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.
Everything on the menu looked insanely fresh,
but I settled on some of their homemade granola. Because, hello! Homemade granola?! Yes please!
My homemade, still warm granola came topped with fresh, ripe strawberries and a sliced banana. Plus a cup of cold skim milk.
So. Amazing. Crunchy, sweet, filling, light – I was so impressed!
I also slammed this fresh orange juice. Perhaps the tastiest, most refreshing OJ I’ve ever had?!
So content in this unique little eatery!
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.
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!
The trail was bumpin’, despite the choking heat and humidity. We were seriously dying, but a nice long stretch of our legs felt amazing.
Besides, we knew what we’d be cooling off with AFTER finishing our walk… PINKBERRY!
Pinkberry is a frozen yogurt shop that’s uber trendy on the West Coast.
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!
I chose a swirl of coconut and pomegranate yogurt, plus fresh mango, raspberries, mochi and fruity pebbles for toppings – oh yeah!
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. ;)
It was everything I could have hoped for, and more! Fruity Pebbles = key. LOVE Pinkberry!
One shower, makeup application and dress later, we were off to the 24th annual Taste of Dallas for dinner!
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.
Most major cities have events like this, and we couldn’t pass up on opportunity to go and taste Dallas’ finest!
I was on the hunt for some ‘Q.
I found it at Dick’s BBQ where I got a pulled pork slider for just $2!
MMMMM – tangy, tender and juicy. It was incredible!
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!
Afterwards we headed back to my friend’s place to kick back on some super comf couches in her complex’s community area.
What a nice area to come and relax to!
There were even outdoor fireplaces for those cool, Texas evenings in the Fall. SO cute.
We brought out some tunes and kicked back with some Corona’s and convo ’til the sun went down.
Then rounded out our final night in Dallas with a couple sips at the oh-so-English, UK themed bar – the Londoner,
and rockin’ tacos from Rock ‘n’ Taco!
This is a new taco joint in my friend’s neighborhood, and we just thought it was too funky to not check out!
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!!!
The following morning, we may or may not have not gone back to Bread Winners for a quick brunch of banana bread, MORE granola,
and THIS gigantic, warm cinnamon roll before heading out of town…
Ok, we did!!! That place called to us!
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!!
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?!
I’m here in Des Moines like you, but in less than 6 weeks I’m moving to Reno! AHHHH. ::minor freak out::
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.
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!
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
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!
Teri [a foodie stays fit] 07.12.2010
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!
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 :)
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!!!!!
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.
Autumn @ Good Eats Girl 07.12.2010
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!
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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!
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!
Courtney @ Three Months 07.12.2010
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!
Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries 07.12.2010
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.
I love your pink dress! It is so cute! Where did you find that?
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.
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.
allison @ livingoneday 07.12.2010
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!
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”!
Freya @ Brit Chick Runs 07.12.2010
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!
Jessica @ How Sweet 07.12.2010
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!