A quick pre-Christmas trip to Dallas to explore a neighborhood I read about in Texas Monthly, Oak Cliff. Good shopping and good eats were promised.
Belmont Hotel, a refurbished motor court hotel with a happening bar and cool decor:
Handwritten note in room complete with Voltaire quote
|Whiskey and tea to start the evening|
|Hotel bar with view of downtown in distance|
|Neighboring restaurant with tasty BBQ|
Bishop Arts District, full of little shops and restaurants and holiday cheer:
Emporium Pies, a cute pie shop inside a cute house.
The pies went unsampled because we were too full after dinner at Oddfellows:
Yum. And yay.
Walked from Bishop Arts to nearby Kessler Theatre to see
Brave Combo, Grammy-winning rock polka group, for their holiday show
The next morning we had a glazed twist at Southern Maid
And met up with Matthew, a friend of mine from Abilene, in Deep Ellum, where we saw this scary skull
And explored this ginormous thrift/antique store
Afternoon/evening nap followed by delicious BBQ, maple-infused bourbon (for the mister) and Dublin Bottling Works root beer (for the missus) at Smoke. Christmas Eve and time to head home... after fabulous brunch at Oddfellows.
|Everything is cuter in a Mason jar, especially the little bitty ones.|
To take to Doris and Rick's for Christmas dinner the next day.
Carolyn picked a bunch of Meyer lemons and grapefruit from her backyard to share with us
which I set about zesting and juicing and freezing in ice cube trays tonight, for fresh lemon juice whenever! (ps to Carolyn: your tip about wearing kitchen gloves was a lifesaver).
|Doug and Carolyn's beautiful backyard with fruit trees|
Carolyn roasts vegetables:
Stormy lies in wait for prime rib cast-offs:
Luke makes himself at home for post dinner nap: