art at northpark

My Matinee Sunday at North Park Center

Ok, Ok, I know this is so very mainstream. Bear with me. A dear friend of mine and I have a standing Matinee date. So since the movie was playing at North Park, that’s where we went. After the flick was over he ran off to do errands which left me to my own wandering.

I gotta say it’s been a while since I’ve hit the Mall. Mother Byrd usually holds me captive there during the Holidays. But, after having a really nice quiet meal at Green House Market ( seriously try the Chia Seed pudding). I had a nice time actually searching out all of the sculptures, original paintings (read Warhol), and even the Tesla exhibit.

What I was anticipating to be my usual 30 min power walk spin ended up being more than a 90 minute stroll. I even shot a clip out in the very lush courtyard. So that being said, Sojourn out to the very air conditioned North Park for some sightseeing – and maybe some people watching.

 

eggs and bacon

7/29 – 3 Places To Have A Great Breakfast/Brunch

Hello, Hello! The other day, I was talking with friends considering where to eat and I was hard pressed to choose a place to go have Breakfast before the Brunch crowd got into full swing.

So, of course I had to sit, think, and go out and about. Since I love all things Mom and Pop, I prefer not to lean toward the chain eateries. Here are a few of my picks:

  1. Buzzbrews – They have multiple locations around Dallas and they are open 24 hours!  You have your pick of quite a few breakfast choices as well as multiple coffee flavor choices. And as an added bonus, they have free Wi Fi. Check out their website: www.buzzbrews.com

  2. Spiral Diner – What I think is so special about this spot is that they are Vegetarian& Vegan with quite a bit of Gluten Free and Soy Free items. Music to my ears since I do happen to have food allergies.  Don’t worry, their menu items very much appeal to the Carnivore crowd. Check them out at : www.spiraldiner.com

  3. El Jordan Cafe in Bishop Arts – You want a home cooked Mexican Breakfast, here ya go. Our friends here are only open for Breakfast and Lunch VERY reasonably priced. You won’t be disappointed with your meal in the cozy diner style place. Sorry, no website – go and be adventurous!

BONUS!!!

Crossroads Diner – Definitely worth the breakfast crowd wait for their decadently delicious sticky buns.Take note, they are only open for Breakfast and Lunch only. Weekends fill up, so get there early.

Check them out at: www.crossroads-diner.com

sticky b un

 

 

nightlife

7/14 – Bastille on Bishop

This is a cool yearly event in my favorite of places The Bishop Arts District. It is Family Friendly and basically Free. However, if you want to participate in the wine & food portion, the tickets are available for purchase on Prekindle and run  between $25 – $35.

The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the 300 – 400 blocks of North Bishop Ave. Bastille on Bishop is appropriate for all ages.

Bastille on Bishop benefits the Oak Cliff Foundation and Go Oak Cliff.

There will be food and drink for sale, and all items are in the $6 range.

 

Tickets are non-refundable.

Bastille on Bishop is a rain or shine event.

Know Before You Go:

Limited Parking Available – get there early

D Link will be shuttling thru Oak Cliff check DART.org for Schedules

Cash is preferred with the outdoor Vendors.

The shops take both Cash & Credit

See You There

 

 

world cup

7/13 World Cup Watching Party – Finals

If you’ve watched no other World Cup game, you will be watching the finals on Sunday. How else will you know what to talk about come Monday? If you’re looking for a place to watch it Downtown Dallas’ Main Street Garden is hosting a free viewing of the championship game on a 9-by-12-foot mobile LED screen.

Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase from City Park Café. Even though you won’t be cheering on the home team, you can still join the cacophony of futbol fans. Party starts around 2 p.m. More information is available at downtowndallas.org.

con air

7/12 Campy Movie Night – Con Air

Come make fun of Nic Cage with our friends at the Grenada Theater tonight! Somehow Nic Cage tends to turn a movie into a campy action comedy. I guess he has to since he has the IRS to pay (ooh did I say that? 😉 )

Doors open at 7
Paper airplane contest for free Granada tickets at 7:30
Con Air at 8

Free event! 18+ only. Bar will be open. Bring a new, stuffed toy for Community Partners of Dallas charity!

 

design district market party

7/12 – Five Things To Do in Dallas Today

Good Afternoon! I was trying to get this out earlier, but tech difficulty wasn’t helping move things along. Anyhoo, I have a few tid bits here to get you out on this gorgeous sunny day here in Dallas.

1. Taste of Dallas – This event is located at Fair Park. It started with ‘Date Night Friday’ last night and will be going on until Sunday night. Tonight doors will be open until 11 pm. Sunday hours are from 11 am to 8 pm. Family Friendly event with some ‘Adults Only’ Wine Venues.  Tickets start at $12 at the gate (Discounted Tickets can be bought at Walgreen’s for $8) for One Day Admission. More information at tasteofdallas.org

Know Before You Go:

No Pets Allowed

Parking – Paid lots and Street parking Available

DART – check DART.org for their schedule

Cash & Credit welcome

2. Design District Market @ Community Beer Co – Located in the Design District this is a FREE Event. There will be Food Trucks A-Plenty, Dumpster Pools, Local Vendors set up to sell their wares, as well as some Live Music. Party ends at 6 pm

Know Before You Go:

Cash & Credit Welcome

Parking Available

3. Salsa in the Park @ Vitruvian Park in Addison – This event is FREE and open to the public – and yes there will be Latin food as well. Tonight’s Band is Carabali. There will be plenty of Food Trucks available. My recommendation is to arrive early since this is a popular event.

Know Before You Go:

Cash & Credit Welcome

Limited parking Available

4. Asian Film Fest of Dallas – This fest is one of the country’s largest celebrations of Asian film, spanning a full week and screening more than 50 films, along with parties, and meet and greets with directors, actors and producers from all over the world. Friday started the first full day of the festival and starts with a screening of experimental shorts at 2:30 p.m. and concludes at 9:45 p.m. with the live action/anime mystery film Black Butler. Grab tickets  &passes at asianfilmdallas.com

5. Ro2 Art Downtown – Free Event!! Featuring music by THROBBERT
ON VIEW THROUGH August 12, 2014

Ro2 Art is pleased to present CHAOS – a curated exhibition of small works featuring over 100 Ro2 artists and guests. The show consists of work in virtually every medium, all presented on an intimate scale. The opening reception takes place Saturday, July 12, from 7 – 10 pm. The exhibition is on view at Ro2 Art Downtown, located at 110 North Akard Street, in downtown Dallas, running through August 12, 2014.
Special events will be scheduled throughout the month.

 

BONUS –

Check out Fantastic Planet a surreal sci-fi film at the Texas Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday for just $10.50 or buy a $17 ticket for a combo movie/after party with music from True Widow, Mountains of Smoke, and Mannequins with Kill Appeal, while DeeJay George Quartz loiters near the restrooms all night. More information atthetexastheatre.com.

thrift store

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My friends, Paul & Peter, and I went out today to celebrate Paul’s birthday. Don’t ask him his age, he’s cryptic about it. But afterwards we went to do one of his favorite things, which is thrift store shopping. It’s where he gets to satisfy his love of gadgets on the cheap.

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never really delved into the activity – and I LOVE a bargain! TJ Maxx might as well have a parking space set aside just for me (and my Mother).

So, this was especially fun to see racks upon racks of new (and practically new) duds for $10 and under. And I mean really good stuff. I foresee a problem.Below is a quick clip from our visit. Thanks Paul.

Place – Genesis Thrift Store

Free Parking

Credit Cards Welcome