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Coppell Home Decor

Right across the street from the Farmers Market in Coppell is a cute gift shop where I almost always buy wedding gifts (unless I get practical and go with a bride’s registry). They have beautiful glassware, including the increasingly elusive Blenko glass. Other art and accessories for walls and tables, lighting, and some very collectible jewelry items make for fun shopping. The owner always greets me with cold bottle of water and packages the purchase so beautifully that I take it right to the wedding or shower without wrapping. The shop is in an old house at 456 W. Bethel Road in Old Town Coppell.


May 24, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Dallas Suburbs | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coppell Farmers Market

The Coppell Farmers Market‘s season is in full swing! It always takes a few weeks for the good produce to show up and all the vendors to start coming out. Here are a couple of pictures from last Saturday. The produce is looking great and their vendors carry a variety of items in addition to the produce and plants, such as baked goods (right – try the chocolate croissant…), tamales, seafood, flowers, spices, teas, and more. Come out Saturdays from 8 until sellout!

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Edible | , , , | Leave a comment

The Good Guys

Not a place, but a new TV show that takes place – guess where! It’s another cop drama/comedy, but it’s cute and has a good cast (can’t go wrong when there’s a Hanks in the cast). The shot of leaving police headquarters was actually shot in the right neighborhood, and you get glimpses of Fair Park, downtown, and some neighborhoods that sure look local – not sure how much of the filming was done here. Catch the pilot here. The series starts next month.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Downtown, Fair Park | , | Leave a comment

Rainbow Grill

Continuing with the hamburger theme, check out Sid’s Rainbow Grill on the Carrollton Square near Belt Line and 35E. With DART rail coming to the neighborhood soon more people will discover this place, but they do a brisk business now. (In fact parking can be a challenge.) The menu has other kinds of sandwiches, but the burgers are the best. The jalapeno burger is my favorite because they use just the right kind of peppers (equal parts flavor and heat) and they’re generous with them. Don’t miss the potato chips. House made with a mix of white and sweet potatoes – worth the trip all by themselves. For a summer treat, take the kids to Rainbow for ice cream or a soda. The bar has old-fashioned spinning stools so take the time to enjoy it there. A fun and nostalgic stop; the square is also charming and has several shops and restaurants that are worth a visit.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Edible, Historic | , , , , | Leave a comment


When I ask people about their favorite Dallas institutions, it’s amazing how many answers involve hamburgers. You can get them on pretty much any corner, but good hamburgers are not so common. Goff’s has been in Dallas since 1950. They only have 2 locations left, but check it out when you’re hungry. The #2 Hickory Smoke Sauce is my favorite since childhood. You can even buy the sauce in a jar and it’s better than any barbecue sauce on the market. Hot dogs, good onion rings, and real milk shakes will satisfy your cravings. Indulge in a fresh fried pie if you have room. Goff’s is located on Hillcrest right across from SMU and also at Preston and LBJ (southwest corner). The Hillcrest location is great if you’re attending a program at SMU. You can arrive early enough to get a parking place, have a good and inexpensive dinner, and go on to your event!

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Edible, Historic, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Junkadoodle’s Spring Flea Market

Saturday will be the day to head to Lovers Lane and watch for the balloons!  Junkadoodle is sponsoring their second annual Spring Flea Market and ten other area shops will join in the fun.  Participating shops will be flying balloons.  Look for “Old Furniture, Used Furniture, Assemblage Art, Big Art, Folk Art and lots of Cool Junk. Old Friends, New Friends and great acquaintances” at places like Arteriors Too, Ditto Boutique, Eliza’s Little Shop on Lovers and more!  Get inspired at Pigment School of the Arts, offering classes in drawing, pastel, painting, sculpture and ceramics for all ages.  Check out their summer schedule for the kids!  May 15 from 9:00am to 6:00pm, west of Inwood on West Lovers Lane.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Edible, Lovers Lane | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Newflower Farmers Market

Right around the corner from The Pearl Cup is a fun little market – not unique to Dallas, but the only one of its kind in town.  Newflower Farmers Market is similar to Sprouts but a has a little more local flavor.  The produce looks great; prices range from great to okay.  Meats are reasonably priced and labeled with all the right things from the way the animals were raised to hormone-free, additive-free, etc.  They offer a small but quality selection of take-with food for an immediate meal.  They have the largest selection I’ve seen of local honeys that you can buy bottled or by the ounce.  Bulk products including organics – and candy – were extensive.  Everything is clean and tidy and the staff is very friendly and helpful.  Love their slogan!  Located at 1800 N. Henderson Ave. in Dallas.

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Edible, Knox Henderson | , , , , | Leave a comment


Having just eaten there, Anamia’s has to be my post for tonight.  I’ve been eating at their Tex-Mex restaurant since they opened their original location in Coppell in 1996.  Although the Dallas area boasts a lot of good Mexican food, Anamia’s provides consistently good fare, usually good service, and a very laid-back environment – all in all a pleasant place to spend an evening.  We meet my sister and her family there often.  They love the table-side guacamole.  I’m not such a guacamole fan, but the salsa and chips are great and I’ve tried all kinds of offerings from the menu and never been disappointed.  Still family-owned, Anamia’s now has locations in Flower Mound and Southlake, although I still prefer the original neighborhood in Coppell even though they’ve moved “uptown” a few blocks.  You’ll probably have to wait for a table in the bar or among the soccer-uniformed kids and their families, but you’ll enjoy the food and the conversational atmosphere.  Anamia’s is located on the northeast corner of Denton Tap Road and Sandy Lake Road in Coppell.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Edible | , , | Leave a comment


Wait until you’re good and hungry and head for Smoke.  This restaurant, located adjacent to the historic Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff, combines the work of a great chef with the down-home Southern foods you really want to eat.  Meats hardwood-smoked on-site, baked goods made from scratch, and many veggies from their own garden – Smoke redefines fresh.  Weekends feature a brunch menu until 3:00pm.  The Dilbeck-designed hotel was built in 1946 and perches on a cliff with a skyline view of Dallas.  Smoke is located at 901 Fort Worth Avenue in Dallas.  Worth the trip!

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Downtown, Edible, Historic | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Handmade Bash

Check out the Etsy Handmade Showcase TODAY at South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar from 11am to 5pm.  Support local artists and crafters.  Admission is free – over 50 crafters, music, food, make-and-take crafts!

May 1, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Downtown | , , , | 1 Comment