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Well, hello!I’ve been slacking and now I’ve enlisted help! Note that my last entry referred to our Korean student. Well, returning to teenager-parenting slowed down my blogging regularity. But she’s in Korea for the summer, so back to the keyboard!

This post is a guest entry from my daughter Bonnie. I’m including some of the awesome pictures she and husband Chris took. Enjoy!

Which Zoo?

“Let’s go to the zoo!”

It’s summer, and time to think of things to do with the kids. The zoo sounds like fun, but it’s hot, and you’ve heard from everyone who knows anything that of COURSE the Fort Worth Zoo is the best. But who wants to drive out to Fort Worth in this heat?

I’ve got news for you – Dallas has taken up the zoo-experience gauntlet and is truly now the place to be. The Giants of the Savannah section that they’ve been advertising so heavily really is as impressive as it seems (and don’t miss feeding the giraffes!), with large, realistic habitats and lots of viewing areas. The older section is pretty great, too – it’s always been beautiful, and moving the elephants and lions has given the zoo some space to spread out.

The most important difference, though, between the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos, is air conditioning. The Dallas Zoo has several very comfortable (and non-commercial – you don’t have to buy lunch, or feel like you should, to sit) air-conditioned seating areas. They double as classrooms, so they may be occupied occasionally, but when they’re open they have great views of the areas they’re located in (one in the Giants of the Savannah exhibit and one overlooking the gorilla exhibit near the tunnel) and pleasant couches and chairs.

Next time you’re deciding which zoo to go to, and wanting to beat the heat, check out the Dallas Zoo. You won’t be disappointed.

Yes, this is Dallas!What is this anyway, and why are they always so comical?

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June 27, 2011 Posted by | Downtown, Outdoors, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Jimmy’s Italian Market

Jimmy'sHumbly billed as “Jimmy’s Food Store,” find a little bit of Italy right here in Dallas. As soon as you step in the door, the aromas begin to tell the story. This tiny grocery is dedicated to all things Italian, representing all the regions of the country. Take out sandwiches are served and they have a few tables, but don’t stop there. The shelves are lined with pastas, sauces, dressings, specialty home-style canned goods, and much more. The cheese and meat counters have waiting lines at all times. The freezer case is filled with unusual ice creams and cookie doughs and other items you can’t find anywhere else. Jimmy’s also has an extensive selection of wines, all from Italy, of course. Located right at the corner of Bryan and Fitzhugh in Dallas.

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Downtown, Edible | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

First Baptist Dallas

If they post the special channel 8 broadcast from last Saturday I will put up a link. First Baptist Church imploded 5 buildings yesterday to make way for a new facility that is very impressive in what it brings to downtown Dallas. You can see the implosion here, but the Belief is Building special gave some history and showed all the future plans for the church. With the new arts district additions and other plans for a more pedestrian downtown, downtown Dallas may finally become a quality destination. And this looks like it will be a fitting addition.

The implosion itself was fascinating to watch, but the special broadcast showed the vision for the new facilities due to open Easter Sunday, 2013. Could almost make me want to be a Baptist. Seriously. It’s about accessibility and community and quality and heritage. Their people have really stepped up. And the sunshine on the old original sanctuary and steeple after the dust cleared had to feel like a blessing from above.

Visiting cities like Paris, Vancouver, and Chicago in recent years made me realize that as a city, Dallas is still young. We have a ways to go, but a lot of things are happening in the midst of economic and other uncertainties that I find promising for the future.

October 31, 2010 Posted by | Downtown, Houses of Worship | , , | Leave a comment

The Long Summer

I’ve been a slacker this summer. I must admit that when the extreme heat hits, it’s a little less tempting to get out and maybe even a little harder to brag on Dallas. But when the “cold front” arrived yesterday and I realized that the State Fair is right around the corner, I started thinking of what to feature next. We also have a new house guest, an exchange student from Korea. Suddenly I’m seeing things through the eyes of a teenager who is new not just to Dallas, but to the country. Should give me some new perspectives!

Here’s where I need the help of my readers. Suggestions? Recommendations? I would love to check out the places that you find to be unique to this area, and to hear why. And I’d love to know what you think are the best places to show off to someone entirely new to the country and the area!

(P.S. Can’t they just call them “less-hot fronts”?)

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Bishop Arts District, Creative, Dallas Suburbs, Downtown, Edible, Fair Park, Historic, Houses of Worship, Knox Henderson, Lovers Lane, Outdoors | , , | 1 Comment

Late Nights at the DMA

Friday is the night for Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art, featured on third Fridays of each month. There’s a whole schedule of events around the theme Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea. In addition to the DMA, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art will be open. Music is featured throughout the evening in multiple locations and they always add intriguing special features for these nights. I’m curious about the “Sound Installation” that is featured as part of the Coastlines exhibit (“Experience a unique multilayer sound installation designed by graduate students and faculty in the Arts and Technology program at UT Dallas, in collaboration with students from the Université du Sud Toulon-Var in Toulon, France.”) Lots of participative exhibits and you can close out your evening with a Frankie and Annette movie or open mic – poets and reading only. Happening this Friday, June 18 from 6pm until midnight. Tickets are $10 for adults, free admission for museum members and kids under 12. (The Crow Collection is free and the Nasher charges admission.)

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Downtown | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Record Grill

I’ve had a lot of suggestions of fine restaurants to write up lately. I hope to get to them soon. Not much time nor cash for scoping them out at the moment. SO today I shall feature Record Grill downtown. We’ll get to the fine dining another day… Record Grill is located right across from the little old cabin downtown. It’s the funny bright blue building sort of stuck on the side of another building. If you’re visiting the 6th Floor Museum area or the Old Red Museum or serving jury duty in the neighborhood, stop in for a good, inexpensive hamburger, plate special of the day, or quick breakfast. It’s just plain good food for not much money in this tiny, slightly out-of-place location on Elm at Record Street.

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Downtown, Edible | , , , | Leave a comment

DFW Attractions Pass

I have suggested this for a long time and it’s now available! For one price, you can buy a 2- or 3-day pass to seven Dallas Fort Worth area attractions and get discounts on even more. (I’m breaking my no-Ft. Worth rule here, but it’s a great package.) You can visit places you know you want to see and check out some that you might not otherwise try. Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Zoo, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Southfork Ranch of Dallas TV fame, plus 3 major attractions in Arlington and Fort Worth all for $29-$59. You also receive discounts for the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Tussaud’s/Ripley’s, and the National Scouting Museum in Irving. Take a local vacation this summer or entertain out-of-town guests at the best places on both sides of the Metroplex! Order yours here. Where else can you get art, elephants, bowling and cowboys all for one ticket?

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Dallas Suburbs, Downtown, Historic, Outdoors | , , , , , , | 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

Smoke

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