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Aunt Stelle’s

One more weekend and summer is officially over! Aunt Stelle’s Sno Cones will be open Labor Day weekend including Monday and then no more sno cones until until Summer ’11! I’ve meant to get there all summer and finally checked out this highly recommended spot today. It lived up to my expectations. It’s the ultimate sno cone stand. Located right in a residential neighborhood of Oak Cliff and shaded by a huge pecan tree, this decades-old institution had a steady stream of driving and pedestrian customers. Truly snowy ice and 29 flavors that they’ll mix as you like – great refreshment on a hot day. Open last Sunday in April through Labor Day, 2pm until exactly 9:00 Mondays through Thursdays. Located at 2002 W. Clarendon in Oak Cliff.

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August 28, 2010 Posted by | Edible, Oak Cliff | , , | 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

Into My Garden

We’ll probably never sell our house, because our thoughts of where to live next usually take divergent directions. Every time the subject comes up, my husband starts longing for the peace and quiet of moving further out. I’m liking the new “urban” areas sprouting up along the DART rail, and could probably enjoy a move further in toward downtown. My favorites are the stops that were once town centers and still offer the best of old and new, like downtown Carrollton and historical downtown Plano. Into My Garden is a cute little tearoom in Nooks ‘n Krannies mall on 15th and K Avenue in Plano. I had a wonderful salad and my sister enjoyed her quiche. Quilts and table linens, china like your grandmother’s house, and a quiet place to visit all made it a delightful stop on a hot day. Nooks ‘n Krannies is also one of the better malls I’ve seen of its kind (even if they do spell Krannies with a K). Quality items artfully displayed; especially fun if you’re shopping for children. The entire neighborhood is a pleasant pedestrian area with shops, restaurants, and close proximity to Haggard Park and Plano’s Courtyard Theater.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Love and War in Texas

It’s summertime and time to cover a kitschy tourist spot. While Love and War in Texas is definitely for tourists, locals will enjoy food like their Mom and grandmother used to make. The menu features six regions of Texas, from the Gulf Coast (seafood like Habanero Fish Tacos) to the West Texas Plains (all kinds of steaks) to the Border (brisket enchiladas and more). East Texas features catfish, chicken fried steak, and the Athens Original Hamburger (Athens claims to have originated the hamburger). The dessert list reads like a family reunion potluck with peach cobbler, pecan pie, and more. The food is Texas grown and the recipes are local as well. Texas beers and wines are served and, of course, Dublin Dr. Pepper. Live Texas music is scheduled, usually with a cover charge. Love and War currently has 2 locations, by Grapevine Mills Mall and on Plano Pkwy. just east of I-75. Another is coming soon in Arlington.

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Edible | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knox Street Market Update

It’s summertime at Knox Street Market! Here are some updated pictures.

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Knox Henderson | , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Firefly Watching

(Or are they lightning bugs?) My favorite place to watch is Andy Brown Park East in Coppell between the east-most pond and the creek. Second favorite is at Haggard Park in Plano. They’re only around our area from about mid-May to mid-June and the best time for watching is just at dusk. Hurry out – the season is almost over!

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Outdoors | , | Leave a 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

Epiphany

A treasure trove of unique accessories, Epiphany requires a close look. Clothing, accessories, and jewelry by local artisans fill this delightful shop. The scarves were favorites for me. You’ll find mostly women’s clothes (some pricey) and a few men’s. This shop will appeal to bohemian tastes and fans of tight jeans (they describe it as Paris meets West Coast – my paraphrase); they also feature many gift items from wearables to travel accessories to home accessories. Say hi to the large gentle dog in the back. Located in the Bishop Arts District at 412 N. Bishop.

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Bishop Arts District, Creative | , , , , , | 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