Dallas, Texas

I like eating and I like using holidays as an excuse to eat a cornucopia of it.

For this long weekend I found myself in Dallas and instead of doing a lot of touristy sightseeing, I was actually just eating and drinking for 89 percent of my time.

According to one Uber driver, Dallas is the fastest growing city with the most restaurants per capita.

Coming from New York I really feel like he’s probably wrong but NYC has also taught me cabbies know things I never will so I won’t question it.

Dallas did remind me of New York though because it did have a slightly borough feel because each part of town had its own personality.

We stayed in Downtown at the Crowne Plaza on Elm St. which I guess is their NY Financial District because of all the government buildings and then businesses that cater to those who eat and work that life.  Some places of note we ate at were The Spaghetti Warehouse, Cindi’s NY Deli and  Gator’s Dallas.

The Spaghetti Warehouse is a chain but we went during happy hour and got two meals, four drinks, and dessert for under 50 bucks. What more can you ask for!?

Cindi’s NY Deli was a place where I got lox and latkes which was so filling. At Gator’s, we didn’t eat anything… Just had a giant cup of Gatorade and what seemed to be vodka? They had fun shots too like a lemon drop and a duck fart which tasted more like Bailey’s then ponds.

After visiting the museum that was made out of the book depository where Oswald shot JFK… We went to the Iron Cactus. Their queso dip was actually really weird but they made up for it in Tequila flights and awesome margaritas. This place was hip and looked over a cute courtyard.

Iron Cactus is also walking distance to Fluellen Cupcakes so for dessert we had a peanut butter cupcake, German chocolate cupcake, and cookies and cream. All of them were delicious and very Instagram worthy but for some reason I only got this picture:image

By far my favorite place to eat was PS 214 which was located in Uptown aka Dallas’ Manhattan? PS 214 was featured in Thrillist which is how I heard about it. Apparently, it is a chain that started in California but everything was designed to look like school supplies and they had food like Mac and cheese with potato chips and the most delicious burger in the world. The most noteworthy thing was their ‘almost bottomless mimosas’ which were two carafes of mimosas per person for 10 dollars.

I think I’m still recovering.

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That ketchup is actually siracha and ketchup :).

For Valentine’s Day we ended up going to a place called Zen Sushi. I let John pick so I was kinda nervous but they had a prix fixe menu for the occasion that ended up being a lot of fun. It was 179 for two people and included six courses and a bottle of wine! It honesty was a little weird but all very delicious.. They started with a thick curry soup followed by a deconstructed duck dumpling. I felt like Gordon Ramsey criticizing the third course which were oysters with flavored ice on it because it was supposed to be bite sized but it was too much so I just got a brain freeze. Everything was so creative though and thought out that I really enjoyed myself and it made me feel like Kim Kardashian on V Day which is a good thing.

No champagne on my butt don’t worry.

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Singles Awareness

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week or so, you probably know what today is. Out of all of the Holidays celebrated around the world, the one many will be celebrating today is by far the worst in my eyes. I’ve never liked it, no matter what relationship status I’ve got set on my Facebook, this day is never one I look forward to. It’s a view I share with many people, but I’m not here to just complain about it.

This year, I am single. Let me tell you, I think I do life much better single. I might ultimately get married one day, and I have nothing against that thought in general, but as the person I am today, the single life is my thing.

I enjoy not having to live my days around another person. I enjoy having my bed to myself, and getting to eat all my food, and not having to spend extra money on someone else. And yeah, when I see certain couples around I get a little lonely, but I tend to get over that pretty quick when I don’t have to fight with someone else over what movie to watch. That’s simply the place I am in my life, where being on my own sounds so much more appealing.

So what will I be doing today since I’m so very single? Here’s my list…

  1. Sleeping in. In my own bed, with all of the covers to myself.
  2. Eating whatever I want. If I go out for food it will be take out, I’ll eat my choice of noms at home on the couch and it will be great. No waiting for reservation times.
  3. Wearing sweat pants all day. No uncomfortable dresses or heels for this lady. At least not today.
  4. Slaying dragons. I’ll have a hot date with my XBOX.
  5. Preparing myself for day-after chocolate sales. Half price chocolate is so great.

If you are single today, and are sad because you don’t have a date, I urge you, don’t be. Just because you are single on the one day society makes it especially unfortunate to be single, does not make you any less awesome as a person. Take this opportunity to have a date with yourself, to really make yourself feel special without needing someone else to do that for you. I promise you, your relationship status on this day does not measure your worth.

For all of you who are not single today and are celebrating, I hope you have fun and enjoy your time with whoever you call “bae.”

How will you be spending Singles Awareness Day?