I just discovered that I never posted pics from my birthday trip to Dallas last year. I was there during the eclipse and got to hang out with my friend Tracy for whom I was a bridesmaid at her wedding this year.
Dallas is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. and I’ve probably visited over 20 times in my life. I actually spend 6 months working here and I learned my way around the city. Even with all of that there are still places that I haven’t explored in depth. For this trip I picked a hotel in Plano which is the northern part of the metroplex.
One of the highlights of the trip was indulging my Turkish obsession with trips to two local restaurants. I had lunch at Pera Turkish Kitchen located on Preston Rd. It’s a quaint family-owned restaurant serving traditional Mediterranean favorites.
The day of the eclipse I met up with my friend for lunch at Café Istanbul located in the Shops at Legacy in Plano, a mixed-used development with retail, restaurants, and residential. I love these types of mixed used projects because you park one and almost everything you need is a few footsteps away.
We got there about 45 minutes before the eclipse started and ate our way through it…literally! It was a lively atmosphere at lunchtime with my friend and I taking turns to go out and look up at the sun through our special glasses which I picked up before I left Memphis. Here are few photos from that day.
From Dallas to Waco – Magnolia Market @ The Silos
I decided to drive to Waco to visit Chip & Joanna Gaines’ new place called Magnolia Market at the Silos. I wanted to visit and also drop off some samples of my Olivia & Ruby products which I think would be a great fit for their store.
The Silos are a textbook case of making something out of nothing using the former grain silos as the focus element. It’s a really cool place with shopping, food trucks, covered picnic area, and a large yard for playing. It’s a really cool place…just don’t come in August when it’s two thousand degrees.