I spent a good portion of the month of August spending time with my family in Dallas. I didn’t take tons of photos because I really wanted to enjoy my time there and not focus on social media, but I did think it would be fun to make a little travel diary with all my adventures this time around in Texas. The majority of my time was spent helping my younger sister shop for her dorm room and visiting graduate schools for myself.
I’ve been exploring around the city of Dallas ever since my parents moved there a few years ago. This trip I didn’t get to do a ton of adventuring, mostly sticking around the house and stopping by my favorite spots.
Kimball Art Museum |A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection
This selection is from the Phillips Collections, America’s first modern art museum which opened in 1921. Unfortunately the exhibit closed on August 13th, but the museum always has amazing exhibitions circulating through. My favorite work in the collection was “Dancers at the Theatre” (Degas).
Royal China: I’m not a usual fan of Chinese food. Most isn’t authentic and is way too greasy, but Royal China gave me new hope! I have a soft spot for dumplings and the dumpling flight/sampler certainly did not disappoint. I would make a reservation if you’re planning on eating out, but they also do takeout.
Torchy’s Tacos: These tacos really are “damn good” and just about everyone in the state of Texas knows it. I cannot recommend the Fried Avocado taco enough, I mean millennial can’t resist an avocado and we all have to live a little sometimes.
Cafe Modern: This restaurant is inside of the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art (not in Dallas, I know I know). It’s a favorite brunch spot of mine in Texas and the location is gorgeous.
NorthPark Center: Texans know how to shop and this is probably one of the nicest malls I’ve ever been too. It’s more on the high end side in my opinion (Dallas is the headquarters of Neiman Marcus after all!), filled with sculptures, indoor gardens, and a fancy duck pond. I definitely recommend treating yourself and stopping by Kate Wesier Chocolate while you’re there.
As unreal as it may seem, graduate school is just around the corner for me, less than a year away! I decided to stop by the UT Dallas campus for a tour and to speak with a professor in the program I would be going into. The campus is super modern and absolutely won my heart over.
Believe it or not, I used to live in Austin when I was younger and it was amazing to be back! Not everything was exactly how I remembered it (Austin has grown so much) but all the bones were still there. I was in Austin for just a little under 24 hours to see the UT Austin campus.
When I was little, my mom worked in the capital building. I hadn’t been back in years and all I remembered about it was the soft serve ice cream in the cafeteria. The capitol building is breath taking and walking through the grounds can be a nice short cut getting through downtown.
Clay Pit: Turns out my all time favorite Indian restaurant now serves frozen rosé so things just keep getting better. My go to dish here (really at any Indian restaurant) is lamb korma with naan. I promise you won’t be disappointed with this place!
The Grove: While they don’t serve indian food, they had a rosé special while I was there, huge plus. Basically I need to get in all the rosé I can before the end of summer. I ordered their seared ahi tuna salad and some amazing gluten free chocolate creation for dessert.
Omni Hotel: My mom is a member at the Omni, so staying here was a no brainer. They upgraded us to an executive suite. The hotel is in the heart of downtown and the building is half hotel, half office space. I would say some of the rooms need a little updating though or at least the style of our room wasn’t my design taste.
Fun fact: both of my parents went to UT Austin, so this wasn’t my first visit. It was great being back again and seeing all the orange brick!