Dallas: Melting in the Big "D"

Texas! Did you know for a while I wanted to move to Texas? Specifically to Austin, TX. I don’t remember why really. Maybe because I wanted to meet a cowboy, who knows. After this trip, chances are I’m not moving to Texas.

Downtown Dallas.
Part of the reason is because I sweat and it’s gross (good thing I snatched up a boyfriend). Imagine walking into a store and having sweat drip down your face, your hair is getting all shiny and you need a change of clothes because you’re sweating so much. How can I explain the weather in Dallas? My cousins live in Atlanta and they used to talk about this “demon heat” in the summer. I totally understand what they mean now. It’s like when you open a 500 degree F oven and a wave of heat just hits you in the face. This is what it was like except the heat wraps around your whole body and you can’t close the oven door.
Another thing I learned is that Dallas is not walkable at all. It had that Vegas illusion where everything seemed close until you start walking and realize it’s not close at all. You either have to cross a highway, a river, or go through some sketchy suburb to get somewhere. And for a person who pretty much walks everywhere, I felt so immobile. 
I managed to maneuver the streets by cab or public transit. The highlight of my trip was going to The Sixth Floor Museum. This museum is housed in the former Texas School Book Depository and is centered around John F. Kennedy’s life, assassination, and legacy.  
Picture of Kennedy, the First Lady, and Governor Connally shown outside the entrance of the museum.
The museum has a really cool set up. There is an audio tour that leads you through a maze of photos, videos, and artifacts.  The museum was great and eerie at the same time because this is the actual building from where Lee Harvey Oswald went to the sixth floor to fire the shots that killed the President. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the museum so I suggest if you only have time to do one thing in Dallas, visit this museum. It was such a unique experience. There is a cell phone walking tour you can do outside around the museum too. 
The grassy knoll. 
In terms of food (you knew this was coming), I found Dallas to have really good eats. I probably could have covered more ground if I had a car and/or five stomachs. I think I did a pretty good job considering my limitations. 
Day 1 
From left to right: Golfiado from Zaguan Latin Cafe & Bakery, Chips & bomb homemade salsa, and the No. 15 – Cheese Enchiladas, Beef taco, and Tostada with guacamole from Herrera’s Cafe
Day 2
From top to bottom: Breakfast burrito with chorizo from JusMex, Korean Beef taco from SShamBBQ, food trucks in Dallas’ Arts District, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Cobb Salad from The Porch, and Caramelized Apple “Short Stack” dessert from Fearing’s.
Day 3
From right to left: Kolache from eatZi’s Market & Bakery,  the hot food station at eatZi’s, Caesar salad with grilled shrimp, and the Heaven and Hell cake from Stephan Pyles, Empanadas Rellanas, Picadas de Veracruz, and Ensalada Veracruz de Jicama salad from Mesa Veracruz
My favorite restaurant I ate at was hands down Mesa Veracruz. Full disclosure – I’ve never traveled to Mexico much less been to Veracruz so I can’t speak to the authenticity of the food except to say it was pretty darn tasty. All the dishes had a great home-style feel to it as if there was a little old grandma in the kitchen making me dinner. In fact, the chef (who is not a little old grandma) came out a few times to see how I was enjoying everything. I loved that! He even prepared this little dessert sampler for me with “Thank you for visiting Mesa” written in chocolate. HOLY COW it was good. The tres leches cake was incredibly moist and light. The arroz con leche, or rice pudding, was really creamy and full of aromatic spices. Lastly, the plantains were fried to perfection. I’m a little scared to weigh myself after this trip!
Clockwise from right to left: tres leches cake, arroz con leche, and fried plantains. 
I wish I had more time during the day to go around Dallas but because I was attending a training for work I could really only do stuff in the evening. (Daniel, I never made it to Taco Cabana – #fail!) I found the people of Dallas to be really nice and friendly. I think I had more random conversations with strangers while there than I’ve had in a while. Overall, Dallas is not that bad after I get over the demonic heat and the non-pedestrian lifestyle. I still can’t see myself living in Texas though. Needless to say I am happy to be back in SF! Chris had an awesome slow-cooked vegetarian stew with couscous waiting for me. Yay for vegetables!

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