Cali Girl Does Dallas - Part 13:41 PM
Good times && crazy friends, forever memories!
I know I talk about my girlfriends all the time, but I realize I never mention my guy friends. There is a core group of guys that I've grown up with, whom I'm really close with. Some of the friendships range from back to 3rd grade, middle school, to freshman year of high school. I completely acknowledge that this isn't the norm for most women, but these guys (I can't even call them men, because they act like such boys to this day) have been close friends for a really long time. Me, and at times one or two of the other girls (and girlfriends, and now wives), are/were the token girls in the group at any given time. But it's safe to say, besides the wives, I'm the only girl that has maintained my friendship with most of the guys. Two of them are actually some of my best friends, the rest are good friends -- even though we don't see each other as often as I wish we would.
The two weeks went by so fast. The next thing I know I'm leaving work early and getting picked up to catch our flight in Oakland. Dallas bound, with three of my guy friends to see Maylo and his preggers wife, K.
On our way back to the apartment we stopped to see the (big) Eye. Its a sculpture created by Tony Tasset (from Chicago) in 2010, but you can't touch it. It's encased in a gate and you can just take random pics through the gate. I believe the Joule hotel commissioned the piece, it stares straight at their hotel. They know about the blog and had no issue teasing me about it mercilessly, also about my picture taking antics. I was told I was only allowed one group picture per day and every single time I asked them to take my picture, they groaned with embarrassment, but still obliged.
Then we made our way to the X, Metz was directing us and we found it pretty easily. It was a very weird, humbling, uneasy, but cathartic feeling to be so close to where JFK was shot. It felt taboo to take picture of the historically iconic location landmark 'X', but taking one from far away seemed okay. It really was a surreal feeling to be there, even though it happened so many years ago. It was like I was experiencing a part of history that I will have never actually experienced. It was a little weird to see people trying to make money off of the tourist location, but I guess that's everywhere. The interesting thing about this landmark (for lack of a better term) is that people run out in the middle of the street, causing traffic issues, just to snap pics of the location. Its on a busy street, but it has a light so you can time it right if you wanted too.
Obviously we would have loved a very authentic steak house, but since we were staying downtown we opted for the Bob's Steak & Chop House in the Omni Hotel. It lacked authenticity in the decor, but I didn't think their menu did.
They start you off with a huge jar on the table, pickles (cucumber style) and bell peppers to cleanse your pallet supposedly. I passed, but the guys liked them, a lot.They also brought out a perfectly round bubble of carb deliciousness and butter, which we tried not to kill in one bite! We also ordered a bottle of red wine to share, since most of us were having steak for dinner. I wasn't really super hungry, but I wasn't passing up a Texas steak. I went with the 9oz Filet Mignon with their Skillet Fried Potatoes topped with sauteed onions and gravy. It was good, but their medium well came out well done. They also added a lot of salt on their steak. We were teasing B for ordering the Duck in TX, but it was plated nicely. It was okay, but I' not a huge duck person. None of us were really that excited by our meals, but when I saw the dessert menu I was crazy excited. Peanut Butter & Chocolate Brownie Sundae. I will just let the picture speak for itself!
Who would have thought I'd have so much to share for barely 1.5 days in Dallas! Well, I didn't, but anywho to keep you in suspense (re: not bored) I've decided to split up my trip recap in two posts, lucky YOU! I still have two full days to tell you about, but it's pretty much eat, booze, repeat!
Escaping CA El Nino in favor of sunny TX was exactly what I needed!