D-Town Boogie

9.16.2012

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This weekend, a good majority of my friends took planes, trains and automobiles to Oxford, Mississippi for our first game against Ole Miss in, well, awhile? Honestly I don't know if we've ever played them, but we typically don't, so it was a big deal, etcetera, etcetera. Anyway, going to the Grove, Southern Mississippi's tailgating grounds, is supposedly a "must have" experience. I'm crossing my fingers we're scheduled for another hotty toddy hook 'em battle come my senior year, assuming my schedule will allow for more adventures like this. So while I didn't make the trek to Rebel land this year, I did make my first college visit last weekend to SMU.

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{me, alexa, mollie & analise (mollie's roomie). their apartment puts the block to shame}
Though I had seen Dallas many a time before (my mom is a D-Town native), it was a whole new experience seeing it from the eyes of a college student. The campus is so college-y with its perfectly groomed boulevard cutting through the middle of the brick buildings which I envision to host shelves of leather-bound books and bearded professors. 

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I squeezed in a lot for just a 24-hour visit, most of which consisted of consuming not good but great meals. I already mentioned our tapas fare at Sangria where we snacked on a trio of dips (fava bean hummus, babaganoush, labneh with sumac) served with warm flatbread, spanikopita in country filo with warm spinach, feta and tzatziki sauce, the tuna tartare I mentioned before, and a sweet mediterranean flatbread with mascarpone cheese, black mission figs, serrano jam and local honey (highly recommend). 

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Alexa and I ordered refreshing blackberry mojitos to accompany our tapas. 

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As the UT tailgating was going on in Austin, I had my first boulevard-ing experience. Everyone wore white for the opening game and I got to meet some of my SMU Kappa sistas. We didn't stay for long, knowing we had a big night ahead of us.

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{the chef brought out a display of all the fine cuts of meat they had, giving us an almost ten minute schpeel about each one}
The grand affair to celebrate Mollie's day took place at one of Dallas's finest steak houses, Nick & Sam's. Prior to my trip, all of my Dallas friends told me I was in for a treat and they were most certainly right about that. 

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{analise, alexa, kelly, mollie, me}
We started with a complimentary round of champagne for the birthday girl. 

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Then, we ordered a sampling of appetizers including calamari with tomato basil and lemon garlic aioli, jumbo lump crab cakes with grainy mustard sauce (maybe the best I've ever had), and our second tuna tartare dish for the day (pictured above). 

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{mollie & her mom}
Next course was salads; most everyone ordered a classic wedge (always a good go-to at a steak house) but I opted for the field greens with a raspberry vinaigrette so I could save room for the main course. And for that main couse, I split a filet with Mollie's mom and it was worth every juicy bite.

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We were not modest with our order of sides; we got everything but the kitchen sink: creamed corn, brussel sprouts with spanish chorizo and almonds (obsessed), asparagus, spinach, mashed potatoes and sautéed forest mushrooms. 

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Somehow, we managed to squeeze in a sampling of three different desserts and five hours later, we had finished our meal and shut the place down. In typical girl fashion, we stayed up 'til the wee hours of the morning; it felt like a good old fashioned sleepover in the best way possible. 

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The following morning, we were all still full from dinner the night before, but decided to make a final pitstop before Alexa and I hit the road back to Austin. We went to a cute spot in uptown called Kozy Kitchen that specializes in quality protein with local produce and dairy. I ordered The Star, two eggs served open omelette style tossed with squash, applewood smoked bacon, spinach and raw cheddar. If I went back, I'd get Mollie's buckwheat pancakes with chocolate chips and strawberries and one of their fresh-squeezed juices.

All three meals were fit for a king (or a queen in this case!). I'm slowly but surely falling in love with Dallas and am so glad I have so many besties who call it home. I hate how rarely I get to see Moll, but it always makes these occasions all the more memorable.

1 comments:

Jessica said...

So glad you got to go boulevarding!!! SMU is my alma mater and it's such a fun experience!!!