Since I was little the ladies of my family (meaning my grandmother, her two sisters, their daughters, my grandmother’s best friend, Ms. Sarah, my mom and I) would plan a weekend trip to Dallas to shop once, sometimes twice a year. It has been a tradition of ours. Everytime we would eat at the same places, shop at the same stores, and always stay at the Embassy Suites by Dallas Market. Sadly, we haven’t gone since our last trip which was 4 years ago. It was a month before we lost my precious grandmother, but it was probably the best trip to date. I am telling you this, because 4 years later I took my Mom back to Dallas to take in the traditions which we have always had.
This was a special trip for us though. My Mom’s birthday was over the weekend, and I could not have thought of a more perfect way to celebrate. It felt as if my grandmother was there in spirit the entire time.
We woke up early on Saturday morning and made the drive into Big D. I will always have butterflies, excitement every time I see this skyline.
Our first stop was The Shops at Highland Village, so I could drool over shoes.
I hated leaving, but there was much shopping to be done!
I am a huge fan of Anthropologie, and I think after this trip my Mom is too. They gave us a dressing room together, and my mom tried on at least 10 garments. Playing dress up and being a stylist to her is one of my favorite things. She always buys what I like, hates it until she wears it, and then thanks me for telling her to wear it later. It’s a constant battle, but we accept it.
I’m loving her spirit fingers! She was excited.
After a morning of shopping it was lunch time. The only request the birthday girl had was to eat at Mi Cocina, known for its “TexMex” and Mambo Taxi Margarita or as my mother called it that cab drink.
Our next stop was Northpark Center. Its high fashion and luxury shopping will catch your eye and your wallet, but I especially love the decor throughout the mall.
I had a little selfie action in the fitting room. I love my top too much not to share. Lace and ruffles win me over every time. Plus, I’m a rule breaker. I wear white all year long!
Our next spot on our itinerary was birthday pie for my birthday girl, and thanks to one of my friend’s Emily who lives right outside of Dallas in McKinney (she was introduced in my post from New Orleans), I knew the perfect spot, Emporium Pies!Picking which pie is the hardest part ,but we decided on a slice of Cloud Nine, a three layer creme pie with caramel, butterscotch, and brown sugar meringue and the Smooth Operator, french silk chocolate with a pretzel crust, and a big glass of cold milk.
After shopping and pie, it was time to check into our hotel. My other great friend, Mary Catherine lives in downtown Dallas. (She was also introduced in my New Orleans post) Mary was very kind to let us stay at her gorgeous chateau. I give you the ever so modern style, chic Hotel Mary!
She even had us a welcome surprise and a….
The fire place was going!
It was so homey.
I love her! And I admire her taste in home decor.Seriously..How cute is this remote holder?!
We even left her a little surprise for showing us such amazing southern hospitality, but look at that rug!
I’ll try not to obsess too much.
Back to our day…We had a little down time before our dinner reservations and someone shopped till she dropped. Nevertheless, we made it to Stampede 66 for dinner. (Another recommendation from Emily, she knows her food if you haven’t noticed yet)
It’s as Texan as can be and everything is made to perfection.
My Mom ordered a Bloody Maria with mixes of men in black tequila, sangrita, serranos, and salt.
I ordered the pan seared gulf catch of the day with jumbo lump crab meat, grapefruit butter, and avocado fries.
And she ordered….grilled quail, spiced sweet potatoes, and crispy spinach. Both were extremely tasty.
With our bellies full and our wallets empty it was time to go home. I believe we did pretty good! We had one last stop on the way home for lunch. This is the one tradition with my grandmother that I kept. We always stopped at the “World Famous” Dairy Palace in Canton.
Only the best for my birthday girl!!