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Tastes & Travel {Stampede 66}

Pass the fork, I am ready to eat.

Welcome to Stampede 66, Stephan Pyles’ newest gift to the Dallas community. This restaurant is equal parts eatery and experience, with both living up to your senses’ expectations. Want some bread to begin your meal? Not a problem. Stampede 66 offers Shiner Bock bread that comes in the can, before the top is popped and the bread falls out the bottom. Um. Cool. Want to wash down your bread with a margarita? Not a problem, Stampede 66 makes their margaritas table side with dry ice, so you not only get a refreshment, but a show to go with it. Nice.

With it’s utterly Texas flair, and charming Texas quotes that play along the walls in a rotating fashion, each patron is bound to leave not only full but fully immersed in a truly Texan way of life. Next time you find yourself looking for some down-home Texas food, with a Dallas spin, check this place out. It will not disappoint.

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Holy Guacamole

There are a few Texas staples that cannot be overlooked: the word “y’all”, which can be used in practically any and every sentence appropriately South of the Red River.  Cowboy boots–a fashion statement and a practical work boot, all in one. And, any and all things that have the addition of avocado; tacos, migas, and most common: guacamole. Now, I actually do not (at all) care for avocado, the texture and consistency is a little much for me….but guacamole is something I am coming around to (commence Texas-sized celebration). The addition of tomato and onion for texture and a generous dose of lime and cilantro for a kick of flavor makes avocados a much more appealing concept, while still remaining chalk-full of health benefits (hello, there, omega-3 fatty acids!). There is no recipe that we adhere to for guacamole, but we try to get as creative as possible for added texture and flavor. Basic ingredients include avocado, lime, tomato, onion, cilantro and salt to taste…you also cannot go wrong with garlic. Ever. For my gauc, I like to go heavy on lime and cilantro, and also add something with a little more spice (cayenne pepper, perhaps?). Add some tortilla chips and a Shiner and you have yourself a Texas-approved appetizer!

*Note: If you want the BEST (yes, high-claim) guacamole around, go ask my sister for her recipe. It’s unbeatable.

Tastes & Travel {Smoke}

In Dallas, weekend brunch is a way of life. Many Dallasites create their entire weekend agendas around this experience. And then, there are bottomless mimosas. Yes, they are, in fact, as dangerous as they sound. As brunch spots go, in my humble opinion (shared by my husband), there is no where better to experience this Dallas phenomenon than at Smoke.

This restaurant is iconic Texas with all the flavors, scents, and surroundings that all of you out-of-staters could imagine in a down-home Texas barbeque joint. It’s comfortable, welcoming, and even has family portraits on the wall (channeling, in my opinion, awkward family photos). Take a chance on The Full Monte while sipping a Bloody Mary (both pictured above). Or maybe delight your senses with the taste and texture of the Heavy Handed Blueberry & House Made Ricotta Cheese Pancakes (my personal favorite!!). And you definitely can not lose with the Smoked Brisket Cornbread Hash.  So sit back, sip a mimosa, and take a taste of Texas at this popular brunch spot!

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