While a lot of people seemed to be getting busy with Valentine's Day planning, chocolates, and flowers, last weekend was all about NBA All-Star for us. I am not athletic at all, but my husband is, and it's therapeutic for him even just to watch the game on TV. And I think I'm beginning to see why. The game is fast, it's stylish somehow, yet manly at the same time. I have tried to enjoy watching American football (thanks to the Superbowl fever a few weeks ago), but I think basketball is a lot more fun to watch! (no offense, Americans). So yeah, on Valentine's Day evening, we got our eyes fixed on the NBA All Star Dunk Contest, which was won by the 19-year-old Zach Lavine (as seen in the video below). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYbx_PV3318
What's just as fun was what we did during the day that Saturday, which was visiting the vibrant Grapevine Historic District.
I was first drawn to the district when my friend invited me to take a tour to a birthing center on Wall Street (1 min from the Main street). Why a birthing center? Am I pregnant? No not yet, but am planning to get pregnant this year, so I have been scouting a few birthing centers (not hospitals, because I want a more holistic and natural treatment this time) around DFW. During my first visit I found so many cool shops and hidden gems in the area and I thought that the district is definitely a good alternative to downtown Dallas or even Bishop Arts District! The restaurants are much more affordable, though of course, not as modern and hip as the ones in Bishop Arts.
Anyways, I decided to take Mr. Man and J that Valentine's weekend to have some good lunch and a fun afternoon. First stop was Cafe Italia. If you haven't been there, you need to check this place out!! The house-made vodka sauce is amazing, the veal pasta, the rigatoni, and lasagna were all delicious, and the best part is, the price ranges from $7.95 to $10.95 for lunch!! Not bad at all right?
We finished our meal and strolled around the area, learning a little more about Grapevine.
Got some girl scout cookies at the Farmer's Market. Wasn't interested till I saw the face of the little girl who was selling them. I mean, giving her $4 won't hurt right? Her mom was there helping her out, I thought I might be doing that with my little girl one day, so why not sow some goodness today?
Now the weather was almost summer-like, 79 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact. For winter, that's too hot! So we decided to have some fruity popsicles at Hip Pop. We really liked the concept of the store. It's all hip-hop-themed, with a giant graffiti wall, a giant boombox counter, and rapper-inspired menus like "Ice,Ice Berry" and "Busta Limes".
The best part is they use all natural organic cane sugar! No artificial flavor and color added. Mama like!
Now it was still Valentine's Day, no matter how cheesy we thought it was. So we stopped by the heavenly chocolate shop of Dr' Sue's and sampled some chocolates for free.
Oh this one's my favorite, and we got them for free!! The joy didn't stop there though. I was so excited to have found an all-season store called Good Things or All Seasons.
They have everything for every holiday you could imagine! From Christmas to Easter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Halloween, all year round!
I personally like the Kate Spade corner. Look at those polka dot plates!! I can't....I just can't...aaaaaa....gimme gimmeee...
The other stores that caught my attention was Willow Cottage and Holy Ground (you can sample free coffee here!!). If you want to chill and have some tea or coffee (with dairy alternative like almond milk) and pastries, check out Main Street Bakery & Co. !! And you can have some gelato afterwards at Napolis Cafe just across the street.
Definitely hanging out here more often. Sorry downtown and uptown, I think I've found your substitute.