Alright y’all—I’ve officially crossed Texas off my bucket list!
Monica and I spent last weekend in her hometown, Dallas, and it was definitely a trip for the books. I’ll be sharing more details of our trip over the coming weeks, but thought it would be fun to share pictures of the picnic we set up for lunch last Saturday at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens so if it’s nice where you are this weekend, you have some inspiration.
We opted for a spread that was easily transportable and only required one little cooler for our cheese and fruits. Our tapas-style lunch was a nice break from the heavy Tex Mex we’d be treating ourselves with. As an added bonus, we picked up a marble cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes en route, Monica’s favorite local bakery. It didn’t disappoint!
Backing things up a little bit, the Arboretum was just one stop on our three-day excursion to Dallas, which was the perfect amount of time to really soak up this truly-Texan city. (Though, I cannot wait to make a return trip!)
We left Thursday after work and came back late Sunday night. En route, we flew Virgin America and if you ever have the chance to fly with them, I’d highly recommend it. The music video covering plane policies, the mood lighting, and the overall relaxed vibe of the airline made for an enjoyable flight.
Monica’s sweet parents picked us up from the airport, and we picked up a late dinner at local staple and gourmet food market Eatzi’s.
One thing I love about spending time with the locals while traveling is that you get a truer sense of what it is really like to live in that particular place.
For instance, prior to this trip, I had never been somewhere that everyone had a driveway off an alley! I also had never been to a Hobby Lobby or seen so many cowboy boots on one Friday night.
And after my first real Tex Mex experience, let’s just say there’s no going back! #TexasForever