Escape Rooms have popped up all over the country. Some are very scary. Others are all about the mystery and puzzles. I was intrigued by the idea of trying to solve a series of puzzles that surround a particular theme. It had to be a great way to spend an afternoon and better than watching TV. So during the break when we were all looking for something to do, a group of my friends and me went to Escape Rooms HQ in Lewisville, Texas.
If you are like me, healthy restaurants makes you think of inconvenient and possibly not tasty. I am happy to say Flower Child is different.
I am a BBQ snob. It may have to do with growing up in Texas, but I think it more has to do with being a foodie. It is hard to impress with me with subpar BBQ so when I say that this is the best BBQ ever, you can trust my words. Now if you have never heard of Pecan Lodge then I feel sorry for you. It has been in D magazines top 50 restaurants for many years, featured on Food Network, Dallas local legend, and much more.
I love going to the zoo. I love seeing the animals and supporting the conservation efforts being made at the zoo. Recently, I visited the Dallas Zoo with family one lazy winter day. I thought I would share with you my experience there as well as a few tips I have for you when you go.
I am always a fan of cute coffeehouses. I especially love local business that carry my addiction. (Not that Starbucks wouldn’t do in a pinch) I had seen people raving about this coffeehouse in Old Town Lewisville, Texas. It is right off of Main Street. It is packed with vintage signs and comfy chairs. The back patio is beyond cute. If you need a new paradise, then I suggest trying this place! It is called Perc Coffeehouse. (And I haven’t even talked about the drinks yet!)
If you are not from Texas or my hometown of Dallas, you probably don’t know who Amber Guyger is. You probably don’t know why her story has turned the city inside out or why the outcomes of her actions became a dark cloud over the city of Dallas that will not be erased anytime soon.
As a native Texan, I have a deep love for Mexican Food. FYI, Mexican food is made up of more than margaritas and burritos. It is packed full of color and flavor. It is like the vibrancy of life are contained in each individual bite. So I was excited to explore one of the best Mexican restaurants in Dallas, Texas at Jalisco Norte. The first thing to note about this place is the modern city vibe contained within the walls while the purely authentic music pouring from the speakers into the street. So get ready for some of the best Mexican food you will ever have.
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The changing of the leaves, ghoulish decorations, and tasty treats that appear are my few of favorite things that appear during this time of the year. Yesterday on September 23, 2019 was the first day of fall and despite the insistent heat in Texas, I plan to celebrate. How? Well I created my ultimate fall bucket list of things I want to accomplish before Jack Frost makes his presence known.
As a college student, I can attest to loving some college courses and not loving others. However, this past semester I had one of my favorite course since the start of my college career. The course was based on the political and economic development in Latin America because this region of world despite its vast resources, the region still lacks economic and cultural prosperities.
Historically, Latin America was colonized by several European countries that sent resources and goods back to their countries without compensation to natives. This put the region in a disadvantage when it came to early economic power after revolution from their colonial masters because their resources were still in the control of the colonials via land grants or money for the goods that did receive payment vs. the native who worked the land. Those that held the power on the resources took advantage of these infant governments and made the governing to their advantage despite the cut ties to their European ancestors. This continued the viscous cycle of the average population not receiving benefits of more open trading and economic opportunities in the world. A cycle which still is in effect today.
Monet was an artist that came out of the Impressionist era of the art world. One of his most famous paintings being the water lilies from his garden. However, it wasn’t until his later years that his passion for painting manifest with pure dream worthy quality. This passion helped him push forward after World War I, and losing his first son along with his wife. After World War I, the world was celebrating it’s new found peace at the same time mourning the loss of family and friends. Monet was like many and fell into depression and left the world of art for a few years. However, he soon found the inspiration to paint again after his friends encouraged him to pick up the paint brush and use his sadness to paint.
He created his dream gardens at his home in Giverny. He painted in the dream like quality finished and unfinished brush strokes. He wanted to take viewers into his garden and surround in this paradise he created for himself. Monet was a mad man. He filled 2 studios full of paintings of his paradise and he shared it with the world. He didn’t let his growing age stop him. He didn’t let his medical difficulties stop him. He never let blindness impede upon his dream. He started to play with the styles that manifested with artist like Picasso but stuck to the dream like quality.