Tuesday, February 21, 2012

To Food Truck Or Not?

Whether you are a true foodie or not, you will certainly feel like one while strolling the line of food trucks in the Dallas Arts District.  On a recent outing to the Dallas Art Museum, my son and I strolled down to Flora Street, about a block from the DMA's north exit.  It was a bit chilly, but a perfect Dallas winter's day nonetheless.  Picnic tables with young professionals, seasoned mega career types and everything in between dotted the lush strip of green grass along the sidewalk of an otherwise concrete swath. My little man and I were overwhelmed with choices.  We saw food trucks with names like Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, Rock Star Taco, The Butcher's Son and Easy Slider which lined Flora Street for the lunch hour and a bit beyond.  Once we saw the testimonial menu for gourmet grilled cheeses on the side of Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, we were sold!  While the grilled cheese were good, we decided they might not be as good as the ones I create at home, (slightly off-beat grilled cheeses happen to be my speciality).  What was good great was the experience of choosing my food in a unique way and eating along side the bustling street with an unknown community of lunch mates who were sharing the same experience.  This experience certainly met our criteria...fun, interesting...and a launchpad for building new vocabulary and a great topic of conversation a mama and a little boy (ok, I know that last one really  pertains to me).  I enjoyed it and my son certainly did, too!  In fact, we now have a hot wheels "food twuck"  that regularly makes an appearance during playtime at home. 

To plan your own Big D Food Truck experience check out Big D Food Trucks.  You can find them all over DFW.  You might just discover your next favorite adventure.  It certainly was a hit with this Urban family!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

What Is On YOUR Bucket List?

Welcome to our newest featured blogger on Housing "Cents."  Vanessa is a client of TEAM-PRZADA who happens to be up for just about any adventure in North Texas.  Today, she shares her latest thrilling discovery in Big D.   

"Why do you want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" That was the most common response when I told anyone that I was going skydiving. A skydiving excursion was one of the first things placed on my bucket list upon creation a couple of years ago and I was thrilled when my younger brother also expressed interest. On January 7, 2012, a beautiful Texas day, we did it!  

We did some research on skydive centers in the DFW area and chose Skydive Dallas in Whiteright, Texas. They have a great website, www.skydivedallas.com. I called 1-800-SKYDIVE to make my reservation and the staff was polite and professional. The day of the jump, you first complete the ground school instruction; it takes about an hour. Not long after the instruction is complete, you are in a suit and meeting your instructor. I also met my skydive videographer. My brother and I chose the Premium Package, which is the Basic Package plus video recording and still photographs. Because everything went so fast I hardly had time to be nervous. The plane took us up to 13,500 feet and then....WE JUMPED!!!  The free fall lasts a minute and then you canopy down for about five minutes. There really are no words to express how amazing it is to be able to see everything for miles. After the jump, the DVD was done when I was ready to head home. Skydiving was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience (and I can't wait to go again!)

Be sure to add skydiving at Skydive Dallas to your Dallas Do List!