Thursday, July 4, 2013

Announcing A Food Lover's Weekend in Dallas...and a Dallas BIG Family Fun Prize Package Giveaway!!

It's time to announce the next city in our continuing A Food Lover's Weekend In... travelogue series. This time, we're sticking close to home to spotlight Dallas! We went to college in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so we're very  excited to check out some of the area's best food and attractions later this month. For those not familiar with Texas geography, Dallas is located in North Texas. Fort Worth is located nearby, and there are lots of smaller communities between these two large cities. Collectively, this area is known as the Metroplex. Dallas is a large city that has a thriving food scene that we're excited to explore! I have received lots of planning assistance for this trip from the helpful staff of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and we have a great lineup of restaurants and attractions that we plan to share with you! When we were in college, we passed this view of the Dallas skyline many times...and it's especially pretty at night!

Our hotel accommodations for this trip are being provided by the NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel. This ultramodern boutique property is part of the 4-hotel NYLO Hotels group. They have three locations in Dallas and one location in New York. The South Side location features 76 loft-style eco-friendly rooms  and 8 suites. The property incorporates unique urban design elements including: polished concrete floors, 10+ foot-high ceilings, large windows that allow lots of natural light and afford city views, locally-sourced artwork and custom furnishings. They also offer upscale amenities, including: a 42-inch flat screen HDTV and WiFi in all rooms. The property also features a rooftop pool that features sweeping city views and a popular adjacent bar named Soda Bar.

We're still finalizing our dining-out partners, but I can share a couple of our confirmed restaurants. We will be having dinner at Stephen Pyles, the flagship restaurant of the Dallas chef of the same name. This restaurant is widely considered one of the best in the city, and its menu features New Millenium Southwestern Cuisine. We are also having Sunday Brunch at The Mansion. We enjoyed a special-occasion dinner at this fabulous fine-dining restaurant a few years back, so we're very excited to try their popular brunch. If you prefer more casual food, no worries...we've got that covered too! We will be having lunch at Twisted Root Burger Company. They've been named one of the Top 15 Burgers in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine...and they've been featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. We love few things more than a truly great burger, so we're looking forward to this one! This is just a few of the
restaurants we'll be spotlighting.

When we're not eating, we plan to take in some of the best attractions that Dallas has to offer. We're museum buffs, so one place we'll definitely be visiting is the recently opened Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The museum has tons of cool exhibits, including: the Rose Hall of Birds, the Being Human Hall and the Linda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall. The Perot also features an IMAX theater that shows fun educational features in both 2D and 3D formats.

I'm so excited about our upcoming trip, that I'm sharing the fun with you!! In conjunction with our upcoming Dallas travelogue, The Weekend Gourmet is happy to host a fun Dallas giveaway. One lucky winner is going to experience BIG Family Fun in Dallas this Summer! The fabulous  prize package pictured left is being provided by the nice people at the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. The prize package includes the following:
  • Four tickets (two adult + two youth) to the gorgeous outdoor Dallas Arboretum
    • Tickets valid daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Expiration date: December 31, 2013
  • One BIG card for savings at other Dallas Family Fun venues
  • Fun summer essentials for the entire family to enjoy in Dallas, including four colorful water bottles.
To enter the contest, simply leave me a comment below. Tell me what you and your family would most like to do when you win the prize package and head to Dallas. Please make sure to include your e-mail address in your comment so I can easily contact you if you're the winner. I'll accept entries until this Sunday (7/7) at 1159 p.m. CST. The winner will be contacted via e-mail on Monday 7/8. Good luck!!!

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