Uptown Block Party

So the other day, my boyfriend and I went to a local block party at a neighbourhood park with a few friends from our charity league plus a friend of mine from college. And man, they had me at Mediterranean gyros from a food truck. I was sold. Plus, Bob Schneider was playing and if you’re not from Texas & haven’t heard of him, I’m not surprised. He’s a local to Austin and is pure Texan country. But you’re probably wondering about the segway between gyros and country music. It works, promise.

The Uptown Block Party was a blast. They had food trucks (warm gyros covered in feta and lamb, yummmmmm), Peroni the Italian beer sponsored (don’t worry, Mom, we went over this), and there was live music. I was with great friends dancing on the lawn and trying to pet all the dogs I could without making my own jealous when we got home. It was a blast. 

I’m not entirely sure how they got Bob Schneider to headline a freaking block party but they did. And he was super interactive with the small-ish audience. He’s hilarious, plays acoustic guitar, and is a blast live. My boyfriend and I danced together, were probably a little nauseating, but it was worth it.

I guess what I’m trying to say that even though they had food trucks, a great band, and I was with good friends, it was just as much fun to do something free in the neighbourhood, go to a local park, and just have fun. If there’s something like this near you, I highly suggest going. Worst case scenario, you’ll have a story to tell and suggestions for next year’s block party!

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Method Coffee

Recently, a friend recommended this spot over in East Dallas and I decided to take a chance. Their Yelp page looked fantastic, seemed to have the perfect blend of hipster and modern, and their coffee selection looked fantastic. So this morning, since I’m finally over a gnarly cold that had me waking up coughing (gross, I know), I decided to treat myself to a new coffee shop in a part of town I hadn’t really explored yet. Plus, there was a really cute dog in a planter that greeted me when I walked on the patio to go through the front door. Score!

I ordered a 2% lavender latte, a seemingly new go to order for me, and a cinnamon roll. Not the best for starting a healthier lifestyle, but hey. I’ve been better this week so sometimes you just need to treat yourself, right? Hopefully  your answer’s the same as mine – an enthusiastic yes!

What I really enjoyed about this spot is that it quickly became apparent that it’s a great place to work. Free wi-fi, ample table space, and enough places to sit where you dont feel too bad about comandeering one for a bit one morning. These are definitely some of the perks I look for in a coffee shop when I’m planning on spending at least a couple hours in to work on the blog, do some research, or even get out of the apartment for a bit. But i think my favourite aesthetic part of the coffee shop is the exposed brick wall they have by the barista bar. I’m a sucker for brick walls with wood accents. call me a secret hipster or the next fixer-upper star, I don’t care. But I love it. Feels super rustic, warm, welcoming, and very homey to me. Maybe it reminds me of my childhood or something, I don’t know.

But if you’re in the Dallas area, specifically just north of deep ellum, you should definitely check out this spot. It’s adorable, decent coffee, and an adorable aesthetic. I promise you won’t regret it.

4.5/5 

Sip Stir Café

This place is freaking adorable. So fresh & so clean, if you know what I mean…..except I don’t so that’s counterintuitive. Anyway. Stip Stir Cafe over in Uptown and West Village is a surprising find. If you know the area, West Village can seem a little….uppity. There’s lots of nice shops, great macaroons (yummmm), and a lot of high end apartments that I can’t afford just yet. But it’s clean, it’s nice, and all deserving of a great coffee shop like Sip Stir.

I’ve been sick recently so I just stuck with an old classic, earl gray tea. Not hard to guess, huh? Moving on. The presentation at this place is fantastic. It fits in perfectly in its respective neck of the woods with a classic interior design that’s both fresh, clean, and modern with nodes to that of an independent coffee shop you’d expect to find in a grungier part of town. But the tea was on par, perhaps some of the most cathartic i’ve found in town yet. I’m not sure what kind they use but I’m assuming it was probably fair trade organic as that seems pretty par for the course nowadays.

But it may be become my go to as I prefer the local shops over chains like Starbucks (Coffee Bean being the exception, as I’m obsessed and it seems to only be found in California). And if I’m in West Village doing some shopping, Sip Stir may have made me a customer to ever keep returning.

Plus, I stuck around to work on a few things and the barista even delivered my tea to the table I was sitting at. Talk about great customer service!

4.5/5