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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Dallas you can see these species: White-rumped Sandpiper, Cedar Waxwings, Wood Stork, Tricolored Heron, Laughing Gull, White Ibis and Green Warbler.
Audubon Dallas (.audubondallas.org) provides lots of useful information including a fun section called Bird Chat.
Wild Birds Unlimited (dallas.wbu.com/) has a well organized site that shows species, locations and much more.
The Dallas News (dallasnews.com/lifestyles/home-and-gardening/headlines/20131218-wing-it-with-a-camera-visit-north-texas-birding-sites.ece) provides us birding photography tips.
Shopping: Everywhere you go in Dallas there are shops, boutiques, stores and galleries to tempt your indulgence.
Transportation: (You need a car for this trip)
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Day One: Check out The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art – Tu-Th: 10-9, F,Sa: 10-6, Su: 12-6, 2010 Flora St, 214-979-6430
The collection features pieces from China, Japan, India and Southeastern Asia spanning 3500 B.C. to the early 20th century.
The art ranges from Chinese jades and Buddhist sculpture to Japanese crystal spheres and screen paintings. Check for special exhibitions.
Lunch today is at Stephan Pyles – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, 1807 Ross Avenue Suite 200, 214.580.7000
If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, we suggest the short rib with caramelized onion, roasted peppers, muenster cheese, chile mustard and balsamic jus on Anaheim chili bread.
For a more upscale choice go for the seared salmon with Texas field peas, tabasco froth, smoked corn vinaigrette and jamon serranogoat cheese croquettas or the pan roasted snapper with shrimp and homestead grits, French beans, barbecued potato sticks and sweet onion broth.
Your wine is the ’11 Cros du Romet Cotes du Rhone and dessert is chocolate banana tart with marshmellow and sorbet.
Now let’s go to the Dallas Arboretum – Daily: 9-5, 8525 Garland Road , 214-515-6500
The Dallas Arboretum, one of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in the world.
It features 66-acres of spectacular display gardens of seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections on White Rock Lake.
It’s a great place to book your next business meeting or have a team building event.
Dinner tonight is at Neighborhood Services – D: M-Sa, 5027 West Lover’s Lane, 214-350-5027
Start with the fried asparagus with roasted lemon and dill dressing or the roasted green chili & Jonah crab dip with charred tomato-cucumber salsa and red sea-salted corn chips.
Enjoy a glass of the Charles and Charles Rose, Columbia Valley, WA ’11 with either.
For your main go for the house “London Broil” and steak frites with the voodoo peppercorn sauce or Conner’s Tennessee pork rib chop with succotash, tomato jam and bbq spiced crackling.
Treat yourself to a bottle of the ’09 Robert Craig Affinity, Napa Valley, CA.
Day Two: Start your day with breakfast at the All Good Café – Tu-Sa: 9-9, Su,M: 9-2 PM, 2934 Main St., 214-742-5362
Here you’ll find endless cups of coffee and their specialty South Austin Migas (shown above).
Other favorites include Huevos Rancheros on top of grilled tenderloin or their Texas omelet with 3 eggs, chili, chopped onion, cheddar cheese and black beans.
Take time to see The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – M: 12-6, Tu-Su: 10-6, 411 Elm St, 214- 747-6660
The Sixth Floor Museum holds in its collections approximately 40,000 items related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the local and global aftermath of his tragic death, the legacy of his presidency and the history and culture of the 1960s.
Next check out the Dallas Museum of Art – Tu-Su: 11-5, 1717 North Harwood, 214-922-1200
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of more than 22,000 works of art from around the world from ancient to modern times.
The Museum is especially known for its arts from the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art.
Lunch today is at Dive Coastal Cuisine – L & D: M-Sa, 3404 Rankin St, 214-891-1700
Start with the crab cake trio served on a bed of sautéed corn, roasted red peppers and carrots with charred tomato vinaigrette or the shrimp lettuce wraps with basil, mint, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno and tomato with plantain chips.
Then chill with the tacos filled with fish, pork, chicken or beef and topped with cilantro, onion, cheese and a spicy ranch and tomatillo salsa.
They have a limited wine list. Go for the Liberty School merlot.
Next up is the The George W. Bush Presidential Center – M-Sa: 9-5, Su: 11-5, 2943 SMU Boulevard, 214-200-4300
The George W. Bush Presidential Museum offers a new and revealing look into the decisions and events of the Bush Presidency.
The Museum features artifacts: such as a piece of the World Trade Center, an interactive Decision Points Theater and a full-scale replica of the Oval Office complete with a Resolute Desk that visitors can sit behind.
Another important stop for you is The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance – M-F: 9:30-5, Sa, Su: 11-5, 211 N Record St #100, 214-741-7500
Each generation is faced with challenges and events that change the world. The Holocaust changed the world radically in many ways. Yet genocide continues. Prejudice surrounds us. Bullying makes headlines on a daily basis.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity.
For dinner this evening our cousin suggests Nonna – D: M-Sa, 4102 Lomo Alta, 214-521-1800
For openers try the local favorite pickled green tomatoes with caramelized sea scallop, pancetta and frisee or the prosciutto and speck with Lemley’s sugar queen melon & peaches.
If you’re in the mood for pasta try the Mafalda with tomato braised veal, short ribs, Italian sausage & pork ribs.
The wild striped bass with spicy clams, marinated summer squash and cream peas or the halibut with heirloom tomato sauce, white wine, olives, capers and sweet peppers are both favorites.
Your wine is the ’07 Nebbiolo, Vigioto, Penna & Luigi and dessert is the pecan semifreddo and caramel.
Day Three: Kuby’s German - 6601 Snider Plaza, B, L, D: M-Th: 6-6, F,Sa: 6-9, Su: 9-3, 214-363-2231 is your breakfast spot today.
There are some fun choices here beginning with the Kasseler Rippchen which is their own smoked pork chops served with two eggs and country potatoes.
Another is the King Ludwig featuring toasted rye bread topped with their Canadian bacon, two sunny-side up eggs and tomatoes then topped with hollandaise and served with country potatoes.
Let’s start today’s touring at The Frontiers of Flight Museum – M-Sa: 10-5, Su: 1-5, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, 214- 350-3600
The collection includes early biplanes, historically important military and general aviation aircraft.
There is a World War II exhibit, an extensive history of Southwest Airlines exhibit area and the Apollo 7 command module.
You can take a chronological walk through the development of human flight from the Leonardo da Vinci parachute to space exploration.
Our next experience is The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University – Tu-Sa: 10-5, Th: till 9, Su: 1-5, 5900 Bishop Blvd, 214-768-2516
The Meadows Museum collection includes masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters: El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso.
Highlights of the collection include Renaissance altarpieces, baroque canvases, rococo oil sketches, impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions and a collection of the graphic works of Goya.
Sculptures by major 20th-century masters include Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, David Smith and Fritz Wotruba.
Let’s break for the main meal today at Hibiscus – D: M-Sa, 2927 N Henderson Ave, 214-827-2927
We suggest starting with the black mission fig bruschetta with fromage blanc, spiced walnuts and a red wine syrup or the charred octopus with black garlic, saffron potato and pickled chorizo.
Enjoy a glass of the Riesling, Richter ‘Zeppelin’ 2011 Mosel with either.
Then it’s on to the bison flank with cremini mushrooms, marble potatoes, baby leeks and green chili sausage or the lamb saddle with mint chimichurri, pistachio and apricot.
The ’09 Plumpjack Cabernet from Oakville would go well with either. Dessert is the rhubarb-strawberry shortcake with goat ricotta.
Two museums nearby that you should visit are closer to Ft. Worth than Dallas. Both are world class and close to one another. The Kimbell Art Museum – Tu-Th, Sa: 10-5, F: 12-8, Su: 12-5, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, 817-332-8451
The Kimbell’s holdings range from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century.
They have major works by Duccio, Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Bernini, Rembrandt, Goya, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Mondrian, and Matisse.
The Kimbell’s antiquities range from the Egyptian Old Kingdom of the third millennium B.C. through ancient Assyria, Greece, and Rome to the early Christian Church in the fifth century.
The collection of European paintings and sculpture has works of the Italian Renaissance, although it’s most celebrated holdings are the Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Flemish works of the 17th century.
The Asian collection has sculptures, paintings, bronzes, ceramics, and works of decorative art from China, Korea, Japan, India, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia, and Thailand.
Precolumbian art includes Maya works in ceramic, stone, shell, and jade. Olmec, Zapotec, and Aztec sculpture and pieces from the Conte and Wari cultures are here.
The African collection consists of bronze, wood, and terracotta sculpture from West and Central Africa, including examples from Nigeria, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Oceanic art is represented by a Maori figure.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art – Tu-Sa: 10-5, Th: till 8, Su: 12-5, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, 817-738-1933
The Amon Carter Museum is noted for its superb collection of works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The Amon Carter houses premier examples of American painting from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Masterworks by Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and William Merritt Chase share gallery space with works by Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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