Growing up, the only thing we knew about Oklahoma City was Bricktown – we’d visited before for cheer competitions and marathons, and seemed to think that was the only part of the city. Fast forward a few years when I attended grad school and lived in OKC for a couple of years – there is SO much more to the city. It’s vibrant and full of fun things to do (like whitewater rafting!) and seems to steadily grow. We were so excited to head back up north a couple of weekends ago for a few days of football.. and food!
We grew up in a home where the kitchen was the heart of the house. It was where we would all come together after busy days at school and work, settle down and catch up. By no means did we have a set family dinner every evening at 7pm on the dot. Just not practical for our crazy schedules! Family meals ranged from homemade dinners in the dining room, casual meals shared at the kitchen table, or sometimes a buffet of leftovers spread across our kitchen island! Now that we have a home (er, apartment) of our own, we’ve carried those same traditions and find our favorite time is spent enjoying a meal together – no matter the setting.
Happy Halloween! Currently scrolling through social media and feeling super envious of everyone’s costumes. It’s a little ironic we never dress up for Halloween considering how much we love the holiday. Maybe because we’re not super crafty? We’d prefer to curl up on the couch with a bowl of chili, bottle of wine, candy and scary movies.
We’re also laying low this Halloween because we’re still recovering from an adventurous weekend in Oklahoma City celebrating Halloweekend in a haunted hotel. YES. It was haunted, and we can vouch for that first-hand.
Eighty-nine years old and still traveling the world. #GOALS. Three million Instagram followers. Also #GOALS. Baddie Winkle has taken social media by storm with her colorful personality, expressive style and unapologetic attitude. The self-proclaimed “Insta-Granma” just embarked on the trip of a lifetime with Hotels.com to check off spots on her “Badass Bucket List.” Between mixing cocktails on an NYC rooftop, rubbing shoulders with NFL players, and helicoptering over the Grand Canyon – she really is living her best life. And, we’re jealous.
Three months until 2018. LOL NO, WHAT. How does that happen. I think every year goes by faster, or at least we say that every year. Kelsie and I are SUCH planners, we end up planning the days, weeks, months, until all of a sudden, time catches up and the year is almost over?!
Fall is by far our favorite time of year, though. It’s a combo of the football, the comfort food, chunky sweaters and holidays galore. So, we want to savor the next couple of months (or however long it takes Winter to arrive here), and do all the cliché Fall-y things we can! We kicked things off in Germany last week with a trip to surprise our Dad and stumbled upon a Fall harvest festival in Frankfurt – obviously the pumpkins were calling our names.
Great news, friends: fall is around the corner. Never mind the current stifling heat and oppressive humidity – the next season is en route…promise. And, we can confidently say Texans are most excited about two things: 1. The (hopefully) cooler temps, and 2. FOOTBALL SEASON. Maybe football first, actually. It’s time to block off your weekends and dedicate free time to your favorite college and NFL teams. That means an opportunity to combine two of Dallasites’ favorite pastimes: watching allll the football and BRUNCHING.
Luckily, Dallas is brimming with bars and restaurants offering plenty of TVs and brunch dishes to keep you occupied and full all weekend long. Here’s where you’ll find us sippin’ mimosas and cheering on our teams this season:
To us, there is nothing that embodies a Texas summer more than firing up the grill (or, um, watching someone else do it), and grilling dinner in the backyard after a long day in the pool. We literally crave BBQs this time of year – from hamburgers to veggies to steaks to s’mores, grilling = summer, and we recently had *the* best day of BBQ thanks to Toyota.
Hi y’all. Currently in the real world shamelessly daydreaming of pool days, plush hotel beds and no wake-up calls. We recently spent a few fun-filled days at The Omni Dallas, and the staycation left us feeling totally relaxed and reset. We also just returned from a trip abroad and were reminded that finding a vacay in your own backyard beats dealing with nightmarish security lines!
The amazing thing about Dallas is that while it may be home to us, it’s a destination to many. So, for the times we need to get away and can’t book a flight or plan a road trip, there’s sure to be a staycation around the corner. The Omni is a Downtown oasis that boasts more than a few reasons to “staycay,” including a spa, a pool, a handful of delicious restaurants and amazing hospitality.
Tuesdays are my favorite. It’s like I’ve finally shaken off the weekend, powered through the drag of Monday and am officially ready to attack the week. I might like them more than Friday? On Fridays I’m too antsy to escape the office. We planned on spending this past Sunday cooking and cleaning, but decided brunch on Pie Tap’s patio sounded MUCH better. It was a great decision because we discovered their brunch mushroom pizza (topped with an egg) – and it’s a new fave.
Yall, it’s been a busy few weeks. Between birthday celebrations, events galore, and welcoming summer with tons of patio time – the Aziz girls have been goin’ nonstop. We go through these stages where some weeks we love being busy all the time and others we want to avoid social interaction at all costs. Anyone else constantly switch from socialite to shut-in like us?!
This past weekend was the perfect balance of busy and relaxing since we enjoyed a staycation at The Omni (more on that later!) Although we wish we could’ve stayed in those big plush hotel beds a leeetle longer, we’re gearing up for another fun-filled week!
Today’s SUPER fun agenda included unpacking and grocery shopping. While I’m scouring the web for new meal-prep ideas that aren’t chicken and veggies, I’ve rounded up a few things we’re loving these days.
…starting with this new happy hour situation at Ocean Prime. Stop by on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. for post-work wine and new delicious bites like Baked Oysters Bingo and Short Rib Gouda Tots (YES)