Monday, September 19, 2016

SOUTHFORK RANCH: THE MOST FAMOUS WHITE HOUSE WEST OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 3 of a Series


Life in the fast lane! 

That is the vicarious life that millions of people around the world lived as they sat glued to their televisions for 13 years watching “Dallas”, the   prime time soap opera saga of The Ewing family and its giant oil empire. 

And, if you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Southfork Ranch, the Dallas home of television’s legendary Ewing family is not in Dallas, Texas. Built in 1970, Southfork Ranch is actually in Parker, Texas.  But little does geography matter to the millions of “Dallas” fans who faithfully watched the show year after year.  To them, and to me, Southfork Ranch will always be in Dallas.


FORGET GEOGRAPHY...TO “DALLAS” FANSSOUTHFORK  WILL ALWAYS BE IN DALLAS

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

‘SIX IN THE CITY’: DEEP IN THE ART OF TEXAS

BY JANET STEINBERG


Part 2 of a Series

Dear Fellow Travelers, 

I have a quiz for you, but it is an easy one because I will also give you the answer.

QUESTION:  What do churches, restaurants, and salt/pepper shakers all have in common?

ANSWER: They are all part of a broad spectrum of favorite places or things that travelers seek out or collect on their journeys. 

Personally, my true passion is sculpture.  In my travels, I seek out, and collect, photos and information about spectacular sculptures.  They can be touristic or whimsical, historic or kooky, iconic or weird.  It doesn’t matter.  I love them all. 

On a recent trip to Dallas, Texas I was overwhelmed by the myriad of sculptures I encountered. The City of Dallas Public Art Collection numbers over 300 individual works valued at over $20,000,000.  The collection features works by world-renowned artists, as well as many Dallas artists, some of whom have achieved international recognition.  All have made a significant contribution to the mystique of "Big D." 

The Dallas Public Art Collection could fill a book.  However, since space is limited, I will share with you six of the most unique sculptures I discovered in “The Big D”. 

Stay tuned for my version of SIX IN THE CITY.

1. B&G:  This one is touristic. People are encouraged to step into the middle of the letters, where the “I” was deliberately left out of the word BIG, and become the ”I” in the BIG. With the launch of the B&G campaign in 2013, 26 six-foot-tall B&G structures were created.  Since then, more than 70 custom sets have been created for holidays, special events, corporations, and celebrities.
 EVERYTHING IS BIG IN TEXAS

Monday, August 22, 2016

DALLAS, TEXAS: THE "BIG D"

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 1 of a series

Many decades ago, when I first visited Dallas, the “Big D” stood for drab, dull, dreary, Dallas.  It was a city where you had to go on business, or to change planes for a trip to Mexico.  It was certainly not a city where you would ever plan to go for a vacation.   Today, the “Big D” might stand for a different destination… dynamic by day and dazzling by night.  You can play cowboy or princess, art critic or gourmand…the choice is yours for the asking in Dallas, Texas. 

“BIG D” DAZZLES

Monday, August 8, 2016

SIX IN THE CITY: DINE IN & AROUND IRVING

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 2 of a Series 

"The world was my oyster,” the late Oscar Wilde quipped, “but I used the wrong fork."  Well, on my recent visit to Irving, Texas there was no wrong fork.  From gourmet Tex-Mex to booze infused specialties; from sitting with ranchers to gawking at the Chanel-clad, botoxed ‘ladies who lunch’…I did it all as I dined in Irving, Texas.   And, every fork-full was delicious. 

It’s high noon in Texas.  Time for lunch! 

Let’s start with an Irving icon.  Nostalgia reigns supreme at Big State Fountain Grill, an old-fashioned diner that has been serving Irving since the 1950’s.  In the 1900’s Big State began as a haberdashery…”a men’s outfitter”….and was followed by a drug store.  Several owners and remodels later, it is now a bustling diner complete with red-upholstered chrome stools wrapped around a red and white soda fountain.  The menu includes favorites like the John Lennon Grilled Cheese, Ma’s Famous Grilled Bologna sandwich and the Marilyn Monroe Turkey and Swiss.  And of course, there’s always room for one of those Dang Good Burgers served with "housemade chips" and a Big State Milkshake.

BIG STATE’S ROLLER SKATING WAITRESS WELCOMES YOU TO THE DINER

Monday, July 25, 2016

IRVING, TEXAS: A HIDDEN GEM

BY JANET STEINBERG


Part 1 of a series

My version of the Texas Two-Step is a little different than the version you might expect to see on any dance floor in the Lone Star State.  For me, the stars in this western partner dance are two Texas cities that meld together as one.  Just 15-minutes apart, Irving and Dallas are so intertwined that part of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport lies inside the city limits of Irving. 

The Las Colinas flower clock is a landmark that takes its inspiration from those prevalent in some of Europe's magnificent gardens.  The clock welcomes visitors as they approach Las Colinas, Irving’s premier planned development community. The clock's flowers are changed every three months to ensure that the display retains the vibrant character for which it is famous. 

LAS COLINAS FLOWER CLOCK