Archive for July, 2010

Shut Up and Eat Your Pie

Posted by    |    July 28th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Make your way down to Mama’s Daughter’s Diner in the marvelous Dallas Design District (man that was a mouthful). Loud, packed, and full of down-home soul, Mama’s Daughters is just what you want in a diner.

My server (nametag: Susie Q, a true diner diva!) was brash, sarcastic, and didn’t take any BS. She took my order with a “Honey, I don’t have all day” comment that was simultaneously unexpected, hilarious and added to the overall experience.

Come hungry: the meals are loaded up with your choice of multiple mouth-watering sides. Let’s hope for your stomach’s sake that you had a light breakfast.  In fact, come prepared with an elastic waistband; it’ll save you the embarrassment of having to loosen your belt post-feast.  Put down the fried chicken and try to save room for dessert. The pies are plump triangles of chocolate, coconut cream, and lemon with tall meringue that tantalizes your taste buds. And if anyone asks you to split a piece, I recommend respectfully declining that offer and keep it all to yourself. There will be no crumb (and no belt loop) left behind.

Hiding Away in the Bleu Artichoke Café

Posted by    |    July 28th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

When Billy Joel recorded Uptown Girl, he was singing about me. I love my Uptown bubble, but sometimes I get a little restless (a girl can only frequent Primos so many times before my melt-down arrives before the chips do). A self-professed Lower Oak Lawn virgin, I turned to blogger extraordinaire Kendall Shiffler to find out where I should start.

Keep your eyes open for the Bleu Artichoke Café inside of FOUND …antiques. This lunch stop is so discrete they don’t even have a permanent sign out front. Don’t be confused when you approach the door: the same door leads to the antique store as well as the café. Left:  Grandma Ruth’s treasured antique necklaces; right: Please Wait to be Seated sign. Trust me, you’re in the right place.


For Dessert, Try The Coyle Triptych

Posted by    |    July 28th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Now, through September, contemporary Dallas artist Douglas W. Coyle is on display at the Bleu Artichoke Cafe. His beautiful triptychs, pinwheels, and blocks grace every corner of the restaurant, adding to the calm ambience. His color palettes range from cool blues, to intriguing greens, to fiery reds that evoke hearty emotion in the observer.

Jacques and the Mattress Pad Canvas

Posted by    |    July 28th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

French artist Jacques Lamy landed on the industrial territory of Dragon Street in 1985, well before the neighborhood was reinvented as the eclectic design district. Better known in Europe, Mr. Lamy has managed to build a fan base in his chosen home of Dallas both as a curator (with stellar taste) and an artist.

The front of the gallery is composed of traditional art from the 19th and 20th centuries. French, British, and American art lives here, ranging from post-impressionism pieces to local works. The second room is the contemporary gallery that is filled with Jacques’ favorite works, which (not surprisingly) include his own. Beautiful paintings, such as Summertime, feature ocean waves dark with impasto technique reminiscent of French artists before his time. (more…)

Have your Artwork Featured in a Design District Gallery

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2010 at 11:58 am

Call for ArtistsThe Dallas Design District is home to some of the cities best art galleries. Now it’s your turn to have your artwork featured in one of them!

Galleri Urbane is currently accepting artist submissions, sending out a call to artists from around the world — and around Dallas — to submit their portfolios for consideration. Selected artists will be included their 2011 Juried Group Exhibit.

The best of show will win gallery representation, a $500 cash prize and their very own solo exhibit. All artwork must be original and produced within the last 2 years, as well as available for sale. Artwork can be submitted between July 15 and September 1, 2010. More information on submission guidelines can be found on You can download the entry application at

Galleri Urbane is currently showing two exhibits: “Charming Dreams” and “Introducing 3,” featuring artwork by Peter Voshefski, Nuala Clark, Steven Corsano and Suzanne Unrein. These exhibits will be on display through September 1, 2010. (more…)