Archive for March, 2011

The closest thing to a vacation: Saint Ann

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2011 at 10:59 am

On a beautiful 80 degree evening, my friends and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner, preferably on a patio.

Located downtown on N. Harwood Street between the Saint Ann building and the Rolex building, you can easily find parking in a convenient covered lot right in front of the building. Once you’ve walked up the wooden steps to the restaurant, you are greeted with a large wooden patio with lots of wooden tables and chairs, strung lights, a fire pit and lots of people enjoying the lovely evening. It’s a great place to relax and have a drink, bring the whole family to enjoy a full meal, or even have a small event.

(more…)

Soba noodles & high-tech bathrooms: the Tei An experience

Posted by    |    March 2nd, 2011 at 11:41 am

Photo by Natalie Blankenship

From the moment you step into Tei An to the second you try your first bite, you feel as if you traveled all the way to Japan.
With the traditional rice paddy outfits the wait staff wears to the gorgeous larger-than-life décor, this exotic Japanese eatery is more than just dinner. It’s an experience.
The service is usually pretty good, and with tables situated in little nooks of the restaurant, the noise never seems to be a problem.
Located in One Arts Plaza in downtown Dallas, Tei An highlights their special: soba noodles. Not only are their soba noodles delicious, but they’re healthy as well. Made with buckwheat flour, soba noodles are thin Japanese noodles that can be served hot in a broth, or cold with a dipping sauce.
Although the menu is a bit hard to understand, the waiters are always helpful and happy to help. With soba noodles come many decisions—what length, cold or hot, what meat, what broth, etc. If you’re not into soba noodles, there’s also udon noodles, or thick wheat Japanese noodles.