Friday, April 30, 2010

Dallas-Lemon Bar

While I'm working on the last post for Vegas, I decided to do a short post for a local brunch spot P and I tried out a few weekends ago... Lemon Bar. Up to now, I feel the post have been pretty informative and positive and that can only be entertaining for so long...right... everyone loves a little controversy :) therefore our experience at Lemon Bar was terrible!!!

I am not a big complainer (P would prob argue that :) so the fact that I will NEVER go back to this place is saying a lot! We were surprisingly up early on a Sunday and wanted to grab some food before an appointment we had so we decided to Brunch it up. In Dallas, if you want to go to a popular brunch spot plan on waiting at least an hour. Well on this day we had an appointment at 12:30 and we needed somewhere that we could get in and get out but still have a yummy brunch.

While driving past our fav spots and seeing how packed they were we headed over to the West Village area and saw Lemon Bar (LB) and there were some open tables (I now know why...). We walk up and after hearing the blaring pop music coming from inside the restaurant we decided to sit outside on the porch even though it was kinda chilly for me. The hostess walked us over to a 2 person table right next (if I would have strechted out my arm I would have touched the guy) to a large group of people and a guy smoking a full cigar at 11:30 in the morning. I was gagging and we turned right around and asked for a table as far away as possible from the cigar man. I looked around and realized there were more people smoking and it wasn't just cigars (i actually like cigar smoke smell just not early in the morning) so LB's smoking section is their patio which is a BIG shame bc patios are the best! (which I thought was not allowed in Dallas anymore but I guess i was wrong)

Pigs in a Blanket, aka Heart Attack on a plate it is sausage with scrabbled eggs inside with bacon wrapped around it and the whole thing is fried served with syrup.

We sit down and take a look at their brunch menu, it was literally the smallest brunch menu ever... only 8 items and all 8 were not your typical brunch fair. After all that had already turned me off from this place, the fact they didn't have quiche on their brunch menu just about put me over the edge. P ordered Pigs in a Blanket and I stuck with warm coffee to keep me warm. I was trying to like this place and I was hoping the food would be good... and it wasnt. P had two bites and didn't even want to finish his Pigs. The potatos were good though and surprisingly the service was not bad either! If your looking for a spot to meet up with your friends that are still partying or are wanting to keep partying from the night before this is a place for you! Hopefully other people have a better experience then I did and I might think about going back for drinks but NEVER brunch ever again!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Food! Las Vegas-Part 2

sorry everyone, I have been extremely busy lately and I know it probably doesn't show but each post takes a REALLY long time and I just haven't had a lot of that lately.

Las Vegas has just about everything one could think of, but it is really starting to shape up in the food department. Long ago are the days of $1.99 all you can eat Steak buffets (although I think you can still find a few downtown) and now Las Vegas Blvd is littered with famous TV personality chefs, Michelin star and 5 star restaurants. Each visit to Vegas is like a smorgasbord of restaurants to choose from, or for me "a kid in a candy store"... YUMMY! It doesn't matter what your itinerary is for coming to Vegas there is a taste for everyone and it might even be flattering for your wallet as well.

My most previous trip to LV, landed me at the Wynn (which is a little piece of heaven in the middle of Sin City!). We were there over Valentine's weekend so naturally we did a lot of eating!

The first night we arrived around 10pm and decided to just hang at our amazing resort. We ate at Stratta, which is located right in the Casino area. It was so amazingly decorated! They do request casual business attire, so anyone would feel comfortable showing up before or after a show (Garth Brooks :). It was a very lovely atmosphere and almost relaxing in the middle of a casino... wierd right! That just shows what an awesome job the Wynn did on developing this restaurant, casual yet stylish decor . P and I order calamari to start with and we split a margarita pizza. Everything we order was delicious and the pizza was baked in a stone oven (thats the best kind of crust, light, crisp and airy. They have a very extensive wine list and we order a great bottle of wine (wish I remembered the name... sorry). Our bill ended up being kind of expensive due to the nice bottle of wine but you can easily go and order a pizza and app and get out of there under $50.

On Valentines Days, we awoke, went for a couples mesage at Encore (more on that later) and then we decided to go for a nice brunch at Tableau located in Wynn's Tower suites. This restaurant is the prettiest restaurant I have ever seen. I just imagine a beautiful english or parisian garden right outside the magnificent windows (which is almost the view, the tower suites pool is right outside). If you are in Vegas over a weekend and are looking for a elegant relaxing brunch Tableau is the prefect spot! With its modern American cuisine, white table cloths, and poolside view this restaurant might just be my favorite hidden gem in LV. I order a garden salad (sad to say I really didn't have an appetite when we went) and P order a Kobe burger and fries. They had the best pom frites, perfectly seasoned with homemade ketchup! Deliciousness!!!!!!!

The entry way to SW Steakhouse, cool huh. The umbrellas rotate too!

When I was in Vegas back in July, we ate at SW Steakhouse. SW is like going to a wonderful brasserie and a show all at the same time. If you sit outside after sunset, watch out. Every half hour the innocent looking lake turns into the Lake of Dreams, an electrifying light and sound show. It is very entertaining, not over powering and is very pleasant to enjoy while dining.

This is the Lake of Dreams! Gorgeous right?!
We dined at SW for my cousin's 21st birthday. They were very accommodating for a large group but be warned, this is a nice restaurant. We all order small meals (salads), $10-$15, since we were going out afterwards (it is never a good idea to eat a large meal and then go dancing... FYI... you just feel sick.) but there entrees are about $20 and above. I had a delicious buffalo mozzarella and basil salad and not to mention yummy desserts!

The group and my cuz's bday dessert, luckily she shared!

Buffet at the Wynn
Everyone one knows about LV's famous buffets and truth be told, I have only eaten at a buffet once while in LV and luckily it was at the Wynn! The buffet is what a food-a-holic's heaven would be. Every kind/type of food you could think of under one roof and as much as you want of it! It is an incredible site. Come hungry because the buffet is expensive so eat up! Plus this is not a Golden Coral type of buffet this is a 5 star food all you can eat galore!!!!! You will def walk away 5 pounds heavier just in food, its amazing!

Located right next door to the Wynn is The Venitian. The V is stocked with amazing restaurants and shopping. Located right outside the Canal is Tao. I'm sure you have heard of celebs ringing in the new year and their bdays here and it is action packed with celeb sightings not to mention awesome food and atmosphere!!!! After leaving Tao you will be ready to dance the night away next door at Tao club or any of the 54937594 clubs in Vegas. The ambiance is sexy, candle lit, asian inspired (massive Buddha right in the middle of the restaurant). When you walk in, be sure to notice the women relaxing in rose petal filled bath tubs lining the hallway (told ya sexy). If you enjoy asian fusion cuisine mixed with great club beats you will love Tao!
See the tubs sticking out, minus the women

The prices are very fair and the menu is very extensive, great options. I order Chicken Satay, it was the prefect amount and exactly what I wanted, not to mention it was pared with a wonderful peanut sauce! P order Kung Pao which he really enjoyed and it was not too spicy. They do not pride themselves on service (its just not that kind of restaurant) but there were no complaints regarding service or food. The only annoying thing is, you can not go into the club from inside the restaurant. If you do not have a table reservation (for the club) you have to leave the restaurant and get in line for the club. As someone that has no patience for standing in lines, I was not ok with this situation and did not even go to the club (which we had intended too).

If your looking for a great lunch spot to beat the summer desert heat, Canaletto located in the Canal Shops in the Venetian is the perfect spot. I have had some of the most amazing Prosciutto ever at this place. Not only is the setting reminiscent of St. Marks square in Venice, but there is nothing more pleasant than enjoying a wonderful goat cheese,prosciutto, arugula pizza while hearing the glorious noise of opera singing gondoliers. I would highly recommend sitting out in the courtyard area and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the gondolas, street performers, and shoppers. The menu is very broad and you can get anything from large entrees to anti pasta platers. I have eaten here a few times on my LV journeys and every time I get the same thing, the pizza. It's an oldie but a goodie and it is amazing every time. Just sit back, relax, close your eyes and imagine you are truly in Venice!
St. Mark's square where Canaletto is located.

Serendipity 3
For the cherry on top (literally) of your delicious lunch at Canaletto, walk off some of those calories and head on over to Seredipity 3 at Ceasers. Serendipity 3 is a famous New York staple and it has somehow made its way cross country to the west coast, and thank God is has! I was recently in NYC and no one wanted to go with me to Serendipity! Luckily the following weekend I knew I was heading west and I could talk P into standing in the long line with me (which I did :) and it was the best decision (and you know I don't wait in lines!) but it was SOOOOOO worth it. Trust me, this famous spot defiantly lives up to the hipe!!!!! Remember the movie Serendipity, (men its ok I understand its not really up your alley) but the famous ice cream shop was featured in it.
After about a 15-20 min wait we were finally up at the window (there is a window for to-go items and a restaurant side. We chose to-go because it looked faster and it was a nice day to sit outside with our yummy treats) and I ordered the famous iced hot chocolate but I got the Chocolate and Peanut Butter one. It was the most perfect combination but I think next time I would just get the original because the peanut butter flavor got a little old after awhile. I would suggest if you are not a big fan of whipped cream (i personally don't like the stuff) to make sure to ask for no whipped because they are VERY generous with the stuff (they like to make a lovely 8 inch white whipped topper) luckily my eye caught sight of someone else's and I was saved from the disaster that might have occurred. P ordered their homemade ice cream and OMG it was the best stuff on this planet... I DIE!!!! It was SOOOOOO thick that it took a few licks of the spoon to get all the stuff off, almost like peanut butter. We ended up switching treats half way thru to test each others out, and I almost did want to give his ice cream back. They have SOOOOOO much goodies to offer, even their actual food look oh so yummy but you just can't pass up the sweets. Be sure to check out the adorable gift shop inside the restaurant side, great gifts to take back to your loved ones that arent too LV cheesy.

Mon Ami Gabi
When I travel to LV, I have a few favorite places that are a MUST for me to hit up while I'm there. Mon Ami Gabi located at the Paris is one of them! I have been in a love relationship with Paris, France ever since I got engaged there and traveled there while in college and this bistro is an authentic parisian bistro! From the French speaking wait staff, the classic french inspired cuisine to the beautiful gothic Parisian architecture that embodies everything Paris! I have eaten here so many times I can't even count anymore... breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner but my favorite meal here is their brunch. Their food is amazing no matter what time of day you visit but the atmosphere (which I'm learning is what I look for in a great restaurant, food comes closely in second...) is just so exciting and enjoyable. The Paris is located right across the street from the Beligio and Mon Ami Gabi has a large and beautiful patio right on the street that gives you a front row seat to the gorgeous Beligio water show. If you have never been to LV, you MUST see a least one of the water shows (there are different ones every 30 mins.) they are almost hypnotizingly-beautiful to watch (they will always remind me of the scene in Oceans 11 when they are all standing watching the fountains after robing the casino...)
I took this the last time I was in LV, look at how close we are while drinking Mimosas

The food is french inspired but not too french, there are still regular items on the menu. Like I said, you can not go wrong with dinning here at anytime of day. If you go at night, you MUST order the Onion soup (to die for!). The prices vary but maybe more on the high side. There is always a very long wait so try to call in advance for reservations on the outside patio but if you decide to make an impulse decision you are looking at about an hour to hour half wait. If you do not mind eating inside then you can defiantly get in (in my experience) under 30 mins. I can not express to you how enjoyable this restaurant is and it is a MUST when traveling to LV (crap now its going to take me even longer to get a reservation now that I'm telling all my secrets... hope your happy :)
Inside, Mon Ami Gabi

Promise I am almost finished, sorry this is SUCH a long post. I'm trying to do better more condensed post, obviously not working out too well right now.
Bellagio is home to so many beautiful shops, art (did you know they have an art gallery? I've seen an Ansel Adams exhibit there and it was awesome but I'm an art geek...), food and shows. The restaurants range from classy 5 star to the worlds largest chocolate fountain! Walking by this amazing, beautiful fountain I was instantly sucked into the world of Jean-Philippe. The fountain will catch your eye first but soon the delightful smells of freshly made to order crepes will seduce you and force you inside the real life Willy Wonka chocolate heaven. Save some room for dessert because you can not miss this!

Yes, this is a REAL crepe!

Before you head for the crepes, don't forget to eat your veggies at Circo! Circo is a wonderful fine dining restaurant! If you are in LV celebrating or are looking for a nice romantic dinner before seeing O (show at Bellagio) I HIGHLY recommend Circo. The Tuscan inspired cuisine is a wonderful match to the decor and your view over looking the Bellagio fountains (and you get to watch more beautiful water shows). If your traveling to LV on a budget, plan for this to be your one nice restaurant choice for the trip and live it up! Just because your on a budget there is no reason you can not enjoy delicious food, just be wise in your ordering (try splitting a large entree which will be the most costly item on your check and cutting out the drinks at dinner that are marked up 3xs!) You only live once :)

And now I have been saving the best for last, Olives located in the Bellagio. This is the only restaurant that you can eat outside over the fountains (obviously I am obsessed w the fountains if you can't tell already) not to mention the food is oh so YUMMY! Before your dinner even arrives they bring out a delicious array of freshly baked breads and 3 different olives spreads. I typically do not care for olives but I eat every bit of the yummy olive spreads! If you are wanting to sit outside on the patio plan to wait (they do not take reservations for the patio) or slip the hostess a $20 (thats what Lauren and I did when we went on our date there :) and we got in within 30 mins. If you have to wait, be sure to try their house infused fruit vodkas, Pineapple is my favorite! They have a little bit of everything on their menu, pretty typical but the way they execute and flavor their dishes are just so tasty. The prices are not too bad, it just depends on what you order and how much but isn't that always the case. P and I actually had our Valentines dinner there this year and for dessert we ordered 'Love Envelopes'.
Our 'Love Envelopes'

The patio at Olives.

Please stay tuned for the final post for Vegas, its gonna be the best one... promise!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Las Vegas-Part 1

Ok, let's take a little break from all the beach vacations and head to another one of my favorite places to visit (besides Disney World) and that is Las Vegas!
Patrick and I love Vegas so much that we even spent this past Valentines day there :) I know that everyone has their own way they 'do Vegas' so I am just going to let you know a little bit about my travels to the adult theme park of the west, LAS VEGAS!

I suggest, when planning your trip to vegas to plan for about 3-4 days only. If you are a long vacationer (like myself), and your thinking "wow that doesn't sound like enough time," well I promise it is. The thing about Vegas is it is truly a 24 hour town. For us central time goers, we gain 2 hours and so the days seem never ending which leads for a lot more time to fit everything in! Plus, you can drink on the street...CRAZY!

First thing first, places to stay! Depending on what your agenda is for going to Vegas, you may or may not be spending a lot of time at your hotel. If your planning on 72 hours of Texas Hold'em, Craps, Roulette (my drug of choice), or any other sins to be had in Vegas, then save your money for the tables and choose one of the more mid-low priced rang hotels. Twice, I have gone to Vegas for only 24 hours and we literally never got a hotel room!

Planet Hollywood, Casino, Peep Show at P.H.

I stayed at Planet Hollywood a few years ago right when it was switching from The Aladian to P.H. It was surprisingly a very hip and nice hotel and casino. It is a mid-priced hotel and I feel like when picking a place to stay in Vegas it is all about location, location. Planet Hollywood (aka P.H.) has a great location! It is located right next to the Paris and almost right across the street from the Belliago. It is what I would say, about in the middle of the strip. I would recommend, if your young (twenties, thirties) to stay at the P.H. It defiantly has a young feel and most of the people that stay there are pretty young, although when I stayed there it was with my mom and some family friends and they seemed to be fine with the crowd. Their casino is not one of my favs but it does the job for some quick games. They do have $10 tables for Roulette (I'm just saying...) which is nice but most of the more budget casinos offer that as well. P.H. has GREAT shopping at Miracle Mile, if you are trying to find something to do while your man is glued to the slot machines.

This dancer in the show was our favorite so we took a picture with her

On one of my more recent trips to Vegas, for my cousin's 21st birthday, we decided to go see Holly Madison's show (one of Huge Heffner's girlfriends from the TV show Girls Next Door) Peep Show. Just like the title says, it is a las vegas 'peep show' where the girls are topless or mostly topless. Needless to say, I am not mature enough for the 'peep show' aspect and my friend, Lauren and I, giggled throughout the entire show. I will say this, it was a really good show. Great singing, dancing and awesome costumes. It is set to a 'fairy tale' theme where they do little 'acts' for each fairy tale: Little Bo Peep, Goldy Locks, Little Red Riding Hood and so on...

Treasure Island
Speaking of my trip to Vegas for my cousin's birthday, we all stayed at Treasure Island. I had never stayed at T.I. or at this end of the strip before. I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole experience! T.I. does not look that nice from the street but I was very impressed with the rooms. The pool area and casino need a bit of a face lift but the location of the casino is great! As most of the casinos do, T.I has Mystere a Cirque du Soleil show. If you have never seen any Cirque du Soleil (and I can not believe there are any people out there that have yet to see one...) then you MUST see O (will talk about this later...) while in Vegas. I have never seen the show at T.I but I'm sure it is amazing, they all are. T.I is located right across the street from the Wynn and Palazzo and next door to Caesars! Can't get much better than that. After staying at T.I., I decided that this was my favorite location on the strip. There is so much to do and you are so close to all the great casinos (my opinion) and T.I is SOOOO reasonably priced!!!!

For the nicer end hotels, I have stayed at the Mandalay and the Wynn. The two hotels are so different from each other and obviously I have not stayed in that many nice hotels while in Vegas.

Mandalay Bay, lobby, aquarium, pool area

I stayed at Mandalay Bay the very first time I ever went to Vegas. It is very nice but it is so far down the strip (the very end) that you feel a little removed from all the 'action'. M.B. has a lot of fun activities for kids to enjoy, a big aquarium, sharks tanks and a large pool area with a huge wave pool. Located inside the casino is the House of Blues. If you have never gone to the H.O.B gospel brunch on Sunday mornings, then you are missing out! Mandalay is located right next to the Luxor and there is a tram that can take you over to the Luxor and Excaliber. I would recomend this casino if you are bringing kids or anyone under 21 or if you are looking for a nice relaxing weekend in the sun.

The Wynn

And now for the crowing jewel, The Wynn. Words can not even begin to express how amazing this casino is. I hate even calling it a casino because I feel it is SO much more. Where to even begin, the Wynn is the nicest hotel on the strip. Some people will argue that the Bellaigo is nicer, I have never stayed there but I just can't imagine anything being nicer than the wynn.
The rooms are amazing! We stayed at the Wynn over this past valentines day, and we upgraded our room (since it was a special weekend we decided to splurge) for only $50 a night and got floor to celling windows with a view overlooking the golf course. It was gorgeous and you absolutely forget your in vegas surrounded by 3 foot long margaritas and perpetual cigarette smoke (the only negative about vegas for me). Not only does the wynn have amazing shopping (hello 2 Chanel stores), 5 star dining, a golf course right on site and now Garth Brooks!!!! For us Texan 'foke', some people have Sweet Home Alabama as their un-offical state song well we have Friends and Low Places (I mean how many times have you ended your night at a bar belting that song out!) When we went in February, P and I didnt see Garth but my sis in law and friends did. They had the time of their lives and some crazy things along the way that made Garth that much worth it. P and I are heading back with our friends in June and we will finally get to see Garth (i havent seen him since I was about 8 at Texas Stadium!) I will go into more details about what the wynn has in later posts...

The view from our room

Our room, its a terrible pic but our room is reflected in the windows

Ok so I know there are SO many hotels/casinos that I did not mention but like I said in the begining, I am only going to talk about the Vegas that 'I know' which means places I have stayed. Hopefully there will be many more vegas trips to come so I can explore some new places for you. Encore here I come in June!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Grand Cayman Island- part 2

Patrick and I at Casanova's Restaurant

sorry for the long delay in postings. I decided to paint one of my bathrooms and that has taken up my time and all my 'creative juices' lately :)

Anyways, I'm going to finish up Grand Cayman Island. The food we have enjoyed while vacationing in Cayman has always been delicious!!!!! One of the worlds most famous and talented chefs, Eric Ripert, has a restaurant located right in the Ritz called Blue.

Chef Eric Ripert

Blue, is the perfect beach fine dining restaurant! Patrick and I have eaten at Blue almost every time we have gone to Cayman and have never been disappointed. Blue, primarily specializes in fresh seafood with a little bit of french 'flavor' thrown in. When dining at Blue, the menu is a 3 or 6 course fixed menu to choose from and they offer a very large wine menu! The atmosphere is elegant but still a little beachy casual. If your planning on dining there before you go be sure to pack appropriate attire, men especially, a collared shirt and even maybe a sports coat and women can just wear a nice sundress. The people at Blue, are very accommodating so if you are on a family vacation (like Patrick and I have been) there is a private room, if you want to bring the kids, and you still get to enjoy the wonderful dinning but you are a little bit secluded if your kids begin getting restless.

7 Prime

Another great dining option at the Ritz is 7 Prime cuts and Sunsets. It is located right on the first level so you get to sit outside by the pool and watch the sun set and hear the ocean while enjoying a fabulous buffet. I am not a big buffet person because normally the food isn't that good but 7 prime is an exception to my rule! The dinner has almost everything you could ever want on a buffet and the breakfast is to die for!!!!! I highly recommend you enjoy one meal there (you'll end up going back for breakfast or dinner once you try it once...).

Silver Palm Lounge

If by dinner time you have filled up on Pina Colada's and french fries out by the pool all day (like I normally have) and your not wanting a serious sit down meal then I suggest Taikun which is located inside The Silver Palm Lounge. The sushi is to die for (nothing beats fresh seafood) and the drinks are great too. They sell cigars (Cuban's if you are interested...) and you can sit out on the patio and enjoy the ocean breeze and the twinkling stars!


When we go to Cayman, we really don't leave the resort that much because the food options are so wonderful there but there have been a few times we have eaten in town and they have been wonderful. We went to eat at Casanova Restaurant by the Sea and it was SO worth leaving our precious hotel. WOW, this restaurant is incredible. Not only is the service awesome, the food amazing but the view is incredible!!!!!! Do not miss eating at Casanova and remember to request a table outside over looking the ocean!

The Warf, is another restaurant we've tried. It's an ok restaurant, I would suggest its a must-eat but if your looking for a large restaurant that is very tourist-y then try the Warf. The food was pretty good but the service was lack-luster but maybe it was the wedding reception that was taking all the time/servers away from their tables.

Almost every time I've been to Grand Cayman their are fireworks at the resort. It always seems to be our last night when we see them and we see it fit to leave you with some fire works. Stay tuned for our next destination....

Friday, April 2, 2010


So last weekend, Patrick and I went to meet up with our friend Thanh at a 'new' restaurant (the restaurant is not new, just new to us ;). I have come to realize when living in a certain place long enough, you feel that you have done just about all there is to do and in our case, eaten about everywhere there is to eat. We are now realizing, we were so wrong...

We met up with Thanh at Lumi for some lazy saturday afternoon drinks and patio time. Patrick and I pull up to the restaurant and we instantly wonder why we have not come here before. It is right on McKinney Ave (a main street in Uptown Dallas) a few restaurants down from Primos and is located in the cutest restored old house.

It has a modern-chic vibe but is still very casual. I love restaurants that are designed this way. I feel like you do not see many like this in Dallas and as a girl that wishes she lived in NYC or L.A. this is a nice refresher that Dallas is some-what 'cool'.

Anyways, we got there a little later than the original plan so we opted to sit inside at the bar since the weather had turned cool and it was dinner time now (not to mention a very big March Madness game was conveniently on the flat screen in the bar area). After looking over the delicious menu we couldn't even begin to decided what we wanted to order, everything sounded so delicious! Lumi is an asian/latin fusion restaurant and they do a sublime job on rounding out the two cuisines. The boys order a glass of, very budget friendly, Napa Cabrenet and I opt for the Hot Chrysanthemum Flower Tea (i don't know why I chose that, I was in a weird mood that day) it was so amazing. They bring you a whole pot of tea for $4.00 and it was so refreshing and just hits the spot if you are a tea lover. They bring you out these little fried nuddles befor your meal and they are so good, melt in your mouth literally.

Yummy Fried Noodles

Chrysanthemum Flower Tea

Our first dish we decide on was Fresh Vietnamese Summer Rolls ($6.50), I mean sooooooooo yummy. I feel like the three of us (patrick, thanh and I ) could call ourselves 'spring roll conosuers' , we know our stuff when it comes to spring rolls (thanh is vietnamese so that gives us legitimacy right there...) and these were amazing. These were suppose to be only Patrick's but after Thanh and I both got ahold of them we were in need of some more food. Thanh order Spicy Sriracha Buffalo Wings ($7.50) these boys love them some spicy wings, and they loved these!


Next items up were the Poblano Pepper and Chicken soup ($6.00) and Chinese 5 spice Duck and Leek Dumplings ($7.50). The soup was so delicious, it was like an asian take on tortilla soup and had a little thicker of a broth. It was the perfect about of spice and comfort rolled up into a nice little bowl of yummy soup!


The poor dumplings never got a picture because we were so excited when they finally showed up that we didn't even think about taking a picture we just all dug right into them. The dumplings were amazing. I can't wait to go back and try all the flavor and the Empanadas!

My Lumi experience was almost perfect except for the service. I think we didn't have the best of service due to sitting in the bar area. It seemed like the poor bartender was doing everything from taking orders to making the drinks as well. I would and am going back but I might just choose to sit at a table next time if I am going to be ordering food. The next time your in Dallas and looking for a nice, casual evening, I HIGHLY suggest trying Lumi and I do not that you will be disappointed!