Fighting on in Dallas
I flew into Dallas during Labor Day Weekend to see the University of Southern California-Alabama football game! If I have not mentioned this before, I love football, so much so that I am willing to spend money I don't have to watch it being played live. However, the trip was not all about football as I did get to reunite with a couple of my close friends from undergrad at SC!
AT&T paid for free Uber rides for anyone in the Arlington/Dallas area who was traveling to the game which was so clutch! The vehicle had TVs on the back of seats featuring live college football games, and they gave us little AT&T gift bags that included cute little beer koozies! Once at the game I was just in awe. The stadium was massive and the sheer number of fans that came out for the game was incredible! Of course there is always a swell of excitement that builds in me when I'm in a sea of Trojan fans. With the array of cardinal and gold fashion, the familiar pre-game show by the Spirit of Troy, and even the faces of some of the athletic training staff I used to work with on the big screen it felt like home. All the way in Dallas. Which is why I love USC. And football. Despite the scenery that felt like a dream I was quickly brought back down to earth as my team played less and less College Game Day-live-national-coverage-worthy football. It was quite embarrassing. Yes, we were playing the number one team in the nation, but I was at least hoping for a real game if not a win. We looked liked rookies, and it was hard to watch but we stayed the entire game. The journey back was definitely frustrating as the Bama fans were less than kind to us despite no provocation on our part. All of the Uber/Lyft prices back to Dallas were ridiculous so we took an extended walk from the stadium until prices went down. It was another disappointing day for Trojan Nation.
Being in a new city during a three-day weekend called for some tourism. Before the game on Saturday we walked by the Arts District and into Klyde Warren Park which was absolutely gorgeous. On Sunday we went to Reunion Tower which discounted their tickets for those who were in town for the game. It was really lovely being able to see the entire city as well as learn more about it using the interactive modules. They also had a spinning cafe area which was a cool way to enjoy the sights. We also spent some time in Deep Ellum chilling in an eclectic coffee shop and exploring a specialty chocolate store called Dude, Sweet Chocolate. I wish I had taken a picture of it but the store featured a bleeding skull fixture all made out of chocolate which was also the design for an album cover for a well-known band.
SO. MUCH. GOOD. FOOD! In Klyde Warren Park we ate at one of the food trucks selling what I think was Tex-Mex. It was delicious! On Sunday we had brunch at this place called Breadwinners. The wait for us was about an hour so you know the place had to be good. The restaurant was quite large for a brunch spot with various designed seating areas. We ended up being seated in an area that looked like a bar in another building which was interesting. I ordered a mimosa slushy drink and a decadent French toast. Obviously the fact that I was eating like a garbage disposal with a race in one week didn't phase me. Our food took forever to come out (like a solid 30 minutes), but at least it was incredibly delicious! My last night in town we ate at another popular spot called HG SPLY CO. in Deep Ellum. Since the wait was supposedly an hour we went upstairs to the rooftop bar area where they were showing some football and serving appetizers. By the time I got my chips and guacamole they had our table ready even though barely 20 minutes had past. We ordered the chips and queso which are indeed spicy despite what the waiter tells you. For an entree I went with the clubbed turkey sandwich which turned out very well. I highly recommend this place with its young, hipster vibe but still plenty of TVs featuring football.
We tried going out Sunday night thinking other people would be going out as well since it was a three day weekend. However, that was not the case. We went to a couple places but nothing was all that lively, or at least not in a way we expected. Austin's nightlife definitely one-upped Dallas.
In summary, the game itself was terrible but the experience of being in AT&T stadium was incredible. I had a great time exploring a new city with old friends. I would definitely recommend checking out Dallas but preferably not in September when the humidity is off the charts. Click on the photos below to see the city through my eyes. FIGHT ON FOREVER!