Taco Tuesday: Tacos & Tunes.

This week’s #TacoTuesday post is a bit different.

You see, Tacos & Tunes are not offered on Tuesdays. But these events obviously revolve around tacos, so I just had to share about it with you.

Tacos and Tunes is a monthly event that breaks the barriers between local Dallas musicians and their fans, all while feeding both parties tacos. It rolls around toward the end of the month and only costs $10 for entry and two tacos.

Every artist featured is a Dallas local, every taco is locally made and every venue is a local hot spot.

I went to my first T&T on Friday night.

As a wannabe on-and-off singer-songwriter, I was absolutely delighted. I love hearing humble musicians sing their stories of heartbreak and hope and healing. It takes so much boldness to share one’s past, present and future in front of strangers.

This month’s venue was originally at the Wall Gallery, but moved last minute to American Beauty Mill, these gorgeous and isolated apartments south of downtown near Gilley’s. 50 fans got all cozy in an open loft and listened in. One of the musicians, Chris Taylor, also painted during the others’ performances. It was a treat for the eyes and ears.

And mouth, because the tacos were great.

I strongly recommend keeping up with Tacos and Tunes on Facebook and Instagram, so you know when the next show comes around.

Karaoke Fun @ Shuck N Jive.

Last night, I was ready to eat pie & chill.

After consuming an apple pie (paired with classic vanilla ice cream) in honor of National Pi Day, our friends decided to go out.

I was very unprepared for a night on the town. I was wearing my baggy, Kim Possible-like pants with Tevas (aka the world’s ugliest sandals). I looked like a true granola climber.

Nevertheless, I was up for the adventure. After much Google-ing and Yelp-consulting, we discovered the close-by Shuck N Jive had karaoke on Tuesday nights. Why? I’m not sure. But Yelp assured that there would be a crowd ranging in ages from 20 to 60 years old, and that it would be a “good time.”

So we went for it.

Shuck N Jive is a very unique experience. It’s a small, Cajun restaurant and bar. We didn’t eat the food, but their drinks were great.

The review was right, we represented the 20-year-old demographic, and the ages reached up until at least the mid 40’s. There were also children probably around the 8 to 10-year-old range, so that was a…strange surprise.

My friend Sarah and I warmed up the night by belting Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes’ “Home.” It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I know every word. It also makes me feel nostalgic of the many times I was far away and anticipated a good homecoming.

Sometimes, you just gotta jump out of your comfort zone.

You have to try new things. You have to succumb to your friends’ wishes to sing karaoke on a Tuesday night. You have to take a shot of Patron and sing your heart out to the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love?,” because this world is in need of more love these days.

Even if you hate it, you’ve got a new memory and experience to cherish. And if you love it, you know where to return on a Tuesday night. I can’t say I’ll become a regular, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up at Shuck N Jive for another round of my five minutes of fame.

Attention, World: It’s National Pi Day!

Today is one of the more important days of the year.

It’s National Pi Day!

Yes. 3.14 is everybody’s favorite mathematical number. While math was never my favorite subject, I can always get on board with a celebratory day that focuses on PIE, the dessert.

Pie is the underdog of desserts.

People will die for cookies or cake or ice cream. But only a select few (including grandmas and hipsters) will put their life on the line for a good piece of pie.

My love for pie started with Lula Jane’s bakery in Waco off of Elm St. This sweet little bakery introduced me to the wonderful world of pie. Then I continued my love for pie at Coffeeshop Cafe in McGregor, just a hop up the highway from Waco.

God bless Dallas, where Emporium Pies reigns.

The pie shop has three locations in Downtown McKinney, Bishop Arts and the most recent, Deep Ellum. These reasonably priced pies are baked with love and topped with creamy goodness. They’re thick and rich and tasty and sweet–and at times, savory.

Today and today only, Emporium Pies will give a FREE PIE to anyone who can recite Pi to the 31st decimal point. It’s quiet a feat, but I’m sure it’s worth it. You better get to memorizing right away!

Taco Tuesday: Frankies.

Frankies is a quaint Mexican cuisine restaurant located just a hop, skip and a jump away from my home.

Started by a family in the neighborhood, Frankie’s brings fresh and tasty food to your table with the friendliness of a local hot spot.

Their food is always fresh and fast, never wrong or regrettable. Today, my friends and I received our meals just 5 minutes after ordering. Halfway into my taco, I realized I hadn’t take a picture yet–I was obviously too eager when it first came to our table.

If you’re ever in North Richardson or near University of Texas at Dallas, swing by Frankies for #tacothesday or grab a margarita during Happy Hour. You won’t regret it!

Thrifting Queen: Family Thrift Center.

 

My name is Maelyn, and I am a thrifter.

I started thrifting sometime around my sophomore year of college. After wanting to express myself through my clothing and realizing I had almost no money in my sad, sad bank account, I transformed into a thrifting queen.

I can smell a thrift store from a mile away. It’s like a sixth sense. And if I can’t smell it, I definitely can eye it from hundreds of feet up the road.

Sure, the clothes are used. It’s not like I don’t wash them.

I thought it would only be appropriate to feature my favorite store as my first “Shop” post.

Family Thrift Center located in Plano at K Avenue and Park is an immensely huge thrift store roughly the size of a local Walmart. It features racks upon racks of dresses, pants, suits, blouses, sweatshirts, jackets, shoes, coats. It’s overwhelming at first, but once you dive in, the water is great.

I’ve scored amazing deals here. I wear my “lizard” dress all of the time (it’s brown and green and has a lizard-like print on it). I can’t go out in the cold without my puffy jacket. And don’t even get me started on my brown, leather wedges (yes, I sprayed them).

Thrifting is great because it costs little and does not harm anyone in the process. Stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army also benefit great causes.

If you haven’t thrifted yet, go ahead and try! You just may like what you find.

March 16: Food and Wine Fest @ Dallas Arboretum.

The Dallas Arboretum will host its first ever food & wine fest.

This Thursday, from 6-9 p.m.

According to the Facebook event page, “This premier, spring social event will feature savory delicious bites made by award-winning chefs from many fine restaurants around the metroplex, set against the backdrop of 500,000 spring blooming bulbs during the spring festival Dallas Blooms.”

There will be a variety of drinks, including fine wines and craft beers. And you can end the evening with dessert or coffee, along with a special concert. The cuisine will focus on five regions and types of dishes, including: American Bistro, Mediterranean, Pan Asian, South American and desserts from around the world.

Order your tickets on the Dallas Arboretum website. If you can’t find any there, try to poke around the Facebook event page for someone who might be selling theirs.

Opening Bell.

If you’re looking for a place to listen to live music…

You must visit Opening Bell. It is the cutest little coffee shop downtown off  of Lamar St. It’s a bit hidden underground, so it feels cozy and warm down there.

If you want to find the latest up-and-coming singer-songwriter in the area, come to the shop on its weekly Open Mic night (on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.) You may catch me there, sitting in the back, sipping a latte and nodding my head to the beat.

Opening Bell was my first “concert” venue alone.

When I was probably 15, I went out with my older friends to see my favorite singer-songwriter, and long-time friend, Jillian Edwards, on a Friday night. My parents didn’t realize that Opening Bell was downtown and approved the little excursion.

When I called and told them where I was, my dad nearly threw a fit. He didn’t think it was safe for me to go at such a young age. I really didn’t care, I got to cheer on Jill Bill and drink some really great coffee! (The addiction started young).

Opening Bell will always be a nostalgic place for me. I encourage you to visit for either coffee or music, or even better, both!

Introducing Beyond.

I do my fair share of traveling.

Every couple months or so, I try to break out of the 214. Dallas is home, but my heart loves to explore. My favorite states (other than Texas, of course) include Utah, Tennessee and Colorado.

All-time favorite cities I’ve been to include London, Florence, Escalante, New York and Interlaken. With each place I visit, I make friends and memories that last a lifetime. When I wander alone, I find out more about myself and who I want to be.

Keep up with my adventures beyond Dallas here.

Taco Tuesday: Fuzzy’s.

I’ve always been a taco enthusiast.

It’s meat and cheese and veggies and more all squished into a round, flour (or corn) tortilla and hand-delivered straight into your mouth. What a novel idea.

Each Tuesday from here on out, I will feature local and chain taco-selling restaurants. If I don’t get a chance to blog about them, make sure to check out our Instagram.

Our first #TacoTuesday feature is Fuzzy’s.

Fuzzy’s was founded in Austin and moved to the Dallas area sometime while I was in highschool — aka 4+ years ago. Wow. That makes me feel old.

The taco chain sells tasteful tacos at reasonable prices and crazy, huge margaritas for only $5ish. Though they’re not the best tacos I’ve ever tasted, they’re definitely a great deal, and I recommend going at least every now and then.

It’s a great place to grab a quick bite, watch the latest sports game or catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

An Intro to DOAD.

Hello.

My name is Maelyn and I am here to introduce you to the wonderful happenings and places of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that will blow your mind, but not your budget.

Dallas on a Dime was founded on the idea that though there are many fun things to do and great places to experience here, not all are budget-friendly. Especially for a broke twenty something (aka me).

I’m on a quest to find places to eat, drink, shop, listen to music and overall experience that won’t put me in further debt and will leave me with stories to tell.

Follow @DalOnADime on Instagram to keep up with us daily, and regularly check into our blog for more descriptions on where to go and what to do.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy,

Mae