Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dallas fancy pants

After our days in the desert Lilly and I headed north en route to Arkansas. We decided to splurge a bit and ended up staying in a hotel and eating at a place with tableclothes. We made our stop in Dallas and thoroughly enjoyed our indulgence,

We stayed at The Belmont an old roadside motel on the south side of the city which has been recently converted into a schmancy boutique hotel.

This is the view of the Dallas skyline from the patio of the hotel.

We went to Smoke for dinner. We got an awesome beef rib with hominy.

And a towering key lime pie. We also got sweetbreads with figs (not pictured) that were one of the best restaurant preparation we've had anywhere.

Then to round out our civilized day we went to the mall. Not any mall though. The Northpark Mall was built and operated by the Nasher family. The Nashers are one of the biggest collectors of contemporary art. They use the mall as another gallery. Here is Lilly below their fantastic Frank Stella.

Here is an Anthony Gormley with Versace in the background.

And Anish Kapor near Louis Vuitton.

We really liked this bizarre setting for art outside the museum. As usual we want to come back.

Next up Bentonville.

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