Hello, Friday! Before it’s fully a new weekend, I want to remember the FUN of last weekend in DALLAS.
In 2010, we ventured to Austin for the UCLA-Texas game and it was incredible.
Second to the UCLA-USC game, beating Texas in 2010 was the most emotional live sporting event experience of my life so far. It may have had something to do with the brutal heat and potentially being dehydrated, but I remember tearing up when Texas lost their first home game in five (?) years to UCLA.
In 2012, we rented a house in Boulder for the UCLA-Colorado game:
Not a particularly memorable game, but the trip was a blast and Boulder was gorgeous.
So last Friday, David and I met up with Varm at SFO and a few hours later we all landed in TEXAS ready for fun-and for Jackie, getting iced with a Peach Bellini, courtesy of Jeremy’s airport pickup service.
Armed with restaurant recommendations from Brad and Kelleen, we started the trip with late night tacos and margaritas at Velvet Taco, followed up with a Pimms Cup at Monks Ale.
The next day, our food tour continued in Deep Ellum, and I was determined to see if the BBQ at Pecan Lodge lived up to the hype.
(We’re smiling because we’re seconds from placing our order after a half hour wait).
SO worth it. The last time I had BBQ any where close to Pecan Lodge was Ironworks in Austin. 100% worth the wait and hype.
Full of BBQ, it was time for tailgating. It’s been seven years since my last proper tailgate, and the parking lot at Cowboys Stadium was a good followup to years at the Rose Bowl. Bruins travel well-the tailgate was full of alumni. Taryn planned an awesome afternoon and it was great to see her in her element-hosting, organizing, photographing, and making sure everyone was having a great time:
As far as Cowboys Stadium, in summary-glad I saw it and it’s an impressive feat of engineering and architecture. It’s also terrifying. I felt like I was entering the Hunger Games as we ascended to our nosebleed seats. And yes, the screen is just as unreal as everyone says. You totally end up watching that the whole time.
Our seats were definitely in Hill Country, which meant that most of the game I was surrounded by very happy Texans, sandwiched between two sad (and kind of bored) Bruins.
And then, in the last few minutes, it all turned around! Very happy they pulled it together at the end!
Sorry for the cheese, but it’s absolutely exhilarating to be surrounded by so many happy Bruins. As we left, there was a massive impromptu dance party celebration on the lawn outside the stadium, and again, cheesy, but it felt like being back in college:
Thanks to the time change + awesome company, we stayed out wayyyyy later than usual exploring Dallas AND it’s magical late night food-pad Thai! How genius for a Thai restaurant to stay open till 3 am? It hit the spot.
Sunday morning, Kelleen generously picked us up from our hotel and we spent the afternoon laughing and relaxing at their house. Kelleen and Brad just adopted Remy, a beautiful lab. Brad made a delicious southwest brunch, complete with perfectly spicy-and well timed-Bloody Mary’s.
It was pretty special to see some of my UCLA and Bmore favorites all in one weekend.
This weekend should be much quieter-I’ve got about 50 pages to wrap up Middlesex tonight before my first book club tomorrow. Excited for Greek food + book chat :)