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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TRAVEL TUESDAY - CARROLLTON and GRAPEVINE, TEXAS

TRAVEL TUESDAY - CARROLLTON AND GRAPEVINE, TEXAS

We spent a very brief time in the Dallas area recently, arriving just in time for dinner, we found Kimchi Stylish Korean Kitchen, which was modern and fresh and fabulous.

Kimchi Stylish Korean Kitchen
Everything was beautifully presented, and the staff there were absolutely amazing - one sweet server even showed my daughter and I how to cast on a row of knitting when she noticed we were having difficulty following the written instructions.
We sampled many different dishes, Mussel Soup, Spicy Pork Belly, Organic Salad, Cool Smoked Beef, Fried Shrimp, and several varieties of Kimchi - my favorite being the radish Kimchi. The Spicy Pork Belly was delectable, the sauces with the Fried Shrimp were wonderful and the Cool Smoked Beef had a delicious and delicate flavor.

Cool Smoked Beef
The Kitchen didn't have a liquor license, but my husband walked a very short distance to H Mart and bought rice wine and sake to accompany our meal and adding an extra element of fun to the evening.


After dinner, we ALL went to H Mart, where we wandered the aisles of the Oriental market, choosing a package of interesting walnut cookies for dessert, and perusing the seafood and produce and imagining the dinner parties we would have if we lived locally.

The next morning we had planned to visit the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, but the line was so incredibly long, we decided to forgo the fishes and find a place to eat instead.
We explored - which on this particular morning simply meant, "drove down the main street of" - the historical downtown of Grapevine, and discovered a lovely little cluster of restaurants - Mi Dia, Bobs Steak and Chop house, Fireside Pies, ultimately settling on Winewood for our last meal in the country. The adults enjoyed Bellinis and Bloody Marys, and along with the kids, ate smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, chicken fried rib-eye, ruby red trout and grilled cheese with tomato bisque.
Then we returned to the hotel to pick up our bags and leave our car, and begin the next part of our journey.

The ruby red trout with white wine lemon caper butter sauce and roasted corn bean salad, from Winewood

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