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National Rum Month at The Island Spot’s New Rum Bar

As National Rum Month comes to a close, I am actually really disappointed in myself. I am sad to say that I didn’t indulge in nearly enough of the island spirit or its accompanying fruity cocktails. Rum is my liquor of choice, and I have snagged a number of varieties throughout the Caribbean. Seriously, nothing beats a good Caribbean rum, and for those of you in Dallas, you may want to hit up one of my favorite spots, The Island Spot, and try its new rum bar.

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2015 Reflections: My Travel Year in Review

Reflection: Looking back so that the view looking forward is even clearer.”

~Author Unknown

So here we are. The end of 2015 and 2016 is on the horizon. Where did the time go?

2015 was an amazing learning year for me. And an amazing travel year for me. My travel journey during the course of this year is the stuff of many people’s dreams. But I want more. I am striving for bigger and better and higher next year.

But for now, I reflect. On all of the things I have accomplished this year related to travel. Earlier this year, I wrote Part 1 and Part 2 of 30 Goals for My Wanderlustful Soul. So here it goes.

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The Dallas Jamaican Food That Almost Made Me Miss My Flight

Let me go on the record that I have never missed a flight because of anything my doing (e.g. other than weather *knock on wood*). But The Island Spot, a Dallas Jamaican food spot, almost caused a real issue.

The restaurant is in an unassuming strip mall but when walk up you immediately notice the cute little patio area. Once inside, the ambiance is fantastic and the restaurant makes great use of space.

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Food and Wine for a Cause: Park & Palate 2015

Gelato. Wine. Chicken Wings. Sausage. Cooking demonstrations. And the downtown Dallas skyline. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And that is what Park & Palate was counting on.

Park & Palate, Klyde Warren Park’s inaugural food and wine celebration, boasted around 40 chefs and over 30 wineries over the course of the weekend. On Friday evening, there was an outdoor concert and on Saturday was their ‘Grand Tasting’ with cooking demonstrations, book signings and live music on a hot September day.

But the event isn’t just for great food and delicious drinks. Per Park & Palate: ‘The event not only offers the chance to mingle with the premier chefs, winemakers, and sommeliers in the region and beyond, but also give attendees the opportunity to support Klyde Warren Park and all of its free activities. Because all proceeds from the event go directly back into the park, Park & Palate offers Dallas’ new and established philanthropists a unique opportunity to enjoy an exceptional event while giving back to one of the city’s most beloved spaces.’

Here were some of my faves (noting that there were so many stands I didn’t have the time to hit):

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Dallas Street Style and Street Art

“The great thing about Dallas is there’s no paparazzi.”

~Jessica Simpson

When I first went to Dallas, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know much about the city, other than the fact that it was in Texas and was apparently a fashion location. Oh, and barbeque and Tex-Mex, of course.

Word on the street is that Dallas is quickly becoming an unexpected fashion location, with various top designers deciding to come to Dallas as their first stop in the U.S. So I was curious to observe the city, and the state, since it was my first time in Texas.

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5-Star Dallas Queso Review

“Cheese—milk’s leap towards immortality.”

~Clifton Paul Fadiman

Okay, let me start out by saying I didn’t plan it this way. I promise. Don’t judge me. I didn’t plan to devote a whole post to queso… but it just happened.

Anyone who knows me knows I love cheese. I adore it. But when I came to Dallas, I was going to do one of my usual food roundups with my local favorites. BBQ, soul food, seafood, the works. But at every restaurant my buddy Leah took us to for our “taste of Dallas” tour we ended up having queso. Soon it became the central theme. So I decided to roll with it.

I do wish I had more time to sample more amazing cheese. I got more recommendations while there (people seemed a bit passionate about the subject). But alas, I ran out of time. But here are three 5-star quesos that speak to the Tex-Mex culture in Dallas.

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Blogger 2 Boss Conference Recap

“There is no such thing as fashionably late when fashion is your business.”

~ Lisa Petty, Founder, DFW Style Daily

This past weekend was the inaugural Blogger 2 Boss Conference hosted by Dallas fashion and lifestyle publication DFW Style Daily.

The day-long conference (with Friday night welcome cocktail party) featured numerous speakers on various topics, and was held at the NYLO Hotel Dallas/Las Colinas.

Leah Frazier, Editor of DFW Style Daily and owner of Diamond Icon Image and Styling Consultants, stated that the entire purpose of the conference was “education.” Having been to numerous blogger conferences that amounted to extended networking sessions, she wanted to provide Dallas- (and other) area bloggers with real knowledge to help them grow their blogs and turn them into businesses, hence making them “bosses.”

And education certainly was achieved.

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