Full of nice people and nice places, Dallas is a city of diversity. It’s a city where temperatures can reach 110 F and fall to 10 F. It’s a city where some people ride horses while others buy cupcakes from a cupcake ATM.

It is centrally located and within a four-hour flight from most North American destinations. Dallas has the largest urban arts district in the nation and the best shopping in the southwest.

It is home to five professional sports teams: Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); FC Dallas (MLS) and the Texas Rangers (MLB) plus NASCAR and Indy racing. The area is also home to more than 200 golf courses.

Did you know? With the roof closed, the entire Statue of Liberty could fit into the Cowboys Stadium! That during the winter holiday season, the Galleria Dallas is home to the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree! These facts were new to me too, but these interesting points and more are what I have discovered in my outs and abouts in my city.


Since distance from one neighborhood to the other can be significant, I recommend renting a car or using Uber. I love to ride the Trolley that connects the Art District with Uptown. MCKINNEY AVENUE TRANSIT AUTHORITY.

dining and bars

My favorite places to eat.

For an authentic taco, I go to Taco Stop (in the heart of design district) which is open for breakfast and lunch Taco Stop

And for no one-else-makes-this-quesadillas-and-margaritas I go to Quesa: Mexican Street Food in the heart of cedar springs.

If you’re not craving tacos I suggest you go to Yutaca which is a hidden gem on McKinney Ave. It’s a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar and a great place to relax with its casual atmosphere.

For more upscale dinner experience Abacus (kentrathbun.com)

and Nonna View on nonnadallas.com

If you want to feel like you’re in New York I suggest Tj”s fish Market for the Best warm Lobster Rolls around and if you want to taste something very southern go to any ‘Babes Chicken House.’


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Dallas is teeming with beauty and fitness options. If you are staying in uptown you could get a pass for the LA Fitness or go to Flywheel or just go and enjoy yourself at the Katy Trail. It’s a runners dream as it’s very green and very friendly.

For a quick hair fix I go to The Dry Bar.

SAFETY and emergency services

While I have felt safe living in Dallas, I would advise common sense wherever you go. Central Dallas is a target area since it is also the area where many tourist attractions are located. For good nightlife, try McKinney Ave near Lemmon, Knox-Henderson or Lower Greenville Ave. I would not walk alone in the West End side at night.

Ambassador: LILY POUSA

lily-pousa-dallasBorn and raised in Cuba, I have travelled a great deal (for a Cuban) and run a travel agency specialising in tours to Cuba http://www.horizontecaribe.com/. I’ve lived in Spain, Mexico City, Miami and now Dallas (no, I’m not on the FBI’s most wanted list). I consider myself a citizen of the world. I’ve always liked to try new things and live like a local even when I’m visiting if even for three days. Case in point, while visiting Marrakech, I ended up going to a Muslim wedding where I learned a great deal about the culture.

I am a former synchronised swimmer, and a retired or (sleeping) actress. I enjoy being outdoors and reading consumes most of my free time. Raising my two kids consumes…well… if you are a mother or know one, you know how much time kids can take. My husband and my friends tell me I’m funny and I suspect that’s because I can make fun of myself.

I moved to Dallas because of my husband’s work, and I’m surprisingly happy here. I miss the beach every day (especially on hot days) but I’m discovering little by little that this big city has so much to offer.  So, when you are in town and if you have any question send me an email (I still have time to answer emails!) And, if Neptune is in the right house, I might even join you so you don’t have to dine/drink/shop by yourself. Contact me here

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