Monday, September 5, 2011

Event Recap: Knox Blogger Walk Around

Knox Walk Around Event tag

A small group of Dallas bloggers were invited to spend a Saturday in the Knox District. In case you're not familiar with it, the district is in Uptown and includes everything between McKinney and Travis around Knox and a few blocks south. It's chocked full of unique restaurants, shops, a salon, and even a vintage pharmacy.


First Stop - Milestone Culinary:

Knox - cooking

Our first stop was Milestone Culinary Arts Center and Viking Showroom. We stepped in and were surrounded by all these beautiful stainless steel appliances. It made my heart go pitter pat. Not only can you step in inside to check out the latest Viking appliances, but you can also reserve the space for events. One of the things that they offer for corporate events is the Stainless Steel Chef Competition where two teams compete to make different dishes using the same secret ingredients. And that's exactly what we did! You get 4 secret ingredients, 5 minutes to plan, and 35 minutes to cook.

Our secret ingredients were currants and pecans. Chef Sharon van Meter of the Food Network was one of our judges. I was on the  blue team and sadly we were not the winning team. The red team made a french toast concoction and came away with the win, while our colorful salad was not up to the task.

Viking Showroom
4531 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Second Stop - Terri Ives Couture:

Terri Ives

For our second stop, we crossed the street and headed into Terri Ives Couture. Terri Ives designs vibrant collections each season and tailors each piece to fit her customers' specifications. Having been in business for more than 30 years, her designs are sought after by many prominant women from a former First Lady to Miss America contestants. Coordinating jewelry is created for many of the pieces and is also displayed in her showroom. Terri Ives was absolutely delightful to be around and clearly has a passion for making women of all shapes and sizes look their very best.

For anyone wishing to add a little Terri Ives glamour to their closet but finding themselves more restricted of budget - she also offers a ready-made selection of garments at more modest prices.

4528 McKinney Avenue at Knox
Dallas, TX 75205
By appointment only

Third Stop - Forty Five Ten:

fortyyfive ten

As soon as we walked into our third stop, Forty Five Ten, we were greeted with a huge neon sign that pretty much summed up the stores philosphy: "Happiness is expensive." And so is Forty Five Ten. The store is not for the faint of heart or the slim of wallet. Bold fashion choices such as a jacket with a collar made of out of tiny teddy bears and black high heels with tall feather ankle straps jockeyed for space along with  a 5' tall, python skin jewelry cabinet. I must admit that I fell in love with the jewelry cabinet, but for $5k I had to pass.

Nestled in the back of the store, between the men's and the women's section was a full tea room. That sounds more my speed. I'll be back to try it out!

4510 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas

Fourth Stop - Riviera Spa:

knox spa

Our next stop was Riviera Spa and Salon. It was such a beautiful and calming place. They offer a manicure bar where patrons belly up to a marble topped bar like they were going to order a drink, but instead a manicurist pampers them. They also offer a gold banquette pedicure station where you can relax with your best girlfriends, drinking mojitos, while a team babies your toes. Also in the front of the salon is a section for hair.

But in the back is where all the real magic happens. I didn't manage to snap any photos really while I was in the back b/c it's a calm and quiet area with private rooms for facials, massages, and other spa services. I was lucky enough to be treated to a 25 minute massage and a mini facial. My facial was so wonderful that I scheduled a full treatment on my way out. In fact, I've already been back. Anh (my facialist) worked miracles on my pores. I have so fewer blackheads than before!

4445 Travis Street Suite 102
Dallas, TX 75205

Fifth Step - Sangria Tapas y Bar:

Knox sangria

Our last stop for the day was Sangria Tapas which I've been to quite a few times. They serve three different types of sangria (red, sparkling, and pomegranate) and a very wide assortment of delightful mediterranean tapas. The sparkling sangria is by far my favorite and I've been known to accidentally overindulge because it is just so yummy.  Along with the sangria, plate after plate of amazing food was brought to our table: paella, blistered shishito peppers, piquillo peppers, citral and herb marinated greek olives, Mediterranean cured meats, garlic shrimp, escargot pot pie, shrimp and crab croquettes, bacon wrapped dates, spanish meatballs, and amazing cheeses.

I ate so much that poor Rand had to be on his own for dinner. Everything was amazing. And I really do highly recommend the sparkling sangria and the bacon wrapped dates - those are hands down my favorite things on the menu.

4524 Cole Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75205
Phone: (214) 520-4863

About the Knox District:

The Knox District of Dallas offers so many more shopping, dining, and service options than those that we visited today. You should really check it out if you are in the area. Parking can be a bit tricky right now, but there are several parking lots tucked away and even a parking garage you can access from Travis Street. Plus, they are working on providing valet service that you can access from multiple locations within the shopping district.

For a full list of all the great shops visit the Knox District website.

What I Wore While Exploring Knox District:

I forgot to take a formal outfit photo, so here is one that Elissa took of me with the gorgeous jewelry case I was drooling over at Forty Five Ten. You can see most of my outfit except for my sandals.

  • tunic dress (City Chic)
  • black tank (Avenue)
  • frog brooch (vintage, gift from Rand)
  • watch (Orient Watches)
  • purse (Bamboo 54 via CSN Stores)
  • hair (heidi braids)

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