Arriving in Dallas

Last night I had one of the best meals of my life. No exaggeration.

I stuffed my cheeks with smokey bbq’d meat, slurped on cocktails and listened to a chap sing country love songs in the corner.

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But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Yesterday I arrived in Dallas for a conference.

It’s not… quite… what I expected. In England we’re sort of led to believe that Texas is all cowboys, crocodile boots, horses & cattle.

I was more than a little surprised to find myself surrounded by huge, beautiful buildings and blinking traffic lights.

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I checked into The Joule (our host for the conference handily enough) with it’s amazing pool poking out into the sky above.

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I stepped into my room to find an actual bucket of pressies waiting on the bed.

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Apparently it’s not just a conference for bloggers, it’s also for fashion brands who want to learn more about the blogosphere.

Their way of introducing themselves was to send us all a little treat each.

I have to say it felt like Christmas morning!

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I jumped in the shower, pulled on a tee, some SF leggings and headed out into the warm night in search of the best BBQ Texas had to offer.

I found it at Lockheart’s.

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You queue up in front of the smokers and watch as huge hunks of meat are skilfully whipped apart into manageable helpings.

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You choose your favourites (one of everything for us).

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And they wrap it all up into a big, warm parcel. No forks required (which is forkin’ great if you ask me).

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They’ve got a fully stacked bar & every kinda beer you can imagine.

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I asked for anything that wasn’t beer. The waitress laughed and whipped up a couple vodkary, sodary cocktail combos.

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They turned out pretty ghuuud, we had more than a few rounds of these suckers.

Back at the table, we got stuck in to our first taste of real Southern cookin’.

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Tender, juicy slices of slow smoked brisket.

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Great, big, spicy rubbed ribs.

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^ Happy camper!

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The Jalapeño homemade sausage was pretty darn good too.

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^ Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been as into a meal as this one! Look at that face!

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I was all set to go up for seconds, but then the mac hit me and I was done for.

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Everything was a meat, vodka & cheese haze after that.

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If you’re local or just travelling through then I highly recommend a pit stop here. I’m certainly going to go again before I leave town.

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After supper we strolled around the fairy light streets and listened to a guy singing the blues on the corner.

The best first taste of Texas I could have hoped for… even if I didn’t get to see a cowboy.

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  • skybluesounds

    That barbecue looks amazing!!!! Georgia has some pretty good barbecue too but I bet its amazing in Texas. Hope you had fun at that conference!

    xo Patricia
    skybluesounds.blogspot.com

  • OMG my mouth watered so much just looking at that steak!

    everydayingrace.blogspot.ca

  • Glad to see Texas the ultimate meat destination it’s made out to be! Also, I’m glad bloggers are getting this kind of attention from big brands. I SO prefer getting all my fashion picks and inspiration from REAL WOMEN rather than over-edited magazines! Blogs really make fashion personal and exciting. Thanks for the post!

    http://thatumamilife.wordpress.com

  • Sydney McFerron

    As a Texan I’m so happy you got to check out Dallas! It’s a super cool place! Have you ever been to Austin? There’s so much to do, such good food, and really cool people.

    indie-and-co.com

  • this makes me want to mix the ribs into mac and cheese and eat it all together really quickly….now i’m drooling…

  • Megatrawni

    Vodka and cheese hazes are the best. I need to make a trip to Texas ASAP!

  • Wow! All those pressies, I bet you felt thoroughly spoilt! Those ribs looked darned amazing, as the Texans say!!!

    Can’t wait for your next Texan installment Rosie.

    Hugs xoxo

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  • Don’t worry, you will see on soon. Texas does not disappoint πŸ˜‰

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  • You seem so happy and so into these ribs, I bet they were wonderful! πŸ™‚
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  • This post is finger lickin’ good Rose! You are a genuine Southern belle x http://www.theunchartedblog.com

  • what a meal! wowww, how stinking yummy. kudos to texas!

  • Ally

    North Carolina style BBQ is my personal favorite! If you’re ever able to you HAVE to go and get some.

  • Leanne

    ahh that meat looks… SO GOOOOD! I so wish I could trade places with you now, America looks a lot more fun than my final exams! πŸ™ x

    http://www.michelle-leanne.blogspot.co.uk

  • Queenie Lee

    You look adorable! I’m definitely with you about not expecting Texas to be all about high-rises. So jealous of that pool too xxx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Aysha

    As always that food looks delicious!

    Aysha x
    outletjunkie.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ilaria

    Dallas, there’s something more in you than the old Walker Texas Ranger clichΓ©…

  • Sheila

    That BBQ looks d.i.v.i.n.e., and you look so lovely even whilst chowing down. Not fair, just not fair.
    xo, Sheila
    http://www.summery.org

  • I’m Just A Girl

    This place looks incredible! Glad you’re having a great time in Dallas

    Ellie xox

    http://imjustagirl17.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Sarah Mac

    It’s breakfast time and you’ve made me want to eat some BBQ ribs!! At least I have oozy pulled pork burgers for dinner later!!

  • beccaschrod

    Why are you writing as if you’ve just arrived when really it’s obvious that you arrived last week from your twitter and instagram?!?!

    • Captain Obvious

      Ugh do you really need to ask this question? She’s said a million times that she writes the travel posts as she goes and posts them later.

  • annarheinsberg

    Hello Rosie, I have been following your blog for a little while now. Never left a comment though! Bref, your post is great because you look just like everyone else (which is good don’t get me wrong) and at the same time you have a way to turn simple things into something quite amazing! Hope you have a blast in Texas!

  • Texan perfection. Miss living in that country!

    Fie xx

    Coffee & Confetti

  • Ohmygahhhd that looks incredible!!!! x

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

  • That happy camper photo is absolutely priceless! I never thought Dallas was such a beautiful place, but it looks proper dreamy πŸ™‚ xxx

  • KLG_Hair

    Amazing!! So much good meat! (ha *smutty laugh*)
    Enjoy Dallas. x

  • Now that food looks goooood

    SSB. https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

  • Hannah Burgess

    Woweee Dallas looks amazing!

    Figment Online Magazine

  • Looks like you had an amazing time!! I never new dallas looked so nice!! I definitely want to go!!!

    And every time I see your blog I always get jealous of the amazing food that you get to eat!!!

    Little Beauty Blog
    Elizabeth x

  • Keri Lee

    Rosie, You should find a western bar and go line dancing! It’s ok if you don’t know how, there will be plenty of polite cowboys who will happily take you for a spin.

  • LMNOPeas

    Yep, Dallas isn’t at all what people imagine it to be. Glad you wandered down to the Bishop Arts District! Practically a local already… πŸ˜‰

  • I’ll have to put this on my list, I visit Dallas in two weeks!!

  • riasideas

    OH MY GAWWWWD, take me there now! M xx

    http://riasideas.com/

  • allthingsbeautiful

    So jealous! Looks incredible, you’re so lucky! Glad you’re having an amazing time :)xx

  • Amber

    WARNING: Do not read hungry!

    http://amberhollyharrison.wordpress.com/

  • I know Texas is technically the best place to get southern comfort BBQ, but when you’re back in New York, you MUST try Dinosaur BBQ over at West Harlem. I promise you it will be the best decision ever!!

    Lxstboys.blogspot.com

  • Oh man Rosie. Those ribs look amazing!

    Hayley

    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  • I am so happy that you get to do all of these things, Rosie! It looks like such a wonderful time! You have really inspired me to write about my own adventures and my family loves to read and see the blog.

    Vanessa <a href="http://www.everydayembellished.ca/"Everyday Embellished

  • Katie Louise Clarke

    Holy smokes batman, that looks awesome!

  • I am always reading your post about far away places, and now you are finally blogging about my little town! We do have amazing barbeque and tacos in Dallas. Hopefully you got to see a cowboy to before riding off into the sunset!

  • I’ve always wanted to eat a bunch of barbecue in Texas! Lucky girl!

  • Charles

    Rosie, I noticed you are in my hometown. It’s been so long since we’ve last seen eachother. Maybe you’d like to stop in for some tea and donuts? It would really make my day.

    Question: Do you eat all of the food in your posts or do you simply spit it out immediately after the picture? Very naughty indeed.

    Love,
    Charles

  • Juliana Sartain

    Rosie, dear, you came to the big city πŸ™‚ cowboys are still here…just in the right places…if you have a chance – check out a country bar to find a few cowboys – take it from a country/cowgirl at heart – I know where to find them here! The closest one to you would be Adair’s Saloon on Commerce St =) hope you enjoy our fair city and weather as it’s great!

  • Aly

    Looks amazing! I have to ask since this is what I struggle with the most – how are you always surrounded by delicious food and then have the willpower to stop and not keep enjoying everything? I try to just “taste” everything but it never seems to work out that way…

  • Em

    Well, the solidifies my need for southern BBQ before I leave sunny Florida! Probably also the worst thing to read while nibbling away at breakfast *dives back into the corn bread*

    Can’t wait to trying some of your London food faves on my trip there this fall!

    X

  • Piper Lincoln

    Looks like you had a fab time in my home town! Can’t wait to see more photos, I certainly do miss Dallas!

    -Piper
    http://www.piperlincoln.com

  • Rosie

    your hair is looking gorgeous! x

  • Aww this post makes me miss my America! I love Italian food, but I am very suddenly craving some messy, sticky BBQ!

    yourskenna.blogspot.com

  • Glad Dallas cleared up some misconceptions about Texas! If you want to see a cowboy, you have to go to Fort Worth. 30 minutes from Dallas, but a totally different world. Love your blog – glad I stumbled upon it!

  • Eden Simpson

    uh- mazing! Looks like you’re having a grand time!
    http://www.styleandbeautyforless.co.uk

  • oh.my.gosh. That bbq looks insanely delicious, I am very much looking forward to the day I get to try the food at this place!

    great photos πŸ™‚

    xo

    http://thefashionistabubble.blogspot.ca

  • nicelygarcia

    Oh man! Sure hope they used Tito’s Vodka to make your cocktails. Best vodka, hands down AND it’s made in Austin AND it’s gluten free (my friends are gluten intolerant)! Glad to see you enjoyed proper Texas BBQ. Hard to find it out here in LA.

  • Sarah Halsall

    omg looks amazing!

  • lisa robb
  • Cynthia M

    Welcome to Texas! Riskey’s in Fort Worth is worth a look as well. And once you get out of the city, you’ll see plenty of hats, trucks, and boots. Have fun!

  • Rosie – I’m so thrilled you’re visiting Dallas! It’s an awesomely fun city, full of amazing food.

    Knowing your love for burgers, I’d recommend checking out Hopdoddy Burger Bar. They offer the BEST burgers in Dallas (in my humble opinion). And if you’re looking to snag a few tacos before you leave, Velvet Taco is unique and delicious!

    You also can’t go wrong with a more authentic taco at Fuel City – it’s literally a gas station with a window where you can purchase delicious tacos to-go! You won’t find anything like it, probably anywhere else.

    If you do any meet-ups while you’re here, please let us know!! You definitely have some fans down here! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy!
    Gretchen

  • Jamie

    Oh god, it looks so good!!

  • When I was in England, the first thing everybody said to me when I told them I’m from Texas was, “do you guys really carry guns everywhere you go?!” hahahaha, but yes we do have some pretty good food!!
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  • The photos of you eating are so darn cute! Clearly a match made in heaven ^.^

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  • Mayra Nunez

    What did you get from Kendra Scott?? πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Hellums

    I’ve lived in Texas my whole life – glad you were able to experience the BBQ. mmm, I know what Im having for dinner!
    If you want to see Cowboys, come to Houston in March for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • GoldenMom

    I’m really confused. You clearly arrived in Texas over a week ago, why post like you just got there? Your blog is fun, but the lag in times (especially between instagram and here) is really frustrating.

  • super super cute photos <3

  • woah woah wow that bar looks amazing, the food just emulates juicy tender goodness !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • woah oh wow the food looks amazing, dallas has some amazing bbq bites πŸ™‚
    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • DrunkOnShoes

    I just LOVE YA and the horse you rode in on… xoxo. giddyyyyy YUP

  • Jamie

    That looks delicious! I was just in Dallas over spring break and I saw the eyeball… sculpture? Not sure what to call it… from the beginning of the post. You should check of the Museum of Art if you have the chance, I was lucky enough to perform there with my a cappella group (we went on tour through the south) and it was surprisingly great- there’s a cafe right in the lobby, and although the food isn’t anything special, there’s a beautiful installation of glass flowers in the window.

  • Oh my god that food looked amazing! πŸ™‚ I love bbq and Texas looks like such a lovely place! πŸ™‚

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  • MissEmmySue

    Texas never ceases to amaze me– it’s not what any of us are led to believe!
    One of my best friends went to college there and absolutely loved it. I’m definitely hoping to visit someday soon. I’m glad to see that you’re making the most of your time there! xoxo

    http://buildyourbliss.wordpress.com

  • Erica

    Ha! Most of Texas is cowboys πŸ˜‰ Love your posts but I feel like I’m missing half the story when you’re obviously out with someone, saying “we” but don’t identify who you’re with. I understand some people may not want to make an appearance but it makes for some very strange/incomplete storytelling. Just something to think over! xo

  • I lived in Texas for a few years and never once saw a cowboy. So I’m sorry if you don’t get your cowboy experience. Texas does have damn good barbecue.

  • I love your nail colour – what is it? Lockhart’s looks mouthwateringly good…While it may be ill-advised to look at food-porn pictures after midnight, yours are always so worth it! Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your stay in the US!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Mia@Razzle Dazzle Rose

    Oh that looks seriously mouthwatering!

    xo

    http://razzdazzle.blogspot.mx/

  • Grania Boyle

    It’s a pity you didn’t go to Austin and go here http://kreuzmarket.com/

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I’ve never been to Texas, but will be traveling to the Dallas area within the next few months so definitely plan on going to this Smokehouse if I get a chance! I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts about rsthecon!

    http://www.adaatude.com

  • oh my gosh girl — all you do is eat! haha how do you stay so trim?

  • Bbq is one of my favorites to cook and eat! You can’t go wrong with a good brisket or some pulled pork! Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip!

    Erin
    upsideofchaos.com

  • Penelope R.

    Everything looked amazing!! Can’t wait to see more!! xo

  • Amanda Sejnowski

    What’s on your nails? It’s gorgeous!

  • Emily Kalbun

    I hope you have a nice visit in Texas! I have allways dreamed of going myself not only for the culture but also because I am a rib girl too! πŸ˜€ I cant wait to read what you are up to next!
    Em!

  • How yummy that barbecue looks!!
    This is my first time reading your blog and i love it.

    xo http://www.pretty-updates.blogspot.com

  • Somebody from Somewhere

    Looks absolutely amazing! Great photos!

    http://somebodyfromsomewhere.blogspot.com/

  • Food looks insane making me so hungry just looking at it!! I love your blue handbag I am looking for one just like it at the moment xx

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  • Jo Fisher

    I adore these photos of you – you just look so so happy! So cute the way you’re licking your lips, I would be too!

    One day I’d love to walk into a posh hotel and find presents on the bed. Such a lucky lady!

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • Nikki LeGrande

    Girl, you ought to try coming to Louisiana next time you’re in the States. You need to try some good coonass cuisine. I’d love to see your reaction to crawfish!

  • This is on my all time bucket list. Speak to me in a few weeks time and I don’t think I’ll have stopped being jealous yet.

  • Janine Maral

    Food looks great, Dallas looks great and the gifts look great. Everything looks great! Hope you had a great time there! Ok enough ‘greats’ haha

    Janine Maral from http://www.janinemaral.com

  • Sepideh

    Those ribs look amazing! Wish I could lick the screen and sneak a taste….

    http://www.seppysmontreal.com

  • I stayed at The Joule last summer and loved it! Cool to see that they’re hosting a blogging conference

  • Interestingly enough I have never heard of that BBQ place! I guess you learn everyday! I will have to check it out when I am back in DFW! Too bad we didn’t get to meet, Rosie. Maybe next time πŸ˜‰

  • Wow, this is my sort of food! I’d love to visit Texas just for it’s BBQ goodness!

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

  • me440

    First I just want to say how much I absolutely adore your blog. You are such an inspiration to me. I am actually recovering from years of eating disorders I am weight restored now, but still suffering and seeing you live your life truly is inspirational. Would you mind me asking if you workout and what your daily meals are like. I’m still trying to find a balance and would love some help from someone who never had this problem. Thanks in advance and you are just radiant. πŸ™‚

  • KFunk

    Hi Rosie! My boyfriend is in Dallas on vacation and I told him to go to Lockhart based on your recommendation…he absolutely LOVED it!! Thanks for the rec πŸ™‚

  • I’m from the Dallas area and have never had Lockhart’s! I will definitely try it soon – thanks for the rec!

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