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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