Sometimes when we are on these holidays we have a mall day. Today was such a day. We decided to go to North Park in Dallas on the way to Fort Worth. It was easy enough to find and had plenty of parking spaces.
One thing hubby and I did notice was that it had a lot of the shops that we have in England. The mall stuck me as ‘designer’. There were a lot of brand names there (Louis Voutton, Ted Baker, Diesel, Michael Korrs) which was okay but very much out of my price range. I love clothes, shoes and accessories but I don’t like to pay a lot for them.
I did manage to find some nice jewellery in H&M. I also discovered Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear which sold gorgeous boots. I have been on a quest to find some boots while I’m out here but haven’t managed so far. I have quite wide feet so finding something I like and that fits is proving a bit tricky. I did find some I liked in Pinto Ranch but they were hideously expensive. Everything was expensive. I come from London and if I think it is expensive then it really is!! The boots I liked ranged from $800 – $1300. I know they market themselves as being handmade but even so, it’s still a bit out of my price range.
The food options were somewhat limited it was irrelevant to me because to my great delight they had Panda Express. I love Panda Express but again, this is a chain that isn’t available in the UK. I have some of their recipes to try out but simply haven’t got around to it yet. I had sweetfire chicken breast, honey walnut shrimp and Beijing Beef. I love that the beef is tender and not chewy.
Afterwards we headed to Starbucks. Coffee for hubby and English Breakfast tea for me as I don’t drink coffee. I was horrified to discover they’d run out of English breakfast tea! In London there’d be a riot if that happened! At least we had teabags in the car and I was able to get a cup of tea when we got to our room at Fort Worth.
Overall I wasn’t terribly impressed with North Park. I prefer somewhere a bit more normal to shop. For me there were too many designer shops and not enough normal ones. Highlight of the day was Panda Express and Pinto Ranch where I bought a couple of (expensive) t-shirts and chatted with the man who served us about country music and Texas history.
None of us were particularly hungry when it came to dinner time so we shared a pizza from Dominos. I was pleasantly surprised. The thin base was crispy and the ‘works’ pizza was delicious. All in all a good day.