There are few activities as quintessential to the weekend as going to a restaurant and enjoying a relaxing brunch. During the week, you’re more focused on trying to get everything done so you’ll grab something quick at home for breakfast or purchase something on the way to work or school. The weekend is the perfect time to enjoy decadent breakfast and lunch foods with friends while drinking a bubbly mimosa.
If you’re in the Dallas area, there are a ton of brunch spots available to you. So many that it might be difficult to know just where to go for your next brunch date. Here are some well-known places that you should try.
The Grape Restaurant
Located at 2808 Greenville Avenue, The Grape Restaurant is well known for serving one of the best burgers in all of Texas served with high quality (and affordable) wine. In fact, it has won industry awards for its delicious flavor. However, that’s just one of the reasons why The Grape Restaurant has gained recognition. The restaurant has also received a reputation for having one of the best brunches in Dallas.
Brunch is only served on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may want to try the shredded oxtail and banana pepper hash or the haystack, which is potatoes, tomatoes, muenster cheese, avocado, and sriracha chili sauce with scrambled eggs. Enjoy your favorite brunch dish with a prosecco mimosa, a spicy bloody mary, or the ruby mule. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
Hattie’s is located in North Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District at 418 North Bishop Avenue. It’s self-described as an American Bistro with a “southern low-country influence.” This seems to be on par with its menu of fried green tomatoes, Carolina crab cake, and low country shrimp and grits served with a Tabasco-bacon pan sauce.
Brunch is served on Sundays only from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During brunch you’ll find a delicious plate of homestyle bacon-wrapped meatloaf with fresh mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, a blue crab cake benedict with smooth hollandaise, and sourdough French toast with a Bananas Foster sauce. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to select wine from the seasonal menu to enjoy with your meal.
If you’re open to trying different brunch foods, check out the Mexican-inspired brunch menu at Komali at 4152 Cole Avenue in Suite #106. Brunch is served Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. During brunch, you can still order delicious tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. However, if you’re looking for more breakfast-oriented items, try the Huevos Rancheros, which is an over easy fried egg over a tortilla with refried beans, ranchero sauce, queso fresco, and Mexican crema, or the Komali Eggs Benedict with chorizo, black beans, and pasilla hollandaise.
Make sure to treat yourself when you go out to eat for brunch. The whole idea is to relax and recharge. Any of these restaurants on this list would be perfect for that.
With stable gas prices at the pump, more travelers are gearing up for road trips this summer. Whether you’re looking to visit mountains, beaches, national parks, or somewhere a little closer to home, planning will make your summer trip a breeze. Organize your trip with some of these tips to start enjoying the open road.
Since you know where the closest and cheapest gas stations are near your home, fill up the day before you leave for the trip. This not only saves money on the front end, but it also gives you more time to get ready on the day your trip starts. Another great way to cut costs is to download Gas Buddy, which allows you to find a filling station based on gas prices or location. Packing a cooler with drinks, snacks, and sandwiches is another cost-cutting method that will help you avoid the fast food trap.
Organize Your Car
If you’re like the average family, spending more time in the car means more trash. A simple way to keep things tidy is to bring a cereal container trash can; just use a trash bag as a liner, snap on the lid, and you’ll eliminate messy trash cluttering up your car. When packing your clothes, use the roll method, which lets you fit more items into a bag. To keep games, books, and toys organized, recycle your plastic grocery bags by placing them throughout the car and in the seat holder pockets for use throughout your travels.
Keep Yourself Entertained
Many of us remember the ABC game and singing silly songs, which are still fun ways to build memories. However, today’s modern families also want to stay connected. Luckily, there are many entertainment options available. Download some age-appropriate educational games and apps in advance. Hanging an iPad from your visor is a movie player in a pinch. However, sometimes the romance of a road trip is unplugging, so don’t forget to take pencils and paper for drawing, books for reading, and cameras to capture the majestic scenery.
Before hitting the open road, you will want to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. It’s important to check all fluids, perform routine maintenance, and have your brakes and tires inspected. The beauty of a road trip is you can readily pack extra supplies. You’ll probably want to take an emergency road kit, first-aid supplies, blankets, and plenty of water in case you do experience an unexpected breakdown. Additionally, you’ll want to share your itinerary with someone, in case you get stranded in a location without wireless service.
By using these tips, you will enjoy a safe and fun vacation that the whole family will remember for years to come. One extra tip to think about is a new family vehicle designed with the open road in mind. Please visit Dallas Lease Returns to test drive a vehicle. Our large selection ensures we have a vehicle for all of your summer getaways.
In Dallas, the food scene has exploded, with a growing number of delicious local restaurants and well known national chains making their home here. This is especially true for downtown Dallas, where so many restaurants are located. Since delis have become quite the American staple, here’s a list of the best delis located in the Dallas area, as rated by the number of positive customer reviews.
Power House Deli
Power House Deli is located at 601 North Akard Street, in downtown Dallas. It serves up breakfast and lunch Mondays through Saturdays, as well as dinner on Mondays through Thursdays. For breakfast, try the breakfast croissant or the breakfast burrito with spinach.
However, the real reason you want to eat at Power House Deli is for the lunch. The salad bar is robust and the smoothies are delicious, which makes it much easier to eat healthier while on the go. In addition, the lunch sandwiches and wraps are extremely affordable and tasty. With so many options, including chicken parmesan, turkey pastrami, a Philly, or a club, it would take you several weeks of dining in order to try them all.
Jason’s Deli is a part of a national deli chain with many locations throughout various states in the United States. The downtown location is located at 1409 Main Street. Despite being a national chain, the food at Jason’s Deli is delicious and authentic deli food. You can enjoy deli favorites such as meatball subs, delicious soups, and even a New Orleans’ style muffuletta with olive paste.
The salad bar is vast and offers many favorites, such as chocolate mousse with chocolate chips and beets. If you want something rather decadent and out of the ordinary, you can order a huge loaded baked potato with chicken, bacon, and other toppings. Plus, all entrees come with free frozen yogurt available in a cone or cup.
Cindi’s NY Delicatessen
With the downtown Dallas location on 306 South Houston Street, Cindi’s NY Delicatessen is a well known small restaurant chain in Dallas. In fact, there are now five different locations in the area. Cindi’s New York Delicatessen is a New York-inspired deli serving classic Jewish dishes that everyone loves, including Challah bread, rye bread, and cheese blintzes with dollops of sour cream. With large, overstuffed deli sandwiches, it’s a great place to eat lunch with a group of loved ones.
In addition to deli favorites, Cindi’s New York Delicatessen serves breakfast pancakes and diner favorites. It can quickly become one of your favorite restaurants to try. If you go, try the nova lox with cream cheese on a bagel. You won’t be disappointed.
The next time you’re looking for a high-quality lunch, head out to one of these delis. With diverse menus and friendly service, you’re sure to have a great meal. If you’d like to try multiple items, perhaps bring a friend and order two different favorites to share with each other.
During the summer months, it can be tempting to skip washing your car. After all, for many people, there’s more rain in the summer and fewer fall leaves and snow. However, it’s important that you keep your car clean throughout the summer months to keep it in great shape for the long term. Here are just five of the reasons you should make it a priority to keep your car clean in the summer.
Increased Exposure to Dirt
For many of us, summer means great weather, more recreation, and summer vacations. All of those road trips and days spent driving to the beach can make a mess of your car’s exterior. It’s important to limit the amount of time sand, dirt, and other debris spend on your car, so plan to wash your car after any significant exposure to the elements.
Intense Heat from the Sun
The summer brings with it very hot weather and direct sunlight. If you leave chemicals, rain, sprinkler water, or other debris on your car for too long, the sunlight can further intensify the damage to your car. While you don’t want to wash and dry your car during the hottest part of the day, you can wash your car in the shade or during less sunny times.
You can even go a step further by intentionally making an effort to always park in the shade during the summer. Avoid parking under trees that shed a lot of leaves or pollen that would get stuck on the top of your car, in your tire wells, or in the hood. If you have access to a parking garage, park in it. If your home has a garage you’re currently using for storage, think about if it would make more sense to park your car in it.
The heat, rain, and debris can really damage your car’s paint job. Once the sealant and paint have been damaged, your vehicle is at risk for rusting and further damage. In addition to washing your car over the summer, make sure that you follow the rest of your car’s maintenance best practices, including using wax or additional products to further protect the paint.
During the warmer months, much of the United States experiences an increase in the number of bugs that you’ll be exposed to, such as mosquitoes and love bugs. These bugs can end up all over your vehicle’s windshield and front grill as you drive along the highway. Nobody wants to drive a car that’s covered in dead bugs.
As mentioned before, the summer months can bring with it more rain water. This rain can further damage your car’s paint job, especially since it might be more acidic than the regular hose water you’d wash your car with. Plus, the rain can create muddy conditions that you’ll have to drive through.
You should try to keep your car’s exterior clean throughout the whole year. However, in the summer, keeping your car clean can protect it and extend its life. Everyone loves driving a beautiful car.
The alternator is a crucial component of your vehicle’s electric system, recharging the battery and supplying electrical power to the many systems that require a steady current to operate properly. When the alternator fails, the burden of running these electrical systems falls on the battery, which will not be able to carry the load on its own for very long. This could lead to dangerous driving conditions, such as dimming headlights, or to an inconvenient breakdown on the side of the road. However, there are signs that you can read that can alert you to an imminent alternator failure, allowing for preventive maintenance and heading off the worst case scenarios.
Who Turned Out the Lights
One of the most common signs that your alternator is coming to the end of its useful life is when the headlights begin to dim. It takes a lot of current to produce the lumens you need to see down the darkened road ahead. An alternator that’s failing will be hard pressed to produce the needed amount of electricity. This results in headlights that are noticeably dimmer or seem to brighten and then dim again depending on the amount of power the engine is producing. If you notice that your headlights, or even interior lights, do not seem to as bright as usual, it is important to have a reputable shop test the alternator to avoid a total failure later.
If you don’t drive often at night, or if your night driving mainly takes place in well-lit urban areas, it may be difficult to detect a failing alternator by changes in the intensity of your vehicle’s headlights. There are other signs of impending alternator doom that do not rely on visual cues at all. Because the alternator is essentially a generator, it makes use of the vehicle’s pulley system to supply the mechanical power that it then converts into electrical energy. A failing alternator can put an increased burden on the belt, resulting in slippage, drag, and increased friction. This friction heats the belt, which gives off the tell-tale odor of burnt rubber.
Dead Before Its Time
While modern batteries are built to start your vehicle thousands of times, the constant charge and drain cycles take their toll, and the battery eventually has to be replaced. However, if you find that a relatively new battery has left your car without enough charge to start, it may be that the alternator is the culprit.
A weak alternator can not sufficiently recharge the battery to allow it to start the car again after shutdown. Driving conditions, such as taking numerous short trips, driving with the high beams on, or operating other electrical accessories can cause a worn out alternator to be unable to recharge even a new battery. A car with a fully charged battery that is still difficult to start may very well have a bad alternator.
Many vehicles are equipped with warning lights or other driver information displays that can alert you to the fact that your alternator needs service. However, these common signs may be your first warning that it is time for a new alternator. Engaging in preventative maintenance and replacing a weak alternator before it fails may save you the greater expense and inconvenience of a failure.
In the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, the Irving Arts Center accommodates a range of civic and cultural needs of the area. The 91,500-suqare-foot facility includes four galleries; two fully-equipped theaters; reception, meeting and classroom facilities; and a lush sculpture garden. Additionally, 11 Irving Resident Art Organizations call the Arts Center home.
The Irving Arts Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate Institution and one of the objectives is to inspire artists, creative thinkers, technologists, and scientists. Families can learn while experiencing art first-hand, from storytelling to exhibitions of illustrations from beloved children’s books. Free hands-on activities and stage performances are offered during special events throughout the year.
Parents and children can let their imaginations and creativity run wild the second Sunday of each month on Family Fundays where they can use the gallery for inspiration and work together to co-create their own art. Join the Arts Center the first Thursday of each month for JumpstART, a creative story time combining children’s literature and art. Kids will create a special art project that they can then take home.
Wander Around the Galleries
Open seven days a week, the four galleries at Irving Arts Center display numerous works of art. The galleries range in style from small and intimate to those on a grander scale. Each gallery offers a unique way to view art: the Main Gallery is two stories tall and has skylights that allow in the beautiful lights of Texas; the Dupree Theatre Lobby has a curved interior wall; the Focus Gallery is a small space that lends an air of intimacy; and the stair landings in the Carpenter Hall Lobby create a dramatic setting that is perfect for displaying photographs and paintings.
Step outside and wander through the flowers and fountains in the Arts Center’s Sculpture Garden, which showcases both temporary and permanent art installations. Opt for a tour of the of the galleries and garden on Thursdays and Sundays to get more in-depth information.
Go to Camp
Kids will thoroughly enjoy stretching their creative muscles while attending one of Irving Arts Center’s summer art programs. These hands-on camps are taught by professional instructors and help kids build confidence, develop artistic skills, and learn to appreciate art. Camps are available for kids from 4 to 14 years old. Mini-Camps and Multi-Art camps allow kids to create art by using various mediums, while Teen Scene Camp and Theatre Camps teach kids to develop their acting and stage presence skills. Scholarships are also available for KidsArt Summer Camps.
Get in the Holiday Spirit
Come December, be sure to head to the Arts Center’s annual Holiday Open House where kids can meet and take a picture with Santa Claus. Enjoy a walk through a wonderland of decorated Christmas trees, watch live performances, be amazed by magicians, work on holiday-themed art, and snack on refreshments.
Irving Arts Center is a wonderfully versatile facility that allows the creative juices to flow through kids and adults. Be inspired by the art in the galleries, create your own art, enjoy live performances, or spend part of your summer in one of their exciting camps.
Honda has attracted buyers to their brand for years with an enviable reputation for quality and reliability. With a broad range of offerings, from subcompacts that blend stylish design with fuel sipping four cylinder engines to sport utilities that can carry the whole family, Honda is always a strong contender in some of the most competitive automotive segments. Here are four top Honda models you can lease today.
The Honda Civic has long been famous for doing what it does best: providing reliable transportation in a fun-to-drive package. The latest generation of Civics improves upon this formula with eye-catching angular design and a wide range of available driver safety assistance technology such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning systems. Civics are available in a number of different trim levels and configurations to meet any budget.
The mid-sized Honda Accord is a great choice, with athletic handling, distinctive sheet metal, and impressive fuel economy to go along with the more utilitarian mission of a family four-door. It offers a compliant ride and cabin that is not lacking in soft touch materials. With air bags throughout the roomy and well-appointed cabin, the Accord is big on safety. This extends to available driver’s aids, with the Accord featuring blind spot monitoring, rearview cameras, frontal collision warning and more depending upon specific models. The Accord is an easy choice for those looking for a capable and comfortable midsize.
The CR-V has made great strides forward since its debut, with each generation building upon its reputation for combining utility, economy, and capability. Available in a wide range of trim levels, the CRV can be had in either front wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. It has a capacious interior, with ample room for five passengers, plenty of ground clearance, and engine options that combine plenty of power with the fuel economy of a small crossover. Touch-screen infotainment, a comfortable and quiet highway ride, and exceptional cargo space make the CR-V a standout among small crossovers.
For those who need the space of a minivan but require a more robust ride than a soccer mom, the Honda Pilot fits the bill. The Pilot combines rugged capability with a ride that belies the SUV’s size. Unlike other seven-passenger sport utilities, the Pilot doesn’t ride on a truck chassis, giving it better driving dynamics than its larger competitors. When in its all-wheel-drive variant, the Pilot has the ability to take on snowy roads and muddy forest trails with the same poised confidence it exhibits in more urban settings. There, its compliant suspension soaks up potholes, while still imparting confidence when throwing the big Honda into tight turns. A back-up camera assists in parking duty, while a full suite of driver safety assistance technology makes the Pilot a good choice for those who rack up a lot of miles with precious cargo in the back seats.
These range spanning Honda models are available now allowing drivers to enjoy the assurance of Honda quality and reliability whether they need a nimble coupe or a big rig for the next family adventure.
It’s easy to take your vehicle’s ability to decelerate for granted. However, as your vehicle racks up the miles, its ability to stop quickly and predictably can be adversely affected by the breakdown of its brake fluid. Brake fluid is available in different varieties, each for a specific application, but what all brake fluids share in common is that they must be replaced prior to reaching a point where time and use have significantly impacted the fluid’s ability to function within the brake’s hydraulic system.
Keep the Wet Out
Whether the brake fluid in your car is DOT 3, DOT 4, or a less common type, all are hygroscopic, meaning they draw in water molecules from the environment. Even within the relatively closed system of a vehicle’s brakes and hydraulic lines, brake fluid steadily absorbs moisture. This absorption begins the moment the fluid goes into the vehicle and can continue to a point where the percentage of water present in the system significantly impairs brake function. Left unchecked, the steady increase in water can damage the various components of the system and eventually render the brakes useless. Changing the fluid removes any moisture in the system and starts the process anew.
Beat the Heat
Although it may seem counterintuitive, increasing the amount of water in your brake system leads to a problem with heat. Pure brake fluid has a much higher boiling point than water, often over 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This is important given the high temperatures that can be reached during demanding driving, on hot days, or in stop-and-go traffic.
If the heat generated by the brakes climbs high enough it will boil, and the small bubbles that form can create pockets of vapor, which unlike brake fluid, is compressible. This means that instead of a reassuring pressure from the brake pedal it will offer no resistance; even standing on it will not elicit any response. Even just a small percentage of water in the fluid can drastically lower the boiling point and increase the likelihood of failure.
Keep it Smooth and Clean
While the primary purpose of brake fluid is hydraulic, it also plays an important role in keeping the entire brake system clean and running properly. Over time, the flakes of ceramic and metal that are worn away from the brake pads can accumulate as dust. This dust can penetrate the rubber hoses and aging seals and make its way into the brake system. This debris can be corrosive, causing pitting and wear on pads, rotors, and the cylinders that generate the pressure when you apply the break.
Over time, this can greatly accelerate the rate at which your pads—and even rotors—can require replacing, while adding precious car lengths to the amount of distance you need to come to a full stop. Replacing the fluid removes these contaminants from the system.
The time to consider reasons to change your brake fluid is not when an obstacle looms up in front of your vehicle and your brake pedal feels like a bowl full of mush. Instead, make changing the brake fluid part of your normal maintenance routine.
At Dallas Lease Returns, we occasionally bring in models from the most illustrious and impressive SUV-focused automaker: Land Rover. Beloved by both celebrities and everyday folks with the finest taste, Land Rovers have been upgraded and refined that much more in the new 2017 lineup, including a new 10.2-inch touchscreen for all models. Take a look at each 2017 Land Rover below.
The starting Land Rover comes with a supercharged 3.6-liter V6 engine with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, with the option to get a panoramic sunroof. A 13-speaker premium meridian audio system perfectly matches the infotainment system. The Range Rover is also very capable on thick, hazardous trails thanks to a 35.4-inch maximum wading depth and an optional extended wheelbase.
A little bit shorter in length with a more striking appearance, the Sport emphasizes driver enjoyment and turning heads. The sculpted aluminum body with a roof spoiler looks excellent in profile, and the optional V8 engine can take this hefty SUV from zero to 60 mph in five seconds flat. Give the Sport a look if you’re more interested in taking your Land Rover around town or on the track, as its on-road dynamics are impeccable.
The long-body and low-riding Velar takes the traditional Land Rover in a new direction. It looks smooth and modern to the point of futurism, particularly with the flush door handles. On top of its enigmatic appearance, it boasts Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo system, which includes two ten-inch infotainment screens, similar to dual monitors on a desktop computer. Drivers can easily upgrade the Velar with premium textiles throughout the cabin, including rich suede cloth.
Love the standard Range Rover but wish there was a compact version? The Evoque is just what you need, and comes in a five-door hatch or coupe body design. There’s even a convertible model for cruising in style. While great for city environments, consider the optional nine-speed automatic transmission to master the highway.
Adaptability is the name of the game with the Land Rover Discovery, which was completely redesigned for 2017 and made 1000 pounds lighter. It now boasts a nicely polished appearance and higher quality cabin materials. It also offers the most interior volume of any model, with up to 85 cubic feet of cargo space with the other seats folded down. It can tow up to 8,201 pounds and has the same 35.4-inch wading depth as the Range Rover.
The all-new Discovery Sport is the most affordable model among the current lineup, and is essentially a compact version of the Discovery. It still comfortably seats seven people, offers extra leg room in the second row, and keeps 4,409 pounds of towing capacity. It’s one of the few compact SUVs of its classier price range to offer a third seat row, and drivers can affordably upgrade it with an adaptive suspension and active all-wheel-drive system designed to maximize fuel economy.
Each model suits a different style, and our inventory shifts regularly. If you don’t see a particular Land Rover model in our inventory, we’re happy to try and get one added to our lot, so contact us anytime.
It’s dangerous to drive during a thunderstorm. Apart from the hazards of downed power lines or other detritus on the roads, the thick rain is distracting and greatly reduces visibility and road traction. However, sometimes a thunderstorm is unavoidable while on a long trip, or you may need to move somewhere in an emergency. For times like these, remember the following tips and guidelines.
Do not drive aggressively during a thunderstorm, because everybody wants to get off the road as much as you do, and this makes things all the more hectic. Some people start speeding when a storm is nearby just to get to their destination sooner, and this is equally risky. Drive defensively, add another second to your following distance, and think ahead. If at all possible, consider pulling over somewhere and waiting the storm out. Before you’re directly in the storm, check the weather so you know what areas will be hit and whether flooding is expected.
If your car moves too quickly over a puddle, it can cause the tires to lose traction with the asphalt and potentially change direction against your will. This is called aquaplaning, and is very similar to driving over ice. When this happens, take your foot off the gas and steer gently toward an open section of road. Your vehicle should slow down enough to stop planing. The important thing is to not brake hard, as this can cause a spin out. To prevent aquaplaning, reduce your speed and avoid cruise control because hands-on, intuitive driving is crucial.
Dealing with Gusts
The larger and broader the vehicle, the greater the risk of heavy winds tipping it over. Big trucks and 18-wheelers can tip if blindsided by a strong gust in the middle of a turn, and trailers can also end up blown away from their normal position. Keep a close eye on vehicles like this and avoid them if possible. If you are towing a trailer or have a particularly large vehicle, know your limits and keep both hands on the wheel. Also, never needlessly go for a drive with a trailer before, during, or right after a thunderstorm.
If you see a downed power line, stop, turn around if possible, and take another route. Never try to drive past or over a downed line. However, in the event that a wire falls down onto your vehicle, stay in place and call 911. Your vehicle insulates against electricity, but moving is very risky because it could cause the line to get entangled. If you witness a situation like this, call 911 for help but do not approach, try to pass, or exit your vehicle.
As a final note, remember to stay calm and don’t be startled or distracted by lightning strikes. While driving in a thunderstorm, you are far more likely to crash due to the various hazards mentioned above. Although these tips are extremely helpful, don’t be afraid to stop your current trip or hold off a planned drive when a thunderstorm is in progress. One less vehicle on the road during a storm is safer for not only you, but everyone else.