a bit about Kristen
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a freelance photographer who loves capturing candid special moments for people. Human connection is one of our deepest needs and I help people remember and savor those moments with the people that mean the most to them, whether that's a family vacation or a lazy day at the house in their pajamas. Relationships define every season in our lives and documenting those fleeting moments is what gives me the greatest joy.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I actually have a whole Spotify playlist contributed to nothing but sad songs that I call "Sad Day" and there's almost 400 songs on it. I have a weird obsession with them. Some of my favorites are: One Moment More by Mindy Smith, In My Veins by Andrew Belle..but really anything from him is amazing, Not About Angels by Birdy...she's also got a lot of depressing songs that'll make you cry, All I Want by Kodaline. I could go on for a while but I'll stop there before we all end up in a mess of tears and tissues.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Aw man! This is super tough for me cause I'm a tv show addict. I really loved LOST (stick with me here). Yes it was confusing and didn't always give you the answers to so many questions we all had BUT the character development and music and twists in the plot were just too good not to watch all the way through. I think that show got canceled way too early. Fringe is another favorite of mine. It also ended way too soon. They had a great storyline, fantastic characters that you connected with and all sorts of twists and turns. I have a real love for Sci-fi in case you haven't noticed.
Name some spots in Dallas that are good for a Tinder date.
Oh so many factors could play into this suggestion so I'll set the stage for context. It's a Thursday evening date (weeknight dates are very underrated). Start with Eno's Pizza in Oak Cliff for dinner. Then walk 200 ft. to Emporium Pies and split a delicious homemade pie because you'll be plenty full from stuffing your face with pizza. If the date is going well then head to Davis Street Espresso for some more conversation. If it needs a little pick-me-up then head to Beauty Bar in Lower Greenville for some energetic hip-hop dancing. And if you shut that place down then you'll be hungry so hit up Velvet Taco down the road. And you're welcome!
Who’s your hero and where in Dallas would you take them out for a serious hang?
Brene Brown is one of my favorite authors and she's also a TX girl so I'd bring her to Dallas and take her to White Rock Lake area for some food and tea (I don't drink coffee...blah!). We'd go to the Arboretum for a beautiful setting to feel relaxed for some long conversations. Picking her brain with my hundreds of questions would be super enlightening since she's so intelligent. Go check out her TEDx talks right now!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I'm not a big shopper to be honest. And I'm also not the one with fabulous clothes in comparison to my other girlfriends. So I prefer consignment shops or thrift stores because paying full price for any clothing is a joke. But if I don't have a lot of time to sift through racks upon racks of hand-me-down clothing I'll end up at TJ Maxx or Target. Rarely will I be at a boutique but if I end up there somehow I bee line it straight to the sale racks at the back of the store like Francesca's.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Honestly I really enjoy seeing as much of Dallas as I can. Every section of town is so eclectic. So I'm not against being in a certain part of town unless it's super sketchy and unsafe.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Hike. I love being outside and getting lost in a place that makes you feel like you're not in the city. Dallas has nice city parks but they're in neighborhoods or close to major roads and buildings. So you never quite get the feel of being away from the city and fully in nature.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Dallas and where did you get it?
I had this amazing ensemble of sushi and appetizers at Nobu (fancy Japanese food) one time for a work dinner. And then we walked across the street and had dessert at Ocean Prime (fancy steak & seafood). I could not afford anything more than an appetizer at either of these places so I was super thankful the bill was floated by my boss.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Dallas that you particularly like?
One Eyed Penguin. The door is easy to miss so pay attention. You walk straight upstairs when you go inside. It's old and small and has a few arcade games but it was everything I would want from a hole in the wall kind of bar.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Dallas? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
The Spa at the Crescent in Downtown Dallas. I had a gift card ($150) for a 50 minute massage and it was heavenly. They gave me a robe and slippers and let me eat fruit and drink cucumber water. Then after my massage I got to stay the rest of the day and use their dry and wet saunas, pool, quiet/nap room, showers. They had everything you could possibly need to get ready from shampoo to hair dryers to lotion to q-tips. And there was no rush to leave. It was glorious!!
What restaurant in Dallas looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Taco Stop in the Design District area. There place doesn't look crappy so much as simple and not flashy like many other places in Dallas. But their street tacos are fantastic & their service is quick!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Dallas? Which one do you like?
Mi Cocina's Mambo Taxi...but be careful they're very strong!
Where would you take your partner in Dallas if you wanted to really pamper them?
The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. It has fancy restaurants, a pretty lounging area next to their cute little coffee shop and then there's a speak easy type of bar downstairs that has great drinks. Oh and then we would stay at the hotel in one of their fancy shmancy rooms that are $300/night...assuming I could afford all this.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Oh goodness! Sour Patch Kids for sure!! Puffy Cheetos and a Coke & Cherry mixed Icee. I'm thinking movie snacks for inspiration right now.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Dallas?
Uptown. It's a section of town where people think they're a bigger deal than they really are. They have restaurants and bars that I've heard people rave about but after going there they seem just like other places in town. It has this feel of people trying to hold on to their college glory days.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Dallas?
The Inwood Movie Theater off Lovers Lane. They only have 3 movie screens but it's a classic place with the original building still in tact. It looks like a theater from the 20's when you walk in. It's super old and nothing fancy but that's what makes it so great!
What are the Dallas spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge. It's huge and definitely a key part of the Dallas skyline. You must drive across it at least once to get the full scale of its beauty. Pecan Lodge BBQ. It's a long wait to get inside but it's worth it. The Dallas Museum of Art. It's constantly changing and quite the maze to get through but it's amazing to see all the diverse art they bring in from all over the world. Klyde Warren Park. It's across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art and it's beautifully made above the highway and always has something fun going on like dancing in the park. And Gloria's for some great Tex-Mex.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Dallas. How do you spend it?
With a car full of friends. We'd watch the sunrise on a rooftop downtown. Have breakfast at Breadwinners Cafe. Then bike ride around White Rock Lake. Lunch at Mudhen Meat & Greens. Tour of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Buy picnic worthy foods and a couple bottles of wine from Eatzi's Market and take that to watch the sunset at Trammell Crow Park. Then dancing at Cowboys Red River til they close. And end the late night with some tacos, elote corn and maybe some red velvet cake from Velvet Taco.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I haven't been here yet but I'm pretty sure Florence would be one of my favorite places to visit. I'm part Italian and I freaking love Italian food so I'm sure I'd enjoy every aspect of that place. Bucket list!!