As I get older, I am learning that the being a bridesmaid gives me the best (and seemingly selfless) reason to travel. So of course I took a quick weekend trip to Dallas, Texas to be with one of my very best friends as she searched for her wedding dress.
Looking back, it is apparent I went to Dallas just to eat.
I arrived on a Friday to a warm Dallas evening with food on my mind. Even before boarding my plane, Alyssa and I had been texting about where to go for dinner with her mom. We decided on a trendy area of Dallas so that we could try a local restaurant and see where the hipsters hang out: Greenville Avenue. How hipster was the restaurant we chose? Well, they offered a literal Jar of Bacon. GUYS, I tried duck bacon and it was not the worst thing I’ve ever eaten. After dinner we went back to our hotel and went crazy at the little snack shop. I mean, what’s a girl’s first Moana viewing without a bunch of snacks and wine?
The hotel we were staying at had the best breakfast buffet of my life. I ate like a queen on Saturday and Sunday morning. Shout out to Alyssa’s mom for hooking us up! Saturday was dedicated to the hunt for the dress, but in between two appointments was lunch. We got our Bridesmaids on and went out for some Brazilian food at Texas de Brazil… Okay so Bridesmaids, but without the food poisoning. And ever since, I have been praying that Texas de Brazil will open a location in Atlanta.
The final meal of note is also a miracle, because Alyssa is the first person to get me to eat in a sushi restaurant. Of course I got the most non-sushi item on the menu, but hey, I am who I am.
Even if I actually just went to Dallas to eat my way throughout the city, I would be totally fine with it.
- Sharing meals give Alyssa and I the best opportunities to catch each other up on our lives.
- It gave me a chance to get to know a few new people. And I am of the opinion that you should always try to meet new people when traveling.
But in reality I went to be a loyal bridesmaid.
The three of us ventured out to meet up with the other bridesmaid, Denisse, and the mother of the groom. Just missing the maid of honor to round out the party. I must say, we were a fun group. The first appointment was more exploratory for Alyssa, trying on a bunch of different dress styles to see which one she liked the best. She found a contender, but was not completely sold. So after the best lunch, we went over to the second appointment at Lovely Bride. This shop had a dress that Alyssa bookmarked at the very beginning of her search. And wouldn’t you know it? It was the Perfect Dress.
As we had found the dress on Saturday, Sunday gave Alyssa and I time to indulge in some self-care before my flight home. Namely shopping and manicures. Hey, isn’t that what a bridesmaid is for? The best part about Sunday was that Alyssa and I had some one-on-one time, talking about how we will never be able to fully leave the Resident Advisor life behind. (PSA: youths, save yourselves – don’t do it!) I was not excited to have to say goodbye to her again, but the time came for her to drop me off at the airport. Although I did self-soothe by finding myself a seat at the Mexican restaurant and having a couple margaritas while watching football.
Thankfully there is a built-in date for me to see Alyssa again: her wedding.
The last time I saw Alyssa was just under three years ago, when I spent a weekend in Austin. (Side note, she does not live in either Austin or Dallas, so I’m sorry – you cannot stalk her.) Of course we’ve stayed in touch (sometimes the Internet is nice) and it taught me how the best of friendships can survive being apart for awhile. But also thanks to the Internet, I think many of us forget that we actually need to be around our friends and family. It’s like coming home and curling up in the favorite blanket you thought you lost. And what bonds two friends more than the hotel fire alarm going off at 3AM because some youths weren’t the least bit sneaky with their weed?
Now, are you ready to SEE THE DRESS??? Too bad. You’ll see it when I get around to posting about the October 2018 wedding in 2020. But first, bring on the bachelorette party!