Best First Date Spots Of Fort Worth

Best First Date Spots Of Fort Worth

See that cute guy or girl in your Econ class? Ask 'em to dinner and do it right.

So, you've met someone you're interested in, what next? Movie? Invite them to go out with you and your squad? No. Bring real chivalry back and ask 'em to dinner. Skip the tacky first date to the typical steakhouse, go against the social norm we've dropped down to of not asking people on dates to get to know them: mix it up, keep it real; take them to a dank restaurant they'll really enjoy. Here are my top choices for places to nom down with your new love interest:

1. Max's Wine Dive

$12-25 per person

Max's is a great, upscale dive-bar styled restaurant. With a great wine and craft beer menu to compliment the dank food, it's easily one of my top choices for a date night. The food is a great blend of Southern comfort and fine dining. With some of the best fried chicken in town, there are also several other mind blowing choices. The dim lighting is good for some "mood" lighting and the great decor makes it easily one of the best date night spots around. Try starting with the drunk bread and 100% get the fried chicken or shrimp and grits as a main course.

2. Bird Cafe

$15-30 per person

Bird Cafe has an elegant and almost eclectic feel to the environment. Located right in the heart of Sundance square, the porch is perfect on a nice spring night overlooking the fountains in the middle of Sundance. The food menu is more upscale but doesn't break the bank, and they have a great cocktail menu to compliment it made mostly with mostly local distillers. I recommend grabbing a few "share plates" over some casual conversation.

3. Vivo 53

$10-20 per person

To follow a classic date night idea, I had to throw in my top Italian joint on here. Don't be fooled by their free appetizer cards everyone has been getting in their TCU mailbox, this place is the real deal. Vivo 53 is a contemporary, American decor inspired dig with a great architecture style to match it. Although with Italian you typically think of messy pasta, which isn't too hot of a choice for a first date, Vivo 53 focuses on incredible, unique and funky pizzas. I would recommend each getting one and swapping around.

4. Pacific Table

$15-30 per person

Pacific Table is a great fancier seafood style cuisine restaurant. It's another great patio spot for the spring time and has a rustic, modern decorated interior that perfectly matches the menu with its stylized signature dishes and complimenting wine, beer and cocktail choices. I would highly recommend trying something new on the menu that's out of your comfort zone and you won't be disappointed. Hit this place up if you're craving some good seafood fusion food.

5. Grace

$25-50 per person

Grace is about as close as I'll get to a traditional steakhouse when it comes to going to dinner. Way more on the formal side of things for sure with a very sleek interior and an upscale menu as well. Easily one of the best steaks I've ever had, but don't be too quick to pass over the other options. This is a place I would hit up maybe if you've been off your game for a while and have a nice rainy day fund in your bank account, it can be pricey, but it's beyond worth it.

6. Market + Table

$10-20 or $25-35 per person

The freshest new dig on the block, Market + Table perfectly captures the eclectic and rustic feel that is just like home. Located in the 7th Street district, it's a popular location and great area to walk around after dinner, with plenty of dessert options around. There are two options at night, the fancier section and the more casual laid back menu area. If your bank account is lookin hot I would highly recommend hitting up the fancier menu section. It's not going to absolutely break the bank and it's an incredible menu of great American upscale dishes. That being said, the casual area is a great date night as well with the more "market" side of the restaurant name.

7. Times Ten Cellars Winery

$15-30 per person

While it's not necessarily known as a wide variety menu, they serve several appetizers, small plates, and specialty pizzas in the social lounge and tasting rooms. The rustic, yet sheek interior is set up perfectly for a casual conversation with a top quality wine listing. To be fair, if you and your date are 21 and looking for good conversation over a legal alcoholic beverage, yet both don't like wine, I wouldn't consider this your hot spot. But, that being said, it's an incredible social hot spot on the weekends for good food and even better conversation. So if you're feelin' snazzy, and maybe a bit classy, hit this place up.

8. Cafe Modern

$25-35 per person

What's better than weird art, fine wine and even better food? Welp that's exactly what Cafe Modern is. Located on the first floor of the modern art museum, they keep the exhibits open until 8 pm on Fridays for late night guests after an early dinner. The restaurant overlooks the reflection pool and is easily one of the best views at dinner in Fort Worth. Naturally with the name, it has a very chic and modern decor and a menu to fit the environment. Dress classy, look at some whack art and eat a dank meal. Major key: Go on a Friday night for the best experience in food and a great happy hour with the ability to check out some funky art.

9. Little Red Wasp

$15-25 per person

A perfect downtown spot with a southern twist. The slick looking interior, with brick walls and matching bright red chairs make you feel right at home. Little Red Wasp holds a never ending stocked bar and locally influenced on tap craft beers and creatively unique cocktails combined with a southern twist on incredible American styled food. It's a comfortable and casual environment is perfect for good conversation. Like Bird Cafe, it's location is for a quick stroll around a lively downtown.

10. Thirteen Pies

$15-25 per person

Another bomb 7th Street area spot, Thirteen Pies has some rockin' funky gourmet pizza. While not completely t-shirt casual, a nice business casual location with messy pizza is pretty great for a first date. It makes it much less intimidating too. Highly recommend snagging two smaller ones and sharing 'em between the two to really get a chance to explore the menu. Tell them to surprise you, mix it up, make it fun and enjoy some of the best pizza you'll ever have.

So bring chivalry back, and ask that cute girl or that good lookin' dude in your English class to dinner and take 'em somewhere they'll brag to their friends about.

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Thinking Of Food As Art Is Good For Your Soul

The human soul craves sustenance in the form of art.

Everyone eats. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or any other -ian you can think of, everyone consumes food and in doing so, tells the story of their life. Food connects us to other people, cultures, organisms and even the universe itself because by simply ingesting food, we each participate in our own conversation with the universe through existing. I consider food to be art, but I also love to eat it. Not only do I love to eat good food, but I am also slowly becoming aware of all of the conversations that surround food; whether it be political, social, cultural or simply foodies talking to one another about the taco stand they went to this weekend. Regardless, each morsel of food that you consume becomes a part of you and the story of how that food came to be, becomes part of you as well.

Now I don't simply mean that food is and can be beautiful, colorful works of art simply because of how they look; they are works of art apart from appearances because of all of the connotation that comes behind it. What I mean to say, is that just like art, food makes you think and encourages you to be aware and admire the surrounding story. For most of this article, I want to share with you images of food that speaks, sometimes all by itself, sometimes more subtly. In addition, I want to share with you the stories behind some of the images. The most important thing I can do is get you to think about what you are eating and how it connects you to every other thing between yourself and experiences and the food itself; to say that all food has a story is just as truthful as the story of all art and how it came to be.

We use food in many ways. One way that a North Carolina baker uses it, is to inform communities and to create ways that food is a major part of the conversation when it comes to politics, social justice movements, and just about in any way you can think to use food. By creating this wonderful stencil on the bread, this baker challenges the audience and eaters to think about the ways in which food itself is a major cause for political reform; food justice has become a major section of the food system that demands reform for those areas that are food poor or experience an over-abundance of foods lacking in nutritional value, called food deserts. The delicious jams that are displayed with the bread function as a way for a local artisan and preserve-maker to fight back against industrial farming and demonstrates the niche that she found in the Chapel-Hill Carborro marketplace. She found inspiration for her homegrown, local and sustainable preserves when her family suffered from enormous amounts of farming debt. She ultimately found a way to speak out against modernized and industrialized wholesale products and has found success in each of her small, delectable batches. Any way you use food allows for the inspiration of food as a vessel for the human condition.

Even exploring the NC State Farmers Market itself, one can see rows and rows of fresh vegetables and other products that all come from North Carolina and sustainable or locally grown and raised farms. The prices are worth the taste and the peace of mind that one gets when picking fresh produce from a wooden far stand. These markets occur every weekend and also function as a way to raise awareness about alternative forms of produce, rather than simply stock-piling from local grocery stores.

Food also functions as a way to form connections and bonds. Here at a local Asian cuisine restaurant called "Spring Roll" in North Hills Shopping area, one can experience truly good food. As it is myself and my boyfriend's go-to restaurant no matter what the occasion, we spend time sampling many different dishes and can honestly say, it is the best Chinese food that I have ever had. An upscale take on traditional take-out, the cuisine offers the classic dishes such as sesame chicken, to a more high-end sushi experience that is fully worth the money. And yet, the price is reasonable, even for two college students, and offers the kind of classy going-out experience that makes you feel special. the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, some of which my boyfriend and I have made friends with and who we love to see every time we return. The point of this image is to truly see the beauty in the appetizer that promises an even more delicious main course. While the look of the food is flawless, the food also speaks to the way in which some families subsist off of the restaurant business. These spring rolls do not only mean the chef who cooked them, but they speak for the waiters and waitresses, the owner, the atmosphere and all of the people and ingredients that went into making them.

Those are cakes. Yes, I promise they are cakes and not a dish from the restaurant aforementioned or a bucket of live crabs. But isn't crazy how realistic they are? These cakes are on display at a bakery inside Crabtree Valley Mall that represent how food is always near us. While shopping among the racks of Abercrombie and the Apple store, you stumble upon this unassuming bakery in the middle of the mall. It truly is a sight for sore eyes, as you would never expect to see anything of this stature in the mall where capitalism is king, but these individualized cakes represent all of the perfect formation and art that fights the power of a consumer environment. The cakes are a perfect example of how art can be found in the most unbelievable things and places.

Finally, we come to a piece of food that is near and dear to my heart: my 20th birthday cake. Beautifully decorated with my favorite colors, the cake boasts the best of what a grocery store cake can buy. And I mean that sincerely. I love grocery store stuff and I think that speaks to the lifestyle of most people. No matter how many beautiful markets and pictures of organic food are thrown at you, it can be hard to break away from the grocery store or to honestly even think about your food before you put it in your mouth. Food often times represent the ceremonies that mark important times in each of our lives. In all cultures throughout the world, ceremonies of all kinds are marked by the involvement of food in some way. And this is crucial to our existence as human beings. It speaks of our connection to food as a mode of human experience and in turn, can be a vessel that carries us on through the rest of our lives. So next time you eat that birthday cake or buy that organic salsa from the market, slow down and take a minute to absorb how beautiful that piece of art is in front of you.

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What's The Worst Part About Grocery Shopping In New York?

Trying to carry all your food home.

So apparently I am an adult. I am able to comprehend this fact logically, though not emotionally. I understand that as an almost 21-year-old, the state considers me to be an adult and has considered me to be one since I the day turned 18.

However, I do not feel like an adult. I feel like a 4-year-old, trapped in what appears to be a 14-year-old's body. I’ve always looked young for my age, so perhaps that factor's into my childlike persona.

To be honest I have no idea what I’m doing or how I got to be this old. There are people my age who are engaged, buying house’s and thriving in their work field. While I’m over here trying to figure out how to make this one package of pasta last me a whole week's worth of meals.

I could go on endlessly explaining all the red-flags to why I shouldn’t be an adult, but that would be very long and a much different article. I’ve accepted that somehow I've made it to this point in life and now I’m just trying to figure all this weird stuff out like everybody else. I wanted to start writing about specific experiences I've had that have been particularly “adultish” or difficult for me to complete on my own, especially while living in New York City. The first of which is grocery shopping.

Not gonna lie, one of the best things about adulting is being able to eat what you want without anyone saying you can’t. Wanna chug a liter of Coke Zero at 10 am? Go for it! Wanna eat Cheese-It’s as a full three-course meal? Yes, do it! Being able to consume mass amounts of junk food whenever you want is a large perk of adulthood, but after a while, you start missing the taste and feeling of a home-cooked meal.

The first time this urge struck me I made my way over to the store and attempted to go grocery shopping for wholesome ingredients, in an effort sooth my home hunger. I say attempted because as a 5’ 4” girl with limited upper body strength, actual grocery shopping in lower Manhattan is nearly impossible. I walk everywhere which means that I walk twenty minutes to the store and I walk twenty minutes home with whatever I bought in hand. What usually happens is I am able to fill each arm with a grocery bag that contains about five products each. It’s less than that if I decide to purchase milk or some other large beverage that day.

To make this process a bit easier I’ll bring a backpack with me to the store and fill that up instead with my purchases to give my arms a break. Even with a backpack, I’m still only able to carry a limited amount of food because my body physically cannot support any more weight. I have thought about purchasing a rolling cart to bring with me when I go shopping, but I decided against it.

I go to the store on the way back home from class, so in order to use the cart, I would first have to go back to my dorm and grab it, which is more of a hassle than it’s worth.

After much trial and error, I've learned that the best thing for me to do is to just go to the store every few days and pick up what I need in small quantities. I'm only cooking for myself, so I just use a few simple ingredients for each dish and it does the job.

My meals are still nowhere near what a home cooked meal should be, but I'm doing the best I can with what I've got. When in doubt, I pop in some good old-fashioned Top Ramen and call it a night.

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