Category: Out and About

People Newspapers out and about is a staff-generated blog that details us in the community.

OUT AND ABOUT: Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Movie Review)

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Fred Rogers appears in Won't You Be My Neighbor? by Morgan Neville, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jim Judkis.

Like many of you, I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

After returning from a press screening today for Won't You Be My Neighbor?, my friend Kate and I had a brief conversation about the documentary and how watching Mister Rogers was almost like a ritual for us when we were children. For her, that routine included her nanny making her a hotdog for a snack and a sleeping bag to cuddle up.


OUT AND ABOUT: Get Hyper for Sweet Tooth Hotel

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Sweet Tooth Hotel is located in Victory Park from May 18 - June 30. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

I have a hardcore sweet tooth, so anything candy or sugar related you can definitely find me there.

When I heard about this Sweet Tooth Hotel pop-up shop coming to Dallas, I was quick to get my ticket and unapologetically the first one in line. The shop is tucked away nicely within the Victory Park area and seems to fit right in like it was meant to be.


OUT AND ABOUT: Scardello Launches Catering for All, We Grub

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Scardello is located at 3511 Oak Lawn Ave. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

When you walk into Scardello, expect to be transported to a whole different world! The European atmosphere and friendly demeanor will make you forget that this shop is located right outside the hustle-and-bustle of the Oak Lawn neighborhood.

What made the visit even more intimate was that fact we were invited to attend their "Friends & Family" preview launch celebration for their new catering services. I definitely felt I was part of the family when everyone greeted me with warm smiles and opened up their cozy shop as I gazed with awe seeing all the variety of cheeses, wines, and fruits that I was about to devour.


OUT AND ABOUT: Eating Vegan Sushi

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Lunch at Blue Sushi Sake Grill with the grill. (PHOTO: Bianca R. Montes)

I have a confession to make.

As a Dallas vegan, my favorite restaurant isn't Spiral Diner & Bakery, V-Eats, or El Palote. It's Blue Sushi Sake Grill. Yeah, at first mention I am sure that sounds wrong – but trust me, it's 100 percent accurate.

Back in the day, BV (before vegan), getting sushi with my girls was one of my favorite ways to spend a long lunch or a Friday night. That obviously changed when I stopped eating fish. And while I've been able to find options at restaurants since, nothing really felt worth it. Until I met Blue Sushi Sake Grill.


OUT AND ABOUT: Being Human at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is set to unveil its first completely transformed exhibit hall since its 2012 opening more than five years ago. We joined fourth-grade students from Uplift Luna Preparatory for an exclusive tour today.

If the "ooh's and ahh’s," the "this is so cool," and the "I want to be a scientist" comments that rang out from the children – and a few adults – aren't enough to explain how amazing the renovated Being Human Hall is, let me tell you a lot more about it.


OUT AND ABOUT: There’s Always a Story Behind a Gala

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From left to right, they are Julianna Dooley, Derek Dooley, Allison Dooley and Peyton Dooley

Sometimes I just have to take a moment and appreciate how blessed I am.

I did that Saturday night after attending the JDRF Dream Gala at the Omni hotel downtown. JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 Diabetes. With my job at People Newspapers I get to go to a lot of luncheons and galas, and while it is fun to get dressed up and go to fancy parties – something I never got to do as a crime or government reporter – that's not why I feel blessed.


OUT AND ABOUT: Time Traveling at Fair Park

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There's just something special about theater that allows you to leave reality and float away to a different time, date, and place. This season of Dallas Summer Musicals has been full of adventures for me – and my lucky friends who get to tag along with my press pass.

I consider myself a pretty cultured person. I had a mother who often took me to the museum; I still remember the hours we'd spend analyzing the greats such as Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and my personal favorite Vincent Van Gogh. Or how we would sit outside of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California and wonder what The Thinker was thinking about. We'd go to the La Brea Tar Pits, hike in the San Gabriel mountains and write reports about the different plants and bugs we'd find, and we'd cherish family traditions like going to see the Nutcracker ballet every Christmas.