Unfortunately this wasn’t the best introduction to Dallas for That Mom, since she spent the majority of her time in our living room and sleeping on the floor of our office on a blow-up mattress. I wish we could have planned outings and lunches and crafting (That Mom is an expert crafter if you didn’t know, just look at the centerpieces she made for my wedding), but those will have to wait for next time.
She really enjoyed driving around in my convertible all week. She did such a good job taking care of me that I’ve decided to forgive her for leaving the top down overnight through a Texas thunderstorm (those of you who live in Texas know what those are like!). All is well and my car Abbie is cleaner than she has ever been because of it.
Mom flew in the day before I had surgery and so we were able to spend a little bit of time out on the town. Of course I took her out to my new favorite salad place discovered at Taste of Addison, Greenz Salad for Z’Adventorous. The manager told us they are working on franchising which made me very happy. EVERYONE should have the chance to eat there. It’s that good.
While the manager was talking mom’s ear off I indulged in a little self-portraiture. It’s been awhile since I’ve done one and I had to take a few to get a good one. I’m getting a little rusty since my college days.
We went for sweet and spicy and split between the two of us.
Spicy Panko Shrimp
Greens with daikon and edamame sprouts, panko-breaded shrimp, carrots and wasabi peas. Drizzled with spicy lemongrass vinaigrette and served with a wonton crisp.
The sweet: (AKA the BEST SALAD EVER)
Warm Pear and Goat Cheese
Mixed greens topped with poached pears, goat cheese, strawberries and candied pecans. Lightly tossed with apple-chamomile-honey vinaigrette.
FYI this salad is NOT dairy free. No matter what they tell you.
Right next to the salad place there is a cute little park. This area, with the park and fountain and the shopping center surrounding it, would be perfect for engagement photos and I’m hoping I can convince some of my clients to meet me out there!
Best mother-daughter picture we’ve had for a long while. That Mom chose the perfect little pool of light for us to sit under!
We ended the day with a trip to Central Market where we were disappointed to see a giant eggplant and artichoke but no onions. We LOVE onions in the Andersen family.
Yellow and purple and green cauliflower, have you ever seen it?
And the most BEAUTIFUL heirloom tomatoes I have ever seen.
I hope her next trip down is a little more eventful than this (not like having your daugther undergo back surgery isn’t eventful). I’m very blessed to have parents who can, and still do sacrifice so much for me, even after I’m an old married woman. Thanks again Mom! I love you!