A tiny slice of (Bevin) heaven

We arrived at DFW about 2pm yesterday and decided to explore a bit since we didn’t have anything planned for the rest of the day. We drove through Fort Worth, then worked our way up to Denton. 

We found this great spot for dinner, Barley & Board. 

Bevin was extremely pleased by shoestring fries, which she’s doesn’t really ever find in Portland. We also had a really tasty “sweet & salty & spicy” nuts appetizer.

My burger was pretty darn tasty, but I did find it interesting how much more on the “cheese sauce” side the cheese was, vs the nice Tillamook Cheddar I’m used to. Fun how even the simple things get changed up.

Across the street from Barley&Board is a used bookstore. Somewhere between Half Price Books & Powells. It’s in what seems to be an old house that has a some cool little rooms and cubbyholes and very squeaky floors. Definitely tickled my bookstore bone, plus I found a first-edition hardcover of The Starship and the Canoe by Kenneth Brower, which very much excited me. 

To finish up our evening we checked out John Wick 3: Parabellum at the Alamo Drafthouse theater. Both the movie and the theater were super fun. The now much lamented Cinetopia was certainly trying to take some notes from Alamo, but as great as they were they really didn’t quite get there. We have now been spoiled utterly.

One really cool thing, is that rather than showing us shitty ads before the movie they actually had a John Wick series recap, which was really nice! It was really nice to get a reminder of some of the stuff, and it was a lot more enjoyable way to spend 20 minutes pre-movie.

Also, John Wick is as much fun as ever. Still can’t quite regain the feeling of the first movie, but definitely a lot of fun. If you’re into that sort of thing. 

It’s a pleasant morning in the Southlake suburb of Dallas. 78 degrees with a nice breeze. Of course I’m sitting in a Starbucks currently to write this and get some stuff done, but in a little while here I’m back on the road to go exploring and check out some of the neighborhoods in the area. Operation “Decide where might be good and where is definitely not good” is a go! (Although we need a catchier name.)