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4th January
2014
written by leiabox

I have not been quite as meticulous this year on keeping up with Letterboxd or MovieLogr as I have in years past. They make these year in review posts very easy with all the fancy stats. Here’s to seeing if I can cobble together some insights from my bare-bones title and day list.

Total films watched: 387
(2012: 354)

Festivals attended:
New York Korean Film Festival (6)
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema (2)
SXSW (34)
Tribeca (1)
Independent Film Festival Boston (9)
Exhumed Films eX-Fest (8)
New York Asian Film Festival (7)
Fantasia Film Festival (6)
Fantastic Fest (36)
Exhumed 24 Hr Horror-thon (13)
DocNYC (3)

 
What I Missed:
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Museum Hours
Twenty Feet From Stardom
and I’m sure tons more

 
My top 10 films
(Films that impacted me the most upon first viewing, regardless of release date. In no particular order.)

Upstream Color (2013)
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My first film at this year’s SXSW set a fantastic tone for the fest. Shane Carruth is worthy of all the respect. From the excellent story and direction, to the haunting soundtrack, to the inspiring approach to distribution – I love it all.

 
Peeping Tom (1960)
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Peeping Tom had been a hole in my viewing list for a long time. I finally set aside the time to spend with it…then rewatched it a few days later. This movie is haunting and terrifying, while still remaining quite tame in what’s displayed on screen. Sympathetic antagonists are consistently something that I appreciate. It’s not easy to pull off, but when it is done successfully, few things make me happier.

 
Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)
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This documentary is the ultimate tale of passion, even if framed around a failed project. Heartbreaking in it’s “what if this had been made? It would have changed EVERYTHING!”, I found myself inspired throughout. The film’s greatest accomplishment is that it avoids the traps of an “insider club” doc; the message would resonate, even if you did not previously know of the players involved.

 
Her (2013)
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I am still a bit melancholy after seeing this a week ago…which is why it made my list. It is a beautiful film (except for the awful pants) that needs very little to build out a Utopian (on the possible verge of Dystopian?) sci-fi world. Performances all around were wonderful.

 
OXV: The Manual (2013)
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THIS movie is why I love film festivals. I saw this during Fantasia in Montreal and possibly wouldn’t have been otherwise exposed to it. It’s beautiful, haunting, and original. Along with UPSTREAM COLOR and HER, this is another successful addition to the lo-fi sci-fi group of movies I adore.

 
Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
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I saw this as part of the Herzog retrospective at Lincoln Center. It stayed top of mind for days after I saw it. It is a crazy ride of psychedelic insanity. It has a fairly shallow story, but the imagery and sound design will stay with me for a very long time.

 
The Act of Killing (2012)
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This one has sooo much buzz around it…and it is worth all of that and more. Over halfway into the movie, I was not completely sold on the concept. By the end, I could barely contain the tears. I very much look forward to watching the 166min director’s cut (included on the Drafthouse Films release).

 
Portrait of Jason (1967)
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This is one of those films that was playing at IFC Center, so we went. I had no expectations…and was blown away. This is a great example of how a single, dynamic character (and booze) is sometimes all you need.

 
Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
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Only available on VHS, this film never made the jump to DVD or Blu. It is packed with fantastic performances by Cher, Karen Black and Kathy Bates. I saw many Altman films this year for the first time and this is the one that stuck with me the most.

 
Spring Breakers (2012)
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SPRANG BREAK 4 EVA! On the surface, this is a ridiculous movie. There is so much more to it. Satire in a delicious candy coating.

 

Most special film to me this year:
REWIND THIS!
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My first feature film that brought about many firsts in my life: My first SXSW premiere, trip to asia, experiences with distribution and legal teams. I had the opportunity to work with two of my very best friends through the journey. I have met many people through this project who have left a lasting impact on my life.

I am still contemplating a next project, but I know that Rewind This! will continue to hold a very dear place in my heart.

23rd January
2013
written by leiabox

I did a total craptastic job of updating this site in 2012. Moving forward, I plan to use Movielogr (www.movielogr.com) to keep up with things. The site is created by some brilliant Tallyteer friends over the past couple of years in their spare time.

Try it out. Follow my tally.

Some other goals include finishing out some of my watch projects. More on that as I dig in.

We recently moved to Brooklyn from Austin. The world of cinema has grown exponentially. 35mm screenings are, seemingly, at every corner. This may serve as a bit of a distraction for the watch project goals, but could also come in handy as I check off the lists.

2nd January
2012
written by leiabox

Final film count for 2011: 467

I always keep a running list of everything I watch. This year I did not keep a count, therefore I had no idea that I beat my goal of 400 until just now. I counted every film that I watched, even if I saw it multiple times. There may be a few shorts programs in here as well. I never know if I should count those. I’m pretty proud of this list of movies conquered. Only a few broke me. I discovered many that I love. It was a good year.

Turkish Delight 1/1
Dear Mr. Gacy 1/1
Heroic Trio 1/1
N-Girls Vs Vampire 1/1
The American 1/1
Winter’s Bone 1/2
Female Prisoner 701 Scorpion 1/3
Ex Drummer 1/4
Galaxy of Terror 1/4
De Lift 1/5
Amos & Andrew 1/7
Last Picture Show 1/8
Network 1/11
Howl 1/11
Mesrine: Killer Instinct 1/13
Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1 1/13
Restrepo 1/14
Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1/14
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! 1/16
Video Nasties: Panic, Censorship and Videotape 1/17
From Beyond the Grave 1/17
Tiny Furniture 1/19
I’m Still Here 1/21
Cashback 1/21
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone 1/22
Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets 1/22
Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban 1/22
Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire 1/22
Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix 1/23
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince 1/23
Malice in Wonderland 1/23
Despicable Me 1/24
Strange Circus 1/27
Rabbit Hole 1/28
Last Exorcism 1/28
Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot 1/29
The Girl Who Played with Fire 1/31
Circus of Horrors 2/1
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 2/2
SICK: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist 2/3
Planet 51 2/4
The Parking Lot Movie 2/4
The Wolf Man 2/4
Barry Munday 2/5
Somewhere 2/5
Animal Kingdom 2/6
Phoebe in Wonderland 2/8
King of California 2/8
Strange Culture 2/8
Let Me In 2/8
Dog Day Afternoon 2/9
Hounddog 2/9
XXY 2/9
Slim Susie 2/9
2LDK 2/9
Sleep Dealer 2/9
For the Love of Movies 2/10
The Illusionist 2/11
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2/12
Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2/12
I Spit on Your Grave 2/12
In the Mood for Love 2/14
Blue Valentine 2/17
Jiri Barta Labyrinth of Darkness 2/19
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 2/19
Ossuary & Other Tales 2/19
Ghost Writer 2/19
Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41 2/20
Sex & Fury 2/20
I Spit on Your Grave (’10) 2/20
Gasland 2/21
Inside Job 2/21
The Oracle 2/22
Smash His Camera 2/23
Roll Bounce 2/26
Skatetown USA 2/26
Rollermania 2/26
Unholy Rollers 2/26
Prag 2/28
Monsters 3/3
Man with the Golden Arm 3/4
Satin 3/5
Trilogy of Terror 2 3/5
The Tower 3/5
Rango 3/6
Sole Survivor 3/8
Red Riding Hood 3/10
Heaven Hell 3/11
The Ballad of Genesis & Lady Jaye 3/11
Insidious 3/11
Better This World 3/12
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey 3/12
Bellflower 3/12
Little Deaths 3/12
Sound of My Voice 3/13
Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3/13
Detention 3/13
Hesher 3/13
Attack the Block 3/13
Another Earth 3/14
Tabloid 3/14
Dragonslayer 3/14
How To Die in Oregon 3/15
Umshini Wan/Night Fishing 3/15
My Sucky Teen Romance 3/15
Cold Sweat 3/15
Animated Shorts 3/16
Fuck My Life 3/16
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress 3/16
Kill List 3/16
Who Took the Bomp? 3/17
Attenberg 3/17
The Divide 3/17
Convento 3/18
Becoming Santa 3/18
The City Dark 3/18
Our Day Will Come 3/18
The FP 3/18
The Cameraman 3/19
Surrogate Valentine 3/19
Septien 3/19
Reindeer Spotting 3/19
Attack the Block 3/19
Wasteland 3/24
Paul 3/25
Beauty & the Best 3/26
The Producers (68) 3/28
Wendy & Lucy 3/29
Hanna 3/30
Who’s the Caboose? 3/31
Rubber 4/1
Paperhouse 4/1
Another Country 4/2
Double Dare 4/2
Gamer 4/2
Sword & the Sorcerer 4/4
Your Highness 4/4
Krull 4/4
Leon 4/6
Double Dare 4/6
Living in Oblivion 4/7
The Last Circus 4/8
Beautiful Boy 4/9
An Education 4/11
Session 9 4/12
Bridesmaids 4/13
Bronson 4/14
Passing Strange 4/14
This is England 4/16
All Tomorrow’s Parties 4/16
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky 4/18
Night of the Demon 4/20
Flowers of Evil 4/21
Chonmage Purin 4/22
Faster 4/22
Neon Flesh 4/23
Unknown Donor 4/23
The Dark Crystal 4/24
Killing Zoe 4/25
Rio Bravo 4/27
Stagecoach 4/27
Battle Royale 4/27
A Film Unfinished 4/28
A Small Act 4/29
Schizopolis 4/29
Streets of Fire 4/29
My Last Round 4/30
Fight Club 4/30
Eyes Without a Face 4/30
Thor 5/3
Sunday School Musical 5/4
Easy A 5/4
Frankenstein 5/5
Through a Glass Darkly 5/6
The Hospital 5/6
Brick 5/7
Sledgehammer 5/10
The Sound of Noise 5/19
loudQUIETloud: a Film About the Pixies 5/22
Poor Pretty Eddie 5/23
Human Experiments 5/24
Ninja Annihilation War 5/25
13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol Screen Tests 5/29
Confessions 5/30
Hazard 5/30
Memories of Matsuko 5/30
Kamikaze Girls 5/30
Bridesmaids 6/1
X-Men: First Class 6/2
Fish Tank 6/3
Eden Lake 6/3
The Pyramid 6/7
Thrill Killers 6/7
Big Jake 6/8
City Lights 6/9
Night Moves 6/9
Scared Stiff 6/10
Dark City (1950) 6/10
Frontier(s) 6/10
I Walk Alone 6/11
Days of Heaven 6/11
Deadly Prey 6/12
Tree of Life 6/13
Anita – Swedish Nymphet 6/13
Videodrome 6/13
Isolation 6/15
Trash Dance 6/16
Blue Crush 6/17
History of Violence 6/17
Midnight in Paris 6/18
Tell Them Anything You Want 6/18
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 6/18
Bed and Board 6/19
Chungking Express 6/20
The Baby 6/21
Total Badass 6/22
The Loved Ones 6/24
The Woman 6/24
Inside 6/24
Fantastic Mr. Fox 6/25
Red Riding: 1974 6/26
Amer 6/27
Bloody Birthday 6/28
Ruthless People 6/29
Horrible Bosses 6/30
The Housemaid 7/1
Rojo Sangre 7/4
Dark Power 7/6
The Happening 7/7
The Caddy 7/8
Beginners 7/9
Alive! Is Michael Jackson Really Dead? 7/11
Sweet Smell of Success 7/12
The Secret of the Iron Door 7/15
The Hourglass Sanatorium 7/16
Point Break 7/17
Harry Potter 7.2 7/17
WOW 7/20
Tourist Trap 7/22
Hauntedween 7/23
Captain America 7/24
To All a Goodnight 7/27
Source Code 7/28
Attack the Block 7/29
Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers 7/30
Delivery Boys 7/30
Skatopia 7/30
Buck 7/31
Tenebre 8/1
Repulsion 8/1
A Film With Me in It 8/2
Death Spa 8/3
Bloodsucking Freaks 8/4
Mr. Bricks 8/4
White Dog 8/4
Woman Times Seven 8/5
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes 8/5
Limitless 8/5
Santa Sangre 8/5
Friends with Benefits 8/6
The Lady Eve 8/6
The Virgin Suicides 8/6
Children of Men 8/6
Arsenic & Old Lace 8/8
The Visitor 8/9
Playtime 8/11
Sheitan 8/12
The Fox Family 8/13
Brotherhood 8/15
Uncle Boonmee 8/16
Loves of a Blonde 8/16
Tangled 8/17
Vivre se Vie 8/21
The Soft Skin 8/21
Shadow of a Doubt 8/21
Nasty Hero 8/21
A Horrible Way to Die 8/23
3D Sex & Zen 8/25
Contagion (87) 8/26
Street War 8/26
Radioactive Dreams 8/26
Footloose 8/27
Skeletons 8/27
Moon 8/30
Black Peter 8/31
Tucker & Dale vs Evil 9/1
Blow Out 9/2
Phantom of the Paradise 9/2
Pusher 3 9/2
Super 9/5
The Man from Nowhere 9/5
High Lane 9/5
Autoerotic 9/5
Warrior 9/6
Miller’s Crossing 9/8
Merantau 9/9
The Corndog Man 9/9
Roman 9/9
Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl 9/9
Hell’s Bloody Devils 9/10
The Phynx 9/10
The Big Mouth 9/10
Groper Train: Wedding Capriccio 9/10
Primal 9/11
Hatchet 9/11
Contagion (’11) 9/11
Scott Walker: 30th Century Man 9/11
Fright Night 2 9/13
Buried 9/14
Footloose (11) 9/15
Cargo 200 9/16
Money From Home 9/16
13 Assassins 9/16
Drive 9/17
Stingray Sam 9/17
Zombie Girl 9/17
Wilderness 9/17
A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn 9/18
The Living and the Dead 9/19
Nailgun Massacre 9/20
Michael 9/22
Kill Me Please 9/22
Human Centipede 2 9/22
Penumbra 9/22
Milocrorze 9/23
Invation of Alien Bikini 9/23
Extraterrestrial 9/23
Livid 9/23
New Kids Turbo 9/23
Calibre 9 9/24
You Said What? 9/24
Last Screening 9/24
The Yellow Sea 9/25
The Skin I Live In 9/25
Take Shelter 9/25
Underwater Love 9/25
Rabies 9/25
Juan of the Dead 9/26
Bullhead 9/26
Aardvark 9/26
Beyond the Black Rainbow 9/26
Sleepless Night 9/27
Boys on the Run 9/27
Smuggler 9/27
Snowtown 9/27
Manborg 9/27
Retreat 9/28
Sleep Tight 9/28
Summerland 9/28
A Lonely Place to Die 9/28
Paranormal Activity 3 9/28
Blind 9/29
The Stoker 9/29
Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope 9/29
Clown 9/30
Heartbeat 10/1
The Devil’s Gift 10/1
God’s Movie 10/1
LA Woman 10/1
Alien Private Eye 10/1
Young Warrior 10/1
Adventures in Dinosaur City 10/1
Haunters 10/2
Weird Science 10/2
The Innkeepers 10/3
Alligator 10/3
Starship Troopers 10/4
Duel 10/4
Night Watch 10/7
Exterminators 10/8
Instant Swamp 10/8
The House with the Laughing Windows 10/9
Act of Vengeance 10/10
Dark Night of the Scarecrow 10/11
Ragewar 10/11
The Phantom Carriage 10/17
She Freak 10/18
Butter 10/20
Martha Marcy May Marlene 10/20
The Tempest 10/21
Gypsy Girl 10/21
Age of Champions 10/22
Cinema is Everywhere 10/22
Shame 10/22
Young Adult 10/24
Bride of Frankenstein 10/25
Night of the Demons 2 10/25
Love Camp 7 10/26
The Gold Bug 10/28
The Glass House 10/28
Dawn of the Dead 10/29
Milky Way Liberation Front 10/30
My Neighbor Totoro 10/30
Snuff 10/30
Halloween Tree 10/31
Ghost Town 10/31
3 Women 11/1
Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 11/2
Hunger 11/6
11/8
Island of Lost Souls 11/11
Harold & Kumar Christmas 11/12
Muppets Take Manhattan 11/13
Monogamy 11/13
I Drink Your Blood 11/15
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane 11/16
Quartermass & the Pit 11/18
Breaking Dawn, Part 1 11/18
Melancholia 11/19
Ink 11/21
Inframan 11/22
The Muppets 11/23
Iron Man 11/25
Miral 11/26
Predator 2 11/26
Tabloid 11/26
Crazy, Stupid Love 11/26
À Deriva 11/26
Fat Girl 11/27
Phantasm 11/29
Creepozoids 11/30
Devil’s Double 12/2
Super 8 12/3
Edge of the Axe 12/3
The Descendants 12/4
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop 12/5
Bloody Mama 12/5
The Myth of the American Sleepover 12/6
Mystery Team 12/8
Chopper 12/9
Page One: Inside the New York Times 12/10
Pearl Jam Twenty 12/11
Reel Paradise 12/13
The Thin Blue Line 12/14
3 Ring Circus 12/16
The Stabilizer 12/17
Circle of Power (Brainwash) 12/17
Gold Raiders 12/17
Dangerously Close 12/17
Master Blaster 12/17
The Big Crime Wave 12/17
The Urge to Kill 12/17
Arctic Blast 12/17
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 12/20
Midnight in Paris 12/22
Pufnstuf 12/23
Rango 12/23
Rio 12/24
Bedknobs & Broomsticks 12/24
A Christmas Story 12/24
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 12/25
Bridesmaids 12/25
The Adventures of Tintin 12/26
Megamind 12/26
The Swimming Pool 12/26
The Boogeyman 12/27
Winnie the Pooh 12/28
Cinema Paradiso 12/28
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 12/29
Evil Dead II 12/29
Jack’O 12/30
Truth or Dare? 12/30
Seconds Apart 12/30
Bellflower 12/31
F 12/31
Fifty Dead Men Walking 12/31
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka 12/31

30th September
2011
written by leiabox

Another Fantastic Fest has ended…perhaps the morning after the closing night party is not the best time to reflect; as it is all still a blur. This was my fifth FF and I have to say that is is probably the most solidly programmed year yet. Although there aren’t as many “my new favorite” standouts this year (Fish Story, Love Exposure, etc…), I also didn’t run into any films that I completely abhorred.

As always, the best part of the fest is spending 8 days with old and new friends making ourselves crazy with film, food & beverage overloads. The confluence of Drafthouse regulars, out-of-towners who are staples of the fest, and Twitter acquaintances turned IRL friends provides the best energy imaginable. The days quickly flew by. Now, I get to dive into the experience of the past week…in list form (hurrah!).

Films Seen – 34 (in chronological order)

  1. Michael
  2. Kill Me Please
  3. Human Centipede 2
  4. Penumbra
  5. Milocrorze
  6. Invation of Alien Bikini
  7. Extraterrestrial
  8. Livid
  9. New Kids Turbo
  10. Calibre 9
  11. You Said What?
  12. Last Screening
  13. The Yellow Sea
  14. Can’t Post Title Until October
  15. Take Shelter
  16. Underwater Love
  17. Rabies
  18. Juan of the Dead
  19. Bullhead
  20. Aardvark
  21. Beyond the Black Rainbow
  22. Sleepless Night
  23. Boys on the Run
  24. Smuggler
  25. Snowtown
  26. Manborg
  27. Retreat
  28. Sleep Tight
  29. Summerland
  30. A Lonely Place to Die
  31. Paranormal Activity 3
  32. Blind
  33. The Stoker
  34. Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope

My Top 5

  • Bullhead
  • The Yellow Sea
  • Livid
  • Snowtown
  • Michael

The Bottom 3

  • Paranormal Activity 3
  • Calibre 9
  • Retreat

Biggest Misses

  • You’re Next
  • Headhunters
  • Seeing our bumper [Bibliophile] with an audience – Take Shelter went over after starting 45 minutes late. The only bumper I missed was our own. :(

Most Giggles

  • Manborg – After Snowtown, this was the most perfect possible movie to catch. The maniacal giggles from the audience were infectious. Manborg taught me a new, and now favorite, word…

Favorite New Word

  • Shenanigrams – See above.

Favorite Moments

  • Meaty Meetup at SaltLick before the Fest – A whole lotta film nerds in one place.
  • Don’t Save Seats!!! – Was it a volunteer power trip? Did someone actually get into a fight over saved seats? Who knows.
  • Closing Night Party – Drunk guy in the pool who shorted out half the lights, yet never even noticed – we love you.
14th April
2011
written by leiabox

I love New York. I love food. These two things go so well together. We go often enough that the list of “must haves” on every trip grows, while the “must try” grows as quickly. The result? A lot of eating during every trip. What have I missed?

Must Have Every Trip
Rice to Riches – All rice pudding all the time! Many flavors are available with toppings. The bowls & spoons have an original design. If it’s a nice day, take it to the playground across the street to enjoy.

Mei Li Wah Bakery – The BEST pork buns I’ve ever had. Very cheap as well ($.85 ea). Have with a cup of coffee for a mid-day snack.

Dean & DeLuca – I love the baked goods here. A quick sandwich is a great thing sometimes while running around in the city. It may have something to do with my obsession with grocery stores, but this place is a must-visit every time.

Other Places I’ve Loved

Christie’s Jamaican Patties – Wonderful, spicy Jamaican food in Brooklyn. Try it if you’re in the neighborhood.

Clinton St Baking Company – Go here for brunch that will change you. Everything on the menu is fantastic. Super popular place, so you must get in line before they open on the weekends, if you hope to get breakfast.

Grimaldi’s – Pretty damn awesome all-around. Expect to wait in line, but it’s all worth it. I would definitely keep with smaller groups, as the space is pretty tight.

Luke’s Lobster – This was my first lobster roll & I think I may be ruined for any other. Fresh Maine lobster brought in daily and served on perfectly grilled bread. Dear god, this stuff is amazing.

Momofuku Milk Bar – May officially move into the “must have” group. The pork buns are fabulous with their fresh bread & delicious pork belly. The crack pie and cereal milk ice creams are the real draw for this place. Fruit Loop Cereal Milk ice cream? Yesssss!

Pies ‘N’ Thighs – Fried chicken and pies in Williamsburg – the hipsterest of hipsterville. Worth the trip.

Tom’s Diner – In Prospect Heights, Brooklyn during breakfast? EAT HERE! We were fortunate enough to stay near hear on one of our trips & went almost every morning. Lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes, egg creams & grits to DIE FOR!

11th April
2011
written by leiabox

This is part of the “Food in…” series. My main goal when traveling (or even when at home in Austin) is to try as many new (or return to old favorite) foods.

We spent the past weekend on mini-vacation in Dallas. Here is a list of restaurants & the dishes I tried at each.

Creme de la Cookie
Whoopie pie, OMG chocolate chip cookie with nuts, yellow cakeball with chocolate – ALL AMAZING! Will go back here.

Fruitealicious
Bubble tea place that has pop boba (imagine little round plasticy balls filled with juice or yogurt that pop). They were out of real tapioca when we went, which is a bad sign for a boba joint. Overall, very disappointing.
pop boba

The Grape
Sunday brunch. Texas Monthly #1 burger in the state, fried chicken biscuit sandwich. The burger was solid w/ great bun, cooked perfectly medium rare (upon my request), yummy pickles. Don’t know if I would call it the best burger in the state, but it was tasty. Very good ambiance, food & service. Loved the neighborhood. Make reservations.
No 1 Burger

Rise no.1
Souffle heaven. The crab, truffled mushroom & chocolate souffles were all spectacular. The service was god-awful. I would probably still go back.
Crab Souffle

SMOKE
Near the Belmont Hotel, which is one of my favorite hotels of all time. We eat a meal at Smoke every time we’re in Dallas & it’s always impressive. This time our meal of choice was brunch. We had the homemade ricotta blueberry pancakes & the pulled pork benedict. Both were wonderful. We’ll go back the next time we’re in town.
Pulled Pork BenedictHouse made ricotta blueberry pancakes

Victor Tango’s
Dinner. Chicken & mini waffles, crab mac & cheese and hanger steak were fantastic. The salmon was ok. My favorite part of the meal was my passionfruit gimlet; so good.
Hanger Steak

Outside of food, we:

  • Saw two films at the Dallas International Film Fest (The Last Circus & Beautiful Boy). It wasn’t the best run festival I’ve attended, but we were able to get in without having to have passes/badges; a refreshing change from SxSW or Fantastic Fest insanity.
  • Did some shopping at Dolly Python (one of the best thrift stores I’ve been to. Bought a fantastic figure.) & We Are 1976 (quirky, Japanese toys & great art. We bought a print).
    2 dollar bunny
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