Mid Semester Blues Pick-Me-Up!

Eyes crossed from the mid semester blues? Perhaps a good breakfast will do the trick to get your butt back in gear to finish out the semester strong. I recently had the grand pleasure of checking out a local hole-in-the-wall donut shop that is disguised as a pizza joint Monday-Friday. This delicious hidden treasure is within 5 miles of the UTD campus and is located on Preston, right before Frankford. Hypnotic Donuts is inside The Pizza Guy and man am I ever glad that I found this gem.

My roommate told me we needed to get there early but I had no idea that by early she meant at 6:30AM on a Saturday morning. Perhaps her intentions were correct because the weekend prior, they had SOLD OUT of donuts at 7:45am – just 45 minutes after they open! We arrived at The Pizza Guy, waited in our car patiently for the clock to strike 7:00AM. We were in line with 5 other people at 7:00AM when they opened up the gates to foodie heaven. The process was simple: look at their list of gourmet donuts, pick your poison, tell the sweet lady what you’d like, she writes it on a box, and then they dress the donuts while you patiently await your breakfast. Continue reading

Conquering the land of Fried Food!

On Saturday October 8, I went to the State Fair with an association I’m currently in called FSA. As a group, we all met at UTD and carpooled to the Dart Rail station. There are two special trains that run for specifically to the State Fair so no stops are needed. Around 5, we arrived and turned in our empty Dr. Pepper cans so we only had to pay $5 for admission. There was a TX vs OU game going on this weekend, so I expected the fair to be super crowded, however, by late afternoon, many people had left the fair. Even better, we met up with the FSA from UT. It was smart to go late since it was cool and windy for a change; however it ended up raining when I left.

Walking through one side of the fair

Awaiting me all around the fair was fried food! Since I was with a group, we all shared what we got so everyone got to try out a lot of different fried food. I bought fried vanilla cake balls and fried Snickers. Other things my group had were fried watermelon, funnel cake, Belgium waffles, sausage on a stick, and more.  Overall, I would say everything was delicious – however, quite expensive. Sharing is always a good option when it comes to trying out a lot of food.

Fried and other Delicious Food!

There were also many fun rides to go on; if you’ve never been on the ferris wheel, it’s a memorable experience and a pretty view from above. Other than rides, there were a lot of carnival games across from the food stands. There are huge stuffed animal prizes that everyone wants to have! Although it was a lot of money gone to waste, getting a huge prize would make up for it. My friends won a huge wolf-like puppy and the red angry bird along with the minion from Despicable Me. We also went to the car show when it was sprinkling outside. There were new, shiny cars, but I do not remember the names of them.

Large prizes and the car show

Overall, I would say the State Fair of Texas was a success. It was an enjoyable event even though I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. It’s good to go with a group or a couple of people, so you can all enjoy the experience together and share food rather than spend a bunch of extra money. Even so, many people who haven’t gone still have a bit over two weeks to still go. I will actually be going again either this weekend or the next for sure.

IKEA, Your Way

For most college students looking for stylish furniture on a tight budget, there is only one place to turn to: IKEA. Specializing in modern Scandinavian design built for functionality, IKEA sells a huge range of products for every room. You can get any piece of furniture or any accessory you want, and you can choose how much you want to spend on it. For a quick fix, you can choose one of their low-priced lines, or you can spend a little more and get better quality.

But what happens when every college student in your dorm ends up with the same bookshelf? Or three of your friends have the same couch? That’s where IKEAhackers.net comes in. IKEA Hackers is a great resource if you want to personalize your cheap IKEA items so that you get to save some space in your budget, but also stand out from the crowd a bit.

The site features real people and their real projects that turn basic IKEA pieces into clever new pieces, or in some cases just improved or customized versions of the original pieces. Each post lists the materials used in the “hack,” as well as a description of the process. The posts range from children’s play kitchens to footstools, from lighting to couches. You can use the search bar to find hacks featuring specific products, and there is a category list on the left if you just want to get a general idea of the content available. Additionally, the site’s Quick Start Guide has a useful list of projects broken down by difficulty level, as well as a list of most popular hacks.

The best part about the site is that many of the hacks use items you probably already have on hand, and the majority of the IKEA pieces used are from the lower-priced lines – perfect for a college undergrad’s light wallet. Even if you never shop at IKEA and aren’t interested in starting, it’s inspiring to see how easy it is to start with something very basic and end with something unique and personal.

Cottonwood Arts Festival

If you are looking for something new and exciting to do this weekend, come out on October 1st and 2nd to Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas for the bi-annual event, the Cottonwood Art Festival! This event has FREE admission, so invite all of your friends and family.

The art being displayed was created by over 240 artists, falling under the categories of 2D Mixed Media, Metal, Acrylic and Oil Paintings, Ceramics, 3D Mixed Media, Watercolor Paintings, Digital Photography, and more!

Not only do adults get to view different art, but the festival is designed for the kids too! There is an ArtStop Children’s Area where children can participate in hands-on activities such as painting with life size paint brushes and making pottery! There will be many contests going around such as the Chair Art Contest. When you need a break from walking around, there will be local and regional musicians in “the Courtyard” performing; this will be perfect opportunity to just relax and eat while listening to blues, jazz, country, and rock and roll. Speaking of food, there are many delicious vendors open to serve you! In the Courtyard, there will be beer, wine, and frozen margaritas offered. Island Noodles will be having Hawaiian style wok-fried soba noodles and Kona Ice has shaved ice and ice cream novelties. Mario’s Cuisine has gyros and Sonny Bryans will be having their famous BBQ. There will be more than just the vendors listed, so come out to enjoy a meal while viewing creative and unique art!


					

A Scavenger Hunt of Deep Ellum Art Galleries

The wait for the red line DART train was almost more anticipation than a girl could take while on the road to attend an Art Walk in perhaps my favorite cubby hole of the city. On Saturday, September 24 I had the great pleasure of exploring the possibilities that were the Deep Ellum Art Walk.

Deep Ellum Texas welcome sign

A Welcome to Deep Ellum Texas

Being a thrifty college student, I decided not to drive but to let the city’s public transportation take me to my final destination; it didn’t hurt that UTD was so kind to give it’s attending students a free DART pass for all forms of DART transportation. My roommate and I hopped on the red line train, which only took about 20 minutes to get from Arapaho Station to Pearl Station, before we were launched off of the red line train and ran across the pathway to the green line train. We almost missed the green train towards Buckner which would drop us off right at the Deep Ellum stop so that we only had to walk a block to Elm St.

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