On Saturday, I celebrated my birthday. My thirtieth birthday to be precise.
Thirty was always an age I imagined, but never really fathomed turning that age. I know, I know, age is just a number and a state of mind after a certain age, but still, this is a major milestone!
My birthday was pretty low-key, but I received an awesome surprise early Saturday morning. Cent told me that he needed to go into work early Saturday morning for some production thing he needed to be there for. I was kind of annoyed that he had to go to work on a Saturday, let alone my birthday, but it was what it was. So he left the house at about 5:45am and expected him to return around 7:00am while I was still sleeping.
Then I heard the door unlock. I opened my eyes and the alarm clock read 6:20am. I was confused as to why he was back so soon, considering that the drive to the office takes about 15-20 minutes without traffic. So I said, “You’re back already?” And then another voice says, “Yep!”
Half disoriented, half in shock, I realized that it was my sister.
“Wait. What?!” I said, “What are you doing here?”
My sister had taken the red eye from San Francisco to Dallas for my birthday. One of the best birthday surprises ever!
The second surprise happened on Sunday. Cent signed us up for a Chocolate Tour of Dallas. It. was. awesome.
We went to five different chocolate spots in Dallas and got to sample a little something from each place.
We started at Village Baking Company off Lovers Lane, then to Latin Cafe Zaguan, followed by Chocolate Secrets on Oak Lawn Avenue. We also went to Emporium Pies and finished at Bolsa Mercardo, both in the Bishop Arts District.
Village Baking Co has some amazing and legit French pastries! We had a Kouignn Amann and Laminated Brioche. So good.
Zaguan has some tasty Latin pastries and looked like a cool, chill spot to hang out. I hear they have a good brunch.
I love Chocolate Secrets and I don’t think it would be a complete Chocolate Tour without a stop there. If you haven’t been, it’s wonderful! The owner, Pam, is so sweet and makes you feel like part of the family. In addition, they have crazy-gorgeous hand painted chocolates in all kinds of flavors, as well as an assortment of wines, and ice cream. So good.
I was excited that the tour included a stop at Emporium Pies. I had seen so many friends Instagram their pie photos from Emporium Pies and had been meaning to make a trip. Well, it was worth it. We got to sample the Smooth Operator Pie – chocolate pie with a pretzel crust. Yum! We also ordered a Dr. Love – red velvet pie and Lord of the Pies – apple streusel pie. I tried the Red Velvet tonight and it was so good.
We finished off the tour at Bolsa Mercado, a great little gourmet shop in the Bishop Arts District. We got to try a sea salt caramel brownie. (I didn’t try it til Sunday night, but it was delicious!) We also got to try their chips and fresh salsa – it was super good. I thought about buying a tub, but another man on the tour bought the last three!
I had no idea that there were Chocolate Tours of Dallas, but there are – you can check them out at Dallas By Chocolate. The tour guide is a food writer here in Dallas and familiar with all the best joints. In addition, there are also other tours, such as the Bacon Tour, the BBQ tour, and a pizza tour.
My sister, Stephie, also became BFFs with Kevin.
Thank you Cent and Stephie for making my birthday (the big 3-0) extra special!