In honor of Adrian Torres' new piece in Deep Ellum, a friend and I decided to have a Thai inspired day here in Dallas!
First stop--the Buddhist Center of Dallas--a Thai temple located right off of Forest Lane. It's a bit hidden within the city but is otherwise absolutely stunning. The temple has a serene ambience about it; there are vibrant flowers planted around the temple, a big pond full of koi fish, and a couple trickling water fountains added to the mix.
We got there around 11:30am, about the time when the area behind the temple turns into a market full of street style Thai food. Honestly, the food is the main reason we visited, and we were not at all disappointed. As pictured below, we got a variety of dishes to try. The mango sticky rice is a must try, as well as the red tea, which will definitely help to you cool down in this horrendously hot weather we've been having here! As for the other food, it is all authentic, delicious, and spicy. I definitely would recommend coming here over any other Thai restaurant. I can't wait to try everything else they have to offer!
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at the mix of people that were at the temple. It's nice to see others enjoying foreign cultures as much as I do. I will definitely be coming back in the near future.
Next stop, Deep Ellum! I recently found out about this amazing painting, and anyone who knows me, knows that my favorite animal is the elephant. It just so happens that the elephant is the national animal of Thailand, so it was the perfect addition to our Thai day!
This picture does not do this painting justice. You seriously have to see if for yourself. The wall is located off Main and Exposition. Also, if you check out the artist's instagram (@adriantorres_art), you can see the process from start to finish. It is mind blowing to see how this came to be!