An Unforgettable Dallas Weekend with Gray Malin

Fine art photographer Gray Malin is on a mission to make every day your deserved getaway. In this Q&A the Dallas native dishes on his favorite Big D watering holes, brunch and music spots and everything else he loves about his hometown.
An Unforgettable Dallas Weekend

Q: It’s Friday late afternoon. A long work week is just about over. What’s the perfect place to go to unwind with a cocktail? 

A: I love the art deco spirit of Le Méridien Dallas, The StoneleighUnwinding at the bar is a great spot to start the weekend after a long week. 

Q. How would you describe an unforgettable Saturday in Dallas? 
A. An ideal Saturday would be a workout at Flywheel and then brunch with friends at Komali. In the afternoon I would get my adventure on with a visit to the rainforest at the Dallas World Aquarium and the new Perot Science Museum. At night a frozen margarita and crispy tex-mex at MiCocina in Highland Park Village before a concert at the American Airlines Center. 
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Q. What’s your favorite secret weekend spot in Dallas that most people don’t know about?
A. Not sure it's so much of a secret anymore, but I love spending a Saturday in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District. There are so many great eateries and galleries to browse. I especially love Hattie's for brunch. It's southern/soul food in an upscale bistro setting. They make an amazing Bloody Mary. 
Q. What’s the last “only in Dallas” weekend experience you had?
A. You cannot beat a relaxed afternoon window shopping in Highland Park Village, the oldest outdoor shopping center in America. You could describe it as Dallas's "Rodeo Drive" but it's more than a shopping experience. It's the center of the Dallas social scene, and it carries a traditional charm you can't find anywhere else in the country. 

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out on a Friday night in Dallas?
A: My perfect Friday night is eating great tex-mex at MiCocina in Highland Park Village. While you're waiting for a table, head upstairs to the Monkey Bar for a "Mambo Taxi" margarita. 
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Q. What’s the best Sunday brunch spot in the city?
A. Savor Restaurant at Klyde Warren Park. You can sit outside with your dog and enjoy the beauty of the arts district alongside a Bloody Mary. 
Q. Any Sunday rituals to get ready for the week ahead?
A. I love to go to the Nasher Sculpture Center and have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee on the patio of the cafe. 
Q. What one word or phrase epitomizes the weekend in Dallas for you?
A. Always memorable. 
Q. What one object epitomizes the weekend for you?
A. Shopping bags. 
Q. What’s your favorite weekend music spot and why do you love it?
A. Klyde Warren Park has great outdoor music that's free to the public. Couldn't be a better spot.  

Q. What’s your favorite weekend nature spot?
A. The Katy Trail is an amazing running and biking path that winds through uptown and offers a fresh perspective on this blossoming city. 
Q. What’s the first song on your weekend playlist?
A. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. 

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