Sunday, April 3, 2011

Deep Ellum Dog, er ...Arts Festival 2011

This past weekend was the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas.  For those of you unfamiliar with Dallas, Deep Ellum is an edgy pocket of an otherwise fairly blended city.  Dallas is full of big box store shopping, chain restaurants, and manicured lawns.  The nails are done, the hair is bleached and the man's uniform is khaki's and a collared polo shirt.  Deep Ellum is none of those things.  This is where the artists drink, show off their ink and thrive.  It reminds me of Portland, Maine which we miss dearly as many of you already know.    

An angle of downtown Dallas
We have a family tradition of weekend brunch - either at home or at some yummy spot.  We recently discovered the All Good Cafe in Deep Ellum.  They were featured on the Travel Channel for some of the best bacon in the country.  We certainly had to challenge this bold statement.  They weren't kidding!  This is some dynamite bacon - peppered and cooked just right.  What you don't see in the pic is my brunch beverage, a frosty Guinness!  Here's a pic of their Chicken Fried Steak and eggs, with a side of bacon of course.  

For those of you unfamiliar with this southern delicacy, Chicken Fried Steak is a thin steak deep fried, then smeared with thick, creamy gravy.  
Heart attack?  Yes.  Delicious?  Yes again!

As we sat eating and watching people pass by, browsing the artists' booths, we noticed something interesting. There were dogs everywhere!!!  I was in heaven!!!  So naturally, I pulled out my camera and started shooting.  And as we walked about, we were again reminded of how wonderful dog people are - a kindred connection that crosses all geographical differences!

But first, some art for your enjoyment:

A view of the Festival 

Dragon Cow! 

Metal Work
The Violin Guy - we bought his CD!

And now for the Dogs!

Of course we found some wonderful husky parents with this kiddo - he was such a dear!
His mom's an Interior Designer!!

And finally, Creasy, looking for a bit of shade.

We had a wonderful time.  I hope your weekend was dog-filled!


  1. Wow, it was a Dog Festival!!!! Great photos of some beauties!

  2. That looks like such a fun event! I love outdoor festivals like that.

    Also, I'm way overdue for some chicken fried steak. It's been too long!

  3. what a fun time. Holy crap I thought I was there for a minute
    Benny & Lily

  4. That looks like SO MUCH fun. We just love street fairs - all the things to see and the people to smells - and oh! all the dogs! You sure got some great photos!

  5. Looks like our kind of event with our kind of peeps! And we are SO down with outdoor cafes, pup-friendly of course, that have GREAT bacon! Chicken fried steak AND swamp coolers?...come up for a visit anytime, have we got places to share!

  6. What a fun time...good food and beautiful pups!

    Teddy Bear

  7. Great festival! And doggy furiendly too! Throw that chicken fried steak with killer bacon in and...I don't know that I would have ever left! ;P


    PeeS: Mom says work might have us moving to Dallas in a few months. She's not real happy about this. Doesn't like big cities. Heck we live in the burbs now and that's too close to the city for her BOL! Could we tap you for info if we do end up moving there?

  8. Looks like you had an awesome time! I would love to meet so many doggies!

    Woofs & hugs,


  9. What a fun day! Chicken fried steak - yummers - we are all drooling here. Love that white husky - such a gentle face.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  10. What a fun event. I haven't been to Big D in years. There's nothing like a good chicken fried steak.

  11. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am so excited to see your blog and learn all about you! We are neighbors too!!

    Hope to talk to you soon!

    Licks and Tail Wags ... Olive

  12. What a nice Arts Festival! That it was dog-friendly makes it even more fantastic.

  13. Thanks! We should know for sure about Dallas in a couple weeks. If it's a go, will begin to pester you about info then ;) Here's my email regardless 1roodog(at)gmail(dot)com :)


  14. Hi I am shocked!! I don't see my comment I left yesterday!! Where is it?? Did you get one from me yesterday??? Wonder what happened!!
    We had a Spring Time Tallahassee last week-end too!! It is always a big party time here in town.
    We don't go any more. Getting too old to fight the crowds.
    Thanks for your visit!
    xx, Bambi & Fern

  15. Looks like a fun time! A dragon cow...??? Hmmm...interesting! Enjoyed the pics of the dog "parade!" Thanks for sharing the great day with us!

  16. I'm glad you visited my blog, because I love YOUR blog! It seems like we are very like-minded (hey, you even chose the same template! :) I love your post about the festival and all the dogs. That chicken-fried steak looks ridiculously decadent and delicious. Have you ever been to Asheville NC? You'd love it - the whole city is like Deep Ellum, lol! With the exception that some of the festivals don't allow dogs. Boo!

  17. Hi Y'all,

    Thanks for stoppin'.

    What a neat festival! Looks like it would be WAY too hot for me! All the fun stuff seems to take place when it is HOT!

    My Humans leave me home when it's hot. I don't even ask to go along...unless they packed my suitcase in the car!

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog


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