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4 Ways to Stay On Track With Your Fitness Goals This Summer (While Still Enjoying Yourself)

By | Dallas, Dallas Healthy Food, entertainment, fitness, Food, health and wellness, Healthy, Healthy Eating, summer, tips

In the spirit of connecting you with a space to be yourself, we wanted to push past your apartment walls and connect you with some awesome members of the community. We’ve recently partnered with Territory Foods, a local meal prep service working hard to make eating healthy easy for everyone. Not only are they crafting some expert, health conscious content for our blog-viewing friends like you, but they’re also working with us to give away three, $50 Territory Foods gift cards! The giveaway, hosted on Instagram, begins May 10th and ends May 13th. So be sure to pop over to Instagram to enter, and checkout @territoryfoods while you’re at it. Without further ado, here’s some expert advice on sticking to your health goals this Summer! Summertime means longer days, more pool time, frequent parties, and lots of grilling. All of these are fun, but can also have a negative effect on your fitness goals if you aren’t careful and intentional with your choices. Most people think they have to choose between having a good time and achieving their summer bods, when in reality, you can absolutely have the best of both worlds with a little extra thought and preparation. Today I’m giving you 4 key ways to stick with your goals while still enjoying all the fun that the summer months have to offer. photo by Nadine Primeau via Unsplash 1: Offer to bring a dish when you get invited to a party As someone who is health-conscious and who…

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3 Ways To Improve Your Health Without Leaving Your Apartment

By | amenities, Apartments, Dallas, fitness, Food, health and wellness, tips

Let us ask you this, are you somebody who: Is passionate about health + fitness? Is constantly on-the-go? Values efficiency in your life? Wants to look + feel good without spending hours on workouts & meal prep? We get it. Everyone strives to look and feel great, but driving to the gym, going to the store, meal prepping and hitting 10,000 steps takes up a ton of time that we don’t have, or would rather be spending on things like relaxing, being with friends/family and binge watching the latest Netflix Original. Never fear, because we’re sharing three easy strategies to improve your health and fitness that doesn’t require you to go anywhere outside of your apartment complex. Image by Bruce Mars via Unsplash 1: Home/Gym Workouts Apartment gyms and home workouts are severely underutilized and underrated. You can get your blood pumping without leaving the property! Sure, there are pros to attending a fun studio class or working out with a group, but if you really want to maximize your time, or just don’t feel like venturing out, you can still get a fire workout at home. Here’s a sample workout you can do at your apartment gym or in your living room that’s quick, easy and effective: 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 (rep counts go down every round) Burpees Air squats (or you can add some weight by using dumbbells) Jumping lunges Pushups (here are some modified versions) This workout is easy to warm up for, requires little to no exercise equipment, and…

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Go-To Dallas Hot Spots According To Dallasites101

By | Apartments, Bishop Arts, Dallas, Downtown, Drinks, entertainment, Food, Knox Henderson, Lower Greenville, Uptown

Hey guys! It’s Lily and Kara from Dallasites101! We are super excited to announce that we will be working with Smart City Apartment Locating to put out a new blog every month in an effort to get you even more connected with the Big D! To kick it off, we want to take you around to our go-to spots. These are the places that have been longtime favorites, even before Dallasites101 existed, and the spots that we always take an out-of-town guest who’s never been to Dallas. So what are they? Let’s find out! EL COME TACO This hole-in-the-wall taco spot was one of the first places we ever tried tacos in Dallas, and it has stuck with us for five years now. It’s centrally located on Fitzhugh and pumps out some of the best authentic street tacos in Dallas! Make sure to order the Pollo a la Mexicana. THE RUSTIC We love taking out-of-towners to the Rustic – it’s the best taste of what people not from Texas, think of Texas, that you can find right in the heart of Dallas. You get your live music, your Texas decor and your massive patio bar fix, all in one spot! KATY TRAIL ICE HOUSE Katy Trail Ice House was probably the first place we ever heard about when moving to Dallas. We were told we “had to go” and we of course, came to find out it is the quintessential patio bar and gathering place for happy hours, big sporting…

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Dads Do Dallas–How To Celebrate Pops This Father’s Day Weekend.

By | Dallas, Drinks, Father's Day, Food

Hawaiian shirts, lawn mowers, short shorts, barbecues, notorious jokes and everything else father related! It’s finally time to celebrate dear ol’ dad! Not that you need much reminding between the billion, trillion Amazon advertisements and promo emails, but Father’s Day is right around the corner. In case you’ve been procrastinating how to pay pops back for all his hard work raisin’ a hellion like you, we crafted a short list of some the best way to celebrate dad this Father’s Day. 1) DadFest 2018 Photo Cred What better way to celebrate the big guy than with a cold beer in your hand? Eight beers, maybe?! Every ticket holder who attends Shannon Brewing Company’s third annual DadFest gets 8 six-ounce pours of beer including some rare, special kinds! Not only that, but Hicks BBQ, Just Encased and DK’s Twisted Smokers BBQ and Grille will be catering the event to ensure no one goes hungry… “I’m hungry.” “Hi hungry, I’m dad!” Embrace the belly and put on that ugly tie (there will be an Ugly Tie and Dad Bod contest), grab pops and join in on the celebration at DadFest this year! 2) Father’s Day Beef Jerky & Craft Beer Pairing Photo Cred What do you call a cow with a twitch? …Beef Jerky!! Craft and Growler will be holding a beef jerky and craft beer pairing celebration in honor of dads everywhere (errr, uh Dallas). Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t basic jerky–oh no! This is BROCKHOUSE JERKY! Meaning it is slow-smoked…

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Four Ways To Make Thanksgiving Easy

4 Ways To Make Thanksgiving Easy On You This Year!

By | Dallas, Food

Photo Cred Turkey, stuffing, gravy! Yum! If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your pad this year, then take notes! We all know how much a hassle of prepping for Thanksgiving can be. Between cooking the bird perfectly, having a variety of side dishes, keeping everything warm, and of course entertaining your guests, Thanksgiving can be super overwhelming! There are four easy ways to help you conquer Thanksgiving this year! 1. Prep ahead. Prep as much food as you can early! Early preparation will make your life so much easier. Trust us! By cutting up veggies and fruits for the snack trays, baking the pies and any other desserts days ahead takes the stress out of Thanksgiving. Now trying not to eat all the delicious, mouthwatering foods before Thanksgiving is a whole other obstacle! 2. Cook turkey in a slow cooker. A slow cooker will be your life-safer! Besides keeping casseroles warm, cooking the turkey overnight in a slow cooker will ensure a moist bird by dinner. No slow cooker? No problem! A normal conventional oven works just as great! Make sure the oven is on low when baking the turkey overnight. We don’t need any unwanted visits from the fire department! Now if there is unfortunate event you overcook the turkey, DON’T freak out, use chicken broth! Just heat up the chicken broth and pour over the turkey to bring the moisture back in. Also works on craved turkey…especially handy with leftover turkey sandwiches! 3. Pre-made items. This day in age there are…

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Sweet Treats To Beat The Heat

Sweet Treats To Beat The Heat

By | Dallas, Food

The official first day of summer is approaching, and Texas summers are hot–we’re talking forget the egg, and cook your entire breakfast on the sidewalk, hot! Combating the scorching temperatures often includes pools, lake trips, afternoons at the dark, air-conditioned movie theater, and (what could easily be considered one of the best ways to stay cool,) frozen treats! DFW is doing dessert right, so don’t let “swimsuit season” keep you from getting your grub on. After all, swimsuit ready just means proximity to water and something cold in one hand, amirite? For your convenience, we’ve hand selected six of our favorite, local treats to beat the Texas heat. Try ‘em all and let us know which ones are your favorites! Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles image source Popsicles are practically the official snack of summer, paralleled only by watermelon (maybe). Lucky for the fine folk of Dallas, Pop Star is crafting all-natural, organic popsicles in 27 flavors, including watermelon lime, strawberry lemonade, mango chili, mojito, and cold brew coffee–to name just a few. Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles can be found at a handful of grocery stores, farmer’s markets, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout DFW. Check out their website for a map of retail locations. Sweet Firefly image source Located in the Canyon Creek neighborhood of Richardson, Sweet Firefly is well worth the drive (only 15 minutes from the Galleria). The local, hand made ice cream and candy shop is delivering joy and bringing the community together all year round, offering coffee…

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The Best Places In Dallas To Get Your Healthy Nom On

By | Dallas, Dallas Healthy Food, Food, Healthy, Healthy Eating

With the holidays in full swing, a lot of us are already thinking about how we’re going to get back on track after the new year. Luckily, if you live in Dallas, there are plenty of options to get your healthy nom on right now. Whether you’re Vegan, love a good cold-pressed juice, or want to down some meat, we found all the good spots! Snap Kitchen Snap is a favorite here at Smart City. If you open our fridge, you are sure to see several Snap containers. On their menu you’ll find a variety of health-conscious items ranging from Salads to Bison Quinoa Hash. All of their items are grab and go so you won’t have to wait! Whether your craving a warm dish, a fresh salad, or a green juice you’re sure to find something nutritious that you’ll enjoy! You can find a Snap Kitchen in several Neighborhoods including Uptown and Addison! Photo Credit: Snap Kitchen Facebook Simply Fit Meals For our last grab-n-go option we had to mention Simply Fit Meals. Just like the last one, the name says it all. They have a great selection of meals to choose from and a variety of meats! For those of you looking for a vegan or vegetarian option, they have a few options like cauliflower curry and black bean burgers! And of course, they have a variety of salads and juices to choose from. They also have juice programs for those of you looking for something like that! Photo Credit: Simply Fit Meals…

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8 Awesome Food Trucks In Dallas

By | Dallas, Food

Food trucks have been spreading across the country like wildfire. They once were far and few between, but now you can find them in almost every major city. Dallas is no exception — it’s become a culture here! Food trucks are great because they can go to multiple locations; whether you’re heading to a local park or to a brewery, your’re most likely going to find at least one food truck nearby. Parks and “yards” that have food trucks regularly have become a popular lunch destination. It’s not just a lunch favorite, though. Locals are flocking to food trucks for dinner and even an all-day date! Klyde Warren Park and The Truck Yard are popular food truck destinations here in Dallas. They often have live music events making it easy to spend the whole day eating and hanging out with friends! Finding a food truck isn’t the struggle, it’s figuring out which ones are the best! Since there are so many to choose from, we decided to share our favorites! So here it is friends, 8 awesome food trucks in Dallas. Easy Slider The Easy Slider truck is delicious and serves exactly what the name implies: Sliders! The best part is they use locally and regionally sourced produce and meats. They have been featured for several years by sources such as D Magazine, Zagat Top 10, and the Dallas Observer! [ photo credit Easy Slider Facebook ] Chez Flo Crepes are life and this food truck hit the taste bud lotto with theirs! The best part…

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Why We Love The Knox/Henderson Neighborhood

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Dallas, Food

Let’s start with this, we love Knox/Henderson. Basically everything about it makes us happy. In case you didn’t know already, Knox/Henderson is a neighborhood right outside of downtown Dallas. An awesome one at that. There are so many things we could tell you about this area but let’s just stick to the highlights and the food! Walking Distance Knox/Henderson apartments have an average walk score in the 80’s. From restaurants to shopping, you’ll be close to it all. There is a great neighborhood feel to all of the establishments here. It’s affordable and it’s downright good. From grabbing a cup of coffee to grabbing a beer after work, you’re sure to see a friendly face. There is also a Sprout’s here for those of you that are into that healthy grocery life! Food and Bars Since we’re already on the topic of how close you are to some killer restaurants and bars, we figured we would give you some examples of our favorites. The Porch. Even if you don’t live over here, you need to go check out this place. It’s a gastropub with upscale food and a legit selection of wine, cocktails, and brews. (Photo Credits: The Porch Facebook) Henderson Tap House. When we said grab a beer after work, we meant here. This place has beer on tap, in cans, and bottles, as well as, some delicious bar eats. (Photo Credit: Henderson Tap House Facebook) Victor Tangos. This tapas style restaurant is a high-energy, upscale place that serves great cocktails…

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Our Favorite Dallas Queso!

By | Dallas, Food

Queso is basically its own food group. We don’t think it really falls within the appetizer group because we are probably ordering an appetizer after we finish our queso. There have been numerous occasions where we’ve gone too hard on the queso (because it’s delicious) and then have not been able to eat our actual meal! But what makes a great queso? Is it the cheese? Is it the added ingredients? Or is the salty chips mixed with the creamy cheese that really sets it off? We delve deep into the best queso in Dallas. You’re welcome. 1. Braindead Brewery It may be known for it’s craft beers but they also spoon out a delicious queso that’s sure to please anyone! BrainDead’s queso is made with asadero cheese melted in with a hash of ground beef, roasted tomato salsa and topped with salty crumbles of queso fresco, guacamole, and fresh cilantro. Be sure to wash it down with a yummy beer brewed on site. 2. Cafe Veracruz It does a spin on the classic queso fundido. Chef Maria Rodriguez places chicken marinated in white wine & garlic, crumbled chorizo, and mushrooms directly onto smoking-hot cast iron, and follows with handfuls of shredded Monterey Jack. The cast iron comes out house and the cheese is always sizzling. 3. Avila’s The layer dip at Avila’s pulls at our Tex-Mex loving strings. It’s made with creamy melted cheese, ground beef, spoonfuls of sour cream and a massive guacamole dollop. Don’t forget to keep your…

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