What Our Residents Are Up To

With UTSW’s 4+1 Firm System, housestaff have many opportunities to relax and participate in activities outside of work. If you have a day or weekend to spend in Dallas, this is what some of our residents would do.

Neil Keshvani (PGY-02)

My perfect day would start off with some breakfast tacos at one of the hole-in-the-wall taquerias around town (check out La Ventana’s outdoor patio), followed by a trip to one of Dallas’s many golf ranges with some fellow residents. If it’s a Sunday, I’d head to the Katy Trail Icehouse in Uptown to watch some NFL football and enjoy the year-round fantastic Texas weather. In the evening I’d grill out poolside with friends and then spend the evening in Deep Ellum, which has amazing rooftop lounges and plenty of live music.

Emily Bowen (PGY-03)

My weekends off are fairly quiet and mostly filled with catching up with my husband, family, and friends. Some of my favorite things to do are:

  • Stroll the streets of Highland Park (just a few blocks from my house!) and admire the beautiful homes and yards
  • Visit the Dallas Arboretum for the different seasonal exhibits (pumpkins in the fall, 12 days of Christmas, and the daffodils and tulips in the spring)
  • Buy fresh fruits and veggies at the Farmers Market
  • Cooking classes at Central Market
  • Shop for antiques and home furnishings at estate sales and in the design district (check out Lots of Furniture for cheap and interesting finds!)
  • Shop the sale racks at NorthPark mall and the Shops at Park Lane
  • Eat Tex Mex (Casa Navarro in Northwest Dallas is local, family friendly, cheap, and delicious!)
  • Rangers game when baseball is in season
  • Sunday services at our church, All Saints Dallas

John Marshall (PGY-02)

I tend to center my days off and weekends around my wife, food, music, and exercising. Dallas has a multitude of great American food joints, and I’ve made a point of trying a new place every time. So far, my favorites are Twisted Root in Deep Ellum, Hopdoddy on McKinney, or Rodeo Goat in the Design District. I’m still searching for satisfactory sushi places, but TEN Ramen on Fort Worth Ave is my favorite for ramen noodles; I don’t even go anywhere else anymore. For music, I make sure to browse the Dallas Symphony, they have great performances that aren’t limited to just classical music. If it isn’t too hot outside, I’ll go running or biking. Katy trail is nice for a walk, but it gets super crowded, so I reserve it for leisurely movement. Otherwise, I’ll go biking either around White Rock Lake, Chaparral Rail Trail, along the Trinity River with my wife or some more technical trail/mountain biking (when my wife is busy with something else) in a bunch of different places around Dallas; you wouldn’t think it but there’s decent trail riding in the middle of Dallas. Check out dorba.org if you’re interested.

Alex Monroe (PGY-03)

The perfect day starts with some of my co-residents and me going to brunch somewhere in Uptown (we haven't had to go to the same place twice yet since there are so many). After a long meal and some time to digest, we'd hit up Klyde Warren park to play spades and to people watch. When it cools down a bit, we would go to Sandbar in Deep Ellum to play volleyball for a few hours and get some drinks. Once we've gotten sunburned enough we would go to cool off at the pool at one of our apartment complexes. This tends to take up most of the afternoon, so when the sun goes down we would move on to Truck Yard to get some drinks and food from their great food trucks. To round out the night, we go back to Deep Ellum to one of several bars with live music and great rooftop views. And, if we're lucky and it's a golden, we can repeat the next day!

Giuliana Cerro (PGY-02)

On my perfect day off I’ll wake up fairly early, do some cleaning and then walk to Katy Trail where I would meet my friends for a walk/run and brunch afterwards at one of the many restaurants by the trail (Toulouse and La Duni are my favorites), or we’ll drive to Smoke for THE BEST PANCAKES IN THE WORLD, seriously, they are. On my perfect day off I will also go to Bishop Arts District for a slice of warm apple pie a la mode at Emporium pies and then to the antique shop right next to it where they have beautiful and unique jewelry. After a mandatory nap I’ll catch up with emails and then get ready for dinner! Depending on our mood I’ll meet my friends for dinner at Lower Greenville (Wabi House for ramen, Blind Butcher for poutine, HG supply for the best rooftop) or host something potluck style at my place (dessert and wine included).