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What Our Fellows Are Up To

Perspectives on Life in DFW

During their free time, fellows participate in many activities outside of work.  If you have a day to spend in Dallas, this is what our fellows would do.

First Year Fellows

Hunter Dunn (First Year Fellow)
Dallas is more than the Cowboys and Tex-Mex. I've been impressed by the diverse culinary scene, the stellar craft beers, and the numerous outdoor spaces. A perfect day would be running or biking around White Rock Lake, hitting up the local dog park/bar at Mutt's Cantina, grabbing a pizza at Cane Rosso or BBQ at Lockhart's, and taking a stroll down Lower Greenville Ave. 

James Haddad (First Year Fellow)
My wife and I love Dallas.  Some of our favorite things to do are try new restaurants (one of our favorites is Uchi), see a movie at the Angelika Film Center & Café, or spend time outdoors on the Katy Trail or at White Rock Lake. 

Sally Knooihuizen (First Year Fellow)
A perfect weekend day in Dallas would include a run or bike ride up and down the Katy trail or around White Rock Lake, a casual lunch at Velvet taco, and some relaxing by the pool. If I still have energy in the evening, a trip over to Greenville Ave for dinner and a drink on the roof top at HG Sply Co would make it an even better day.

Second Year Fellows

Kristina Tzartzeva (Second Year Fellow)
A nice way to spend the day in Dallas would include starting the morning off with a walk or run on the Katy trail, followed by brunch at one of the restaurants nearby. The afternoon can be spent kayaking at White Rock Lake or taking a trolley ride to Klyde Warren Park to try the food trucks and visit the Dallas Museum of Art.

Shreya Amin (Second Year Fellow)
Dallas is filled with great food, a thriving arts and culture scene, and warm weather (most of the year). My perfect day includes brunch, followed by a stroll through the Dallas Farmers Market, playing with my dog in one of the many dog parks around town, checking out some cool speakeasies for cocktails, and ending the night with an incredible meal at my favorite restaurant in the city, Uchi!

Maryann Osayande (Second Year Fellow)
I like going to different bars/restaurants: SideCar , Ebb and Flow are fun.

Henry Dust (Second Year Fellow)
On days off in Dallas I like to start with a morning run down the Katy Trail; in summer it's especially good to get that in early. After that it's great to stroll around White Rock Lake or the Dallas Arboretum, perhaps after checking out a new brunch spot. Room must of course be left for dinner, preferably some of the area's famous barbeque (Pecan Lodge is a great place to start).

Third Year Fellows

Sagal Ali (Third Year Fellow)
"A perfect day in Dallas would be brunch and exploring all of the museums in the Dallas Fort Worth area."

Yasser Al-Samman (Third Year Fellow)
" It would start with a run along the Katy Trail, then brunch at Snooze or Bread Winners. After that, I would head over to the Arts District, maybe stopping by the Dallas Museum of Art (it’s free!). Klyde Warren Park is a short walk from there and has some great food trucks. For dinner, I would probably go to either Meso Maya or Canne Rosso. At night, Deep Ellum is a great spot to hang out and catch some live music."

Andrew Gilman (Third Year Fellow)
" Dallas is a very easy city to live in with a high quality of life.  Originally being from and having just moved from the west coast where it takes hours to get to anywhere and is much more expensive, I find I have even more access to great food, live events, and sports.  I can do this with more frequency than before.  While I'm watching many of my former co-residents enter practice and start their first "real jobs", living in Dallas makes me feel like my life outside of work doesn't have to be on pause."

Jason Glass (Third Year Fellow)
" My perfect day in Dallas would be getting up and going to Brunch at The Porch, relaxing by my hotel inspired pool, going for a run on Katy Trail, then heading downtown to Perry's for a steak and some live jazz music. "

Phillip Gu (Third Year Fellow)
"A perfect day in Dallas would starting the day would grabbing coffee or tea with my fiancé at our local coffee shop then heading over to the gym at the med school and hooping with my friends. I would end the day with dinner with my fiancé with dinner on the rooftop at HG Sply Co overlooking the Dallas skyline with an ice cold pint of Revolver Blood and Honey beer, which is only found in Texas! Throwing in a nap somewhere in between would be the cherry on top." 

Jane Lim (Third Year Fellow)
"A long walk around White Rock Lake, homemade Korean food, hot yoga and quality time with my fiancé!"

Michael Rowley (Third Year Fellow)
"I still have a lot of exploring to do but have eaten some great BBQ, run on the Katy Trail and looking forward to going to the numerous sporting events in Dallas.  Also, enjoy spending time outside (can be hot in the summer but almost always sunny)."

T32 Fellows

Aaron Fond (T32 Research Fellow)
My ideal free non-COVID era day would be spent going on a walk to Davis Street Cafe in Oak Cliff with my family for a scone and then spending the afternoon at the Dallas Museum of Art or the Arboretum. Finish up with some casual dinner at SaSa Sushi or Pie Tap, although the restaurant choices in Dallas are extensive!

Ernesto Llano (T32 Research Fellow)
On my days off, I usually do fun things around Oak Cliff, the neighborhood in southwest Dallas where I live. For example, I might go to the Bishop Arts area to get ice cream at Azucar or get drinks and read books at Wild Detectives. I might go run at Kiest Park or go for a walk in the woods at Cedar Ridge Preserve. If Real Madrid is playing, I like to watch them at Trinity Hall Pub or Si Tapas.

Jan Petrasek (T32 Research Fellow)
"Horseback riding with my family around Possum Kingdom Lake west of Dallas."