We’re excited to share Lisa Nova’s fave Dallas spots. The co-founder of the Samwise app and former model still calls Dallas home. Read on for Lisa’s top picks!
Lisa may be a native Texan, but really, she’s a nomad at heart. In the past six months, she has modeled in New York City, lived in a German castle, and accidentally crashed a Dolce & Gabbana shoot—all while building a startup called Samwise. Together with her husband, she wants to help millennials become more confident investors, starting with a monthly discover playlist of publicly traded companies. Until her next big adventure, you’ll find her north of Dallas, living in a sweet country home in Melissa, Texas.
Foodie Favorite: Bird Bakery
Bird Bakery is my guilty pleasure. Funny thing is, I first heard about Bird while wedding planning from New York City. I couldn’t fly down to taste cakes, so I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best—and it was incredible. (This is coming from someone who once interned for a French pastry chef.) Don’t leave without getting a chocolate-covered strawberry cupcake. You’ll thank me later.
Bargain Hunter: Mitsuwa
Mitsuwa, hands down. I first discovered this Japanese supermarket chain in New Jersey, and it is magical. You’ll find everything here, from steaming bowls of ramen to pillowy mochi and crispy, octopus-filled takoyaki—all at a crazy affordable price. Besides if it’s good enough for Iron Chef Morimoto, it’s good enough for me.
On the Move: Academy of Classical Karate in Plano
I fell in love with karate in New York—so when we moved back to Texas, finding a great dojo was my first priority. I just started training at the Academy of Classical Karate in Plano, and it’s been a fantastic challenge for both my mind and body. Even if you don’t think of yourself as “a karate person,” you’ll be surprised how strong, fit, and disciplined you can be even after just a few months of training with a good instructor.
I Heart Dallas: State Fair
Can I say the State Fair? I’ll say it anyway: It’s the epitome of big, brash, deep-fried Texas, and I love every bit of it, especially when I’ve got a Fletcher’s corny dog in one hand and a ticket to the TX/OU game in the other. Hook ‘em!
Image 1 courtesy of Lisa Siva. Image 2 courtesy of Bird Bakery. Image 3 courtesy of guidelive. Image 4 courtesy of Ranker.com. Image 5 courtesy of KERA news.