For a longer, lingering breakfast: Dream Café, hands down. An especially great place to go if you're with kids. Favorite diner: John's on Lower Greenville. Favorite Pizza: Carmine’s Pizzeria on San Jacinto St.
For lunch: Ali Baba — FANTASTIC lunch buffet. Also a big fan of Souper Salad, Reikyu (lunch or dinner) and Mai's (best spring rolls in Dallas!)
For Dinner: La Calle Doce, great family-owned Mexican seafood restaurant. They have a nice weekend brunch too. Monica's in Deep Ellum.
For “special occasion dinners”: My husband and I love Cafe Pacific and Tei-An.
For dinner out with the kids: The Dixie House and Genghis Grill.
What are your favorite shops in Dallas?
I'm not much of a "shopper." That said, when I have time to kill, I love to dive into antique stores in the Design District.
La Mariposa on Henderson is cool, and so is Emeralds to Coconuts.