Border patrol time.
What: The casual, new Richardson food stop serves eight made-to-order tacos, tortas, and tostadas, including the vegetarian-friendly Sonoran (cactus, grilled jicama, pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, queso fresco, cilantro vinaigrette) and the Cabo (cod, jicama slaw, chipotle cream sauce).
Why: The head chef was a sous chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, so you know he knows his stuff.
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 930 E. Campbell Rd., ste. 109, Richardson (972-238-8080).
What: Blended espresso, milk, and cream ($3) served in a little paper cup with a tiny spoon — perfect for a cool summer jolt.
Why: Central Market is the only place other than Mario Batali’s Eataly in New York City you can get the chilled treat.
When: You need a coffee break.
Where: 5750 E. Lovers Ln. (214-234-7000); 320 Coit Rd., Plano (469-241-8300); 1425 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake (817-310-5600).
STRETCH (and TONE)
What: Uptown’s new Pilates and barre studio opened Monday. The light-filled space across from Lee Park hosts twenty classes a week for all levels. Bonus — chilled lavender towels.
Why: Every class is free thru Saturday (reg. $18). BarreAmped creator and former Lotte Berk Method instructor Suzanne Bowen will teach Friday at noon and Saturday at 9 and 10 a.m.
When: Schedule online at classicpilatesstudio.com.
Where: 3303 Lee Pkwy., ste. 105. R.S.V.P. suggested to 214-520-0386.
EXPLORE (and SIP)
Dallas Wine Trail
What: The Big D crawl hits Inwood Estates, Calais Winery, Times Ten Cellars, and Fuqua Winery. Rex’s Seafood, Mozzarella Company, Kathleen’s Sky Diner, and others provide the snacks.
Why: Ticket sales benefit the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas. You also get a Riedel wine glass and a bottle of wine to take home.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Starts at Fuqua Winery, 3737 Atwell St., ste. 203; or Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect Ave. Tickets ($55) must be purchased today at 214-315-4068 or online at galtx.org.
What: A two-hour class that focuses on preparing sushi rice and spicy tuna, plus slicing raw fish and crafting California and shrimp tempura rolls.
Why: Cost ($55) includes a glass of sake, all the fixings, and a goodie bag.
When: Sat., 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Where: Steel Restaurant & Lounge, 3180 Welborn St. R.S.V.P. to 214-219-9908.
Photo: Nathan Whitney / Courtesy of Taco Ocho