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When Oprah, Queen of All That Is Good, speaks, it is but our civilian duty to listen. So, regardless of how you feel about the commercialized Christmas Creep or what have you, let us all rejoice and be glad for Oprah’s Favorite Things are available on Amazon, and some products are even affordable for those of us who don’t have media companies and magazines in our name.

World-renowned museums, city parks, the original luxury department store, and brisket (in all forms) are on the line-up.

Choice beer patio: LUCK – West Dallas’ Trinity Groves dining district offers scenic views of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and downtown Dallas paired with a variety of cuisines from the numerous restaurants there. The go-to is LUCK, an eatery known for its smoked meats and great patio. Drinking here is one of the best ways to tap into the local brewing scene, as the bar only serves beer made within 75 miles.

So many shops, so little time. When in Dallas, do as the locals do: Break out your credit card and flex your AmEx muscles with a trip to some of the best shops in all the land. The list of can’t-miss stores in the shopping mecca range from an amazing chocolatier to a bespoke boots showroom and the original Neiman Marcus. (Just be sure to bring some extra luggage for all of those souvenirs.) Here are our picks for the top 12 shops in Dallas.

This isn’t simply a story about best patios in Dallas. This is a story about primo patios for eating and drinking. What good is a patio if you don’t want to sit, sip, snack and stay awhile?

VisitDallas is pleased to announce a new partnership with local Chef Julian Rodarte of Beto & Son, who recently had a showdown with celebrity chef Bobby Flay on his Food Network program “Beat Bobby Flay.” Rodarte will serve as the Official Ambassador of the Margarita Mile, showcasing Dallas’ unique place in the history of American mixology.

Neiman Marcus took the big reveal of its Christmas Book on the road this year, using the annual holiday tradition to call attention to its store under construction in New York City’s glitzy Hudson Yards development.

Tonight, Dallas restaurateurs Beto Rodarte and Julian Rodarte will appear on an episode of Beat Bobby Flay. The father-son duo of chefs behind Beto & Son at Trinity Groves will take on Flay, and Julian will compete against the Iron Chef solo in the show’s first challenge. The episode airs at 9 p.m. on Food Network.

So, um, apparently, this chocolate snowman named Carl is a big deal. At least a big enough deal to secure his place in Neiman Marcus’s legendary Christmas Book holiday gift guide.

Artful innovation is all well and good. But sometimes you just want to cozy up to a red-and-white checkered tablecloth, lit by a candle stuffed in an empty Chianti bottle, and dig into a mound of shrimp scampi and a basket of garlic bread. Humming “Volare, oh oh, cantare, oh oh oh oh” is up to you. Here are our top picks, including a couple that are lighter on the sauce and heavier on the class.