Don’t Miss the Breakfast Tacos at Melis Taqueria

Holes in the wall tend to be the best sources of authentic food, which is certainly the case at Melis Taqueria in Fort Worth. One patron notes that it’s not even really a full-fledged eatery, but rather a walk-up order window and collection of picnic tables on a covered porch. Locals don’t seem to mind, though. What Melis Taqueria lacks in ambience it more than makes up for in flavor.

You might not think of Mexican food for breakfast, but you really shouldn’t miss the breakfast tacos at Melis Taqueria. Order yours stuffed with chorizo, bacon, ham, or potatoes, plus fluffy eggs. Later in the day, swing by Melis for tortas, tacos, or gorditas. The authentic eats feature fresh, tender meats like carnitas, barbacoa, chicken, ham, or pork.

Juice Junkies Serves Fresh Juices, Smoothies, and More Near You

Juice Junkies is one of the first organic juice bars in Fort Worth that serves raw, cold-pressed juices to the masses. The folks behind Juice Junkies are well-versed in all things juicing, and the juice bar sells a wide range of fresh juices in flavors like the Start Me Up (carrot, apple, celery), the Mojo Mojito (cucumber, apple, lime, mint, basil), and the Moondance (orange, apple, ginger, turmeric, lemon).

Beyond juices, the shop sells nut milk, kombucha, coffee, smoothies, and healthful shots designed to cure common ailments. So, the next time you’re feeling under the weather or like you need an extra dose of fruit and veggies, check out Juice Junkies. Conveniently, the shop is only four miles from Villas of Oak Hill Apartments. Juice Junkies has a solid following of patrons, so swing by today to check this place out.

Juice Junkies
925 Foch Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 885-7775

Learn More About Sustainability at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) was founded in 1987 and is focused on preserving plant life and spreading knowledge to the local Forth Worth community. If you live in the Villas of Oak Hill Apartments, the BRIT is only a ten-minute trip from home.

The BRIT’s mission goes beyond exposing visitors to plant life. The institute aims to support botanical solutions to address global issues like pollution and sustainable food. There is plenty of information within the building for visitors to learn about the values and mission of the BRIT. Needless to say, the lawns outside the BRIT are large and sprawling, and the “Living Roof” is a visitor favorite. Inside, the building is modern and clean, with high ceilings, sleek furniture, a grand center staircase, and available meeting rooms for groups. On the first Saturday of every month, BRIT hosts a farmers’ market where residents can purchase fresh produce and other goodies from local vendors.

Botanical Research Institute
1700 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 332-4441

The Stylists at Halo Salon & Color Lab Always Stand by Their Work

Living in the area, you certainly have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a salon. And yet, Halo Salon & Color Lab stands out in the crowd. The staff at this Fort-Worth-based salon have such confidence in their beautifying skills that they stand by a two-week guarantee. That is, if you come in for a cut and color and aren't happy with the results, come back any time in the next two weeks and a stylist will make any tweaks you request.

You probably won't need to use your two-week pass, though, because Halo Salon & Color Lab's staff is committed to getting your styling just right the first time around. To that end, they offer a wide array of services, from simple cuts, coloring, and highlights to extensions and texture treatments. You can even come into the salon for a makeup lesson.

Halo Salon & Color Lab
6323 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 737-4256

The Black Rooster Bakery: Expect Fresh Treats by 7 a.m. Every Day

The staff at The Black Rooster Bakery has to wake up pretty early to get your breakfast treat ready. By 7 a.m., its display case is fully stocked with pastries fresh from the oven. Croissants infused with chocolate, Danishes smothered with sweet cheese, flaky scones—they're all on the menu at The Black Rooster, not to mention a wide selection of teas.

Mid-morning (10:30 a.m., to be more precise), the focus shifts from breakfast to lunch. That means the counter serves stuffed sandwiches, soups crafted from scratch using fresh ingredients, and a slew of lunchtime desserts. Grab a cookie or a slice of pie to cap off your lunch stop at The Black Rooster Bakery. Regardless of the time of day or exact content of your order, you can trust that The Black Rooster's bakers use only the best ingredients and make everything with their own two hands.

The Black Rooster Bakery
2430 Forest Park Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76110
(817) 924-1600

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Enjoy the Outdoors This Weekend at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

If you're looking for a picturesque hike that won't leave you winded, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge has a few options. The Fort Worth park boasts more than 20 miles of labyrinthine trails, snaking throughout the 3,621 breathtaking acres here—so there's a path to suit every level.

Those seeking a quick or easy hike should check out Turtle Trail. It's relatively flat and simple to navigate, but the views are beautiful enough to impress even the most avid hiker. The Marsh Boardwalk is another good option for an easier hike, and you can follow the connected path all the way out to the island if you want to do some more exploring. Whether you'd like to take a trail or just sit and relax outdoors this weekend, expect to encounter some wildlife along the way.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Fort Worth, TX 76135
(817) 392-7410

Dig Into a Panini for Breakfast at Local Foods Kitchen

House-made granola layered between fruit and yogurt. Breakfast tacos oozing queso, pico, and scrambled eggs. Paninis stuffed with eggs, tomato, and bacon. These are just a handful of the breakfast items on the menu at Local Foods Kitchen. It's a popular spot to fuel up in the morning in Fort Worth, whether you stop and sit or grab a muffin and cup of coffee to go.

You can also stop by Local Foods Kitchen for lunch and taste its fresh, locally sourced ingredients folded into sandwiches or salads. The lunch menu changes every month, but currently you can dig into a grilled salmon sandwich with bacon and avocado, a Chinese chicken salad with crispy noodles and sesame-ginger dressing, or a Hippie Crunch sandwich with guacamole, sprouts, fried onions, walnuts, and a spicy lemon hummus. Regardless of what you order, expect fresh, colorful fare at Local Foods Kitchen.

Local Foods Kitchen
4548 Hartwood Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 238-3464

Live Local History at Log Cabin Village

In 1800s-era Fort Worth, log cabins were a dime a dozen. But by the time the 1950s rolled around, they were disappearing from towns and cities around the state at an alarming rate. That's precisely why the Pioneer Texas Heritage Committee and the Tarrant County Historical Society decided to preserve the Log Cabin Village.

Now serving as a living museum, Log Cabin Village was once home to a handful of families. Its six log houses, all erected in the 1800s, have been moved from their original location in North Texas and situated atop a site right in Fort Worth. Another log cabin, a vintage schoolhouse, and a smokehouse have since been added to the village. Each building contains actual artifacts that give visitors a glimpse inside the way people lived in these homes, capturing a snapshot of Texan life long before Fort Worth was the bustling metropolis it is today.

Log Cabin Village
2100 Log Cabin Village Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 392-5881

Practice at Your Own Pace at Karmany Yoga Fort Worth

If you've been thinking about trying yoga but feel intimidated by the practice, don't worry—you'll feel right at home at Karmany Yoga Fort Worth. Instead of catering to an exclusive community of seasoned yogis, Karmany strives to create an environment where both seasoned yoga practitioners and newbies alike feel comfortable coming to practice.

That means you don't have to have your Crow Pose mastered (or even know what it is) in order to take a class at Karmany Yoga. Its affordable classes promise something for everyone. If you're newer to yoga, check out a Soft Flow class for a slower pace. If you want to really challenge your body, opt for one of the athletic Power Flow classes instead. Either way, you're welcome to move at your own pace and enjoy a practice that works best for your body.

Karmany Yoga Fort Worth
2735 S. Hulen Street
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 689-5642

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