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Life in DFW

My life as a wife and mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all things fun about it!

NatGeo Photo Ark, Hippo Outpost - What's New at the Dallas Zoo!

Debora Manusama

The largest zooligical park in Texas and one of USA Today's 10 Best Zoos in America  is actually located in none other than our very own city of Dallas!! Have you been there recently? Pay a visit, snap a pic, and you might even win awesome prizes!

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Win BIG by Sharing Your Big D Moments!

Debora Manusama

VisitDallas is launching a campaign designed to inspire locals from all over North Texas to rediscover Dallas. WIN BIG Prizes including a night stay at the Ritz-Carlton and tickets to Justin Bieber by sharing unique images with the hashtag #DallasBIGMoments via Instagram from May 8 – May 31.

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Garlic Knots, $3 Wines, Pizzas - It's Girls Night at Russo's

Debora Manusama

Delicious pizzas made of fresh ingredients, warm garlic knots, creamy tiramisu - I had a great time with my girlfriends at Russo's in Richardson, TX. Read along, leave a comment, and get a chance to win a $25 gift card!

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Laidback, Family-friendly, Colorful - It's Bumbershoot BBQ!

Debora Manusama

Brisket sausage, St. Louis Ribs, Loaded Tater Tots - all in a spacious, outdoor spot surrounded by tall trees, string lights, and paintable wooden posts? Oh yes, this is Bumbershoot BBW in Argyle, TX!

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Healthy Food for A Happy World - Welcome to Dallas, Flower Child!

Debora Manusama

A bright and happy place serving good food made of quality local produce, Flower Child is finally open in Dallas on March 14! Very family-friendly with a good variety of menus, organic wine, and a mean olive oil and lemon cupcake! 

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Cheeseburger Eggs Benedict & Gelatos - This is Black Walnut Cafe!

Debora Manusama

I was craving for some 'brunch food' one morning when I thought to myself, "Why can't we have eggs benedict on weekdays?" ;) I mean seriously, why do we have to wait for the weekend to savor those creamy deliciousness?

Lucky for us, there places out there like Black Walnut Cafe that serve Benedicts on daily basis! Yaas!!

Established in Houston, TX back in 2002, Black Walnut Cafe serves everything from eggs benedicts, tacos, pasta, to even kolaches on daily basis. In the DFW metroplex, you can find them in Allen, Colleyville, Flower Mound, Frisco, and the location I visited, Coppell. 

Oh yes, on top of it all, they also serve gelato and cheesecakes! (Click the food pics to read their full menu)

I like the fact that we get to order at the counter and pick up our food once our beeper goes off. It makes the whole dining experience much faster. 

I got J some apple juiec, warm almond croissant and fresh fruits. And as for me? I went with their BACON CHEESEBURGER BENEDICT. Whaaaaattttt?? Yaasss mama!

Two extra-large poached eggs, two mini burger patties, toasted English muffin, American cheese, diced crispy bacon, potatoes, and cayenne citrus hollandaise. It tastes as good as it sounds, y'all! Pretty self-explanatory, I don't think I have to try to describe them any further here. It's a really good spin on the staple brunch dish. And seriously, think about it, burger patties do taste good with creamy egg yolks running through it!

I would definitely like to try their Lobster Benedict, Salmond Benedict, or Sirloin Steak Benedict next time! And put a bow on my whole dining experience with some gelato for sure! 

If you're in the area, definitely come visit, they have plenty of room for groups, a spacious bar area, and a patio as well! Love the woody, classic vibe they got going on in here. Very cozy, classic, but casual. 

My basic Wednesday morning instantly felt like a Sunday morning that day. I was like, "Wow, this is too good of a breakfast for a weekday." But then again, why not? Treat yo' self every once in a while! Everyday is a special day ;)

 

A Family-Friendly Brunch Spot in Deep Ellum

Debora Manusama

Deep Ellum might not be the typical area for your to go for a Sunday brunch with your family. But this one spot might change that. This is Filament! 

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Small World, Big Imagination.

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Our visit to a pretend play heaven in Southlake, TX! They have everything from a mini supermarket, teepees, to a mini farm!

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Corn Maze, Pumpkins, & Hay Rides - It's Hall's Pumpkin Farm!

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Our visit to Hall's Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze in Grapevine, TX. FREE admission, BBQ, Ice cream - one of the best pumpkin patches in DFW!

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Bubblies, Starfish, and Fun for All Ages - It's #GrapeFest!

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

I had been talking about this event since August, and I also did an instagram giveaway for it (congrats to all the winners!) last week. On September 15, The 30th Annual GrapeFest finally took place! And I am so grateful that I got to come and cover the event for 2 days, and even did an instagram takeover with Visit Grapevine

The event was free all day on Thursday (9/15) and free from morning till 5 pm on Friday (9/16), and because J was in school and Mr.Man was obviously at work, I got to enjoy the festival on the first day all by myself!

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https://youtu.be/IPtlcFA5KIA

There were so many unique vendors selling everything from jewelries, apparels, to funny wooden signs (one of them says, "God is great. Beer is good. People are crazy" ;) and unique beautiful wine bottle holders.

Now because it was super hot outside, I decided to have my lunch at my favorite spot, Main Street Bakery. But on the second day, I had the brisket on a bun and corn dog with J by the Gazebo Stage.

Pauline, the manager of Main Street Bakery gave me this delicious cronut! It messed up my dress with all of its chocolate syrup drippings. But it was worth it!

What I loved about this festival was the fact that they put time and effort to entertain kids as much as they do with adults. They have interactive games, petting zoo (where a goat jumped onto my chest asking for food and got me screaming like crazy lol), Sea Life touch pool, LegoLand activity center, and GrapeStomp for kids called KidStomp!

I ended both my first and second day at the Champagne Terrace. I would like to participate in the People's Choice Wine Tasting but with a kiddo and no stroller, I had to skip it this year.

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I love this magical moment where the bubble machines were blowing a bazillion bubbles in front of the Champagne Terrace and all of the kids went running to catch them.

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This is insta-worty for sure! ;)

Over all it was an awesome experience, with the food, the live music, and various different wine tastings from different continents that took place. I cannot wait to go back next year!