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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!

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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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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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The Highend But Approachable Board & Barley

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

The weekend is almost here and it's time for me to share about my current favorite place to eat around the DFW metroplex and beyond. My family has been so blessed to be able to do this together as a unit, and J has been such a good little foodie so far so we hope that we can keep this up at least once a month! ;) We had never been to Denton's Historic Downtown Square before so we were so excited to come explore it two weeks ago. They have everything from coffeeshops, pizza places, to boutiques, and more importantly, Denton's first brewpub restaurant, Barley & Board.

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Nestled in the historic Texas Building, Barley & Board has that industrial-country feel to it with bricks, woods, leathers and of course a moose head wall mount. You can hear music like those of Alina Baraz & The Galimatias playing in the background while watching people taking pictures by the mural right across the street through their huge windows.

Check out the in-house brewery! Looking at it got us thirsty! Actually, looking at their menu would make you thirsty, because they pair every meal with a matching beer right on the menu cards! Anyways, Mr. Man went ahead and ordered one of their IPAs.

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I had one of their craft cocktails called Clara Lou, which is an original creation by B&B's bartender that is made of tequila, hibiscus syrup, lime & grapefruit. Ooh, yes it was good. And that flower is edible by the way!

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Our very knowledgable waiter recommended us to try their Sweet Potato Hummus which is served with warm pita breads, pepitas, and chipotle oil. So we placed our order while snacking on some warm sweet & spicy mixed nuts. It's got thyme, brown sugar, and cayenne! Not your regular mixed nuts!

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The hummus was bomb!! What a brilliant idea! The mashed sweet potatoes with garlic and chickpeas make such a great combo. Love the sweetness that you don't normally get in regular hummus. And the Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates were beautiful. The chorizo and piquillo sauce meet the sweetness of the dates - yummm.  I admire Executive Chef Chad Kelley's attention to detail!

You're probably wondering what J was having. Well he LOVED their matchstick fries! So much that he didn't mind having them without ketchup!

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We had heard that the B&B's Burger had just been named the best in Dallas by D Magazine, so of course Mr. Man had to give it a try. It was very straightforward and simple, they didn't try to get too fancy with it. A couple of fluffy buns, a well-seasoned patty, sweet onions, house sauce and American Cheese (yes, not brie cheese or anything like that) - and you got an amazing burger. Well, burgers don't have to be  complicated right?

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Now my friend, the picture above is a pic of  the Sweet Pig & Angry Bird: half rack ribs, brazen quail, slaw, & pickles. Yup. Seriously, bomb! The sauce really stood out for me because it has that tanginess to it that I like.

Now we were super full by this point, so we decided to box out the leftovers and went straight for the happy endings ;) They don't have their desserts printed on the menu cards, but they do serve them, so you better check with your waiters.

I ordered the scrumptious deconstructed strawberry shortcake with lemon shortbread and amaretto whipped cream. I could taste a hint of basil on their strawberries sauce there. So divine!

Mr. Man went with B&B's own version of s'mores with a thick oatmeal cookie, thick toasted marshmallow cream, and dark chocolates. Again, I love how Barley & Board takes something familiar and classic, and make it their own. Not overly complicated, although very detailed, and highend but approachable. We can't wait to go back!

Have a good weekend, y'all!

 

Rustic, Cozy, & Generous - It's Great Harvest Bread Co.

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

The long weekend is almost here! To celebrate, I'd like to talk about our new favorite spot in the city of Southlake that has got us falling in love with bread all over again, Great Harvest Bread Company :) GHS (5 of 15)

The first thing you'd notice when you walk into this place is the rustic, magnolia-ish vibe that they've got going on here with wooden tables, wooden crate boxes, a marquee sign, and metal signs.

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You can hear songs like Vance Joy's Georgia playing in the background, and sometimes even the sound of the employees karaoke-ing to the store's playlist while happily preparing your sandwiches.

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I dig their mission! Especially the part where it says, "Run fast to help everyone and give generously to others." That should be our life mission in general!

Love the nice Texas touch there with the God Bless Texas sign, the pale blue hydrangeas, and the coffee marquee sign. This place feels like a cozy country home that you just want to stay in for hours. And don't get me started on their housemade bread! And butter!

The Vanilla Honey Butter served on a warm toast (ask for Bread of the Day!) was just divine! That, served with a cup of locally roasted coffee or craft tea? Hmm...I know where I'd be going for my Fall/Winter-warm-beverage-fix this year!

If you're craving for something more filling than breads and muffins, they have a great variety of sandwiches and salads. My favorites  was the Grown Up Grilled Cheese! I had it with some sparking clementine soda, and topped it off with their delicious Cashew Crunch Bar!

If you plan to visit this place at anytime soon, I suggest you to start at the bread tasting board. Just pick a bread, maybe a little butter, and sample the delicious baked goods! You won't be disappointed!

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Of course my little J wouldn't sit still. He was dancing while standing on his chair and drinking soda! Notice the camo cast on his left hand? Yeah, he's back on it for a couple of months to speed up the recovery process. If you're wondering what it's for, read about it here :)

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Their mission about helping people is not just for the sign they hang on their walls. GH Southlake actually saves their breads for homeless shelters!

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Now that's a bakery, as it ought to be --> Feeding the hungry and bringing a little happiness to people's hearts with one fluffy, made-from-scratch, quality bread at a time.

Can't wait to come back here and chill with my family :)

Have an awesome Labor Day weekend y'all!

A Taste of France in the Heart of Grapevine

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

The beauty about being a foodie, a.k.a someone who loves food and is open to trying many different kinds of food (mostly gourmet), is that you get to travel the world without having to leave town. Finding different types of foreign cuisines is not that difficult these days, especially if you live in a big city. Last weekend, our 'destination' of choice was France, and we're so thrilled that we got to savor some delicious French-American dishes at Chez Fabien at the Main St. Bakery on Main Street, Grapevine.

We usually come here for breakfast on the weekends because we love the pastries like the Dessert Trio, Almond Croissant, and the giant macarons.  Or when we're in the mood for something more filling, we'd go for Le Parisien, Chocolate Chip pancakes, and Belgian Waffles.  

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This time however, we're going for the dinner menu! So I dressed up a little bit to welcome the weekend and the fact that I got to be off duty for a little while (what up clutch bag reference! hehe). Well not really. I am never off duty ;)

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We were greeted by a friendly staff who took us straight to this cute spot by the Le Place des Bisous sign, which means the place of kisses. Aaww...

Kisses aside, we were hungry, so it was time for us to order some appetizers. The bread basket had this creamy butter with scallion in it that I loved, and the escargot were buttery and flavorful, we couldn't help but to ask our server to not clear the plates yet so we could dip the bread in the remaining melted butter, garlic, thyme and all of those herbs!

J had just woke up from his long nap so he was a bit cranky. And by a bit I meant crazy cranky lol. The manager Pauline was very understanding though. We immediately ordered him some Grilled Salmon and Fries. What? Yes, they have good menus for kids, not just some basic mac n cheese or pb & j. And check out that old school entertainment! Etch the Sketch! But of course, being born at 2013, J thought it was an iPad.

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I asked our server Casey to surprise me and he ordered me the Lemon Thyme Roasted Chicken. The chicken fell off the bone, you can taste the herbs all the way to the bone, and the purple baby carrots added just the right crunch to the whole dish.

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I paired it with their summer cocktail Concombre Bouquet which balanced the whole dish with its fruity, fresh taste. Mr.Man went with Pinot Grigio out of the 60 wine selections that they offer.

This is how I eat every day by the way. With a toddler boy holding my neck and jumping up and down around me lol.

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Mr. Man had the Friday night special which was the Bouillabaisse, a seafood stew that's originated from the port city of Marseille with ingredients like garlic, tomatoes, fennel, fish, and shellfish. Here at Chez Fabien, they add their own spin to it though by adding King Crab. The broth was on point, I would highly recommend you to try this dish instead of the more Americanized selections, although they do serve burgers :)

What added a more oomph to the whole French vibe going on here was the live performance by Isabel Crespo (she performed La Vien Rose!). If you can't make it here on Friday nights, there's also live music on Thursday and Saturday from 7 pm to 10 pm. That awesome sparkler birthday candle on the left is just what the bistro usually does for customers who are celebrating their birthdays. That's lit!

As a happy ending to our lovely evening, we savored some Banana Nutella Crepe and Bistro Bread Pudding. They are so generous with nutella on their crepes so if you love nutella like I do, you should order the crepes! The bread pudding is always available from breakfast to dinner, it's got the chewy texture that I like, and it comes with lots of peanuts! Yum! If you're allergic, make sure you let them know :)

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Over all, it was a sweet family nightout accompanied by sweet acoustic live music, delicious French dishes, and some craft cocktails (they make their own syrup and juices here!). The best thing was we didn't have to travel very far.  Can't wait to go back here :)

If you're coming to GrapeFest this September, Main St. Bakery will have a booth open outside the bakery/bistro serving their famous Croi-Dough and also sandwiches!  

 

Happy Hour, Kind Owner, Conducive Workspace - It's Supreme Coffee!

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

It's Friday y'all! We can all relax a little bit on the thought that weekend is just a day away, or for those of you who work a 9-to-5 job, it's a few hours away! I'd like to share a more light and fun post today about a fairly new coffeeshop in Irving, TX (my hood!) named Supreme Coffee. 

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After reading positive google reviews about this place, I decided to visit it yesterday with J and I have to admit I was kind of impressed. First of all, I applaud the owner Patrick Kiago for picking this location on Belt Line road, because the area had been lacking that cozy space that we can just chill and enjoy our coffees at.

When you walk into the coffeeshop, you can hear some smooth jazz tunes in the background that matches the look and feel of this place : calm, casual, and cozy. I like the fact that they don't try to be too fancy with the decor, but they do just enough for you to feel comfortable when you walk in and stay for hours. And you know what, with the free Wi-Fi offered here, 90% of the customers that I saw yesterday were all working on their laptops!

 

This fulfills the owner's mission as he stated on their website : "We want to give you the ideal location to study, chat with friends, talk business, or just relax from the day-to-day stress."

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I tried the Cheesecake Mocha Frappe (full menu here) and because I came at around 2 pm, I got a 40% discount because of the happy hour! Yes, they have happy hour on weekdays from 2 to 4 pm.

There are also pastries available, I tried the strawberry and white chocolate bread which was delish. I wish I had asked them to heat it up for me though.

My attention was drawn to the patio, where a girl was singing with her ukulele. She turned out to be a performer who is scheduled to perform tonight (Friday night) at 7 pm! I was like, 'wait they have live music too?'

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The highlight of my visit was definitely the friendliness of Patrick, the owner. He didn't know that I was coming to 'review' or to check out the place, but he was super nice, offering a free drink for my kiddo and a discount for me, and all. Kindness just flows out of him naturally regardless of the customer. Just read the google reviews, they all say the same thing about him!

We can all learn to do the same wherever we go today and everyday, right? :)

If you're in the area don't forget to stop by and in the meantime,  check them out on fb and instagram ;) You can also follow Visit Irving for your local guide in the area.

Oh and, the handwoven watch I wore in the cover picture will be available on my sotre this September :) 

Have an awesome weekend y'all!