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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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Ms. Lauryn Hill Live in Dallas 2016

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

I have been waiting for the chance to get to see Lauryn Hill's live show for sooooo long. I fell in love with her voice when I saw the movie Sister Act 2 at the age of like 6 or 7, but then I really got jnto her stuff in 2002, when she released her MTV Unplugged album.

I bought her CD at an airport in Berlin with the leftover money I got from my mom, because I just couldn't possibly go home to Indonesia without that CD in my discman. Later on, then  I began to get into her stuff from her 1998 Grammy-winning album, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

I was meant to see her show in NYC back in 2011, but then my visa didn't let me to stay long enough to do it. So last night, was a BIG DEAL for me!!

So glad that she came to D-town on my birthday week :)

Doors opened at 7 pm, I got there at 7.20 and got me some fruity vodka.

The opening act performed at 8 pm, didn't catch his name but his voice was beautiful and I enjoyed his 30-minute showcase.

Next! At 9.20 pm, the DJ got on stage to prep up for the main act.

It was a lot of fun, he played a lot of 90s hip hop and paid tribute to Prince as well by playing the song "I Wanna Be Your Lover".

After standing for 3 hours, I finally got to see the greatest female MC of all time, Lauryn Hill a.k.a L-Boogie, a.k.a Ms. Lauryn Hill --  in person!!

And she performed my favorite song from the Unplugged album : I Gotta Find Peace of Mind. I completely freaked out.

She redid all of her old songs from the Unplugged album and the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album, so they sound nothing like the original ones the audience knew and we kinda had to listen closely to the lyrics to know which song was which.

A little selfie with the crew. Love these mamas!

I guess my only "complain" was the fact that she complained about the volumes on her ear piece and monitors to her sound guy like ALL the time. It wasn't good enough for her and she looked bothered, which bothered us too. But you know what, she sounded perfect, just like I expected and more. She's a true performer and entertainer with crazy talents and substance in her lyrics. And she's very nice to her fans, signing autographs before leaving the stage and stuff.

She paid tribute to Sade, Nina Simone, and Bob Marley before ending the show with the song That Thing (Doo Wop).

You might like Nicky, Riri, Miley, Bey, and even Iggy. But to me, it will always be L-Boogie. Wooh!

Donuts For Days

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Cupcakes are cute, macarons are pretty, but there's nothing like biting a warm, glazed, fluffy piece of donut. Sounds like "Uhm..." or "Oh.." followed by an endless gushing are usually how I, and I think most normal people, react after that first, sweet bite of the good ol' deep-fried goodness (although a lot people prefer them baked these days). That's why I immediately said yes when Alyssa from Zomato Dallas invited me to a Foodie Meet-up at a donut shop called Glazed Donut Works.


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I was about 18 minutes late, due to traffic, but I'm glad that I got there just in time to mingle with bloggers I haven't met before, while sampling Glazed's delicious fall menu.




Pumpkin Old Fashioned - S'mores (they make their own marshmallows!) - Maple Bacon Little John (bacon makes everything better!)


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Apple Caramel Cobbler Crunch (amazing!) - Red Velvet (love that I could still taste the cream cheese, people tend to make the icing too vanilla-y) - Turtle



Donut Balls!  Pumpkin - Chai Spice


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What good are donuts without coffee right? Glazed teamed up with Full City Rooster coffee roasting studio and served us a fall favorite : Pumpkin Spice Latte and my favourite : the one in the picture here, S'mores Latte.




Donut samples for dinner! Yay!


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I like details that add character to the store's whole ambience. Oh and I love trying something I've never tried before. Like Donut Grilled Cheese with Bacon!




This easily became my favorite. Period.




The super moist and gooey Fluffernutter right here ruined my lipstick, and I didn't even care! Especially because it was time for us to put our aprons on and get to work!





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Yup, some real skills we're learning here, filling and decorating Banana Pudding and Pumpkin Brown Butter Pecan donuts before stuffing our face with them. Glad that nobody got hurt in the process :P We actually had a lot of fun!






At the end of the event, we got to keep the aprons and the chef hats, bring home some Zomato goodie bags, and some donuts!


This was by far the best Zomato meetup I've ever been to. I fell in love with doughnuts all over again, met some interesting new people, and the best part was bringing home a box of donuts to J and Mr.Man. J actually ended up eating 3 donut balls before he fell asleep. Ah..I won't change all this for the world :)



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A Tex-Mex Lunch at Deep Ellum

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Formerly known as "deep Elm Street", this hip neighborhood is located in the east side of downtown Dallas. Once famous for its industrial developments & jazz culture, Deep Ellum is now the home of cool bars, unpretentious restaurants, and of course, graffiti. I was so excited to get a glimpse of just a few inches of the area last Sunday, when we decided to have some Tex-Mex for lunch. IMG_8352.JPG


Commerce st, Main st, Canton, st, and Elm st are its famous streets. You can find all kinds of cool places like the All Good cafe, the Amsterdam Bar (I am so looking forward to coming here one day), and the renowned Tex-Mex joint : Pepe's & Mito's !! (read the yelp review here)


We parked on the corner of Malcolm X and Elm with $5 rate, but you can actually park beside the restaurant with the same rate. It is super hot outside at this time of the month, so it's always wise to park closer to where you want to eat. There was a construction work outside the restaurant, but it didn't stop us from having some good tex-mex.


And as we stepped into this green-white-and red building, we fell in love.


Bright red walls with paintings of Mexican houses, string lights, and of course...the Latin music playing in the background! - ahh it was just the right amount of 'bright' and 'fun' for a Sunday afternoon. We went on and order taquitos for baby J, lunch combo number 5 for Mr. Man, and combo number 2 for me (FULL MENU HERE). Each lunch combo came with enchiladas, rice, beans, and a little salad. If you expect a fancy presentation, you won't get it here, cause they serve the food just as it is. No fancy, arty technique. Nothing too complicated. You know why? They don't need fancy! Their taste is fancy!


The food is so delicious, so authentic, so unpretentious that the restaurant doesn't even have to have a website! The quality of the food speaks for itself! They got the whole package. The bar, the food, the TV, the music, the margarita, the hip location - what more do you want! oh and the most important thing I'd like to mention here : they got reasonable price. I am definitely coming back here more often!


I wanted to explore every inch of the hood but the heat was more than I could bear, so after a quick stroll around the Malcom X to take this photo, we decided to go home. This neighborhood's vibe reminds me of Williamsburg and Bedford in Brooklyn, New York, where you see a lot of hipsters walking around, drinking artisan (or even gluten free) beer with tattoo all over their bodies and this weird-looking beard they all have. It was nice to know this part of DFW, that is historical, artsy, raw, and cool all at the same time. Once the weather has cooled down, I am definitely hanging out around this hood with baby J, and y'all be seeing more posts on this area soon :)