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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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1 Week of Golf, 50k Youtube Views, and more.

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

First, let me start by saying that I have no idea how to play golf. Before going to this tournament last week, I had only been to a driving range 2x in my life, and I had never been to a golf course before. It was just not a part of my life. Unlike basketball or soccer, you know (Indonesians are big on soccer). byron (1 of 3)

So when I got the invitation to cover this event in March, I thought, "Hmm...from what angle can I cover it?"

Little did I know that more than just a sporting event, a golf tournament is a lifestyle event, where people come dressed up (some really nicely, some don't really care), sip cocktails and beers, and socialize. And this particular event that I was going to cover, was actually kid-friendly!

So there I was at the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson at Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Irving TX, covering my first ever golf tournament.

And then this happened on the first day ....

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The world's #2 golfer who's a Dallas native, Jordan Spieth caught a marshmallow off a golf ball during a free youth clinic. I recorded it with my DSLR and got over 50k views in just a few days! And as a result I had a few agencies contacting me, trying to buy my video. It was an incredible experience. I don't know if it would make a good money or not but I hope it would in the near future ;)

I'm so grateful for Visit Irving, Texas, for giving me my media pass, so I got to dine here at the Media Dining area for free throughout the tournament week.

 

And I got to bring J with me :) #BestJobEver right?

After we're done with lunch, we usually go to the KidsZone presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Center, Momentous Institute, YMCA Dallas, and Dallas Mavericks.

 

J loved it. He didn't want to leave. At one point, I let him play on the inflatables without his pants on.

 

And when he got tired, I would put him to sleep on his stroller, and then took a walk around the huge Four Seasons golf course to watch the game.

It's perfect to do it while he's asleep because the golfers really need the audience to be really quiet.

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Whenever they raised their hands like on this picture above, I held my breath, hoping J won't wake up until I've finished taking pictures and left the area :P Wouldn't want him to ruin the tournament on live national tv lol.

 

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Here's one of my favorite moments of the event, seeing the golfers (in this picture : Brooks Koepka, the runner up) hugging Peggy Nelson, the wife of the legendary, Byron Nelson after they finish on the 18th hole.

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And here's also another one of my favorite moments, where Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia (the one wearing the white polo shirt) got into a sudden death playoff, where Garcia ended up winning the whole tournament. You can watch his winning putt on the video below.

https://youtu.be/cn6LqdZWG78

 

It was a truly amazing experience for me, a stay at home mom, to cover such a prestigious event. I remember back in the day, when I used to work for a radio station and a magazine in Indonesia, I used to get access to events and do what I love. I let it all go when I got married in 2012, but now I get to do it again, without having to sacrifice my family!

I truly believe that you can do whatever you want to do in any season that you're in right now. Trust God, work hard, and you will surely get there! :)

 

Savoring the Goodness of Texas Land, Air, and Water

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

When I first heard about this restaurant, I thought, "Law? Why would anyone name a restaurant 'Law'?" LAWeditedLAWedited-2

It turns out that the name stands for Land, Air, & Water. Not just any land, air, and water, but the ones in Texas. Yes, LAW is committed to sourcing their ingredients locally. So throughout the restaurants, you can sense the Texas theme going on, although it does not overpower the beauty of the view of Four Seasons Hotel's greenery, visible through the tall and wide glass windows.

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LAW Restaurant officially opened its doors on April 1st (just last week), but the night before, myself and a handful of others got a little preview of what it has to offer.

We were greeted by a selection of wine, carefully picked by master sommelier, James Tidwell, and some delicious appetizers. From Chipotle-Agave glazed thick cut bacon (it's seriously super thick!) to Crab Deviled Eggs and Oysters - they got it all.

I know I could've tried their amazing salads like the TX Caesar, but I couldn't wait to try their Beer Can Chicken tacos (available during lunch daily) so I went ahead and get me some at the taco stations.

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On their regular dinner menu, they serve Crispy Duck Confit Tacos with foie gras, kale, and pickled red onions. Ooh, I would love to try that next time!

After tasting the 'Air', now it was time for me to taste the 'Land'. So I headed to the steak station for some seriously huge rib eye steaks.

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Look at those ribs sticking out! The steak was cooked perfectly, and well-seasoned. I like it even without the sauce. On their regular dinner menu, LAW also serves this BBQ Rib Tower that you don't want to miss!

And if you're wondering who's the guy behind these brilliant, Texas-inspired menus, here he is. Chef Jonathan Rivera.

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I was lucky to get this shot because he was running around greeting people and making sure that the food was served just the way they should. Thanks for stopping by for the photo, Chef!

Next, 'Water'! I've had some oysters for appetizers, but I was curious to try their Crispy Red Fish. 

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Served with some fire-roasted chilies, the fish was cooked perfectly, and I like the fact that it didn't have that fishy aftertaste that a lot of fish-dishes have. Even with the skin on, it was divine.

I didn't get to try everything because I was busy having great conversations with this couple who was kind enough to let me tag along on their datenight (thank you Hyon-Chin and James Keoughan!). But by this time, I was full. So you know I had to go straight to the dessert station!

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Yay, LAW S'mores! The graham crackers and marshmallows were house-made, and look at that torch! A fancy spin on a childhood favorite!

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These lemon & blueberry pies were my fave tho! Sweet and tangy, a good ending to a great dinner.

Oh but we couldn't leave without sipping some cocktails of course! So behold, the Zone of Truth.

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Patron añejo, patron silver, passion fruit, lemon and some powdered red peppers to give it a kick. Yum!!

So excited to welcome this restaurant to the city of Irving's already vibrant food scene. Can't wait for you all to stop by and try it too!