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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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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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Open Seat : A Community of Intentional Sisterhood

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Contrary to the popular culture of womanhood characterized by competition and comparison, story-teller and working mom, Queen K. Smith has been passionate about starting a community for a genuine sisterhood in Dallas, TX for years.  She's always  pictured a gathering of women from different walks of life, sharing a meal together and tell stories. Women supporting and cheering for one another, without wanting anything in return. "This is not a networking event," she said. "Because 'networking' often cheapens a relationship, because we'll look for what the other person can do for us."


Wow. That statement alone preached a lot to me. We need to start developing real relationships people!

So last Saturday, Queen's vision came to life as we kicked of the first Open Seat of 2016 at Common Desk in Bishop Arts District. Press play to get a glimpse of how the event went. And don't forget to subscribe!



We had a delicious meal (although I couldn't eat the chicken, because I was still doing my Daniel Fast a.k.a 21 Day Vegan Challenge) and exchanged stories.


How did we tell our stories? Was there a theme or a structure? Well, each of us had to take a penny from a little bowl. Then we had to tell everyone a story or a memory from the year written on that penny. On top of that, we had to tell 2 truths and 1 lie about ourselves. And the other ladies had to guess which one is the lie. It was really fun, we discovered some interesting facts and stories about the ladies present that afternoon.


We found out that one of us had auditioned for American Idol, the other had experienced a war growing up, while others have ran 3 half marathons.

Having been to numerous networking gatherings, where we'd tend to mingle with people who can 'do us some good', I found Open Seat to be a breath of fresh air. This monthly event could really be a community of sisterhood outside your church or circle of friends, that would encourage you to thrive as a woman, no matter what your role is in life.

If you live in DFW or are planning to visit, be on the lookout for the next Open Seat event by following them on instagram. Get your tickets quick because they sell out fast! :)

Best Macarons in DFW So Far

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

As you could probably tell, I have this undying passion for sweets and desserts. I think most of the things I learn to cook/bake and spend money on are sweets. Now I don't like sodas and pop tarts, I'm not into artificial sugars. I'm into real desserts with good quality ingredients that are worth spending money on. Among all of the famous desserts out there, I consider macarons as the Vogue of desserts -- pretty, elegant, and delicate.



You don't eat them for comfort on daily basis. They're not cookies that you can just bake in 20 minutes. Made of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites, macarons require a special skill to make that you don't just develop overnight. Oh talk about the flavoring! It takes creativity and imagination to come up with the ones that work!

This post is to celebrate some of the best macarons I've tasted in DFW so far. So here it goes! 

Let's start with Chocolate Secrets

Ignore the bad reviews you might see online. And don't be intimidated by the $$$ label on google. It's really not that expensive (unless you're getting the specialty chocolate boxes), especially the macarons. For under $3, you get a good size of pretty macarons with crisp shells and gooey center that are uniquely flavored!

When I go out and try macarons, I try to stir clear from the basic flavours like Pistachio and chocolate, because they pretty much taste similar in one patisserie and another. So I'd usually go for the unique ones, like my favorite flavours here at Chocolate Secrets, Raspberry Vodka and the seasonal Popcorn macarons (the white one at the top) that they had a few months ago. The Green Apple one on the bottom is also good, and if you still want something boozy, try the Mojito macarons. What I also love about this place is that it's very kid-friendly. In fact, kids get 1 chocolate (any chocolate of their choice!) for FREE every day. They have buy 1 get 1 macaron promo, weekly Jazz nights, and sets of board games and what-not that you can play with. It's a great place to hangout for hours even with kids.

Next, my new favorite place, JOY macarons. I've actually tried some of their macarons in January, when I went to Davis St espresso. But I must've had the wrong ones because they didn't impress me. Today however, I had some of the yummiest macarons ever there!


I'm talking about Pear and Basil Macaron Ice Cream sammy here! Oh my lord was that good! The other one that stood out for me was the Lavender & Honey macaron (the purple one at the bottom). You can actually taste both ingredients in one bite! The seasonal Pumpkin macaron is also really good, with all of the pumpkin spice and cinnamony taste. I would like to try the Rose and Lychee one next time! Anyhow, JOY is not really a place for hanging out with your kiddo. It's actually more of a grab-and-go place for you to get a quick sugar fix and leave.



Ah, kids don't even care though. As long as you give them those ice cream sambas, they'd be happy ;) The best part is : the macarons are only $2 each and the ice cream sambas are $6 ! So worth it!


You can also get some merch like these tumblers right here and some temporary tattoos by Tattly (like the ones they sell at Met Ice Cream in Fort Worth).


Now what about the other famous patisserie like uptown's Bisous Bisous? Hmm...I honestly think it doesn't come close to these two places I just wrote about. The flavours are not as unique as JOY or Chocolate Secrets (the most 'unusual' one is probably the PB & J, but it doesn't work as magically good as popcorn or honey-lavender).

This was my favourite from Bisous Bisous and it was their 4th of July special : Mixed berry and cream cheese. The usuals are pretty standard, so I don't get why it's on the Best of Big D. But hey, if you want to check the place out, click here :) It's still a cute place to take photos. For more reviews follow my dineline here :)