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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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Longhorns, Cowboys, and Ice Cream 

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

It's been a little over a year since we moved to Texas, but we had never seen a real cowboy or a real Texas Longhorn until a few days ago on the Labor Day Weekend. We didn't have anywhere else to go to, didn't really feel like going to downtown Dallas either, so we decided to play tourist and visit Fort Worth Stock Yards.

As soon as we drove pass North Main Street and East Exchange Avenue, it was like we were in a different time. We got to see how Texas would look like in the old days. Saloons, bars, and...cowboys. Real cowboys!

We got there just in time for the longhorn cattle drive, which happens twice daily (11.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.). That animal is huge! Wow!


You can take pictures with them too, but I think you'd have to pay for it. I didn't feel comfortable sitting on a huge cow, so I passed that and went to the visitors center instead to get a map and this badge. J loves it.


I found this thing in front of the visitors center interesting because the 4th city they have up here is a city in Indonesia! Didn't know Bandung was Fort Worth's sister city!

We then went to the indoor dining and shopping complex called Stockyards Station to catch a gunfighter show at 11.45 a.m.

It was entertaining and loud! And J was getting sleepy, so we had to feed him before he fell asleep. We decided to try the famous BBQ joint, Riscky's.

I had the BBQ ribs platter with Texas Toast, Green Beans, and Pickles. The ribs were smoky and flavorful, but! They were too dry and therefore stiff! Mr. Man had the BBQ Shrimp and it was probably the best thing to eat here. The briskets are also good and tender. Read the full review on my Tomato here. 

I love that they have the "God Bless Texas" written almost everywhere.

And I love the fact that this dude right here was going to have a Monday off, and that we got to stroll around together till J fell asleep. You know what happens when J sleeps right? Yes. Ice cream!!

As I wrote on my previous post about Fort Worth, I love MELT ice creams. Their flavors are so unique and vegan-friendly. Not that I'm a vegan, but I always try to eat less dairy. So this place is perfect! I had the Boozy Buccaneer which is made of pineapple jam and cinnamon-caramel rum. So sweet and summery! A perfect way to 'end' summer (even though the weather will not cool down until Halloween, here in Texas).

30 minutes after Mr. Man and I had enjoyed our ice creams in the car, J woke up. So I decided to get him a scoop of Planet of the Grapes : a vegan sorbet made of dark grapes and mint. So yummy and refreshing, we had to fight over it a little bit.

He won of course, I let him.



A Visit to Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Patch on Our Anniversary

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Monday October 20, 2014 marked the second year of our marriage. What a young couple we are! We started this journey with nothing but faith in our hearts. Not knowing what was coming our way, we were so young when we said "I Do". While other young couples have fun and travel around the world, we were busy with pregnancy just 2 months after the wedding. We actually celebrated our 1st anniversary with a 2-month-old baby crying every 2 hours. And I remember wishing that our second anniversary would be celebrated somewhere overseas. Somewhere new. And here we are today in America, in this perfect weather, this festive season filled with pumpkins and costumes. Just like in my childhood dreams.


This year, we decided to explore the breathtaking Dallas Arboretum, instead of spending money on expensive food elsewhere to celebrate our young marriage. With $30 entrance fee for 2 adults + $10 parking fee, we had access to some of the most amazing views we have ever seen. We didn't feel the need to 'get rid' of J and to have the whole day to ourselves. We actually felt more intimate if we'd brought him along with us to take a walk around this majestic garden. And we started by playing around the 'Pumpkin Village'.

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They have "Mommy & Me Mondays", so there were a lot of moms and babies running around this pumpkin patch. We parked our strollers at one spot and let J run around the pumpkins. He was so excited.


There are about 75,000 pumpkins all over the arboretum. And they are all real!


Aaw...Look at my dudes. Next, we went to the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace to savor some latte, chicken wraps, panini, and hot dog. You might not be able to see the view here, but we were looking at the Dallas skyline and the White Rock Lake from here. The weather was beautiful, it was just simply perfect.

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We then went to the Rose Mary Haggar Rose Garden, which contains over 200 Hybrid Tea Roses of 16 different varieties.

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Can't you see some pink roses right there? The garden is located by the DeGolyer restaurant (the picture below), but we didn't eat there, because it was not open yet (it usually opens at 11 a.m.).


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Right by the rose garden is the Nancy Clements Seay Magnolia Glade, which features lily ponds, Japanese maple and other gorgeous plants to honor Pauline Neuhoff's mother.


We learned how to build our own garden along the way. We soon discovered that just like building a family, gardening requires a thorough planning! Check out these asters! They were put here on purpose, because they can withstand the sun light. Everything here was planted according to its needs, capabilities, and weaknesses. It's an art in itself!


Next stop,  A Woman's Garden, a gift from the Women's Council of Dallas  to the arboretum that overlooks the White Rock Lake. I love it, so serene, so beautiful.

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Ended the visit at 1 p.m., we went straight to Grapevine Mills to do some shopping (yes, we figured that going winter-clothes-shopping would be a fun activity celebrate our marriage! I mean, who doesn't feel happy when they're shopping?).

Had a baby on the first year, moved to  America on the second - hmm...I wonder what we will go through together in our third, fourth, and if God allows, in our 50th year together! It's not going to be perfect, and we're not always in love with each other, but I am grateful that we are best friends. Let's do this Mr. Man!