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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.

 

 

3 Reasons to Drive to Fort Worth This Spring

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

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So it gets rainy and cloudy one day but then sunny and breezy the other day, spring is here, people. Download the Weather app, pick a day that's warmer, and drive to Fort Worth with your family! Why? Here's why! 1. They Have a Better Zoo

No offense, Dallas Zoo, but I have to admit that Fort Worth Zoo is much more impressive. Open 365 days a year, the zoo charges only $12/adult (kids 2 and under get in for FREE) and $5/car for parking.

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With that amount of money you can enjoy everything from the outdoor learning center, Yellow Rose Express Train, Texas Wild petting corral, to even a laser target game in the Wild West Shooting Gallery - all on top of the magnificent 12 animal exhibits!

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Like the Flamingo Bay right here, African Savannah, Australian Outback, and Raptor Canyon, etc.

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I've never seen Rhinos from that close of a distance before. That's what's cool about this zoo. You're actually taking a walk in a man-made forest.

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Beautiful isn't it? You can learn about native Texan animals in the Texas Wild! exhibit where a few restaurants and diners are also located.

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You'd probably need about 3 hours to see all of the 12 exhibits, ride the trains (your kids would want to!), and play laser tag. Totally worth it, right?

 

2. They Have a FREE Botanic Garden (with Free Parking!)

I love Dallas Arboretum, but sometimes, I can't really afford spending $15/adult + $10 for parking just to see flowers. I mean, they are beautiful and all but you know, sometimes you just want to walk around for 30 to 45 minutes, soak in the sun, look at some pretty flowers, feel the breeze, and that's it. $40 seems a little too pricy for that right? Well, Fort Worth Botanic Garden is FREE!!

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You can take a good walk around the Four Seasons garden, Fragrance Garden, Oval Rose Garden, Fuller Garden, Trial Garden, Perennial Garden, and Texas Native Fores Boardwalk. A lot of people actually come here to do a little picnic with their families, it's so pretty here. It's much smaller than Dallas Arboretum, but it's got more flowers than public parks, so why not?

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They also have the famous Japanese Garden with a $5/adult fee and the Conservatory with a $2/adult fee. Not bad, right?

 

3. MELT. MELT. MELT.

I eat ice cream in any season, so of course the warmer weather makes me want to eat it even more! This particular ice cream parlor is just a dream.

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They call themselves a "craft ice cream shop" and you can probably see why.

 

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All made from scratch with local ingredients, Melt has come up with unique and original flavors like honey candies + thyme and Thai tea. Sounds yummy right? I like the usual mint chocolate chips and cheesecake-flavored ice creams, but sometimes I want something different. And this shop has got it all!

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They also support the Birthday Party Project, so you can come and drop your party donations (like party hats and party favors) so they can use them to celebrate the birthdays of homeless children. Isn't that amazing?

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You can also buy these bags for charity and cool flash tattoos by Tattly. You can buy the ice cream by the pints as well.

 

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Ow yeah, definitely coming back here more often to treat ma self.

For New Parents who Love Movies in DFW

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

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Going to the cinema for a datenight might not be easy for new parents who got babies needing their full attention at the moment. Watching Netflix at home might be fun, but you still need to go out some times to watch the summer sequels no matter how overrated they are, right? Well, a really good option is to go to a drive-in! You can watch a new movie, while nursing your baby at the back seat and putting him to sleep afterwards. Your baby can cry or have his diaper changed anytime he likes because it's your own car, nobody's gonna get annoyed by your baby's crying! How convenient, right?

After looking for options, we decided to go to Coyote Drive-in last weekend, and we had a blast!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Located at our neighboring city, Fort-Worth, this drive-in has got 3 screens that projects 6 movies each night (2 movies per screen). The first movie screening usually starts at 9 p.m. and the second one at around midnight.

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So you come, pay for the tickets, and park your car in front of the screen, just pick a spot!

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Then you head here to purchase popcorn, refill-able sodas, cotton candies, pizza and even wine. They also got food trucks that sell gigantic turkey legs and snow cones. All topped off with a live music performance and most importantly, clean toilets!

With $8 / adults ticket fee, I think this place is definitely worth going to. We put baby J to sleep in the car seat, and we enjoyed the movie (well not really enjoyed it, Transformers sucks...sorry Michael Bay) screening experience. It's been a year since we went to the movies on a saturday night, so it was good to be able to bring a baby without worrying about him being loud and annoying in a public place.