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Red Plum Express Located in Cypress Waters next to Gypsy Lime.

Red Plum Express recently opened its  Irving Location at 8701 Cypress Water Blvd near the intersection of 635 and Denton Tap. The restaurant offers Asian fusion cuisine with many staple chinese take-out food items. I recently visited Red Plum to check out this new addition to the restaurant scene.

When I first walked in, I was struck by the number of options the restaurant offers. As a lover of Asian fusion cuisine, I was familiar with most food items ranging from Teriyaki Chicken to Coconut Shrimp. I decided to try my usual order at Asian fusion restaurants: Kung Pao Chicken with Fried Rice and Chicken Egg Rolls.

Based on just this meal alone, I can tell that the quality of food sold at this restaurant is higher than most Asian fusion restaurants. The fried rice was perfectly cooked and complimented the Kung Pao beautifully. My only complaint about the meal would be that the egg rolls were a bit too bland for my taste; however the restaurant offers different sauces to spice up your meal.

I went to the restaurant with group of eight  friends, and everyone was equally pleased with their meal. The restaurant was able to accommodate our large group despite its quaint  environment, but with the developments in Cypress Waters, I suspect the restaurant will get quite packed during lunch hours in the near future. So, make sure to try out this new addition to the Coppell restaurant scene before the rush!

Check out Red Plum’s Menu here


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Girl Scouts at Networking Event Girls pose with CEO of Girls Who Code, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and mentors.

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas hosted its annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Dallas. Prominent community leaders including Former First Lady Laura Bush and Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt attended the event, which was sponsored by AT&T.

Over the years, the Women of Distinction Luncheon has evolved into the community wide event it is today. Gerri Gordon, Girl Scout senior/ambassador program coordinator, explains that the program “first started off as a breakfast and was more about the story of Girl Scouts.” Now, the luncheon is focused on attracting community leaders to help provide girls with more opportunities for the future.

This year’s event featured a keynote address from Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code,  which focused on the importance of encouraging girls to pursue careers in the STEM field through increased opportunities—one of the Girl Scout’s new goals. At the event, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski announced a Center of Excellence for STEM to be opened in 2016 for girls in the DFW area to explore their interests in STEM.

Gordon brought several senior and ambassador Girl Scouts to the luncheon to share their experience with girl scouts and learn important networking skills for the future. Gordon remarks that “[women] love seeing the girls and getting to learn about what they’ve gained from Girl Scouts.”

While Gordon has been bringing Girl Scouts to the event for a few years, she said this was the first year to host a networking event. Prior to the luncheon, each girl had the opportunity to learn the basics of networking in a session with successful women in finance, technology and management.

Girl Scouts offers many opportunities like this to girls of all ages. Visit for more information about upcoming events.


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Food Truck Crowd People line up to purchase food at various food trucks.

This Sunday, October 11, the Kol Ami Congregation of Flower Mound hosted their first ever Food Truck Fest fundraiser. The fest had 16 different food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines in addition to 40 vendor booths and a kid zone with bounce houses. Funds raised from the event will go toward the Kol Ami fund as well as a selected nonprofit organization in the community.

Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis explained that the “essential purpose [of the event] is a fundraiser, but also an opportunity to create a social space in Flower Mound.”

One of the vendors at the event was Becca Lauchner of Trades of Hope—an organization helping to empower women in developing countries. At the event, she sold jewelry made by artisans in 3rd world countries. Along with other vendors, Lauchner noted that the event had a “steady stream of people throughout the day.”

Food Truck festivals have popped up all across the nation as a fun, family-friendly way to raise  money and help foster a sense of community. However, Flower Mound has never had its own event. The Kol Ami Committee, under the lead of David Nicolato, modeled their fest after that of a congregation in Dallas. As a small congregation, Rabbi Dennis didn’t expect the 6,000 people that expressed interest in their event on Facebook to actually turnout.

When his committee first approached him with idea, Rabbi Dennis “wasn’t among the true believers, but [he] is now.”

With such a high turnout, a few food trucks weren’t prepared to accommodate the large demand. Some visitors took to social media to voice their concern with the long lines and heat, however, most visitors had enjoyed Kol Ami’s first Food Truck fest as a whole. The Kol Ami committee hopes to continue this tradition within Flower Mound in the future. Check their Facebook page for any updates on future fundraisers.