Natasha Desai’s Preston Hollow home was spared in last fall’s tornadoes, but there was devastation all around. “It resembled a war zone,” recalls the stay-at-home mom of five. Amidst the wreckage, Desai also saw hope. “Neighbors delivered water and food to those dealing with damage. Students who couldn’t go to school packed up people’s belongings.” Those things remind Desai why Preston Hollow is perfect for her, husband Antal and their children: Alekh, 9, Natalya, 7, Nyra, 5, Coco, 4, and Niall, 1.
Favorite family restaurant Our favorite family restaurant is Le Bilboquet. We celebrate big family events there. Stefan, Edward and the rest of the team treat us like family. Close to home, we enjoy Suze. Our kids get love their salmon and the chocolate “gob,” and it always feels like a special night out.
Best park Preston Hollow Park. The kids enjoy the swings and play hide and seek, running behind all the trees. We also bring footballs and play catch with the kids on the grassy area. And it’s shaded and has a pavilion, which you can rent for larger gatherings.
Preston Hollow Park // 6600 Park Lane, Dallas
Favorite family outing We love bike riding along our winding neighborhood streets. Lately. we have been enjoying backyard picnics. We pack a picnic and spend the afternoon reading, talking and playing board games on our large quilt.
For a night out R+D Kitchen—the atmosphere is fun and casual, and the food and staff are always consistently excellent. The Newporter salad is my favorite!
R+D Kitchen // 8300 Preston Center Plaza Drive, Dallas
Self-care spot I love pilates, so I had been frequenting The PilatesBarre before the pandemic. It’s a great total-body workout, strength training and cardio mixed. I also go to SoulCycle. The instructors are so high energy, and the music is wonderful—so even on my sluggish days, I feel energized after a good ride. I’m hoping to resume come fall.
Go-to for getting active Recently, our family has been taking long—4 mile—walks. We love our walks as a way to connect with our kids without distraction.
For cooling off Our kids love Baldo’s Ice Cream. They get the five-cone flight, which lets them sample multiple flavors in kid-friendly portions. Some favorites are strawberry milk, salted caramel and Frosted Flakes. And the store changes the flavors often. Who doesn’t love a little variety? We also love going to Brook Hollow Golf Club for swimming (plus golf and tennis). Brook Hollow has a couple of smaller pools, a baby and toddler pool with a fountain, a water slide and a lap pool with a diving board.
How they give back Giving back is important for our family. We have participated in the Katy 5K, supporting the Katy Trail, and the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K benefiting Make–A-Wish. The kids have also spent time working with Vogel Alcove, creating Bye Bye Bags with nutritious snacks for kids in need. I think it’s important for children to realize that you are never too young to make an impact and create change.
How she found her mom squad With five children, I am lucky to meet so many great women through their schools and activities. I typically get to visit with my local mom friends a couple of times a week when the kids are in school. I also try to walk and run with my neighbor once a week.
Why Preston Hollow is great for families A friend once said, “Dallas does family best.” When everyone is trying their hardest to raise their children well, it creates a community supportive of strong family values.
Photo courtesy of Angela Weedon.