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Don’t Miss These Happenings at Stonebriar Mall This Weekend!
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There are so many exciting things happening at Stonebriar Mall in Frisco this Saturday (8/23/14)! Head on over and check out these events (and maybe do some shopping while you’re at it).

Discover the Stars Event!

WHEN: 8/23/2014 @ 1:00pm to 5:00pm
WHERE: Stonebriar Centre, Lower Level near Dillard’s

Join the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to explore the night sky at Stonebriar Centre!

The Planetarium staff will give FREE, guided tours through the universe every half hour. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis for guests ages six and up.

Forever 21 Grand Opens New Store

WHEN: 8/23/2014 @ 10:00 am
WHERE: Forever 21, Level 1

Grand Opening events kick off at 10am. The first 100 in line will receive a Forever 21 gift card valued from $10 to $210! A DJ will be on hand spinning tunes and there will be lots of specials and discounts through the weekend. Line up to enter the store will be located at Forever 21′s outside entrance on the lower level near Sears.

Gap’s New Store Opening

WHEN: 8/23/2014 @ 1:00pm to 5:00pm
WHERE: Gap, Level 2

Come Celebrate Gap’s New Store! They will be hosting an event to celebrate the opening of their new store. Come on out for carnival fun for kids, a DJ, treats, and giveaways!

Back-to-School at Macy’s with Meredith Foster

WHEN: 8/23/2014 @ 2:00pm
WHERE: Macy’s Junior’s Department – 1st Floor

Be one of the first 250 at Macy’s Stonebriar in Frisco on Saturday, August 23rd at 2pm to have a chance to meet beauty and fashion guru Meredith Foster to check out her must-have picks for Back to School! Bring your friends and get spoiled with mini-makeovers and manicures, snacks and more fun activities!

Back to School $15 Gift Card Bonus

WHEN: 8/23/2014 &  8/24/2014 @ 1:00pm to 5:00pm
WHERE: Stonebriar Centre - Redemption Zone

Receive a $15 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card with $150 or more in purchases. Present same-day receipts – only this Saturday and Sunday – between 1-5pm at the Redemption Zone.

Offer while supplies last. One (1) Gift Card per person. Must be 18 or older, ID required. Purchases from merchants located in the Stonebriar Centre shopping center only; bill payments are not eligible purchases. Must be same day receipts!

Have fun, Frisco!

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This New Frisco Restaurant Gives a Fresh Spin on Comfort Food
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Well, it’s safe to say I’ve found my new favorite restaurant in Frisco. Truly. Picture this: a modern, yet rustic, restaurant that is serving up unique versions of all your favorite home cooked meals. Elevated comfort cuisine, if you will. Each dish is not only packed with mouthwatering bites, but has it’s very own special touch and one of a kind attention to detail to it that sets it apart from all others. Sound enticing?

Meet one of Frisco’s newest restaurants, Barnlight Eatery located at 15922 Eldorado Pkwy (intersection of Eldorado Pkwy and Custer). Recently opened in the Spring of 2014 by the charming husband and wife duo Phil and Christina Doyal, this restaurant is getting down to the basics while blending in rich southern Texas flavor.

They say, “we delight in serving the soul of Texas cooking to every table,” and after sampling their menu last week I couldn’t agree more. Here are the highlights of the meal and Barnlight experience:

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
I probably could have eaten a whole meal out of this hummus. Wow. It was amazing. I want some right now just thinking about it. The amount of flavor this hummus packs pleasantly surprised me. If you want a healthy and satisfying appetizer for just you or you and your family, this is your pick hands down.

Crab Cakes 
Okay. So I LOVE crab cakes. This is generally an easy sell for me. I haven’t ever eaten a southern style crab cake though. Hints of corn and jalepeño really set this crab cake apart from all the others and the sauce it sits in really hits it out of the park.


Artisan Grilled Cheese

Swiss, boursin and monterrey jack cheese, bacon, seared green tomatoes, frisse, on challa bread. I probably had you at bacon. THE BEST grilled cheese I’ve EVER had. And I really, really mean that. This dish right here will be apart of my go to comfort food from this moment on.

Chicken Fried Shrimp
How can anything called Chicken Fried Shrimp not be amazing? What’s not to love? Shimp = delicious. Chicken fried anything = delicious. Barnlight Eatery’s southern marriage of the two topped with yet another awesome sauce that compliments the dish in all the right ways = superior deliciousness.


Zinfandel Pot Roast

This pot roast falls apart at the light touch of your fork. That’s always a key sign that the pot roast in front of you is about to blow your mind. And your taste buds. Barnlight Eatery’s Pot Roast did not disappoint. This was one of those dishes you just can’t stop eating, no matter how full you are!

Fried Breast of Chicken
First of all, this isn’t just fried chicken. No. Definitely not your average fried chicken. Think of your average delicious fried chicken, then multiply that by 10. Even then, this mouthwatering chicken is beating that and will be the fanciest fried chicken you ever had. And the sauce drizzled across this dish really is the cherry on top!

Key Lime Pie
You may think you know Key Lime Pie. You may think you know exactly what you’ll be getting and tasting when you order this Key Lime Pie. You are wrong. This Key Lime Pie tastes like no other Key Lime Pie I’ve ever had. This secret recipe is already a fan favorite at Barnlight Eatery and I have officially jumped on the Key Lime Pie bandwagon. There is a surprising yet comforting kick in this pie that will have you coming back time and time again! A perfect and refreshing finish to any meal.

Every single one of these dishes wasn’t just your average dish. You could immediately see and taste all the effort and attention to detail that went into every single bite. I’m telling you, Barnlight Eatery will quickly find its way to the top of your favorite restaurants list. A must try in Frisco, Texas!

Do you have a favorite dish from Barnlight Eatery in Frisco? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or send me a note here.

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Everything You Need to Know About Restaurant Week in Frisco
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It’s almost that time again…the annual DFW Restaurant Week! Celebrating it’s 17th year, this year kicks off on August 11, 2014 and officially runs through August 17, 2014.

So why is DFW Restaurant Week a big deal? Not only is it a fun opportunity for diners to enjoy nice meals at some delicious restaurants in the area, it also helps raise money for the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home.

The original plan was to give diners the chance to eat at fancy restaurants for $35 for three courses of food, plus tax, tip and beverages, though some restaurants have even expanded their offerings and extended their dates that these opportunities are available. Be sure to call ahead to confirm your restaurant of choice’s offerings.

What you might not know, is that DFW Restaurant Week expands out to include restaurants right in Frisco and some surrounding suburbs. This makes it a breeze for you to partake in all the excitement!

Here are the participating Frisco locations:

Estilo Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse
8650 State Hwy. 121
Frisco, TX
P:  214-618-6150

Nola Grill
8898 Coleman Blvd.
Frisco, TX
P:  972-377-6652

One2One
1339 Legacy Dr.
Frisco, TX
P:  214-618-2221

Randy’s Steakhouse
7026 Main St.
Frisco, TX
P:  972-335-3066

Silver Fox Frisco
1303 Legacy Dr.
Frisco, TX
P:  214-618-5220

 

And locations around Frisco, including Plano and McKinney include:

The Capital Grille (Plano)
7300 Dallas Pkwy.
Plano, TX
P:  972-398-2221

Dee Lincoln’s Steak & Burger Bar
4701 W. Park Blvd, #101
Plano, TX
P:  972-519-1642

Naan Sushi
7161 Bishop Rd #G2
Plano, TX
P:  972-943-9288

Nicola’s Ristorante
5800 Legacy Dr. #C-1
Plano, TX
P:  972-608-4455

Roy’s
2840 Dallas Pkwy.
Plano, TX
P:  972-473-6263

Seasons 52 (Plano)
7300 Lone Star Dr.
Plano, TX
P:  972-312-8852

Steve Fields Steak & Lobster
5013 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX
P:  972-596-7100

Rick’s Chophouse
107 N. Kentucky
McKinney, TX
P:  214-726-9251

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3 Reasons to Check Out Mama Fu’s in Frisco
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“Fresh, bold, and inspiring.”

This simple yet powerful statement is how Mama Fu’s puts their stake in the ground. Their Frisco restaurant recently invited me out to dine and check out THE Mama Fu’s experience. And let me tell you…it did not disappoint. Curious why? Simply put, here are the 3 reasons the check out Mama Fu’s in Frisco:

  1. You can have it your way. Yes, yes that was Burger King’s slogan..trust me, it applies here too. Need your entree gluten-free. No problem! Are you a vegan. No issue here! Just simply ask for your dish made the way that fits your needs and they can take care of it. No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.
  2. A great spot to stay awhile. The location is convenient and right in the heart of Frisco’s best shopping areas, at the intersection of Preston and 121. Chances are you’re already over here running errands. When you pop in, you’ll find the restaurant atmosphere is fun, modern, and inviting. And one of the best parts? It’s casual eating that won’t hurt your wallet. So why not relax, hang out on the patio, and stay for awhile.
  3. The tasty food. Duh. You MUST try their fried green beans. They are awesome. Just do it. I would also recommend their Banh Mi chicken sandwich. The chicken (also a pork option) is cooked in spicy hoisin sauce and served on a baguette filled with pickled carrots and daikon radish, cilantro, and cucumber slices with sweet potato fries on the side. The flavor explosion in my mouth and all the ingredients complimenting each other really is a winning combination! Last but never least, their chocolate cake. I started off planning on “just having a couple bites”. I demolished that thing. So yummy.
So there you have it! THE 3 reasons to check out Mama Fu’s in Frisco. There of course are so many more reasons, but these are my personal favorites. Do you have another reason you like Mama Fu’s in Frisco? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or send me a note here.

 

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5 Reasons to Run the Color Up 5K
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It’s time! Throw on your tennis shoes and sign up for one of the final Frisco runs this Spring, the Color Up 5K on May 31, 2014 @ 8:00am. This run (or jog, walk, skip, etc.) sounds crazy fun and is definitely the most colorful run all year!

Here are 5 reasons to lace up those sneakers and run:

  1. You start out wearing white and while you go through the course of 4 paint zones, painters, and magic pixie dust. By the end, you’re speckled with blasts of color. So not you’re typical 5k!
  2. Parking for the race is free! One less barrier in the way to getting out there. Simply park at Frisco Square parking lots and parking garages or the Toyota Stadium parking lots available. For more parking info check out this race map. Better yet, carpool!
  3. The goodies! Get your race t-shirt as well as free pictures. Pictures will be taken at the finish line and the Color Party to be sent out in a link a couple days after, so don’t forget to download, tag, and share you photos.
  4. There’s a party afterwards! After you cross the finish line, head to the Color Party. There will be a DJ, dancing and of course more color! Every 10 minutes there will be a countdown to runners simultaneously throwing color up in the air. Seriously…when is another time you can do this? (YOLO!)
  5. Best of all, $5 from each adult race fee will directly benefit Frisco Family Services. Not only will you be having a blast, but you’re giving back at the same time. It’s a win, win (even if you don’t actually win the race)!
If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s super easy. Simply visit this site and then pick up your packet on Thursday (5/29) or Friday(5/30) at Run On! Frisco from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Need more info? Check out the runner planner for all the race details.


What are you looking forward to the most at the Color Up 5K? Comment below or send me a note. I’d love to hear from you!

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How 1 Business in Frisco has Made Jumping Safe Again
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You’ve probably heard of the hazards of traditional trampolines. Perhaps you even fell victim to an injury or two on a trampoline as a kid (guilty!). One business with a new Frisco location, Springfree Trampoline, is changing the way we think about safety on a trampoline by revolutionizing the trampoline design. In fact, their design is the world’s safest trampoline!

I went to check out what all the commotion was about this past weekend and I have to say, I kind of geeked out over their product. It’s a really cool concept! There are no springs involved, but instead it provides that trampoline bounce from fiberglass rods. The rods are actually underneath running the outside rim of the trampoline, instead of running around on the surface of the trampoline. And even better, your bounce is smoother and softer than a normal trampoline and is easier on your joints. They have truly done a fantastic job rethinking this!

If you’re looking for a sweet backyard addition this summer, I would urge you to grab your kids and head over to their Frisco store and test out the Springfree Trampoline!

Still need some convincing or interested in more facts? Check out their FAQ.

And for a short time only, you can participate in their GoPro Camera Giveaway! Now through Monday, May 19, just visit the new Frisco store and tweet, check-in or post on Facebook with the hashtag, #SpringfreeFrisco. It’s that easy and you will be entered into the giveaway!

Lastly, for my health and wellness fanatics, here are the many health and fitness benefits from jumping on the Springfree Trampoline:

  • Cardio Fitness: Just 10 minutes of jumping on a trampoline is equivalent to a 30 minute run.
  • Low Impact: Trampolining is a low impact exercise – A jumper’s vertical acceleration and deceleration is absorbed by the trampoline mat, taking up most of the shock.
  • Stronger Bones: The repetitive action of jumping improves bone mineral content and builds the musculoskeletal system. Each landing from a jump is double the force of gravity, which develops muscle strength.
  • Detoxifying and Lymphatic Drainage: Bouncing on a trampoline stimulates the free-flowing lymphatic drainage system, helping rid your body of toxins.
  • Mental Health: Endorphins, the positive mood enhancing chemicals released during exercise, are triggered when jumping. Plus, jumping is fun!

Have you tried out the Springfree? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or send me a note here.

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4 Ways to Relax in Frisco
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Stressful week? Or maybe you’re due for a little “me time“? Whatever the reason may be, it’s time to treat yourself to some R & R. No need to lift another finger to plan your rest and relaxation time. Here are 4 ways to relax in Frisco, Texas:

1) De-stress and revive yourself with some yoga. There is something about the soothing and peaceful atmosphere, and the smooth yet challenging poses that has extreme relation powers.

Here are a couple of my recommended yoga studios in Frisco:

2) Pamper yourself with some spa time! Mani/Pedi’s, massages, or facials are sure to melt away your stress and tension. Frisco definitely has you covered here! There are SO many options to choose from, so start here to narrow down you’re beauty and spa spot of choice:

3) Enjoy nature! You may not know that Frisco has a handful of outdoor escapes. Escape into nature at any (or all) of these Frisco spots:

4) Relax while reading a book. There a few other activities that are as relaxing as curling up on the couch or even in your own backyard with a good book. Check out these book havens in Frisco to pick up your page turner of choice:

Where is your favorite relaxing getaway in Frisco? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or send me a note here.

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Must Read Prep List for Whole Foods Coming to Frisco
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Have you heard? Whole Foods Market is finally coming to Frisco, Texas! It’s truly the best thing to happen since sliced bread…or sliced bread with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or hydrogenated fats that is.

If you haven’t heard the buzz, here are the main points you need to know:

  1. Whole Foods will be coming to Frisco and plan to open their doors fall of 2015.
  2. The location will be at Wade Park at Dallas North Tollway and Lebanon Road and close to the proposed headquarters and practice facilities for the Dallas Cowboys.
  3. The 45,000 square foot store with be a host to everything you can expect including natural, local and organic products.
  4. For more info, read here.

So how can you be a part of the preparation and celebration that is Whole Foods in Frisco? Here are some go to posts and articles that capture the essence of Whole Foods and are sure to help you gear up to become an authentic Whole Foodie by the time their doors open:

Have any Whole Food tips or recommendations yourself? Keep the conversation going by commenting below or sending in your comments directly here.

 

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11 Things to Do in Frisco this Spring
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Spring has finally sprung and we are finally out of winter (cross your fingers!). Here are 11 things to do this Spring in Frisco:
  1. You be the Tour Guide. 2014 is the 5th year this contest has been a hit in Frisco! Grab your camera, take some local shots, and enter your work here.
  2. Patio weather. This is my absolute favorite thing about Spring. The weather isn’t boiling hot yet, so it’s the perfect time to have an ice cold beverage of your preference on any of the Frisco patios.
  3. Exercise outdoors. We’ve finally reached the sweet spot of weather for the year. Kick back up your workout routine without the heat exhaustion! Need a suggestion to get you started? Check out this Frisco Central Park workout.
  4. Spring cleaning. Out with the old, in with the new! The time has come to rid yourself of last year’s clutter and mess. How about some help to get you started? Check out these Frisco cleaning services.
  5. Baseball season. The RoughRiders are back in action at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark starting this Thursday, April 3 at 7:05pm. Batter’s up!
  6. Soccer season. FC Dallas has already kicked off their season at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco! Keep up to date on the latest on their moves here.
  7. SnowCone lady. The SnowCone Lady will be back soon and will be seen serving up over 60 frozen flavors. This is truly a refreshing way to kick off Spring!
  8. Frisco Farmers Market. Saturday morning’s will get kicked off to a fresh start again beginning May 10, 2014. For more information, stay tuned and check in here.
  9. Gardening. Get your garden back in shape by gearing up at one of these local Frisco nurseries
  10. Refresh your wardrobe. Ring in Spring with all the floral and pastel colors your heart desires! Start at one of these local Frisco boutiques
  11. Jimmy Buffett! Last but not least, he’s back! June 21, 2014 officially closes out Spring and marks Jimmy Buffett’s return to Frisco! Check out these 3 crazy things to look forward to.
Have fun out there, Frisco!

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Plus It at Frisco’s Best BBQ Joint 3 Stacks Smoke House
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This is Texas and every Texan knows good barbecue when they see it, smell it, and taste it. So from one Texan to another, let me tell you a little bit about the best barbecue in Frisco, Texas. Hands down, its 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House!

This post might sound a bit familiar to you. Surely you just read a post on 3 Stacks here on I Heart Frisco just a mere month or two ago. Well…you would be right! I thought I had fully sung the praises of 3 Stacks back in November, giving you 3 reasons to go to 3 Stacks, but then an absolutely amazing thing happened. They decided to “plus it”!

Walt Disney first coined the phrase, “plus it”, when referring  to a project that was complete, but then taking it a step further and asking how it could be even better. 3 Stacks has done just that!

Back in January and due to popular demand, they temporarily closed their doors for a 10-day renovation and then re-opened as a full-service restaurant with some delicious additions to their menu. Here are a handful of highlights and personal recommendations from the menu:

Shiner Wings: Tossed in Shiner BBQ and also available tossed in hot sauce. Trust me on the this one. Shiner wings. Just do it!

Burnt Ends: 1 /2 lb of burnt ends. I don’t think of myself as a big carnivore, but Oh My Gosh. These are melt in your mouth delicious.

Stacked Nachos: Warm tortilla chips topped with queso, beans, onions, jalapenos, pico de gallo, and choice of pulled pork or brisket. Nachos, BBQ style. Enough said, right?

Pecan Pie: This super rich Texas pecan pie is served warm with a drizzle of carmel sauce. I’m pretty sure I could eat an entire pie (not slice) all to myself of this. No joke.

Contessa’s Salad: Hearts of romaine lettuce tossed with a 1/4 pound of chopped brisket, beans, cheddar, pico de gallo, and crispy tortilla strips. Served with avocado ranch dressing. If you’ve never tried a chopped brisket salad, the time is now!

If you loved 3 Stacks before the renovation, you’re going to love, love, love the after results even more! Check out this Frisco BBQ gem and it will easily make it’s way into your heart…and your stomach!