5 Useful Frisco Links to Bookmark
Are a long time Frisco resident, new to the neighborhood, or contemplating the move to the area? Sounds like you could use some go to information on Frisco! Whether you are looking for a hot deal or a spot in town to get some work done, these 5 links are your new Frisco resources to browse and bookmark:


  1. Free Wifi Spots: because who hasn’t tried to find a good spot to settle in to, connect to the internet and get some work done! This is a list of Frisco locations that offer FREE Wifi.
  2. Local Gas Prices: well gas prices are the best they have been in years, but by using this link you can be sure to track down the cheapest gas Frisco has to offer. No matter how wallet friendly gas becomes, it’s always nice to save the most moolah as possible!
  3. Frisco Discounts: I don’t know about you, but I love me some savings! Check out ShopAcrossTexas’ Frisco site for local coupons and sale information for some of the best deals in the area.
  4. Frisco Groupon: in case you didn’t get this impression from the above links, I love saving money! Here is another another rewarding resource where you can opt in for savings on local Frisco services. If you haven’t checked out Groupon recently, you should check it out for great deals on everything from restaurants to auto-repair.
  5. VisitFrisco: this is one of my favorite sites for happenings and resources in Frisco. Whether you are looking for what to do in Frisco, where to stay, or what big events are going on, this site is a great stop to come back to time and time again.

Do you have any favorite online resources for the Frisco area? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or send me a direct note here.

7 Ways to Ring in the 2015 New Year in Frisco
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s almost that time of year again! Ring in the New Year, Frisco style with one or some of these fun ideas:

  1. Looking for a way to celebrate with the kids with a Family New Year’s Eve Bash?  Just follow these easy ideas for the whole family to have a blast with New Year’s Eve festivities!
  2. Reserve your NYE dinner at one of these delicious restaurants: Bonnie Ruth’s Cafe et PatisserieBuca di BeppoEstilo Gaucho Brazilian SteakhouseNola GrillCrudo Wood Fired Bistro, or Perry’s Steakhouse. Check out this list for more options and menu’s in the DFW area.
  3. Dave & Buster’s is ringing in the New Year early at their Family Fun Celebration! Advanced ticket purchase required and large groups welcome. And/or join them for an exclusive New Year’s Eve Celebration including food and drink to entertainment and play, they have you set for an epic night! Advanced ticket purchase required and large groups welcome. For package details and tickets click HERE.
  4. Main Event is ringing in the New Year with bowling, billiards, laser tag & other activities! No reservations required and they are open until 1:00am.
  5. Throw the easiest New Year’s Eve party ever at home! Invite a couple friends over and follow these tips and you will have an easy and fun filled night.
  6. Champagne is the traditional New Year’s drink so spice up the norm with these 16 champagne cocktails for New Year’s Eve.
  7. Christmas in the Square isn’t over quite yet! Enjoy the last few days and spend your New Year’s Eve and New Years Day checking out the Light & Music Spectacular. Head to Frisco Square to join in from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
2015 will be here before you know it! Celebrate, be safe and be merry!
How are you ringing in the New Year? I’d love to hear it – just hit me up or comment below.


8 Reasons to Pick Perry’s Steakhouse in Frisco
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Everybody loves a good meal, so it’s safe to assume everybody really loves an awesome meal. Now that Perry’s Steakhouse has officially opened the doors at their shiny, new Frisco location by Stonebriar Centre, you can have the food you really love this holiday season and throughout the year. If you still need convincing, then let’s get right to it. Here are THE 10 reasons to pick Perry’s Steakhouse in Frisco:

1.  The delicious food. Obviously! This is a given and more detail on this below, but come on. It’s Perry’s. You know pretty much anything you order is going to be amazing. It’s just that kind of place!



2.  The cocktails. Let me tell you, they are serious about making these and making them the right way. Their mixologists perfect each one, all the way down to slapping the mint leaves in your mojito for just the right flavor (check out the experts here). There really isn’t a bad one in the bunch so close your eyes, point, and order!


3.  The Classic Sidecar. So what does a sidecar have to do with Perry’s Steakhouse? Everything. It’s one of their most popular cocktails from the 1920’s and after tasting (or gulping) down one of these, I’m officially a believer. It has the perfect mix of Hennessy VS, Grand Marnier and Caravella Limoncello with fresh pressed lemon juice. Shaken and served up with a twist of lemon. Not too sweet, not too strong, not too weak.


4.  The Asian Ahi Tuna Tartare. This really is the perfect appetizer. Light and flavorful and leaves you satisfied and still with enough room left to comfortably enjoy your main course.



5.  The “off the menu” Chateaubriand. If you can’t decide on a flavor or want a variety of flavor explosion, look no further. The chateaubriand is individually cut into three slices and topped with truffle merlot sauce on one, béarnaise sauce on one, and roasted peppercorn sauce on another. My personal favorite is the roasted peppercorn, but there is no bad pick among the three!


6.  The accommodations. Not only does this restaurant seat up to 350 guests in beautiful and perfectly lit space, but they offer 4 private dining areas for various party sizes to ensure a perfect get-together for events anywhere from birthdays to company holiday parties.


7.  The happy hour. Who doesn’t love happy hour? Perry’s bar, Bar 79, features specially priced bar items, wines, and martinis weekdays from 4:00pm to 6:30pm and from 4:00pm to 9:00pm on Sundays. What a perfect opportunity to relax after work and order one of those Classic Sidecars! Or even check out their newest holiday cocktail, the Holiday Sparkle that’s just $6 during the month of December.


8.  THE famous Perry’s Pork Chop. Hand selected in the Midwest specifically for Perry’s Steakhouse, this prime chop is cured, roasted, slow-smoked and caramelized, and served with homemade applesauce. Not only that, but each one passes the seven finger test. Yes, its seven fingers thick. You’ll want to refer to the picture on the left for proof. Try to contain the drooling.

If you haven’t checked out Perry’s Steakhouse in Frisco yet, there really isn’t anything like the present. You will be thanking yourself and wondering why it took you so long to relax and enjoy their can’t be beat menu!

2440 Parkwood Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034 (Map)
Phone: 214-494-4645

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

2014 Fall and Winter Upcoming Runs in Frisco

Hooray for cooler weather! It’s finally that time of year where running outside is enjoyable and you don’t risk melting down in the sun. So now what? It’s time to lace up your running shoes and join in on one or some of the upcoming Frisco fun runs, walks, and 5k’s. Here is a list of Frisco runs and walks coming up:

November 8-16, 2014; Anytime: Saluting Our Veterans, Virtual Run, Anywhere

  • We can never thank our armed forces enough for the work that they do to protect our country. This virtual run is an opportunity to show our honor and appreciation for our veterans and the service they provide. This is a virtual race, so run/walk/crawl where ever you are whenever you can. You can even complete this race on the treadmill. Every runner will receive a 4″ Saluting Our Veterans medal!
  • Register here.

November 22, 2014; 8:30 AM: St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk., at Frisco Square, Frisco TX

  • Join St. Jude supporters in the Frisco community and in more than 65 cities nationwide in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In a single day we will come together to help St. Jude change the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Registration for this family-friendly event is free.
  • Register here.

November 27, 2014; 8:00am: North Texas Turkey Trot at Frisco Square/FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco TX

  • This is the fourth year for the popular and growing family event on Thanksgiving Day in Frisco. The event offers a 10K trot, a 5K trot and a Miracle Mile for kids. Join thousands of participants who celebrate the holiday with grandparents, relatives, friends and their children. Benefitting The Miracle League of Frisco, a charitable organization that is designed to provide an opportunity for children to enjoy team sports in a fun, safe and rewarding environment.
  • Register here.

December 13, 2014; 8:00am: Frosty 5K & Merry Mile at Simpson Plaza at City Hall, Frisco TX

  • Celebrate the holiday season in Frisco with this 5K and merry mile! A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to S.O.A.R. (Scholarship Opportunities for Activities and Recreation) Charitable Fund. This scholarship program allows qualified Frisco residents to participate in recreation programs and special events.
  • Register here.

Which Frisco run or walk is your favorite? Comment below or send me a note. I’d love to hear from you!

How to Climb to New Heights in Frisco

Looking for your next challenge to go along with the new Fall season? Let me introduce you to Canyon’s Rock Climbing in Frisco. This indoor rock climbing gym has everything you need to physically and mentally climb to new heights. So how can a place and activity promise so much? Let me explain.

First of all, I will tell you that this was much harder than I thought it would be. I like to consider myself somewhat fit (don’t we all), but this really challenged me from every aspect. My arms were fatigued. I developed on unknown fear of heights about 6 feet off the ground (it felt like 60 feet, I swear). And on top of that, it’s also like putting a puzzle together while you figure out where to best place your foot and how to best grasp the wall. So long story short, there was a lot of stuff going on all at once that I just didn’t plan for.

Here’s the part that really sold me on the experience. I did it! There was such a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that went along with climbing all the way up the wall, ringing the bell, and trusting my partner to help me repel down the wall safely. Pretty addicting actually! With each climb I figured it out a little bit more and climbed a little faster with more strategic moves.

One of the crazy parts of my experience is by just being in that gym, you can always see the next level that is waiting for you to conquer like tougher climbs (apparently it’s possible to climb upside-down) and bouldering (apparently it’s possible to climb upside-down without a rope). I can imagine that with each new level you accomplish comes with a fabulous sense of satisfaction!

Not only is does Canyon’s Rock Climbing give you a great space for a new kind of work out, but it’s a great place to take a friend! I went with a couple of girlfriends and we had a blast! Plus, Canyon’s is right around the corner from Frisco Square so it’s in a great spot to grab a meal afterwards to re-fuel.

If you’re up for the challenge and ready to climb to new heights, check out Canyon’s Rock Climbing and let me know what you think:

  • Rates: starts around $17 for a day pass
  • Instruction: private lessons and intro class
  • Address: 7164 Technology Dr. Suite 202, Frisco, TX, 75033
  • Phone: 214-872-2992

Emerging Salon in Frisco is Your New Go To

Looking for a new salon in Frisco or to give your hair a healthy boost? Then upgrade from your current salon to one of the many talented stylists at Andrea Jordan Salon located in a chic new spot in Frisco Square. I recently was intrigued by all the buzz I was hearing, so I went to check things out.

I am pretty picky about my hair, so trying out a new stylist can be a little nerve wracking. Let me first cut to the chase and tell you that there was definitely no need to worry. Here are a few of my notes from my appointment:

  1. I had an old, expired Groupon for a Keratin Treatment and they went ahead and honored it anyways. Off to a great start! (Check out their current Groupon deal)
  2. The Andrea Jordan Salon is located in a cute spot right in the heart of Frisco Square. Inside, the decor is perfectly stylish and modern. Not you’re everyday salon and I loved the look right off the bat!
  3. During the very brief wait to meet my stylist I was offered a variety of beverages including complimentary soda, water, or wine. Let the rest and relaxation begin!
  4. Next I met my stylist, Whitney, and we were off to the sinks for a wash to get started!
  5. The Keratin treatment was easy and painless and smelled amazing (no chemical or permy smell here!). The treatment was painted on my hair (like hair dye would be) layer by layer, blow dried and flat ironed to activate the keratin.
  6. I was filled in on the whole process of how the Keratin treatment would work and how best to take care of my hair post treatment. Benefits of the Keratin treatment include less frizz and less time to dry your hair and style it. To see the best results you’ll want to leave the treatment in for at least 48 hours and only use salon quality sulfate free shampoo and conditioner (check out my favorite Birchbox pick here).
  7. Whitney was awesome! She makes you feel right at ease and was very fun to chat with throughout the appointment. She’s definitely a pro and even gave me a complimentary quick trim to go along with my newly smooth hair!

All this to say, I think I’ve found a winner! Quality salon, check. Quality stylist, check. Quality service, check. Book your appointment at this triple threat salon today:

Located in Frisco Square
8825 Coleman Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034

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!

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.

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

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

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

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.