Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Best Things To Do In Frisco, Texas

The Lone Star State is full of amazing places to visit. Frisco is one Texas city that you will not want to miss, located 20 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Whether you are interested in sports, history, shopping, or cultural events, Frisco has something for everyone. Here are my suggestions for the best things to do in Frisco.

#1 Tour The Ford Center at the Star

The Ford Center at The Star (a 91-acre complex that also includes shopping, dining, and hotel options) is the new indoor practice facility for the world-famous Dallas Cowboys. It features 12,000 seats in an indoor setting with interactive displays, Cowboys’ Hall of Fame memorabilia, restaurants, shopping, and a huge Super Bowl trophy display. Among the Star’s facility, there are two outdoor fields and one indoor field, where local high schools also practice. How cool is that? The dazzling light display at the Star’s entrance was created by the designer of the San Fransisco Bridge. How cool is that? Stop by and tour this state-of-the-art facility.

The Ford Center at The Star is such an exciting place to visit.
The Dallas Cowboys practice field.

#2 Meet a friend for lunch at BarnLight Eatery

This lunch spot, serving modern South Texas cuisine, is a great place to enjoy a delectable meal. BarnLight Eatery’s Chef, Philip Doyal, knows his stuff. Philip’s impressive menu and delightful presentations will dazzle both your eyes and taste buds. BarnLight’s rustic dining room is the perfect place to enjoy Biscuits and Gravy (only in the South!), Buttermilk Fried Green Tomatoes, and homemade Chips and Queso. Lunch favorites range from Texas Chili (Beef sirloin, no beans here!) with Cornbread and Southern Fried Catfish, to the comfort food choices of Chorizo Meatloaf and Zinfandel Pot Roast. My favorite was the Pork and Slaw Sandwich, piled high with pickled onions, cabbage slaw, and chipotle cream. You will not leave the BarnLight Eatery hungry!

Biscuit and Fried Green Tomatoes appetizers from Barnlight Eatery.
#3 Check out the National Videogame Museum

Attention gamers: this museum is what will take you strolling down memory lane. You will LOVE this mind-blowing museum, opened in April of 2016. Never has there been such an expansive collection of all things gaming related under one roof. The National Videogame Museum features 100,000 pieces of eye-catching video game memorabilia gathered in its 10,000 square foot home, dedicated to the history of the video game industry. Commodore, Atari, Nintendo, Coleco, and other computer favorites are on display so guests can peruse the early creations as well as today’s biggest selling giants. The National Videogame Museum is home to the world’s largest Pong game, created especially for the museum’s owners. Unleash either your inner nerd or too cool for school self, at this one-of-a-kind museum.
The National Videogame Museum is located in Frisco, Texas.
Playing Pong with the owner/founder of The National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Texas.
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#4 See the Frisco RoughRiders Play Ball

Frisco’s minor league baseball team, the RoughRiders, are the AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Their impressive Dr. Pepper Ballpark is designed after a New England boardwalk with beautiful landscaping. Games at this ball field are very enjoyable. Take in America’s favorite pastime with the family time or sip a few beers with friends and enjoy being outdoors. You will want to take home a souvenir as Teddy Roosevelt (of his RoughRider, the first US Volunteer Cavalry fame) is their adorable logo. Guests can enjoy a free firework display after the game on Fridays.Travel writers with the Frisco Roughriders mascot.

Baseball park view from my room at the Embassy Suites in Frisco.
#5 Devour the Culinary Dishes at Mash’d

Food, Moonshine, Life is this high-energy eatery’s motto and after your first visit, you will be nodding your head in agreement because their food and moonshine sure made my life a bit better. Mash’d serve hand-crafted cocktails (in adorable Mason jars) and moonshine, plus innovative dishes that would please any foodie. They call their way of cooking a rebellious American twist. You must have the Chicken Fried Pepperoni; it is epic. Other popular dishes include the Avocado Bomb Salad, Bootleg Ribs, “Pho”-Kin Soup, and classic Fried Chicken. Mash’d has a Saturday and Sunday brunch featuring Bulls in a Blanket and Chicken and Biscuits. They also offer two happy hours per day, from 3-6PM and 9PM to close. Try a moonshine flight from Mash’d, I dare ya. Shout out for Mash’d for having the best restaurant website I’ve seen to date!We loved dining at Mash'd Restaurant in Frisco, Texas.

#6  Visit the Museum of the American Railroad

6455 Page Street

The museum’s historic locomotive and rail car collection make for great photos and a vast education of the railroad industry. Founded in 1962, this outdoor museum contains Pullman sleeping cars, circa the 1920’s, and even a wooden train car. “Big Boy”, built for Union Pacific in 1941, is one of the largest train engines ever made. It is beautiful to see with a rich, dark blue color and huge shiny wheels. One of the rail cars on display at the museum pulled Harry S. Truman and his party when he ran for reelection in 1948 and another pulled the body of President John F. Kennedy from Texas to South Carolina after his assassination. Whether you are interested in trains or not, this Americana museum is unique and sure to please everyone in the family.My visit to the The Museum of American Railroad.
Santa Fe engine at The Museum of American Railroad.

Frisco Accommodations?

FYI: If you are looking for a place to stay in the Frisco area, choose the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Conference Center & Spa. It is only a short walk from the Dr. Pepper Ballpark and guests can see the game’s fireworks from their balconies. You will have the best seat in the house as you can even watch the RoughRiders game from here.
We chose to stay at The Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas.

Best Things to do in Frisco, Texas Photo Gallery:


Travel writer visiting The Museum of American Railroad in Frisco, Texas.
My great friend Jerome Shaw of Travel Boldly.
The Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas is a blast for baseball enthusiasts.
The Ford Center at The Star grand opening.
Yummy cupcakes at The Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
Video game mural at The National Videogame Museum.
Travel writer Erin Bender having cocktails in Frisco.
The Dr. Pepper Ballpark has fireworks after some of the baseball games.
Delightful surprise dessert from The Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas.
Visiting the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.
Famous players and coaches listed on the floor at The Ford Center at The Star.
Most impressive train at The Museum of American Railroad in Frisco, Texas.
mash'd, frisco, texas
Journalist/Editor Jackie Sheckler Finch enjoying a classy cocktail.
The National Videogame Museum Nintendo hand held collection.
The best things to do in Frisco definitely include the National Videogame Museum.
Dessert cart at The Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.
Cupcakes from the dessert cart at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
The National Videogame Museum has my old Commodore computer.
Lunch option from Barnlight Eatery.
the ford center at the star
The Museum of American Railroad has a cool outdoor setting.
Melody Pittman and other travel writers in Frisco, Texas.
Travel writers Janice, Janet, Jerome, Laura, Erin, and me.
Tom Landry bust at The Ford Center at The Star.
Hotel lobby at The Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas.
The Ford Center at The Star has years of different Dallas Cowboy uniforms.
Biscuit with gravy appetizer at Barnlight Eatery in Frisco.
The National Videogame Museum has so many computer games to check out!
Yummy apps from Barnlight Eatery in Frisco.
Barnlight Eatery in Frisco, Texas, is a delicious choice for dining out.
Replica of a kid's bedroom, circa 1980s, at The National Videogame Museum, in Frisco.
Replication of a kid’s bedroom, circa 1980’s.
The Museum of American Railroad train car offerings.
Spicy and filling sandwich from Barnlight Eatery.
Chili bowl with corn muffin from Barnlight Eatery in Frisco, Texas.
Thank you to the Frisco CVB for this familiarization trip. I did not receive any compensation for this post other than the accommodations, meals, and activity tickets. As always, my reviews and opinions are unbiased and 100% mine. Special thanks to Wesley for having me and Eddie for driving us through Frisco in style in a Prevost Entertainer.
The Frisco CVB representative and bus driver Eddie.

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The best things to see and do in Frisco, Texas.

Thursday, May 3, 2018


Spring Cleaning Tips to Save Your Weekend -
Nobody likes cleaning, and it is especially despicable when you have to give up prime weekend relaxation time in order to do it. When you are working or going to school full-time, it might seem like the weekend is the only time you have to keep your apartment from descending into chaos. The truth is that if you put a simple schedule in place, you can get enough cleaning done during the week that you can take the weekends off!
In order to keep your weekends light on cleaning, you will need to commit to doing some amount of cleaning every other day of the week. Remember, the 30 minutes or so you spend each weekday equates to two hours of time you are freeing up on your precious weekend.
You will need to begin by adding a few simple chores to your daily routine. You should be able to accomplish each of these items in less than 10 minutes. Once you get into a habit of doing them every day, they will become routine.

-Make your bed: We aren’t talking military precision here, just make sure the pillows are at the top of the bed and the blankets are smooth across the bed.
-Wipe down your shower: At the end of your shower, use a squeegee to wipe down all the walls of the shower. It will take all of 60 seconds but will go a long way toward keeping your shower clean.
-Wipe down your counters: After you are done getting ready in the morning, use a cleaning wipe to wipe down your bathroom counters. After you put your dinner away, wipe down the kitchen counters.
-General tidy-up: Before bed, do a quick sweep once around the apartment, picking up stray glasses, discarded clothes, etc. and putting them all in their proper places.
Cleaning Schedule
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Nobody likes cleaning, and it is especially despicable when you have to give up prime weekend relaxation time in order to do it. When you are working or going to school full-time, it might seem like the weekend is the only time you have to keep your apartment from descending into chaos. The truth is that if you put a simple schedule in place, you can get enough cleaning done during the week that you can take the weekends off!
In order to keep your weekends light on cleaning, you will need to commit to doing some amount of cleaning every other day of the week. Remember, the 30 minutes or so you spend each weekday equates to two hours of time you are freeing up on your precious weekend.
Daily Cleaning Schedule
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You will need to begin by adding a few simple chores to your daily routine. You should be able to accomplish each of these items in less than 10 minutes. Once you get into a habit of doing them every day, they will become routine.
-Make your bed: We aren’t talking military precision here, just make sure the pillows are at the top of the bed and the blankets are smooth across the bed.
-Wipe down your shower: At the end of your shower, use a squeegee to wipe down all the walls of the shower. It will take all of 60 seconds but will go a long way toward keeping your shower clean.
-Wipe down your counters: After you are done getting ready in the morning, use a cleaning wipe to wipe down your bathroom counters. After you put your dinner away, wipe down the kitchen counters.
-General tidy-up: Before bed, do a quick sweep once around the apartment, picking up stray glasses, discarded clothes, etc. and putting them all in their proper places.
Weekly Cleaning Schedule
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In addition to those four daily tasks, add one more cleaning chore to each of the following days:
-Monday: Vacuum, sweep or mop, depending on your flooring
-Tuesday: Dust
-Wednesday: Toilets — yes, it sucks, but you have to do it
-Thursday: Windows and mirrors
These items are in addition to your daily tasks. So, for example, on Tuesday, you will make your bed, wipe down the shower, wipe your counters, tidy up before bed and dust.
If you are faithful with your schedule, you will find that the chores get easier and easier each week. Less mess accumulates when you tackle a little bit of cleaning each day.
And just like that, you have some actual free time on your weekends instead of spending an afternoon scrubbing and sweeping! Before you get cracking on your new cleaning schedule, make sure you take stock of your cleaning supplies.