Sunday, August 10, 2014

Date Night in McKinney

THIS Urban-Mama is starting a new blog series here on Housing Cents.  _______ Night Out in ________.  Well that gives lots of information, doesn't it?  TEEHEE, think of  it as sort of an itinerary for fun!!  Each post will focus on a date night, guy/girl night, or family date night out in one of our FAB communities right here in North Texas.   It is SO easy to get in a rut and elect to do the same old thing for fun.  Our leisure time is precious, so why not try something NEW and hip and local and AWESOME!!  There really are so many choices, but don't worry....I've got this.  All YOU have to do is read this fancy little blog and decide what sounds fun.  Simple right???  First up, DATE NIGHT in Downtown McKinney.  Enjoy!

We all need a little time away from the distractions of home to recharge with the one we love, right?  Well, here's an idea for just that.....

Cafe Malaga just off the square in Downtown McKinney, if a FIND!!  It is a tapas restaurant that just might make you feel as if you are whisked right off to Espana!  This divine little spot is housed in what once was a craftsman styled HOME.  You can feel the patina of charm from over 120 years of life as you are seated in this quaint little restaurant. The menu is varied, something for everyone...those who crave a bit of adventure and want to share "little plates of food will be in heaven, however for those patrons that wish to order a full meal, there are plenty of choices that will delight.  If you are not familiar with the concept of tapas, well, then, here is a brief explanation for this layperson...

The Spanish word tapas directly translates in English as -to cover.  The concept is to order MANY different plates of food, each with just enough for diners to have a few bites.  The thought is that you can enjoy an entire meal, but in a more communal way, encouraging conversation and sharing.  

Anyway, the Mr. and I just enjoyed a WONDERFUL anniversary meal at Cafe Malaga and YES, the selection of tapas we chose was quite enough for even HIS liking.  

Urban Picks:

  • Pan Con Tomate with Manchego Cheese, oil, garlic & tomato rubbed bread and slices of wonderful Spanish cheese
  • Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers-
  • Sauteed Mushrooms- AHHHHMAZING!!!!
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
  • Lamb Lollipops- this one is a rec from the Mr. He said it was a must. 

Bonus:   The waitstaff is pretty awesome at making wine paring recommendations with your tapas.  

EXTRA Bonus:  Every Friday & Saturday Night boasts LIVE music in their extensive and FAB outdoor patio.  

For a lovely sweet treat to end the evening, stroll back through the square and meander your way past the unique shops, (one of which we found that sells ONLY Star Wars toys, action figures and yes, the even the Millennium Falcon) to  Emporium Pies.  This little treasure makes its way  to Downtown McKinney via Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, and OH HOW fortunate McKinney is for that!!!!  This specialty pie shop hand-makes all of their pies in house with all natural ingredients, no artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oils, dyes, or corn syrup. All offerings change with the seasons. 

Bonus:  The shop transports you back to simpler time when you little,  had no cares,  and you were spending a hot, Texas summer evening with your beloved Grandmother, enjoying a homemade, from scratch slice of pie. 
EXTRA DOUBLE Bonus:  You can also find Emporium Pies at the McKinney Farmers Market.  YUM!! 

Urban Picks:

  • HIS-Mellow Yellow-Gingersnap Crust with Light Lemon Chiffon Filling
  • MINE- Smooth Operator-French Silk Chocolate with Pretzel Crust

Fine Pies for Fine Folk- and yes, they are!!!  Delicious and worth every calorie.  

Check back next week for a FUN, FUN FAMILY Date Night in Plano!!!

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