Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Fall FUN Family Date in Celina & Frisco!

Well Hello North Texas!  Fall is here and it is THAT time again...time for the second in our series ______ Night Out In  ______, only this time our date night is F for family, fall and FUN!  We can't think of a better way to spend an autumn afternoon than with a trip to the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm in Celina and with a down-home, yet modern meal at our latest and greatest FAV spot, Barnlight Eatery!  Keep reading for fun fall scoop!

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm has long been a lovely October tradition for me and my little one. 

We have tried several other pumpkin patches over his infant-toddler-preschooler years and Celina's is our family's top pick... certainly worth the drive.  The experience is so fun; a sure peek into farm life replete with farm animals from serene longhorns to silly goats.  Patrons are met with rows and rows of pumpkins in various stages of growth....makes for a real "hands-on" discussion of the pumpkin life cycle.  Visits are rounded out with a super-fun tractor-pulled hayride, feed for the animals and a pie-pumpkin of your choice. Hours are:  M-F 9am-6pm and Sat- 10am-6pm and Sun 12pm-6pm and they are open through November 2nd! The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm is located just off of Custer in Celina. Weekday trip or weekend trip YOU decide, but, be CERTAIN to follow your visit up with a meal at the Barnlight Eatery in Frisco! This is a lovely find that the Urban-Mr. and I are so happy to have discovered.  Billed as a modern, southern restaurant steeped in Texas tradition, this mission permeates not only the menu selections, but the decor, the food, the drinks and the general atmosphere.  I had the privilege of meeting and chatting with the chefs/owners on both our first and second visits.  It is clear to me that this husband-wife duo are passionate about sharing the best of what Texas style dining has to offer. Their inspiration is drawn from chef/owner Philip Doyal's grandmother's recipes.  Make sure you read just how Barnlight Eatery came to be on the ABOUT tab on www.barnlighteatery.com

Some of our FAV picks:
  • handcrafted cocktails- The lavender lemon martini and the whiskey thyme are both refreshing and delicious.
  • buttermilk fried green tomatoes with crayfish remoulade 
  • southwestern salad was super fresh, flavorful and a good foil to our fried appetizer ;)
  • steak & egg open faced sandwich-The hubs could not get enough of this creation, certainly a nod to owner/chef Philip Doyal's family inspiration!
  • key lime pie- was, well, divine!!  Not too tart, but not too sweet. It was a delicious balance of tart, citrus and sweet.  Owner/pastry chef Christina Doyal pours the love into her handmade in house desserts and confections!
By the way, don't let the phrase handcrafted cocktails scare you away from a family dinner. Barnlight Eatery has a great patio and wonderful children's menu that seems carefully chosen to make this place a hit with kids and parents alike!  Our trip included the wee-Urban and all three of us were quite pleased.  An Urban-date night is on the books for the near future, too!  The Barnlight Eatery is located in Frisco, just off Eldorado, slightly west of Custer.  GO!!!  You'll love it!

P.S. We hear the brunch is pretty unbelievable!