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Fall in Frisco BUKUFEST IS HERE! WOMEN’S FALL FASHION DISCOVER THAILAND


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Women's Fashion

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he kids are back in school, the weather is getting cooler, and the fall outfits are being picked out for the coming season. In this edition we will feature Abi Ferrin’s fall clothing pieces. In keeping with this publication remaining your own, these designer pieces will be showcased by four remarkable Frisco women. Speaking of remarkable Frisco women, the owner Karen White, the owner of Oasis Accents continues this trend. Be sure to check out some of her picks for your home design this fall. Whether you need a new home accessory or an entire look, Oasis Accents is your one-stop shop for it all! Mark your calendars for the days of the 21st-24th of this month. You won’t want to miss the four day festival, BuKuFest circa 2017. This will be the 1st annual festival and showcasing a number of celebrities, musicians from around the world, and much more!

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Renovate & Refine

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Culinary Creations

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

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Eat, Dance, Golf and more!

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Women of Frisco

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Good Times

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Evening with the Mayor


Around Town

AROUND TOWN

SHAWNEE TRAIL COWBOY DAY Come celebrate the early days of Frisco on September 30th from 11:00 am-4:00 pm at the Frisco Heritage Museum when cowboys traveled Collin County’s Shawnee Trail at the Heritage Association

EMMITT SMITH GRAN FONDO

of Frisco’s annual fundraiser. Enjoy armadillo races, stagecoach rides, petting zoos, pony rides, Western photo booths, arts &

The Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo will be held on September 30th

crafts vendors, pioneer reenactments, blacksmith demonstrations,

starting at The Dr. Pepper Ballpark. This is a premier multi-course

food trucks, music, and more at the daylong event! All historical

cycling event for both professional and recreational riders that

structures in the Heritage Center will remain open to the public

includes a timed race for the 100-mile course with a $10,000 cash

for the occasion along with a quilt show and steer roping station.

prize. With 100k, 45-mile, 22-mile, and family ride courses as well, the

Admission is $5 and free for children under two.

event will close with a post-race party that features a beer garden, live entertainment, awards ceremony, and family activities.

GRAND OPENING OF CORK & GROWLER On September 2, 2017 at 12:00 noon the Cork & Growler Bar will

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host it's Grand Opening event! They will have forty-five craft beers on tap with 70% from local microbreweries. There will be BBQ from Tu Bones BBQ and wine on tap. The dog-friendly bar will also offer a menu of gourmet dog treats with ice cream and root beer floats from Simba’s Bakery. All ages are welcome!

THE DALLAS OPERA SIMULCAST OF LA TRAVIATA The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce the sixteenth in its series of free public simulcasts, the classic romance LA TRAVIATA, by Giuseppe Verdi. The special presentation at beautiful Klyde Warren Park, Downtown Dallas, takes place Friday, October 27, 2017 (program begins at 6:30 p.m., “curtain time” 7:30 p.m.). It is a live opera simulcast, on a large high definition video screen, of the production being performed in the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing

EBBY'S 9TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT On September 18, 2017 from 11:00 am-9:pm,The Ebby Halliday Frisco Office invites the public to come and enjoy a charity golf event with

Arts Center. Fun fact: The principal trumpet player John Holt is from Frisco and will be playing in the orchestra for La Traviata.

COLOR ME GREEN 5K & 10K FOR TEAMCONNOR

raffles, food, drinks, prizes, and even a silent auction at the Stonebriar

The Color Me Green 5k, 10k, Caterpillar Dash, and Health

Country Club. Each golfer will receive 18 holes on the exclusive and

Fest benefiting  the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation

luxurious country club course along with a deluxe goodie bag and

brings together childhood cancer advocates, survivors, families,

gourmet lunch and dinner. All proceeds of the tax-deductible will

and the athletic community to raise awareness and funds to find a

benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which treats patients

cure. On October 1st, the Frisco Square in Frisco, TX will be trans-

with orthopedic conditions like scoliosis and neurological disorders

formed into a Green Square for childhood cancer awareness! Visit

like dyslexia. Grab your clubs and come join in the fun!

here to register: http://colormegreen5k.org/

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BukUFest Frisco 2017

BukUFest 2017 E AT , D A N C E , G O L F A N D M O R E ! ARTICLE KRISTI ANDERSON

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f you don’t have plans on the days of September 21st- 24th, you do now, if you do have plans, cancel them! You don’t want to miss out on the festival of the year. The four day, fun-filled event, Frisco’s 1st Annual BukUFest 2017! BukU  Modernist Cuisine was founded by two friends, Food Network Celebrity Executive Chef, Cris Sanchez and CEO, Nate Couser. They formed their business in August 2015 in Frisco. They have incorporated the art and science of cooking into the physical transformation of food. They use an avant-garde method of cooking with links to molecular gastronomy. This ensures the cuisine experience for each individual is a healthy and enjoyable one.  The mission of BukU Modernist Cuisine is to bring community involvement into the culinary experience. This is how BukUFest Group was introduced. The entertainment sector of BukU Cuisine. The vision is to be placed in over sixteen markets eventually; including cities such as Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. To kick off the BukUFestivals, Frisco is lucky enough to be hosting the 1st Annual Fest! With over 23 artists, celebrities, a cooking competition and golf tournament, there is something for everyone in this four-day extravaganza. On Thursday, September 21st, there will be a Chef Competition, The Mad Scientist Show. Several celebrity guest judges from the likes of The Food Network will be present as they crown the best chef in three separate categories: Best Youth Chef, Best Professional Chef and Best Hospitality Chef. You don’t want to miss who is crowned “The Mad Scientist.” As the competition is going on there will be live entertainment from famous comedians, musical artists and celebrities. Be sure to arrive with your appetite as there will be food samples set up in surrounding booths from 50-100 top restaurants. For all you golf fans, Friday is for you. Grab those golf clubs and come join in on the fun at the BukUFest celebrity golf tournament CONTINUED >

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BUKUFEST 2017 (CON TI N U ED)

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at the Stonebriar Country Club at the Fazio Course. Spend the tournament with our very own Mayor Jeff Cheney. The Women’s Golf Clinic will be held in the same location from 9:00-11:30 am. If football is more your speed, then head on over to the Dr. Pepper Ballpark. This day will offer plenty of games, food, beverages for the entire family. Jumbo screens will be set up with college football games playing. To cool off from the fun filled day, enjoy the various stadium suites as well as the Lazy Pool inside the stadium. The Art, Science, Technology through Culinary Expedition Walk will offer excitement. Vendors from all around will get a chance to showcase their items. Grab the family and come enjoy BukU Family day!

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I F Y O U D O N ’ T H AV E P L A N S O N T H E D AY S O F S E P T E M B E R 2 1 S T - 2 4 T H , Y O U D O N O W, I F Y O U D O H AV E P L A N S , C A N C E L T H E M ! Y O U D O N ’ T WA N T T O M I S S O U T O N T H E F E S T I VA L O F T H E Y E A R .   T H E   F O U R D AY, F U N - F I L L E D E V E N T, FRISCO’S 1ST ANNUAL BUKUFEST 201 7!

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That evening, dress in your best and head on down to the newly opened, Omni Frisco at The Star for the bukU Blue Carpet Dinner Gala Affair. Celebrities, professional athletes, and city officials will be dancing to  the great sounds from the likes of world famous  artist, The Mark Harper Project. They will pay tribute to the late Wayman Tisdale. In BukU Group’s “Salute To Veterans” there won’t be a dry eye in the house as they present a military salute and award to a military fallen soldier. See you at the Gala!  Saturday, it’s time to have fun with the whole family! Head over to the Dr. Pepper Ballpark for a tailgate, then fun filled BukUFest "Family Day"  at the ballpark. Come stand in the dugout, sample food from delicious food trucks and more! BukU Group wants to make sure everyone gets a chance to meet the celebrities and artists that will be appearing over the course of the four day festivities. This is your chance! At the Dr. Pepper Arena, come meet and take photos with your favorites! Show them that Frisco love! We’ve all been asked, “what type of music do you like, right?” This fun filled day will cover everyone's music tastes as BukUFest hosts  two concerts with all the genres of music covered: Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Gospel, Hip Hop and Contemporary Rock. The top American Idol and Voice contestants will also be there. So fun! As if those days didn’t have enough fun, Sunday will still offer more! In the Dr. Pepper Arena, there will be a musical play Cheesecake Boiz & The Diva The Off-Broadway Musical. BukU Group is involved with a number of charities including, several Women charities,  youth programs, Frisco Family Services, Mimi’s Pantry, and the Frisco Arts to name a few.  For more information and tickets to each of these events across the four fun-filled days, visit here http://bukufestfrisco.com/tickets.

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WOMEN OF FRISCO

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eptember has arrived, which means the summer clothes are put up and the fall wardrobes make their debut. And what better way to introduce the fall look than using popular fashion designer, Abi Ferrin's pieces on four extraordinary Frisco entrepreneurial women? The women had a fun filled shoot set at the quaint boutique, Very Betty located on 1170 N. Preston Road in Prosper. If you see an item you must  have in these pages, Very Betty will be having a Trunk Show on September 20th from 4:00-8:00 pm, so come on by! To make your outfits complete, Brittany Malone will be offering her custom-made cowboy boots from her Bodacious Boot company line  for sale during the show. These boots are also featured on our models and can be found on her site http:www.bodaciousbootco.com Enough can't be said about these four ladies I'm about to introduce. They are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. So without further ado...

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We begin with STACEY FELTMAN. Stacey is a  ten year native to Frisco. Many of you have most likely heard of, or perhaps even been privileged enough to be one of her clients. She is one of the area's top producing real estate agents. She runs the real estate group, Stacey Feltman Group.  She has built her real estate business in the last four years to the esteem that take many other peers at least twenty year’s time. Pretty remarkable! No wonder her motto is "Making realty dreams a reality." She has received numerous accolades and awards to back up her work, including Best Agent in Frisco for two years; D Magazine's Best Real Estate Agent for 2016 and 2017; she has received a five star Real Estate Award and been featured in several publications for her outstanding work. She has a love for people and much of her business has been built on referrals from past clients. Stacey is married to her husband Scott and a proud mother to her children, daughter, Callie and son, Cole. Just as in her real estate business, her heart is just as large when giving back to our community. She is a large contributor to Frisco ISD, Frisco YMCA and  Frisco Family Services just to name a few. During the November and December months, she and her staff deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to underprivileged families. Stacey recognizes she's in a business that is often coined as "sales." but she mentioned, "I don't see myself as a sales person; my clients aren't clients to me, they become my family." If you're looking to buy or sell a home, and become part of a family, contact Stacey at www.staceyfeltmangroup.com


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BRITTANY MALONE, a twelve-year native to Frisco, alongside her husband Mike and two daughters, McKenzie and Brooklyn, is the proud owner and operator of her boutique in Frisco, Diva B. Designs. Unlike traditional store front shops, Brittany wanted to create a non-conventional way of business. She enjoys creating her own hours, as to set time for honing into her clients. She acts as a personal stylist, she has helped style clients for events and been involved as a personal shopper for her clients as well. As she stated, “I want to make everyday women, no matter their size or shape look fabulous!” She caters to each body type and does her magic. Five years ago, Brittany started her own line of custom made cowboy boots. (featured in this piece). The line, Bodacious Boot Company, are fashion cowboy boots made with attitude and style! Brittany incorporates only the highest quality materials when creating the boots. This includes the likes of real Swarovski crystals! These have been showcased by contestants on the show America’s Got Talent. She offers these on her website, http:www.bodaciousbootco.com, authorized retailers and at Diva B. Designs as well. In her shop she also sells, clothing, accessories, collegiate wear for games days, and more. Brittany not only wears boots, she wears different “hats,” too. When not styling all the women in town, you can find her in camo. That’s right, camo. She is a part of Diva Wow – this educates women in the outdoor side of life. This includes, hunting, fishing and archery. She is also a part of the group Ducks Unlimited and The Frisco Women’s League. No matter where you catch her, indoors or out, CONTINUED > Frisco is lucky to have Brittany to style us up right!

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WOMEN’S FALL FASHION (CON TI N U ED)

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MAYRA DIAZ, a twelve-year Frisco resident alongside her husband, daughter, son and grandson embodies servant leadership. Mayra has served as the Assistant Director of Public Services at the Frisco Public Library. She takes every opportunity to provide quality services to the community with the help of her staff. She focuses on mentoring her staff so they can build up to their fullest potentials. She has created a workplace that is based on trust and exceptional customer service for the community. Mayra’s dedication to service began when she joined the United States Air Force over thirty years ago. This was an experience that helped her define her leadership style as focused, loyal and disciplined. Frisco is lucky to have her. 

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W E A L L N E E D T O S T AY O R G A N I Z E D A N D SHANNON WILL HELP!

SHANNON is a Frisco native, alongside her husband George and two children, daughter Marin and son Kerr. Shannon was a part of building the Hope Park area we now enjoy in Frisco. During this large project, she had the chance to meet several individuals who would spearhead the opportunity for her to purchase the successful closet organization business now called, Dallas Closet Design. Shannon has stayed active in several charities around the area. She is a part of a wonderful program with her daughter, Marin called the North Charity League. This allows mothers and daughters to keep connected during the 7th-12th grade time frame. She and the rest of the family are also very involved in the Texas Big Star Half Marathon. This benefits the North Texas Community Giving Foundation. The next big race will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Shannon would love to see all the Frisco residents join in! If you are needing organization  help, contact http:www. dallasclosetdesign.com to get started! We all need to stay organized and Shannon will help! 

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If you're around town and see any of these lovely ladies, stop and say hello. They all gave the consensus that they love how, even though Frisco is growing exponentially, it still can give off a small town feel with the people and culture. I couldn't agree more.  For all of you fashionista's,  if you want to shop for any of the looks these ladies are showcasing, be sure to visit,  https://www. abiferrin.com/ or stop by the Very Betty Boutique. Also, the watches the ladies are wearing come from Marc Samuels Jewelers at http://marcsamuelsjewelers.com/

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s we head into the fall season, we asked Karen White, owner of Oasis Accents, to share with our readers some of her favorite home accessories. “There are so many options, but if I have to choose, it would be an accessory that adds a simple, but elegant touch to a room. It can be a vase that adds a subtle or bold pop of color or a beautiful picture frame that holds a precious memory of a loved one. You can also create ambiance with lighting from a beautiful table lamp or use a pair of book ends to hold some of your favorite books.” She went on to say, “When you have all of the big furniture items in a room, you use accessories to make the space feel warm and cozy – to make it feel like home. Here are just a few of Karen’s favorites. Be sure to stop by Oasis Accents when you can, to find these items and many more gorgeous accessories that can transform your home into your very own oasis. The store is located at The Shops of Starwood in Frisco at 5285 Dallas Parkway (on the southwest corner of Dallas Parkway and Lebanon Road.) ARTICLE KRISTI ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY LEE MCDANIEL

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hailand is known for its unparalleled blazing-blue water and pristine beaches, freckled with rocky islands and hemmed by emer-

ald jungle. Yet this Southeast Asian country teems with undiscovered hidden corners. Here is an “Off the beaten track” exploration of three regions all too often overlooked by travelers.

CHIANG RAI: GOLDEN TRIANGLE TANGENTS

KRABI: SUMMIT SPLENDOR

Tucked on a 25-square-mile land mass bordering Laos and

On the west coast of southern Thailand lies Krabi, a province dis-

Myanmar is Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai. Its hilly

tanced about three hours by road from Phuket. More than 130 lime-

terrain and backdrops make Chiang Rai an ideal destination for out-

stone karst formations flank surrounding waters, while the rugged

door enthusiasts, offering everything from rafting the currents of the

interior harbors hot springs, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries.

Mae Kok River to setting out on a hike to reach 230-foot Khun Kon

There is an exotic camp at Phulay Bay which has freestanding

waterfall. Pass rice paddy fields and verdant farmland during adven-

pavilions and villas hidden in the lush landscape of tropical gardens

turous pursuits into the mountains of Wawi, home to an estimated

and serves as a luxurious base for excursions to Krabi’s renowned

seven different ethnic groups.

rock climbing destinations. At spectacular southern-tip Railay Beach,

Authentic exploration becomes even more exclusive at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, 50 miles north

choose from 700 different climbing routes, some lofting you 196 feet above the Andaman Sea.

of the city center. Meet more than 25 elephants residing in the camp

Continue to explore Krabi’s history as you kayak the mangrove

and learn the commands that mahout trainers use to communicate

forests and stalactite-dappled caves of Ban Bor Thor, anchoring your

during your elephant trek, or while practicing yoga from a new per-

sea craft for a hike into Pee Hua Toh cavern adorned with 3,000-year-

spective—on the gentle giant’s back!

old paintings by prehistoric seafarers.

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Wat Rong Khun The White Temple and pond, in Chiang Rai

On the beach in Railay Beach, Krabi

A Mahout with his elephants, at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

KOH PHANGAN: BELOW THE SURFACE

A diminutive island resting in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is home to a duality that contrasts its festive full moon celebrations at Haad Rin beach with the quieter days on Samui Archipelago, where Ang Thong Marine Park’s 40 mostly uninhabited islands sprawl across 60 miles of the gulf’s lapis waters. Climb aboard a speedboat to reach the marine park’s outlying islands and plunge into the waters of the Koh Wao cluster at its northern edge. The sheltered cove here, a secret snorkeling spot, harbors brilliant whip and fan coral formations abuzz with neon reef fish. Or, set sail on a catamaran to the clandestine diver’s paradise of tiny Koh Tao, or “Turtle Island,” favored for its placid waters where Clear waters and blue skies in Krabi

you can swim alongside namesake sea turtles. A jungle trek on Koh Phangan’s peninsula will lead you to another must-experience secluded bay. The just-under-twohour hike to Haad Rin’s twin beaches is a rarified one, even for locals. This makes the experience feel incredibly singular as you crest a scenic mountain plateau and descend to the waters framing the beach at Haad Yuan for a refreshing swim. Thailand rewards with beach paradises while simultaneously imparting unexpected adventure. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline-fueled experience or a tranquil and luxurious stay, let us help you uncover the hidden side of Thailand.

About the Author: Sue Shimkus, President of Lake Zurich Travel & Cruise, provides custom travel itineraries for the discerning traveler. To learn more, visit lztravel.com or call 847.438.5551.

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Lifestyle Calendar

September SEPTEMBER 3 LEMONADE STAND FOR CHARITY NEWMAN VILLAGE CENTRAL PLAZA For one afternoon, children from Newman Village will host the

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Seventh Annual Lemonade Stand Fundraiser to benefit the Kids

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SEPTEMBER 11 2017 HIPSTER GOLF CLASSIC STONEBRIAR COUNTRY CLUB Instead of an entire game of eighteen-holes there will only be nine holes of a traditional 4-man scramble, paired with nine challenge holes where your skills will really be tested

SEPTEMBER 21ST-24TH BUKU FEST FRISCO DR. PEPPER ARENA An innovative program of the bukU FEST Group, bukU stands for Beyond Unimaginable Kinetic Unity. Designed to foster a sense of community involvement in science, technology, and art

SEPTEMBER 7 ART EN BLANC EXHIBITION THE GALLERY 8680

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Parting Thoughts

Mayor Cheney in Front of City Hall

M AYO R ' S T U R N MAYOR 'S MUSINGS ARTICLE MAYOR JEFF CHENEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BRANDON FRAKES

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knew when I was running for Mayor one of greatest areas where I wanted to make significant change was in how we communicate. When I was talking with thousands of Frisconians, one of the biggest complaints was lack of transparency. This legitimate objection comes from a place of lack of information or more importantly, lack of communication. My intention is to revolutionize the way we communicate with each other. First step is addressing the need for better and increased communication opportunities. The second step is actually doing it.    We are organizing various styles of gatherings for Frisconians to ask questions and discuss issues in different formats, environments and constituency groups. We had a pARTy with Mayor Cheney which is a more casual social gathering with Frisco’s vibrant art community to discuss how Frisco can encourage the arts. Our next one is September 7th at 8680 Gallery. If you are an artist or simply appreciate art, please join the discussion.  We have had large crowds two times for our Coffee with the Mayor already. You are invited

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to come to City Hall, 5th floor and join the casual Q&A format. National Breast Cancer Foundation was the first host for the Mayor’s Business Round Table. It is an opportunity for business people to address their obstacles and ideas. Also in August, we held our first Chai with Cheney which is a town hall meeting held quarterly focusing on our growing, diverse community. Coming up in October, we will be holding our first social gathering with Frisco’s veterans and a Frisco Lakes town hall. All of these communication opportunities are listed on my calendar at http://www. mayorcheney.com/ where you can sign up to attend. And, if you have a suggestion, please drop me a note through my website. It’s been exciting to see all the new restaurants opening at The Star. Many of you ask what my favorite restaurants are in Frisco. My family and I have enjoyed visiting the new Cane Rosso and Neighborhood Services. However, our nearly once-a-week old standby is always Blue Goose. If you see me there, please stop and say hello. I’ll probably be eating my favorite food group, chips and salsa.  

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