Monday, June 30, 2014

A Weekend in McKinney

This weekend, we had some travel plans fall through, so we spent the weekend sticking close to our new home and exploring our new stomping grounds. While we spent a lot of our time shopping for new furniture, mattresses, and appliances, we also squeezed in some fun! And you know what? I think we're going to like McKinney.

Thursday evening we purchased two lawn chairs and found an open spot at Bonnie Wenk Park for the final Jammin' In June outdoor concert. The park itself is absolutely lovely. There's a tree-lined walking path bordering a serene pond, an outdoor stage, and even a dog park! The concert was a lot of fun, as was the people watching (out in the 'burbs, there is no shortage of cute kids and puppies around).
Saturday, after visiting an Open House at the McKinney National Airport (for my pilot husband), we drove into downtown McKinney for lunch at Cadillac Pizza Pub. This is hands down my favorite place we've visited since our move. The menu features pizzas (obviously), a few toasted sandwiches and baked pastas, and plenty of local ingredients! The beers on tap are all Texas craft brews, which is pretty exciting for us, as so many new breweries have popped up since we moved away.
I would definitely recommend the Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, featuring homemade sausage and baked until bubbly. They let you order split pizzas, so we got one side Sporty Pepper Pizza and one side The Classic Caddy (we loved them both, but the Sporty Pepper was our favorite). And we really enjoyed sipping on Revolver Bock and Martin House's River House.
After lunch, we strolled around the downtown square, ducking into a couple shops, including the Antique Company Mall. Two sprawling floors are filled with booths of antiques. We walked away with a new (old) sifter and the coolest (no pun intended) antique fan that still works!
That evening we had a blast at the McKinney Community Band's Americana concert at the McKinney Performing Arts Center! I think we need to find out if they need one more tuba and clarinet to join the ranks!
After the concert, we concluded the evening with a wine tasting flight and some live music at Lone Star Wine Cellars. It's a cozy little spot featuring a lively (and slightly older) crowd, and they're pouring some surprisingly good Texas wines. We'll definitely pay them a return visit!
To close out the weekend, we enjoyed Sunday brunch at Spoons CafĂ©. I ordered one of my favorite Austin classics, migas, not sure what to expect from a restaurant in the Dallas suburbs. For the uninitiated, migas are eggs scrambled with tortilla strips, jalapenos, and cheese, and in this case chorizo. It's best to eat them piled onto warm flour tortillas. And I'll tell you what, I shouldn't have doubted Spoons. They were darn good migas! (If you want to make your own at home, you won't regret trying these from Homesick Texan).
Hopefully everyone had a wonderful weekend, and have fun planning for upcoming 4th of July festivities!

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