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Posts from August 2020

Seven Standout Labor Day Staycays!

Monday, August 31, 2020 7:00 AM by Lori Sirmen


Summer 2020 has been a season like no other: Virtual classes replaced  summer camp. Birthday parties became parades. Road trips ruled. And at least for now, staycations are the best way to vacation. Let's bid the summer of surreal goodbye on a high note. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some standout Irving hotels for a perfect summer send-off staycation. Read on and you may just find yourself savoring summer’s finale poolside or lakeside or both - cocktail in hand, toasting the end of a season we will surely not forget.

National Red Wine Day

Friday, August 28, 2020 1:00 PM by Chelsea Bilbia

Today marks National Red Wine Day! A truly special day for all us wine lovers, you’re sure to see me with a glass in one hand and a bottle in the other today. Red wine can elevate any dinner, happy hour, or movie night at home. With so many red grape varietals, you can find the perfect bottle to match your taste preferences. Some of the big names we all know and love, such as cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, and zinfandel can be found on most all wine lists and wine aisles. While those are tried and trued choices, maybe this National Red Wine Day, step out of your comfort zone and try a new varietal or blend to say “Cheers!” Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, Grenache, and Tempranillo are some great options to help open up your palate to new vineyards or regions. No matter the grape, red wine will always be the perfect complement to steaks, pizzas, cheese plates, and all things chocolate. Try these incredible spots in Irving this National Red Wine Day for amazing wines and food! 

It's Brunch O'Clock at Mexican Sugar

Friday, August 21, 2020 9:00 AM by Lori Sirmen


While weekday mornings are all about routine, Saturday mornings offer the freedom and flexibility that allows us to treat ourselves to that leisurely pastime: brunch (AKA societally acceptable day drinking and high-calorie indulgence.)  As the lovechild of breakfast and lunch, brunch has a lot in common with the rents, who can swap ingredients back and forth to create fresh dining experiences. In Irving, restaurateurs understand that on weekends, we brunch. Finding the perfect place, with the perfect vibe, that cooks the bacon to the perfect amount of crispy is an art, and Irving is a huge canvas. We have tried and true brunch faves with so many fans that they put celebrities to shame. These oldies are goldies, but the new-kid-on-the-block Mexican Sugar enters the brunch scene THIS SATURDAY, (11 am to 4 pm), and it MUST be added to your brunch rotation.


One of my favorite summertime activities is to visit our local museums and art galleries. Experiencing culture, fine arts, and history in a peaceful and thought-provoking setting satisfies my need for adventure. Unfortunately, this year has brought us social distancing and limited indoor activities instead. If you're like me during these times, you're choosing patios over dining rooms and outdoor workouts over indoor gyms.

So what are we to do when we want to see local art in Irving while remaining outdoors? Luckily, Irving is chock-full of incredible outdoor sculptures and art installations to get us through until we can fully enjoy the likes of the Irving Arts Center halls and Irving Archives exhibits; both of which are actually offering virtual tours so be sure to check those out. 


Is celebrating National foodie days nacho thing? Then let's taco 'bout National Fajita Day on Tuesday, August 18. Surely those sizzling bites of meaty goodness will tempt your palate. And let's face it, we live in the best part of the world for great TexMex. So we've listed below some of the top restaurants in Irving to get your fajita-fix, and some have specials too! Take your pico these choices.

#FoodieFun: Eats, Beats & Drinks this weekend

Friday, August 14, 2020 1:00 PM by Lori Sirmen


Covid cabin fever? For a tiny slice of normalcy in a pandemic world, we’ve rounded up some socially distant, foodie-friendly and fun things to do this weekend in Irving. Whether you’re a man-about-town, girl-around-town, new to town or just visiting, there is something on this list for you. So, break out of your quarantine routine, get out and enjoy the weekend!

#ThrowbackThursday: The Ruth Paine House Museum

Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:00 AM by Carol Stoddard


       We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to a little known piece of history called the Ruth Paine House Museum. Some of you may have been living in Irving on November 22, 1963 and can remember one of the most tragic and talked about events in American history. Or you may not recognize the importance of that date.  Everyone, however, is familiar with President John F. Kennedy, who on that fateful day was assassinated in Dallas while riding in a motorcade. Our part of the story begins like this . . .