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Author: Carol Stoddard

Writer, organizer, support staffer, baby boomer. Lover of the DFW Metroplex and its history. When I’m not working, I’m writing or chasing my cat off the counter. I love to explore new places and try new area restaurants. The best keep popping up in Irving. Peace out. 

Rock the City! with Live Music in Irving

Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Known for its central location in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Irving is home to a thriving music scene. Explore the creative side of Irving through various venues – many within walking distance of each other. And since your health is a top priority, each venue has set up safety guidelines so you can enjoy a worry-free and socially-distanced environment. For example, the Texas Lottery Plaza at Toyota Music Factory offers 25 “pods” spread out around the plaza in front of the stage. Each pod can be reserved for $30 and will hold a maximum of 6 people. Click on the images below for more information or to reserve your space, and check out how our beat keeps going with live music waiting for you this weekend.   

Crazy Good Sandwiches for #TakeoutTuesday

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

 

Let's face it, the hot dog days of summer are upon us and with these Texas temperatures, who wants to cook inside? It's Takeout Tuesday anyway so why not grab a hearty sandwich to go for lunch or dinner? You say you've had sandwiches all summer long? Well, these aren't just any 'ol ordinary meat and bread meals. We're talking innovative, satisfying works of art. So sammich on up to the counter and sink your teeth into one of these delectables. 

 

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.

#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 . . . 

We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to some of the famous people who once called Irving home. Several of these superstars you know hailed from the Big I, but a few just might surprise you. As always, for the young and young-at-heart, we’ve included a Hidden Music activity and coloring page in honor of former Irvingites who – like the city itself – keep the beat going on. Click on the image at the bottom of the page to print the color page. Now, let's get started … 

 

The best way to celebrate National Lasagna Day on Wednesday, July 29, is to pick up an order of that delicious pasta dish at your favorite Italian restaurant. Unsurprisingly, many families create unique recipes that are passed down from generation to generation and vary from pasta size to sauce thickness to types of cheeses. These Yelp-favorite restaurants in Irving offer their own family recipes ready for takeout. It's piping hot, delicious and just waiting for you to take it home. 

 

Ever since Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, opened the first hot dog stand on Coney Island in 1870, Americans have been in love with the hot dog. It's a perfect American summer staple and one that's worthy of its own holiday, like today! So whether you like it grilled, fried, with onions, smothered in relish, or just plain, here are the top 5 spots in Irving to get your hands around a hot dog. Enjoy!

Puzzle Me This, Irving

Monday, July 20, 2020 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

 

Are you puzzled about the history behind some of Irving’s most popular landmarks? Are you missing some of your favorite Instagram spots? Or do you need a new on-line activity that’s both challenging and aesthetically pleasing? Look no further … now you can explore a photo album of exciting Irving attractions through our new virtual puzzles!

 

I don't know of a better holiday to sooth our tummies with comfort food than National Mac N' Cheese Day. We've all grown up with its golden goodness since we were kids, and now Mac N' Cheese is practically a meal on its own. We've picked the top five places here in Irving where you can savor each smooth bite of cheesy heaven. Either by itself or with a lunch or dinner item, satisfy your cravings on National Mac N' Cheese Day with a bowl of cheesy happiness.