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Author: Lori Sirmen

Marketer. Marathoner. Adventure Seeker. High Energy. Creative. Fun & Fun-loving. My Faves: food & wine, friends, fam, my sweet pup Bear, running & travel.

#FoodieFriday: When Food and Fun Collide

Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

As local restaurants fire up again, some of us are joyous at the prospect of eating out while others are slowly warming up to the idea, but almost all of us are craving the social connection of the dining out experience. Pre-pandemic, dining out wasn’t just about eating and exiting, it was about enjoying an experience that delivers a true “occasion.”

Here are a few of our favorite places that show that dining can be about way more than just good food on a plate. Plus, they each offer al fresco dining which might make you feel more comfortable eating out.

A pandemic can cancel a lot of things, but not the way we commemorate our fallen heroes. It is their sacrifice that has made our freedoms possible. So, let’s fly our flags (half-mast), take a moment to reflect on the men and women who have paid the ultimate price and take care of each other as we kick off the summer season with the three day weekend.

Typically, Memorial Day weekend activities include parades, commemorations, flyovers, and ceremonies, plus yard parties, dinner parties and barbecues with family and friends. This year, big

#FoodieFriday: You Melt Me

Friday, May 15, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

A tribute to America’s favorite cookie

Today we honor the signature ingredient in the most beloved cookie of all time, the chocolate chip. Why? Well, we don’t really need a reason, do we? But today is National Chocolate Chip Day, hooray!

#FoodieFriday: Nom Noms for Moms

Friday, May 8, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

This year Mother’s Day will be one-of-a-kind no matter how you celebrate. Many moms are taking on the role of a parent, professional, teacher, partner, entertainment director, coach, therapist, chef, housekeeper and referee. Some have toddlers. And some are living with early-released college students, while older mothers and grandmothers may be completely separated from their children. No matter the unique situation you’re in, one thing’s for sure. You’ve got to show Mom some love… and appreciation. She needs this now more than ever.

Many moms

Whether you’re together at home or gathering virtually, bring the restaurant to your beloved Mama or Nana for a joyous, delicious, extraordinary Mother’s Day celebration. These Irving tried-and-true family favorites are featuring to-go packages fitting for a top-notch Mother’s Day celebration. Be sure to elevate the ambiance of your dining experience by setting a beautiful table. And if you’re celebrating virtually, consider uploading a photo that places you right in the dining room of your favorite Irving restaurant.  

#FoodieFriday: Food For Thought

Friday, April 24, 2020 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Earth Day (April 22) is a time to reflect on how our personal choices affect the planet. It also provides that extra push we all need to make resolutions that lighten our ecological footprint all year long. If you’re anything like me, you automatically think of recycling at home, using refillable water bottles and reusable grocery totes. But your eating habits impact the planet more than you probably know. 

What on Earth are you Doing for Earth Day?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

15 EASY Ways to Honor the Earth Today and Every Day: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. Since 1970, people from all over the world have gathered each year to mark the day. In light of COVID-19, getting together today may not be an option. But that’s okay. You can still celebrate our beautiful planet and learn ways to be active in taking care of it.

#FoodieFriday: Cocktail Kits & Quarantini’s

Friday, April 17, 2020 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Welcome to Groundhog Day! #FoodieFriday can feel just like #PandeManicMonday - and all the days in between -  while we’re all sheltered at home with our “mixing and mingling” on hold. But there’s no reason we can’t raise a glass and get social virtually by connecting with our favorite peeps over a cocktail or mocktail. 

Now that many of you are working remotely or setting up virtual parties to chat with friends and family for birthdays and happy hours while maintaining social distance, Zoom is quickly becoming the go-to source for those gatherings. And let’s face it. If you’re on a work video conference, it’s only a matter of time before you get interrupted by a barking dog, a crying child, a hungry housemate, or a significant other asking where you put the much-valued toilet paper.