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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.

Southern Cuisine with a Side of Texas Hospitality

Friday, January 22, 2021 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

When you live in the south (and you’re not on a diet or January juice cleanse), every day is Southern Food Day. But for the rest of the country, Jan. 22 is the designated day to celebrate. I think National food holidays were created just to sabotage our cleanses and give us an excuse to eat what we want. There are more than 300 different food & beverage holidays to choose from each year. Heavens to Betsy!

Crispy fried chicken, homemade melt-in-your-mouth biscuits, and chicken fried steak the size of Texas are just some of the South's most

Peace Out 2020, Here’s to Getting Lucky in 2021

Thursday, December 31, 2020 7:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Hello, New Year! As this year finally comes to a close, and not a moment too soon, it's time to control-alt-delete 2020, and start anew. Traditions are a great way to mark the end of one period and manifest our hopes for the beginning of another. And after 2020, we want health, wealth and heaping gobs of good luck all year long. According to lore from around the world, the boisterous sounds (party horns and blowers) can ward off evil spirits. In Latin America, it's believed that lugging around your (empty) weekender will conjure a year full

Where to Find Hot Chocolate Bombs in Irving

Friday, December 18, 2020 4:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

They’re so pretty, Oh, so pretty, they’re so pretty and trendy and bright. And everyone loves this decadent chocolatey delight! That's right! This over-the-top version of everyone’s favorite holiday drink has become a star on social media and is quickly becoming a staple in homes across the country. For the unfamiliar, we are talking about hot cocoa, but not your ordinary hot cocoa - actually it's quite extraordinary. The concept of the chocolate bomb is simple: they consist of hollow balls of chocolate packed with items such as chocolate

It's the most wonderful time of the year! So, don’t let Covid-19 be the Grinch that stole your Christmas cheer. Even the biggest Scrooges are more desperate than ever to salvage some holiday fun. Some folks are decking the halls for the very first time. Others have amped up their holiday decorama in an effort to end 2020 on a bright note. ‘Tis the season to sparkle after all, and your holiday meal should be no less festive than your holiday home decor.

We’re all hungry for sweet seasonal relief. With fewer options for celebrating, a nicely

End 2020 on a Sweet Note

Friday, December 4, 2020 9:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

You probably already know Cookie Monster as a cookie, well, monster. Did you know Cookie Monster is also on Twitter sharing his little crumbs of wisdom and random thoughts like...

Me thinks the Cookie Monster has devoured his fair share of cookies this year. Me have too! We can all relate to our furry blue friend’s philosophy that when the chips are down, the chocolate kind of chips cheer us up.

It’s fall in Texas y’all and winter is slowly making its way south, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy outdoor food, drink and fun. First, well, it’s Texas, but when we do finally feel a chill in the air, Irving is home to lots of hot spots (pun intended) featuring outdoor spaces outfitted to keep us toasty.

Is there anything more romantic than falling in love against a firelight glow? Whether it's a crackling fireplace or an outdoor fire pit, there's just something about those flickering flames that gets you in the mood for romance, and

Six Sexy Spots for Date Night

Friday, November 6, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

If the big screen has taught us anything, it's that romantic meals can happen almost anywhere. Remember those two dogs sharing spaghetti in an alley? You don’t have to go all white tablecloth and pull out all the stops for a truly romantic evening. Romantic dinners can take place in intimate sushi dens, street cafes, and even hidden gems in strip malls. Whether celebrating an anniversary, enjoying a couple's staycation or venturing out for a non-virtual first date, the city is home to plenty of romantic spots with killer food and drinks.

Election Day Foods Everyone Can Agree On

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

There are plenty of habits that people have when they’re stressed. After a long election season, nerves are frayed and Election Day feels like a nail-biter. So what’s our anxiety-reducer? Food,Glorious Food! And though we often are taught to fight stress with healthy habits, sometimes soothing comfort food is just what we need.

In the spring, the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce asked you to vote for the businesses and people who make Irving a great place to live, work, walk, play and visit. Your votes were tallied and the winners were

Wickedly Wonderful Halloween Treats & Eats

Friday, October 30, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

When a full moon, a blue moon, daylight savings time and Halloween intersect in Irving, you’re guaranteed a spooktacular weekend! Let Irving be your Halloween Headquarters for tasty treats & delicious eats at these Irving spots that are creeping the Halloween spirit alive this year.


You’re in for a Flavorful Treat at Bawarchi

7750 N Macarthur Blvd | 972.444.0000

Spice your Halloween weekend up at Barwitchie… oops, that’s Bawarchi!

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Las Colinas | 4020 N MacArthur Blvd | 972.541.1000