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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.

A Tasty Take on Autumn in Irving

Friday, October 9, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

Well hello, pumpkins & Happy Hotober to you! Fall 2020 is finally here, well, kind of. It’s not quite sweater weather, but the season still calls for the flavors of fall. And Irving has some standout seasonal sips and bites you need to know about right now. Even if you’re not a “Pumpkin Spice Everything Lover,” you’ll find all kinds of creative fare to fall in love with at these Irving favorites.

Spice Things Up with these Coffee Creations

Argentina Bakery Serves a Warm Hug in a Mug

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Your Pace. Your Place. Your Race.

Friday, October 2, 2020 11:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

You’ve Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party

3 People In Red Celebrating In Irving, TX

Rona, you don’t get to win this race, because we won’t be beat! We’re outrunning you. We will log the miles virtually and celebrate our victory in advance. And this will be the best 5K of the fall, so come one, come all!

Woman Running The Irving Marathon In Irving, TX

The Oktoberfest 5K is for EVERYONE from speedsters and track stars to trailblazers and turtles. Are you a wannabe or “almost runner” who just can’t seem to get started? You know who you are! You’ve researched the perfect shoe, bought a slammin’ new running outfit so you

Fluffy & Fido's Irving Staycation

Monday, September 28, 2020 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

My Bear is the absolute love of my life! My Bear is not really a bear, of course,  but actually, a dog that looks like a bear, a teddy bear to be exact, and he’s got me wrapped around his fluffy paw. He knows how to pull the puppy-dog eyes to tug at my heart when he sees me packing my suitcase, like these guys...

Once only fed to the poor and prisoners, the lobster has transformed from pauper to prince of your plate in a true rags-to-riches tale worth celebrating. Lobsters are famous for mating for life - a myth that was first publicly popularized on an episode of Friends courtesy of Phoebe Buffay who said, “You know what, you can actually see old lobster couples walkin’ around their tank, ya know, holding claws!” Peeps, please don’t go looking for your “lobster” as they’re serial monogamists, having one exclusive, but very short-term, relationship

20+ Mouth-Watering Cheeseburgers You've Got to Try

Friday, September 18, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

Ahhh, the cheeseburger... it’s essential at backyard barbecues and tailgate parties, and it’s the official sandwich in Paradise.  Plus, it celebrated with its own day. Personally, I’ve never met a cheeseburger I didn’t like. So please allow me to introduce you to some classics, local faves, the fancies, the dives and some hidden gems you’ll be delighted to discover as we celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Irving. Let’s dive in! 

The Weekend Forecast Calls for Patio Dining

Friday, September 11, 2020 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen


Sunny-ish skies, a slight breeze and cooler temps are the perfect conditions for an alfresco weekend. And Irving has the ideal attributes for your outdoor fun. You can hit the trails, take a stroll around Lake Carolyn, make a splash on the canals or pack a picnic for the parks. You can also eat and drink your way around town, and we have the perfect ingredients for that too.  Whether you’re an early riser or a late-nighter, brunch aficionado, day drinker or fine-diner, you’ll find your niche right here.  (Cover photo: @restfallen

Have your fruit & love it too

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

Is a Tuesday that feels like a Monday getting the best of ya? Cheers to a short week fueled by fruit drinks, smoothies, cups and bowls. These fun and colorful fruit concoctions will thrill the kiddos too. After-school snack AND adult pepper-uppers? Yaaaaaasssss! Here are our top pick-me-ups to energize you through the week.

Labor de Derby Day

Friday, September 4, 2020 3:00 PM by Lori Sirmen


It's hard to name anything in American culture that's more steeped in tradition than the Kentucky Derby. 145 times...and then 2020 comes along and custom is getting a swift kick in the horse’s butt. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the 146th Derby to be bucked back to Labor Day weekend, the first time since 1945, and fans won’t be in the stands. Cinco de Derby is not a “thing” this year. But puhleez y’all, no neigh-sayers here. This Triple Crown event may be the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," but right now we need a party that lasts a little longer. Irving has Kentucky Derby traditions - Texas-style - and that add up to food, drinks and fun this Labor de Derby Day Weekend!

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.