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#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

Society is starting to open back up, and soon you might have to put on "real clothes." Now just might be the time to incorporate a salad into your daily food offerings. ;) I mean we can't wear stretchy pants forever, right? My husband calls salads “crispy water,” but I'm not talking about your Mom's iceberg recipe. Irving is quite up on their salad game and here are a few of my favorites around town that will fill you up and help you add a colorful variety to your diet.   

#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

Today, Cinco de Mayo meets Taco Tuesday! Ole! This year Cinco de Mayo celebrations can enjoy even more fanfare by capitalizing on Taco Tuesday mania. So, here's what we know and the celebratory specials we stumbled upon. Make a reservation at select restaurants if you want to dine-in or, as you know the drill, call ahead and order you some takeout and celebrate via Zoom with your pals. 

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.  

To help you best navigate dining out, we have updated our local restaurant list that will be serving patrons in their dining rooms. While dining rooms are now allowed to serve dine-in customers at 50% occupancy, please continue to order food for takeout/delivery or buy gift cards for future use. Thank you for eating locally and showing Irving restaurants some love!