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Author: Diana Pfaff

Diana Pfaff is the Vice President of Marketing Communications for Visit Irving. When not working, you can find her at sporting events – most likely a Texas Tech or LSU game or watching her beloved New Orleans Saints (sorry, Dallas, you had her until she had to blow up a certain stadium). She considers her greatest contributions to society her non-profit work in Irving, taking in special needs rescue dogs, and boosting the economy through travel and shoe purchases.

Where to get your Cajun fix, catch the LSU game, and other lagniappes

As much as I want to give a big Texas welcome to our Louisiana neighbors, who came en masse last weekend, I know firsthand they aren’t here by choice. With power still out in places that were lucky, and infrastructure wiped out in places that weren’t, Irving might be playing host for a while.

Which is why I’m taking it upon myself - as someone whose passions include all-things Louisiana (topping that list is my own family of Ida evacuees from Baton Rouge) - to point out a few places to help our gulf coast guests feel a little more at home.

With most of the area – okay, the country – spending the weekend indoors, we reached out to some of Irving’s more well-known residents to get their take on what movies to stream this Valentine’s weekend, and why. Whether you’re looking for romance, rom-com, bromance or a good Galentine’s feature, we’ve got you covered.

Thanks to our hot couples and sizzling singles for a glimpse into their movie recommendations - and accompanying personal stories - sure to warm any heart, make you laugh, cry, or get your adrenaline pumping. And a special thank


There are National Food Holidays, then there are NATIONAL FOOD HOLIDAYS. Today’s falls into the latter category, cause it’s homegrown … that thin cut of meat dipped in batter, deep fried and smothered in gravy. Giddy up, it’s National Chicken-Fried Steak Day, y’all!

The exact origins of the Texas staple are unclear. Did it come from German and Austrian immigrants to Texas in the 19th century, who brought recipes for Wiener schnitzel from Europe? Or was it invented by accident in 1911, when a short-order cook named Jimmy Don Perkins at

What Orlando was to the National Basketball Association and Edmonton to the National Hockey Association (holla Dallas Stars!), so too is North Texas to Major League Baseball (MLB). The “Sports Bubble*” has moved to the Lone Star State, and with the National League Championship Series (NLCS) between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Field in Arlington underway – then the winner of that series sticking around to play either the Tampa Bay Rays or Houston Astros in the World Series starting Oct. 20 – we wanted to provide a

Visit Irving supports all of our local restaurants, afterall what would we do without them? Shutdowns, occupancy limits and, well, a pandemic is hurting the restaurant industry, and no one is feeling it more than family-owned eateries. We’re highlighting some of Irving’s oldest establishments popular with both residents and visitors – and encouraging everyone to grab a take out item or two from one tonight. And the next, and the next, and the next. Can you say Dine-A-Round?

Po' Melvin's

4070 Belt Line Rd, Ste 100

972-255-3919

It’s officially National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) in Irving, a time when destinations across the country pause to celebrate the economic driver and vibrant sector known as travel and tourism. With the hospitality industry being one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, this year, more than ever before, it’s important to recognize the beauty of what travel brings – an opportunity to see and learn new things, and an important revenue generator for most communities.