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Author: Kristina Rowe

A tech writer by day, I help people navigate software that helps them do their jobs. In my free time, I write stories that guide people to the great food and fun that awaits them in Irving, where I live, and all-around Dallas Fort-Worth. When I'm out and about with my colorful sneakers on, you might find me checking out a larger-than-life, outdoor work of art or a historically or architecturally significant building, plotting where I'm going to go eat next. 


Photo Credit: Barbara Brands  

Where to Get Your Game On In Irving

Monday, March 28, 2022 12:00 PM by Kristina Rowe

Whatever you like to play, it’s easy to find a place in Irving to get your game on. From trivia and game nights at your favorite watering holes to laid back evenings of playing pool or no-holds-barred pinball and virtual reality games, there’s surely something to suit your sense of play.

If you’re more of a spectator, local Irving restaurants and bars have you covered for that, too. Here are 15 great places to get you started if you want to set your inner gamer free. 

With five different beautiful 18-hole golf courses in the city limits, Irving has long been an appealing destination for golfers. This spring, the ClubCorp Classic’s inaugural event will take the Irving golf scene to a new level attracting amateur, professional and celebrity golfers for a week-long event at Las Colinas Country Club. Golf Channel viewers all around the country can watch the ClubCorp Classic, but here in Irving, locals and visitors will have a front-row seat. Grab your tickets and get ready for the return of professional golf to

Uniquely Irving: Peak Restaurant and Bar

Thursday, February 24, 2022 1:00 PM by Kristina Rowe

We’ve talked about some of the ways you can “visit” countries around the world through the diverse tastes of Irving restaurants. And we’ve taken you to the Himalayan mountains before, so you may have learned a little bit about Nepali and Tibetan cuisine. But you may not know that Irving has about a dozen Nepalese restaurants where you can get momos (dumplings) and other delicious dishes.

Celebrate National Margarita Day in Irving

Monday, February 21, 2022 1:00 PM by Kristina Rowe

When National Margarita Day falls on Taco Tuesday, there’s only one way to celebrate - with Mexican food and margaritas. Of course, here in Irving there are plenty of places to celebrate. Whether you like things casual or styled up a bit, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to raise a glass to one of our all-time favorite cocktails. If you’re looking to celebrate National Margarita Day in Irving, here are eight great restaurants that will make the day a special one.

Irving Marathon: A Boston Marathon Qualifier

Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:00 PM by Kristina Rowe

Whether you’re crazy about running or think it’s crazy to want to run 26 miles (at one time?!), you should consider the Irving Marathon. The first Irving Marathon was held in 2013, and since it has grown into a year-round race series with eight unique events that provide support to The Irving Schools Foundation and helps kids learn healthy lifestyle habits. 

Uniquely Irving: Mr Max Izakaya Restaurant

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 2:00 PM by Kristina Rowe

Mr. Max Izakaya Restaurant at 3028 N. Belt Line Road is such a legend in Irving. It’s hard to know where to begin when describing it, except that it’s one of the top places in all of North Texas for authentic Japanese food. It’s the only Irving restaurant that was mentioned in Thrillist’s shoutout to The 18 Best Restaurants in the Dallas Suburbs. While I think they overlooked a number of Irving restaurants that deserve a place on this list, they’re definitely not wrong about Mr. Max.

With so many outstanding restaurants in Irving, it can be tough for a new restaurant to quickly win our hearts, but consider my heart “won over.” While I won’t be abandoning longtime favorites or the unique place-making international cuisine Irving restaurants are known for, I have been eyeing one of Irving’s newest restaurants, and I like what I see. I liked what I tasted too.

5 Healthy Dishes to Try in Irving

Friday, January 28, 2022 9:00 AM by Kristina Rowe

Even if you didn’t make a resolution to eat healthier in 2022, the New Year is a great time to try new things. Eating out can be a challenge if you’re trying to make better food choices. But several restaurants in Irving offer sizable menus of dishes made with fresh ingredients and superfoods. With healthy options as delicious as these for every meal of the day, you might decide to make that “eat healthier” resolution after all. 

Paws Colinas Will Make Your Best Friend Smile

Monday, January 17, 2022 1:00 PM by Kristina Rowe

There’s a new hangout in town for the very good boys and girls of Irving. If your best friend is of the four-legged kind, you owe it to them to check it out. Dogs need exercise and socialization, and let's face it, we do too. A second dog park in Irving is giving all of us a fun place to meet those needs.