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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.

Date Night in the L.C.

Monday, May 2, 2022 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

You don’t have to go all white tablecloth for a fun and romantic date night out. Actually, stepping outside of the fancy dinner box can be much more exciting. Whether celebrating an anniversary, enjoying a couple's staycation or venturing out for a first date, our city's got plenty for you two to do. Read on, because we’ve picked out a few uniquely Irving date night spots for you and your boo. 

Treat Mom to a Solo Staycay for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

Mom, Momma, Mother, Mommy, Mama, Mamacita, Mummy, Mum, Madre, Ma - Each and every one of them deserves a solo staycation! Seriously, there’s no “paid time off” for being a mom - especially after a year of parenting during a global pandemic - a year when Mum has not been just a parent, but a teacher, chef, housekeeper, coach, activity director, entertainer, referee, and so on. And some mamas have been juggling all those roles … in addition to working from home. That’s why this Mother’s Day you need to gift the moms in your life a “momcation” - otherwise known as a staycation sans sig other and kids. That’s right, dads, your credit card gets to go, but you don’t! You’ll get your day in June. 

There's a New Kitchen in Town

Friday, April 1, 2022 11:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

“What should we do for lunch/dinner/happy hour?” We are all too familiar with this incredibly common phrase that often leads to a good deal of frustration and even an occasional friendly disagreement, until now. Kitchen 101 to the rescue -  morning, noon and night. The friendly folks at Kitchen 101 do a little bit of everything, and they do all of it well. Yes! All of it. Breakfast. Coffee. Mid-morning munchies. Lunch. Afternoon snack. Tea time. Grab & Go. Dinner. Drinks. Dessert. Late Night. Part café, part bar, and part restaurant, this new Toyota Music Factory spot works whether you want coffee and a pastry, a cocktail, a healthy snack or one of the best burgers in town. 

Top Spots to Wine & Dine

Thursday, February 17, 2022 8:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Mercy Bar & Lounge

It’s not hard to find a glass of wine - it’s listed on just about every dinner menu in the city. And for that we are grateful, because wine pairs well with … well, everything! But sometimes you end up with a hot pink glass of zinfandel masquerading as a rosé or a goblet of something that tastes suspiciously like straight grape juice and reminds you of communion.

On the days when you want to drink something good - ummm, like every day - and maybe a little interesting, you’ll want to find a place that puts time and effort

Fluffy & Fido's Irving Staycation

Monday, January 31, 2022 9:00 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...

Ba-bye 2021, Here’s to Getting Lucky in 2022

Monday, December 27, 2021 6:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

Hello, New Year! As another year finally comes to a close, and not a moment too soon, it's time to control-alt-delete 2021, 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 and 2021, we want health, wealth and heaping gobs of good luck all year long.

Top 5 Places to Propose in Irving

Friday, December 24, 2021 8:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

You’ve found “the one,” received the blessing, shopped for a brilliant ring, but now you have to find the perfect place to pop the question. Of course, your proposal is going to be memorable no matter where you take a knee but choosing a locale with a little extra wow-factor is the icing on your multi-tiered cake.

Irving Gift Guide: Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

You can never go wrong with the gift of great taste! And you can surely find it here. Irving may be a small city, but we’ve got a big food scene with chef-driven restaurants, local flavors and plenty of variety … and it just keeps getting better. Gift your list with a certificate to a tried and true Irving favorite or try some place new.