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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.

Gobble Up Some Miles at the Irving Turkey Trot

Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular racing days of the year, and participating in a turkey trot is a time-honored holiday tradition for many. Trotters of all ages and experience levels don their gay apparel to join the other turkeys and strut their stuff. If you’ve never joined in the Thanksgiving Day parade of fun before, you’ve seriously been missing out. Here are a bounty of reasons the Irving Turkey Trot deserves a place on your Thanksgiving Day agenda.

Avoid the Extra Helping of Guilt

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It’s fall in Texas y’all and winter is slowly making its way south, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy outdoor food, drink and fun. First, well, it’s Texas, but when we do finally feel a chill in the air, Irving is home to lots of hot spots (pun intended) featuring outdoor spaces outfitted to keep us toasty.

Is there anything more romantic than falling in love against a firelight glow? Whether it's a crackling fireplace or an outdoor fire pit, there's just something about those flickering flames that gets you in the mood for romance, and you may find yourself temporarily forgetting about those chilly temps, should they arrive. Here’s where to get cozy.

Where to Find a Fine Thanksgiving Dinner in Irving

Friday, November 12, 2021 11:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Let's Talk Turkey! 

This 2021 holiday season, there's no shortage of warnings about, well, shortages. If you don’t plan ahead, you might find yourself in a turkey day dilemma, because there may not be enough birds to go around. Here in Irving, there are a range of outstanding restaurants where you can have your turkey and dressing and eat it too, along with all the sides and pies - even pizza pies! That’s right, we’ve got the skinny on all the restaurants open for you to gobble till you wobble from fine dining to fast food and everything in between. Get your fat pants ready! 

Sip, Savor, Spa & Sun at Omni Las Colinas

Friday, October 29, 2021 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

This fall, sunshine & scenic views, stellar dining and spa time make for the staycation trifecta at Irving’s Omni Las Colinas. Yes, you read that right. Mokara Spa has reopened! Not only is Mokara Spa literally steps from the hotel, but EVERYTHING food & fun is on property or just a hop, skip and a jump away.

Seasonal Standouts: The Flavors of Fall

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Well howdy, pumpkins, and happy autumn to you! It’s “officially” fall, but helloooooo, we're in Texas y'all. One day it's hot and humid, the next it's storming, and the next, lo and behold, you rise and shine to a lovey crisp morning. Our weather may be bi-polar, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tailgate, carve pumpkins and indulge in the flavors of fall. If you’ve been anticipating sweet treats, game-day snacks, hearty soups or elegant meals with seasonal ingredients, now’s the time to find the fall food traditions you crave at these Irving restaurants.

All for Golf & Golf for All in Irving

Friday, October 1, 2021 11:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Golf is on the upswing and with good reason. Golf's inherent social distancing and outdoor setting make it a safer activity than many others. Plus, golf is truly a game that (almost) everyone can play. It is a sport for all ages and all levels of ability. It doesn’t matter if you are particularly tall or strong, all body types can succeed. Even a lack of flexibility or athleticism can be counteracted with savvy and skill around the greens. 

Lobster for Land-Locked Lovers

Friday, September 24, 2021 4:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

We may be deep in the heart of Texas, but our great state has managed to claw its way to the top of the culinary scene -  and that scene includes lobster and lots of it. We love “lob-STER” (not pronounced “LOB-stah” in the Lone Star State). Personally, I have a soft spot for this hard-shelled crustacean. I lob it, and in my opinion, when it comes to the ultimate dinner, the epitome of "treating yourself" is ordering a lobster dish. "I'll have the lobster” is a bold order that usually earns ooohs and aaahs from around the table. 

Hot Takes on Cold Treats in Irving

Friday, September 3, 2021 10:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

For me, childhood summers were filled with push-ups and creamsicles, plus ICEEs, Slurpees and Slush Puppies - you know the beverages responsible for giving brain freeze to millions? 7-Eleven was Saturday heaven! And there was Baskin-Robbins ... and if Instagram was a thing, it would have been filled with colorful photos of Lucky Charms, Pop Tarts Toaster Pastries, and Froot Loops: a rainbow of brightly colored cereal rings with a fruity flavor (and a brand fraught with controversy when the news broke that all the delicious, multicolored O's that make up Froot Loops don't actually represent different fruit flavors. And again, when Kellogs gave the mascot Toucan Sam a new look.) This week I am celebrating a birthday, so I’m feeling a little nostalgic. But I digress.

Seven Standout Labor Day Staycays!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 7:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Staycations are the best way to vacation. 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.

Fluffy & Fido's Irving Staycation

Thursday, August 26, 2021 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...