I’m going to describe a few things and I want you to guess where I’m talking about, ready? Cruising down the canals in a gondola, conversing in Spanish over lomo saltado and relaxing at a luxury resort over tropical cocktails. Any ideas? All of this and more can be found just 20 minutes from Dallas in Irving!
As one of the most diverse ZIP codes in America, Irving makes the perfect weekend getaway for anyone wanting an international trip without the flight. Enjoy an intimate evening of wine, Italian singing and a private, romantic gondola cruise at Gondola Adventures. You can bring a bottle of wine or dinner, and sail away along the Irving canals. Gondola Adventures offers everything from an authentic rowing-style gondola to an ornate crystal swan.
When you get hungry, take a self-guided, three-country cuisine tour. Start with an appetizer at Peruvian restaurant El Tesoro del Inca. There, you can share a plate of lomo saltado, a type of marinated steak. For the main course, head to Everest to sample authentic Nepalese dishes such as tash, momo and palua. For dessert, indulge in some sweet empanadas at Empa Mundo. Don’t forget to try the sweet guava and cheese.
Another great option for a romantic dinner is Boi Na Braza, a Brazilian restaurant with mouthwatering steaks. For a sweet treat, choose the Braza Batida, a condensed-milk cocktail.
When it comes to music, the Toyota Music Factory has it all, from major headliners to up-and-coming stars. This world-class venue brings musicians from all over globe, and you’re sure to find your next jam there! In addition to concerts, it also hosts special events like salsa classes and free concerts at the Pavilion.
For a little history, visit the Ruth Paine House Museum to learn about events leading up to the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald stayed at Paine’s house the night before the assassination.
For another taste of history, check out Big State Fountain Grill. It’s been around since 1948, and locals still come by for old-school milkshakes that take them back to their childhood. Experience part of its charm by walking up to the counter, ordering a classic cheeseburger and playing some tunes from the jukebox in the corner.