7 SWANS A SWIMMING // Irene Gianos shares Top Gifts for Hostess Delight



If anyone knows good “hostess-mojo” it’s this Grecian-Chicago-Oklahoma girl — Irene Gianos of The OP Life.  She will send you home with baklava that literally jumps into your mouth, and urge others around these parts to drive a little faster, cause this woman’s got places to be!



1 // ON A WHIM
“One of my absolute favorite candles to give AND receive! WINK!  The scent of this classic candle defines the holidays for me.”


“This spice set from Savory spice is the perfect assortment of flavors for whatever dish you might wanna cook up.  From barbecue to pesto to chili lime, there’s something there for all tastes. Get it!”

3 // CK&CO

“The Tory Burch fold over mini cross body is perfect for the stylish woman who lives a versatile lifestyle.  It can be worn as a clutch or a cross body.”


“These sugar plumb sweets are the tart, child-like, old-school nutcracker candies…great in tiny bags for people to sample and stockings!

“Western Avenue is known for some of the best dining in the city.  So who wouldn’t love a gift card to any of these?   From coffee to burgers to sushi to fine dining, we have something for everyone’s tastebuds. “
Irene likes Tucks burgers, All About Cha coffee, Cafe 501 diversity, you know the street and your faves, celebrate!


“Old world classic fragrances from Tocca in beautiful collectible bottles is something any woman would love under the tree.”



“They are an Aveda-concept salon, that says something to me, they were willing to bring sustainable beauty to OKC — spoil yourself there or someone worthy of love pampering!”

Irene Gianos behind The OP Life is a fun one to get to know and served as a Western Avenue Scout for 2014. This post is partly sponsored by the Western Avenue Association.

YUM CITY // Gameday Tailgate Foods For the Win


All right. It’s first game day! Here are five items out of many that will make your tailgate not be a FAILgate.

1. LUCQUES OLIVES – great snacks. These bright green guys are like eating a bright grassy butter on a steak.

2. PT. REYES TOMA – Farmstead cheeses vary from wheel to wheel. Toma is always very good, but the one we have in the case is perfect. Long perfect balanced taste!

3. OLLI SALAME TARTUFO – All the Olli salamis are great, but this one with bits of truffles sprinkled among the cured meat gives it a great heady taste. Very filling too!

4. BROOKLYN BRINE HOP PICKLES – Pickled with Dogfish Head IPA and Habanero peppers, these pickles are soft but pack heat, hoppiness and garlicky goodness!

5. KICKER POTATO CHIPS – These chips from St. Louis are the best chips we’ve tasted. Perfectly made and seasoned. They’re hearty treasures.

We’ve also got probably a thousand other things you can get. So come in and get your eats from people crazier about Sooner football than you are!

IMG_5510 Forward Foods is located at 2001 W Main Street, Norman. Call ahead (405-321-1007) to have a gameday platter arranged by the best.