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Eat, sample, love

Norman’s award-winning Chocolate Festival brings together the love of confection and art.


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Angela Botzer
Since the time Mayans and Aztecs in Central America and Mexico included chocolate as part of their diets, people around the world have had a perpetual love affair with chocolate in every form.
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hearty party

Local bartenders know how to make cocktails you can sink your teeth into as the savory drink trend gives “comfort food” a whole new meaning.


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Danniel Parker
As chill factors dip below zero, drinkers traditionally gravitate toward the heavier drinks, like mulled wine, cider and nog.
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Panaderías

It’s time to meet the donuts, or even better, the tres leches cake, at these local Mexican bakeries.


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Angela Botzer
Freshly baked pastries, breads, cakes and cookies are all woven into the fabric of daily Mexican cuisine. The beloved Mexican bakeries are frequented most often for breakfast, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and to catch up on local news.
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Elegant education

District 21 restaurant is home to culinary arts and a top-shelf teaching school.


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Angela Botzer
Everything is truly mise en place (all ingredients prepared and “put in place” before cooking) at The Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts, 12777 N. Rockwell Ave.
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Scratch that

Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails satisfies your itch for an innovative local niche.


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Devon Green
The landscape of Oklahoma City’s food culture has grown over the past decade. The days of chain eateries on every corner are becoming a thing of the past. A passion for the restaurant industry is often a life commitment (or sentence, if you like), and you will often hear a chef talk about “the moment they were hooked.”
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Java update

Local start-up Mariposa Coffee is as concerned with the perfect brew as it is with the well-being of the world.


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Giancarlo Gonzalez
The first thing that hits you is the aroma of blueberries coming from the coffee cup. It is a scent unexpected. After the drink is finished and a bag of the roasted concoction is purchased for later brewing, one might wonder if it was real or a trick of the mind.
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

High time for Downton

Formal afternoon teas — the good, old-fashioned English way — are new again. Here’s where to find them.


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Angela Botzer
This city isn’t late to the Downton Abbey television series — or to its old-is-new-again trend of high tea. Yes, a formal afternoon tea with friends, scones, lemon curd, crumpets — the Edwardian works.
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Steak and ale

Robust local brews pair well with chili, hamburgers, smoked meats and more.


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Malena Lott
Shorter days and darker evenings call for a bolder beverage, and local brews paired with local eateries are sure to warm the cockles of Old Man Winter.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

OKG7 It’s a miracle on 23rd Street


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Kelley Chambers

Not so long ago, anyone frequenting retailers along NW 23rd Street between N. Broadway Avenue and Western Avenue was shopping for a wig or pawning a television. Cheever’s Cafe was the pioneering restaurant but sat alone for many years. Things didn’t happen overnight, but more restaurateurs gave 23rd a second look and that strip of Route 66 is a diner’s dream.

 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Gimme a break

Breakfast items vary from country to country but have one thing in common: they are delicious.


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Angela Botzer
You know you need breakfast before you go on an all-day holiday shopping trip, but all you currently have in your kitchen is ketchup, a can of tuna and some okra because there’s no time to shop for groceries. Bored to tears of the traditional American breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast? Take a trip around the world, treat yourself before noon and get your holiday shopping on.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kiss my political buns

These days, businesses are good at sharing polarizing opinions ... but is sharing polarizing opinions good for business?


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Malena Lott

When ordering a burger, a side dish of politics may be served free of charge. In Oklahoma, that typically means dishing out conservative opinions blaming Obamacare and/ or President Barack Obama for, well, fill in the blank. But is it a bad marketing strategy or a good way to make the cash register ring?

 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rule Britannia

Riverwind Casino’s faux British pub may be perfect for celebrating a win or taking the sting from a loss.


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Doug Hill
“Welcome to the sovereign and self-governing lands of the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation,” reads an entry-door sign at Riverwind Casino in Norman.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A taste for tagine

This iconic Mediterranean stew can’t be found just anywhere. Here’s where to get it.


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Angela Botzer

Craving something Mediterranean but different? Try a tagine, the iconic dish of Morocco. Pronounced “tah-ZHEEN,” it refers to both the ceramic cooking vessel and any braised stew cooked in it.

 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Linked in

Sausage makers across the metro make the best of the wurst.


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Angela Chambers
As temperatures cool, it’s time to replace summer salads with a heartier meal. Oklahoma is home to several specialty meat shops that will satisfy your craving for savory sausages, roast beef and more — all made in-house.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Spirited away

Chill out with tall, cool, liquored-up versions of the all-American milkshake this holiday season.


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Angela Botzer
Since the first time the term milkshake appeared in a British weekly newspaper in 1885, the drink has gone through many transformations. Initially, it was an alcoholic drink made with eggs, whiskey, milk and ice cream, resembling eggnog. By 1900, however, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry syrups were introduced, sans the whiskey, creating a more familiar version.
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
 
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