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LOVER OF LOCAL
Thanksgiving might be over, but delicious seasonal eating doesn’t have to be. Newly opened Earth to Urban at 1235 S.W. Second is an excellent source for all things involving fall fare. This food hub stays open year-round and is chock-full of local, in-season produce and homemade items.

Come in for pumpkin butter, chemical-free greens or fresh veggies. Get to know your local suppliers, and take an active role in sustaining farmers in your area. In the meantime, fill your plate with vibrant, healthy and homegrown goods.

Want to take a more active role?

Check out the American Independent Business Alliance at amiba.net for more information about the America Unchained campaign.

PUT A WEDGE INTO WAKING UP
Rushing around in the morning with no time to prepare a healthy breakfast? Wedge Pizzeria, 4709 N. Western, has you covered!

For $5, get your hands on a piping-hot cup o’ Elemental Coffee’s joe
and a breakfast wrap or vegetarian quiche, made fresh every morning
on-site. Grab-n-Go Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 10 a.m. or
when the goods are gone! Cinnamon rolls may be coming soon, we hear ...

IT’S SEIS FOR QDOBA
Fast-casual
brand Qdoba Mexican Grill swung open its doors on Nov. 21 to its newest
location in the metro area at 2145 S.W. 104th. This is the first
OKC-area restaurant to feature Qdoba’s new building design. All Qdoba’s
are locally owned and operated by franchise group DCW Investments LLC,
which also owns a number of Sonic locations in the area.

CUPPA FRUIT
Don’t
miss out on the brand-new tea leaves at T, an Urban Teahouse, 7518 N.
May. Try out the pear spice white, rumored to taste like spiced, baked
pears from the oven.

While
you’re in, do some holiday shopping for the tea lovers in your family.
Follow T on Twitter (@ urbanteahouse) for updates on new flavors and
upcoming events.

HAMBURGER HELPERS

S & B’s Burger Joint, 5929 N. May, has slated its second annual “Santa’s Hamburger Helpers” for Tuesday.

Last
year, Christmas was much happier for five local families who otherwise
would have had zilch for the holiday. This year, S & B has partnered
with Sunbeam Family Services to take care of seven needy fams.

If you’d like to contribute to the cause, call 843-8777.

CHOW CHAT
Culinary Miracles owner Holly Geller is a multitasker who never seems to slow down. Her distinguishing features include holly Geller red hair, a thick Boston accent and an infectious, “can do” attitude.

Morning
or night person: “Both.” Position: “A chef, consultant, caterer,
culinary instructor, product demonstrator at department stores, and work
at the Williams-Sonoma call center in customer service.”

Die and come back as: “Julia Child.

Through
the International Association of Culinary Professionals, I assisted her
each year in demonstrations, and she would always remember me from year
to year. She was so gracious.”

Look-alike: “No one has ever told me I look like someone.”

Food you’d never eat: “Organ meats — no hearts, no kidney, no gizzards. If I can’t recognize it on my plate, I won’t eat it.”

Of all the extensive culinary luminaries you’ve met, you’d like to cook with: “Marcella Hazan.”

Came to OKC: “From Boston in 1977.”

Hilarious
happening: “The other day at a catering job, a guest asked for a
Perrier, and I turned to one of the girls and told her it was fizzy in a
green bottle. She came back with broccoli because it was green and she
didn’t understand what I said. Blame that on the Boston accent!”

BYTES
Several
local restaurants like to run “daily specials.” We asked our Facebook
fans where they go for their favorites? Here are some of the verbatim
answers:

“This
month at S&B’s you can get any full size specialty burger for $5
(it’s their 2yr anniversary.) They also have Fatty Friday ($4 full size
fatty burgers) and Mondays are normally $5 full size burgers, too. They
also have other deals during the week.” —Erica Cranford

“Chopped
Brisket and Sausage Special at Swadley’s Bar-B-Q. Half pound of meat,
two of their delicious sides, toast and a drink for $10.89. Killer
deal.” —Curt Breuklander

“Well there is the obvious $3 burger night at McNellies” —Amy Robinson

“Half-price rolls and cheap cocktails at Pachinko Parlor!” —Christine Eddington

“Blue plate specials at Bricktown Brewery and at Bricktown Brewery at Remington Park!” —Chuck Shepherd

—Carol Smaglinski

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