Your top-notch restaurants: American Cattlemens; Asian Fungs Kitchen; Mexican Mama Roja; and Indian Gopuram.
Favorite comfort food: Rice, especially the rice served at Cafe do Brasil.
Favorite cocktails: The caipirinha, also served at Cafe do Brasil, and the Persephone at the Paseo (Grill).
Culinary stars you would love to meet: Rick Bayless (an Oklahoman who owns successful Chicago restaurants) and also Gale Gand.
about: Traveling to all the places Ive wanted to go all over the
world, such as South America, Mexico and Buenos Aires.
You would never eat: Balut, that fermented egg. But I am very adventurous with food.
difficult thing youve ever done: Trying to get my college degree and
making a decision about opening up my own restaurant someday.
Your signature dish would be: Game pheasant, quail or duck.
People dont know: That I am very knowledgeable about gardening and have a passion for it, and I know a lot about beekeeping.
in the kitchen? Working in a restaurant as a senior in high school, I
used a huge bag of cornstarch instead of flour when making pecan
cookies. And another time in my kitchen for Thanksgiving, I used
bathroom cleaner instead of cooking spray to coat the measuring cup so
the corn syrup would slide right out. Whats that funny taste? We did
not eat it.
NEW CATERING DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED
Farhood, the owner of Nunus Mediterranean Cafe & Market, 3131 W.
Memorial, has announced the appointment of Clayton Farhood as head of
the new catering department, which will feature both bistro and
Farhood, Janets son, brings with him more than 20 years of experience
in the restaurant industry, where he has held uppermanagement positions
with Planet Hollywood, The Cheesecake Factory and Brinker International.
the sophisticated taste of todays Oklahoma foodies, we will be
offering a diverse menu featuring authentic Mediterranean and Middle
Eastern Food, fresh seafood and prime beef, Farhood said.
new catering arm of Nunus will be equipped to handle small dinner
parties to large receptions. For the past three years, Nunus
Mediterranean Cafe has been serving Mediterranean delicacies such as
hummus, falafel and baklava, and also has a small grocery area inside
the comfortable restaurant.
HERES THE SCOOP
no surer sign of summer than eating ice cream. Even if your top choice
is still vanilla, heres something to do on hot summer days: Try tasting
all seven of the new flavors of Braums ice cream and sherbet.
new varieties are available by the dip or in a take-home carton. Just
one question: Where do the old flavors go and who gets to taste all of
the new flavors before they decide which ones get to stick around?
Braums website has the answer, at least regarding why patrons cant get a particular ice cream flavor whenever they want it.
the Braums processing plant, we can make over 120 flavors of ice
cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet. Unfortunately, we dont have the
freezer space in the stores to display all 120 flavors at the same time.
So, we have regular flavors that are always available in the stores,
and we have rotator flavors that are made on a rotating basis (every
four to eight weeks) and sent to the store.
seven new varieties of ice cream for this summer include amaretto peach
charlotte, which is peach ice cream with almonds, ladyfinger cookie
pieces and a peach ribbon; homestyle strawberry done with vanilla ice
cream and strawberries; limoncello, featuring lemon ice cream with
ladyfinger cookie pieces and a strawberry ribbon; and maple ice cream
Others on the list
include a strawberry-chocolate chip frozen yogurt made with vanilla
frozen yogurt with chocolate chips and strawberries; light Key lime pie
done with Key lime ice cream and graham crackers; and finally, a peach
What, no chocolate?
TWO NEW OPENINGS
Mexican Cafe, which got its start in 1998 in Weatherford, has opened
its first Edmond location, at 3409 S. Broadway. The restaurant opened in
mid-April and joins two other Alfredos in Yukon and Moore.
the southwest metro, Jubilee Market, 835 S.W. 119, has opened and
offers a unique bakery and boutique concept. The spot, owned by Monica
Best, offers lunch and dessert.
BOWL AND CHOW DOWN
Citizen Potawatomi Nation recently opened FireLake Bowl, 40945 Hardesty
Road in Shawnee. The new bowling center is a 24-lane, state-of-the-art
facility sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress.
working up an appetite, the FireLake includes a Subway restaurant and a
San Remos pizzeria, plus a pro shop and an arcade room. The center
will also host special events, parties and fun bowling nights each
Friday and Saturday.
For more information or to schedule events, call 275-0404.
SALES MANAGER APPOINTED
brokers Thirst Wine Merchants announced recently that Corey Bauer is
now working with the crew as sales manager. Bauer brings with him more
than 13 years of experience in the Oklahoma wine industry, including
successful stints at the fine dining, retail and distribution levels.
who was previously with Republic National Distributing Company, filled
the open position left by Lindsey Erhardt, who left to pursue a career
in health care.
Kroblin and Scott Large opened the metro-based Thirst Wine Merchants in
2006. In an email, Kroblin said Bauer was the first Oklahoman to pass
Republics graduate level wine exam and, in fact, received one of the
highest scores in the exams history. He said Bauer will be a good fit
for Thirst Wine Merchants.
Coreys career at RNDC, he was the leader in reviews and sales every
year, Kroblin said. Over the past five years, we have constantly
pushed ourselves to be the best fine wine company in Oklahoma, and we think were getting there.
POPS AND FACEBOOK
Heres a fun contest. Pops, 660 W. Highway 66 in Arcadia, recently held a photo contest to find the best shot of a fan in their Pops T-shirt. The top three photos as chosen by Facebook fans are now in the running for some cool prizes.
Head out to Pops in the next week for a chance to vote for your favorite photo, plus grab a bite to eat and some soda. The winner will be announced June 30 on Pops Facebook page.
Last week on the Facebook page of Oklahoma Gazette, we asked which local Asian restaurant stood out as a favorite. Here are your answers, verbatim.
Eggplant and tofu with garlic sauce at Golden Phoenix (Kim Phung). Hands down, baby -- hands down.
Matt McNeil Tokyo in OKC best rolls Ive ever had!!!
Robert C. Howell
Bacon Rice Noodles at Panda Garden Buffet here in Norman on the east side of town.... delish!!!
Dim sum at Grand House
the Bento box lunch special at Saii is way up there!
Thai Garden, on Western, has the best seafood pad thai! And the owner is a saint. I ate there almost every day of high school and she always had a table ready. The kinda lady that remembers you years later when you walk in and asks The usual or you wanna try the special today? Zakk Flash
Noodle salad at Coriander Cafe in Norman and the lunch buffet at Sala Thai in OKC
Mandarin in Del City--Hawaiian chicken & broccoli beef. Plus Sala Thai ROCKS.
Thai Kumkoon in Norman next to Legends on Lindsey. I wont lie its a hole in the wall, but its so good and the people are friendly. Start with Mekrob and follow it up with the house special Evil Jungle Chicken. Youll be licking your plate at the end. Im serious - I see people pick up their plates there and lick the sauce. Also, Dot Wos Peking Shrimp. The two best asian dishes for my money in the OKC area Geri Stockton
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