Nov 182014
 
Chimy's

Chimy's

Chimy’s

Having an empty stomach and finding some place to eat can be daunting, especially when the first few places you go to are closed. I ended up at Chimy’s when I remembered I wanted to try this place every time I went into The Earth’s old location. When I walked in to the right I saw the menu above a couple of registers. I wasn’t expecting it to be set up like a fast casual restaurant. It meant that prices are going to be a bit cheaper than a traditional sit down restaurant, and they were.

I spent a couple of minutes looking at the menu and decided on chips and guacamole and a veggie “chimychanga” with no cheese or sour cream (I didn’t know if it came with it or not, but that is how I ordered it.) I also splurged and got a Negro Modelo as well. After the counter person took my order, he walked me over to the order pick up station and prepared the chips and guacamole for me. Directly behind me was a taco station, so I grabbed a few of their salsas that they had out and put it in the provided container and then went to sit down.
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Nov 112014
 
Tortilla maker at Chiltepes

Tortilla maker at Chiltepes

Tortilla maker at Chiltepes

For dinner tonight we decided to try something new. We were tired of the same old Mexican and Tammy wasn’t hungry for Thai, and the other place we were going to try was only open for lunch, so we decided on Chiltepes.

We were immediately greeted when we came in the establishment, and we were sat at a booth near the tortilla making station. We moved to a booth on the other side of the isle so we could watch the lady make the tortillas better. Quickly after we sat down there was a basket of chips, black bean dip, and queso left at our table. We asked for some tortillas and butter, and along with the tortillas there was also a couple of red salsas that was left on our table. All of this was complimentary. The salsas and bean dips were really good. The tortillas were thick and reminded me of the sole part of the Huarache at Tacos San Pedro.
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Nov 072014
 
Cafe Oasis
Cafe Oasis

Cafe Oasis

Today I needed to shop at Super Cao Nguyen and after shopping I was in need of nourishment so I stopped in to Cafe Oasis for a quick bite to eat. It is located in the same building as Super Cao Nguyen but in a separate shopping area to the south of the grocery store. After climbing the stairs to the restaurant I looked at the menu and decided on kung pao tofu and a cup of cold jasmine tea.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view at Cafe Oasis

The view at Cafe Oasis

Water feature below Cafe Oasis

Water feature below Cafe Oasis

After paying for my food I sat down next to the window and waited for my food to come. As I waited my tea came. It was a nice large cup with a piece of plastic sealed on top. With the tea I was given a straw, on one end there was a sharp point to poke through the plastic barrier. I thought that this was pretty cool, because you are less likely to spill your drink with the normal lids that you put on and take off. The tea was pretty good, had a nice note of jasmine, and didn’t taste diluted from being chilled. It wasn’t remarkable, but wasn’t horrible either.

 

 

 

 

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Oct 232014
 
The Loaded Bowl Food Truck

The Loaded Bowl Food Truck

The Loaded Bowl Food Truck

Today I finally got the chance to eat at The Loaded Bowl. It is a place I have been wanting to eat at for months, but I never got the chance to. They don’t serve on my weekends, and the day and time they are normally in Norman, I am not. Today was an exception, being a payday and me needing to run errands in Norman it made it very convenient to me. The last time I checked their site they were going to start serving at 11:30 and since I was wanting to have my food fresh and to try everything on their menu I got there promptly. They were running a half an hour late today unbeknownst to me, so I waited patiently for them to open their door. The wait was well worth it.

I ordered their Garfield (lasagna), Down Home Bowl (bbq and mac and cheese) and a kids size layered enchiladas so I could try everything on the menu today.
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Oct 082014
 
Lemon Tree Mediterranean Restaurant

Lemon Tree Mediterranean Restaurant

Lemon Tree Mediterranean Restaurant

I saw this restaurant out of the corner of my eye driving by it when I was running errands yesterday and made note of it. I started craving humus and a falafel pita. When I started getting hungry and the falafels were calling my name I made time to stop in.

I walked into a pretty nice looking but empty restaurant. I thought I was in for a treat and a nice meal by the appearance of the outside. I was immediately greeted and asked if I wanted an order togo. I told the lady behind the counter that I will eat here, and sat at a booth. I was given a drink and dinner menu and started looking through both. There were a couple of things I wanted to try and was making note of, but also noticed that there wasn’t any falafel on the menu either. I was pretty disappointed in that fact, so I just decided to get a hummus pita and some oolong tea. I had my order taken and then looked around the place as my food was being made in the back.
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Oct 042014
 
Glutenfreeda Gluten free burrito vegetarian dairy free

Glutenfreeda Gluten free burrito vegetarian dairy free

Glutenfreeda Gluten free burrito vegetarian dairy free

I saw another product from a company I hadn’t heard before. The company is called Glutenfreeda and the product was cleverly named “Gluten free burrito vegetarian dairy free”. I picked it up anyway, because the ingredients included items like salsa, and cilantro so I thought I would be in for a treat.

Once lunch time came around I took the burrito out of the plastic lining and found that the corn tortilla was broken in several places. It had cracked probably because the freezing made it fragile, or it was wrapped tightly and the beans expanded too much when frozen. I was disappointed but I wrapped it in a paper towel and put it in the microwave. I cooked it for 2 minutes, flipping halfway through.
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Sep 242014
 
Thai Kum Koon
Thai Kum Koon

Thai Kum Koon

This little Thai restaurant has been in my radar for quite some time, I just never got the opportunity to try it out until today. I waited way too long to try it out, and I have to say that Norman really does have some good Thai restaurants. This one is only second to Thai Delight.

This small family owned restaurant is located on the North side of Lindsey and just West of Berry. There is just a small row of parking in front, luckily there was one spot left that I snuck into. I walked into the place to a pretty packed house. All the other tables were full so I was sat at the table they had open to use for large parties and also as a communal table for people like me who were singles. I checked out the lunch buffet that they had going before deciding to order from the menu. I decided on a couple of my regular dishes which were an order of vegetable spring rolls and massaman curry with tofu Thai hot. I also ordered some iced tea to drink.
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Sep 232014
 
NadaMoo vegan Java Crunch ice cream

 NadaMoo vegan Java Crunch ice cream

NadaMoo vegan Java Crunch ice cream

I saw a post about NadaMoo either on Facebook or Twitter and I had never heard this company before, so I was curious. I looked at their webpage and saw that there was a healthfood store close by that sold it. I picked out their Java Crunch and took it home.

When I got home and it was time for dessert I popped open the top and dug in. The white coconut ice cream was creamy and had a nice mouthfeel and flavor. It only had just a slight taste of coconut. The chocolate chips sprinkled in was small enough that they were easy to bite into. I didn’t feel like I was breaking my teeth like I had to with Amy’s Mocha chocolate chip.
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Sep 232014
 
Shawarma Vite

Shawarma Vite

Shawarma Vite


I saw Shawarma Vite browsing for new places to eat on Urbanspoon and I knew I had to try the food here. I am a sucker for hummus and babaganush.

I try not to spend much time around the OU campus especially when school is in session so I am not familiar with the campus area. I am really not familiar with the area South of Lindsey, so it took me a couple of minutes to find the place even with using Waze).

I walked into a small restaurant with middle eastern music playing in the background the restaurant had a single row of table seating and a small bar like seating at the window. There were a total of 4 tables and three of them had patrons at them. There was a single person behind the counter taking orders and cooking. I looked at the menu and asked what was on the sampler platters. He talked me into the gourmet platter, but I asked if he could put the babaganush on instead of the feta salad. He said it wouldn’t be a problem so I ordered that and a falafel pita. I also got an iced moroccan tea to drink.
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Sep 202014
 
Weightwatchers Smart Ones sesame noodles with vegetables packaging

Weightwatchers Smart Ones sesame noodles with vegetables packaging

Weightwatchers Smart Ones sesame noodles with vegetables packaging

Ok, so this meal isn’t made by anyone in the natural foods companies, in fact it is made by the Heinz corporation, so it isn’t completely evil. I do buy their ketchup, so I can’t say much on that front without being completely hypocritical. The entries ingredients didn’t have anything in it that was glaringly non vegan, and there was no cholesterol in it either, so I figured it was safe.

I was looking for something to eat and the grocery store I was in only carried Amy’s products and the limited choices they had that were vegan I have already had before. I decided to take a quick stroll down the regular frozen entree selections and this was one of the few vegan options I found that looked interesting.
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Sep 172014
 
Taste of India

Taste of India

Taste of India


I am not sure how long Taste of India has been in Norman, however I only recently heard about it. I am a sucker for good Indian food, so I had to try it out. I stopped in after meeting up with my dad to help him with an errand. I wasn’t sure exactly where the restaurant was located at, so it took me a minute to find it.

I walked in to a mostly empty restaurant, there was a TV that was playing Indian music hung on the wall. Below that were empty bain maries that they use for their lunch buffet. I was greeted immediately by what I assume is the owner, and sat down at a table and given a menu. I started looking over the menu and placed my order.
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Sep 162014
 
Earth Balance mac & cheese package

Earth Balance mac & cheese package

Earth Balance mac & cheese package


Ever since Earth Balance announced their vegan mac and cheese I was excited to try it. I finally saw this product in my local market and picked it up. Today I made it. I measured out the ingredients needed and started the water to boil.

I opened up the package and removed the cheese packet. I looked inside and saw that ¼ to ½ of the box was pasta. This box is supposed to make 2 ½ servings, for me it was like one serving.
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Aug 232014
 
Whole foods roasted vegetable pizza packaging.

Whole foods roasted vegetable pizza packaging.

Whole foods roasted vegetable pizza packaging.

I have another review that I am going to have to revisit. This time it is Whole Foods brand 365 roasted vegetable pizza. I should have looked at the package a bit more closely when I picked it up, but the price was right and I hadn’t tried it before so in the basket it went.

The pizza was a whole wheat cheeseless pizza. It looked promising from the package, since it wasn’t gluten free, which for the most part I have bad luck with since most crusts end up tasting like sandy saltines.
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Aug 222014
 
Sweet Earth Foods - Curry Tiger Burrito

Sweet Earth Foods - Curry Tiger Burrito

Sweet Earth Foods – Curry Tiger Burrito

I always get excited to see new products in the market, especially if they are from companies I haven’t seen or heard from before. Today was no exception. I saw The Curry Tiger burrito from Sweet Earth Natural Foods today while grocery shopping and had to immediately pick it up to eat for dinner tonight.

Once dinner time happened I heated it up in the microwave for the prescribed time: One minute, flip, one minute more, then wait a minute for it to settle. I unwrapped the curry burrito from it’s wax lined brown paper lining and dug in.
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Aug 122014
 
Amy's Vegan margherita pizza package
Amy's Vegan margherita pizza package

Amy’s Vegan margherita pizza package

For dinner tonight I baked up Amy’s vegan margherita pizza with Daiya cheese. I like it that Amy’s has a vegan pizza made with Daiya. I personally wish that Amy’s would make more items with Daiya across their product line, or even better replace regular cheese with Daiya. I would love to have some of their burritos and enchiladas made with Daiya. That is just a personal thought though.

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