Feb 102015
 
Juan Del Fuego

Juan Del Fuego

Juan Del Fuego

I have been hearing for a year or two about Juan Del Fuego. Everything I have heard has all been good. This place is only open for breakfast and lunch, so I haven’t been able to go since my normal going out to eat time has been supper. Today I didn’t have to work and I needed to run errands in Norman, and when I got hungry I decided to stop in and try it.

First of all it is a bit hard to find. It isn’t on one of the main streets, it is in a little strip center just South of Main and just west of Ed Noble Parkway behind the Burger King and Eyemart Express. It took me a minute to find it, but I am glad I did.
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Feb 092015
 
Entrance to Banana Island
Entrance to Banana Island

Entrance to Banana Island

When I ate at Cafe Oasis I stopped into Banana Island and looked at their menu. I saw a few things on the menu that I wanted to try and told myself that I would be back. Today was the day for me to try it. One thing that I liked about the place on first impression is that they can and are more than willing to make anything on the menu vegan. It is written in the menu and when I was there before I was told by the staff that they are more than happy to do that as well. I was impressed by this because of experiences I have had in the past with other Chinese restaurants.

I walked in and was greeted immediately. The friendly server brought me the meu and I looked at it some more. I ended up getting Satay Tofu and Malaysian Curry with jasmine tea and ice. I actually ordered Sambal eggplants but was told they were out of eggplant which I thought was odd since they are in the same building as Super Cao Nguyen. It is sad because that is the thing on the menu I looked at when I was there in November that wanted me to try Banana Island in the first place.
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Jan 232015
 
Elemental Coffee

Elemental Coffee

Elemental Coffee

I decided to take surface roads from the South side to the North side and on my way I stopped into Elemental Coffee for a quick lunch and pick me up. I heard that they have a veg*an menu and wanted to see what it was like. Elemental Coffee was pretty easy to find, it was right across the street from the Federal Center. It was in a cute little building. I walked into the fragrant aroma of coffee. The first thing I did was and looked at the coffee and lunch menu, and looked at the items in the case to the left. I finally decided on the “Smokie Dokie” and a mocha with almond milk.
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Jan 082015
 
Sheesh Mahal
Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal

I pass by Sheesh Mahal fairly often when I run my errands, but never seem to have time to eat before work. Today I actually had about an hour to kill before work so I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. Sheesh Mahal states that they are an authentic halal Pakistani and Indian restaurant. From the outside it looks run down and something that is easily missed. I have found that sometimes these are the best restaurants.

 

 

 

Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal

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Dec 232014
 
Green Goodies

Green Goodies

My friend and I have been here before for cupcakes before they started serving lunch. When I saw that they now served lunch I wanted to try them out. I ordered the roasted veggie sandwich that they had with the tofu mayo. I also decided on the chipotle chocolate cupcake for dessert.

I took a seat and nursed the bottled tea I got and stared at my cupcake while they made the sandwich. It took a little while for them to make the sandwich. Not sure if they had to make the mayo or what was going on in the back, but it seemed to take a long time for it to be made.
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Dec 082014
 
The Red Cup

The Red Cup

The Red Cup

Tammy and I have eaten here many times before and for the life of me I thought that I have reviewed this place, but after a quick search on http://okcdiningblog.com I found that indeed I have not reviewed Red Cup before. We must have eaten here prior to me starting the blog. I had to quickly remedy the situation, so I ate here today while running my errands.

Although the menu really hadn’t changed since I had been here last I still took a couple of minutes to look at it to decide what I wanted. I really wanted the SOB burger but the veggie patty hasn’t changed and still has egg in it. I settled for the frito pie with vegan cheese and also ordered some hot green tea and sat down with my tea and waited for my order to be ready.
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Nov 252014
 
Sandro's Pizza and Pasta
Sandro's Pizza and Pasta

Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta

For my dad’s birthday dinner I decided to take him to Sandro’s in Moore. He really likes the Norman location and we had been wanting to see the Moore location, so tonight was the night. It was a quick drive up Eastern from Norman into Moore then after navigating the traffic on 19th we were there. It is tucked away in the North side of the shopping center on the SE corner of 19th and I-35. You can’t see it from the main roads, but you should spot it when you turn into the shopping center on the light past the service road.

When we got there I helped dad remember the pizza he usually ordered which was the Quattro Gusti. I ordered the eggplant parm. I knew I was going to eat there so I had the foresight in bringing some Daiya shredded mozzarella and Go Veggie vegan parmesan cheese. I asked them if they could make my eggplant parm using the cheese and they didn’t have any problem with using it.
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Nov 242014
 
China House

China House

China House

Today on the way to work I was busy shopping and I forgot to pick up a frozen entree so I decided to stop by China House. China House is one of those places that I pass by every day and didn’t notice it until recently. I don’t know of very many Chinese take aways on my route to work, and decided to give this one a try.

When I walked in it had the menu on the top like so many other chain Chinese restaurants you don’t really immediately know is a chain. I looked at a paper menu and noticed immediately that they only had three items on the veggie part of the menu, I know I could have ordered something else and just asked them to sub tofu for meat, but this time I just decided to order the szechuan tofu extra spicy and a couple of spring rolls.
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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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