Apr 122014
 
Chelino's

Chelino's

Chelino’s

My Waze editor friend is back in town for training and we went out for some lunch again to catch up. This time I chose to eat at Chelino’s in Norman.

We pulled up to a pretty full parking lot and walked into a small and busy restaurant. I was surprised how busy it was for a Saturday lunch. We were sat near the kitchen and chips, salsa, and cheese sauce was immediately placed on our table. A couple minutes later we were served several warm flour tortillas as well. We placed our drink orders while looking at the menu. My friend ordered an Arnold Palmer and I went with my old standby of iced tea with lemon.

Looking into the kitchen of Chelino's

Looking into the kitchen of Chelino’s

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Apr 092014
 
China Wonder
China Wonder

China Wonder

Tammy, her kids and I were on the way to my house to help me move a refrigerator from her grandma’s old house to mine and we were all hungry so I stopped by China Wonder on the way to pick up some take out for all of us. I placed my order and patiently waited while the cook woked up the food. When everything was finally ready I grabbed the heavy bag and headed back to my car to drive to my house.

China Wonder

China Wonder

China Wonder

China Wonder


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Apr 082014
 
Fuzzy's Norman

Fuzzy's Norman

Fuzzy’s Norman


Tammy met me in Norman for lunch today, we were trying to figure out where to eat and finally decided on Fuzzy’s. We drove down to Campus Corner and found a place to park then fed the meter. We walked across the street and while I was walking I mentioned that Pepe Delgado’s used to be in the same location and showed her where Pepe’s is now. We have eaten at Fuzzy’s in the City a few times and thought that this would be good and quick.

After walking inside we looked at the menu and decided on our food. Tammy ordered a Shredded beef taco no cilantro or feta and a shredded beef burrito with just beef cheese and guacamole. I wanted chips and guacamole, and a combination plate with a veggie taco and enchilada with no cheese and the green sauce on the enchilada. I got the potatoes and refried beans as my side.
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Apr 022014
 
Daiya fire roasted vegetable pizza package
Daiya fire roasted vegetable pizza package

Daiya fire roasted vegetable pizza package

I had to run into Norman to get some work done to my car and before the work was done I was getting pretty hungry. I decided to stop in the local health food store and look for something to eat. I saw a couple of Daiya’s new pizzas sitting there looking at me so I decided to pick up the fire roasted vegetable pizza and try it out.

 

 
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Mar 252014
 
Inca Trail
Inca Trail

Inca Trail

I have been wanting to go to the Inca Trail for a while now, and with them moving to Bethany it made it a bit easier for me to get to. At first I thought that they were closed down because people on Facebook have been saying that they have been there and called and no one has been there. Then a week later the owner announced their new location.

Tammy and I were hungry but not sure where to eat, I suggested to try Inca Trail, and she decided to go ahead and try it even though she was not sure. We headed over there and it took a minute to find it, it was tucked away and not right off the main street. We found some parking behind the restaurant and headed towards the door. When we walked in we were immediately greeted by who I assume is the owner of the place. We sat in the booth and started looking at the menus.

Menu back of Inca Trail

Menu back of Inca Trail

Menu back of Inca Trail

Menu back of Inca Trail

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Mar 242014
 

Saffron Road - Bibimbop with tofu & brown rice

Saffron Road – Bibimbop with tofu & brown rice

I was out and about running errands today before work and I saw this lovely box staring at me in Whole Foods. I was excited to see something new, and that something new is vegan. I picked this frozen goodie and put it in my basket so I could eat it for dinner at work. Upon closer inspection I saw that this is supposed to be Korean, so I was even more excited to try something new.

The Bibimbop had chunks of breaded tofu, peppers, broccoli, onions, sprouts, mushrooms and carrots swimming in a gochujang sauce. According to wikipedia the gochujang sauce is a fermented sauce made from red chili, rice, fermented soybeans and salt. This was all served on top of a bed of brown rice.
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Mar 012014
 
Scramble mountain at The Earth

On my way to taking Miriam to the airport I wanted to try to fill her belly with some food for the journey home. I told her when we visited for lunch that I would take her back to The Earth for some good rib sticking vegan breakfast.

She let me order for her and so I ordered two Scramble Mountains and a pancake. All vegan style. She also ordered a chai tea with soy and I ordered a soy cappuccino. The scrambled mountain is some homemade biscuits topped with gravy, tofu scramble, and soysage. There are some greens and sprouts served on the side. The pancake is a multigrain vegan pancake topped with earth balance and served with real maple syrup.

Scramble mountain at The Earth

Scramble mountain at The Earth


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Feb 262014
 
tortilla soup at Qdoba

After spending the day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur we drove back in to Norman and ate at Qdoba. We were pretty hungry from the drive and I was hoping that Qdoba didn’t screw things up for us since I have been saying to Miriam for months that Qdoba is the better fast casual experience for me and we had such a poor experience at Chipolte’s earlier.

When we walked up to place our order the staff were all friendly and helpful. They helped both of us make our decision, and especially helpful for her since it was her first time there. (They asked).

Miriam decided on their tortilla soup with sour cream, pico de gallo, and shredded beef. She also got a side of guacamole and salsa verde. I kind of wish she got a burrito so she could compare item to item, but I think she might of not wanted to take her chances again.

I wanted their grilled veggie burrito with the whole wheat tortilla, with brown rice, black beans, roasted corn, salsa verde, and habanero salsas. I also wanted guacamole and lettuce inside.

Miriam really liked her soup. She thought it was very tasty and she finished it all.
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Feb 252014
 

After spending the day shopping and going to the movies we were hungry and it was late, I didn’t think she would want to go to BJ’s again and I thought it would be cool for Miriam to experience a diner, in retrospect I should have taken her to Woodbridge, but didn’t think about it at the time, instead I drove to Denny’s.

We arrived around 10:45pm and were sat at a booth. We spent some time looking at the menus as usual and found some things to eat. I was hungry for some grits mixed with hash browns and toast, but saw that they had a veggie patty for an option for their burgers so I got a burger with a side of hash browns instead. Best of both worlds. Miriam finally decided on the Parmesan Skillet.

The burger I got I opted to get avocado, grilled onions, and mushrooms. It was really good. I asked for my hash browns to be cooked extra well, and I think that they forgot to make them extra well, because I could have stood for them to be a bit more crispy. Other than that the food was good for Denny’s fare. I spiced up my hash browns with some Cholula hot sauce.
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Feb 252014
 
Vegetable sushi roll at Thai Delight

Miriam and I are off to do some walking and shopping at Bricktown this cold day so we decided to fill our bellies at Thai Delight. She has never had Thai before so I had to take her to the place I think serves the best Thai in Oklahoma City.

We arrived for a late lunch at around 1:30pm and were immediately greeted by the super friendly staff. Miriam was impressed that they knew my name. She probably thought I ate there every day or something. Again we spent a lot of time looking at the menu and I helped her choose something that I thought that she would like. She doesn’t like her food super hot either but that didn’t limit her choices too much since most items on the menu can be adjusted for heat.

For appetizers I had to get their vegetable spring rolls, fried tofu and vegetable sushi roll. Miriam liked them all, and even though she doesn’t care for sushi at all, she liked these since they didn’t have an over abundant fishy flavor and there was no raw fish in it. I was pleased that she liked everything so far.
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Feb 242014
 
Taste of China
Taste of China

Taste of China

Miriam and I made it back to Taste of China. We came for dinner this time after driving to the Cherokee trading post and back and there were a lot more people here. It didn’t become too crowded until after we were done and ready to leave.

She immediately got some more tamale’s as well as a few of her favorites from last visit like the , lo mein various chicken stir fries, and a few others. And I filled my plates with lo mein, spring rolls, guacamole filled tacos, sushi, string beans, mushrooms, eggplant, and some dipping sauce.

As usual everything was as good as it gets here. I have found everything very consistent in flavor here. And again they had veggie sushi which made me happy. I filled up on everything and went several trips. Miriam people watched as we ate.

We got deserts again this visit, this time I brought her some samples of typical american deserts like pecan pie and key lime pie, which she thought was really good. They were obviously made in a bakery factory and then frozen, and not the same as made from scratch, they were not completely gross. Even the Key Lime pie which can be horrid was pretty decent, although not the same as what they make in Key West.
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Feb 242014
 
Two Skinnys and sweet potato fries at S&B's Burger Joint in Norman

To prepare for a nice long day of shopping we detoured into Norman to get some food in our belly and at lunch at S&B’s. I thought it would be a good place for her to try a couple of different burger flavors and fill up as well since they sell sliders here. We spent a long time looking at the menu as I helped Miriam decide what she wanted to eat. The waiter patiently came back to us a few times until we were finally ready.

Miriam decided on the Porker and Thunder Burger. I got my usual Skinnys with mushroom and avocado. We both wanted sweet potato fries as well.

Miriam’s Porker had bacon, cheese, red onion, pickles, lettuce and tomato. The Thunder had grilled ham, swiss, lettuce avocado, tomato and their special Thunder sauce. She thought that everything was very tasty. She even tried a piece of my skinny burger and she liked the flavor of that as well. I think she wouldn’t have missed the meat at all if she got a skinny. She enjoyed the sweet potato fries as well.

Porker and Thunder with sweet potato fries at S&B's Burger Joint

Porker and Thunder with sweet potato fries at S&B’s Burger Joint


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Feb 212014
 
Taste of China

Taste of China

Taste of China

When I was in Spain Miriam took me to a really good Chinese buffet while I was there, I thought I would return the favor and take her to one of the ultimate, largest most popular Chinese buffets in Oklahoma City, Taste of China. I tried to tease her and tell her it was a small buffet. When we walked in she was amazed with the size of the buffet. This time Tammy came along with us, and they got to meet each other. I showed Miriam the buffet and helped her choose some good items. She saw the tamales on the Mexican table and got a few of those as well as a few different Chinese items as well.

I think she really liked the tamales, she has a friend in Oregon who hand makes tamales and it is one of the food items she talks about a lot, and misses (tater tots being another item – which I gave her a lot of while she was here).

I showed her the gluttony of America, she was amazed with the quantity of food and choices and I think it was hard for her to choose what she wanted to eat. Now granted this place is not like most of the Chinese buffets in OKC, but if I was going to do it I was going to go all out, right?
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Feb 202014
 

Almost to the day that Miriam and I decided that she should come and visit me she has talked about wanting to come to a Chipolte’s to eat. She had a really good experience with it when she visited friends in Portland and wanted to try it again. I scoffed at her saying that there is much better Mexican in OKC mentioning the fact that we have a big “Little Mexico” here and even fast casual chain wise there are much better places like Qdoba, but she insisted in going, so we went tonight for dinner after a long day of shopping. After looking at the menu and placing our orders we sat down and she was surprised at how much the bill was for the two of us. They charged her for the guacamole and she thought it came with as a part of it, but my guacamole never got charged, which I am glad for since I had no cheese or sour cream (another rant for another time). After getting our burritos mixed up we exchanged them and started eating them.

She was really disappointed with her burrito. She got steak in it and I don’t know if it was the way that they prepared the steak or if it was just laziness of the person on the grill, but a lot of the steak was pretty rare in color and she didn’t like the flavor of it either. She also chose the hottest salsa that they have, and it was too hot for her, she thought it was just ground up tomatoes. The person who made her burrito didn’t tell her those were the salsas and that one was the hottest one, however the one who made mine pointed them out to me and told me the salsas mild to hot. My burrito was ok, I appreciate the fact that the beans and rice are all vegan, so I got to choose which ingredients I wanted in mine. I also like that they had brown rice as well. My biggest complaint is that they didn’t mark whose burrito was whose and we got them mixed up. I can’t say that my burrito was spectacular, but at least it wasn’t as disappointing as Miriam’s was. Her entire experience was pretty disappointing here from the food to the ambiance. I tried to warn her and keep her from coming here, I think tonight we would have been better off back at Mamavecas, or someplace she hasn’t been to like Tarahumara’s, Tacos San Pedro or Chelino’s all places that we just didn’t have time to visit (again) while she was here. If she ever decides to come back to Oklahoma, I want her to to enjoy the Mexican or at least the Tex-Mex food that Oklahoma has to offer. There will be a later review of Qdoba which we ate at later in the week, but to be frank with you, Qdoba is just right up the street from this location and their food is so much better than Chipotle’s, honestly you are better off going there.
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Feb 192014
 

When Miriam and I were out and about we got a call from my dad who wanted to meet us for dinner with him and his buddy. They wanted to go to Pub W, so we met them there. We were still pretty full from lunch and didn’t really want to eat a full meal. When we arrived there was 4 hosts waiting at the front so people would be sat immediately, this kind of threw Miriam and she felt a bit scared because of it.

When we found where dad and his buddy were seating they were already digging into a couple of appetizers already and offered us some. Miriam really liked the food that they got. The appetizers that were on the table was their pub with smothered fries and the pot roast potachos. The pub was french fries covered with cheese sauce, bacon egg, pot roast and brown gravy. The potachos were potato chips, pot roast bbq sauce grilled jalapenos and onions and topped with sour cream and cheddar. Everyone seemed to enjoy them, and they all got eaten.

We ordered a couple of drinks, I had a Captain and Coke and she had a mojito which she didn’t care for. I think it was too sweet for her. She really wanted a brand of vermouth called martini bianco and the waitress / bartender thought it was a kind of martini, so there was confusion there. If I knew at the time what she was really wanting, I would have helped her better. I only found out after the fact.
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