Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hospital Food for Lunch...What Pho?

Yes, you're seeing this right, it's pho, made from a chef, in a hospital!



     So, I got a call the other day from a colleague. She said, "Do you think you can come to this hospital to do a review on the food?"  Wait, what?  I think my silence lead her to her next sentence which was "wait, you know that soup, it's Vietnamese...pho?"  Okay, yes, but in a hospital?

     Yes she said, and I've heard people have been raving about it.  Okay I said, this I have to try.  And I was pleasantly surprised and happy I did because it restored my faith in the passion chefs have and the degree they're willing to go to to provide GOOD hospital food and what patients are being fed over all as well.

     Chef Bob works for Carson's Food Service Management, which is the company that provides the food service at Wagoner Hospital in Wagoner, Oklahoma. They offer catering outside of the health industry for company/private parties and events as well.  

     What I love about what Chef Bob has done, is that he went outside the box with his passion for food and wanting to create something that people would actually want, in not only hospital food, but food in general.

     Let me be clear on Chef Bob's version of pho.  He didn't use the classic recipe, mainly because the food has to be low sodium and he doesn't have the luxury of the time it takes to bring out the he figured out how to bring out the flavors as close as possible to the real deal, while making it appealing to the folks in Wagoner County. Not to say Wagoner peeps don't have taste, but pho is an acquired taste and I haven't seen any Vietnamese restaurants in Wagoner as of late.

 The pho fixin's

     As you can see, the fixings for the pho aren't all traditional either, but there were jalapenos and cilantro, which I love.  The noodles are also not the traditional rice noodles... Chef Bob used the wider pad Thai type of rice noodles and also offers a wider egg noodle, which is more of a Chinese influence.  But he was smart to do so because it gives the people of Wagoner a more familiar way to try this delicious soup.

So, this was MY version. I used the rice noodles, mushrooms, tofu, pork, cilantro and yes, Sriracha!! I also used the combination of chicken and beef broth.

 My colleague chose the chicken broth and the combination noodles, rice and egg. She loved her version too.

     Wagoner Hospital has a cafeteria and it's open to the public.  It's clean, the food is delicious, especially the pho and it's a great place to catch up with friends and business meetings.

  Cafeteria at Wagoner Hospital

      I would recommend calling ahead as they occasionally have the local rotary reserve the cafeteria for monthly meetings.

 Chef Bob...he's awesome (I would recommend calling him for your next catering event)

3501 West Broadway
Muskogee, OK - Phone: 918-913-9408

Friday, June 10, 2016

The "Dress for Success Tulsa" Caribbean Rum Dinner and Auction @ Bluestone Steak House and Seafood

     Ahoy!!! Arrr... ye ready for upscale-rustic Caribbean food paired with tasty, flavorful rums?  

     Let's see, a restaurant who gives back to the community and dedicated to “scratch cooking” all food, including sauces, prepared on-site from fresh ingredients partnering with a most worthy cause like Dress for Success...Aye! I'd say that's a no-brainer! 

     Come join Bluestone Steak House and Seafood this Monday, June 13th at 6pm for an evening of luscious Caribbean cuisine, paired with exquisite rums. 

     Bluestone will be collecting new and/or used handbags for the Dress for Success organization from now until June 13th.  

     Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite Caribbean outfit (Pirate/Pirate's Wench) too!!  A silent auction will be held with many incredible items including special Caribbean Rustic Cuff bracelets and an autographed Steven Adams basketball.

     Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sushi Hana Tulsa Presents FISTS OF IRON Sushi Chef Competition!!

"So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say unto you in the words of my uncle: 'Allez cuisine!' 

Come join the festivities and vote for your favorite amateur sushi chef!

--Amateur chefs from sushi rolling class
--TaeKwondo demonstrations
--Samurai sword showcase

At Brookside location:  
3739 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74105
Date and Time:  April 24th 4:00pm

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Margaret's German Restaurant: Authentic and Devine...Prost!

     Margaret's German Restaurant is so good.  The spaetzle was my favorite...okay, so was the Wiener schnitzel with sauerkraut and housemade warm potato salad. 

     So my daughter has been telling me I need to check this place out.  She's been to another German restaurant located further south, but she insisted this place was the real deal.  So I decided to visit for lunch.  The service was fast and extremely friendly.  The food, was rich and delicious.  I had the spaetzle and the wiener schnitzel with sauerkraut and housemade warm potato salad...well, it's all housemade.  My guest had the goulash. 



 Wiener schnitzel with sauerkraut and warm potato salad

 Happy lunch companion :-)

     The place was pretty crowded but they have two dining areas that accommodated nicely.   The service was outstanding...friendly people who know good food.

     I want to go back and try their homemade potato pancakes & applesauce, the jager schnitzel, the kloster schnitzel, the homemade apple strudel and bavarian apple cheese time my friends, in time :-)  Prost!!!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Leena's Mediterranean Grill, Fast Mediterranean Goodness That Doesn't Taste Fast!!

     Leena's Mediterranean Grill...super fast, super friendly, super good. No, super good doesn't begin to do this little clean, fast eatery justice.

     Tulsa is seriously getting some of the best little eateries from here to the coastal areas. What I liked about Leena''s large, it's like a fast food place but it's super clean and the food is fresh. Yes, fresh. Can ya dig it? I know I can, and bury it into my mouth.  

     From the hummus and deep fried cauliflower (yeah I said deep fried, what of it?!), to the fresh cucumber salad and UH-MAY-zing falafel wraps. It's delish.  No really, it's like upscale fresh Mediterranean but you order it like fast food, you get it like fast food and you eat it like, well, you get the point. Actually, I didn't eat it like fast food. I did take away, but I ate it at my desk like I would an upscale meal in a snooty restaurant...savoring each morsel and bite.

     If you're a Mediterranean food feind like me, this place is a MUST try, especially if you're looking for something good, fresh and fast (awkward, I just described my last date). Bon appetit!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar: Simple and Tasty Cuisine


     Yay, my sister treated my to Sonoma Bistro & Wine for my birthday and it was perfect! 

    This was a simple yet delicious and perfect place for a birthday lunch...thanks sis! I enjoyed the food ALMOST as much as I enjoyed the company (love my sister time more than anything).  We started with the delicious hummus and veggies...everything was so fresh and tasty. Above average!!

     Next, I had the traditional Cuban Sandwich/panini...well, it's a traditional Cuban Sandwich with the Sonoma twist. It was flavorful healthy comfort food at it's finest!!

     We ended the perfect birthday lunch with a perfect desert...

     Yes, that's Heath bar crushed over the creamy vanilla ice was a bread pudding,  so  freaking good.  I want one right NOW!!

     The service was outstanding and I can't wait to go back for dinner when I can enjoy a nice glass of wine. This place was wicked yummy!! Bon appetit!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Hammett House Claremore: Mighty tradition in a mighty little town :-)

      I used to love this place when I lived in this crazy but awesome little town.  Their signature dish was this brown rice with onion and lots of butter. Good Lord was it good!! Today I met a dear friend for lunch and I opted for the Salmon Salad...a healthy signature dish.

     I wasn't sure how this would taste, as I've had salmon salads with an Asian influence at  other places and often they disappoint with a dry salmon.  Not this place...that beautiful glistening you see from the salmon glaze was found inside only it wasn't the glaze but the juices of the salmon.  So good. The bow tie pasta, strawberries and spinach just tied in all together beautifully. 

     Of course, I couldn't stop there. Nope. I had to have the lemon cream pie. OMG, homemade and delish. Creamy and tart at the same time. Don't you just love it?  The pie crust needed some salt to help balance the sweetness of the pie, but other than that, it was scrumptious.  I can't wait to go back for dinner soon!! 

      You know what I love about this town? Is the friendliness you won't get anywhere else. Service was outstanding, friendly and pleasing.  Love this place and I can't wait to go back for dinner.  I realize I said that already, but I super mean it :-) Bon appetit!

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