Friday, March 22, 2013

Juniper Tulsa's General Manager, Heather Dusenberry on Wine!

Special thanks to Heather Dusenberry, GM at Juniper Tulsa, and Chef Justin Thompson for allowing us to chat with Heather in his amazing restaurant.
While I was there, I enjoyed an amazing dinner!
Started with the Pan Fried Sweetbreads
pan fried sweetbreads

sage brown butter, apple gratin, fruit preserves
Then I finished with the amazing Pan Seared Scallops

pan seared scallops

truffled white beans, roasted broccoli,
mushroom duxelle
How to find Juniper Tulsa
In Person:      324 East 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Holy Andolini's!!! Spring Street. 20 inch...Everything A Pizza Should Be!!

by True Foodie Sound Bites

...and then some!!!

Spring Street 20 inch
Every time we go to Andolini's, we have an awesome experience. If you have kids, you'll love this place because you can hold them up and let them watch through the glass as the cooks toss the pizza dough...classic!! Also, they have "house-made",non-toxic, play's a special recipe made with flour, water, salt and mixed to the perfect "play-doh" consistency so the kiddos can have fun while they wait for their food.   
 The wait staff is "uber friendly" (I know, the 80's called, they want their phrase back) and the wait is not long. If they do happen to be busy, they let you know up front how long the wait is so you can decide if you want to wait or me, you'll want to wait, it's soooo worth it. 
The menu is simple, clean, and just pure authentic Italian goodness. It's the real Italian, not the Americanized greasy stuff. It's fresh and mostly house-made ingredients. They have a killer beer, wine and cocktail menu...seriously rivals many breweries. Two locations in Northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa, on Cherry St. (15th & Peoria) and in Owasso (off 96th Street North).
 Spring Street 20in 
 NY style pizza sauce, Italian extra virgin olive oil, Pecorino Romano put on before and after the bake, fresh hand stretched mozzarella, topped with fresh uncooked basil. Cooked to a slight char, as it’s been baked in little Italy’s coal ovens since 1905

So, next time the moon hits your eye like a big pizza's not amore, it's Andolini's calling your name :-D

How to find Andolini's
Menu address:
Cherry St.Tulsa:  1552 East 15th Street, Tulsa, OK 74120   
96th St.Owasso: 12140 E. 96th St., Owasso, OK 74055

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bento Asian Diner...what a hidden gem!

By True Foodie Sound Bites

Keyword being "Asian".

What is does Bento mean? Glad you asked.  Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Asian cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box shaped container. Luckily, they serve it "dine-in" style too! They offer this info, plus photos, full menu and more on their website.

Seriously, the most friendly staff ever. They greet everyone with a big smile. They're so accommodating and make it known they not only appreciate the business, they're honestly happy to see you.

I ordered two different meals. The first off the Rice & Noodle section of the menu. It was the Pad Thai.

 Pad Thai
Rice noodles, egg, fried tofu, onion scallion, bean sprout, crushed peanut, key lime.


Then I ordered off the Entrees section, the Thai Curry Chicken. I had ordered the pork, but they made a mistake and brought me the chicken. I told them it was fine and the chef came out and personally apologized. He said that normally, the Thai Curry is best with chicken. Then, he brought me a dessert he had made, as an official peace offering for the was on the house.  I accidentally deleted the photo of his dessert but it was beautiful. The fact he even bothered shows what kind of customer service they have...that's rare these days and it just made me so happy to know that some restaurants are business-smart and still practice great customer service. It's those little things that make you say, "wow, that was awesome they did that!"

 Thai Curry
Onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, coconut milk, curry paste. Plus chicken.
The food was delicious and beyond flavorful. I asked the owner how they made the food taste so full of flavor. She said they used fresh ingredients, most organic, and made everything to order. I only had two words for her..."Yum-my"

Find them-
In person:  2315 West Kenosha Street, Broken Arrow, OK 74012 (71st Street)
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