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More than likely, you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet. And more than likely, you’re looking for some great gifts but not wanting to risk life and limb to do it. If you’d rather avoid the hustle and bustle of Tulsa’s busiest shopping areas, head south on Memorial to all of the new growth around 103rd Street. The Palazzo and Regal Point Shopping Center offer plenty of great shops, restaurants and entertainment. When finished shopping for cute shoes, bags and accessories at Lynette’s, head over to Michael V’s (www.michaelvsrestaurant. com) for a relaxing lunch, complete with the famous coconut cream pie, Snicker Brownie Pie or another heavenly dessert. In order to have room for some of that decadence, try a fabulous salad like the Thai Peanut with plenty of noodles, chicken, peanuts and a slightly spicy dressing. The daily quiche is a delicious choice for lunch, as well. After getting your nails done at Kagan

Nails Spa, head over to Barbee Cookies (, right next door to Michael V’s, for a little afternoon treat. The Cinnamon Roll Cookie, Double Chocolate Cookie or Barbee’s original cookie: white chocolate, milk chocolate and pecan. Be sure to pick up some cookies as gifts and for Santa, too. With all of this indulgent goodness, you might want to stop into Body Master’s Fitness for a quick workout before dinner. Later in the afternoon, head across the street to Regal Plaza and check out Tea and Magnolias for a potpourri of beautiful gifts. If you love pizza, you’re in luck. You can either end the day with mouth-watering Chicago style pizza at Savastano’s (www. or Hideaway Pizza (, an Oklahoma original. If you’re craving something a little spicier, relax with some street tacos or fajitas and a margarita at South of the Border ( in Regal Plaza. – Jill Meredith



Mac and Cheese is a favorite at Loaded Bowl. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE


The Paseo neighborhood’s annual Fairy Ball or the monthly block party at Hudson and Eighth Street; the Downtown Medical Complex or the bustling corners of Uptown – no matter where they look, Oklahoma City’s vegans have an exciting new culinary option on the table. The Loaded Bowl has rolled into town, serving up “conscious comfort food” made from non-GMO, plant-based, local ingredients that are both conscientious and delicious. Choices change with the occasion and season, but the Loaded Bowl is known for such creations as the Garfield (lasagna loaded with organic tofu ricotta and local veggies) and the Barbecue Rice Bowl with brown rice and fresh peach and ginger barbecue sauce. Give the Lentil Loaf meatloaf alternative a chance, or try a fresh fruit salad made from local apples and watermelon. Vegan desserts also are on the menu, including cinnamon maple, chocolate chip, and cookies and cream cupcakes. Cards are accepted, and you can find out where this vegan palate pleaser is serving on its Facebook page. – Tara Malone 96



SWEET TOOTH Barbee Cookies offers up everything your sweet tooth could desire.

Barbee Cookies offers up everything your sweet tooth could desire.


In the deluge of specialty cupcake shops sweeping the nation, Oklahoma has been no exception. But as anyone who has sampled the goods at BAKED Cakes and Gourmet Desserts can tell you, not all cupcakes are created equal. This relatively new establishment barely escaped the Moore tornado unscathed – several areas nearby were devastated – but the bakers keep on baking, and we’re glad they do. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten to experience the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake (yellow cake filled with cookie dough and topped with cookie dough frosting and cookie crumbs) or the spin on the classic strawberry cupcake (filled with strawberry jam). Recent flavors of the week have included cherry limeade, Neapolitan and Shark Week-themed cupcakes, complete with ominous fins. For those seeking to satisfy a different kind of sweet tooth, BAKED also offers massive brownies, custom-made cakes and cookie sandwiches so large they need two hands to manage. In a nice change from many local bakeries, the establishment stays open late enough for customers to satisfy a post-dinner sweet tooth. 2721 S. I-35 Frontage Rd., Moore. www. – Tara Malone BAKED creates unusual cupcakes, cookies and custom cakes. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

2013 December Oklahoma Magazine  

Great Companies To Work For Featuring QuiBids’ Matt Beckham, Bama’s Paula Marshall and 54 Oklahoma Companies

2013 December Oklahoma Magazine  

Great Companies To Work For Featuring QuiBids’ Matt Beckham, Bama’s Paula Marshall and 54 Oklahoma Companies