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As the mayor of this beautiful city and as a native Tulsan, I invite you to enjoy my hometown. Whether you’re just visiting or you already live here, there’s something for everyone. For over 30 years, Preview magazine has been offering Tulsans and/or its visitors this comprehensive guide about everything from area restaurants to local attractions, events, tourist destinations, lifestyles, lodging and one-of-a-kind extraordinary shopping venues.

our city’s baseball team — the Tulsa Drillers — has proven to be one of the major players in the revitalization of downtown along with the Philbrook Downtown and the Woody Guthrie Center. These new developments mesh well with already established entertainment venues such as Cain’s Ballroom, Brady Theater and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. If you’re looking for outdoor activities, Tulsa offers plenty of exciting opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation. Take a stroll down the scenic paths winding along the Arkansas River and take in the beauty of our famed River Parks. If you’re looking for more of a wild time, then head over to “America’s Favorite Zoo” and tour the Tulsa Zoo, our city-owned gem that’s located in Mohawk Park. It’s truly a great experience for the whole family.

No matter where you turn, Tulsa offers great restaurants — everything from barbecue to sushi — tons of unique shopping venues, world-class museums, and entertainment options that are second to none. Tulsa is well known for its art, music and culture. It is home to world-class ballet and opera, as well as the Gilcrease and Philbrook museums, where displays of Western art and Italian Renaissance will capture your heart and imagination.

I am pleased that you have chosen to call Tulsa your home, or if you’re just visiting, we sure hope you enjoy your stay in our beautiful city. You can always find out more about Tulsa by visiting our website: www.CityOfTulsa.org.

Downtown Tulsa is home to one of the finest collections of art deco architecture in the country, ranking with cities such as Miami and Chicago. Our iconic beacon, the BOK Center, is a major catalyst for drawing visitors and Tulsans alike for concerts, sporting events and more. ONEOK Field, home of

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EASY RIDERS

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ESCAPE TO PARADISE

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COMING UP ROSES

These summer cocktails will have you living on island time.

Hop on your motorcycle, put your kickstand up and discover five of the best routes for motorcycles in eastern Oklahoma.

FIT 24 EXTREME-LY

Add some exercitement to your workouts this summer with activities on both land and water that make your heart pump oxygen and spew adrenaline.

Whether you are looking to find a great outfit, a dinner spot or an exciting show, Broken Arrow’s Rose District has it all with a beautiful and walkable aesthetic that amplifies the wonderful mix of old-town look and modern charm.

AND GRACE 28 MAYHEM

OF PLAY 54 EVOLUTION

More interested in competition than theater, the women throwing elbows and acting like bumper cars on local roller derby teams are helping get the fast-paced sport back on track.

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BEAN BOOM

Something special is brewing in Tulsa’s coffee scene. But you don’t know Cortado from Chemex? No fear. Leave the intimidation behind and take a break from Starbucks while indulging in some local nouveau coffee joints that offer plenty of ways to perk you up.

SAVVY 36 HOUSE-SELLING

The housing market has come back. Now what? With the correct approach and a little work, you can help sell your home during Green Country’s hottest selling period in years.

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From kiddie playgrounds and thrilling slides to lazy rivers, lakes and pools, beat the summer heat at these spots that are sure to keep the entire family cool.

Lots of golf (in many forms) is being played this summer. And why not? The days are longer, the children are out of school, and many courses and businesses offer great deals. To get par out of your outing, try a couple nontraditional ways to play.

AND WILDLY STUNNING 60 WET

Looking flawless in the heat can be hard, especially when you can feel the flaws dripping down your spine. So how do you stay looking hot when you literally can’t cool down?

THE LOVE OF THE GAME 62 FOR

Many high school athletes work on more than their tans over the summer so that they are in better shape — mentally and physically — when classes and sports resume.

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CARNIVORES CALLING

From old-school institutions to trendy newcomers, these 31 steakhouses and restaurants are a cut above the rest when it comes to satisfying your desire for a perfect steak.

THAT MAKES “CENTS” 76 MEAL

Pillow-soft bread, fresh ingredients and Midwestern charm are combined to provide the blessedly simple, straightforward and shockingly inexpensive Goodcents subs that are as close to sandwich perfection as one can get.

OF FLAVOR 80 WORLD

Whether working with land or sea offerings, Leena’s never fails to delight with exquisite and highly original cross-cultural interpretations of Mediterranean gems while catering to a wide range of “body clocks.”

BY DESIGN 84 DELICIOUS

DEPARTMENTS 8 $91.80 in 48 Challenge 10 July Happenings

A relaxed environment serving fresh, delicious Tex-Mex, Rincón is carving out a “corner” of the thriving market with traditional dishes that the Escoto brothers have perfected over the years.

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This eye-catching, tasty combo will make you the poolside hero of any party, or be the hit of the bridal brunch or baby shower you may be throwing this summer.

Summer is heating up fast. And that means it is time to keep cool any way you can. Between lakes, lazy rivers, pools and attractions like Safari Joe’s H2O, there are plenty of options around Green Country to play, relax and enjoy. Gather your bathing suits, towels, visors and sunglasses and head out to some of our favorite water spots. Cover models are (clockwise from left): Allie, Mary, Alexia, Hailey and AdriAnna. Photo by Marc Rains. Four of the five models courtesy of John Casablancas and Model Talent Management.

18 Street Talk 47 Downtown Locator 48 Tulsa Locator 50 Green Country Scene 54 Sports Central 59 Sports Schedule 60 Spree & Style 62 Health & Fitness

Blessed with a unique ability to turn innovation and excellence into success, Celebrity Club’s Mike Samara, at age 92, has woven his secret sauce for longevity into the Tulsa dining institution with the Rat Pack feel.

64 Eats N’ Treats 84 Masters of Flavor 88 Get to Know 92 Showtime 94 Sneak Peek

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The weather was beautiful, so we decided to walk along the Jenks pedestrian bridge down to the River Parks trail. We joined the runners and cyclists in getting a little exercise while enjoying the sunset over the river. This was a wonderful way to end our day.

Our challenge began at Josh’s Sno Shack in the company of the Tulsa Driller. It was raining, but the kids had their hearts set on rainbow snow cones. 

Umbrellas in tow, our next stop was Guthrie Green. We explored the fountains, paths and stage areas. The splash pad was off, but we had fun getting wet in the rain.

After the rain subsided, we ate dinner on the patio at Los Cabos on the Riverwalk. The kids had cheese nachos, and I had traditional ceviche with a Dos Equis.

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The next morning, we decided to stop by Savoy Restaurant for coffee and cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls were out-of-this-world delicious and the service was top notch. We will be going back again soon.

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Our next stop was the Tulsa Botanic Garden. We adored the Spring Giant, art wall and tree fort in the Children’s Discovery Garden. The floral terraces were beautiful. We want to go back to walk the trails.

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At this point, we decided to go over budget and eat dinner at Brownies on Harvard. We had cheeseburgers and shared an order of cheese fries. The kids ate everything so yes, the food was awesome and we loved the laid-back diner atmosphere.

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The kids wanted dessert, so we used our own money to check out Cookiedoodle in Jenks. We bought a Ninja Turtles cookie, pink hibiscus cookie and a cheesecake brownie. The cookies looked so cute and were the perfect dessert to end our day.

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EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

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MODEST MOUSE BOK Center (Tulsa)

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MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME Osage Casino (Tulsa)

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CULTURE CLUB Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

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PATRIOTISM IN THE PARK Klinger Smith Park (Bristow)

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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT WOLF CREEK Wolf Creek (Grove)

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SALLISAW FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Sallisaw High School

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HAR-BER VILLAGE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Har-Ber Village Museum (Grove)

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JENKS FREEDOM FEST Main Street (Jenks)

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FIREWORKS ON THE SQUARE Pawnee Courthouse Square (Pawnee)

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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA Riverview Park (Miami)

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TULSA FREEDOM FEST River Parks (Tulsa)

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FOURTH OF JULY FREEDOM FEST Downtown Bartlesville

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JULY FOURTH GAMES ON THE SQUARE Courthouse Square (Pawnee)

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SOONER BOOMFEST RiverWalk Crossing (Jenks)

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FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Claremore Lake Park

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JULY FOURTH FIREWORKS CELEBRATION Tenkiller State Park (Vian)

JAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY J.B. Earp Stadium (Jay)

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Only shoot from a hard, flat and level surface

Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers

Never experiment or make your own fireworks

The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework

Light only one firework at a time Never re-light a “dud” firework Never give fireworks to small children

Stay away from illegal explosives

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place

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HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL Downtown Jay

ARTS, CRAFTS, MUSIC AND CAJUN FESTIVAL Civic Center (Grove)

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WOODY GUTHRIE FOLK FESTIVAL Crystal Theater (Okemah)

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PORTER PEACH FESTIVAL Downtown Porter

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PONY OF THE AMERICAS NATIONAL CONGRESS Tulsa Expo Square

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GLOC PERFORMANCE BOAT CHALLENGE Grand Lakeside Marina (Grove)

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SCISSORTAIL WINE FESTIVAL Claremore Expo Center AQUAPALOOZA AT GRAND LAKE Southwinds Marina (Bernice) GREEN COUNTRY COWBOYS OF COLOR RODEO Tulsa Expo Square

TULSA ROCK, MINERAL, FOSSIL AND JEWELRY SHOW Tulsa Expo Square

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KORESH DANCE COMPANY Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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TULSA COUNTY FREE FAIR Tulsa Fairgrounds (Tulsa)

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FITZ & THE TANTRUMS Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

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AARON LEWIS Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) DODGEBRAWL BOK Center (Tulsa)

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WHOLE HAWG DAYS AND POKER RUN Downtown Eufaula

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CRAIG COUNTY FREE FAIR Craig County Fairgrounds (Vinita)

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INTERNATIONAL ROUND UP CLUB CAVALCADE Osage County Fairgrounds (Pawhuska)

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GREEN COUNTRY RV AND BOAT SHOW Tulsa Expo Square

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Grilled shrimp skewers, rice, salad and lemon chicken from a Greek restaurant in San Diego. —A’isha After eating at Sugarcane in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the first time, I salivated thinking about it over four years before going back. Jerk chicken, fried plantains, chutney and shrimp. OMG, so good. Best Mojito as well. —Bonita

I haven’t had my best meal yet. I don’t know if I ever will. I really enjoy food and when it’s good, I eat it like it’s the best meal I ever had. —Ashley

I had just come home from a business trip and my wife had made a crockpot dinner of white bean chicken chili for us. And it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. —Tyler

At a restaurant in California called Black Angus, I had the best chicken fried steak. Every single part of the meal was extraordinarily good, down to the sweetest whole kernel of corn. —Mike

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Best tasting salmon I’ve had is at The Bros. Houligan served with tasty white sauce. —Brian

Empanadas and chimichurri sauce from Empa Mundo in Irving, Texas. I’ve never been to heaven, but I’ve been to Empa Mundo. —Luke

I can’t decide. I love all food. —Jessica

We began buying the turducken from Cajun Ed’s Hebert’s Meats in Tulsa for Thanksgiving in 2010 and have bought one every year since. It’s expensive as heck and totally worth it. —Joe

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Hop on your motorcycle, put your kickstand up and discover ďŹ ve of the best routes for motorcycles in eastern Oklahoma.

The tight, twisty curves of eastern Oklahoma attract motorcyclists like flies to honey, so leave the traffic behind and take to the winding roads of this stunning, picturesque area of the state on your next motorcycling road trip. Rev your engine and embark on an adventure through scenic terrain with twisting turns and stop at some of the best road-friendly attractions around. Whether it’s exploring a new museum or finding the best diner eats in the county, this list of the top five roads for motorcycles east of Oklahoma City will have you shining up your bike in no time.

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OK-123 THROUGH BARNSDALL AND BARTLESVILLE Hit the open road on your motorcycle in northeast Oklahoma on Highway 123, which spans roughly 20 miles to connect Barnsdall and Bartlesville. Begin in Barnsdall, once known as Bigheart, and see the only main street oil well in the country. Though not operational, the oil well is a great starting point for the trip ahead.

Perfect for beginners, the smooth, flat road stretches out for miles, offering clear views of nature. Midway between Barnsdall and Bartlesville is the Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and Wildlife Preserve. Established in 1925 by oilman Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, Woolaroc has a world-class museum with 52,000 square feet of American Southwest history, featuring paintings, a bronze collection and Colt handguns on display. The 3,600-acre property surrounding the museum is home to herds of buffalo, elk, deer, longhorn steers and Scottish Highland cattle. Continue along Highway 123 for another 13 miles to Bartlesville’s Price Tower. The tower, created by Frank Lloyd Wright, is considered one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century. Inside, visit the arts center that showcases collections and exhibitions of art, architecture and design, or take a guided tour of the tower.

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ROUTE 66 EAST FROM MIAMI TO ARCADIA If you’re looking for a nostalgic road trip, look no further than Route 66. Mention the Mother Road and immediately the old highway will bring back memories of a simpler time. Start your journey on “America’s Main Street” in Miami and seek out the Ribbon Road, an original section of Route 66 poured just 9-feet wide. While cruising in Miami, make sure to stop at Route 66 Vintage Iron, a popular motorcycle museum featuring many antique motorcycles on display including a 1919 GCS, 1971 Harley Davidson T-Magneto and a 1961 Triumph Bonneville Scrambler.

• Be aware of the blind spots of other drivers and avoid weaving between lanes.

• Don’t ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

• Develop good riding techniques and practice before getting into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your motorcycle in conditions such as wet roads, high winds and uneven surfaces.

• Constantly search for changing road conditions.

• Always follow the posted speeding limit.

• Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.

• Give yourself plenty of space and ride defensively. People driving cars often have difficulty seeing motorcyclists and reacting in time.

• Use lane positioning to be seen. Ride in the part of the lane where you are most visible.

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Get back on the highway and enjoy the ride until you arrive at the original Ozark Trail just west of Sapulpa. This trail predates Route 66, but carried 3.3 miles of the highway until the early 1950s. Be on the lookout for the 1921 steel-truss Rock Creek Bridge, a 1925 railroad trestle and the ruins of an old drive-in theater.

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66 history, the Rock Cafe’s walls feature rocks from the original Route 66 road excavation. The café was built in 1936 and has been a popular Route 66 attraction for over 70 years. Stop in for delicious, unique menu items like the world-famous alligator burger and jagerschnitzel, a German dish. From Stroud, head west to Warwick for a stop at the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum. Built in 1921, this nostalgic museum features over 65 vintage motorcycles from 1908 to present. Continuing west, there are two must-see attractions in Arcadia: the Round Barn and POPS. The Round Barn was built in 1882 by William Harrison “Big Bill” Odor and housed grain and livestock, as well as the occasional town dance, and was an instant landmark along the Mother Road when construction began on Route 66 just a short distance away. Don’t miss nearby POPS, a much-loved Route 66 landmark and gas station that showcases a four-ton, 66-foot sculpture of a soda bottle covered in dazzling multicolored LED lights. Top off your gas tank and treat yourself to more than 650 soda flavors.

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OK-20 THROUGH CLAREMORE AND SPAVINAW Take a motorcycle trip on Oklahoma Highway 20 through Rogers and Mayes County and travel deep into the heart of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country. Begin this 38-mile trek at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore to explore the life and accomplishments of Will Rogers, one of the most well-known celebrities of the 1920s and ‘30s, and view items from his extensive memorabilia collections. The museum plays Will Rogers movies daily and is a great way to learn about Oklahoma’s favorite son. Heading east on Highway 20, cross through Pryor and continue over the Lake Hudson Bridge into Salina before turning north toward Spavinaw and hitting some great riding roads. This road is not for novices, and even experienced riders need to slow down for the ominous “Dead Man’s Curve,” a downward sloping hairpin turn. Stretch your legs and rest your ride at Spavinaw Area at Grand Lake State Park, located on the western end of Spavinaw Lake, where turquoise water flows through a stream located below the lake’s spillway. In 1922, the

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• Bright clothing, a light-colored helmet and reflective strips or decals on your clothing or motorcycle will increase your visibility with other drivers. • Leather or other thick clothing materials will protect you while riding your motorcycle. Choose long sleeves and pants, overthe-ankle boots and gloves.

• Make sure that your headlight works and is on day and night. • Flash your brake light when slowing down and before stopping. • Watch for turning vehicles, signal your next move in advance and don’t be afraid to use your horn.

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• Visit K&N Motorcycles in Tulsa. Stop in and get advice and gear from Norm McDonald at the oldest original Yamaha dealership in the world.

OK-10 FROM TAHLEQUAH TO GREENLEAF STATE PARK Located in Green Country, Highway 10 runs east to west for the first 100 miles, then north to south for the remainder. Begin your scenic tour north of Tahlequah and follow the serene banks of the Illinois River on a relaxing jaunt south on Highway 10. Follow the highway’s path through breathtaking stone bluffs and lush forests and remember to keep your speedometer low, as Highway 10 is known for its curvy lanes and winding, low-visibility turns. Pull your motorcycle over into one of the many river outfitters that directly line this gorgeous highway and float down the Illinois in a raft or canoe, or travel south to Tahlequah’s Cherokee Heritage Center for a dose of American Indian culture. Continue your scenic tour at the Fort Gibson Historic Site, located just north of the highway. This historic site, in operation from 1824-90, was the first army post in Indian Territory. Between the 80 acres, 29 historic buildings, numerous archeological ruins and exhibits, it’s a living piece of American history. Continue the smooth ride south to Braggs, home of the Camp Gruber Recreation Area and Greenleaf State Park. Or, visit Greenleaf State Park to wind your way through spectacular scenery complete with hiking trails, an 18-hole miniature golf course and abundant wildlife viewing.

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TALIMENA NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY Located in southeast Oklahoma, the Talimena National Scenic Byway is widely known as one of the best motorcycle rides in the state. Hit this road to enjoy the scenic drive’s abundant winding curves, beautiful scenery and rolling hills along the 54-mile stretch. Begin your adventure with a stop at Talimena State Park in Talihina, which marks the entrance to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Continuing on your journey down the Talimena National Scenic Byway, be prepared for sensory overload. The surrounding Ouachita National Forest offers more than 352,000 acres of scenic vistas and hiking trails and is a great place to camp and hike after the impressive ride. Courtesy of Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation department staff. For more information on exploring Oklahoma, visit travelok.com.

• Interstates save time, but do you really want the trip to end sooner? • Make sure your tires have at least 3-4,000 miles of life left on them. • If you can read a map, you don’t need a GPS unit. • Consider buying a cooling vest — they’re awesome. • Bring earplugs and don’t be lazy about wearing them if you value your hearing. • Start and end your trip in an interesting place. • Eat breakfast and a light lunch with healthy snacks as needed until dinner. Save the heavier meals for nighttime. • Go to bed early and be on the road no later than 7 a.m. It’s a treasure to watch the world wake up as an observer on a motorcycle. • A windshield can come in handy even if you don’t think it makes you look cool. • Even if the weather is supposed to be perfect, make sure you’re prepared for weather that isn’t. • Rest more than you think you should. • By rolling up your personal clothing, you’ll be able to fit more than you can by folding. • If you’re short on room, leave cheaper items at home that can simply be purchased at a convenience store. • Accessing a right-side saddlebag is safer than reaching toward the left (and closer to oncoming traffic). Keep items you might need while riding on the right and others on the left. • Stiffening the suspension is a good countermeasure as your luggage, racks, and other items transform how your bike handles. • Gas stations can be few and far between on scenic back roads, so scout your path before you leave or bring along a touring map that lists where to find them. • Stop putting it off; life is short.

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E TREME -LY FIT Add some exercitement to your workouts this summer with activities on both land and water that make your heart pump oxygen and spew adrenaline. BY RYANN GORDON

Nothing beats outdoor exercise: fresh air, sunshine and vitamin D, endless space to run and more opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping. Calming and mindful strength training is a nice exercise to ground us every once in a while, but it is the adrenaline that fuels our fitness craving. This is what powers your endurance and makes you want to push harder and keep going, and most likely come back for more later. Add some excitement to your workouts this summer with exercises that make your heart pump oxygen and spew adrenaline. From rock climbing to water and roller sports, races and outdoorsy adventures, there are plenty of ways for you to expand your workout regimen and keep yourself entertained while doing so. Tulsa is a mecca for outdoor activity, so use this list as a guide to explore some of these exciting, extreme workouts that will add a new level of adventure and enlightenment to your life.

Rock Climbing Rock climbing is a beneficial workout in many ways, because not only does it give your body a good working, it can be kind of intimidating, which makes it all the more exciting — especially when you reach the top. There are places for indoor rock climbing around the Tulsa area, such as New Heights Rock Gym, Life Time and Sky Fitness, but the most exhilarating climbs are done in the great outdoors. Chandler Park is one of the most popular places to go rock climbing in Tulsa, but be careful if you are not experienced and stick to climbs that are closer to a rocky hike. There are more spots for climbing along Avery Drive, right around Chandler Park; at Shotgun in Sand Springs; Zen Pen in Mannford; as well as Fort Gibson, Tenkiller and Skiatook lakes. The Osage Hills, the Ouachita Mountains, Alabaster Caverns and Robber’s Cave are also all within a couple of hours from Tulsa, with boulders to climb, hills to hike and even some caves to explore.

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Water Sports From water skiing and boarding to kayaking and canoeing, water sports are some of our favorite summer pastimes. If you own or have access to a boat (which can be rented), water skiing and wakeboarding are two activities that will have you screaming for joy the day of and from soreness the day after. And Tulsa has a number of recreational lakes on every side.

boarding lessons around Tulsa with companies like Lotus SUP, which even offers paddleboard yoga, and hopefully sometime soon right on the Arkansas River.

Roller Sports

If you’d rather skip activities involving a propeller, move from the lake to one of Green Country’s rivers for some simpler sports. The Illinois River in Tahlequah is lined with resorts for floating the river. Canoeing and kayaking take a surprising amount of work for paddling, and although you will feel like you’re just having a jolly float trip, you’ll actually be getting an intense workout.

We’ve all hopped on a skateboard at some point in our life, and unless you’re an experienced skater, it probably resulted either in a fall to the face or a wobbly, awkward roll away until the board slowed to a stop. Haven’t you always wanted to conquer that sketchy, rolling piece of wood? Now is your time to do it. Pick up a new hobby this summer that’ll take you off the ground and on to an object that you control.

A growing trend among water sports is paddle boarding, which takes physical exertion, not only when getting on and off the board, but as you stay balanced while paddling. You can take stand-up paddle

An alternative to skateboarding that has grown in popularity in recent years is longboarding, and it’s actually easier to learn. OKC-based Thrive Vintage specializes in high-quality longboards

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that are surf and snow inspired, making for an even more extreme experience. Designed with a surf-style shape for movement and stability and perfect for extreme and beginner speeds, you will feel like you’re surfing on land. And if the board isn’t something you’re ready to foot, buy yourself a new bicycle or roller blades to get some exercitement going.

Face-Off Competitiveness is something that keeps us going even when we think we can’t, and it gives us extra encouragement to train, push harder and keep going when we fail (and even when we succeed). Prepare for something that will put you in the mindset to get moving and stay motivated. Run a 5k, marathon or obstacle race. Set a goal and meet it. Group sports are another way to fuel your endurance. Get a group of friends together and plan a day, perhaps once a week, to play a group sport like kickball, soccer or volleyball. And if you can’t get your friends in on it, go to any local gym and seek out the basketball court where you are bound to find opponents ready to compete. Once you are in front of your friends and others, you will be more motivated to excel and keep at it.

This goes for individual sports as well, which are a great way to get motivated without the help of anyone else. Some of the most competitive face-offs are in MMA, wrestling and boxing. You can bet that those fighters end each round and match with a goal of doing better in the next. Take up a martial art that will push you to the extreme and give you a reason to keep on working to be the best.

Play Around Take your workouts off the ground, whether it’s jumping, climbing or flying, and get fit with some very fun, very childlike, very unexpected activities. Get a group together for a ropes course adventure that will challenge your body, mind and relationships as you carry one another through obstacles fully suspended in the air. Find ropes course challenges at Helmzar Challenge Course, Camp Loughridge and Jack Graves Scout Reservation in Broken Arrow. Another great exercise that lets you play and bounce around like a child is jumping on the trampoline. Trampoline parks like Sky Zone are great for a day of play that will leave you aching (for more) in the morning. Fun activities like paintball, laser tag and even bubblesuit games, like those offered by Bubble Soccer Tulsa, make for some serious excitement, laughter and calorie-burning fun.

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More interested in competition than theater, the women throwing elbows and acting like bumper cars on local roller derby teams are helping get the fastpaced sport back on track. by MARIA WELLER

Roller skating has been ingrained in American activity for over a century. And with the growing popularity, various forms of skating competition emerged. Roller derby, which started in Chicago around 1935, is one such example, and it has seen a resurgence in popularity here in Tulsa over the last decade. Around 2006, the Green Country Roller Girls was established, officially bringing the sport back to Tulsa. Ashleigh Stafford, also known as Bad News Booty, serves as the current league president for Roughneck Roller Derby and was inspired to begin the sport after seeing the hit movie Whip It.

“I contacted an old friend who skated with Green Country Roller Girls and began my fresh meat training in January 2012,” Stafford says. Since Stafford did not have prior experience in roller derby, she underwent the training program twice, and had her first game (known in roller derby as a “bout”) in June 2012. Soon after, the league owner moved away and took the LLC with her, forcing the league to dissolve. “The remaining skaters and myself were not ready to give up,” Stafford says. So, after petitioning the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) to maintain their membership status and succeeding, the

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grace league was reborn as Roughneck Roller Derby. “This league has experienced a lot of challenges and changes, but we are a sisterhood and a fierce group of women who never give up.” Head coach Cat Cox, also known as True D Grit, got her start a little differently. When she relocated to a tiny desert town of 2,000 in West Texas from the urban jungle of New York City, there was a bit of culture shock. “People in Marfa made their own fun,” she says. A friend and local Marfa bar owner, David Beebe, used to be an announcer for Houston Roller Derby. Beebe’s derby persona was The Colonel, and he wore seersucker suits

and ran around the audience giving people shots of pickle juice from a jar. One night at the Colonel’s bar, a friend happened to show Cox a pair of secondhand skates he had bought. After trying them out and skating around the bar, Cox decided to start a roller derby team. Another former Houston roller derby friend, Marc (aka Hot Rink Sweeper), used to be a trainer and passed his experience on to the girls. “It was hard in such a small town because we didn’t have enough skaters for a full team. We practiced on a large concrete slab outdoors referred to as ‘the cheese grater’ because it was pretty unforgiving if you fell,” Cox says.

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In 2014 Cox moved to Tulsa and joined Roughneck Roller Derby; she’s now a player and coach. Cox and Stafford both agree that the sport has evolved since its reemergence. “When roller derby first started back, it was a lot more showy, with skaters donning fishnets, outlandish makeup and other eccentric accoutrements,” says the pair. Nowadays, participants have a more athletic and family friendly appearance for the most part. “Derby is an awesome sport because it’s very accepting and empowering for women of all backgrounds,” says Stafford. The women

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awarded for such things as cutting the track, low blocking (tripping skaters), back blocking (pushing another player from behind), or using forearms or elbows. If a penalty is received, a ref will blow their whistle and call the number of the offender, who must then exit the track and skate to the penalty box where they sit for 30 seconds. Skaters can receive up to seven penalties before they are expelled from the bout. The team with the most combined points from all of the jams wins the bout. Since Roughneck Roller Derby has found a new home at the Ninowski Recreation Center in Broken Arrow and is currently in the process of achieving nonprofit status, they hope to grow both their fan base as well as their sponsorships. Currently, members have to pay a monthly fee and provide all of their own equipment. There is a supply of loaner equipment available to newer members while they purchase their own. On July 21, Roughneck Roller Derby will scrimmage Tulsa Derby League at 7 p.m. at the Ninowski Recreation Center. Tickets are $5 and children 10 and under are free. There is also a home bout against Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby on Aug. 13. Tickets are $10 with children 10 and under free. For more details, check them out at roughneckrollerderby.com. “Roller derby is an incredible sport. It’s an opportunity for women to find their inner athlete, to be strong or get stronger,” says Cox. “It boosts confidence and helps women find a place to be themselves without judgment and to have fun.”

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SOMETHING SPECIAL IS BREWING IN TULSA’S COFFEE SCENE. But you don’t know Cortado from Chemex? No fear. Leave the intimidation behind and take a break from Starbucks while indulging in some local nouveau coffee joints that offer plenty of ways to perk you up. by TIFFANY DUNCAN • photos by SAMUEL SMITH

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ith the opening of Nordaggio’s Coffee in 1998, Tulsa began to usher in an elevated coffee culture that went beyond large franchise chains and commercial grade coffee sold at the grocery store. Since then, over a dozen local shops have bloomed onto the Tulsa coffee scene that can be classified as “specialty coffee.” For many people, these may also be the same shops where they feel most intimidated to place an order because the coffee menu looks so different from more familiar chain stores. Some customers may also be offended by the prices of specialty coffee shop beverages and bags of retail coffee because they are higher than grocery or convenience store prices. If you have had one or both of these experiences, please don’t run away! There are

very specific reasons why these shops operate the way they do and charge the prices they charge. And contrary to what many people perceive upon first visiting specialty coffee shops, the goal of these establishments is not to alienate, embarrass, or anger customers with hip language and smaller portion sizes; in reality, it’s actually quite the opposite. To understand the mindset and price points of shops providing specialty coffee, it’s vital to first define what the term “specialty coffee” means and the history that fueled this movement. The history of coffee in the United States that ultimately led to the specialty coffee craft is generally recognized as being broken down into three stages: the first, second, and third wave. In the first wave, Folgers was king. Beginning its reign out of California in the 1850s, Folgers sparked and ignited

the commercial coffee trade in America well into the 1960s. The second wave began in 1966, when Peet’s Coffee and Tea in San Francisco took the coffee trade to the next level by purchasing high quality Arabica beans as opposed to commercial-grade. Peet’s opened multiple coffee cafés and experimented with different types of roasting, including the darker espresso roast that became a main harbinger for future American espresso-based beverages. Shortly after that, Starbucks picked up the torch in 1971 and eventually created today’s mass market of fully customizable coffee drinks. So where does the third wave fall in relation to all of this? The term third wave (coined in 2002) refers to a movement that largely began in the 1990s and sought to break away from

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large coffee conglomerates and commercialgrade beans to focus much more intently on quality and craft. Specialty coffee is the umbrella term for painstaking attention to detail at every step of the production process, from ethically sourcing coffee beans all the way to placing a final product in the hands of the customer. Unlike commercial grade coffee that can be a mixture of beans from all over the world (and can also sit in a warehouse for up to 10 years), specialty coffee importers source their beans from small farms in specific countries, striving to place as much money back into the hands of the farmers as they can. There are so many steps in the coffee production chain to go through (coffee mill, importer, roastery, retail shop) that farmers rarely see a return to match the amount of hard work they do in growing and picking. As a result, specialty coffee shop prices are higher in an effort to pay farmers the wages they deserve. Another featured characteristic of specialty coffee is a much lighter roast. All coffee beans have flavor notes present within them (similar to how wines from different regions also have different flavor notes), and specialty coffee shops roast lighter in order to bring out a

taste that honors the soil from where each individual coffee comes from. For example, coffees from Africa often taste berry or chocolate like, whereas coffees from Indonesia will have a more savory taste like bell pepper or tomato. This is why baristas of specialty shops may encourage you to drink your coffee black so that the full flavor is experienced, not masked. Larger chain and commercial coffee companies must purchase mass amounts of coffee to keep up with demand, and as a result they cannot be as picky when choosing beans. Roasting darkly is a way to batch roast out all of the defects and still present a sellable product. Unfortunately,

roasting darkly can also roast out the enzymatic acids and sugars that produce the unique flavor of a certain coffee bean, whether it be from Kenya, Ethiopia, Indonesia, or Guatemala. Over-roasting can make a coffee taste burned, bitter, ashy, and not at all delightful to drink black. Beverage options in specialty coffee shops are formulated to reflect the lighter roast and showcase the flavor present within the coffee bean itself without added sugars and lots of milk. Therefore many drinks are small and made for quality, not quantity. They are also made to reflect tradition, which is why a specialty coffee shop cappuccino that comes in one size only (5-6 oz.) is drastically different from the nuanced chain and convenience store cappuccinos, which may be any size and laden with sugar. Needless to say, all of this can be intimidating when walking into a shop where all the cups seem straight out of Alice in Wonderland, newfangled brewing gadgets sit along the counters, and there’s no familiar terminology in sight. Fear not! Here is a list of definitions to help you fall down the rabbit hole of exceptional coffee and order with confidence:

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Pour-over: A manually brewed cup of coffee meant to bring out all the flavors present within a certain coffee.

BEVERAGES SERVED FOR HERE ONLY ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1 Espresso (Single or Double): 1 or 2 ounces of straight espresso served in a tiny cup called a demitasse. This is a great way to taste the true flavor inherent to the bean. Will likely be accompanied by a small glass of seltzer water. This is to cleanse your palate before or after the espresso shot. Espresso is served for here only because it tastes best if consumed within the first minute of receiving, and also because of its tiny size. 2 Espresso Macchiato: A 3-ounce beverage consisting of either 1-2 ounces of espresso and steamed milk (or sometimes half & half ). This is not a Caramel Macchiato. A Caramel Macchiato is a beverage unique to Starbucks.

3 Cortado (also referred to as a Gibraltar): A 4-ounce beverage of 1-2 ounces of espresso with milk steamed less hot and light on the foam. Served in a glass Gibraltar. 4 Cappuccino: A traditional, 6-ounce beverage consisting of equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and micro foam. When steamed properly, the milk will act with the espresso to give it a subtle sweetness. Best served in a mug. The size is not debatable. This is because the drink is traditionally small and because specialty shops use smaller steaming pitchers that do not have the ability to create an abundance of foam to fill a bigger cup.

MAY BE MADE TO GO –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 5 Latte: A beverage in which the ratio of steamed milk far exceeds the amount of espresso. Flavors may also be added if offered. Size is customizable. If you are trying to break away from sweeter drinks, a plain latte is a good gateway beverage as the larger ratio of milk cuts the taste of espresso. Mocha: Exact same as above, but with the addition of chocolate syrup. Americano: Espresso and hot water. Size is customizable. May also be served iced.

Cold Brew: Similar to iced coffee but definitely with its own unique flavor. Made from coffee grounds that have been steeped in room temperature or cold water for a period of 18-24 hours to uniquely extract a concentrate that is then cut with water. Nitro Cold Brew: Same as above but is also infused with nitrogen to give the beverage a smooth, creamy, chocolaty-tasting body. Not all coffee shops offer this; find it at DoubleShot Coffee Company, Fair Fellow Coffee, Nordaggio’s, and also Fassler Hall.

Disclaimer: This is a guideline only. Some shops may still have their own rules, regulations, and sizes to meet the quality standards that they see fit.

Chemex: Same as above except in a bulbously shaped decanter that uses a triple bonded filter to hold back more of the sediments and oils in the coffee. Chemexes may be smaller for personal consumption or larger to share.

French Press: A narrow coffee pot resembling a beaker. Uses a wire mesh plunging apparatus to press down the grounds and extract flavor while also holding them back while pouring. Generally made to be enjoyed in the café only due to larger size.

Aeropress: Employs a similar pressurized extraction method as the French Press but also includes a filter to hold back the oils in the coffee.

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especially for Tulsa’s ever-expanding housing market. It’s so hot that the greater Tulsa area, with booming towns like Jenks, Broken Arrow and Owasso, is among the fastest growing in a Midwest region that is leading real estate markets across the country. If you’re interested in selling your home, experts say this is the time.

is about 15 days, which is a far cry from what Tulsa owners were looking at just a few short years ago.

Whether you’re a seller who sat out the downturn to recoup your investment, or a potential buyer waiting for the right mix of reasonable prices and low interest rates, the time is now.

Tulsa fits right smack in the middle of the hottest region in the U.S. housing market. And it doesn’t look to be slowing down, with the growth coming in future years around the Arkansas River, as well as the exploding real-estate boom in downtown Tulsa with so many new restaurants, condos and apartments. “Downtown is a huge part of our market,” says Lara. “We’re going to see a great increase over the next 10 years. Now is a perfect time to sell your house. Investors are seeing homes around Tulsa as a great investment with wonderful rates on return.”

Husband and wife team Jeremy and Lara Thorn of Keller Williams Realty are excited to see the explosion. “It’s an unbelievable seller’s market. In the $100,000 to $200,000 range, houses are selling so fast we can’t even take pictures to upload,” says Lara. And according to Lara, the average time a house is on the market, across all price ranges,

And some of the hottest neighborhoods are in Broken Arrow. Great schools, excellent public safety and quality of life keep Broken Arrow up there with the best.

IF YOU’RE READY TO JUMP ON IN, HERE ARE 10 TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR HOUSE READY: Price your house right

Win in the olfactory department

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Tend to the kitchen

Purge

Take the pets on a play date

Curb appeal

Update your own furniture

Do the little things

Lighten up

One way of doing it is to take your house’s appraisal value and subtract 10-15 percent off. This approach can create a bidding war that can cause your house to sell for much more than it’s worth. That’s cash you can put into your new place.

One who knows your neighborhood. A real estate agent passionate about your neighborhood is going to find the right buyer, which means the right price. A good real estate agent will highlight all the wonderful things, not just about your house, but the street and area of town you live in.

Either get rid of as much as you can around the house or at least move a quarter of your belongings to storage. You’re planning on moving anyway. The less visitors have to look at, the roomier your house will appear on the inside.

That’s your buyer’s first impression. If it’s a bad first impression, you’ll never meet your buyer, because there sadly won’t be one. Spend money on the exterior, street-facing portion of your home, and you’ll get people inside to see everything else. Give them the yard of their dreams to look at as they approach the doorbell and you’ll have a chance to make their dream come true.

Major makeovers are for you and your new home, not the one you’re trying to sell. But the small details make dollars. Wash the windows, change old knobs, touch up scratches and smudges around the house. Everything you can think of that is free or next to free can sharpen things up, which is money in your pocket in the end.

There’s a reason the perfume and cologne industry has made its share of billionaires. We are attracted to things that smell nice. Have your house smelling like cookies or vanilla candles, and you’ll have buyers fighting over your home.

Buyers don’t buy houses. They buy kitchens. If there’s anything you could redo in your house that will pay dividends, besides maybe the front exterior, it’s your buyer’s new kitchen. Houses are sold (or not sold) based solely on the kitchen more times than not. That’s how important it is.

Seeing Rover’s plush bed and his water bowl next to the kitchen can very easily turn off people coming over for an open house. Pet lovers will be able to envision their own pets in your home, but non-pet owners don’t want to see it.

Again, you’re hoping to move, and who doesn’t like new furniture in a new house? If you do it right, you’ll get your money back with that final offer by giving yourself a new couch and loveseat set. If you’ve been waiting to get that modular entertainment piece, do it now. This could help your buyers see what they could have if they took the old place off your hands.

And we’re not saying chill out. Light up your home by cleaning the windows, trimming the bushes outside and getting rid of the dark drapes. Add to the wattage in your lamps. Whatever you can do to brighten the house will make it much more appealing.

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ummer is heating up fast. And that means it is time to keep cool any way you can, preferably on a budget. Fortunately, Green Country isn’t green just because of all the trees we have around here. We also have plenty of water in the form of rivers and lakes that add to the natural beauty of Northeast Oklahoma and provide you with many places to go when you want to cool down the natural way during the July and August heat. You can take the whole family and enjoy all sorts of outdoor entertainment for mom, dad and the kiddos. Many of the locations that made our list include a variety of activities, and all of them include at least one option for swimming. Gather your bathing suits and towels, visors and sunglasses. Buy some new sunscreen (30+ for your best protection). Pack up that picnic basket with your favorite foods and drinks, and head out to these water spots for fun in the summer sun.

BLUE HOLE PARK | Salina

Famed for its clear, cold waters, Blue Hole Park is one of the best-known swimming holes in the state. Small children can play in the shallow area, while older swimmers can enjoy the deeper waters. Blue Hole Park offers concession stands if you’re not in the mood to pack a picnic lunch. There are camping and RV spots available, as well as cabins for rental if you want to make a long weekend of your trip. Just be sure to take water shoes or sandals to wear while you swim.

ILLINOIS RIVER | Tahlequah

A beautiful spot for summer relaxing, the Illinois River in Tahlequah is a favorite destination for those who love to kayak and canoe. Public access points are located every few miles along the river, so you won’t have any trouble finding a place to launch from. If you

want to float down the river but don’t own the equipment, places like Sparrow Hawk Camp can hook you up with canoes, kayaks, rafts and inner tubes.

RIVER COUNTRY FAMILY WATER PARK | Muskogee

You don’t have to stay in Tulsa proper for your aquatic fun. Change up the scenery with a trip to Muskogee, where River Country Family Water Park awaits you. Take advantage of the Whoop’n Holler Hollow body slides, the Gator Walk across lily pads, the zero-depth entry Frog Pond leisure pool and more. There’s a special area for your littlest little ones, as well as a sand volleyball court and even a place to hold a private party (reservations needed).

SAPULPA AQUATICS CENTER | Sapulpa

This public swimming pool is a newer addition to Sapulpa’s park system and offers many fun features for children — water slides, for example, as well as a shallow end for younger children and those who don’t know how to swim. Bring food and enjoy the covered picnic areas, or stop at the concessions stand to feed your hunger. The Aquatics Center also offers swimming lessons and a rental area for private parties.

SPRING CREEK | 70 miles east of Tulsa off Highway 82

The little-known Spring Creek is a hidden gem near Kansas, Okla., with spring-fed water that has to be seen to be believed. Be aware, this is not a public park area. Much of the land is privately owned, though there are several public and paid private access points where the water is deep enough to swim in. Not necessarily where you’d take young children, but for those who like to hike and fish, Spring Creek is a great spot to explore.

PAWNEE BATH HOUSE & WATER PARK | Pawnee

If you like historical architecture, this is the place to visit. The sandstone rock bathhouse was constructed in 1939 by the WPA, and it’s on the National Historic Register. And of course, you can swim there too, in the two-acre fresh water pool that is situated along a sandy beach area. The water park features a water slide, high dive, water trampoline and paddleboats. There are picnic areas and beach umbrellas available as well.

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SAFARI JOE’S H2O | Tulsa

Formerly known as Big Splash, this water park recently underwent renovations and is now open under new owner Safari Joe. Marrying a love for animals with summer fun, Safari Joe’s H2O gives families some great new water slides, wave pools, a leisure pool, upgraded concessions, animal exhibits, volleyball and basketball courts and the famed Master Blaster, Oklahoma’s only water roller coaster.

LOCAL LAKES | Multiple locations

Green Country has more lakes than any other region in Oklahoma, all of them prime spots for fun in the sun and water. Some of the more popular ones include Keystone Lake, Grand Lake, Skiatook Lake, Lake Oologah and Lake Tenkiller. But there are plenty of other lakes, as well as the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir, where you can also hike, fish, boat, swim and picnic. For information on each lake, visit TravelOK.com.

TULSA-AREA POOLS | Multiple locations

There are multiple public pools throughout the Tulsa area. Some may charge an entry fee, while others are free. Check park or city websites for rules, hours and more information on these public pool locations: • McClure Park (7440 E. 7th | Tulsa) • Reed Park (4233 S. Yukon | Tulsa) • Lacy Park (2134 N. Madison | Tulsa) • Berry Park (5002 N. Wheeling | Tulsa) • Whiteside Park (4009 S. Pittsburg Ave. | Tulsa) • Chandler Park (6500 W. 21st | Tulsa) • LaFortune Park (5501 S. Yale | Tulsa) • O’Brien Park (6149 N. Lewis | Tulsa) • South County Recreation Center (13800 S. Peoria | Bixby) • Family Aquatic Center (1400 S. Main | Broken Arrow) • Nienhuis Aquatic Facility (3201 N. Ninth St. | Broken Arrow) • Country Aire Park (100 N. Fir Ave. | Broken Arrow)

WATER PLAYGROUNDS & SPLASH PADS | Multiple locations

Not in the mood for a trip to the pool? Or maybe your children are still learning to swim? Well, the option for you may be a visit to one of the area’s many water playgrounds and splash pads, located at multiple area parks. These fun water spots allow children to romp in their bathing suits under fancy spigots and water sprays. Most are open daily from noon to 8 p.m., free of charge.

KEEP THE FAMILY HYDRATED TO THE MAX AND STAY COOL ALL SUMMER LONG AT TULSA’S BIGGER, BETTER WATER PARK, SAFARI JOE’S H2O.

Safari Joe Estes and family

This summer, Tulsa promises to help its children, teens and adults create fantastic memories of escaping the heat as the area’s iconic water park, formerly known as Big Splash, opened for business under its new owners and new name — Safari Joe’s H2O. If the name Safari Joe’s sounds familiar, it should. The water park’s new owner, Joe Estes, is also the owner of Safari Joe’s Wildlife Rescue and Exotic Animal Park, located in Adair and dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, neglected or abused animals. His passion for taking care of wildlife and providing an entertaining and educational experience for families is, ultimately, what led him to step in when Big Splash began seeking new ownership.

Safari Joe’s H2O is more than just a place to cool off during the dog days of Oklahoma summer. It’s a staycation waiting to happen with a variety of rides, foods, animal attractions, events and more to keep the whole family entertained. And his efforts have started with giving the water park a much-appreciated refurbishing. Visitors can also expect the rides in the former Big Splash to feature new twists, which means that even if you’ve visited the park in the past, you’ll be sure to experience new things. In addition to the revamped, rebooted water slides, visitors to Safari Joe’s H2O can enjoy a variety of other entertaining activities. There’s a wave pool for those who love to body surf, and for those who like a slower-paced form of fun, you can take a “cruise” on Lazy River. Younger children can enjoy the park’s shallow pool area and playground. There are even animal attractions — exotic birds, tortoises and possibly reptiles are in Estes’ plans. Of course, you can’t expect to go to a water park all day without taking a break to refuel. And Estes says that even the food offerings at Safari Joe’s H2O are new and improved for Tulsa’s enjoyment. To top off the summer fun days, Estes is keeping things interesting and special all season long. All throughout July, Thursdays will be adult nights. Starting at LOCATOR 7 p.m., live bands will be playing the park to entertain those who come to mingle SAFARI JOE’S H2O with their friends and have a soaking 4707 E. 21st | Tulsa wet blast. Tuesday nights are teen nights 918-749-7385 featuring live DJs and remotes from local safarijoesH2O.com radio stations. The park will be open later Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. than usual these nights to accommodate Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the special crowds. Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

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Navy Grog

Poured by: Saturn Room 209 N. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa

A little California sun shines on Saturn Room’s Navy Grog. Born circa 1941 at the kitschy Tiki bar in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Navy Grog gives Tulsans a break from the summer heat. « 1 oz. Puerto Rican rum « 1 oz. Jamaica rum « 1 oz. Demerara rum « 3/4 oz. lime juice « 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice « 1 oz. honey syrup « 1 oz. soda water Shake ingredients except for soda water. Pour over an ice cone set into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge.

Lolita

Poured by: The Vault Restaurant, Sydnee Partin 620 S. Cincinnati Ave. | Tulsa With the mission of bringing tequila and vodka together in one delicious adult beverage, The Vault created the Lolita. Tequila is one of the purest spirits with distinct flavor and, well, people love vodka. Why not make an edgy cocktail with the two? With just the right amount of sweet and fruity, this cocktail is served up and is sure to please. The name Lolita was inspired by Partin’s first love, her 8-year-old chocolate lab. « 1 1/5 oz. Corralejo Blanco tequila « 1/5 oz. Deep Eddy Grapefruit vodka « 1 oz. lime juice « 1/4 oz. housemade grenadine Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker. Shake and pour in coupe-style glass.

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This classic cocktail named after the Rangoon, Myanmar’s famed Pego Club, has a distinct tropical edge. Benedictine, habanero and coconut add earthy tones and transport you out of Tulsa and into a jungle lounge. The cocktail’s name, Weatherbox, comes from a Mission of Burma punk song on the Vs. album. Adventures involving alcohol and punk rock are generally the appropriate soundtrack.

Derived from the traditional French 75, this farm-to-table cocktail fits perfectly with the summer season. The Bramble’s Clementine 75 bursts with bright flavor and satisfies with the bubbly pop of prosecco. Finished with a sugared rim, you can’t help but lick your lips. A summer favorite for sure.

Poured by: Valkyrie 13 E. Mathew B. Brady St. | Tulsa

« 1 1/2 oz. coconut-washed gin « 2/3 oz. Bénédictine « 1/2 oz. lime juice « 1/3 oz. triple sec « 10 drops of Hellfire Habanero shrub « 1 dash orange bitters « 1 dash Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged Bitters « 1 cup of gin « 2 tsp. of coconut oil Combine ingredients in a jar and let sit for 24 hours. Chill to separate, and then strain into a bottle for service. Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Pour over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with lime peel.

Kentucky Sidecar Poured by: Bramble Breakfast and Bar, Patrick Hayes 311 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa Mint lovers rejoice. This summer cocktail goes great with a Bramble brunch. The grapefruit and lemon add balance and allow the orange to blend with the mint and bourbon. Beautiful. « 12-14 mint leaves « 2 cubes of ice « 2 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon « 1/2 oz. simple syrup « 1 oz. grapefruit juice « 1 oz. fresh orange juice « 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice Shake all ingredients, including two cubes of ice in shaker. Then double strain into highball glass on the rocks.

Poured by: Bramble Breakfast and Bar, Patrick Hayes 311 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa

« 1 3/4 oz. gin « 1 oz. Clementine Juniper shrub « Splash of prosecco Rim glass with fresh lime wedge and dip in sugar. The Bramble dips in Gold Dust Sugar giving this cocktail some bling. Combine gin and shrub with ice in shaker. Pour in fluted Champagne glass and garnish with orange peel.

Stonebreaker Heights Sour

Poured by: Hodges Bend 823 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa Step up your coffee game with this exquisitely cool summer cocktail. Off the beaten path from the tropical oasis, the Stonebreaker Heights Sour won’t leave you heart broken. Its nutty flavor complements the cold brew and is appropriately topped with a frothy finish. « 1 oz. BlackStrap rum « 1 oz. Macadamia Nut Liqueur « 1 oz. cold brew coffee « 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice « 1 egg white « Garnish with Black Walnut Bitters Dry shake (without ice) ingredients including egg white (excluding black walnut bitters). Then double strain into highball glass.

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COMING UP ROSES WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO FIND A GREAT OUTFIT, A DINNER SPOT OR AN EXCITING SHOW, BROKEN ARROW’S ROSE DISTRICT HAS IT ALL WITH A BEAUTIFUL AND WALKABLE AESTHETIC THAT AMPLIFIES THE WONDERFUL MIX OF OLD-TOWN LOOK AND MODERN CHARM. BY DONNA LEAHEY

Warren Unsicker, the vice president of economic development for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, describes the district as “a wonderful combination of old-town look and charm, with a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants and venues.” The atmosphere is young and hip, staying true to “the old-town look and feel, while bringing modern amenities and vibrant businesses to the district. The streetscape and branding bring a fresh and youthful feel to the district, and as far as hip goes, you just need to step into some of our unique retailers.” The night life is taking off in the district as well, with many gathering places keeping later hours to meet demands. The Rose District is in the heart of BA’s downtown core. It stretches from Midway to 81st along Main, and from Main to Elm along Broadway. Simply put, it is just south of Kenosha on

Main. “We will soon be placing a beautiful LED brick monument sign that will guide visitors into the district,” says Unsicker. The district’s name is based in Broken Arrow’s history. Founded on a patch of sparse prairie land in 1902, the young city was in need of beautification. “Early civic leaders called on residents to adorn Broken Arrow with bushes, trees and flowers. Rose bushes were a popular choice, and soon travelers nicknamed Broken Arrow the City of Roses,” says Unsicker. “Much thought and consideration goes into the naming of a destination in hopes of creating an image in the mind and emotional response from those who hear it. When our city leaders wanted to name the rezoned portion of downtown Broken Arrow to an arts and entertainment district, they chose to honor that rich heritage with the name the Rose District.” The project was led by Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Wes Smithwick. Smithwick’s team envisioned a pedestrianfriendly district with outdoor dining, mixed-use live, work and play developments, and beautiful landscaping. The final realization

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of this vision came about with the input of numerous groups, including downtown merchants, their customers, citizens and the Broken Arrow Historical Society. “The result,” says Unsicker, “was the Rose District, a now thriving arts and entertainment destination. People love the roses and the beauty and aroma will stop you in your tracks.” The Rose District is home to a robust arts and culture scene. The Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center is an important part of the district. There are opportunities to create your own art in fun, creative venues like Pinot’s Palette, The Girl Can Cook and The Painted Lyon. Some of the newest additions to the district include fun restaurants and beautiful, vibrant retailers. Franklin’s Pork & Barrel is a unique take on barbecue and modern American cuisine featuring a full bar and tables made from old bowling lanes. Toast is the first breakfast destination in the district with mimosa flights and their own spin on breakfast. Nouveau Atelier De Chocolat is not just an authentic Belgian chocolate shop but is open late

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Lots of golf (in many forms) is being played this summer. The days are longer, the children are out of school, and many courses and businesses offer great rates in the heat of the day. To get par out of your outing, try out a couple nontraditional ways to play. by Richard Linihan

If you’ve driven along Riverside Drive in Tulsa lately, you’ve probably seen a building rising in the sky where the Arkansas River meets Jenks. It’s The Flying Tee, a new entertainment destination that mixes virtual reality with the physical process of actually hitting a golf ball. “There are three stories of hitting bays (multi-level driving range), 60 bays in all,” says co-founder John Vollbrecht. “But there is no driving range like this in the area. When you get to your hitting bay, there are four apps — games, courses, practice and live tournaments. You will be able to play 15-18 of the greatest courses in the world by just pushing a button. If you’re one of those people who think it takes too long to play a round of golf, the FlyingTee will be for you. You can play 18 holes of golf in about two hours.”

As many as four people are allowed in each bay. It costs $40 an hour per bay during peak periods and $20 an hour for non-peak periods. The facility is open seven days a week as the bays are covered and heated. Across town at LaFortune park lies another alternative to the standard four-plus hour traditional game. If you don’t feel comfortable playing the big courses, and are somewhat of a novice player, you can hit the par-3 course at LaFortune where it isn’t uncommon to find golfers of varied handicaps. It is the only public course in Green Country with its own 18-hole large course accompanied by the lighted par-3. This is a great option for golfers who would like to get a round in after work after the sun goes down to avoid the heat of the day. During the summer, children play free Monday-Thursday on the par3. Find us a similar deal in Green Country and we’ll kiss your Titleist. And speaking of the little ones, miniature golf is a game that appeals to the kid in all of us. There are

still a couple of miniature golf courses remaining in the Tulsa area despite the loss of Celebration Station a couple of years ago and Bell’s Amusement Park. Here’s the great thing about mini golf or putt-putt as we used to call it: you don’t have to be incredibly good at it. That’s not to say there aren’t competitive mini-golfers out there — oh, that’s definitely a thing. But for most people, mini golf is an activity for

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WET AND WILDLY STUNNING The sun is out and shining, and the temperature is rising. It’s warm — no, it’s hot. The sweat is beading on your forehead now, wetting your hair, flattening it and curling it in all the wrong places. Your face is shining, not in the good way, and your skin is darkening, burning from the sun. You can almost feel the wrinkles forming 10 years down the road as more and more freckles pop up on your shoulders. You can only go so long looking like a sun-kissed goddess with rays in her hair before you’re going to get burned. Looking flawless in the heat can be hard, especially when you can feel the flaws dripping down your spine. Wet and wild sounds great and all, but smeared mascara and wind-dried pool hair isn’t how you pictured your summer look. So how do you stay looking hot when you literally can’t cool down? Take on the summer heat with confidence that your hair and makeup are not going to be ruined later on, nor your skin in the future. With a little preparation and a few essentials on hand, you can conquer the summer heat and stay beautiful and protected through the wet, hot Oklahoma summer.

LOOKING FLAWLESS IN THE HEAT CAN BE HARD, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CAN FEEL THE FLAWS DRIPPING DOWN YOUR SPINE. SO HOW DO YOU STAY LOOKING HOT WHEN YOU LITERALLY CAN’T COOL DOWN? BY RYANN GORDON

HAIR PREP

One of the first things you notice on someone is their hair, and a janky hairstyle can easily ruin an entire ensemble. Don’t go around sporting a sweat-slicked-back pony or a tangled, wind-dried Afro this summer — prepare your hair ahead of time. Let the temperature decide whether you should wear your hair down or not, then use some frizz control and leavein conditioner and keep a ponytail holder nearby in case the humidity kicks in. Another great essential to have on hand for when your hair begins to fall is something to simply cover it up. Keep a small, floppy hat or head wrap handy and throw it on when things take a turn for the worst. Make sure to go with something lightweight like straw, so you still have some ventilation. Rather than dealing with the ‘fro, go for a hairstyle that’ll stay put and off your shoulders all day long. Braids are ideal for swimming because they

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MAKEUP CHECK

The best way to keep your makeup on point through the heat is to utilize the “less is more” mindset. Luckily, the summer sun gives our skin a glow that doesn’t need much covering, so take advantage of that and assert your natural beauty with confidence. Find the areas of your face where you dominate, whether it’s your eyebrows, lips, eyes, cheekbones, etc., and play up your strong suits. As far as your weak suits go, there’s concealer for that. Use a moisturizer with SPF, then cover up the bags under your eyes and any other imperfections with concealer and let your skin breathe for a minute — or all day. There is nothing more annoying than wiping the sweat off your forehead just to find a wet, brown stain on your shirt from makeup. So save yourself the breakout and use a light mineral bronzer instead of foundation, and brush a subtle blush over your cheekbones. Rub some highlighter on the outer edge beneath your eyes and above your brows, then also a dot on your nose. Add some color to your lips — either a peachy pastel or baby pink — and watch your face go from sun-dried to sun-kissed. Stick with nude undertones and a light lipstick that won’t melt off in the heat; dot some highlighter eyeshadow on the inner corners of your eyes; swipe a thin layer of waterproof (there is also heatproof) mascara over your eyelashes and forget about the rest.

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The most important part of planning a day in the sun is making sure that you have all of the necessities to protect your body for the day and the future. Sunscreen is easy to forget, especially when you already have a tan, but even easier to regret the day after. Try to use sunscreen on your face every day (many cosmetic brands carry oil-free, non-greasy makeup and moisturizer with SPF in it), invest in a lip balm with SPF and have a bottle of higher-SPF sunscreen prepared for days outside. Now you can even take a sun protection pill to prepare your skin for a vacation or long day in the sun (Sunsafe Rx). Still, don’t forget your sunscreen and SPF lip balm though, and make sure to apply whether it looks sunny or not, because the UV rays can still damage your skin through the clouds. Luckily for us, our eye protection is perhaps the most fashionable and classic summer staple of all. Sunglasses add an extra level of coolness to any and every ensemble, and they are so much fun to play around with. Whether you’re rocking a trendy, retro look with vintage shades or clean, new Ray Bans, don’t forget your glasses’ most important function — to protect your eyes from the sun. You can also do this with accessories like hats and scarves.

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MANY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES WORK ON MORE THAN THEIR TANS OVER THE SUMMER SO THAT THEY ARE IN BETTER SHAPE — MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY — WHEN CLASSES AND SPORTS RESUME.

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Most Americans have participated in some sport or other in their lifetime. For some, it is a fleeting interest that fades as they grow older. For others, the passion for their sport or sports stays with them through high school, college or even into the pros. In order to grow as an athlete, it is extremely important to train outside of the regular season. Even in high school, most sports require some form of offseason training. By the

time student-athletes reach high school, they have most likely decided whether or not they wish to pursue athletics seriously. For many students, the summer break is a few months of fun in the sun and relaxation. For others, it is a time to grow and hone their skills as athletes with individual training and conditioning. Summer should be fun, but it’s also a great time to train without the pressures of school and classroom work.

Sarah Dicks, a volleyball coach at Bishop Kelley High School, says that summer training and conditioning “is intensely beneficial. The girls who do not have to worry about conditioning, balance or strength perform better and have better endurance than those who haven’t worked during the summer.” Since volleyball is a fall sport with matches that begin almost as soon as school begins, practices have to begin before school.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) does not allow schools to begin mandatory practices or workouts until July. However, many schools offer scheduled workouts throughout the summer. “We have non-mandatory clinics, camps and open gyms,” says Cassidy Holmes, volleyball coach at Booker T. Washington. “Since the clinics and camps are paid for, it allows us to coach our players.”

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Open gyms are also a great way for teammates to grow more comfortable and confident in playing together before regular season begins.

took him to the NFL. “The hot sun really makes one mentally stronger because it literally beats on you while you train. So when conditions get hard during the season, your mind is already Participation in camps and prepared for it. You also grow clinics offered by various high mentally stronger in the game schools as well as universities when it comes to running plays. can also play a pivotal part in an Football is a year-round sport to athlete’s offseason training. In the those who really love and have a Tulsa area, high school students passion for it.” can find many different camps and clinics offered by schools Whether or not a coach knows such as Booker T. Washington about training an athlete is High School, Bishop Kelley High doing on the side does not School, Oral Roberts University matter because they will be or the University of Tulsa, just able to see the growth a player to name a few. Many larger has had from one season universities outside of Tulsa to the next. When asked if also offer camps with the option summer training in high to stay on campus if a daily school helped Barnett to make commute for the duration of it as far in football, he says “It the camp is out of the question. definitely helped because I was Camps and clinics specific to a constantly getting better while player’s position are often a great other players were content option to receive training in a with just being good. I wanted more specific area of the sport. to be great, so I put in extra work to achieve that.” Football is another sport that begins its season as quickly as As with other sports, there are the school year does. This sport many camps and clinics that also has the added variable of young athletes can choose to weather. Over the course of the attend. There is also the option season, players in Oklahoma of finding a trainer outside of can find themselves playing an organized football program or practicing in temperatures who knows the sport and reaching triple digits at the what is required to further an beginning of the season, and athlete’s ability. sometimes ending the season in Dominique Franks, who near freezing weather. played for Union High School, “I think summer training is the University of Oklahoma, the most important part of training Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore as a football player because not Ravens, also recognizes the everyone does it,” says Calvin importance of summer training. Barnett, a graduate of Booker T. “It can help to reduce the risk Washington as well as Oklahoma of injury and of course build State; his talent and passion also muscle,” he says. This is a huge

bonus, especially now that there is so much focus on preventing injuries among athletes. Since summer break is a time off from school, it obviously takes a lot of dedication and discipline to force oneself to take part in extracurricular activities. Another benefit for serious athletes who choose to train during the summer is that the same dedication and discipline often carries over into

other aspects of life. Academics would probably be one of the main areas in which those qualities are seen. But don’t worry, it isn’t all work and no fun for these kids. Team sports can form bonds of friendship so strong that they feel like family. And of course, when you’re doing what you love and constantly getting better at your chosen sport, nothing can beat the sense of achievement that comes with it.

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BLUEBERRY LEMON CURD CUPCAKES WITH MASCARPONE ICING PREP-TIME: 30 minutes COOK-TIME: 20-25 minutes YIELDS: 16 cupcakes

Batter Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract zest of one lemon 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (two or three lemons) 1/4 cup sour cream (can be substituted for plain Greek yogurt if desired) 3/4 cup milk 1 cup fresh blueberries 7 Tbsp. lemon curd, homemade or store-bought (Trader Joe’s brand is delicious) set aside for filling

Frosting Ingredients

8 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened 5 Tbsp. lemon curd 1 cup heavy cream 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate

bowl, cream the butter until smooth (about one minute on medium speed). Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest. With mixer on low, add in a third of the flour mixture, sour cream, and half the milk. Then add in next third of flour and the rest of the milk. Finally, add the remainder of flour mix. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in the blueberries. Divide up the batter between 16 muffin tins lined with cupcake papers, filling each about three-quarters of the way to the top. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes depending on oven strength (cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Let cakes cool completely on a cooling rack. For the frosting, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form, then add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until stiff peaks form. Add one tablespoon of this whipping cream mixture to the seven tablespoons of lemon curd set aside for filling and stir together well with spoon. In a separate bowl, also combine one tablespoon of whipping cream mixture with the five tablespoons lemon curd set aside for frosting and stir well with spoon. Add

in mascarpone and stir to combine. Transfer to whipping cream mixture and gently fold together both mixtures to achieve a light, fluffy texture. To fill the cupcakes, angle a paring knife toward the center of each cupcake and cut out a circle (the resulting separated top should resemble a cone). Slice off the pointed end of the cone, spoon a bit of filling mixture into each cupcake, and place the flat top back onto the cupcake. To frost the cakes, spoon frosting into a piping bag (a ziplock with one of the corners cut off will also work) and pipe frosting onto cupcakes in an upward swirling motion. Serve room temperature or chilled for a cool pool treat.

LAVENDER LEMONADE (adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny) 2 cups purified water 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup agave nectar or raw honey 3 Tbsp. dried lavender (can purchase at Whole Foods) 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 cups purified water

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By Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon

From old-school institutions to trendy newcomers, these 31 steakhouses and restaurants are a cut above the rest when it comes to satisfying your desire for a perfect steak.

Who doesn’t like a good steak? Whether rare to well done, the king of red meats is a delight to men and women alike, and it’s easy to see why. Cooked right, a steak satisfies like no other food. It’s a treat for celebratory dinners, a tasty add-on atop a salad and a great centerpiece for your favorite sandwich. In addition to an exceptional environment, the top steakhouses serve only the finest beef, utilizing inventive cooking techniques. Seasoning, or lack of it, comes into play as well as all the delicious accompaniments.

From ripping-hot broilers to mesquite grills, these restaurants do it right. Here’s a handy list of places to get a steak in Green Country. Some are true steakhouses, while others are more general restaurants that feature a stellar steak option or two on their menu. There are no chains here because we want to focus on steaks you can’t get anywhere but in Tulsa and its surrounding areas. So, plaster on that bib, grab a fork and knife and get ready to ride the red meat train with us as we showcase 31 of the top spots to enjoy a steak dinner.

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Wet versus Dry Aging: What It All Means There’s no debating that meat gets better with some amount of aging before the time it’s bought and consumed. The enzymes in a good piece of beef go to work just after slaughter, breaking down the muscles, making it tender as they do their work. Compared to chicken, pork or lamb, which only need a few days, beef can take the longest to age, up to as long as several weeks. Where there has been quite a debate lately, however, is whether it’s better to wet-age or dry-age a steak. Dry-aging beef is a centuries old process of hanging a choice cut of meat in the open air, normally in a temperature just above freezing. The process can take from 15 to 28 days. This allows the enzymes to tenderize the meat, and

Bluestone Steakhouse & Seafood 10032 S. Sheridan Tulsa A trip to Bluestone is a bona fide event, not one that necessarily requires a suit and tie, but well worthy of such honor. Serving only certified Angus beef brand entrées, wet-aged between 21 and 45 days, Bluestone sets itself apart as one of the few restaurants around town that can claim such distinction. Every item on the menu is succulent, and their crystal-served wine adds a touch of class. Topnotch staff will meet every need. A steak at Bluestone is a genuine treat.

a concentration of flavor begins because a process of dehydration also naturally occurs. The downside of this process is that much of the meat’s weight is lost due to dehydration and also a need for the outer meat to be trimmed off. The result? The side of beef you end up with costs more per pound. The process of wet-aging meat is only a recent development — a result of plasticsealed vacuum techniques and refrigeration technology advances in the last 60 years or so. No dehydration occurs and no outer layer of meat needs to be trimmed since wet-aged meat is completely sealed. This is a less expensive process than dry-aging and therefore costs less per pound to provide to the consumer.

Claret Café Celebrity Restaurant 3109 S. Yale Tulsa Celebrity lives up to its name with its list of famous guests through the years. But it has stood the test of time not just because of the classic atmosphere but also because of the quality steak that you can expect every visit. The top choice New York strip, the 8-ounce tenderloin filet and the ribeye grilled to perfection are all truly mouth-watering. This is one of the few truly Tulsan experiences in fine dining around town.

3302 W. Kenosha Broken Arrow A new and welcome addition to the Broken Arrow scene, Claret Café has a five-star reputation. And yet the prices for their cuisine are pleasant on the budget, which is why this is a restaurant known for its faithful repeat customers. The sizable prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and creamy horseradish sauce they serve matches the atmosphere, perfectly and completely enjoyable every time. Don’t miss out on the 16-ounce tender bone-in rib-eye or the center cut filet mignon topped with garlic herb butter.

Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille 8056 S. Memorial Tulsa Known for its tasty burgers and fries, games on the TV and ice-cold beer, Fat Daddy’s 7-ounce steak with sautéed mushrooms may surprise you. This sirloin, juicy and flavorful, served with a huge baked potato piled high with trimmings and steaming hot veggies, is a real treat on any Friday night you’re wanting an inexpensive but enjoyable meal with a chance to catch part of the game as well.

French Hen 7143 S. Yale Tulsa This little gem has been a well-loved dining destination in Tulsa for many years. It certainly has the quiet ambience you would expect to accompany an elegant, gourmet USDA Prime steak dinner. Either the juicy rib-eye with pickled garlic and tomato butter or the flavorful strip steak with fried shrimp and port balsamic butter sauce will tantalize your tongue and appease your appetite with sheer delight, making your visit to the restaurant absolutely worth every dollar.

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6151 S. Sheridan

3823 E. 51st

Tulsa

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High-end sushi may be the first thing you think of when someone mentions In the Raw, but their 8-ounce pepper filet, served with out-of-this-world wasabi mashed potatoes and killer asparagus, all topped with a rich portabella demiglaze sauce, will make you forget everyone else in the place is doing sushi. Add three tempura shrimp or an 8-ounce lobster, and you’ll forget you’re not in an exclusive steakhouse. Plus, the view of downtown from the hill on Sheridan is amazing.

Serving only the finest premium Angus beef steaks available — with the added Lebanese tradition of tabbouleh and cabbage rolls — Jamil’s is a famous Tulsa tradition like none other. The chopped sirloin, the small or large filet mignon, or the enormous porterhouse steak will all be grilled with that hickory taste you can’t really get anywhere else. For over 50 years, this place has been thrilling customers and bringing them back, time after time. Add it to your to-eat list, stat!

3700 N. Old Hwy 66 Catoosa Located a short trip from Tulsa proper, Molly’s Landing in Catoosa has something no other area restaurant can offer: a helicopter landing pad or a fancy dinner inside a rustic log cabin. You’ll even need to take the historic Route 66 to get there. But all these bedazzlements are overshadowed by the array of meat options you get at the Landing. Steak, wet-aged to perfection, with small, medium and large options of filet mignon, a 13-ounce mesquite or spicy 1872 rib-eye, or the grilled tenderloin shish kebab will absolutely melt in your mouth.

Napa Flats 9912 Riverside Pkwy. Tulsa Chef selected, hand-cut, wood fired… What more could you want from a steak, except for a fabulous atmosphere to enjoy it in? The Angus steaks at Napa Flats are grilled to perfection and served with delicious garlic mashed potatoes, roasted green beans and Argentine style Chimichuri sauce. The dining area is polished and inviting, the wait staff professional. The view of the Arkansas River adds a touch of romance for a special night out. Yet it’s also relaxed enough to bring the family.

With a warm, inviting ambiance, Prhyme prides itself on intriguing appetizers, ample sides and well-marbled beef cuts including grass-fed, 21-day wet-aged, and 40-day dryaged. Highlights include a 6-ounce petite filet mignon; a 30-day, dry-aged NY strip; Australian lamb chops with rosemary parsnip risotto, apple and fennel compote and a demi-glace; and a veal T-bone. The prime beef may be the star of this show, but you can also find a list of other intriguing entrees including stuffed double breast of chicken, king salmon filet, coldwater lobster pasta and caviar. And make sure to ask your sommelier to expertly pair your choice of meats with any of the more than 200 offerings from the meticulously chosen wine collection.

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Rincón 6219 E. 61st Tulsa Rincón offers traditional Tex-Mex dishes, but with several unique twists. Their kitchen prepares everything on the menu — except for one single dessert item — completely from scratch. Rincón equipped its kitchen with a grill that allows them to cook using mesquite wood. Every grilled menu item is prepared this way, infusing the meats and vegetables with a delicious, smoky flavor. The restaurant also cuts its own steaks to order. The Rincón Surf and Turf, featuring a 9-ounce rib-eye and four jumbo shrimp, is must-try dining.

Silver Flame Steakhouse 6100 S. Sheridan Tulsa A Tulsa favorite for over 30 years, the Silver Flame stands as a lasting testament to good meals and good times. It’s known for serving thick, hickory grilled steaks served alongside a full platter of sides — hummus tahini, tabbouleh, cabbage roll, barbecue ribs, barbecue bologna, dinner salad, baked potato, french fries or vegetables and bread. Pair that with prime rib, shish kebab or the Silver Flame steak, which is marinated with scallions and spices, then flamed with cognac.

Making the Grade If you thought grading stopped when you got out of school, don’t panic. Knowing the difference among meat grades is a key to choosing the best steak and the best cooking methods. Good news is, we won’t be quizzing you on this. We’re even giving you a cheat sheet. Next time you go out for steak, stick this handy guide to meat grades in your pocket for reference.

USDA

When you see this acronym, it means the beef in question has run the gauntlet through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s stringent

processing requirements. Most meats served in the United States come from American livestock and are inspected by the USDA to ensure they are safe to eat. Occasionally you may see meat that is imported — meaning it has been inspected as an import, but it won’t carry a USDA grade.

USDA Grading System

The purpose of grading meat is simple — to specify the quality of the beef. All meats served in a restaurant are inspected for wholesomeness, but beef sellers can pay an additional fee to have the USDA grade

SMOKE and chef Erik Reynolds bring signature style to steak while grilling up greatness. You can’t go wrong with any of the sizedto-impress steak dishes that are cooked to order on a wood fire grill. Cut by hand on the premises, each meaty prize — all grass-fed and tracked since birth locally — can argue that it’s the flashiest and most powerfully flavorful protein masterpiece in the building. There’s an 18-ounce rib-eye, 8-ounce beef tenderloin and an impressive 16-ounce New York strip. Due to the unique aging process that breaks down the connective meat tissue, each cut is instilled with a deep, textured flavor. After you eat, you can enjoy a cigar or pipe in SMOKE.’s hermetically sealed cigar lounge. their meat. If the meat is listed as Prime, Choice or Select, it has gone through extra testing to determine its tenderness, juiciness and flavor.

Prime

This is the highest grade for USDA beef. Made from young, well-fed cattle, Prime steaks are the most marbled of beefs, giving them excellent flavor. Prime grade beef is best cooked with dry-heat methods — broiling, roasting or grilling.

Choice

High in quality, but not as high as Prime, Choice meat is less marbled but still very tender, moist and tasty. These steaks typically are rib or loin cuts suited to broiling, roasting or grilling.

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Located in vibrant Brookside, Sonoma offers a respite from the cares of your day in the heart of midtown Tulsa. Their menu is inspired by Northern Californian style dining, and their bar menu is not to be underestimated. At this time of year, their patio is a comfortable, breezy way to enjoy a meal. Red meat lovers can opt for the grilled skirt steak with gorgonzola (a good alternative to bleu cheese) or a classic rib-eye served with pepper compote.

When you’re in the Broken Arrow area, a great place to visit for red meat delights is Stone Mill. With hand-cut steaks and fresh barbecue menu items, Stone Mill offers comfort food and a friendly atmosphere perfect for a night out with the whole family. The kiddos will love the casual Western-style decor. You’ll love the home-cooking style. They offer a good selection of steaks—ribeye, filet mignon, Kansas City strip, sirloin and shish kebab.

Select

A leaner cut of beef than the higher grades, Select steaks can still be tender but they have less juiciness and flavor than Choice and Prime. Typically, Select cuts are flavored and tenderized through marinating and braising.

Grading Versus Brand Names

Some beef manufacturers choose to let their brand stand for the quality of their meat, rather than paying the fees required for USDA grading. If you see a steak listed by brand name, ask your wait staff to tell you more about the meat’s quality.

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Also Check Out Bistro at Seville

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Elements Steakhouse & Grille

8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa

Freddie’s Bar-B-Q and Steakhouse

1425 New Sapulpa Road | Sapulpa

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse 6823 S. Yale | Tulsa

McGill’s

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Ti Amo 219 S. Cheyenne Tulsa 6024-A Sheridan Tulsa

Ti Amo is an awardwinning restaurant with Montana Mike’s Steakhouse a dedicated chef who 3825 SE Adams Road | Bartesville cooks with authentic Italian ingredients to Murphy’s Steak House please your palate. Enjoy 1625 SW Frank Phillips Blvd. | the complimentary Bartlesville homemade bruschetta in their comfortably elegant Okie’s Restaurant dining area as you peruse 219 S. 32nd | Muskogee the menu. Go truly Italian with the osso buco, a veal Polo Grill shank steak braised with 2038 Utica Square | Tulsa creamy mushrooms. Opt Redrock Canyon Grill for the sirloin topped with 9916 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa shrimp. Or, if you’re there on a Friday or Saturday, you can also select prime rib or the surf and turf plate ( filet medallions served with shrimp).

The Ridge Grill

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The Spudder Restaurant 6536 E. 50th | Tulsa

The Warehouse Bar & Grill 3346 S. Peoria | Tulsa

Western Country Diner 1905 S. Sheridan | Tulsa

Villa Ravenna Waterfront 6526 E. 51st Grill Tulsa

One of Tulsa’s favorite date night spots, Villa Ravenna marries authentic Italian cooking with a fine dining experience that is hard to beat. Cozy, romantically lit and elegant, the restaurant offers a unique menu of northern Italian dishes, including several veal options like a tender osso buco. If you’re there for the steak, you can get USDA Choice beef tenderloin grilled to your liking and served alongside homemade linguine sautéed with spinach, garlic and oil. Pair your meal with an Italian beer or finish it with homemade limoncello.

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From the breathtaking patio view of downtown Offering a scenic view of and bustling hibachi the Arkansas River and room to the delightful charming stone patio blend of appetizers, seating, the Waterfront steakhouse favorites and Grill is known for its fresh sushi, Zanmai’s Japanese fish, vibrant bar, and steaks cuisine makes the ordinary from the well-known Allen exquisite. Typically Brothers of Chicago. The bustling with friends and Waterfront Grill flames family out for an evening each cut of prime red meat of entertainment, the on a hickory grill. Choose hibachi room is lined with from prime rib-eye, prime 14 griddle-topped tables center cut filet, flat iron where the energetic chefs steak or the slow-roasted, show off their pyrotechnic 28-day aged prime rib. Steak skills. Hibachi dinners and eggs is available during feature a wide variety of their Sunday brunch, which entrée options ranging from also features a “build your sesame chicken to scallops own” bloody mary bar. to New York strip steak. Heart-healthy Akaushi beef is exclusive to the hibachi side. Originating in Kumamoto, this Japanese red cow produces a highly marbled steak, which renders a delicious and tender buttery bite. The steaks at Zanmai set the restaurant apart: they have been aged for 21 days, giving them incomparable taste and texture. Cooked to your liking with just a pinch of kosher salt and pepper, these high-quality steaks require nothing more than to be eaten, although you have the choice of three sauces on the side: a balsamic sauce, a mustard sauce and an A-1 type sauce with ginger.

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t’s coming up on lunch or dinner on a hot summer day. Maybe you’ve been running after the children at the park, or working in a stuffy office, or just lounging about enjoying a lazy day. What are you in the mood for? A handmade sandwich on soft, delicious bread topped with fresh ingredients sliced just a few minutes ago? That does sound good!

WELCOME TO GOODCENTS DELI FRESH SUBS. The Goodcents location in the Palazzo Shopping Center at 103rd and Memorial has only been open for about a year and a half, but owner Jason Mims says he already has plenty of loyal, happy return customers. “We get to know them,” he says. He pauses to wave to a customer entering the shop and says thank you to a

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couple just on their way out the door. “People come in with their kids after soccer, and we see them again and again. They keep coming back.” The location is spacious with a high ceiling and a tile floor. The seating is near the wall opposite the deli counter. The tables are large enough for four to dine with plenty of room, and they are spread out enough to prevent diners feeling crowded or rushed. The unusual floor plan has doors on opposite sides, making it extra convenient. “This is the last store in the Palazzo Shopping Center to have access to both sides,” says Mims. Mims and his staff at Goodcents pride themselves on their fresh ingredients. “It’s all made fresh daily, sliced fresh daily,” says Mims. “The goal is to run out

of everything at the end of every night so that we start out fresh every morning.” But what makes Goodcents unique? “The bread,” states Mims. “It’s unlike any you’ve ever had. Pillow soft. It’s one of the reasons I chose to open a Goodcents Deli. A lot of places have hard, crispy bread or it’s really chewy, but ours is so soft. We make the bread here, two or more times a day. The cookies are made fresh here. Meats are sliced to order and the cheese is sliced daily. Everything is so much fresher.” Goodcents offers hot or cold sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, pasta, soups, salads, chips and freshly

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including big or small sandwich trays, pastas, soups, salads and trays of your favorite cookies. To make their already quick service even quicker, Goodcents offers a phone app for iPhone and Android users which allows you to order with just a swipe of the finger and jump to the front of the line when you arrive to pick up. According to Mims, the most popular items are the Penny Club made with roast beef, ham and turkey, and the Ultimate Club that features ham, turkey and bacon. The toasted Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich is another popular choice. Mims’ personal favorite? “The Italian. It’s made with capicola, salami and ham.” All of the subs can be dressed with your choice of fresh ingredients including the standard lettuce, tomato and onion. There are plenty of cheeses to accommodate your taste buds, including American, cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack, provolone and Swiss. And you can add heat with spicy mustard, spicy ranch, or just quit fooling around and toss on a handful of jalapenos.

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When you enter Leena’s Mediterranean Grill, you’re greeted by a colorful, tidy interior illuminated by large amounts of natural light streaming through the bank of floor-to-ceiling windows. The brightly painted walls and ceilings evoke feelings of being someplace close to the ocean — in a Mediterranean country, perhaps. Which is exactly what the owners are after. Leena’s Mediterranean Grill is a family owned and operated business, run by Sal Agha, and his uncle Najib Agha. They combined their talents and skills to create Leena’s in order to share their family’s love for good, healthy food from home. Named after Najib’s youngest and most outgoing daughter, Leena’s opened in their current location at 67th and Memorial in March 2015. They originally opened in 2009, and were located in the food court of Woodland Hills Mall. Plumbing issues forced them out of the mall, but they

like their current bright, open space in a freestanding building across the street much better, and are happy to call it home. They consider their south Tulsa location a definite plus, and they tend to view their chain restaurant neighbors simply as fellow tenants, rather than as competition.

big step further: they want us to know that Mediterranean food is not only healthy, it’s also incredibly flavorful and delicious.

Leena’s menu is very diverse. Mediterranean food is quite varied, as there are many countries that consider themselves to be part of this region of the world. From “We’ve always been confident about our Morocco in the west to Lebanon in concept,” says Sal, who still works as a cardiac the east, and many more in between, analyst at Cancer Treatment Center, as well Leena’s has a little bit of everything. The as co-managing the restaurant. Even when restaurant’s offerings include dishes the restaurant was between locations, their that are Greek Mediterranean, Middle patrons and supporters kept the spirit alive Eastern Mediterranean and European via social media and word-of-mouth. And Mediterranean. For this reason, the since reopening, it’s been full steam ahead. restaurant attracts a fair share of diners from European or Middle Eastern countries, Most of us have heard of the “Mediterranean who can usually find something familiar on Diet.” We think of it as a healthy way of the menu. The freshness and quality also eating, which consists of consuming plenty accounts for a growing number of Tulsa-area of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, regulars as well. and healthy nuts and oils. The owners of Leena’s Mediterranean Grill agree with Leena’s caters to the different body clocks of their varied customers, as Europeans and this basic definition, but want to take it one

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Arabs tend to eat later in the day and take longer to eat a meal, viewing it as a social event. For this reason, the restaurant has a steady flow of customers throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Ramadan, a holiday during which people fast from sunrise to sunset and lasting from June 6 through July 7, is a busy time for the restaurant. They take reservations for the evening hours for the duration of the holiday, because the late dinner rush is so big. Regardless of what you order off the menu at Leena’s, you will first walk past all the fresh, beautiful dishes the restaurant offers as part of its all-youcan-eat buffet. Featuring a wide variety of mouth-watering choices, the amount of choice is staggering. However, there are options on the menu that are perfect for those who are unfamiliar with the Mediterranean style of cooking, or who are new to the restaurant. Their meze platter is a great introduction to the restaurant’s menu. In Mediterranean cooking, meze is an appetizer. Leena’s meze platter allows you to pick and choose from the different salads, dips and cooked vegetables that are offered. The meze dishes can also be served as sides when a traditional meat platter is ordered, or can be made into an entire meal. Leena’s has a huge selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as many glutenfree options. There are also daily chef

specials consisting of different beef, chicken or fish dishes that are either baked or grilled. And of course, many tradition dishes such as gyros, kababs and shawarmas are available. No matter how the food is prepared, it is all cooked to perfection and flavorful beyond belief. Sal and Najib have incorporated many family recipes into their offerings; their family has loved to cook for many years. No canned sauces or marinades are used — everything is made from scratch, from the tabbouleh (made with fresh, flavorful parsley) and baba ghanoush (delicious smoked eggplant) to the smoothies and the iced tea (still made from loose-leaf tea).

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“Most restaurants might buy their spices by the gram,” Sal says, “but we buy ours by the pound.” Leena’s is also available to cater a wide variety of events, from business lunches to home-based gatherings. The restaurant enjoys sponsoring health events such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Tulsa, and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Tulsa. Reservations are taken for large groups, so you can be sure to get a table or two. Leena’s and the Agha family are proud to be part of the Tulsa community, and each day they strive to bring nothing but the freshest, best-tasting Mediterranean food to the city and its inhabitants. All it takes is one visit, and you’ll see that they’ve accomplished their goals — and then some.

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the restaurant as a family owned and operated endeavor, and they chose the name because of its powerful sound. (Rincón literally means “corner” in Spanish. But the fact that the restaurant is actually on a corner, says Cesar, is purely coincidence.) The two brothers spent the first part of their restaurant careers working in various capacities at different food establishments around Tulsa. With 22 years in the industry, Cesar helped open many unique concept restaurants after working his way up through the ranks, a livelihood he hadn’t initially envisioned for himself.

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“I originally wanted to be a soccer player when I was growing up in Mexico City,” he says. Dreams of becoming Lionel Messi aside, when Cesar’s family moved to the United States, the idea of a soccer career became simply a childhood dream. Fortunately, another career path revealed itself, and Cesar has enjoyed a successful and lengthy career in the restaurant business. The brothers’ previous experience in the food industry, combined with their family’s love of cooking, serves them well at Rincón. Their goal with the restaurant is to create a “five-star casual dining” experience, according to Cesar. It only takes one visit to Rincón to realize that they’ve created just that — a relaxed environment serving fresh, delicious meals that bring Tex-Mex to another level. The restaurant’s interior is friendly, tidy and modern, with just enough casual furnishings to make diners feel right at home, and there are two rooms available for private events. There’s also a full bar, serving such creations as the Ginger Mojito, perfect for those who want a rum-based drink with a little kick, as well as the Skinny Margarita, made with agave nectar, lime and tequila. It’s similar, says Cesar, to the authentic, traditional margaritas served in his hometown’s region of Mexico. Everywhere you look at Rincón, you notice a refined attention to detail. From the restaurant itself, to the freshly prepared meals cooked to perfection, to the friendly and quick wait staff

— it’s apparent that everything is well thought Rincón features special menu items on out and well executed. And most importantly, holidays such as Cinco de Mayo. In addition, the food is prepared to perfection. Cesar often creates, sources and then offers chef specials throughout the year, such as a Rincón offers traditional Tex-Mex dishes, series of salmon dishes or other seasonal items. but with several unique twists. Their kitchen It’s worth visiting regularly to find out what prepares everything on the menu — except for one single dessert item — completely from his latest creations might be — especially this month, since it’s the restaurant’s anniversary scratch. All ingredients are fresh, and staple and Cesar hinted that they might be having menu items such as salsa, beans and their some special meals in honor of the celebration. popular white queso are prepared fresh daily. The Escoto brothers have also equipped their kitchen with a grill that allows them to cook using mesquite wood. Every grilled menu item is prepared this way, infusing the meats and vegetables with a delicious, smoky flavor. In addition, Enrique owns and operates a tortilla distribution company, so he produces a special recipe just for use at Rincón. Even their chips are specially sourced. The restaurant also cuts its own steaks to order. Cesar recommends the Rincón Surf and Turf, featuring a 9-ounce rib-eye and four jumbo shrimp. Still, most of the menu items that Rincón offers are traditional dishes that the Escoto brothers have perfected over the years. The brothers understand what Tulsans crave when it comes to Tex-Mex. Some of their bestsellers are the fajitas, along with their white queso dip and freshly-prepared guacamole. The Tacos de Camarón (shrimp-filled soft tacos featuring avocado and a zesty chipotle sauce) are also popular.

Cooking has been a large part of the Escoto family tradition; Cesar says his mother is a fantastic cook herself, and clearly the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. He and Enrique are two of six brothers, so it’s probably safe to say their mother may know a thing or two about feeding people.

“We’ve picked up a few tricks from our mom,” Cesar admits, “and we still ask her for advice.” Because even if you own a restaurant, mom sometimes still knows best. And so do the Escoto brothers, when it comes to feeding Tulsans Tex-Mex in rare style.

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BLESSED WITH A UNIQUE ABILITY TO TURN INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE INTO SUCCESS, CELEBRITY CLUB’S MIKE SAMARA, AT AGE 92, HAS WOVEN HIS SECRET SAUCE FOR LONGEVITY INTO THE TULSA DINING INSTITUTION WITH THE RAT PACK FEEL. by Michele Chiappetta

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IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT YOU MEET SOMEONE WHO IS STILL ENJOYING LIFE AT AGE 92. And it’s not often that you meet someone who has successfully run a Tulsa icon like the Celebrity Restaurant for over 50 years. But Oklahoma native and businessman, Mike

Samara, brings both of those threads together to weave a fascinating tapestry of Tulsa history over the years. He’s one of the many reasons to visit Celebrity and check this unique area experience off your must-visit list.

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GETTING TO KNOW GK Samara is the son of immigrants. His parents came from Lebanon to Oklahoma City, which had a vibrant Lebanese population. But Samara firmly considers himself Okie to the bone. “I’m a true Oklahoman, born and raised,” he says proudly. He has called Tulsa his home for as long as he’s been running a food joint in town.

another part of Samara’s secret sauce for longevity in the restaurant business. “The clientele that I have, they are the best,” he says. “And people like to be recognized.”

The Burger Kings around town? Samara originally brought the franchise here, eventually owning six of them before he sold them. He also owned the upscale burger joint, Big Mike’s. And he turned Celebrity Club from a little bar that was failing into a food destination that has served area businesspeople, exhibitioners at Tulsa Fairgrounds events, entertainers and, of course, Tulsa at large.

That sense of family extends into the Tulsa community through the family’s charitable giving. “We love John 3:16 (Mission),” says Osko, “because it’s so appropriate. When you’re in the restaurant business, you want to contribute to someone who feeds homeless people. It’s a great organization.”

Samara’s daughter and Celebrity’s day manager, Paula Osko, says that her father is known for knowing people’s names and family histories. “I’ve been in the restaurant and club business practically all my life. I “He remembers everything, and so he has built a lot of relationships” had a number of restaurants besides the Celebrity Club,” Samara says, she says. And that trait has been passed on to the rest of the staff. rather modestly for a guy who has accomplished some major firsts “Even our servers have worked here many, many years, and they in his life. History, of course, records his successful efforts to help know most of the customers by name… And a lot of our customlegalize the selling of alcoholic drinks by the glass in Oklahoma. But ers, we see them two, three, four times a week. So you become like a Samara has made his stamp on Tulsa history in other ways as well. big family.”

Samara has seen big changes in Tulsa since he first bought the Celebrity Club in 1963. For one thing, its current location on Yale Avenue is now in the center of town, in the busy Midtown area. But it wasn’t always that way. Back in 1963 when Samara bought the bar, Yale was on the outskirts of town. But, he says, “The city was growing so rapidly that it wasn’t the outskirts for very long.” Tulsa’s steady growth benefited Celebrity in many ways, bringing in oil and gas companies and other significant businesses to the area of 31st and Yale. Many executives would come in regularly to the restaurant, forging deals over the high-quality lunches and dinners that Samara served up. Innovation and excellence are among Samara’s secrets to long-term success. In addition to turning the little bar into a restaurant, which increased business, Samara installed an infrared gas broiler in the kitchen in the 1960s, when it was a cutting-edge cooking technology. A friend of his, Charlie, was president of Oklahoma Natural Gas and one of Samara’s first customers. And like all things Celebrity, there’s entertaining stories to go along with the customers who have come through the doors. “First week I was here, standing by the front door, and Charlie comes in,” says Samara. “He says, ‘What are you doing here?’ I said, ‘I bought this place. What are you doing here?’ He says, “I live here.’ I said, ‘Good, you can bring me some business.’ We bought an infrared broiler (around that time). So Charlie brought a party of at least eight people with him and he said, ‘I want to show them your gas broiler.’ I said, ‘OK.’ And through the years, we were very good friends.” Stories like that one represent the lasting relationships that Samara and his family have enjoyed with their customers over the years. It’s

Another organization Samara was involved in for years was the Ringmasters. “It’s the Junior Livestock Auction … and they still have it,” he says. “It was to help the 4H and FFA children. When they raise those animals and sell them, most all of them would use that money for education. We would solicit the buyers and then at the auction, we would try to get them the best price that we could. They all brought above market, and it really helped them. They were great children to deal with.” Of course, Celebrity is an excellent restaurant to boot, and though Samara is no longer actively running it — that duty falls to daughter Paula and son, Nick — his passion for delivering a premier dining experience is still a part of the restaurant’s unique stamp on Tulsa. They serve an impressive menu featuring house specialties like Caesar salad with a housemade dressing, juicy steaks, lobster tail, grilled salmon, skillet fried chicken, catfish and more. They make everything in-house including the tartar sauce, providing diners with minimally processed, fresh-made meals that please the palate and satisfy cravings for health as well as taste. “Our business has actually grown every year for the past 15 years,” says Osko. “I think it’s just good, clean food and the personal touch.” And of course, there’s Celebrity’s unique dining space — a ‘50s-‘60s Rat Pack feel that people in their 20s and 30s enjoy because it’s different from the average restaurant these days. All in all, Celebrity has a lot going for it, and the Samara family invites you to come in for the decor, the food and the fun of eating in a place with a storied history.

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Sophie befriends a friendly giant named the BFG as they set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. Cast: Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton

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It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for an aristocratic life in London as John Clayton, with his beloved wife, Jane Porter at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo Free State to serve as a trade emissary of the House of Commons, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the corrupt Belgian Captain Léon Rom. Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz

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In 2025, two years after choosing not to kill Warren Grass, the man who killed his son in a drunk-driving accident, police sergeant Leo Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlene Roan. Roan is the front runner in the next presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge after losing her family to sadistic murderers on Purge night 15 years earlier. The government secretly opposes Roan’s campaign against the Purge, and plots against her to keep her from destroying the Purge. Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson

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In a futuristic utopian society, human emotions have been eradicated and everyone lives in peace but when a new disease surfaces, everything changes for illustrator Silas. He becomes an outcast once infected and is drawn to his writer co-worker Nia, who is also infected but hiding her condition. In order to survive, they have to escape together. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce

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A British couple gets embroiled with a Russian oligarch and high-profile money launderer while on holiday in Marrakech. The businessman soon leads them into a tortuous journey through Paris, the Swiss Alps and London. Cast: Evan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgard

JULY 8 CELL

At the Boston airport, Clay witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cellphone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness. Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman

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Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six children with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ann Dowd, Frank Langella

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Inside of a Manhattan apartment building, a terrier named Max starts to get neglected as a favorite pet when his owner Katie presents a sloppy mongrel named Duke, obtained from a dog pound. But they have to put their quarrels behind when a seemingly adorable white rabbit named Snowball and his army of abandoned pets who call themselves the “Flushed Pets” launch a criminal conspiracy to exact retaliation on all happily-owned pets and their owners. Meanwhile a Pomeranian named Gidget assembles her own ragtag group of pets to track Max down. Cast: Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper, Kevin Hart

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Delinquent brothers Mike and Dave Stangle frequently ruin family events with their dangerous antics. In order to prevent them from ruining their sister’s upcoming wedding in Hawaii, their parents mandate that they attend the wedding with dates. Their appearance on The Wendy Williams Show to advertise themselves catches the attention of Tatiana and Alice. After pretending to be civilized and respectable, Tatiana and Alice secure Mike and Dave as their respective dates. However, when they get to Hawaii, Mike and Dave find that their dates are much more wild and unhinged than they anticipated. Cast: Adam DeVine, Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick

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When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to protect herself, save her little half brother and uncover a mystery about her family’s shadowy past. Cast: Teresa Palmer, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Emily Alyn Lind

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Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann, and a subway worker, Patty Tolan, to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan who can exercise control over human forms. Cast: Kristen Wiig, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy

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The ever glamorous and self-indulgent Patsy and Edina find themselves at the center of a media firestorm when they accidentally kill Kate Moss. Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

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During the 1980s, DEA agent Robert Mazur uses his undercover alias “Bob Musella” to become a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Later, he infiltrates the world’s largest cartels and helps discover the money-laundering organization of drug lord Pablo Escobar. Cast: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt

CAFÉ SOCIETY

Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Centering on events in the lives of Bobby’s colorful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age. Cast: Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg

JULY 22 STAR TREK BEYOND

After stopping off at Starbase Earhart, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy who has a well-earned hatred of the Federation and what it stands for. Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg

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Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary

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Amy Mitchell has a seemingly perfect life — a great marriage, over-achieving children, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities — going on a wild binge of long-overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence — putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms. Cast: Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell

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Several years after his disappearance at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne unexpectedly resurfaces at a time when the world is faced with unprecedented instability. Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones

YOGA HOSERS

The film centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and releases an army of little monsters called the Bratzis (little Nazis made out of bratwursts) and threatens the Colleens’ big invitation to a senior party, they join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal, Guy Lapointe. Cast: Johnny Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Depp

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In the not too distant future, two young women, who live in a remote ancient forest, struggle to survive in an isolated country house after a massive, continent wide power outage. Discovering the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse and informed only by rumor, the sisters fight intruders, disease, loneliness and starvation. Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Eklund

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND Brady Theater (Tulsa)

AUG. 3

L-E-V DANCE COMPANY Tulsa Performing Arts Center

AUG. 4-5

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Tulsa Performing Arts Center

AUG. 4-6 IPRA RODEO Sallisaw Rodeo Grounds (Sallisaw)

AUG. 5

10 HAIRY LEGS Tulsa Performing Arts Center

AUG. 5-7

ALL STAR TEAM ROPING FINALS Tulsa Expo Square

AUG. 6

ART ON THE LAKE Har-Ber Village Museum (Grove) 2 HIP CHICKS ROADSHOW Claremore Expo Center OLD TIME SATURDAY NIGHT CRUZE-IN Downtown (Pawnee) LIVING HISTORY EVENT AT THE U.S.S. BATFISH War Memorial Park (Muskogee) BODYTRAFFIC Tulsa Performing Arts Center

AUG. 7

OK REPTILE EXPO Cox Business Center (Tulsa)

AUG. 11

BOZ SCAGGS AND MICHAEL MCDONALD Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

AUG. 11-13

PAWNEE BILL MEMORIAL RODEO Lakeside Arena (Pawnee)

AUG. 12

DOLLY PARTON BOK Center (Tulsa)

WILL ROGERS AND WILEY POST FLY-IN Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch (Oologah) CRUISE NIGHT Downtown (Jay)

TULSA CULTURE FESTIVAL Convention Center (Glenpool) INVITATIONAL RODEO AND FESTIVAL Bob Arrington Arena (Okmulgee)

AUG. 12-14 POWWOW OF CHAMPIONS Mabee Center (Tulsa)

AUG. 12-14, 28, 31

OKLAHOMA! Tulsa Performing Arts Center

AUG. 12-21

NATIONAL SNAFFLE BIT ASSOCIATION WORLD SHOW Tulsa Expo Square

COLDPLAY BOK Center (Tulsa)

AUG. 26-27

RIVER RUMBA AND REGATTA Three Forks Harbor (Muskogee)

AUG. 13-20

AUG. 26-28

AUG. 14

AUG. 27

OTTAWA COUNTY FREE FAIR Miami Fairgrounds (Miami)

IN THIS MOMENT Brady Theater (Tulsa)

AUG. 18

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER BOK Center (Tulsa) DEFTONES Brady Theater (Tulsa)

AUG. 12-13

AUG. 25

LADY ANTEBELLUM Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

AUG. 19-21, 25-27

THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES Tulsa Performing Arts Center

AUG. 20-21 GRAND AMERICAN ARMS SHOW Tulsa Expo Square

AUG. 21-27

JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS Tulsa Expo Square

AUG. 24-27 WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL RODEO American Legion Rodeo Grounds (Vinita)

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Tulsa Performing Arts Center

INDIE TRUNK SHOW Cox Business Center (Tulsa) TULSA MAKER FAIRE Tulsa Expo Square INDIA FEST Tulsa Expo Square WILD BREW Tulsa Expo Square SHIDLER’S ONEDAY CAR SHOW Coussens Park (Shidler)

AUG. 27-28 PBR BOK Center (Tulsa)

OKLAHOMA FALL HUNTING AND FISHING SHOW Claremore Expo Square

AUG. 27SEPT. 24 CHEROKEE HOMECOMING ART SHOW Cherokee Heritage Center (Tahlequah)

AUG. 30SEPT. 4

TULSA REINING CLASSIC Tulsa Expo Square

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