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Oklahoma’s New Frontiers

In diverse fields encompassing quantum-level cryptography, animal influence on forensics, unmanned aerial vehicles and supersymmetry theory to explore the composition of the universe, the future is being made here in Oklahoma.


The Path to Your Personal Best

’Tis the season for resolving to take better care of ourselves, a process that’s usually followed by immediately forswearing those good intentions. But this can be the year – and it starts with aligning mind and body.

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The classics never go out of style… but reviving this colonial-era tavern favorite means breaking out some heavy metal. 12 From the Publisher 14 Perspectives UP FRONT 17 Chatter A conversation with the Yard Crasher, clandestine philanthropy, the power of Pickleball and other topics of conversation. 26 Retrospective Remembering the way we were in OKC with a look back at the variety of TG&Y. 28 Details Time keeps on stylin’ in this chronometric compendium, plus how to save your hairstyle in winter.


32 Exchange A give and take with Judge Jerome Holmes about personal style, an individual’s power to effect change and the lure of the iPhone. SPACES 52 A Modern Renaissance A fire left remodeler Randy Sudderth with a blank slate to develop his vision; the resulting midcentury modern is a marvel.

January 2013 PRACTICAL MATTERS 75 A new beginning for personal financial awareness, stellar accessories for the Samsung Galaxy and the 2013 topDentist list of the metro’s foremost oral health specialists. PURSUITS 83 A rundown of this month’s local events and entertainment options, including a top 10 list of must-see attractions. FARE 91 In the Kitchen January is a time for comfort food – like rich, hearty potato soup and bacon chive biscuits. 94 Mighty Mean Mediterranean A bevy of restaurant-quality dishes from which diners are free to choose: Capers is everything a buffet should be. 96 A Kamikaze Kimchee Challenge Though admittedly not for all palates, the Korean specialty has staunch adherents. 100 Eat & Drink Take a gastronomic tour with Slice’s citywide dining guide. 110 Last Laugh 112 Last Look

TRAVEL 58 Let the Good Times Roll Unbelievably good food and plenty to see and do – with Mardi Gras on the horizon, it’s time to head down south to Shreveport.

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64 77 Counties Amid her ongoing travels through Oklahoma, author and photographer M.J. Alexander pauses to ponder aging on the prairie. MINGLING 69 Making an appearance on central Oklahoma’s social scene.


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ou may have noticed that something is a little different. In our company’s 16-year history of publishing in central Oklahoma, we’ve made it our mission to stay in step with the cities we serve. And to that end, we’ve given Slice a new look for the new year, in keeping with the evermore-metropolitan character of this great place we call home. Our masthead has been updated. We have new fonts. The layouts have been refreshed and refined. We’ve invested in a new, ecofriendly, matte-finish paper. In other words, we took all the pieces of the puzzle apart, then reassembled them into something even better than before. Features writer John Parker takes us on an incredible journey this month, visiting with some big thinkers in our state – local (and really, really smart) people whose impressively innovative research has far-reaching effects and implications, not just within our borders here and now but around the globe and into the future. Meanwhile, for those of us who are a bit more personally focused, Russ Tall Chief examines some expert thoughts on how best to maintain motivation while striving toward better physical and mental well-being in, and throughout, the new year. And remodeler Randy Sudderth revels in fresh beginnings, taking advantage of an opportunity to give his vision free rein by turning a fire-ravaged house into a midcentury marvel.

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New Year. New Look. New Frontiers. Oh, and another new thing:

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Hard Work in the Heartland MY MOTHER AND FATHER LOVED the no-fuss, no-muss of the aspect of a fake Christmas tree – no watering, no sweeping up needles – and the idea that they could buy one tree that would last forever. I have spent more than my fair share of time straightening those insufferable wire branches. So why, in my own household, did I repeat the process? I guess we hang onto traditions without thinking much about it. Twenty-four hours after I read your Christmas tree story (“Growing Christmas,” December), I loaded up the wife and kid and headed to the tree farm. It turned out to be a great adventure for the family, and now the house smells absolutely amazing. We love the idea of supporting our fellow Oklahomans whose intense labor has enabled the tradition to survive in this great state.

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UP FRONT Crashing the Party HGTV host Ahmed Hassan is an expert at making spaces look good – he shares his journey from the sandbox to the small screen in preparation for his upcoming OKC visit. See page 20.

CHATTER Topics of conversation from around the metro 18

RETROSPECTIVE A quick look back at a treasured piece of local history 26

DETAILS Things we love, from elegant accessories to personal style 28

EXCHANGE Sitting down for a discussion with Judge Jerome Holmes 32 JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 17


UP FRONT | Chatter



Jack Love

Sneaky Support


TEN-YEAR-OLD JACK LOVE’S BLUE, laceless Converse sneakers barely touch the rug as he sits in his living room and explains how he went behind his mom’s back. “She didn’t know until it was in the newsletter,” he says. “I sort of wanted to surprise her.” His mom, Leigh Love, found out via email while at work at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church – she was startled, but not shocked. “Jack takes initiative on things,” she explains. “He doesn’t just sit back. So I wasn’t completely surprised. I was surprised he hadn’t told me, but I wasn’t surprised that he wanted to do something like this. He has a pretty big heart.” So what’s the subterfuge? Jack had watched an episode of “Secret Millionaire”

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that partly focused on the Limbs for Life Foundation, an OKC nonprofit that raises money for amputees who can’t afford prosthetics. “It’s just I imagined not having a leg – that’s just crazy,” Jack said. “It’s just scary knowing that so many people don’t have limbs.” After the episode, Jack went to his Sunday school director about raising money for Limbs for Life. That started a chain reaction of church fundraising, plans for a school penny war and more to come in 2013. Due to his efforts, Jack received the first official award for an ambassador of the Limbs for Life Foundation. “It was because of his tenacity, his heart,” said Debra South, the foundation’s executive director. “And he didn’t sit in an armchair; he got up and acted. He led his own little campaign.”

The New Old Style

If, when asked what the best kind of team-building exercise is, a child responds, “the kind in which your team builds a robot,” that child might belong in Botball. The annual competition tasks groups of middleand high-school students with constructing and programming robots to complete set tasks on a playing field, teaching participants about engineering, technological applications of math and science, teamwork and more along the way. There’s an introductory workshop at OU January 12-13; visit botball. org for more information. Oh, and the robots are built from supplied materials, so don’t count on entering a small kid painted silver as a ringer.

The 1928-vintage Osler Building in Midtown OKC is getting a luxurious facelift – if all goes according to schedule, revelers should be able to ring in 2014 in a new Ambassador Hotel. Renovations are occurring under the guidance of hotelier and Colcord redeveloper Paul Coury, who envisions seven floors, 54 rooms and one outstanding boutique getaway.

UP FRONT | Chatter

CURB APPEAL By Lauren Hammack

LANDSCAPING EXPERT AHMED HASSAN, HOST OF HGTV AND DIY NETWORK’S “YARD CRASHERS,” IS BRINGING HIS PALPABLE, POSITIVE ENERGY TO OKLAHOMA CITY THIS MONTH AT THE 31ST ANNUAL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW. He describes his upcoming presentation as a mixture of “standup comedy, storytelling and a horticulture class” designed to inspire attendees to feel less intimidated by landscaping and leave with ideas on increasing their homes’ value. Hassan, a licensed landscape contractor and horticulturalist, has enjoyed immense popularity since the series began in 2008. In each episode he finds unsuspecting homeowners in home improvement stores and surprises them with a free landscaping makeover – a complete redesign of their yard by a team of professionals and specialists over just two days. In the hour we spent with Hassan, we learned that his landscaping career began in California, long before his hosting gig on “Yard Crashers.” Specifically, it began in the sandbox of the park across the street from his childhood home. Today, Hassan still finds it hard to come in from the outdoors. How did a landscaping guy land the hosting job with “Yard Crashers”? When I started my landscaping business, I was always out hustling for work, and that’s what I was doing when the show found me. They liked the part about hustling homeowners to get work, so they incorporated that into the show’s opener. Who are these people who turn you down when you walk up to them? Men. The women are all willing to take me home with them. The men don’t like for some other guy to tell them they can do something better than they can do themselves. Now that people recognize me from the show, more men are willing to say yes the first time, but it was really hard to convince them in the early days. I would imagine that most people now just want to know how they can run into you at a home improvement store. I get it all the time. “Hey, man, where are you going to be?” Even when we get on location, in whatever city we happen to be in, there’s always someone trying to get me to pick their buddy for a makeover… the old 20 SLICE // JANUARY 2013

“homey hookup.” But when I pick someone, it’s not planned. It’s important to me to keep that real. How is the show like your real-life business? Well, I can tell you how it’s unlike my real business – nothing is getting done in two days. That only happens on TV with a huge crew working nonstop for two days. But, I’ve modified my business to model “Yard Crashers” in some ways. I start by interviewing my clients. I get a feel for their energy and what they’re about and then I find the right professionals who specialize in providing the things they want to have done. Do you see your clients leaning in a particular direction, as far as what they want for an outdoor makeover? Sure. They want to take all the comforts of the indoors outside, so we see more electronics coming outside. Outdoor kitchens are still all the rage. That means the focus has to be on things like shelter, reprieve from harsh elements, utilities, electrical accessibility and things like that. Now, I don’t do all of that myself. I’m just the landscape guy. Was it always your plan to be the landscape guy? Yes – since I was a little kid. My mother could never get me to come back inside. I was always outside, playing for hours on end in the sandbox at the park across from the house where I grew up, making elaborate designs in the sand with tunnels, hills and all that. Basically, all the things I do today. Of course, I’ve had a lot of professional training since the sandbox era. A lot of people turn to gardening to de-stress and unwind. Do you find your work to be therapeutic? It might be therapeutic if you were just in your own garden doing it, but it’s not therapeutic when

you’re doing it for hire. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it. I love it. It’s gratifying to stand in an incredible yard that didn’t look that way before and think, “We created that.” What advice do you give clients when you conduct the initial consultation? I tell them to think about a space they’ll actually use and enjoy. Don’t create a meditation garden if you’ve never meditated. Are clients often surprised when their vision and your vision are completely different? Probably, but part of the process is breaking down how the space will be enjoyed. I had a consultation with a single woman who wanted an outdoor fireplace with seating all around it. She wasn’t someone who entertained. Was she really going to sit out there by the fire by herself? When she told me she was into yoga and exercise, I suggested a hot tub feature that she could enjoy alone after she worked out, or with guests if she decides one day to entertain. If a homeowner wants to do something nice on a restricted budget, where do you think it’s OK to cut corners? If budget is a concern, I always tell homeowners to do more planting and less construction. Construction always runs up the cost of any project. You can accomplish a great effect with more plants. You’re going to have your work cut out for you when you get to Oklahoma. This is an extreme climate and a lot of plants get snippy about growing in clay soil. How does a homeowner overcome that? Move to California. That’s what everyone else is doing. No, seriously, they’ll just have to come to the Home and Garden Show to find out!

The Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show is a three-day event held January 18-20 that will showcase ideas, expert advice, products and services for home improvement projects. Admission is $11 for adults and children under age 12 are admitted free. For a $2 discount, tickets may be purchased online at oklahomacityhomeshow. com or at the customer service desk at Buy for Less stores. Show hours are Friday from 12-9pm, Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm. For more information, visit the website or call 405.466.7469 ext. 120.



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UP FRONT | Chatter

A first novel dealing with friendships that are closer than family and the difficulties in bringing family members closer together (especially across generational lines), all set against a backdrop of international intrigue, might sound dauntingly ambitious. In this case, it helps that author Dennis Dunham is on familiar ground – the executive director of international affairs at UCO spent years working, teaching and writing nonfiction in Korea, filling “The Good-Luck Side of the Rice-Paper Door” with unfeigned authenticity. Released January 26 nationwide, it’s available at Full Circle Bookstore now.

Getting in Tune

Train aficionados might recognize her as the guest vocalist on “Bruises,” devotees of Tishomingo trio the Pistol Annies know her as “Hippie Annie”… fans of thoughtfully crafted, beautifully sung, personally powerful country music are about to become happily familiar with the name Ashley Monroe. The singer-songwriter’s first solo album, “Like a Rose,” hits stores January 22 – produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, it contains a garden of self-penned verses, including a duet with friend and colleague Blake Shelton.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

If your New Year’s resolutions include getting more culture in your life, enjoying one of the finest museums in the region – or in the country – is now on the house. Admission to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, one of the top five university art museums in the U.S. in terms of its appraised value, is now free thanks to a $60,000 gift from the OU Athletics Department. Pablo Picasso, “Woman in the Studio” “This kind of cooperation has a truly extraordinary impact on the resources and opportunities available to our students and the public,” said OU president David Boren. “We are excited to offer to the entire community this opportunity to view one of the world’s most distinguished collections of art without having to go outside the state of Oklahoma.” While you’re there, be sure to cherchez la femme – one of the Museum’s current draws is “Woman in the Studio,” a 1956 Picasso painting on loan through August from the St. Louis Art Museum.




Let their powers combine! Local beer maestros Mustang Brewing Company are the new head honchos of the OKCity Brewing Collective, home to microbrewers Redbud, Anthem and Black Mesa, and soon to what Mustang president Tim Schoelen envisions as “a true Oklahoma brewing co-op.” Anthem president Matt Anthony says the increased opportunities for collaboration, including bulk buying of commonly shared materials, “truly embodies what the craft beer movement is all about.” Cheers!

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WOULD-BE CHAMPIONS GATHER from across the country (literally; all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) but only one will take the crown. The Miss America 2013 pageant is January 12 in Las Vegas, and our hopes are fixed on Oklahoma City’s own Alicia Clifton. Competition is fierce – Misses Texas and Indiana are twirlers, after all, and the classics never go out of style – but Clifton has an ace or two up her sleeves… or in her shoes. The OU broadcast journalism junior holds not one but two dancerelated Guinness world records: most consecutive pirouettes (36) and most fouettés (raised leg whips) in a 30-second span (a staggering 48).

Calendar Watch Jan 1 Welcome to 2013!

Jan 8 millions of people abandon New Year’s resolutions Jan 14 classes begin at OU, OCU, UCO Jan 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan 22 - TBD his dream continues

Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton

TOP OF THE WORLD A whopping 113 countries are sending representatives to the Special Olympics World Winter Games, and two of the U.S. contingent are making the trek from our neighborhood: Amy Wollmershauser of Tulsa will compete in Snowshoeing and Edmond resident Stephen Lynn in Alpine Skiing. The place is Pyeongchang, South Korea; the dates are January 29 through February 5; the stars are over 2,000 strong; the aspirations are pure gold.

“There are so many people across this country of all races and nationalities that never thought they would live to see this day.”

The Pickle of the Litter Take a doubles badminton court, hard f lat paddles and a whiff le ball and go to town – the result is like playing tennis but on a smaller court and with a slower-moving ball, making it less physically demanding but no less competitive or fun. It’s called Pickleball, and is reputedly one of the fastest-growing sports in America. It’s certainly grown quickly in Oklahoma, where the three-year-old OKC Pickleball Club has swelled to 70 members who practice and play in six metro facilities. And there’s still plenty of room; if your interest is pickled, visit okcpickleballclub to get in the game. 24 SLICE // JANUARY 2013


TOM COLBERT, on his 2004 appointment that made him the first African-American member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He will make history again when he becomes its first African-American Chief Justice on January 4.


40.3 24.2 OU’s points scored per 2012 game

OU’s points allowed per 2012 game

22.5 A&M’s points scored per 2012 game


OU’s winning percentage vs. Texas A&M under Bob Stoops (11-2)


times OSU has played Purdue before


OSU’s projected margin of victory over Purdue in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl


number of the 34 other bowls this year with a more lopsided spread

A&M’s points allowed per 2012 game

77 OU’s margin of victory over Texas A&M in 2003


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Texas A&M’s projected margin of victory over OU in the 2013 Cotton Bowl

OU’s margin of victory over Texas A&M in their most recent meeting (2011)

per-team payout of Cotton Bowl


probability of a 77-point OU victory in the 2013 Cotton Bowl (approximately)

per-team payout of Heart of Dallas Bowl

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OSU’s points allowed per 2012 game

Purdue’s points scored per 2012 game

Purdue’s points allowed per 2012 game



Big 12 teams in a BCS bowl (Kansas State, Fiesta)

$17,000,000 per-team payout of BCS bowls



OSU’s points scored per 2012 game

BCS bowls (Championship, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, Rose)


miles from Norman, OK to Arlington, TX


capacity of Cowboys Stadium, home of the Cotton Bowl (expandable to 100,000)


miles from Stillwater, OK to Dallas, TX Purdue’s margin of victory over OSU in their most recent meeting (1997 Alamo Bowl)


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UP FRONT | Retrospective

Variety in Store By Mark Beutler Photo courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society

THERE ARE THOSE WHO CAN REMEMBER a very different Oklahoma City than what exists today. No Bricktown. No Thunder. No Devon skyscraper. But there was a TG&Y on every corner. Named for founders Rawdon Tomlinson, Enoch “Les” Gosselin and Raymond Young, TG&Y was the ultimate shopping experience. After all, where else could you buy “Turtles, Girdles and Yo-Yos”? What began in Oklahoma as a five-and-dime in the dust bowl days of the Great Depression developed into a nationwide retail chain. At its crest in the 1980s, TG&Y had more than 900 stores “serving families coast to coast,” and everyone knew that “your best buy is at TG&Y.” The chain was sold to out-of-state interests twice in its history. The second owner-corporation –McCrory of York, Pennsylvania – closed the doors on all its holdings in early 2002, cementing TG&Y’s demise. Co-founder Raymond Young died that same year at the age of 98.

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Clockwise from top: Silver desk clock from Red Chateau | Painted vintage wall clock from The Wood Garden | Tin wall clock from The Wood Garden | Pewter wall clock from Red Chateau | Norida desk clock from Red Chateau – all in Oklahoma City

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Keeping Time

Yours, Mine and Hours clock from Red Chateau

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Clockwise from top: Hourglasses from Luxe Objects in Nichols Hills | Crystal pineapple clock from Luxe Objects | Calisto scroll arm desk clock from Red Chateau | Tyner antique grandfather clock from The Wood Garden

s we close the door on another year and look ahead to 2013, I find myself seeking out the age-old timepiece: the clock. In these days of smart phones, cell phones, whatever kind of phone you have, the watch (and even clocks for that matter) seems to have become passé. More often people purchase watches for fashion rather than functionality. However, my husband did recently purchase an actual wristwatch, and not for fashion reasons... although it is very stylish. He loves to wear a watch – to look down and see the miniature clock and register the time. That said, as a “decorating (time) piece,” there are few things as classic as a striking clock (no pun intended). Freestanding or hanging, table or desk, the clock is not only functional but fashionable for the home. One of my fondest memories from childhood was waiting for the hour to strike on my grandparents’ cuckoo clock. It was a thrill to see the little chicken (or rooster? some kind of bird anyway) pop out its head and announce the time. There’s nothing quite like the chime of a grandfather clock, or the soft tick-tock of a wall clock, to remind us that time is marching on. Large or small, bejeweled or straightforward, classic or modern – there are many choices out there. To mark the beginning of this year I’ve singled out just a few, which was difficult since I saw so many beautiful ones. So many clocks... not enough time.

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A Conver sa With J tion Jerome udge Holmes

ANYONE WHO KNOWS THE HONORABLE JEROME HOLMES knows that he’s an Oklahoma treasure, even though he grew up abroad and in Washington, D.C. As the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (he was appointed by President George W. Bush), Holmes has distinguished himself as an American treasure as well. He was groomed for his profession at Wake Forest University, Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Holmes was delightfully candid about the other daily “education” he currently gets from a pair of very laid-back canines: It’s OK for even the most intensely driven public servants to kick back occasionally and contemplate the things that make them grateful. For Holmes, it’s having had the opportunity to do everything he’s ever dreamed of.

What’s your hometown? My dad worked for the State Department, so we lived in Korea, South Korea and Ethiopia before living in Washington, D.C., where I grew up. When did you come to Oklahoma? I came in 1988 as a law clerk. I went back to D.C. for a few years until another work opportunity came up here. Returning to Oklahoma is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m passionate about being a modern-day Sooner. What’s the best part of your job? Knowing that it allows me to do something important for the nation.

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What are you currently learning how to do? The government was one of the last holdouts with WordPerfect, so very reluctantly, I’m trying to get better at Word. I’ve slowly accepted my fate, but I just loved “reveal codes.” Is there anything else you regret doing away with? I like simplicity. I de-clutter without regrets. I think I have a super-Type-A instinct to be in control. You’re a Scorpio, right? That control thing is a Scorpio trait. What are your best traits? I’m very disciplined, both physically and mentally. I’m a fighter. What’s your worst trait? I’m terribly impatient about mundane things like waiting in line. I don’t queue well. Any guilty pleasure? Popcorn. I love it. I’ve already had some this morning, in fact.

Stay true to yourself. Don’t be someone who won’t take chances because of a fear of failure.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art is near and dear to my heart. I’m fortunate to be the chairelect of a great organization that is a big part of Oklahoma City’s renaissance. And they were never part of a MAPS project. That’s true. Are you obsessed with anything, like a recent purchase? Not really. I don’t do gadgets, under the order of simplicity, but we all have to get iPhones in 2013, so I guess I’ll finally have to use an iPhone instead of a Blackberry. Come on in, judge. The water’s fine… I’m sure. It’s not that I’m anti-technology; I just don’t use it for fun. Is there a moment in your career that was so significant, you’ll never forget it? Walking out of the White House after my interview for this job. It went really well and I’ll never forget that feeling. Who do you think you could be mistaken for? Because of the bow tie and the fact that I’m black, I could be mistaken for Nation of Islam, although I’m about 180 degrees from that.

It’s only 10:30! I know. I smelled some down the hall and I just couldn’t say no. The best is Garrett’s Popcorn in Chicago. They have a website, but I’m almost afraid to check it out! You’re very civically involved. Is there one nonprofit in particular that you love? The

Are you a movie fan? Very much so. I love “The Graduate” and “The Departed.” And I love “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Part of me is a sap for the idea that one person can make a difference in the world. I also love to see films at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art any time I can.

Do you wear a bow tie every day? Yes, I probably have 50 or 60. What should people try or experience at least once? Leaving the country – it’s very broadening.

What are the best things your parents taught you? Respect for authority. They also modeled civility – something I believe is very important and very lacking in our culture. What advice would you put inside a fortune cookie? Stay true to yourself. Don’t be someone who won’t take chances because of a fear of failure. It defies logic that you’re unattached! You’re a total catch! Mm-hmmm. Yeah, yeah… but I am the proud owner of an English bulldog and a golden retriever mix. They think I’m OK.

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Oklahoma’s intellectual capital is impressive – 25 colleges and universities generate a statewide economic impact of more than $3.2 billion a year. Numbers tell one story. In these pages, we put a face on those statistics to share four of the remarkable, cutting-edge research endeavors that are thriving in the skies, across the prairies and down the halls of academia in our state – and influencing the world.

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Chris O’Brien Scavenging for Clues



utgoing Chris O’Brien talks as easily about rotting corpses and bones gnawed by animals as if he were casually discussing last week’s Monday Night Football game. It’s par for the course at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute. This is a place where a skeleton sporting a Santa hat, nestled in a comfy chair next to a lighted tree, was a way to say “Merry Christmas!” For people whose jobs focus on tragic crimes, gallows humor smooths the edges. An assistant professor who teaches forensics courses, O’Brien earned his doctoral degree from the University of Western Australia, in part by dropping off dead pigs outdoors as feasts for wild animals.

In nature, a free lunch, breakfast and dinner aren’t taken for granted. Finding out what animals do to a carcass – be it pig or human – is valuable to forensics. Knowing how a corpse left outdoors is fed upon and taken apart can help lead to recovering body parts for a grieving family, or finding clues for solving a crime. O’Brien’s research isn’t a magic path that will allow a forensics investigator to eye a body and announce how long ago a murder happened. “If I were to lay a body right here, and we’re outside and lay another one 10 or 50 feet away, they’re going to decompose completely differently,” O’Brien said in his office. “You know all those ‘CSI’ shows where they walk out and they go, ‘This person’s been dead for two weeks.’ It’s like… bull.”

Scavenger research focuses more on how animal feeding affects the window of time since the body was deposited to the time it was found. “We never talk about time since death, because what if they locked him in a freezer for a year?” O’Brien said. O’Brien has studied animal scavenging of pigs, which stand in for human remains, in Australia and Canada. His work with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on solved forensic cases with animal scavenging was the largest survey of its kind in Canada and a model for research in other countries. He recently received a grant and is working with UCO graduate student Kama King, from Enid, in the first study of animal scavenging of remains in Oklahoma.

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A mother bobcat and her offspring near a pig carcass in central Oklahoma

Scavenging studies can lead to some general similarities, but each biome is different. Western Australia has no large predators, so birds tend to play a bigger role. Canada has highly aroma-sensitive bears. Oklahoma is home to coyotes and bobcats. That variety complicates making generalities about how animals scavenge human remains. The serious study of animal scavenging in forensics is only about a decade old, O’Brien said. Standard search methods for scavenged human remains typically involve a circling pattern radiating out from the body. He hopes the study will lead to more effective methods. “We want to find out that if coyotes are more prevalent in this area, and whether they are more likely to be going down game trails, or they’re going to be going into dens and those types of things,” O’Brien said. “We want to have almost like a manual into how to search for remains. That’s our main goal because in forensic science… we’re not doing science for the sake of science. We’re doing it so that it can help.” There’s also the gross side of O’Brien’s chosen field. The current study in central Oklahoma uses a video camera to capture the scavenging. It starts, however, with dropping off a pig carcass in a field, then setting up cameras and checking on the remains from time to time. The research fumes with obvious drawbacks. “I don’t smell it anymore,” O’Brien said. “I’ll come home and my wife will be like, ‘Get outside. You stink!’ and I won’t smell it. It can get pretty nasty, especially for the control pigs [protected by structures that block scavengers]. You’re letting decomposition go unaided. It can get a bit on the nose.” O’Brien cautions his students to walk up to decomposing flesh slowly. You want to avoid suddenly inhaling a full blast of funk. “I have yet to have a student topple or throw up from it,” he said. 38 SLICE // JANUARY 2013

The ATLAS particle detector at CERN near Geneva.

Howie Baer Cracking the Universe


he littlest things can make Howie Baer’s day. On December 13, 2011, it was the Higgs boson. Scientists at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, home of the world’s most powerful atom smasher, announced they’d seen what appeared to be the long-theorized, elusive elementary particle that would explain how other more-familiar particles, such as electrons, gain mass. Mass is fundamentally important in physics. It leads to the bigger-picture things like suns, our planet and gravity. And to say “long-theorized,” it had been half a century. The newly discovered subatomic Higgs boson – now confirmed – was the last piece of the puzzle in the Standard Model of physics


– humankind’s most proven understanding about what makes up the basic stuff of the universe. It’s the furthest extension of what we all learn in middle school – that things are made of molecules, which are made of atoms, which are made of protons, electrons, etc. The Higgs boson is associated with the Higgs field, which has been described as a kind of universal, invisible molasses. Imagine a stone (an elementary particle) dropping into a bucket of it. It picks up “mass” passing through it, but a few particles don’t. For Baer, the University of Oklahoma’s Homer L. Dodge professor of high energy physics, laboratory confirmation of the particle was great news. More importantly, the boson’s mass fell within a narrow range predicted by his specialization – supersymmetry physics. If the Higgs boson’s mass had been outside that range (for the record, roughly 125 gigaelectronvolts), it could have overturned more than 25 years of his work and his coauthored, post-graduate textbook, “Weak

Scale Supersymmetry: From Superfields to Scattering Events.” Cambridge University Press published it based on Baer’s record as a leading theorist in the field. “My book would have been out to sea,” he said. Born in the 1970s, supersymmetry theory competes among several others to build upon where the Standard Model mathematically falls apart. It’s the leading candidate for the next big thing in particle physics. The Standard Model, for example, can’t fully account mathematically for the effects of gravity and doesn’t explain the known phenomenon of dark matter, a mysterious material in the cosmos that makes up most of the universe’s mass. Supersymmetry, however, builds on the Standard Model and predicts a range of new matter/particle states, such as squarks and leptons, known as superparticles, that could augment the Standard Model’s shortcomings, if proven by experiment. Baer and associate professor Chung Kao are the two theoretical physicists at OU’s

Department of Physics and Astronomy. In prior work, Baer and collaborators developed the first computer code to reliably predict what supersymmetric matter might look like in particle collider experiments. The physics department is actively involved in the theories and physical experiments behind the multi-billion-dollar particle accelerator in Europe. During the CERN collider’s construction, OU’s experimental physicists built micro-electronics in Norman that became part of Atlas, one of the two most powerful particle detectors at CERN. The instruments were designed to detect particles that can disappear in an instant. Much like the Standard Model predicted the Higgs boson, supersymmetry theory anticipates a host of new particles that should show up in accelerator collisions. This may be discovered at CERN or elsewhere. Baer and colleagues are working on a new paper that will propose the concept of “radiative natural supersymmetry” that accounts for the latest experimental data and predicts where superparticles should be found. It’s part of the natural scientific process: experimental data is king, and it’s up to theorists to explain the data through mathematical models and to predict the outcome of future experiments. Baer was drawn to physics as a young man growing up in Wisconsin because it held the exciting promise of the “deepest level of knowledge that’s available to humanity.” “We try to take it a step at a time and push back the frontiers,” he said, sitting in a chair behind an office desk with multiple layers of scattered papers. “In my lifetime, we’re not going to know the ultimate theory. But we may learn that supersymmetry exists and that would be huge. It is in a sense shocking that humans can conceive of nature at its most fundamental level, while many of those conceptions become verified by actual data.” JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 39

Pramode Verma Hiding Secrets


ecret codes make the information society go ’round. They keep your medical records private when they fly through the Internet, and make sure you’re the only one who knows the balance of your bank account. How’s that work? Encryption is the tool that turns computer data into secrets. It jumbles the data, twisting readable information into gibberish. It can only be made useful again by the holder of the right computer “key” to unlock it. The problem is that all data encryption methods are based on mathematical formulas. So, given enough time and computer power, anyone can snatch the key. That goes not only for identity thieves, but for data miners trying to heist a corporation’s competitive advantage or international spies sleuthing for military secrets. A University of Oklahoma-Tulsa researcher, however, is working to help refine a new unbreakable encryption method: quantum cryptography. It works by employing physics instead of mathematics for secrecy. Specifically, it encodes information using photons, the elementary particles of light. To send a message, researchers can pick a specific polarity for a photon, such as vertical or horizontal. Those positions can stand in for 1s and 0s, which form the basis of computer language – language that contains the message or data. Due to the laws of quantum mechanics, when someone intercepts a photon-based message, just reading the message alters the photon’s position, ruining the message. And unlike data on the Internet, photon-based data can’t be copied. 40 SLICE // JANUARY 2013

James Grimsley Building Birds of Prey The OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center was the first laboratory to demonstrate the feasibility of a three-stage protocol for quantum cryptography. The team included Pramode Verma, an OU electrical and computer engineering professor, Professor Subhash Kak from Oklahoma State University and Professor Yuhua Chen of the University of Houston. Based on Kak’s theory, the method could end code-cracking as we know it. “Even if you had an infinite number of years and unlimited power in computers,” Verma said, “it can never be broken.” Verma notes that in an information society, information is wealth. Like money, it needs to be protected sometimes and used in others. “Information is valuable when it moves and it needs to be protected, and we need to do that,” Verma said. “We cannot simply lock it up in a safe or in a desk and be happy about it because it’s most useful when it’s made available at the right place where it’s needed – hence the importance of cryptography.”


f James Grimsley were born 100 years ago, more than likely he’d have been in his garage, arms dotted with grease, tinkering on a horseless carriage he was building from scratch. The early 20th century automobile boom is the analogy Grimsley draws upon to describe the state of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry today. Dozens of small companies and garage labs are creating new technologies and spawning new ideas due to the relatively low entry cost of creating small-scale UAVs. Grimsley is well beyond the tinkering stage. He is president and CEO of Design Intelligence Inc., a Norman company with clients that include the Air Force and Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Among its projects, Design Intelligence designed a prototype Perching Micro Air Weapon for the Air Force Research Laboratory. The UAV mimics the shape of a hawk-like bird in flight to throw off suspicion in surveillance missions, such as finding an enemy target. The perching aspect would allow it to conserve power while still on watch.


It can also explode – up close to a target, if needed. The company has unveiled a commercial version (sans weapon) called the Mk.4, which weighs 4 pounds and has a 50-inch wingspan, in anticipation of moves underway in Congress and federal agencies to eventually open up America’s skies for civilian UAVs as early as 2015. Currently, only public agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol are flying remotely piloted vehicles in unrestricted airspace. The future of UAVs is wide open: pipe- and power-line inspection, weather research, wildfire monitoring. Research-

ers are working on collision-avoidance and autonomous flight that could lead to a future where self-guiding UAVs zip by in the skies delivering packages and cargo. Grimsley is optimistic about Oklahoma’s chances of becoming a Silicon Valley of small UAV development. In June, the Department of Homeland Security selected a site near Fort Sill for unmanned aircraft testing. It’s investigating their use for public safety, such as search and rescue operations. Oklahoma State University is the only university in the nation to offer a Ph.D. program in unmanned aerial vehicles. Grimsley credits Gov. Mary Fallin and others for

adopting a unified statewide approach aimed at launching a thriving UAV industry in the state. “We have a one-Oklahoma approach,” he said. “Our major universities are working together, we have our National Guard working with us, and we have all our industry pulling together.” Unmanned flight is a new era, and Grimsley says he’s lucky to be part of it. “Things don’t happen very often where we see this huge science, engineering and industry opportunity occurring at the same time that could be very profound. So for me, it’s an exciting time.” JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 41




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Nearly half of the country is about to embark on an annual New Year’s resolution to get healthy. Fitness facilities are preparing for January’s deluge of new members – people motivated to begin the new year by kicking some bad habits and shedding some excess weight. But why then are these resolutions to improve our health, arguably the most important commitments we can make to ourselves, often abandoned before Valentine’s Day? JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 43



ccording to Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president and chief operating officer of Integris Mental Health in Oklahoma City, proper motivation is the key factor for making a positive health transformation. Most importantly, Dr. Krishna says, the motivational force needs to be less about how others see us and more about how we see ourselves.

Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president and COO of Integris Mental Health and the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit, has a consuming passion for the interrelationship of mind, body and spirit. Below: the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change

Preparation Contemplation

Action Maintenance

Relapse PreContemplation

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Stable Improved Lifestyle

Applied Theory


he Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) – a model that conceptualizes the process of intentional behavorial change – may be applied to organize the action required to get healthy. This approach is broken into five stages of change and assumes that biological, psychological and social factors all contribute to a human’s well-being. In the “pre-contemplation” stage, we are unaware of or disinterested in the need for change. Once we recognize that need, we progress to “contemplation,” then on to the “preparation” stage. It is during these early stages of the journey that Dr. Krishna encourages an examination of our motivation. “Examine what the motivating force is behind your desire to make a change,” Dr. Krishna says. “Find the inner meaning and the true purpose for you. Explore how your life is going to be improved by becoming healthier. It is OK for some of your motivation to be external, such as to make a change in your life for the benefit of your family or a cause you are passionate about. However, when your motivation is only external, such as to impress others, then you won’t have nearly as powerful a transformative and lasting change as one that comes from an internal source.”

Group exercise at Chesapeake’s health center. The company’s “Living Well” program offers employees a financial incentive for living healthy, active lifestyles.

“When your motivation is only external… you won’t have nearly as powerful a transformative and lasting change as one that comes from an internal source.”

- Dr. R. Murali Krishna

Taking that first step toward getting healthy, the “action” phase, and the subsequent “maintenance” stage of the health regime may require the most external support. Emilee Bounds, health and wellness director at Oklahoma City’s downtown YMCA, says that during the first 12 weeks of a new exercise plan, establishing good habits is essential. “Most of the changes taking place in the first few weeks are neurological,” Bounds says. “You begin to see physiological changes in 12 to 16 weeks. Strength training helps increase muscle mass. And the greater the muscle mass, the greater the resting metabolic rate may be. In other words, metabolism is more efficient with more muscle. A combination of aerobic exercise that helps burn calories important to weight loss and strength training that adds muscle mass will help you see results more quickly.” Health professionals caution anyone starting a new health regimen to anticipate a wall, or perhaps a series of walls, which present

themselves in the forms of motivational challenges, physical stamina, and the support systems required to achieve the goal. Bounds says to expect setbacks, but not to give up. If you miss a week at the gym, don’t be embarrassed. “We want you to keep coming back, and we want to celebrate your accomplishments with you,” she says. Just as motivation is the first step toward getting healthier, it is also often the first force to lose momentum. Health professionals recommend having a buddy or trainer to help support and motivate you. Establish a clear list of realistic goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them. Take photos of yourself and journal the process. Celebrate your successes and reward yourself along the way. “Change is a long-term journey,” Dr. Krishna says. “Permanent changes come in small steps. The sacrifices that you are making are good for you, and you richly deserve the short- and long-term rewards of good health.”

Working Out at Work


orporations have begun to join the vital support network required for a healthier community. A healthier staff results in less absenteeism and reduced health costs, and companies with fitness centers or other fitness-related programs realize measurable benefits in terms of both recruitment and retention. JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 45

The greatest value of our wellness programs,... are the individual lives that are changed.

-colleen Dame, Chesapeake Director of Wellness

Top 10 Tips

Lori Mathews, a dietitian at Deaconess Hospital, offers 10 simple ways to eat healthier

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Eat smaller portions.

Don’t skip meals. Emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.

Eat a wide variety of food. Decrease intake of refined sugars and starches. Avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils, those transfats found in many commercially prepared foods. Pay attention to internal cues; stop eating when you no longer feel hungry.


Avoid emotional eating.

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Stay hydrated with good quality water.

Utilize apps or websites that can estimate and track calorie intake for weight maintenance and/or weight loss.

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Chesapeake Energy led the way in Oklahoma City when its corporate fitness center opened in 2003 on its main campus. This was no cloistered company gym; this was an opulent, multi-level, 72,000-square-foot health center with sunlight pouring through banks of windows. The facility is open to employees and their families and includes a junior Olympic-sized pool, rock-climbing wall, basketball and racquetball courts and cardio, weight and cycling rooms. Outside the facility there is a track, athletic field and sand volleyball court. The company took well-being a step further by collaborating with Dr. Krishna to develop the “Your Life Matters” program to address employees’ emotional health as well. “Chesapeake has a strong commitment to wellness, which results in benefits for our employees and our business,” says Colleen Dame, director of wellness for Chesapeake. “From a business perspective, our emphasis on health results in medical insurance premiums that trend lower than national averages, and our employees take fewer sick days than industry standards. Employees also tell us that the healthier they are, the more energy they have. The greatest value of our wellness programs, however, are the individual lives that are changed. From quitting tobacco use, preventing a heart attack, reducing stress or losing weight, our employees can choose to live better lives. Their health – and ultimately their lives – matters a great deal to us.” But we don’t all work for big corporations with state-of-the-art fitness centers, so Bounds encourages health seekers to explore other possibilities. If your work schedule doesn’t allow a break for a full workout, bring your tennis shoes to the office and take a 10-minute walk with a co-worker. “Walking meetings” are also becoming popular in today’s corporate culture. When appropriate, business meetings may be conducted during a walk around the building as opposed to sitting around a conference table. “Exercise is a good mood booster,” Dr. Krishna says. “When the body moves, circulation improves and the mind feels better.”

It’s a Mind-Body-Spirit Thing


healthy New Year’s resolution should include a commitment to simultaneously improving physical and mental health. One of the biggest challenges in maintaining physical fitness is emotional eating, which ranks high on the list of causes for obesity. Emotional eating is not motivated by a need for nourishment; it often occurs in response to emotional and spiritual hunger. If you feed unresolved feelings with food and alcohol, Dr. Krishna says, then your own natural resources of resilience, vibrancy and healing are not allowed to blossom. Your mind and body thus become dysfunctional as a result. According to recent mental health surveys, 50 percent of our overall “happiness” may be attributed to genetics. Surprisingly, only 10 percent of our happiness depends upon life experiences. That

Find the motivation within yourself, not because you want to do it for others, but because you want to do it for yourself.

- Dr. R. Murali Krishna



Left: Emilee Bounds, teaching a spin class at the downtown Oklahoma City YMCA. Below: Incorporating a variety of workouts will help prevent boredom from setting in.

leaves 40 percent of our happiness to be determined by our own volition, our own will. “What attitude you have about life, how you perceive and process events and people, and how you react to life is within your own control,” Dr. Krishna says. “You can choose to be happy.” Although emotional eating may manifest from a different type of hunger and therefore require a different strategy for curbing an emotional appetite, there are other simple ways to adjust our diets in support of an overall commitment to better health. In our busy lives, we may eat our meals on the go – driving in the car or at our desks while working. Invariably, our sense of taste dulls throughout the eating process, which can lead to “mindless eating.” To nourish our nourishment, we need to slow down and take the time to appreciate the food. “Look at the food you are about to eat,” Dr. Krishna says. “Think about your food: think about where it came from; who worked for it; how it nourishes your body; appreciate it visually; enjoy the fragrance. Enjoy food with all of your senses, and savor it before you swallow it. Practice ‘mindful eating.’” On average, it takes the brain 20 minutes or longer to realize that our stomachs are full. Therefore, unintentional weight gain may result from those extra 20 minutes or so of eating that our bodies do not really need. Simply slowing down the eating process can result in better weight management. Regardless of what exercises we employ to fulfill our respective New Year’s resolutions, changing our lifestyles to live and eat healthier may invoke tremendous fear and a desire to abandon the process before we even begin. But if we can accept challenge as transitional as well as transformational, Dr. Krishna says, then we can keep going. “You will want to slip back into your old comfort zone,” Dr. Krishna says, “but you must set up a new comfort zone. Find the motivation within yourself, not because you want to do it for others, but because you want to do it for yourself. You deserve to achieve your fullest potential.”

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By Mark Beutler

SPENDING A FEW DAYS ON A BEACH SOAKING UP THE SUN, ENJOYING AN ADULT BEVERAGE OR TWO, FEELING THE SAND BETWEEN YOUR TOES… that’s my idea of a perfect escape from an Oklahoma winter. But it’s difficult to predict what the season has in store for us. Some days have been so similar to spring that new blossoms bloomed as if they knew what they were doing. On the flip side, we’ve been holed up in our homes for days on end as copious snow and ice kept us from our routines. Either way, a winter vacation from the post-holiday doldrums may be just what’s needed. There’s a lot of talk about the weather in Oklahoma, so we polled those who talk about it most of all – those familiar TV faces who keep us informed on what to expect from the weather ahead – to get the inside scoop on their favorite getaways this time of year.

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Buffalo stroll: Wyoming’s version of a traffic jam.

Damon Lane KOCO-TV Meteorologist Jackson Hole, Wyoming “I am a huge fan of the mountains and skiing. I have about three months to enjoy the fresh powder and ‘bluebird’ days (translated skier lingo: sunny afternoons). I have many ski resorts I enjoy, but my favorite is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. You literally take a step back in time to what life was like during the Wild West days. “Upon arriving at Jackson Hole Airport you’re met with a test of how good the braking action is, because it’s a short runway and the only commercial airport in a national park. You walk outside and get an amazing view of the Grand Tetons as well as a true test of how cold western Wyoming can be. Leaving the airport, you are likely to come across a herd of buffalo taking their time walking across the street – or as I call it, a Wyoming traffic jam! “The town is amazing: wooden sidewalks and a community still true to living the slow life. You won’t find any Walmart here, and the locals are just fine with that. “My main love, however, is the mountain. Jackson Hole is the most challenging mountain to ski in the Rockies. When you say ‘I’ve skied The Big One,’ you’re often met with many people asking ‘So what’s it like?’ “Jackson is out in the middle of nowhere. No major cities nearby means you don’t get the city crowds, and no one ends up in Wyo50 SLICE // JANUARY 2013

ming because they got lost. You have to want to go there. “I usually spend a week at a time there. The final day of skiing can be sad, but at the same time I’m already counting the days until I can return again.”

there are too many outdoorsy things to do, so cabin fever is never an option. When there is plenty of snow pack, you have to hit the slopes at the Wilson Ski Lodge. No worries if you can’t ski or snow board – just grab a tube or toboggan and head down the hill! I like to top off the weekend with a little ‘black and gold.’ Heinz Field and the city of Pittsburgh is a short, one-hour drive to watch the Steelers play pro football at its finest!”

Jeff George does some warmerweather exploring.

Jeff George KOKH-TV Meteorologist Wheeling, West Virginia “For my family, Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a great place to experience a winter season and visit some family. “Oglebay is situated on 1,700 acres of hills in every direction. They have a huge lodge with an indoor pool, several restaurants and plenty of fireplaces where you can relax and slurp down the best hot chocolate on the planet. We prefer to stay in one of the dozens of private cottages, mainly so the kids can make a lot of noise. You can relax in the spa while taking in the scenery, but

Gary England KWTV-TV Meteorologist DAPHNA TAL

seconds the vote for Vail... with an added dash of slippery slope intrigue. A view of Nazareth and the towering cupola of the Church of the Annunciation

Terri Angier Oklahoma Department of Transportation Spokesperson Israel “This will be my 24th winter weather season at the state Department of Transportation. Because we never know when our roads and travel will be impacted, it is nearly impossible for me to take a vacation during that time. However, there have been a few family events when I have been able to get away for a week or so. “One of those rare family occasions was last year when my family and I visited Israel around Christmas. It has now become my favorite destination during the winter. My son, Chase, was serving at the Baha’i World

Keith, Anissa, Chase and Terri Angier in Haifa, Israel

Center in Haifa, Israel, and we visited him for a week. This was our third visit, but the first one in the winter – and we absolutely loved it! “The temperatures were rather mild for winter and the experience was unmatched. On Christmas Eve we attended late night services in Nazareth at the Church of Annunciation, which was a once-in-a-life-

time experience. We spent time with our son at the Baha’i holy places and gardens and other communities in Israel. I was back in the States immediately after, making plans for the opening of the new I-40 Crosstown. But that time spent abroad will always stand out as one of my favorite winter vacations.”

Karen Carney Will Rogers World Airport Spokesperson Vail, Colorado “It’s almost impossible to tell when a major snowstorm will impact Oklahoma’s travel, so getting away on a winter vacation isn’t always easy. But when I can, amazingly, I enjoy snow skiing. “The fresh air, the physical activity, the snow – it all makes for a magical break from the Oklahoma winter. What is really great is getting up early before others make it to the slopes. The crispness in the air, the quiet; it is just breathtaking. “Colorado is my favorite destination. I think it goes back to when I was a kid, going to Vail with my father, and him teaching me to ski. Those father-daughter memories still come flooding back, and when I go skiing I am a child all over again. “These days with work and a hectic life, I don’t get to go as often as I would like. It has probably been about four winters since I have gone skiing; but if all goes as planned I am making a trip this year.”

“THE SNOW SWEPT IN QUICKLY. Visibility was, at best, very poor. Then the announcement: ‘Children will be taken down the mountain on snow cats. All adults must find their way down.’ “I frantically looked around the rustic building that was perched halfway up the mountain, but it was too late for an instructor. I glanced out the window at the raging blizzard. A mix of dread and fear seized my wife Mary, and me. This was our first time on a skiing vacation. “The trip down the mountain was a fascinating experience. One good thing about the near-zero visibility was that we were unable to see just how high up we were. Then there was the wrong turn onto a Black Diamond slope. I quickly learned you can actually roll, tumble and slide long distances down a radical incline with absolutely no body control at all and still survive. “The next day I decided to take a lesson on learning to master the mountain. It was a short lesson. The line I remember so well came from my instructor right before I crashed into a group of ski students that were the rope tow. Her voice has echoed in my mind ever since: ‘You are going to kill someone!’ “Was it great? Oh yes! Would we go again and again? Yes! And we did!”

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SPACES | Discerning Design

Renaissance A Modern By Lauren Hammack Photos by Brandon Snider

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If every home tells a story, the Nichols Hills home of Randy Sudderth could convey an epic account of triumph over tragedy. For Sudderth, owner of Sudderth Design, this is a central theme to many of the homes he has transformed throughout his career as a professional remodeler.


efore Sudderth purchased the home, the California Ranch house sat vacant following a fire that destroyed much of the structure. Sudderth recalls having been familiar with the house from the outside, and when the opportunity to purchase the property became available he was intrigued by the prospect of starting almost from square one. For Sudderth, a native Oklahoman who has been remodeling and reselling homes his entire adult life, design inspiration often occurs organically, as part of the remodeling or construction process. He demonstrates a keen eye for color, design and use of space at every turn. With the freedom to reconsider doorways, room perimeters and other areas of the home from which he could optimize space and function, he has made several excellent tradeoffs. “I’m not exactly sure what kind of name to give the design of this house,” Sudderth admits. “I usually refer to it as midcentury modern.”

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Perhaps the most dramatic acquisition of space came as a result of extending the back of the home by about 10 feet, transforming a narrow galley kitchen into a spacious, illuminated area with an expansive marbled island in the center. The added space also transformed a small breakfast area into an inviting sitting room, perfect for catching up on the news with the morning paper or on the flat-screen television that sits opposite a cozy pair of oversized velvet chairs.

Storage is a major feature in the home, and Sudderth worked with Suburban Cabinet Shop to disguise much of it as cabinetry. Several drawers in the kitchen pull out to reveal miniature refrigerators for chilling wine or appetizers. Others conceal waste bins or provide deep storage for pots and pans. Even electrical outlets are ensconced within cabinetry or drawers, leaving an uninterrupted design profile.

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Left: Sudderth loved the effect of the home’s Galvalume metal roofing so much that he brought some of the material inside and began to imagine what it might look like as a fireplace surround. The remarkable result has a decidedly modern flavor.

Much of the home’s original configuration of walls and doorways was re-thought, resulting in dramatic shifts in lighting that the previous layout did not afford. In particular, the living room now fully opens to the kitchen and TV room.

Some elements of the home, which had been well maintained and finely appointed before the fire, remained workable, like the oak flooring that Renaissance Hardwood Floors stripped and re-stained to a lighter finish than the original. The destruction of the attic presented an opportunity for Sudderth to raise the home’s original, 8-foot ceilings to 10 feet in most of the house and to a vaulted 14-foot ceiling in the dining room, which allows the necessary height for a large and intriguing light fixture over the dining room table.

Emerging from Sudderth’s design is a genuine appreciation for texture. Deep pile area rugs, velvet and leather furnishings, marble tile detailing on bathroom walls and even gravel edging in the driveway suggest that Sudderth’s home provides a very tactile experience. “I do love texture,” Sudderth says. “A lot of the furniture and accessories in here are things I’ve had for years. They all just seemed to come together in this house.” JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 55

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Three feet were sacrificed from the front guest bedroom, from which Sudderth gained a hallway off the master bedroom. At the end of the hallway and adjacent to the new master closet, Sudderth created a space for a full-sized, stackable washer/dryer combination – a much more forgiving location for laundry duty than its previous station just off the kitchen on the far end of the house. 56 SLICE // JANUARY 2013

Below and right: Both of the home’s bathrooms glisten with marble detailing. The main bathroom is stunningly appointed with floorto-ceiling deep chocolate marble. The master bath, designed with Carrera marble, represents another remodel of the original floor plan, incorporating the square footage from the original master closet to create a more spacious room with ample storage.

Sudderth reclaimed an outdoor garden space that had begun to languish during the home’s vacancy, enclosing it into the floor plan and creating a fully appointed master closet with generous, out-of-view storage, a makeup table and a center island. He didn’t cut corners. The same attention to finish details is present here: fine crown molding, custom cabinetry and marble, quality hardware, pocket doors, hardwood flooring and designer lighting.

Randy Sudderth

As with each property he buys and remodels, Sudderth has been involved in each phase of the renovation process. Remarkably, he doesn’t draw blueprints or floor plans. Instead, he relies on his gut to tell his direction, designing exclusively for himself – and not for a particular client. “The cool thing about doing your own house is you can do whatever you want. You can try different things,” he says. “You can’t do that when you’re working exclusively with one client,” he adds, noting that, when he has transformed a space, he expects to sell it and move to the next project. “In every case, I invest my own money to take a house to the next level, so I want to get it right,” he notes. Mission accomplished. JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 57

TRAVEL | Getting Away


Get your Mardi Gras mask on and, in just over a six-hour drive, you can be in the heart of a whole different world! There’s a lot of Mardi Gras magic and loads of great food in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Clockwise from top: Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier; red beans and rice at Marilynn’s Place; essential supplies at Tubbs Hardware in Bossier City; little participant at the Gemini float loading party; Fertitta’s famous muffy; a four-legged reveler PHOTOS: RED BEANS AND RICE AND LITTLE PARTICIPANT BY ELAINE WARNER; ALL OTHERS COURTESY SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CONVENTION & TOURIST BUREAU

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Clockwise from top: Krewe of Gemini; Monsignor Earl Provenza blesses the floats; Krewe of Highland parade

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LOVE THE “EVERYBODY WELCOME” ATMOSPHERE of the celebrations in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. The carnival season kicks off with the Twelfth Night party on January 5 and takes its last gasp on Fat Tuesday, February 12. That’s the day of the Krewe of Aesclepius Children’s Parade and, late that night, celebrants gather on the Texas Street Bridge over the Red River to toast the end of Mardi Gras. Krewes (Mardi Gras organizations) promote the seasonal celebration with parades and parties. The biggest parades are organized by the Krewes of Centaur (February 2) and Gemini (February 9). The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux gives pets a chance to parade (February 3) in party finery. Spectators line the parade routes – some camp out in advance with lawn chairs – but once the event starts, most are on their feet with hands in the air. The shouts of “Throw me something, mister!” echo up and down the pavement. Visitors wanting closer contact go to the float-loading parties before the parades. Volunteers help hang the thousands of strands of beads that will be tossed to the crowds. The local priest blesses the floats, beer flows and a great time is had by all.


The Highland parade (February 10) is a neighborhood event in the historic Highlands area. I love the mix of participants – everything from kids on bicycles and walkers in funky costumes to giant professional floats. This is a real local gathering and you have a great chance of getting a bunch of good “throws.” They toss everything from

beads and small toys to wrapped hot dogs complete with mustard packets. The parades and f loat-loadings are free; other events have a charge. You can even go to one or more of the balls for the price of a ticket.

Clockwise from top: Beignets and NOLA roast beef at Marilynn’s Place; Marilynn’s chef-owner Boz Baucum; Michael O’Boyle, owner of Gulf Pig Underground Dinner Club


last string of beads at the Highland parade. We encourage them to head on over to Marilynn’s for crawfish, clowns, face-painting, bands and beer.” The party lasts all afternoon and into the evening when it finally winds down at 10pm. Michael O’Boyle is the owner of the Gulf Pig Underground Dinner Club. Don’t look for his restaurant, though; you won’t find it. He hosts “secret” suppers in a variety of local restaurants, taking advantage of their kitchens on their nights off. About once a month, diners with reservations are directed to the location where they have no idea what they’ll be eating. But it’s guaranteed to be good – and unusual. Michael says, “I try to have one dish at every meal that pushes the envelope.” The menu I sampled: a crabmeat profiterole; fried chicken liver on potato and popcorn puree topped with green tomato

It’s Louisiana, so you know you’re going to get some great grub, and two of Shreveport’s most inventive chefs – Boz Baucum and Michael O’Boyle – have very different takes on food. Robert “Boz” Baucum is owner-chef at Marilynn’s Place, a repurposed Texaco station. The classically trained Shreveport native was blown back home by Hurricane Katrina. His goal – to bring New Orleans cuisine to Shreveport. His cool, casual restaurant is the place to go for po’ boys (from traditional to po’ boy burgers), jambalaya, gumbo, etouffée, bread pudding and beignets. Boz’s February 10 blow-out bash is a tribute to his mom, Marilynn, and her love of Mardi Gras. He says, “Ours is a big, kidfriendly, parking-lot, Mardi Gras extravaganza. It starts as soon as folks catch the

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Top to bottom: Fertitta’s Deli; Elvis in front of Municipal Auditorium; standing where Elvis stood at the Municipal Auditorium


Speaking of food, Fertitta’s muffy is a local food icon. Built by the Sicilian patriarch of the family, Fertitta’s started out as a grocery. In the ’60s, the neighborhood was changing and the Fertittas started adding sandwiches. The New Orleans-Sicilian muffaletta was a big winner. Sam Fertitta couldn’t afford enough neon for his sign to read “muffaletta” so he shortened the name to “muffy,” and it remains so today. The business, still in the family, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Municipal Auditorium, a late ’20s Art Deco building, is also listed on the NRHP. It was here that the announcer for the “Louisiana Hayride” radio show told the audience, “…you’ve never heard this young man before, but one day you’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you heard musical history made tonight.” Yep, Elvis was in the building. Tours include exhibits of country greats who appeared here and you can stand on the spot where Elvis stood.

Other Attractions

Drive the film trail. Dozens of movies have been filmed in Shreveport. See the sites, and then check out the cool Robinson Film Center. Catch a movie or try the bistro for lunch or dinner.

Sci-Port Science Center. This hands-on science museum includes an IMAX theater and planetarium. Try your luck at one of the riverside casinos.

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Shop at the Louisiana Boardwalk on the Bossier City side of the river.


kimchee; corn and lemongrass soup with garlic, shallots, cilantro, grilled shrimp and enough cayenne pepper to wake up the palate; pork belly braised in Coca-Cola and bourbon on griddled cornbread topped with deep-fried collard greens; a frozen watermelon palate cleanser and ice cream with chocolate ganache and kumquat sauce for dessert. Adventurous diners won’t regret the preplanning needed to enjoy one of these underground dinners. Prices for the dinner hover around $55 with alcohol extra. What a deal!

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TRAVEL | Wanderlust



The Art and Alchemy of Aging on the Prairie

ON THE OKLAHOMA PRAIRIE, the relentless corrosion brought by time and the elements is fought like a demon. Surfaces are scraped and sanded, painted and repaired. Old barns are replaced by sheet-metal storage buildings. Bales of hay are sheathed in white plastic cocoons. Weathered, painted billboards are giving way to stretched acrylic tarps and, sometimes, digital signs with revolving video and messages.

By M.J. Alexander

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Mailbox on bulletriddled oil drum: Cimarron County

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TRAVEL | Wanderlust

Clockwise from top: Rusty one way: Payne County; Rusty license plates: Oklahoma County; Rusted door handle: Beaver County; C&C Ranch: Beaver County; Santa Fe box car converted to livestock shed: Texas County

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Above: Jackson Mammoth, Jackson County; Promise of Tomorrow, Kiowa County; Top: Bullet-riddled Cimarron County sign: Cimarron County/Texas County border

But vestiges of the past remain, often so much a part of the landscape that they fade into it, unnoticed. Sun-baked iron, weathered wood and ghost-lettered brick, relics of the time between the world wars, have been stripped of the superfluous, seasoned by decades of red dust, distilled to their essence and worn smooth by time. Like the people who have lived longest on the land, these walls and doors and signs and fences have developed nuances and facets that come only with survival. Many continue to serve their purpose. Rusted markers still point the way, old grain bins store a new harvest, blackened barbed wire holds tight between posts, bat-

tered mailboxes stand sentry at the end of a long driveway. Swept by winds and baked by sun, their authenticity shames the self-consciously distressed flotsam of Americana that dangles from rafters of far-off restaurants and bars in search of a sense of history, and inspires would-be designers to invest in another can of crackle in the hope of achieving that well-worn glow. Their patina is deepened with time, as the alchemy of temperature swings and alternating droughts and deluges coax out the rich colors and surviving words of long-ago dreams and the people who dreamt them.

M.J. ALEXANDER (pausing here in Pittsburg County) continues her extended photo essay of Oklahoma with monthly installments of 77 Counties. To view any of the previous segments, visit To suggest an offthe-beaten-track place, contact Her traveling exhibit “Portrait of a Generation: Children of Oklahoma, Sons and Daughters of the Red Earth” – from the book of the same name, winner of a 2011 Oklahoma Book Award – is currently on exhibit at the Cimarron County Heritage Museum, and her work will be included in the inaugural National Weather Biennale, April 22-June 9, in Norman. JANUARY 2013 // SLICE 67

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his list is excerpted from the 2013 topDentist™ list, a database that includes listings of more than 100 dentists and specialists in central Oklahoma. To compile the list, topDentists posed this question to dentists and specialists in the field: “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer him or her to?”

The nomination pool consisted of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as dentists listed online with other dental societies. Dentists were also allowed to nominate other dentists they felt should be included in the list. Respondents were asked to put aside any bias and use only their knowledge of their peers’

years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and physical results. After the responses were finalized, the included dentists were checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to ensure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Of course there are many fine

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David Brian Shadid Oklahoma Endodontics 1008 N.W. Grand Blvd., Ste. A 405.843.9330

Lee A. Eliot 924 Robtrice Ct. 405.340.5110

V. Ralph Willcox Edmond Dental Associates 950 Medical Park Blvd. 405.341.8804

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Bethany Bun Baker Jr. 7405 N.W. 23rd St. 405.789.5266

Oklahoma City William Lee Beasley Endodontic Associates 4500 W. Memorial Cir. 405.748.6000

James A. Durst 6301 N.W. 23rd St. 405.495.2402

Bryan Cardon North Pointe Endodontics 13851 Quail Pointe Dr. 405.242.2083 Dayna Smithee Duke Endodontic Associates 4500 W. Memorial Cir. 405.748.6000 Andrew Paul Goldbeck 1201 N. Stonewall Ave. 405.271.4000 Leslie B. Hardy Jr. Endodontic Associates 4500 W. Memorial Cir. 405.748.6000 Myron S. Hilton Endodontic Associates 4500 W. Memorial Cir. 405.748.6000 Dennis A. Leseberg Oklahoma Endodontics 1008 N.W. Grand Blvd., Ste. A 405.843.9330

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Andy McKamie Center for Exceptional Dentistry 3645 N. Council Rd. 405.789.7893 Chickasha Rasila Bhakta 1000 W. Choctaw Ave., Ste. 10 405.224.0170 Mark Mettry 839 W. Country Club Rd. 405.224.7036 Choctaw Tracy Ann Gasbarra 2060 Harper St. 405.390.2000 Edmond Jeffrey David Baggett 200 N. Sooner Rd., Ste. B 405.341.8884 Laura Ann Ballinger 1900 S. Kelly Ave. 405.844.8445 Stephen Ross Cash 197 Stonebridge Blvd. 405.285.8600

James E. Farley 216 E. 10th St. Plaza 405.348.5100 Michael K. Forth Forth and Bender Dental Arts Center 1219 E. 9th St. 405.341.9351 Shannon Lee Griffin Griffin Smiles Comprehensive Dentistry 420 W. 15th St. 405.348.2266 Charles Hetrick 218 E. 10th St. Plaza 405.341.7046 Krista Marie Jones 2000 S.E. 15th St., Bldg. 200 405.341.0203 Mitchell Wells Kramer Edmond Family Dental Designs 233 E. 10th St. Plaza 405.341.6134 Grady Labar Lembke 200 N. Sooner Rd., Bldg. B 405.330.6020 John G. Polkinghorne 601 N. Kelly Ave., Ste. 104 405.341.4400 Michael Joseph Wallace 1600 E. 19th St., Ste. 301 405.340.0411 W. Scott Waugh Edmond Family Dental Designs 233 E. 10th St. Plaza 405.341.6134 Daniel Joseph Wilguess Edmond Family Dental Designs 233 E. 10th St. Plaza 405.341.6134

Jack E. Willoughby 1222 S. Kelly Ave. 405.341.8518 Guthrie Lewis Frank Turney 1803 S. Division St. 405.282.7600 Norman Bobby Joseph Carmen 334 12th Ave. S.W., Ste. 120 405.364.2200 Wallace G. Haskett 707 24th Ave. S.W., Ste. 201 405.364.6064 William J. Skaggs Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry of Norman 707 24th Ave. S.W., Ste. 200 405.360.0215 Jim D. Spurgeon Smile Solutions 550 24th Ave. S.W. 405.217.0305 Robert L. Talley Craniofacial Pain Associates 448 36th Ave. N.W., Ste. 103 405.321.8030 Oklahoma City Bobbie Kay Bartlett 6521 S. Western Ave., Ste. A 405.634.2313 Justin Beasley 4600 W. Memorial Rd. 405.755.5400 Raymond A. Cohlmia 6120 N. Drexel Blvd. 405.848.3783

J. Russell Danner 4514 W. Memorial Cir., Ste. A 405.749.1676

Geoffrey Allen Pruett 4200 W. Memorial Rd., Ste. 809 405.755.2670

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Jeff Shadid 10717 N. Rockwell Ave. 405.722.7777

Dennis Harris 1213 S.W. 89th St., Ste. B 405.634.1977

Jimmy “Pete” Dean Swan II All Smiles Dentistry 5700 N.W. 135th St. 405.720.2828

Joe Bryan Isaacson 3621 N.W. 63rd St. 405.943.8575 Wayne Earl King 3621 N.W. 63rd St. 405.840.9054 Eric Loper 3613 N.W. 56th St., Ste. 135 405.947.0564 Frank Joseph Miranda Oklahoma University College of Dentistry 1201 N. Stonewall Ave. 405.271.5444 Monica Michelle Neely 10900 Hefner Pointe Dr., Ste. 206 405.302.0100 Abbey Onan Oklahoma University College of Dentistry 1201 N. Stonewall Ave., Ste. 494 405.271.2209 Alan Owen 7300 N. MacArthur Blvd. 405.721.1616

Edwin L. Wilson Jr. Oklahoma University College of Dentistry 1201 N. Stonewall Ave., Ste. 494 405.271.5052 David Robert Womble 7101 N.W. Expressway St., Ste. 105 405.722.7042 Patrick A. Woods 2812 W. Hefner Rd. 405.751.0358 Shawnee Terry Wayne Hopkins 1414 N. Kennedy Ave. 405.273.3270 Nanay L. Shadid Shadid Dentistry 3 E. MacArthur St. 405.275.4581 Scot Ryan Shadid Shadid Dentistry 3 E. MacArthur St. 405.275.4581

Yukon Tamara S. Berg Berg Family Dentistry 910 S. Yukon Parkway 405.354.3763 Keith Coulson 1025 E. Vandament Ave., Ste. 300 405.354.1861 Cathy M. Sherry 1025 E. Vandament Ave., Ste. 300 405.354.1861


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David Eric Tuggle University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry 1201 N. Stonewall Ave., Ste. 206 405.271.4079

Norman Perry L. Brooks Brooks Surgical Arts 800 Wall St. 405.329.3500 Oklahoma City James Alan Baker Oklahoma City OMS 8301 S. Walker Ave., Ste. 101 405.636.4230

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OLOR IS CRUCIAL IN DENTAL MATTERS: nobody wants his or her teeth to look more like antique ivory, nor has anyone successfully sold a product by advertising that it gets your smile its creamiest. Coffee and tea and cola and tobacco and just plain being alive all eventually take a toll on tooth color, but natural remedies and human ingenuity have been keeping pearly whites gleaming for centuries – even the Romans had a tried-and-true method. Modern treatments range from take-home kits to dentist-administrated procedures, with pros and cons to each. First of all, talk to a dentist. Even if you’re smart enough not to use Clorox as mouthwash, overdoing a bleaching regimen can seriously damage your enamel. The effectiveness of treatment also often depends on the type of discoloration, and in some cases – like fillings that have darkened – all the bleaching agents in Toothopolis would be less useful than getting porcelain veneers or bonding. While you’re at the dentist’s office, you might opt for in-office bleaching, a one-and-done procedure using hydrogen peroxide in fairly high concentrations. The process can be accompanied by use of a high-intensity halogen light (known as laser whitening) that purportedly accelerates the bleaching process, though the American Dental Association has not yet been convinced of that option’s efficacy. The good news about using a professional is that you’ll be in good hands and it’s over fast (a single 1-hour treatment versus 2-4 weeks for standard home remedies), but it can be painful for those with sensitive teeth, and sometimes increases that sensitivity. A panoply of products from pens to strips to gelfilled trays is available for home use, but their efficacy may vary from tooth to tooth, and if misapplied they can cause gum damage. Lastly, remember that just because your toothpaste says “whitening” doesn’t mean it’s magic – the American Dental Association’s seal on those products means they contain special chemical or polishing agents to help remove stains, but have no bleach, so they don’t actually change the teeth’s color.

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Natural Remedy

By the way, while keeping dentists away shouldn’t be your goal, an apple a day really can help maintain your smile – especially green apples, which contain significant amounts of malic acid, a naturally occurring tooth-whitener.

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PRACTICAL MATTERS | Dollars and Sense

Refresh Your Finances

By Suzanne Symcox


anuary 1 marks the beginning of a new year, but for many, it also symbolizes changes we commit to making in our lives. A new year is the perfect time to implement a positive change, and it’s the perfect time to evaluate your finances. Obtaining the peace of mind financial stability brings begins with knowing exactly where you stand. Your financial resources affect not only your ability to achieve your goals, but also your ability to protect these goals from potential crises. The steps are simple – just maintain the resolve.

Step 2: Reassess your situation. Your monthly family budget begins with your net pay, from which you then deduct all your fixed monthly costs like mortgage/rent, utilities, car and car insurance payments and estimated costs such as gasoline, groceries and clothing. From here you can build or reassess your budget. Net income often changes from year to year even if your gross wages remain the same. Benefits and other payroll deductions may fluctuate, so it’s important to review your budget accordingly.

Step 1: Determine the value of you. You can’t implement any financial plan until you know your net worth. Your net worth is simply the total of your assets (what you own) minus your liabilities (what you owe). Assets include personal possessions, vehicles, homes, checking and savings accounts and the cash value of any life insurance policies you may have. Include the current value of your investments, such as stocks, real estate, certificates of deposit, retirement accounts and IRAs, and the current value of any pensions. Liabilities include the remaining mortgage on your home, credit card or student loan debt, taxes due on investments or any other outstanding bills. Subtract your liabilities from your assets. The goal is to create positive net worth, which is part of what you will draw on to achieve your financial goals.

Step 3: Lose the debt weight. The most significant way to improve your financial health is to create a plan for paying off any debt sources… and stick to it. Include debt payments in your monthly budget. Paying off the least expensive bills first will quickly reduce the number of entities to which money is owed and give the feeling of progress, making it easier to stay on track.

Mobile banking allows you to keep track of your finances in real time.

credit, many financial institutions offer credit-builder loans that will help you establish good borrowing histories. Consider meeting with a financial advisor to create a roadmap of your financial future that leads you to your goal. Bonus: your advisor can help you implement a system to make tax filing easier as well.

Step 4: Make a stash. Once debt has been paid off, families should save the equivalent of at least three months’ salary to plan for emergencies (health care-related costs, loss of a job, etc.). Keep the money in an interest-bearing savings account.

Every Step of the Way: Go digital. If you haven’t already, make sure you are signed up for mobile and online banking. Set up auto-pay to avoid late fees on bills, and download smartphone apps to keep real-time track of your finances.

Step 5: Plan ahead. If you need to build credit or re-establish

Suzanne Symcox is executive vice president of First Fidelity Bank, N.A., a locally owned full-service community bank established in 1920.

The snowball effect of debt reduction Once you’ve paid off your smallest debt, add that payment amount to the monthly payment of your next-lowest debt. Keep a chart to watch your progress. It’s encouraging. JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Credit Card One 150 150 Credit Card Two 100 100 250 250 250 250 250 Medical Bill 115 115 115 115 115 115 115 365 365 Car Loan 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 665 665 665

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For every person, there is the perfect cell phone. For that perfect cell phone, there are myriad accompanying devices. For you Samsung Galaxy fans, I recently tested a goodie box of accessories, and here are some recommendations to satisfy your gadget habit. Next month, I’ll cater to the iPhone crowd.


This flip-to-open case is perfect for people like me who prefer to slip their phone into a pocket instead of a belt case. It replaces the back of the phone and the cover protects the keyboard, plus it makes the phone less slick so it doesn’t jump out of your pocket.


For the power user, the PowerSkin case with a 1500mAh battery gives you on-the-go charging for increased battery life. The pack can be attached to your phone whenever you need it; I was able to attach it without removing the flip cover. The skin is rubberized and offers fairly good protection against banging and dropping, and the unit charges just like the regular phone.



MOGA is a mobile gaming controller that connects to the Galaxy S III and becomes the game controller of your dreams. High-quality graphics and all the controls you need are here and can take your gaming to the next level. The controller will work with most Android phones out there. Games are a lot more fun with a good controller, and this one does a great job.

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If you enable Near Field Communication (NFC) On your Galaxy S III, you can create TecTiles to program your Galaxy phone to do specific things (change your settings, launch applications, check-in, update social status, make a call, etc.) at the time and place you want those things to happen. Program your TecTile using the app, then place it in a convenient place. When you tap your phone to it, the actions stored are performed. You’re only limited by the apps on your phone and your imagination.

PURSUITS Life on Canvas The OKC Museum of Art presents a snapshot of an American art movement fueled by film and paint combined in “Photorealism Revisited,” January 24-April 21. See page 85.

Robert Bechtle, “’68 Cadillac”

TOP TEN Prime starting points for making the most of the month 84

SEE & DO The music, theatre, visual arts and entertainment on January’s calendar 86

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The Top By Steve Gill




January 4, Sooner Theatre Asleep at the Wheel has logged over 250 days a year on the road… for over 40 years. That’s a lot of miles for Roy Benson, who has fronted the quadragenerian kings of Western swing since Day 1, but he – and they – are in no hurry to slow down their jubilant blend of country, blues and what Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat.”


January 4-26, Paseo Originals Gallery Fiber artist Anita Knox and porcelain sculptor Paul Pfrehm both produce exquisite pieces with genuine depth – not merely in three dimensions due to their respective chosen materials, but in four, since each creation is informed by over 40 years of expertise in those media. In “A Cut Above Common,” these OKC masters demonstrate that their work is anything but flat.


Asleep at the Wheel


January 24, Bricktown Events Center Whirlwind scrapper Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini hosts a black-tie evening of elite pugilism called OKC Fight Night – the fete benefiting the Police Athletic League’s programs for kids features a title defense by reigning USBA Welterweight champion and OKC native “Kid” Carson Jones, plus a full card of other boxing and mixed martial arts matches.

January 12, Grand Casino Shawnee When are three guys, none of whom top 5’8”, considered giants? When the subject is comedy, and the veterans Jon Lovitz in question are “Saturday Night Live” alumni Chris Kattan, Tim Meadows and Jon Lovitz. The triumvirate of titans has made multiple movies and TV appearances, and drawn countless laughs from their work in Studio 8H – now they’re teaming up and taking the show on the road. 84 SLICE // JANUARY 2013


January 17, St. Anthony Rapp Center Rick Bayless has amassed quite a resume: multiple James Beard awards including Chef of the Year, successful restaurants in Chicago and Los Angeles, Emmy nomination for his PBS series… but his native OKC still has a special place in his heart, and he’ll focus on heart-healthy recipes in a special guest demonstration for Saints Heart & Vascular Institute.

Rick Bayless



January 24-April 21, OKC Museum of Art Sometimes art imitates life with astonishing fidelity; the 38 artists featured in the OKC Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, “Photorealism Revisited,” made careers by knowing the dazzle is in the details. The exhibition demonstrates the importance of photography in the creative process of Estes, Bechtle, Flack, Schonzeit and more, and traces the evolution of the movement. Get the picture?


January 26, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum The new year is a great time to celebrate new lives, and to make sure both get started off right Infant Crisis Services is bringing pioneering spirit Ree Drummond back for its fifth annual Boots and Ball Gowns gala. Dinner, dancing and Western art by Peter Robbins help fund ICS’ mission to see that no baby goes hungry.


Masked ballerina performing at “Art Now” 2012

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January 25, City Arts Center, What’s better than later or eventually? Now! An exhibit of the best in contemporary Oklahoma art serves as the backdrop for a single-night celebration of immediacy: City Arts Center’s “Art Now.” Local restaurants, live entertainment, mingling and plenty of creativity fuel the evening and keep CAC’s admission free. The art is up through February 8, but for the total package, get tickets now.

January 27, Santa Fe Depot Even gloomy, forbidding times contain periods of light and warmth and joy – ask either Grammy-winning singersongwriter Gretchen Peters, whose emotionally fearless lyrical storytelling details the triumphs of living through everyday ups and downs, or the rapt audience braving a winter’s night for her set in the Performing Arts Studio’s Winter Wind concert series.


January 28-29, Armstrong Auditorium Let’s not mince words – January in Moscow bites. Fortunately for cold-averse culturelovers, some of that city’s finest performers are right here in Edmond this month, as the Russian National Ballet Theatre puts its dancers through their extremely elegant paces in a pair of one-night-only performances: “Cinderella” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

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DANCE Young Choreographers’ Showcase Jan 24-27 Originality is the featured concept as School of Dance students and graduate students present new works they have designed from concept to execution. OU Reynolds PAC, 560 Parrington Oval, Norman, 325.4101, Russian National Ballet Theatre Jan 28-29 One of the world’s great ensembles performs powerfully moving renditions of two national classics: “Cinderella” Jan 28 and “Romeo and Juliet” Jan 29. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400-B S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010,

EVENTS 2nd Friday Circuit of Art Jan 11 A monthly community-wide celebration of creativity, focused on historic Downtown Norman. Norman Arts Council, 122 E Main St, Norman, 360.1162, Live on the Plaza Jan 11 Vendors, artists, residents and passerby unite for a monthly fiesta. OKC Plaza District, 1618 N Gatewood Ave, OKC, 367.9403, SNL Comedy Blast Jan 12 The combined hilarity of “Saturday Night Live” vets Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan makes for a legendary show. Grand Casino, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee, 964.7777, Oklahoma Mentor Day Jan 16 It has the power to instill positive habits and transform lives - mentors and their charges from across the state gather for public recognition, a keynote address from David Boren and other activities. Oklahoma State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, OKC, 236.0006, St. Anthony Celebrity Chef Jan 17 Cuisine artist Rick Bayless gives a dazzling demonstration of delectable, heart-healthy recipes in this special luncheon presented by Saints Heart and Vascular Institute. St. Anthony Rapp Center, 535 NW 9th St, OKC, 272.7383, OKC Home and Garden Show Jan 18-20 Expert advice, innovative products and a colossal crop of ideas for renovating, redecorating and getting the most out of your home - inside and out. State Fairgrounds, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd, OKC, 800.466.7469, Allied Arts Campaign Kickoff Jan 22 The central Oklahoma arts supporters aim to start the new year with a bang and get their 2013 fundraising drive off on the right foot. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 278.8944, Art Now Jan 25 A one-night-only feast for the senses - food, music, conversation and more - that serves as CAC’s most outstanding fundraiser. City Arts Center,

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3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, 951.0000, Snowflake Gala Jan 25 United Way welcomes a new year and thanks outstanding volunteers and donors from 2012 in this crisply elegant annual event. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 236.8441, Boots & Ball Gowns Jan 26 Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond joins Infant Crisis Services for a joyous country-flavored shindig. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 778.7613,

FILM STATIC Film Screening Jan 10 A free monthly showcase of local filmmakers’ craft in dramas, animated shorts and other genres. IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Ave, OKC, 232.6060, A Separation Jan 27 The OCU Film Institute series resumes with the Oscarwinning generational drama from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Meinders School of Business, NW 27th St & McKinley Ave, OKC, 208.5472,

GALLERIES Holiday Gift Gallery Through Jan 7 The Firehouse has a year-round gift shop, but its artists’ seasonal enthusiasm expressed in multiple media necessitates

an extra presence for these exceptional presents. Firehouse Art Center, 444 S Flood Ave, Norman, 329.4523, The Unexplored Through Jan 19 The impending beginning of a new year calls for an exposé of new artistic talent; Zach Burns, Cindy Coleman, Lindsey Allgood and more star in the NAC’s annual emerging artists show. MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery, 122 E Main St, Norman, 360.1162, Sixth Anniversary Show Through Jan 27 A sextet of successful years calls for a senses-satisfying celebration - courtesy of local artists Nathan Lee, Dusty Gilpin, A.K. Westerman and Rick and Tracey Bewley. Istvan Gallery, 1218 N Western Ave, OKC, 831.2874, Black & White Show Jan 4-27 A selfimposed limit on their pieces’ palette encourages the gallery’s artists to rise to the monochromatic challenge. In Your Eye Gallery, 3005 Paseo St, OKC, 525.2161, Ford Beckman Jan 4-29 Post neoimpressionist painter Beckman was a NYC sensation in the ‘90s whose work often hung beside Warhol and Twombly; some now hangs in the Paseo alongside JRB’s annual “Calendar Art Show.” JRB Art at the Elms, 2810 N Walker Ave, OKC, 528.6336, A Cut Above Common Jan 4-26 Transcendently beautiful creations from African-inspired quilter Anita Knox and porcelain potter Paul Pfrehm, both masters of their crafts. Paseo Originals

Gallery, 2920 Paseo St, OKC, 604.6602, John Kennington Jan 4-Feb 5 A veteran landscape and travel photographer, Kennington’s photos are often printed on canvas and gallery wrapped, displaying them as the works of art they are. Visions in the Paseo, 2924 Paseo St, OKC, 557.1229, Youth Impressions Jan 19-Feb 1 Preliminary excellence from budding artists in a juried exhibition drawn from the submitted works of Oklahoma schoolchildren. Edmond Community Center, 28 E Main St, Edmond, 340.4481, Art Now Jan 21-Feb 8 OSU’s Louise Siddons curates this annual compendium of the very freshest pieces by dozens of the state’s finest artists. City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, 951.0000,

MUSEUMS E.CO Through Jan 5 Nearly 200 photographs by 20 groups across Europe and Latin America, all forming visual essays about their individual interpretations of the environment. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd St, OKC, 815.9995, The Pareidolia Series Through Jan 5 OKC artist Trent Lawson hasn’t really painted a distinct object; it just looks that way to audience members through the title psychological phenomenon, though there’s nothing vague about the creative

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American Moderns, 1910-1960 Through Jan 6 A broad collection from the Brooklyn Museum of American artists from O’Keeffe to Rockwell attempting to engage with modernity. OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 236.3100, Dancers and Deities: Kachinas From the Bialac Collection Through Jan 6 Master artists from Hopi and Zuni Pueblos crafted these tiny dancers, representing divine providers of rain and bountiful harvests and forming a distinctive art form. Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, 325.4712, National Geographic Photographs Through Jan 6 Breathtakingly powerful images of the American West from the National Geographic Image Collection National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 478.2250, Silent Witnesses Through Jan 6 An international collaboration of photography including prosthetic legs, aimed at highlighting global efforts to eliminate millions of landmines. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.3272, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Through Jan 6 A showcase of the craft and skills maintained by TCAA members in saddlemaking, silversmithing, rawhide braiding and bit and spur making. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC, 478.2250, Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Through Jan 16 The world’s first look at an archaeological Biblical bonanaza in the form of artifacts from a dig in Jerusalem. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400-B S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010, In the Realm of the 13th Feather Through Jan 31 Original paintings, signed prints and a photographic essay on the rich life of Comanche flutist, dancer, artist, composer and minister Doc Tate Nevaquaya. Red Earth Museum, 6 Santa Fe Plaza, OKC, 427.5228, Echoes and Rituals Through Feb 9 A joint exhibit by Native American artists Robert Taylor and Harvey Pratt includes evocative symbolism, eloquent surrealism… and Bigfoot. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC, 602.6664, A.R.T. Show Through Feb 15 Reused, repurposed and made aesthetically appealing - OKC Beautiful cosponsors this exhibit of art made from recycled materials. Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC, 602.6664, Crumbo Spirit Talk Through May 29 Six decades of the great painter’s personal career, plus examples of Woody’s legacy in the artwork of his children. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, 521.2491, Enriched: Animal Art Through Jun 1 Living in the zoo can get a bit boring, so some of the OKC Zoo’s resident artists explore their muses, with curiously aesthetic results. Oklahoma History

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Oklahoma @ the Movies Through Aug 10 Help commemorate the beautiful friendship between the Sooner State and the silver screen. Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, OKC, 521.2491, Generations Jan 4-Mar 29 Familial legacies among familiar names fill this exhibit, featuring works from some of Oklahoma’s most highly regarded native artists alongside creations of their children. Red Earth Museum, 6 Santa Fe Plaza, OKC, 427.5228, 99th Annual Student Exhibition Jan 18-Feb 10 Students from the School of Art and Art History show their work, so to speak, in this venerable tradition. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave, Norman, 325.2691, Photorealism Revisited Jan 24-Apr 21 These pictures are worth tens of thousands of words - and a closer second look. Featuring nearly 60 works by Flack, Estes, Parrish and more, this exhibition examines the movement’s recognition and impact on the art world. OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr, OKC, 236.3100, Reflections Jan 25-Mar 30 The elegant solitude of photographer Allison Smith’s portraits, and the family ties between her imagery and that of her grandfather: Nieman Marcus President Stanley Marcus. [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd St, OKC, 815.9995,

MUSIC Noon Tunes Jan 3-31 Free lunchtime serenades in the Downtown Library: David Korbel Jan 3, Em and the Mother Superiors Jan 10, the Callen Clarke Trio Jan 17, Easy Street Jan 24 and the Del City HS Jazz Band Jan 31. Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave, OKC, 231.8650, Asleep at the Wheel Jan 4 The venerable Western swing band has put more than 40 years under its collective tires, and still keeps on trucking. Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St, Norman, 321.9600, Purple Bar Performances Jan 4-26 A cozy setting, ample menu and outstanding music from local artists. Nonna’s Purple Bar, 1 S Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 235.4410, Travis LeDoyt Jan 5 The spirit and sound of the King are alive and well thanks to LeDoyt’s carefully practiced, uncannily accurate Elvis impersonation. Riverwind Casino, 1544 W Highway 9, Norman, 322.6000, Winter Wind: Ellis Paul Jan 6 A poet, strummer and lyrical storyteller, Paul returns to the Winter Wind series for a thoughtful, introspective performance. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320, Pristine Visions Jan 12 See your way clear to being part of this audience. Guest violinist Stefan Jackiw, performing in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, is a titanic talent. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387, Sara Evans Jan 12 The country singer of “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “A Little

Winter Wind: Gretchen Peters Jan 27, Santa Fe Depot, Norman

Bit Stronger” is back on tour in 2013 and kicking off the year at Riverwind. Riverwind Casino, 1544 W Highway 9, Norman, 322.6000, Sutton Concert Series Jan 15-22 As a new semester begins, the OU School of Music resumes its performance slate with the OU Chorale and Singing Sooners Jan 15 and trombonist Irv Wagner Jan 22. OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 325.4101,

complete performance package, and was a special favorite of no less an authority than Les Paul. OCCC Bruce Owen Theater, 7777 S May Ave, OKC, 682.7576, Boggess Concert Series Jan 25 Wonder of the Wurlitzer Walt Strony visits OU to put the mighty Boggess organ to marvelously entertaining use. OU Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St, Norman, 325.4101,

George Strait Jan 19 The sunset awaits, but as he rides off into it on his farewell tour, Strait is making a detour through OKC with special guest Martina McBride. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000,

Project 21 Concert Jan 25 School of Music students exemplify the versatility needed for a new century of composition to create these groundbreaking performances. OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 208.5227, okcu. edu/music

Jeff Mangum w/ Tall Firs Jan 19 Former frontman of the late lamented Neutral Milk Hotel, Mangum’s acoustic live sets pull no emotional punches - a raw, captivating experience. ACM @ UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave, OKC, 340.8552,

Music of Michael Jackson Jan 25-26 The King of Pop’s unmatched legacy is fertile ground for musical memories, and for marveling at the electrifying James Delisco’s moves. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387,

Bright Mozart Jan 21-22 Guess who the featured composer is in this duo of chamber music performances! The selected compositions favor the flute to flaunt the skill of guest artist Craig Goodman, who also composed this concert’s world premiere: “Off the Beaten Path.” All Souls’ Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral, 6400 N Penn Ave and 127 NW 7th St, OKC,

America the Beautiful Jan 27 As part of its Discovery Series for young listeners and future orchestra lovers, the OKC Philharmonic puts on a powerfully patriotic star-spangled show. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387,

All Brahms Jan 22 It’s a UCO all-star tribute to one of the great composers as Marilyn Govich, Tess RemySchumacher, Dawn Linblade, David Forbat and Ben Davis show off Brahms’ outstanding sound and their own skills. UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th, Edmond, 359.7989, An Evening With Frank Vignola Jan 24 Talent, skill, dedication and charisma - globetrotting guitarist Vignola is a

Winter Wind: Gretchen Peters Jan 27 Best known to Nashville as an awardwinning songwriter for talents from Neil Diamond to Martina McBride, Peters is also a fiercely, fearlessly personal singer. Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, 307.9320,

SPORTS Cowgirl Basketball Jan 2-29 The OSU women defend their home court against Texas Tech Jan 2, Kansas Jan 8, Iowa State Jan 20 and West Virginia Jan 29. Gallagher-Iba Arena, 1046 W Hall

of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, Lady Sooner Basketball Jan 2-30 The OU women tip off against West Virginia Jan 2, Texas Tech Jan 12, Texas Jan 19 and TCU Jan 30. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.2424, Thunder Basketball Jan 2-31 The defending Western Conference Champions host Brooklyn Jan 2, Philadelphia Jan 4, Minnesota Jan 9, Denver Jan 16 and Memphis Jan 31. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 208.4667, Cowboy Basketball Jan 9-30 The OSU men defend their home court against TCU Jan 9, Texas Tech Jan 19, West Virginia Jan 26 and Iowa State Jan 30. Gallagher-Iba Arena, 1046 W Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, 877.255.4678, Barons Hockey Jan 11-31 OKC’s ice warriors face off against Charlotte Jan 11-12, Texas Jan 13, San Antonio Jan 18-19 and Charlotte again Jan 31. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 232.4625, Strikeforce MMA Championships Jan 12 Not one but three separate mixed martial arts championship bouts, plus a return to the state of OSU star Daniel Cormier, make a stacked card of personal combat. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000, Sooner Basketball Jan 12-21 The OU men tip off against Oklahoma State Jan 12, Texas Tech Jan 16 and Texas Jan 21. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman, 325.2424, OKC Charity Fight Night Jan 24 Celebrity guest Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini hosts a black-tie evening of pugilism with cocktails, cigars and all the trimmings. Bricktown Events Center, 425 E California Ave, OKC, 706.7484, Professional Bull Riders OKC Invitational Jan 25-27 Three days of adrenaline-spiked competition among three dozen of the best bull riders on the planet. Chesapeake Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, OKC, 800.745.3000,

THEATRE The Good Counselor Jan 11-Feb 2 A scarred young attorney’s efforts to value truth over emotion in the face of what seem to be heinous wrongs propel this drama about the responsibilities of parenthood. Carpenter Square Theater, 800 W Main St, OKC, 232.6500, Jekyll and Hyde Jan 15-20 Their names have been a byword for the duality of man for over a century; now Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde take the stage in the person of Tony-nominated Constantine Maroulis for musical mayhem. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 800.869.1451, The 39 Steps Jan 17-Feb 10 Thrust into international intrigue, an ordinary citizen must uncover the meaning of a mysterious phrase… if he can stay alive that long. Jewel Box Theatre, 3700 N Walker Ave, OKC, 521.1786,

Fumbelina Jan 24 Set to some of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famous tunes, a clumsy young girl discovers grace through focusing on others rather than her own mistakes. Nancy O’Brian Center, 1809 Stubbeman Ave, Norman, 364.8962, Some Enchanted Evening Jan 30-Feb 16 The Plaza is alive with the sound of music from one of the all-time great songwriting duos in this Rodgers and Hammerstein hit parade. Lyric’s Plaza Theater, 1725 NW 16th St, OKC, 524.9312, Treasure Island Jan 31-Feb 3 Oklahoma Children’s Theatre and TheatreOCU team up to tell the salty tale of a young lad thrust into swashbuckling adventure. OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, OKC, 951.0011,

ON THE RADAR BALTO 5k Run Feb 2 The name of Edmond North’s event is a neat thematic confluence: the acronym for the school’s community service goal and the name of a heroic husky - North’s mascot, and what chilly runners will try to emulate. Mitch Park, 1501 E Covell Rd, Edmond, 919.8009, Chocolate Festival Feb 2 Area eateries stock the Firehouse Art Center’s annual fundraising paean to the joys of sweet, dark scrumptiousness. National Center for Employee Development, 2801 E State Hwy 9, Norman, 329.4523, Motion and Emotion Feb 2 Percussion phenomenon Colin Currie stars in an evening of Copland, Higdon and Tchaikovsky. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, OKC, 842.5387,

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Alexander Schimpf Feb 4 A rising star on the international stage, the oftlauded pianist is prepared to occupy Armstrong’s for an evening of Mozart and Debussy. Armstrong Auditorium, 14400-B S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 285.1010, Chocolate Decadence Feb 7 Savor the splendor of a signature metro event, boasting champagne, jazz, sweet treats and much more. Hudson-Essex Lofts, 825 N Broadway Ave, OKC, 973.4746, Taste of Oklahoma City Feb 9 Spoiler alert: it’s delicious. A grand array of gourmet goodness, auctions, a wine pull and dancing enliven this joyous event. Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 943.8075,




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“For me, January is a period of calm after the crazy holidays. It’s a time to hunker down and just relax. Cozy is the mood I go for – not only in my PJs but in my cooking as well. I cook big pots of warm soups and stews. Comfort comes from snuggling up on the couch with a steaming, hot bowl of baked potato soup and a warm, buttery biscuit.” – Caryn Ross See recipes on page 92.

MATTERS OF TASTE Capers does buffet right, and our staff braves a spate of kimchee 94

SPLASH For a beverage to banish winter, try the blast from the past known as Flip 98

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FARE | In the Kitchen

SAVORYand DELICIOUS By Caryn Ross | Photos by Carli Wentworth

WHEN I FIRST BEGAN MY JOURNEY IN COOKING I was really intimidated by soups. I thought they had to cook all day to be good. Well, that could not be further from the truth. Many of us work, but crave soup when we get home. Here is a super simple yet deliciously rich soup that you can feel proud to serve to anyone. While this incredible soup is warming, whip up the easy biscuits and you have a satisfying, hot meal.

Weeknight Potato Soup 1 pkg frozen hash browns, cubed type, thawed (may use half frozen and half fresh cubed red potatoes) 1 stick unsalted butter 2 ribs celery, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 pint half-and-half 2 c whole milk 1 c shredded cheddar cheese Toppings Sharp cheese Green onions, chopped Thick sliced bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled Fried onions Over medium heat, sauté onions and celery in butter in a stockpot. Cook until onions are translucent and celery is tender. Add potatoes, cream of chicken soup, half-and-half, whole milk and cheese. Heat gently until warm. Serve and garnish with suggested toppings. Note: I love making large quantities of this soup for guests and serving it buffet-style with a toppings bar. 92 SLICE // JANUARY 2013

Bacon Chive Biscuits 4½ c all-purpose flour 1 t baking soda 2 T baking powder 1 t salt 3 t sugar ½ c applewood smoked bacon, cooked and chopped 2 T bacon drippings 4 T chives, chopped 1 c solid vegetable shortening 2½ c buttermilk ¼ c melted butter Preheat oven to 425°. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add in the vegetable shortening and bacon drippings. Use a pastry blender, fork or your hands to mix until small crumbles form. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until everything is incorporated. Do not over-mix – that makes for tough biscuits! Stir in the chives and bacon. Turn out the dough onto a well-floured surface. Knead ever so slightly with additional flour just until it’s not sticky. Pat down the dough into a oneinch-thick round. Using a round biscuit cutter, press down and pull up. Place on a parchmentlined baking sheet. Gather up the scraps and form another one-inch-thick round and continue cutting out. Cook for 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Brush the tops with melted butter and serve. Alessandra white embroidered linen placemat, Raffaello goldplate f latware and Annieglass handmade goldtrimmed dishes from Luxe Objects in Nichols Hills Plaza.

Here are a few things to remember when making biscuits: Use fresh baking powder. Check the expiration date – if it is out of date, do not use or you will end up with little “doorstop” biscuits.

Do not twist the biscuit cutter! Press down and pull up. A twisting motion locks the dough and will not allow the biscuit to rise as high.

Instead of using butter, shortening truly is the best for making a lighter, fluffier biscuit.

Get creative with your mixins – there are no mistakes.

Hungry for More? Slice contributor Caryn Ross’ first cookbook is now available, and we have to say, it’s delicious! “Cooking With The Sassy Mama: Recipes with Lots of Sass” is available online at

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FARE | Matters of Taste

Mighty Mean Mediterranean By John Parker | Photos by Carli Wentworth

IF YOU LEAN TRADITIONAL – entering buffetright – Executive Chef Nordeen Bennai has arrayed a mecca for health-conscious eaters at Capers’ buffet: couscous with grilled eggplant; curried potato salad; beet salad with feta, oranges and pistachios; spinach salad dappled with pecans and raisins; salads Greek, Caesar and Persian; velvety fresh hummus, sliced fruits, tabbouleh and baba ghanoush. For club-Med foodies, the salad plenitude alone could fulfill all sorts of guilt-free fantasies. But that would leave so much buffet food unjudged and yet to be indulged. Chef Nordeen, a 30-year fixture in metro dining (including Café 501), has created a Mediterranean buffet that pays attention not to serving chutes of the shamelessly hungry (c’mon, you know you’ve done it), but ensuring that each dish could stand on its own in a traditional restaurant setting. He paid attention to décor (not every buffet must be strip-mall compliant) and there’s service. A friendly, well-informed wait staff will answer your questions, refill drinks and deliver fresh, warm pita bread. Even behind the buffet, the large kitchen staff knows their stuff, or will find it out. For entrees, you’ll find foundations of saffron, basmati or dill rice. Bring someone unfamiliar with Mediterranean, like your kids, and you’ll find the gamut: moussaka, dolmas, kofta kabobs, shawarma, gyros and harissa-infused capers. If their growing culinary horizons fade to “blech,” pizzas and chicken fingers await to save the day. Chef Nordeen has engineered a welcome blend of restaurant-quality food and service with a wellexecuted buffet that honors the flavor demands of Mediterranean cuisine.

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FARE | Matters of Taste

A KAMIKAZE KIMCHEE CHALLENGE KOREAN KIMCHEE IS NOT ITS OWN BEST FRIEND. It’s like a newly pubescent teenager who hasn’t discovered acne cream or deodorant. It’s loveable, but approach cautiously. Kimchee often comes in a clear glass jar, and that jar is jammed to the top with a mashup of white Napa cabbage and red chilies. Slice Art Director Scotty O’Daniel had a good take on what it can evoke. “It looks like you’d find an eyeball in there.” Scotty hates kimchee.

The fermented Korean national dish’s second drawback is the “kimchee funk.” Its aroma can be spicy sweet, but falls heavily on the pungent/ sour side. This smell can speed around a room like a 3-year-old on Blow Pops. After our kimchee judging session, Creative Director Mia Blake propped open a door to air out the office. Mia hates kimchee. Nonetheless, there are kimchee fanatics out there. It’s a staple dish in Korean-Oklahoman homes. Local Korean restaurants cluster around

Tinker Air Force Base, where squadrons of service members got hooked on it while serving in Korea. Chopped cabbage is the primary ingredient, usually with smaller amounts of daikon radishes, onions and carrots. Spicy-hot dried chilies or paste, garlic, salt and ginger are the typical f lavor foundations. Historically, kimchee was perfected as a winter-storage dish. Buried in frigid ground, fermentation and “good bacteria” growth preserved the nutritious ingredients and enhanced

the flavors. Today, kimchee refrigerators mostly fill that role for home preparers. Slice sought out four locally made kimchees and one national brand for judging. Four adventurous staffers – all kimchee newbies – volunteered. We were looking for crispness, spiciness, aroma and f lavor. Although this is how they ranked on one day, kimchee’s f lavors and other characteristics change naturally over time. This week’s ho-hummer can be next week’s wow.

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Vamonos Mexican Grill (yes, Korean-Mexican is available) 125 W. Britton Road, OKC The least heat. Mild, attractive flavors.

No. 3

Whole Foods 6001 N. Western, OKC Rejuvenative Foods brand Heavy ginger. Sweet. Nontraditional.

No. 4

Mi Ju Oriental Food Market 4404 S.E. 44th, Del City Very mild.

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OK Ko-Mart Foods 6000 S.E. 15th, Midwest City Strong salty taste.

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FARE | Splash

Flipping Out By John Parker | Photos by Simon Hurst IN COLONIAL AMERICA, flip was the beer bong of your average tavern patron, made for massive quaffing and tippling. Drink enough of the stuff and you’re suddenly dressed in a loin cloth and steeping English tea in Boston Harbor. Herman Melville memorialized the rum, beer and sugar concoction as a menace to ships at sea. Downing flip until you’re “halfway to Concord” is not advised before scaling the rigging to reef the sails. “Did I say we had flip? Yes, and we flipped it at the rate of ten gallons the hour,” he wrote in the 19th-century version of “Whale Wars.” Excuses to drink flip were plentiful. Winter was one of the best due to the last step in preparation: plunging a red-

hot fireplace poker into the mix to heat it. The name flip came from the subsequently roiling liquid “flipping” into a froth. Colonists actually used a loggerhead – an iron rod with a large bulbous end – for the flipping and heating. Today’s skinny pokers don’t pack as much heat, but are reliable enough to throw a good hissy flip. Slice’s “Warm Flip” is based on historical recipes and musters a f lip with a smoky, roasted f lavor – albeit a little challenging to the post-revolutionary palate. The “Cold Flip,” however, is similar to a modern tasty eggnog. After all, when European forebears started tossing heavy cream and eggs into flip, that’s what was invented.

Warm Flip 24 oz room-temperature ale 3 T fine sugar 1 t cinnamon ½ c rum 2 eggs Freshly ground nutmeg Fresh lemon or orange zest Position end of poker amid fireplace f lames for at least 20 minutes. Combine ale, sugar, cinnamon and rum into wide-mouthed pitcher. Add eggs, whisk thoroughly. Plunge poker into pitcher and hold for 10-15 seconds or until heat extinguished. Dust with nutmeg and zest.

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Cold Flip 1½ oz brandy 1 small egg 1 t superfine sugar ½ oz heavy cream Ice Freshly ground nutmeg Using a martini shaker with strainer, mix all ingredients except nutmeg. Shake extremely well to emulsify egg. Strain into a sour or wine glass. Dust with nutmeg. Source: “Field Guide to Cocktails”

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AMERICAN ANN’S CHICKEN FRY HOUSE This Route 66 classic provides a blast from the past in its copious decorative memorabilia, and excellent chicken fried steak big enough to sate the hugest appetites. 4106 NW 39 th, OKC, 943.8915 $ AROUND THE CORNER RESTAURANT A no-frills, old-school diner that’s a favorite spot for Edmondites to linger over omelettes, pork chops or pancakes and coffee. 11 S Broadway, Edmond, 341.5414 $ BASEMENT, THE Local ingredients in signature made-from-scratch dishes, including Whoopie Pies – plus the entertainment of RedPin Bowling Lounge under the very same roof. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 602.0111 $ BOULEVARD CAFETERIA Roast beef, chicken and dumplings, even liver and onions… one of the last of the area’s independent cafeterias is still pounding out the hits. 525 NW 11th , OKC, 239.6861 $ CAFÉ 7 A fast, casual restaurant with a very cool concept: widely varied salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options, all priced under $7 and served up in 7 minutes, 7 days a week. 14101 N May, OKC, 748.3354; 120 N Robinson, Suite W 175, OKC, 748.3354 $ CAFÉ 501 Rustic stone oven pizzas, fresh, uniquely designed salads and delicious specialty sandwiches on house-made artisan breads – add classic atmosphere and enjoy. 501 S Boulevard, Edmond, 359.1501; 5825 NW Grand, OKC, 844.1501 $$

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CLASSEN GRILL Don’t be thrown by the seen-better-days exterior; the food inside is deftly done diner deliciousness, especially the breakfast options. The eggs benedict and cheese grits can make your day in advance. 5124 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.0428 $ COACH’S RESTAURANT Overlooking the diamond at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark or within earshot of Owen Field, Coach’s locations serve fans during games and fans of its pizza, barbecue, burgers and beer anytime. 102 W Main, Norman, 360.5726; 20 S Mickey Mantle, OKC, 232.6224 $$ DEEP FORK GRILL The dimly lit, crisply elegant atmosphere perfectly complements the contemporary menu of superb seafood, (wood-grilled cedar plank salmon is the house specialty), steaks and accoutrements. 5418 N Western, OKC, 848.7678 $$ DIAMOND DAWGS A love of baseball informs this Campus Corner spot from the grounder up; its huge all-beef franks and specialty options will inform and re-inspire visitors’ love of hot dogs. 753 Asp, Norman, 364.3294 $ DINER, THE The classics never go out of style, and when locals refer to this institution as a greasy spoon, it’s a term of endearment if not veneration. Masterful preparation of ordinary breakfast and lunch fare – expect lengthy lines. 213 E Main, Norman, 329.6642 $ EISCHEN’S Two things to bear in mind: 1. It’s in Okarche, about 45 minutes from OKC proper. 2. It’s universally agreed to be well worth the trip. Legendary fried chicken and okra in a gloriously noisy packed house; cash only. 108 S 2nd, Okarche, 263.9939 $ FANCY THAT No longer restricting customers to a quick lunch and bakery treats, this Main Street café’s robust expansion into evening and weekend hours is cause for celebration… over dinner. 215 E Main, Norman, 307.0541 $$ FLINT Approachably casual style in the front of the house, with impeccably serious attention to detail in the kitchen; it’s the Colcord Hotel’s winning combination for contemporary cuisine. 15 N Robinson, OKC, 601.4300 $$ GOOD GRAVY DINER Hefty, heavenly portions of roast beef or chicken fried steak, tasty sandwiches and burgers, a constellation of breakfast options… and a whole slew of specialty gravies to top them off. 8014 N Western, OKC, 842.6200 $

favorite with endless omelette possibilities, friendly service and freshbaked breads and biscuits. 11 metro locations, $ KAISER’S AMERICAN BISTRO Founded in 1918 and serving contemporary classics like a top-notch buffalo burger, Kaiser’s boasts a great view… if you can tear your attention away from the ice cream & soda fountain. 1039 N Walker, OKC, 232.7632 $ LEGEND’S A Lindsey Street landmark for over 40 years, this casually upscale, three-diamond AAA restaurant still serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more down-to-earth fare amid welcoming surroundings. 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, 329.8888 $$ MUTT’S AMAZING HOT DOGS Now this is a hot dog – Mutt’s inspired creations feature prime meats like chicken, bison and duck, topped off with tantalizing and unexpected flavor profiles. 1400 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.3647 $ NEBU You shouldn’t have any trouble finding this airy, accommodating provider of chef-prepared sandwiches, sushi, pizza and more – it’s in the garden wing of the colossal Devon tower. 280 W Sheridan, OKC $ PICASSO CAFÉ Its neighbors are painters, potters and sculptors, so it’s no surprise its management strives to make their cuisine a work of art. Creative arrangements of pizza, sandwiches, salads and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, OKC, 602.2002 $ POPS A little out of the way but undeniably worth going the extra mile, the Good Egg Group’s roadside café has burgers, salads, shakes and the irresistible draw of an unbelievably broad soda selection. 660 W Highway 66, Arcadia, 233.2020 $ REDROCK CANYON GRILL Rotisserie chicken, Southwestern enchiladas, pork chops and steak by the lake served expertly in a casual, energetic, hacienda-style atmosphere of stone walls and mahogany beams around an open kitchen. 9221 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 749.1995 $$ SAGE GOURMET CAFÉ & MARKET In the heart of Deep Deuce, Sage puts an upscale spin on classics – the gourmet mac and cheese is a signature item – and uses organic and natural food products in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. 228 NE 2nd, OKC, 232.7243 $$

INTERURBAN CLASSIC GRILL It’s a simple concept: serve good food at a reasonable price in comfortable, casual surroundings. Favorites like chickenfried steak are always on the menu, but there are plenty of options for the health-conscious as well. 4 metro locations, $$

SATURN GRILL A star of the lunchtime stage, its surprising daily specials and inspired, tasty twists on ordinary sandwiches, salads and pizza keep it crowded on weekdays. Fortunately, the line moves quickly and calling ahead is encouraged. 4401 W Memorial, OKC 463.5594; 6432 Avondale, OKC, 843.7114; 1012 N Walker, OKC, 606.8182 $

JIMMY’S EGG Although it’s open for lunch as well, Jimmy’s Egg is a breakfast

SHARTEL CAFÉ Diverse diner-style classics – bacon cheeseburgers,

pancakes, reubens, bakery goodies, etc. – done with panache and further improved by airy, comfortable surroundings and friendly service. 5116 N Shartel, OKC, 843.0900; 201 Robert S. Kerr, LL 140, OKC, 601.8024 $ SYRUP The most important meal of the day is also the most enticing at this unique breakfast boutique serving a heaping helping of signature dishes (the crunchy French toast is something special) and Stumptown coffee. 123 E Main, Norman, 701.1143 $ TOBY KEITH’S I LOVE THIS BAR & GRILL He does, you know. Deep in the heart of Bricktown, this venue hosts frequent live music performances and features a homestyle menu, memorabilia and drinks served in Mason jars. 310 Johnny Bench, OKC, 231.0254 $$ VAST Keeping your attention on the steaks, seafood and other globally inspired American cuisine might be surprisingly difficult: the view is truly unparalleled in Oklahoma. 280 W Sheridan, 49 th floor, OKC, 702.7262 $$ WILL’S/THE LOBBY BAR Coffee vendor by day, bar by night, it features an unexpected and wonderfully inviting lunch and dinner menu: baked manchego, lobster sliders and many more. 4322 N Western, OKC, 604.4650 $

ASIAN 180 MERIDIAN GRILL Intended to unite east and west through blending the essence of Asian cuisine with culture, its intriguing menu spans sirloin with teriyaki butter, hoisin barbecue duck pizza and ample sushi options. 2541 W Main, Norman, 310.6110 $$ BLUE MOON CHINESE RESTAURANT Chinese cravings may come much more often after experiencing the spectacular amount of sweet, sour and savory tastes from this studentfriendly eatery. 1320 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.3871 $ GRAND HOUSE A number of Chinese restaurants concentrate on their cooking to the exclusion of any other aspect of dining – Grand House is the happy exception that goes the extra mile to provide enjoyable ambiance alongside its excellent cuisine. 2701 N Classen, OKC, 524.7333 $$ O ASIAN FUSION Sublime quality in a wide span of culinary influences – freshly rolled sushi to fiery curry – in a cool, vibrant environment. Call ahead; it becomes a packed house in a hurry. 105 SE 12 th, Norman, 701.8899 $$ SAII ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI BAR With a dark, rich ambiance that elevates it over its surroundings, Saii serves expertly prepared Japanese, Thai and Chinese dishes plus an extensive and adventurous sushi menu. 6900 N May, OKC, 702.7244 $$

BAKERY AMY CAKES Imaginative cakes and cupcakes to make any special occasion a bit more memorable – and it’s a onewoman show. By appointment only. 113 Hal Muldrow, Norman, 360.1131 $ BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N Walker, OKC, 232.0363 $ CRIMSON AND WHIPPED CREAM With a cheery Campus Corner vibe and the operators’ celebratory approach to food and life, it’s a terribly tempting spot for cookies, cupcakes, tea and dynamite coffee. 331 White, Norman, 307.8990 $ GIGI’S CUPCAKES Brace yourself – each Gigi’s location is home to a dozen different cupcake temptations in inspired flavors that rotate daily, and it’s surprisingly difficult to choose merely one. 1636 24th Ave NW, Norman, 801.2525; 14101 N May, OKC, 286.6200 $ GREEN GOODIES BY TIFFANY Specialty organic cupcakes for all – even those adhering to vegetarian and vegan diets or coping with food allergies or other dietary concerns can enjoy these high quality, flavorful treats. 5840 N Classen Blvd, Suite 5, OKC, 842.2288 $ LA BAGUETTE BAKERY & CAFÉ A spacious, comfortable seating area combined with the exquisite baking mastery that is the brand’s trademark makes this a tres chic, and very popular, destination for brunch and beyond. 1130 Rambling Oaks, Norman, 329.1101; 924 W Main, Norman, 329.5822 $ MCLAREN’S PANTRY For over 25 years, this independent bakery with a tempting sandwich selection has been a welcoming environment to enjoy a bite and connect with friends. 3414 S Boulevard, Edmond, 348.2336 $ NONNA’S BAKERY Family recipes are the foundation of these unbelievably scrumptious treats – walk in and pick or call ahead and special order cream pies, decadent cakes and much more. 1 Mickey Mantle Dr, OKC, 235.4410 $ NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Luscious flavors of rich, moist cake and frosting, available in bite-sized bundtinis packaged by the dozen; single-serving bundlets; or multi-tiered marvels that sate over two dozen dessert connoisseurs. 2520 W Memorial, Suite B, OKC, 751.8066 $ PANERA BREAD The breads are fresh, the sandwich and salad options ample and the atmosphere welcoming, thanks in part to the tasty baked goods and free wi-fi access. 9 metro locations, $ PINKITZEL CUPCAKES & CANDY Sweetness reigns supreme in this local confectionary creation – gourmet cupcakes that are baked fresh daily, a substantial candy boutique and gift

shop and cafe seating to enjoy it all with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. 1389 E 15th, Edmond, 330.4500; 150 E.K. Gaylord, OKC, 235.7465 $ PRAIRIE THUNDER BAKING CO. In this house of carbs, the bread baked on-site is the star of the show: on its own to take home, repurposed into breakfast pastries and desserts or accompanying the deli sandwiches and soups in the cafe. 1114 N Classen Dr, OKC, 602.2922 $ SARA SARA CUPCAKES Located in a charming little converted house, the ambiance and milk bar make great atmospheric additions to the varied menu of specialty cupcakes – selections range from traditional chocolate to blueberry honey and even bacon, egg and cheese. 7 NW 9 th, OKC, 600.9494 $ SUGAR Got a special event on the radar? Customized cakes and cupcakes with incredible artistry and imagination as a key ingredient are Sugar’s specialties – call for a consultation. 6900 N Western, OKC, 286.0058 $$$ SWEETS & SPURS Specializing in gourmet cupcakes, mini-pies, handdipped chocolates and cowboy boots… not pastries; actual footwear. Yee-ha! 215 34th Ave SW, Norman, 801.2555 $

BAR // PUB FOOD 51ST STREET SPEAKEASY A converted house with a perpetually packed porch and patio, the joint jumps with energy and the top-shelf spirits and beers flow with abandon. 1114 NW 51st, OKC, 463.0470 $ ABNER’S ALE HOUSE Beers and whiskies of the best, plus knockout renditions of accompanying dishes, with the aim of re-creating the true English public house vibe. 121 E Main, Norman, 928.5801 $$

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BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection fill this bustling bar in the landmark 50 Penn Place. 1900 NW Expressway, OKC, 840.1911 $ BLU FINE WINE & FOOD A popular bar option among OU students and Normanites, blu stands out due to quick, courteous service and a menu with gourmet range – try the hummus. 201 S Crawford, Norman, 360.4258 $$ BRICKTOWN BREWERY Only here for the beer? Not so fast – an ampedup menu of temptations demands a sampling at lunch or dinner… or both. 1 N Oklahoma, OKC, 232.2739 $$ BRIX RESTAURANT & SPORTS LOUNGE More than 30 flatscreens fill the enormous, plush lounge, restaurant and bar area, and the amenities include the Sunday NFL Ticket and NBA League Pass. If the game’s on, it’s on at BRiX. 27 E Sheridan, OKC, 702.7226 $$ CLUB ONE15 The nightclub vibe is in full effect with energetic music and three bars, though the robust menu including

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fajitas, pasta bowls and seafood is quite a draw of its own. 115 E Sheridan, OKC, 605.5783 $$ DAN O’BRIEN’S PUBLIC HOUSE With a party atmosphere and rocking live shows, it’s more a group bar than a casual restaurant; though the full menu and mighty burgers should universally satisfy. 2747 W Memorial, OKC, 752.4486 $ DEEP DEUCE GRILL The funky, comfortably run-down vibe of its namesake district lingers in this alternative to Bricktown crowds featuring burgers, beer and a peoplewatching patio. 307 NE 2nd, OKC, 235.9100 $ FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE Considering the pool, darts, frequent live music and perpetual celebratory vibe, it might be hard to concentrate on the varied menu… but at least try the fresh-baked pretzels. 3031 W Memorial, OKC, 751.7243 $

bangers and mash, even beef or salmon boxtys) mixed with favorites and delivered with engaging and gracious service. Plus, naturally, there’s Guinness on tap. 7523 N May, OKC, 755.2622 $$ SOONER LEGENDS Sandwiches and salads, outstanding barbecue, steaks, even Mexican and Italian specialties made to order in a loudly, proudly crimson and cream atmosphere. Great hangout for OU fans. 1200 24th Ave SW, Norman, 701.8100 $ TAPWERKS ALE HOUSE & CAFÉ The staff will gladly serve burgers, wraps, pizzas and other entrees, but most of the crowd – and it gets crowded – is here to sample from the 212 (yes, really) beers on tap. 121 E Sheridan, OKC, 310.9599 $$

pulled pork and smoked turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, $ IRON STARR URBAN BARBEQUE Named for notorious outlaw Belle Starr, Iron Starr specializes in “a unique and tasty spin on comfort food.” The entrees are excellent, but the sides are equal players here as well. 3700 N Shartel, OKC, 524.5925 $$

BISON WITCHES BAR & DELI The monster sandwiches are loaded with standout flavors, but the best way to enjoy them is in halves, accompanied by a bread bowl of fresh hot soup and a bag of pretzels. 211 E Main, Norman, 364.7555 $

RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE & BAR-B-Q It’s hard to get more casual than a set

BROWN BAG DELI Quick-as-a-wink sandwiches, desserts and killer chili. Limited seating; takeout recommended. 7600 N Western, OKC, 842.1444 $ BUNNY’S OLD FASHIONED ONION BURGERS Small space; big taste. The namesake creations are fresh, lean beef grilled to perfection and served in “big” and “bigger” versions. 5020 N Meridian, OKC, 949.2889; 1023 S Meridian, OKC, 949.2949 $ CAFÉ PLAID & BAKERY Fresh sandwiches begging to be combined with a sensational selection of salads (veggie, tuna, pasta…) make it an ideal spot for lunch when you’re near OU. 333 W Boyd, Norman, 360.2233 $

LIBRARY BAR & GRILL, THE Despite the name and its location directly adjacent to the OU campus, this low-light hangout spot won’t help you study… unless you’re doing independent research on local beers and excellent pizza. 607 W Boyd, Norman, 366.7465 $

CHARCOAL OVEN The smoke-filled flavor of a backyard cookout without having to fire up your own grill – get ’em while they’re hot! 2701 NW Expressway, OKC, 842.8911 $

LIBRARY OF FOOD & SPIRITS, THE A cozy, welcoming place to receive a friendly greeting and curl up with a good book-themed entrée, fresh salad and soup, monstrous burger or vegetarian fare – plus a commodious collocation of beverages. 119 N Robinson, LL, OKC, 235.8880 $

CITY BITES Get in, get a full-flavored hot or cold sub on your choice of fresh bread, or soup and a baked potato, get some cookies for the road, get on with your day. The plethora of metro locations means you’re never far from a tastier day. 18 metro locations, $

MONT, THE Though frequented by many purely for its primo patio and Sooner Swirls from the bar, the Norman landmark also boasts a tempting suite of pub food with a zing of Southwestern flavor. 1300 Classen Blvd, Norman, 329.3330 $

PURPLE BAR, THE Inviting and intimate; an ideal place for celebratory martinis to close out the workweek or a quiet nightcap with dessert from Nonna’s bakery. 1 Mickey Mantle (in Nonna’s), OKC, 235.4410 $ REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Dedicated to bridging the gap between beer bar and upscale eatery, this contemporary public house in Classen Curve pairs a vast selection of quality brews with imaginative menu items designed to complement one another. 5830 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.4577 $$ SAINTS An inviting Irish bar nestled in the Plaza District, its whiskey and beer selection dovetails nicely with classic dishes like shepherd’s pie, bangers and fish and chips. 1715 NW 16th, OKC, 602.6308 $$ SEAN CUMMINGS’ IRISH RESTAURANT & PUB Classic Irish fare (lamb stew,

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ABRAHAM’S WESTERN CAFÉ Follow your nose – the onion burgers coming off Abraham’s grill draw lunch crowds with effortless ease. 4716 N Western, OKC, 528.5152 $

LEO’S BAR-B-Q Dense, rich flavor and tender texture through and through, delivered in genuine unpolished style for commendable value – no wonder it’s a recurring favorite among OK connoisseurs. 3631 N Kelley, OKC 424.5367; 7 Harrison, OKC 236.5367 $

JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE Designed to bring Ireland’s pub culture to our city, this Midtown hotspot features 350 varieties of beer, including difficult-to-find options from all over the world. 1100 Classen Dr, OKC, 601.7468 $$

CLASSIC ’50S DRIVE-IN A locally owned drive-in that just gets the concept right. Burgers and shakes, fried pickles and slushes, breakfast items… the waves of students during peak hours are proof that familiarity breeds devotion. 1521 W Lindsey, Norman, 321.2271 $

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O’CONNELL’S IRISH PUB & GRILLE Beloved by students, alumni and townies alike, this OU Campus Corner landmark has been serving up burgers, beer and festive atmosphere since 1968. 769 Asp, Norman, 217.8454 $


VZD’S RESTAURANT & CLUB Live music is a staple on weekends, but the unusually broad, tasty bar menu draws a substantial lunch crowd as well. Try the turkey burger, the chili or both. 4200 N Western, OKC, 524.4203 $

of picnic benches inside a gas station, where food comes on cafeteria trays with plastic utensils and paper towels... but as the lines attest, the brisket and other barbecue staples speak for themselves. 3450 Chautauqua, Norman, 307.0552 $$


STEVE’S RIB A longtime Edmond favorite, its flavorful brisket, fried okra and more are the same but diners can choose their milieu: a seated restaurant in Edmond or a stand-up counter in NW OKC. 1801 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 340.7427; 7202 W Hefner, OKC, 728.9555 $

BILLY SIMS BBQ Even Cowboy or Longhorn fans will find serious taste to enjoy, but the memorabilia isn’t exactly in short supply in these tailgate-style chowhouses owned by the namesake Sooner star. 4 metro locations, $ EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a setting far from starved for competition, the award-winning barbecue chain pounds out hit ribs,

VAN’S PIG STAND A scion of Oklahoma’s oldest family-owned and -operated barbecue restaurant (open since 1935 in Shawnee), it does well with the basics and really rocks at ribs. 320 N Porter, Norman, 364.0600 $

FIRST EDITION, THE A café inside the Downtown Library would be worth it merely for the convenience, so it’s a welcome bonus that the sandwiches, pizza and panini practically warrant a trip all on their own. 300 Park, OKC, 605.8347 $ FLATIRE BURGERS Beloved by (and generally crowded with) UCO students, this bravura burger joint excels at innovative additions to the classic patty and bun, like sauerkraut, carrots, pineapple relish and habanero salsa. 100 N University Dr (at UCO), Edmond, 974.4638; 6315 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, 603.2822 $ GARAGE BURGERS & BEER, THE It gets noisy in the low-lit sports bar atmosphere, but even if your focus isn’t on a televised game, conversation would probably revolve around the huge, juicy burgers and fries – both available in several tempting flavor possibilities – anyway. 307 E Main, Norman, 701.7035; 601 S Bryant Ave, Edmond, 341.5801 $ HOME RUN SLIDERS A tasty array of sliders, from your basic “Rookie” to prime

rib, is served in an atmosphere that pays tribute to the national pastime. And don’t miss the ode to the condiment: Oklahoma’s largest ketchup bar. 128 E 5th, Edmond, 513.5410 $ IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Hand-cut fries, hand-breaded onions rings and simply great burgers. Try the No-Name Ranch burger – lean and flavorful, thanks to a unique breed of cattle raised in Wynnewood using organic techniques. 1035 NW 63rd, OKC, 840.4762; 1120 Classen Dr, OKC, 235.4762 $ JOHNNIE’S CHARCOAL BROILER Fresh-ground hamburgers cooked over real charcoal set Johnnie’s apart. Try the incredibly popular Cheese Theta or Caesar burgers, and don’t forget a side of their outstanding onion rings. 4 metro locations, $ KAMP’S 1910 CAFÉ The Kamp family is well-known in the Oklahoma food scene, and their 1910 Café builds on that history with first-rate breakfast and lunch, bakery items and full coffee shop on site. 10 NE 10th, OKC, 230.1910 $ LOUIE’S GRILL & BAR Casually cool and come-as-you-are, these popular neighborhood bar-type hangouts excel at inexpensive burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, $ LOUIE’S ON THE LAKE An unbeatable view of scenic Lake Hefner from the patio adds to the ambiance of this classic eatery, which features a tasty spate of entrees under $10. 9401 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 751.2298 $ MULE, THE Solid beer and beverage selection plus a delectable array of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and melts (ingredients range from fontina to figs) fill the menu at this relaxation destination in the Plaza District. 1630 N Blackwelder, OKC, 601.1400 $ ND FOODS Gigantic deli sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head meats, homemade soups in a variety of intriguing flavors and a selection of freshly baked cookies, pies and other desserts. Step right up! 2632 W Britton, OKC, 840.9364 $ NIC’S GRILL It’s small, it’s crowded, it’s cash-only… and it’s incredible. The colossal burgers, easily among the metro’s best, and mounds of fresh fries make this hole-in-the-wall diner pure paradise. 1202 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 524.0999 $ PATTY WAGON Building these burger behemoths involves ingredients like fresh, toasted buns and add-ons like thick, crisp fries, but it all comes back to a foundation of outstanding local farm-raised beef. 3600 N May, OKC, 917.1711 $ RED HORSE GRILL A prime lunch spot thanks to its speedy but cooked-to-order menu, the onion burgers, shakes, malts and frozen custard have devoted local followings, as does the Friday Fish Fry special. 2205 W Main, Norman, 360.3287 $ S&B’S BURGER JOINT Good news: these burgers’ exquisite flavor combinations – including such showcase ingredients as peanut butter or a coffee crust – come in slider form as well, the better to sample more selections. 20 NW 9th, OKC, 270.0516; 5929 N May, OKC, 843.8777 $ SERVICE STATION Once a filling station, the building still has vintage décor and is home to Bentleys, Packards and dipsticks,

but now they’re the names of its delicious half-pound burgers and fries. 502 S Webster, Norman, 364.2136 $


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SMASHBURGER Billing itself as a place with a burger soul, this savory hot spot provides 100 percent Angus beef in three sizes amid a panoply of tasty toppings and sides, plus similarly varied chicken sandwiches and salads. 2127 W Memorial, OKC, 418.8416; 7642 W Reno, OKC, 787.5700 $ SOMEPLACE ELSE DELI Simple, straightforward hot and cold sandwiches made especially superb by virtue of fresh breads, speedy service, low price tags and the option of adding on an array of exceptional baked goods. 2310 N Western, OKC, 524.0887 $ SOONER DAIRY LUNCH The menu’s masthead, “Serving Norman since 1954,” should serve as a fairly strong recommendation all by itself – this modest little drive-in has been cheerfully feeding its staunch fans burgers, fries, tots and shakes for six decades and counting. 1820 W Main, Norman, 321.8526 $ TEXADELPHIA Popular hang-out spots inside and out due to the numerous flatscreen TVs and patio seating. The menu draws raves for burgers and wraps, but especially the monstrous made-to-order cheesesteaks. 1150 W Lindsey, Norman, 701.5635; 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 208.4000 $ TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS With one burger (and variants), one side dish (fries), one salad and beverages, the menu is easy to remember. With this level of bravura execution, the meal is hard to forget. 324 NW 23rd, OKC, 609.2333; 5740 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 286.3331 $


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ALL ABOUT CHA Universal standards and more adventurous concoctions (the sweet potato latte is a wonder) in a bright, bustling atmosphere that still has room for quieter lingering. 3272 S Broadway, Edmond, 340.9959 $ BEANS & LEAVES Comfy and welcoming like a coffeehouse should be, the large menu of brewed temptations simply rocks. 4015 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 604.4700 $ BEATNIX CAFÉ, THE While it’s certainly possible to get a sandwich, cup of hearty soup or powerhouse latte to go, doing so would mean missing out on the lovely laid-back vibe that pervades this stressless dawdling spot. 136 NW 13th, OKC, 604.0211 $ BLUE BEAN COFFEE CO. Excellent coffee, even better service and a particular knack for formulating a perfect balance within creatively flavored specials. 13316 S Western, OKC, 735.5115 $ COFFEE SLINGERS Rocking a brisk, urban vibe thanks to its Automobile Alley location, this has become a gathering place for genuine java enthusiasts, especially during the monthly educational sampling seminars called “cuppings.” 1015 N Broadway, OKC, 606.2763 $


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course fondue dinners, this elegant restaurant rewards time investments with delectable memories. 4 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1000 $$$ METRO WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE A perennial favorite that feels comfortably upscale without exerting pressure to impress on its clientele, the far-reaching menu covers culinary high points from vichyssoise to crème brulée. 6418 N Western, OKC, 840.9463 $$ MICHAEL’S GRILL Thoroughly urbane dining in an elegant, intimate setting – the steaks, chops, seafood and pastas are excellent, and the Caesar salad prepared tableside is legendary. 2824 W Country Club, OKC, 810.9000 $$$ MUSEUM CAFÉ, THE A setting as inspiring as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art warrants something special in terms of cuisine… et puis voila. Ethereally light or delectably robust, this European-inspired menu delights for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 415 Couch, OKC, 235.6262 $$


NIKKELLETTE’S CAFÉ A selection of fresh salads and tasty sandwiches on homemade bread, served in a distinctive atmosphere: how many other cafes have tableside chandeliers? 2925 Lakeside Cir, OKC, 755.3560 $

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COWGIRL COFFEE Patrons can’t linger and loiter and soak up the atmosphere – because there isn’t any; it’s a tiny to-go shack in a parking lot – but that’s about the only downside to this sweet spot for baked goods and specialty beverages. 121 E Waterloo, Edmond, 341.5060 $ CUPPIES & JOE The name’s not really a misnomer, but if it listed all their features it’d be too long. For cupcakes and coffee and pie and live music and a cozy, trendy vibe and more, park around back and take a peek. 727 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.2122 $ ELEMENTAL COFFEE Seriously spectacular coffee roasted in-house - the passionate staffers are always eager to share knowledge about the process - augmented with locally sourced treats, including a variety of crepes on weekends. 815 N Hudson, OKC, 633.1703 $ MICHELANGELO’S COFFEE SHOP & WINE BAR Enjoy exceptional coffees, a well-stocked pastry case with chocolates and sweets, a surprisingly robust wine catalog and even breakfast and lunch selections. 207 E Main, Norman, 579.3387 $ PARAMOUNT, THE A Film Row joint with a screening room attached, it serves a few options for breakfast and lunch and snacks to go with its movies, but it’s the all-day beverage menu that delivers the stuff dreams are made of. 701 W Sheridan, OKC, 517.0787 $ RED CUP Comfortably ramshackle surroundings encourage curling up for conversation over spectacular PrimaCafe coffee, baked treats, vegetarian-friendly breakfast and lunch specials and live music. Highly recommended! 3122 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 525.3430 $

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T, AN URBAN TEAHOUSE Proving that an establishment’s focus can be narrow and broad simultaneously, this endearing retreat doesn’t do coffee or sandwiches, but does offer over 100 varieties of tea and expert counsel to explore a world of possibilities. 7518 N May, OKC, 418.4333 $ VINTAGE TIMELESS COFFEE A locally owned and lauded beverage bistro with plenty of sweet flavor combinations, treats from Brown’s Bakery and innovations like the smooffee (an espresso-powered smoothie). 1101 NW 49 th, OKC, 752.0038 $

CONTINENTAL BIN 73 WINE BAR Diners can fill up on filet mignon or simply top the evening off with tapas while enjoying the full bar and chic ambience. 7312 N Western, OKC, 843.0073 $$ BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing delectably creative food – pot roast nachos! – with an expansive beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S University, Norman, 928.5555 $$ BOLERO A unique experience provided by coupling delicious tapas with the perfect Spanish wine from a signature selection, in an elegant, open-air atmosphere. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 602.0652 $$ CAFÉ NOVA Lunch, dinner and late at night, the simple but innovative fare and hopping bar in this Western Avenue spot aim to please hipsters, families and white- and blue-collar joes and josephines. 4308 N Western, OKC, 525.6682 $$

CHEEVER’S Dress up or down for the Southwestern-influenced recipes and love of seafood that drive the contemporary comfort food found in this converted florist’s; truly one of the city’s finest destinations for dining out. 2409 N Hudson, OKC, 525.7007 $$ CHEFS DI DOMANI A proving ground of sorts for the chefs-in-training at Platt College’s culinary institute, this restaurant offers the opportunity to watch the students in action and enjoy their internationally influenced work. 2727 W Memorial, OKC, 749.2423 $$ COACH HOUSE, THE Definitively among the metro’s most refined, elegant, upscale dining experiences, the rotating menu of seasonal cuisine highlights regional specialties prepared with classical perfection by master chef Kurt Fleischfresser. 6437 Avondale, OKC, 842.1000 $$$ HEFNER GRILL Hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood are served by courteous staff in conjunction with one of the best views in the city. 9201 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 748.6113 $$ LOTTINVILLE’S WOOD GRILLE Rotisserie chicken and wood-grilled salmon are the featured players among a host of Southwestern-influenced entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, Edmond, 341.2244 $$ MANTEL WINE BAR & BISTRO, THE Marvelous steaks, seafood and other specialties (don’t miss the lobster bisque), combined with a refined, intimate atmosphere and outstanding service, make a truly memorable meal. 201 E Sheridan, OKC, 236.8040 $$$ MELTING POT, THE If the occasion is special, here’s where to make a meal into an event. Specializing in four-

NONNA’S EURO-AMERICAN RISTORANTE & BAR A cozily appointed, thoroughly opulent atmosphere housing distinctive cuisine, specialty drinks and live music in The Purple Bar and fresh-baked goodies to top off a grand evening. 1 Mickey Mantle, OKC, 235.4410 $$$ PARK AVENUE GRILL A one-of-a-kind dining experience inside the luxurious Skirvin Hilton, blending traditional steak and seafood cuisine with the high style of its original 1930s setting. 1 Park, OKC, 702.8444 $$$ PASEO GRILL Quiet and intimate inside, cheerful and comfortable out on the patio, with an award-winning menu full of distinctive flavor combinations – try the duck salad. 2909 Paseo, OKC, 601.1079 $$$ ROCOCO RESTAURANT & FINE WINE An “east coast-style” restaurant, built around a diverse menu of hand-crafted international dishes from Penne Bolognese to Petrale Sole, set off by carefully selected wine and exceptional service. 12252 N May, OKC, 212.4577; 2824 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 528.2824 $$ SEVEN47 A Campus Corner hotspot boasting sleek, swank décor, an appealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch and a consistently celebratory vibe make this winning combination. 747 Asp, Norman, 701.8622 $$ SIGNATURE GRILL Unassuming locale; magnificent culinary rewards. Chef Clay Falkner’s expertly considered menu mixes French and Italian techniques, presenting a wide spectrum of amazing flavors in a few select dishes. 1317 E Danforth, Edmond, 330.4548 $$$ TASTING ROOM, THE Located in Will Rogers Theatre, this intimate space is a culinary stage for expert chefs to dazzle small groups. 4322 N Western, OKC, 604.3015 $$$

VIN DOLCE Primarily a venue for the endless, joyous pursuit of discovering the perfect glass of wine, downtown Edmond’s hot spot also serves gourmet tapas and homemade sweets. 16 S Broadway, Edmond, 285.5333 $$

HEALTH NUT CAFÉ Fast food that’s also fresh and nutritious in the form of salads, wraps, melts, smoothies and more. Eat healthy, live happy! 333 NW 5th, Suite 104, OKC, 601.1444; 920 N Lincoln, OKC, 239.2233 $

WEST The staff is speedy, the décor sleek and modern, and the entrées – like bucatini with meatballs or roasted salmon and ratatouille – are wideranging but elegantly simple. 6714 N Western, OKC, 607.4072 $$

LOCAL Utilizing some of the finest, freshest regionally sourced ingredients available to fuel chef Ryan Parrott’s creative cuisine, its menu changes seasonally but its welcoming full-family atmosphere is constant. 2262 W Main, Norman, 928.5600 $$


LUDIVINE The experience is never the same on successive visits, because the menu adjusts constantly to reflect availability of elite-quality, locally sourced ingredients. 805 N Hudson, OKC, 778.6800 $$$

LA BAGUETTE BISTRO Brothers Alain and Michel Buthion have firm roots in the city’s culinary landscape, and La Baguette combines fine dining (linger over multiple courses whenever possible) with an exceptional bakery, deli and butcher shop on site. 7408 N May, OKC, 840.3047 $$ WHISPERING PINES B&B A secluded getaway on the south end of Norman, this inn houses a treasure of a restaurant serving sumptuous, savory French-inspired cuisine in quiet comfort with first-class service. 7820 E Highway 9, Norman, 447.0202 $$$

GERMAN INGRID’S Authentic German fare at its best, including outstanding Oklahomamade bratwurst. Join the Saturday regulars for breakfast and try the apple French toast, and no one can resist Ingrid’s bakery counter. 3701 N Youngs, OKC, 946.8444 $$ OLD GERMANY RESTAURANT Justly renowned for its Bavarian delights – the schnitzels, soups and cevapcici sausages are spectacular. Reservations strongly recommended; it’s a small place and dinner’s already a lengthy process without waiting in line. 15920 SE 29th, Choctaw, 390.8647 $$$ ROYAL BAVARIA Excellent renditions of traditional dishes like Wienerschnitzel, Jagerbraten and a variety of sausages, plus fantastisch house-brewed beers, make the time consumed a worthy investment. 3401 S Sooner, Moore, 799.7666 $$$

HEALTHY // ECLECTIC COOLGREENS This health-conscious establishment has a menu, but customization is encouraged; every available component in their salads, wraps and frozen yogurt is naturally delicious. 4 metro locations, coolgreens. com $$ EARTH NATURAL CAFÉ & DELI, THE Super, super fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods in one of the most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menus you’ll ever see, plus organic fairtrade coffee and tea. 750 Asp, Norman, 573.5933 $ GREEN & GRILLED Steak, chicken, pork, veal or tofu grilled to order and served with fresh salads and sides, resulting in a balanced, filling, extremely tasty green meal for only a little green. 8547 N Rockwell, OKC, 563.2605 $

MATTHEW KENNEY OKC Built with sustainability and raw cuisine preparation in mind, it’s a warm, modern setting in which to savor the unique and innovative menu crafted by the renowned raw food chef and author. 5820 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.1050 $$ PINK ELEPHANT CAFÉ On Main Street but off the beaten track, the green, health-conscious labor of local love has a small menu and constantly rotating daily specials to complement its earthfriendly vibe. 301 E Main, Norman, 307.8449 $


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IL DOLCE GELATO Rich, creamy and decadently delicious, with two dozen flavors daily handmade from scratch on location; the cioccolato scuro is unbelievably sublime. 937 SW 25th St, Suite B, Moore, 794.7266; 1318 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 329.7744 $ ORANGE LEAF FROZEN YOGURT Dozens and dozens and dozens of decadent-tasting, waistline-friendly flavors, topped however you like since you’re making it yourself. Just don’t try them all at once, since it’s charged by the ounce. 9 metro locations, $ PASSIONBERRI An oasis for the dessert lover whose sweet tooth is tempered by a healthy mindset, the menu includes self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings, tea and new passion sweet crepes. 1204 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 701.8898; 1236 E Alameda, Norman, 801.2233 $ PEACHWAVE YOGURT A full 50 flavors – every one low-fat or non-fat – conveyed to your taste buds via the finest, freshest ingredients in completely delicious customized combinations. 3 metro locations, peachwaveyogurt. com $

INDIAN AJANTA CUISINE OF INDIA Find appealing possibilities at the busy lunch buffet or delve into the menu’s tandoori treasures – the hardest part is choosing. 12215 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 752.5283 $$ GOPURAM – TASTE OF INDIA A fullservice Indian establishment whose richly appointed interior and attentive

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coffee – everything you’d hope for from a romantic, comfortably shabby Italian café. The adjoining bar regularly hosts live local music. 434 Buchanan, Norman, 701.4900 $$ OTHELLO’S OF EDMOND A sister restaurant to the original Othello’s in Norman, it offers a similarly welcoming atmosphere and menu, with its own spin courtesy of a historic location and customers’ culinary contributions. 1 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.9045 $$ PAPA DIO’S Three generations of the Bonadio family offer an ample menu of new and classic dishes – Tuscan fusion, anyone? – in separate dining rooms for casual or more refined dining. 10712 N May, OKC, 755.2255 $$ SOPHABELLA’S CHICAGO GRILL A quiet, classy gem offering premier tastes from Chicago and beyond – the menu includes Coquilles St. Jacques alongside pepperoni rolls – in comfort and style. 7628 N May, OKC, 879.0100 $$$

Appetizer plate at Upper Crust staff give the feel of fine dining, even during the inexpensive and plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 NW 23rd, OKC, 948.7373 $$ KHAZANA INDIAN GRILL Don’t let the thought of a buffet throw you off this place. The food is superior and very fresh; the staff is delightful. New to Indian food? Alert a server and you will be guided through the cuisine. 4900 N May, OKC, 948.6606 $$ MISAL OF INDIA BISTRO A Norman institution for over 30 years, specializing in tandoori-cooked delicacies and boasting healthy, natural, delicious cuisine, served amid splendid ambiance. 580 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 579.5600 $$ TAJ CUISINE OF INDIA A tremendous selection of Indian staples and delicacies – the menu has sections for vegetarian, tandoori, South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties – plus full lunch and dinner buffets. 1500 NW 23rd, OKC, 601.1888 $$

ITALIAN | PIZZA BELLINI’S RISTORANTE & GRILL Tasteful in décor and Italian offerings alike, this romantic nightspot quietly, confidently exudes elegance. 6305 Waterford Blvd, OKC, 848.1065 $$ BENVENUTI’S Subtly flavored minestrone to rich, hearty ragouts, the splendid menu keeps the booths full and diners planning return trips; don’t overlook the Sunday brunch. 105 W Main, Norman, 310.5271 $$ CAFFE PRANZO The atmosphere raises first-time diners’ hopes; the execution exceeds them. Classic dishes, as well as less ubiquitous options that should be better known, are elevated to greatness. 9622 N May, OKC, 755.3577 $$ FALCONE’S More than a pizza place, although the “by the slice” is terrific, it encourages experimentation via a deli counter of imported Italian meats, cheeses and delicacies. 6705 N May, OKC, 242.2222 $

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FLIP’S WINE BAR & TRATTORIA Managing to feel rustic despite its location in a busy corridor of OKC, this cozy Italian joint keeps extended hours, and tends to get busier and louder as the hour gets later. 5801 N Western, OKC, 843.1527 $$ GABERINO’S HOMESTYLE ITALIAN Finding a seat can be tricky - the handful of tables generally stay filled, possibly due to the powerful aromas, tender pasta and savory sauces that make up the family recipes the owners are happy to share. 283 34th Ave SW, Norman, 310.2229 $ GABRIELLA’S ITALIAN GRILL AND PIZZERIA A fresh chapter in the Giacomo family’s delectable legacy of success in Krebs, McAlester and South Padre; one bite of the chicken piccata or homemade Italian sausage should win diners’ hearts with ease. 1226 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.4955 $$ HIDEAWAY PIZZA If you’ve been serving pizza to a devoted following for over half a century, then you must be doing something right. In this case, that something right is incredible pizza in jovial surroundings. 7 metro locations, $$ HUMBLE PIE PIZZERIA There’s really no need to be humble about pizza made the way a true Chicago pizzeria would make it. Take your choice of toppings and relish what is quite possibly the best crust known to man. 1319 S Broadway, Edmond, 715.1818 $ JOEY’S PIZZERIA A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves first-rate appetizers and salads along with its mouth-watering pies. Can’t get enough? Have your pizza, then have another for dessert; The Surfer Dude can pinch hit as entrée or dessert. 700 W Sheridan, OKC, 525.8503 $$ NOMAD II A classic old-school Italian restaurant (the pizza is especially popular) that also serves excellent steaks and fried chicken, and offers a slice of OKC history through its décor. 7301 N May, OKC, 843.4557 $$ OTHELLO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Garlic bread and mussels to tiramisu and

SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE, THE A family destination since 1989 and one of the initial harbingers of the Bricktown renaissance, it delivers immense servings of piping hot pasta and 15-layer lasagna with cheerful enthusiasm. 101 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.0402 $$ STELLA MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE A luscious spate of modern Italian cuisine for a casual lunch, romantic dinner or brunch that’s a bit of both, framed by stylish surroundings. 1201 N Walker, OKC, 235.2200 $$ UPPER CRUST WOOD FIRED PIZZA A chic, contemporary restaurant in Classen Curve, this uptown pizzeria and wine bar specializes in wood-fired, thin crust New York-style pies complemented by a full menu and wine list. 5860 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 842.7743 $$ VICTORIA’S PASTA SHOP A shabbycomfortable atmosphere with local art on its walls and the art of pasta on its plates – the chicken lasagna and linguine with snow crab are especially excellent. 327 White, Norman, 329.0377 $ VITO’S RISTORANTE Homestyle Italian cuisine in an intimate setting where the staff and management treat customers like guests in their home. It’s a small space, so calling ahead is recommended. 7521 N May, OKC, 848.4867 $$ WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pizzas crafted from fresh ingredients and made-fromscratch sauces; there’s a build-yourown option if the house specialties’ unconventional toppings (figs, truffle oil, walnuts) don’t appeal. 230 NE 1st, OKC, 270.0660; 4709 N Western, OKC, 602.3477 $$

JAPANESE // SUSHI FULL MOON SUSHI Mango salsa, chive oil, crème fraiche, “cherry death sauce”… you won’t find fresh, marvelously creative combinations like these elsewhere. Expect to spend some time poring over the extensive menu, and definitely try the Devil’s Advocate. 326 E Main, Norman, 535.6548 $$ GOGO SUSHI The name reflects the restaurant’s attitude toward speed and convenience, but doesn’t mention the robust menu or tantalizing specials. Go go check it out! 1611 S Service Rd, Moore,

794.3474; 432 NW 10th, OKC, 602.6333 $$ IN THE RAW DUNWELL SUSHI A chic, colorful, open-concept restaurant on the Bricktown canal offering excellent sushi, even more impressive specialty rolls and a wide assortment of sake. Try the bananas tempura for dessert. 200 S Oklahoma, OKC, 702.1325 $$ MUSASHI’S Exquisitely flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared with genuine artistry, thanks to the skilled chefs performing at tableside hibachi grills. Nobody does the onion volcano better. 4315 N Western, OKC, 602.5623 $$ PACHINKO PARLOR A uniquely Oklahoman spin on Eastern cuisine, featuring sushi rolls made with ingredients like fried chicken or chorizo sausage alongside more classic preparations of noodle and rice dishes. 1 NW 9th, OKC, 601.8900 $$ SHIKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT A boisterous, high-energy meal off the hibachi menu, or a quieter repast of reliably fresh, high-quality sushi – either way, diners win. 14041 N May, OKC, 751.8989; 4406 W Reno, OKC, 947.0400 $$ SUSHI BAR, THE Sushi staples done with élan, as well as options starring more adventurous ingredients like sweet potato and jack cheese, in a bustling, comfortable environment. 1201 NW 178th, OKC, 285.7317 $$ SUSHI NEKO An established OKC favorite combining style (sleek, brisk, classy) with substance (in the form of an especially wide-ranging and creative sushi menu). Flavor favors the bold! 4318 N Western, OKC, 528.8862 $$ TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s neither huge nor lavishly appointed, and the menu focuses more on traditional dishes than experimental flights of fancy; it is, however, palpably fresh and routinely cited as among the metro’s best. 7516 N Western, OKC, 848.6733 $$

MEDITERRANEAN AVANTI BAR & GRILL Gather around the hammered copper bar for the casual elegance of Italy and the Mediterranean with contemporary twists: crab falafel, bolognese pizza, osso bucco and more. 13509 Highland Park, OKC, 254.5200 $$ CAPERS There’s no menu per se; it’s more a case of deciding what delicacy you’re in the mood for – gyros, shawarma, fresh tabouleh, falafel, homemade Mediterranean-style pizzas, baklava – and then retrieving it from the massive buffet. 6317 N Meridian, OKC, 720.2600 $$ COUS COUS CAFÉ Massive flavor comes packed into this small space; an impressive balancing act among the payload of spices elevates the kabobs, shawarmas, tagines and other Moroccan hits. 6165 N May, OKC, 286.1533 $ LET’S DO GREEK A versatile menu of Mediterranean standards, with many flavors available in salads, pitas or arepas, distinguishes this family endeavor – and the curry chicken stew is exceptional. 180 W 15th, Edmond, 285.8898 $ MEDITERRANEAN IMPORTS & DELI Selected groceries and a menu stocked

with options from a simple Greek salad to eye-watering cabbage rolls; the food is authentic, quick and spectacular. 5620 N May, OKC, 810.9494 $ NUNU’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ & MARKET The tangy, tantalizing, fresh and healthy flavors that characterize the cuisine of Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and their neighbors, faithfully reproduced from generations-old recipes. 3131 W Memorial, OKC, 751.7000 $ QUEEN OF SHEBA Practically the definition of a hidden treasure, an excellently spiced, extremely veganfriendly menu of varied Ethiopian delights awaits the adventurous. Bring friends and be prepared to linger. 2308 N MacArthur, OKC, 606.8616 $$ ZORBA’S MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE For over 20 years, Zorba’s has satisfied appetites and pleased adventurous palates. Serving traditional and modern dishes from recipes passed down through generations, they proudly showcase the flavors of Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Morocco. 6014 N May, OKC, 947.7788 $

MEXICAN // LATIN AMERICAN 1492 1492 offers authentic Mexican cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, a fusion decor with an open bar, possibly the best mojitos in the universe and a romantic setting. 1207 N Walker, OKC, 236.1492 $$ ABEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Tex-Mex necessities like enchiladas and tacos are plentiful, while authentic flavor really shines in steak and pork specialties. Bonus points for the Huevos Chorizo. 5822 NW 50th, OKC, 491.0911; 6901 S May, OKC, 686.7160 $ ABUELO’S MEXICAN FOOD EMBASSY In a word: huge. The restaurant itself, the variety, the plates, the flavors, the experience. No passport required. 17 E Sheridan, OKC, 235.1422; 3001 W Memorial, OKC, 755.2680 $$ ALFREDO’S MEXICAN CAFÉ Kick back with an agave limeade and take your time perusing the menu. From avocado enchiladas to fried tacos, the choices – and portions – are more than ample. 3 metro locations, $$ ALVARADO’S MEXICAN Options abound – from creamy, dreamy chicken tortilla soup to sopapillas with brandy butter sauce made to order – for a Mexican feast leaving customers full and fully satisfied. 1000 E 2nd, Edmond, 359.8860 $$ BIG TRUCK TACOS It’s nearly always standing room only at lunch, but don’t let that stop you – shove an elbow in at the counter and enjoy fast, fresh, imaginative taco creations. 530 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.8226 $ CAFÉ ANTIGUA Breakfast and lunch are both served until close, making it twice as hard for the midday diner to choose from the double lineup of intriguing Guatemalan specialties. 1903 N Classen, OKC, 602.8984 $ CAFÉ DO BRASIL OKC is a long way from Rio, but the supremely savory menu in this Midtown hot spot covers the

distance in a mouthful. Even brunch is a spicy, inimitable treat. 440 NW 11th, OKC, 525.9779 $$ CAFÉ KACAO A sunlit space filled with bright, vibrant flavors from the zesty traditions of Guatemalan cooking. Lunch possibilities beckon, but it’s the breakfast (and brunch) specialties that truly dazzle. 3325 N Classen, OKC, 602.2883 $ CANTINA LAREDO A sophisticated take on traditional Mexican food, specializing in fresh fish specials and certified Angus beef dishes. 1901 NW Expressway (in Penn Square Mall), OKC, 840.1051 $$

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CARNITAS MICHOACAN On beyond Tex-Mex! This walk-up taqueria-style destination serves specialties from its namesake southern Mexican state, including asada, pollo, cabeza and even lengua dishes. 306 W Edmond Rd, Edmond, 341.0356 $ CHELINO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT How do you find some of the metro’s fastest, most frequented Tex-Mex? Look around – there’s probably a Chelino’s nearby. An Oklahoma flavor empire spanning from Norman to Edmond, its substantial menu includes a bevy of lunch specials. 11 metro locations, $$ CHUY’S If you’re just feeling a trifle peckish, you might have your hands full with this one – the portions are substantial, the Hatch chile-fueled flavors are strong and the vibe is playfully enthusiastic. 760 N Interstate Dr, Norman, 360.0881 $$


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DIEGO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT The proprietors’ personal investment (there’s a family tree on the menu) and pride in their Central Mexican culinary heritage fuel the marinades and specialty dishes in this charming little café. 1501 NW 23rd, OKC, 525.1700 $$ EL POLLO CHULO Chicken, steak and seafood options marinated in limes Spanish-style and grilled for healthy flavor make for a lean, inexpensive, savory meal. 5805 NW 50th, OKC, 792.2300 $ FUZZY’S TACO SHOP At home in high-traffic areas because it helps create crowds, Fuzzy’s dishes up jumbo burritos and big, flavorful salads – and, with special serious emphasis, shrimp tacos – quickly and in plenitude. 752 Asp, Norman, 701.1000; 208 Johnny Bench, OKC, 602.3899 $


IGUANA MEXICAN GRILL Whether “down by the railroad tracks” or returning to its roots in Nichols Hills Plaza, Iguana offers unique Mexican flavor in a fun atmosphere at reasonable prices, including awesome deals on Iguana Tuesdays. 9 NW 9th, OKC, 606.7172; 6482 Avondale, OKC, 607.8193 $$ INCA TRAIL Maintaining a cultural culinary heritage that includes flavors from around the world results in great variety, from piquant ceviches to silkysmooth homemade flan. The Pollo a La Brasa comes highly recommended. 10948 N May, OKC, 286.0407 $$ JUAN DEL FUEGO Blueberry pancakes to beef quesadillas, this “Mexi Diner” in Redbud Plaza dishes up breakfast and lunch standards from both sides of the border for a devoted, and expanding, clientele. 223 34th Ave SW, Norman, 310.2030 $

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LA CUEVA GRILL Homestyle Mexican just north of downtown OKC, the menu is an appealing mix of old and new dishes, and the breakfast burrito with egg and chorizo is not to be missed. 409 N Walker, OKC, 604.0523 $ LA LUNA MEXICAN CAFÉ Its cantinastyle atmosphere is undeniably festive, and only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and bolder dishes like the carne ranchera. 409 W Reno, OKC, 235.9596 $$

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MAMA ROJA MEXICAN KITCHEN A festive atmosphere on the scenic shores of Lake Hefner sets off a menu loaded with hand-rolled tamales, vendor-style tacos and signature dishes. 9219 E Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC, 302.6262 $$ MAMASITA’S A popular watering hole due to its spacious patio and prime location on the south side of Nichols Hills Plaza, it also offers a full menu – try the tortilla soup! 1121 NW 63rd, OKC, 848.0541 $ MAMAVECA MEXICAN RESTAURANT A tasty take on familiar Mexican favorites plus a rare treat for culinary explorers: the diverse delights of Peruvian cuisine, which incorporates the combined flavors of four continents. 2551 W Hemphill, Norman, 573.4003 $$


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MARGARITA’S RESTAURANTE MEXICANO The menu offers comfortably familiar favorites, and the real draw is the exceptional execution: always fresh, never greasy, reliably delicious. 7800 N May, OKC, 848.8394 $$ PEPE DELGADO’S Fast service, consistent quality and proximity to campus make Pepe’s a packed house during the lunch rush, as students and faculty keep coming back for more Mexican classics. 752 Asp, Norman, 321.6232 $ PURPLE BURRO Casual and lighthearted (if you couldn’t guess from the name), it specializes in New Mexican cuisine fueled by the heat of green chiles in classics like chicken enchiladas and chile verde stew. 231 S Coltrane, Edmond, 359.8400 $$ TARAHUMARA’S CAFÉ & CANTINA Beloved by locals (there’s usually a line but it moves quickly), this airy, unassuming ristorante serves huge, tasty portions of Tex-Mex classics plus less ubiquitous fare like carnitas de puerco and mole poblano. 702 N Porter, Norman, 360.8070 $$ TED’S CAFÉ ESCONDIDO The gold standard of OKC-area TexMex: residents may prefer another eatery, but when they attempt to make converts, Ted’s is the point of comparison. Fast, fresh and amply portioned, it’s often very crowded and always supremely delicious. 4 metro locations, $$ TRE’S TAQUERIA Y CANTINA A trio of cuisines – Spanish, New Mexican and South American – provide distinctive flavors for diners in selections ranging from daily tapas specials to hallacas (Venezuelan tamales), finished with exquisite tres leches cake. 305 E Main, Norman, 701.8282 $$ YUCATAN TACO STAND Fast, fresh and often fiery Latin fusion cuisine like paella and tamales wrapped in banana

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leaves alongside signature nachos and taco combinations… plus a selection of over 75 100-percent-agave tequilas. 100 E California, Suite 110, OKC, 886.0413 $ ZARATE’S LATIN MEXICAN GRILL And now for something a trifle different: In addition to the familiar joys of enchiladas and chimichangas, the chef’s Peruvian heritage shines in South American dishes featuring plantains, yuca and imported spices. 706 S Broadway, Edmond, 330.6400 $$

SEAFOOD BIG TUNA FISH JOINT, THE Large, fast and fresh, with a casual vibe, counter service and a menu filled with handbattered seafood flown in daily and a varied drink selection – a prime port of call in Brookhaven Village. 3720 W Robinson, Norman, 928.5250 $$ FISH CITY GRILL Shrimp and grits, tilapia po boys, oysters on the half shell… anyone who secretly wishes Oklahoma had a coastline should feel right at home in this Spring Creek Village stopover. 1389 E 15th, Edmond, 348.2300 $$ JAZMO’Z BOURBON STREET CAFÉ Its upscale yet casual environment and Cajun and Creole-inspired selections provide a nice backdrop for both a night out in Bricktown and watching the big game at the bar with a bowl of gumbo. 100 E California, OKC, 232.6666 $$ PEARL’S CRABTOWN A 20,000-foot Bricktown warehouse is home to Crabtown, where the Cajun Crab Boil is a favorite and guests are encouraged to “leave the silverware at home and dig in.” 303 E Sheridan, OKC, 232.7227 $$ PEARL’S OYSTER BAR A perennial winner in “best of the metro” polls for its fresh, flavorful seafood and spicy Creole-inspired dishes: Shrimp Diablo, Tabasco Caesar salads and more. 5641 N Classen, OKC, 848.8008 $$ SHACK SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR, THE A massive selection of nicely spiced Cajun and Creole cooking, plus fried and grilled seafood, in an atmosphere that’s as casual as can be. 303 NW 62nd, OKC, 608.4333 $$ TRAPPER’S FISHCAMP & GRILL Zesty, delectable flavor from the Pearl’s family of restaurants finds a comfortable home in a backwoods fishing lodge atmosphere. 4300 W Reno, OKC, 943.9111 $$

SOUL FOOD CAJUN KING The buffet filled with étoufée, jambalaya, collard greens, candied yams and red beans and rice could satisfy even the most rapacious palates, and the fresh fried catfish and beignets are purely regal. 5816 NW 63rd, OKC, 603.3714; 700 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, 928.5050 $$ MAMA E’S WINGS & WAFFLES Now with two locations after a star turn on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” this labor of love is adored by locals looking for classic Southern dishes flavored with authenticity. 3838 Springlake, OKC, 424.0800; 900 W Reno, OKC, 231.1190 $

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BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigné ambiance down to the least detail and cuisine easily ranking among the metro’s elite – a sumptuous, if expensive, masterpiece. 505 S Boulevard, Edmond, 715.2333 $$$

PAD THAI Dine in comfortably or quickly carry out beautifully executed exemplars of the form: delicately flavored or searingly spiced soups, curries, fried rice and noodle dishes like its namesake. 119 W Boyd, Norman, 360.5551 $

CATTLEMEN’S STEAKHOUSE The very definition of an Oklahoma institution – it’s over 100 years old in a state that’s only 104 – its immense corn-fed steaks and irreproducible atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S Agnew, OKC, 236.0416 $$ HAUNTED HOUSE, THE A quaint estate renowned for its spooky past (its name is no accident, folks) and being a tad difficult for newcomers to find, The Haunted House is legendary for its steak, lobster and quirky charm. 7101 Miramar, OKC, 478.1417 $$$ HOLLIE’S FLATIRON STEAKHOUSE This plush, cozy restaurant in front of the Warren Theatre features fresh, tasty entrees seared on a flatiron grill and a kick of Southwestern spice running through the menu. 1199 Service Rd, Moore, 799.0300 $$ JAMIL’S STEAKHOUSE Saving room for your steak, lobster or prime rib is difficult when your gratis appetizers arrive in the form of a Lebanese bounty, but make the effort. Jamil’s has been feeding Oklahoma exceptionally well since 1964. 4910 N Lincoln, OKC, 525.8352 $$ JUNIOR’S Some of the biggest oil deals in boom and bust days were finalized at this landmark Oil Center building restaurant, where hand-cut Angus steaks and lobster fight for attention with knockout fried chicken. 2601 NW Expressway, OKC, 848.5597 $$$ MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The service is outstanding and the ambience casually welcoming, but the star is the steak: the finest hand-selected customaged beef, broiled to perfection and served sizzling and delicious. It’s where great steak is the rule, not the exception. 3241 W Memorial, OKC, 748.5959 $$$ MICKEY MANTLE’S STEAKHOUSE Named after a legendary Oklahoman, this lushly atmospheric social spot in Bricktown serves powerhouse entrées, sides and amenities that have become the stuff of legends themselves. 7 S Mickey Mantle, OKC, 272.0777 $$$ OPUS PRIME STEAKHOUSE Aspiring to the ultimate in upscale dining via hand-cut USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, a wine selection comprising over 1,000 labels and an ambiance of intimate elegance. 800 W Memorial, OKC, 607.6787 $$$

SALA THAI Pineapple curry, basil squid, fried rice with crab, cinnamon beef with rice noodles... the variety is exceptional, and the inexpensive create-your-own lunch special makes it a popular midday option. 1614 NW 23rd, OKC, 528.8424 $

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SWEET BASIL THAI CUISINE The enormous aquarium adds to Sweet Basil’s cozy ambiance, which when coupled with its outstanding curries and soups recommends it as a date spot. Be aware that it is on the higher end of Norman’s price range for Thai. 211 W Main, Norman, 217.8424 $$ TANA THAI BISTRO There’s a lot to like about the food in this little spot, from the red snapper filet to the plain old (so to speak) pad thai. Pay special attention to the soups, and do not play chicken with the spice level. 10700 N May, OKC, 749.5590 $$


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CORIANDER CAFÉ Updating traditional Vietnamese recipes with modern sensibilities via local ingredients, this vegetarian-friendly café makes a quick, casual, comfortable dining alternative. 323 White, Norman, 801.3958 $ LIDO Spring rolls to vermicelli bowls, this venerable diner runs the gamut of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, and even finds room for a few French specialties. 2518 N Military, OKC, 521.1902 $$ MR. PHO It abuts the riotous variety of Super Cao Nguyen market, so it’s not surprising that Mr. Pho is exceptionally fresh and its menu is far-reaching: from pork vermicelli to whole Cornish hens. 1133 NW 25th, OKC, 525.7692 $ PHO BULOUS Super fresh, super fast, reasonably priced and perhaps Edmond’s finest take on the namesake soup… although some of the specialties like Honey Ginger Chicken or Wasabi Salmon also merit closer inspection. 3409 S Broadway, Edmond, 475.5599 $ PHO CA DAO Vermicelli bowls, rice platters and even banh xeo crepes are there for investigating, but the main draw is still piping hot pho (with choice of meat) and icy cold bubble tea. 2431 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 521.8819 $

RANCH STEAKHOUSE Driven by custom-aged hand-cut USDA Certified Prime tenderloins and ribeyes, the effortlessly opulent Ranch offers exceptional food, warm hospitality and unbridled Southern comfort. 3000 W Britton, OKC, 755.3501 $$$

PHO SAIGON Can’t decide between Vietnamese and Thai? The spicy noodle broth in this casual restaurant’s name is a standout, but the proprietors have happily added some of their native Thai cuisine to the menu as well. 2800 N Classen Blvd, OKC, 525.1110 $

RED PRIMESTEAK Visionary design and atmosphere house super-premium steaks that are among the state’s very finest, accompanied by vibrant, imaginative flavors and refined amenities to make world-class dining. 504 N Broadway, OKC, 232.2626 $$$

SAIGON BAGUETTE Fast and flavorful – and unbelievably cheap – this cash-only counter in the Milk Bottle Building just north of Western packs a distinctive Vietnamese punch into fresh sandwiches and knockout egg rolls. 2426 N Classen, OKC, 524.2660 $

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Last Laugh

Bicentennial Boy By Lauren Hammack


’ve been spending my post-holiday weeks licking some fresh psychological wounds, dished out by several people – most of whom share my last name and all of whom share my DNA. Thanksgiving had all the makings of a typical holiday at my parents’ house, but this year, things went terribly wrong. Specifically, things went terribly wrong for me. For reasons that are still unclear, one among our brood committed a serious breach of our family’s time-honored Thanksgiving rite, the post-meal jigsaw puzzle assembly. Instead of finding corner pieces, the offender sidled up to the dining room table in much the same way Jack Ruby slipped into the basement of the Dallas city jailhouse before polishing off Oswald: the crime was over before I even knew what

and-stripes shirt that she urged me to wear for Picture Day that year. I was hardly a diva of fashion (see Exhibit A), but even I knew that wearing the Bicentennial shirt any time, much less on Picture Day, was taking a serious fashion risk from which there may be no return (see Exhibit A). I can’t remember how my mom finally pulled off such a coup, but I had obviously entered into a negotiation of some kind with her, and lost (see Exhibit A). If wearing the Bicentennial shirt weren’t traumatizing enough, an ill-timed visit to my mother’s hairdresser only added insult to my star-spangled injury. Both my mom and the hairdresser were partial to pixie haircuts; for several years my sister and I were sheared mercilessly. Shearing Day, which had been the day before Picture Day,

If wearing the Bicentennial shirt weren’t traumatizing enough, an ill-timed visit to my mother’s hairdresser only added insult to my star-spangled injury. had happened. Out of nowhere, under the 1,500-watt spotlight above the dining table, a photo album fell open to 1976. Now, let me first say that I realize the holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and reminisce fondly about the past, and old photos often inspire such sentimental journeys. Let me next say that you’ve never seen vultures like the ones that hovered over my mom’s photo albums, squawking at the photographic carcasses of the 1970s – my most unfortunate decade by far. My incredulous children instantly spotted my sixth-grade school picture, howling uproariously. It was 1976, the Bicentennial Year, a year whose most momentous event was the unveiling of the Bicentennial quarter. More than anyone before or since, however, my mother was consumed by all things Bicentennial, including the stars-

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clearly marked the hairdresser’s successful release of months of pent-up aggression. Most of my childhood haircuts were punctuated by a good, long cry and, Bicentennial Year or not, nothing would stand in the way of the meltdown I had the night before Picture Day. I looked like a BOY! Me – the girliest of girly girls – a boy. “Don’t be ridiculous,” my mom scoffed. “It looks fine.” Looking as though I were auditioning for the part of Betsy Ross’ pre-pubescent brother in the school play, I wore the Bicentennial shirt (and the hyper-pixie) to school for Picture Day. Against the deafening din of laughter from sixth-grade boys, my teacher greeted me by asking, “Oh dear, what happened to you?” When it was time for our class to have our pictures taken, we filed into the cafeteria where a crusty photographer was herding the last of the fifth-graders through the process. As my Bicentennial moment arrived,

Exhibit A: The author on Picture Day, 1976.

the photographer told me that I would need to take off my glasses before the photo. A boy in my class had been made to take off his glasses the previous year and he looked like a clown. Without his glasses, his lazy eye immediately pulled inward, toward the bridge of his nose, which made him cross-eyed in his yearbook photo. “I don’t want to take off my glasses,” I asserted. “Come on, son,” the photographer pushed, “you’ll end up with a glare.” Son? The photographer thinks I’m a BOY! He just called me son! Oh, there was a glare, all right. My obstinance led to the photographer’s hasty repositioning of my glasses, which turned out to be considerably less fortunate than being cross-eyed (see Exhibit A). I’ve long believed that my mother, the hairdresser and the photographer were in cahoots before Picture Day – involved in some kind of perverse Bicentennial tomfoolery, forever chronicled in my mom’s photo album. Overcome by the hilarity of it all, my kids screamed and guffawed while texting and tweeting the photo of the Bicentennial Boy to the rest of the universe. Eventually, they’ll remember that I have photo albums of them, too. Want to comment on Lauren’s tales or share some of your own? Write to her at

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