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JULY 2012 VOLUME THREE ISSUE SEVEN
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WRONG and what you can do about it
A Q&A with Best Doctors’ Vice-Chairman, Evan Falchuk Q: If someone asked you to explain in 20 seconds what Best Doctors does, how would you answer? A: We are turning traditional notions of health care on their heads. In today’s confusing maze of a health care system, we get people the right answers to their medical questions. We do this in lots of different ways, but all of it involves figuring out what is actually wrong, asking the right questions, and getting the right answers from the world’s best expert physicians. Today, we serve 30 million members around the world, and we believe that through our work we are on our way to changing health care forever. Q: Can you give us an example of a case where Best Doctors corrected a diagnosis? A: My favorite example is close to home — my own brother, Brad. He’s the co-creator of the TV show “Glee,” and before coming to Best Doctors, he was incorrectly diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his spinal cord. His doctors had scheduled him for radiation and surgery to get rid of the tumor, which is actually the right thing to do for that kind of condition. The trouble is, that wasn’t the condition he had. So we reviewed all of his medical information and family medical history, and our doctors found a clue that ended up being lifesaving for him. It turned out we have a family history of a condition that could easily be confused for a malignant tumor. Best Doctors recommended some additional tests, which confirmed that he didn’t have a tumor at all. The treatment that was originally planned was in fact very dangerous, given his actual condition. Today, having received both the right diagnosis and right treatment from Best Doctors, he is doing great. What’s amazing about my brother’s case is that stories like his are more common than most of us think.
Our U.S. data from 2011 showed 29% of people had been misdiagnosed, while 60% required a change in treatment. Q: The public is starting to hear more about how often people are misdiagnosed, and about getting second opinions. In this day and age, why is misdiagnosis happening so often in the first place? A: Doctors today are the best educated and best trained than at any time in history. They have the best technology out there, and every year more and more treatments are available. So how can misdiagnoses still happen? The problem, we believe, is in how our health care system works. Doctors sometimes have to see 30 or more patients a day, and often can spend only 15 minutes or less with each one. What’s happening is that doctors and patients just don’t have the time together that they need to ask all the right questions, and make the best decisions. It’s why we believe that misdiagnosis is a public health problem that doesn’t get the attention it absolutely deserves. Q: How long has Best Doctors been around? What was the genesis of the company? A: Best Doctors has been doing this work for almost 25 years. My father is one of the founders. He is an internist and professor of medicine and saw the problem of quality in medicine from his work as a doctor. He knew that as a doctor and a teacher he could only reach so many people. His vision in creating Best Doctors was to reach millions more. It’s inspiring to be part of a team that is making this vision a reality. Q: What makes doctors the “Best?” How does Best Doctors choose its physicians? A: We think the very best doctors are the ones who make good,
WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO TO AVOID BEING
MISDIAGNOSED? 1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You should never be a spectator in your own care. It’s your health, and your life. 2. Always get a second opinion and focus on sharing your symptoms, rather than the diagnosis you received from your initial treating doctor. 3. Take the time to get to know your family medical history – and make sure your doctor knows about it. 4. Take someone with you to your doctor’s visits to help listen, take notes, and ask questions. 5. If you’ve been diagnosed with a type of cancer, always have your pathology re-checked.
thoughtful decisions. Now, one way to do this would be to watch every doctor practice, but obviously that’s not practical. So what we set out to do over two decades ago was ambitious and gamechanging. We wanted to ask doctors all across the country, and across all of the many specialty areas of medicine, who, in their experience, they thought were the best at what they do. It’s a little bit like what doctors do themselves when they look for doctors — they ask their peers for their honest perspective. Today, we have assembled a respected database of nearly 50,000 doctors that represent the top 5% of doctors across 45 specialties and more than 400 subspecialties of medicine. It’s an incredibly powerful tool. And it’s completely independent. Doctors can never pay to get on our Best Doctors in America list, nor are they (or we) ever paid if they’re voted on to the list. The only way to be on the list is for their peers, the best in their fields, to name them to it. It is, in fact, a singular honor to be a Best Doctor. Q: What would you give as the #1 reason why Best Doctors continues its efforts to improve health care? A: The biggest reason why we come to work each day at Best Doctors is because we believe everyone should get the right care. While most people get the right care, far, far too many people still do not. There isn’t an easy way to fix the health care system, but we know we don’t need to wait for that — we can help people through our approach and physicians’ expertise today, and so we do. Q: What can people do to avoid being misdiagnosed? A: The best thing you can do is to ask questions. You should never be a spectator in your own care. Ask why your doctor thinks your diagnosis is right. Find out what else could be causing your problems. Don’t be afraid to ask — it’s your health, and your life.
If you’re going to get surgery or you have a serious illness, always get a second opinion. Making sure you are comfortable that you understand what is happening and what is being planned for you is a really important way to avoid problems. Focus on telling your second-opinion doctor all of your symptoms, rather than influencing her thinking right off the bat by repeating what your first doctor said you have. Take the time to get to know your family medical history — and make sure your doctor knows about it. It’s hard to listen to difficult medical news and pay close attention to details at the same time, so take someone with you to doctor’s visits to help listen, take notes, and ask questions. If you’ve been diagnosed with a type of cancer, always have your pathology re-checked. If you had a biopsy and your diagnosis is based on your original pathology report, be sure to get it reviewed again. We all have the power to make a real difference in our own care or that of a loved one.
Best Doctors, Inc. (www.bestdoctors.com) is a global health company founded by Harvard Medical School professors in 1989. Around the world, Best Doctors provides people access to the expertise of the best five percent of physicians for the right care and right treatment. For further information, call (800) 223-5003. Unsure if you have access to Best Doctors as an employee benefit? Take this article to your Human Resources Department.
Beat the Heat
Summertime’s here; you need something to keep you feeling – and looking – cool. Streetside café to poolside chaise, these choice products will carry you through the season in style.
Calm, Clean & Clear
It is easy bein’ clean: the spa, suites and amenities at the carefully planned getaway on Fort Gibson Lake called The Canebrake make for a uniquely relaxing, restorative treat.
Setting the Table
A patriotic-plus color palette adorned with sweet touches makes an ideal setting in which to raise a glass, and a fork, to special occasions.
They are exemplars in their fields, central Oklahoma’s representatives in a nationwide list of the top five percent of medical professionals. Need genuinely excellent health care? Here’s who to call.
Full-flavored and exquisitely rich, gelato is a delicious remedy for hot weather, and with this recipe from Caryn Ross you can whip up bliss-inducing batches of your own. Fantastico!
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The Pursuit of Happiness
With an open, airy space packed with star designers’ lines, Classen Curve boutique Liberté offers OKC ladies the freedom to choose some simply stunning fashions.
Location. Convenience. Mercy. In addition to traditional appointments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, four of our metro clinics and three Walmart clinics offer expanded hours for walk-in care. That means you can just walk in the door and a Mercy provider will take care of you – no appointment needed. And Mercy’s electronic health record ties together your medical information so no matter who cares for you at which Mercy clinic, they’ll have your up-to-date medical history in front of them.
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From the Editor 12 To the Editor 14
This & That 16
Beat the Heat 20
Calm, Clean & Clear 22 Enjoy Your Stay 29
Art - Music - Theatre - Events 31
Setting the Table 42 Live al Fresco 46
Your Health Is Everything 49
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Liberté and the Pursuit of Happiness 66 Grand Plans 72
Third Time’s the Charm? 73
The Sales of a Lifetime 76 In the Spotlight… Gov. David Walters 80
Designers’ Notebook Home for Fashion 82
Edibles & Libations 85
Out & About On the Town 103
Whine and Cheese Party 110
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FROM THE EDITOR
The Heat of the Moments
ummer used to last longer. Sure, it’s still technically the same number of days, but now it feels like the heat far outlasts that idyllic kids-are-out-of-school-let-the-vacationing-ensue period of time. Admittedly, toward the end of summer – for the parents at least – that time has a way of
becoming increasingly less tranquil and more “please, God, let school start.” Age may well be a factor in this time-warp mindset; everything moves faster on the far side of 40.
If your school-age kids have made the change to the year-round schedule, summer truly is about a
full month shorter. If you’re the parent of kids who are in different schools and on both the year-round and traditional calendar, you have my heartfelt sympathies. Like herding children needed another kink in the system. But however long you have to enjoy it, make the most of it.
My husband Ray and I have but one living at home these days, and have opted for a more laissez-faire
approach this year. So far my daughter Chloe’s (age 10) summer adventures have included: bathing her mostly-white horse (an exercise in futility, given the mare’s fondness for swimming in the pond, which makes her mostly orange); searching for and making contact with frogs and horny toads while avoiding contact with snakes; getting bucked off a horse and breaking her wrist (the cast is a badge of honor and has become a work of art); diligently scouring the grapevines for birds’ nests; creating safety fences for the killdeer that inexplicably lay their eggs on the ground; fishing for bass but catching perch; planting a variety of things in our garden and harvesting a plentiful supply of Brussels sprouts. Nine out of 10 times that last statement is greeted with a grimace, but my daughter and I think they’re delicious. And much like those sweet potato pushers, we think the only reason you don’t like Brussels sprouts is because you haven’t tasted them the way we make them.
The adventure list will grow as summer progresses, preferably sans any additional broken bones. Are
these pursuits life-changing events that will remain etched in her memory for as long as she lives? For the most part, probably not… but some will. I’m not down on the concept of big events and all-out celebrations, but the seemingly ordinary moments have a way of wedging themselves quite nicely into our memories. The important thing – and I hope this is true for you and yours as well – is that we’re enjoying doing stuff together. And if it feels like fall is taking forever to get here… I just might be okay with that.
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TO THE EDITOR
Giving a nod to the guys who give it all to be great dads – cool. Photographing them in black and white for the Film Issue – cool. Designing the story to look like old movie posters – cool. Awesome cover. Awesome magazine. ’Nuff said. Brent Logan Oklahoma City
Right in Tune
I’m right there with you on almost every one of your song selections this month (“They’re Playing My Song,” June 2012)! I thoroughly enjoy your column, so keep up the great work. Lesa Shriver via email I love Slice Magazine, so I’m going to forgive you, even though I hold you responsible for “Having My Baby” playing in my head for three solid days after I read Lauren Hammack’s Last Laugh article. Laugh plenty I did! In retaliation, I have only two words for you: Funky Town. Roxanne Smith Edmond
Art as Life
I came across your magazine when I spent a few days in Oklahoma City this past April. As an artist, I was very interested to see what Slice was all about (The Artist Issue, April 2012). I really enjoyed reading about your local talent, but one article hit home for me.
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Artists everywhere are overwhelmed with requests to donate a piece of art to this charity or that charity, and the ones doing the requesting think it’s a great tax writeoff for us. Don’t get me wrong; we love to help good causes, and most of us know that these fundraisers are a great marketing opportunity for us, but I hope your “Give and Take” article helps people realize that it’s not all a bed of roses. It’s not that we don’t want to help a not-for-profit, do-gooder organization, it’s that we’re trying not to be nonprofit artists. This is, after all – if we’re really, really lucky – how we make our living! Isabel Johansen Denver, CO
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Beau Appetit Ambience is a crucial component
of the dining experience – orchids or tealights on the table don’t make the food taste any different than a handful of broken crayons or a singing plastic fish would, but each of our senses can affect our enjoyment of the others. In a beautiful setting, a good meal just seems better. In a setting as beautiful as the OKC Museum of Art, brunch seems like the best in the state.
That’s the verdict from Open Table,
an online restaurant reservation service that polled its users about their favorite eateries; compiled from over five million reviews of more than 12,000 restaurants nationwide, its list of 100 Best Restaurants for Brunch 2012 includes exactly one Oklahoma establishment: the Museum Cafe.
Admittedly, that’s not a scientific proof
– not every restaurant uses Open Table, and not everyone who enjoys a meal takes the time to register their approval. Still, achieving such a high level of popularity among its patrons is an accomplishment in and of itself, and if you have any questions about the excellence of the experience, the Museum Cafe staff would be very happy to show off its metropolitan atmosphere, exceptional service and superb cuisine on the Sunday of your choice. Reservations are recommended; call 235.6262 or visit okcmoa.com/eat… or use opentable.com.
And don’t expect to find any crayons.
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THIS & THAT
The Wheel Deal
Paris has Vélib’, London has Barclay’s
Cycle Hire, Shanghai has Forever Bicycle, Rio de Janeiro has Bikerio… and now Oklahoma City has Spokies. Urban centers around the world have incorporated bicycle sharing systems as an alternative to motorized public transportation or private vehicles, providing users with short-distance transportation that’s environmentally friendly and personally healthy without the demands of buying, storing and maintaining their own bikes.
STEAKING A CLAIM
And with the ongoing revitalization and repopulation of downtown OKC (consider the impending Core to Shore park along the Oklahoma River), the City of Okla-
homa City’s Office of Sustainability and
cattle around 8000 B.C., which
Downtown OKC, Inc. decided this was
means we as a species have been
the perfect time to introduce the progres-
enjoying delicious beef for a
solid 10,000 years. You’d think
Bikes can be checked out and returned
that in that time we would have
seven days a week at automated kiosks as
learned everything there is to
part of yearly, monthly or daily memberships; the program was introduced in May with six locations providing docking spaces for 97 bicycles. Some initial problems with the Spokies software led to incidents of vandalism and theft, prompting a temporary shutdown for retooling – this is why we can’t have nice things, people! – but the system has had its tune-up and the program is back in the saddle. For kiosk locations, pricing structure and more information, visit spokiesokc.com.
know about eating cow parts, wouldn’t you? Surprise! “Meat specialist” Tony Mata, with help from Chicago chef Rick Gresh and Jake Nelson of OSU’s Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricul-
The satisfaction of a lengthy, arduous job brought successfully to its conclusion, of seeing a
a cut of meat that’s reputedly ev-
cherished vision made reality after years of effort and hope, is its own reward. Also rewarding:
ery bit as tender and flavorful as
having your efforts recognized as exceptional. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Depart-
current fine dining favorites while
ment and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association have presented the 2012 RedBud Award for
coming from part of the cow that’s
Excellence in Bloom
tural Processing Center, has found
Outstanding New Attraction in Oklahoma
generally rendered into ham-
to the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sul-
burger. Whereabouts? They can’t
phur. The honor caps off an amazing be-
say – or, rather, won’t – because
ginning for the 109-acre campus housing
they’re in the process of trying to
a traditional tribal village, educational cul-
patent the specific knife strokes
tural exhibits, carefully tended gardens,
used to produce their beefy
a 350-seat theatre and outdoor amphithe-
brainchild: the Vegas Strip Steak®.
atre, native art and more – over 100,000
Unveiled in April, it’s already avail-
visitors since its opening have experienced
able from a handful of distributors
the results of its devotion to sharing in and
and on the menu at restaurants in
celebrating the Chickasaw culture, a tri-
Chicago and Boise; if you’re sali-
umphant milestone that’s all the sweeter
vating with interest, read more at
thanks to this new cause for celebration.
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What I Read on My Summer Staycation, by Steve Gill
It’s a vast, varied, beautiful world out there, full of sights to see and wonders to behold… but it’s also full of books I haven’t read yet, and a bunch of those are already at my house, just waiting to be carried out to the hammock on balmy afternoons. I might not make it through all of them, but these are the written worlds on my travel agenda for summer 2012. See anything you like?
Patrick O’Brian The Commodore through 21 The continuing story of the seafaring adventures shared by Royal Navy officer “Lucky” Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, a physician, naturalist and clandestine intelligence agent. (You might remember the 2003 movie “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany – those are the chaps in question.) These are the last four novels in the series and the fragment of another left unfinished at O’Brian’s death, but it’s not as massive an undertaking as it sounds; they’re immensely enjoyable, breezy reads with propulsive action sequences and surprisingly funny, if dry, dialogue between characters I quickly came to treasure. I’m 16 books in and I’ll genuinely be sorry to reach the end and bid them a final farewell.
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Michael Lewis Moneyball
Anthony Shadid House of Stone
Jasper Fforde Lost in a Good Book
Neil Gaiman Smoke and Mirrors
A chronicle of GM Billy Beane’s attempt to make the underfunded Oakland A’s successful by concentrating on players’ statistical performances instead of the experienced opinions of scouts and coaches.
A weary, brutalized journalist rebuilds his great-grandfather’s estate in southern Lebanon in what the dust jacket calls “an unforgettable meditation on war, exile, rebirth and the universal longing for home”… so you can tell right away it’s going to be a laugh riot.
My wife read the book after we both saw the movie, and preferred the book because it delves way more deeply into the stats and the mathematics involved. I’m not as fond of baseball as she is, nor of math, but the film – which I enjoyed – was at its best when dealing with those subjects rather than Beane’s personal life, and while I might quietly skip any formulae I come across, it’s a relief to know the book is unlikely to contain a heartwarmingly supportive teenage girl who sings the same cloyingly awful pop song like three times in two hours for NO REASON AT ALL.
It will probably be the heaviest thing I attempt this summer in terms of tone and subject matter, but Shadid has impressive credentials (universally respected journalist, two Pulitzer Prizes, OKC native) and I have an ongoing fascination with the idea – I think the Spanish word is querencia – of developing a spiritual connection to a specific place that goes beyond shelter or familiarity; it’s your haven and refreshes your soul while becoming a part of your identity, even in absentia. I got the impression from reading a few articles in the wake of Shadid’s untimely death that the title house had become that kind of haven for him (his wife chose that spot as his resting place), and I’m looking forward to his description of finding his place of peace.
This, on the other hand, should be lighthearted – or at least funny, since it’s the sequel to the exquisitely clever The Eyre Affair and its cavalcade of literary references, linguistic playfulness, pulp adventure, trans-dimensional romance and the occasional breathtakingly awful pun. I’m a big fan. I haven’t read even the back cover of Fforde’s second effort, as (a) I’m by nature spoileraverse, and (b) the alternate universe inhabited by literary detective Thursday Next and populated with such wonders as the Prose Portal – which allows the user to enter classic literature and interact with its characters – was more than entertaining enough the first time around to prompt this purchase sight unseen.
A collection of unrelated short stories (and a few poems), it’ll be for filling in gaps here and there rather than bolting through all at once. Probably. Given my previous encounters with Gaiman – devouring novels Neverwhere, American Gods and Anansi Boys, rereading his graphic epic Sandman multiple times and still finding new nuances and connections each time through – it might be difficult to leave off after a couple of anecdotes. And considering his penchant for dreamlike imagery, slightly unhinged reality and a general air of disquiet and/or melancholy, it might be better saved for a dark, rainy autumn evening.
THIS & THAT
GOING THE DISTANCE If knowledge is power, these schools
are dynamos: Newsweek has released its 2012 list of the top 1,000 public high schools in America (based on components including graduation rate, college acceptance rate, use of and performance in AP classes and SAT/ACT scores), and while Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky took the top spot, here’s how Oklahoma stacked up: #35 - Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, OKC #39 - Classen School of Advanced Studies, OKC (#337 on U.S. News & World Report’s list) #119 - Harding Charter Prep, OKC (#145)
’Tis the season for visual spectacle, as residents across the country come together to
enjoy all the colors of the rainbow: strontium, calcium, sodium, barium, copper, cesium and potassium. Need some illumination? Check out pbs.org/wgbh/nova/kaboom for a burst of insight into how fireworks work and the chemistry and craft of pyrotechnics.
Speaking of explosions, everybody recognizes the 1812 Overture as a great cataclys-
mic capper to a patriotic concert, but it’s easy to forget the patria in question is technically Russia, as Tchaikovsky wrote the piece to celebrate his country’s defeat of Napoleon’s invasion. Why is it a staple of U.S. Independence Day performances? Pretty much entirely because of the bombastic finale. Plus, it’s an automatic tradition – once you own the cannons, you’re pretty much stuck with the opus… unless you want to use the hardware in a classical arrangement of “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).”
#615 - Dove Science Academy, Tulsa #696 - Edmond Memorial, Edmond (#683) #786 – Norman High, Norman (#862) #878 - Norman North, Norman Also, Edmond North ranked #696 in U.S. News & World Report’s list but was not
#124 - Booker T. Washington, Tulsa (#504)
Franks for the Memories
July 4 is also the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island – last year’s champ downed 62 dogs in 10 minutes, so competitors and spectators alike probably won’t be hungry afterward.
ranked in Newsweek.
Grin and Bear It
They come from Canada and the Cook Islands, Venezuela and Vietnam, Ire-
land and Israel and the Ivory Coast, and though their cultural backgrounds and even native languages differ widely, their goals for this month are markedly similar: Run faster. Jump higher. Be stronger. Dig deeper. Seize the opportunity to stand up in front of the world and prove that they’re the best there is at what they do. The pinnacle of athletic achievement is found in London at the Games of the 30th Olympiad, July 27-August 12.
By the end of the assembly, 302 events will have been contested in 26 sports – including, for the first time, women’s boxing – and
even though the opening ceremonies (overseen by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle) aren’t until late this month, the symbol of that commencement is well on its way: the Olympic torch was lit May 10 in Olympia, then carried across Greece to Athens and flown (still lit) to Cornwall. It has spent the intervening time being relayed around the British Isles; by the time it reaches the Olympic stadium in London it will have been carried across land, water and air by a total of 8,000 people… including football star David Beckham. july 2012 | slice 19
Beat the Heat I
By Lauren Hammack
t’s summer in the city, and every Oklahoman knows that can be brutal. Sometimes we get lucky, and sometimes we have the summer of 2011. But we’re made of strong stuff, and we won’t let a little heat get the best of us. So raise a glass to
the season, and consider a few of our picks for things to make it a cool, cool summer.
Top It Off
That’s a Wrap
Maybe the reason you don’t think you’re a “hat person” is because you haven’t donned the right one, like these stylish OndadeMar chapeaus from Liberté.
A scarf can dress up your favorite T-shirt or warm you should a cool breeze make an unexpected (but most appreciated) appearance when the sun goes down. We like these lightweight, fringe-accented pieces from On A Whim that come in a variety of colors.
Protect and perfect your skin simultaneously with Chantecaille’s tinted moisturizer (SPF 15) from The MakeUp Bar.
Un-dampen Your Enthusiasm
Never underestimate the power of a really good towel, like the Abyss and Habidecor Portofino towels from KS Design. Store your damp swimwear in the Wet Bikini lined terrycloth pouch from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall.
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THINGS WE LOVE
Poolside or lakeside, there is always stuff to carry. Go “green” with a Blue Q recycled waterproof bag from Muse, the museum store at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, or be vibrant with a floral Vera Bradley tote from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall.
Grill on the Go
Perfect for two, the diminutive Bodum Black “Fyrkat” Mini Grill (it’s less than a foot tall) from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall is easy to transport wherever you want to go and comes in black, red or lime green.
Made in the Shade
Whether or not you feel cool, snazzy sunglasses make you look cool. Elizabeth and James sunglasses – Kendall and Zelzah – from On A Whim; Ray-Ban print Wayfarers from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall.
O’er Land or Lake
Nissan’s 370Z Roadster has nice curves and handles the curves without breaking the bank. In Japan, she’s the Fairlady Z. Make her your Fairlady. You know you want to. From Bob Howard Nissan Kawasaki’s Jet Ski Ultra LX is sporty, stable, comfy and a whole lot of fun. For the uninitiated, it can be operated in SLO (Smart Learning Operation) mode to practicing maneuvering at reduced power. From House of Kawasaki
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Calm,CLEAN, Clean GOOD,
ALL PHOTOS THIS SPREAD SHANE BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY
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By Elaine Warner
y timing was off – I arrived in time for the Wednesday evening advanced yoga class – an
“Hour of Power” – at The Canebrake. With
Robert Browning wrote, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” More than one person countered with, “A wise man knows his limits.” That was my mental state as, backside in the air, head down but peeking around, I finished my “downward dog” but was mystified as the instructor called out, “Tree.” Around me, everyone stood, balancing on one foot. I crawled off my mat and judiciously retreated behind my camera.
yoga classes every day, I could have chosen an easier option. But at least I got a look at one of Oklahoma’s finest yoga facilities.
Lisa Bracken, who co-owns The Cane-
brake with her husband Sam, discovered the benefits of yoga several years ago, following an accident in which she broke her back. She ultimately went back to school to earn a master’s degree in kinesiology. She also became a certified yoga instructor and, in addition to her other responsibilities at The Canebrake, teaches several of the classes as well. The Yoga Barn is a key element in the success of The Canebrake, but there’s a lot more to this amazing eco-resort. july 2012 | slice 23
A Bit of History
The land around The Canebrake has been
in Sam Bracken’s family for a number of years and the location – on Fort Gibson Lake– was a favorite destination for the Oklahoma City family. Sam says, “My parents [Barth and Linda Bracken] raised, trained and showed Tennessee Walking Horses. That was to be their retirement project. It was so successful that it wore them out.” Neosho River Ranch, in addition to being a horse ranch, also had a lodge that the Brackens had dedicated to marriage retreats.
Sam and Lisa owned a restaurant in Colo-
rado but sold it in the early 2000s and moved back to Oklahoma. Sam continues, “I kind of had this [idea] in my head for a long time. The timing was right. Mom and Dad couldn’t physically keep up with the groups who were coming to the lodge. I cooked, managed the ranch, whatnot. But Lisa and I wanted to test-drive this green, yoga shtick and see if it would work in eastern Oklahoma.”
The first thing the couple did was re-
purpose an equipment barn into the Yoga Barn. They worked with professionals who were open to experimentation. The insulation is shredded denim and the paint on the walls contains no volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). Benefits were noticed immediately. Workers commented, “I don’t need to wear a mask,” and “This paint doesn’t make my head swim!” With the installation of a heated cork floor, the barn became a showplace that attracted contractors from around the area anxious to see the innovations.
Now the facility includes a Guest Servic-
es Building – once the 17-stall horse barn – an indoor volleyball court, laughingly called the “adult sandbox” and walking track from the original indoor riding ring; a boutique; spa; conference room; lounge and restaurant.
suites in charming cabins and comfortable rooms in a two-story lodge. Wherever they could, the Brackens incorporated environmentally-friendly techniques – so many that they were given a gold certification by the state Tourism and Recreation and Environmental Quality Departments.
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Pleasure With a Purpose
The name says it all – if you understand what a cane-
brake does in nature. River cane grows in floodplains and around creeks and rivers and is called a canebrake. Water rushing through the cane comes out calmer, cleaner and clearer. According to Sam, “That’s the way we think people will feel when they come to The Canebrake.”
The Canebrake is an adult getaway – guests must be over
16. (And no, 16-year-olds can’t check in by themselves!) Sam says, “Oklahoma has plenty of dude ranches and family-oriented places. This is a place where you can come, relax, have a massage, a glass of wine, a nice meal, well-presented, that someone has cared over. And you don’t have to fly to Santa Fe or Tucson to do it.”
“Cared over” is key. The kitchen is open and diners can
watch their food being prepared. Jack and I chatted with sous chef Sarah Leavell and garde-manger Stacy Jordan as
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they worked on our food. We started with a lovely salad of Chablis-poached beets, baby spring greens and pickled onions. “I worked eight months perfecting the brine for the onions,” Stacy told us proudly.
Although Sam presides over the kitchen and approves
every item that goes on the menu, he gives his staff lots of leeway for creativity. And, totally unlike the ego-driven chefs on TV, he gives credit where credit is due. In return, he gets a staff that is happy and engaged in making this a prime fine-dining location. july 2012 | slice 25
Need to Know:
Restaurant hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 5:30-9; Saturday lunch, 11-2; Sunday brunch, 10-2 (reservations requested) Accommodations available Wednesday- Saturday nights; conferences/large groups by arrangement thecanebrake.com
I haven’t even gotten to our room – which
was great – or my massage, which relaxed me almost to a comatose state. And I haven’t mentioned the summer Zip-n-Sip where, on Saturday afternoons, you can try the 300foot zip line, then go to the bar for a flight of beer or wine – or a sundae (reservations, please). But one of the best features is The Canebrake’s dog-friendliness. Our dog, Roxie, was greeted with a treat and had her own bowls and a soft pillow in our room. Thursday night is Dog Night on the patio and dogs eat free from a menu that includes goodies like roasted pork meatballs or hearty turkey noodle soup – specially-made for the dogs, but taste-tested by the chef himself. There are also five miles of trails on the property for long walks and even an agility playground. Dogs do need reservations.
Sam was right: our stay at The Cane-
brake was restorative. We’re usually pretty clean anyway, but we definitely felt calmer and clearer-headed after such a relaxing escape. Give yourself the gift of a great getaway
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at The Canebrake.
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The Canebrake is about seven miles east of Wagoner on Fort Gibson Lake. 33241 East 732nd Road Wagoner, OK 74467 918.485.1810
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A Delicate Subject For the OKC Museum of Art, the 10th anniversary gift is glass. The Museum celebrates a decade downtown with the fragile, fascinating exhibit “Fusion [A New Century of Glass],” on display through September 9. See page 33.
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WHAT TO DO “Self Made” (left) and “A Fire in My Belly” by Eric Wright
The metro area is positively packed with possibilities for entertainment and cultural enrichment, with more to see and do every month – here are some of our top recommendations for exploration. COMPILED BY STEVE GILL
ART FIBERWORKS 2012 Through 7/7, IAO Gallery, fiberartistsok.org Returning to Oklahoma City with a new web of innovative interpretations in its chosen form, this annual exhibit from the Fiber Artists of Oklahoma honors quality workmanship and original designs.
COURTESY ISTVAN GALLERY
COMMON GROUND Through 7/14, Howell Gallery, howellgallery.com, 840.4437 No matter what you do to live, thrive and survive, there are still some things that make us all the same – you, me, them, everybody. Award-winning mixed media painter Suzanne King Randall explores the deeper connections among culturally diverse women in this energetic collection. MICHAEL LOMBARDO Through 7/21, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, normanarts.org, 360.1162 What’s the connection between an old house in Panama and a church-cum-studio in Rhode Island? It’s rather personal. Oklahoma-born Lombardo’s paintings bridge the gap between his grandmother’s home and his own creative abode while exploring the psychology of place.
Break on Through Through July 29, Istvan Gallery, istvangallery.com, 831.2874
ntrusting your livelihood to your art is a big, daunting step – Eric Wright kept himself pent up in a workaday cubicle for 18 years before taking the leap. Today
he’s an adjunct professor at Redlands Community College and professional purveyor of that long-deferred creativity, and the message in his current cube-themed exhibit at the Istvan Gallery is for viewers to break out of self-imposed boxes and enjoy finding and being who they truly are. Wright is accompanied in the Istvan show by five other artists pursuing unconventional expression: Scott Henderson, Suzanne Thomas, Michael Wilson, Trula Dawn Grooms and Tünde Darvay, a frequent contributor to local exhibitions who’s having her last Oklahoma show; she’s leaving the state to help pursue her husband’s dreams.
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FIREHOUSE FACULTY SHOW Through 7/28, Firehouse Art Center, normanfirehouse.com, 329.4523 Those who teach, can do – and exceptionally well, as proudly demonstrated by the array on display in this annual testament to the creative sparks that fuel the expert instructors of Norman’s Firehouse Art Center. TOUCHING THE PAST Through 7/28, OK Heritage Museum, oklahomaheritage.com, 235.4458 Stints as state senator and representative and Chief of the Seminole Nation make an unquestionably impressive resume. But it’s only part of Enoch Kelly Haney’s legacy – the wonders of his renowned artistic career fill the Tulsa World Gallery in this retrospective. PRIX DE WEST Through 8/5, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, nationalcowboy museum.org, 478.2250 An astounding roundup of over 300 paintings and sculptures featuring wide-open skyscapes, animal studies and illustrations of prairie life, provided by 100 of the nation’s finest contemporary Western artists for an exhibition par excellence.
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SNAPSHOTS OF AN AMERICAN AUTUMN Through 8/9, MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery, normanarts.org, 360.1162 Photojournalist Kendall Brown chronicles the Occupy protests across the Midwest, but not as large-scale news events in progress; as portraits of individual people following their own motivations to assemble. SOARING VOICES Through 8/25, City Arts Center, cityartscenter.org, 951.0000 After centuries of exploration and refinement, it’s a joy to know that there’s still so much more to explore in this art form. Social awareness, cultural lineage and delicate beauty pervade the pieces in this collection of recent ceramics by women from Japan. FACES OF BETTINA STEINKE Through 9/3, Cowboy Hall, nationalcowboymuseum.org, 478.2250 Looking back at Steinke’s life necessarily involves seeing many other lives as well, since Steinke spent over 60 years – 35 of them working with the museum hosting this exhibit – capturing the faces, aspects and emotions of people from all walks of life. CELL PHONES IN SUMMER Through 9/4, [Artspace] at Untitled, artspaceatuntitled.org, 815.9995 Long, hot days with clear blue skies, golden sunsets, firefly-dotted twilights and throngs of people outside to enjoy them – it’s a great time for photography, and Untitled is encouraging that impulse with a summer-themed exhibit of photos and videos taken on cell phones. FUSION: A NEW CENTURY OF GLASS Through 9/9, OKC Museum of Art, okcmoa.com, 236.3100 Sadly fragile and easily damaged; though fundamentally similar in composition, capable of astonishing individual variety… and breathtaking, transcendent beauty. Glass reflects humanity itself in a collection of sculptures and installations created in the 21st century. VERNET TO VILLON Through 9/9, Fred Jones Museum, ou.edu/fjjma, 325.3272 An incredible collection of sketches and watercolors from Delacroix, Degas, Gaugin and more 19th century French masters of movements that shaped the course of art history, including Impressionism, Romanticism, Neo-Classicism and Realism. WARHOL AND THE PORTRAIT Through 9/9, Fred Jones Museum, ou.edu/fjjma, 325.3272 Who wouldn’t want to think of themselves as belonging in the company of Elvis, Marilyn, Jackie and Elizabeth Taylor? This compendium of portraiture showcases some of Andy Warhol’s commissions in the wake of those iconic images, as well as portrayals of more everyday people from Warhol’s colleague Harold Stevenson. A CENTURY OF MAGIC: ANIMATION OF WALT DISNEY Through 9/16, Fred Jones Jr. Museum, ou.edu/fjjma, 325.3272 We should all leave a legacy so thoroughly suffused with joy. The boundless creativity and ongoing inspiration of Walt Disney star in this exhibit of original animation cels, augmented through the spring by free films, a concert, symposium and other themed events. OKLAHOMA CLAY: FRANKOMA POTTERY Through 9/16, Fred Jones Jr. Museum, ou.edu/ fjjma, 325.3272 A Sooner State success story, ceramicist and manufacturer John Frank made his Frankoma Pottery into a household name for affordable craftsmanship and distinctive design –
Follow That Muse
“Face Rock” by Kenny McKenna
July 29-August 11, Howell Gallery, howellgallery.com, 840.4437
enny McKenna was happy to make a career out of his creative drive, spending two decades playing in a rhythm and blues band. But the longer he spent on
tour, the more he came to realize that he was in the wrong line of art, as the sketches and paintings that kept him occupied during travel became his primary focus. He has since flourished as a full-time painter thanks to his extraordinary skill at capturing the feeling of natural settings – vast plains, towering cliffs, sun-dappled country houses – in oil. A frequent exhibitor in Texas, Wyoming and New Mexico as well as Oklahoma, he was recently invited to participate in next year’s prestigious Masters of the American West show at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles… but first his luminous landscapes will fill the spacious gallery in Nichols Hills.
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ing the piece and then removing elements to find a central presentation can lead to exceptional figurative forms. THE ART OF GOLF 7/19-10/7, OKC Museum of Art, okcmoa.com, 236.3100 Rockwell to Warhol to Rembrandt himself, the gentleman’s game has a surprisingly robust presence in the annals of art history. This groundbreaking (not divots, the good kind) exhibition traces the development of golf through 90 works by diverse artists.
MUSIC SUMMER BREEZE: GINGER LEIGH 7/1, Lions Park, pasnorman.org, 307.9320 What are you in the mood for – rock? Pop? Jazz and blues influences? Ginger Leigh does it with gusto, and besides her lengthy resume (she’s been singing professionally since age nine), you have to admire the chutzpah of someone whose own website compares her to a female Elvis.
The Bold and the Musical
July 8, Lions Park, pasnorman.org, 307.9320
either rain nor wind nor a bunch of windy rain can long delay Brave Combo from their appointed visit: their slated debut of the Performing Arts Studio’s
Summer Breeze Concert Series was a wash, but now that balmier weather is on the horizon, the undaunted Denton dynamos are making their way back to Norman for a free, fantastic sonic event. The two-time Grammy winners blend a whirlwind of musical styles – salsa, blues, classical, zydeco, jazz, merengue and more – into an irresistibly rollicking performance, putting their personal spin on a repertoire ranging from Japanese pop to polka covers of rock classics.
exemplars of which are now proudly displayed at the university where he taught. RORY MORGAN 7/1-31, Summer Wine Art Gallery, summerwinegallery.com, 831.3279 Morgan conveys his lifelong love of the outdoors through acrylic landscapes so detailed that gallery owner Jim Hiller says, “When viewing his artwork, observers are sure they have walked those paths, smelt those blossoms and seen those woods.” THE ART BAR 7/6-28, In Your Eye Gallery, inyoureyegallery.com, 525.2161 In Gayle Curry’s abstract acrylic and oil paintings, creativity is driven by two separate but equally important goals: expressing a vision without being too literal, and creating tension by combining contrasting elements to stir emotion in viewers and herself. These are her artworks. HORSES 7/6-28, JRB Art at the Elms, jrbartgallery. com, 528.6336 Equine inspiration takes the reins of the venerable Paseo gallery this month, as four artists – serigrapher Joe Andoe and painters Jennifer Hustis, Brent Learned and Jean Richardson – turn their individual talents to displaying a herd of horsethemed creations. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE 7/6-31, Paseo Originals Gallery, paseooriginals.com, 604.6602
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His English isn’t great but his art speaks for itself – Pavel Wang Yu Tsai’s deep thoughts about religion, loss and life in Russia draw viewers in for second, third and subsequent looks at his fantasydriven oil-on-canvas metaphors. TWO VISIONS 7/6-31, Visions in the Paseo Gallery, visionsokc.com, 557.1229 Glenn Fillmore received his first camera at age five and has loved photography ever since, as a treasured hobby for decades and a career for the last 13 years. Cindy Viol, meanwhile, fell under the camera’s spell a mere two years ago. 1 veteran + 1 neophyte = 2 viewpoints on 1 shared passion. THE POTTER AND THE PAINTER 7/9-9/28, Red Earth Museum, redearth.org, 427.5228 The title is both catchy and apt: it’s a mixed assembly of personal expressions by Lisa Rutherford, an artist in diverse media whose specialties include traditional Cherokee pottery, and Jim Van Deman, whose Delaware tribal heritage informs his abstract expressionist paintings. DON HOLLADAY 7/13-8/31, Santa Fe Depot, pasnorman.org, 307.9320 One of the most intimidating aspects of the creative process is the blank canvas… so Holladay prefers to avoid it entirely, beginning his works by painting directly onto an already printed paper surface. Overload-
TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES 7/1-29, Myriad Gardens, artscouncilokc.com, 270.4848 The Arts Council of OKC is happy to help area listeners end the week on a high note with free concerts in the lush Myriad Gardens – catch Equilibrium 7/1, Michael Fracasso 7/8, the 411 Band 7/15, Singer/Songwriter Night 7/22 and Justin Joslin and the Handsome Devils 7/29. RED, WHITE AND BOOM! 7/3, State Fairgrounds, okcphilharmonic.org, 232.7575 Colorful explosions and star-spangled banners are definite musts for Independence Day festivities, but no patriotic party would be complete without the music… and nobody does it better than the OKC Philharmonic in this free concert gueststarring Susan Powell. CONCERTS ON THE CURVE 7/5, Classen Curve, classencurve.com The title location refers to a retail area, not a neighborhood per se, but that hasn’t stopped the stores there from throwing a monthly block party – join them for live music, children’s activities, refreshing food and drinks and extended hours of operation from the host merchants. CONCERTS IN THE PARK 7/5-26, Hafer Park, edmondok.com, 359.4630 It might seem hard to improve on sitting back and enjoying a sultry summer evening, but the City of Edmond has you covered with a generous dose of free music: the Blue Cross Band 7/5, Jump Seat 7/12, Squeeze Box 7/19 and Mike Black & the Stingrays 7/26. NOON TUNES SERIES 7/5-26, Downtown Library, mls.lib.ok.us, 606.3833 Put a little lilt into your lunch break with the Metro Library System’s free weekly musical performances: Floyd Hanes 7/5, Perpetual Motion interactive dance 7/12, Strings in Stereo 7/19 and DuoFisher 7/26. BILLY CURRINGTON 7/6, Riverwind Casino, riverwindcasino.com, 322.6000 It’s appropriate that Currington’s 2005 album was called “Doin’ Somethin’ Right”– the country crooner has notched six Billboard #1 songs so far – but his latest release is even more apt for fans of his charismatic charm: “Enjoy Yourself.” PURPLE BAR PERFORMANCES 7/6-28, Nonna’s Purple Bar, purplebarokc.com, 235.4410 The
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atmosphere is cozy, the menu ample and the entertainment divine – join John and Mandy 7/6, Becannen & Vollertson 7/7 and 7/21, Oxford Town 7/13 and 7/20, Stephen Speaks 7/14 and 7/28 and Rick Jawnsun 7/27. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS 7/7, Frontier City, frontiercity.com, 478.2140 Actress and producer, trailblazer and rabble-rouser, inspiring figure and parental bugaboo… and she really, really loves rock ‘n’ roll. A regular guest at Frontier City, Jett has developed a great reputation for crowd-pleasing attitude and performance chops. BOSTON 7/13 and 7/14, First Council Casino, Newkirk and Lucky Star Casino, Concho, ticketstorm.com, 877.725.2670 If you formed a band named Oklahoma City and every man, woman and child in the metro bought 14 copies of your first album, it still wouldn’t match the sales of Boston’s chart-dominating debut. Over 35 years later (it’s been a long time), the classic rock stars keep rolling on. WADE BOWEN 7/14, Riverwind Casino, river windcasino.com, 322.6000 Bowen’s brandnew album, which dropped in May, is titled “The Given” – as a gesture of thanks for the ongoing career opportunities afforded him by years of loyal fan support. Of course, his Riverwind appearance will itself be a gift for metro-area lovers of his red dirt sound. ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL 7/18, OKC Zoo Amphitheatre, zooamp.com, 364.3700 Mayhem is, by definition, bad – unless you’re a fan of loud, fast, take-no-prisoners music, in which case it means to brace yourself for Slipknot, Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax and a motley crew of other headbanging bands. EDGAR CRUZ 7/19, Red Room Event Center, redroomparty.com, 579.2000 Blazing speed, bewildering complexity and bravura precision make each of Cruz’s more than 200 yearly concert performances eagerly attended events – fortunately for enthusiastic audiences, giving voice to enjoyment is encouraged. KEVIN COSTNER & THE MODERN WEST 7/19, Lucky Star Casino, Concho, ticketstorm.com, 877.725.2670 “The Untouchables,” “The Bodyguard,” “Bull Durham,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Let Go Tonight”… if you don’t remember seeing that last one, it’s because Costner is a singer as well as a thespian, and country/rock is his forte. NICHOLS HILLS BAND CONCERT 7/19, Kite Park, nicholshills.net Music has been the foundation of many a career, but you don’t have to have a record deal or a touring schedule to be tunefully talented – the community members of this volunteer ensemble sound off in a monthly set of concert standards in the Kite Park gazebo. SUMMER BREEZE: CAMILLE HARP & JOHN CALVIN 7/22, Lions Park, pasnorman.org, 307.9320 Though each dabbles in other genres from Calvin’s eloquent jazz to Harp’s sincere, graceful country, both excel at folk stylings, combining their guitar and voice to open their souls and share of themselves with rapt audiences.
July 19, OKC Zoo Amphitheatre, zooamp.com, 364.3700
oe Cocker’s gritty, gutsy roar laced with moments of overwhelming tenderness has propelled him from opening for the Rolling Stones back in 1963 through rep-
resenting at Woodstock to receiving a Grammy, an Emmy, an OBE and worldwide fame. Huey Lewis and the News are pop-rock powerhouses responsible for 19 top ten singles, two Grammy inscriptions and an estimated 30 million album sales worldwide. Both are musical masters; together they make a thoroughly compelling case to visit the Zoo Amphitheatre.
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July 5-21, Myriad Gardens Water Stage, oklahomashakespeare.com, 235.3700
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IOLANTHE 7/6-8, Nancy O’Brien Center, cimarronopera.org, 364.8962 Forbidden love, political satire, supernatural beings and some of the 19th century’s finest rhymes – the Cimarron Opera Company hits one of comic opera’s all-time high notes with Gilbert and Sullivan’s sublimely silly musical. END DAYS 7/6-21, Carpenter Square Theatre, carpentersquare.com, 232.6500 A homeboundby-choice dad and a newly-converted religious zealot mom aren’t bad enough; now teenaged Rachel is being wooed by her pint-sized Elvis impersonator neighbor. Ucch. At least the world is ending on Wednesday… SWEET CHARITY 7/10-14, OKC Civic Center, lyrictheatreokc.com, 524.9312 You could always entrust your evening’s entertainment to
the cinema or television, but why tempt the fickle finger of fate? Lyric Theatre provides a time-tested knockout with the splashy, sassy, song-anddance story of perennially hopeful dancer Charity Valentine. HAIRSPRAY 7/13-29, St. Luke’s Poteet Theatre, poteettheatre.com, 609.1023 The expanse of her talent has proven more important than the size of her hips, and now the teen pop world is Tracy’s oyster… but that’s not an invitation to rock the boat, and her determination to force integration may capsize her fledgling career. ALICE’S ADVENTURES 7/18-22, OK Children’s Theatre, oklahomachildrenstheatre.org, 606.7003 Frustratingly mysterious cat? Check. Narcoleptic mouse? Check. Hat maker who’s gone ’round the bend? Check. Irascible queen? See for yourself, as the Youth Ensemble of Oklahoma Children’s Theatre tries to keep themselves together in this Lewis Carroll adaptation. ANYTHING GOES 7/20-29, UCO Mitchell Hall Theatre, summerstockok.com, 974.3375 If an ocean cruise is supposed to be relaxing, this is the wrong boat. Given that the manifest includes
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bankers, a gangster, English snobs, young lovers and a sultry torch singer, farce is never far away as Summerstock presents a Cole Porter classic. CALL ME MADAM 7/24-28, OKC Civic Center, lyrictheatreokc.com, 524.9312 Tony winner Beth Leavel takes the lead role originally written for Ethel Merman in this musical tale of a socialiteturned-ambassador inspired by OKC’s beloved Perle Mesta, making it, as Lyric Theatre boasts, “an international comedy with Oklahoma ties.”
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CYMBELINE 7/26-29, OCU Burg Theatre, oklahomashakespeare.com, 235.3700 Timing is crucial in life – the same sort of sleeping potion that led to such tragedy for those sweet young kids from Verona proves the key to a happy ending for Princess Imogen, her non-royal fiancé and everyone else, including witnesses to this Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park production.
EVENTS WORLD CUP OF SOFTBALL Through 7/2, ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, asasoftball.com, 800.654.8337 Puerto Rico, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia… and the defending champions from the U.S.A. Six nations collide to determine global softball dominance in this seventh annual championship loaded with special event matchups, autograph sessions and excitement. CHINASAURS Through 9/16, Sam Noble Museum, snomnh.ou.edu, 325.4712 The fossilized remains of cunning predators and placid prey, plus detailed explorations of the world in which they lived, fill the Sam Noble Museum during this traveling exhibition of dinosaurs from ancient – no, seriously ancient – China.
Images: Beth Lipman (American, b. 1971). Bride, 2010. Mouth-blown glass and painted wood, 120 x 90 x 90 in. (304.8 x 228.6 x 228.6 cm). Courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery, NY. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery, NY; Mark A. Reigelman II (American, b. 1983). Breaking the Bottle Installation, 2011. Glass and mixed media, variable dimensions. Courtesy of Heller Gallery, New York, NY; Luke Jerram (British, b. 1974). E. coli, 2010. Glass, 18 x 53 x 18 in. (45.72 x 134.62 x 45.72 cm). Courtesy of Heller Gallery, New York, NY.
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SEALS OF JEREMIAH’S CAPTORS Through 10/16, Armstrong Auditorium, armstrong auditorium.org, 285.1010 Archaeologists live for stuff like this: discoveries of artifacts swallowed by time, reemerging centuries later to reinforce and cast the light of extra scholarly knowledge on the historical record. Armstrong is the world’s first venue to host this biblical bonanza. OKLAHOMA AND INFAMY Through 12/9, OK History Center, okhistorycenter.org, 521.2491 Seventy years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this exhibit commemorates its impact on the state via naval uniforms, artifacts that went down with the U.S.S. Oklahoma; interviews with veterans of Pearl Harbor and the Pacific war and personal letters. OKLAHOMA @ THE MOVIES Through 5/31/14, OK History Center, okhistorycenter.org, 521.2491 The Sooner State’s silver screen legacy flickers to life in a lovingly assembled collection of memorabilia, artifacts and stories about stars and filmmakers with Oklahoma ties that also includes moviegoing memories shared by patrons and guests. OKC SUMMER CLASSIC DOG SHOWS 7/1, Cox Center, okcsummerclassic.com Professional grooming and dozens of vendors add extra draws for pet owners, though no enhancements are needed for the furry spectacle of the dramatic pursuit of Best in Show, as the canine crème de la crème returns to the Cox Center.
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that’s been in fashion for 236 years: three cheers for the red, white and blue. LibertyFest marks its 40th anniversary with an Independence Day bash so huge it started back in June – the rodeo, free outdoor concert, sidewalk chalk contest, pageant and classic car show will be in the rearview mirror by July 1. However, that sunny Sunday sees the second day of the collaborative aerial expo KiteFest, contestants’ desperate dash through the city to decipher clues and claim victory in the Road Rally and the city’s finest flavors compressed into one location in the fundraising feast A Taste of Edmond. It all comes to a head July 4 with a colossal parade through downtown, ParkFest’s all-day spate of music, food and festive activities and a senses-shattering fireworks blowout as the piece de resistance. Come celebrate with the city!
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS 7/1, Chesapeake Arena, chesapeake arena.com, 800.745.3000 Fully charged excitement featuring the aerial acrobatics of the fearless Fernandez Brothers, spellbinding feats of communication from Tabayara the animal trainer, Mongolian strongmen, the Human Fuse – there’s a reason it’s still billed as the Greatest Show on Earth. STARS & STRIPES RIVER FESTIVAL 7/1, Oklahoma River, oklahomariverevents.org, 522.4040 Want to get a jump start on celebrating America’s birthday? The family fun, food from favorite local restaurants and fireworks that cap off the festivities are all grade-A Independence Day goodness, but the real centerpiece of this new annual treat is watching the thrilling races on the river.
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REDHAWKS BASEBALL 7/1-31, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, oklahomacity.redhawks. milb.com, 218.1000 America’s game lives in Oklahoma City – root, root, root for the RedHawks as they face the Memphis Redbirds 7/1-7/3, the New Orleans Zephyrs 7/12-15, the Iowa Cubs 7/24-27 and the Omaha Storm Chasers 7/28-31. COCKTAILS ON THE SKYLINE 7/5-26, OKC Museum of Art Roof Terrace, okcmoa.com, 236.3100 Fancy a drink? The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s weekly afternoon gatherings boast a full bar, a killer view and live music from Burlap Tuxedo 7/5, Born in November 7/12 and 7/19 and Allie Lauren 7/26. FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK 7/6, Paseo Arts District, thepaseo.com The social enjoyment
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and aesthetic intrigue of an art gallery show… times 20. Multiple established galleries feature new works by dozens of artists in one easy stroll that’s a supreme feast for the eyes: it’s the Paseo’s wander-friendly wonderland.
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JERRY LEWIS 7/6, Grand Casino, Shawnee, grandcasinoshawnee.com, 964.7777 He’s been an international comedy legend and star of stage, screen, television and radio for decades, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and even starred in a DC comic book for almost 20 years, and as this special appearance proves, he’s never stopped entertaining. 2ND FRIDAY CIRCUIT OF ART 7/13, downtown Norman, normanarts.org, 360.1162 Creativity demands an audience wherever it’s found, and it’s found plenty of places in Norman. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum, Firehouse Art Center, multiple galleries on Main and more invite viewers to share the excitement of the monthly show. BOXING: RODRIGUEZ VS. QUEZADA 7/13, Grand Casino, Shawnee, grandcasinoshawnee.com, 964.7777 “Boy vs. Bull” might not sound like a fair fight, but while Manuel “El Toro” Quezada is a ferocious competitor who has amassed a 29-7 record, he’ll have his gloves full against 36-0 David “Nino” Rodriguez in this bombastic heavyweight bout. LIVE ON THE PLAZA 7/13, Plaza District, plazadistrict.org, 367.9403 A neighborhood experiencing as much growth and development as OKC’s Plaza District has a lot to celebrate, so its denizens are eager to show it off in a monthly block party offering art, music, food and more.
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BRANCHING OUT WINERY TOUR 7/14, Limbs for Life, limbsforlife.org, 605.5462 What a way to spend a Saturday: a tour bus ferries travelers from OKC to Tres Suenos Vineyard in Luther, Stable Ridge Vineyards and Territory Cellars in Stroud and Tidal School Vineyards in Drumright for VIP tours and tastings, with proceeds benefiting Limbs for Life. DEALING FOR DREAMS 7/14, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, oklahoma.wish.org, 286.4000 Children with serious illnesses can’t afford to let their hopes fold, but the Make-AWish Foundation remains dedicated to raising their spirits; this fourth annual casino-themed extravaganza including tasty treats, music, prizes, an auction and more is a great way to chip in. NORMAN CONQUEST BIKE TOUR 7/14, J.D. McCarty Center Norman, normanconquest. bicycleleague.com Conquer the hills, conquer the heat, enjoy the ride and help children with developmental disabilities in the Bicycle League of Norman’s 17th annual two-wheeled tour of the city – a variety of routes and amenities for participants await, and proceeds benefit the J.D. McCarty Center. ROLLER DERBY 7/21, OKC Farmers Public Market, okcrd.com Part graceful race, part allout brawl and all action, this is one sporting event that doesn’t need a ball to provide pure crowdpleasing spectacle as OKC’s own Lightning Broads and Tornado Alley Rollergirls square off against Lawton’s 580 RollerGirls and the Randall County Roller Dames.
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ow, amid the shades of night, in this park artists alight. To their finest works will we, which by some shall purchased be; and the revelry there measured
ever shall by us be treasured. Forsooth. The Firehouse Art Center heats up the (relative) cool of the evening by assembling 30 artist booths filled with wonders to behold or buy wrought from wood, clay, glass, paint and other media, as well as tempting festival foods, hands-on art projects for kids and even live music from local bands for those inclined to shake a hip or two. Rejoice and be merry, for it’s time again for the Midsummer Nights’ Fair.
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NMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MOTOCROSS 7/22-28, Oklahoma Motorsports Complex, oklahomamotorsportscomplex.com, 579.2777 Over 100 events in 33 states have led here to this: the National Motosport Association presents the 37th annual showdown to determine who will hold dominion as daimyo of the dirt track and master of the motorbike, in its inaugural year at the Norman facility. GO HUNTER JUMPER HORSE SHOW 7/25-29, State Fairgrounds, goshow.org Years upon years of practice and training… mere minutes to make it count. Speed, dexterity and physical communication between mount and rider are crucial as horses race through and over obstacles in a contest providing thousands of dollars in prizes and engrossing spectacle. DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY 7/28, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, nationalcowboymuseum.org, 478.2250 Pioneering spirit never goes out of style, and American Cowboy Magazine has helped keep the Western spirit alive with this annual celebration. OKC celebrates it in style with live music, kids’ activities, roping demonstrations and the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma pageant.
ON THE RADAR TASTE FOR SIGHT 8/4, The Greens, prevent blindnessok.org, 848.7123 It’s a feast for the senses of others – dozens of delectable samples from top-tier restaurants plus fine wines, premium beers, dancing and auctions, all to aid Prevent Blindness Oklahoma in its mission of providing free vision screenings to state schoolchildren. NEWS 9 CONCEPT HOME TOURS 8/9-26, Stonemill and The Abbey at Fairview Farms, news9.com, 632.6688 Luxury living for the growing family and upscale style in a more manageable size – local builders provide two examples of exceptional design, and visitors who gain inspiration from them help fund Variety Care’s health assistance for limited-income families.
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DANCING FOR A MIRACLE 8/11, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, childrens hospitalfoundation.net, 271.2208 Oh, they think they can dance… but while this stable of celebrities is made of proven crowd-pleasers, it’s the panel of judges and past contestants they must impress to take top honors at this fifth annual fete. Of course, the overall winners are the local children whose medical care will improve as a result.
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The Art of Golf is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland. 415 Couch Drive | Oklahoma City, OK | (405) 236-3100 | okcmoa.com Image: Charles Lees (Scottish, 1800-1880). The Golfers, 1847. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 84 1/4 inches. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Art Fund and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, 2002. Photo: A. Reeve
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Setting the Table By Sara Gae Waters Photos by Brittany Stover
ince 2012 is both an election year and an Olympic year, this calls for an all-out, all-inclusive
4 of July celebration! Thereâ€™s no better th
time to get your family and friends under the same roof (or sky), to celebrate America. Setting a formal table (grownups) and an informal table (wee ones) is the perfect scenario for an afternoonturned-evening celebration.
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Traditional red, white and blue is not your
only option. Update the standards by incorporating light blue and turquoise as well as a splash of yellow here and there. Flowers are an opportunity to bring variety to the color scheme. For more sophisticated floral arrangements, place maroon mixed with traditional red, white and green in a footed egg-shaped antique blue and white piece.
More casual and industrial containers hold
loose arrangements for the kids’ table. Galvanized buckets are filled with white and yellow mums and fresh cherry branches straight from the yard. A big red bucket of bottled soda is stationed at the end of the table. Sweet fresh cherries and ripe watermelon arrayed in the center of the table make for edible centerpieces. Big red apples serve as stands for place cards on red, turquoise and yellow bandana card stock. Fresh raspberries on small antique blue and white plates are placed on the grown-up table for garnishing drinks and a pop of color (the red, white and blue kind).
You can’t go wrong with a few polka dots! White linen napkins adorned with red
polka dots are on the adults’ table, and the pattern is echoed with red flatware with white polka dots on the kids’ table. Turquoise plastic plates on the kids’ table serve their purpose, and beautiful stacked baby blue salad plates with white dinner plates sit atop the grown-up table. So, here’s a toast to you, America. Happy 4th of July, from our table to yours! For resources, see page 109. july 2012 | slice 45
Live al Fresco In clement weather, our backyards, front porches,
decks, docks and swimming pools are all extensions of our living room. Much like Independence Day, summer is best celebrated outside.
Breezesta’s all-weather Adirondack chairs are available in 20 vibrant colors and are always “green” – each poly chair is made from approximately 400 recycled milk jugs. UV fade-resistant and maintenance-free and available from Seasonal Living at Flower City.
Sunbrite TVs are built to withstand the outdoor environment in even the harshest of climates while delivering a truly bright, high-def picture. Their televisions are the choice of many pro sports venues, including Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. Available from Great Choice Audio Video.
A charming garden gate from MacKenzie Childs, “Mrs. Powers” is forged iron in a black-brown finish. Its namesake sits atop a sunflower swing, surrounded by tinkling bells and blooming flowers. Available from On A Whim.
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Always Greener’s synthetic grass ottomans are perfect for patio and poolside and double as a sitting space (but without the grass stains). Also available in 19" cubes or customized to your specifications – from True North Living.
Outdoor furnishings from the MacKenzie-Childs Greenhouse collection. Wrought iron frames are covered in woven polyurethane in shades of green and accented in pink, white and orange. The pieces are sturdy, easy to care for and made to withstand the elements. Available from On A Whim.
That’s a Scream Surprise your guests with an interesting alternative to the traditional ice cube. Muse, the museum store at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, offers Ice Screams – dishwasher-safe silicone trays produce 12 expressionistic cubes that mimic Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” Mosquitos ruin the party. SWAT Mosquito Mist System offers yard foggings should you need to prepare for a special occasion, but the best bet is their incredibly effective permanent misting system. For pest control on a smaller scale, try Lampe Berger of Paris’ Ocean Breeze diffuser (left) from Occasions.
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ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY John R. Bozalis Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic 750 NE 13th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-235-0040
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE Karen Beckman University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 2500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7001 Ralph Lazzara University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Section of Cardiovascular Medicine 825 NE 10th St, Ste 2500 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7001 Sunny Sen Po University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Heart Rhythm Institute Everett Tower, Rm 6E103 1200 Everett Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-9696 Jorge Saucedo University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 2500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7001
CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE Sergio Garcia Norman Regional Health System Pulmonary Clinic at Robinson Medical Plaza 701 E Robinson St, Ste 105 Norman, OK 73071 Phone: 405-515-4888
DERMATOLOGY Raymond L. Cornelison Dermatology Associates 3727 NW 63rd St, Ste 205 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: 405-608-4494 David K. Duncan 2413 Palmer Cir Norman, OK 73069 Phone: 405-321-3868 Carlos Garcia Dawson Medical Group 4805 S Western Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73109 Phone: 405-636-1506 Michael D. John Edmond Dermatology Clinic 620 W 15th St Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-359-0551 James B. Stewart, Jr. Skin Cancer Associates 3705 W Memorial Rd, Ste 101 Oklahoma City, OK 73134 Phone: 405-751-0020 Mark S. Sullivan 3366 NW Expy, Ste 720 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-947-0676
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Steven H. Sutter Midwest Dermatology 8855 E Reno Ave, Ste 200 Midwest City, OK 73110 Phone: 405-737-8877
Tomas P. Owens, Jr. Great Plains Family Practice Center 3500 NW 56th St, Ste 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-951-2855
Thomas D. Urice 2413 Palmer Cir Norman, OK 73069 Phone: 405-321-5322
Kalyanakrishna Ramakrishnan OU Physicians Family Medicine Center 900 NE 10th St, 1st Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4311
ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM James T. Lane Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center 1000 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1000 John S. Muchmore Integris Endocrinology North 3366 NW Expy, Ste 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4700
FAMILY MEDICINE James R. Barrett Family Medicine Center 900 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-9940 Ryan M. Biggers Mid-Del Family Physicians 1212 S Douglas Blvd Midwest City, OK 73110 Phone: 405-736-6811 James Lee Brand OU Physicians Family Medicine Center 900 NE 10th St, 1st Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4311 Curtis Lynn Brown Canadian Valley Family Care 1491 Health Center Pkwy Yukon, OK 73099 Phone: 405-806-2200 Steven A. Crawford University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Family Medicine Clinic 900 NE 10th St, 1st Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3537 Jeffrey B. Cruzan Integris Family Care 6601 W Hefner Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73162 Phone: 405-720-8042 Robert Dimski 9070 Harmony Dr Midwest City, OK 73130 Phone: 405-455-3636 Frank H. Lawler OU Physicians Family Medicine Center 900 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4311 Megan A. Meyer-Hanner Mark Five Care Group St. Anthony Hospital 1000 N Lee Ave, Ste 4049 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-272-6406 Primarily sees in-patients
Cheyn D. Onarecker St. Anthony Family Medicine Center 608 NW 9th St, Ste 1100 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-231-3000
William E. Smith Integris Family Care 1700 S Renaissance Blvd Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-844-4300 Darrel L. Stout Mercy Health Center Edmond Santa Fe Clinic Department of Family Medicine 1575 N Santa Fe Ave Edmond, OK 73003 Phone: 405-285-0660 Peter A. Winn OU Physicians Family Medicine Center 900 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4311
William M. Tierney University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Section of Digestive Diseases William Pavilion, Rm 1345 920 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3445 Joe C. Zuerker Mercy Gastroenterology 4200 W Memorial Rd, Ste 901 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-749-4247 Robin K. Gonzalez St. Anthony Physicians North 6201 N Santa Fe Ave, Ste 2010 Oklahoma City, OK 73118 Phone: 405-272-5555
GERIATRIC MEDICINE James W. Mold University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Family Medicine Clinic 900 NE 10th St, 1st Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3537
Michael L. Winzenread Deaconess Family Care Rose Creek 16400 N May Ave Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-471-6800
Laurence Z. Rubenstein OU Physicians Department of Geriatric Medicine 825 NE 10th St, Ste 2300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-8558
John Zubialde University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Family Medicine Clinic 900 NE 10th St, 1st Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3537
Robert Salinas University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Family Medicine Clinic 900 NE 10th St, 1st Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3537
FAMILY MEDICINE/HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
Bryan Struck OU Physicians Department of Geriatric Medicine 825 NE 10th St, Ste 2300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-8558
Robert Salinas University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Family Medicine Clinic 900 NE 10th St, 1st Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3537
GASTROENTEROLOGY Paul N. Maton Digestive Disease Specialists 3366 NW Expy St, Ste 400 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-702-1300 Philip B. Miner, Jr. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma Foundation for Digestive Research The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, Ste 210 1000 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4644 Don P. Murray Digestive Disease Specialists 3366 NW Expy, Ste 400 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-702-1300 Robert A. Rankin Digestive Disease Specialists 3366 NW Expy, Ste 380 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-702-1300
Peter A. Winn OU Physicians Family Medicine Center 900 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4311
HAND SURGERY Charles H. Funderburk, Jr. McBride Orthopedic Hospital Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 1110 N Lee Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-230-9270
INFECTIOUS DISEASE Michael Stuart Bronze University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center General Internal Medicine Clinic 825 NE 10th St, Ste 4300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3445 David H. Chansolme Infectious Disease of Oklahoma City 4221 S Western Ave, Ste 4010 Oklahoma City, OK 73109 Phone: 405-644-6464 Douglas A. Drevets University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Infectious Disease Institute Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 430 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6434
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Oklahoma’s largest healthcare provider, INTEGRIS, is a place where quality matters most. And according to Thomson Reuters, we’re one of the Top-Performing healthcare systems in the U.S. – the only Oklahoma-owned healthcare system to earn this distinction. And INTEGRIS’ growth continues, with the opening of the new, $94 million INTEGRIs health Edmond. But it takes more than building a hospital to provide healing. It takes the INTEGRIs Cancer Institute of Oklahoma (ICIO) partnering with ProCure to build the nation’s sixth proton therapy center, and earning ICIO’s 99% patient satisfaction rating – the highest in the U.S. It takes award-winning stroke programs at INTEGRIs Baptist and INTEGRIs southwest medical Center. It takes changing lives with advanced Cardiac Care – home to one of the nation’s only artificial heart programs – and both a history and a future of breakthroughs, with Oklahoma’s first heart transplant and first and only four-dimensional heart scanner at INTEGRIs heart hospital. And it takes providing more second chances at life with Oklahoma’s only multi-organ transplant center at the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute, and redefining outcomes at Jim Thorpe, one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation facilities. INTEGRIS has a history of providing the exceptional healthcare Oklahomans deserve, reaching beyond our 16 hospitals and nearly 100 statewide clinics into the neighborhoods and communities that need us most. And we’re proud to have so many physicians who carry out this mission every day, whose efforts have earned them the distinction of being named to the 2012 Best Doctors list. We would like to congratulate these exceptional men and women, and thank them for all they do for Oklahomans each and every day.
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Ronald A. Greenfield OU Physicians General Internal Medicine Clinic 825 NE 10th St, Ste 4300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3445 John Rudman Harkess Infectious Disease Physicians 729 S Blvd St Edmond, OK 73034 Phone: 405-844-2922 Primarily sees in-patients
James Leroy Kirk, Jr. Infectious Disease Physicians 729 S Blvd St Edmond, OK 73034 Phone: 405-844-2922 Primarily sees in-patients
Linda Joy Salinas University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Infectious Disease Institute Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 430 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6434 Michelle R. Salvaggio University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Infectious Disease Institute Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 430 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6434 Leonard N. Slater Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Section of Infectious Diseases 921 NE 13th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-456-2511
INTERNAL MEDICINE Mary Ann Bauman Integris Family Care Central Department of Internal Medicine Physicians Bldg C, Ste 500 3400 NW Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4787 Bassam (Sam) Bilal Integris Family Care Central Department of Internal Medicine Physicians Bldg C, Ste 500 3400 NW Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4570 Gregory L. Blair Mark Five Care Group St. Anthony Hospital 1000 N Lee Ave, Ste 4049 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-272-6406 Hospitalist. Only sees in-patients
Steve M. Blevins University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center General Internal Medicine Clinic 825 NE 10th St, Ste 4300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3445 Dustan P. Buckley 4140 W Memorial Rd, Ste 303 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-749-7030 Thomas C. Coniglione Oklahoma Sports Science and Orthopaedics 6205 N Santa Fe Ave, Ste 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73118 Phone: 405-427-6776
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Michael K. Crawford 13321 N Meridian Ave, Ste 210 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-748-4343 Susan M. Dimick 3317 E Memorial Rd, Ste 103 Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-475-0100 S. A. Dean Drooby 5728 NW 132nd St Oklahoma City, OK 73142 Phone: 405-603-7610 Earl Sanders Elliott Integris Family Care Central Department of Internal Medicine Physicians Bldg C, Ste 500 3400 NW Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4805 Erin Kathleen Glasgow Integris Family Care Central Department of Internal Medicine Physicians Bldg C, Ste 500 3400 NW Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4433
Klaas Wierenga The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Genetics OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 5100 1200 Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY AND HEMATOLOGY Philip C. Comp Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine 921 NE 13th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6466 Kathy K. Dagg Mercy Oncology of Norman 701 E Robinson St, Ste 100 Norman, OK 73071 Phone: 405-321-4644 Ralph G. Ganick Frank C. Love Cancer Institute 1011 N Dewey Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-228-7100
David J. Karasek II Saints Medical Group 1111 N Lee Ave, Ste 334 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-272-4953
Brian Vincent Geister Integris Cancer Center 5911 W Memorial Rd, Ste 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73142 Phone: 405-773-6418
Brian P. Levy Oklahoma City Clinic Department of Internal Medicine 200 N Bryant Ave Edmond, OK 73034 Phone: 405-330-7000
Stephen Hamilton Optim Oncology 230 N Midwest Blvd Midwest City, OK 73110 Phone: 405-737-8455
L. Scott Owen Medical Specialists 5401 N Portland Ave, Ste 220 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-604-4321 Hanna A. Saadah Mercy Health Center Department of Internal Medicine McAuley Bldg, Ste 400 4205 McAuley Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-749-4260 G. Michael Steelman Building 400 13301 N Meridian Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-755-4600 Thomas L. Whitsett University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 2500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7001 Kersey Winfree Saints Medical Group Metro 120 N Robinson Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-232-3111
MEDICAL GENETICS Susan E. Palmer The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Genetics OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 5100 1200 Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
Craig Lee Reitz Mercy Oncology Physicians 4205 McAuley Blvd, Ste 375 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-751-4343
NEPHROLOGY Aly Mohamed Elsebai Aly Oklahoma Nephrology 3366 NW Expy, Ste 730 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-951-4944 Laura Ann Isaacs Rankin Kidney Specialists of Central Oklahoma 3366 NW Expy, Ste 550 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-942-5442 Chris M. Sholer 4334 NW Expy, Ste 201 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: 405-842-8298 Mary K. Gumerlock University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurosurgery The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, Ste 400 1000 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4912
NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY Brent Hisey Neuroscience Specialists 14100 Pkwy Commons Dr, Ste 201 Oklahoma City, OK 73134 Phone: 405-242-4720 Donald D. Horton Neuroscience Specialists 14100 Pkwy Commons Dr, Ste 201 Oklahoma City, OK 73134 Phone: 405-242-4720
Stanley (Stan) Pelofsky Neuroscience Specialists 4120 W Memorial Rd, Ste 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-748-3300 Craig Rabb University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurosurgery The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, Ste 400 1000 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4912
NEUROLOGY J. Mike Banowetz Medical Neurologists 4120 W Memorial Rd, Ste 218 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-302-2661 Brent A. Beson 4221 S Western Ave, Ste 5000 Oklahoma City, OK 73109 Phone: 405-644-5160 Kersi Bharucha University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurology Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 210 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3635 James R. Couch, Jr. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Neurology Clinic Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 210 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3635 David Lee Gordon University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurology Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 210 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3635 Linda Ann Hershey University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurology 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd, Ste 215 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3635 Farhat Husain Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence 820 NE 15th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6242 Jeanne Ann F. King University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurology 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd, Ste 215 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3635 Germaine L. Odenheimer Oklahoma City VA Medical Center CANDO Alzheimer’s Clinic 921 NE 13th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-456-3365
We’re Committed to Providing Another Level of Medicine. As part of an academic medical center, OU Physicians brings doctors and nurses together with hospitals and researchers and provides the training and cutting-edge technology needed to do amazing things for health care. With more than 540 physicians covering nearly every medical specialty, we’re the state’s largest physician group. Find out more at www.oumedicine.com. Congratulations to these OU Physicians who are on this year's Best Doctors list: Philip J. Rettig, M.D.
Cardiovascular Disease Karen Beckman, M.D. Ralph Lazzara, M.D. Sunny Po, M.D. Jorge Saucedo, M.D.
Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Mark Wolraich, M.D.
James T. Lane, M.D.
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ivan Wayne, M.D.
James R. Barrett, M.D. James L. Brand, M.D. Steven Crawford, M.D. Robert Dimski, M.D. Frank H. Lawler, M.D. James W. Mold, M.D. K. Ramakrishnan, M.D. Robert Salinas, M.D. Peter A. Winn, M.D. John Zubialde, M.D.
William Tierney, M.D.
John J. Mulvihill, M.D. Susan E. Palmer, M.D. Klaas Wierenga, M.D.
Laurence Rubenstein, M.D. Bryan Struck, M.D.
Robert S. Mannel, M.D. Joan L. Walker, M.D.
Hematology-Oncology Philip C. Comp, M.D.
Michael Bronze, M.D. Douglas Drevets, M.D. Ronald Greenfield, M.D. Linda Salinas, M.D. Michelle Salvaggio, M.D. Leonard Slater, M.D.
John Houck, Jr., M.D. Greg A. Krempl, M.D. Jesus Medina, M.D.
Edward Overholt, M.D. Kent E. Ward, M.D.
Deborah Shropshire, M.D. Jill S. Warren, M.D.
Betty Pfefferbaum, M.D.
Kellie Jones, M.D. Gary T. Kinasewitz, M.D. David C. Levin, M.D.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Steve M. Blevins, M.D. Marilyn Escobedo, M.D. Mary Anne McCaffree, M.D. Krishnamurthy Sekar, M.D. Anne Wlodaver, M.D.
Kersi Bharucha, M.D. James Couch, Jr., M.D. David L. Gordon, M.D. Linda A. Hershey, M.D. Jeanne Ann King, M.D. Calin Prodan, M.D. Peggy J. Wisdom, M.D.
Mary Gumerlock, M.D. Craig Rabb, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology D. Scott McMeekin, M.D. Robert A. Wild, M.D.
Cynthia Bradford, M.D. Reagan Bradford, Jr., M.D. Bradley Farris, M.D. Stephen Fransen, M.D. P. Lloyd Hildebrand, M.D. Ronald Kingsley, M.D. Robert Leonard, II, M.D. Rebecca Morgan, M.D. Anil D. Patel, M.D. Steven Sarkisian, Jr., M.D. R. Michael Siatkowski, M.D. Gregory Skuta, M.D. Donald Stone, M.D.
Timothy Puckett, M.D. David Teague, M.D.
Morris Gessouroun, M.D.
Piers R. Blackett, M.D. Steven D. Chernausek, M.D. Kenneth C. Copeland, M.D. John E. Grunow, M.D. Judith Ann O’Connor, M.D. Marilyn I. Steele, M.D.
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Joan Parkhurst Cain, M.D. Rene McNall-Knapp, M.D. William H. Meyer, M.D.
Carl R. Bogardus, Jr., M.D. Terence Herman, M.D. Elizabeth J. Syzek, M.D. LaTasha B. Craig, M.D. Karl R. Hansen, M.D.
Ira N. Targoff, M.D.
Larry R. Pennington, M.D. Russell G. Postier, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Terrence L. Stull, M.D. Martin Turman, M.D.
Timothy B. Mapstone, M.D. Joseph Davey, M.D. William A. Herndon, M.D. J. Andy Sullivan, M.D.
William C. Dooley, M.D. Mikio A. Nihira, M.D. Daniel J. Culkin, M.D. Thomas L. Whitsett, M.D.
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Pediatric Otolaryngology G. Paul Digoy, M.D.
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
James A. Royall, M.D.
Robert Letton, Jr., M.D. P. Cameron Mantor, M.D. David W. Tuggle, M.D.
Dominic Frimberger, M.D. Bradley P. Kropp, M.D.
OU Physicians is part of OU Medicine.
ny pet lover will tell you that having a dog or a cat is a rewarding experience, but those rewards may be more tangible than just warm fuzzy feelings. Research discoveries are pointing to physiological reasons why owning a pet is good for your health. PETS AND ALLERGIES Researcher James E. Gern, M.D., a pediatrician at the University of WisconsinMadison, says that a growing number of studies suggest that children who grow up with “furred animals” in the home have a decreased risk of allergies and asthma. “The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet,” says Gern, “and if you came from an allergy-prone
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family, pets should be avoided.” However, Gern recently analyzed the blood of babies immediately after birth and then one year later, and the results showed that infants living with dogs were 14 percent less likely to show evidence of pet allergies and had higher levels of some chemicals signifying a stronger immune system.
Alan Beck, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, found that people interacting with dogs experience a drop in blood pressure – “a true relaxation response,” he says. Researchers in Japan found that dog owners who were bonded to their pets experienced a spike in oxy tocin, a neurotransmitter that aids
CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH According to a study from the State University of New York at Buffalo, pet owners are more likely to have lower blood pressure than non-owners. More specifically, a study from the University of Minnesota found that people who do not own a cat are between 30 and 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with feline companions.
in coping with stress, from simply meeting their dogs’ gazes. In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog subsequently had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than those without pets.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Many health care professionals are embracing the idea that pets can be a cost-
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
effective approach to improving people’s health. “A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. It really does help people,” says Dr. Edward Creagan, oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Pet Partners, a human services organization, is on a mission to help lead the world in advancing human health and well-being through positive interactions with animals. Lawrence Norvell, former president and CEO, states that, “At a time in which our society is looking for treatment alternatives to complement Western medicine, research is consistently demonstrating that pets can have a profound impact on people’s physical and emotional health.” PETS AS THERAPISTS Therapy pets are used in the treatment of pain management, mental disorders, anxiety, emotional problems, trauma and disabilities, as well as in physical therapy. Patients coping with HIV/AIDS experience
less depression and lower stress levels when pet therapy is introduced as a part of their treatment. Studies have shown that therapy dogs provide comfort and facilitate learning, and researchers continue to seek supporting empirical evidence. Valerie McEvoy of Oklahoma City adopted Apollo, an albino Great Dane, and put him through training to become a pet therapy dog. Together they visit nursing homes and other health facilities. “People really light up when he comes to visit them, especially at the nursing home.” says Valerie. “So many of the residents are lonely and miss having pets around, so pet therapy is really beneficial to them emotionally. Apollo is the perfect height for people in wheelchairs to reach. They can easily pet him and look into his eyes. It’s a beautiful experience, and one that I’m really proud to participate in!” PREDICTIVE PETS AND PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE Dogs and cats have been reported predicting and signaling all sorts of ailments, including cancer, high blood pressure, seizures, infections and more. Cancer educa-
tion and research organizations are even training dogs to recognize diseases. While animal behavior experts still don’t understand the exact process, it’s likely that animals “diagnose” by detecting subtle changes in odor given off by chemicals in the body when disease is present. Additionally, people who own pets benefit from their relationship because the pet requires interaction and encourages increased activity. Simply put, people of all ages living with pets tend to be more physically active, and reap the benefits of improved health as a result. Statistically, pet owners actually make fewer trips to the doctor, have lower medication costs and live longer. The research and references in this article represent a very small portion of the available information regarding the health benefits of pet ownership and interaction. The takeaway is that pet lovers have been right all along, and the science is there to show that dogs and cats have a positive impact on our lives, and can even prolong them. Not convinced? Try doing your own experiment – adopt a pet and see for yourself.
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Calin Prodan University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Neurology Clinic Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 210 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3635 Elliott D. Ross Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Neurology Service 921 NE 13th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-456-3365 David L. Smith Saints Medical Group 1111 N Lee Ave, Ste 334 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-272-4953 Wayne L. Wasemiller Medical Neurologists 4120 W Memorial Rd, Ste 218 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-302-2661 Peggy J. Wisdom University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Neurology Clinic Presbyterian Professional Bldg, Ste 210 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3635
OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY May-Li Barki Mercy Health Center Center for Women’s Health 4140 W Memorial Rd, Ste 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-755-7430 Jennifer Butler OU Medical Center Women’s Clinic Presbyterian Professional Bldg, 3rd Fl, Rm 319 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 43104 Phone: 405-271-6195 Susan L. Chambers Oklahoma City Gynecology and Obstetrics 11200 N Portland Ave, 2nd Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-936-1000 LaTasha B. Craig OU Physicians Reproductive Medicine 1000 N Lincoln Blvd, Ste 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1616 Gilbert G. Haas, Jr. Deaconess Center for Reproductive Health 5401 N Portland Ave, Ste 510 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-604-6470 Karl R. Hansen OU Physicians Reproductive Medicine 1000 N Lincoln Blvd, Ste 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1616 Deborah Lorraine Huff Oklahoma City Gynecology and Obstetrics 11200 N Portland Ave, 2nd Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-936-1000 David A. Kallenberger Bennett Fertility Institute ObGyn Specialists 3433 NW 56th St, Ste 210B Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4701
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Laura L. Mackie Oklahoma City Gynecology and Obstetrics 11200 N Portland Ave, 2nd Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-936-1000
Reagan H. Bradford, Jr. Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Retina and Vitreous 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1092
Donald U. Stone Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Cornea and External Diseases 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1095
Bradley K. Farris Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Neuro-Ophthalmology 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd, Ste 315 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1091
Roland A. Walters 3301 NW 63rd St Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: 405-949-6177
Stephen R. Fransen Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Retina and Vitreous 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1092
Thomas C. Howard III McBride Orthopedic Hospital Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery 1110 N Lee Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-230-9270
Mikio A. Nihira OU Physicians Department of Urogynecology 825 NE 10th St, Ste 5300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-9493
Peter Lloyd Hildebrand Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1096
Paul Kammerlocher McBride Orthopedic Hospital Clinic 1110 N Lee Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-230-9270
Donald K. Rahhal Mercy Health Center Center for Women’s Health 4140 W Memorial Rd, Ste 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-755-7430
Ronald M. Kingsley Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Retina and Vitreous 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1092
Stephen D. Schlinke Mercy Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology 820 W 15th St Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-216-4004
Robert E. Leonard II Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Retina and Vitreous 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1092
Michael R. Seikel Bennett Fertility Institute ObGyn Specialists Bldg B, Ste 210 3433 NW 56th St Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4701
Rebecca K. Morgan Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Low Vision Rehabilitation 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1793
Robert S. Mannel University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center 800 NE 10th St, Ste 604 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6822 Donald Scott McMeekin OU Physicians Division of Gynecologic Oncology 800 NE 10th St, Ste 2100 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-8707
K. Anthony Shanbour Mercy Plaza Bldg, Ste 215 4140 W Memorial Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-242-4030 Gary F. Strebel 4200 W Memorial Rd, Ste 201 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-749-4200 Joan L. Walker University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Division of Gynecologic Oncology Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center 800 NE 10th St, 2nd Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-8707 Robert A. Wild OU Physicians Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 825 NE 10th St, 3rd Fl Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-9494
OPHTHALMOLOGY Cynthia A. Bradford Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of General Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1090
Sumit K. Nanda Oklahoma Retina Institute Bldg D, Ste 750 3366 NW Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-948-2020 Anil D. Patel Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Division of Neuro-Ophthalmology 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1091 Steven R. Sarkisian, Jr. Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Glaucoma Service 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1093 R. Michael Siatkowski Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Department of Ophthalmology 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1094 Scott C. Sigler Eye Associates 2020 E 15th St, Ste B Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-348-9993 Gregory L. Skuta Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Glaucoma Service 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1093
Donald Wray McGinnis McBride Orthopedic Hospital Clinic 1110 N Lee Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-230-9270 James M. Odor Spine Surgery 14100 Pkwy Commons Dr, Ste 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73134 Phone: 405-242-4345 Timothy A. Puckett University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Orthopedic Surgery Clinic 825 NE 10th St, Ste 1300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2663 Accepting new patients with back, neck and spine problems
Brock Schnebel McBride Orthopedic Hospital Clinic 1110 N Lee Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-230-9270 David Carlton Teague University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Orthopedic Surgery Clinic 825 NE 10th St, Ste 1300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2663 Accepting new patients on a case-by-case basis
OTOLARYNGOLOGY Keith F. Clark Oklahoma City Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 535 NW 9th St, Ste 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-272-6027 John R. Houck, Jr. OU Physicians Department of Otorhinolaryngology 825 NE 10th St, Ste 4200 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7559 Greg A. Krempl OU Physicians Department of Otolaryngology 825 NE 10th St, Ste 4200 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7559 Michael McGee Otologic Medical Clinic Hough Ear Institute 3400 NW 56th St Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-946-5563
BEST DOCTORS (left to right) Laura Mackie, M.D., Susan Chambers, M.D. and Deborah Huff, M.D.
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OKC GYNECOLOGY & OBSTETRICS Lakeside Women’s Hospital 11200 North Portland Ave. Oklahoma City 405.936.1000 www.lakesidedoctors.com
hen OKC Gynecology & Obstetrics celebrates a quarter century as a practice this fall, it will also celebrate a high standard of health care for women, a commitment to quality and absolute dedication. Practicing at Lakeside Women’s Hospital for the last 15 years, the group was co-founded by Dr. Susan Chambers, Dr. Deborah Huff and Dr. Laura Mackie. “We require quality of everyone who works with us,” says Dr. Huff, who specializes in robotic surgery and high-risk obstetric cases. “We also collaborate as a group for patients with unique issues. We are very thoughtful about decisions and we treat our patients the way we would want ourselves, our mothers or our daughters to be treated.” Dr. Chambers, with a focus on general obstetric and gynecological care, echoes the sentiment. “We really complement each other, we all have high standards, and we hold each other to those standards.” The themes of quality and collaboration surface repeatedly when the three founding physicians of the practice discuss their work. “It’s a group of physicians who are absolutely dedicated to women’s health care,” says Dr. Mackie, who specializes in gynecological surgery, robotic surgery, cancer prevention and early cancer detection. “The more diversity of abilities you have in a practice, the more able you are to help patients.” Delivering premium women’s health care with a focus on the whole woman is one of the hallmarks of the group. The combination of well-trained physicians with a strong commitment to patients, coupled with the latest technology – such as robotic surgery, which was added in 2009 – makes the doctors of Lakeside distinctive in central Oklahoma. “I love seeing patients year after year,” says Dr. Chambers. “I feel like I become a part of their families.” “Every stage of a woman’s life is intriguing, interesting and challenging,” says Dr. Huff. “Getting to walk through life with people is very fulfilling. It’s not a job. It’s something to which we have dedicated our lives.” And the most rewarding aspect of that lifelong dedication? Dr. Mackie offers an eloquent, succinct perspective: “Making a difference.”
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Jesus Edilberto Medina OU Physicians Department of Otorhinolaryngology OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 4200 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7559
PATHOLOGY Jan V. Pitha Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service 921 NE 13th St, Rm 4F128 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-456-5339 Stanley S. Shrago Integris Baptist Medical Center Department of Pathology 3300 NW Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-949-3011
PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY Martha M. Tarpay Mercy Health Center Department of Allergy and Immunology Mercy Tower, Ste 206 4200 W Memorial Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-752-0393
PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY Edward D. Overholt The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Oklahoma Children’s Heart Center OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 5300 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006 Kent E. Ward The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Oklahoma Children’s Heart Center OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 5300 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE Morris R. Gessouroun The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Critical Care Medicine 1200 Everett Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5211 Pimarily sees in-patients
PEDIATRIC DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS Mark Lee Wolraich University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Child Study Center 1100 NE 13th St Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Phone: 405-271-5700
PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY Piers R. Blackett The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Diabetes and Endocrinology OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 4500 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6764 Accepting new patients with endocrine and lipid (fat metabolism and cholesterol) disorders under the age of 18.
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Steven D. Chernausek The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Diabetes and Endocrinology OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 4500 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6764 Kenneth C. Copeland The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Diabetes and Endocrinology OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 4500 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY John E. Grunow The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 9500 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6549 Michael P. Morris Integris Baptist Medical Center Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology 3300 NW Expy, Ste 100-3443 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-949-3349 Judith Ann O’Connor The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 14400 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-221-5884 Marilyn I. Steele The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center OU Children’s Physician GI Clinic OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 14400 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGYONCOLOGY Joan Parkhurst Cain The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children Section of Hematology and Oncology 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 10000 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4412 Rene Y. McNall-Knapp The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children Section of Hematology and Oncology 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 10000 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4412 William H. Meyer The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children Section of Hematology and Oncology 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 10000 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4412
PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE Thomas L. Kuhls Norman Pediatric Associates 808 Wall St Norman, OK 73069 Phone: 405-321-5114 Terrence L. Stull The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Department of Pediatrics 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4401 Pimarily sees in-patients
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL GENETICS John J. Mulvihill The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Genetics OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 5100 1200 Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006 Klaas Wierenga The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Genetics OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 5100 1200 Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
William A. Herndon Oklahoma Children’s Physicians Orthopaedics 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 3100 Oklahoma City, OK 73014 Phone: 405-271-2669 J. Andy Sullivan The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 3100 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2669
PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGY G. Paul Digoy University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Otorhinolaryngology OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 8300 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2662
PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHAB Edward A. Wright The Children’s Center Physicians Clinic 6800 NW 39th Expy Bethany, OK 73008 Phone: 405-440-9866
Martin Allan Turman The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Nephrology OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 5100 1200 Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
James A. Royall The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pulmonary Diseases OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 9100 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006
PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY Timothy B. Mapstone University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Neurosurgery The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, Ste 400 1000 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4912
PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY James M. Richard Children’s Eye Care 11013 Hefner Pointe Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-751-2020 Mark H. Scott Children’s Eye Care 11013 Hefner Pointe Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-751-2020 R. Michael Siatkowski Dean A. McGee Eye Institute Department of Ophthalmology 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1094
PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY Joseph Davey The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 3100 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2669
Accepting a limited number of new patients
PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST/ ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT MEDICINE Philip J. Rettig OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 7500 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6208
PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST/CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY Betty Pfefferbaum University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Williams Pavilion, Rm 3470 920 Stanton L. Young Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5121
PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST/NEONATAL-PERINATAL MEDICINE Marilyn Barnard Escobedo The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine N Pavilion, 7th Fl 1200 Everett Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5215 Mary Anne Wight McCaffree The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine N Pavilion, 7th Fl 1200 Everett Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5215
Make the Most of It D
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MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
octors spend an average of eight to 15 minutes per appointment with their patients. This usually allows for at least two brief updates about symptoms and a short discussion during the visit. But by planning ahead for what to bring to the appointment and what to ask, patients can have a strong influence on the level of feedback and care they receive. Taking initiative in your health can be achieved by a simple three-step plan. Many patients may feel pressured not to ask questions of their doctor, but it’s important that they feel empowered to take control of their health. STEP 1: WRITE IT DOWN Keep a log of your symptoms, supplements, new triggers and the dates they started. It’s also important to prioritize. Make a list of questions or issues you’d like to discuss with your doctor, and then prioritize them. Finally, pack your medicine. Take all prescriptions, supplements and over-the-counter medications with you to show your doctor. STEP 2: ARM YOURSELF WITH INFORMATION It’s important to know what your insurance plan does and does not cover and where you can receive services such as lab work, x-rays, mammograms, etc. Be aware of the guidelines that are recommended by your health plan on when and how often certain procedures can be performed. Before you go to your appointment, make sure you have your current health insurance information. Also, bring your old
medical records. This includes information such as medical and family history, immunizations, preventive testing, medications (all bottles, supplements, vitamins, overthe-counter medications), x-rays when appropriate and journals of your symptoms or data. If you’ve done your own research on a medical problem you’re having, bring your references with you so your physician can review it and provide more insight. STEP 3: KNOW WHAT COMES NEXT After your initial visit, make sure to ask your doctor about future appointments and length of treatment until results. Ask how long it should take for treatment to go into effect. This way, you’ll be aware of
when you may start experiencing changes or improvements. Be sure to find out what symptoms are red flags. Ask if there are any changes or symptoms that you need to notify your doctor about during the treatment. If tests were performed or scheduled, find out how long you need to wait until you can contact the doctor’s office for results. Finally, ask for copies of your test results. File these records away so you can keep track of your medical history. Beth Peters is director of business development with GlobalHealth, Inc., an Oklahoma-based health maintenance organization with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, providing affordable health care coverage for federal, state and local government employees, education employees and private companies.
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Krishnamurthy C. Sekar The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine N Pavilion, 7th Fl 1200 Everett Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5215 Pimarily sees in-patients
Anne G. Wlodaver The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Department of Pediatrics N Pavilion, 7th Fl 1200 Everett Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5215 Pimarily sees in-patients
PEDIATRIC SURGERY Robert Warren Letton, Jr. The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Department of Pediatric Surgery 1200 Everett Dr, Ste NP 2320 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-2006 Philip Cameron Mantor The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Surgery 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 2700 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-4357 David W. Tuggle The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Surgery 1200 Everett Dr, Ste 2320 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5922
PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANT HEPATOLOGY
Deborah L. Shropshire OU Children’s Physicians Sooner Pediatric Clinic OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 6100 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6827 Richard E. Stanford Bldg A, Ste 800 3435 NW 56th St Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-945-4795 Jill Stewart Warren OU Children’s Physicians Sooner Pediatric Clinic OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 6100 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6827
PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION Edward A. Wright The Children’s Center Physicians Clinic 6800 NW 39th Expy Bethany, OK 73008 Phone: 405-440-9866 Stephen S. Yang 724 24th Ave NW, Ste 220 Norman, OK 73069 Phone: 405-307-5700
PLASTIC SURGERY Norman S. Levine 1211 N Shartel Ave, Ste 905 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-236-0300 Paul Silverstein Oklahoma Plastic Surgeons 3305 NW 63rd St, Ste 204 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: 405-842-9732
Carl R. Bogardus, Jr. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Radiation Oncology Anschutz Cancer Pavilion 1665 Aurora Ct Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5641
Alan B. Hollingsworth Mercy Women’s Center 4300 McAuley Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-936-5455
Terence Spencer Herman University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Radiation Oncology OU Physician’s Bldg, Ste 1430 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5641 Clinton Amos Medbery III Southwest Radiation Oncology 1011 N Dewey Ave, Ste 101 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-272-7311 Astrid Elizabeth Morrison Mercy Health Center Southwest Radiation Oncology 4300 W Memorial Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-752-3381 Elizabeth J. Syzek University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Radiation Oncology Anschutz Cancer Pavilion 1665 Aurora Ct Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-5641 Marianne M. Young Southwest Radiation Oncology 1011 N Dewey Ave, Ste 101 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-272-7311
Judith Ann O’Connor The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 14400 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-221-5884
Ivan Wayne W Facial Aesthetics 13908 Quail Brook Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73134 Phone: 405-271-5950
Kelly N. McDonough Breast Imaging of Oklahoma 2601 Kelley Pointe Pkwy, Ste 101 Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-844-2601
Sergio Garcia Norman Regional Health System Pulmonary Clinic at Robinson Medical Plaza 701 E Robinson St, Ste 105 Norman, OK 73071 Phone: 405-515-4888
Debra Sue Mitchell Breast Imaging of Oklahoma 2601 Kelley Pointe Pkwy, Ste 101 Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-844-2601
Dominic Frimberger The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center OU Physicians Pediatric Urology Clinic OU Children’s Physicians Bldg, Ste 7100 1200 N Children’s Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-3800 Bradley P. Kropp University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatric Urology 1200 N Children’s Ave, Ste 7100 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6900
PEDIATRICS/GENERAL Andrea L. Key Northwest Pediatrics of Oklahoma City 4140 W Memorial Rd, Ste 413 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-755-2230 Charles Anthony Leveridge Northwest Pediatrics of Oklahoma City 4140 W Memorial Rd, Ste 413 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-755-2230
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Kellie Jones University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 2500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7001 Gary T. Kinasewitz University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 2500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7001 David C. Levin University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Heart, Lung and Vascular Center OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 2500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7001
Timothy L. Tytle Mercy Health Center Department of Radiology 4300 W Memorial Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-936-5440
RHEUMATOLOGY Elizabeth T. Albert Mercy Health North May 9100 N May Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-840-4456 Eliza Chakravarty Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 820 NE 15th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-6242 Ira N. Targoff OU Physicians Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy 825 NE 10th St, Ste 2300 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-8478
M. Alex Jacocks Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Department of Surgery 921 NE 13th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-456-3409 Larry R. Pennington University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Surgery Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 4500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1400 Russell G. Postier University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OU Physicians Surgery Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 4500 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-1400 Beverly Jean Talbert Mercy Breast Care Mercy Tower, Ste 708 4200 W Memorial Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-749-7023 Gregory F. Walton Big Blue Star Weightwise Bariatric Program 1800 S Renaissance Blvd, 2nd Fl, Ste 200 Edmond, OK 73013 Phone: 405-359-2473
SURGICAL ONCOLOGY William Chesnut Dooley OU Physicians Surgery Clinic 825 NE 10th St, Ste 4500 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-7867
THORACIC SURGERY Robert Mark Bodenhamer Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians Division of Cardiovascular Medicine 4050 W Memorial Rd, 3rd Fl, Ste B Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-608-3800
UROLOGY James S. Archer Urology Centers of Oklahoma 1211 N Shartel Ave, Ste 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: 405-235-8008 Daniel J. Culkin University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Urology Clinic OU Physicians Bldg, Ste 5400 825 NE 10th St Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-271-8156 Richard E. Herlihy Surgical Specialists of Oklahoma 4140 W Memorial Rd, Ste 611 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: 405-749-4288
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estoring facial harmony and giving patients the most natural appearance possible are the goals Dr. Wayne strives for at W Facial Aesthetics. His expertise in rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation and reconstruction is blended with an artistic appreciation for beauty and balance. For 10 years, patients seeking to improve or restore facial appearance have chosen Dr. Wayne and the staff at W Facial Aesthetics. With a training background focused exclusively on surgery of the face, Dr. Wayne is board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Wayne is involved in the training and education of medical students and residents. With his unique expertise in rhinoplasty and facial reconstruction, he has been called on to give lectures to national and international audiences of surOU PHYSICIANS geons. W Facial Aesthetics is W FACIAL AESTHETICS a full-service location offer13908 Quailbrook Dr. ing skin care, laser and skin Oklahoma City filler treatments as well as cosmetic and reconstructive 405.271.5950 surgery of the face.
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Serve Your Stage 50s and Beyond A By Beth Peters
s we age, our bodies require different nutrients that serve as building blocks for us. It’s important to identify these key nutrients at different stages of your life so you can promote good health within your body for the future.
20s What you eat during your 20s creates the foundation for your future health. Bone mass is particularly important for both men and women, and it peaks during this decade. By storing up on calcium now, you lessen your chances of severe bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis. Milk, cheeses and yogurt are great examples of calcium-rich foods. The ability to build strong muscles also peaks in this time frame, and protein is the key nutrient to help do so. Lean meats, skinless white-meat poultry and beans are avid protein providers that should be worked into your diet.
consume 100 to 200 fewer calories later in the day, so fill your breakfast with fiber and protein foods.
40s Nutrition needs to be your prior-
ity during this decade, with heart health as the main focus. Take care of your heart by enjoying fatty fish and adding fiber to your diet. Wild salmon, sardines and trout are considered fatty fish and are packed with heart-healthy omega-3s. Fish can decrease inflammation throughout your body and help improve your cholesterol. Dietary fiber adds bulk to food in your digestive tract, which will make you feel full and ward off cravings. It also helps excrete excess fats and reduce high blood pressure. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables will give you the proper amount of fiber to feel full on fewer calories.
Protect yourself from age-related health issues by eating foods rich in vitamins that manage or prevent joint aches and pains. Once you turn 50, your body does not supply enough vitamin B12 on its own – the vitamin necessary to make blood cells and improve cognition. While it’s available in supplements, fortified cereal, lean meat and some fish are good sources of vitamin B12.
AT EVERY STAGE
No matter what decade of life you’re in, it’s important to remember that you can continue to increase the health of your body with regular exercise.
olism should be the areas of focus during this decade. Iron deficiency can begin in middle adulthood. If you don’t get enough iron, you can experience symptoms such as fatigue, decreased mental clarity and lower immune system functions. Foods like vitamin-packed cereals and pork and beans are iron-rich. Your metabolism begins to slow down by five percent each decade, so you should lower your caloric intake accordingly. Research has shown that those who eat a hearty breakfast will
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By Kent Anderson
hen the Saints Dermatology Center of Excellence opens to patients in January, the 9,100-square-foot facility at 9720 N. Broad-
way will mark the fulfillment of one simple, yet ambitions goal. “We wanted to create a group of dermatologists who can provide the best service in this region,” says medical director Renee Grau, M.D. “We want to be an all-encompassing, comprehensive health care center for dermatology.”
It has been a lengthy process – Grau first began talk-
ing about the idea in 2009 – but Saints Dermatology is taking the time to do it right. Ground was broken in April of this year on a building that will marry the expertise of the group’s health care providers with the technology and
“We wanted to synergize, and to create a community where we are sharing ideas.”
efficiency to provide
best service possible. “To a c c o mp l i s h our goal, we
needed to have a facility that can accommodate it,” Grau says. “We wanted to synergize, and to create a commu-
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nity where we are sharing ideas.”
cy, so that patients are not kept waiting
Grau and company desired a physical location that would
long, and we have more time with them.
be easily accessible to all parts of the metro area – hence the
Instead of having a line of exam rooms
plot of land on Broadway Extension north of Britton Road.
where the provider walks up and down
In researching possible designs for the new building, they
the line, we will have a different system.
turned to Tulsa Dermatology Group as a model, eventually
For example, my three exam rooms will
hiring the architect who designed that group’s facility: New
be together, and I’ll only be a couple of
Mexico-based John Laur of the firm Dekker/Perich/Sabati-
steps away at any time. The nurses’ sta-
ni. Laur specializes in health care design… and is the son of a
tion will also be only steps away.”
dermatologist. The new center is being built by Beacon Fine
Homes and Traywick Construction.
sicians, one physician’s assistant and
The new center will house five phy-
Efficiency is a theme that surfaces repeatedly in the de-
more than 25 support staffers, who
sign for the Saints Dermatology Center of Excellence. “Ex-
will utilize cutting-edge technology to
cellent care is efficient care,” says Grau. “We wanted a facil-
provide excellent patient care. A light
ity to combine patient comfort, excellent care and efficien-
therapy unit will be used to treat pso-
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
With its location facing Broadway Extension and 9,100 square feet of space, the new facility will offer patients accessibility, comfort and a new standard in dermatological health care.
riasis, eczema, morphea and lymphoma
all housed under one roof, are in addi-
of the skin. The facility’s cosmetic unit
tion to general and medical dermatolo-
there have been hurdles to overcome
As with any project of this scale,
will offer comprehensive, dermatolo-
gy units. The Saints network is a leader
and myriad details to oversee. But Dr.
gist-supervised cosmetic procedures,
in telemedicine, and this facility will be
Grau has kept her eyes on the end re-
including laser therapy and Ultherapy
no exception; a teledermatology suite
sult and the capability for exceptional
– that’s a new type of non-surgical, non-
is set to link the Oklahoma City office
patient care that the center will bring to
invasive procedure for the face that uses
with all corners of the state.
Oklahoma. “Anything a patient needs
ultrasound and the body’s own natural
With the new center acting as the
related to dermatology, they should
healing process to lift, tone and tighten
hub, Saints Dermatology will continue
be able to do in this facility,” she says.
loose skin, and Saints Dermatology will
to operate satellite clinics as well, in the
“The best part of this is seeing a vision
have one of only two such instruments
Midtown area, Midwest City and Enid.
come to fruition, a vision that will be of
Another clinic will soon be in operation
service to other people. Seeing how we
Not one, but two Mohs micrographic
at 13128 N. MacArthur to serve the far
could come up with a facility that will
surgery suites will be available for treat-
northwest Oklahoma City region until
meet those needs, creating it from noth-
ment of skin cancers. These specialties,
the new center opens.
ing, is very rewarding.”
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and the of
By Lauren Hammack
Not content to hope her vision of fashion might find its way to her doorstep, Danielle Keogh took matters into her own hands. The chic result is LibertĂŠ, a boutique which represents the elegant manifestation of her aspiration to bring exclusive fashion to Oklahoma City women with an experiential approach. 66 slice | july 2012
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It was Aristotle who told us, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Today, Danielle Keogh of Liberté reminds us of the reward for following our bliss.
When she was in her 20s and 30s, Keogh could satisfy her wardrobe de-
mands at the mall. But as the Oklahoma native began traveling extensively around the world for her career, she gained a greater perspective on fashion. Her style was evolving and as it did, Keogh developed a tendency to purchase her clothing in other markets as she traveled on business.
During those years, Keogh had grown to appreciate several designers
whose clothing lines couldn’t be found locally. Adding to her wardrobe frustration, Keogh believed that somewhere along the way, she had fallen through the “style cracks,” demographically and psychographically speaking, and that her wardrobe needs couldn’t be fully satisfied in her home state. This experience ultimately led her to create Liberté, an exclusive 2,500-square-foot women’s boutique at Classen Curve. “My hope is that our SHEVAUN WILLIAMS AND ASSOCIATES
clients will enjoy the experience of Liberté by feeling ‘removed from the day,’” Keogh says.
In her collaboration with archi-
tect Todd Edmonds of the Oklahoma City-based HSEarchitects and interior designer Anh Weber (also of HSEarchitects), Keogh contributed
Store manager Eden Turrentine and buyer Katie Newton
100 percent to the store’s modern design, which took about a year to complete. An open and airy floor plan allows for the infusion of light from several angles, although the main light show emanates from a stunning centerpiece chandelier that contains more than 15,000 crystal beads.
White walls, a metallic, exposed
ceiling, shimmering wall tile and other high-gloss details create an ethereal yet contemporary atmosphere, which becomes the back-
drop to several neoclassical touches throughout the boutique. Opaque white glass encloses the oversized dressing rooms, each of which has
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received its own custom furnishings and lighting, as well as
get audience of career women predominantly in their 30s and
inscriptions in French on some of the walls.
40s. “We’re excited about bringing a new level of shopping to
The significance of the name Liberté originates from more
Oklahoma City,” Turrentine says. “Since we opened our doors,
than just Keogh’s French heritage. “I chose the name because
our clients have confirmed our belief that women are starved
there’s nothing more liberating than the feeling of confidence
for a sophisticated look. That’s a big part of what Liberté is
a woman has when she looks her best,” Keogh explains. “I
about – creating a timeless closet.”
don’t want women to have to ‘settle’ for their clothing options.
I want them to feel empowered by the choices they make.”
has already selected fall inventory, which will include new
Keogh also hopes to introduce the Oklahoma City market
lines from the U.S. and Europe. Pre-fall fashions are begin-
to several emerging designers whose work helped inspire her
ning to come in now. In anticipation of planning the store’s
vision of Liberté’s offerings of business attire, weekend wear,
inventory, Newton accompanied Keogh to make selections at
cocktail dresses, formal wear and accessories. “Many of these
market. In fact, Keogh’s insistence that apparel is comfort-
designers are new to Oklahoma and we think women will be
able, functional and well-fitting led her to try on each design-
very excited to see these lines they didn’t even know existed
er’s merchandise before she would consider ordering it for her
until now,” Keogh says.
clients. “Nothing about the clothing or this store was left to
chance,” Newton explains.
Some of these include Robin Brouillette and Karolina
Liberté buyer and assistant store manager Katie Newton
Zmarlak, both from New York City, who traveled to Oklaho-
ma City for Liberté’s recent grand opening. Others are Rani
time demands placed upon many women, so Liberté is open un-
Arabella, 100 Percent, Herve Leger, Temperley London, Lida
til 7pm, an hour later than most retail stores at Classen Curve.
Baday, Sportmax, Issa, Habitual Denim, Fidelity Denim and
“It’s hard to get anywhere before 6pm if you work,” Keogh ob-
Notify Denim. In all, more than 25 designers are represented
serves. “I wanted to keep the store open later so that women can
among Liberté’s inventory, hailing mostly from the U.S., Italy,
stop by after work, relax and enjoy the experience.”
England and, of course, France.
Oklahoma City’s Classen Curve, 5801 N. Classen Blvd. To
Liberté store manager Eden Turrentine believes the bou-
tique’s offerings represent a return to a classic look for its tar-
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As a woman with multiple careers, Keogh is sensitive to the
Liberté is open Monday through Saturday, 10am-7pm in
learn more, visit www.givemeliberte.com.
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Client driven A step in the right direction on the path to retirement
Grand Plans By Steve Gill
f the circumstances are right and you have the cards, the smart thing to do is double down. Since its opening in 2006, FireLake Grand Casino in Shawnee has increas-
ingly become a beacon beckoning gamblers, diners and entertainment seekers – and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) is in the process of making that success pay off.
Recently renamed “Grand Casino” – CPN operates sev-
eral other businesses in the area with the FireLake name, but none so deserving of the epic appellation – the facility’s 125,000 square feet already house over 1,800 Vegas-style games from slot machines to blackjack tables, as well as three restaurants.
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THE RIGHT STUFF
By Michael Miller
n my need to have stuff to feed my media habit, I was on-
Here is where the latest iPad really shines: it has a new, bet-
line and purchased the new iPad 3 the day it shipped from
ter screen and video processing, and sharper color and graph-
Apple. This is my take on it.
ics. For me, as a visual person, it is a no-brainer.
For a lot of people who use a tablet computer, it mostly func-
My photography looks better on this screen than on the ear-
tions as an alternative to a laptop or a netbook. I take bass les-
lier iPad. The new screen has almost 100 percent color cover-
sons from Joe Gilliam, who also teaches at ACM@UCO (the
age for SRGB, which is the industry standard for home moni-
Academy of Contemporary Music) in Bricktown. Joe uses his
tors and laptop screens. This means that with the new cloud-
iPad as a music teaching device with a metronome, bass tuner
based picture editing apps, what you see is going to be pretty
and mp3 music for us to play along with in the process of learn-
darn close to what you get. Is it perfect? No; I have invested in
ing how another player performed the song.
the best color reproduction I can for my editing computer and
Not having any musical pupils of my own, I too use the iPad
the iPad is not there by a long shot, but it is about as good as a
as a laptop replacement device â€“ in fact, it has almost complete-
quality laptop or desktop screen, and shows good rich greens
ly replaced my netbook. I have word processing, my email and
and deep reds much better than before.
lots of books on it, and I also watch streaming video and listen
to music performance videos on the new version.
because the new battery is almost twice the size of the one in
The battery charge time is up by a couple of hours, which is
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the iPad 2 – this is due to the higher power consumption of the new screen and video processor. The iPad 3 battery’s lifespan is actually comparable with its predecessor’s; you just have to wait longer for a full charge.
The new iPad weighs a few grams more than
the old one and is a little thicker to accommodate the larger battery, but other than that, there is little physical difference between the two. Heat is an issue brought up by some reviewers, but under normal use, the ambient temperature of the iPad is 90 to 95 degrees and hits about 116 degrees in heavy gaming sessions.
The quality of images from the camera is pret-
ty good and the ability to make movies with the included software is very handy at times. It’s not going to replace your regular camera (at least, it won’t replace mine), but it is appreciated since you are more likely to have the iPad with you than a separate camera. I’m looking forward to using the movie feature to record some training videos for the software company I work with.
All in all, the better graphics and better cam-
era outweigh the longer recharge time and added weight. Apple still makes the best tablet out there, and the iPad 3 is better than what came before. If you are thinking that it’s time to invest in a tablet, you can’t go wrong with the iPad 3.
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Be Careful Out There I spend a lot of time and thought feeding my media habit, and I’ve gotten pretty cautious about the dangers involved in a high-technology life. But there are hidden dangers in your mailbox and over the phone as well, and unscrupulous people don’t need to use much technology to take advantage of people who leave themselves unprotected. Older family members especially can be vulnerable to scams and cons that tend to follow the same pattern: Make contact, spend time visiting to build a relationship, make a fairly small request to test the waters and then deliver the hard pitch for big money. The crooks who make these calls are doing it eight hours or more a day, and with the constant flow of phone calls and friendly chatter, especially to lonely seniors with very few people to talk to, this con starts to sound like reality. Believe me, they are very good at what they do – I think they have taken my father for more than $50,000 in the last year. If you suspect something, check your loved ones’ cell phone logs for repeated calls from an unfamiliar number. Check bank accounts for unusual transactions, checks made out to cash or unnecessary withdrawals. Check outgoing calls to Western Union or other cash transmission agencies. If you find a family member has been victimized by one of these groups, file a complaint with your local police department’s white collar crime division – it helps encourage the government to find the perpetrators, and you can take a tax write-off for the stolen money. Of course, it’s vastly preferable to prevent the money from being stolen at all. Help keep the crooks away by teaching your loved ones the rules of safety: • If you don’t know who’s calling, let it go to voice mail. • If you get a sweepstakes entry, don’t enter. Often, everyone who enters these mass-mail contests wins the chance to lose everything. • Assume that all email contests are frauds. It doesn’t take a gang of cyber-villains with an arsenal of high-tech gear to take advantage of someone who’s too gullible or unwary. Be smart – with caring and vigilance, you can help protect your seniors and other family members.
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The Sales of a Lifetime By Mark Beutler Photos by Carli Wentworth
all them “Garage Sales on Steroids.” Sure, you’re still browsing through other peo-
ple’s stuff, but unlike their garagebased counterparts, estate sales are becoming big business.
On any given weekend an estate
sale can pop up anywhere – cars and customers lined up for blocks, clogging normally quiet streets. The antique dealers, racing in to see what they can scoop up to re-sell at their shops. The bargain hunters, searching for that $1 treasure they can take on “Antiques Roadshow” in the hopes of finding out it’s worth millions. And then there are the simply curious, out to see what kinds of interesting or hideous artifacts a person has collected throughout his or her life. “The estate sale business has grown tremendously,” said Martha Gragg, proprietor of M&J Estate Sales in Oklahoma City. “I have been doing this for 46 years. I joined my mother, who has been doing it for 60 years. We have definitely seen a lot of changes.”
An estate sale is just that: liquidat-
ing the contents of a person’s home. It doesn’t always revolve around someone’s death – sometimes the seller simply wants to downsize – but often does; many times survivors find it easier to sell a loved one’s belongings after they pass on rather than have family squabbles over who gets what.
“It really makes sense for a family to hire a company to liq-
had; a crucial way in which estate sales differ from their
uidate their loved one’s home, because we do not have the sen-
lower-rent garage sale cousins is in the type of merchandise
timental attachment to certain items they may have,” Gragg
explains. “We price things according to what they are worth,
and we price them to sell, whereas a family might over-price
customers come to estate sales because of the quality of furni-
some things simply because of sentimental value.”
ture that can be found. For example, furniture from years ago
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But there’s often plenty of genuine financial value to be
“Essentially the entire house is on sale,” Gragg says. “Many
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is constructed of solid wood, where a lot of today’s furniture may be mostly pre-fabricated.”
The hot ticket items these days are “mid-century” classics
from the 1950s (think “Ozzie and Harriet”) all the way to the more garish, polyester-laden “Brady Bunch” era of the ’70s.
“It’s amazing to see what people will buy,” Gragg laughed.
High quality generates high levels of interest, which can create its own problems: parking is often limited, navigating neighborhood streets can be tricky as shoppers rush home with their treasures – and it’s important to remember to be polite to the neighbors who live nearby. Matt McNeil, owner of OKC Estate Sales, says he typically employs a police officer to help keep the crowd’s roar to a minimum.
Organizing an event like this might give some of us pause,
whether because of feeling like an intruder or simply not knowing where to begin; but McNeil says going into a person’s home for the first time is just another day on the job. “I am a professional,” he explains, “and the first thing I normally take note of is the floor plan of the house, rather than the contents. I will look at where to put my police officer, where I will set up the cash register and also see what the parking situation will be like for my customers. The contents of the house are secondary.”
Keeping a good attitude is important, he adds, because
quite often customers will be up close and personal. Estate sales take place in the home of the stuff’s previous owner, so it’s usually very tight quarters with a lot of people packed into a very small space.
“Most customers are very courteous,” McNeil said. “Then
there are others who would rather quibble over the price of a ten-cent item.”
So is it worth braving the crowds and possible conten-
tiousness? That’s up to you, but bear in mind that these events have become increasingly popular for a reason: the thrill of the hunt and the exhilaration of finding beautiful bargain pieces are very real.
McNeil offers these final words of advice: “Know the meth-
od of payment; some estate sales are limited on their use of credit cards and will only accept cash or checks. Remember to lighten up and have fun. And probably most importantly, be aware that we don’t take returns. After all, you’re not shopping at John A. Brown.”
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In The Spotlight…
Governor David Walters D
By Lauren Hammack
avid Walters has seemingly
central to a native Oklahoman: family,
Community Service Award to recog-
lived a thousand lifetimes since
faith and community.
nize those whose dedication to public
leaving his hometown of Ca-
service represents the ideals of service
Some of Walters’ most rewarding
nute, Oklahoma as the only member of
life chapters, in fact, have been written
championed by the fallen president.
his high school class to go to college.
with the post-political clarity of a man
As the principal of several inter-
whose focus is fixed on other avenues
munity Service Award will be present-
national power companies, the former
of meaningful public service, largely
ed to two individuals whose public ser-
governor regularly treks to various far-
within the Catholic community and of-
vice has been an inspiration to many. In
flung locations around the globe, yet
ten benefiting children. Five years ago,
anticipation, we sat down with the for-
somehow retains the values that are
he established the John F. Kennedy
mer governor to learn more.
I understand you’re from Canute, Oklahoma. Where is that? Western Oklahoma. Family lore is that our ancestors were headed west, but the wagon wheel broke in Canute and they just stayed.
She gets me. She gets my sense of humor. Marrying her was the best decision I ever made.
humbling. Or at least they should become engaged in a campaign to see how democracy works.
You must be famous out there. Well, it’s a small town – population about 200. They did commemorate me with my picture on an obelisk. It sits across from the cemetery entrance, so a lot of people apparently think I’m dead. I took my daughters to see it once, and people had placed some plastic flowers in front of it. It’s good to see you’re alive and well. What do you do now? I’m the president of my own company, Walters Power International, which supplies, develops and manages electrical generation power plants around the world. What’s significant about that work? Helping countries address their crippling power shortages. Next to water supply, adequate power is the most important factor to economic development and quality of life. Even a small amount of power can light thousands of homes, and that gives me a lot of satisfaction about what we do. How do you de-stress? Rhonda and I own some land where I can drive a tractor and a bulldozer. Sounds strange, but it’s relaxing. I also do Pilates. How long have you and Rhonda been married? Forty-one magnificent years. Thank God we got married at 12, or we’d be older than hell. Congratulations! What makes it work?
What’s not as important as it used to be? Politics. I have to get motivated to stay interested. I just don’t have the time to focus on it more. What’s more important than it used to be? Spending time with our kids and grandkids. Do you fit any stereotypes? Yes: I fit smack dab in the middle of the “Type A, compassionate romantics with a penchant for public policy, numbers and business deals and a reasonable tolerance of jet lag and spicy foods” category. Better for you to admit it than for me to point it out. What’s the strangest thing you’ve done as part of your job? As governor, I hosted Arnold Schwarzenegger when he came to Oklahoma to give a speech to school-aged kids about staying fit. That led to us doing calisthenics with the kids there in some school gymnasium and it just went onnnnnnn and onnnnnnn. I thought it might kill me.
This fall, the John F. Kennedy Com-
What character trait is one of your best? Tenacity. What do you believe that most people don’t? Selling water to Texas would bring Oklahoma billions of dollars in revenue that’s currently being wasted. And that Thanksgiving is the best holiday. What are you most thankful for? Family – living and departed. Having had good parents. Good health and a good mind. Why did you feel it was important to establish the John F. Kennedy Community Service Award? It’s good to recognize the long-term efforts of those who have served the public in known and unknown ways. Improving the lives of the disadvantaged or disabled – particularly children – should be recognized as an inspiration to others.
What do you bring to a crowded room? Humor.
Does the awards event benefit a particular organization? The Santa Fe Family Life Center, home of Access Sports, which provides organized sports programs for youth who are financially disadvantaged or mentally, physically or emotionally challenged. It’s also the headquarters for Wayman Tisdale’s Lightning Youth Basketball League, which provides scholarships to thousands of kids who can enjoy basketball leagues in a positive environment.
What should everyone try doing once? Hold a public office – it’s both fascinating and
What’s still on your bucket list? Maybe writing a book or two.
What do you find funny that you really shouldn’t? Church politics. What advice would you put inside a fortune cookie? If you don’t ask for it, you don’t get it.
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Home for Fashion By Timothy Fields Photos by David Cobb
hen the average person thinks of fashion, they’re not likely to think of Oklahoma City as a hub. But, as I have learned, one does not have to live on the coast to have serious talent or to earn a good
living from this highly competitive industry. The fashion design talent pool is deep and strong here in OKC. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with two young, talented locals who are producing some amazing fashion goods – all available right here in town.
ANNAH CHAKOLA, the 33-yearold designer behind Boho Gypsy, specializes in jewelry and handbags. Raised in Kerala, India, Annah uses found objects, beads, stones, coins and fabrics from India and her travels around the world to create her one-of-a-kind pieces. She credits her father, an artist in his own right, plus the comings and goings of housefuls of talented and influential artist friends in her native India, for her design genius. But it didn’t land her immediately in design: she worked for a non-profit in Texas until love brought her to Oklahoma, where she worked in fundraising for an OKC arts agency before deciding to devote her time and attention to creating wearable wonders. Her pieces can be purchased at GrettaSloane and A Date With Iris, where she works part-time, as well as through her website, www.bohogypsy.com. What I like about Annah’s work is the creative hand with which they are crafted and that each piece tells a story. Plus, a portion of the sales go back to India to support educational programs.
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PASSION FOR FASHION
DAVID CALDWELL began his journey to a life of fashion design closer to home – the 32-year-old grew up on a five-acre farm in Choctaw, Oklahoma with his mother and brother and spent time creating crafts, household projects and gardening. He began to show an interest in design at an early age and was encouraged and nurtured by his mother. He attended the University of Oklahoma studying entrepreneurial business, then international business in northern Italy. That’s where David became intrigued with fashion design, and he then enrolled at Oklahoma State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising, with a focus in Apparel Design and Production. After graduation, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. While in The Big Apple he was selected to take part in the reality program “The Fashion Show, Ultimate Collection,” starring Isaac Mizrahi and Iman – he lasted six episodes before being eliminated. David stayed in New York after the show, and to supplement his design business he worked as a doorman for a hotel… where he had the good fortune to meet and work with Paula Abdul. He served as her designer and tailor on her short-lived reality show “Live to Dance.” David returned to OKC in 2011 to better focus his energy on design. His goal is to open his own boutique here, but in the meantime you can find his striking designs at The Consortium in Casady Square. july 2012 | slice 83
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Celebrate Summer! To me, summertime means two things: swimming and frozen confections. I am a lover of anything frozen, creamy and sweet! Over the years I have mastered the art of making ice cream, ice cream pies and even gourmet popsicles. But not until this year did I take on the elusive world of gelato. I watched many videos, read everything I could get my hands on and then I just dove into my laboratory (a.k.a. my kitchen) to work on mas-
tering ice creamâ€™s Italian cousin.
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Frozen Favorite G
By Caryn Ross Photos by Carli Wentworth
elato is has been around since the late 16th century. The word “gelato” literally means “frozen” in Italian. The true difference between ice cream and gelato is in its composition. Gelato is created in smaller batches. No oversized ice cream drums for this delicate treat. It
also requires a much hotter cooking temperature when preparing the custard, which is later chilled overnight before churning. Gelato is served at a warmer temperature than ice cream; that way the creamy textures and flavors are pronounced when you eat it. Great gelato uses the finest ingredients for rich and intense flavors. In contrast, ice cream is creamier and the flavor is an undertone. Gelato is bold and bossy!
My focus this summer is all things gelato. I have mastered two of my recipes so far: Bossy Choco-
late with Sea Salt and Vanilla Bean Dream. Now, if you are not a chocolate lover, steer clear of my chocolate gelato. It is a dark chocolate lover’s dream! There is nothing subtle about the deep, rich flavors that overtake your chocolate craving. The vanilla bean gelato’s secret is in the vanilla bean paste. There is no need to steep a vanilla bean when you can purchase paste that has those same rich flavors in a jar.
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IN THE KITCHEN
until it’s completely combined with the sugar mixture. Add in the cocoa powder and melted bittersweet chocolate. Return mixture to the saucepan and heat until it thickens enough that you can run your finger down the back of the wooden spoon and see your track. Remove from heat and pour custard through a fine mesh colander into a bowl. Cover the custard with a thin sheet of plastic wrap and chill overnight.
Bossy Chocolate with Sea Salt Gelato
4 large egg yolks, room temperature 3/4 c sugar 2 1/2 c whole milk 1/2 c heavy whipping cream 3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate, cut into bits 7 T cocoa powder 1/4 t salt Ghirardelli Dark Sea Salt Soiree bar, cut into small bits
To freeze: Place chilled custard into your ice cream maker’s bowl and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the candy bar bits 5 minutes before the gelato is finished chilling. Remove from the freezer container and place into an airtight plastic container and freeze for 2 hours before serving.
4 egg yolks, room temperature 3/4 c sugar 2 1/2 c whole milk 1/2 c whipping cream 1 T vanilla bean paste 1/4 t salt
In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar on high until fluffy and light golden yellow. This takes 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
saucepan and heat until it thickens enough that you can run your finger down the back of the wooden spoon and see your track. Remove from heat and pour custard through a fine mesh colander into a bowl. Cover the custard with a thin sheet of plastic wrap and chill overnight. To freeze: Place chilled custard into your ice cream maker’s bowl and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from the freezer container and place into an airtight plastic container and freeze for 2 hours before serving.
Here are a few tips I have found to be true in making a creamy gelato: Whip the egg yolks and sugar until creamy and light golden yellow (about 2 minutes). Heat the milk and cream just until bubbles appear around the edge. That is the perfect temperature to incorporate into your eggs and sugar. Gelato custard is done cooking when you can dip a wooden spoon in it, run your finger down the back of the spoon and can see the track. No need for a thermometer when you have a wooden spoon and your finger!
Over medium heat, warm milk and cream in a medium saucepan just until bubbles appear around the outside edge. Do not boil. Remove the milk from the heat once the bubbles appear. While milk is warming, melt the bittersweet chocolate in the microwave until smooth. Slowly stir about 1/2 cup of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture and whisk rapidly. Slowly add more remaining mixture to the eggs, whisking continuously
Use only the best chocolate you can find. If you use a mediocre chocolate, then expect to have mediocre gelato. I used Ghirardelli, which can be found in the baking section of the grocery.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar on high until fluffy and light golden yellow. Add in vanilla paste and salt. Set aside. Over medium heat, warm milk and cream in a medium saucepan just until bubbles appear around the outside edge. Do not boil. Remove the milk from the heat once the bubbles appear. Slowly stir about 1/2 cup of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture and whisk rapidly. Slowly add more remaining mixture to the eggs, whisking continuously until it’s completely combined with the sugar mixture. Return mixture to the
Strain the custard through a fine mesh strainer. It catches any clumps and makes a perfectly smooth gelato.
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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 N.W. 39th, 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, 341.5414 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 N.W. 11th, 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, 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, 359.1501 , 5825 N.W. Grand, 844.1501 CLASSEN GRILL Don’t be thrown by the seenbetter-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., 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, 360.5726 , 20 S. Mickey Mantle, 232.6224 COLBY’S GRILL A family-owned, family-friendly, family-style café developing a loyal following thanks to solid, basic diner fare for breakfast and lunch, enlivened by occasional imaginative specials. 511 S. Broadway, 513.8590 DEEP FORK GRILL The dimly lit, crisply elegant atmosphere perfectly complements the contemporary American menu of superb seafood, (wood-grilled cedar plank salmon is the house specialty), steaks and accoutrements. 5418 N. Western, 848.7678
Drink Your Dessert! By Kent Anderson Photo by Carli Wentworth
he writer and philosopher H.L. Mencken referred to the martini as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” E.B. White called it “the elixir of quietude.”
It was listed in bartending guides as far back as the 19th century, peaked in the U.S. during Prohibition and saw a resurgence in popularity beginning in the 1970s.
Nowadays, creative bartenders and mixologists use their collective imaginations to
concoct more varieties of martini than any one individual can possibly track. Fear not, though – Slice has endeavored over the years to uncover some of the most exceptional versions to be found in the Oklahoma City metro.
The Key Lime Pie Martini fits the bill at the Museum Café of the OKC Museum of
Art. Perfect for a summer evening – perhaps a Thursday at the museum’s Cocktails on the Skyline gathering – this cocktail features Stoli Vanilla vodka, Rose’s Lime juice and a splash of Triple Sec. No pie is complete without a fine crust, so this martini comes in a glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Smooth and summery!
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FARE 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, 329.6642 DIVINE SWINE A uniquely themed restaurant conceived and built around the chef’s love of pork; practically every dish, even desserts, contain some gourmet interpretation of the other white meat’s potential for delectability. 7801 N. May, 843.3400 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, 307.0541 FIRST WATCH THE DAYTIME CAFE Large and well-lit with a friendly staff, complimentary newspapers and wi-fi and a menu filled with breakfast and lunch selections and specialties. 2328 W. Memorial, 748.3447 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, 601.4300
Stay and Get It By Kent Anderson Photo by David Cobb
he farm-to-fork concept – the deceptively complex idea of a restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients – has gained momentum in recent years, with several
examples in the metro. One of the newest and best is, appropriately enough, called Local, at 2262 W. Main in Norman, tucked into the Normandy Creek Shopping Center.
Outfitted with industrial/urban chic décor, Local offers a creative menu, knowledge-
able service and a few intriguing extras – including Localville, a fully supervised play and dining area for children, as well as a market with full meals available for takeout.
The menu, crafted by executive chef Ryan Parrott, changes seasonally and ac-
cording to the availability of local ingredients. (A list of source farms and ranches is on the restaurant’s website, eatatlocal.com, so diners know exactly where their food originates.) In the current lineup, the Asian Beef Carpaccio ($10) is an excellent appetizer, with a base of thinly sliced beef, green papaya, red and green bell pepper, onion and carrots, enhanced with spiced peanuts, sesame and cilantro. There are also several superb choices among the entrees: the Trout ($16) is served with green beans, pecans and an out-of-this-world lump crab risotto. For a bit of whimsy, try the Meatloaf Cupcakes ($14). The meat is nicely spiced, with mashed potatoes for “icing,” alongside a mushroom sauce and served with a goat cheese biscuit.
For dessert, the Chocolate Chipotle Cake ($6) is a molten delight, with just enough
hot pepper to create a unique taste sensation.
Note that due to the nature of the menu, not all the items above may be available
on every visit. Local lives up to its name, and is a welcome and worthy addition to the growing number of eateries specializing in Oklahoma-sourced cuisine.
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, 842.6200 INTERURBAN CLASSIC GRILL It’s a simple concept: serve good food at a reasonable price in comfortable, casual surroundings. Favorites like chicken-fried steak are always on the menu, but there are plenty of options for the health-conscious as well. 3 metro locations, interurban.us JIMMY’S EGG Although it’s open for lunch as well, Jimmy’s Egg is a breakfast favorite with endless omelette possibilities, friendly service and fresh-baked breads and biscuits. 11 metro locations, jimmysegg.com 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, 329.8888 LUNCH BOX, THE The term “old-fashioned” can be a compliment, as in the case of this unremarkablelooking restaurant easily located by following the hordes of downtown diners hungry for its homestyle cooking and inexpensive tab. 413 W. Sheridan, 232.9409 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 N.W. 23rd, 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 PICASSO CAFÉ Its neighbors are painters, potters and sculptors, so it’s no surprise its management
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EDIBLES & LIBATIONS strives to make their cuisine a work of art. Creative arrangements of pizza, sandwiches, salads and surprises abound. 3009 Paseo, 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 PRAIRIE GYPSIES, THE Justly renowned for their catering prowess, the duo of female chefs also offers a single-serve entrée and soups that vary daily for carryout. 411 N.W. 30th, 525.3013 REDPIN RESTAURANT & BOWLING LOUNGE Other bowling alleys might muster no more than warm, flat beer for refreshment - RedPin provides a full bar, burgers, pizzas, sweets and snacks in a restaurant that happens to have premium bowling lanes attached. 200 S. Oklahoma, 702.8880 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., 749.1995 SAGE GOURMET CAFÉ & MARKET In the heart of Deep Deuce, Sage puts an upscale spin on American classics - the gourmet mac and cheese is a signature item - and uses organic and natural food products in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. 228 N.E. 2nd, 232.7243 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, 463.5594, 6432 Avondale, 843.7114 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, 843.0900, 201 Robert S. Kerr, LL 140, 601.8024 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, 231.0254 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, 604.4650
ASIAN 180 MERIDIAN GRILL Intended to unite east and west through blending the essence of Asian cuisine with American culture, its intriguing menu spans sirloin with teriyaki butter, hoisin barbecue duck pizza and ample sushi options. 2541 W. Main, 310.6110
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 S.E. 12th, 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, 702.7244
BAKERY AMY CAKES Imaginative cakes and cupcakes to make any special occasion a bit more memorable; and it’s a one-woman show. By appointment only. 113 Hal Muldrow, 360.1131 BROWN’S BAKERY An incredible selection of delicious traditional and specialty cakes, cookies, breads and other baked goods. 1100 N. Walker, 232.0363 CRIMSON & WHIPPED CREAM With a cozy 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, 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. N.W., 801.2525 , 14101 N. May, 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, Ste 5, 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, 329.1101, 924 W. Main, 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, 348.2336 NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Luscious flavors of rich, moist cake and frosting, available in bite-sized bundtinis packaged by the dozen; single-serving bundtlets; or multi-tiered marvels that sate over two dozen dessert connoisseurs. 2520 W. Memorial, Suite B, 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, panerabread.com
BLUE MOON CHINESE RESTAURANT Chinese cravings may come much more often after experiencing the spectacular amount of sweet, sour and savory tastes from this student-friendly eatery. 1320 S. Broadway, 340.3871
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, 330.4500 , 150 E.K. Gaylord, 235.7465
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, 524.7333
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., 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 N.W. 9th, 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, 286.0058 SWEETS & SPURS Specializing in gourmet cupcakes, mini-pies, hand-dipped chocolates and cowboy boots… not pastries; actual footwear. Yeeha! 215 34th Ave. S.W., 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 N.W. 51st, 463.0470 ABNER’S ALE HOUSE Beers and whiskies of the best, plus knockout renditions of accompanying dishes, with the aim of recreating the true English public house vibe. 121 E. Main, 928.5801 BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWERY Live music, handcrafted beers and a great burger selection fill this bustling bar in the landmark 50 Penn Place. 1900 N.W. Expressway, 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, 360.4258 BRICKTOWN BREWERY Only here for the beer? Not so fast - an amped-up menu of temptations demands a sampling at lunch or dinner… or both. 1 N. Oklahoma, 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, 702.7226 COCK O’ THE WALK BAR & GRILL Dartboards and pool tables can help patrons work up quite an appetite, so it’s a good thing the wings and burgers at this appealingly de-furbished neighborhood bar have such a reputation. Dive right in! 3705 N. Western, 524.0304 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, 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 people-watching patio. 307 N.E. 2nd, 235.9100 DUGOUT BAR & GRILL, THE Dig in to the classics of the neighborhood beer joint: burgers, fries, nachos and drink specials. 10909 N. May, 751.0700 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, 751.7243
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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., 601.7468 LIBRARY, 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, 366.7465 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, 235.8880 MARTINI LOUNGE, THE A relaxed bar located inside Boulevard Steakhouse, its classy atmosphere and hand-crafted specialty martinis are ideal for an office outing after work or a quiet date. 505 S. Boulevard, 715.2333 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., 329.3330 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, 217.8454
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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), 235.4410
By Kent Anderson
ood and energy, energy and food – the two are inextricably entwined. Good food, prepared well, gives us the fuel we need, the energy to live. But to consider the re-
lationship on another level, the dining scene in the metro is in a strong period of growth, with many exciting new options being unveiled on almost a weekly basis… which helps drive further development in every sector. Meanwhile, the energy industry is a part of Oklahoma City’s heritage and its future.
Now the two are coming together with the announcement by SandRidge Energy and
Good Egg Dining Group of Kitchen No. 324, an American bistro coming to the first floor of SandRidge Commons in the Braniff Building at 324 N. Robinson.
Greg Dewey, SandRidge’s VP of communications and community relations, says that
“the vision for the SandRidge Commons is to create a shared space that can be enjoyed by all, with green space, retail and now this restaurant. We trust the Commons and Kitchen No. 324 will add to the momentum and activity in downtown Oklahoma City.”
“Kitchen No. 324 will be the downtown address for fresh,” adds Keith Paul, co-owner
of Good Egg Dining Group. “The cuisine will be a nod to the modern palate and American classics, but the design of the restaurant will be a mix of modern and vintage, keeping in mind the history of the Braniff Building for which it is named.”
The 3,000-square-foot café, bakery and coffee shop will offer breakfast items, in-
cluding baked goods, pastries, desserts, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and gourmet donuts, along with handmade sandwiches, house-cured meats, one-of-a-kind salads and other lunch fare.
If that sounds tempting, keep the address on your mental back burner - the planned
opening for Kitchen No. 324 will be late this year.
REPUBLIC GASTROPUB Dedicated to bridging the gap between beer bar and upscale eatery, this contemporary American 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., 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 N.W. 16th, 602.6308 SEAN CUMMINGS’ IRISH RESTAURANT & PUB Classic Irish fare (lamb stew, bangers and mash, even beef or salmon boxtys) mixed with American favorites and delivered with engaging and gracious service. Plus, naturally, there’s Guinness on tap. 7523 N. May, 755.2622 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, 310.9599 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, 524.4203
BARBECUE BEEF & BUNS - MR. CATFISH Outstanding barbecued ribs and fried catfish - even for Oklahoma - and warm, personable service make this cash-only, limited-hours spot a winner. 2741 N.E. 23rd, 427.2333 BILLY SIMS BBQ Even Cowboy or Longhorn fans will find serious taste to enjoy, but the memorabilia
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EDIBLES & LIBATIONS isn’t exactly in short supply in these tailgate-style chowhouses owned by the namesake Sooner star. 4 metro locations, billysimsbbq.com EARL’S RIB PALACE Beloved by locals in a setting far from starved for competition, the award-winning barbecue chain pounds out hit ribs, pulled pork and smoked turkey as well as a top-tier burger. 6 metro locations, earlsribpalace.com 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, 524.5925 J.T.’S BAR-B-QUE Smoked chicken, hot links, prime rib and other mouthwatering meats are on the menu, but once customers try the ribs, they may never choose anything – or anywhere – else. Save room for cobbler! 505 S. Sunnylane, Del City, 670.3350 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, 424.5367, 7 Harrison, 236.5367 RAY’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ A former OU football star, Darrol Ray now pleases crowds with supremely tender St. Louis-style ribs, brisket smoked over 12 hours, homemade sides and desserts and unforced camaraderie. 1514 W. Lindsey, 329.4040 RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE & BAR-B-Q It’s hard to get more casual than a set 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, 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, 340.7427 , 202 W. Hefner, 728.9555 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, 364.0600
BURGERS | SANDWICHES ABRAHAM’S WESTERN CAFÉ Follow your nose - the onion burgers coming off Abraham’s grill draw lunch crowds with effortless ease. 4716 N. Western, 528.5152 BIG ED’S HAMBURGERS Sizzling burgers cooked to order, including an OKC legend in the flesh: family-sized behemoths on 12-inch buns. 12209 N. Pennsylvania, 755.2108 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, 364.7555 BROWN BAG DELI Quick-as-a-wink sandwiches, desserts and killer chili. Limited seating; takeout recommended. 7600 N. Western, 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, 949.2889, 1023 S. Meridian, 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, 360.2233 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 N.W. Expressway, 842.8911 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, citybites.com 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, 321.2271 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, 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), 974.4638 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, 701.7035 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, 513.5410 IRMA’S BURGER SHACK Hand-cut fries, handbreaded 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 N.W. 63rd, 840.4762, 1120 Classen Dr., 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, johnniesok.com 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 N.E. 10th, 230.1910 LOUIE’S GRILL & BAR Casually cool and come-asyou-are, these popular neighborhood bar-type hangouts excel at inexpensive burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. 12 metro locations, louiesgrillandbar.com 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., 751.2298 MARKIE’S DELI Dedicated to making life much more delicious, Markie’s serves salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups and hot plates, as well as box lunches, trays and even breakfast items for local catering. 612 N. Robinson, 239.6275
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, 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, 524.0999 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, 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. 5929 N. May, 843.8777, 20 N.W. 9th, 270.0516 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, 364.2136 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, 418.8416, 7642 W. Reno, 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, 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, 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 cheesesteak sandwiches. 1150 W. Lindsey, 701.5635 , 200 S. Oklahoma, 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 N.W. 23rd, 609.2333
COFFEEHOUSE | TEA ROOM BEANS & LEAVES Comfy and welcoming like a coffeehouse should be, the large menu of brewed temptations simply rocks. 4015 N. Pennsylvania, 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 N.W. 13th, 604.0211 BUZZ COFFEE & CAFÉ, THE It’s in a corner suite on the ground floor of the First National Center downtown, making it an ideally quick diversion for the urban pedestrian with a need for speed, but its free wi-fi and sandwich menu reward the more leisurely as well. 120 N. Robinson, 232.1109
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FARE 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, 606.2763 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, 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 N.W. 23rd, 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 rotating variety of crepes on weekends. 815 N. Hudson, 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, 579.3387 RED CUP Comfortably ramshackle surroundings encourage curling up for conversation over spectacular PrimaCafe coffee, baked treats, vegetarianfriendly breakfast and lunch specials and live music. Highly recommended! 3122 N. Classen Blvd., 525.3430 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, 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). 900 N.W. 150th, 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, 843.0073 NICHOLS HILLS PLAZA 63RD & N. WESTERN | 405.842.1478 www.ruthmeyers.com
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BLACKBIRD A Campus Corner gastropub pairing delectably creative food - pot roast nachos! - with an expansive beer, wine and whiskey list. 575 S. University, 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, 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, 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, 525.7007 CHEFS DI DOMANI A proving ground of sorts for the chefs-intraining 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, 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, 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., 748.6113 LOTTINVILLE’S WOOD GRILLE Rotisserie chicken and wood-grilled salmon are the featured players among a host of Southwesterninfluenced entrees, salads and panini; the Sunday brunch is epic. 801 Signal Ridge, 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 meal truly memorable. 201 E. Sheridan, 236.8040 MELTING POT, THE If the occasion is special, here’s where to make a meal into an event. Specializing in fourcourse fondue dinners, this elegant restaurant rewards time investments with delectable memories. 4 E. Sheridan, 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, 840.9463 MICHAEL’S GRILL Thoroughly urbane dining in an elegant, intimate setting - the steaks, chops, seafood
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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, 607.4072
FRENCH 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, 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, 447.0202
GERMAN PARK AVENUE GRILL A one-ofa-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, 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, 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, 212.4577, 2824 N. Pennsylvania, 528.2824 SEVEN47 A Campus Corner hotspot boasting sleek, swank décor, anappealingly broad menu including a tantalizing brunch and a consistently celebratory vibe make this winning combination. 747 Asp, 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, 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, 604.3015 VIN DOLCE Primarily a venue for the endless, joyous pursuit of discovering the perfect glass of wine, downtown Edmond’s new hot spot also serves gourmet tapas and homemade sweets. 16 S. Broadway, 285-5333
INGRID’S Authentic German fare at its best, including outstanding Oklahoma-made 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, 946.8444
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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 S.E. 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 healthconscious 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 veganfriendly menus you’ll ever see, plus organic fair-trade coffee and tea. 750 Asp, 573.5933
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FARE 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, 928.5600 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., 842.1050 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, 563.2605 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, 778.6800 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 earth-friendly vibe. 301 E. Main, 307.8449
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INDIAN AJANTA CUISINE OF INDIA Find appealing possibilties at the busy lunch buffet or delve into the menu’s tandoori treasures - the hardest part is choosing. 12215 N. Pennsylvania, 752.5283
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plentiful lunch buffet. 4559 N.W. 23rd, 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, 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., 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 N.W. 23rd, 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., 348.8033 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, 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, 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, 242.2222 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, 843.1527 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, hideawaypizza.com 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, 715.1818 JOEY’S PIZZERIA A creative pizzeria on OKC’s Film Row, Joey’s serves
EDIBLES & LIBATIONS 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, 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, 843.4557 OTHELLO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Garlic bread and mussels to tiramisu and coffee - everything you’d hope for from a romantic, comfortably shabby Italian café. The adjoining bar regularly hosts live local music. 434 Buchanan, 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, 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, 755.2255 SERGIO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional, fresh Italian food - the pasta chips and Shrimp Fra Diavolo come recommended - in a comfy little hideaway with a cheerful, welcoming atmosphere. 104 E. Gray, 573.7707 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, 879.0100 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, 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, 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., 842.7743 VICTORIA’S PASTA SHOP A shabby-comfortable 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, 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, 848.4867
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WEDGE, THE Wood-fired pizzas crafted from fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch sauces; there’s a build-your-own option if the house specialties’ unconventional toppings (figs, truffle oil, walnuts) don’t appeal. 230 N.E. 1st, 270.0660, 4709 N. Western, 602.3477
JAPANESE | SUSHI FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT Traditional Nipponese staples like sukiyaki and pork tonkatsu plus a good range of sushi from simple single-ingredient showcases to wildly complex concoctions. 2805 S. Broadway, 348.7688 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, 535.6548
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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, 10th & Walker 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, 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, 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 N.W. 9th, 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, 751.8989, 4406 W. Reno, 947.0400
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FARE 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 N.W. 178th, 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, 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, 848.6733
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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, 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, 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, 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 generationsold recipes. 3131 W. Memorial, 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, 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
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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, 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 Huervos Chorizo. 5822 N.W. 50th, 491.0911, 6901 S. May, 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, 235.1422, 3001 W. Memorial, 755.2680 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, 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 N.W. 23rd, 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, 602.8984 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, 602.2883 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 N.W. 11th, 525.9779 CANTINA LAREDO A sophisticated take on traditional Mexican food, specializing in fresh fish specials and certified Angus beef dishes. 1901 N.W. Expressway (in Penn Square Mall), 840.1051 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, 341.0356
EDIBLES & LIBATIONS CASA DE LOS MILAGROS MEXICAN RESTAURANT If you’re searching for quality Mexican food that’s accompanied by an appealing aesthetic, look no further than Milagros: their casa es su casa. 5111 N. Classen Blvd., 286.9809 CASA PERICO MEXICAN GRILLE If success involves doing what you love, and doing it well, the family behind these well-loved and enduring TexMex depots are clearly doing nearly everything right. 12219 N. Pennsylvania, 755.1506, 4521 N.W. 63rd, 721.3650 CHELINO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT How do you find some of the metro’s fastest, most frequented TexMex? 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, chelinosmexicanrestaurant.com 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., 360.0881 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 N.W. 23rd, 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 N.W. 50th, 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, 701.1000 , 208 Johnny Bench 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 Taco Tuesdays. 9 N.W. 9th, 606.7172, 6482 Avondale, 607.8193 INCA TRAIL Maintaining a cultural culinary heritage that includes flavors from around the world results in great variety, from piquant ceviches to silky-smooth homemade flan. The Pollo a La Brasa comes highly recommended. 10948 N. May, 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 Avenue S.W., 310.2030 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, 604.0523 LA LUNA MEXICAN CAFÉ Its cantina-style atmosphere is undeniably festive, and only adds to the enjoyment of classic fajitas, enchiladas and bolder dishes like the carne ranchera. 409 W. Reno, 235.9596 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., 302.6262
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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 N.W. 63rd, 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, 573.4003 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, 848.8394
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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, 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, 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, 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
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BIG TUNA FISH JOINT, THE Large, fast and fresh, with a casual vibe, counter service and a menu filled with hand-battered seafood flown in daily and a varied drink selection – a prime port of call in Brookhaven Village. 3720 W. Robinson, 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, 348.2300 JAZMO’S BOURBON STREET 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, 232.6666
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PEARL’S CRABTOWN A 20,000foot 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, 232.7227 PEARL’S FISH HOUSE The fun, fresh taste of Pearl’s seafood and Cajun specialties just got faster - a streamlined menu and speedy ordering system make it ideal for a brief lunch or dinner on the go. 1920 S. Meridian, 688.9888
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of deliciously breaded and fried catfish - especially since they can be augmented by an all-you-caneat option. Juicy steaks too. 5175 E. Waterloo, 341.7300
SOUL FOOD 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, 424.0800, 900 W. Reno, 231.1190
STEAKHOUSE BOULEVARD STEAKHOUSE Perfectly soigne ambiance down to the least detail and cuisine easily ranking among the metro’s elite - a sumptuous, if expensive, masterpiece. 505 S. Boulevard, 715.2333 CATTLEMEN’S STEAKHOUSE The very definition of an Oklahoma institution - it’s over 100 years old, just a few years younger than the state itself. Its immense corn-fed steaks and irreproducible atmosphere are history served anew every day. 1309 S. Agnew, 236.0416 CIMARRON STEAK HOUSE Historians beware: there’s a good deal of campy ol’-timeyness in the restaurant’s design and décor… but if you’re after an inexpensive mesquite-grilled steak and a bit of Old West sideshow spirit, get in line. 210 N. Meridian, 948.7778 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, 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 S. Service Rd., Moore, 799.0300
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, 848.8008
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, 525.8352
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 N.W. 62nd, 608.4333
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 N.W. Expressway, 848.5597
STEAK & CATFISH BARN Rustic in the extreme inside and out, but it’s hard to argue with the ample portions
MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE The service is outstanding and the ambience casually welcoming, but
EDIBLES & LIBATIONS the star is the steak: the finest handselected custom-aged beef, broiled to perfection and served sizzling and delicious. It’s where great steak is the rule, not the exception. 3241 W. Memorial, 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, 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, 607.6787 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, 755.3501 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, 232.2626
THAI 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, 360.5551 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 N.W. 23rd, 528.8424 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, 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, 749.5590 THAI KITCHEN CAFÉ Downtown OKC is peppered with cafés catering to the lunch rush, but evening hours, a packed lunch buffet and quality cuisine make this easily overlooked café stand out. 327 Dean A. McGee, 236.0229
THAI KUMKOON What it lacks in seating capacity and lavish décor, it more than makes up for in flavor, buffet convenience and budget consciousness for patrons - plus, the Evil Jungle Chicken is an absolute must. 1347 W. Lindsey, 329.9790
VIETNAMESE CORIANDER CAFÉ Updating traditional Vietnamese recipes with modern sensibilites via local ingredients, this vegetarian-friendly café makes a quick, casual, comfortable dining alternative. 323 White, 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, 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 N.W. 25th, 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, 475.5599
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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., 521.8819 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., 525.1110 SAIGON BAGUETTE Fast and flavorful - and unbelievably cheap - this cash-only counter in the Milk Bottle Building just north of 23rd packs a distinctive Vietnamese punch into fresh sandwiches and knockout egg rolls. 2426 N. Classen, 524.2660
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ON THE TOWN
ALLIED ARTS CELEBRATION
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Central Oklahoma’s artistic and cultural organizations – and the citizens who benefit from them – have over three million reasons to celebrate as Allied Arts cheers the surpassing of its fundraising goal
5 1 Julia Kirt, Suzanne Peck 2 Tom Price, Judy Hatfield 3 Debbie Nauser, Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Leslie Arnold 4 Barry and Becky Switzer 5 Bob Naifeh, James Pickel 6 Donna Rinehart-Keever, Billy Bowden
7 Michael Laird, John Krasno
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OUT & ABOUT
THE VARIETY SHOW
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Entertainers belt out eight decades of popular music in the Skirvin Hiltonâ€™s grand ballroom to help the Variety Care Foundation serve the community through accessible, afford-
able health care
2 1 Sumeeta and Sumit Nanda, Leigh Ann and Paul Albers 2 Tony and Vicki Bumpas 3 David and Lori Key 4 Nancy and Bob Anthony
THE BIG READ BRUNCH
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To cap off its communitywide reading, discussion and exploration of The Joy Luck Club, the Pioneer Library System welcomes author Amy Tan to brunch
2 1 Cheryl Jones, Paul Bell 2 Ellen Harkins, James Harkins, Clara Mark 3 Mary Pointer, Lisa Wells 4 David Greenwell, Aiden Street
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ON THE TOWN
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Guests say cheese – and chocolate, and a host of other sweet and savory options – at the Harn Homestead’s annual gourmet fundraiser
4 1 Robin Davidson, Trela Wishon 2 Phil and Patti Fleetwood, David Leader, Scott Davis 3 Dr. David and Jenny Kallenberger, Johnny Pribyl 4 Mike Black, Susan Phillips 5 Scott Davis, Patty and Charlie Brown, Robert Painter 6 Tyler and Amber Ambrose
7 Marjie and Ralph Shadid, Lea Morgan
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OUT & ABOUT
A SPRING SOIREE
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An auction-powered party helps support Norman Young Life in providing positive spiritual and emotional influences for local adolescents
2 1 Lindsey Brassfield, Amy Little 2 Amy Brackin, Casey Mayo 3 Sharon McKinney, Elaine Burget
4 Sara Gae Waters, Marcé Hennigan
HOOPS FOR BABIES
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Vying for cool items at the OKC Golf and Country Club helps brighten the future for area babies in an auction organized by Infant Crisis Services’ Teen Associate Board
2 1 Jason and Lakeish Constable 2 Margaret Clark, Beth Lykins, Sally Harper 3 Vonda and Mike Henderson 4 Jim and Miki Farris
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ON THE TOWN
Photos by Claude Long Over three dozen artists unite to support the YWCA’s capital campaign by giving visitors to the Howell Gallery an opportunity to select from their bounty of beauty
2 1 Annie Bohanon, Debbie South, Burt Hands, Charlotte Richels 2 Joan LaRue, Betty Price 3 Jane White, Dennis Johnson, Kelsey Quillian 4 Nick Berry, Betsy Hyde, Jan Peery, Tricia Everest
ANGELS AND FRIENDS
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As the Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Oklahoma City, the Arts Council of OKC presents a festive “thank you” to those who made it possible
2 1 Don Narcomey and Vicki VanStavern 2 Sunny Cearley, Heather Busey 3 Mike Krywucki, Rita Dearmon, H. K. Berry 4 Becky and Todd Edmonds
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50 PENN PLACE It’s a bright day for 50 Penn Place as owners, business leaders and VIPs attend a reception celebrating the completion of $1 million in renovations
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Whine and Cheese Party W By Lauren Hammack
e host quite a few shindigs at our house, despite
living in a manner that implies we don’t enter-
give it is tricky and can add to the chaos: some foods don’t
Enlisting help from party-goers who hadn’t planned to
tain often. Outside, the flowerbeds are full of
make it to the party trays; things get shuffled around; the Mc-
grass to the same extent that the lawn is full of bald spots.
Nuggets are set free through the front door.
The default color setting for our pool water is avocado. In-
side, the entry is regularly booby-trapped with backpacks,
accomplish all the pre-party things I needed Bob to do during
sports equipment and some random assortment of fireworks,
that all-important “company’s a-comin’” hour before the party:
whether it’s July or January. Meanwhile, our bite-sized dogs,
Take out trash. Ice down drinks. Schlep all “non-essential-to-
the McNuggets, stealthily alleviate their thimbles-for-blad-
this-party” miscellany elsewhere.
ders in whichever carpeted area is most readily convenient.
These lapses in housekeeping barely scratch the sticky
prep. Minutes before the 6pm group arrives, I might priori-
surface, of course. Without an Alice like Mike and Carol
tize cleaning the bathrooms guests will use, while Bob is in-
Brady had, we’re not set up for impromptu visits from the out-
spired to organize the backyard shed or rearrange boxes in
side world. For homemaking or party hosting at our house, I
the attic. While I’m feeling urgency to clean the front door,
am Alice and Carol… and complaining about my plight just
Bob feels the same urgency to tinker with the broken sprin-
kler head in the far reaches of the backyard for 20 minutes.
My husband, on the other hand, leaps at the chance to
On the other hand, the “Dinner Guest Work Program” does
Bob and I have, shall we say, different approaches to party
For a week or two after the last party, we’d managed to
commemorate any occasion on his home turf. “So-and-so had
keep the house uncharacteristically clean, yet something in
his gallbladder out! I told everyone we’d have dinner over
the house reeked and was growing more pungent. Fifteen ex-
here as soon as he can stand upright,” he’ll say. “There’s a re-
pensive candles couldn’t compete with this funk, so I placed
broadcast of the javelin finals from the ’76 Olympics tomor-
a moratorium on all parties for the foreseeable future. The
row night. It looks like 18 people can make it. I say we do
offending aroma originated from somewhere upstairs. Natu-
rally, I first accused the McNuggets of indoor improprieties,
but this time it wasn’t them: increasingly horrified sniffing
With all that practice, one might assume that our turn-
stile system of entertaining would function like a well-oiled
led me to the bag near the foot of the bed.
machine – but inevitably, we devolve into a harried frenzy
during that final hour until show time… which could begin at
cellany from 10 days earlier.
either 6 or 6:30pm. Actual start times get fuzzy because Bob
forgets what time he told everyone.
was burning my eyeballs from inside the bag, which turned
out to be the lost wheel of Brie from the fruit and cheese plat-
Whatever the consensus, the house is never ready. At
The bag – stuffed with “non-essential-to-this-party” misHolding my breath, I steeled myself to extract whatever
zero hour minus five minutes, any container within reach
ter the 6:15pm guests were preparing at the party.
immediately qualifies as the vessel that will house all “non-
essential-to-this-party” miscellany still strewn about. Such a
ously quite angry and intent on bulging free from the shack-
container, filled to the brim, will be whisked to another part
les of its round wooden container. In the pre-party confusion,
of the house where – God (and hostess) willing – untethered
it had quite mistakenly been labeled “non-essential” and had
guests won’t stray.
been relegated to the bag with the other clutter, unbeknownst
At a recent Hammack soiree, the 6pm guests arrived in
to me or the 6:30pm guests, who had been dispatched upon
time to help carry in groceries, which included an assortment
their arrival to look for the missing Brie in the driveway, as-
of fruits and cheeses. The 6:15pm arrivals washed and cut the
sumed to have been dropped by a 6pm guest who brought in
fruit while I ran upstairs to stash the 40-lb shopping bag full
of “non-essential-to-this-party” miscellany before freshening
Damn party guests. They ruin everything.
up to greet the 6:30pm crowd.
Details of the Prodigal Brie Party forthcoming.
Now twice its original, refrigerated size, the Brie was obvi-
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