Meet Me at Marks

Any proper crisp fall afternoon should include a leisurely stroll, crunching through the leaves on the streets of Dundee. That said, any dewy spring day or hot summer night should include a similar scenario.

Where else can you find a quiet coffee spot, hip sandwich shop, romantic date on a patio, or occasional celebrity sighting over a glass of wine?
And where in the world can you find all of this under one roof? Specifically, under the roof of a charismatic turn of the century house now known as Marks Bistro.
The charming bistro has fed regulars for 11 years, but also finds itself hosting the occasional big name. So big, in fact, that they use only one. Names like Bono, Buffett, and...

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Taco Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday?

I searched high and low for the best tacos in the area. After running around all over town, I now present to you my two new favorite places for tacos.

Mula – Trendy Tacos

I went to Mula with my husband and a couple of friends, each of us resolved to try different tacos so we could compare notes.

One of the first things we decided to order was Mula’s yucca fries which are served with a tomatillo ketchup. In a word, this was “delish.” They are crispier than regular fries and not greasy at all. These are authentically prepared according to one of my friends who recently returned from a trip to Peru where he had yucca fries prepared in a pretty similar fashion.

The tomatillo ketchup was...

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Home Is Where the Havarti Is

Wisconsin is cold. Just the name of the state conjures images of snow, ice fishing and other cold stuff. And perhaps due to this extreme temperature, the people of Wisconsin know how to be warm. Their homes are cozy and you will instantly be offered a blanket and the story of how the owner’s favorite aunt knitted it for the arrival of a grandnephew.

Wisconsinites always have a story

Stepping into the charming NorthWoods Cheese Haus in Papillion is very similar to stepping into your aunt’s home. I was almost surprised not to find a fat cat and a giant over-stuffed couch on which to sit while chatting with the owners, sisters Diana Rayment and Darleene Evitch.

The interior is composed of...

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Farnam House Brewing Company

The first thing I noticed when I started talking to Tony Thomas about Farnam House Brewing Company is that he had a look on his face that I recognize. It’s the same face artists make when they create something they’re insanely proud of. It’s the face I make when my kids do something clever, and I decide they’re clever because I made them that way. It’s what my brother jokingly refers to as a “smug smirk of satisfaction,” or “ssmos” for short.

You see, Tony’s been at this whole idea of opening a brewery for quite some time. He didn’t just one day lean over to his friend Phil Doerr and in a drunken stupor slur, “We should totally open a brewery.” No, Tony’s dream of opening a brewery has...

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Keystone Tavern & Grill

Keystone Tavern & Grill looks a bit like a dive bar on the outside. Truth be told, it looks a little like a dive bar on the inside too when you first walk through the door with the flashing beer signs and pool tables. But before you decide that the best thing you’ll get here are some greasy wings, walk up to the bar and ask to see the menu and prepare to be impressed. You should then ask to see “the secret menu,” which will really get your taste buds interested. Better yet, if owner Tim Lewis is there, lean across the bar and tell him you want to see “the double secret menu.”

Luckily, there’s no secret handshake

There are some hoops to jump through before you can get your hands on the...

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Urban Abbey

“The main thing is we are not trying to make a profit, we are trying to make an impact,” said Debra McKnight, Executive Director for Urban Abbey.

Urban Abbey opened in November of 2011. McKnight explained First United Methodist Church was in the process of exploring what it meant to be a church in the world. At the same time, Soul Desires Bookstore (in the Old Market) was considering its future. McKnight said they received a grant, with churches across the state of Nebraska contributing to Urban Abbey’s mission.

McKnight leads worship services on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. She also works with staff to connect with other non-profit groups and help them through fundraisers. McKnight said...

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