The Search for Sangria

In a town brimming with craft breweries, it can be difficult to crave another beverage. But summer in Nebraska is notorious for heat that can make you beg for something fruity and chilled. Something sweet but potent.

Enter the world of sangria. It’s not just for ladies who lunch.

To drink sangria means to taste a bit of European history. This mix of red Bordeaux and either brandy or fruit juice has been drank from Spain to Sicily for hundreds of years. Introduced to the United States in 1964 at the World’s Fair, it quickly had a following. From easy to drink red wine, to lollipop sweet rieslings, there is no shortage of ways to vary up your daily serving of fruit.


Omaha has plenty...

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Kitchen Table: Slow Food Fast

When I spoke with Jessica Duggan of Kitchen Table they had just finished up their second full week of being open. Together with her husband Colin, this eatery has been their dream for years and she’s thrilled that everything has come together so nicely. “We always knew we were going to do this,” she says. “Everyone in the neighborhood has been really great.”

When she talks about the neighborhood, it’s not as if she’s not from around here. Granted, she and Colin spent a few years living in San Francisco after having grown up in Omaha, but it was the space where Kitchen Table now stands that lured them back. “We came back to visit last fall and fell in love with the spot. We moved back in...

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Candy Wrappers

I don’t know if you have ever tried to type while also eating popcorn, but I can assure you that it’s messy work. I know this because I picked up a few bags of gourmet popcorn when I visited Candy Wrappers and now I can’t stop eating it. Right now I’m snacking on “Rootbeer Floats Your Boat” popcorn, which is a combination of root beer and vanilla flavored popcorn. Last night it was “Caramel Apple Pie” popcorn, which combines caramel, apple, vanilla and cinnamon popcorn. Long story short: my keyboard is getting sticky and I now know where to get the best tasting gourmet popcorn in the Omaha area.

I should back up and tell you that a few months ago I bought some “gourmet” popcorn at a...

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Food Focus: Meat

Apparently people are pretty passionate about their meat; when I asked folks where their favorite places are to buy fresh cuts of meat, their responses were quick and abundant. The good news is that there is no shortage of places to purchase fresh cuts of meat within the Omaha area, and the even better news is that many places selling fresh meat offer options like organic meat or meat from animals that were allowed to graze happily in the sunshine before meeting their demise.

Although many of my friends are adamant about only buying meat straight from the farm, there are plenty of people who venture off the farm and are still pleased with their purchases. My favorite place to buy meat...

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Back to Basics at Baxter’s

I heard mixed reviews from friends who tried Baxter’s shortly after their December 2012 opening. As Benson’s newest pizza place, I had hoped not to hear such things as: “The wait is long,” “It’s expensive,“ and, perhaps the most foreboding warning, “It’s by the slice, but it’s nothing like New York style.”

Happily, I was able to debunk some of these notions.

But let’s back up a moment.

As the second offering from restaurateurs Johanna and Brad Marr along with Scott Stephens, Baxter’s has a tough reputation to live up to. Its sister restaurant, Lot 2, opened just one year earlier a few doors down the street, and was hailed as an instant classic by critics and hungry citizens of...

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The French Bulldog: Setting the Stage for Charcuterie

There is no hiding the simple truth of a skilled craftsman at work. The vintage vibe of The French Bulldog creates a stage to showcase the culinary craft of charcuterie where until now few have had the pleasure of eating. In a time of industrialized and hyper-contrived food chains, The French Bulldog feels like the exact opposite. Collaborators Phil Anania and Anne Cavanaugh along with charcuterie chef, Bryce Coulton gallantly bring forth straightforward artisan fare to the Omaha food scene. 

Entering into the quaint space, you feel a sense of anticipation. The space is crowded, not even an empty seat at the bar. There are people waiting. Could it be as good as all this?  Isn’t this...

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