My Secret is Out: Mai Thai in Arksarben Village

I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit disappointed in Mai Tai. No, it’s not because of the quality of food or the service provided, but because they took my secret favorite spot and let the rest of Omaha know about it. I used to love going to the Mai Tai location out west – it has less than 10 tables and was my hole in the wall place for true authentic Thai food. However, now, it seems that I have to share my love of Mai Tai with the rest of Omaha because they have opened a larger, second location in Aksarben Village and people are talking and loving it the same way I do. Luckily, the larger location allows for short or no wait times and the food is just as enjoyable at their original location....

entered on 12/17/12 at 05:35 PM | read more »


Drizzles Bakery: Home of the Donut


You may have driven past Drizzles Bakery and not even have noticed it. On the outskirts of Bellevue’s Old Towne area, Drizzles is a tiny bakery that you might blink and miss. Here is a word to the wise: don’t blink and miss this place. This is an exceptional bakery.

More than once I’d been asked by people if I had yet visited “that small bakery in Bellevue.” Had I known there was such a thing as a baked banana donut with chai frosting sprinkled in chocolate I would have visited Drizzles much sooner, but I suppose it’s better late than never.

Owner Mary Pat Guerrier opened Drizzles in June 2012. She’s baked her entire life, as is evident by her original Easy Bake Oven on prominent...

entered on 12/04/12 at 04:28 AM | read more »


Pizza Pleasure

Before I get into my review, I’d like to send a message to my friend Chandra who told me to tell her if she should try Ragazzi’s Pizza since it’s so close to her job. Yes, Chandra. Eat at Ragazzi’s. Eat there every opportunity you get, and when you go, invite me to come along.

Now on to my review. Ragazzi’s Pizza opened in June and was a dream come true for owner Jeff Daley. After working as the director of operations for Old Chicago for seventeen years, his wife grew tired of listening to him lament about how he wished he had his own pizza place. “She told me to either do it or quit talking about it,” Jeff laughs. A smart businessman (and apparently a dutiful husband), he took her...

entered on 11/26/12 at 05:13 PM | read more »


Harvest Cafe: For A Reason

Walk into Harvest Café in Lakeside Hills and you feel it. You feel that this restaurant is a bit different from others. This one has emotion to it. I didn’t know the story behind Harvest Café before I walked in, yet I could feel that there was a great deal of heart and soul behind it. My first view was of the fireplace which has a small picture frame of a beautiful woman in it. It almost feels like the woman is there to be your host – to welcome you to the restaurant. I now understand why. Tom and Tricia Sawyer were married for 19 years and in 2007, they began thinking about their dreams in life. That year, after Tricia studied culinary arts at Metropolitan College, and Tom left his...

entered on 11/15/12 at 10:24 PM | read more »


In Search of Coffee

Ask me if I’d like to spend some time gallivanting around town trying different specialty drinks at coffee shops and I doubt you’ll have trouble sensing my enthusiasm. In truth, I had a difficult time masking my glee about drinking coffee and labeling it research because the only thing I like better than coffee is more coffee.

I visited four independent coffee shops and asked the barista to make me whatever drink he or she considered to be the specialty drink. I also spent some time lingering with my coffee to get a sense of the shop’s ambiance and culture. It was tough. You’re welcome.

Caffeine Dreams, 4525 Farnam Street, http://www.CaffeineDreams.net

The barista presented me with...

entered on 11/12/12 at 04:13 PM | read more »


You Won’t Be Sorry: Varsity Sports CafĂ© and Roman Coin Pizza

It’s all quiet in my house on a Monday night and my husband is nowhere to be found. I look in the kitchen, the bedroom and then wait. It hits me. Just when I realize he is downstairs in his man cave, I hear, “Get the ball – hustle!!!” Ah yes, it’s football season. The time of year where we lose our male loved ones to a sports bar and plates of nachos and wings. So when the following Monday came around, I decided that it was time to join in and experience what this world was like. To do that, we went to Varsity Sports Café and Roman Coin Pizza at their new Midtown location. Between the array of televisions on a wall, there is truly not a bad seat in the house to watch a game. Plus, on...

entered on 10/23/12 at 04:12 AM | read more »


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