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...

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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...

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A Different Kind of Bistro

Among the first things you notice at Sage Student Bistro is the staff's earnestness. Greeters, servers and cooks are all students in Metropolitan Community College's respected Institute for Culinary Arts, whose sleek building is the face of the Fort Omaha campus' south entrance.

This hidden dining gem occupies an intimate corner space just off the lobby. The contemporary, neo-industrial decor is accented by warm touches. Windows help open up the room and overlook the horticulture department greenhouse, the main supplier of Sage's locally-sourced produce. Some of that fresh goodness is grown in a herb garden surrounding a small, semi-secluded patio outside the bistro.

Culinary students...

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Roll into Ponzu

It’s all about the neighborhood.

When Jimi D’s Food & Spirits opened four years ago, owner Jimi DiPrima didn’t have big culinary dreams or a snooty design scheme. He just wanted to make it thee neighborhood spot.

Four years and a lot of pints of draft beer later – Jimi D’s pours the most Stella Artois in Nebraska – DiPrima’s first restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite, filled with familiar faces on any given day or night. 

It was the passion for all things sushi that led DiPrima to open his second restaurant, Ponzu Sushi & Grill, earlier this year. With work experience at Blue Sushi in the Old Market, he wanted to bring the cuisine to Aksarben.

Though the name comes from a...

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Dining at Dolce

While dining at Dolce Cafe, my husband and I got into an interesting conversation. When you open a menu at a restaurant and the prices of the dishes are more expensive than average, are your expectations higher for the meal? Such was the case with Dolce Café. Entering the restaurant, you are a bit confused. The tables and chairs look like they should be at a casual lunch café, the middle of the restaurant has an open prep area with tea boxes and pastry glass containers that looks like a counter at a coffee shop, and the front of the restaurant is a closed off area with an exposed sink and utility cart of canned food. Unsure about the motif of the restaurant and the ambience it was...

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Benson is buzzing with Lot2

When I moved to Omaha five years ago, I have to admit, Benson scared me a little bit. Lots of hole-in-the wall bars, and that crazy maternity shop with the world’s largest bra in the window. However, recently, Benson is buzzing. You can almost feel the tingling in the air – change is a brewing and new businesses are adding a light to the area. A major reason for that new glowing sensation is Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar. Since its opening two months ago, I have heard people starting to talk about it more and more. It was time to see it for myself.

Walking in, you feel a sense of natural beauty to the restaurant. Its light walls and large window are balanced well with the dark wood of...

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