Dragon Cafe

When I try out a new place that I don’t know much about I usually go into what I call Vague Mode. This is where I don’t go into it anticipating any particular experience and I don’t decide beforehand what I’m going to eat. I just waltz in and make a vague statement to the server and whatever happens with my meal happens.

Vague Mode can be surprisingly exciting.

So when I went to Dragon Cafe in La Vista and the waitress asked me what I wanted to eat, I waved at the menu vaguely and said, “Well, I like chicken…” and waited to see what would happen. She suggested the General Tao’s Chicken, which I went ahead and ordered accompanied by fried rice and egg drop soup. Then I sat and waited to be...

entered on 05/12/14 at 10:28 PM | read more »


Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar : Hummus is Yummus

Living on the southern coast of Turkey for a couple years made me a bit of a snob when it comes to Mediterranean food back here in the States. I often find myself making smarmy comments along the lines of, “Oh, you think this is hummus? Too bad you can’t taste the hummus I ate when I lived on the southern coast of Turkey for a couple years.”

I know, I know – it’s annoying.

You can understand my trepidation about trying out the Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar, because after all, not only was I worried that I would be disappointed by the food but I was also a little afraid I might go into smarmy mode. That’s why I went with my friend Sara; she had recommended this place and hasn’t...

entered on 03/16/14 at 08:44 PM | read more »


Food Focus: Movie Theater Food

Years ago, before movie theaters began to realize that people like to eat real food while they watch movies, I was the world champion of smuggling food into a theater. While it’s difficult for me to admit my illicit past, I can’t help but boast just a little about the time I stashed a full meal and two large blended coffee drinks into my huge purse so my husband and I could dine while we watched a film. Yeah, that’s right. You can call us Bonnie and Clyde.

Luckily for hardened criminals like myself, I was able to turn away from smuggling food right around the time movie theaters began offering more than just popcorn and candy. Now don’t get me wrong; I love popcorn and candy, but if a...

entered on 02/10/14 at 05:22 PM | read more »


Fine Dining Done Right: A Review of Salt

Everyone can be a critic. From food bloggers to Yelp-ers, people everywhere have taken it upon themselves to publicly judge a new restaurant. Too upscale? Then too snobby. Too casual? Then too dirty.

To open a place where class groups can co-mingle over martinis and murmuring babies? Usually, too difficult.

Then, there was Salt.

“I wanted to have a restaurant where people could truly enjoy their experience,” said owner and head chef John Horvatinovich. “I want people to feel like this is a place where they can indulge and enjoy themselves.”

Described as a modern American restaurant with a Mediterranean twist, Salt is a brand new baby. Open for 6 months, it was born into a...

entered on 11/22/13 at 05:10 PM | read more »


Sinful Burger

I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I visited Sinful Burger. I had heard rumors from my friends that this place wasn’t joking when it comes to delivering burgers that aren’t typical. Folks don’t go to Sinful Burger when they’re watching their waistlines. No, they come to this place to impress their friends with the volume of food they can throw back, and Sinful Burger does an excellent job of offering a menu of burgers that are perfect for bragging rights along the lines of, “Dude, you’ll never guess what I just ate.”

The burgers featured on the menu are fashioned after the seven deadly sins, hence, the name Sinful Burger. So when you have burgers that are tributes to...

entered on 09/24/13 at 02:04 AM | read more »


Storz Brewing Beer and Memories

One of Omaha's oldest brands, Storz beer, is back after nearly a half-century absence and locals are lapping up the suds with gusto.


Two Storz family relatives, cousins Tom and John Markel, are reviving the brand as a beer and as the Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery in the former Rick's Boatyard on Omaha's downtown riverfront. Chef-restauranteur Yves Menard (Charlie's on the Lake) is a partner in the new eatery and micro brewery slated to open Nov. 15.


A cylindrical brick chimney is all that's left of the old brewery on North 16th Street. The smokestack can be seen from the restaurant's upper floor, where a Storz memorabilia museum is planned. Tom Markel says he's been deluged by...

entered on 09/16/13 at 02:55 AM | read more »


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