Feeding the Soul

I got a great assignment from this noble publication to write a first-hand story about how rewarding it is to volunteer in some of Omaha’s food pantries and soup kitchens around the holidays. There’s much to be gained from volunteering. You can meet new people, give your time to something not focused on the self and you can change the world just a little. But even in a few short volunteering sessions, I learned it’s not as simple as that. I should have known better. Right after college, I worked in Thailand teaching English in what was supposed to be my change-the-world experience. What I ended up discovering was that it wasn’t so much the world that needed changing, as it was me...

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Versatile Venture

When the world knows you for one thing, it takes a while to change your image. That’s the goal for Crane Coffee Café & Bar, the new concept from the people who brought you seven Crane Coffee locations around Omaha. It offers the familiar coffee bar, a full kitchen serving three meals a day, and even drinks in the evening. Crane Café opened in the Paxton Building downtown in August. I visited with my wife and son on a Saturday night in November. I tried the Wagyu Kobe Burger ($11), featuring a 6 oz. patty topped with onions, tomato and garlic aioli. Wagyu cattle produce beef that is densely marbled, with a smooth texture. This was one of my favorite burgers in recent years. It’s...

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Comeback Café

Imagine an old friend had plastic surgery and moved to a new neighborhood. She would still be the same person, but things would be different. Would your friendship survive? That’s the question for fans of Délice European Bakery and Café. The new Délice in Midtown Crossing feels different in this incarnation, but the food has mostly been preserved. I first visited Délice for a Thursday afternoon lunch with my mother. We ordered at the counter from the Savories portion of the menu, which emphasizes comfort food and cream sauces. Most items are displayed, so you can examine your options before ordering. Mom had Turkey & Sweet Potato Pie ($6.95), featuring turkey, onions and sweet...

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