Omaha’s Community Gardens

As fast as fad diets come and go, faithful foodies, vegans, carnivores, and even the sometimes hard to understand world of raw consumers can all agree on one thing, and that is we should all be eating more fruits and vegetables. That should be easy enough, right? I mean, who doesn’t love fresh summer watermelon juice dripping off of their elbows, or a tomato so sweet and crisp you just sink your teeth into it like an apple?

A quick gander at a weekly circular indicates that an in-season, hydroponically grown, slightly waxy, chemically bathed hybrid tomato is on sale this week…and still incredibly expensive. Red bell peppers are $1.20 each. My favorite recipe for red peppers calls for six!...

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Food, Fun and Family at Piccolo Pete’s

When nervous teenage boys and their sparkling homecoming dates are ushered into seats beside men in jeans and ball caps this fall, they will not only sit down to a meal that will become a fond memory, but they will have become part of an Omaha tradition.
 
Purchased as a blacksmith shop in 1922 by Sicilian immigrant Joseph Piccolo, the venture took on life as a grocery store, a beer garden, and finally under the management of Joseph’s son Anthony, a restaurant and Omaha landmark.

Still run by family to this day 80 years later, Omaha’s second oldest steakhouse is proving that in a time of drive-thru dinners and burger dives, sitting down to a hot meal with loved ones is still where the...

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Brew, Vine and Spirits Festival

The date has been set for the second annual Nebraska Brew, Vine and Spirits Festival: Saturday, September 13. Taking place from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., this year’s event will be on the green space at 10th and Capitol Avenue. Food, live entertainment, and –of course- lots of drinks will be available. http://nebraskabrewwineandspiritsfestival.com/

Scooter’s Expanding

Scooter’s Coffeehouse started in Nebraska back in 1998 by Omaha natives, but this locally-owned coffee powerhouse will soon expand exponentially with even more locations opening up in Arizona. Already present in several states, it’s hard to believe that Scooter’s began as a small drive-thru...

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Menu of Menus 2014

Best Soup

WINNER
Broccoli Cheese at J.Coco:
One must be diligent to find themselves lucky enough to encounter the famous J.Coco broccoli cheese soup. A rare soup special, it draws a crowd with its creamy, yet light texture. There will be no hiding your veggies once you taste the still-bright broccoli in this fresh take on a soup standard! Follow J.Coco on Facebook to stay on top of the ever-changing specials.

Tomato Cashew  at McFoster’s:
Surprisingly smoky, this pleasant soup will leave you wanting for nothing.

French Onion at Marks Bistro:
Presented in a rustic crock with a crust of rich gruyere, this perfectly seasoned soup will warm you through even on Omaha’s coldest of winter days....

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Nosh's New Executive Chef

Nosh Wine Lounge on 10th and Dodge has a new executive chef. With former executive chef of two years Isaiah Renner leaving to pursue other business ventures, Rocco Caniglia in stepping in to take over the kitchen. http://noshwine.com/

Smiles - and Local Food

Even more local foods are showing up on the shelves at a couple of Hy-Vee stores, including the 132nd & Dodge and the 156th & Maple locations. Check out their new offerings from Branch Oaked Farm, Davey Road Ranch and Dutch Girl Creamery, all of which are located within Nebraska. http://hy-vee.com

Salt 88 Accolades

Salt 88 was selected for the Wine Spectator's 2014 Award of Excellence. This award goes to...

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B&B Classic Dogs

When you walk into B&B Classic Dogs in Bellevue you’re going to have to make a decision as to where you will allow your attention to be pulled. Will you want to stop and savor the smell of the food? Will you want to allow your gaze to wander over to the menu on the wall, or will you instead get caught up in the bright lights and loud noises of the arcade in the back of the restaurant? Will you be able to disregard all these sensory events and boldly stride to the counter, confidently ordering a hot dog?

Calm down. It’s not meant to be stressful.

Opened last year, B&B Classic Dogs can be summed up in one word: fun. I mean, hot dogs are fun and arcades are fun, so put them both together in...

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