<p>A Reuben, shown here with a side of craisinberry mayonnaise, is featured on Tommy Colina’s menu along with 10 kinds of burgers, 10 chicken sandwiches, four hot dogs and 13 other sandwiches.  </p> ‘It’s All Good’

This is a good time to eat lunch in midtown Omaha. Midtown Crossing brought several restaurants to the area, and now Tommy Colina’s Kitchen has created a new midday choice just up the street. Tommy Colina’s Kitchen opened in October in the old Don Carmelo’s space at 35th and Farnam. It’s a locally owned, mostly-lunch restaurant offering a wide range of traditional favorites with some upscale twists. My wife and I visited on a Monday at 11:30 a.m. You first serve yourself from the beverage area, then seat yourself and order from a server. I tried the T.L.T. sandwich ($6.99), which offers thick-sliced turkey on griddled sourdough bread with craisinberry mayonnaise. The ingredients...

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Moroccan Hospitality

A little Moroccan eatery appeared on what seems to be the ever-transforming Farnam Street a few months back. I noticed it on my way home from class at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for Culinary Arts. The restaurant occupies the corner just east of Midtown Crossing at 30th Street. The restaurant had a soft opening three or four weeks ago and plans to open officially with a full menu March 13. On a recent visit I was immediately impressed with the professionalism of the wait staff, decked out in burnt-orange chef jackets, a pleasant surprise in the world of ethnic restaurants. The dining room sports a view of the open kitchen and was spotless though a bit over-bright with...

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Soda under fire from FDA

First it was high fructose corn syrup you had to worry about when it came to drinking soda. Now it’s the caramel coloring, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Last week they urged the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of the coloring that’s added to colas and other soft drinks. “In contrast to the caramel one might make at home by melting sugar in a saucepan, the artificial brown coloring in colas and some other products is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures,” the agency said in a press release. “Chemical reactions result in the formation of...

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Beer Corner, U.S.A.

The Crescent Moon has not only been Omaha’s specialty beer institution for the last 11 years, it’s the anchor that is known as Beer Corner U.S.A., a cluster of local brew-focused businesses committed to providing the metro with one of, if not the, most diverse selections of quality suds. And if your mother always told you not to drink on an empty stomach, don’t worry. Beer Corner U.S.A. has perfected pub food, too, including an authentic German menu to match the Bavarian biers. A sublime drinking experience begins at the original business, the Crescent Moon Alehouse located on the northeast corner of 36th and Farnam. Inside the door is a warm, friendly bar with wood paneling, dark...

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App-etizer for chocolate lovers

* Would-be chocolatiers have a new weapon in their arsenal via the latest iPhone app from master chocolate-maker Jacques Torres. His new app, MrChocolate, offers a virtual tour of his Brooklyn chocolate factory/retail outlet, a chocolate glossary, and the history of chocolate, all for free. An upgrade will get you access to how-tos, techniques and recipes. * If you’ve been avoiding eggs for health reasons, the USDA just gave you the okay to start ordering omelets again, though not on a daily basis. The agency randomly sampled eggs from across the country and found that commercial eggs now have 14 percent cholesterol and 64 percent more vitamin D than was previously thought. Despite that...

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Brews Cruise

Banana is what polite people would call an interesting quality in a beer. But with the Nebraska Brewing Co.’s EOS Hefeweizen, it works. It’s what the Papillion brewpub’s owners Paul and Kim Kavulak were drinking, so I thought it best to follow suit. The EOS was light with a clean flavor, and there it was at the end, the suggestion of banana. Creativity and diversity is the mantra of this three-year-old brewery that has been turning heads of late in the craft brewery industry. Nebraska Brewing Co., located at South Pointe in Papillion, distributes its lagers and ales in 10 states: Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, Oregon and...

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