Star Deli

First things first: Star Deli in Benson is not the same Star Deli that was in the Jewish Community Center in Omaha. I figured this out quickly when I first walked into Benson’s Star Deli and didn’t see matzo ball soup on the menu. I guess I was confused because for whatever reason I was under the impression that this was the same place. I asked the guy at the counter and he responded with a quick, “No, ma’am,” which was in a tone that indicated he’d responded to this question before.

I had walked in expecting to indulge in the same types of food I devour when I visit my Jewish family in Los Angeles, but had to switch gears and instead check out what the Star Deli menu had to offer. It’s...

entered on 06/24/14 at 01:13 PM | read more »


Espana

If you know me well, you know me as clever, charismatic, and not even a little bit awkward. I’ll pause for the collective eye rolls from my dearest friends, co-workers, and boyfriend.

But every now and then, even I feel the need to turn off the charm and just allow myself to relax and be entertained while dining out. This leaves me to make a difficult decision - do I shell out the dollars for a beautiful meal while settling for the sounds of the couple at a neighboring table breaking up as my sole means of cultural stimulation? Do I huddle on an Old Market corner over my Nachos Bell Grande while taking in the talents of a troubadour?

I do not, my friends. Instead, I search the city for...

entered on 05/20/14 at 07:08 AM | read more »


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...

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