Monthly Archives: July 2010

The importance of finding a good dining partner.

To me, eating is one of the most delectable things someone can do. It is a whole sensory experience… can be magical. In my opinion there are 2 types of dinners: people to share their food and want to taste what other people ordered and those who know what they want and they are not willing to share. I personally like diner number one. That’s why everyone needs to find a good dinning partner.

A good candidate for a good dining partner is someone that shares the same foodie taste and is willing to share or split a meal with you. When each of you order a meal and you split it, you can maximize your ability to taste the menu. Last Sunday, I went to Lucky’s for brunch with Shane, Stella, and Markum. Shane and Markum were set on what they wanted to order. However Stella and I have the same foodie taste buds so we both couldn’t decide between savory or sweet for brunch. So to satisfy both of us, we each ordered a dish and the lovely staff at Lucky’s split both items, so each of us had both a tasty sweet and savory brunch. Stella is a great dining partner.

Who are your dining friends?


I need your help…..Where shall I go?

August is a great month for me…not just because I love buying school supplies…but in Dallas….August hosts restaurant week. I can’t wait to try out the new places.

In general, I don’t do well with more than 5 choices. So I’m having some difficulty of where to go with Sandy, my sister, possibly Charlie, and whoever else wants to go. This is where I need everyone’s help. Please help me choose a place…however the following is a list of all the places that I can’t go to because I have already dined there.
1. Craft
2. Chamberlin’s
3. Rathburn’s blue plate kitchen
4. Shinsei
5. Stephen Pyles (I’m doing preview week there this year)
6. Tillman’s

I would love any of your suggestions. Below is the link for the restaurants. I really appreciate your input.

I’m a VIP – J.J.’s Gourmet Burgers -Tulsa, OK.

The city of Tulsa and I have a funny relationship, my goal was to always leave. But sometimes, you just can’t resist the blackhole like nature of Tulsa……it will always suck you back in.

I love food and to be honest there are not very many food places in Tulsa that are exceptional. There are some that are good and decent….but then again I may be biased. Today, I had the most magnificent eating experience ever.

To celebrate Mel’s farewell to Tulsa, Shane took us to J.J.’s Gourmet burgers. The thing about J.J.’s is that is only open Tuesday – Friday from 11-2. It’s really open when he wants to open and he only cooks 30 burgers so if you are number 31…you are out of luck..try again the next day.

When you walk into J.J. your bombarded with all sorts of things on the walls…it’s rather eclectic and there is a loop of awesome 80’s music playing. Jerry, the owner, who also served us, can also be heard singing to beat on occasion. The great thing about J.J.’s he only makes one thing: rib-eye burgers…served his way. Like the sign on the wall said…this isn’t Burger King…you can’t have it your way. You can choose the type of cheese and the side but that’s it.

The burgers were cooked to perfection. It was flavorful, juicy, and jut the right amount of pink. Be careful, if you are not prepared you will have a burger juice sliding down your arm. I had to plan how to eat my burger, because by the time, I had place the extras on it, it was quite large. I think I had about 3 tries until my burger successfully made it into my mouth. Whatever he put on your plate is what you got. There was fruit and veggies to go with the burger….it was a very colorful and appealing plate. You need to try the ice tea, the fruit and the mint leaves add a nice summer time quality to it, that takes it up a notch. I think I just have to let the pictures speak for themselves.

For some reason today, we got VIP cards…which entitles you to free appetizers and desert with a cute little cappuccino. I’m not real sure how you get one, but I did. If you are in Tulsa….you have to check this place out….but don’t bombard the place..or they might take away my VIP card. Also, when you visit, bring cash….it’s the only king of transaction that takes place here.

The rest is my photo essay of deliciousness….

My tea and appetizer

My plate

Shane’s plate. He had the baked beans with a rib on top. The beans were cooked beautifully and were sweet and slightly tangy.

My delicious burger

My dessert

Memories of Japan: Broken Arrow

If it were all possible, the Cabrera family would hold stock in Memories of Japan. It’s our go to eatery. Memories of Japan is a cute little sushi place in Broken Arrow. I can hear all you food skeptics…”good sushi in Broken Arrow, OK?!?!?!” My reply is “HECK YES”.

The sushi is really fresh and clean and just good. It’s not super spectacular but on a day you are craving some sushi and are on a limited budget…Memories of Japan is your best bet. I usually get the sushi, but I decided to get something new. I got the Unadon (Eel) with rice. I just got back for a floating/camping trip and I was really craving rice. I AM SO ASIAN! My eel was nicely scorched and had the lovely sweet sauce of the eel and seeped into the rice. It was tasty.

My great lunch