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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


Oh Suze!

Last Wednesday my friend Mel and I had a lovely eating adventure at Suze. It was not my first time eating there, but the food is astonishingly delicious that you can’t help but come back. Unfortunately, my camera has been M.I.A. lately, so I don’t have any good pictures of food. On Wednesday, I ordered the curried pork chop with a cherry glaze with vegetables and couscous.
I have to say that pork melted in your mouth like creamy milk chocolate on a hot summer day. I was expecting a more in your face curry flavor. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it was a lovely subtle taste that hits the back of your throat in such a delightful way. I think the cherry glaze balanced out the hint of spice of that pork and enhanced its natural flavors. The vegetables tasted more like a ratatouille rather than in a curry sauce.

On to dessert. I don’t think you could go wrong with a dessert called Chocolate Gob. I don’t think there is a way to describe it, to depict it’s overwhelming marvelousness. It was creamy chocolate mouse/fudge type consistency coupled with ice creme and crunchy, crispy, carmel tuille. If you construct this dessert with all components, you just can’t help but do a happy food dance.

If you have some extra money to spare, I hope you guys will try Suze. It a quaint causal place with fancy dining. There are regulars that know all the wait staff and the chef. The chef was seen visiting tables several times. Since we were not regulars, we just got the “How’s everything?” and a smile. Either way, its a great place to eat and have a conversation with friends.


Butter makes it better.

Yummm….Butter!! It always makes things taste better. Tonight for dinner I had ravioli and made a velvety sauce a la Mel Mel’s recipe calls for 3; that’s right, 3, ingredients! They are whole tomatoes, butter and onions. I decided to add garlic, oregano, and ground red pepper. I like my sauces to have a little kick, hence the red pepper. The star of this dish is definitely the butter. It made the sauce creamy and oh so smooth. I made a whole pot full. I’m so excited to use it for left overs.

This dish is so easy! Anyone can do it. It can be done in 2o minutes tops, and that’s even if you are a super slow onion chopper and get distracted by other things that are going on. I hope everyone tries out this tasty sauce recipe, because nothing satisfies like a home cooked meal. Also, don’t forget to thank Mel for sharing. She is superfantastic!