Tuesday, September 21, 2010

the sooner state (okc, oklahoma)

Hi lovelies! I am officially two hours behind my Northeastern favorites, placing me directly in the midst of mountain time and marking this official catch up time. Let's begin with Oklahoma. As I spoke about in my previous vlog, it's one of those places I would probably never visit if it weren't for K. I am so lucky to have such a fantastic friend living there though. This marked my second visit (my first was to her home city of Tulsa) and I'm already looking forward to my next one.
On Thursday night, I arrived K's cute little home and was greeted by pizza, salad, and beer. We weren't in a rush, per say, but we didn't linger long; The zoo was calling! Kidding, kind of. By eight we headed to the Zac Brown Band concert at the OKC Zoo. The show was great and the best part? I could sing along, and that is beyond awesome because you have no idea how rarely that happens ;). I also had a blast meeting K's med school friends and our new Kansas State buddies. What a night, let's just say that I slept so beyond soundly!
The next morning I slept in for the first time in two whole weeks. 'Twas glorious. And then, I had one of the most leisurely yet amazing weekends of all time. The sequence went something like this...
[blown away by the delicious Guatemalan Brunch at Café Antigua]
[the usual friendly hysterics through our Bricktown & Downtown tour]

[impressed with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, especially the Chihuly exhibit]
[delectable dinner leftovers for an economical meal at K's home]
[deep conversation during a river walk stroll followed by an anything but crazy bar-hopping date night on the town]
[Saturday brunch at La Baguette Bistro]
[Mmm, French-pressed]
[I will forever love the vegetable quiche and salad combination]
[met Dr. Dan during the OU medical school tour]
[spent an afternoon watching a close OU-Airforce game, drinking brews by a lake, and mingling as per usual]
[demolished an early Tana Thai Bistro dinner]
[indulged in raw curiosity with a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp dessert at 105 degrees]
[Sunday brunched with K's family - Iced coffee and eggs for me]
[Fried chicken and waffles for K (yes, served together)]
In the midwestern United States, I enjoyed cuisine from all over the world. I was able to discover an interesting twist on brunch (see above, I can attest to the fact that it is a phenomenal combination) while also doing my normal favorites like wander through downtown areas, visit museums, join in on sports camaraderie, explore art galleries, and pretend to be a night owl. All cities seem to have the same basic ingredients, but it's those regional twists that have been making this trip so exciting. And doing it in the company of one of my very best friends? Priceless. I miss her already.


  1. you should write a post on what it's like to drive such a vast distance. It's fun on the east coast when states change often but after about 10 hours with the same scenery, it gets boring. Or so I think.

  2. Haha, I've always seen shows on the Food Network talking about chicken and waffles--glad to know places that serve the combo do indeed exist!

  3. Nomadic Matt: Oh, good idea! And thinking quite unfortunately.

    BroccoliHut: Haha, I never knew it existed!

  4. The photo from the museum is GORGEOUS! I'll admit I know nothing about Oklahoma and don't ever think of it as a place to visit or vacation, but now I know there's so much to do and see!

  5. Caitlin: Thank you, I couldn't help myself! I'm glad I could influence that change of heart :)

  6. you seem to have gone to some of the best restaurants in okc, la baguette, and cafe antigua for sure. but 105 degrees? please dont.

  7. @Anonymous: I try! I happened to like 105 degrees but I can see why not everyone would. Raw food isn't exactly a crowd-pleaser :) even if they do it well.


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