September Photo Wrap-Up 2016

Hey everyone!

I can’t believe we are wrapping up September already! This has been a good month. The weather has started to cool down and I have to admit…I am not complaining. It’s nice to have a change in the weather. If you have been watching the YouTube channel than you probably have noticed our Tulsa Food Tour. David and I had fun showing y’all around. We also celebrated David’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. Enjoy the pics.

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The Tulsa Food Tour was awesome! David and I have a fun time stuffing our faces and trying out some new restaurants. If you haven’t checked out the tour you can find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 here.

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We were thrilled to be invited to Char Broil Nights at Oklahoma Joe’s. The event was put on to showcase some of Char Broil’s new products and what better way to showcase grilling essentials than to throw a cool barbecue. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. If you haven’t stopped by Oklahoma Joe’s on 61st and Sheridan than please do!

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I created a few new items on the Colormyfootsteps merchandise page. I hope you hop over there and look around. Don’t forget to buy something for yourself or a fellow okie. If you follow me on my other social media outlets than you’ll often see discount codes available.

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David had a birthday this month and we celebrated our wedding anniversary. Since we had been eating out a lot lately (see the above mention of the food tour) David and I took a simply path to celebrate.

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I don’t know what it is about the sunrises this month. They have been simply breathtaking. The way the colors melt together and blend seamlessly just makes me so happy. Everyday is a gift and the sunrise is proof of that.

Thank y’all for stopping by my neck of the world wide web. I hope your month was great. October is around the corner. Let’s get ready!

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Tulsa Food Tour Part 3 – Sweet Lisa’s Cafe & White River Fish Market

Nothing compares to good home cooking. I’ll say it again. Nothing compares to good home cooking. David and I decided to make sure we added restaurants with some soul to this part of the tour. These restaurants are off the beaten path which makes them more enjoyable, in my opinion. You know, like a secret dining spot.

  • Sweet Lisa’s Cafe – 1717 N Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106
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One of the places that I’ve heard about for years is Sweet Lisa’s Cafe. The first time I noticed a picture on Facebook I asked, “Where is that”? I knew I had to try some for myself. But time passed and I never seemed to get around to trying this legendary place out. This week my opportunity finally came. The restaurant is located in the Shoppes of Peoria shopping center. When entering you’re greeted politely by the staff and they are ready to assist you in making your dining choices. The ambiance is very laid-back and unassuming. Our food arrived in a timely fashion and smelled so yummy. I ordered the grilled catfish meal, which came with two sides. I ordered the fried green tomatoes and the cabbage. David decided to go with breakfast (which is served all day at Sweet Lisa’s Cafe). He had home fries, scrambled eggs and chicken n biscuits with gravy. David also got a mini pecan pie (which he devoured in two bites, lol). We were not disappointed. I’ll take that back, we were only disappointed in ourselves for not trying this place sooner. If you’re looking for a meal to hit the spot, with a little touch of home, then you definitely should try this place.

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  • White River Fish Market – 1708 N Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74115
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If you’re on the North side of Tulsa, OK and you’re looking for a good seafood restaurant look no further than White River Fish Market. The first time I visited this place I was blown away by how tasty the food was. This was David’s first time and he was not prepared for the array of seafood he would find available to order. The White River Fish Market has been around for over 75 years. I don’t have to tell you that you don’t make it that long in the restaurant business without serving delicious food and providing good service. When we hopped in line a couple that came in after us began to tell us what they usually order, in hopes of helping us decide on what to get. They were very helpful. David ordered a bowl of gumbo and the swordfish with a side of green beans and potato salad. The gumbo was hot, savory and not too fishy to the taste. I joked that the swordfish looked like a meaty pork chop. David said it was amazing. I also liked the potato salad, because it reminded me of my mom’s potato salad. I ordered the broiled shrimp with a baked potato and side salad. The shrimp were accompanied by a small container of melted butter. Without a doubt this was the best shrimp I had eaten in a long time. The baked potato was average (it came with butter and sour cream). The side salad was also average. We were so full we decided against dessert. However, we probably should have at least got a slice of cheesecake to go. The cool thing about this place is that you can order seafood a la carte without having to buy anything at the restaurant. They have a fully functional seafood counter to make purchases. Another cool thing is that the seating is set up on a first come-first serve basis. That means during the busy lunch hours you could be sitting next to just about anyone. That could allow for some interesting mealtime conversations.

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Part 3 of the Tulsa Food Tour was an experience to remember. We were not disappointed or left with empty bellies. If you try any one of these two places you won’t be left with an empty belly either. There was something very off the beaten path about these two places that made me appreciate them more. It was like they just wanted to serve good food without all the frills and gimmicks. Hey, that’s what you should pay for right, GOOD FOOD!

Thanks for reading and make sure you check out Part 1 and Part 2.

You can check out out more of our food adventure here

Tulsa Food Tour Part 2 – Mom’s Family Diner & Tally’s Good Food Cafe

So how these things seem to go is if there is a Part 1 there must be a Part 2 correct? Yep that’s correct. The Tulsa Food Tour continues with stops at a couple of places with good home cooking. The kind of food that keeps your feet planted on the ground. The kind of food you don’t regret. The kind of food that you know for sure you got your money’s worth. Our search for good eats in Tulsa brought us to Mom’s Family Diner and Tally’s Good Food Cafe.

  • Mom’s Family Diner – 4101 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74146
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Mom’s Family Diner was suggested to David and I by none other than my own mom. She had eaten there numerous times and was always singing its praises. We decided this was a perfect time to give it a shot. We arrived early on a Saturday morning and the place was filling up. We grabbed ourselves a booth and were quickly greeted and offered coffee and water. The place was actually bigger inside than it looks from the outside. There were plenty of tables and booths. There was even a counter for those who prefer to sit on bar stools and watch television while they dine. The atmosphere was very laid back and bright. We ordered our food and chatted for a bit before it arrived. The staff was very attentive to us, making sure our coffee didn’t run low. When our food arrived I was so happy because I knew we were going to get more than our fill. Our food was delicious! We had an array of eggs, pancakes, waffles, hash browns, home fries, ham steak and biscuits with gravy. I believe for our three orders the total was under $40. I without hesitation recommend this place to eat if you’re looking for breakfast.

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  • Tally’s Good Food Cafe – 1102 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74112
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Our second stop of Part 2 took us to an iconic restaurant on Route 66, Tally’s Good Food Cafe. This was my first time having the pleasure of dining at Tally’s. Tally’s opened in 1987 and has been a piece of Tulsa ever since. Tally’s is known for their big entrees and big cinnamon rolls (we’ll get to that later). You can’t miss Tally’s, it’s right on the corner and in the evening hours it is well lit. Upon entering you’re taken back into a 1950’s atmosphere. We sat in a booth and a waitress took our order. I decided on the chicken fried steak dinner (something Tally’s is known for). David chose the Lebanon burger (the owner, Tally Alame, is Lebanese). While waiting for our food we enjoyed the ambiance of the place and jammed out to the music. Our food looked pretty impressive. It had been years since I had chicken fried steak. Tally’s did not disappoint me. Everything tasted great. David really liked his burger and fries. David is not one to pass on dessert, so we ordered the cinnamon roll. The waitress joked as she placed the cinnamon roll in front of us, “You didn’t know what you were getting yourself into did ya”. No ma’m we did not. The cinnamon roll took up the entire to-go box. We were so glad we got it to-go (and I believe our stomachs were too). Our meal came to less than $35. I say for what we ordered that’s a pretty good deal.

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After we stuffed ourselves at Tally’s we decided to check out Tulsa’s dedication to Route 66 near downtown Tulsa and Riverside. The flags of each state that are apart of Route 66 are represented at the spot. I recommend stopping by there simply to see it for yourself.

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I hope you enjoyed Part 2. You can always check out the video of our dining experience here.

Thanks for reading!

You can find Part 1 of the Tulsa Food Tour here.

Tulsa Food Tour Part 1 – New Atlas Grill & Hey Mambo

Sometime last month I began throwing around ideas on how to highlight my area on the map in ways people can relate to and gravitate to. I thought up a deliciously random idea to do a food tour.  Food is a staple in every city. I believe I heard someone say once, on a Food Network show, food tells a lot about a place. So for the month of September David and I decided to showcase a little of what Tulsa, Oklahoma has to offer in restaurants and diners.

  • New Atlas Grill – 415 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK; Courtyard by Marriott
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The New Atlas Grill is located in the Atlas Life Building in the heart of downtown Tulsa. The place was initially a coffee shop but over time it has expanded into a restaurant with a delicious menu. David and I stopped by for breakfast. Upon walking into the restaurant you realize how different it is. You can tell that it was formerly a small coffee shop. The small quaint size of the place adds to it’s uniqueness. Don’t worry there is an adjourning room and also a lobby that has plenty of seating available. The service was fast and our food came out quickly. I was not at all disappointed with the food. Everything I ate was delicious. I had the Boston omelette which included fried potatoes (often referred to as home fries). David had the Cincinnati omelette with fried potatoes and two a la carte pancakes. For our orders we spent around $25. If you’re in downtown Tulsa and you are looking for a laid-back spot to grab a bite to eat I would check out the New Atlas Grill.

  • Hey Mambo – 114 N Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
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Hey Mambo is an Italian eatery and wine bar located in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa a few blocks from the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball stadium. Once we were seated I took in the ambiance and noticed how open the restaurant felt. The huge windows, height of the wine shelves and the space for the wood fire grill helped to add to that effect. We came on a Saturday afternoon so we did not have to wait for a table, we were immediately seated and attended to by our waitress. Since we had wine at home we decided to focus on the food (hey you have to save some pennies where you can, lol). David and I split the eggplant parmesan and a calizone. The eggplant parmesan was so yummy. The sauce tasted very fresh. The calizone had the right ratio of cheese to other ingredients (we added pepperoni, bell peppers and mushrooms to ours). We finished our meal with a chocolate cheesecake (pictured above). The waitress informed us that the restaurant baker makes everything fresh daily. I have to say that adds to the “YUM” factor. For the entire meal we spent about $50. Which for the freshness of the food and the cool atmosphere I would say that’s not too bad. I believe this place to be a great idea for date nights or a spot to grab a drink before headed out to enjoy Tulsa.

This was a great way to kick off our Tulsa Food Tour. If you’re more of a visual person you can check out the video for the Part 1 here.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the next installment of the Tulsa Food Tour. If you haven’t subscribed to the blog please do so before you leave!