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Heeding the Call to Serve

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The line of cars started just beyond Tulsa’s Garnett Road. It was a balmy Tuesday in early April, and Jeff Marlow couldn’t figure out why one lane of East 31st Street was jammed with idling cars. Finally, driving his loaded truck past, Marlow realized that they were waiting in line for the meals he was bringing.

Pie Hole Pizzeria

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The perfect example of a hole-in-the-wall gem, Pie Hole Pizzeria in Tulsa offers New York-style pies by the slice or whole. Favorites include the Pie Hole Classic with pepperoni, Italian sausage, red and green bell peppers, garlic, onion, mushroom and olives; and the White Pizza with Alfredo sauce, artichoke hearts, Italian ham, sausage and capers. The restaurant...

On Heartbreak and Enduring Love

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Reza “Ray” Moeeni landed in Kansas more than 40 years ago with a thousand dollars in his pocket, hopes for a great education, and a prosperous new life in the United States. When the Iranian Revolution occurred in 1978-79, Moeeni had to leave his university because his family had...

Filling a Niche, Paris Style

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The origin story for the off-shoot of Amelia’s Wood Fired Cuisine is varied … but there is a common denominator: Paris. Find owner Amelia Eesley – perhaps sitting on one of those curved Art Nouveau barstools or a leather banquette or a vaguely Art Deco rattan chair in the dining area – and...

Great Companies to Work For

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What makes a company appealing to potential employees depends on who you ask. Some common answers, however, remain consistent across the board: flexible hours; substantial vacation days; quality insurance benefits; retirement packages; a strong pool of coworkers and management. Other draws are the intangible perks: a...

RibCrib

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This Tulsa-based chain has locations sprinkled across Oklahoma and, while décors vary, the menu of classics remains. Recently added choices include California burritos, stuffed with smoked chicken, pico de gallo, Mexican rice and guacamole and served with cowboy beans, tortilla chips, salsa and queso. For many, Tuesday night means all-you-can-eat ribs (and sides) from 4 p.m. until...

A City of Sensations

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“Chicagoans love their city” is a pervasive impression one gets when visiting America’s third-largest burg. Throngs of people enjoy, celebrate and participate in their energetic metropolis. Walkable highlights include downtown amid the skyscrapers, the streets beside and over the Chicago River, and nearby Lake Michigan, which creates a massive backdrop for the city. Chicagoans create a “happy hour” that lasts...

Coping with ‘Stress Eating’

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When emotionally taxing situations arise, many people may bury their strong feelings in pints of ice cream or mounds of mashed potatoes. This practice, while comforting in the moment, is often blamed for health and weight problems. However, the actual issues associated with “stress eating” are much more nuanced than labeling a habit as simply good or bad. Many a...

Who Does It Better?

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Many an eater has a preference when it comes to the color of eggs. Some claim brown eggs are more natural, or that white eggs taste better. The truth is the difference in hue doesn’t significantly affect what is actually eaten. Most eggs have roughly the same amount of calories (around 80), with similar vitamin and mineral contents; the color...

Belle Kitchen Bakery and Cafe

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Real and simple are the culinary watchwords at Belle Kitchen Bakery and Cafe. At two locations, highlights include the nationally recognized doughnuts, which take two days to produce; they have a unique, light and springy texture topped with hand-made glaze flavors like maple or vanilla bean. The same down-home standards are applied to the entire menu, which includes macaroons,...