Omaha is a great place to eat, which would probably explain why we’re all so overweight. Not only are there a lot of amazing local restaurants to indulge in a feeding frenzy at, but Omaha also has a comprehensive amount of grocery stores to do your shopping at - if you decide to dive into a culinary endeavor.
Wise Owl + Sly Fox are always looking for new recipes to try. Wise Owl’s cooking prowess is a little more developed than Sly Fox’s, but combining the two forces always brings delicious foods to the table. Last night, Wise Owl + Sly Fox met to try out some new recipes from Better Homes and Garden’s website. Typically, we choose what to make based on how long the ingredient list is and how long the dish takes to prepare because well, we’re impatient beings. For some reason, we tend to make a lot of appetizers like dips or baked onion rings or fried avocados, we’ve also gone on a big salad kick where each week we tried to mix different toppings and dressings to give a little pizazz to normal ol' healthy eating. If all else fails, one of us will pick up cheeses and a baguette to devour.
As we were saying, last night we made two new dishes (well actually Sly Fox’s dish was not new, we didn’t realize until we put the dip in the oven that we had definitely made it before). To make the process a little more interesting, we shopped at two different local stores. Wise Owl shopped at the ever popular Trader Joe’s - a chain of specialty retail grocery stores offering less expensive organic and healthier eating options. Sly Fox shopped at Wohlner’s - a neighborhood Grocery and Deli with two locations in Omaha, one in Aksarben and one in Midtown Crossing.
|Wohlner's in Midtown is easy to access with free parking garage parking|
The Advantages: Wohlner’s has an unmatched meat department. Anything and Everything you would possibly want to buy meat wise is located here – steaks, salmon, liver, chicken, and a huge display of different kinds of sausages/brats is just something you don’t run into anywhere else in Omaha.
Along with all of the meats comes an incredible stock of local and mass-produced meat cures, sauces, and seasonings. Sly Fox was also pleasantly surprised to find that Wohlner’s has a great selection of Asian and Mexican food options. She was FINALLY able to pick up a bottle of Sriracha, a staple in her residence, which is usually out of stock at the other local chain grocery stores.
The Drawbacks: IT’S EXPENSIVE. Below is everything that Sly Fox picked up to make the dip, and the total for these items was $31 and some change.
Additionally, Sly Fox was not impressed with the produce selection. The Artichoke Asiago Cheese Dip recipe calls for green onions and as someone who purchases green onions almost every time she’s at the store (green onions are great on anything from quesadillas to omelets to sandwiches) she was very unimpressed with the selection to choose from at Wohlner’s as there were only three bundles left all of which looked like they were close to going bad.
Overall Experience: There is something to be said about shopping at a smaller market, you feel like you’re getting more local, fresh food and I am glad to know that they have a full wine, beer, and liquor section as well. Really, the only big hindrance on shopping at Wohlner’s is the price because neither Wise Owl nor Sly Fox are made of money. The service at Wohlner’s was superb and definitely had a feeling of Omaha.
Sly Fox made – Hot Artichoke and Asiago Cheese Dip (select the link to go to the recipe)
|Ingredients and Food Processor|
|Mixing all of the Ingredients Together|
|The Delicious Filling|
|Pizza Pockets Before Baking|
|The Finished Product|