Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bread Bread, Cup Cup, Man Man

Sometimes you just need a change of scenery. You just gotta grab a friend and hit the open road. Lucky for us, there's a mini-cosmopolitan just 40 miles southwest of us - Land of Lincoln, or Stinkin' Lincoln as we lovingly refer to it on occasion. 

Getting out of Omaha, even for just one night, can do wonders for your psyche. It's refreshing to see new people, walk new streets and find local hot spots. After spending four years in Lincoln during college, we know the town pretty well. Thanks to a recent Haymarket resurgence though, including an arena and a Power & Light District-like entertainment district, the Lincoln we knew is almost unrecognizable. 

That being said, some things never change. During a recent escape-de-Omaha, I just had to take my "date" for the night to Bread & Cup, which is by far one of my favorite places to visit in Lincoln. Think of it as a newer and smaller La Buvette. The wine list is impeccable, the dishes are delicious and the intimate setting is bound to put you in a lighter mood. 

Instead of loading up with massive entrees, we opted for a conversation, which included bread, cheese and two "complements" - olive and tomato pesto tapenades. Kerry and I used to love visiting Bread & Cup solely for this tapenade they used to serve that was basically pure garlic. Your breath would stink, literally, for days but it was so worth it.

To ensure we had a little more than just bread and cheese in our tummies we also each ordered a salad. Now I know when I go here in the future exactly what I'm going to get. The meal was perfectly light and dense, providing us a good base for the drinking and fun that was to follow.

After dinner we headed to another old Lincoln favorite of ours - The Starlite Lounge. This underground bar is literally like taking a time machine back to the 1950's. Their cocktail list is a mix of new and old. None of the drinks have ice in them so they pack a heavy punch and for around $5 a pop you really can't complain. They also do a reverse happy hour, so if you're down in Lincoln after 10 pm, we highly recommend you stop by this dimly lit lounge. 

To put a cap on the night, we went to Lincoln's newest music venue, Vega, to witness us some Man Man. It was a hell of a show, as is always expected with them. The venue itself has a few kinks to work out, but I'm sure that will just come with time. It's really nice to see a new venue in Lincoln as this was a department it was lacking in by far when we called Lincoln our stomping grounds. 

So come spring thaw, why not head down to Lincoln for a night? If you end up having too much fun, there are always plenty of hotels to stay at around the area too. Trust us, Lincoln is a great place to escape to, outside of Husker season that is. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

In the throes of our winter hibernation, we sometimes forget we're not the only ones affected by the cold weather. Our rambunctious pups have had to settle for spurts of playtime between our mommy / puppy weekly play dates and of course their days at daycare. Come spring thaw (and tax return $$), we definitely think our doggies deserve some new playthings, which is what we're bringing to you in this week's GG list!

Wise Owl Picks -

Sly Fox Picks - 

Puppy Play Time

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In High Spirits

Continuing on in our Valentine's day recap we started last week, after our delicious Valentine's Day dinner over at Kitchen Table, we had another reservation to catch for drinks at The Berry & Rye

Let me begin by saying, the word "craft cocktail" is a tough one for me to digest. Something about it just rubs me the wrong way. Like what kind of world do we live in that we have to pretense-ify even low-life activities like drinking? Maybe it's because I'm a dive bar type of person. I don't go out to drink to feel fancy, I go out to drink to feel human, to commiserate with my fellow man. We certainly like the  idea of throwing back fancier drinks every once and awhile, but when were heard these drinks were $10 a pop, we pumped the brakes on a visit some time ago. 

Enter my friend Kate who recently got a gig at Berry & Rye. After a week or two of bugging me to come in and non-stop talk about the delicious drinks that I just HAD to try, Valentine's Day seemed like the perfect opportunity to indulge. 

Owned by the fine folks from House of LoomThe Berry & Rye plays host to an intimate bar setting with an impressive cocktail menu (to say the least). On both of my visits I sat at the bar, which I would highly recommend if you want to watch the pro-bartenders in action. It's half of the reason to come to a place like this because those dudes are the real deal. 

On this particular night both Kerry and I ordered The Antoinette, because duh, whiskey. I've also tried the Mont Blanc, a brandy drink, and both proved to be worth their $10 price tag. This is how you're supposed to drink. The well-thought out cocktails are complicated yet accessible and each drink has a small rating next to it so you can see whether you are ordering a more complex or simple drink. Don't be afraid to try the more complex though. I was a little worried when I saw I was ordering like an 8 on the 10 threshold and while it took probably an hour to finish the drink itself, it was delicious until every last drop. 

Yeah, that's a flaming glass. Again, the bartenders here are true professionals and actually pretty nice dues as well. On both of my visits the service was a little slow, but if you sit at a booth or table out in the room, you'll receive table service which probably means you get your drink a little faster, albeit without being able to watch a guy set two glasses on fire at the same time. 

Oh, I almost forgot. Between our dinner and enjoying our whiskey at Berry & Rye, we headed over to Homer's which I only seem to make it to anymore once a year (which is a bummer. I really need to invest in a record player soon). Being in the store again brought back so many memories of high school. I used to stop by the Homer's out west on Center St. at least once a week to grab new CD's. Man, I miss having that much disposable income. Darn you bills and responsibilities. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Welcome to a brand new week y'all. In just under a week it will finally be March, which means we're nearing the end of yet another chilly season. I can't complain too much though, this winter was pretty good to us (with the exception of those bitterly cold, subzero days). I'm fully ready for the warm weather though. While I love wearing jackets and layering up, I'm done with this cold as of now. Just done. 

Enough complaining. Like I started this post saying, it's a brand new week and a brand new chance for productivity, creativity, and the pursuit of happiness. There, see I ended up on a positive note, right?

  • HYPE: If you're not doing anything tonight, head up to Petshop in Benson for a poetry reading featuring one of our old dear friends from college. 
  • Record Store Day is like my Christmas. For one day a year, a boatload of exclusive new music comes out in vinyl form and after taking a look at 2014's release list so far, this might be the best Record Store Day yet. 
  • I'm really digging this song from Deleted Scenes which both Omahype and All Songs Considered recently posted. Welcome to Omaha! 
  • Making plans for spring break? I know we haven't been in school for some years now, but that doesn't mean it's not a good idea to get out of town for a few days. One idea? Head down to Austin for SXSW! Here's a little preview of the bands to help sway your decision making. 
  • Speaking of spring break plans, how about heading out on a cruise sponsored by Motorhead? Now THAT'S bound to create some long-lasting party memories.
  • Good god I need to make this dessert this week. Yet another single gal problem though - making a big dessert like this means I might just eat it ALL by myself. Thank god for friends, right?
  • This list is pretty true. The second gif on #14 has seriously been cracking me up since I first saw this. 
  • Awwww this post from one of our favorite little bloggers is so cute! 
  • Speaking of cute bloggers, Katie is just the epitome of cute!

Man, wouldn't it be nice to live a dog's life and stay in bed all morning? 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Jams #2.8

Man oh man guys, grandma is getting too old for some of her old weekend shenanigans. Can I tell you how sick I am of this cold weather too? Good god I'm ready for February to be over. The cabin fever is starting to set in and all I want to do is bask in the sunlight on a grassy knoll somewhere while Bebop chases a ball with that goofy smile he gets when he runs too fast. 

Nebraska, I love you for having four seasons, but moving forward can we shorten winter by like a month? Thanks. xoxo Meg.

Vinegar Joe - "Ride Me Easy"
Sometimes you just gotta listen to the blues.

Lizzy Mercier Descloux - "Fire"
This song is a little wackadoodle, but I still like it.  And dang that girl got moves!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Wind Down / Wound Up

Hooray for the weekend! For me this work week absolutely flew by so I *almost* feel a little surprised to see the weekend so soon, but, having mastered the seven days of the week a long time ago, not that surprised. Looking for something fun to do in Omaha this weekend? As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend. Here are our suggestions:

FRIDAY February 20
  • There are just a few days left for you to participate in Omaha Beer Week! And if you need a little arm tugging, check out the OWH's description of some of the most interesting beers you might find: banana bread beer? pizza beer? Sure, I'll put that in my mouth.
  • Check out the art work of UNO Fine Art graduate student, Maggie Weber, at the Hoover Studios in the Mastercraft Building. Her work sounds beautiful!

SATURDAY February 21
  • I've never heard of this until now but if you're in the mood for some laughs you may want to go see The Black-Jew Dialogues at Kaneko. The show is described as: "an exhilarating and insightful look at the state of race and cultural relations in America", and also it sounds funny as hell. 
  • If you'd rather listen to some live music, the OWH has a list of all the live music events going on here. Our tip to you: You can never go wrong with a cover band. 
SUNDAY February 22

And we leave you with a clip of an old movie we've been obsessing over lately. I'm not sure how it happened... we both talked of our love of Wayne's World, a movie I watched on the regular in early high school, and then we both re-watched this classic, and now, we can't stop talking about it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scouring & Devouring Omaha - A Decadently Romantic Dinner at Kitchen Table

Who says Valentine's Day is only for lovers? Maybe we should all be more specific as to what type of lovers we're talking about when it comes to this romantically hyped holiday. How about lovers of delicious, fresh food? Or lovers of their hometown? Or people who love to hate the commercialization of amorous relationships.
This past Valentine's Day we fell into these latter categories. With no prospective dates in our horizon, we decided to treat ourselves to a little self-romance. When the always delicious Kitchen Table announced they were going to be hosting a $35 4 course meal for the occassion, we decided to take back the holiday for all the single ladies out there who want to show the world they could give two shits about how life as a woman is "supposed" to look like at 27. But beyond any political or social message we were trying to send that night, we really just wanted to eat some really good food.
And that we did.
Last Friday was a blustery night. Note to future self - Downtown Omaha is a nightmare on Valentine's Day. We literally drove around for 20 minutes trying to find parking when we finally bit the bullet and parked on the 10th Street bridge. The 6 block walk caused us not only to be a little late for our reservation, but also caused us to lose feeling in our faces and toes.
Finally arriving at our destination, the dimly lit room filled with couples sharing the love was quite captivating. We took our seats and it became pretty obvious that we were the only platonic lovers there that night. Rather than get all, "woe is me" we ordered cocktails and waited for the magic meal to begin while chatting about Wayne's World and who we would rather date - Wayne or Garth.

The starter for the night was a beet tartare with multiple pairings like roe, mustard, and an apple puree of sorts which was absolutely delicious. The dish was light and extremely fresh (I'd almost describe it as literally tasting like a farm) which was a great way to start the gorging.

The next course was a polenta loaf topped with kale and blue cheese. This was my favorite course of the evening. Good god, writing this now I can still taste it in my mouth and I'm practically drooling over my keyboard. Our only issue with this course? It was a bit heavy considering we still had two more courses to go. Again, I wouldn't take it back for anything, but I probably could have had this as a main course and been fine.

As is always the case with Kitchen Table, there was a vegetarian and meat meal option for the night. We both opted for the meatless version which means for our main course we were served a delicious risotto rather than a huge lamb shank. This consistent vegetarian/meat choice is easily my favorite thing about Kitchen Table. The flavors this risotto packed were incredible. With each bite it was equally sweet as it was savory and THAT'S what makes a fantastic meal.

By the time dessert arrived, we were fading pretty fast. IT'S SO MUCH FOOD YOU GUYS. But once that plate plopped down at we heard the words, "butterscotch pudding" we perked right back up. This was Kerry's favorite course and if she could have licked the inside of this mason jar to get to all of the pudding, I think she would have. Common decency stopped her, but I really wished she would have went for it. Especially considering the couple next to us were literally feeding each other this course which felt incredibly awkward. Like I get it, sharing a bite with someone can be romantic, but feeding your girlfriend the entire course just makes it look like you're feeding a baby - and in our books babies are far from romantic.
The night wasn't without me trying to further embarass us by asking the waitress to take our picture. 
And this pretty much sums up the night!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, my other date for the night were of course 1) Alcohol and 2) Nick Cave in a shirt I wish I owned myself.

Check back next week to read more about our Valentine's night outings!