Local Omaha Restaurants Supports ALS

I love the community among local Omaha restaurants. As an avid foodie, I have seen the camaraderie and collaboration between different chefs, restaurants, and organizations through different events (chef swaps, fundraisers, etc.) and social media interaction. This is also seen with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Here are some ALS Ice Bucket challenges videos from Omaha Restaurants.

Dolce’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

The Dolce crew challenges Chef Jon Seymour and crew from V. Mertz, Owner Chef Paul Kulik and crew from Le Bouillon and Chef Tim Nicholson and crew from The Boiler Room Restaurant.

V. Mertz’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

Sommelier Matthew E. Brown and Chef Jon Seymour of V. Mertz accepts the challenge from Dolce and then challenges Dante Ristorante Pizzeria, Block 16, and The Berry & Rye.

Le Bouillon’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

Owner Chef Paul Kulik of Le Bouillon challenges Owner Charlie Yin of Hiro 88 and Chef Clayton Chapman of The Grey Plume.

Hiro 88’s Ice Bucket Challenge:

Owner Charlie Yin of Hiro 88 and Pana 88 accepts the challenge from Owner Chef Paul Kulik of Le Bouillon.  In turn, Yin challenges Owner Ethan Bondelid of The Berry & Rye and House of Loom, Owner Isaiah Sheese of Archetype Coffee.

Kudos to the participating local Omaha restaurants!

Note: If there are any other ALS Ice Bucket Challenges from Omaha restaurants, please comment with the link and I will update the post. Thanks!

Firehouse Subs, Part 3: Giveaway Winners!

The Firehouse Subs series concludes with an announcement of the giveaway winners!

Firehouse Subs Logo

The winners of a $10 Firehouse Subs gift cards are… Drumrolll…

  • Katie Manganaro
  • Antonio Soto
  • Gene Klosner
  • Mikie Todd
  • Sara McCarty

Winners, please email foodmeomaha@gmail.com by Monday, January 20, 2014 to claim your gift card!

Thanks to all giveaway participants. Keep feeding me your comments!

Note: Winners were selected by an online randomizer.

Firehouse Subs, Part 2: Dinner with the Co-Founder

I was delighted to be one of the bloggers invited to the Firehouse Subs dinner with the co-founder. I was already fond of Firehouse Subs based on past visits. (See the FoodMeOmaha post, “Firehouse Subs, Part 1: Hot Subs Done Right”).

On October 14th, my best friend, Zoe, and I went to the dinner event at Firehouse Subs (72nd Street) Omaha location. We were treated to subs and the Firehouse story told by the co-founder, Robin Sorensen. My fondness for Firehouse Subs was fired up!

Firehouse Subs dinner with the co-founder and other local bloggers.

Firehouse Subs co-founder, Robin Sorensen, talking about Firehouse Subs.

Firehouse Subs was founded by firefighting brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen in 1994. They started out with one shop in Jacksonville, Florida and successfully expanded to a franchise of more than 660 shops. I am glad they did and have two locations in Omaha!

Firehouse Subs’ mission.

As mentioned in a previous post, Firehouse Subs stands out for their hearty and flavorful hot subs. I learned the following from Robin:

  • The meat and cheeses are uniquely steamed to lock in moisture and flavor.
  • They use quality ingredients including premium meat and Sargento cheeses.
  • Their meats are sliced fresh daily.
  • The large specialty subs have a half pound of meat!

We enjoyed four different Firehouse subs (each a third portion of the large).

Hook and Ladder.

Hook and Ladder

  • Description: Smoked turkey breast and honey ham smothered with Monterey Jack and Fully loaded (lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, spicy mustard) and a dill spear on the side.
  • Price: $5.69 medium, $7.69 large
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

The Hook and Ladder is the most popular sub and I understood why after my first bite. This is a delicious combination of steamed turkey and ham, melted cheese, a good dose of mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion on toasted bread. I am hooked on this sub!

New York Steamer.

New York Steamer

  • Description: Corned beef brisket and pastrami with Provolone, mayo, mustard, Italian dressing and a dill spear on the side.
  • Price: $5.69 medium, $7.69 large
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7.5 out of 10

The New York Steamer is packed with flavorful corned beef and pastrami. The meat duo is the star complemented by melted provolone, creaminess of the mayo, a little spice of the mustard and the zest of the Italian dressing. This is recommended for the corned beef and pastrami lovers.

The Italian.

The Italian.

The Italian

  • Description: Genoa salami, pepperoni, ham, Provolone, Italian dressing and Italian seasonings, served Fully Involved.
  • Price: $5.69 medium, $7.69 large
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7.5 out of 10

You can smell the Italian in The Italian. This is a tasty meat trio and melted provolone combo heightened with the Italian seasoning and dressing. I can see my dude, Brian, loving this sub.    

Smokehouse Beef and Cheddar Brisket.


Smokehouse Beef and Cheddar Brisket.

Smokehouse Brisket and Smoked Cheddar

  • Description: USDA Choice beef brisket smoked for 16+ hours, cheddar, mayo, Sweet Baby Ray’s® BBQ Sauce.
  • Price: $5.99 medium, $7.99 large
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

The Smokehouse Brisket and Smoked Cheddar is smokin’ awesome! This is a rich, flavorful, decadent sub. Oh yeah. Zoe (barbecue lover) and I really liked this sub. Warning: I can see this being too rich for some palettes.

FoodMeOmaha and hot sauces at Firehouse Subs.

Thumbs up for Firehouse Subs! This is the place to go for hearty and flavorful hot subs. Plus, there is a variety of hot sauces for more flavor!

FoodMeOmaha and Firehouse Subs co-founder, Robin Sorensen.

Thanks to Robin and the Firehouse Subs staff for the dinner event!

FoodMeOmaha and best friend, Zoe, at Firehouse Subs.

Thanks to my dear friend Zoe for being my plus one!

Here are posts from other local bloggers on the Firehouse dinner event:


This is FoodMeOmaha’s first giveaway! Do you want a chance to win a Firehouse Subs gift card? If so, comment below on your thoughts about Firehouse Subs.

Note: One entry per person. The giveaway is open until Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:00pm Central Time. Winners will be announced on Friday, January 17, 2014 on a FoodMeOmaha post. The winners will need to contact me with their address at foodmeomaha@gmail.com within 72 hours to claim their prize. There will be another chance to win via FoodMeOmaha Facebook page. Stay tuned!

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Firehouse Subs, Part 1: Hot Subs Done Right

Firehouse Subs – 72 Crossing

Firehouse Subs stands out for their tasty hot subs, diverse hot sauces, and Firehouse theme. No question they are way better than the average sub sandwich chains including Subway, Little King, and Quiznos.

Firehouse Subs uniquely steams their meat and cheeses, toasts the bread separately, and loads up on ingredients for hearty, flavorful hot subs. Oh yeah.

Here are the hot specialty subs, my dude, Brian, and I had on a past visit in June.

Steak and Cheese

  • Description: Sautéed steak, melted provolone, sautéed onions and bell peppers, mayo, and mustard with dill spear.
  • Price: $5.89 medium, $7.89 large
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.0 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.0 out of 10

The classic steak and cheese had me simultaneously nodding and chewing in approval. I like the tasty combination of non-dry savory steak, sauteed onions and bell peppers, melted provolone, and nice layer of mayo on toasted bread.

Firehouse Meatball

  • Description: Italian meatballs, melted provolone, zesty marinara, and Italian seasonings with dill spear.
  • Price: $5.69 medium, $7.69 large
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.25 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.25 out of 10

If you love meatball subs, then don’t miss out on the Firehouse Meatball! This is a heavy-duty, flavorful mouthful of big meatballs, marinara with a kick, melted provolone, and toasted bread. I enjoyed a few bites with more nodding and chewing. Manly Brian conquered the large meatball sub and left full and satisfied.

Note that Firehouse Subs is meat-centric over veggies. I know some friends who wish they included more veggies to balance the meat and had more diverse veggie options besides lettuce, tomato, and onion.

FoodMeOmaha goes to Firehouse Subs for their hearty, flavorful hot subs. I’m glad to have them in Omaha! Hot subs are done right at Firehouse Subs.

Stay tuned for part 2 on the Firehouse Subs dinner with co-founder, Robin Sorensen, and other local bloggers!

Firehouse Subs

  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.0 out of 10
  • FoodMe Service Rating: 8.0 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.0 out of 10
  • FoodMe Atmosphere Rating: 8.0 out of 10
  • FoodMe Overall Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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2013 Omaha Restaurant Week Series #4: The Flatiron Cafe

On Wednesday, September 18th, Brian and I dined at The Flatiron Cafe during the 2013 Omaha Restaurant Week. This was our first visit at the reputable, New American fine-dining establishment. FoodMeOmaha’s first impression was a lasting impression of delicious, unique food in a beautiful dining room.

The Flatiron Cafe is located in the smallest-angled corner of the historic Flatiron building in downtown Omaha.

The unique iconic architecture, spacious open windows, and elegant setting creates a lovely, special ambiance.

The Flatiron Cafe is a place to dine and wine in style.

FoodMeOmaha enjoyed a glass of Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo 2011 for $10. The tempranillo is a balanced, medium-body Spanish red with fruity flavors and a hint of spice.

The Flatiron Cafe's Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread with olive oil

We were served complimentary french bread with olive oil. The bread had a nice outer crunch and soft inside.

Brian and I each ordered different ORW four course dinners for $40. This is a steal compared to their regular prices.

FoodMeOmaha and Brian at The Flatiron Cafe

FoodMeOmaha and Brian with our starter plates.

For our starter plates, we had veal sweetbreads and portobello fries.

The Flatiron Cafe's Sweetbread

Veal Sweetbreads with Wilted Spinach and Mustard Demi-Glace.

Course 1: Veal Sweetbreads. Our waiter humorously referred to the sweetbreads as “scallops of the land”. I have seen sweetbreads on the Food Network but have yet to try it until this course! Yes, please.

The sweetbreads has a mild, slight meaty flavor and a tender, silky texture. The wilted spinach and mustard sauce enhanced and balanced this delicacy. Verdict: Veal sweetbreads are awesome. I want them again!

The Flatiron Cafe's Portobello Fries

Portobello Fries rolled in Sesame Seeds and served with Sweet Chili Sauce.

Course 1: Portobello Fries. Tasty, unique fries! I delighted in the nutty, crunchy outside, portobello mushroom, sweet chili sauce, and kimchi accent.

The Flatiron Cafe's Mixed Lettuce

Mixed Lettuce with a simple Vinagrette.

Course 2: Mixed Lettuces. This is a refreshing, simple salad.

The Flatiron Cafe's Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad.

Course 2: Caesar Salad, $3 upgrade. The highlights are the creamy Caesar dressing, fresh Parmesan, and crispy bacon.

FoodMeOmaha and Brian at The Flatiron Cafe

FoodMeOmaha and Brian with our main plates.

For our main plates, we had poached lobster and veal rack chops. We were super pleased with our choices!

The Flatiron Cafe''s Poached Lobster

Poached Lobster with a Crab Meat and Truffle Oil Risotto and Roasted Cauliflower.

The Flatiron Cafe's Truffle Oil Risotto Close-up

Truffle Oil Risotto close-up.

Course 3: Poached Lobster. The beautiful poached lobster wooed me and the creamy risotto comforted me. I was ohhing and ahhing with each bite. Super ahhsome goodness. This was my favorite dish of the dinner.

The Flatiron Cafe's Veal Rack Chop

Veal Rack Chop in Demi-Glace served with a warm Bacon and Jalapeno Potato Salad and grilled Brussel Sprouts.

FoodMeOmaha enjoying the veal chop.

FoodMeOmaha enjoying the veal rack chop.

Course 3: Veal Rack Chop. The flavorful, tender veal chop is savored with glee. I happily ate the last morsels off the bone. Re-using Brian’s words, “It’s damn good.” This is Brian’s favorite dish of the dinner and my close second favorite.

The Flatiron Cafe's Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee with an Almond and Oat Lace Cookie

Course 4: Creme Brulee. The creme brulee had the classic torched hard sugar layer and creamy smooth custard base. This was a tasty dessert. The “cherry on top” was the crunchy almond and oat cookie.

The Flatiron Cafe's Chocolate Mousse

Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse in a Dark Chocolate Cup

Course 4: Chocolate Mousse. I enjoyed the different textures of chocolate sauce, bittersweet chocolate mousse, and dark chocolate cup. Chocolate goodness!

From starters to dessert, the Flatiron Cafe’s ORW dinner was a fantastic four course dinner.

The Flatiron Cafe has friendly, attentive service and delicious, unique food made extra special by the beautiful dining spot. I recommend The Flatiron Cafe for Omaha Restaurant Week or special occasions if you want to splurge.

2013 Omaha Restaurant Week Dinner

  • Description: Four course dinner for Omaha Restaurant Week
  • Price: $40.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.0 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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2013 Holiday Gift Card Deals for Omaha Restaurants

Bah humbug for the shivering cold winter. On the merry side, ’tis the season for the restaurant gift card deals!

Here is FoodMeOmaha’s annual compiled list of holiday gift card deals for Omaha restaurants. Note that some deals are available online only or “in-store” only. Free bonus cards are typically valid only for a select period.

If you know of any other gift card deals, let me know (comment below, Facebook, or email foodmeomaha@gmail.com). I will update the list accordingly.

2013 Holiday Gift Card Deals for Omaha Restaurants

Applebee’s – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card.

Blue Sushi Sake & Grill – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Roja Mexican GrillBlatt Beer & Table, and Plank Seafood Provisions.

Blatt Beer & Table – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Blue Sushi Sake GrillRoja Mexican Grill, and Plank Seafood Provisions.

Bonefish Grill - Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card now through 12/31. Free standard shipping online 11/1 to 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14. On 12/2 only, free gift card photo personalization plus a custom greeting card.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Buy $100, get free bonus card of $5, $15, $25 or $100. Bonus valid 1/1/14 to 2/28/14.

Cantina Laredo – Buy $50, get free $10 bonus card valid January and February 2014.

Carabba’s Italian Grill - Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card until 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14.

Caribou Coffee – Buy $25, get $5 egift bonus card.

Charleston’s – Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 free bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants including Mahogany Prime Steakhouse and Krispy Kreme.

Chili’s – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card.

CRAVE – Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card now through to 12/31. Bonus card valid starting 1/1/2014.

Culver’s – Buy $25, get free value basket certificate now through 12/29. Value basket certificate must be used by 2/23/2014.

Famous Dave’s – Buy $25, get $5 reward card.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - For every $50 gift card, receive a $10 gift to you card.

Fleming’s Steak House – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card now through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14.

Hiro 88 – Buy $100, get $120 in gift cards in-restaurant on 11/26 only.

HuHot Mongolian Grill - Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants including Ryan’s Bistro, Stokes, Twisted Fork, and Old Country Buffet.

Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen – Buy $30, get $5 free now through 12/26. Holiday gift card valid after 12/26.

Jason’s Deli – Buy $50, get $5 until 12/31.

Joe’s Crab Shack – Buy $25, get a mysterious scratch winning ticket now through 12/31. Prizes range from $5 gift card to free steampot.

Jones Bros Cupcakes – Get $60 in gift cards for $50 and $120 for $100.

Julio’s – Buy $50, get $10 gift card free. Buy $100 and get $20 gift card free. Limited time until 12/28.

Kona Grill – Buy $100, get $25 card free on 12/2 Cyber Monday only. Available online only.

Krispy Kreme – Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants including Charleston’s and Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.

La Mesa – Buy $25, get $5 free.

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante – Special “Manic Monday” promo: Buy $100, get $40 free on 12/2 only. Thereafter, buy $100, get $20 free 12/3 to 12/24. Available at restaurant only.

Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar - For every $100 in gift cards, get two Riedel Champagne flutes and two 187ML’s of Carpene Malvoti Prosecco.

Longhorn Steakhouse – Buy $25 gift card online, get $5 off 2 adult dinner entrees. Coupon valid 1/1/14 to 2/9/14.

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse - Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants including Charleston’s and Krispy Kreme.

Mimi’s Cafe - Buy $25, get $5 coupon in-restaurant only through 12/31.

Old Country Buffet - Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Ryan’s Bistro, Stokes, Twisted Fork, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Olive Garden – Buy $50 get $10 bonus card now through 12/25. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/9/14 for $10 off purchase of two adult entrees.

Outback Steakhouse – Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card now through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14.

Papa John’s – Buy $25, get a free large one-topping pizza. Offer available through 12/31.

P.F. Chang’s – Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 3/31/14.

Plank Seafood Provisions – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Blue Sushi Sake GrillBlatt Beer & Table, and Roja Mexican Grill.

Railcar Modern American Kitchen – Buy $25, get $5 holiday cash. Buy $100, get $25 holiday cash. Now through 12/24.

Red Lobster – Buy $25, get $5 off coupon.

Red Robin – Buy $25 gift card, get $50 bonus buck reward. Or get a 20% discount on all orders over $250.

Rock Bottom Brewery – Buy $25, get $5 free bonus card through 12/29. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/28/14.

Roja Mexican Grill - Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Blue Sushi Sake GrillBlatt Beer & Table, and Plank Seafood Provisions.

Ruby Tuesday – Buy $25, get $5 bonus coupon. Buy $50, get $15 bonus coupon. Now through 12/31. Free ground shipping online. Bonus coupon valid 1/2/14 to 2/28/14.

Ryan’s Bistro - Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants including HuHot Mongolian Grill, Stokes, Twisted Fork, and Old Country Buffet.

Salt 88 – On 12/20 only, any gift card purchase $100 and above will receive a 20% bonus gift certificate.

Smashburger – Buy $25, get $5 in smash cash through 12/31. Smash cash valid 1/1/14 to 1/31/14.

Spezia – Buy a gift card for any amount, receive an additional 20% back in gift cards until 12/31.

Stella’s Bar & Grill - Buy $25, get a $5 gift card for free. While supplies, free Stella’s koozie also.

Stokes Grill & Bar – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Ryan’s Bistro, Twisted Fork, Old Country Buffet, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Texas Roadhouse – Buy $30, get $5 bonus card.

TGIFridays – Buy $50, get $10 bonus bites card.

Twisted Fork – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Ryan’s Bistro, Stokes, Old Country Buffet, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Thanks to the following sources for some of the listed restaurants:

CakeMeOmaha Series #7: The Minecraft Cake

My boyfriend’s son, Cade, loves the popular indie computer game, Minecraft. He has fun building and creating in a block-graphic virtual world. For Cade’s birthday, boyfriend Brian and I did some of our own Minecraft “building.” We custom built (aka ordered) a Minecraft grass block cake from The Cake Gallery.

On September 21st, the cake was revealed and consumed at Cade’s birthday party. Here’s the picture story of the Minecraft birthday cake for Cade!

The cake was nicely wrapped and secured for easy traveling.

Cake unveiling…

The Minecraft cake is revealed!

Custom Minecraft cake made by The Cake Gallery.

Minecraft cake close-up. Check out the pixelated effect!

The Minecraft cake was well-crafted by The Cake Gallery! The cake resembles a Minecraft grass block and features two main characters, Steve with a diamond axe and the Creeper creeping on the side. My favorite visual is the pixelated effect with various spray-painted shades and scoring finish. On a picky note, I wished the “CADE” lettering looked more like the Minecraft font as requested.

Ultimately, the Minecraft was a hit with the birthday boy and party goers!

Birthday boy, Cade, with Minecraft tools and building block.

Two of my favorite guys, Brian and Cade.

Minecraft combat between father and son. “Luke, I am your father.”

No party is complete without friends. Cade and his buddies!

Minecraft cake all lit up. 13 candles for “sweet” 13. Cade turns teen!

Make a wish.

Inside the grass block is chocolate, not dirt!

My piece of chocolate cake.

The chocolate cake and white buttercream combination was oreo-esque! While it was tasty, I wished it was more chocolatey.

Thanks to The Cake Gallery for a memorable Minecraft cake for Cade!

Custom Chocolate Minecraft Cake

  • Description: Chocolate cake, white buttercream, and custom Minecraft design.
  • Price: $89.99
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7.25 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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2013 Omaha Restaurant Week Series #3: Blue Sushi Sake Grill

As aptly self-described, Blue Sushi Sake Grill has “sushi with an American attitude”. They serve up a variety of sushi, Asian-inspired dishes, and fun drinks in a trendy, modern scene commonly abuzz with mingling people. Service is friendly but is often slow during peak hours.

FoodMeOmaha goes to Blue Sushi Sake Grill for their lunch specials, happy hour, and select dishes.

On Wednesday, September 18th, I had lunch at Blue Sushi Sake Grill in the Old Market. I couldn’t pass up the 2013 Omaha Restaurant Week special of three courses for only $20! (Note: ORW is usually offered for dinner only.)

2013 Omaha Restaurant Week menu at Blue Sushi Sake Grill.

I decided to try items I never had before from the ORW menu.

Shishito Peppers – garlic, soy, lime, butter, shichimi.

Course 1: Shishito Peppers. The shishito peppers have a char-grilled, red pepper-seasoned, savory flavor. The batch I had was tasty and flavorful without the burning spicy kick.

Roja – tuna, yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, soy paper, spicy sauce.

Roja close-up.

Course 2: Roja. I enjoyed the combination of tuna, yellowfin, refreshing cilantro, rich avocado, cucumber crunch, and the Sriracha finish.

Hawaiian Roll – tempura fried, salmon, crab, mango, mirin mango purée.

Hawaiian Roll close-up.

Course 2: Hawaiian Roll. The Hawaiian roll did not work for my palette. The fried tempura coating was overly heavy and greasy. The salmon and crab was lackluster.

Green Tea Ice Cream

Course 3: Green Tea Ice Cream. I have a weakness for green tea ice cream. This creamy, smooth green tea ice cream with fresh strawberries pleased my Asian sweet tooth.

Overall, my ORW selections were good but I prefer other dishes from Blue Sushi Sake Grill’s menu. My go-to favorites at Blue Sushi Sake Grill include the mango crab rangoon, coconut crab soup, chicken lettuce wraps, killer bee roll, and tempura fried ice cream.

2013 Omaha Restaurant Week Lunch/Dinner

  • Description: Three course for Omaha Restaurant Week
  • Price: $20.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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Halloween Hors d’Oeuvres

Zoe, Anne, Renae, Lena, Kelly, Maude, and FoodMeOmaha (left to right).

On Sunday, October 27th, we had a Halloween-themed baby shower at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch for our dear friend Anne. In the Halloween-meets-baby-shower spirit, we celebrated with cute horror d’oeuvres to coo over!

Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins. Banana + three chocolate chips = ghost. Clementine + celery stick = pumpkin. Maude assembled these fun, super-easy, healthy treats. These Halloween treats are popular on Pinterest and blogs. For reference, I like One Little Project’s “Ghost Bananas and Pumpkin Clementines” blog post.

Deviled Egg Eyeballs. Deviled eggs + sliced black olive + red food coloring = bloodshot eyeballs. I made the Food Network’s Classic Deviled Eggs with the following additional steps:

Prior to putting the yolk mixture on the egg whites, add the bloodshot effect. I dipped the tip of a steak knife in red food coloring and lightly drew red squiggles on the egg whites. (Note other online recipes use a toothpick but I improvised since I did not have any.)

Use a piping bag to disperse the yoke mixture. This is much easier and less messy than using a spoon. Since I didn’t have a piping bag, I filled a plastic bag with the yolk mixture, cut the corner with scissors, and then neatly piped the yolk mixture on the egg whites. I learned this trick from The Huffington’s Post article, “Deviled Egg Mistakes: How to Make Them and What to Avoid”.

Add the olive slice for the pupil. Then, enjoy the devilicious egg eyeballs!

I recommend serving the deviled egg eyeballs sooner then later since the bloodshot effect spreads and turns pink over time as seen in the comparison pictures above.

Pumpkin Puking Guacamole. Pumpkin + guacamole = pumpkin puking guacamole. I wanted it too look like a baby puking so I mimicked the pumpkin puking guacamole from ExtremePumpkins.com. I used a permanent marker for the eyes and nose for a quick and easy effect.

For the puke, I made three batches of Alton Brown’s guacamole recipe with some modifications. I did not use tomatoes and jalapenos; used red onion; and loaded up on the cilantro. The guacamole delivers in taste and does not brown due to the lime!

The pumpkin baby puking guacamole is a hit in both looks and taste!

This Halloween hors d’oeuvres post is dedicated to awesome parents-to-be Anne and Joe! FoodMeOmaha is looking forward to meeting little awesome junior to come!

Mai Thai I Renovated and Reopened

The original Mai Thai location in west Omaha has recently been renovated and reopened for business! A few days ago, FoodMeOmaha stopped by for some takeout.

The updated Mai Thai is a bigger, modern space with similar decor as their second Aksarben location.

While waiting for my takeout order, I enjoyed the spring roll starter.

Fresh Spring Roll

  • Description: Fresh veggies wrapped in rice paper, served with peanut sauce
  • Price: $6.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7.75 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7.75 out of 10

This is a light, healthy refreshing spring roll. The standout flavor is the sweet and tangy sauce with finely chopped peanuts.

For takeout, I ordered the chicken wings and ginger chicken.

Mai Thai Chicken Wings

Mai Thai Chicken Wings

  • Description: Crispy fried chicken wings, stir-fried with sweet basil sauce
  • Price: $12.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

I regularly order the flavorful, sweet sesame crispy chicken wings with basil and onion accent. This is one of my favorite Asian chicken wings in town!

Mai Thai Ginger Chicken

Ginger Chicken

  • Description: Chicken, stir-fried with ginger, yellow & green onions, bell pepper and mushrooms
  • Price: $12.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.25 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.25 out of 10

This dish is a yummy ginger delight and almost as good as Mai Thai’s garlic chicken! The highlights are the tender chicken and ginger sauce.

Both Mai Thai locations have the same delicious menu. There are many other dishes to explore on their menu. My current top favorite dishes at Mai Thai are the garlic noodle, garlic chicken, chicken wings, ginger chicken, and mango crab rangoon.

Click here for the past FoodMeOmaha review on Mai Thai favorites.

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