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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Please allow me to introduce myself

posted by snekse

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Yesterday marked our 5th anniversary here at Gastronomic Fight Club. It also marked a bit of a turning point.

As I mentioned previously, we'll be bringing on several new contributors. The purpose of this is to provide our readers with more frequent content. I think it also brings some additional benefits such as fresh points of view and coverage of topics that would have been glossed over in the past.

Throughout the year we'll be introducing our new writers as we bring them on board. Please make them feel welcome as they are all part of our community. They are passionate foodies, just like you. They are sharing their opinions to help our community grow and raise the bar for everything we eat.

I also ask that you give no one a free pass. I've taken the approach that I will bring many people into the fold if I feel they fit well with our team. I will leave it up to our readers to provide us feedback about which articles they want to see more of and which writers they really enjoy. We ask that you be patient and give everyone a fair shot. Once you've done so, if you'd like to share your praise or criticism, please contact us to express your thoughts.

Our new site will launch on May 1st. Until then, expect things to be fairly boring around here as we busily prepare.

Thanks for a great 5 years.
-Derek AKA "snekse"

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

GFC Re-Launch Announcement

posted by snekse
As I mentioned about a month ago, Gastronomic Fight Club is looking for food writers to join our team. But there's more too it than that.

Due to various forces, we'll be doing a complete site redesign. This will mean more frequent content, a better layout to find said content and hopefully the creation of some guides and resources to help you find the gastronomic best of the best the world has to offer.

Unfortunately that means things might get *really* quiet around here for a bit (about 1-2 months). But we don't want to lose our valued readers who keep coming back week after week. So to help you stay informed, we've created a mailing list to notify you when we come back online. When our re-design is complete, we'll send out an email to everyone on the list to invite them to check out the new site. So if you want to be part of that list, just fill out this form. It will only be used for this notification, then the email addresses will be discarded.






Now just because posts will be slow, doesn't mean things will be completely quiet. We have several product reviews in the pipe that will be published before the re-launch including a brownie pan bake off! Also, if you're on Facebook, you can join our very active Gastronomic Fight Club Facebook Fanpage to feed your foodie community needs.

Finally, to do all of this, I'm going to need some help. If you're a designer, PHP programmer, or WordPress guru (yes, we're moving off of Blogger) who wants to help, then please contact us. Due to one of the previous mentioned forces, we have to have all this work completed by mid-March, so the clock is ticking!

Thank you,
Gastronomic Fight Club

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

WANTED: Food Writers in Omaha, NE

posted by snekse
So it's a new year, and with that new ambitions and a renewed focus. And some clarity. Here's what's become clear: I need your help.

I've always wanted this site to be a collaborative effort, but I haven't aggressively sought out contributors in the past. That is going to change a bit this year. I am very aware that I don't have the ability to dine at and review nearly as many restaurants as I'd like, let alone cover the many other interesting food topics that I'd like. That is where I'm hoping some of you come in.

If you have an interest in food writing, please contact me with your areas of interest (e.g. Restaurant Reviews, Cooking/Recipes, Eating Local/Sustainable, Chef Interviews, etc...) and preferably a sample of your writing. No English Literary degrees required, just a passion for food. Hopefully we can find some great additions to our team.

Here's to a great new year at Gastronomic Fight Club. *cheers*

RELATED LINKS:
Food Writer: Mark Kurlansky

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Join the Omaha Foodies Discussions

posted by snekse
A bit of house keeping here. I've never been a big fan of the Blogger comment system, so recently I moved the GFC comments to Disqus. Why do you as a reader care? Well ideally you wouldn't. However, there is a little bit of a learning curve with this new interface. In particular the login system.

You can still leave anonymous comments on this blog, however, there are several advantages to logging into the comment system, but the options are a little confusing.

First, you can login to Disqus, which will attach your comment to your Disqus profile. The advantage of that is you can securely use any OpenID login, such as your Google, Yahoo or Hotmail account. You can visit their site for examples of other advantages.

Another option, and the one that swayed my hand in picking a new system, is to login with your Facebook credentials. This is going to become far more common on a ton of sites over the coming year. What's cool about this option is when you leave a comment, you have the ability to also post something to your Facebook stream to share it with your friends. Considering our Facebook fan page now has over 200 fans, chances are you have friends who are also GFC fans and they are interested in what you have to say.

The final option is probably courtesy of Ashton and Oprah. Yes, Twitter is now a login option. The benefit of this is you can tweet your reply by just clicking a check box.

So now you know how to login. Next you should probably read the existing comments.

We now have the ability to sort comments by time or popularity. You can "Like" comments, which is used for the popularity sorting. You can subscribe to an RSS feed for a particular article or for the entire blog (Unfortunately we lost the ability to subscribe to an article's comment via email, but I'm told that feature is on it's way). And our favorite new feature - comments are now threaded, so you can reply directly to another commenter. We're really stoked about this because we hope it will encourage more discussion within our community. This is a great way to get to know other foodies in the area.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below :-) Or email us.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Petition to Help Bring Trader Joe's to Omaha, NE

posted by snekse
As we reported before, you can help bring Trader Joe's to Omaha by filling out a location request form on the Trader Joe's website. However, it appears things might be moving further along if this petition is a sign of anything.

Help Bring Trader Joe's to Omaha, Nebraska

We've begun a petition that will be sent to the gentleman in charge of real estate acquisition for Trader Joe's to show him that we are serious about our request that they locate a TJ's in Omaha.

You do NOT need to give your email address or donate to the petition site. You can place mail@email.com in the email address slot. Thank you in advance.

Petition to Help Bring Trader Joe's to Omaha, NE

You can also join the Bring Trader Joe's to Omaha, Nebraska group on Facebook for further updates. While you're there, be sure to join the GFC fan page too if you haven't already.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

2008 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE

posted by snekse
Time for an update to the ever popular Douglas County Food Facility Sanitation Ratings.

Once again, the list isn't too surprising, and once again, that's unfortunate. Congratulations and thanks to HUHOT, KOBE STEAK HOUSE, JOE TESS PLACE, UPSTREAM BREWING CO. and V MERTZ for continually demonstrating a commitment to quality and their customers year over year. Sadly, there are many places on this year's minimally passing FAIR list that were in the same condition last year and the year before.

Again, the trends in the bottom seem to be Ethnic restaurants, cheap eats and bars that just happen to also serve food. The surprises to me are the bakeries, grocery stores, butcher shops, hotels and food service vendors that just do enough to not get closed down. I guess I just have higher expectations for those groups.

Have a happy and healthy 2009!


THE SUPERIOR LIST
NameAddressAs Of Date
HUHOT MONGOLIAN GRILL17660 WRIGHT ST # 149/3/2008
JOE TESS PLACE5424 SO 24 ST6/3/2008
KING MANN3720 FLORENCE BLVD9/23/2008
KOBE STEAK HOUSE OF JAPAN120 REGENCY PKWY9/10/2008
MOCKINGBIRD LANES4870 SO 96 ST9/29/2008
UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY WEST17070 WRIGHT PLZ4/10/2008
V MERTZ RESTAURANT1022 HOWARD ST6/10/2008



THE NOT-SO-SUPERIOR LIST
Name Address As Of Date
SIZZLER STEAK HOUSE #0413 2822 NO 88 ST 6/27/2008
FERD'S BAKE SHOP 8927 J ST 9/24/2008
GOYI STORE 1024 SO 74 PLZ 5/29/2008
AMIGO'S 8412 WEST DODGE RD 8/26/2008
ANTHONYS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 7220 F ST 9/2/2008
BAILEY'S 1259 SO 120 ST 5/20/2008
BARRETT'S BARLEYCORN 4322 LEAVENWORTH ST 5/14/2008
BILLY K'S CAFE 12025 BLONDO ST 8/11/2008
BOONDOCKERS 5222 NO 120 ST 8/26/2008
BREAD OVEN (THE) 1202 SO 119 ST 7/30/2008
BURGERS BAR & GRILL 1921 MISSOURI AVE 6/12/2008
CAKE GALLERY (THE) 8247 HASCALL ST 9/29/2008
CANTEEN CO OF OMAHA 8926 J STREET 8/25/2008
CARLISLE HOTEL 10909 M ST 8/9/2008
CECIL'S CAFE 4971 DODGE ST 9/10/2008
CHINA GATE 7923 BLONDO ST 5/20/2008
CHINA TASTE RESTAURANT 2420 CUMING ST 8/19/2008
CHINA TOWN 3720 LEAVENWORTH ST 4/3/2008
CLANCY'S PUB 777 NO 114 ST 7/2/2008
CLARION HOTEL OMAHA WEST 4888 SO 118 ST 5/7/2008
DON CARMELOS PIZZERIA 2647 SO 159 PLZ 4/17/2008
DONUT PROFESSOR (THE) 1222 SO 71 ST 10/1/2008
DONUT STOP 1256 SO 13 ST 6/18/2008
DOUBLETREE GUEST SUITES HOTEL 7270 CEDAR ST 7/31/2008
DOWN UNDER BAR 3804 LEAVENWORTH ST 9/11/2008
DRAFT HOUSE 1203 SO 180 10/1/2008
DUNDEE DELL 5002 UNDERWOOD AVE 8/12/2008
EL ALTENO 1052 PARK AVE 7/3/2008
EL BUEN PAN BAKERY 1344 PARK AVE 9/18/2008
EL CATRIN 6500 RAILROAD AVE 9/18/2008
EL QUETZAL 1941 VINTON ST 7/14/2008
GOLD MOUNTAIN RESTAURANT 15505 RUGGLES ST 105 9/9/2008
GREAT WALL 9025 MAPLEWOOD BLVD 6/20/2008
HONG HING 5411 NO 90 ST 3/7/2008
HONG KONG CAFE 664 NO 114 ST 6/16/2008
HOUSE OF HUNAN 2405 SO 132 ST 9/19/2008
HOUSE OF POULTRY 4111 NO 30 ST 9/3/2008
HUNAN GARDEN 5916 CENTER ST 4/24/2008
INTERNATIONAL BAKERY 5106 SO 24 ST 8/1/2008
JACK & MARY'S RESTAURANT 655 NO 114 ST 9/25/2008
JEROME'S PLACE 24535 KING LAKE RD 5/2/2008
JUBA RESTAURANT 1102 NW RADIAL HWY 8/20/2008
JUST GOOD MEAT CO 4424 SO 84 ST 7/17/2008
KELLY O'S PUB 2514 LEAVENWORTH 7/9/2008
KILIMANDJARO 8602 MAPLE ST 4/2/2008
KNJ GROCERY 3301 CALIFORNIA 9/29/2008
LA CHIRIPA 1920 VINTON ST 6/2/2008
LA FLOR DE MEXICO 4808 SO 24 ST 6/18/2008
LA HACIENDA RESTAURANT 7211 FARNAM ST 5/8/2008
LAS CAZUELAS 2405 HICKORY ST 8/13/2008
LITHUANIAN BAKERY 5217 SO 33 7/8/2008
LITTLE KING RESTAURANT 5055 SO 108 ST 9/8/2008
LOS MOLCAJETES RESTAURANT 4623 SO 33 ST 7/14/2008
MANDARIN FUSION 4412 SO 42 ST 9/29/2008
MIA LATTE CAFÉ 1901 FARNAM ST 7/21/2008
MICHAEL'S AT THE MARKET 1102 HARNEY ST 8/11/2008
M'S RESTAURANT INC 422 SO 11 ST 7/16/2008
NEW ASIAN SUPERMARKET 4615 SO 26 ST 4/16/2008
NEW YORK FRIED CHICKEN 10000 CALIFORNIA ST 9/11/2008
NO FRILLS SUPERMARKET INC 820 N SADDLE CREEK 8/15/2008
NORTH STAR 8509 NO 30 ST 7/3/2008
PAULI'S 4016 LEAVENWORTH ST 7/18/2008
PIC'S SIX 13328 MILLARD AVE 9/19/2008
PIZZA HUT 011018-036 7519 PACIFIC ST 6/12/2008
RICHIE'S CHICKEN & RIBS 3528 CENTER ST 9/17/2008
RICK'S BOATYARD CAFÉ 345 RIVERFRONT DR 8/29/2008
RUSTY NAIL INN 14111 PIERCE PLZ 8/11/2008
SAM & LOUIE'S NEW YORK PIZZA 7641 CASS ST 8/28/2008
SEYMOUR SMITH FIELD 68 & HARRISON 6/25/2008
SHIRLEYS DINER 5325 SO 139 PLZ 8/26/2008
SKEETS RIBS 2201 NO 24 ST 9/12/2008
SONS OF ITALY 1238 SO 10 ST 5/1/2008
TACO JOHN'S 8303 MAPLE ST 5/1/2008
TAQUERIA EL PALENQUE 840 SO 24 ST 4/2/2008
TOKYO KITCHEN 14132 ARBOR ST 4/15/2008
TRINI'S 1020 HOWARD ST 9/5/2008
VINCENZO'S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1207 HARNEY ST 5/12/2008
VINCENZO'S MIDTOWN 7605 PACIFIC ST 5/30/2008
VINCENZO'S RISTORANTE 1818-22 NO 144 ST 5/21/2008
W C'S PLACE 3520 F ST 4/25/2008
WHEATFIELD'S EATERY-BAKERY 1224 SO 103 ST 8/1/2008


Rating List Information

RELATED LINKS:
2007 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE
2006 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE
Douglas County Food Facility Sanitation Ratings

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Food Prize Winners

posted by snekse
We have lots of stuff to give out today.

First off, congratulations to Mr. Ori Kushnir who won the Wagyu Beef Package from Morgan Ranch in the Menu for Hope raffle. Mr. Kushnir will receive a 7 pound Morgan Ranch Wagyu Carving Roast and 10 pounds of Morgan Ranch Wagyu Ground Beef. Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets and a very special thank you to Morgan Ranch for the generous donation.

Next up, Anne Macklin has won the $50 gift certificate to Carrabba's Italian Grill for participating in our Holiday Food Traditions share-a-thon. Granted she was the only person who posted a comment, but hey, it got her a $50 gift certificate! Congratulations to her and thank you to Carrabba's for providing the donation for this prize.

Also from Carrabba's, we have 4 certificates for a selection of three mini desserts on the house. We said we were going to give these out to anyone who made the Mini Cannoli Recipe and sent us pictures and notes. We also said if we didn't get enough responses, we'd come up with alternative methods to award these. So I was going to award these based on past interactions: comments left on this site, readers who have "become a member" of GFC, members of the Foodies of Omaha Discussion board, people who voted in the Best-ter-est of Omaha awards, fans of GFC on Facebook, people who have interacted with the other Omaha Food bloggers, etc... But I wanted to make sure these went to people who would use them, so we're only going to award one - to Susan Stern - since we already know she likes Carrabba's. The others will be given out on a first request basis. So if you want one, just ask us.

Finally, we also have a $25 Gift Certificate to Sushi Japan/Yakiniku Boy from Restaurant.com. Like all Restaurant.com gift certificates, it comes with some restrictions, but they're reasonable. This particular certificate has the following restrictions: Valid with a minimum purchase of $35. 18% gratuity will be added to the pre-discounted bill. The winner of this prize was randomly chosen from all the people who voted for Sushi Japan as Best Sushi Restaurant in Omaha or Best Japanese Restaurant in Omaha in our Best-ter-est of Omaha Awards. So congratulations to MOD for winning this gift certificate.

I'll be trying to contact each of the winners over the weekend. If you won a prize and haven't heard from us by Monday, contact us. Congratulations again to everyone who won something. We hope to do more of this kind of thing in the future, so keep your eyes open.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

GFC has gone Social

posted by snekse
This is something I've been waiting a long time for. Gastronomic Fight Club is now an OpenSocial application!

This means you can now sign into GFC and become a member of our site. But the best part is, we're not going to make you fill in any annoying forms and import your address book just to find your friends who are also a member of our site. Instead, you can sign in using an existing OpenSocial profile, such as your Google, Yahoo or AIM account.

Once you are a member of Gastronomic Fight Club, you'll be able to invite friends using your existing address books on other sites and publish activities, such as YOUR restaurant reviews and ratings, to other social networks. Other features are sure to come as well.

If you want to see it in action, sign in using the box in our header footer bar, or use our Members listing box at the bottom of the left sidebar. Next, check out our review on the original Shuck's Fish House & Oyster Bar, then leave your own review and ratings. We'll be adding this feature to all of our reviews over the next week. If you have other ideas on how we can improve this site, please leave us a comment below and we'll see what we can do. Now if Facebook would just get over their little tiff with Google...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Introducing: Brent Udron - Beer Correspondent

posted by snekse
I have a very exciting announcement to make (at least exciting to me). We have finally moved one step closer to turning Gastronomic Fight Club into what it was originally meant to be: a collaborative blog.

There are lots of topics that fall under the gastronomic umbrella, and I could never hope to cover them all with the expertise they deserve. That's why I have asked several people to officially join the GFC team. The first of those joining us is Brent Udron, who will be our featured beer writer. Mostly this will mean beer reviews, though it may also cover other things because I've asked him to simply write about whatever he thinks is interesting. I did, however, twist his arm a bit for the first article - more on that later.

For those who don't recognize the name, Brent writes for the Omaha City Weekly and is a bit of a beer fanatic. How else do you describe someone with tasting notes for over 2,000 beers? The fact that he also works at Beertopia has probably helped that number, but it's impressive none-the-less. And that leads me to the arm twisting.

I'm sure there are more than a handful of readers out there who have never heard of Beertopia, let alone Beer Corner USA. Given that, the first article I've asked Brent to write is to profile Beer Corner USA, and tell us about the different locations and what makes them so special. He originally opposed this idea due to a potential conflict of interest, but thankfully I was eventually able to talk him into it. I can't think of anyone more qualified to do such a writeup. After that, he'll be doing a review on two limited edition beers from the Santa Fe Brewing Company. Brent's ability to accurately describe what his palate picks up in a beer is uncanny, so hopefully you'll get better insight into that limited edition beer beyond the "Mmmmm, good beer" and "bleach, icky beer" that I might give you.

With that, please join me in welcoming Brent Udron to Gastronomic Fight Club.

RELATED LINKS:
Old-school brew: Beers of Bavaria State Brewery Weihenstephan
Beer Articles on GFC

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

IE Display Bugs

posted by snekse
I apologize to all of our Internet Explorer (IE) users on versions prior to 7.x. We made a design change to our site several months back that severely gimped some of our most popular content. When I made the changes, I only checked Firefox 2.x and IE 7.x . Considering IE 6.x users make up about 30% of our reading audience, that was a big "no no". I think I've fixed the majority of the major issues, and pages like our lists for Omaha Restaurants and Omaha Restaurant Reviews. Until now, IE 6 users thought we didn't know any restaurants in Omaha that started with a letter past 'D' (the bug was chopping off the rest of the list).

Download Firefox.
So have fun rediscovering our site. I would, however, recommend upgrading your browser if you have the ability to do so. It generally provides a better and more secure browsing experience. And if you haven't yet done so, I also recommend downloading Firefox, which is our browser of choice (along with 22% of our readers).

In some other display and design news, we're also in the process of updating our design a little. The new looks and feel will feature 3 columns instead of our current 2 column design. This will allow us to feature more tools and popular content along the sides as well as give us more flexibility in displaying multimedia in our main content section, such as including pictures directly in our posts instead of require readers to click through to Flickr.


ViewSonic 20"
Widescreen LCD Monitor
Now the bad news, this will require us to take up more horizontal screen space. For the majority of users this will not be an issue, but for the 6% of our users who browse our site at 800x600 and below, it may be time to invest in a new monitor. To see if you're one of those people, check out our preview of the redesign.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

2007 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE

posted by snekse
Time for an update to the ever popular Douglas County Food Facility Sanitation Ratings.

I can't say there are too many surprising things about the 2007 list. That's unfortunate. Most of the places that scored an EXCELLENT rating, did so last year as well, demonstrating a commitment to quality and their customers. Sadly, many of the places scoring a GOOD-FAIR rating were also in that same spot this time last year.

The trends in the bottom seem to be Ethnic restaurants, cheap eats and bar that just happen to also serve food. I also saw a lot of bakeries, including JAMES SKINNER BAKING CO which sells product in local grocery stores. [***UPDATE*** Looks like the James Skinner Baking Co. has cleaned up their act. See comments below.] Will any store managers have the guts to make a stand and pull their product if they don't get their ratings up? Speaking of grocery stores, I was a little surprised to see WOHLNERS GROCERY still on the bottom. And a little disgusted to see MATSU SUSHI on the bottom. No sushi place should ever be on the bottom of a list like this. Yuck.

Have a happy and healthy 2008!

*** UPDATE***
See the 2008 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE


THE EXCELLENT LIST
CLANCY'S PUB7120 PACIFIC STEXCELLENT
GENJI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE14529 W CENTER RDEXCELLENT
HUHOT MONGOLIAN GRILL17660 WRIGHT ST # 14EXCELLENT
JOE TESS PLACE5424 SO 24 STEXCELLENT
KING MANN3720 FLORENCE BLVDEXCELLENT
KOBE STEAK HOUSE OF JAPAN120 REGENCY PKWYEXCELLENT
OLD COUNTRY BUFFET14525 W CENTER RDEXCELLENT
STOKE'S GRILL & BAR646 NO 114 STEXCELLENT
TEA TROVE (THE)12100 W CENTER RDEXCELLENT
UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY WEST17070 WRIGHT PLZEXCELLENT
V MERTZ RESTAURANT1022 HOWARD STEXCELLENT



THE NOT-SO-EXCELLENT LIST
ABSOLUTELY FRESH SEAFOOD CO1218 SO 119TH STGOOD-FAIR
BAGEL BIN INC1215-19 SO 119 STGOOD-FAIR
BILL'S BAR-B-QUE4414 NO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
BILLY K'S CAFE12025 BLONDO STGOOD-FAIR
BLIMPIE SUBS & SALADS14510 W CENTER RDGOOD-FAIR
BLIMPIE SUBS/GOODRICH577 N 155 PLZGOOD-FAIR
BREAD OVEN (THE)1202 SO 119 STGOOD-FAIR
BRUEGGER'S BAGEL BAKERY228 NO 114 STGOOD-FAIR
BUTSY LE DOUX'S1014 HOWARD STGOOD-FAIR
CAPPY'S5059 SO 108 STGOOD-FAIR
CARIBBEAN DELIGHTS2304 NO 72 STGOOD-FAIR
CECIL'S CAFE4971 DODGE STGOOD-FAIR
CHINA GATE7923 BLONDO STGOOD-FAIR
CHINA KITCHEN17676 WELCH PLZGOOD-FAIR
CHINA ONE RESTAURANT10803 JOHN GALT BLVDGOOD-FAIR
CHINA PALACE RESTAURANT661 NO 46 STGOOD-FAIR
CHINA TOWN3720 LEAVENWORTH STGOOD-FAIR
CHOICE MEATS6225 SO 90 STGOOD-FAIR
CICI'S PIZZA3205 OAKVIEW DRGOOD-FAIR
CICI'S PIZZA346 NO SADDLE CREEKGOOD-FAIR
CLANCY'S PUB777 NO 114 STGOOD-FAIR
D J 'S DUGOUT636 NO 114 STGOOD-FAIR
DAIRY QUEEN1922 NO 72 STGOOD-FAIR
DONUT STOP1256 SO 13 STGOOD-FAIR
DOWN UNDER BAR3804 LEAVENWORTH STGOOD-FAIR
DRAFT HOUSE1203 SO 180GOOD-FAIR
EL BUEN PAN BAKERY1344 PARK AVEGOOD-FAIR
EL RANCHITO4318 SO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
FERD'S BAKE SHOP8927 J STGOOD-FAIR
FIESTA BREAD COMPANY4209 SO 87 STGOOD-FAIR
FORGOT STORE (THE)11909 CALHOUN RDGOOD-FAIR
FRANKIE'S DRIVE-IN1208 SO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
FUDDRUCKERS16920 WRIGHT PLZGOOD-FAIR
GERDAS BAKERY INC5180 LEAVENWORTH STGOOD-FAIR
GLOBAL FOODS GROCERY1533 NO SADDLE CREEKGOOD-FAIR
GODFATHER'S PIZZA3141 NO 108 STGOOD-FAIR
GOLDEN PALACE4040 NO 132 STGOOD-FAIR
GOOFY FOOT LODGE1012 SO 10 STGOOD-FAIR
GOYI STORE1024 SO 74 PLZGOOD-FAIR
GRAND FORTUNE CHINESE REST17330 W CENTER RDGOOD-FAIR
HAPPY FAMILY RESTAURANT2316 NO 72 STGOOD-FAIR
HILLSIDE BAR3906 L STGOOD-FAIR
HOMESTYLE CAFE8807 MAPLE STGOOD-FAIR
HONG HING5411 NO 90 STGOOD-FAIR
HONG KONG CAFE664 NO 114 STGOOD-FAIR
HOUSE OF HUNAN2405 SO 132 STGOOD-FAIR
HOUSE OF LEE5446 NO 90GOOD-FAIR
HOUSE OF POULTRY4111 NO 30 STGOOD-FAIR
HUNAN GARDEN5916 CENTER STGOOD-FAIR
IHOP #53384707 NO 72 STGOOD-FAIR
INDIA GARDEN2819 SO 125 STGOOD-FAIR
JAMES SKINNER BAKING CO4538 SO 90 STGOOD-FAIR
JJ'S BAR & GRILL3201 SO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
KELLY O'S PUB2514 LEAVENWORTHGOOD-FAIR
KING KONG RESTAURANT3362 SO 13 STGOOD-FAIR
LA FLOR DE MEXICO4808 SO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
LA GUERA4233 SO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
LA HACIENDA RESTAURANT7211 FARNAM STGOOD-FAIR
LA MICHOACANA4002 1/2 SO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
LA TIA HOT TAMALES CAFE3572 LEAVENWORTH STGOOD-FAIR
LIGHTHOUSE BAR & GRILL15676 W MAPLE RDGOOD-FAIR
MANCHU WOK3001 SO 144 STGOOD-FAIR
MANDARIN FUSION4412 SO 42 STGOOD-FAIR
MATSU SUSHI1009 FARNAM STGOOD-FAIR
MCKENNA'S7425 PACIFIC STGOOD-FAIR
MICKEY FINNS SPORTS CAFE12107 EMMETGOOD-FAIR
NAUGHTY LOUNGE10730 PACIFICGOOD-FAIR
NEIGHBORS (THE)4689 LEAVENWORTH STGOOD-FAIR
NEST LOUNGE (THE)2638 SO 158 PLZGOOD-FAIR
NEW ASIAN SUPERMARKET4615 SO 26 STGOOD-FAIR
NEW YORK CHICKEN & GYROS5832 SO 144 STGOOD-FAIR
NICK'S GRILL3229 HARNEY STGOOD-FAIR
NICO11201 DAVENPORTGOOD-FAIR
NORTH STAR8509 NO 30 STGOOD-FAIR
O'BRIEN'S LOUNGE INC1014 SO 74 PLZGOOD-FAIR
OMAHA TROPICAL MARKET2312 NO 72 STGOOD-FAIR
PATTY'S COCINA4109 L STGOOD-FAIR
PAULI'S4016 LEAVENWORTH STGOOD-FAIR
PITSTOP PIZZA14513 W MAPLE RD #102GOOD-FAIR
PIZZA SHOPPE6056 MAPLEGOOD-FAIR
QUIZNO'S CLASSIC SUBS302 SO 16 STGOOD-FAIR
RALSTON OLD MKT SPAG WKS8531 PARK DRGOOD-FAIR
RICHIE'S CHICKEN & RIBS3528 CENTER STGOOD-FAIR
RIVER CITY SALOON1802 VINTON STGOOD-FAIR
ROSY'S TAQUERIA4623 SO 33 STGOOD-FAIR
RUSTY NAIL INN14111 PIERCE PLZGOOD-FAIR
SEASON BUFFET7415 DODGE PLZGOOD-FAIR
SENOR MATIAS2505 SO 90 STGOOD-FAIR
SIZZLER STEAK HOUSE #048514323 ARBOR STGOOD-FAIR
SONS OF ITALY1238 SO 10 STGOOD-FAIR
STADIUM CLUB (THE)414 SO 10 STGOOD-FAIR
SUBWAY2717 NO 90 STGOOD-FAIR
SUBWAY/GOODRICH15761 W DODGE RDGOOD-FAIR
T BONES GRILLHOUSE17857 PIERCE PLZGOOD-FAIR
TA CHAN BUFFET601 SO 72 STGOOD-FAIR
TACO JOHN'S8303 MAPLE STGOOD-FAIR
TACOS TOO210 SO 16 STGOOD-FAIR
TANDURI FUSION INDIAN RESTAURANT2537 SO 174 PLZGOOD-FAIR
TAQUERIA EL PALENQUE840 SO 24 STGOOD-FAIR
TASTE EXPRESS697 NO 132 STGOOD-FAIR
TASTE OF INDIA3001 SO 144 STGOOD-FAIR
TOKYO KITCHEN14132 ARBOR STGOOD-FAIR
TRACKSIDE LOUNGE1506 SO 60 STGOOD-FAIR
TRINI'S1020 HOWARD STGOOD-FAIR
VILLAGE INN #7877837 DODGE STGOOD-FAIR
VINCENZO'S RISTORANTE1818-22 NO 144 STGOOD-FAIR
WHEATFIELD'S EATERY-BAKERY1224 SO 103 STGOOD-FAIR
WOHLNERS GROCERY5205 LEAVENWORTH STGOOD-FAIR


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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Foodies of Omaha Meeting: Brunch @ Sage Bistro

posted by snekse
We'll be meeting for brunch at Sage Bistro on Sunday, January 27th 2008 at 11:00 AM. If you're not a Foodies of Omaha member and you'd like to join us for brunch, just call the number below and ask to be added to the Foodies of Omaha reservation. See you there!

Sage Bistro Prime Rib Brunch Buffet
* Adults - $15
* Kids 12 and under - $7
* Kids 2 and under - free

Sage Bistro
N 30th St & Fort St. (MAP)
Metro's Fort Omaha campus - Building #10
Omaha, NE 68111
(402) 457-2328

Add it to your calendar:
Foodies of Omaha: January 2008 Meeting - Brunch @ Sage Bistro

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Friday, January 11, 2008

And the winners are...

posted by snekse
Congratulations to all of the Menu for Hope prize winners. Thank you to all who donated, with an extra special thanks to those who bid on our faboulous Morgan Ranch wagyu prize packages which raised $400 for the World Food Programme!

And now what you've all been waiting for. The email please. And the winners are...

Rochelle McCune - Winner of UC02. The Morgan Ranch Wagyu Sirloin Sizzler Pack

Christopher W Towe - Winner of UC03. The Morgan Ranch Wagyu Carving Roast

Congratulations to both of you. If you haven't already, you should be receiving an email shortly with instructions on how to claim your prize. If you're not one of the people listed above and you bid on other items, check out the full list of winners to see if you won. Any loyal readers win anything? If so, post a comment below. We'd love to hear about it.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Foodie v2.0

posted by snekse
Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I have a good excuse. We welcomed the arrival of our little Foodie v2.0 recently. She's isn't quite eating sushi or foie gras yet, but we'll get her there and be blogging about it along the way. So consider this the formal introduction Gizmo, our newest GFC contributor.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

GFC Turns 100!

posted by snekse
And it seems like we just turned two...

A slightly different number we're celebrating today. This is our 100th post! We're not quite on pace to catch Becks & Posh, but that's setting the bar a little high anyway.

I just wanted to send a couple of thank yous.

First, thanks to our readers, with an extra special thanks those who leave comments or send us emails, anonymous or otherwise. I encourage more comments and emails. I think they improve the overall usefulness of the site. Everyone has an opinion. Don't be afraid to share it here.

And most importantly, I wanted to thank my family, immediate and extended, for putting up with "wait, don't eat that yet, I need to get a picture" and all my other obsessions that allow me to keep this site running. Though I may not always say it, it means a lot to me.

And with that...

Because we've picked up a number of new subscribers recently, we decided to provide links back to some of our most popular posts of the past 100 to catch everyone up to speed. They're listed in chronological order so you can stop reading when they start to look really familiar. Oddly, about half of them are from 2007.

RECIPE: Fun with Frushi AKA Fruit "Sushi"

RECIPE: Salt Steak with newspaper and masking tape

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Alinea - Chicago, IL

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Charlie Trotter's - Chicago, IL

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Orange - Chicago, IL

RESTAURANT REVIEW: TRU - Chicago, IL

ANNOUNCEMENT: Foodies of Omaha

EDITORIAL: 10 Simple Rules for Eating with my Daughter

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Liberty Tavern - Omaha, NE

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Omakase @ Sushi Japan - Omaha, NE

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Darwin Bistro - Omaha, NE

RESOURCE: List of Omaha Restaurants Websites

RESOURCE: Omaha Foodie's Coupon Guide

RESOURCE: 2006 Douglas County Food Facility Sanitation Ratings

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Dario's Brasserie - Omaha, NE

RECIPE: Wonton Soup

RESOURCE: List of Omaha Brunch Locations

RECIPE: Joong AKA sticky rice

RESOURCE: 2007 World's 50 Best Restaurants

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2007 James Beard Award Winners

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Amsterdam Falafel and Kabob - Omaha, NE

ANNOUNCEMENT: Session #4 - Local Brews Event

BEER REVIEW: Upstream Brewing Co. - Omaha, NE

RESOURCE: Local Brews Field Guide

RESOURCE: Omaha Food Events Calendar

Thanks again to everyone.

P.S. If you've tried one of the restaurants above, please feel free to leave a comment of your thoughts on said page.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Foodie Shopping

posted by snekse
We've added a new feature to Gastronomic Fight Club: GFC Weapons Supply. An online store where we will feature gourmet foods, gifts, tools, cameras, books and whoknowswhatelse that we feel every food obsessed gastronome needs or at least highly covets.



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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Summer Food Events - Omaha

posted by snekse
Just a quick post to let everyone know we've updated the Omaha Food Events Calendar with several summer events, so start your planning!

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Back from the boonies

posted by snekse
I'm back. And I've got pictures. Some stories, but mostly just pictures. Here's a sneak peak of what I've been up to.

My first kill

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Local Brews Event

posted by snekse
Hops. Malt. Water. Yeast.

So simple, yet so complex.

As I mentioned in March, beer is coming to Gastronomic Fight Club. And in June it will be here in a big way. I'll be hosting Session #4: Local Brews.

Since I have this bizarre need to be different, I decided this month's Session theme would not focus on a particular style, region or time of year. Instead, I'd like to create a guide book of tasting notes to drinking local.

The idea here is to be as helpful as possible for visitors to your area. What is the beer/brewery/brewpub that you feel is quintessential to your city? What do the locals drink? What could a tourist drink that would make them feel like they've found something special; something that they're going to miss when they go home?

Here are the rules:
  • You can pick anything commercially made within 150 miles of your house, but try to pick the brewery or brewpub closest to your house (NOTE: the average American lives within 10 miles of a craft brewery).
  • You can select any beer or even a sampler if you want.
  • If you select a single beer, let us know why you choose this beer (e.g. favorite,seasonal,limited edition, best seller).
  • Preferably you'll shy away from beers with wide distribution outside your immediate area.
So if you'd like to join us, post your tasting notes on Friday, June 1st, 2007. After your post is up, shoot me an with the words "Session #4" in the subject line. Include your name, the name of your blog, the URL to your post, the name of the brewery or brew pub that made the beer(s) you drank, where the place is located, the name and style of the beer(s) you drank and lastly, a general description of the availability of the beer(s). If you don't have a blog, email me your notes and I'll include them in the round up.

To help find ideas close to you, try Google Maps. Here are the breweries and brew pubs in Omaha. Just change the zip code and you might be surprised at what comes up. Or let someone else do the work for you:
Beertown.org
Beer Mapping Project

Cheers!

RELATED LINKS:
Session #4: Local Brews Round-up (A Field Guide)
BEER REVIEW: Upstream Brewing Company (Omaha, NE)
BYOB: Dubbels
American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20, 2007)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

RESULTS: 2007 Ron Sailors Culinary Invitational

posted by snekse
Although I was unable to attend, I have the results from the 2007 Ron Sailors High School Team Culinary Arts Invitational

And the winners are...

Hospitality Knowledge Bowl

1st Place - The Doughboys, Papillion LaVista
2nd Place - Paul's Peeps, OPS Career Center

Culinary Skills Competition

Silver Medals

The Doughboys, Papillion LaVista (1st Place)
    Team Coach: Carol Fairfax
Gloria's Finest, OPS Career Center (2nd Place)
    Team Coach: Maybell Galusha
Dakotah and the Angels, Plattsmouth
    Team Coach: Lisa Micek-Johnson
Three Chefs and a Baker, Bellevue East
    Team Coach: Cathy Hansen
The Steel Chefs, Papillion LaVista
    Team Coach: Carol Fairfax
Team RAMRODS, Papillion LaVista South
    Team Coach: Louise Dornbusch

Bronze Medals

Carmel Pleasures, Roncalli
    Team Coach: Cathy Leak
Team JAM's, Papillion LaVista South
    Team Coach: Louise Dornbusch
Paul's Peeps, OPS Career Center
    Team Coach: Paul Urban, Jessica O'Kief & Maybell Galusha
Viking Chefs, OPS North
    Team Coach: Mary Becker
Chef's with Soul, Bellevue East
    Team Coach: Cathy Hansen
Team Fremont, Fremont
    Team Coach: Marcia Fouraker
Tomato Ole Culinary Team, Gross Catholic
    Team Coach: Liz & John Schow
Benson Team #1, Benson
    Team Coach: Ronda Towey
Lady Beast, Bellevue East
    Team Coach: Cathy Hansen
I Can't Believe It, Papillion LaVista South
    Team Coach: Lousie Dornbusch
Team Bryan, OPS Bryan
    Team Coach: Susan Waldron

Reinhart "Team Spirit Award"

The Steel Chefs, Papillion LaVista



Congratulations to the "Doughboys" team who swept both the Knowledge Quiz Bowl and the Culinary Arts Competition.

Team Doughboys Roster
Brent Gray (Papillion LaVista)
Evan Gross (Papillion LaVista South)
Jonathan Hodge (Papillion LaVista)
Jake Newton (Papillion LaVista South)

Something to note is that "the students are competing against a standard, and accumulate points for the competition". This year two teams that were only one point away from gold. It's good to know this isn't just some fluff event that hands out fuzzy awards just for participating. Everything is earned through hard work. I think that's important to prepare the students for what they will face in the highly competitive food industry.

RELATED LINKS:
They're cookin' up a storm: Culinary arts students broast competitors (Papillion Times)
2007 Ron Sailors High School Team Culinary Arts Invitational

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Nichole Aksamit

posted by snekse
The Omaha World-Herald has a new food writer.
Longtime World-Herald restaurant reviewer John Keenan has taken a new role as a business reporter. Keenan's successor is Nichole Aksamit. She has been with the paper for more than six years, reporting on health, nutrition and fitness for the last four. Starting this week, she'll be reviewing local restaurants and reporting on restaurant news. She'll also write about cooking, grocery and nutrition trends - or, as she describes it, "food in all its glory."
Congratulations to Ms. Aksamit on her new position. Her first published review is for Dario's Brasserie in Dundee. It's still a bit too early to tell, but I think I like her writing and opinions a bit more than Keenan's. You can read her Dario's review on the Omaha World-Herald's website.

Dario's adding panache to casual, comfort foods
The Omaha World-Herald

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

2007 Taste of the Nation - Omaha

posted by snekse
Tickets are now on sale for the 2007 Taste of the Nation charity fund raiser. General Admission tickets are $75, VIP Admission is $150. The event will be held the evening of April 22, 2007 at Regency Court.

2007 Taste of the Nation - Omaha

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, presented by American Express is the nation's preeminent culinary benefit supporting anti-hunger and anti-poverty efforts. Every spring, thousands of community leaders — from chefs and restaurateurs to public relations professionals and accountants — donate their product, time, and talents at more than 60 events throughout the United States and Canada. The events, which include food and wine tastings, seated dinners, brunches, and barbecues, raise both awareness and funds for anti-hunger, anti-poverty efforts. Each year, Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation attracts more than 40,000 guests.
More information can be found through their website.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: GFC turns Two

posted by snekse
It's been 2 years since I made my first post to Gastronomic Fight Club.

I can't say that it's developed into how I first envisioned it, but we may still get there some day.

It will be interesting to see what the next two years in food holds for us. For the first time in several years, we have no major travel plans because we're expecting our first baby in late July! I'm going to try to avoid duplicating the long break I took last summer and see if I can keep up the once or twice a week frequency I've been outputting for the past several months; I have lots of ideas for articles, resources, tweaks and overhauls, but with a newborn and life in general - we'll see how well I do.

Some things to look forward to are:
  • At least a dozen posts from my last two trips to California
  • News of the Week summary posts
  • Speed Reviews for smaller casual places
  • Beer (more details later)
  • Coverage of one of the country's largest Testicle Festivals

And if we're lucky, possibly more frequent Foodies of Omaha events.

I'll also be updating the information and resource areas of the blog such as adding new Gastronomic Warriors, categorizing the List of Omaha Restaurants and possibly making it more searchable, adding more cities for similar lists (with your help), and things I can't yet disclose :-)

One of the biggest changes I want to make involves a (slightly) new layout. I'll be adding a column to the left side for better navigation and to make finding the really useful information much easier. The new layout will be designed for 1024x768, but I'll try to ensure the left column and the main content fit within a 800x600 screen and keep less important information in the right column. Since only about 10% of my readers are currently at this resolution, most users will be unaffected.

So I just wanted to say thanks to all of my readers. Also, since this was originally supposed to be more of a community site, I encourage everyone to leave comments, story ideas, or even submit your own articles that you'd like to see published here.

To close things up, I'll leave you with a list of some of our most popular articles over the past 2 years. Enjoy.
And not surprisingly, our most popular category to post under was "OMAHA".

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  • 3,900 page views
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  • 20% are returning visitors

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Trader Joe's comes to Omaha

posted by snekse
(With your help...)

I found a form today for a location request. Why more companies don't do this is beyond me. If you've been to Trader Joe's, you've probably already clicked on the link below. If you've never been in one, they're kind of like a Whole Foods or Wild Oats, but cheaper and a little less upscale. Personally I like Whole Foods better, but it's nice to have options.

Trader Joe's Location Request Form

It's long been rumored they may open a location in Dundee. Let them know you're interested and willing to support them.

***UPDATE***
It's official, Trader Joe's is coming to Omaha!

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Michelin 2007 - France

posted by snekse
Michelin Fork and Spoon Logo
For those of you who care, the rumors are already starting to fly about the 2007 Michelin Guide. I'll admit my ignorance in this area and instead point you to Pim for the tids and bits. Or if you can read French, get it straight from the source.

*** UPDATE ***
It's official. You can read about the highlights along with the 65 page press release at Chez Pim

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Omaha's Best Dining Experiences (2006)

posted by snekse
A theme appears to be developing here.

John Keenan, dining critic for the Omaha World Herald, recently published his best dining experiences for 2006. An interesting read. Nothing really shocking on there, but I was a little surprised that Liberty Tavern was nowhere on the list. The list was heavily represented by V. Mertz, Paxton Chop House and Jack Binion's Steakhouse. I've only been to V. Mertz, but if the other two are comparable, then I'd be hard to find fault in the list. I would have also liked to have seen Sage get a special mention, at least for the experience aspect.

It's not entirely clear, but I think he also named a best of list that is linked in the upper right-hand corner. Whatever it is, I've posted it here.
  • The French Cafe ~ A five-star experience
  • Jack Binion's Steakhouse ~ No gamble with these dishes
  • O Casual Dining ~ Inventive chef equals exciting menu
  • Paxton Chop House ~ New presence in downtown fine dining
  • The Tasting Room ~ Come for the wine, stay for the cuisine
  • V. Mertz ~ Seemingly effortless elegance
Though their food is good, I doubt we'll see The Tasting Room on that list next year. There are just too many places in Omaha that are stepping up their game to let your menu become as stagnate as there's has become. Hopefully we'll see Darwin on there for 2007 and see Liberty Tavern get back some limelight.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

2006 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE

posted by snekse
It's the new year and everyone is doing "The Year In Review" lists. So to keep with the trend, but to give you that GFC twist, I give to you a bit of a different list. The following is a list of places you may want to seek out or avoid based on the Douglas County Food Facility Sanitation Ratings.

I'm not really surprised at the ratio of the two lists, but I am disappointed to see so few restaurants on this first list. I'm disappointed to see Grand Fortune on the bottom list, though I can't say I'm surprised. And I'm a bit beyond surprised to see Wohlner's Grocery on the bottom list.

Have a happy and healthy new year!

*** UPDATE ***
Read more about some of the restaurants on this list and past years' lists. Also check out the 2007 and the 2008 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE.


THE EXCELLENT LIST
CHAMPPS AMERICANA3001 SO 144 STEXCELLENT
CLANCYS PUB7120 PACIFIC STEXCELLENT
CROWN POINTE2820 SO 80 STEXCELLENT
EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL 555 SO 10 ST EXCELLENT
GENJI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 14529 W CENTER RD EXCELLENT
GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO10918 ELM STEXCELLENT
HILTON OMAHA1001 CASSEXCELLENT
JOE TESS PLACE5424 SO 24 STEXCELLENT
KOBE STEAK HOUSE OF JAPAN120 REGENCY PKWYEXCELLENT
OLD COUNTRY BUFFET14525 W CENTER RDEXCELLENT
STOKES GRILL and BAR646 NO 114 STEXCELLENT
UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY WEST17070 WRIGHT PLZEXCELLENT
V MERTZ RESTAURANT1022 HOWARD STEXCELLENT



THE NOT-SO-EXCELLENT LIST
A MARINO GROCERY 1716 SO 13 ST GOOD-FAIR
ALL IN ONE RESTAURANT and CATERING 3246 NO 72ND ST GOOD-FAIR
BEAR TRAP 1901 HARNEY ST GOOD-FAIR
BIGGIES 2512 1/2 NO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
BILLS BAR-B-QUE 4414 NO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
BILLY FROGGS 1120 HOWARD ST GOOD-FAIR
BILLY KS CAFE 12025 BLONDO ST GOOD-FAIR
BLIMPIE SUBS and SALADS 2060 NO 117 ST GOOD-FAIR
BLIMPIE SUBS/GOODRICH 577 N 155 PLZ GOOD-FAIR
BOONDOCKERS 5222 NO 120 ST GOOD-FAIR
BOSTON MARKET 704 NO 114 ST GOOD-FAIR
BRUEGGERS BAGEL BAKERY 228 NO 114 ST GOOD-FAIR
BUTSY LE DOUXS 1014 HOWARD ST GOOD-FAIR
CAKE GALLERY (THE) 8247 HASCALL ST GOOD-FAIR
CAPPYS 5059 SO 108 ST GOOD-FAIR
CASCIOS STEAK HOUSE 1620 SO 10 ST GOOD-FAIR
CECILS CAFE 4971 DODGE ST GOOD-FAIR
CHINA TOWN 3720 LEAVENWORTH ST GOOD-FAIR
CLARION HOTEL OMAHA WEST 4888 SO 118 ST GOOD-FAIR
COAST SALOON (THE) 2640 BOB BOOZER DR GOOD-FAIR
COLUMBO CANDY and TOBACCO 2570 HARNEY ST GOOD-FAIR
COMMODITIES WAREHOUSE 1703 READ ST GOOD-FAIR
CONVENIENT WORLD 2302 SO 20 ST GOOD-FAIR
COSTAL MART 12901 R ST GOOD-FAIR
DAHL VENDING and WHOLESALE INC 4109 F ST GOOD-FAIR
DREAMERS BAR and GRILL 3650 SO 72 ST GOOD-FAIR
DUNDEE THEATRE 4952 DODGE ST GOOD-FAIR
EL RANCHITO 4318 SO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
FERDS BAKE SHOP 1620 VINTON ST GOOD-FAIR
FLORENCE SEAFOOD MARKET 2623 FLORENCE BLVD GOOD-FAIR
GERDAS BAKERY INC 5180 LEAVENWORTH ST GOOD-FAIR
GODFATHERS PIZZA 6305 AMES AVE GOOD-FAIR
GOYI STORE 1024 SO 74 PLZ GOOD-FAIR
GRAND FORTUNE CHINESE REST 17330 W CENTER RD GOOD-FAIR
GREAT WALL 9025 MAPLEWOOD BLVD GOOD-FAIR
HILLSIDE BAR 3906 L ST GOOD-FAIR
HOMESTYLE CAFE 8807 MAPLE ST GOOD-FAIR
HONG HING 5411 NO 90 ST GOOD-FAIR
HONG KONG CAFE 664 NO 114 ST GOOD-FAIR
HOST COFFEE SERVICE INC 4320 SO 102 ST GOOD-FAIR
HOUSE OF POULTRY 4111 NO 30 ST GOOD-FAIR
HUNAN GARDEN 5916 CENTER ST GOOD-FAIR
INTERNATIONAL BAKERY 5106 SO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
JACK AND MARYS RESTAURANT 639 NO 109 CT GOOD-FAIR
JJS BAR and GRILL 3201 SO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
KELLY OS PUB 2514 LEAVENWORTH GOOD-FAIR
KING KONG RESTAURANT 3362 SO 13 ST GOOD-FAIR
KUM and GO #354 2411 NO 30 ST GOOD-FAIR
KUM and GO #359 503 NO 33 ST GOOD-FAIR
KURT and CLYDES 2202 SO 13 ST GOOD-FAIR
KWIK SHOP #659 10808 BLONDO ST GOOD-FAIR
LA CHIRIPA 1920 VINTON ST GOOD-FAIR
LA FLOR DE MEXICO 4808 SO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
LA RIOJA 2405 N ST GOOD-FAIR
LEES CHINA 7503 PACIFIC ST GOOD-FAIR
LOUIS BEER-LIQUOR MARKET 5702 NW RADIAL HWY GOOD-FAIR
MANCHU WOK 3001 SO 144 ST GOOD-FAIR
MCDONALDS 11330 W DODGE RD GOOD-FAIR
MIRACLE HILLS CAFE 627 NO 114 ST GOOD-FAIR
NEBRASKA ASIAN FOODS 5941 SO 25 ST GOOD-FAIR
NEBRASKA BEEF COMPANY 4629 SO 108 ST GOOD-FAIR
NEST LOUNGE (THE) 2638 SO 158 PLZ GOOD-FAIR
NEW ASIAN SUPERMARKET 4615 SO 26 ST GOOD-FAIR
NORTH STAR 8509 NO 30 ST GOOD-FAIR
OMAHA TROPICAL MARKET 2322 NO 72 ST GOOD-FAIR
ORSIS ITALIAN BAKERY 621 PACIFIC GOOD-FAIR
OSCARS 17330 LAKESIDE HILL GOOD-FAIR
PAULIS 4016 LEAVENWORTH ST GOOD-FAIR
PHOENIX FOOD and SPIRITS 12015 BLONDO ST GOOD-FAIR
PRESTIGE SPIRITS and CATERING 650 NO 114 ST GOOD-FAIR
RED ZONE BBQ 2056 NO 117 AVE GOOD-FAIR
RUSTY NAIL INN 14210 PIERCE PLZ GOOD-FAIR
SARKU JAPAN 3001 SO 144TH ST GOOD-FAIR
SCHLOTZSKYS DELI 210 NO 114 ST GOOD-FAIR
SEASON BUFFET 7415 DODGE PLZ GOOD-FAIR
SHIRLEYS DINER 5325 SO 139 PLZ GOOD-FAIR
SONIC DRIVE-IN 7120 MILITARY AVE GOOD-FAIR
STARSKYS LOUNGE 4020 SO 13 ST GOOD-FAIR
SUBWAY/GOODRICH 15761 W DODGE RD GOOD-FAIR
SUNRIZE DONUTS 2875 SO 168 ST GOOD-FAIR
SUPER BEE MART 2611 ST MARYS AVE GOOD-FAIR
TA CHAN BUFFET 601 SO 72 ST GOOD-FAIR
TAQUERIA EL PALENQUE 840 SO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
TAQUERIA TIJUANA 5139 SO 24 ST GOOD-FAIR
THRIFTY STOP CONOCO 6000 GROVER ST GOOD-FAIR
TOBACCO 4 LESS 4108 DODGE ST GOOD-FAIR
TOBACCO 4 LESS 3402 SO 42 ST GOOD-FAIR
TROVATOS 5013 UNDERWOOD AVE GOOD-FAIR
VINCENZOS MIDTOWN 7605 PACIFIC ST GOOD-FAIR
VINCENZOS RISTORANTE 1818-22 NO 144 ST GOOD-FAIR
W CS PLACE 3520 F ST GOOD-FAIR
WOHLNERS GROCERY 5205 LEAVENWORTH ST GOOD-FAIR
ZIOS PIZZERIA 1211 HOWARD ST GOOD-FAIR


EXCELLENT RATINGS MEAN THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT UNDERSTANDS AND ROUTINELY CORRECTS SANITATION DEFICIENCIES ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS AND DOES NOT WAIT FOR A HEALTH INSPECTION BEFORE DOING SO. IN ADDITION, AT LEAST 75 PERCENT OF THE EMPLOYEES AND MANAGEMENT OF AN EXCELLENT FOOD ESTABLISHMENT MUST HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A FOOD HANDLER'S TRAINING COURSE GIVEN BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

EXCELLENT-GOOD RATINGS MEAN THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT ROUTINELY CORRECTS MOST SANITATION DEFICIENCIES AND IMMEDIATELY CORRECTS THE MINOR VIOLATIONS FOUND AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION.

GOOD RATINGS MEAN THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT GENERALLY CORRECTS MOST SANITATION DEFICIENCIES ON A ROUTINE BASIS AND CORRECTS VIOLATIONS FOUND AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION IN THE TIME ALLOWED BY THE INSPECTING HEALTH OFFICER.

GOOD-FAIR RATINGS MEAN THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT JUST MEETS MINIMUM STANDARDS REQUIRED BY STATE AND LOCAL FOOD SAFETY CODES. SERIOUS AND MINOR SANITATION DEFICIENCIES ARE FOUND ON EACH INSPECTION. SANITATION DEFICIENCIES ARE NOT CORRECTED ON A ROUTINE BASIS AND REPEAT INSPECTIONS ARE OFTEN A NECESSARY PART OF REGULATING THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO HELP ASSURE MINIMUM FOOD SAFETY CONDITIONS.

RELATED LINKS:
2007 Health Ratings - Omaha, NE

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Rock the Vote: 2007 James Beard Nominations

posted by snekse
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For all of you hardcore megalomaniac foodies out there, here's your chance to weld your powers. The James Beard Foundation has digitized their nomination process. So now you can influence others by nominating your favorite gastronomic idols for free at home in the comfort of your own pajamas/underwear/birthday suit, or who knows, maybe even someone else's underwear.

Oh, and for those in my neck of the woods, take heed to the little factoid that the ulterior epicure pointed out.
One notable change in this year's categories: they've bifurcated the "Midwest" states (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) and the "Great Lakes" states (IL, IN, MI, OH) categories. No offense, Illinois, but you know, you all were hogging the awards for the middle of the country. The way Chicago's been performing, lately, I wouldn't be surprised if you all got your own category next year! Now, maybe some local Kansas City chefs can close in on an award!

So get out America and Rock the Vote this election Tuesday!

***UPDATE***
The nominees have been announced.
As have the Winners of the 2007 James Beard Awards.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

It's Official!

posted by snekse
For simplicity sake, among other reasons, I have finally registered a proper domain name for this site. Please update your bookmarks to point to the shiny new www.gastronomicfightclub.com

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

BLOGROLL: Gastronomic Warriors

posted by snekse
BLOGROLL: 2007

the ulterior epicure
    "i live and travel to eat"

(the) ulterior epicure is someone who I've kept tabs on since before he was famous. I remember back in the day reading his posts on eGullet wonder who is this guy with the weird avatar and why do I keep bumping into him on almost every thread I read. Then I found his blog. Then I found his Flickr account. I was pretty much hooked after that.

The amount of things we have in common is pretty uncanny, but the differences are what earn him a spot on my blogroll. Differences being that he's far more articulate than myself and has a better trained palate - a lot better. In fact, he has one of the most knowledgeable and discerning palates I've come across in someone who is not a chef. And his photography. Maybe I need to get myself a dSLR, but I still don't think that would land me an interview in Popular Photography.

Oh, and the fact that he's now just "right down the road" in Kansas City is pretty cool too.


Chuck Eats
    "Chuck Eats (and Drives)"

There's always that moment when you see or read something on a blog that is just so cool that you immediately add the site to your feed reader - sometimes with blinding speed.

When I happened to stumble upon Chuck's blog, I actually hesitated because I was a bit stunned and wasn't sure I was comprehending what I was reading. Maybe I missed something. Did he really just say "47 Michelin Stars in 24 days"? Is such a thing even physically possible? Can one's body endure such blissful gluttony? Is this guy even for real or is this a staff writer for The Onion making fun of us serious gourmands?

So I dug around on the site a bit. I found reviews covering many of the best restaurants around the country along with heavy linking to Gastroville and Opinionated About Dining - this guy is beyond serious. No brainer. Add.

And Chuck doesn't just provide serious descriptions and critiques of each restaurant he visits; He also provides those same serious descriptions and critiques of each of the dishes he eats - and rates them. A small, but very cool detail.

And the thing that earned him a featured spot on my blogroll? He was one of the few bloggers who made it to Keyah Grande before Chefs Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot moved on. Chuck is definitely someone who is passionate about food and knows more than just the names listed in glossy magazine. Kudos.


La Tartine Gourmande

La Tartine Gourmande is like Playboy. You might actually read it for the articles, but that's only after you've thought dirty thoughts about the pictures.

Béatrice Peltre's photos can be defined in 1 word. Stunning. She's really one of the best foodporn photographers out there. After you've stared in awe at her pictures and you've cleaned yourself up (i.e. wiping the droll off your chin), you can read the detailed recipes which Madame Peltre has provided in both French and English. I'm not going to say much more about this one since I think everything I could say can be summed up in 1,000 words.




News For Curious Cooks
    "exploring the science of food and its transformation with Harold McGee"

Harold McGee is quickly becoming a household name among foodies thanks to frequent mentions in publications big and small across the country. He's become the go-to-guy for all things related to food science and is one of the forefathers of molecular gastronomy. If you are a fan of Alton Brown's "Good Eats", you have Harold to thank in part. All of this stemming from that massive red (or oldskool blue) book written 20+ years ago, "On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen" (which was heavily revised in 2004).

Mr. McGee's blog, News For Curious Cooks, covers oddly interesting food science topics to satisfy the inner geek in you. Recent articles included subjects such as the effects of putting salt on tomatoes while they're still on the vine, why French fries may make you delirious and the fluid dynamics of a champagne flute.

As an additional resource, you can also search the text of his ground breaking book using Google: Search the On Food and Cooking text



BLOGROLL: 2005-2006



eGullet
    READ. CHEW. DISCUSS

A food forum for some of the most hardcore foodies I have ever seen. They take detailed notes of everything they eat, drink, smell and see while dining everywhere from El Bulli to El Taco Shack.

Chez Pim
    you might think me a glutton

A whimsical writer out of San Francisco who jetsets around the world blogging about all things food. As she says...."pretentious snobs are people too".

Cooking for Engineers
    Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!

I'm a huge fan of Alton Brown and I just love the analytical side of things. I like to know the how and why. I also love diagrams. Michael Chu takes the time and effort to create the coolest recipe charts I have ever seen.
The Classic Tiramisu (original recipe?)

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