January 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
Salads have a sort of non-reputation amid the demand of today’s culture for everything to be interesting. They’re like that one girl at the party who’s only there because she’s someone’s designated driver, so she sits quietly at the corner table and won’t make eye contact with anyone. However, there’s hope for salads, just as there’s hope for the girl in the corner. Get them alone and they get interesting.
Picture this: it’s midweek and you’ve been charging full speed through your schedule, eating whatever bit of processed despair you’re given because time is short and McDonald’s is cheap and so dreadfully delicious.
Time for a change. Switch it up and get something fresh that hasn’t been endorsed by Jared Fogle.
If you’re in Edmond, you’re in luck. Grab your Keep-It-Local card for a chance at 10% off a salad from coolgreens over on E. 15th St. Their vegetables are so fresh that visitors often report sightings of mobile vegetation. Those greens are walking.
If you prefer more substantial fare, coolgreens still has you covered with funky flatbread pizzas, gourmet wraps, “coolwhiches” that come with a perfect pile of blue corn chips, and spectacular soups in pristine square bowls. Not to mention a fully functioning fro-yo selection. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. coolgreens also provides a “have it your way” option, allowing you to build your a salad tailored to your own particular tastes. You know what this means: SALAD WITH NO LETTUCE. Or, more conservatively, mixed spinach greens, corn, tangerines, cranberries, mushrooms, and a chicken breast, all expertly tossed in a gluten-free basil vinaigrette. Ain’t nobody gonna put this salad in a corner.
To top it all off, you dine amid the quiet buzz of respectful conversation, secluded in a corner booth, should you need privacy to indecorously devour your salad. coolgreens has a unique atmosphere of blues and greens and calm. It’s like doing mental yoga over dinner. Who can say no to that?
Though a full dinner at coolgreens may be a bit rough on the pocket, we all know fresh has a price tag, and you have to admit there’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking away with the taste of fresh lingering on your tongue.
So next time you have a few extra dollars and feel like supporting a healthy, sustainable planet and a healthy, sustainable you, take a gander over to coolgreens and shell out those greenbacks for the salad of a lifetime.
open daily | 11am-8pm
1189 e. 15th st.
edmond, ok 73013
January 18, 2013 § 3 Comments
evoke |verb| to bring or recall to the conscious mind
Having a hectic week? Finding yourself forgetting important things like pants when you walk out the door? Perhaps it’s time for a hiatus from whatever madness has overcome your schedule. So grab your Keep-It-Local card, head on over to Café Evoke and knock back whatever your caffeine-addicted heart may desire.
For those of you avoiding caffeine (a wily temptress, to be sure), Evoke also serves an assortment of seasonal, loose leaf teas as well as an apple cider that tastes like half your grandpa’s prize-winning orchard squeezed into one cup (seasoned from your grandmum’s spice cabinet, of course). Also, if you’re looking for something with a bit more kick, Evoke is also a fully functioning coffee BAR, which here means you over-21s can indulge in a locally crafted beer or a fun wine from a perpetually revolving list.
As for you coffee aficionados, you’ll be happy to know Evoke is home to a thriving community of fellow coffee culture lovers. Grab a hand-brewed Ethiopian and bask in the ambiance provided by wide open spaces, local artist Dylan Bradway‘s massive wall piece, and music handpicked by the talented and tasteful baristas who will be serving you the best of America’s roasters.
Café Evoke purchases their delectable beans from several American coffee roasters and rotates these products on a regular basis. (Handmade and Damn Handsome and Verve are personal favorites, particularly the Ethiopian and Guatemalan roasts.)
- MADCAP COFFEE ROASTERS / GRAND RAPIDS, MI
- PT’S COFFEE / TOPEKA, KS
- VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS / SANTA CRUZ, CA
- HANDSOME COFFEE ROASTERS / LA, CA
- BATDORF AND BRONSON COFFEE ROASTERS / OLYMPIA, WA
- ELEMENTAL COFFEE ROASTERS / OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
In addition to providing coffee of the highest quality, Evoke supplies an exquisite selection of freshly made noms that are always lounging seductively behind a glass case. From made-fresh-daily sandwiches to assorted pastries worth the extra padding, they’ve got the perfect goods to complement a steaming cup of joe.
Got a bad case of caffeine withdrawal? There’s hope for you! Squint your eyes, muscle through the pain, and run over to Café Evoke to show your undying support for one of our favorite local businesses.
103 south broadway
edmond, ok 73034
monday – wednesday 7:00am-10:00pm
January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
There is a distinct personality to every city, fashioned not by polished department stores or chain restaurants reserving familiarity for the traveler far from home, but rather by the “roughs and beards and space and ruggedness and nonchalance” that Walt Whitman recognized as the very character of the American spirit. This character is expressed by the Mom-and-Pop businesses, the made-by-locals-for-locals mentality that continues to carve out a niche for the American ideals of independence and hard work that good ‘ol, air-bathing Ben Franklin advocated all those years ago.
I realize there are a lot of big, expressive words and archaic literary references in that paragraph. If you made it this far, congratulations, I salute your intrepid spirit. Now, forward! Onward! Explore!
On the bustling blocks of Oklahoma City and its northern suburban sister, Edmond, there lies a wealth of small businesses which recognize and revel in the “Keep-It-Local” movement. “It” being creative business. None of this outsourcing stuff; we want originality we can brag about, originality that will foster a better, stronger local community.
That’s what the Keep-It-Local movement is about: celebrating and supporting This Land and all its artistic effusions, be they in the form of handmade soy candles or gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches with unexpected ingredients like pears, pesto, or potatoes.
Keep-It-Local card in hand, the Culture Canary will be sacrificing the contents of a small bank account to support local businesses and bring all findings of culinary, artistic, and homemade perfection straight to you, the locally curious. So stick around; there’s a lot to read, see, and eventually visit yourself.