Don’t get us wrong. We love a good chicken-fried steak, but Oklahoma City is an underrated food city with a lot more to offer, like whimsical cocktails, red velvet pies, hip pizzerias, sweet potato beers, and tasting menus that you’d sooner expect to find in larger—and more expensive—cities.
We’re so excited to revisit some of our favorite memories from one of our favorite cities with this photographic trip to New Orleans. A true American treasure, this week we’re exploring the city’s jazzy heritage and musical lore, from the venerable Jazz Museum to live music seen and heard throughout the French Quarter and beyond.
I’m not shy about my love for Oklahoma City, and a large part of that obsession has to do with the city’s hugely underrated food scene. In addition to amazing contemporary restaurants and bars, the city has spawned some impressive Americana classics, including the onion burger.
The world can be a pretty stressful place, especially in times like these. Fortunately, there is so much good out there. So much uplifting inspiration. So many folks who make us smile, from close friends to Téa Leoni, and so many refreshing escapes. This month, these are our favorite things.
From death, destruction, and darkness comes light, hope, and perseverance. This is the everlasting lesson of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the site of one of the most horrific days in American history, transformed over time into a heartwarming ode to the survivors and heroes from that fateful day in 1995.
Creating a culture of community is something the art world has been doing for centuries—in fact, it might be the longest running community known to the human race. This is such a powerful concept to look to for inspiration.
With this week’s episode, we recount our time at America’s newest national park, where we went sand sledding for the first time, doodled in the white gypsum, and hiked with our lil’ Bark Ranger, Finn.
Inspired by our time in El Paso, low-key the coolest food city in Texas, with loads of deep Tex-Mex culinary history, I wanted to pay homage to a dish I had at the city’s classic L&J Cafe: machaca. This is a traditional dish from northern Mexico made with air dried beef, similar to jerky, but saltier and more aromatic.
Home to the mightiest and most iconic cacti on the planet, Saguaro National Park is a veritable wonderland of whimsical desert flora and fauna. Sandwiching Tucson, Arizona, on its east and west sides, the park’s namesake cactus is the center of life in this part of the Sonoran desert, acting not only as a source of food and water, but as towering apartment towers for birds. And of course, majestic eye candy for hikers in the Rincon and Tucson Mountains.
For my first #NPSDinnerParty recipe, I knew I wanted to bake. Inspired by Saguaro National Park and Tucson, I chose to update a PB&J muffin recipe with an Arizona plot twist: prickly pear jelly.