Unscripted Eats (and drinks)
#UNSCRIPTED is Oklahoma’s premier digital talk show. Words and photography by co-hosts Ana Berry, Lisa Jones and Penni Shelton.
We’re three women from three generations, unapologetically sharing our variety of opinions, interests, people, passions and adventures on our weekly talk show, “Unscripted.” Although our topics and views can be pretty diverse, one thing we typically agree on is our mutual love of delicious food and drinks—always giving extra kudos to Oklahoma-grown establishments that make it a priority to source ingredients locally.
We decided to start out our edible explorations with health, wellness and our waists in mind. Who doesn’t need a little spring cleaning of their diet from time to time?
Long time Tulsan, wellness expert and restaurateur Cynthia Beavers recently closed her downtown location and moved to Brookside’s Center One at 35th and Peoria. Pure Food and Juice is a mecca for those seeking health and well-being through diet. The gorgeous zen-like, minimalist atmosphere boasts a plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, table-salt-free, processed-sugar-free, no-dairy eatery.
All of that might sound a little intimidating to hardcore foodies, and one might even wonder, what’s there left to eat? Understandable, but Pure Food and Juice delivers healthy food and drinks that are packed with vibrant color, flavor and esthetic appeal.
Cynthia offered us a tasting flight of juices and smoothies, all of which were deliciously satisfying and made our palates come to life! What better way to get your vitamins and minerals than from a liquid infusion of pure plant protein? Our favorite liquid picks are Hot Pink (pear, pineapple and beet); Green Goddess (apple, cucumber, celery, kale); and Blood (carrot and apple). But honestly, everything we sampled blew our minds and we learned that each juice and smoothie contains five to six pounds of produce per bottle.
On to the food: We eagerly devoured the Street Tacos with beans, queso and pico de gallo), then the Pad Thai with vegetable noodles and crunchy cashew almond chile sauce—SO DELISH! But our group favorite was the Green Dragon Sushi Rolls: shredded vegetables, lots of avocado, seasoned with almond chile sauce, wrapped in thinly sliced English cucumber. It’s a garden party in your mouth. Not kidding.
Pure is definitely our pick for the best healthy, fun and oh so tasty new dining spot in Tulsa!
But every once in a while, a different kind of juice is in order. For this important research we decided to split up and do individual tastings—and we found that Tulsa just happens to have some of the very best Bloody Marys on the planet.
Penni chose SMOKE. on Cherry Street after hearing about their highly touted, award-winning weekend Bloody Mary Bar. You can basically create a gourmet meal in a glass on Saturday and Sunday mornings. She loaded hers with peppers, olives, a cucumber spear, celery and housemade pickled okra, dill pickles and some wicked hot sauce.
Executive Chef Erik Reynolds is one of the most respected chefs in town and if you haven’t paid a visit to SMOKE. since their beautiful remodel, you need to get in there ASAP!
Ana didn’t venture far, ending up just next door at Lucky’s! Not a fan of Bloody Mary mixes, she much prefers a homemade tomato mixture so she can create her own level of spice and know exactly what’s in it. And a good bloody is going to need to have PICKLES for it to be a winner! The delicious one at Lucky’s was served just the way she likes it: dressed with olives, cocktail onions and a long, sour pickle. A perfect accompaniment for a Sunday morning brunch!
And finally, Lisa wrapped up our tour of locally made Bloody Marys at MixCo and says it’s hands-down the best she’s ever had. MixCo specializes in handcrafted cocktails; bartender Hank started off with tomato juice infused with top-secret spices, added some top shelf vodka and ... wait for it ... a little dark beer. Yum! The best part was their garnish: a thick slice of hickory-smoked bacon, a large olive and two pizza rolls. We kid you not. This Bloody’s a full-on appetizer and, for only $5, it’s worth every penny!!!
After all that boozin’ we decided to wrap up this month’s feature with an upgraded, healthier, meat-free version of a Reuben sandwich. Now don’t go being a hater, Reuben lovers … this sandwich will shock and awe your palate with its complex, well-balanced flavors. You have to give this one a try. Seriously.
The recipe link is below.
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