Wednesday, December 17, 2014

35 Reasons You Should Visit Nebraska (Omaha, Lincoln and Sarpy County) Now

A look at the stunning exterior of Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha Nebraska.

Left: A look at The Fountain Court in Joslyn Art Museum. Right: inside the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the colourful Chihuly's Inside and Out.

The newly opened conservatory at The Lauritzen Gardens-Omaha Botanical Center (left) and a stunning 20ft. poinsettia tree to celebrate the season.

La Buvette a French style bistro in The Old Market. Our pick to pair with with butternut squash soup, raclette and potatoes and of course, crusty bread? A beautiful 2003 Sagrantino wine.

  La Casa Pizzaria, a family owned and operated restaurant.

Pitch Pizzeria in Dundee.

Mary Kelley Executive Chef at Dundee Dell in Dundee featuring the largest collection of single malt Scotch in the U.S. Left: her famous fish and chips.

Le bouillon executive Chef Paul Kulik serves up French fare at his restaurant.
 
 A bartender mixes the 'Snowfall In Denmark' cocktail: House Aquavit, Fresh Lime, Sugar, Absinthe & Snow Peas at The Berry & Rye craft cocktail room in Omaha. 

 
Sparkling Holiday lights at midtown crossing.

 Grane- at Midtown Crossing.  Owner of the prohibition style establishment, Dan Matusek (also of Brix) is a pioneer in the automated whisky dispensing systems, allowing customers to sample a variety of whisky from around the world (left). Bartender Devon Mundt (right).

 Chef2 owned by Ben and Chef Jim Terbbien is a delightful culinary store in Midtown Crossing.  Inside is an array of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, sugar and other gourmet products.  Chef Bob Haney (pictured right).

 
Executive Chef Nick Strawhecker of Dante Pizzeria Napoletana in West Omaha stands in front of the wood fired oven.
 
 A delicious rabbit dish with picked fennel and persimmon at Dante Pizzeria Napoletana.


 Left: pizza Margherita. Right: Owner Jo D'Elia  of Frank's Pizzeria featuring classically simple but perfect pizza.

 
A look at The Old Market in Omaha - historic brick edifices with boutique shops, restaurants and pubs. 

The iconic Hollywood Candy and Fairmont Antiques is a national treasure - a maze of gems including an authentic retro diner, movie theatre, Santa's workshop, candy store, and much more.  Owner Larry Richling is a wealth of knowledge, and a true visionary.  This is more than a store it's an experience!

 The Grey Plume is a standout on the food scene in Nebraska.  Executive Chef Clayton Chapman (right) creates contemporary combinations with an emphasis on seasonal food from local producers including making his own pasta and charcuterie.  Watch out, this chef has serious talent.

 Aaron at Beansmith Coffee roasters makes perfect coffee art.  Beansmith specializes in single origin beans from around the globe including Ethiopia, Brazil and Nicaragua.

  The Nebraska State Capitol, inside and out.

Lunch at Dish- A selection of cauliflower steak: spiced cauliflower, butternut squash puree, apple salad, Israeli couscous with beet puree, kale; parmesan scallops, orange crusted shrimp, salmon, beet and mushroom risotto, carrot puree, spinach;  cashew crusted scallops, and orange garlic cream.

Sarah (left) holds a chameleon at The Lincoln Children's Zoo and botanical Garden.  A beautiful peacock sits atop a wooden fence.  On the fondness that children have of the staff President and CEO, John Chapo states. "We have kids that will dress up as the zookeepers for Halloween - including their name tags.  That's the magic of this place." 

  

An enormous chocolate box at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln - look closely, the chocolates represent various Nebraska landmarks like the "O!", the trains of the railyard district, and the sower (also on the top of the Nebraska State Capitol building).

 Go Huskers!  A look at the basketball court at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

 
A testament to the down-to-earth nature of local Nebraskans: We stopped at a local gas station, and met Jeff Melichar a 4th generation owner. We talked for 20 minutes about everything from travel plans to architecture and farming.

 
A look at  the beautiful architecture in Haymarket Lincoln.
 
 
Letter Bee, a beautiful  stationary store in the Haymarket, Lincoln.

 Dinner at The Parthenon Greek Grill- pictured here saganaki and fried calamari, followed by a feast of chicken souvlaki, dolmathes, pastitsio, mousaka, braised lamb shank, klitharaki and a selection of dessert.


 

 The charming brothers John and Seth Quiring of Le Quartier Baking company create Montreal and French style artisan bread, croissants, pain au chocolat, baguettes (plain and blue cheese) and cronuts.

 
 Outside of the Sheldon Museum of Art a stylized head statue "Fallen Dreamer" by Tom Otterness - the permanent collection houses more than 12,000 objects and includes works by such artists as Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. 


A selection of licorice from Licorice Inernational.  Right: Owners and best friends Elizabeth Erlandson and Ardith Stuertz.


 Tasting lunch at The Normandy with owner/ chef Lawrence De Villiers and chef Caleb Heston.

 
 Left: An intricate and rare British quilt with gold thread at The International Quilt Study center and museum. Right: Inside the International Quilt Study Center.
 

A selection of charcuterie and local cheeses from Chef Kevin Shinn of Bread & Cup.

Left: A perfectly seared scallop with spinach risotto , crispy onion straws and  smoked paprika oil. Executive Chef John Benton of Venue Restaurant and Lounge.  Right: Chef Benton grew up in Lincoln, and is a devotee of sustainably gown, fresh local food.  This young chef is another one to watch.


A team from CSL just returned from a culinary, and cultural tour of Omaha, Lincoln and Sarpy County Nebraska.  Located in the heart of the mid-west the overwhelming generous and humble nature of the chef, restaurateurs and artisans is palpable.  A focus on farm-to-fork eating is the genesis of the food revolution in the area.  From pizza crawls, to craft cocktail rooms to artisan bakers and impressive culinary artists, Nebraska is on its way to becoming the next big food destination.

Want more Nebraska? Look for the full travel editorial in the upcoming 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine plus lots more on CSL's website and Social Media (links below)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

31 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor Michigan (including Chelsea, Dexter and Ypsiltanti)

michigan stadium 'the big house'
A look at Michigan Stadium aka. The Big House

the bookstore mural ann arbor
The bookstore mural including: Woody Allen, Edgar Allan Poe, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, and Anaïs Nin.


ann arbor michigan

A typical street in Ann Arbor

Chefs of Ann arbor michigan: the brinery, mezzevino, vellum
  Chatting with David Klingenberger of The Brinery, Executive chef Brent Courson at Mezzevino and Executive chef Jeffrey Sartor of Vellum











graffitti alley ann arbor
 Ann Arbor street art near graffiti alley.

angell hall at univeristy of michigan

The city features loads of beautiful architecture including the imposing columns of Angell hall at the University of Michigan.
law quad univeristy of michigan

Imagine studying here at The Law Quad (left). The gorgeous interior of the Law library at the University of Michigan (right).

michigan theatre in ann arbor
Street view of the Michigan Theater

logan restaurant ann arbor
Dinner and wine pairings from Chef Thad Gillies and sommelier Kevin Hobart at Logan

tea haus ann arbor michigan
Any tea of your choice at the TeaHaus

zingermans bakehouse ann arbor
Zingerman's Bakehouse with a variety of breads.

bigalora pizza ann arbor
A selection of pizza from Bigalora.

chelsea ale house michigan
Founder, Owner and Brewmaster, Chris Martinson of Chelsea Alehouse Brewery and a selection of beer.


mezzevino ann arbor
 Mezzevino Swordfish dish at dinnertime.

cherry republic ann arbor michigan

A selection of cherry products at Cherry Republic

University of michigan art
  University of Michigan Museum of Art
the last word michigan
Co-owner Robbie Schulz mixes cocktails at The Last Word.

cafe zola ann arbor
A variety of delicious breakfast specialties at Cafe Zola

zingermans cornman farms in dexter michigan
Zingerman's Cornman Farms in Dexter Michigan

kieron hales of cornman farms
 Cornman Farms (and former Devonian) managing partner Kieron Hales

ayses turkish cafe ann arbor michigan
Desserts and Turkish coffee from Ayse's Turkish Cafe

vinology ann arbor
Father and son duo John and Vinny.  Bottles of wine (right) at Vinology Wine Bar 


michigan union
The iconic Michigan Union.

aventura michigan
Modern Spanish tapas (including a roasted suckling pig) Aventura.

ugly dog chelsea michigan
 Dewey and his wife of Ugly Dog distillery serving premier vodka

ann arbor farmers market
Getting ready for Christmas at the Ann Arbor Farmers market.

john loomis zingermans creamery
Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis and his delicious cheese at Zingerman's Creamery.

takashi tagihashi slurping turtle
Taro Root tacos and an Asian salad (right) at Takahashi Yagihashi's the Slurping Turtle.

isalita ann arbor
Isalita Cantina Mexicana tequila tasting.

kindlefest ann arbor
A honey vendor at Kindlefest in Kerrytown

mani osteria ann arbor
  Mani Osteria and Bar Pickled Tomato bruschetta

handels messiah hill auditorium
An evening performance of Handel's Messiah at Hill Auditorium

purple rose theatre
Jeff Daniels (and Michigan native), Purple Rose Theatre

ypsilanti michigan
Look out on to the water at sunset from The Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

A team from CSL just returned from a culinary, and cultural tour of beautiful Ann Arbor Michigan.  A food revolution with passionate chefs and artisans are at the fore,  with exceptional local produce from local farmers.  The vibrant energy and stunning architecture throughout the campus (and stadium) at The University of Michigan feeds the soul of the city while locals are welcoming and hospitable.

Want more Ann Arbor Michigan? Look for the full travel editorial in the upcoming Spring 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine plus lots more on CSL's website and Social Media (links below)

 ***A friendly reminder, all photography on City Style and Living Magazine, Facebook Page, Twitter, website and Blog are copyright 2014 K&S Media. Please do not use elsewhere without the written consent of City Style and Living Magazine. Thank you kindly!


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You may visit the NEW Winter 2014/15 digital edition of City Style and Living magazine (also available in print) at the following address (follow the three simple steps to access the full magazine, online) :

1) go to http://www.citystyleandliving.com 
2) click on the 'front cover' image, on the left hand side of your screen
3) to flip through the e-magazine, click on the bottom right hand corner
of the magazine, just as you would our print magazine!
Follow us on twitter @CityStyleMag
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