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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A good day to pie hard

OKC Pot Pies

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air. With the changing colors of leaves, bonfires, flannel and pumpkin everything comes another fall favorite—comfort food.

In my book, it doesn’t get more comforting than chicken pot pie. And OKC has plenty to choose from that will leave you completely satisfied. I tried several places in my quest to find the best, traditional chicken pot pie in OKC. Here is the inside scoop on places that won’t disappoint.

Café 7: Pocketed in a delicious buttery crust, the perfectly seasoned veggies (including new potatoes) and chicken form a creamy mixture that you’ll no doubt enjoy.

Kitchen 324: If fried chicken and pot pie got married, this dish would be their child. Aside from the inventive presentation with a fried chicken leg atop the buttermilk crust blanket, the fried chicken nestled into the creamy goodness puts this comfort dish over the top.

Paseo Grill: The presentation is great, coming in its own little cast iron skillet, but the flavor is even better. Rich with a crust that covers both soft and crispy, this savory dish has a hint of curry that will not disappoint.

Pie Junkie: This Plaza District hotspot has several take and bake options and guys…this is not a drill…they have one made with COOP Ale Works beer called Veggie Ale Pot Pie. It is a true vegetarian dish and has mushrooms, brussels sprouts, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, lemon and rosemary. However, for this round, it was the tried-and-true traditional chicken pot pie I tried. At first glance, it appears to have a beautiful crust. But then you bite into it and realize it’s not just pretty to look at, it’s perfection. The ratio of sauce to veggie and meat was just right. Priced at a reasonable $6.75, this pot pie is a solid choice.

Sweets & Eats: A downtown favorite for many, this version might very well take you back to your childhood when you bite into the biscuit-y pie crust. Catch their creamy pot pie most Wednesdays as their blue plate special.

As the weather cools you might find yourself craving something warm and hearty. Throw on some stretchy pants and use this guide to pick what’s for dinner.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fry it and put it on a stick please

OK State Fair Food

The State Fair of Oklahoma is a wonderful way to celebrate this time of the year. The rides are fun, the exhibits are cool and it’s an even better treat to close out the summer, but can we be honest? We all know it’s about the food. The state fair has become more and more consumed with food and just how crazy and fried can it be. Well, if that makes you salivate then you are in for another treat this year.

While fried foods are usually what get headlines, there are some foods that are making headlines without taking a dip into the fryer:

  • Cotton Candy Pie
  • Beef Poke Bowl
  • Drizzled Muffins
  • Cherry Limeade Pie
  • Mac-N-Cheese Topped with Ground Beef and Fries
  • Cheese Curd Taco
  • Gourmet Donut Burger (maybe the most famous)
  • Waffle Wrapped Snow Ice
  • Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Taco

It wouldn’t be a state fair without new and crazy fried food. Here are the new platters for this year:

  • Deep-Fried Hot Pepper Rings
  • Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip
  • Cookie Fries
  • Funnel Cake Burger
  • BBQ Chicken and Bacon Calzone
  • Fish & Chips
  • Beer Cheese Bacon Fries

My mouth is watering right now. Here at BetterLife HQ we’re a big fan of spicy food, and that Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip and those Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Tacos are right up our alley.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sweet tooth

Kitchen 324 Pie

OKC’s pretty sweet; literally and figuratively, of course. Yes, it’s pretty sweet that we live in a city on the rise, but you know what else is sweet? Cake. Ice cream. Candy. Cupcakes. Pastries. Indeed, as sweet as it can be to live in OKC in the midst of its renaissance, it’s much sweeter when you have a massive slice of cake just begging to be eaten right in front of you. So never fear, TheBetterLife is here to help you satisfy your sweet tooth from the comfort of your own city. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of the local favorites! If you don’t see your favorite(s) on here, be sure to let us know!

Cakes, Cupcakes, and Pies: Brown's Bakery, Cuppies and JoeKitchen No. 324, Green Goodies, Ingrid’s, Leo’s Cakery, La Baguette, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pie Junkie, Pinkitzel, Sara Sara Cupcakes

Ice Cream: Braum’s, Capitals Ice Cream, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Fudge and Specialty Candies: Russell Stover Chocolates, Woody Candy Co, Kernels & Kandies, Stockyards Sarsaparilla, Sweet Prairie Home

Cookies: Brown's Bakery, Cuppies and Joe, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Ingrid’s, Insomnia Cookies, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Donuts: Brown's Bakery, Humble Donuts, Kitchen No. 324, Best Donuts, Holey Rollers, Hurts Donut, Sweet Mini’s Donut Company

Our friends at the CVB have just as big of a sweet tooth so check out their videos of the best cookies and pies in OKC.

   

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Live music in OKC

There’s a certain voice to OKC. It wavers in a rekindled vibrancy, as an old man that’s come back to his church choir. Wherever you go here, there’s someone around the corner singing gospel about the best and the worst parts of life and experience.

Back in 1919 over on Second Street, the Aldridge Theater opened and hosted the best jazz musicians in the nation. Now, the building is gone and that music spills onto the streets. Every last Saturday of the month, the historic Deep Deuce District lives again in the Deep Deuce Sessions, a music walk where artists invade local venues and fill the air with gospel, jazz and acoustic sounds.

The Jones Assembly is OKC’s newest spot for music and food, opened in 2017. Pulling big name artists and offering classy food and drink options, this young establishment does its home district of Film Row proud. Down on 23rd Street, the historic Tower Theatre stands proud again with its neon marquee. Sporting a history back to 1937 as an original movie house, this renovated venue hosts up-and-coming regional artists from hip-hop to Americana.

Swing over to the Plaza District where it bleeds with color and creativity. If the Plaza Walls are this district’s bare heart, then Saints Bar and Lounge is its illustrious voice in Saints Sessions. Every Thursday evening, talented, local acoustic and jazz musicians play at this intimate setting where the people are friendly, the drinks are strong and the music is stellar.

At Bleu Garten in Midtown OKC, culture stays local with table games, great drinks, seasoned food trucks and live, local music every Thursday night. With its outdoor setting, Bleu arguably has one of the best atmospheres in town. On the lively Bricktown canal, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar is a true star of the city, with pizza by the slice and drinks galore. Open Thursday through Saturday, blisteringly skilled musical performers get their kicks taking requests and razzing audience members.

Just outside the Paseo District lies The Blue Door, a venue that offers a different experience than all the bars and restaurants. The Blue Door doesn’t offer drinks or food (although drinks are BYOB): it offers a quiet, close-knit listening room for the veteran and novice musician alike. Named simply after the color of its doors, this venue makes folk, rock and blues its cornerstone.

This old man doesn’t speak the words the same way as once, nor does he bellow as loud as he could in younger years, but he still finds a hunger for harmony. Etching an echo in kindred hearts, the man and his chorus, the city and its people, keep making this music, onward and ever upward.

food, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, Bricktown, Uptown 23, Deep Deuce, festivals, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ethnic food

Bowl of Pho

As far as food in OKC goes, we’re pretty well known for our steaks, barbecue and burgers. But what you might not realize is that we’re much more than that. Oklahoma City has an emerging reputation as a pilgrimage all foodies must make—a pilgrimage that involves stops with steaks, bahn mi, tacos, bratwurst and so much more. So, to help you on your culinary conquest, we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite ethnic eateries across OKC. Obviously, this isn’t a complete, exhaustive list of all the ethnic food to be found in OKC, just some local favorites! If you don’t see your favorite haunt on the list, let us know because all of us here at BetterLife HQ love to eat and to try new hot spots in OKC!

Mexican: Ted’s Café Escondido, San Marcos, Iguana Mexican Grill, Big Truck Tacos, Abuelo’s, Mama Rojo Mexican Kitchen, On the Border
South American: Café DO Brasil, Café Kacao, La Brasa
African: Queen of Sheba
Italian: Stella, Patrono, Victoria’s, Bravo Cucina Italiana
European: Ingrid’s (German), La Baguette (French)
Middle Eastern: Couscous Café, Nunu’s Mediterranean Café, Zorba’s
Chinese: Chow’s Chinese Restaurant, Golden Phoenix, Kwan’s Kitchen
Indian: Sheesh Mahal, Taj Cuisine of India, Gopuram Taste of India
Japanese: Sushi Neko, Tokyo Moon, Tamashii Ramen, Goro Ramen
Korean: B Won, Gogi Go, Taste of Korea
Thai: Panang Thai Restaurant, Sala Thai, Suphattra’s Thai Kitchen
Vietnamese: Golden Phoenix, Lee’s Sandwiches, Pho Cuong, Pho Lien Hoa, VII Asian Bistro

Didn’t see your favorite on here? Let us know through the comments and via social media!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Frozen favorites

Capitals Ice Cream

Summer is in full swing here in the Sooner State. If you are anything like us, the hot temps make you crave your favorite frozen treats. If you are new to the area and need some ideas check out the 5 to Try-Frozen Favorites video our buddies at the Oklahoma City CVB recently put out. Was your favorite frozen food not included? Hit us up in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An introduction to OKCís artsy side†

Paseo Arts Festival

The Paseo Arts Festival is the perfect time to celebrate one of Oklahoma City’s most unique artistic communities: The Paseo Arts District. For more than 40 years, the Paseo Arts Festival has brought food, fun, music (and, ya know, art) to the picturesque district’s streets.

This year the festival will take place May 26-28. Attend this event to see the work of more than 90 visual artists whose work spans a wide variety of media including painting, photography, woodworking and jewelry. With live performers and dozens of food vendors, this event is one that the entire family can enjoy.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, free, live music, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Festival of the Arts

OKC Festival of the Arts

You don’t have to be an Oklahoma City native long to understand that the annual Festival of the Arts is the unofficial kickoff of spring in the metro. This year’s festival will be held April 24-28 at Bicentennial Park.

First started in 1967, the Festival of the Arts is put on by Arts Council Oklahoma City to celebrate art and community. More than 140 visual artists from around the county will have booths set up to showcase any medium of art you can think of.

The great thing about the festival is that it’s a blast for the whole family as they also emphasize performing and culinary arts. You can listen to great live music on three stages while enjoying some amazing food.

As you can imagine, the festival is a major undertaking and to make it happen the Arts Council relies on volunteers. If you are interested in helping out check out the link to learn more. Trust us, there are much worse ways to spend an April afternoon.

Also, if this marks your first time going to the festival check out our insider tips from a couple years back. Be sure to note the location of the festival has changed since the post but the tips still apply!

volunteer, arts and culture, festivals, food, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Something for everyone

Grocery Shopping

One of the most disheartening parts about wanting to cook something new is not being able to find the ingredients you need at your typical go-to grocery store.

Thankfully, Oklahoma City has a plethora of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Whether you’re going organic or looking for more ethnic flavors, the metro has a place nearby that has exactly what you’re looking for.

The hardest part would be finding where these places actually are; that is, if we didn’t make things a little easier for you first. Take a look at our specialty grocery store page on our website. Do you notice any stores missing from our list that people have to know about? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kick off the New Year in style

NYE in OKC

For 30 years, Opening Night has been the center of New Year’s Eve fun in Oklahoma City. Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night offers fun for the entire family with performances throughout downtown OKC featuring acts such as The Wise Guys, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv and more. Trust us, there is absolutely zero chance of a less than stellar New Year’s Eve. Did we mention there’s fun for the whole family? The youngsters are sure to enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively music performances. And the fireworks finale is a show-stopping spectacle that you won't soon forget.

Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, MidFirst Bank locations and Plenty Mercantile. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event.

And don’t worry about grabbing grub before heading downtown – seriously, they’ve thought of everything – the city’s best food trucks will be on-hand to serve up a variety of exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley any time before midnight!

food, live music, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Festive with PlazaFest

Plaza District Festival

Looking for a fun, exciting day out with family or friends? With live music, incredible food and beautiful art, there’s a lot to see and do at the upcoming Plaza District Festival.

Celebrating local arts, culture and the revitalization of OKC’s Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival will feature art from more than 30 Oklahoma-based artists in addition to an all Oklahoma lineup of musicians and performers on three stages. There will also be a kid’s area with activities like face painting, hula hoops and bubbles, and firehouse art activities throughout the festival so your little ones can harness their own creative genius.

The Plaza District is an enclave of locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants and has become a hub for creativity and a magnet for local businesses. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Grab a cup of coffee at District House, a slice of pizza at Empire or a grilled cheese at the Mule. You can also get a drink at Oak and Ore before heading over to DNA Galleries to buy some clothes or art. How about ending the evening with a performance at Lyric Theatre and then running over to Roxy’s for some ice cream or Pie Junkie for the best pie around. Get the picture? There is something for everyone in the Plaza.

The Plaza District Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The fairest food

Fair Food

We aren’t going to lie, one of our favorite posts annually is talking about our favorites foods at the fair. The fair comes only once a year, so why not indulge in some deep-fried, chocolate-covered fair food to make your experience complete? Ranging from classic to crazy, here are five picks for the best food that the fair has to offer.

  • Indian Tacos at Dan’s Indian Taco Stand. This stand is a state fair staple for delicious Indian tacos.
  • Bacon Bloody Mary at The Roadhouse Concessions. A new item for 2013, try this take on a classic Bloody Mary if the midway leaves you feeling thirsty. Must be 21 to purchase.
  • Root Beer. Ice cold, in a jug. What more do you need?
  • Bacon-Wrapped Caramel Apple from Rodney and Lisa LTD, LLC. Is it a dessert? Is it a main course? Will you regret it the next day? We don’t know, but we still think you should give it a try anyway.
  • Elvis S’more. Full disclosure we actually haven’t tried Elvis S’more before but we love the name. Plus s’mores are delicious so it can’t be bad. We would love s’more food like this (sorry we can never pass on a terrible pun).

If none of these treats tickle your fancy, check out the interactive food finder on the Oklahoma State Fair website to pinpoint exactly what your taste buds are craving.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Something special

Grocery Shopping

One of the most disheartening parts about wanting to cook something new is not being able to find the ingredients you need at your typical go-to grocery store.

Thankfully, Oklahoma City has a plethora of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Whether you’re going organic or looking for more ethnic flavors, the metro has a place nearby that has exactly what you’re looking for.

The hardest part would be finding where these places actually are; that is, if we didn’t make things a little easier for you first. Take a look at our specialty grocery store page on our website. Do you notice any stores missing from our list that people have to know about? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Craft beer explosion

Friends drinking beer

With so much brewing in the OKC, it’s kind of hard not having a beer jubil-double-E every now and then. Fall for your favorite fermentables at taprooms and restaurants all over town. Like to get your craft beer straight from the brewer’s fermenter? Some of our favorite spots include Anthem Brewing Company, COOP Ale Works, Elk Valley/Mustang, Roughtail and Twisted Spike. Want food while you imbibe (pro tip: usually not a bad idea.)? Restaurants like Bricktown Brewery and Belle Isle Brewery brew their own awesome stuff on-site, and many of our local establishments pride themselves on their local craft beer selection, like McNellie’s, Urban Johnnie, Republic Gastropub and more. Due in part to OKCitians’ thirst as well as a recent change in Oklahoma law, even more brewery taprooms have been announced. There’s certainly no dearth of excellent craft beer in Oklahoma City, so get out there and enjoy (responsibly)!

beer, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrate the arts

Festival of the Arts

Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” For the past 50 years, the Festival of the Arts has brought imagination to our own backyard as one of the largest and most successful arts festivals in the country. With hundreds of world-renowned artists from across the country, the Festival of the Arts is a must see event bringing imagination to life.

Here are just a few things you should know about the Festival of the Arts:

  • You have six days to enjoy the fun as the festival is April 25-30 at Bicentennial Park, situated between the Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall. Admission is free and hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field is just $2.
  • More than 450 artists applied and submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 144 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest, featuring a wide array of art from oils, water, drawing and printmaking to photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture and more.
  • At the Festival of the Arts, art isn’t just what you look at, it’s what you eat too. From appetizers to desserts, the Festival brings 31 vendors to the International Food Row and throughout the grounds. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma.
  • Art is also a performance. Nearly 300 entertainers will be donating their performances on three stages throughout the Festival to the 750,000 Festival attendees.

Whether you’re imagining buying a painting that you love, jamming out at a free concert or eating a piece of art you enjoy, the Festival of the Arts will bring your imagination, and your taste buds, to life.

arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, festivals, food, free, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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HefnerFest

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Beautiful sunsets, a 10-mile trail and iconic lighthouse in the middle of the state make Lake Hefner a must see travel destination for visitors and residents alike. Instead of simply driving by this iconic lake again on Lake Hefner Parkway, why not stop by for a fun-filled day?

Hefner Fest is a free event for people of all ages taking place April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience all that Lake Hefner has to offer with free sailing experiences, stand up paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, tailgate games and so much more. Hefner Fest will also feature live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Most people see Lake Hefner as a great place to take a stroll or ride your bike but Lake Hefner also offers all kinds of water sports fun. In fact, plans were just released to enhance the historic Lake Hefner Boathouse to help increase the amount of activity on the lake.

After the event, take a stroll along the 10 mile trail that surrounds the lake or stop by one of the many restaurants along Lake Hefner’s waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset that only Lake Hefner can provide. Lake Hefner is more than just that pretty lake next to the highway, so be sure to stop by and experience all that it has to offer. 

food, Lake Hefner, live music, restaurants, running, water sports, beer, cycling
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Food city

Bowl of Pho

No matter where you reside in OKC, you and your guests can enjoy top-shelf hand-crafted cuisine. Each district offers a unique flair and culinary selections that you won’t soon forget.

From the pho of the Asian District to the historic (and presidentially approved) Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Stockyard’s City, OKC is brimming with pubs, supper clubs and world-class restaurants that foodies of all ages are sure to enjoy. Farm-to-table options abound at Kitchen 324, Ludivine and Packard’s; and seafood loving guests are in for a treat at The Drake, Rococo and Pearl’s Oyster Bar. If you are looking for a way to visually show off the city while enjoying a dinner to remember, consider Vast. We can promise, you won’t be disappointed.  

For more information about the restaurant renaissance in OKC, check out the special edition of VeloCity

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trot out of the house for your turkey

Thanksgiving at a restaurant

Listen, we get it – cooking a turkey and all the fixings is not for the faint of heart. If you find yourself in a fix when it comes to time or you just want to change things up, consider going out for Thanksgiving. There are a number of Greater OKC Chamber members ready and waiting for you and yours to brighten their door and would be thankful for the opportunity to serve your Thanksgiving meal. Check out the list on the Chamber website of restaurants open on Thanksgiving and give thanks that you don’t have to worry about cleaning, cooking and carving that big bird yourself.

restaurants, food, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We scream for ice cream

couple eating ice cream

Hop aboard a cow-painted bus and watch the magic happen at Braum’s Dairy Farm in Tuttle. Anyone who’s had Braum’s ice cream can attest to his magical properties. Here’s a fun fact: each day, Braum’s produces enough fresh raw milk to fill more than a million glasses. In fact, Braum’s is one of the largest dairy operations in the world and a showplace in the industry. Get a front row seat to see the process for making ice cream, ice cream cones, cookies, milk and more. The tours are free, but reservations are required.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Boats and rows

Regatta Festival

Some of the best riversport athletes in the world will be in Oklahoma City on Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes over the Oklahoma River. For four days, 2,500 athletes will compete in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and whitewater rafting during the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Race and the OGE NightSprints.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants compete for the best time. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss. Events are held in different categories including collegiate, masters and junior rowing as well as kayak and dragon boat racing.

But the fun isn’t just limited to participants. In addition to the racing, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival will include a family festival with food trucks and beer gardens – all with a first-rate view of the racing and the traditional post-race fireworks.

View the schedule at riversportokc.org.

beer, family-friendly, festivals, food, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

VeloCity

Now that you are up to speed on what makes the Oklahoma City economy tick, aren’t you ready to tell your friends, family and coworkers all about what makes OKC great? Of course you are and here at the Better Life Headquarters, we want to make it easier for you. Let us introduce you to VeloCity, Oklahoma City’s digital magazine. Some of you have already read an issue of VeloCity, if so give yourself a high five while no one is looking, but if not, each issue is jam packed with stories and dynamic video that help tell our city’s stories. The most recent issue is all about our city’s amazing food culture, but be sure to click on the archives to take a gander at past issues. VeloCity is a great tool to pass along to anyone who you think might need some more information on OKC. 

food, Oklahoma City, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fun for everyone!

State Fair Rides

Hold on to your hat, break out your walking shoes, and get ready for one of our favorite can’t-miss events of the year – the Oklahoma State Fair kicks off this Thursday. The 11-day event will continue through Sept. 25 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds and offers something for everyone, from bacon-covered, deep-fried treats to karate kids and street outlaws.

Action? Did someone say action? Well, expect nothing less from the Oklahoma State Fair. Enjoy the thrills of extreme bull riding or one of the tremendous shows featuring the world's largest traveling collection of raptors, the high-flying stunts of the Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus and even a fire-eating magician. Your little princess (or prince for that matter) is sure to enjoy the stories of Buzz Lightyear, Tow Mater, Elsa and Anna as Disney on Ice presents “Worlds of Enchantment.

For those who prefer something on the tamer side, check out the petting zoo and pony trail ride, the kids creation station, Swifty Swine Pig Races, Farmyard Follies or simply take a stroll down Clydesdale Alley. To get a feel for what it was like in the olden days, check out the chuck wagon cookin’ or goat’s milk soap making demonstrations. The antique tractor exhibit and auto show are sure to be an auto lovers paradise.

Don’t miss the Adventure Road Entertainment Stage or the Bandshell Stage to enjoy free concerts each evening from jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, country and Christian bands. You might even catch classical dancers, choirs, or magicians while you’re at it.

Get all of the details on hours, admission and special discount days here. A complete schedule of events is available here.

concerts, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A foodieís paradise

While we at Better Life Central certainly enjoy the rides and exhibits of the State Fair, we must admit that we look forward to seeing the new delicacies each year. You’ll be happy to know that this year’s food selections won’t disappoint. More than 20 new and unique foods have been added to the State Fair lineup this year. If you are into delicious, one-of-a-kind grub then the State Fair is certainly where you need to be. Oklahoma sweet tea glazed fried chicken piqued our interest and just the thought of pineapple upside down cake cinnamon roll sent our taste buds into overdrive. And, as always, the classics such as corn dogs and turkey legs can be found throughout Fair Park.

You can zero in on your favorite sweet or savory treat using the Fair’s interactive food finder. Choose from categories such as “bacon,” “on-a-stick,” “deep-fried,” or “great taste of a Fair.” Then select your favorite treat and instantly get a map to your favorite foodie destination.

food, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Paseo Arts Festival turns 40

Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts Festival is a great excuse to discover (or hopefully rediscover) the fantastic Paseo Arts District. For 40 years the annual festival has brought food, fun, music and yes art to the district’s streets, drawing more than 60,000 visitors.

This year’s festival will take place May 28 through May 30 and feature more than 80 visual artists. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area (at no cost).

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, music, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On the road to adventure

Adventure Road Logo

All this talk about travel got you itching for a road trip, but you don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, Adventure Road has trip resources along Interstate 35, with information on more than 200 stops along the way (including several right here in OKC!).

Check out their website for trips centered around subjects, like foodie adventures or girls’ getaways, and for deals on destinations near year. You can even save destinations and itineraries for the future, so you will be prepared no matter when or where wanderlust hits you. 

attractions, day-trip, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OKCís Rite of Spring

Festival of the Arts

From discovering new artists to experiencing global flavors, Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring for 50 years. And the 50th annual Festival of the Arts, April 19-24, promises to continue this rich tradition in its new location at Bicentennial Park located in front of Civic Center Music Hall.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Every year Festival of the Arts attracts up to 750,000 people over six days. Free admission, amazing art, fantastic food, exciting entertainment and fun activities are all in store for visitors to enjoy at this year’s Festival.

Visual Arts
The Festival features 200 artists from 41 states, including several artists representing the rich culture and talent of Oklahoma.

Culinary Arts
Take a break from the visual and performing arts to enjoy all the fine food that Festival of the Arts has to offer. International Food Row features old favorites like Indian Tacos, Strawberries Newport, Craig & Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos and C’est Si Bon. New additions to this year’s International Food Row include Meat Market Refectory, The Saucee Sicilian, Crepe Brewers and I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related nonprofit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

Performing Arts
Festival of the Arts has three stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians.

Art for Children
Festival of the Arts will include many great activities for children and families. Shop from Festival’s youngest artists at the Youth Art Sale where youth ages 8 to 18 present their own artwork for sale. Young at Art Mart is a special no-adults-allowed section where children can purchase art created by their favorite Festival artists for $5 or less. Children can create their own unique work of art in the Children's Art Field. Face painting for $1 will be available.

All proceeds from the Festival support Arts Council Oklahoma City’s year-round, free and low-cost programming. Another unique way to support this effort is by attending the Angels and Friends Party. It boasts entertainment, fare from OKC’s best restaurants, an open bar and a chance to celebrate the arts and the coming of spring with OKC’s most devout arts supporters.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Asian District

One thing newcomers to our great city are always surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

Asian District, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Moving made easy: specialty grocery stores

We know moving is stressful and while big ticket items like housing and schools can turn your hair grey, simple things like, “where am I going to shop?” can also turn into major inconveniences.

The good news is that no matter your proclivity, Oklahoma City has a ton of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Organic, local or ethnic, the metro has a place nearby to satisfy your growling stomach.

How would one easily find what they are looking for? Well we’ve made it easy for you. Check out the Specialty Grocery Store page on our website. While we consider ourselves all knowing when it comes to OKC we might not have thought of every place. Have a specialty grocery store we missed that people need to know about? Let everyone know in the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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SchmoozaPalooza

SchmoozaPalooza

Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is tonight! We know this is a lot of exclamation points, but that is just the kind of fun there is to be had at Schmooza.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. today and the rocking good times will go onto until 7 p.m., at the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes (scroll down at the link to see our wonderful exhibitors).

We know you are already sold but just in case we haven’t tickled you fancy enough there is also a theme: western wear. That is right, bust out your cowboy hat, boots and rhinestones and we will see you tonight.

food, live music, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Block party in b-town

Irish flag (220399586)

No silent alarm here – we’re sounding the laudatory bell for the Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. Conveniently, the 27th annual event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, so after the O’City parade, check out loads of live music, imbibe some green beer (as well as some awesome naturally-colored local craft beer!) and have some tasty eats from area food trucks right there at Reno and Oklahoma Avenue. The party lasts until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy that day ‘o the year when everyone’s Irish.

Performers:
3 p.m. – Rocky Kanaga
4 p.m. – Empire Grey
5 p.m. – Denver Duncan
6 p.m. – Bowlsey
7 p.m. – Squad Live
9 p.m. – Josh Sallee
10 p.m. – My So-Called Band

More info: http://www.bricktownokc.com/

food, holiday, live music, nightlife, beer, Bricktown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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