Tuesday, January 03, 2012

RTB Recap - Eating good in OKC

For as long as it's been since our journey on the Road Trip Blogathon, I can still recall some very specific senses of taste and smell from the different restaurants and cafes we visited.

Here are two of my favorites.

Cuppies & Joe

This was a really nice spot for all of us to sit and relax during the chaos of the RTB. After flying all the way down Highway 81 and then darting the streets of OKC, it was so nice to be able find some comfy seats and enjoy some yummy cupcakes and coffee.

The best part about Cuppies & Joe is the fact that it's taken up residence inside a remodeled house. That helps explain why it feels so natural to walk in, order up coffee and a cupcake, and settle into one of the armchairs by the front window.

It's just like home. And it was just what we needed to rejuvenate after all the places we had been between Enid and the city. The sugary cupcakes and caffeinated beverages definitely helped as well.

If you go, you definitely have to try the Boom Boom Pow. It was their suggestion and I loved the combination of chocolate buttercream and caramel on top of a vanilla cupcake with a sprinkle of sea salt on top to bring out all of the flavors.

After regaining our strength and refueling on caffeine, the RTB crew packed up and hit the city streets again. After a little exploring and getting just a little lost we had rebuilt our hunger, we had settled on grabbing some pizza - while keeping it local, of course. So we ended up at...

The Wedge Pizzeria

I am not kidding when I say this was one of the most memorable dinners I've ever had. I know that sounds like a tall order but I think it was the combination of a long day spent with good friends making a crazy, insane idea come true and all the creative flurries of blogging and photography that made our little three-course meal such a tasty reward for all of our hard work making the Road Trip Blogathon happen.

We started with this delicious little appetizer trio. That up there is your choice of hummus, artichoke hearts, or olive tapenade with which to top your flatbread. Such a great way to open up the meal for the main course...

Pizza! It's what The Wedge is all about, right? This lovely pizza came straight out of the wood fire oven with our own custom assortment of toppings, including sausage, pepperoni, olives and a sprinkle of pine nuts. I promised myself that next time I would split a pizza with more adventurous eaters and go with a Wedge specialty like The Italian Stallion or The Perfect Margherita or maybe even try a little Truffle-Shuffle. (For descriptions, check out their full menu online)

We were almost filled up but had just enough room for dessert. We thought about packing up and roaming the city to find another dessert spot but we had already sampled Cuppies & Joe and we couldn't think of anywhere else to go when we suddenly saw on the menu...

Gelato! It sounded like a perfect ending to our meal. What really sealed the deal was the fact that our photographer, Kayla, had never tasted this Italian treat. Kayla tried the Black Cherry, Lyndsay ordered her favorite flavor, Mint Chocolate Chip, and I sampled the Toasted Almond. What really set The Wedge's gelato apart from others I've had was the little frosted mugs and the little chunks of delicious inside. There were actual slivers of toasted almond in my gelato. It really made such a difference in the texture of this delicious dessert.

What really set my taste buds off was pairing my gelato with a small French press of Elemental Coffee - a local OKC coffee roaster. I may never have gelato without a brew of strong, black coffee again!

It truly was a perfect end to the meal and very nearly the end of our Blogathon adventure. But there was still more to come...



Cuppies and Joe: cuppiesandjoe.com
The Wedge Pizzeria: thewedgeokc.com
Elemental Coffee: elementalcoffeeroasters.com
Kayla Joy Photography: kaylajoyphotography.com


Stela said...

You guys visited some awesome places!! Now I'm craving the wedge!

Kayla Joy Smith said...

Darn, this makes me want some Wedge too.. That place was amazing.