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Lake Thunderbird, May 22, 2015. 
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Water started flowing over both twin bridges last night.  The lake had risen 17" from the time I took these pictures to around midnight last night.  Two flood gates have been opened up 1 ft each hour since 6am this morning.  The last I looked they had two gates open 8 feet, releasing 4799 cubic feet per second.  They have all kinds of warning downstream for Little River, as they are already flooded, and now they have to flood it more.
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The OKC Caffeine Crawl is Saturday, March 21st.  There are still a very small number (21!) of tickets available if anyone is interested.

Routes 2-4 are from 8:30am - 12:30pm
Route 5 are from 11am to 3:00pm
*Routs 1 and 6 are currently sold out

List of participating stops and roasters
Cafe Evoke
Coffee Slingers Roasters
Compass Coffeehouse
Cuppies and Joe
Elemental Coffee Roasters
Gray Owl Coffee
Junction Coffee
Kitchen 324
Mariposa Coffee Roastery
Second Wind Coffeehouse
syrup
t, an urban teahouse
Topeca Coffee
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I've been getting quite a few member requests in the last week or so (relative to our small group).  Most of which are outside Oklahoma.  Thanks for joining us!

I'm curious how you found us.  Was our group recently highlighted or shared somewhere?
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Just found out about the Taste of OKC going on this weekend!
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So cool to see a time lapse radar stuff from OU.  So proud to have my B.S. in Meteorology from OU!
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OKC made this list!  I would agree, the OKC food options have gotten a lot better in the last few years. :)
<em>Women's Health</em> and Yelp teamed up to find the fittest, artsiest, foodiest, and just plain coolest cities on the rise in America. Put these winners on your must-visit short list.
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Though devastating, the fire in Yosemite is quite pretty.
Nearly two months after it was sparked by lightning, Yosemite's Meadow Fire continues to char Little Yosemite Valley between Half Done and Mt. Starr King. The wildfire was a wee little thing until September 7, when wind flared into a conflagration that has burned 4532 acres and forced the ...
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H&8th is back!!!!!
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I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it.  I noticed there are lots of new (to me) food trucks I've not heard of before.  From the map, looks like they took it another block north from last year?  I only went in the spring last year and then stopped going because of the crowds.
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OKC makes top 5 foodie cities (according to Yelp!)!

Way to go OKC!
Some surprising cities are on the up-and-up, according to Yelp review data.
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I agree as well.  I used to travel to eat, but now there are so many restaurants in the OKC area that I want to try that I can't keep up!  I LOVE IT!!!! :)
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Scratch
132 W. Main
Norman, OK 73069
(405) 801-2900
http://scratchnorman.com/
Mon - Thu // 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri // 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat // 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun // 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Has anyone tried Scratch in Norman?  I have heard mixed things about it.  My food bible, Yelp, told me it was iffy, but I've noticed the reviews have gotten a little more positive lately.  My husband has been twice for business dinners and really liked it, so we gave it a try on our own dime last week, and I was kinda shocked.  I wasn't expecting something so good to come from a place like this.

I had the fillet, which was grass-fed beef, topped with an herb butter, and it made the list for best steaks I've ever had!  And for only $25 (no sides), I thought that was a great price considering the quality!  I wasn't impressed with the potatoes (never thought I would say this, but way too much butter), but the pancetta mac & cheese was delicious!  We had pumpkin ice cream for dessert which was like eating a delicious frozen pumpkin pie, and some orange cheesecake.  I wasn't a fan of the cheesecake, but it was alright.

This is more of a cocktails type place, so their wine list is lacking, especially the options for by the glass.

I found the atmosphere to be a little odd.  It wasn't off putting, but it wasn't warm, inviting, romantic, or any of the other things I'd expect based on the food they serve and the price point.  It won't stop me from going back.  Most importantly, it was not loud or disruptive.

The wait staff was great.  Both times my husband went he said the service was slow, but they may have done that on purpose as business dinners have a different agenda than other diners.  We went Halloween night, and it was very empty.  Service was really fast.  The waiter was attentive, kept drinks full and made sure we had what we needed, and checked on us frequently without interrupting.  The bartenders or other staff who brought our drinks were also very professional.

I'd love to hear what others think!
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Excellent!  Glad to hear they are gaining traction.  It always seems empty, but it's hard to tell with the parking arrangement there.  But I'm sorry you didn't get to eat there.  I'm looking forward to going back and trying something new.

I've not been to Das Boot Camp yet, but I've been to their parent restaurant, Royal Bavaria out on Sooner Road, several times and really enjoy it.  In fact, I think I wrote a review about it on here a while back.

While OKC's food scene is exploding, Norman is finally starting to have more in the last year or two.  Especially of the nicer variety.  We've always had a few good hole-in-the-walls, but there were not many options for a little more upscale dining.  Benvenuti's (way more upscale), Blu, Sweet Basil, Local, Syrup, Full Moon Sushi, Das Boot Camp, and McNellie's are mostly all newer restaurants that cater to the more adult crowd who seek something a little more elegant from time to time.  And then we have a whole host of excellent hole-in-the-wall places!

I'm glad you have enjoyed your dining experiences here! :)
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Pumpkin-Oat Scones. Hello, Fall!
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Cool, thanks
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I used always been down on OKC for the poor food scene... until about 4 years ago.  I would agree, OKC is definitely and up and coming city for foodies.  Lots of great options lately!
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Meteorologist (OU grad!), web application developer, foodie, and wine lover interested in photography, observing severe weather, cooking, wine, baking, animals, music, and a whole lot more!
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  • University of Oklahoma
    Meteorology, minors in Mathematis and Hydrology, 2002 - 2007
  • Norman High School
    1998 - 2002
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