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There’s a new food truck on the scene.
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Upward mobility

Locals can have fresh microgreens and herbs for cooking in a new and convenient way. Microgreens, a chef favorite, are petite vegetable greens that add color, nutrition and flavor to dishes.
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Vietnamese comfort food

I’ve always had a love affair with the refreshing, healthy cuisine of Vietnam. I love the fragrances, the fresh herbs, cilantro, basil, mint and other Asian herbs: perilla, Vietnamese coriander and sawtooth cilantro. And I love the contrast and balance in almost every dish: spicy vs. cool, salty vs. sweet and steamed vs. crispy.
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OKG eat: Cool places, cooler drinks

We know. It’s hot. It’s summer in Oklahoma. Cool down by sampling cocktails that local bars and restaurants have concocted just for you. Find a nice, air conditioned space or a shaded patio and while away the hours drinking the flavors of summer. You might decide it’s not that bad after all.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton

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New kids on the block

There are a wealth of new local eateries cropping up in the metro and even more coming. If they’re not on your radar, they should be. From the comfy atmosphere at The Barrel on Western Avenue to the laid-back vibe at the Plaza District’s coffee shop, you might find a new regular hangout.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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Ah, the perils of working with special dietary needs. It can make dining out a pain. Luckily, with restaurateurs becoming more savvy to their diners’ needs, there are a bevy of places in OKC to satisfy your craving for the foods you love without losing taste. All choices this week have been road-tested by gluten-sensitive foodies to guarantee satisfaction.
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Yes, you ’can

Caribbean and American cuisine combine to put spice in your life at Carican Flavors.

Greg Elwell May 30th, 2012

Carican Flavors
2701 N. Martin Luther King

What works: Oxtail, oxtail, dear lord the oxtail.
What needs work: A little more heat on the red snapper, but that's about it.
Tips: Ask about the Jamaican empanadas.

Honestly, I don’t know why I’m telling you about Carican Flavors.

I mean, I wish them all the success in the world. I love the food. I love the atmosphere. It’s just … I don’t want to share with you.

Now, I can’t tell you how authentic the Caribbean (“cari-can,” get it?) food is, but I can tell you that I love it. I eat it and it makes me sad that I have taken this food away from the world, but happy that it will keep me alive long enough to return to Carican Flavors and eat more.

It’s a vicious, delicious cycle. The jerk chicken ($7.61) is good.

You should get it. And don’t worry if you’re not the type who likes spicy foods, because they do a flavorful, but mild version here.

The lamb stew is ($10.52) good.

You should get it. Big chunks of tender lamb in a broth good enough to drink from a glass and lots of fall-apart vegetables. It’s a feast for the senses, which is one of the many names I have for my stomach.

I was less taken with the stewed red snapper ($10.75), which was the first dish I wished had a bit more kick. If there are plenty of stewed peppers on top, you won’t have a problem. It’s pretty healthy, too, if you’re the sort who likes to live a long time.

And I do want to live. I want to live so that I can go back to Carican Flavors and get the dish that first made me fall in love: oxtail.

If you don’t like knowing where your food comes from, then the oxtail ($11.30) isn’t for you. And that’s OK, because the oxtail is for me! It’s mine. Leave it alone.

The oxtail comes on the bone, with a little fat, and it’s the absolute essence of beef distilled into meat and broth. I get it with an order of spinach rice so it can soak up all that broth.

Other sides include a baked macaroni and cheese ($3.75) that I’ve really come to adore and black-eyed peas ($3) or green beans ($3).

There’s also a sweet red drink called sorrel ($2) that is kind of like a tea brewed from a hibiscus that you should try while you’re in.

Carican Flavors is just one of my all-time favorite places. It’s impeccably clean. They are so friendly you will worry that it’s part of long con. And the food is just … c’mon. I cannot walk out of that place in a bad mood.

Oklahoma Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects, and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service when appropriate.

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