Pursue another passion: food! Trendy, contemporary dining is popping up all around the metro area with everything from American to Italian, Greek and even tempting food from Saudi Arabia.
“Bella Vista is great for Italian food!” —Michael Shoopman
“Grand House.” —Joe Meinhart
“Jana's in Norman: Thai and Italian.” —Gene Glaser
“Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown.” —John O'Connor
“My new fave: Charm, for Thai.” —Sara C. Jacoby
“Bistro Lorene in Chickasha.” —Lorene Fite Wood
“American: Cheever's. Italian: Vito's. Asian: Thai Kitchen Cafe downtown.” —Rot Job
“You simply cannot beat that old American standby … Taco Bell.” —Adam Orendac
“P.F. Chang's, Texas Road House, Olive Garden.” —Benjamin A. Pena
“Pachinko Parlor for sushi!” —Bekki Liles
“Papa Dio's.” —Suzanne Pennington Short
Delightful and funny, Sarah Stinson, 23, is a hostess at Nonna’s in Bricktown. Moving here from Grand Prairie, Texas, in 2003, her father was in the military. Her two pets, Lil’ Bit and Bella, are both smart dogs.
Future plans: “I want to climb the ladder. I am going into training soon to become a server.”
When you were laid off, it never crossed your mind: “That I would work in a restaurant.”
Real talent: “I am a painter and went to Oklahoma City Community College to study and have been painting since I could hold a pencil. I do cubism and realism.”
Kinda look like: “Kat Von D, but without the tattoos.”
Take an out-of-towner: “To Nonna’s, of course, and around Bricktown — that has so much to see.”
Won’t touch: “Mushrooms; I like the flavor, but not the slimy texture.”
Would kill for: “A hot fudge sundae.”
People don’t know that you are: “A closet gamer — it takes away the tension.”
Pet peeve: “People who chew with their mouths open.”
Come back as: “Myself."
Best thing you did in 2011: “Got a job.”
Silliest questions you’ve been asked as a hostess: “One man asked. ‘Does your elevator go down to the canal?’ And a lady called and wanted to celebrate her birthday at Nonna’s, but couldn’t believe that we didn’t serve cat fries. She said she just ‘slaps ‘em on the grill'.”
With the Oklahoma City Thunder ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals (Go Thunder!!!), we recently posed this question on Facebook: To watch Thunder games on TV, to which local bar or restaurant do you go? And what do you order? We wanna know!
And the people spoke:
“Dan O'Brien's!!! Closest to being at the game ever. Atmosphere is awesome and food is incredible!!! Chicken nachos, mmmm!” —Ashley Osborn
“Twin Peaks. Its refreshing to sit in a non-smoking bar and come home not smelling like an ashtray. Don't Okies know that secondhand cigarette smoke kills!?” —Jeff Jonaitis
“”Belle Isle Brewery … upstairs. Great atmosphere.” —Tempie DeVaughn Farmer
“”Cousins Bar and Grill! And beer.” —Jason Champ
“”Home with Pizza Hut and Bud Light.” —Christina Rivas
"Pizza Hut. They have great food, inexpensive, and tons of TVs!” —Tana Libby