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Joining in the effort is Integris Health. It will present a healthy-cooking demonstration 6 p.m. Tuesday at Whole Foods Market, 6001 N. Western. You’ll learn about preparing heart-friendly meals at home by making minor adjustments.

Make reservations early for this free event and enjoy the interactive discussion and complimentary dinner. Call 951-2277.

Spreading the seed
An explosion of grocery markets has popped up around the metro, and Norman is the latest recipient of such wonder at the intersection of Main Street and Lahoma Avenue. That’s the future location of the state’s third Sunflower Farmers Market.

“We’re truly looking forward to both our upcoming Oklahoma grand openings: the Edmond opening, and now the Norman location in 2013,” said Sunflower CEO Chris Sherrell. “We’re excited to expand Sunflower’s famous selection of natural and organic foods at silly prices to these new areas.”

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Another iguana
Mexican food lovers barely will have time to miss the closing of Chicas Mexican Cafe in Nichols Hills Plaza, now that the Iguana Mexican Grill has announced plans to open a second location in Chicas’ old site at 6482 Avondale Drive.

Scheduled to open in the spring, the new Iguana location will offer a limited menu of what is offered at its restaurant at 9 N.W. Ninth in Automobile Alley. Five dinner specials will be available each week, along with its renowned array of tacos, burritos and mouth-watering salsas.

“The original Iguana, located on Western Avenue in Nichols Hills, was a family staple for this area of Oklahoma City,” said Robert Painter, who co-owns the restaurant along with Steve Mason. “Steve and I are thrilled to come back to the neighborhood where it all started.”

The Iguana Lounge closed its Western Avenue location several years ago before the brand was revived in 2009 as the Iguana Mexican Grill.

Chow chat
Confident and enthusiastic chef Arly Smart’s home town is Cortez, Colo. At 36, he is a pastry arts instructor at Platt College.

What brought you to Oklahoma:

“I was chasing a young lady, my now wife, Amber, and it will be 17 years this summer.”

Family: “Justus, 12; Grace, 10; and our 3-year-old foster son, Dylan.”

A famous person you look like:

“That surfer, Kelly Slater. I know, it’s creepy.”

Most difficult: “Getting into foster care and making that commitment. It took us a year, but we needed to do something that was a challenge.”

Your signature dish: “Probably fried chicken — comfort food that would take me back to when I was a kid.”

Kill for: “Maple-glazed doughnuts and cookies and cream ice cream. But I do cycling.”

Quick tip for an amateur cook:

“Watch out for your fingers.”

Personal motto: “Do hard things.

It is easy to go through life and just get by. We need a challenge.”

Greatest extravagance: “I am passionate about food, and I am a chef for crying out loud.”

Tattoo: “Yes, it is of one of my favorite kitchen items, which is a chef’s knife by Forschner.”

Love to meet: “Mario Batali.’” Greatest accomplishment:

“Opening the first Kona Grill in Scottsdale.”

We recently asked Oklahoma Gazette’s Facebook friends about their favorite place to get burgers to go. Here are the results!

“S&B.” —Taylor Dinsmore

“Tucker’s ... ’cause they are delicious!” —Josh Bomaster

“5 Guys Burgers & Fries!” —Tom Whiteley

“VZD’s” —Catherine Pryor

“We have no local place in Snyder to get good burgers. I get them to-go at Sonic in Altus, cause they don’t have any place to eat inside!” —Dee Richardson

“Tim’s Drive In because they have limited seating.” —La Prima Kessler

“Flatire burger.” —David Dickerson

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