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  • Sage Student Bistro

    November 11, 2013

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    Another restaurant gem in Omaha that we often forget about and recently had the opportunity to go to is Sage Student Bistro.  It’s a student prepared restaurant serving lunch and dinner at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts.

    Sage Bistro is staffed by students and is part of their curriculum, providing students an opportunity to refine their skills in a real restaurant atmosphere.  One caveat is that the restaurant is open Monday thru Thursday when the students are in session. There’s a standard lunch and dinner menu as well as weekly student designed prix fixe dinner specials ($30 per person), which is what we’ve always done.  They also have a menu degustation, a tasting size portion of the entire static menu including desserts which I’d love to try as well.

    This is gourmet style dining at an unreasonably low cost.  Of course students run the entire restaurant from back to front so you must expect a staff that can be a bit nervous at times.  Even with nerves, the dishes we’ve had at Sage are some of the most inventive we’ve had in town.  The restaurant itself is newly built and renovated.  As you drive up you can actually see into the kitchen and the dining area.

    When we went to dinner this past week we had a wonderful time and enjoyed some delicious dishes.  The two student chefs this week were exploring squash, apple, tomato and corn.  Can’t wait to go again when the next quarter begins.

    sage_001Pork – apple, mustard

    sage_002Three types of bread with sage butter

    sage_003Halibut – blackening, red wine, squash

    sage_004Oxtail – tomato, pappardelle

    sage_005Duck – corn, mushrooms

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  • Taita

    October 7, 2013

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    I write a lot about the food we eat, especially in Paris, but I don’t write much about the wonderful food we eat in Omaha.  I’ve been meaning to write a few posts about some of our favorite local restaurants.  This post is about Taita, a restaurant serving the freshest seafood and locally sourced ingredients.  The food is influenced by the chef/owner’s Peruvian roots.

    We went to Taita for my birthday a little over a year ago.  Dusty asked the chef, José, to create a tasting menu for us.  We were so impressed by the originality of the dishes and the freshness of the fish.  Now, just over a year later, in addition to their regular menu, they are serving handcrafted sushi as well as delicious cocktails and wines.  Our favorite place to sit is at the sushi bar where you can watch José.

    Here are a few pictures from one of our trips to Taita while I was still pregnant.  Dusty ordered the Omakase or Chef’s choice.  Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you.”  Essentially it’s a tasting of all the freshest fish the chef has and sort of like a tasting menu, except everything is at the chef’s whim.  I ordered the Uni Pasta.

    I’m not an expert but I’d have to say that Taita has the freshest fish in Omaha and some of the most unique sushi and dishes!

    tiata_002Handcrafted cocktails (mine was a mocktail)

    tiata_003View from our seats at the sushi bar

    tiata_004Vegetarian Roll (Best one I’ve ever had)

    tiata_0053 pieces of Nigiri

    tiata_006Ceviche

    tiata_007Giant Clam Nigiri

    tiata_008Monkfish Liver

    tiata_009 tiata_010 tiata_011Uni Pasta (Chitarra Pasta, Sea Urchin Beurre-Monte, Uni Bottarga, Crab)

    tiata_012Chocolate Pave

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