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New Show: Take A Bite with Phi

A photograph of Phi Nguyen outside the patio of Cafe Kacao with food dishes and the Take A Bite with Phi logo in the upper left corner.

Show Reveal: We filmed the first episode of our new show, Take A Bite with Phi. Hosted by Phi Nguyen of the Take A Bite OK Instagram account, the food series is all about getting people to expand their food horizons while getting to know the stories behind the dishes and even how to make some of the meals at home yourself.

Photograph of Lessa, Dennis, and Phi holding up drinks inside the restaurant Cafe Kacao.

Phi is a born and bred Oklahoman who spent 10 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry before her current downtown management career in the heart of OKC. Her love of food and passion for the ever-growing restaurant scene in OKC was the catalyst for Take A Bite OK. The mission of her hyper-local account is to share the vibrant culinary landscape of Oklahoma with others.

Photographic of Dennis, Phi, Chef Jeff, and Lessa at a table with some food at Ma Der Lao Kitchen in Oklahoma City.

The series will premiere on The Show Starts Now Studios app later this fall. You can help us and get early access by joining us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TSSNStudios

Back to the Basix by Jordan Tacker

Back to the Basix at ARTSPACE Untitled encompasses the new works of Jordan Tacker. These paintings include the old sparks and color of Tacker’s past work with the classical method of oil painting. As a student at Laguna College of Art and Design, Tacker has been exploring an atelier and representational method of creating artwork. Rather than reaching for something new, she hopes to rediscover the power of painting from past masters and explore the interconnected world around her through these paintings.

This exhibition is on display from Tuesday, June 7, 2022, through Thursday, June 30, 2022. Learn more at https://www.1ne3.org

Norman, OKC, and Edmond Farmers Markets

We traveled to the three largest farmers’ markets in the Oklahoma City Metro area in this episode of Uncovering Oklahoma. We start with The Norman Farm Market in Downtown Norman at the new The Well building where Lessa interviews some of the vendors there. Next, we travel to Oklahoma City to visit the Scissortail Park Farmers Market. We then end the day at the Edmond Farmers Market.

We hope you enjoy this episode of us visiting these fantastic farmers’ markets. While we couldn’t visit every single market, we do encourage you to check out your local markets.

Norman Farmers Market - photo by Lessa Keller-Kenton

Learn more about The Norman Farm Market at https://thewellok.org/norman-farm-market/

Learn more about the Scissortail Park Farmers Market at https://scissortailpark.org/farmersmarket/

Learn more about the Edmond Farmers Market at https://www.edmondok.gov/365/Farmers-Market


Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes.

Looking to mix up your wardrobe? I have some great Oklahoma-themed merch at my online store and your purchases help supports this show. 

Happy Adventures!

Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate - photo by Dennis Spielman

Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate

For this episode of Uncovering Oklahoma, I got to take a tour of Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate in Oklahoma City. Owners Maura and Roy Baker share their chocolate-making process from start to finish as well as talk about their coffee shop in the Britton District

Visit them online at https://zerotolerancecoffee.com or in-person at 913 West Britton Road in Oklahoma City.

Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes.

Looking to mix up your wardrobe? I have some great Oklahoma-themed merch at my online store and your purchases help supports my projects. 

Exhale Launched

Featuring 185 videos I made, I am excited to share the online lung rehabilitation program, Exhale has launched! If you or someone you know someone is struggling with COPD, smoking, and other lung conductions, Exhale takes a holistic wellness approach with educational videos, strength training, yoga, breathing techniques, and even cooking classes.

While there are over 100 videos on the app, a user technically won’t see them all as the program is customized to a person’s needs. For example, if you have diabetes, there are some additional videos about diabetes and how it relates to lung health. There are also five different skill levels, based on the mMRC standard for the strength, walking, and yoga videos. Also, technically I have made over 200 as the company went through an identity change in the early stage so we reshoot a bunch of lessons and redid videos based on feedback too.

I meet with the founder, Wendy Lawson, back in November of 2020 and we’ve been filming videos ever since that December. I’m excited to see how this program goes. There are plans to add more content and cover more fields!

Learn more at joinexhale.com

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