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Lobby Cafe and Shawnee

My wife and I visited the Lobby Cafe and Bar in Oklahoma City for the Influencers Lunch hosted by Edible Excellence. Then we traveled to Shawnee to explore their downtown scene and to check out the hot air balloon festival.

My wife and I visited the Lobby Cafe and Bar in Oklahoma City for the Influencers Lunch hosted by Edible Excellence. Then we traveled to Shawnee where we spent most of our day exploring their downtown scene and then paid a visit to the hot air balloon festival. This video is a quick recap of how we spent our Saturday. I plan to follow up with more detailed stories in the future.

We had a great time at the balloon festival and I would recommend it to people. This was our first visit there, so we mainly walked around to get a feel for the event. There was a ton to see and do there, including live music, games, food trucks, wildlife expo, and more. Next year I plan to go back to do a more an in-depth story for Uncovering Oklahoma. We spent most of our time Saturday exploring Downtown Shawnee, which is why the part about the balloon festival is more of a brief mention than a review. We were also wanting to avoid getting heat exhaustion at this point as it was over 100 that day.

Overall, there are places worth visiting in Shawnee.

Luminarium Albesila - photo by Dennis Spielman

Inside the Luminarium Albesila

I was invited to preview the Luminarium Albesila, an Inflatable Sculptures Art Exhibit, for Rex Fest in Oklahoma City. Created by Architects of Air, the large sculptures reflect light to create an immersive experience filled with color.

Luminarium Albesila - photo by Phi Nguyen

In this video, I wondered around experiencing the Luminarium Albesila for myself and then I had a guided tour where I learned about the fundraiser event for the John Rex PTA and the inflatable sculpture. The guided tour was recorded using my iPhone and published on Uncovering Oklahoma.

Inside the Luminarium Albesila - photo by Dennis Spielman
Inside the Luminarium Albesila - photo by Dennis Spielman

The First Live Yes! Science!

In this adventure vlog, I share a behind-the-scenes look at producing my first original live studio audience show of Yes! Science!

Banquet Cinema Pub

First Look at Banquet Cinema Pub

I was invited to a media tasting preview event at Banquet Cinema Pub in Oklahoma City on February 1, 2019. In this adventure vlog, I sat down with the owner to learn about what they have planned.

I’m planning to do more personal vlogs this year, using my channel for more casual stories, but also updates on what I’m working on.

Fries at Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

A Minute with Hopdoddy

Dennis here for a Minute with Hopdoddy. Hopdoddy Burger Bar describes themselves as “a creative, from-scratch burger and beer joint with a friendly neighborhood vibe.” I was invited to the opening of their second Oklahoma location at Chisholm Creek in Oklahoma City where I tried two of their burgers, the parmesan truffle fries, Oreo Milk Shake, and lemonade. All of which I have to say was delicious and I’m thankful that they had paper towels at the table.

Dinner at Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

Fun Fact: They can booze up all of their milkshakes for you. On the subject of booze, they also have a selection of local and regional craft beers to go with your meal. While Hopdoddy is in several states, they do source items locally, including making their buns in-house.

The Ahi Tuna Burger from Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

Now for the Burgers. Wanting something different, I ate two of their untraditional burgers, the Llano Poblano and the Ahi Tuna, with the latter tasting like sushi in burger form with an added crunch from the nori chips. The Llano Poblano had Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tillamook Pepper Jack, Seared Poblanos with chipotle aioli.

The Llano Poblano Burger from Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

If you want something unique for a burger or a new burger joint to visit, consider checking out Hopdoddy.


This video is for a new segment I’m calling A Minute With Series, in which I’ll be doing short videos about interesting things to consider visiting.

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