Welcome to Drink Up, where each week we feature a new cocktail recipe from a local bartender.

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  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Chefs Benjamin Maides, Matt Moser and John Rea knocked it out of the park last night in the final of three pop up dinners at Block 16. I haven't been this thrilled by plates of food in a long time. The only thing I'm sad about: for now, this is the chefs' final pop-up on the schedule.  Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I originally reviewed the French Bulldog in November 2012, and as I said in my review, it was absolutely one of the most anticipated restaurants to open that year. I was living in Dundee at the time, and, for a spell, it became my favorite neighborhood hangout. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Last weekend, chef Jon Seymour, formerly of V. Mertz, gave diners another preview of his forthcoming restaurant, Muse. The pop-up lunches have all taken place at Block 16, and this one was no exception. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I celebrated Pi Day a day early yesterday with the crew from Block 16, who had a Pie Day Pop Up with guest bakers Bradley Dorenkampalina and Jeremy Kalina, regular customers of the restaurant. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Matthew and I spent our Valentine's Day Sunday dining in the Old Market, and both meals were so terrific I wanted to share a few photos on the blog page. We began the day with a decadent brunch at Le Bouillon -- reminder, they're also now serving a wonderful lunch menu -- and I got their ver… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Some dishes linger in my mind long after the last bite is gone. Those dishes are also, maybe not coincidentally, the ones that most often appear on my Instagram account. I wanted to take a look back at 2015 through the lens of my iPhone camera, so to speak, and reminisce upon some of the bes… Read more

I’m 35 now, and I require three things and three things only from an Omaha drinking establishment: 1. A place to sit. 2. A conversation. 3. A damn fine drink.

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  • By Sarah Baker Hansen / World-Herald staff writer

I first took a look at my favorite west Omaha restaurants at the end of 2013, and two years later, I only have one repeat choice. It's a testament to how west Omaha has grown, and I can only hope that next year I have even more restaurants that are worth venturing to. 

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  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Today marks the first in my series of year-end top lists; I'm starting with some of the city's best cheap eats.  Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen / World-Herald staff writer

As this year's Omaha Restaurant Week winds down — tonight is the final night of the 2015 edition — I've been thinking about more than just the incredible deals diners can get during the event. My favorite part of Omaha Restaurant Week is how the event offers diners the chance to rediscover t… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I've been doing a lot of traveling this summer and thought I'd do a quick recap of where I've been -- and what I've eaten -- so far. We drove out to Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, and I had the plan of crossing a few spots off my list, The Publican among them. (Read more about the … Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen / World-Herald staff writer

This morning, a Wall Street Journal writer called out Omaha as one of his favorite small dining cities in the country. 

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  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Last night at The Other Room, the 20-something seat speakeasy in Lincoln's Haymarket district, bartender and co-owner Jill Cockson did her thing like she always does, mixing craft cocktails and talking to customers about the petite bar that's gained a cult following during the past year. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I'm broadening the "old school" category for the purposes of this list. Generally speaking, the old school steakhouses are the ones who hold this title, but as they wane — don't worry, they also make my list! — I think it's wise to recognize some of the city's other classics. New classics, i… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Here's the second — albeit delayed — entry in my list of 2014 year end favorites. Mexican is probably the style of food I get most asked about, and lucky for you, Omaha has some good offerings. Here are my favorites. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Here are my favorite patios of 2014. (Yes, I realize patio weather is far, far away today. But a girl can dream, right?) Stay tuned for the rest of my year-end series. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

This season I've been asked more than once what cookbooks I recommend for beginning cooks, so I decided to do a story about it, and you can see my five favorites in today's paper.  Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Yesterday I did a small feature about Omaha-based Black Iris Botanicals, a company whose owners forage local ingredients for a line of beauty products all made right here in town.  Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen / World-Herald staff writer

This morning, Paul Urban and Jessica Joyce Urban, who run Block 16 in downtown Omaha, remembered that Food Network personality Alton Brown was going to be in town today. They wondered what might draw him into their restaurant.  Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I've read a lot lately about how brunch is "so over." May I heartily disagree?  Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I think its fair to say Omaha has become a craft cocktail town.  Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I didn't learn my grandmother made home brew until I was well into my 20s. One day she pulled out a small glass bottle off a basement shelf in my grandparents' house and handed it to me. "Cherry Bounce," she said. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Archetype is one of the first businesses to open in the new "Blackstone District," in the neighborhood of 40th and Farnam Streets.

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  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Confession time: before today, I’ve never had a mint julep. I’ve wanted to try one since we were in Oxford, visiting William Faulkner’s house, and I saw his julep cup and original recipe. What better time to do it than the weekend of the Kentucky Derby? Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

In case you missed it, Omaha-style pizza came about during my pizza Food Prowl last December, when I prowled for the city’s best with Omaha native and Director Alexander Payne and chef/owner of The Grey Plume Clayton Chapman. From the story: Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

My pick is featured in the May issue of the magazine. The al pastor taco at South Omaha’s La Choza won the prowl and it’s just as good now as it was then. La Choza (formerly known as Tacos Peligros) slaps a hunk of pineapple on top of its rotisserie, and the juices from the fruit melt down i… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

One of my Omaha standbys for late night downtown dinners and people watching is — has always been — M’s Pub. The restaurant recently introduced a happy hour, and I checked it out. We tried three of the new menu items (Though I love revisiting the old standbys on the M’s menu, new food at a r… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

A friend in Oxford asked me excitedly during my recent trip to the South if I’d heard of or owned the B.T.C. Old Fashioned Grocery Cookbook. I had a copy sitting on my desk way back in Nebraska and I had to admit that I hadn’t even cracked the cover before I left for the Delta (read more abo… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I started reading William Faulkner’s Absalom Absalom! before we left for Oxford, and what started out as a bit of a slog turned into an absolutely fantastic read as soon as we got on the plane to Mississippi. (If you give it a go, stay strong through chapter 3.) I’m nearly finished with the … Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

, and I feel the same way now. I have the desire to write about it, but I’m simply not sure how to do it. There’s too much to say and even now that I’m back in Nebraska, it still feels a touch dangerous to tackle a bit of writing about my experience. I want to get it right. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I can count my “incredible dining experiences” on my ten fingers. They don’t happen that often. The latest happened during a handful of days last week in Mississippi. It’s one of those dining experiences that makes me want to rely on clich?: “I’ll never forget it” or “You have to see it to b… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

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  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Meeting very cool people at bars and breweries all over town to sip on beers and opine on their flavor, like I did for the first Food Prowl of 2014, is an enviable job. It’s a ton of fun. But it’s not always that easy (I know, I know, that seems like a lie.) But as evidence to the challenges… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

The only evidence I have that I was ever in the Other Room — a fantastic new speakeasy in Lincoln’s Haymarket — is a business card. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

I hadn’t been to Chicago in a long time — years, literally — before December. And now I’ve been to the city twice in the past eight weeks. Chicago is as cool as ever (albeit freezing cold this time of year) and despite the wicked winds, on both trips I had a great time and discovered some ne… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Last week, I went to my first beer dinner. I’d been to plenty of wine dinners — I wrote a story about the ones I visited — but never one focused on beer. I like the menu at Blatt Beer and Table and I like the Laugnitas beers I’ve sampled, so to have the two together seemed like a treat. Also… Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

For some reason, my final two year-end lists didn’t publish as they were scheduled. Without further ado, here they are. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

Some restaurants never get old. Though I don’t write about any of these places often, I visit them often. Two of them serve my favorite cheese plates in town, the third my favorite French fries and mussels, the last is my longest-running favorite in town. Read more

  • By Sarah Baker Hansen

The Flatiron is fulfilling a very specific spot in Omaha dining, for the kind of old-school, fancy, expensive French food that diners used to find at the French Cafe. There are other modern places to dine in this city — V. Mertz, with chef Jon Seymour at the helm, is one. So are The Grey Plu… Read more