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Tulsa Urban Bee Co.

Just like everyone, we over here at Ida Red absolutely love food! We have a passion for local food more than anything else. So did you know that about 1/3 of the food you eat, local or not, was helped somewhere along production by Apis mellifera… the honey bee! Honey bees pollinate fruits and veggies including cucumbers (pickles, guys! No bees no pickles!) onions, lettuce, spinach, apples, cherries, and strawberries! Even milk from grass-fed cows relies on alfalfa crop pollinated by honeybees! Each year, honey bees contribute about 2.6 billion dollars worth of goods to our food economy, and that’s not to mention the honey.

So why are we all a buzz about bees? Ida Red is happy to introduce our newest addition to our collection of local food goods, the Tulsa Urban Bee Company family of products! Honey jars, creamed honey spread, beeswax lip balm and lotions, what makes these goods so impressive is that they are produced 100% by Oklahoma honeybees!

While lots of other distributors market their products as local, most beekeepers use a migratory technique, moving their colonies from crop to crop along with the seasons, and often, across state lines. Oklahoma is a difficult environment to keep bee colonies highly productive due to unpredictable weather patterns us Tulsans are so used to. Tulsa Urban Bee Co. is completely committed to keeping their colonies in Oklahoma, so their bees are only pollinating and producing from Oklahoma crops! Because of this commitment, Tulsa Urban Bee Co. may be the only source for truly local Oklahoma honey, one of the rarest pure honey products in the United States!

Unfortunately, it’s been a bug’s life for bees in recent years. All over the world parasites and pesticides are contributing to losses of entire colonies of bees who die suddenly, or simply lose the stamina to pollinate and produce honey. But there’s something you can do about all of this! We spoke to beekeeper buddy Greg over at Tulsa Urban Bee Co., and he gave us some tips on how to become a bee friendly city!

-Let your yard grow wild! Forget having a golf-course worthy green on your lawn, letting local wildflowers and clover grow in your yard is the hot new look, and it gives bees more places to collect pollen! Pollen isn’t just for pollinating and producing honey for our shelves, don’t forget, bees eat honey too!

- Start a pesticide-free edible fruit and vegetable garden. Growing your own fruits and veggies is the only way to know exactly how safely and ethically they were produced. Take it from us, knowing where your food came from just makes it taste better. Growing your own crops is not only good for you, but this is another way to give bees a good healthy variety of crops to pollinate!  (check out this link to find some bee-friendly crops to get you started!)

- Follow instructions for pesticides VERY closely. Alright, if you are grossed out by grubs and can’t leave your garden without some pesticides, make sure to follow instructions on the bottle. These instructions not only make sure the right bugs stay away from your plants, but protect bees from taking dangerous pollens and nectars back home to their whole colony.

- Support local farmers and beekeepers. While your garden is just getting started, hit the farmer’s market and buy some fruits and vegetables from other locals committed to protecting bees! Buy pesticide free produce (and honey of course!) to make sure our local farming friends can keep planting bee-friendly crops for years to come!

Remember, Tulsa Urban Bee Co. never cuts corners, so unlike other suppliers they will never blend their honey with a product from another state or country. This is because they believe pure Oklahoma honey is the best! Each of their 350 colonies produce about 60 lbs of honey per year, so come by and get a jar while the gettin’s good!

Order it online here and we will ship it right to your door!

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Green River Soda

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In the 1920's, because of Prohibition, many breweries turned to either making soda pops or ice cream. One of the main breweries started churning out Green River! The lime based soda with a hint of lemon was packaged in old beer bottles and sold in the marketplace. With its vivid green color and zingy flavor it was a huge success! Besides Coca Cola, Green Rivers popularity was unrivaled across the midwest. When Prohibition ended in 1933, Green Rivers popularity faded as beer became its producers new priority, but Green River remained a popular choice of refreshment all the way through the 60's! The popular 60's rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival even came out with a song and album called "Green River" inspired by the drink!

With its bright visual appeal and its zesty flavor, Green River takes people back to the good ol' days of corner soda fountains and drive-in movies. Come to Ida Red and get a taste of nostalgia in a bottle!

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Miss America Norma Smallwood #tbt

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Miss America Norma Smallwood #tbt

Miss Norma Smallwood from Tulsa was Miss America in 1926!

As written by the Tulsa Gasser, "Miss Norma Smallwood won the honor at Atlantic City, last September, when she was declared to be the nation's most beautiful bathing girl.  Far from the vivacious, flapper type, Miss Smallwood is so quiet, poised and graceful in every movement of her perfectly proportioned body, that the judges of the Atlantic City event called her Mona Lisa. Needless to say, they were mystified by her beauty and charmed by her wonderful smile!"

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Oklahoma Gold

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Oklahoma Gold

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Oklahoma native, Steve Seikel, is the one to blame for the favorited Oklahoma Gold Mustard. He's been making mustard for years and finally has blessed the public with his very own recipe. Seikel's Mustard is a little hot, a little sweet but it's mostly delicious. 

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We use it on nearly everything we eat! From salads and coleslaws, dressings, sauces to plain ol sandwiches! It works great as a base for a BBQ rub, ham glaze, and more! Its spicy sweet character makes it a total replacement for all other mustards. A true mustard revolution!
— Steve Seikel
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Mom's Favorite Mustard Slaw 

  • 3 tablespoons Seikel's Oklahoma Gold Mustard
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar (or more)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Texas Pete
  • coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 large green cabbage, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces (for about 4 cups finely chopped)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled


1. Place mustard and sugar in a non-reactive mixing bowl and whisk to mix. Gradually whisk in vinegar, oil and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste; the dressing should be highly seasoned. Set dressing aside.


2. Finely chop cabbage in a food processor fitted with a metal chopping blade, running the machine in short bursts; this is a chopped, not a shredded, slaw. Work in several batches so as not to overcrowd processor bowl.


3. Finely grate carrot by hand or use shredding disk of food processor.


4. Add cabbage and carrot to dressing and toss to mix. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and vinegar as necessary.

The slaw tastes best served within a few hours of being made but can be refrigerated, covered, for a day or two.

Seikel's Honey Mustard Ice Cream

  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Seikel's Oklahoma's Gold Old Style Mustard

1. Heat the half and half and honey over a low flame or double boiler. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until combined, and temper them slowly into the pot of milk and honey. Continue to cook until the mixture is thickened and holds a line on the back of a spoon. 

2. Chill the custard base for about 4 hours or overnight. Before adding to the ice-cream machine, whisk in mustard to taste. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

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The Majestic Theater #tbt

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The Majestic Theater #tbt

The Majestic Theater formally located at 406 S Main in 1921. It started as a silent film theater, and was the first Tulsa theater to convert to talkies in 1929. It featured a lavish interior and contained an organ. The automobile pictured is a wire-wheeled Balie. Oh, how I'd love to go back in time to visit this place!

 

The front was remodeled just before World War II, but the original sign was kept. The marquee advertises "Something in the Wind" starring Deanna Durbin and Donald O'Connor. 

P.S.  Why did we tear this down?

Photos courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection

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Louis & Cluck

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Louis & Cluck

Louis & Cluck are Zuri Louis & Steve Cluck... designers of an apparel, accessories, and product line featuring original slogans celebrating Oklahoma.

Zuri Louis, a graphic designer/painter, and Steve Cluck, a painter/printmaker, are the creative forces behind louis & cluck. They began working together in 2005.

The line originally featured only tees, but has expanded to include hoodies, dresses, baby clothes, dog tees, tote bags, postcards, buttons, and mugs. Other products are in development.

Just some of the places you have seen Louis & cluck clothing are VH-1, NBC, Ben Folds' latest dvd, People Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Urban Tulsa weekly named Louis & Cluck among the top "movers and shakers" in 2006 and 2007.

You can find their entire collection at Ida Red.  Ida Red hearts Tulsa.  Don't you?

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Candy Corner

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Candy Corner

If you're as big of a candy guru as I am you use strategy when it comes to consumption. 

Bubble gum for instance.. Enjoy the sugariness while it lasts.. THEN blow bubbles..  I mean, you have to understand the science behind me making this statement… Sugar doesn't expand therefor causing your bubbles to deflate prematurely. Why waste the sugary goodness on bubbles that are just not going anywhere? 

And while eating a chocolate Ice Cube… I never ever grab it with my fingers. It's a very special technique I use.. Unwrap… And then straight to the pie hole! With candy so soft and melty, there is no time to waste. There's certainly no chocolate to waste either. That's why I always end up licking the wrapper clean. 

You don't want to try and snatch any of my candy either.. I get very protective.. Come on, sharing a Zot? Yeah right. 

The fizzy inside that bursts out the sides with pizazz. If ever you're feeling risky, just chomp down and your mouth explodes with flavorful tanginess.. I only share with people who have never experienced the goodness of a Zot. Only so I can capture the memory of their funny faces as the fizz starts to bubble out of the sides like molten out of a hot volcano. It's basically the most priceless expression one could witness. If you haven't seen it for yourself, come see us. Buy a strand of four Zotz for 60¢ and give one to a stranger. 

Sit back and enjoy the show! 

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