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Rachel Brazelton

Stops: Caz’s Chowhouse, Shiloh’s, All About Cha

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$91.80 Challenger
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$91.80 Challenger
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December 29, 2017

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the December issue of Preview 918.

The Team: Rachel Brazelton

My boyfriend David, his 12-year-old son, and I were road tripping to see his mother when he threw a magazine on my lap after a QuikTrip stop and said, “Hey, sign us up for this 918 challenge!” I didn’t think we’d get the opportunity; it sounded too good to be real. But I got the details, messaged Preview 918 through Facebook, and we had the time of our lives treating ourselves to Tulsa’s best dinner, brunch, and coffee shop.

Stop #1: I’d been to Caz’s Pub downtown, but I didn’t know they had a restaurant (Caz’s Chowhouse) until I read about it in the magazine. My boyfriend tried the catfish with mashed potatoes, and I ordered one of the simplest yet most delicious salads of my life. David enjoyed his Kansas– brewed Boulevard beer, but my Moscow Mule was one of the top two I’ve had — and I get them at every bar I go to.
Cost: $34

Stop #2: The next morning, we took his son, Dieneji, to Shiloh’s in Broken Arrow for brunch. I’m from Pennsylvania, so this brunch business is foreign and thrilling to me. The restaurant had a lovely Southern country feel, with old photos of relatives everywhere and homemade snow flakes hanging from the ceiling that made us feel like we were guests at someone’s home. We were served large sticky buns the size of my face as a starter without asking for it, and our meals came with huge biscuits and gravy as sides. I got the biggest omelet I’ve ever seen with all the fixings included. Dieneji got pork sirloin with hash browns and eggs and enjoyed it so much, he even put his phone down.
Cost: $34

Stop #3: After we put all of our breakfast leftovers in boxes to save for lunch (and possibly dinner), we went to All About Cha in Broken Arrow for a pick-me-up, and ended up also getting dessert. My macchiato was sweet but did the trick in waking me up after the big brunch, and David got a special flowering Korean tea. Dieneji got ice cream that tasted like it was homemade by angels. The dessert section was full of delicacies, and it was difficult to decide which ones we wanted to try, but we ended up with a chocolate truffle pastry and a strawberry cheesecake, which I’m positive took hours to make.  e atmosphere made us feel sophisticated and cultured, like we were in a Korean tea house with a chandelier, plants , and exotic furnishings.
Cost: $22

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