Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Canebrake - My New Muse

Gordon and I had the pleasure of stealing away for 24 hours to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. We drove 45 minutes south east of Tulsa to The Canebrake. I am not exaggerating when I tell you, it was the very best place EVER!! Everything about this pastoral, eco-friendly hideaway made for a very memorable time for us. The ONLY downside was that we couldn't stay longer.

Upon arriving we decided to thoroughly check the place out. Here is a glimpse of what we found:

The Canebrake uses natural, organic and locally sourced foods whenever feasible. The kitchen
recycles and uses their cooking oil to create bio-diesel fuel. Their menu changes seasonally and its offerings include vegetarian fare, (including a few raw friendly dishes which may expand over time), organic Oklahoma raised Bison, hook caught and sustainable seafood, and everything is made from scratch. I don't have to tell you that this Real Food girl felt right at home. When the sous chef, Danny Savale, came to our table to check on our dining experience, I told him that I had officially arrived at the pearly gates of culinary heaven!
Our dinner began with a tropical, seasonal fruit amanse (I have no idea how to spell this) to cleanse and prepare our palates for dinner. (YES!) This delicious fruit salsa contained fresh pineapple, melon, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno and was served with tri-color corn chips.

Since it was our anniversary and because Thursday evenings are half price wine night at the Canebrake, we decided to live it up. I ordered a split of Veuve Clicquot and Gordon ordered a bottle of a delicious, cellar cooled Petite Sirah from Napa Valley - Pennywise.
My dinner:
Locally harvested and Biodynamic Salad with tomatoes, strawberries, red onion and bell pepper with a creamy miso ginger dressing.And yes, I got off the raw food train for my entree, but I have zero regrets! The Eggplant Parmesan was a masterpiece. Pan fried Parmesan & Asiago cheeses encrusted local eggplant, accompanied by a fresh house marinara, served over a bed of seasonal, very lightly steamed vegetables, sage, pearl onions and a wee bit of spinach fettuccine. This dish made me want to cry it was so good.
Gordon's dinner:
My beloved carnivore began with a Fried Oyster Jubilee. Cornmeal & dill breaded Gulf oysters were served with a house remoulade sauce over a traditional Caesar presentation.His entree was Kobe beef, seared and served over seasonal lightly sauteed vegetables and pommes frites. Gordon said the pan gravy reduction brought it all together for an orgasmic taste sensation.And if all of this food debauchery wasn't enough, our delightful server, Joy Harrel, tempted us with the best dessert menu I've ever seen. Gordon had a Rhubarb Phyllo Crisp with homemade ginger ice cream. There were no words, only moaning as he finished the last bite.And feeling a bit embarrassed by my evening's gluttony, I opted for a scoop of Lemon Verbena Sorbet. It was insanely good.The restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner from 5:30 - 9 pm (and lunch if you are a guest). And also for the much touted Sunday Brunch from 10 am - 2 pm. Reservation are recommended. (918) 485-1807.Besides being a heavenly retreat for a hard core, healthy foodie...The Canebrake was also built with sustainable construction methods, has geothermal heat & air, solar hot water, recycled insulation, shredded denim insulation, low wattage halogen and compact fluorescent lighting, American clay plaster walls, and it contains no volatile organic compounds.

Gordon with Lisa, the main Yogini & co-owner of The Canebrake

Their Eco-Chic Boutique offers organic cotton, bamboo and hemp clothing & accessories. Handmade purses, glassware, jewelry and hats along with yoga props, fair trade organic chocolates (I gotta get them selling raw chocolate!!) and organic beauty products and candles were just some of what made this such a hip little shop. To order on of their Okie Yogi/Namaste Ya'll Tee's just give them a call!
Next time we visit, we're each planning to schedule one of their fabulous massages. The Deer View building houses both couples and individual massage rooms; offering Sweedish, Hot Stone or Deep tissue bodywork.As a guest at the Canebrake you can do as we did and simply unplug from the Matrix. We
attended two classes in the unbelievable Yoga Barn which offers daily classes to their guests and the local community. There is also 5 miles of hiking trails (LOVED!)....
.....or you can play in the "Adult Sandbox." This retreat facility appeals to the individual as well as those planning an event for their organization or company. The Ropes Course looked very intriguing to me. Very nearby there is also golf horseback riding, shopping, and fishing/boating on Ft. Gibson Lake.

I could go on and on about the rest of our stay, but I would really like for you to simply experience the Canebrake for yourself. Check them out on the web or you can follow them on Twitter. Whatever you want, they will do for's totally my kind of place.

Big props to Adam (who actually recognized me from my blog when we arrived), Chelsea, Kristie, Joy, Tracy, Danny, Curt, and Sam & Lisa Bracken, the owners. You guys rocked our world (and made us feel like rock stars).We can't wait to come visit you all again soon, Ya' hear?!
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