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Saturday April 17 - Kansas Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale

I'm guessing this is also bierock central?

Apr 15, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

can you find macarons in KC?

Le Monde bakery is in the little North Kansas City downtown strip. I haven't noticed macarons, but their pastries and bread are excellent.

Mar 09, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

dinner near uptown theater, kansas city

Sadly, almost all of the 39th Street restaurants are closed on Sunday. Po's Dumpling Bar is open. And if you go a little further on 39th into Kansas, there is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant called Vietnam Cafe at 39th and Rainbow.

Westport is still up and running on Sundays though, so the Thai Place, Korma Sutra, and Sung Son (the Vietnamese place) are all options. It's just south of the Uptown. All are good, although the Thai Place can get a little spendy. I didn't remember Sung Son being all that expensive. You also have sushi at Matsu (again, a little spendy), Jerusalem Cafe (a pretty good Middle Eastern restaurant), one80 (small plates and entrees).

There are a few restaurants right across the street from the Uptown, including an Indian resto called Cafe Tandoori (I think). I've only eaten there once, though, and it was while ago. I remember liking it.

I'm not sure how far out from the Uptown you want to go. You're really very close to downtown and the Crossroads. Do you have a radius or something you're really craving that you can't get in the Little Apple?

Mar 09, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

The Basics: How to Make Oven-Baked Split Pea Soup

This is almost identical to my crock pot recipe as well, although I usually through in a couple of chipotles

Mar 09, 2010
heatherkay in Features

Easy Irish Brown Bread

I never have buttermilk but usually have yogurt. Do you think you could substitute?

Mar 09, 2010
heatherkay in Recipes
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vietnamese in kansas city

Is the bahn mi at the Vietnam Cafe in Columbus Park or the one in KCK or both?

Mar 01, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

Source for Japanese/Asian ingredients

Funny you should ask. The Chinatown Market in the River Market has a great selection of just about anything, and they just had a little blurb about it in the Pitch.

http://blogs.pitch.com/fatcity/2010/0...

Out at 119th and Highway 69, the new 888 Market looks pretty impressive, too. I haven't been there myself, though, so you'll have to take the work of someone else.

http://blogs.pitch.com/fatcity/2010/0...

Feb 16, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

Kansas City Eats

I've always had good luck with the fries, too. They're obviously Sysco style frozen steak fries, but I've always gotten them burn-your-mouth hot and extra crispy. We're usually at the Gate on Main or the one east of the Plaza.

And, like you, I always get brisket or burnt ends. We got a combo plate once and got pork. It wasn't really my cup of tea -- prefer it pulled.

Feb 10, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

KC - Best Italian Sausage?

I prefer Scimeca's (although the Price Chopper/Cosentino's is pretty good). Usually I end up buying whichever is available in the Hot variety. If it is in casings, I just cut the casing off.

Feb 02, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

Announcement: New Board Breakdown for Chowhound

No kidding. Even with the new configuration, we're looking at a 23 hour drive time from one corner of the Great Plains region to the to the other corner, and that is with a shortcut across the Great Lakes region.

Of course, that's better than the 26 hours it used to be to drive from corner to corner on the Midwest board.

Jan 28, 2010
heatherkay in Site Talk

Steakhouse recommendation in KC

The once and future Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway got a pretty good review in today's Pitch (http://www.pitch.com/2010-01-14/resta...).

A couple of places that seem like they'd be good choices would be the City Tavern in the Freighthouse. I've always gotten fish there, but is seems like a place where you could get a pretty good steak. Also Pierpont's in Union Station. Again, I've only ever been for drinks, but how can that place NOT have a good steak?

Maybe some others can chime in.

Jan 13, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

KC - Swagger -- gourmet dive bar

We've mostly been there for late lunch or brunch (breakfast items served on Saturday), but we were there once on a Friday evening for a meal at the bar. They were having a poker tournament in the next room and both pool tables were in use. A pretty lively mix of people with a range of ages, apparent socioeconomic groups, old and new Waldo. I anyone would feel relatively comfortable, but I wouldn't show up in a suit. BTW, Friday night is the night they run their fried chicken special. I didn't realize this until after I had ordered, but the plates of I saw coming out of the kitchen looked outstanding!

Jan 11, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

KC - Swagger -- gourmet dive bar

not really close to the Power and Light

Jan 11, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

Goin' to Kansas City

There is a small divider between the bar and the restaurant, but the place is so small that it really is nominal. It's a bistro, and fairly casual, especially at happy hour. I don't think I would wear a t-shirt and shorts there, but I've been in everything from jeans to dressy-dressy.

Jan 05, 2010
heatherkay in Great Plains

Seafood in Kansas City?

You might also try the new 888 Market. It's an Asian grocery store that recently moved into a full-size grocery space in an affluent neighborhood just around the loop from where you'll be. I haven't been there yet, but reports mention that " the seafood section has live periwinkles, oysters, lobsters, crab, and more. There are also large tanks containing live tilapia, large mouth bass, and catfish."

888 Market
10118 w 119th st
Overland Park, KS 66212

Dec 16, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

Lawrence, KS - GC Recommendations

ooh -- that looks good. When they give you the farmer's names, I pay a little more attention.

Dec 14, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

Lawrence, KS - GC Recommendations

A couple more restaurants to check out would be Teller's and TEN. However, one I haven't eaten at in a long time, and one was after my time in Lawrence. Maybe people with some more recent history can chime in.

Teller's was always one of the designated "special occasion" restaurants (http://www.746mass.com/ ). It's in a restored Greek revival bank downtown (the ladies' room is in the old vault.

TEN is the restaurant at the restored Eldridge Hotel downtown (http://www.746mass.com/ ). It is under new management since I lived in Lawrence (it was previously a little sketchy), but I've heard good things since.

Dec 14, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

Lawrence, KS - GC Recommendations

Krause Dining is closing, so not really an option any more. They will be opening a new place in the old Round Corner drug store, but that's still a ways out. I love the Free State, but it's not really a "romantic" night out.

I'd recommend Pachamama's (http://www.pachamamas.com/ ). I think it's right in your price range, the food is excellent, and the atmosphere is dress-up worthy.

Edited to fix link.

Dec 13, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

BBQ KC (that we could bring a vegetarian to, and bring excellent leftovers home from)?

BTW, Fric 'n' Frac has some good veg choices.

One more idea. If you make it to Dottie Mae's, a fantastic costume/vintage shop at 83rd and Wornall, you should check out Swagger, a bar/restaurant right across the street. Just down the road from Brookside. Swagger is a dive bar with gourmet aspirations. Fantastic people watching (hipster+barfly+truck drivers, 21 to 75 years old), conscientious service, food that is dive bar in form but not in substance, and one of the best places in town to try out the full range of offerings from Boulevard, the local much-revered regional brewer. Swagger also has veg options. Your husband will not be disappointed with the food or the ambience.

Nov 17, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

BBQ KC (that we could bring a vegetarian to, and bring excellent leftovers home from)?

If that's the case, then I think LC's is probably your best bet as well. Convenient to Brookside, excellent BBQ (get burnt ends), and the "grit" factor really cannot be overstated.

You might also consider a trip to the original Arthur Bryant's at something like 12th and Brooklyn. It's a straight shot up US Highway 71 from Brookside. Some people have had better or worse experiences there, but I've never had a bad meal, and it really is the fount from which all BBQ flows. The story I've heard is that radio broadcasters working baseball games at the old Municipal ballpark could smell the smoke. This was the source of the national reputation. In any case, the food is great (in my opinion), the atmosphere is unbeatable, and the portions are beyond ample.

I've had less luck with Rosedale BBQ and Quicks, but that might just be my experience.

Not really much good BBQ near the best vintage clothing stores , which can be found on 39th Street at Pennsylvania, or in the vicinity of 39th and Mercier, although this neighborhood has a comfortable boho feel and some of the areas better Asian restaurants, a handful of good coffee shops, and one of the most popular divey restaurants (Fric 'n' Frac).

Not much good BBQ near the better MMM furniture outlets, although some of the best high-end restaurants are near Retro Inferno (a MMM mecca at 1500 Grand) and Architectural Salvage (more deco than MMM at 2045 Broadway), including Michael Smith and 1924 Main. Also a few excellent places to get drinks. If you get to Architectural Salvage at 1221 Union in the West Bottoms (just like it sounds -- check out the website), you might hit up Woodswether Cafe for an excellent truck-stop breakfast and sandwichs, genuine blue-collar atmosphere, and an astounding amount of food.

Hope I managed to get enough food content in and around those other travel recommendations.

Nov 17, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

BBQ KC (that we could bring a vegetarian to, and bring excellent leftovers home from)?

And I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out they had been fried in lard.

Nov 17, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

Krause Dining in Lawrence closing

There was an article in the Journal-World a few weeks ago. They're going to be opening a new place in the old Round Corner drugstore spot.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/oct...

The message that went out to the Krause email list said "the best parts of working and living in the same place are also the hardest parts as well. So, in order to gain back a part our family life, we have decided to pusue other interests in food operations."

Sounds like they got tired of trying to raise two small children in a a restaurant.

Nov 17, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

Rolla MO - Asian markets/ ingredient sourcing

With such a good engineering/science/technology school, with an international reputation, I would expect an higher than expected number of Asian international students. Quick search on the UMR website turned up a Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA), Chinese Students Association (CSA), India Association, International Students Club, Korean Students Association, Saudi Students Association,
Thai Students Association, and Turkish Students Association, among others. I think I'd start there.

Oct 23, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

Need a last minute STL recommendation

Thanks for the last minute suggestions. I ended up at Bar Italia. A coworker who is not a very adventurous eater tagged along, and Italian sounded like a good choice. I had the soup of the day, which was a clam chowder (the weather demanded it). Lots of clams and very tasty. Followed with fettucini with a flavorful red sauce with sausage, chicken, and veal. Maybe a little undersalted.

Looks like there were a lot of interesting bars and restaurants in the general vicinity. I am trying to talk my husband into a weekend getaway.

Need a last minute STL recommendation

I'm at a conference in the Forest Park area (Eric Newman Center), right on the Metrolink. I am seriously considering skipping out of tonight's rubber chicken banquet. Does anyone have a recommendation for somewhere good, but casual? Somewhere that is an easy on-off from the Metrolink or a quick cab ride? Somewhere a singleton diner won't feel too out of place? I think the Hill is nearby, but I don't know anything about the restaurants there (and I won't really have time to do much research this afternoon while sitting in break-out sessions). I'd love some local Italian flavor, but I'm really not a picky eater.

Sorry this is so last minute. I am making a game-day decision on the banquet after reviewing the lunch spread!

CSA in (or near) Wichita, Kansas

I did a quick search on Localharvest.com and came up with this listing

http://www.localharvest.org/csa/M10312

Looks like Sparks Family Farm out of Cedar Vale KS does a CSA with a pickup at the Old Town Farmers Market Saturdays from 7 AM until noon.

Aug 28, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

Kansas City Eats

It would also help to know where you are staying. KC is very spread out (just for reference, the drive from the airport to the restaurant hub at 135th and Metcalf is roughly the distance from Providence to Boston).

Aug 19, 2009
heatherkay in Great Plains

MSP to Rapid City--any good restaurants mid priced or ethnic?

You might be surprised at what you can find on the prairie, especially in proximity to meat packing plants. I don't know anything about SD, but I know there is quite a little bit of decent Mexican food in Nebraska and Iowa in proximity to large packing plants. Grand Island, NE, also has noticeable East African/Horn of Africa and Southeast Asian populations. I know there are a few Vietnamese/Laotian restaurants tied to the packing plants in southwestern Kansas.

Sorry I can't recommend anywhere in particular, but I just wanted to give you some encouragement. Look for an ethnic grocer on the old downtown mainstreet and work from there.

Maritime migrations - need help for vacation in NS and NB

Thanks so much for your replies. Sadly, we had to leave Thursday night, and were already back in the States before we saw these postings. We didn't really have any outstanding meals -- ended up at a lot of guide book spots, which were inoffensive but not spectacular. The only outstanding meal we had was Indian at Taj Mahal in Moncton. But we had an great time, saw some great music, met many friendly people, and drank some really good local beers -- in particular Picaroon in New Brunswick and Propeller in Halifax. My hub is threatening to move to Halifax, so I expect we'll be back. I'll save all these ideas!

Jul 26, 2009
heatherkay in Atlantic Canada

1 lunch and 1 dinner in KCMO

It's sort of like asking people in Paris where you should go when you're in town. They're in the middle of a discussion with other Parisians about places to eat. They're not going to think to tell you to go to the Eiffel Tower because (a) they assume you already know about it or (b) they don't even see it or think about it any more.

That being said, I do like AB's, and it's not hard to get to if you're coming in from Truman Sports Complex. Other BBQ joints that are in the big leagues are Gates (disdained by some foodies, but loved by Kansas City), LC's, and OK Joes. If you're still at the Eiffel Tower stage of visiting Kansas City, you probably need to hit one of those four.