I love talking about restaurants.

Seriously, it’s my favorite subject.

  1. I love to eat
  2. I love to drink
  3. I love to be social
  4. and most importantly, I love to be in the “know”

My favorite restaurants in KC:

  1. Blue Bird Bistro
  2. Waldo Pizza
  3. Margarita’s
  4. Garrozo’s
  5. Carmen’s
  6. Californo’s
  7. Oklahoma Joes
  8. Osteria Il Centro
  9. J.Gilberts

My favorite coffee shops in KC (I LOVE COFFEE): 

  1. Mildred’s Coffee House
  2. The Roasterie Cafe (B-Side is the best)
  3. Coffee Girls in Waldo
  4. Broadway Cafe

My favorite downtown/midtown lunch spots (oh, how I miss these):

  1. Westport Flea Market
  2. Lulu’s Noodles
  3. Anthony’s
  4. Margarita’s
  5. Room 39
  6. Saigon 39 (I might miss you the most)

Places I’d most like to go:

  1. Bluestem
  2. The American Restaurant (can you believe I’ve never been??)
  3. Nara
  4. Anton’s
  5. Piropo’s
  6. Aixois
  7. Captial Grill (yep..it’s a chain)
  8. EBT (I hear there’s a good happy hour)
  9. Justus Drugstore

I would love to start a restaurant blog, I’d call it. EAT! or  Go Forth and EAT! or A girl, A boy & A cow (walk into a restaurant..).. I don’t know what I’d call it – but it’s fun to think about. We just don’t go out as much anymore, and I’d want to s. But there are some really great ones that I read, religiously. Here are my top reads:

  1. Eat it KC is the newest that I have found. I really love her pics of meals, and restaurants – and the blog is beautifully designed.
  2. I have been reading, Making of a Foodie, for a few years. She’s lovely and explores her pallet and gives her suggestions on where to eat.
  3. I still “follow”, KC Napkins, however he hasn’t updated it since early last year – so I am thinking after a few years of him writing, he’s done. But it’s still a good resource for reviews on restaurants – old and new.
  4. The Kansas City Star started a new blog called, Chow Town, it’s a blog by a newspaper – but still an interesting read.
  5. Missy Roe’s, The Perfect Bite: KC, is also a great read. She travels and blogs about great restaurants she eats at when she’s not in KC. But for the most part she tries an eclectic array of restaurants around town – and talks about them like she’s talking to her best friends. It’s very easy to read, and I find that I agree with a lot of her reviews.

Are there restaurants that you love, that you want to try? Know any food blogs that we JUST have to check out? Let us know!

xoxo

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Mindy’s cause..

Ray and Mindy ClarkeWe recently had our family pictures taken.. and although I totally hated my hair in them – I loved the pictures so much. This one, of the hubs and I makes me smile, ear to ear.

If you are needing someone to take pics of you or your littles, you should check out Nicki Griffith. She’s a doll. Seriously, coolest lady, coolest job, mega talent!  There are LOTS of amazing ladies (and some gents) right here in KC that do amazing work… we are so fortunate to have so much talent in our little cow town.

I have really started trying to make more of an effort to support local businesses. I feel like it’s so important to help our community thrive. I pledged to help our community by eating local as much as possible this holiday season. There is a great website, Eat Local KC, that can lead you in the direction of great local Farmer’s Markets, Grocery and Healthy Food Stores, Meat Purveyors, and my personal favorite – Kansas City Restaurants! 2 of my favorite restaurants in KC are listed, Aixios and Blue Bird Bistro.. but sooo many are not…  Do you have favorite local hangouts? Beers? Wines? Meats? We would love to hear what your favorite businesses and restaurants in Kansas City are.

Here is a short list of some of my favorites!

That’s all she wrote folks. I know I have often shared my favorites with you. But I would LOVE to hear some of yours. Won’t you please share them with me!
One place, I’d really love to go is up to Smithville to The Justice Drugstore, I have heard it’s so good.

Here’s a little picture that Nicki let Alex take of his mom and dad.. it’s not the best picture of me.. but I think it’s so cute. I am having one printed and put on a shelf in his room!
Mommy and Daddy by Alex

A few of my favorite things … I wish Julie Andrews could sing it for me!

So I really like to share things that I love with people. I always have a “current things I am into” list running through my head – so I am going to share it with you. I will post as many links and photos as possible – so beware – this could be a long post.
1. Michael Kors – lip gloss and perfume duo (officially named – Michael Kors Rollerball)
2. All (most) things Aveda – the Scalp Benefits is magical and cleans my hair and scalp like no other product EVER, and keeps my highlights pretty and shiny without dulling like so many other less awesome clarifying shampoos.
3. Tina Fey’s book Bossypants. If you have not read, listened or kindled this book – you are missing out. She is fantastic and hilarious. I love her comedy and style so much – I think if we ever met – we’d be insta-friends.. I’m just sayin’ — Oh and a side note. The book on cd is in her voice – and it’s fantastical.

4. A new-ish Kansas City Restaurant : The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange – I have been raving about this restaurant for weeks! I’ve been twice for lunch. The first time I was with a friend who is friends with the owner/chef. We waved hello, we ordered the lightest fluffiest fish and chips I have EVER had. I still dream about the lemon aioli. The “chips” were perfectly cooked little potatoes that were amazing. We shared a chocolate desert as well that was equally as good – but I am having a hard time remembering what it was – the fish was amazing. When the bill came out, the waitress brought us tiny chocolate rum balls sent out by the chef. These were awesomely fresh, and wonderful.

The second time I went back – I went with 2 girlfriends that had never been. I tried the hamburger. It was great – in a town with many great hamburgers (BRGR, BLANC, Beer Kitchen, Westport Flea Market.. etc..) this burger stood up to the other fancy pants burgers around. The thing I really enjoyed was the atmosphere that day. The bustling sounds of a restaurant. The original (or at least original looking tiles on floors, and the history of the building. They say that Al Capon used to stay at the Rieger Hotel when he was passing through Kansas City. The rich history of all things mob related really intrigues me about my lovely hometown.

So that’s a list of 4 things that I love right now. I will keep this category streaming and will ad in product reviews and restaurant reviews from time to time.

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Stay Classy Kansas City.. or maybe not that..