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

m

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Recipes..

I love to cook. LOVE TO COOK! I love to be creative in the kitchen, and try new recipes.. Pinterest is great for this! I have tried so many many things from pins on Pinterest. What I need to do – is start doing more crafts from Pinterest – and expanding my wardrobe based on items I love from Pinterest.

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest!!

Ok, so here are a few of my favorite new recipes.

From Food Network:

Pizza Snacks
Directions

Serves: 8
Version 1: Vegetable

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 375F. Place English muffins on a baking sheet lines with aluminum foil. Top with marinara sauce, bell pepper, olives and basil. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information per pizza: Calories: 130; Total fat: 4.5g Saturated fat: 2g; Carbohydrate: 16g; Protein: 7g; Sodium: 390mg


From Chocolate-Covered Kate
Cookie Dough Dip

Inspired by this awesome recipe.

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained) (250g)
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
  • tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (You can get away with using only 3 T. If you use peanut butter, it’ll have a very-slight “pb cookie dough” taste, so if you don’t want this, you can sub oil.)
  • up to 1/4 cup milk of choice (Start with 1 T, and add more as needed)
  • Sweetener (see note below, for amount)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips or Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
  • 2 to 3 T oats (or flaxmeal) (You can omit, but also omit the milk if you do)

Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor (not blender), and blend until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips.

I made this recipe for the Super Bowl – and it was a big hit! We all seemed to really love it!
From Deep South Dish

Recipe: Three Envelope Picante Roast

Prep time: 5 min |Inactive time: 8 hours | Yield: About 6 serving

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pound beef chuck roast (or other braising roast)
  • 1 cup of water
  • One envelope of dry onion soup mix
  • One envelope of dry Italian dressing mix
  • One envelope of dry brown gravy mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar of Pace Original Mild Picante Sauce

Instructions
Whisk together the water with ingredients from all 3 of the envelopes. Pour about 1/4 cup of the liquid on the bottom of the crockpot, place the roast on top. Don’t be tempted to season the roast. There is plenty of salt and other seasonings in these envelopes.

Pour the remaining liquid mixture all over the top and all around the roast. Pour the jar of picante sauce on top of the roast, cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high 4 to 5 hours.

To thicken gravy, remove the roast and tent with foil to keep warm. Carefully transfer the contents of the crockpot to a saucepan and stir in a slurry of one tablespoon of cornstarch with just enough water to loosen. Stir into the sauce, bring up to a boil, reduce and simmer until thickened.

I also love to be as creative as possible when I cook for myself. When the hubs is traveling, I tend to try ingredients I wouldn’t normally try when I am feeding him.. and I love to open my freezer and throw stuff together! I have had a goal lately in cleaning out my freezer – but using the items inside, and not throwing them away.. I am really sick on Lean Cuisine meals right now because of this! But ultimately I want to put together crock pot freezer meals – you can find these on Pinterest (betcha knew I would say that..!!). So – it keeping with trying to do low-carb – I made this dinner..
  • Turkey Burger
  • Raspberry Balsamic Wilted Spinach with Panceta, Almonds, and Citrus Olive Oil
  • Cottage Cheese
  • 12 grapes

It was delicious!! The best meal I have made in months!
Trader Joes has really amazingly good Turkey Burgers.

That’s all I’ve got for now! I have tons to tell you – but have had so little time to share lately! Hopefully life will lighten up a bit soon and I can get back to doing what I love – telling you things!!
mindy.

 

Happy Tuesday!

I added a new page.. look up… to the right…. see it? It’s foodie stuff. I will post some recipes, and restaurant stuff and ideas on all things food..i hope you enjoy the new page. Oh, and feel free to follow the posts as well! Wanna share your favorites – comment on the post with a recipe or restaurant review!

mindy.