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“Best of” Vegetarian

The Kansas City metro area has come a long way in the past several years in terms of satisfying vegetarian tastes. Many people these days prefer to eat healthy, which has spurred chefs to make vegetables a main consideration rather than an afterthought. No longer do we have to suffer through steamed vegetable plates. Here […]

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“Best of” Lists

It’s nice to have fans. In the past few weeks, several people have asked me why I don’t write on my blog anymore. I have found that my followers seem more interested in pictures than the written word and it admittedly takes less time, so I have primarily been utilizing Instagram (msbloch), Twitter (@aroundblockkc) and […]

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My Favorite Dishes of 2015

I ate very well in 2015. Here are the dishes that were the most memorable, in no particular order but the first two, both of which I submitted as my favorite dishes of 2015 in the January issue of KC magazine. The Spicy Pork Buns in the lounge at the American Restaurant. Instead of using the more […]

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Pizzeria Locale

All of us have experienced the weariness with turkey that sets in after the holiday has come and gone. Why not mix it up and take the family to Pizzeria Locale? A partnership with Chipotle and the two restaurateurs behind  the highly acclaimed Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, Pizzeria Locale is exactly what fast casual should be. […]

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Upland in New York City

I expected Upland to be good after reading the rave reviews. But I didn’t expect it to be THIS good. Our table of four shared 8 dishes and each one was noteworthy. I would order them all again…and we thought of ordering some of them again that very evening! Thinking with our heads instead of […]

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Novel restaurant–Special Sunday evening Tasting Menu

I’ve been saying to anyone who will listen that Kansas City is becoming one of the country’s great food cities. We don’t have the volume of restaurants that one finds on either coast, but we have some very talented chefs who are offering up incredibly creative and exciting fare. My recent dinner in the kitchen of […]

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Sakae Sushi

We recently went with some friends to Sakae Sushi, a sushi restaurant tucked away in an unassuming strip center in Parkville.  Despite us all living near the Plaza, glowing reviews of the place were enticing enough to make the drive. I knew before venturing north that the restaurant’s ambiance is an afterthought and, since I’m all […]

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Cleaver & Cork

There’s a new kid on the Block, Cleaver & Cork. And that Block is KC Live in the Power & Light District. FINALLY!  Aside from BRGR, the district is populated with chain restaurants or those owned by a national outfit. Yes, technically Cleaver & Cork is owned by an affiliate of the Cordish Companies, but it […]

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Test Kitchen Kansas City

A star-studded cast led the first 2015 version of the Test Kitchen, an underground supper club started by Jenny Vergara in 2008. For those unfamiliar with the Test Kitchen, it’s really an incubator for chefs. They are encouraged to think out of the box and stretch their creative limits, a luxury not commonly allowed in […]

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KC Restaurant Week 2015

Kansas City’s Restaurant Week is well under way, continuing through January 25, with 160 restaurants participating for lunch and/or dinner. At lunch two courses will be served for $15 and at dinner 3 for $33. Check out Restaurant Week’s website where most restaurants have posted the lunch and or dinner menu they will be serving. Restaurants typically […]

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