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El Comedor at Port Fonda

I’ve already written about my love affair with Patrick Ryan’s chilaquiles verde, one of the awesome dishes coming out the window at Port Fonda’s trailer. But an evening at el comedor was a different animal altogether. Though it’s already received a four star review from the Star (Jill, you nailed it), I’ll add my two […]

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The Westside Local revisited

I went to The Westside Local a few times when it first opened and, while I was drawn to the Portland-style ambiance with its brick walls and wood floors, I thought the food prep could use some work. Based on more recent visits, it appears that the cavalry has arrived. Evidently I’m not the only […]

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Kansas City Food Truck Guide

The country’s food truck craze has descended upon Kansas City, bringing with it a wave of rolling meals on wheels. The movement is driven entirely by social media. Trucks tweet or post their whereabouts and offer up menus online to get the word out. Follow your favorite vendors on Facebook and Twitter so you can […]

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These are a few of my favorite things….at Trader Joe’s

I know I’m not alone in my delight that Trader Joe’s has finally invaded Kansas City. My family and friends from around the country are so relieved that they will no longer be called upon to bring me a stash of Rio coffee candies from their Trader Joe’s to ensure that I never run out. […]

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Boulevard Brewery Brewmaster’s Luncheon

Do yourself a favor.  Go online to http://www.boulevard.com/experiences/brewmaster-luncheons/ and sign up to attend one of the monthly Brewmaster’s Luncheon at Boulevard Brewery.  Your name will be a put in a lottery, and with any luck you’ll get one of 50 or so seats to a three course lunch prepared by a local chef. Beer pairings […]

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Kansas City in the Spotlight

Air Tran magazine’s July issue spotlights Kansas City and I was fortunate to contribute two articles to the mix. http://www.airtranmagazine.com/features/2011/07/main-courses http://www.airtranmagazine.com/features/2011/07/at-a-crossroads

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Favorite KC Outdoor Patios

Click on the link below to read an article I wrote for Visit KC,  The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association website.  Pick a patio and get outside while the weather’s nice! http://www.visitkc.com/where-to-eat/kcs-most-engaging-outdoor-patios/index.aspx

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Tannin Wine Bar

If you didn’t know JP Wine Bar had gone out of business, you couldn’t tell by walking in the door of the restaurant that now inhabits its former space.  The new Tannin Wine Bar was smart to leave the interior as it was–the urban decor is trendy yet comfortable, and it has a variety of […]

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Sunday Brunch at the Bristol Bar and Grill

Though I am a big fan of the Bristol’s Happy Hour in the Power & Light District, I had never been to the Sunday brunch buffet there. It’s quite a spread. Tables are arranged throughout the restaurant to avoid overcrowding–one is for cold food, two for hot,  and one for dessert. Those wanting a waffle […]

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Check Out My New Website!

I have a new URL, which will hopefully be easier for people to remember. You can now find me at aroundtheblockkc.com During the transition, you may be unable to access my posts on Urbanspoon. Until the broken links are fixed, please go directly to my website and search at the top right of the page […]

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