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Mary Bloch

Written By: Mary Bloch

I love to cook fun, healthful and stimulating meals, the more unusual the better. Researching which restaurants to visit is also a favorite hobby, and I relish the payoff – visually appealing and palate-pleasing dishes. For years, I have been a resource of friends and family who want to know where to go, where to stay and where to eat. I have parlayed that expertise into a professional venture.

When I travel, the food experience is paramount and takes precedence over most sightseeing excursions. My love for seeking out exciting spots has been instilled in and appreciated by my two sons, whose adventurous spirits have transformed my own journey in the kitchen. It is much more satisfying to cook for an appreciative audience. My husband, Tom, maintains an immense garden of fruits, vegetables and herbs, another important inspiration for my endeavors and a treasure trove during the summer months.

Though an attorney by trade, my love of cooking, combined with my passion for food and travel, led me to turn to food writing, which, according to my friends, is a natural fit. In addition to this blog, I write the print and online versions of the Kansas City Star’s Restaurant Guide, and I contribute regularly to the Star’s Food section. My work has been published on the websites for Sally’s Place and the Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, including “Jam Sessions”, The VisitKC.blog. ¬†You can also find me on Epitourean.com, a culinary travel website that features travel packages I have helped put together. Serving as a regular panelist on “The Food Critics”, a local public radio show, provides one other medium to discuss the restaurant scene in Kansas City.

I am a member of the Association of Food Journalists.

25 Comments

  1. simona balzer says:

    Hi, Mary:
    I was totally surprised, and I mean totally, to learn about your blog and your passion for food, restaurants, cooking healthy. I had never imagined and don’t remember ever talking about it with you!
    This is also a passion of mine, more so in the last few years, when I have tried to ” sharpen my skills” especially in Italian cooking. Giorgio and I love to explore restaurants in NY and on our trips.
    It will be a pleasure to follow your blog.
    Congratulations!
    Simonetta

  2. Barbara Loots says:

    Mary, your expertise in food and wonderful writing talent are big news to me, too! I ‘m delighted to subscribe, and look forward to future reading and eating adventures. I’ll be pleased to forward your link to like-minded friends. Thanks!

  3. Chuck Tatsuda says:

    Mary – I continue to enjoy the nice variety of your direct, upbeat culinary adventures — but I have to remind myself not to check your blog out on an empty stomach! The recipes are a nice add too – I am going to try the toffee chip cookies soon! Can you take a sabbatical and cover the Twin Cities for a few months?

  4. Maraline Hayob says:

    Mary…Georgia told me about your blog! I’m so excited. Love some of the suggestions you made. I love trying new places and now I have some! YAY Miss seeing you. Maraline

  5. thanks for the brussels sprouts recipe!!! YUM. :)

  6. Impressive Article , I considered it exceedingly great

    I look ahead to more innovative postings like this one. Does This Site have a RSS I can subscribe to for anymore information from you?

    • Mary Bloch says:

      Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, you can subscribe to the blog or
      sign up for an RSS feed. If you go to the home page, on the right you
      will see a list of the most recent posts. Right above that is the
      orange RSS feed icon. Or if you scroll down below the list of posts
      you will see a place that you can click on to subscribe.

      –Mary

  7. John says:

    Hello Mary, I have a couple of questions about Kansas City eats, can you please email me? Thanks!

  8. suzie says:

    you all talked about a new crepe place near bluebird that’s open for breakfast and lunch. (last friday on walt- i think a caller mentioned it) i drove up there this morning but couldn’t find it in the time i had- do you know where it is and the name? thanks

  9. Roxie says:

    Mary,

    Love your blog! Tom emailed me the link after he told me the fun you had eating your way around Santa Fe….one of my favorite cities. I’m headed there in August so loved your reviews!

    Roxie

  10. LEAH says:

    Mary,
    I adore you blog and am very interested in hearing more about how you got into doing this. Is there a way to contact you through email to chat about your trade?
    Thanks and looking forward to hearing back!

  11. ward katz says:

    Hi Mary: I love to listen to you on the Food Critics on the WB Show. I only catch it occasionally but sometimes I catch the podcast. Anyway, I don’t know how to get an email to the show but I wanted to pass this on. There are those of us who are always looking for a decent pastrami or corned beef sandwich. I wanted to mention that Bob and Janet Bloom (formerly of d’Bronx) opened Teadrops in the H&R Block Bldg. Reecently, their non-compete from the sale of d’Bonx has expired and they have started selling pastrami, corned beef and turkey sandwiches (not together) and they are great – good rye bread, meat and , if you want, swiss cheese. Good sides of a cranberry salad, slaw and a pickle. They’ve been serving them for only a fewe days now but word is spreading. Hope all is well. Ward

  12. Seth Golay says:

    Hey Mary: Loved your feature on Fresher than Fresh! Would you take a look at this link and see if you would be interested in trying our frozen treats?

    http://blogs.pitch.com/fatcity/2011/04/local_musical_comedy_star_take.php

    Thanks!!
    Seth

  13. Just stopping by to say “hi”, and I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences with Kansas City restaurants.

  14. Lacy Fox says:

    I think it’s time to finally comment. I came across your blog when searching for something entirely different. I’ve been reading your blog for six months now, and I have an RSS feed, so that I know when you’ve posted something new. I share the same passion for new and great food. As a new restaurant surfaces, I love to compare your opinions with my own.

    Thanks for providing a great blog!

    Lacy

  15. Hi Mary! Your blog looks great! We were looking for bloggers in Kansas/KC and I wanted to offer you an opportunity to attend a webinar on how to photograph beef for bloggers. I looked for an e-mail to send you the details, but I couldn’t find one. Please e-mail me so I can send you the invitiation. Thanks!

  16. Hi Mary, just wanted to let you and your readers know of a new local food truck to hit KC in March. Southern Thyme
    http://www.southernthyme.net twitter.com/southernthyme
    Can’t wait to see you all their.
    Thanks
    Bill

  17. Mary Wooldridge says:

    Hi Mary, I wanted to tell you about a fun cooking event for kids that will benefit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of KC. The Junior Iron Chef Kansas City event will take place at Union Station on April 14th. I was hoping you could help promote the event, attend or blog about the event. If you have any other promotional ideas I’d love to visit with you. For more information about the event please go to http://www.juniorironchefkc.com.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

    All the best,
    Mary

  18. Deborah Shouse says:

    Hi Mary, I really enjoyed your dining out piece in today’s KC STAR. There’s a play at UMKC’s Black Box Theater that might interest you–it’s called Eat This!

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