Around the BLOCK

A Taste of Austin

Don’t get me wrong, Austin is a cool city. Pockets of eclectic neighborhoods, tons of live music, a pretty lake with an awesome trail surrounding it and a booming downtown. But for me, it’s all about the food. I was recently there for 4 nights and didn’t come close to trying all of the restaurants […]

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First Taste: Saki Asian

Admittedly, I don’t think about driving to the Northland to eat. I’m usually only in the area on the way to or from the airport, and never want to stop to eat after a trip in which I spend most of my time eating! But many Facebook mentions and online pictures of Saki Asian convinced me to […]

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Fat Choy–Las Vegas

Fat Choy’s slogan is “where Classic American diner meets Asian comfort food,” and it’s very apt. Situated off-strip in a very drab and unimpressive casino, Fat Choy has won more awards and received more accolades in one year’s time than most restaurants can ever hope to achieve. Having read numerous articles on the restaurant, and […]

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Korean Restaurant Sobahn

I have prepared Korean cuisine in my home, but until recently I had yet to try any of the Korean restaurants in the Kansas City metro. While not as trendy as the Momufuku mini-empire in New York City, they give diners a solid and authentic glimpse into this type of Asian cuisine. I have just […]

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888 International Market

For those of us living near the Plaza, 888 International Market is a hike. It’s located near Antioch and 119th St. in Overland Park.  But think of it as an adventure, a trip to Asia if you will, that costs less than a tank of gas as opposed to a very expensive plane ticket. International? […]

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The Source–A Wolfgang Puck restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Wolfgang Puck has restaurants all over the country, but The Source may be the most formal and unique. Situated next to the Newseum, The Source’s upstairs dining room is modern and sleek, with floor to ceiling windows and a two-story temperature controlled wine wall. The downstairs lounge for small bites is more of a scene, […]

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Zen Zero-Lawrence

Zen Zero in Lawrence is packed every night, regardless of the wind chill factor or whether KU is playing basketball. That’s probably because it serves comforting soups, noodles and Asian specialties in a laid-back setting, with prices that are affordable for the many college students who frequent it. It reminds me very much of Lulu’s […]

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