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Plenty to Eat at Italian Delight

In 1971, a brand new indoor mall opened in Kansas City, Kansas. People from all around the region flocked to Indian Springs Mall to shop, be entertained, mingle, people watch, and eat. Italian Delight was among the restaurants to call it home. For years this was the place to grab a quick bite or a drink in the mall. People lounged over their meals, while watching the crowds pass by. It was a place to be seen. Many of us came for the pizza. The hot, gooey slices came with an almost limitless choice of topping combinations. The bubbly crust was tender with just the right amount of crispiness. Continue reading

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See New Mix with Old in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI

Sitting just east of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin islands are part of the Caribbean chain of islands that lead toward South America. Our visit was a stopover on a seven day cruise, so we only had a few hours to explore this tropical paradise. Many ships port in Charlotte Amalie, the capital city of St. Thomas. This busy port city was once a haven for pirates, due to the protected harbor. These days it is a stop-over for about 1.5 million cruise ship visitors annually. Even though there were five ships in port on the day we visited, we never felt the area to be overcrowded.

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Go on a Dig at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Millions of years ago giant reptiles ruled the Earth. Fossils have been found throughout the world, and have inspired many to become dinosaur hunters or at least dream of it. Some of the best relics have been found right here in the United States. In 1993, bones were first discovered in Thermopolis, Wyoming. This discovery eventually led to the construction of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. Movies like Jurassic Park have helped us all picture these creatures lumbering across the landscape, and museums like this help us grasp the sheer size of these prehistoric creatures. Continue reading

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Turner Tradition at Christy’s Tasty Queen

We all know of a roadside diner that serves up a specialty, which is an experience all on it’s own. Some places are known for their chili or sliders, while others focus on a specific side dish. It seems like most places find at least one menu item that becomes synonymous with their name. The same can be said for Christy’s Tasty Queen, located at 1405 S 55th Street in Turner, Kansas.  This diminutive stop beckons diners with fresh fried menu items, and cold sugary treats. It is also home to a tenderloin sandwich that has a following of it’s own.Continue reading

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Happy Hour – Red Door Grill

Happy Hour visits are one of our favorite things, but our work schedule doesn’t always cooperate. It is nice to find places that offer extended hours, so that more people are able to participate. The Red Door Grill, at 11851 Roe Avenue, runs their Happy Hours from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and again from 10:00 to close on Friday and Saturdays . That makes this place a very popular gathering spot. The bar is a long granite slab, which offers plenty of seating. Running parallel to the bar is another long high table designed to capture the overflow. While this looks like a lot of seating, this place fills up quickly on a Friday evening. We found this out for ourselves.Continue reading

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Writer’s Choice at Big Q Bar-B-Q

Many foods can evoke strong opinions from those who are partial to them, and in Kansas City, none of these more than barbecue. Our choice for at home dining is Big Q Bar-B-Q located at 2117 S 34th St in Kansas City, KS. Now many cities and states lay claim to be the “BBQ Capitol of the World”, and this post is not going to try to sway anyone’s opinion. Just as there are many regions involved, so are there a multitude of restaurants in each of these cities. In Kansas City alone there are dozens of places serving up their own versions on a daily basis. So it’s easy to find something for your taste buds right here in the metro, and many people have determined their overall favorite, while others bounce between a few for variety. We prefer to savor a wide swath of BBQ options throughout the metro, because we have found that almost every place has something they do right.Continue reading

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Enjoy the View at Paradise Point Tram

The harbor city of Charlotte Amalie sits inside of a sheltered cove. At either end of the city are docks that host cruise ships on a regular basis. Nearly 1.5 million visitors spend time in St. Thomas annually. The city has a wide assortment of attractions, and one of the most popular is the Paradise Point Tram on the edge of downtown. The aerial tramway is designed to haul visitors 700 feet above sea level to a lookout area on top.Continue reading

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Be Amused at Fort Cody Trading Post

Located on the north side of I-80, in North Platte, Nebraska, you can find the Fort Cody Trading Post. This iconic tourist trap is designed to replicate an old frontier fort on the plains. The name is obviously associated with “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the scout, buffalo hunter, and showman. A larger than life placard stands in the parking lot, and helps guide potential visitors to the site. It is an appropriate memorial, as Buffalo Bill lived in North Platte for many years.Continue reading

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Smoky Goodness at El Pollo Rey

The Armourdale section of Kansas City, Kansas is filled with small businesses, and hard working families. Restaurants in the area like El Pollo Rey may cater to the local residents, but their creations draw customers from all around the metro. Many of the buildings that house these restaurants have been home to a variety of businesses in the past. An example of this is the building at 901 Kansas Avenue. During its time as a Dairy Queen, we would frequent it on Wednesday evenings after church services. Of course, this was during my younger years. Since those days, we have not frequented any of the numerous businesses that have occupied the grounds, until this latest enterprise.Continue reading

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Walk Through Time at the Kansas Museum of History

In 1984 the Kansas Museum of History was opened in Topeka by the Kansas Historical Society. This 30,000 square foot building sits on 80 acres in the northwest section of the city. The museum hosts traveling exhibits, as well as the permanent displays. There are 4 walking trails on the property to allow for views on the native grasslands and waterways. The main gallery features the permanent exhibits in chronological order following the history of Kansas. It begins with a look at the Native American tribes who populated the plains. It gives an overview of each of the tribes who lived or traveled through the Kansas region, and includes a lodge house, as well as a teepee.Continue reading