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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

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New Kid on the Block Taco Republic

Kansas City, Kansas is home to many great Mexican food restaurants. It seems that you can drive a couple miles from anywhere in the city, and find one. If we could, we would try them all. Unfortunately, like BBQ joints, there are just too many. One we enjoy when we are in the KU area is Taco Republic. It is located in the Rosedale section of town, and sits right on the south edge of the county line.Continue reading

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Cheap Eats: 5 Ways to Dine Out For Less

It is safe to say that most people enjoy a meal out at least once in a while. For us we prefer this more often than not. It is entertaining, educational, and opens you up to new possibilities. Of course, we also know that dining out is more expensive than eating a homemade meal, but there are ways to combat the higher ticket prices if you are willing to be a little flexible. Here are our 5 top ways to score good eats at a reduced price.Continue reading

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Experience the Trail at National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

Located in Casper, Wyoming, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a free museum dedicated to educating visitors on the experiences for those traveling the Oregon Trail during the Westward Migration.  The museum is filled with life-size dioramas showcasing various life events that would have been experienced by travelers. Life was hard, and the displays help relate this to visitors.Continue reading

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See the Sights at Chicago’s Navy Pier

Our last visit to Chicago was eye opening. Our hotel was located just off of Michigan Avenue, which gave us walking access to many great attractions, including Navy Pier. The timing was great, as this was the period where Kansas City was experiencing 100 degree weather. The 90 degree temps in Chicago felt cool in comparison. While our time was limited, we did try to squeeze in as much sight-seeing as possible.

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Chicago Skyscrapers- Towers of Steel and Glass

There is a huge variation between cities in the Midwest. There are lots of small towns, which are based around the old town square format. As you move up to larger cities, you start to see more multi-story buildings. Then you have the Chicago skyscrapers. By the time you get to a city the size of St. Louis or Kansas City, you will find a smattering of skyscrapers dotting the horizon.  While there are similarities between Kansas City and Chicago, there are just as many differences. The one sight in Chicago, that constantly reminded us that we were not in our hometown, was the large saturation of skyscrapers.Continue reading

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