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Jack Stack Barbecue – A Family Tradition

Let's time-travel back to 1957. The world was cast into the "Space Race" with the launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite. In America, Jailhouse Rock was climbing the charts, while Elvis purchased Graceland. Frisbees first hit the market and The Music Man opened on Broadway. (You can read our article about the composer here.) While all of these events were taking place, here in Kansas City we were seeing the start of what would become a family tradition. Russ Fiorella launched his barbecue eatery with a modest menu of a few meat options. From this humble beginning, the Jack Stack Barbecue [...]

By |2022-11-11T07:05:56-06:00November 11th, 2022|Barbecue, Kansas City, KC Dining|0 Comments

Kansas City Museum – A Renewed Purpose

For decades, schoolchildren from around the metropolitan region made the annual field trip to the Kansas City Museum. I remember visiting during the time that it focused primarily on our hometown's history. It also featured hundreds of taxidermized animals in lifelike settings. In 2008, the museum was closed for a complete renovation and repurposing. When we heard it had reopened, we were eager to see the renewed purpose of this Kansas City landmark. Located at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard, this FREE attraction is a good choice for a day of exploring. Failure Turned Into Success I have to wonder how many fortunes were started [...]

By |2022-09-16T06:25:51-06:00September 16th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|6 Comments

Parlor KC – A Grownup Food Hall

How many times have you faced the seemingly unsurmountable task of choosing what to have for dinner? It would be nice if they put a variety of cuisines in one space, so you could pick and choose your favorite dishes. Well someone was listening to our suggestions and created Parlor KC. This glorified grownup food hall sits in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads District, at 1707 Locust St. We've long considered KC the "melting pot of the Midwest", so a chef-inspired collaboration of this magnitude seems perfect for our city. Fun Vibe Stepping through the front entrance, diners are greeted with [...]

By |2022-08-26T06:27:01-06:00August 26th, 2022|Food Hall, Kansas City, KC Dining|4 Comments

Backyard Barbecue Vibe – Char Bar

It feels a little repetitive to mention that we live in a city filled with amazing barbecue restaurants. While we may not have sandy beaches or snow-capped mountains, any given day can bring the smell of grilling meats wafting across the landscape. When we are looking for southern BBQ in Kansas City, we have a few nice options. One that has gained quite the reputation for food and fun is Char Bar, located at 4050 Pennsylvania in Westport. Sporting a retro feel, this "meat-ateria" has found a way to give off a major backyard barbecue vibe. A Flurry of Activity Dropping by on [...]

By |2022-05-03T16:10:27-06:00May 13th, 2022|Barbecue, Kansas City, KC Dining|0 Comments

National Museum of Toys And Miniatures – Releasing My Inner Child

I have to admit that there's a little kid in me that can come out at the most inopportune moments. To limit the silliness from becoming too rampant, I find it best to shower my inner child with periodic visits to kid-friendly attractions. Kansas City just happens to be home to quite a few of these, so that works out best for keeping me in check. One of our favorites is the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, which is located at 5235 Oak Street. It is a special place that we recommend to people every chance we get. I may enter this [...]

By |2022-04-29T06:43:41-06:00April 29th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|2 Comments

HomeGrown Kansas City – Local Love

As I sit writing this article, my mind is wandering back to our table at HomeGrown Kansas City, located at 338 W. 63rd St. in KCMO. This Wichita-based restaurant broke ground in our hometown and has seen amazing success. It may just be their delectable pop tartlets, which are great paired with a cup of coffee. I like to believe it has to do more with their appreciation of local flavors, which they incorporate into their menu. Sure, other restaurants source locally, but this place has made it part of their mantra. Cultivate Kindness When we stepped through the door of this Brookside [...]

By |2022-03-25T09:45:49-06:00April 8th, 2022|Breakfast, Kansas City, KC Dining|2 Comments

Bistreaux By KC Daiquiri Shop – Southern Flair

On our excursions to New Orleans, we have become accustomed to enjoying some of their amazing food dishes. While we participate in most every cuisine, it is the southern flair of Cajun and Creole that bring some of the best flavors to the table. When KC Daiquiri Shop had opened a second site, we were excited to check it out. Bistreaux is housed inside of a brick structure at 8725 Metcalf Avenue. Seeing that it had been a minute since our last Louisiana-style meal, we were anxious to test the waters (and daiquiris) found inside. Frozen Delights The non-descript exterior camouflages the French [...]

By |2022-03-25T03:45:47-06:00March 25th, 2022|Cajun, Kansas City, KC Dining|0 Comments

Changing Times – Johnson County Museum

Kansas burst into the Union in an unusually bloody fashion. Human presence can be traced back to at least the 1400s. It would be the mid-1800s that saw the quick escalation of violence. The story of Bloody Kansas has been told many times, but we find each site sheds a little more perspective. The Johnson County Museum, at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, is a good resource for learning about the changing times that make up our state's history. We dropped by for a refresher course on how Kansas transitioned to its current state. Going Way Back Johnson County was one of the first areas [...]

By |2022-03-06T16:40:33-06:00March 11th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|4 Comments

Tasty Thai – Naree Kitchen

When people mention dining in Kansas City, many will think of barbecue. While it is certainly a popular subject in our hometown, it is far from the only cuisine to be found here. In fact, there are tons of great eats to be found tucked away all over town. Kansas City, Kansas is our neck of the woods and it is filled with a broad spectrum of ethnic cuisine options. We like to think of our city as the "melting pot of the Midwest". A trip along State Avenue landed us at Naree Kitchen Thai & Sushi where we always find tasty Thai [...]

By |2022-02-25T07:00:17-06:00February 25th, 2022|Asian, Kansas City, KC Dining|0 Comments

Shawnee Indian Mission – Hidden Kansas History

Are there places that you've been meaning to visit for years? We faced that same situation right in our backyard. The Shawnee Indian Mission has been a destination we have discussed visiting for quite some time. It seems like some other stop would always push this place to the back burner. We finally said "enough is enough" and planned a stopover at this local historical attraction. Without much research, we arrived with open minds and eager to learn about these indigenous people. The Shawnee Tribe We discovered that the first floor of the museum focuses on the Shawnee people. By the 1600s, the [...]

By |2022-02-11T07:07:41-06:00February 11th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|2 Comments
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