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PourHouse ICT

Posted on March 22, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Brian and I finally got a chance to check out Walnut River Brewing’s new taproom in downtown Wichita. We were there last month for my Rotary club’s final Thursday social. It happens on the final Thursday of each month and we usually support local businesses in the Andover area. Lately we’ve been making our rounds to support all of the breweries that participated in last year’s Haus of Brews (our club’s annual fundraising event).

Here are a few pictures from that evening.

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This is a selfie of me and Alison, our current club president.

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Alison with her husband and one of her boys, Josh and his son, and Mark digging into a chicken wing.

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The socials are a great opportunity for our club members and their families to get together while supporting local businesses.

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As an added bonus, we also got to watch our local college basketball team, the Wichita State Shockers, play.

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The PourHouse took over the old space that Mumbai Rail (also known as The Rail) used to occupy. I’d never been upstairs before then but it’s really neat. They have a cool stairwell in the middle connecting the two levels.

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Not only do they serve great beer, they also have delicious cocktails.

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Walnut River makes Warbeard, Brian’s favorite beer. As you can tell, he is very happy in this photo. Cheers!

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Here’s picture with our friend Darrin Hackney, who manages PourHouse ICT for Walnut River Brewing.

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Anyway, Brian and I liked the PourHouse so much that we decided to return the following week. Here are some pictures from our follow up visit.

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I liked the Scotch Eggs but Brian didn’t like them as much. Granted, they aren’t as good as the deep-fried deviled eggs that they used to serve at BRGR in Kansas City, but I thought they were pretty good.

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Brian really liked the pretzels with the Warbeard queso. It’s interesting because he likes the pretzels at Wichita Brewing Company better but he likes the queso at the PourHouse better. Out of everything we ate on our second visit to the PourHouse, this is what he enjoyed most.

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I liked that they split our burger in half for us. Because we had a couple of starters, neither of us really wanted to eat that much. Splitting a burger was perfect.

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You can’t go to the PourHouse and not drink some drinks! So, of course, I had a couple. This one is called Jen’s 87.

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The blue one you saw pictured above that I tried on our first visit, when we were there with the Andover Rotary Club, is called Float Trip.

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They do “table sharing” at the PourHouse and it didn’t take long before we made friends with our table mates. By the way, the green shirt I’m wearing in the photo is a special St. Patrick’s Day shirt they were selling for $5 which is a pretty good deal if you ask me. They only had mediums left so Brian and I both got the same size. We only got one for me at first because I didn’t think the medium size would fit Brian. It was disappointing because the shirts were such a good deal. Anyway, he thought could manage squeezing into a medium so he tried mine on then and there just to prove me wrong. Amazingly, the shirt fit so we got him one too.

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Here’s Brian with the shirt on and a look of “I told you so” on his face. LOL.

We didn’t actually get to wear our fun Warbeard St. Patrick’s Day shirts on St. Patty’s Day together because I was flying to Austin on March 17. I made us wear them the day before when we went to see Captain Marvel, though. I think most people celebrated on Saturday anyway so it worked out.

Anyway, be sure to go check out the PourHouse! It’s a really neat place with great beer and great drinks!

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Palette to Palate

Posted on March 20, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I got to experience a super fun party thanks to tickets from work and my coworker/friend Ebony. I’d always been curious about Palette to Palate but we’d never been able to go. With tickets at $300 per person, it’s definitely one of the more exclusive charity benefits in town. As you can imagine when I email came through about tickets being available, I jumped at the chance.

Here are a few pictures from the event.

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This is my coworker Yuvina and her sister Daisy.

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Us with Sierra Scott.

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Bonnie Bing and me.

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With Brandy (left) and her friend. I worked with Brandy at Spiegel 20 years ago. She and Brian also worked together at T-Mobile almost 20 years ago also.

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With Rachel and Joe at our table.

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Here’s a picture of the beautifully decorated hall (click on the pic to enlarge).

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Here’s a pic of one of the table centerpieces. The tables looked very elegant. They really did a great job.

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Our dinner menu for the evening.

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The salad course.

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Main course.

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Dessert!

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Here are just a few of the wines we got to try that night.

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There were so many wines to sample. I completely lost track!

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I should have gotten a better picture of this one (above) because it was Brian’s favorite. The one below was my favorite out of the wines we tasted.

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Besides all the wines during the tasting, we also had several full sized bottles of wine at our table. These were the selections:

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Out of this group, the Caymus was the one that Brian and I liked the best.

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We looked for our favorites at Groves and found them to be way out of our price range! They’re even more expensive than our favorite “expensive” wine. LOL.

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Besides the wine, we were also treated to some performance art by child prodigy Elisabeth Anisimow and Le Petit Cirque.

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Here are some fun photo booth pics from the event.

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This was such a fun event! I’m so glad Brian and I got to go. By the way, there are way more pictures than what you see here. Hop on over to Flickr to see the rest of our fun pictures from that evening!

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Dani D’s Birthday Lunch at DT

Posted on March 2, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Just a few pics from Danielle’s birthday lunch at District Taqueria a few weeks ago.

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Here are some pictures of the delicious food we enjoyed.

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Pic of me with Missy and the birthday girl.

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The rest of the gang went to watch What Men Want after lunch. Brian and I opted out because we originally had plans to go to the Busted Pallet. However, the workshop that day ended up being canceled so we probably could have gone to the movies but we didn’t find out until it was too late.

Instead Brian and I ended up enjoying a nice quiet night and even had time to hit the nail spa. We ended up running into Teresa and Ross there.

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It was a great day overall!

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2019 YMCA Annual Celebration

Posted on February 20, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I have been attending the YMCA Annual Celebrations a few years now. I don’t think I documented each time we’ve attended but I found a blog post from 2017 and also one from 2018.

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The event was back at the Andover Farha Sport Center again this year so that was convenient. As usual, they did a great job of decorating and turning the courts into a banquet hall.

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I am always so impressed with the volunteer and coach of the year nominees. These folks give so much back to the community in terms of their time, effort, and other resources. There’s always just one winner in each category but it’s a huge honor just to be nominated.

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These are some very generous people.

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Besides the awards, they always unveil new marketing campaign videos and it’s always fun to see your friends in them. This year we had a Joel sighting.

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We also ran into Brandy, who I know from Zumba class and is also the cousin of one of my friends from work.

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Speaking of sightings, we also ran into Greg and Karen Perkins. You will remember them from our dinner at Prost back in December. They do shared seating at Prost so, since they had space at their table, we ended up getting seated with them. We had a lovely visit over dinner. We finished at different times but must have had the same idea because, when Brian and I went to the Little Lion Cafe for a bit of dessert after dinner, we ran into them again.

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Fast forward to the YMCA Annual Celebration last month when we ran into them again. I joked that we should probably plan on intentionally getting together next time instead of accidentally running into each other at various places.

I’m not sure it’s wise to be exchanging phone numbers and connecting with complete strangers but they seem like a lovely couple. We’ve enjoyed both of our visits with them. Anyway, if they support the YMCA then they must be good people, right? I may be wrong to assume this but that was my assessment.

That’s all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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New Year’s Eve Festivities

Posted on January 18, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I got roped into throwing a New Year’s Eve party this year. Although, I did offer so it’s not like we were forced into it. I did it to myself. LOL.

Leading up to NYE, our friends were talking about going to this party that costs $75 per person. I don’t care if it’s all you can drink, I’d rather not pay to go to a party. It’s one thing if it’s a charity benefit. Plus, I don’t drink that much. And, if I’m drinking, I’d rather stay home and drink.

Other people were fine with the cost but the Phelpi weren’t so keen on the price either. I’m glad April said something. But then we were trying to figure out how to get together for NYE in the group chat. That’s when it came to me. If we just want to get together and we’re not really particular about where, then they should all just came over. And, that’s how the party started.

I usually don’t prefer to host on NYE because we have this superstition that whatever you’re doing on NYD is what you’re doing all year so if you’re hung over or you have a messy house or you’re stuck cleaning the house on NYD, that’s pretty much what your whole year will be like. Our typical MO is to hit other people’s parties (my parents’ for the food and Hideki’s for the booze — most of the time) and then be home by midnight so we can ring in the New Year by having sex. Yes, it’s been our long running tradition. We figured if we’re having sex on NYD, then we will be having sex all year long. And, yes, it’s important enough to us that this is a must. Our friend all know that we have to be home by midnight.

It was fun hanging out and ringing in the New Year with everyone but we obviously didn’t get our midnight sex this year. We had to wait until later on NYD. At least we got it done before the day was over otherwise we would have been cursed with lack of sex all year. And that just cannot be. LOL.

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No midnight sex aside, we had a great time celebrating with everyone. Here are some of the pics we took…

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I’m glad Jess and Marc took a photo in front of our gold fringe backdrop. At least it didn’t go to waste.

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Me and Jess with our party tiaras.

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Jay and Brian (with Becca and April in the background).

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Me and the Massingills, my favorite Zumba family.

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Jess and me and Madison and Brian.

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I made a jug of Carlos O’Kelly’s margarita.

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We laid out the party favors for everyone.

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I may have overestimated how many people would show up.

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We pulled out some of our favorite games and decided that’s what we would do to pass the time because I wasn’t allowed to have Zumba.

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We played What Do You Meme? downstairs and Disturbed Friends upstairs.

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I love having people over but I’m not a huge fan of hosting NYE parties because of our superstitions. All things aside though, it was a great night overall. But, I suspect we will resume our normal NYE tradition next year.

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