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Final Movie Before Vacation

Posted on April 7, 2018 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

We normally don’t watch movies on opening weekend but we made an exception for Ready Player One because Brian has been waiting for this movie – FOREVER.

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I bought him the book four years ago and it quickly became one of our favorites. We don’t typically enjoy the same types of books but this is one that we both enjoyed reading. Brian enjoyed the book so much that he reread it again recently in preparation for watching the movie.

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Oh, you might notice that we went to see the movie in the balcony. We haven’t watched a movie in the balcony since Warren 21 opened. Somehow they didn’t have RPO showing in the 21, which we thought was quite odd.

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This is Brian’s “excited” face. His excitement is two-fold. First, he is super excited to finally see the movie that he’s been waiting for since he first read the book four years ago. Second, he found out that he could get Walnut River’s Warbeard (his favorite beer) in a giant 32 oz. mug.

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Cheers!

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I was on steroids that day (literally, it was prescribed by my doctor) so I couldn’t drink (I usually get a 32 oz. hard cherry limeade) and had to settle for dessert.

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After looking over my options, I decided on an old fashioned chocolate malt.

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Here are some pictures of our food.

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Pretty basic because we are basic people. Also, we try to stick with finger foods at the movies. Full meals are just too much hassle with the makeshift table.

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After the movie, Brian got a photo with a movie display for another movie that he’s been long awaiting. It’s on like Donkey Kong after we’re back from vacation because we’ve got some movie passes to burn and rumor has it they won’t accept them anymore after the end of May.

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Boulevard Brewery Tour

Posted on February 21, 2018 by under Things to Do, Travel.    

Brian and I meant to attend the Kansas City Brew Festival but the event sold out before we got our tickets so we ended up going to tour the Boulevard brewery instead. This was our second time doing the brewery tour.

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We got there early and picked up four tickets since we were meeting a couple of my college friends there. The main difference between the tour we did last year and the tour this year is that Boulevard is now charging for the tours. They used to be free. Still, $5 is not a bad deal for an hour of entertainment and beer drinking.

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I just love how friendly the Boulevard people are. I guess you would be friendly too if you were allowed to drink on the job. LOL.

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If you’ve never done the brewery tour, you should. It’s a must in Kansas City!

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Now that they’ve built the Beer Hall, there’s plenty of room for people to mill about while waiting for their tour to begin. I heard it used to be super crowded in the pub next to Brew-house 1.

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If you do decide to go for a tour, Brian and I recommend getting there early and enjoying some snacks at the upstairs Beer Hall. Our favorite thing to get is their meat and cheese board. This way you have some food in your belly before you start drinking a bunch of beer. Then again, you could start pre-drinking which is what Brian and many others do.

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This is where they used to start their tours back in the olden days.

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You get to start drinking right off the bat. Much to Brian’s disappointment, I was in a beer drinking mood and actually drank my glass of Pale Ale. On our first our, he got to drink both mine and his. I actually didn’t mind the Pale Ale this time. Not sure if my tastes are changing or I’m just becoming more open-minded about beer.

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It was freezing that day so we didn’t spend too much time on the terrace. Our tour guide talked while we were inside and then we just stepped outside briefly for those panoramic views and to take some photos.

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Like this one.

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And this one.

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The tour culminates in more beer drinking. You actually get to pick two beers from the dozen or so they have on tap. The idea is to try flavors you haven’t had before but Brian always ends up getting a glass of Tank 7, which has been his favorite for a long time. Except, he discovered the Irish Ale on this trip and now that’s his most favorite of all the beers that Boulevard offers.

Again, this is a part where Brian usually gets to drink all of my beers but I decided to actually try some beers instead of just getting extra beers for him to drink. I tried Jam Band and Cranberry Orange Radler and I loved both of them! The Cranberry Orange Radler is my absolute favorite, though. It’s very un-beer-like.

As an added bonus, Brian volunteered to be the “caboose” on our tour expecting to get an extra pour at the end (which is the volunteer’s reward is usually) but they were trying to get rid of some six-packs so I ended up getting a free six-pack of Cranberry Orange Radler. They didn’t have any flavors that Brian wanted so I ended up getting the beer I liked instead. Lucky me!

I’ve never been a beer drinker but Boulevard is slowly changing my mind. There are beers out there that I can enjoy after all. Baby steps.

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Kansas City Restaurant Week

Posted on February 6, 2018 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

Restaurant Week in Kansas City is HUGE! The event even has its own web site. This year it started on January 12 and continued through January 12 so you actually had two full weekends of dining out. I had no idea until I was invited by coworkers to join them in their Restaurant Week dining adventures.

The best things about Restaurant Week are (a) you get to enjoy a great meal at a bargain ($15 for lunch or $33 for dinner) and (b) you get to support great causes because they usually donate proceeds to some nonprofit organizations. I got to try some restaurants I wouldn’t normally dine at that week.

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My first Restaurant Week stop was Bristol. I’ve only eaten there a couple of times before because it’s so expensive. I remember eating there with Selena last year and, despite sharing an entrée, our bill still reached $100. They offered a heck of a deal for Restaurant Week, though — $15 for a three-course lunch.

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They actually had lobster bisque on the lunch menu, which is quite a deal, considering that lobster bisque usually costs at least $15 by itself at most restaurants. The presentation is super cool. I had to capture it on video.

Several of us, myself included, ordered lobster bisque. Someone got a Caesar salad, which looked pretty good too.

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Here’s the various entrees we got.

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Guess which one was mine? Yup, I had the salmon. Several of us got that one.

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This is another lobster bisque picture but this one is from Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. I liked the flavor and presentation of the lobster bisque at Bristol better but at Eddie V’s they practically give you an entire lobster. They include big chunks of lobster instead of just tiny little pieces.

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This is Lesa’s surf and turf dinner with three huge shrimp.

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They do family style sides. My steak didn’t look like much but it was delicious.

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The bananas foster finale was nothing short of spectacular.

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Lesa had a refreshing sorbet.

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Here’s the Eddie V’s menu card.

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There are so many delicious dishes to choose from. I can’t wait to return to the restaurant and try something new!

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Gram & Dun was another one of our Restaurant Week stops.

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My salad (below) was delicious!

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This is Denise’s shrimp and grits.

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I had the barbecue mac and cheese, which Julie highly recommended.

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We finished things off with the Gram & Dun bar.

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Our meal was pretty fab! Actually, all of our meals that week were very good. Denise joked that she probably gained more weight during Restaurant Week than she had the entire holiday season. She’s probably right. I skipped Monday night because it was too cold but she still went to Lydia’s.

That’s one of the reasons I came to the conclusion that Restaurant Week in Kansas City is a big deal. Despite the cold temperature and yucky weather that week, all the restaurants were packed. You could hardly get your reservation in on Open Table because all of the good restaurants were completely booked.

We figured there would be plenty of no shows too due to weather. No such luck. People made reservations and actually stuck to them. That’s how HUGE Restaurant Week is here. I’ll have to remember it for next year.

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Wichita Flag Painting Do-Over

Posted on January 21, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

Brian and I went to paint Wichita Flags at Paint the Towne the day after Christmas. I asked him to do it with me for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s super fun and, secondly, I wanted a do-over as I didn’t like how my painting turned out. He is far more artistic than I am so I figured he would be able to create us a masterpiece that we would be able to proudly display at home.

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Here are pictures from our painting activity.

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This guy always looks so serious no matter what he’s doing.

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This is the painting that we did when I went with the Westar Women’s Network ladies. However, they had the “Wichita” stencils this time so we got to paint this other version instead.

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Here’s Brian’s work in progress.

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Brian kept his pretty clean. I always hate how mine turn out.

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Here we are with our finished paintings.

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Both of mine are on display (hidden) in the basement — one in each bedroom down there. Brian’s masterpiece is on display upstairs, in the hallway that leads to our master bedroom. His work looks amazing so I don’t mind having it upstairs where people can see and enjoy it.

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White Elephant and Sneaky Santa

Posted on January 8, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

I got to participate in several White Elephant (or, as Missy calls it, Sneaky Santa) gift exchanges this holiday season with one more coming up this Friday because my work (CRC) one had to be postponed until more people could attend.

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The Smiths hosted a beer-themed White Elephant gift exchange at their home. Brian and I missed it last year so we were happy to be able to attend this time.

Chad posted the most hilarious instructions on the event page. See below.

Official Beer Gift Exchange Rules

Guests are welcome, but anyone wanting to participate must bring a beer gift. All guests must be of age.

All beer gifts must be wrapped. If possible, please chill your gift before the exchange.

Upon arrival, beer gifts will be placed under our festive holiday tree and you will be given a number from our festive holiday hat. Festive holiday sweaters are encouraged.

Anyone who wants to participate, but cannot attend can drop off their beer gift before the exchange and FaceTime/Hangout/Skype their selection.

Beer gifts can be stolen twice during the exchange. You are welcome to trade bottles afterwards.

Mass produced light beers are strictly prohibited. Anyone caught gifting one will be forced to leave with their poor choice of beverage. (We will review security footage if necessary.)

Brian brought his favorite beer for the gift exchange, which Jeff ended up getting.

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My team had our holiday luncheon in Topeka where we played the “ball of plastic wrap” game and had a White Elephant gift exchange. The funniest part about this is that I attended a meeting in Topeka on Monday and left my gift on Kelsey’s desk for safe keeping. I told her that I didn’t want to lug the present to my hotel room in Kansas City (or leave it in the car and tempt people) only to bring it back on Thursday. Well, she must not have been paying attention because she accidentally unwrapped it later that day. LOL.

She repackaged it for me but I guess at least one other person on our team saw her unwrap it so my White Elephant gift wasn’t as much of a surprise.

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I did get this nifty wall décor at the luncheon that Brian helped me hang. I immediately wanted it when I saw it because both of our cork catchers were getting quite full. This worked out perfect!

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Missy had a Sneaky Santa (that’s what she calls White Elephant gift exchanges) at the end of her Christmas Eve class. I got a Bath and Body Works, warm vanilla sugar shower gel from that one.

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We also had one at our house during the Zumba World Party Party. I made the price range $5-10 for this one so no one brought a toilet seat and plunger this time.

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Oh, I was a jerk who didn’t want to mess with drawing numbers so I made everyone go by age — oldest first. Some people, who do not like to reveal their ages, were not too thrilled about that one. LOL.

I love White Elephant gift exchanges. It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. I can’t wait until we have the CRC one this Friday.

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