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Traveling to Orlando

Posted on August 7, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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Obligatory airplane selfie.

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Upon our arrival at the Orlando airport, we were greeted by the same chauffeur we had in 2013. What are the odds?

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Our first stop that night was the Pub, our favorite place to eat in the area.

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Our first drinks in Orlando.

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Brian’s favorite meal.

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I love the fish and chips at the Pub. This time they had an option on the menu to get fish and chips and shrimp.

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It was a nice night for a walk, so we took the long way back to our hotel. Grabbed a few pics on the way.

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It was a long day but there’s always time for a few pics.

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We stayed at the Hilton this time because the Hyatt Regency was already full by the time I registered, which was within a couple of hours of registration opening. It was ridiculous. Anyway, the Hilton also does the commemorative ZINCON keys so at least I still got one to add to my collection.

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We went to check out the fitness center in the morning. It was decent but not as nice as the one at the Hyatt.

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I guess it’s a lot nicer than most hotel gyms.

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We did some exploring that day.

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The rooms are just okay and it’s on the opposite side of the Orange County Convention Center from the Hyatt so the location is not idea but the resort pool is phenomenal!

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It is much bigger and nicer than the resort pool at the Hyatt.

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And, they have a lazy river. Bonus!

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There’s even a splash pool for the kiddos.

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There are a few fire pit areas with food and beverage service.

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The pool grounds are super nice!

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Besides that, it’s like a legit resort with activities and everything. I just wish it wasn’t so far away. Anyway, next post will be all about ZINCON. Check back soon!

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Le’s Noodles and Sandwiches

Posted on July 24, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

I discovered a new Vietnamese restaurant a couple of weeks ago. It’s been around for a while (at least four years) at the current locations. I’d just never known about it before. I found it one Sunday after working out with the girls at VASA. I got done around ten thirty, elevenish, and had a bit of time before my 12 PM Aqua Zumba class at North YMCA. I took Woodlawn up because I was looking for something quick to eat but, having worked out for a couple of hours that morning, I was also starving so I wanted some real food.

I went to Central and Woodlawn because I knew there was an Asian restaurant there that was decent. However, they turned out to be closed. Le’s was next door and open so I walked in.

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Here’s what I got that day — spring rolls and pork and rice.

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It’s a lot of food before a workout but I was hungry!

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The food is actually quite good so I went back a week later. This time with Brian. Predictably, I ordered the exact same thing.

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Except they gave me some soup this time, which I wasn’t offered the last time. Not sure if it’s a lunch vs. dinner thing. I was there for lunch the first time. When I went with Brian, we went for dinner.

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Brian had the bbq pork bahn mi but he forgot to tell them to hold all of the crap so he didn’t enjoy it as much.

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I think the food is pretty good and the place seemed to be quite popular. It’s a bummer that Brian didn’t like what he got. I think we need to give them another chance though because he really liked my pork chop thing.

On our next visit, I’m thinking we will just order what I normally get and share it. Or we could get some pho, which seemed to be the thing to get there. If you tried the food there, let us know what you thought in the comments.

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Fourth of July Road Trip

Posted on July 14, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink, Zumba.    

For the 4th of July, Rose invited us to the Zumbathon they were having at Newton YMCA. I’d never been there before because of both the distance and my schedule so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to check it out. We weren’t having any Zumba in Andover that day so the girls and I decided to carpool. We basically had a mini road trip.

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(From left) Amanda, Kathy, Charis, and I all met up at our house and then we took Brian’s SUV to the Newton YMCA.

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This is Rose. I’m so glad that she told me about their Zumbathon. It was the prefect excuse to visit Newton. It never occurred to me to go over there before because it’s a 40-minute drive from my house (one way). If I go for just one class then I spend more time in the car then working out. The day of the two-hour 4th of July Zumbathon was the perfect time to visit because it made the long drive worth it.

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Here’s a pic of the four of us plus Jamie. This is basically the Andover crew.

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Here’s a pic of me and Mandy. Mandy is home-based in Andover but she teaches at both Andover and Newton.

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Everyone was very festively attired that day. Amanda and Kathy, in particular, looked adorably cute.

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Andover crew with Mandy and Rose.

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Here’s our group pic. They were clever and took the pic during the halfway point so we wouldn’t miss people who had left early in our group photo. I thought it was really smart. I made a mental note to do this at my next event.

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I was famished after two hours of dancing, as were the others, so we all decided to grab a bite to eat. Since we were in Newton and we weren’t sure when we would be back, we wanted to eat somewhere local. We initially went to the Bread Basket, known for their amazing pies, but they were closed. It was quite disappointing because everyone had talked up how good the place is and how delicious their pies are, I really had my hear set on eating there and having a slice of pie for dessert.

Apparently, Newton is one of those towns where everything shuts down on Sundays and holidays. Anyway, we had just about given up and were on our way to hit the Cracker Barrel in Park City for lunch on the way home when Rose called and told us that Genova, the local Italian restaurant, was open.

We would much rather eat somewhere local so we quickly caught up with Jamie and her fiancé Alex at the gas station and told them the change of plans.

Here are some of our food pics:

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I’m so glad that Rose recommended Genova because it was so good. Their bread, along with the oil and vinegar dipping sauce, was amazing! I loved it so much I ate three rolls before my lunch showed up.

We had one last roll left, which I was going to bring home to Brian so he could try it. I guess the lady overheard us because she came out with a couple of sacks of fresh-baked bread. Instead of having one roll, Brian got three rolls. Anyway, I can’t wait to go back and take Brian so he can try the delicious food they make there.

It was a super fun day overall. It sort of felt like we were on a road trip, albeit a short one. I think it would be fun to go a master class or a jam session out of town with these girls. Hopefully soon!

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Leslie Coffee in Delano

Posted on July 10, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

Had the opportunity to try a new coffee shop thanks to the Wicked Brew tour. Leslie Coffee has been open for a while. I just haven’t had a reason to venture out there because it’s in Delano and we usually prefer places that are walkable.

Alicia drove so I bought the coffee. Seemed like a fair trade. Here are some pictures from our visit…

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The place is super cute. The kind of coffee that I get was just okay over there though. I still prefer it at Reverie. Anyway, I’m grateful for the Wicked Brew tour or I wouldn’t have had any reason to check it out.

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Belated Happy Birthday

Posted on June 25, 2019 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

In case y’all didn’t know, my handsome husband turned another year older this month. He is now officially middle-aged. LOL. He will probably argue this fact but I looked it up. According to the dictionary, middle age is “the period between early adulthood and old age, usually considered as the years from about 45 to 65.”

Yes, babe, you are, in fact, officially considered a middle-aged man.

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Despite being old, he’s still very handsome and aging quite gracefully.

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Unfortunately, I had to take a CPR/AED renewal class on Brian’s actual birthday. It was my only affordable option and my CPR/AED certificate was set to expire on June 15. To make it up to him, I took him out the Hill Bar & Grill (one of our favorite places to eat) on the eve of his birthday.

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We cannot go there without having chicharonnes.

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This is the crab and chorizo queso which was pretty good and quite filling. It was the first time we’d ever ordered it.

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We were not too full for the mini doughnuts though. They are not to be missed.

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I took a picture of the daily specials so we can better plan our return trip.

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Here’s a picture of me with my dummy at CPR/AED renewal training the next evening. I felt bad that we couldn’t celebrate on Brian’s actual birthday but we did that pre-birthday dinner and we still had the Symphony in the Flint Hills (more on that later) and his mom and dad’s visit at the end of the month to look forward to. There was plenty of celebrating to be had.

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We began his birthday weekend celebration on Friday, June 14. Brian took the day off work to volunteer with me at Symphony in the Flint Hills. For those who don’t know, volunteering is a great way to enjoy the event for free.

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Here are a few pictures from that day.

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I was so excited because the site they picked this year was absolutely amazing. The organizers improved the set up and the layout of the tents was the best I’d ever seen. The site is also the closest its ever been. It was only about an hour away from our house. When we left the site on Friday afternoon, we were both super excited to return and enjoy the festivities the next day.

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As (bad) luck would have it, the storm rolled through and destroyed nearly everything. All of the hard work the volunteers did over the past few days was obliterated. For the first time in its 20-year history, the Symphony in the Flint Hills canceled the event.

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Here are some pics of the devastation.

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I was bummed because I had been looking forward to it all year. It was how we were celebrating Brian’s birthday weekend. Selfishly, Brian was felt like he spent that whole day volunteering for nothing (since the event was canceled). I told him, as disappointing as it is, I was glad that we had an opportunity to volunteer and see the beautiful event site on Friday. Had we not volunteered, we would have missed it altogether. I was grateful that we got to see that beautiful land.

At first it was going to be postponed to Sunday. It would have been really tricky with me teaching Zumba at 3 PM and then both of us having to go to work the next day but Brian and I were really going to still do everything in our power to still go. Eventually, the event organizers decided to cancel. It was a huge bummer but it was all for the best because it was going to be a real challenge to attend on Sunday.

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Since our Symphony in the Flint Hills plans fell through, we ended up going to Stearman Field for their annual fly in. We also wanted to go to it but we couldn’t because of the Symphony event, which happened to be on the same day. There’s always so many fun events going on around town that it’s so hard to choose which ones to attend. You just kind of have to prioritize. Don’t ever believe anyone when they say there’s nothing to do in Wichita. They are lying.

Or, as they say, there are no boring places, only boring people.

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Here are a few of the pictures that we took at the air field.

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These vehicles were on display on someone’s yard. We couldn’t tell whether or not they were part of the show. Brian felt weird taking these pics.

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It turned out to be a beautiful day for a fly in.

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But it was also too hot. We wanted to cool off inside the restaurant but it was a two-hour wait. Instead we decided to drive over the WBC for early supper.

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As luck would have it, it was the official first day of the Wicked Brew Tour so we got our first stamps there.

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Fittingly, Brian happened to be wearing his Wicked Brew shirt from last year, which is one of his favorite shirts to wear.

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The Wicked Brew Tour is something we look forward to every summer.

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There are even more local breweries and coffee shops participating this year!

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We went to Churn & Burn East after dinner. The East location has been open a while but it was our first visit there. We always end up visiting the original location on Oliver out of habit.

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The East location is super cute and close to our house.

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Here’s a picture of our Swiss Cafe Mocha Churn & Burns (our favorite drink there). I got the big one!

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We continued celebrating this past weekend when Brian’s parents came to town. Brian and his grandma always try to celebrate their birthdays together because his birthday is on the 13th and hers is on the 19th.

In Brian’s 45 years, they’ve only missed celebrating three birthdays together and those were the years Brian lived in Memphis.

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Grandma turned 97 this year. As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, we also celebrated Brian’s parents’ 46th wedding anniversary (June 2, technically) and belated Father’s Day. We’ve been so busy this year that we didn’t do cards or presents. In lieu of gifts, Brian and I just decided to buy everyone dinner.

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I will post pictures of our food and you guys try to guess where we went.

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CLUE: It’s pretty much our go to place for celebrations and dinner in general.

That’s pretty much how we celebrated Brian’s birthday this year. No huge party or big trip (since we did Costa Rica in April and we still have Orlando in July and Cancun in November) this year. We did talk about going to Colorado but we just couldn’t get it together in time.

Perhaps next year we will make it out there but, either way, we will be back in time for our traditional family celebration because grandma and Brian have to celebrate together. It’s kind of their thing. Until next time. GNG.

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