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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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Check it out!

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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Favorite Pics from Christmas

Posted on January 11, 2018 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink, Zumba.    

Christmas Eve was AMAZING! I completed two Zumba classes (Missy’s and mine) with a Sneaky Santa sandwiched in between. Some friends danced with me twice that day and we even took an after pic.

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That night we went to my parents’ house for our annual Christmas Eve celebration (Noche Buena) where we feasted on lots of yummy Filipino food.

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Brian and Quentin were both wearing their Shocker tees that night.

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The next day we had grandma over for Christmas.

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We had breakfast and then opened presents over video chat with Brian’s parents in Oklahoma. That took a lot out of grandma, apparently. Here she is taking an nap while Saki served as lookout.

You can see other pics that we took on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in our Flickr album. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving 2017

Posted on December 29, 2017 by under Family, Food and Drink.    

Brian’s parents came up from Oklahoma for Thanksgiving this year. It worked out great because the place where we normally get our Thanksgiving dinner form (Fresh Market) closed a couple of years ago. Since Brian’s mom enjoys cooking she offered to make Thanksgiving dinner. In exchange, we agreed to buy all the ingredients and have them ready for her.

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Brian put together the most hilarious grocery list.

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Brian usually gets ham from his work but Donna wanted a 20-lb turkey also. We have never bought so much food from the store. Ever.

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This is where he tells me to brace myself. LOL.

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Here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving feast.

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Here’a picture of grandma’s plate.

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It turned out to be just the five of us. Brian, his parents, grandma, and me. Brian’s parents invited another couple to join us but they canceled last minute. Brian and I also invited Eleanor, Peter, and Ella but Peter ended up falling ill and so they bailed as well. We appreciated him not spreading his germs to us, though.

Eleanor and Ella stopped by later that evening to enjoy some of the homemade chocolate ice cream that Brian’s mom made. We also sent them home with a bunch of leftovers. We still didn’t make a dent, though. We had leftovers for days. We tried to eat as much of it as we could but mostly ended up just throwing a bunch of food away, which is a complete departure from our usual MO.

I always feel so wasteful throwing food away. I think next year we’re going back to just having the right amount of food. You live and learn.

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Dinner at Soy and Kimonos

Posted on December 22, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

Because Brian and I were on a mission to try every single restaurant at the resort and were quickly running out of time, we decided to hit two restaurants in one night. The night of our reservation at Kimonos, we thought we could pre-game at Soy, the sushi restaurant next door. I mean, hibachi and sushi go together really well like peanut butter and jelly, right?

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I’m not really sure what we were thinking because the sushi rolls are quite filling by themselves but we thought the idea was brilliant at the time because we could just go from one restaurant to another.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the Soy menu. Lots of options. You could totally do dinner here and be completely satisfied. In fact, another couple we met on our trip (Nathan and Cassie) didn’t get a chance to check out any of the other restaurants on the property because they really liked Soy and ate there pretty much every night.

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Here’s a picture of the restaurant interior. Soy doesn’t require reservations, so it’s a safe bet, but the restaurant isn’t very big either. There wasn’t a wait when we went. However, I’m not sure if it makes a difference whether you’re there during high or low season. Late October is low season.

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I liked that the rolls came in fours because then we didn’t feel so bad for ordering a few. We wanted to try as many of them as we could without getting full.

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The sushi was delicious and so, predictably, we ate too much.

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Here’s a picture of the interior of Kimonos. It’s not a very big restaurant either. Kimonos requires dinner reservations and, since there are only four stations, it’s really hard to get in at times. For instance, we arrived at the resort on Friday and Wednesday was the soonest that we could get in.

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I can’t remember why I took a picture of my drink. Maybe because I thought it was delicious? The taste doesn’t come through in the pic, though. Who knows?

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I’m not sure why I took a picture of the hibachi either. Maybe I wanted a picture of our official Kimonos plates?

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As if the sushi wasn’t enough food already, we also got some appetizers at Kimonos. This is the shrimp and scallop starter.

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We also had to get some dumplings. Had to.

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The experience at Kimonos is totally interactive. It’s like dinner and entertainment rolled into one.

Here are a few videos just to give you an idea.

I didn’t get any more pictures of food because we were pretty much eating as the chef cooked. The interesting thing about Kimonos is that you get everything. You get the steak, chicken, shrimp, fish, etc. Instead of choosing from items on the menu, they cook everything and just ask you if you want some as they go.

It was fantastic but it also meant you were going to eat way too much if you don’t have any semblance of self-control, which is my biggest problem. I ended up overeating and had to waddle my way to the White Night chocolate party. Then when I got there and saw all the amazing desserts, I was so disappointed that I couldn’t eat any of it because there was no more room in my belly. Yikes!

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Halloween at the Resort

Posted on December 13, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

After Jay and Becca left the resort, Brian and I were pretty much by ourselves.

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It was Halloween so the resort had plenty of activities for those inclined, including a pumpkin carving contest.

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There was even a costume contest in the evening. Of course, Brian and I were unprepared. We didn’t pack any costumes because we weren’t sure they observed Halloween in the Bahamas. I guess they have enough American visitors that they wanted everyone to feel right at home.

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The entertainment team members were dressed in costume all day. That’s Destiny, above, dressed as Harley Quinn.

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Though you can’t see his face, this is Linden in the Deadpool costume. Linden/Deadpool also hosted the poolside trivia. It was a lot of fun.

There’s always fun activities put on by the entertainment team at the main pool but the added Halloween activities made it extra festive. They had an activity where you would mummify someone and other stuff. We didn’t get much of a nap that afternoon because there were lots of interesting things happening.

That night was our first “just us” dinner. We decided to go to Bahama Bay because it doesn’t require reservations. Here are some pictures of our food.

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I ordered the surf and turf, otherwise known as steak and lobster. I had no idea that lobster was on the menu every night at Bahama Bay until then.

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I could have been eating lobster every night!

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Brian was quite content with chicken and I’m not sure what that other thing is.

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I had a mini coconut crème pie for dessert. It was the best coconut crème pie I’d ever had. I actually had it again another night and Brian also ordered one for himself that time and he ate the whole thing. That’s when you know it’s really good because he hates coconut.

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After dinner we decided to check out the Halloween Spooktacular, a special show put on by the resort staff, at the bandstand. But, before the show started, they called everyone dressed in costume up to the stage to announce the winner of the costume contest.

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I was really disappointed that Brian and I didn’t get to participate. I think everyone who wore a costume got special resort gift certificates. You might have even got extra ones for being willing to make a fool of yourself in front of everyone. LOL.

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I took a bunch of pictures of the Halloween show but I can’t find them for some reason. I need to figure out what I did with those photos and videos so I can share them here. I hope they’re still on my phone. Until next time!

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