Pictures from my first Uno Mas experience. I tried them a couple of weeks ago. I believe it was their first time at the ICT Pop-up Urban Park.
I’m not sure if they’ve been back at the park. I haven’t been by because it’s either raining cats and dogs or it’s way too hot to walk over. That’s Kansas weather for you.
They gave me a sample of agua de melon while I waited for my to-go order. It reminded me of the melon juice we used to drink in the Philippines. Except we put actual strings of cantaloupe in ours. The familiar flavor brought back fond memories.
I really wanted to try the jalapeño cilantro fries but it didn’t look like you could order them separately. From looking at their menu, it looked like the only way to get them is to order one of the two sandwiches. I really didn’t feel like eating a sandwich that day.
I wanted to try their tacos. I got one barbacoa (shredded beef) taco and one carnitas (braised pork) taco. They were a pretty good deal for only $3 each. The tacos were on the small side (compared to the tacos I get from Funky Monkey Munchies and the Flying Stove) but they were packed full of flavor. I definitely get why they named their truck Uno Mas. After eating the two small tacos, I definitely felt like I eating one more.
Fortunately for me, I got my order to go so I couldn’t get another taco without having to walk back to the park. I say that’s fortunate because, while I was craving one more taco, I really didn’t need it. LOL.
Looks like they were back at the ICT Pop-up Urban Park yesterday. I’m not sure where they will be the rest of the week. I highly recommend checking them out, though. You can follow their Facebook page to get updates about where the truck will be next.
Judging from the recent pictures, it looks like portions have gotten bigger since opening week. That’s a good thing because I eat a lot. I’ll be seeing you again soon, Uno Mas!
Both Westar Energy and the Kansas DUI Impact Center participated in the Wichita River Festival Sundown Parade again this year. Last year Brian and I both walked with Westar. Since the two groups staged right by each other, I actually thought of walking with both — walking with one part of the way and switching to the other the rest of the way. However, I realized that they were actually going to be far apart in order. The Kansas DUI Impact Center was toward the front of the line, while Westar Energy was almost at the very end. Realizing this, we decided to split up.
Brian walked with the Westar group.
My little sister Nickira and I walked with the Kansas DUI Impact Center.
Figured she would like it better because (a) they had a cool ballon arch, bead necklaces, and noisemakers, and (b) they ha fun tailgate with hotdogs and chips. Nickira had some chips but passed on the hotdogs because she said, and I quote, “I’m picky about hotdogs and these have cheese inside.”
Who knew my little had such discerning taste? LOL. 😉
Nickira rode in the trailer, which was completely packed. I walked the route and was starving by the end of it. I opted out of the hotdogs too because I knew, according to the schedule, that Kamayan Truck would be at the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park. I totally underestimated the time it would take to walk in the parade, though. It was almost eight o’clock in the evening by the time we finished. It didn’t help matters any that we started a little late. Though I’m not really sure. Maybe the groups ahead of us just moved very slow. We might have started on time. The only thing I know is that it was almost seven by the time the Kansas DUI Impact Center group started moving.
It was well past eight by the time we got to the park. Lucky for us, the Kamayan Truck was still there and they still had food to sell.
Predictably, Brian got ribs and I got porchetta.
Nickira got the Asian tacos.
And, the mango watermelon salad, which she thought was weird.
And, some watermelon juice.
It’s been mayhem downtown due to Riverfest week so neither Brian nor I have been back. Plus, I was supposed to be in Topeka this week so I didn’t schedule anything with Nickira. Besides that, we actually have something going on just about every night.
Nickira and I pick back up again next week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoyed the photos. (NOTE: The first two are Joe Montiel‘s photos. That’s why they’re good. I highly recommend hiring him if you need family, engagement, senior, or wedding photos. He does an amazing job.)
Brian and I got to try a new restaurant a couple of weeks ago. We were supposed to got to the Andover Rotary Club’s summer picnic but it was canceled due to weather. Plan B was to hit Central Standard Brewery, which is where the Flying Stove usually parks on Thursday nights. We texted them to see if they would be out but they hadn’t made the call yet. It was pretty clear on our side of town so we decided to go for drive and swing by CSB. We were so disappointed to find the truck absent. Apparently, though the weather was pretty clear downtown and on the East side, it had rained hard on the West side of town were the Flying Stove guys are from. They were worried that things would get worse so they made the call to turn around and cancel for the evening.
Brian and I were already out but didn’t really have an alternative plan in mind. We were driving East on Douglas, toward our house, when we came up Fork & Fennel. Neither of us had been there but I’d heard great things about the restaurant. A potentially stormy night seemed like the perfect time to try it. LOL.
The restaurant has a pretty cool interior, which is a huge departure from the old decor. The restaurant used to house a taco joint years ago.
It’s been completely transformed and looks great. I love the lighting and metal chairs. Note that the lack of people is not because the restaurant isn’t any good but because we were supposed to be in some kind of thunderstorm watch.
Here’s a glimpse of the menu which Brian carefully studied, as we should since we are first timers at the Fork & Fennel.
Brian and I had to try the waffle chips and dip. I’m glad we did because it was amazing. The waffle chips are like waffle fries but thinly sliced and crispy. The chips were great alone but phenomenal with the house dip, which had excellent flavor.
To keep ourselves from overeating, Brian and I decided to split the smokey bleu and bacon. I don’t particularly like onions so I would have them hold the red onion marmalade next time. Other than that, the burger was amazing.
The burger normally comes with a side of waffle chips but, since we had already stuffed our faces full of it, we opted for a side salad. For a nominal fee, they halved our burger for us and we each got our own salad.
The salad was amazing. I loved the pecans, blackberries, and cheese crumbles. We probably could have done with just one salad though, because Brian didn’t really eat his. I think it was too frou frou for him.
Anyway, if you’ve never been to Fork & Fennel you have to check it out. The food is delicious and the restaurant ambiance is unlike anywhere else in town.
Brian and I had the opportunity to watch Kathy Griffin’s stand up performance at Stiefel Theater in Salina a couple of weeks ago. Neither of us had been to the Stiefel Theater before. We actually thought the drive there would be longer. It’s really only a little over an hour. Anyway, we decided to make a night of it.
We decided to eat dinner at Tucson’s before the show because it’s pretty close to the theater. We also checked online and the restaurant had pretty good reviews.
Here are some pictures of our food.
I had the tilapia with rice and veggies.
Predictably, Brian got chicken tenders. He really should have ordered steak. It is a steakhouse after all. But neither of us that fond of beef. Why we picked a steakhouse to eat at for dinner, I have no idea. LOL.
I suppose we wanted to avoid fast food and there really weren’t that many options.
Here’s a picture of the sign in front of the theater.
This is where everyone congregated as we waited to be let in to the auditorium.
Here’s a picture of the theater auditorium.
It wasn’t too obvious from the previous picture but there’s also a balcony area.
We got really good floor seats. We were only seven rows from the stage.
Obligatory pre-show selfie.
And just in case some of you are not familiar with Kathy Griffin, I took a picture of the flyer. She’s semi-famous. LOL.
She’s also super hilarious. I really like her conversational, story-telling style. I don’t feel like I’m watching a stand-up comedian. It just seems like you’re listening to a friend tell you stories, except they’re juicy and funny and entertaining.
We drove home immediately after the show because we both had to work the next day. It was a long night but totally worth it. If you get a chance to see the “Like a Boss” tour – I think she’s hitting 80 cities on this tour – you should. Brian and I give it two thumbs up.
When we were at the Wichita Art Museum for the Summer Opening Party, Brian and I had dinner at the Muse Café. It was a real treat because they’re normally only open for lunch. Now that Brian no longer works downtown, we wouldn’t ever have the occasion to have lunch there unless we were both off in which case we probably wouldn’t be downtown. LOL.
I’d eaten there before but it had been a few years. Brian said he’d never been there until that night. I’m pretty sure he has, though. Anyway, if you’re looking for a nice, quiet place to have lunch that serves good food, this is the place.
The restaurant also boasts a fantastic view of the Paula and Barry Downing Amphitheater and the Arkansas River beyond.
I was trying to get the art garden in the background of this selfie but I failed miserably.
The art garden is awesome. If you haven’t been, you should definitely go check it out. Confluence did a fabulous job. One of the ways you can enjoy the beautiful, new grounds is by participating in “Yoga on the Lawn” held on the second Saturday of every month from May through October. There’s lots of other events that take advantage of the art garden but I digress… Back to the Muse.
We had light fare that night so I only have a couple of food pics. I had the shrimp tapa which had excellent flavor. Brian had the cheese and fruit tray.
I still like the cheese board that we got at the Ivy in Hell’s Kitchen. That’s in New York in case you were wondering.
Anyway, we really enjoyed our dining experience. I wish the cafe was open for dinner also. It would be a great place for a nice, romantic dinner. After dinner you could take a stroll through the art garden and maybe get proposed to.
Oh, yeah. We are already married. If I weren’t though, and I were to propose to someone, that’s definitely how I would do it. You have to time it just right though, because the Muse Café is only open for dinner on special occasions such as the Summer Opening Party. It’ll be worth all of the planning. You could even have the wedding there. I think it would be really cool to be married where the proposal happened. Do over!
My friend Misty told me about this place a couple of weeks ago when we were at CSB. She gave it a poor review, though. She told us it was super busy and not worth it because you just get overpriced ramen noodles. LOL.
I just happen to love ramen noodles and I prefer to form my own own opinion about a place so, naturally, I talked Brian into to checking it out with me. Although, I was a little bit worried at first. Brian isn’t really a ramen guy.
“I hope they have other stuff on the menu besides ramen,” I thought to myself as we walked to the restaurant.
The place is really tiny, as you’ll see from the photos that follow. That’s the main reason why they’re always busy and there’s lines out the door. There isn’t enough room inside for everyone. When we walked up, we noticed people standing outside, in front of the restaurant. We wondered what that was about and quickly realized that it’s the line to be seated. It’s so small inside that there’s not enough room for people to wait.
You have to stand outside while you wait for a table. When a table becomes available, they come out and tell you that you may come inside. It’s definitely an interesting setup. Lucky for us, there wasn’t much of a line when we went.
Here are a couple of pictures of the restaurant’s compact interior.
Here’s a picture of the menu. I was relieved to see they have lots of other things besides ramen. Although, I’m not sure why you would go to a ramen place if you don’t like ramen – unless, of course, you’re Brian and your wife forced you to go with her.
They also had a variety of dessert options. We skipped it this trip, though.
Brian and I started with pan-fried dumplings, our go-to starter at places such as these. If it’s offered on the menu, there’s a 99% chance that we’re going to order it as an appetizer.
Predictably, Brian got a bowl of chicken fried rice for his meal.
I can’t remember what I got because I asked the server for a recommendation and ordered what she said was good. I think it was the N2, shouyu ramen.
I love that they serve their ramen with an egg. That’s exactly how I eat my ramen. Except, I add a hardboiled egg rather than a soft-boiled one.
I enjoyed my meal. Not sure why Misty was disappointed. Then again, I am a ramen lover. I could eat ramen everyday of my life and not complain.
Brian thought the restaurant was just okay. I will definitely be back though. I want to try all of the different ramen bowls.
Above is a video sneak peek posted by the Wichita Eagle. I highly recommend checking it out and trying the delicious ramen for yourself. If you go, let me know. I may join you.
Brian and I joined some friends at Sabor recently when Eric, our AllConnect account manager, was in town. It was really a work thing. Dinner guests mainly consisted of my coworkers and their spouses but Brian has met and knows them all with the exception of Eric and Shawn who he met for the first time that night. Although I could have sworn he met Shawn (Krystee’s husband) before. Our dinner party consisted of Mike, Tiffe, Isaac, Crystal, Krystee, Shawn, Tammie, Leo, Eric, Brian and me. Not sure where everyone else was that evening.
I think this is only the second AllConnect dinner I have ever made so I’m glad I was actually in town and able to join the group. Also glad that Tammie picked Sabor. It’s one of my favorite restaurants downtown.
It’s been a while since I posted pictures of food so here you go. Bonus points if you can tell which of the entrees belonged to me and Brian.
When you are loved, people not only celebrate you but they celebrate with you. We had a wonderful farewell lunch at Public in Lacie’s honor last week. I happened to be in town (somewhat of a rare occurrence these days) so I got to attend.
I’m actually grateful for several reasons:
- I’m grateful that someone remembered to invite me. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” I think sometimes people forget I actually work in Wichita so I do end up getting excluded from things.
- I’m grateful that I happened to be in Wichita that day and could go. Sometimes, people remember to invite me to things but my schedule is so busy that I can’t go anyway. The stars aligned just right this time around.
- I’m grateful for the opportunity to get to know Lacie. She’s moving on but I’m glad that we had the opportunity to work together. The person replacing her will have some big shoes to fill.
Lacie and Lila
Nykole, Shanda, and Sherii
I think Shane was starving because he tried to eat my head. JK.
Huge thanks to Karen for organizing the lunch.
And then here’s the obligatory food pics.
It’s Public. The food is amazing. Of course, I had to take pictures. LOL.
This last pic was of my lunch. I had the curry chicken special with a side of fruit. I’m not really trying to eat healthier but I am eating fruit when I can. Everything is great at Public. You really can’t go wrong, no matter what you choose to order from their menu.
Anyway, Lacie has only been gone a few days but I miss her already. I did get one of her work shirts so, at least, I have something to remember her by (besides the dozens of photos). Good luck, Lacie!
Speaking of food trucks, if you’re looking for them during the week then head on over to the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park on Douglas. Now that the weather is nicer, they’ve really amped up the schedule. There’s usually four or five food trucks there daily.
I pretty much walk over there everyday that I’m working from the Wichita office. Here are pictures of some of the yummy eats that you can get.
This is the kalbi chicken from Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch.
These are the most delicious Vietnamese carnitas tacos I have ever had. They are from Funky Monkey Munchies. FMM food truck has been around for a while but I’ve never tried their food until recently because, honestly, I couldn’t tell what kind of food they were selling from their food truck name. Now that I have tried some of their food, I know what type of food they make. They make super delicious food.
I’m sure the truffle fries gave the source of this food away. You guessed it. These are from the Flying Stove. The original food truck that made food trucks cool. I only got one taco the first time but I liked it so much that, when I hit them the other day, I ordered two tacos and fries. Also, I get my taco arabe without the caramelized onions.
These delicious ribs are from the Kamayan Truck. Brian and I met Faith and her kids there for dinner a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure what’s going on though, because the last two Thursdays that I’ve tried to hit them for dinner they weren’t at the park. It’s kind of crappy when you have your heart set on Kamayan food and then you can find them.
Anyway, if you want to try some of these awesome dishes, you should like the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park Facebook page. They post the weekly schedule. The lunch schedule is spot on but the dinner schedule is pretty hit-and-miss. Like I said, the last couple of times that the schedule said Kamayan would be there, they were nowhere to be found.
I’m going to be in Wichita this coming week so you’ll probably see me picking up my to-go lunch at the pop-up park. Hit me up ahead of time if you want schedule an appointment for ping pong. If I don’t see you, have a fantastic week!
Brian and I ran into a cutie at the Food Trucks at the Fountain event last month. No, I’m not talking about the Flying Stove dude. I’m talking about the puppy.
She is such a cutie. She’s like the unofficial Kamayan Truck mascot and has been visible at many of their recent events, including the ones at the Pop-Up Urban Park.
I don’t know what it is about a guy holding a puppy but Brian looks even more handsome in this photo. Facebook even thought he was Chef Jason and insisted on tagging the photos as such. LOL.
Aren’t they both adorable?
We had food from the Kamayan Truck that day. Here are some food pics.
You must try the porchetta. It’s delicious.
My favorite part is the crispy, crunchy pork skin.
Brian loves their ribs.
The papaya salad is very good but too spicy for me. It almost needs its own chaser. Then again, I don’t really eat spicy foods so it could be I’m just not used to it.
If you missed Food Trucks at the Fountain last month, don’t worry. It’s happening again on Sunday, May 22. Brian and I will probably be there hunting down some yummy eats.
I remember when the only food truck we had was the Flying Stove. They’ve really started a revolution. Now there’s like 35 or so trucks that participate in Food Trucks at the Fountain. How amazing is that?
See you on Sunday, May 22!