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Saturdate with Grandma – Zoo Edition

Posted on June 27, 2017 by under Family, Food and Drink.    

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Brian and I took grandma out for an early birthday treat a couple of weeks ago. We went on a zoo date but, before that, we stopped for lunch at Aero Plains Brewing where we knew that LumpiaPalooza would be.

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Here’s a picture of Brian chatting with the owner, Cynthia Wilson. She is a relative of Matt, who was our server at 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage.

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We couldn’t decide what to get so we ordered the “Make Me One With Everything” – TWICE! This package consists of five savory lumpia flavors (original with spicy sweet and sour sauce, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, Caribbean veggie with mango salsa, mac and cheese and bacon with BBQ sauce, and mozzarella stick with marinara sauce) and three dessert lumpias (lemon blueberry, chocolate chip cookie dough, and Nutella banana).

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Here’s the full menu.

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Areo Plains is Brian’s favorite brewery in town so he took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a glass while we waited for our food.

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I also took a picture of Brian and grandma while we were waiting.

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And, an obligatory group selfie.

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Here are some pictures of our amazing lumpias.

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This was grandma’s very first food truck experience so, of course, we had to take a picture with the owner before we left.

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Then it was off to the zoo for the rest of grandma’s pre-birthday treat.

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Here are some of my favorite pics from our zoo trip that day.

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We were going to go on the boat ride but they shut it down early because of the weather. It was rainy the day. It had been raining lightly on and off but then it started to really pour. We didn’t get our boat ride but we got to see a lot of stuff and it was a fun day overall.

Brian and I had a great time and hope that grandma did as well.

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49th State Brewing Company

Posted on June 25, 2017 by under Food and Drink.    

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No trip anywhere is complete without visiting a local brewery.

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This one has a neat restaurant with lots of good food choices.

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Grownups only on this dining excursion, for obvious reasons.

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The flights were a good deal. They offered several options that you could mix and match or even completely create your own.

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I really wanted a set of these cute little pilsners. Alas, they weren’t for sale.

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We weren’t that hungry so we just ordered a bunch of appetizers to share.

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The chips were just okay. Nothing to write home about.

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This was the crab dip, which I enjoyed, even though I think it was fake crab.

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These bacon bites were my favorite out of everything we tried.

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And, of course, we had to try their chicharrones, which were just okay too. We still like the ones they serve at The Hill the best.

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Here’s a pic of Brian trying one of the bacon bites.

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It was cloudy and cold the entire time we were in Anchorage but imagine this view had Mother Nature decided to cooperate.

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This is the view from 49th State Brewing Company’s deck.

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I imagine this would be a neat place to hangout in throughout the summer.

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Here’s a panoramic so you get the full effect.

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And a group photo of us out on the deck.

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After taking a short break for photos on the deck, it was time for dessert. This is the tiramisu that Clayton and Sheryll picked out.

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This is a slice of chocolate pie, which was Brian’s pick.

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I got creme brûlée.

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All four of us shared the appetizers and desserts though, so everyone got to try a little bit of everything. It was a great experience over all with good food, good drinks, and good friends.

Our server Matt was super friendly and, because it’s a small world, we found out that he has family in Wichita. He’s actually loosely related to Cynthia, the owner of Lumpiapalooza and Parsnipity Cafe.

The only thing I would have changed about the entire experience, had I had the foresight to plan the activity, would have been to schedule a brewery tour. I think that would have been really cool. Perhaps we will do so on our next visit because I doubt this will be our last trip to Alaska.

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Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria

Posted on June 18, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

Our eating times were all sorts of jacked up when we were in Alaska. We were eating lunch and dinner at random times. I guess when there is no night time it’s not that unusual to eat dinner at 9 or 10 o’clock in the evening because it doesn’t feel like it’s that late outside.

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Moose’s Tooth is where we ended up eating a late lunch after our Thunder Bird Falls adventure. Thunder Bird Falls is a nice trail really close to Anchorage in Chugiak, Alaska. It’s a pretty easy hike and easy to get to as well. It’s only about 25-minutes from Anchorage. Once you’re there, you can go up to view the waterfall from afar or you can take the creekside trail and get close to the waterfall.

We didn’t do that much hiking and we stopped plenty of times to take photos so it wasn’t like we were exhausted or anything, but we were starving nonetheless. So we decided to go to Moose’s Tooth for a late lunch.

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Here’s what the restaurant looks like inside.

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It’s kind of neat and it’s very popular with tourists and locals alike. We had to wait 30-40 minutes to be seated.

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Here’s a picture of Sheryll with the kiddos that I took while we were waiting. The pretty girl next to Cameron is his girlfriend. She went on the hikes with us.

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Moose’s Tooth is known for their handcrafted pizzas but they also have great salads. This is the spicy buffalo chicken salad.

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There were lots of salad choices and they all sounded delicious.

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I really wanted to try the raspberry vinaigrette salad because the descriptions sounds very similar to the summer salad that I love at the Yard House which they have removed from the menu. I was really disappointed when they did that.

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Anyhow, the fat girl in me won. I was dying to try Moose’s Tooth pizza so I skipped the salad. One side of the menu is dedicated entirely to pizzas. Most pizzerias that I’ve been to will have two or three chicken pizza options. Moose’s Tooth had a dozen. They also had over a dozen regular meat options. There’s also more than a handful vegetarian pizza options. Something new that I hadn’t seen anywhere is a seafood pizza, which I now kind of wish I’d tried.

They have a very impressive menu.

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We ordered three different pizzas. I believe this is the brewhouse favorite, which consists of Italian and chorizo sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, and Denali sauce. This was Clayton’s pick.

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This is the carnivore, which is the flavor that Brian and I really wanted. The carnivore consists of bacon, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, ground beef, Italian sausage, mozzarella, provolone, and marinara sauce.

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This is the avalanche pizza, which is what the kids really wanted. The avalanche has pepperoni, blackened chicken, bacon, red onions, parsley, cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, and barbecue sauce.

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We got the carnivore and avalanche in the largest size we could get and the brewhouse favorite in their medium size, which is also pretty big. I really wanted to the avalanche and the brewhouse but I got pretty full after one slice of the giant carnivore pizza.

I may or may not have tried to force a second slice down my throat. I couldn’t help it. It was so good! LOL.

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The problem with going to a restaurant when you’re starving is, just like when you’re at the grocery store hungry, you end up ordering way more food than you can eat. This is what happened to us. The carnivore and avalanche pizzas were enormous. We probably should have been more strategic when ordering rather than just listening to our bellies. Anyway, we packed up almost half of all our food and sent it home with the Orbases. This works perfectly because growing kids eat a lot so they had plenty of leftover pizza to munch on over the next couple of days.

So what’s the verdict? I really loved Moose’s Tooth pizza. The wait was totally worth it. Their pizza is super good — some of the best I’d had. I highly recommend dining at the restaurant when you’re in Anchorage.

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15th Service Anniversary Lunch

Posted on June 14, 2017 by under Food and Drink.    

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I had the good fortune of celebrating my fifteenth service anniversary with some wonderful people a few weeks ago. We ended up going to the Kitchen, a new restaurant that opened at the old Union Station. Well, it’s not that new but I hadn’t been there before until then.

Here are some pictures of our food.

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As you can tell from the numerous food pictures, we had a large party. I don’t think they were quite prepared for us because the food and service that day was subpar. I have no complaints about the company, though.

Anyway, we ended up celebrating on May 25, ahead of my actual anniversary date of May 28 for a couple of reasons. First, May 28 fell on a Sunday this year. Secondly, Brian and I were leaving for Alaska on Friday, the 26th, and I wouldn’t be back in the office until June 1.

A couple of people weren’t able to make it but it worked out well otherwise. What made my service anniversary celebration even more special is that Ginger and Michelle had received approval for my new job earlier that day so I officially transitioned to my new role. Ginger announced it at lunch.

I knew it was in the works but had no idea it had been approved. Michelle joked that I’d probably come back from vacation to a new job and boss. However, it was approved sooner than expected. I was amazed at how quickly everything happened.

Anniversary celebration lunches are always nice but what makes this one all the more memorable for me is that I got to celebrate with both my old and new bosses. That doesn’t happen very often.

I’ve learned a lot over the last fifteen years. I feel like I’ve matured a lot as well. I’m thrilled to embark on adventures in my role. I have really enjoyed working with Michelle the past few months and am grateful to have her as my new boss. I feel blessed that I’ve gone from one awesome boss to the next.

I am grateful and blessed to achieve this milestone and look forward to many more years of service. Here’s to more milestones ahead!

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Milkfloat

Posted on May 14, 2017 by under Food and Drink.    

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Brian and I finally got around to trying Milkfloat, a cute little coffee and dessert place in Delano. Here are some pictures.

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While I’m sad that my work assignment in Kansas City has come to a screeching halt, I am grateful that I don’t have to spend most of the week there anymore because it means more time to explore our wonderful city with Brian.

There are some many new restaurants and businesses that have opened in the last few months. I feel like we are completely falling behind on checking all of these amazing places out and experiencing what each has to offer. Now that I’m spending all of my time in Wichita, I can’t wait to visit all of these new places that I haven’t been to yet – one place at a time.

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