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Posted on December 29, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Things to Do.
Oeno closed last week after ten years of business. It made us so sad because it’s our favorite place for salsa and Latin dancing.
Well, we used to go to Suede. I remember when we used to go there religiously on Friday nights, even when it’s cold and snowing outside. That was our regular Friday night thing.
Then Suede closed and there wasn’t a fun place for us to go for dancing (at least the type of dancing we enjoy). That is, until we discovered Oeno. Naturally, we had to go on the final night. We didn’t care if it was just the two of us. We had to go to close out this chapter.
Whenever we are at Oeno, we usually get the lavash.
We also like their charcuterie (meat and cheese board).
They were doing 50% OFF bottles of wine that night and discounted wines by the glass but Brian couldn’t drink (he can’t drink for a few more days – until after his follow up appointment with the doctor) so I ended up getting a pitcher of sangria. I don’t usually drink entire bottles of wine but I’ve been known to put away pitchers of sangria without remorse. LOL.
Anyway, it’s not as fun drinking by yourself. And, Brian gave me a look of disapproval each time he refilled my glass. I was hoping some of our friends would show up and help me finish the pitcher but everyone else either already had plans or they were too tired to come out. Christmas shopping and preparing for Christmas in general can take a lot out of you so it’s completely understandable.
At least Hideki and Amy came by. They were down the street, having dinner at the Anchor. And then they had a show at Public. They stopped by for a bit, though.
The rest of the sangria did not go to waste!
Here’s the four of us on the very last night of Oeno being open. It was so very sad.
So that’s it then. Now it’s time to look for a new place for salsa night. I sure wish we had a place like Cuba Libre here.
Posted on December 28, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink.
After so many missed opportunities to try Stearman Field Bar and Grill, it finally happened. Brian and I finally got to check it out. Finally.
Brian and I went for one of my Rotary Club’s after hours socials. I’ve never made one of these because I’m usually out of town or I’ve already got another commitment or we don’t have it for that month.
I was off work for a couple of days last week due to illness. It wasn’t until I got back to work that I saw the invite. Brian and I were so excited that we could actually go.
We’ve never been because it’s located in Benton and it always seemed so far away. Brian and I RSVP’d but I actually thought we would be late for the 6 PM event start time because Brian doesn’t get off work until 5 PM and it usually takes him a good 30 minutes to get home. After we mapped it, we were surprised to find out that the restaurant is only a little over 20 minutes away from our house. We were both like, “We can totally make it on time!” That is until Brian found out that he had to pick up some prescription medication for grandma and her doctor doesn’t have the ability to call or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy. He literally had to drive all the way to Andover to pick up the prescription and then take it to the pharmacy and wait almost 45 minutes for them to fill it.
It was kind of a roller coaster of anticipation. At first I anticipated being a few minutes late, then we thought we would be on time, and then we ended up being super duper late (as in an hour late).
Brian just wanted to skip it after we realized how late we would be but then I told him that we already said that we would make it and the invite said come and go so maybe other people will arrive late also. No such luck. We were the only ones late. And, everyone else was pretty much finishing their meal when we got there.
On the bright side, everyone was still there so at least we got to say hi to people. And, the club picked up our dinner tab so it’s not like we had to pay for dinner. Neither of us expected that as we’d never been to one of these after hours Andover Rotary Club get togethers before.
Here are some pictures of the restaurant interior.
I had the stuffed pork which was on special that night.
Brian had the chicken fried steak. It’s not exactly a low cholesterol meal but he only ate part of it (not even half).
Both of our meals were delicious. I didn’t try Brian’s but he said that it was even better than the chicken fried steak at Cy’s Hoof and Horn, which means it’s amazing because the chicken fried steak at Cy’s is really good.
Anyway, we’re already planning our next trip back. We decided we will return for breakfast/brunch when the weather is nice so we can see planes flying about and get the whole Stearman experience. Don’t worry. I will be taking lots of pictures and writing about it here. Stay tuned!
Posted on December 24, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink.
Selena and I got to try a new restaurant a couple of weeks ago. We had a couple of options along the KC Streetcar route — either Extra Virgin or Anton’s — and we let the Streetcar be the deciding factor.
We were actually over at the Courtyard Marriott by the Kauffman Center to pick up a cardigan sweater that she had accidentally left there several weeks ago. They found it and had been hanging on to it until she could return to claim it. She just kept forgetting to do so. Anyway, I talked her into going over there.
Anton’s is just right around the corner from the hotel, right by the Streetcar stop. We were like, if the Streetcar is there or only a couple of minutes a way then we are going to ride it to Extra Virgin. If it’s not there and it’s going to be a while then we’re eating at Anton’s. And that’s how our first time at Anton’s came to be decided by the KC Streetcar. LOL.
When you walk in to the restaurant, you first have to go through these heavy curtains. The drapes are a bit odd but I actually thought they were cool and added to the character of the place. However, I think they were installed for the purpose of keeping the cold air out every time the door opens.
It’s a creative solution that actually works.
The restaurant is not huge and it’s located next to a butcher shop, which makes perfect sense because it’s a steakhouse. The exposed brick walls give it a lot of character and adds to the restaurant’s unique ambiance.
The cool art adds a hip vibe. It is located in Crossroads after all.
There’s also plenty of beer on tap to keep the beer drinkers happy.
The Anton’s story is actually really interesting. They are committed to delivering that true farm to table experience and only use the best, organic ingredients. They work with local farmers and also grow their own herbs. They even farm their own tilapia in the basement.
Another interesting bit is that you can actually choose grass or grain fed beef and they cut their steaks to order. How much more authentic can you get?
This place is legit.
Anyway, I had to take a picture of this part of the menu because of the “additional fat” option. Look at the short rib entree. For $4 you can add “additional fat” to the dish. Whatever that means. Sounds odd. I should have asked but I didn’t think to do so because that’s not what I was ordering.
I had a four-ounce filet mignon with a side of green beans. I was trying to be responsible. Thus, the smaller portion and no mashed potatoes.
Selena had the chili. She said she could tell it was made with premium grade beef instead of ground chunks of junk.
We shared a dessert after. I just couldn’t resist. I tried to be responsible but I wasn’t that responsible at the end of the day.
So there you have it. My first Anton’s Taproom and Restaurant experience. I’m not much of a beef-eater. I’m more of a pork and chicken kind of girl. However, I really enjoyed my filet mignon. So much so that I actually wished I had gotten a little bit bigger portion. I think Brian would really enjoy this place. I’m definitely adding it to the list of restaurants to take him to on his next trip up.
Posted on December 22, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink.
I definitely think I eat out too much. It’s something I regret but also enjoy at times. Specially when I’m in good company.
Last week I met Kelsey and Terry at 715, my favorite restaurant in Lawrence. Brian and I got to try it out a few years ago and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. They always have really interesting specials.
That night with Kelsey and Terry they had arroz con pollo on special for $10. Terry and I both had it. It was delicious. It reminds me of arroz caldo, which is a fancy form of lugaw (Filipino rice porridge).
I have made lugaw for Brian a few times before just from scraps I can find in our fridge and pantry. Brian likes it when I make lugaw but this is something way better than anything I could make.
Anyway, the dish had a familiar texture and excellent flavor and I, therefore, loved it. It also helped that I was in the company of two of my favorite people, which made the dinner all the more enjoyable. We had a great time catching up with Terry and his post-corporate-life adventures. I am super sad that he is moving but he is moving somewhere fabulous and closer to his daughter and grandchildren. Who can blame him?
If you are wondering why I am super sad about this and asking yourself who Terry is, then you probably haven’t been reading this blog long enough. Just kidding. LOL. Terry was my boss’ boss for several years. He inherited the call center when we reorganized in 2009 and so we all became his children. He wasn’t officially my mentor but he was my mentor (and still is, kind of – we keep in touch). Seriously. This man pretty much imagined me into being, put me on this path, and made me who I am today.
So that’s who Kelsey and I had dinner with last week. The man is incredible. He even bought our dinner. Of course, he probably had some extra change from selling all of their belongings to empty their Lawrence house in preparation for the big Florida migration. They got rid of pretty much everything and they’re getting all new stuff for the new place; even kitchen stuff.
He told Kelsey and I about this cool company called Dreamfarm. They make the world’s best kitchen tools and gadgets. Period. End of story. And, they even send you cool “thank you” videos when you buy stuff from them.
Anyway, I purposely haven’t written about this because I’m worried that as soon as Brian sees all of the gizmos they’re hawking on their site he’s going to scrap all of our kitchen utensils. That can get expensive.
So, Brian, if you’re reading this – don’t get any crazy ideas!
Dinner in Lawrence was a nice break from the long drive the Kansas City, which is where I normally spend my Monday nights (so I don’t have to get up super duper early in the morning to get to the office). The routine is now a familiar one and I actually kind of enjoy working in downtown KC. There are downsides of course but there are definitely upsides. One of them is Wrap It Up – this new Tex-Mex place I discovered in the food court inside the building across the street.
They serve amazing breakfast burritos!
I can’t believe I only discovered them a couple of weeks ago! Selena and I were trying to figure out how we missed this place when we have been getting breakfast from Subway, which is in the same food court, this whole time. I realized why when I got there at 7:45 AM one morning and they were still closed. This place doesn’t open until eight. Selena and I are usually getting breakfast well before that (generally no later than 7:30 AM) so all of those times that we’d walked over to get breakfast, we never noticed Wrap It Up serving breakfast because the lights are usually still off and it’s completely dark on that side. Had we been coming later in the morning, we would have noticed the long lines of people waiting for their breakfast order. Trust me. It’s worth the wait. I haven’t been back at Subway since I discovered this place.
The downside is that Selena prefers to eat before eight (I do, too) and she actually likes the flatbread breakfast sandwiches at Subway. They’re not bad but I really, really, really like the breakfast burritos at Wrap It Up. I guess I’ll just have to stall every morning so that I can still walk across the street with my breakfast partner.
That same day we had our team holiday lunch with Kelsey and Michelle. The four of us went next door to Yard House. Not our first choice but when you only have an hour and you want a nice sit-down meal, your options are kind of limited. Kelsey actually suggested Webster House, which is where she had lunch with the One CIS change management team the week before. Unfortunately, that restaurant is quite popular for holiday lunches around this time of year because there weren’t any reservations available until 1:45 PM. We were stuck with Yard House.
Here are pictures of our four plates:
You’ll never guess which one mine is because I usually pick the crappiest, fattiest food item on the menu. This time I decided to go with a healthy option based on the advice of my friend Tammie who told me that I would be more successful with my running venture if I had better nutrition. I’m not much of a salad-eater but that last plate is mine. I had the summer salad (minus the leeks) which is a vegetarian option but, seeing as I’m not a vegetarian, I added chicken.
My salad consisted of romaine, strawberries, avocado, oranges, candied walnuts, and, of course, chicken, and it was absolutely delicious. I have never been so happy eating healthily in my entire life. I would get this salad every time. I now look forward to my next visit to Yard House because I’ve found something amazing on the menu that isn’t completely terrible for me. No more vampire tacos or greasy mac n’ cheese for this girl. LOL.
Finally, there was dinner at Anton’s, which I will have to write about separately. There will be pictures and words to go along with it so stay tuned.
Anyway, I eat out way too much.
Posted on December 21, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink.
So I finally got my wish of eating at Lulu’s. LOL.
When we were in Kansas City a few weeks ago over Thanksgiving break, I suggested eating at Lulu’s when we drove by the restaurant after our Boulevard Brewery tour. The restaurant doesn’t look like much on the outside and Brian felt the area was a bit sketchy so he wanted to go back to the more familiar Kansas City Power & Light District. We ended up having a nice dinner at BRGR so it was all good but I couldn’t help feeling disappointed that I missed an opportunity to eat at a place I hadn’t tried before. Seeing as I don’t like to drive, I figured I may never get a chance to try Lulu’s.
I was telling my coworkers about it the following week and, after checking out the Lulu’s menu and reviews on the web, they all decided that we should check it out. Ha! Take that, Brian!
Here’s what the restaurant looks like inside. It’s kind of dark with a hip vibe. We definitely do not have any Thai restaurants like this in Wichita.
This is a picture of their crab rangoon made with real crab meat.
I can’t remember what this is. Actually, I’m not sure I had any because there were only three pieces and I was too busy stuffing my face with crab rangoon.
This a picture of the “build your own” lettuce wraps, served with fresh carrots, bean sprouts, red cabbage, cilantro and a side of peanuts and ginger peanut dressing.
Kelsey had the lettuce wraps for dinner. She has been eating very clean. These next two dishes are Michelle’s and Selena’s. I wish I could remember what they had. They both really enjoyed their entrees.
I had the massaman curry, which is what I always get on my first visit at every Thai restaurant. It’s a safe bet and gives me a good basis for comparison.
Also, Lulu’s offers bubble tea. Naturally, I had to try it.
So the food was absolutely delicious. I think we all enjoyed every bite and ate too much. I know I did. The tea was just okay. I had taro bubble tea and it wasn’t as good as the taro bubble tea I had at ICTea not too long ago.
I still really like the place and I will definitely be back – but not for bubble tea.