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Posted on June 1, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews.
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!
Posted on May 29, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews.
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.
Posted on May 29, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink.
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.
Posted on May 27, 2016 by Ching under Events, Food and Drink.
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!
Posted on May 14, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Things to Do.
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!