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Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium

Posted on November 19, 2016 by under Food and Drink.    

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I found a new place to eat while I was in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago. It’s called Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium. I’d seen it a few times while riding the KC Streetcar but I hadn’t bothered to stop and check it out until this last time. But then I liked it so much that I ate there twice that same week.

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I love that they are right next to a streetcar stop (City Market), which makes it super convenient. I also love that there’s both indoor and outdoor seating so when the weather is nice, such as we’ve had the last few weeks, then you can dine outside.

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I also like that the food menu is posted on the window so then you can decide what you want to eat (or even whether you want to eat there at all) before going inside.

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Here are some pictures of the restaurant’s cozy interior.

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I love the ambiance and can’t wait to take Brian there.

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They have a pretty good menu and the food is good.

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Here’s what I had on my first visit.

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I was by myself that day and decided to eat somewhat healthy. I had the strawberry spinach salad with berries and I added salmon.

On my second trip I brought reinforcements. I met Michelle, Selena, and Kelsey there for dinner the evening of the election. I ordered a the grilled chicken panini, which was delicious. I would totally order it again.

I was pretty happy with the food I had both times. The service is pretty iffy, though. It took forever to get my panini and I probably would never have gotten it if not for Michelle noticing that the cook was just hanging out with a couple of the other workers watching the election updates on TV.

The three of them, Michelle, Selena, and Kelsey, had gotten there ahead of me and they all got their food pretty quickly. Michelle was like, “Isn’t that the cook? How do you not have your food yet when he’s out here hanging out?” Which prompted me to ask about my food. Turns out the guy who took my order completely forgot about it. The cook had it done a long time ago and set it on the counter to be delivered and it just sat there because the other guy forgot to bring it to me. He didn’t remember at all until I asked for it.

Anyway, the food is fabulous. The service not so much.

I still want to bring Brian there, though. Hopefully, the service will be better this next go around.

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Cuba Libre at Pointe Orlando

Posted on October 21, 2016 by under Food and Drink.    

Here’s a picture of some of my coworkers at the EMACS Welcome Reception…

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From left: Alex, Faith, Kelsey, and Tammie

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After the Welcome Reception, our entire group walked over to Cuba Libre.

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The restaurant is kind of dark but it has a really cool, Latin vibe. Our server explained that the restaurant turns into a nightclub on the weekends and they’ll even have multiple DJs.

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Here’s a picture of Alex and Sherii.

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Picture of the Chef’s Tasting Menu above.

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I believe this is the pisco sour drink made with egg whites. Alex and Tammie both had one. Tammie who has been to Peru says it tasted pretty authentic.

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I had a mojito of some sort. I can’t remember now what flavor it was.

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Wait… That might have been someone else’s mojito because this might have been my drink. This is what I get for waiting so long to blog about the experience.

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Here’s a picture of another cocktail.

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And another. Sorry. I wish I could remember what all of these are called.

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Here are some pictures of food. I probably won’t remember what all these wonderful dishes are called either.

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I really wish I could remember. It was all very good. I enjoyed my dinner and I know everyone else did too.

I can’t wait to return next year for ZINCON so Brian can try it.

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Pictures from April’s Birthday Dinner

Posted on October 10, 2016 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

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We had a blast celebrating April’s birthday at Bonefish a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pictures from that evening.

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Here are some pictures of food…

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Because you can’t go to Bonefish and not get bang bang shrimp, we ordered several of these, which we promptly annihilated.

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The lump crab corn chowder is also one of my faves.

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And, because Brian loves the bang bang shrimp so much, he ordered bang bang tacos for dinner. He just can’t get enough. LOL.

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I got the imperial tilapia stuffed with crab and a bunch of other deliciousness. And, because I like crab so much, I also got the crab fried rice. It was just okay. Everything else was delicious, though.

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We had a fabulous dinner overall. The only downside for me was that I ate so much with bang bang shrimp and lump crab corn chowder that I was too full to enjoy my entrée. Brian and I need to remember to just split a meal next time. It will save us some money too because dinner at Bonefish is not cheap. LOL.

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Wine Night at Allison’s

Posted on October 8, 2016 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

These are pictures from wine night at Allison’s a few weeks ago. Check out the view from her apartment. I’m just a tad bit envious.

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You can see the Sprint Center from her living room.

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And KC LIVE! The proximity to the stage is probably not the greatest on concert nights but the view sure looks amazing.

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Here’s the view from her bedroom.

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This is Rahima, consultant extraordinaire…

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And our jolly band of misfits…

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Allison was a fabulous host. Even if she did make Andrew bring his own barstool down from his apartment one floor above. LOL. Don’t worry. They have an elevator.

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Since Allison fed us that evening, this was our contribution.

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It’s zebra cake consisting of layers of white, cream filling, and chocolate cake infused with KahlĂșa. Gotta love Cosentino’s!

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We got a brief tour of the building afterwards.

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Here’s a quick selfie of me and our wonderful host, Allison.

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This is the movie room.

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The movie room also has a pool table in it.

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Just one floor above is a very nice common area.

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When you step outside, there’s a very nice rooftop patio.

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And an amazing pool that’s lit up at night.

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They also have some green space with fake grass.

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The space is perfect for yard games like bag toss.

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They actually have a branded set.

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Here’s what the high-rise apartment complex looks like from the street.

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The Onelife gym is conveniently located next door. Check out the video on the One Light web site to get a sense of what it’s like to live here. Brian and I saw this video and were like, “Wow!” Not bad. Not bad at all.

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Trivia Night at the Flying Saucer

Posted on October 7, 2016 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

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I forgot to share with you guys that I got to experience trivia at the Flying Saucer for the first time. I was there a couple of weeks ago with some people from work. Rahima reserved a table for us.

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Even though I suck at trivia, I find it quite enjoyable. We started out really well, earning second place after the first round and then dropping to fourth after the second round. We had some crappy rounds where we got zero points. I actually didn’t think we would finish well but, apparently, no one else knew the answers to the questions we missed because ended up taking second place for the evening.

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Our prize for second place was a $30 gift certificate. We talked about using it for our next trivia night but we’re going to wait until Kelsey is finished with her diet before we go again. We were all bummed that she couldn’t join us that night.

Oh, in reference to the team name… Andrew was the one who came up with that. It has nothing to with our company. I joked that the phrase was perfect for PwC and their face-melting fees but they said they actually got the saying from one of their previous clients. They wouldn’t tell me which company it was, though.

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Here are some pictures of our food. We just shared a bunch of appetizers. I didn’t take pictures of everything.

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I really like the Flying Saucer. For one, it’s located conveniently close to work. I like that they offer trivia night, which is something fun to do after hours. And, I also like that they have good, reasonably priced food. I have only been there twice (once for lunch and once for trivia night) but both visits were great. I can’t wait to bring Brian. They have this prosciutto pizza that is super yummy. And, prosciutto and pizza are two things that Brian loves.

I will definitely be back, and with reinforcements!

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