I actually got to take a lunch last week so I decided to invite the Dills. Jay had a BNI meeting so he couldn’t go but Becca and Mama Dill were free.
I don’t mind eating lunch by myself but eating with friends is definitely much more fun. Specially if they’ve never been to the restaurant because then you will like you’re opening their world to something new and exciting.
The Anchor has been around for many years so it’s definitely not new. However, I’m always excited to go because the Anchor is one of my most favorite food establishments. I’ve never had anything there that I didn’t like.
Truffle fries and fried pickles are must haves when at the Anchor.
This is the chicken bacon avocado sandwich with peppered steak soup on the side.
I had the chicken bacon avocado the last time I was at the Anchor so I knew what it tasted like already. I got to try a little of the soup, though. It was yummy. I would totally eat it on a bed of white rice.
I had the three-piece chicken tenders and homemade potato chips this time. That’s what Brian and I normally get whenever we go to the Anchor because we can split the five-piece. It’s more than enough food for the two of us.
I always recommend the Anchor to anyone who’s new to Wichita because you can’t find it anywhere but here. Mama Dill is from the East Coast so it was great that she could try a place that’s unique to Wichita. Little did I know that Jay and Becca had never been there, which amazes me considering that they just live (and work) around the corner from the restaurant.
Anyway, Jay didn’t get to join us the other day because of his BNI meeting so he and Brian decided that they’re both going to the Anchor for a man-date on Tuesday while I’m in Topeka for a meeting. LOL.
Brian and I had a wonderful brunch on Sunday with April, Gavin, Becca, Jay, Ashton, Mama Dill, and Linda. Thank you so much for inviting us, Jay! It had been a while since we’ve been there last and I’d almost forgotten how much we like it.
It’s not great for the diet, but we definitely have to put Legends back in the rotation — even if just for a yearly visit.
If you’re looking for a great place for brunch, I highly recommend Legends. I think it’s probably the best brunch value in town, hands down. The food is always really good and with Moe cooking made-to-order omelets, you can’t beat it.
We always like celebrating holidays and birthdays at Legends. We’ve gone less frequently over the last few years because buffets are not conducive to losing weight but, if you’re going to cheat on your diet, you might as well go all out. Legends is definitely the place to do it.
Brian and I finally got to try Freebirds!
The concept is a lot like Chipotle but they have funkier 70s era decor and they have way more food options. For instance, instead of being limited to one kind of rice, you have a choice between cilantro lime rice like what they serve at Chipotle or Spanish rice (the orange stuff).
Here’s the bowl that I created.
Here’s Brian’s bowl.
Here’s Brian checking out the surroundings.
Freebirds is way cooler than Chipotle. That’s for sure.
Decor aside, the restaurant is pretty much like a snazzed up version of Chipotle. I thought the prices were higher. Then again, it can be expensive to offer that much selection. If you know what you like and it’s available at Chipotle, then you’re probably better off dining there as it’s a better value. If you like having lots of options, then Freebirds is the place to go. Oh, and Chipotle doesn’t have queso and margaritas.
For many the 4th of July means fireworks. For us it’s another excuse to have a feast. That’s what we do on holidays anyway. LOL.
Brian and I brought a bottle of rosato and teriyaki chicken kabobs. It’s healthy-ish, but there were plenty of other unhealthy options for us to feast on last Thursday.
Mom made delicious fruit cocktail. The only thing missing was butong.
Some kind of salad. I didn’t have any.
She also made a spicy beef and sausage dish. It’s kind of like caldereta.
Sinigang na baboy. You can’t see the pork, but it’s there.
Pinatatasan. Pork and potatoes and mushroom. I’m not sure why the mushrooms are in there. Usually it’s just pork and potatoes. If I had to guess I’d say mom was cleaning out her refrigerator. LOL.
For dessert we had bico, which I’m not really too fond of…
..and Jen and Armando brought chocolate and peanut butter pie from the Copper Oven.
Brian’s mom also made some super delicious peach cobbler for us. My dad absolutely loved it. Best peach cobbler I’ve ever had hands down. It’s better than the life-changing peach cobbler I had from Jayleen Catering last year and better than the peach cobbler they serve at Bite ME BBQ.
It is so good that I actually want to learn how to make it.
Our favorite thing to do after our annual 4th of July feast is sit out on the golf course where we can see 360 degrees around us. We just sit in our lawn chairs and wait for the fireworks to commence.
No words can describe how amazing it is. Everywhere you look there’s fireworks. I wish I would have gotten some pictures of it. This is the best we can do.
Who needs to buy fireworks when you can enjoy everyone else’s fireworks show?
We celebrated the completion of the most recent training class by having lunch at a downtown Wichita landmark, The Anchor. I got to try their fried pickles for the first time. So yummy! I’m adding it to my “must order when at The Anchor list” along with the truffle fries.
This whole week has been really bad for the diet. It’s hard to pass up all of that delicious food, though. At least I didn’t eat everything pictured above, I guess. I just had one of these dishes. Can you guess which plate was mine?
Pictures of my food at Cafe Bel Ami last week…
They have great fattoush salad with feta. I’ve been hooked on feta cheese lately.
Everything is great at Cafe Bel Ami, actually. I’ve yet to eat anything there that wasn’t delicious. Of course, I get my usual most of the time — grilled tilapia. It was really good this time because instead of mixed veggies, it came with green beans. Their green beans are done really well. I made a happy plate.
The one down side about eating at Cafe Bel Ami is that they’re not fast at all. You can’t really expect to be in and out. It’s kind of a leisurely place to eat. You need to allow at least two hours. Seriously. They are never fast. Even on their slow days, they aren’t. The food is delicious, though. It may be worth it for some. For me, it’s a once in a while kind of treat.
If you don’t mind slow food, you definitely have to give this restaurant a try. It’s one of the nicer restaurants downtown (and one of my favorites). The menu prices are great too. The quality of the food is outstanding for what you pay. The service is equally good, slowness aside. Give this place a try and let me know what you think.
It had been a while since we’ve been to Cracker Barrel and Brian was craving a hearty breakfast after he regurgitated everything he ate the night before so we decided to go there for brunch last Saturday. I was actually craving fried chicken and was excited to see that they had it on special that day.
They were kind of busy that day. We actually had to wait to be seated and we also had to wait a while for our server to take our orders.
During the wait I managed to talk myself out of getting fried chicken and got the salmon patties instead. It turned out to be a good choice because it was delicious. They tasted like crab cakes only with fish. The green beans were very good also.
This is Brian assembling his breakfast.
Brian got biscuits and gravy, sausage patties, hash browns, and two eggs fried hard. They cooked the eggs incorrectly though, so he had to wait for the correct ones.
When they finally came back out, he had eaten all of his food and wasn’t hungry anymore. It was probably for the best because they might have messed with his eggs.
We love playing the games at Cracker Barrel while we wait for either our food or our check. We also like checking out all of the great toys and games and all of the old fashioned candy. Cracker Barrel is just a neat little place.
If you’ve never eaten at Cracker Barrel, you have to try it. Their food is usually pretty good. I’ve tried various things and I’ve never been disappointed. I’ve liked everything that I’ve never tried before.
Mom came over on Saturday afternoon to show me and Brian how to make lumpia.
Here’s a photo of mom and Brian in full concentration.
Our mound of freshly rolled lumpia…
All the best looking ones were made by me.
Not quite done yet.
Look! They’re finally done!
The first batch out of the fryer.
Brian actually had to verify.
Time for a taste test.
They turned out really well. We didn’t fry all of them on Saturday night. We only fried half. Mom took a bag and we froze the others in Ziploc bags. We ended up giving a bag to Brian’s parents and also one to John. I hope they enjoyed the lumpia as much as we did. I can’t wait to make some more!
Brian and I treated ourselves to Wasabi on Friday night. It’s been a couple of months since we dined there last so we felt like we earned it.
Here are some photos of our food…
You’ve got to have their crab cakes when you go.
This is the Wasabi roll — my new favorite. The soft shell crab on top was super crunchy and super delicious. I also like the avocado on the outside. It gives the roll a nice sweet flavor. I love avocados.
They took our favorite roll, the shrimp tempura crazy roll, off the menu (I hate it when that happens) so we decided to get a crunch roll. It was good, but the shrimp tempura crazy roll is way better. Next time we go I think I’m going to have to insist they make it for us. There just isn’t any substitute.
If I could eat out everyday, I’d probably hit Wasabi a few times a week. We have to limit eating out though. For now, Wasabi will be our special, once in a while treat. I can’t wait until the next time!
The food at the ball was actually pretty good. That or I was just super hungry. LOL. I thought it was good, though. Kudos to the Marriott Hotel.
The salad had feta and pecans. The creamy raspberry dressing was delicious. I liked the salad so much that I claimed a second salad from the vacant seat at our table. Little did I know that the person who belonged to that seat was just running late. Jennifer (Cannady) and Brian both gave me a look. Ooops!
Lucky for me, we had the best server in all of Wichita. I asked Malasia if she could bring another salad and she did. Problem solved.
The boys had chicken fingers and fries.
The grown ups got chicken and steak and potatoes and mixed veggies.
I normally don’t like steaks because they’re often not cooked enough (rare) or too dry (when I ask for well-done). These were medium and were cooked perfectly. The middle was pinkish, but not too pink that I couldn’t eat it. I liked the chicken also. Both were prepared very well.
For dessert we had a choice between some kind of chocolate caramel cheesecake and strawberry poundcake. Both were very good. Brian had the cheesecake. I had a couple of bites of it. It was very sweet and decadent.
I had the strawberry cake and loved every bite. I’m so glad that Brian danced with me all night because we consumed a lot of calories that evening. I doubt we were even able to burn it all off that evening. The food was delicious though, and well worth the extra calories. It’s reason enough to attend again next year.