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Congrats to Chef Jason Febres

Posted on March 28, 2013 by under Events.    

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Congratulations to our friend Chef Jason Febres on his national TV debut!

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It was a privilege to attend the Spike TV Bar Rescue watch party at Taste & See. So glad we got to celebrate your national TV debut with you. We can’t wait to watch your next national TV appearance. Congratulations!

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An Pho at Kansas Star Casino

Posted on March 25, 2013 by under Food and Drink.    

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Brian and I went to the Kansas Star Casino last week to claim his free gift. We got there later in the day and they had run out of all the good stuff. All they had left were these knives, Coleman multitools, and some scarves. Brian and I agreed that we would get the most use out of the knives.

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While there Brian and got to try An Pho, the Vietnamese restaurant inside the casino. They have very limited seating. I guess because most people tend to eat very quickly and resume gambling. Of course, I had pho.

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An Pho on Urbanspoon

Brian ordered their chicken banh mi, which he said was just so-so. Neither of us were impressed with the quality of the food.

I think I’ve gotten spoiled because I’ve had some really good pho in this lifetime. We’ve had really good banh mi also. Brian said this was the first time he’d had chicken banh mi. Usually the sandwich consists of sliced pork.

The one nice thing about An Pho is that it’s conveniently located inside the casino so you don’t have to go outside to get some grub. It’s not that great though. I’d say if you really want some Vietnamese food, try one of the awesome Vietnamese restaurants in town like My Tho on Central and Emporia.

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Lunch at Cafe Bel Ami

Posted on March 24, 2013 by under Food and Drink.    

Had a great lunch on Friday with my coworkers Darcy, Sunni, Tiffe, and Carmen. I wanted to do something nice for the group because were celebrating Tiffe’s birthday and Carmen’s new baby. I cleared it with Brian first though, since he would see it on the credit card statement when the bill came. LOL.

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The rest of the ladies ordered salad with their meals. I opted for the soup. Everyone loves the salad at Bel Ami, but their vermicelli chicken soup thing is pretty good too.

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Carmen got a croissant sandwich.

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Tiffe got the Philly, one of their specials of the day.

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Sunni got the grilled tilapia, which is what I usually get.

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I was feeling adventurous that day so I ordered the same thing as Darcy. We both got the seafood curry with rice instead of pasta.

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Cafe Bel Ami on Urbanspoon

It had been a long time since I’d dined at Cafe Bel Ami. Lunch reminded me of how much I love their food. I’ve yet to eat anything there that I didn’t enjoy.

The only downside to Bel Ami is the slow service. It’s generally a leisurely place to eat so go only if you have some time to spare. It’s definitely not fast food. The dishes are well worth the wait, though. They are absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to return.

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On the Border, Another Employee Dinner

Posted on March 23, 2013 by under Food and Drink.    

We had another employee dinner on Thursday. This time it was at On the Border on the East side.

This time I knew about this a day ahead of time. This allowed my wife and I to come up with a plan for our transportation that day. I got a ride over there with our IT Director and got the opportunity to talk about the presentation I did that day. We picked up our German visitors and then I got to talk to them about my presentation. Everyone was impressed which made me feel really good.

I got a ride home from another coworker who lives in the same general direction as me so it worked out well and gave my wife the opportunity to drive to her class, get home, and not have to worry about coming to pick me up or wait around for me.

I have been to On the Border many times but it had been a while.

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I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food and usually get the same thing when I go — a beef burrito covered in cheese. It’s simple and quick.

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These are photos of all of the other meals that were around me.

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On The Border on Urbanspoon

This time since I was not driving, I decided to have a few beers with meals. The nice thing about my job is they are not opposed to you having a few drinks at work functions. They just ask that you not go nuts and embarrass yourself or the company.

If you have not been to On the Border then you should go at least once. It’s a pretty simple and straight forward Mexican restaurant and they have great margaritas.

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Piccadilly Project Recognigtion Dinner

Posted on March 23, 2013 by under Food and Drink.    

I had to go to an impromptu dinner on Tuesday night for my work. The IT Director wanted to recognize the Project Managers for each department for their continued support and assistance for getting the new project platform off the ground.

I don’t like spontaneity as I am a planner and already had plans that evening. My wife advised that I should never decline these offers as it tends to look bad; like you’re not a team player. So my wife and I came up with an alternative plan for the evening and I reluctantly went to dinner.

We went to Piccadilly Market and Grill located at 7728 E. Central here in Wichita. It’s been around for years but it had been some time since I had been there. It was originally touted as a Mediterranean place but over the years it seems that their menu has expanded beyond that. I noticed they still had a lot of Mediterranean items to choose from but their menu seemed to be more well rounded now.

Here are some pictures of a few of the items we got to enjoy.

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This is the hummus appetizer that we ordered. It was a good size for the eight people that were in attendance and we all passed it around with some still leftover.

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This was the nacho plate that we got as a second appetizer. Again, it was more than the eight of us could eat.

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I got the butcher block. Normally this is one of my favorite sandwiches. It’s a simple plate. Unfortunately, I was unimpressed with this one. The fries were okay but the bread on the sandwich was overdone, and there was hardly any meat in it.

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This is what my boss got. It was some kind of noodle dish with teriyaki chicken, pork, and shrimp in it. She said it was very good.

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I should have ordered the chicken fried chicken. It looked amazing and the two people who got it said it was very good.

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Piccadilly Grill on Urbanspoon

The rest of the people in our party ordered steaks. Overall it was a good night. I even managed to make it out in time to pick Ching up from her workout class.

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