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PourHouse ICT

Posted on March 22, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Brian and I finally got a chance to check out Walnut River Brewing’s new taproom in downtown Wichita. We were there last month for my Rotary club’s final Thursday social. It happens on the final Thursday of each month and we usually support local businesses in the Andover area. Lately we’ve been making our rounds to support all of the breweries that participated in last year’s Haus of Brews (our club’s annual fundraising event).

Here are a few pictures from that evening.

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This is a selfie of me and Alison, our current club president.

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Alison with her husband and one of her boys, Josh and his son, and Mark digging into a chicken wing.

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The socials are a great opportunity for our club members and their families to get together while supporting local businesses.

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As an added bonus, we also got to watch our local college basketball team, the Wichita State Shockers, play.

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The PourHouse took over the old space that Mumbai Rail (also known as The Rail) used to occupy. I’d never been upstairs before then but it’s really neat. They have a cool stairwell in the middle connecting the two levels.

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Not only do they serve great beer, they also have delicious cocktails.

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Walnut River makes Warbeard, Brian’s favorite beer. As you can tell, he is very happy in this photo. Cheers!

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Here’s picture with our friend Darrin Hackney, who manages PourHouse ICT for Walnut River Brewing.

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Anyway, Brian and I liked the PourHouse so much that we decided to return the following week. Here are some pictures from our follow up visit.

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I liked the Scotch Eggs but Brian didn’t like them as much. Granted, they aren’t as good as the deep-fried deviled eggs that they used to serve at BRGR in Kansas City, but I thought they were pretty good.

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Brian really liked the pretzels with the Warbeard queso. It’s interesting because he likes the pretzels at Wichita Brewing Company better but he likes the queso at the PourHouse better. Out of everything we ate on our second visit to the PourHouse, this is what he enjoyed most.

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I liked that they split our burger in half for us. Because we had a couple of starters, neither of us really wanted to eat that much. Splitting a burger was perfect.

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You can’t go to the PourHouse and not drink some drinks! So, of course, I had a couple. This one is called Jen’s 87.

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The blue one you saw pictured above that I tried on our first visit, when we were there with the Andover Rotary Club, is called Float Trip.

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They do “table sharing” at the PourHouse and it didn’t take long before we made friends with our table mates. By the way, the green shirt I’m wearing in the photo is a special St. Patrick’s Day shirt they were selling for $5 which is a pretty good deal if you ask me. They only had mediums left so Brian and I both got the same size. We only got one for me at first because I didn’t think the medium size would fit Brian. It was disappointing because the shirts were such a good deal. Anyway, he thought could manage squeezing into a medium so he tried mine on then and there just to prove me wrong. Amazingly, the shirt fit so we got him one too.

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Here’s Brian with the shirt on and a look of “I told you so” on his face. LOL.

We didn’t actually get to wear our fun Warbeard St. Patrick’s Day shirts on St. Patty’s Day together because I was flying to Austin on March 17. I made us wear them the day before when we went to see Captain Marvel, though. I think most people celebrated on Saturday anyway so it worked out.

Anyway, be sure to go check out the PourHouse! It’s a really neat place with great beer and great drinks!

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Café Maurice

Posted on March 22, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

Café Maurice opened at Cambridge Market around the time that we were living at Quarters at Cambridge and yet somehow we never made our way there. We eventually moved away from the area to the Southeast side of town and so then it really became less likely that we would go there for dinner. But, as fate would have it, one night last month, we didn’t want to make dinner and decided we should go check it out. Here are a few pictures of dinner.

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We decided the appetizer sampler was the way to go so we could check out all of the different starter options without having to order one of each thing separately.

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For dinner I had tilapia and lots of rice. It came with two sides but, as I like rice a lot, I just got rice for both of my sides.

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Brian had chicken shawarma and fries. At the end of your meal, they give you a little piece of tiramisu cake which is a nice bonus.

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Café Maurice is actually pretty good both in terms of quality of food and value. I’m kind of glad we don’t live on that side of town anymore. Otherwise, we’d probably be there all the time. If you’re ever in the area, this place is worth checking out.

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Palette to Palate

Posted on March 20, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I got to experience a super fun party thanks to tickets from work and my coworker/friend Ebony. I’d always been curious about Palette to Palate but we’d never been able to go. With tickets at $300 per person, it’s definitely one of the more exclusive charity benefits in town. As you can imagine when I email came through about tickets being available, I jumped at the chance.

Here are a few pictures from the event.

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This is my coworker Yuvina and her sister Daisy.

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Us with Sierra Scott.

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Bonnie Bing and me.

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With Brandy (left) and her friend. I worked with Brandy at Spiegel 20 years ago. She and Brian also worked together at T-Mobile almost 20 years ago also.

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With Rachel and Joe at our table.

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Here’s a picture of the beautifully decorated hall (click on the pic to enlarge).

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Here’s a pic of one of the table centerpieces. The tables looked very elegant. They really did a great job.

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Our dinner menu for the evening.

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The salad course.

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Main course.

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Dessert!

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Here are just a few of the wines we got to try that night.

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There were so many wines to sample. I completely lost track!

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I should have gotten a better picture of this one (above) because it was Brian’s favorite. The one below was my favorite out of the wines we tasted.

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Besides all the wines during the tasting, we also had several full sized bottles of wine at our table. These were the selections:

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Out of this group, the Caymus was the one that Brian and I liked the best.

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We looked for our favorites at Groves and found them to be way out of our price range! They’re even more expensive than our favorite “expensive” wine. LOL.

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Besides the wine, we were also treated to some performance art by child prodigy Elisabeth Anisimow and Le Petit Cirque.

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Here are some fun photo booth pics from the event.

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This was such a fun event! I’m so glad Brian and I got to go. By the way, there are way more pictures than what you see here. Hop on over to Flickr to see the rest of our fun pictures from that evening!

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The Dapper Doughnut

Posted on March 3, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

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Met up with some of my Leadership Wichita friends at the Dapper Doughnut a couple of weeks ago. It was my first time at the store but Brian and I actually tried their donuts a few months ago when they were at Greater Andover Days.

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Here are a few pics.

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The donuts are a bit on the expensive side — you only get six bite-sized pieces for $5, when you can get a dozen full-sized donuts at other places — but their donuts are super cute and delicious!

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I’m craving some now as I look at these pics. LOL. I can’t wait to go back with Brian one day very soon.

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Dani D’s Birthday Lunch at DT

Posted on March 2, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Just a few pics from Danielle’s birthday lunch at District Taqueria a few weeks ago.

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Here are some pictures of the delicious food we enjoyed.

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Pic of me with Missy and the birthday girl.

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The rest of the gang went to watch What Men Want after lunch. Brian and I opted out because we originally had plans to go to the Busted Pallet. However, the workshop that day ended up being canceled so we probably could have gone to the movies but we didn’t find out until it was too late.

Instead Brian and I ended up enjoying a nice quiet night and even had time to hit the nail spa. We ended up running into Teresa and Ross there.

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It was a great day overall!

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