February 2015 archive

Mike’s Wine Dive – Sunday Brunch

Mike’s Wine Dive has been open for many moons now, and it’s always been a good lunching venue for me. I love bringing my friends there for the first time and seeing them in awe of the food.

I started following Mike’s on Twitter (@winediveks) and woke up early enough to learn about brunch at 11am and saw a very tempting picture of the Cajun Eggs Benedict. Luckily, I had the time and the company.

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Let’s start with drinks, since the servers usually do. Mimosa came with option of grapefruit, pineapple or orange. I’ve had orange plenty, so I decided to try pineapple. My friend had the Bloody Mary (which had the choice of vodka or gin,) and that they had arranged a Bloody Mary Bar for. The Bloody Mary Bar just made me more hungry so I sat down and let her finish completing her concoction.

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The Cajun Eggs Benedict supposedly served with “deep south Cajun hollandaise” were actually not as Cajun as I had anticipated. In fact, it lacked flavor entirely, the fried oysters it came with also lacking and even the “olive oil rosemary” potatoes. I drenched my meal with tabasco and finished it.

Mid-course, I ordered another Mimosa, this time with orange juice, since the pineapple was not as appealing to me. The server condescendingly remarked without provocation “now you know” and I was glad I was holding a drink before I slapped her. What about “I’ll have it with orange juice this time” necessitated any response from her? Maybe I was just irate over the fact that my brunch had not met my expectations, but really, know your place.

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Of course, I will admit, it was a matter of poor choice. Mike’s, as I’ve mentioned, has been open for moons, and always has great food. My friend ordered a fattoush salad with salmon, and I was grateful she shared. It sure made up for my bitterness over the not so Cajun Cajun.

This was my first brunch. I’ll chalk it up to trial and error. I’ll definitely have to try again, and see if the rest of the menu adds up.

Buzztime Trivia

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Buzztime Trivia has been around for as long as I can remember, but I never really had any interest because I didn’t have any serious contenders. Recently though, a couple of friends invited me to join them for Wednesday Trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings North. (Two birds in one, the grilled chicken salad with buffalo wing sauce is great dinner.) I’m been coming up every week for about a month now.

I know I get overly competitive, but this is basically face to face “Trivia Crack”. They have a ton of participating locations and your scores get ranked based off the other scores in the same location, and then against the nation.

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Once you sit down at one of the locations, you can ask for a touch screen portable console, or you can also download the app and run it through your phone. I suggest the console though if there is enough for the place because who wants to run out of cell phone battery in the middle of the night.

Pictures to follow show question examples, like I said it’s fairly similar to Trivia Crack so there are multiple subjects they go through. Also, your scores get ranked against the people in the location you’re at and the nation. Like I said, I get overly competitive, so I do end up yelling and smack talking. I also got some jeers for only taking screenshots of the games I do win. This happens rarely since I ended up with some very Trivia savvy folks.

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Feel free to join us sometime.

Dempsey’s Burger Pub

*Located: 3700 E Douglas#78 Wichita, KS

Dempsey’s opened around December of last year. I’ve been there to eat three times. Once for lunch around noon, second for dinner around 6pm, and the third and last time was late afternoon between 3pm and 4pm. To summarize – great food, slow service.

My first visit I tried the House Kobe Burger (shallot marmalade, tomato confit and micro arugula) with a side of Fire Fries (house fries tossed in chili oil and chili pepper flakes). The burger was nothing special. The fried did amaze and they seemed pretty tame until I got near the bottom of the basket, then I learned a tip I willingly tell any friend who dares to try it “mix up your fries first, the fire is somewhere near the bottom.”

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My second visit I tried the Salmon Burger “made in house from a whole salmon, topped with Nanna’s slaw”, and this time with a side of Truffle Fries (house fries tossed in truffle oil, topped with parmesan and parsley). The salmon was good enough, and I don’t know who “Nanna” is but the slaw was good too. Pretty much I ate the salmon and slaw with a fork of the burger. So far, the only thing I can really rave about are the fries.

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The third and last visit, which was this past weekend, I had the Buffalo Bird burger “chicken breast, celery remoulade, bleu cheese cream sauce, house buffalo sauce and lettuce” and a side of the tried and true Truffle Fries. At this point, I believe they are getting sloppier not just with the service but also with the food prep as they progress. I had thought my burger bland until I got to the middle. I guess someone decided to put a spoonful of buffalo sauce on the top of the chicken breast just to fulfill the menu’s list of ingredients.

As for the earlier mention of slow service, I timed the last time I was there and with the Buffalo Bird burger being the main time consuming order, it took between 30 to 45 minutes for the food to arrive, unless I really don’t understand the process of making Truffle Fries.

Yes, the two pictures I have look basically identical. There’s not a lot to say about the presentation, (which should cut down on the serving time as well.) The menu does look enticing, and I hate to be biased, this is, of course, only my opinion.

For a hang out place to grab beer and fries, definitely wouldn’t pass this place up, but the burgers are definitely not worth the wait.

Women’s Fair 2015

*at Century II Expo Hall
*for more information http://www.womensfair.com to check out the website and connect with them via Facebook or Twitter to make sure you don’t miss next year’s event.

Women’s Fair is always a fun time for me. Most year’s I go with my mom. This year I had time to go with a friend and it was just as awesome and fun.

We met at the Lawrence Dumont Stadium where they had a free shuttle to the Expo Hall. I never knew there was a shuttle. Mom and I just always went early and fought for parking.

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Once we got there the first booth as I enter is for the Girl Scout’s and my first spend was for Caramel Delights, because I couldn’t help myself. The second booth was the Wichita Eagle, and they had a $10 Wichita Eagle umbrella. I was trying to be frugal with my money, but I really should have gotten it. Sad face.

Of course, our first target was food so we walked towards the back to the food court, and the line was overwhelming, for an overpriced basic cheeseburger. There was no other choice. I’m glad I ate though, because the rest was tons and tons of magic!

I had free samples of salsas, dips, frozen sangria, cheeses, breads, and other things I’ll probably remember later.

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We also did a “Five minute Make it and Take it” project by Stampin’ Up. That was so much fun. I’m considering doing a class. I usually suck at scrapbooking by this was a lot of fun.

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Then there were the tourism booths, and my friend and I got all sorts of road trip ideas: Haunted Atchison, Wineries in Oklahoma, I got so many maps and brochures in my bag I still have to sort through.

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I also got a great deal on a summer dress. Originally marked $49.99 and it was in the $10 rack. It said “One Size Fits All” which made me weary but for that price I’d have been more than happy to gift it if it didn’t fit. It did. It’s mine!

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And the best part, the Wesley photo booth, I’m glad my friend knew about it and took pictures with me. It was the best memory I think of the day. Great times! I look forward to the next year’s Women’s Fair.

By the way, my friend in the picture is Sheila. Fantastic company! She knew all about the shuttle, where best to park and helped me navigate through the booths. Excellent guide! I highly recommend her.

“Writing Now, Reading Now” with Mary Ruefle

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“Distinguished Poet Mary Ruefle has published 11 collections of poetry. She has also received many honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award.”

I hope I referenced that all correctly. It was my first “Writing Now, Reading Now” event to attend and the only thing I knew was that I was to hear a “distinguished poet” read her own writings. I didn’t know who she was, never read any of her works, and I had detailed conversation with her (not knowing she was who she was) at the reception, prior to the Reading, about hipsters, Bukowski and English Majors attending the event for credit.

I purchased two books: Trances of the Blast and The Most of It, at the front of the recption area, hoping I could get the author’s signature after the Reading.

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Then imagine my mortification when we all sat and the same lady I had been critiquing the hors d’oeuvres
with took the podium. She insisted there would be no introduction prior and no question and answer portion after. Fantastic! I’ll try to sneak out when she finishes. I listened and tried not to make further eye contact.

During the Reading though I learned why reading is a solitary type of pleasure. I didn’t like the way she read it. Why was she using that tone? I think I would’ve liked it better as I would have read it. So, I realized, once you publish something, you sort of just give it away. It detaches from your voice and takes the voice of the next owner.

I went home to read my new books trying to keep her voice separate from my voice. But you know what proves a good book? The number of dog ears you end up with. I do believe you will find me quoting some of her prose and poems someday.

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Yes, I stuck around to get my books signed. I’m glad I did.

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