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Fancy Group Dinner at the Brass Onion

Posted on June 24, 2022 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

Our group decided to meet up at Brass Onion at the Prairiefire shopping district in Overland Park. The food was very good but also quite expensive. As in, I spent almost $100 on my own dinner tab. I literally took a picture of my tab because I was convinced Brian would never believe that it only fed one person.

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Good thing Ryan and I won our division and made some money that weekend because we spent almost every bit of it on dinner that night. LOL.

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Here are some pictures of our food..

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Definitely enjoyed the Brass Onion but definitely wouldn’t be able to eat there all the time. But I am looking forward to the next time.

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LowBrow in Naples

Posted on June 2, 2022 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

While we were in Naples for the Minto US Open, Brian and I found this awesome pizza place called LowBrow Pizza and Beer. Their mantra is “DON’T EAT SHITTY PIZZA” and “DON’T DRINK SHITTY BEER” — these sayings are printed on the t-shirts that they sell at the restaurant. Here’s a picture of one of the servers wearing said shirt…

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I’m actually surprised that Brian didn’t buy one. I thought they were pretty funny.

They’re pretty proud of their pizza, which is understandable because their pizzas are excellent (as evidenced by the rave reviews online and also based on how busy the place was the entire time that we were there). And, though we only tried one kind of pizza on that visit, it was damn good pizza.

Obviously, anything that is not their pizza is considered “shitty pizza” but you might be wondering what beers constitute the “shitty beer” category. Their website provides an extensive list (see right). If one of these beers happens to be your favorite, I guess they will still serve it to you (it is on the menu, after all) but accept the fact that you may get made fun of for having terrible taste.

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Speaking of the menu, I took a couple of pictures because (a) I don’t like green peppers on my pizza either — actually, who am I kidding, I don’t like much of anything on my pizza besides all the meats — and (b) whoever wrote their menu is creative, clever, and funny.

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I love that the restaurant doesn’t take itself too seriously and they have a great sense of humor. I circled the Basic AF pizza because that’s what we ordered. It doesn’t have a lot of stuff on it so I guess it’s kind of “basic” in that sense but the pizza itself was excellent. (See the picture that follows.)

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You can’t go wrong with prosciutto!

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Besides the great food and drinks, the restaurant had live music during the visit which contributed to the ultra cool vibe.

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They were super busy despite the horrible weather outside (it was raining the entire time) so we had to wait a long time for a table but at least we got to listen to fun, live music as we waited.

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The place seemed to be very popular with both tourists and locals. They were busy the entire time that we were there.

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We like this place so much that we’ll probably be back again next year. Anyway, next time you’re in Naples, remember 2 things: (1) Don’t eat shitty pizza and (2) don’t drink shitty beer. Go visit LowBrow for the good stuff. Until next time, GNG.

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Bistro La Baguette

Posted on May 31, 2022 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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I’m not sure that we are what some would consider French cuisine aficionados but we wanted to try something different and this place had rave reviews.

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The exterior of the place doesn’t look like much but their patio is super cute!

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The way they’ve decorated makes the place look so comfortable and cozy. And, though I’ve never been to France, I imagine this is what a French bistro might look like. It could be completely off but I guess I’ll never know until I actually make it out there. (Adding France to list of places to visit before I die.)

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Here are pictures of the interior. There are no guests in the pic because we arrived right as they opened and were the first ones there. By the time we left, the place was buzzing with diners both inside and out on the patio where we chose to sit.

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Here are some pics of the menu. Everything sounded so fancy.

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Here’s a picture of Brian. I can only offer a guess as to what he is thinking. The coffee at our hotel was completely horrid. He might be contemplating if the coffee at the restaurant is worth the price he paid for it. The free coffee at the hotel was nasty and, as they say, you get what you pay for. But I’m not quite sure if he felt this coffee was worth its price either.

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He was definitely pleased with the bread selection. The bread was fabulous.

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We started with a charcuterie board, which was exactly that — just meat. There is an option to get a cheese board but they didn’t have a combo one, which is what I was hoping. This board had a wide selection of meats and pates. I even got to try a slice of cured duck meat.

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Here’s a picture of us and our mostly finished meat board.

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Here is a picture of Brian’s croque monsieur sandwich.

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I opted for a crepe, which was not quite what I expected — perhaps because I’m used to the Americanized IHOP version. LOL.

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We had a wonderful lunch and enjoyed our dining experience overall. If you enjoy French food, this might be a place to check out on your next visit to Naples.

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Until next time, GNG.

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Fun Day at Marco Island

Posted on May 30, 2022 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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On one of the days we were in Naples, we went to visit Cindy and Joe in Marco Island. They had a beautiful high-rise condo rental with amazing water views.

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The wrap-around balcony offered beautiful views from every angle.

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We went early so I could join them for open play. The rest of our group arrived around lunch time.

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After a few quick pics, we all piled in the elevator to head to lunch.

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Lunch that day was at Snook Inn, a super popular hangout spot in Marco Island.

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This place a really fun, island vibe.

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…and great live music most days.

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Fun pic of Cindy and Joe while we were waiting for a table.

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Their specials that day…

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Pictures of our delicious food…

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Post-lunch group pic…

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The rest of our group spent the day hanging out at the condo in Marco Island. Brian and I went back to the US Open that afternoon to watch some more pickleball. Everyone had a great time. Thank you to Cindy and Joe for hosting us and letting me play with them that morning. What a perfect day!

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Brunch at the Cafe in Downtown Naples

Posted on May 21, 2022 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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Brian and I decided to take a break from the US Open one morning and explore downtown Naples. We found this place called The Cafe Kitchen & Juicery that had rave reviews and decided to give it a try.

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It was a beautiful morning but all of the patio tables were taken so we ended up dining inside. It was great because we were there early enough that we pretty much had the inside of the restaurant, which wasn’t very big, all to ourselves.

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I had a massive headache so I decided to indulge in some freshly-pressed, raw, hand-crafted juice. I got the “pink pleasure” drink which is made with beets, pineapple, strawberry, apple, ginger, orange. It was both delicious and refreshing. It was just what I needed at that moment.

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Their menu of fresh juice is quite extensive. It was honestly hard to choose.

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As for food, Brian decided to go with a bagel breakfast sandwich and I went all-out with a lobster omelet because why not? It’s not often that I’m dining at an establishment that this as an option on their menu.

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My pretty lobster omelet…

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Brian’s breakfast sandwich looked like your run of the mill bagel breakfast sandwich but he said it was good and he enjoyed it.

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Here’s a selfie of the two of us at the restaurant. The lighting was great because we were seated next to a window. It was as close as we could get to being outside where we really wanted to be without actually being outside.

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I can see why many people choose to retire in Florida. They have fabulous weather year-round. If only it weren’t so expensive to live there…

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