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Lunch with My Leadership Wichita Besties

Posted on May 6, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

I had an opportunity to try a new place last week. My #LeadershipWichita pal Jessica organized a lunch time get together for us at Blue Hook Cajun Seafood and Bar last week. It’s a relatively new restaurant that opened in the old Granite City Food and Brewery space on 21st and Webb.

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Only a few of us could make the lunch but we made the best of it. It was so nice to see and catch up with these amazing women again.

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Here are some pictures of the food we had that day.

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This is what the shrimp po’ boy sandwich looks like without the bread.

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Michelle got the red beans and rice. She said it was kind of spicy. I considered getting the same thing but I’m glad I got the fried rice instead. It had great flavor and wasn’t spicy.

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I’m not sure how the others felt. I thought the food was pretty good. I really liked my fried rice. The only complaint I had about the restaurant was that service was a tad slow. It took forever for our food to come out even though they weren’t super busy that day. I think, had we not had a nice time visiting and catching up, the long wait for the food would have been a lot more noticeable.

I really wanted to get crab legs that day but decided it would be too messy to eat in front of my sophisticated friends so I went with the fried rice instead. I’ll have to go back another time to satiate my crab legs craving. Perhaps I can bring Brian. He can help me shell my crab legs which is a bonus. LOL.

Until next time, GNG.

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Lunch with Our Tennessee Friends

Posted on May 5, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

Our Tennessee friends Noi Sourinthone and Antonio Cummings came back to visit Wichita a couple of weeks ago and brought three others with them. We got to hang out at Fong’s birthday party and then also the next day at lunch and playing pickleball at Edgemoor Park.

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Lunch was at Pho Special. I’m so glad that Michael recommended it because I had never been there before and it was really good.

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Here are some pictures of the food we had that day.

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Noi absolutely loves chicken feet. I’ve never had it and it’s not really on my list of things to try before I die so I still have never had it. LOL.

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After lunch I went to play at Nahola for a bit before meeting back up with the crew at Edgemoor Park. It was quite windy that day but we made the best of it. I always have a great time when the Tennessee crew comes to visit. Looking forward to their next trip back. Until then, GNG.

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Treats from Chef Jen

Posted on April 29, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

This is why I love going to Chicken N Pickle. You never know what awesome treats might turn up. Last week Chef Jen brought some homemade macaron cupcakes and they were amazing!

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They were so good that I actually ate two — mine and Karen’s.

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So yummy!

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Tina’s Surprise Birthday Dinner at Napoli

Posted on April 6, 2021 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

A bunch of us met at Napoli Italian Eatery recently for Tina’s surprise birthday dinner. Jay got a $100 gift card from one of the owners so he brought everyone together under the guise of spreading the love and buying appetizers for everyone to share (which he did). Tina had no clue we were there to celebrate her birthday.

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There was room inside when we first arrived but we decided, since there were so many of us, that the patio would be best. Little did we know how windy it would be that night. The weather was much cooler than we anticipated and we probably wouldn’t have lasted longer than five minutes had it not been for the patio heaters. By the time we decided to throw in the towel and try to get a table inside, they were already packed and there would be no way to accommodate our large group.

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Here are pictures of some of the appetizers we enjoyed.

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I tried two of the drinks.

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Here are a few of the entrees.

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You can probably guess who ordered the pizza. He’s not very adventurous. I couldn’t get pictures of everyone’s food because I was clear on the other end. Some people ordered the same things, though.

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Here is a picture of Tina’s beautiful cake. Justin and Jay did a great job of keeping the birthday portion of the dinner a secret. I really think she was surprised.

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It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching 50 now. I feel like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating our 40th birthday milestones. It won’t be long before Brian and I become members of the 50 and over club ourselves.

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Here’s a picture of the Napoli patio that I took as we were leaving. It’s nice and big and it will be a great place for dinners once we have warmer (and hopefully less windy) weather.

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In case you’re wondering, Napoli is at Siena Plaza in the old Fetch Bistro space. They’ve been open for a while but, as Brian and I really haven’t been venturing out to eat as much (besides hitting our usual places), it was our first time there. It was really good. I enjoyed everything I tried. Brian and I will likely be back very soon.

Until next time. GNG.

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Final Dinner in Delray Beach

Posted on April 5, 2021 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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We walked by DADA’s beautiful patio everyday walking to and from the tennis center and our hotel. I really wanted to eat there at some point during the trip but they were always so busy.

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Unfortunately, these patio pics are as close as we got to eating there.

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We were going to El Camino again on our last night because we wanted good, affordable food and cheap happy hour drinks but they were crazy busy. I think the wait was 45 minutes to an hour. As many great restaurants as there are in the area, we figured that we could probably find an equally good place with a lot less of a wait but we actually walked for a long while before we settled on a place because nothing seemed to appeal to Brian.

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We ended up eating at Amar Mediterranean Bistro because the aroma of the food wafting from the restaurant onto the street smelled amazing. Also, they could get us in right then. Sometimes you question how good a place is if there’s not a wait but we saw dozens and dozens of carry out bags waiting to be picked up so we took that as a good sign. Plus, I decided to trust my nose. There is no way that food that smells is good can be terrible.

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I’m so glad we did. This was probably the best Mediterranean food I’d ever tasted. I wasn’t really sure what was different about their hummus but it was better than any other hummus I’d ever had. Also, the house-made bread was so fresh and warm. We really could have filled up just on hummus and bread alone.

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They also brought out this thing that was like crunchy strips of bread served with this thick yogurt thing.

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Brian and I decided to share the mixed grill for dinner. It’s basically a plate of chicken, beef, and kafta (lamb) kebabs. I’m glad that we decided to share the entree because we were both really stuffed from the hummus. Even sharing, we still had plenty leftover. I would have felt bad for wasting so much food.

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Here’s a picture of Brian enjoying the fried kibbeh, which is another reason why we were so full by the time we got around to our entree.

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We found out that Amar had only been open a month. I think that’s why it wasn’t as crowded. Not enough people knew of its existence yet. The food was fantastic, though. I’m pretty sure the lines are out the door and around the block these days.

I am so happy that we found this place. I highly recommend it for if you’re ever in the area. We would totally dine there again if we find ourselves back in Delray Beach. That’s all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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