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My Solo Weekend Without Brian

Posted on February 23, 2024 by under Food and Drink, Life.    

Brian went out of town last weekend so I got to experience an entire weekend alone. I’m usually the one going out of town so this reversal of roles was quite a change of pace. The first day was super easy because it was a work day. Brian left first thing in the morning so it was just me and Saki the entire day, but it wasn’t really different than any other Friday when Brian goes to work and I’m working from home. Except this time he didn’t come home.

Brian picked up his dad from Oklahoma and the two of them drove to Mississippi to pick up some of his late Aunt Sandy’s personal items. It’s quite a drive so he didn’t come home until Sunday. In the meantime, I had the whole weekend to myself. What to do? What to do?

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I didn’t have a commitment until my 4 PM team league at West YMCA so I had a nice leisurely Saturday. I kinda spent most of the morning in bed, reading my Silo book and napping. I actually finished book one (Wool) last weekend. And then I grabbed some lunch and picked up a donation for Picklemania MMXXIV from Top Golf. Came back home and read some more before heading to the Y for league.

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My schedule on Sunday was much more structured. I started out at Chicken N Pickle, filling in for Kendra during Team Freddy’s practice because she had to go out of town. And then I was off to the Sandbox to deliver some iPickle Nation awards and also stream the games. Then it was a quick bite to eat before heading to the Genesis in Goddard to hit Missy’s Zumba class.

And then it was time to feed myself and Saki. I made one of our Hello Fresh dinners. It was so relaxing, I felt like that Alena Skaya lady on Insta who always shares the “love myself” reels. When Brian came home, he ate the rest of the Hello Fresh dinner I made and I did some more reading before bed. It was a super relaxing weekend.

Meanwhile Brian sent pictures of their dinners while he was out of town.

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They had Mexican on Friday night, which Brian said wasn’t particularly great.

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I’m not sure where this was but they also ate it.

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They also ate at this place called Ribcage Steakhouse, which Brian really enjoyed.

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And that’s pretty much the weekend.

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Cheezepanzee

Posted on February 22, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

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We had Cheezepanzee food truck again at work last week. Brian didn’t get to try it the last time but this time around he met Chris and I at work and we all enjoyed Cheezepanzee together. Food pics follow.

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They had a promo where if you bought a Cheezepanzee shirt you would get a free cherry lemonade and I really almost bought one. #girlmath

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I didn’t need the shirt though so I didn’t. Paid for my $4 drink and enjoyed the food. It’s pretty good but I’m ready for them to bring other food trucks to work.

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Livingston’s Diner

Posted on February 20, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

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This is a late post from a couple of weeks ago. Decided to take Brian on a brunch date but our “go to” place HomeGrown had a 2.5 hour wait. I really should have put us on the waiting list when I first woke up that day but it was going to be a nice leisurely day so I didn’t really mind waiting, even if we had to wait an hour. I just didn’t expect 2.5 hours. Anyway, we decided to go to Livingston’s Diner instead and made the best of it. There was no wait there.

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Livingston’s Diner was voted “best breakfast” in Wichita for 2023 so it baffles me that there’s rarely ever a wait here; whereas there is always a wait at HomeGrown. I told Brian will have to go to both places back to back and confirm.

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I started with a mimosa because can you even call it brunch without one?

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Here are some pictures of our breakfast. We asked for crispy bacon and they weren’t playing. These were extra, extra crispy. LOL.

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I almost ordered some cinnamon rolls but I’m glad I didn’t because they gave us two free ones. The free cinnamon rolls they give you are smaller than I remembered but at least they’re free. Doo-dah doesn’t give you free monkey bread anymore. I think it’s a sign of the times.

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Brian and I went to HomeGrown this morning after his dental procedure and, now that we have a recent comparison, I can objectively say that, although Livingston’s in good, HomeGrown is way better. Stay tuned for our HomeGrown breakfast post.

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Back to Regularly Scheduled Food Posts – Prost

Posted on February 16, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

Prost is our go to spot whenever we feel like having some German food. These are some pics of the food we had when Brian, Chris, and I went to lunch there last week. I always get some form of schnitzel – either the sandwich, the jagerschnitzel, or the schnitzel “wiener art” which is what I had this time.

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If you’re a beer drinker, they also have some pairing suggestions. Anyway, if you’ve never had German food or are craving it, check out Prost.

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Itzcali Tapas & Tequila

Posted on February 15, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

My friend Chris Townley and I went to check out a new place for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Itzcali is a new Mexican-Italian fusion tapas place that’s actually been open a few months. As with any new restaurant, you never want to go when they first open. You want to give them a bit of time to work out the kinks. Fast forward to the other day when we finally ventured out there for lunch to check things out.

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I’ve heard mixed reviews about this place. Either people really love it or absolutely hate it. Part of the problem is the sub-par service but that’s probably when you go at dinner when they are super busy. We went during lunch when it was slow and had decent service. Our server was helpful and friendly.

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The interior of the restaurant is nice. There’s plenty of seating. You can sit at a table, booth, or at the bar. The decor is unique and they designed the bar to have ample room for customers who want to sit up there. I also really like the large, custom chandelier, which is a nice interesting touch. When you see it, you know you’re at Itzcali and nowhere else.

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The furniture and the art on the walls all tie with the theme.

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I’ll have to take Brian there for dinner at some point because the lunch menu is limited. We look at their dinner menu and there are several options that are not available during lunch. Anyway, what is extensive is the tequila menu. They had page and pages of it. No tequila was consumed at lunch. That’s another thing I will have to go back for at some point.

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Here are some pictures of our food. It was good but I think expensive for lunch. Although, I think you are paying for the setting as well. This is kind of nice sit-down place as opposed to Chipotle.

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I’m making the comparison because I probably could have gotten a similar bowl at Chipotle for half the price. LOL.

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I suppose, when you’re eating out, you’re paying for more than just the food. You’re also paying for the experience. And that’s what you’ll have at Itzcali. It’s a pretty good experience as long as you go when they’re note getting slammed. Have you been? What did you think?

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