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Langman Estate Wines

Posted on October 17, 2021 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

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I took a break from Aqua Zumba and pickleball on Thursday night to attend a special wine tasting event at Chicken N Pickle. Jim Langman from Langman Estates Winery as onsite to provide samples of three of their wines.

The three wines we tried were:

The muscat canelli is excellent. It’s not a sweet wine like a moscato or a riesling but it has a tinge of sweet. It’s perfect for someone like me who is finally graduating into drinking non-sweet wine.

Brian absolutely loved the barbera. I think it’s his new favorite wine. He is so excited that Langman wines are finally available for distribution in Kansas. I think this might be his new go to.

As for the cab, it’s actually top rated. After tasting it, you’ll understand why. It’s rare that I find cabs that I like at this price point and I enjoyed this one immensely. Finally, Brian and I have wines we can both enjoy that’s not $100 per bottle.

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It was fun hanging out with wine-loving fellow picklers.

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Susan was double fisting the wines that night – on one hand a glass of the barbera and a glass of the cab on the other.

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Brian took a selfie with Jim Langman.

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I got a picture with him too. I’m definitely a fan. Brian and bought five bottles that night. We should have enough to get us by until our next trip to Groves.

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Lunch at Merle’s Place

Posted on October 17, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

Met Teresa and Jason for lunch at Merle’s place the other day. Teresa suggested Merle’s because it’s close to the Wichita Art Museum and it’s one of her usual lunch spots. Here are some pictures of our food.

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I just love these two. I’m so glad we got to have lunch.

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World Pickleball Day Weekend

Posted on October 16, 2021 by under Life.    

October 10 is World Pickleball Day so naturally I spent the entire weekend playing pickleball. We started with a fun cookout at Rolling Hills on Saturday night, the eve of World Pickleball Day.

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Brian took one for the team and served as our grill-master that night. Here are a few pictures from our cookout that night.

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The next day we hung out at Chicken N Pickle to celebrate World Pickleball Day and raise money to build courts for the Boys & Girls Club.

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Queen of the APP Tour, Lauren Stratman, happened to be in town.

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I introduced Lauren to my friend Erica Lopez. I shared some of the Electrum shirts that Lauren gave me with Erica so I figured the two of them should meet.

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The four of us got a group picture together. From left: Erica Lopez, Karen Fox, Lauren Stratman and me.

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Patrick Smith was there too.

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We had a great time celebrating World Pickleball Day.

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Can’t wait to do it all again next year. Until then. GNG.

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Saturdate with the Hubs

Posted on October 15, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

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Had a wonderful lunch with Brian on the Il Vicino patio last Saturday.

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We started with our usual Caesar salads followed by the Vespa.

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We always split a Vespa. Except Brian’s half is minus tomatoes and spinach which I don’t mind having in mine.

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It was a nice day for an outdoor lunch and so, to extend our experience, we decided to share a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. It was so nice to have a leisurely lunch with Brian and just enjoy the day. We were in my car that day so we decide to take the long way home and rode around top down. I love days like these. I wish we could have more of them.

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Lunch at Albero Bistro

Posted on October 14, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

After running into Tammie at Haus of Brews where we only got to visit briefly, we decided to meet for lunch and catch up. Brian happened to be off work that day so he joined us and the three of us got together at Albero Bistro. I’d never been there but since Tammie suggested it, I knew it would be good. Tammie has good taste in food. Or, at least, her tastes are similar to mine so I know if she likes their food then we would enjoy it as well.

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We arrived before the lunch rush. I think we were their first customers that day. We decided to sit outside because it was a nice day but I took advantage of the opportunity to take pictures of the restaurant’s interior.

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Their patio is a decent size and is nice and shaded.

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We started with the arancini balls, which were delicious! Definitely getting those again on our next visit.

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Tammie had chicken nachos — their version of it anyway.

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Brian had a pork sandwich. It was an odd choice for him but he seemed to enjoy it.

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Although he kept eyeballing my meatball sub. He said it’s what he’s getting next time. It was messy but very good.

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The three of us shared a tiramisu for dessert. Though, admittedly, I think I ate most of it. It was completely drenched in awesomeness.

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I’m so glad Tammie recommended this place. Brian and I really liked it. The food was good, as was the service. I think we’re going to add it to our permanent dining rotation. Maybe we will take grandma here next time.

Until the next post. GNG.

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