Potato Candy

Potato Candy

I tasted potato candy for the first time last week at Watoga State Park, located in the mountains of Pocahontas County near Marlington, West Virginia. Before this trip, I never knew that this sweet confection even existed. My Uncle Mike, Aunt Tawee, sister Mary, her...
Bastille Day 2015 at Le Fou Frog

Bastille Day 2015 at Le Fou Frog

The annual Bastille Day celebration at Le Fou Frog is a multi-day event that revolves around food, drink, song, dancing, costumes, and bon vivants. The staff and audience/diner interaction reaches dizzying heights throughout the night. Song and dance performances by...
Magic Places in Kansas City: Le Fou Frog’s Patio

Magic Places in Kansas City: Le Fou Frog’s Patio

Le Fou Frog’s patio – specifically the staff table at the back – is one of my personal magic places in Kansas City. When summer spurs leaves to grow on the tree branches overhead, a verdant canopy forms dotted with a constellation of lights. Indoors, a whirl of...
Sophisticated Cocktails at The W in Lee’s Summit

Sophisticated Cocktails at The W in Lee’s Summit

I wrote a fun piece for Recommended Daily on The W, a new speakeasy-style cocktail bar in downtown Lee’s Summit, where bartender Mike Strohm makes impressive drinks like the Smoked Vanilla bourbon cocktail. Check out these outtakes from my photo shoot and then...
In-A-Tub Tacos

In-A-Tub Tacos

I drove southbound on North Oak a couple of weeks ago and came across In-A-Tub (4000 N. Oak Trafficway). I was hungry. I stopped. Nostalgia conquered my willpower. In-A-Tub is probably the worst restaurant name ever. The last time I ate at In-A-Tub was back in the...
White Trash Picnic 2015 – ‘Merica Wins Edition

White Trash Picnic 2015 – ‘Merica Wins Edition

Jerry Fisher once again celebrated his birthday (July 4) with his annual White Trash Picnic invitation-only event at The Rieger. Once again, he upstaged the rest of ‘Merica’s celebration of Independence Day by gathering together some of our...
Meet bluestem’s New Bar Manager Andrew Olsen

Meet bluestem’s New Bar Manager Andrew Olsen

Andrew Olsen, formerly at Cleaver & Cork and The Rieger Hotel, has joined the team at bluestem as bar manager. Olsen shares insight about the recent move and what he’ll bring to the bar including his take on Pimm’s Cup for Sunday brunch.   What...
A Visit With Linda Hezel at Prairie Birthday Farm

A Visit With Linda Hezel at Prairie Birthday Farm

Prairie Birthday Farm is a peaceful safe haven for more than 150 native species of flora and 45 bird species. Owned and operated by farm steward and artisanal producer Linda Hezel, this 22-year-old farm is also a momentary refuge for anyone that knows how to take the...

Summer Dining: Prairie to the Tropics

I’ve been trying to eat lighter and healthier this summer. Partly, it’s a response to the heat and a natural adjustment to seasonal eating patterns, but it also helps to offset a carbohydrate and protein-centric diet that goes hand in hand with drinking...
Fresh Eggs From Prairie Birthday Farm

Fresh Eggs From Prairie Birthday Farm

  I visited Linda Hezel of Prairie Birthday Farm a few days ago. She sent me home with these jewels, a dozen heritage chicken eggs in speckled brown, cocoa, pale blue and green shells. The yolks are dark yellow, an indication of the higher nutritional value of...
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