Breakfast Quest: Dagwood’s Cafe

The alarm beeped at 4 AM. Unable to sleep and anxious about her flight, Pam was already awake and shuffled off to the shower. After she kissed sleepy kids goodbye, we stepped into the predawn light and walked to my car. Light from distant stars reflected across the...

Mother’s Day: Imprints Far East and Midwest

  A photograph of my mom not too long after she moved to the Kansas City area from Thailand. After my dad completed his tour of duty in the Army, the newlyweds moved to the States and lived in the basement of his parent's house until they got established. I don't...

Kansas City’s Food Deserts

In many places throughout the United States, it is more difficult to buy an apple than french fries if you live in a "food desert." Several counties in the greater Kansas City are home to such food deserts. Huge swaths of the U.S. population have little access to...

Asian Market Excursion in Kansas City

The spicy bite of red curry paste, the taste of sweet roasted coconut juice, the fragrant licorice scent of Thai basil, these ingredients draw me out of winter’s clutch, away from a snowy suburb in south Kansas City to Thailand. I don’t board a plane for my getaway....

Original Juan: Bring the Pain

The Source is not to be reckoned with by mortal men. Not by hotheaded men or women willing to flirt with danger. Not by chili heads that boast their ability to eat anything hot. Not this hot. Original Juan Specialty Foods, a manufacturer of over 150 gourmet food...

Harvest: A Late Season Visit to Fair Share Farm

Late summer sun bleaches the sky into soft cotton denim over the fields of Fair Share Farm. Head up Highway 69, race down the straights of Route MM, and ride the gentle bends until a dusty finger of gravel road beckons. This 228-acre organic farm in Kearney is just a...

Sixty Pumpkins

Sixty pumpkins bashed, battered, beaten, and bruised, pale orange flesh and seeds scattered on the street by vandals. This sight greeted me as I returned home at 2:30 AM after a Saturday night spent at Davey’s Uptown. I was still energized from performances by Howard...