Monday, January 27, 2014

Restaurant Week at Pig & Finch.

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I only went out once for Restaurant Week, and I felt like it was a pretty good pick. A group of pals met last week at Pig & Finch for lunch on Monday. Some friends had the day off, and some just snuck away for a lunch date.

You have to be careful with Restaurant Week. Sometimes there's not a great value or variety to the meals offered, but I was pleased with my options at Pig & Finch. I chose the tastiest kale and butternut squash salad as part of the meal and a simple but solid sandwich to accompany it.
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The salad was the real star. But the sandwich was made better by the house made pickles. Which, according to the menu, they make into fried pickles as well. Kip and I are taste testing fried pickles (and fried chicken) around town, so we may have to return. You know, for the research.

The butternut squash and kale salad is on the regular menu as well. Now I can't stop thinking about it.
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Tara went straight to the regular menu and chose this gorgeous green apple and butter lettuce salad. Which our sweet and plucky waitress described as their version of a wedge salad. It's actually NOTHING like a wedge salad beyond the fact it has lettuce in it.
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As so often happens when I'm enthralled with part of my meal, I forgot to take photos of the desserts included with our meal. The girls who ordered the lemon custard dessert weren't impressed - and Abbey loves all things lemon! The chocolate bread pudding was pretty good. Tara's donut hole order looked pretty solid, so she may have won by ordering off the regular menu.
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My next trip back is either going to be for the kale salad or their Sunday night fried chicken special with Kip. It's the second restaurant to be in this corner of Park Place, and I think it's worth checking out.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentine's Day Cookies.

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In December, I pretty much took the cookie baking to a crazy new level with the over 30 dozen cookies I made for various Christmas projects. I'm planning ahead for Valentine's Day and wanted to offer some delicious baked goods to you!

Last weekend I made a sample set of Valentine Cookies so that people could place orders in advance, and I could estimate how many cookies to have ready for Valentine's Day. You can see your options and even specify what kind of cookies you would prefer from the options below.
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Cookie orders can be made via this link or by emailing me VLUHRS @ I'll send you a paypal invoice so you can checkout and await your sweets. I do mail - it's not super cheap thanks to all the weight extra protection adds - but it's totally possible. I mailed donuts to Oregon last week! I'll be taking Valentine's Day cookie orders through February 5th, so order away.

Thanks for supporting this crazy cookie baking venture. I love sharing them with friends and family because I know they taste so good too!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dinner at Los Tules.

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About a year ago, my friends started telling me about Los Tules. It's down on Broadway, and while it's not on Southwest Boulevard, it's so very similar to the classic Mexican restaurants that make Kansas City really awesome. I've been a few times, and I have one group of friends that really love it. It's a regular choice for birthday celebrations!

It was totally slammed on Saturday night when we were there for Ashley's birthday, but the kind folks had set aside tables for the 16 of us. They are always super kind about doing separate checks, and the service is always great. A sweet treat when you're there with a big group! We had great cheese dip, and I had more than one margarita. Which is probably too many for me, but it was fun to be out celebrating with friends!

Kip and I recently ate at Taco Republic (our second visit) and Chuy's on the Plaza, and we easily voted Los Tules our favorite. I want to be sure he tries El Patron soon, but he'll probably be unable to decide between the two. Taco Republic is GOOD - I'm a huge fan of that restaurant family (Gram & Dun, BRGR, etc.) but the reality is that the value, authenticity, and food is a little more predictable at Los Tules. Tacos that are about $3.50 a piece are delicious, but they don't fill up the guy sitting next to me any better than tacos that cost $1.25 each.

We're lucky to live in a city where there are so many different types of Mexican restaurants - one for every budget and every taste preference! I really missed the Mexican food when I lived back east, and I am all about the wonderful options we have here in KC. What else do we need to try? Bring on the cheese dip! I love the hole in the wall BEST of all!

Friday, January 10, 2014

The One Book of December.

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I actually really hate to blog about this book already because it's the first book club selection of 2014, but I finished it last month. I'm anxious to discuss it with my friends at book club later this month!

I have a well documented love of Jojo Moyes, especially after I saw her speak last year with Rainy Day Books. I read it pretty quickly, but the female protagonists weren't my absolute favorite. I did LOVE that it took place in France and London, and I did love the way things come together and fall apart. I'm pleased, but Me Before You and Last Letter From Your Lover are more my favorite by Jojo.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Charles in Kansas City.

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We were delighted to see Emily, Ryan and baby Charlie over Christmas break. They were visiting from Maryland, and it's crazy how big Charles has gotten since I saw him in Pennsylvania at Labor Day. Babies! Stop growing up! Geesh! Madeline is already two months old in this photo.
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He's pretty serious in these photos because it's really actually just ready for a snack, and I'm getting in his way. But how cute is his outfit?
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Madeline looks just like her dad, in case you didn't know that already. I'm the president of the "little girls who look like their dads" club, so I totally approve. Little Fiona is also a club member.
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And there's a smile from Charles! So good to see these friends and share some laughs over bagels with their babies.

It was a very low key winter break around here, and I am enjoying one more day off thanks to the extreme temperatures. I'm split on whether or not that's the best thing for our kids, at least school is warm and there is food. But I understand waiting for the bus and walking to school is cold when it's only 5 degrees for the HIGH. Stay warm friends. Bake some cookies.