I recently had the chance to try out the Garmin vivofit fitness tracker courtesy of Verizon Wireless. It is now time to send it back but before I do, I wanted to share some of my favorite features of the device. I already own the UP fitness band by Jawbone, so it was interesting comparing […]Read More
Here is info on the official press release concerning the new Kansas City Royals Limited Edition 360 Vodka Bottle. I was just with a friend last week at Costco where she picked up a bottle for a gift for her son in law. It is really a beautiful bottle and makes a great keepsake for […]Read More
If you have not heard already, the highly anticipated AC Hotel in Westport which was slated to open March 16, got the green light early from the Marriott hotel chain which owns the AC Hotel and opened it’s doors March 10. I had the chance to tour the hotel and must say both the hotel […]Read More
Park Place is full of amazing restaurants and the “Taste of Park Place” gives you a chance to try them all!
Below is information from the official press release about the “Taste of Park Place and information on how you can enjoy this fabulous day while supporting Newhouse Shelter.
The Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter Celebrates
Annual “Taste of Park Place”
Park Place Restaurants Come Together to Provide Food, Wine and Hand-Crafted Beer Tastings in Support of the Fight Against Domestic Violence
The second annual “Taste of Park Place” event is on Saturday, April 25th. Located at 117th and Nall Avenue in Leawood, the event at Park Place will offer something for everyone — whether you enjoy food, wine, hand-crafted beer or just want to help support Newhouse’s mission to break the cycle in domestic violence.
The “Dine Around” event allows guests to visit 13 delectable restaurants and food specialty stores throughout Park Place and enjoy light tastings from a diversity of global cuisine. Participating restaurants include 801 Chophouse, 801 Fish, BurgerFi, Carma, Cupcake a la Mode, Gordon Biersch, Parisi Café, Pig & Fish, RA Sushi and more. Each guest will receive a $5 Park Place Gift Card and VIP offers at select retailers.
Before or after the Dine-Around, guests can also participate in a fun and educational session of “Wine and Hand-Crafted Beer Tastings” located at Carma. Kansas City wine and hand-crafted beer connoisseurs will provide attendees with various tastings along with helpful food pairing guidance and valuable tips on selecting the perfect libation for any occasion. Carma will provide light appetizers expertly paired with each tasting. Guests must be 21 or older to attend this event.
Also during the festivities, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a beautiful “Taste of Park Place” painting created by Kansas City artist Mike Savage.
What: Taste of Park Place
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Park Place of Leawood, KS
Why: A benefit for Newhouse Women’s Shelter Time: Dine-Around: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Wine and Hand-Crafted Beer Tastings: 1st Session: 1:00-2:00 p.m. 2nd Session: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Dine Around: $20 in advance/$25 at event per person Wine & Hand-Crafted Beer Tastings: $50 per person Combination “Taste of Park Place” Ticket: $65 per person
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.newhouseshelter.org/events/the- taste-of-park-place. Tickets to this event sold out last year so guests are encouraged to reserve online tickets early.
Newhouse is a domestic violence shelter providing comprehensive services to women who have experienced domestic violence. Newhouse’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools which allow women to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives. One out of four women experience domestic violence and 365 days a year, Newhouse provides women a safe, healing environment, which includes physical, spiritual, psychological, and emotional support. For further information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.newhouseshelter.org.
About Park Place
Park Place is the only mixed-use community in Johnson County, embracing the complete lifestyle from playing to working and every activity in between. Park Place features local, regional and national specialty shops, world class restaurants, luxurious services and renowned office tenants in an environment of tree-lined streets and community areas, truly making it Leawood’s downtown, as named by Mayor Peggy Dunn. Park Place boasts Johnson County’s only outdoor ice skating rink, The Ice. It is the development’s focal point and serves as a community green space during warmer months. Park Place will soon be home to AMC World Headquarters. For more information, visit www.ParkPlaceLeawood.com
I recently had the chance to try out the Garmin vivofit fitness tracker courtesy of Verizon Wireless. It is now time to send it back but before I do, I wanted to share some of my favorite features of the device.
I already own the UP fitness band by Jawbone, so it was interesting comparing the two.
Both are wristband type devices that track activity, steps and sleep. Food can be tracked in the UP Band app and both can track food in various compatible apps. I use My Fitness Pal. There is also community/team features that allow you to connect with others on both devices.
You can read more about the features of the UP band here.
Below are the additional features of the Garmin vivofit that I really liked, not offered on the UP.
1. The wrist band has a digital display so you can see the number of steps you have taken or watch the steps countdown from the suggested goal already displayed.
2. The display also shows calories burned, miles walked, date and time.
3. The wristband doubles as a watch.
4. When connected to a compatible heart rate chest strap monitor (sold separately), the device can display heart rate.
5. The device can sync via Bluetooth through the app on your mobile device, or sync to a laptop via the USB ANT Stick included.
6. The device uses a battery with one year life guarantee so there is no charging involved.
7. By wearing the band consistently the device learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal.
When comparing both bands, I noticed that the Garmin vivofitit registered slightly higher steps. Had I tried the vivofit before I had the UP Band, I might have chosen the Garmin since it has quite a few additional features.
The Fresh Fish Experts at Bonefish Grill are welcoming the Spring season in a big way by offering a $10 gift to you valid March 21 through April 6.
While you’re there, savor the new Fire + Ice Pre-Fixe menu featuring three generous courses starting at $19.90. Bonefish Grill features culinary forward and unique combinations on the three-course menu (from both land and sea) including Cold Water Lobster Tail, Shrimp + Scallop Firepot and Grilled Lamb Chops to name a few. Each dish is served with a choice of fresh salad and perfectly finished with delectable DIY Doughnuts — a Bonefish Grill house specialty of croissant-like doughnut holes, tossed in cinnamon sugar that guests fill with sea salt caramel and chocolate sauce using mini squeezable bottles.
The gift is good for both locations in the metro, Leawood and Northland. Please find the link below to your free $10 gift from Bonefish Grill.
$10 gift for you and yours: http://bonefi.sh/1ExSLAl
This Easter, diners can enjoy a $35 three-course brunch menu at Sullivan’s Steakhouse Leawood available from 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Menu highlights include:
Appetizer: shrimp & lobster bisque, iceberg lettuce wedge
Entrée: eggs benedict, roasted balsamic chicken, lobster basil stuffed shrimp
Dessert: bananas foster bread pudding, key lime pie
4501 W 119th St
Leawood, KS 66209
Here is info on the official press release concerning the new Kansas City Royals Limited Edition 360 Vodka Bottle. I was just with a friend last week at Costco where she picked up a bottle for a gift for her son in law. It is really a beautiful bottle and makes a great keepsake for any Royals fan.
Kansas City, MO – Just in time for the Kansas City Royals season opener, proud sponsor 360 Vodka has launched a limited edition, commemorative Kansas City Royals bottle.
“As Kansas City’s hometown vodka, we wanted to honor our hometown team with a bottle that pays tribute to their outstanding performance,” said Vic Morrison, VP Marketing for 360 Vodka.
The multiple award winning 360 Vodka will have a large presence at Kauffman Stadium this year and continue to celebrate their hometown team with signature Royals cocktails, which will be served throughout the stadium and at the new 360 Bullpen Bar. The recipes for each cocktail will also be shared on their Facebook page to ensure fans can enjoy them at home too.
Premium and smooth with a clean finish, 360 Vodka crafted the commemorative Royals bottle using locally sustainable materials and a reusable swing-top closure. For each closure returned to the distillery, 360 Vodka will make a donation to “Royals’ Charities.” Return envelopes can be requested from www.vodka360.com
This limited edition, commemorative bottle is widely available at all retailers in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
As Royals fever hits, several major retailers have already set up large displays of the specialty bottle which retails for approximately $12.99 (750ml) and $19.99 (1.75L). These bottles are available for a limited time only, so Royals fans of legal drinking age are encouraged not to wait until the last second to pick up their commemorative bottle.
If you have not heard already, the highly anticipated AC Hotel in Westport which was slated to open March 16, got the green light early from the Marriott hotel chain which owns the AC Hotel and opened it’s doors March 10.
I had the chance to tour the hotel and must say both the hotel and the staff are absolutely lovely.
Sprinkled throughout Europe and already an established brand there, the Kansas City location of the AC hotel concept is only the second in the United States. The first location opened in New Orleans in the fall of 2014. Additional locations such as Miami, Chicago and other cities across the US are in the works and set to open in the next few years.
The tour started at the sleek and stylish bar where we sampled the AC Westport signature cocktail, The Battle of Westport, featuring Kansas City’s own Dark Horse White Whiskey. This citrus inspired cocktail is on tap so every batch is consistent and if I do say myself, quite delicious. The blood orange garnish and beautiful color almost makes it to pretty to drink. The bar also features wine on tap as well as beer which is served only in cans to guarantee freshness.
The bar and lobby feature crisp clean lines that are modern yet comfortable and inviting.
The tour then headed to check out the guest rooms that reflect the sophisticated European styling of the already existing AC Hotels that are throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. Upon entering, I was immediately taken back to France! The room layout was almost a spitting image of a room we recently stayed in Lyon, France which I absolutely loved.
Just like the bar and lobby the room is sleek and stylish while still being quite comfortable. The desk feature offers plenty of workspace, the open closet design makes sure you won’t forget anything and the GROHE Rain Shower showerheads, Bluetooth enabled speakers and the Essential Elements body products by Gilchrist and Soames are well, just an absolute luxury.
After the room tour it was off the the state of the art fitness center, business center and conference room.
The evening ended back in the bar where we sampled some of AC’s snacks and small plates that included the spicy roasted fava beans, chili and citrus marinated olives, crispy sea salt roasted potatoes, tomato braised eggplant and ricotta toast, simple green salad with roasted artichoke and Parmesan and a roasted salmon with lentils.
The small plates also included their dessert selections and were equally as fabulous. My favorite was the goat cheese and honey cheesecake but the chocolate hazelnut dessert bar was quite yummy as well and the French macaroons make you feel as if you really dining in France!
The lounge at the AC hotel is on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to service, putting the guest in control. Each table features a call button where the guest can alert the server when they are ready to order, need assistance or ready for the check. Having this feature allows the guest to be in control whether they do not want to be interrupted during an important meeting or need another drink!
You could truly make a meal out of the snacks and small plates, I know I certainly did. The concept of the AC hotel is to “Feel the City” and really get out and enjoy the urban area of the hotels surroundings, with the idea is to have a cocktail and a snack in the bar and then go experience the city.
All though the evening cocktails and snacks are absolutely delightful, it is the European inspired breakfast that will get guest going in the morning. Fresh baked breads, fruits, muesli, savory and sweet egg tarts, French cheeses, fresh sliced to order cured meats and pure butter croissants flown in from France among other European breakfast staples will please any guests palate and give them an energizing start to their day.
With all of the great restaurants and shopping in Westport and the County Club Plaza just a couple of blocks away, any visitor or local for that matter, would have an amazing time staying at the AC Hotel in Westport.
This is the perfect staycation getaway for locals who want to feel like they are in Europe without leaving the metro!
If you have a great food find or travel destination I should know about please email me.
In Good Taste,
Here is info from the official press release on the new spring menu at Taco Republic.
Kansas City, KS (March 17, 2015) – As we spring into a new season, the Bread & Butter Concepts’ culinary team has revised the Taco Republic menu with the addition of traditional Mexican dishes and new cocktails.
The restaurant, known for its street-style tacos, is highlighting several new traditional Mexican dishes in the Platos section of its new menu. New Platos will include seasoned chicken or diablo shrimp fajitas, served with sautéed onions, poblano peppers, jalapeños, pico, guacamole, jack & cheddar cheeses and white corn tortillas. Accompanying the fajitas are Chicken Enchiladas, made with Taco Republic’s famous wood-fired chicken, and Chicken Tamales; both served with cilantro lime rice & ranchero beans. Wanting something on the lighter side? The Al Verde salad will make its debut and feature seasonal fresco ingredients.
Taco Republic is also boasting a new libations menu with this latest rollout, including several new margaritas, cocktails and tequila selections. The Casa Margarita is not only getting a citrus twist fresh lime, lemon and orange juices, but will also be available as either “on the rocks” or frozen. New cocktails like the Mexican Mule and the Cherry Cabrito are sure to please guests who want a refreshing concoction to enjoy on the patio. Sample new tequila selections with a “Flight of the Month” consisting of three, 3/4 shots of tequila.
The new menu and libations are available now at Taco Republic, located at the corner of Mission Road and 47th Street in Kansas City, KS. For more information, please visit www.EatTacoRepublic.com.
The bar menu at Sullivan’s Steakhouse Leawood now features exciting updates. While traditional favorites such as Cheesesteak Eggrolls and Blue Cheese Chips remain on the menu, new dishes now include items such as:
4501 W 119th St
Leawood, KS 66209
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Barrel 31 will be serving a traditional Irish dish, new Executive Chef Eric Carter’s Bangers and Mash, an entrée including traditional Irish sausage, served with Guinness-braised onions and mushrooms over a bed of parsnip puree with a smoked pea cream. The Bangers and Mash will sell for $12 and be available Saturday, March 14 – Tuesday, March 17. St. Patrick’s Day revelers can also enjoy Irish Car Bomb drink specials on March 17. The drink, combining Irish cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Guinness, will be on special for $5.
About Barrel 31
Barrel 31 is a full-service American restaurant offering one of Kansas City’s most extensive and diverse whiskey and bourbon lists. Located in Kansas City’s Union Hill district at 400 E 31st St., Barrel 31 offers lunch and dinner daily: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Barrel 31 offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Barrel 31 also offers happy hour from 3 – 6:47 p.m., Tuesday – Friday and all evening, 3 p.m. – close, on Mondays. Walk-ins are welcome and large party reservations can be made by calling (816) 569-3801. For information and updates, visit www.barrel31.com, “like” Barrel 31 on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barrel31kc, follow on Twitter at @barrel31kc, and follow on Instagram at @Barrel31.
SPIN! Pizza will open it’s seventh location in the metro on Thursday, March 12 in Crown Center.
Located in a 3,800 square-foot first floor space previously occupied by Kabuki on the north side of the Crown Center Shops atrium, SPIN!® Pizza’s dining room features open air windows facing the food court. An outdoor patio with seating for 35 is tucked between the atrium’s glass walls and a water feature, with a storied view of Crown Center Square.
The locally owned and operated pizzeria, ranked number one by Zagat among Kansas City area pizza restaurants, has been awarded “best pizza” by numerous Kansas City area publications, where it also was honored for the city’s best gluten-free menu. SPIN!’s been named one of the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie website TheDailyMeal.com, its Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the nation’s best dishes of the year by a trade magazine, and its architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards.
With recipes developed in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith, who also was named national 2014 Chef Innovator of the Year, SPIN! is known for its award-winning authentic Neapolitan pizza, artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price, a rotating roster of affordable premium wines, barrel wines and craft beers, and its distinct, inviting atmosphere that appeals to all ages.
SPIN! serves hand-spun, stone-fired pizzas, a tremendous selection of fresh salads topped with made-from-scratch dressings, homemade soups, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, appetizers, small plates, and all-natural gelato ice creams.
Crown Center patrons will enjoy a diverse selection of traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-free pizzas.The pizza dough is made fresh every day using several types of flour and its gluten free crust is renowned for its flavor and texture. SPIN! offers both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed tomato sauce) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted garlic olive oil glaze), and many hand-grated cheeses. Dairy-free cheese also is available.
SPIN! takes the unique step of roasting its pizza toppings in stone hearth ovens every day to bring out the most flavorful notes of each meat, vegetable, and topping including even nuts and capers. SPIN!’s pizza toppings, ingredients, homemade soups, and made-from-scratch salad dressings are prepared daily from fresh produce and meats.
Known for a rotating roster of affordable premium wines, SPIN! also makes homemade white, red and blood orange sangrias and offers a selection of craft beers.
In addition to its wines and artisan menu, SPIN! is recognized for its convenient service model. Guests place their orders at a counter in the restaurant’s ordering lobby and then relax at their tables where servers deliver their food and beverages. This lets guests control their time whether they’re in a hurry or in the mood to leisurely hang out.
Crown Center is the seventh area location for SPIN!, which has restaurants under construction in Overland Park’s Corbin Park Retail Village and on Warrensburg’s University of Central Missouri campus. SPIN! currently has locations in midtown Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, Mo. and in Overland Park, Olathe, Prairie Village and Lenexa, Ks.
For more information, please visit www.spinpizza.com.