• UP2 by Jawbone

    The UP2 by Jawbone – Review

    The UP2 by Jawbone – Review I recently had the chance to try out the Up2 Fitness Tracker by Jawbone courtesy of Verizon Wireless. I got to use the band for about a month before sending it back so I had plenty of time to get a feel for how it worked and compare it […]

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    The UP2 by Jawbone – Review

  • Farmers Market Cocktail

    The W Now Open in Lee’s Summit

    The W is a new speakeasy type bar that just recently opened in downtown Lee’s Summit.  The owners of this new space happen to be my niece and her husband. I feel like I am a Great Aunt to The W as I have watched them renovate the space for the last two years. Literally […]

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    The W Now Open in Lee’s Summit

  • Nokia Lumina

    My Summer with the Nokia Lumina Part One

    The cool people over at Verizon Wireless has graciously loaned me the Nokia Lumina 2520 with 4G LTE for the summer and in return I get to give you the scoop on it. At the end of each month, I will let you know what cool features I have found it has, what I used […]

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    My Summer with the Nokia Lumina Part One

UP2 by Jawbone

The UP2 by Jawbone – Review

The UP2 by Jawbone – Review I recently had the chance to try out the Up2 Fitness Tracker by Jawbone courtesy of Verizon Wireless. I got to use the band for about a month before sending it back so I had plenty of time to get a feel for how it worked and compare it […]

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Farmers Market Cocktail

The W Now Open in Lee’s Summit

The W is a new speakeasy type bar that just recently opened in downtown Lee’s Summit.  The owners of this new space happen to be my niece and her husband. I feel like I am a Great Aunt to The W as I have watched them renovate the space for the last two years. Literally […]

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Nokia Lumina

My Summer with the Nokia Lumina Part One

The cool people over at Verizon Wireless has graciously loaned me the Nokia Lumina 2520 with 4G LTE for the summer and in return I get to give you the scoop on it. At the end of each month, I will let you know what cool features I have found it has, what I used […]

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The UP2 by Jawbone – Review

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

The UP2 by Jawbone – Review

I recently had the chance to try out the Up2 Fitness Tracker by Jawbone courtesy of Verizon Wireless. I got to use the band for about a month before sending it back so I had plenty of time to get a feel for how it worked and compare it to the UP 24 band, which I already own.

I decided to wear both devices at the same time to see if the steps registered any different and compare the other features of each device.

While wearing the band during my morning workout the Up24 band registered 1,477 steps, while the new UP2 registered 1,685 so a difference of 208 steps there.

If you don’t have either device yet here is my list of the pro’s and con’s of each,

Syncing: I liked the Bluetooth syncing capability on the UP2 opposed to the plugging into the headphone jack that is required to sync with the UP24.

Charging: I actually like the way the UP24 charges. I found if was easier to plug into the toggle versus the UP2 where you have to align the charging contacts and then make sure it is bent up or hang off the edge of something so it does not pop off the charging unit. However, the UP24 band has a charging cap you have to keep track of.

UP24 by Jawbone

UP24 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

Battery Life: Both devices seemed to have about a weeks worth of battery life.

Design: I like the sleeker design of the UP2, however the clasp is much harder to fasten so although the UP24 is a bit wider and in design I like the ease of being able to slip it off and on.

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

Sleep Mode: I liked the ease of putting the UP2 into sleep mode through the UP app and it can also be put into sleep mode by taping on the device. The UP24 band requires a tap on the end of the wristband which is easy as we’ll but has no app capability for sleep mode.

Tracking: Both devices track steps, sleep and food similarly. The UP2 band does have a few extra features including smart coach which learns your habits it also allows you to set reminders, alarms and offers motivating tips.

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone

I like the idea of the UP2 band giving me a few extra steps as well as the additional app features and if I did not already own the UP 24 band, I would enjoy using the UP2 fitness tracker and highly recommend it.

For more information on ordering, pricing or specifications on the UP2 band check out the Jawbone or Verizon Wireless websites.

The W Now Open in Lee’s Summit

Menu at The W

Menu at The W

The W is a new speakeasy type bar that just recently opened in downtown Lee’s Summit.  The owners of this new space happen to be my niece and her husband.

I feel like I am a Great Aunt to The W as I have watched them renovate the space for the last two years. Literally everything in the space was done by hand including all the tile, brick, woodwork, lighting, hand hammered copper bar top and even the tables are handmade out of old bowling lanes pulled out of the Heart Bowling Alley that was located in Kansas City.

I know I may sound a little biased and be bragging about all of the handwork of the space, but once you go, you will get it! The attention to detail is amazing and the prohibition error decor they have acquired truly makes the space.

Once you get over how amazing The W looks, the drinks will keep you there and keep you coming back.

Craft Bartender Michael Strohm

Craft Bartender Michael Strohm

Michael Strohm is the head craft bartender at The W and uses fresh local ingredients as well as house-made syrups, bitters, spices and unique liquors to make the amazing cocktails.

House-made Vanilla Bean Syrup

House-made Inebriated Vanilla Bean Liquor

The menu changes weekly and drinks are based by what is in season and always includes a Fresh Farmers Market Cocktail, made with the ingredients found from the market that week. The most recent cocktail was a delightful concoction featuring Beet and Blueberry infused S.D. Strong Gin, lemon juice, lavender and tarragon infused honey and Lions Tooth Dandelion Liqueur.

Weekly Farmers Market Cocktail

Weekly Farmers Market Cocktail

With strawberries in season, The Spifflicated Sheba has been a popular drink featuring farmers market strawberry syrup, wood and salt merlot infused sea salt, homegrown basil, Old Tom gin, lemon juice, egg white from locally sourced eggs and pink peppercorns. The sweetness from the strawberries and tartness from the lemons compliment each other beautifully on this drink.

Spifflicated Sheba

Spifflicated Sheba

The W requires a reservation to get in and is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations can be made via text to 816-287-0000.

The W Entrance

The W Entrance

The W is located at 6 1/2 S.W. 3rd Street in downtown Lee’s Summit and in true Speakeasy fashion, the entrance is disguised as a doctors office and features the nameplate of O.C. Woods M.D. from the early 1900’s.

If you have a great food find in KC, email me.

In Good Taste,

Sharm

 

My Summer with the Nokia Lumina Part One

Nokia Lumina

Nokia Lumina

The cool people over at Verizon Wireless has graciously loaned me the Nokia Lumina 2520 with 4G LTE for the summer and in return I get to give you the scoop on it.

At the end of each month, I will let you know what cool features I have found it has, what I used it for, why it was helpful and anything else I feel like you might need to know.

I have only had the tablet for a little over a week and have not had too much time to explore it so my June report will be rather short. I am looking forward to the rest of the summer with this tablet. I am used to an iPad and the Nokia Lumina is Windows based so it will be an adventure on learning how to operate it and compare the two.

Cool Features: Mix Radio. Similar to Pandora this is a music app that pre-loaded on the device and allows you to pick your favorite artists.  The app then plays that artist along with similar other ones. It is also has Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook which makes it a portable PC. Other apps are Skype, Xbox, daily news, stocks and few more I need to explore.

What I used it for: Well, like I said I have only had it a few days so for the most part I have been using it as entertainment. Watching Netflix on it, listening to the Mix Radio and checking email now and then.  I am looking forward to hooking up the compatible keyboard so I can blog on the go!

Nokia Lumina

Nokia Lumina

Why it was helpful: The headphone jack made it easy to plug into out speaker system so I could listen to music throughout the house. I know this may sound a bit too personal, but I really hate laundry. When I find myself with piles to fold, I pass the time by watching Netflix. This handy portable tablet made it easy to take to the laundry room where I could finish my folding chores.

I know this is a pretty brief account for such an intricate tablet.  Good thing I have the rest of the summer to dive into it more!

Looking forward to checking in with you at the end of July!

Sharm

 

Chipotle Cultivate Festival Coming to Kansas City

Chipotle Cultivate

Chipotle Cultivate

On Saturday, July 18, Chipotle the will bring their Cultivate Festival to Kansas City.

So what is the Cultivate Festival you ask?

Well it is a family friendly day at Penn Valley Park where you can enjoy listening to bands (Max Frost, St. Lucia, Betty Who, Small Pools and Portugal The Man), watch celebrity chef demonstrations (Graham Elliot, Amanda Freitag, KC’s own Colby Garrelts as well as others), sample products from local food artisans (Rye, Little Freshie, Shatto, Poppy’s Ice Cream and more), enjoy beer and wine tastings, and learn how to make Chipotle’s addictive guacamole!

Special cultivate exhibits include short films on sustainability, why Chipotle will not use any GMO foods, factory vs farm, guac from scratch and fresh vs processed. Collect stamps from each of the exhibits and earn a free Chipotle reward!

Chipotle’s amazing food will be available including dishes from their Shophouse Rice Bowl Restaurants which is Chipotle’s Southeast Asian Kitchen concept and Pizza Locale a new pizza concept coming to KC from Denver! All dishes will cost around $6.00.

Chipotle Taco

Chipotle Taco

 

For beverages KC’s own Boulevard Brewing Company has created a Cultivate Farmhouse Ale for the festival. I happened to get a sneak taste of it and it is pretty darn good and well worth the $6.00 that the festival will be charging for beer and wine. Other beer vendors include Schlafly, Stone Brewing Co., Free State, KC Bier Co and more. Wine will be available from KC’s own Somerset Ridge.

Boulevard's Cultivate Farmhouse Ale

Boulevard’s Cultivate Farmhouse Ale

The event is free to attend and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check out the Chipotle Cultivate website for information on music line-up, celebrity chefs, artisans, vendors, times, directions and more.

The Chipotle App

The Chipotle App

You can also download the Chipotle Cultivate App to get updates, news and information about the festival.

See you there!

In Good Taste,

Sharm

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VIP Trip for 4 to the MLS All Star Week in Denver from Chipotle

Below is the official press release for the VIP Giveaway from Chipotle for a trip for four to the MLS All Star Week.

Chipotle All Star week hat

Chipotle All Star week hat

CHIPOTLE CELEBRATES MLS PARTNERSHIP WITH SWEEPSTAKES OFFERING VIP GETAWAY TO 2015 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR WEEK

Text-To-Win Sweepstakes Will Provide Trip To The 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game And 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Games In Denver
DENVER, June 4, 2015 – As an extension of its official partnership with Major League Soccer, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) is offering a trip for four to Denver for AT&T MLS All-Star Week. The VIP trip will include airfare, hotel and meal expenses, as well as special invitations and passes to 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Week events – including the 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game and 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.

The contest supports Chipotle’s partnership as the official fast-casual Mexican restaurant of MLS, as well as the creation and sponsorship of the second-annual Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, which recognizes and features Major League Soccer’s top Homegrown players. This year’s game will be held Tuesday, July 28, at 7 p.m. MDT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – home of the Colorado Rapids – as a prelude to the 2015 AT&T All-Star Game the following night. This year the MLS Homegrown Team will face Club América’s U-20 squad, the official youth squad of Club América, Mexico’s most successful club.

Starting June 4, customers can enter by texting the word “Homegrown” to 888222 for a chance to win. The sweepstakes will run through July 5, 2015, and the winner will be selected on or around July 6, 2015. Full details of the sweepstakes will be posted in Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. starting today and continuing for the duration of the sweepstakes, and can also be found by visiting: http://www.chipotlehomegrown.com/#win.

The full prize package will include:

• Business-class round-trip airfare for four (4)
• Four-night hotel stay in Denver (July 27-31, 2015)
• (4) premium tickets to the 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game (Tuesday, July 28), and (4) premium tickets and pre-game field passes to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
• $650 allowance for full-size rental car for length of stay; ground transportation to and from destination airport and hotel
• $5,000 spending money to be awarded in the form of a check to the grand prizewinner

Tickets and more details about the sweepstakes are available at http://www.chipotlehomegrown.com.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast-food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that – where possible – are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 1,800 restaurants, including 17 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S. and 10 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates two Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Major League Soccer kicks off its 20th season tonight, featuring 20 clubs throughout the United States and Canada. The 2015 season will feature the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of the league, as eight-year agreements with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes will commence. The 2015 regular season schedule can be viewed here. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com.

~Giveaway~ Pocket Beer Guide 2015

IMG_1926In honor of Kansas City Craft Beer Week and the KC Craft Beer Week Dinner at the Flying Saucer hosted by Stephen Beaumont on June 14, I am giving away The Pocket Beer Guide 2015 courtesy of FireFly Books.

The Pocket Beet Guide 2015 by Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb covers 3,500 of the world’s best craft and traditional beers.

This is a great book for any beer lover and with Father’s Day coming up it’s perfect for any beer loving dad!

To enter, I could make you jump through all sorts of hoops of liking social media pages and sharing this or any post on WYMKC to your social media pages and if you would like to do that, by all means please do.

To enter all I ask is to simply comment as to what your what your favorite beer is.  It’s that easy!

Winner will be drawn using random.org and be notified via email, so be sure to leave a valid email contact with your entry!

Giveaway ends midnight June 15th.

You can check out Stephen’s Bio below as well as information on the KC Craft Beer Week Dinner.

Once described as “beerdom’s Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is today one of the world’s most authoritative voices on beer, as well as a widely recognized writer on spirits, food and travel.

As co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer (2012), published in ten international editions, and two editions of The Pocket Beer Guide (2013 & 2014), Stephen has amassed an unparalleled understanding of what’s going on in the fast-paced and expanding world of beer today. If there is good lager or ale to be had, whether in San Francisco or Singapore, Montreal or Milan, Stephen knows about it, and has most likely sampled it!

In addition to The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide, Stephen has authored or co-authored eight other books, including two editions of The Great Canadian Beer Guide and his forthcoming Beer & Food Companion, as well as contributing to nine others, including the immense 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die; the literary tribute to legendary drinks writer Michael Jackson, Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser; and the just-released Handbook of Porters & Stouts.

Stephen also authors regular columns for publications as diverse as the spirits quarterly Whisky Advocate and Canada’s beer magazine, Taps, the U.S. hospitality industry standard Nation’s Restaurant News and the foodie favourite City Bites. Additionally, he serves on the editorial tasting panels of both Taps and All About Beer magazines, and contributes to a variety of other publications, including Fine Cooking, Saveur and DRAFT Magazine.

When he is not writing about or tasting beer and spirits, Stephen travels the world talking about them, at a beer dinner in Toronto, a seminar in São Paulo or a competition in Brussels. He has worked on the beer and beverage programs of a large number of corporations, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the Walt Disney Company and Crystal Cruises among many others, and appears regularly at conferences such as VIBE and the International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event. In 2009, his influence was recognized with the Cheers Magazine “Raising the Bar” award for his “noteworthy and sustained contribution to the world of beverage alcohol.”

Stephen is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the British Guild of Beer Writers and the North American Guild of Beer Writers.

Craft Beer week dinner with Stephen Beaumont

Craft Beer week dinner with Stephen Beaumont

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Kansas City Craft Week Beer Dinner:

This 5-course dinner will include 5 beers paired with an incredible meal chosen by Chef Matt Arnold from The Webster House. There will also be a pre-dinner tasting with Stephen beforehand.
Order tickets by calling (816) 221-1900 or purchase at Flying Saucer. There are different options for tickets. There is a pre-tasting with Stephen Beaumont that is $20 and tickets for the dinner are $55 for UFO members/$65 for non-members. If you want both, it is $65 for UFO members/$75 for non-members.
Beer Dinner with Stephen Beaumont at the Flying Saucer
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Flying Saucer
101 East 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64106

Kansas City Craft Beer Week Dinner with Stephen Beaumont

Craft Beer week dinner with Stephen Beaumont

Craft Beer week dinner with Stephen Beaumont

Celebrate Kansas City Craft Beer Week by attending the Craft Beer Week Dinner at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium with special guest Stephen Beaumont on June 14!

Stephen Beaumont is a James Beard Award winning author and one of the world’s most authoritative voices on beer. He wrote The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide among co-authoring many others. This will be his first time to host a beer dinner in Kansas City.

This 5-course dinner will include 5 beers paired with an incredible meal chosen by Chef Matt Arnold from The Webster House. There will also be a pre-dinner tasting with Stephen beforehand.

Order tickets by calling (816) 221-1900 or purchase at Flying Saucer.  There are different options for tickets. There is a pre-tasting with Stephen Beaumont that is $20 and tickets for the dinner are $55 for UFO members/$65 for non-members. If you want both, it is $65 for UFO members/$75 for non-members.

Beer Dinner with Stephen Beaumont at the Flying Saucer

Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Flying Saucer
101 East 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64106

 

Grilling Tips and Kabob Recipes from Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Markets has everything you need for this summers grilling season and with four locations in the metro it is easy to get everything you  need.

Below are some tips, recomended tools and recipes to make your grilling easy and delicious!

Grilling tips and tools

· Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes to prevent them from burning.
· Grill tongs: For turning kabobs.
· Basting brush: Look for natural boar bristles (nylon bristles will melt if they touch the cooking grate) and a long handle. Always wear a mitt when basting, in case of flare-ups.
· Meat thermometer: Invest in a quality thermometer that can be left in the meat. Some have an alarm that sounds when the food reaches the desired temperature.

Recipes
Tasty Steak Kabobs
Whip up these kabobs in no time, alternating juicy grass-fed steak with tender organic vegetables.

1 cup Italian Dressing
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 green onion thinly sliced
1 pound boneless all-natural, grass-fed beef round, cut into 1 inch pieces
12 large mushrooms
1 medium red pepper, cut into chunks
1 medium zucchini, sliced

In a shallow baking dish, combine dressing, soy sauce, brown sugar and onion. Add beef and vegetables turning to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours, reserving marinade. Alternately thread beef and vegetables on large skewers. Grill or broil, turning and basting frequently with reserved marinade, about 10 minutes or until beef is done.

 

Sprouts Kabob Recipe

Sprouts Kabob Recipe

Chipotle Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs
Add Southwestern flair to your grill with these easy-to-make shrimp kabobs.

8 wooden or metal skewers
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. Sprouts Orange Juice
2 tsp. red chile powder
2 c. fresh pineapple chunks
1 red onion, cut into chunks
1 red pepper, cut into chunks
1 c. Barbecue Sauce
2 tbsp. honey
Canola oil for grilling
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped

Combine shrimp with garlic, orange juice and chili powder in a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate while chopping the vegetables. Mix chipotle peppers into honey and barbecue sauce, set aside. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Thread shrimp, pineapple and vegetables on the skewers. Brush grill lightly with oil. Place skewers on grill, brush liberally with barbecue sauce. Cook for 2 minutes per side, until the shrimp are pink and vegetables are tender. Remove from grill and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Teriyaki Tofu Skewers
Vegetarian or not, everyone will love these skewers of grilled vegetables, pineapples and tofu, topped off with tasty teriyaki flavor.

1 c. fresh organic pineapple chunks
1 c. teriyaki sauce
juice of one lime
2 packages Extra Firm Tofu
1 medium zucchini, sliced
16 bamboo skewers
Zest of 2 limes
1 bunch green onions, finely diced

Combine pineapple with teriyaki sauce. Cut tofu into 1 to 1 ½ inch cubes. Place cubes in teriyaki sauce, cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Thread pineapple, zucchini and 3 cubes of tofu per skewer. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Brush pan lightly with oil. Grill skewers about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Garnish with lime zest and green onions.

Find additional recipes at Sprouts.com.

Kansas City metro area locations:
Missouri:
8383 N. Booth Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64158
816-222-0202
6061 NW. 64th St.
Kansas City, MO 64151
816-303-6503
Kansas:
6821 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
913-643-4190
8550 Maurer Rd.
Lenexa, KS 66219
913-312-1586

Andrew Olsen from Cleaver and Cork shares Award Winning Cocktail

Andrew Olsen from Cleaver & Cork was recently named the Kansas City finalist in the Four Roses Charity Cocktail Challenge, which raised funds for Stupid Cancer. Andrew will compete with bartenders from 7 other cities for a chance to spend a day with their Master Distiller Jim Rutledge.

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

For the competition, Andrew showcased Four Roses Small Batch in his Carly’s Caribbean Sour Cocktail.

I was at Cleaver & Cork a few months ago and the both the food and cocktails are amazing. If you have not been, it is worth going. The menu developed by Chef Alex Pope uses a mix of local and seasonal ingredients. The cheese curds are amazing and the sweet potato soup is the best I have ever had.

Cleaver and Cork

Cleaver and Cork Cheese Curds

Cleaver and Cork Sweet Potato Soup

Cleaver and Cork Sweet Potato Soup

 

I have been invited in to try Andrew’s new cocktail but due to some traveling I cannot make it in for a while. So in the meantime the folks at Four Roses have sent me a couple samples of the Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and the recipe to create it at home.

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

Carly's Caribbean Sour

Carly’s Caribbean Sour

I must say I am pretty impressed with my cocktail making skills.  I loved the citrus notes of the drink and the bourbon is incredibly smooth. Here is the recipe so you can practice your cocktail slinging skills as well.

Carly’s Caribbean Sour
1.5 oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
3/4 oz Lemon Simple
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Angostura
1//2 Orange Juice

Lemon Simple is a lemon infused simple syrup.  I made my own by combing equal parts sugar and water steeping in some lemon zest and adding a little fresh lemon juice. The recipe follows.

Lemon Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Zest of one lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

Combine water and sugar in sauce whisk until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon zest and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes.  Strain through mesh strainer and discard zest and any lumps. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice and mix well.  Pour into glass mason jar or storage container of choice. This should keep for about a month in the fridge.

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Win SPIN! Bucks from SPIN! Pizza

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza's award-winning margherita pizza

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s award-winning margherita pizza

Below is information from Spin Pizza’s press release concerning their 10 year anniversary and SPIN! bucks giveaway.  Enter today!

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since SPIN! brought Neapolitan-style pizza to Kansas City when it opened its first location? We have lots of great memories of our time at SPIN! throughout the last decade and we bet you do too. Yours could win a great prize! Just share your favorite SPIN! memory in 10 words and you could be one of 10 people to win 10 SPIN! bucks, each worth $10 (that’s $100!). Then enjoy spending your SPIN! bucks at any of SPIN! Pizza’s eight area locations. To enter, just visit www.spinpizza.com/spin10 between now and May 31. You can enter as many times as you want but each memory needs to be different.

When locals opened the first SPIN! at 6541 W. 119th St. in Overland Park in 2005, it was one of the nation’s first Neapolitan-style pizza restaurants. Lots of time and effort had gone into working with James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith, who also was named 2014 national Chef Innovator of the Year, to develop SPIN!’s unique hand-tossed, stone-fired pizza.

Through the years, they kept working together to bring new dishes and new toppings to the menu. Rustic whole wheat and gluten-free crusts, Paninis, signature Italian deli sandwiches, and new dips served with Rosemary flatbread were added. Recently, SPIN! began offering shrimp on its pizza and three hot dishes – Calabrian Shrimp Formaggi, a Mondo Stuffed Meatball, and Roasted Eggplant Parmigiana — that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or as a meal with a choice of soup or salad.

Already known for its affordable bottled wines priced well below traditional restaurant prices, SPIN! added homemade sangrias, craft beers, barrel wines at some locations, and new sizes of pours.

SPIN! also added new locations on both sides of the state line. Five are in Kansas at 6541 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, 8224 Mission Road in Prairie Village, 9474 Renner Blvd. in Lenexa, 14230 W. 119th St. in Olathe, and 6510 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, and three in Missouri at 4950 Main in Kansas City, downtown in Crown Center, and at 1808 N.W. Chipman Rd. in Lee’s Summit.

Two more SPIN!s are on their way in the Northland and on the University of Central Missouri campus in Warrensburg, which will bring SPIN! to 10 area locations in its 10th year.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 10th anniversary candles on pizza and gelato

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 10th anniversary candles on pizza and gelato

Through the years, SPIN! has been recognized with numerous national, regional and local awards. Ranked number one by Zagat among Kansas City area pizza restaurants, SPIN!® has been awarded “best pizza” by numerous local publications, and honored for the city’s best gluten-free menu. It was listed among the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by TheDailyMeal.com, one of the most heavily visited “foodie” websites in the country, 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.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is owned and operated by Kansas Citians Gail and Richard Lozoff, Edwin Brownell, and Michael Kramer.

For more information, please visit www.spinpizza.com

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