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    Samsung Galaxy Tab S

    Over the past few months Verizon Wireless has loaned me out a variety of phones, tablets and technical devices to try out. All of them have been fun to use and pretty nifty but after demoing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S they recently loaned to me, I have found it has some pretty cool features […]

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    Samsung Galaxy Tab S

  • This interior at SPIN! Pizza in Midtown KC will soon have exciting new look

    Spin Pizza in Midtown is Getting a New Look

    Exciting changes coming to the SPIN! at 4950 Main St., which will close Jan. 5 and re-open Jan. 16 with some artsy new interior features and one of the city’s first selections of barrel wines. But before it closes join the Pre-Facelift Party Sunday, January 4 which will feature all bottled wines for $10, by-the-glass […]

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    Spin Pizza in Midtown is Getting a New Look

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    European Inspired Brunch Ideas from AC Hotel in Westport

    The AC Hotel by Marriot in Westport opening it’s doors sometime in January will include some incredibly unique features – including the AC Breakfast, featuring gourmet traditional European choices with fresh sliced meats and cheese, sweet and savory egg tarts, homemade butter croissants and flavored iced coffee. They were so kind as to send me […]

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    European Inspired Brunch Ideas from AC Hotel in Westport

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Over the past few months Verizon Wireless has loaned me out a variety of phones, tablets and technical devices to try out. All of them have been fun to use and pretty nifty but after demoing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S they recently loaned to me, I have found it has some pretty cool features […]

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Natural Grocers Grand Opening and Tasting Fair

  Natural Grocers Hosts Block Party and Local Product Tasting Fair at New Independence, Mo., Store   WHO:              Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, nutrition specialists and local food producers                                                                                     WHAT:            As part of a series of grand-opening celebrations, the community is invited to sample products made locally and those made with local ingredients – and to meet the […]

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This interior at SPIN! Pizza in Midtown KC will soon have exciting new look

Spin Pizza in Midtown is Getting a New Look

Exciting changes coming to the SPIN! at 4950 Main St., which will close Jan. 5 and re-open Jan. 16 with some artsy new interior features and one of the city’s first selections of barrel wines. But before it closes join the Pre-Facelift Party Sunday, January 4 which will feature all bottled wines for $10, by-the-glass […]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Over the past few months Verizon Wireless has loaned me out a variety of phones, tablets and technical devices to try out. All of them have been fun to use and pretty nifty but after demoing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S they recently loaned to me, I have found it has some pretty cool features that were not quite as good as the other tablets or did not even feature at all.

Below is a list of a few of my favorite unique features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

Screen Dispay: The display is ultra vivid and colorful. The tablet features a Super AMOLED® display that is better than HD on a stunning 10.5-inch screen.

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Touch Screen: The increased touch sensitivity setting allows you to use the tablet while wearing gloves.

Voice Commands: The tablet has settings to wake it up using voice commands. The camera settings also allow you to set up voice commands for photo taking so now no one will be left out of photo! Just prop the tablet up so everyone is in the shot and say cheese, capture, smile or shoot and the photo will be taken. You can also say record video if you wish to have a video taken.

Aesthetics: The tablet is light and easy to hold. Weighing in at less than a pound, the Galaxy Tab S is also ultra thin at just 6.6 mm.

Finger Print Scanner: Unlock the tablet by swiping your finger across the home button.

Multi-User: This setting allows the tablet to be used by multiple people while keeping each individuals information separate and private. The Mulit User setting allows up to eight users with three finger prints per person.

Entertainment: The Papergarden features a variety of magazines you can read directly from the tablet. Samsung TV allows you to watch television, movies and variety of videos. It also can connect with your television to become your remote and TV guide. In addition, there are plenty of gaming, music and other entertainment features.

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Side Sync: If you have a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone you can link it to the tablet and view your phone screen on the tablet and even make and receive calls from the tablet.

Multi-Task: This setting allows two windows to be open so you can browse the web while checking email or research other information and projects on your tablet while working in a separate application.

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Font: This is a fun setting that allows you to change the font display of the tablet.

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Tool Box: This is a customizable floating icon that allows you to access applications quick and easy without having to close out a current application you may be working in.

Power Saving Mode: If you are short on battery life, this feature will power down the device into a black and white screen while still allowing web browsing and access to a variety of applications making the tablet last for a few more days or even weeks.

There are a plethora of other features this tablet holds and I found it fun and easy to use. The portability and features of this tablet made it a great travel companion over the holidays allowing me to pass time in the car while on a seven hour drive to Denver by watching TV, shows, reading magazines, playing games and of course being able to pull up directions and search for nearby restaurants and lodging when needed. It is of course equipped with all the standard Android features and apps you would have come to expect and then some!

For all the tech specs, pricing or purchasing information please refer to the Samsung or Verizion Wireless websites.

 

 

Natural Grocers Grand Opening and Tasting Fair

 

Natural Grocers Hosts Block Party and Local Product Tasting Fair at

New Independence, Mo., Store

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WHO:              Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, nutrition specialists and local food producers

                                                                                   

WHAT:            As part of a series of grand-opening celebrations, the community is invited to sample products made locally and those made with local ingredients – and to meet the creative geniuses behind them:

§   Swheatez Bars and Spice Cakes sampling by founder Linda Fisher

§   Indigo Wild Soaps, Sprays and Lotions sampling by founder Allison Wood

§   Grace’s Best Cookies sampling by founder Jeff Watson

§   Jack’s Tamales sampling by founder Stephanie Sheldon

                       

                        Also, guest speakers will discuss relevant topics, at a time when “stress and weight management” are popular New Year’s resolutions:

§  The Physiology of Stress: How Stress is Affecting Your Health, Hormones and Waistline,” presented by Laura Rues, ND, at 1-2:30 p.m.

§  Cravings and Weight Gain: And the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster, presented by Caroline Cheong, BSc, at 4-5:30 p.m.

 

                       Giveaways – locally make gift baskets, reusable bags, gift cards and other items – will add to the festivities.  Nutrition experts and other surprise guests will be available to meet, greet and advise customers.

 

WHEN:            Sunday, Jan. 10, 2015

                         Event from Noon until 4 p.m.

                         Lecture times listed above

                       

WHERE:         Natural Grocers

                         19019 E. 48th Street, Independence, Mo.

                         http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations/independence

                       

WHY:              As the Kansas City metro area sustains its appetite for natural food choices and nutrition education, the Independence community welcomes Natural Grocers newest store.  The Block Party and Local Product Tasting Fair is the first in a series of grand-opening celebrations, as a way to thank the community, educate shoppers and sample healthy food from Missouri producers. Independence shoppers are invited to hear speakers, enhance the depth of their nutrition knowledge, eat, and experience Natural Grocers’ small-store footprint and friendly environment.

 

EVENTS:       Also, in addition to the Jan. 10 Block Party and Local Product Tasting Fair, to continue the Independence store’s grand-opening celebration, three more nutrition and educational events are scheduled: 

§   Jan. 17, Gluten-Free Health Fair

§   Jan. 24, Organic Fair: Naturally GMO Free + So Much More

§   Feb. 7, Paleo Fair: Primal Eating for Optimal Health

 

INTERVIEW: All Party and Fair participants are available for interviews on-site at the event. In addition, Heather Isely, executive vice president of Natural Grocers, and Kim Hightower, spokesperson for Natural Grocers, are available anytime for phone interviews.Background information and media materials can be found at www.NaturalGrocers.com

 

RSVP:             RSVP at http://natural-grocers-block-party.eventbrite.com or to Tera Haselden Keatts at 303.394.2366.

 

Spin Pizza in Midtown is Getting a New Look

Exciting changes coming to the SPIN! at 4950 Main St., which will close Jan. 5 and re-open Jan. 16 with some artsy new interior features and one of the city’s first selections of barrel wines.This interior at SPIN! Pizza in Midtown KC will soon have exciting new look

But before it closes join the Pre-Facelift Party Sunday, January 4 which will feature all bottled wines for $10, by-the-glass house wine and draft beer for $3 and craft beer bottles for just $3 until they’re gone. All specials are for dine-in only. “We want to share the excitement of the changes coming to our Main St. location with our guests,” says SPIN! Partner Gail Lozoff, one of the founders of the locally owned and operated pizza restaurants.

SPIN!’s midtown location will soon be one of the first restaurants in the area to offer barrel wines. Four higher end red and white premium wines will be featured. “Barrel wines are on the forefront of wine trends,” says Lozoff. “The technology allows us to bring more premium wines by the glass to our guests.”

New pour sizes are already available. In addition to a full carafe, SPIN! will offer 9 oz. wines served in an Italian glass jelly jar that you can pour at your leisure for only $2 more than the 7 ounce size.

SPIN!® also will continue to offer an eclectic rotating roster of affordable premium bottle wines and craft beers and increase the number of craft beer taps.

The changes in the wine and beer service and presentations are just the beginning. The pizzeria, which opened in 2009, also will get an exciting new look.

The bike-friendly concept will bring more imagery of cyclists into the interior with a huge mirror on the back wall of the dining area printed with a scene of bicyclists wearing SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza biking jerseys, designed by 360 Architects. More biking photos will be displayed on the walls. A dark wood floor will be installed.

A vestibule will be built at the rear entrance to keep extreme heat and cold from entering the restaurant. The kitchen will be updated with new cabinets and equipment. And the barrel wine system will be installed.

Main Street’s staff will work at SPIN! Pizza’s five other area locations during the two weeks the midtown location will be closed for renovation. Those locations include 6541 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, 14230 W. 119th St. in Olathe, 9474 Renner Blvd. in Lenexa, and 8224 Mission Rd. in Prairie Village and 1808 N.W. Chipman Rd. in Lee’s Summit.

SPIN!’s pizzerias are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

SPIN! is known for its award-winning pizza, fresh artisan food without the gourmet price, and premium wines priced well below traditional restaurant prices.

Rated number one by Zagat for Kansas City pizza and named best pizza by numerous local publications, SPIN! also has received national and regional awards. 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.

 

For more information, please visit www.spinpizza.com.

European Inspired Brunch Ideas from AC Hotel in Westport

IMG_7890The AC Hotel by Marriot in Westport opening it’s doors sometime in January will include some incredibly unique features – including the AC Breakfast, featuring gourmet traditional European choices with fresh sliced meats and cheese, sweet and savory egg tarts, homemade butter croissants and flavored iced coffee.

They were so kind as to send me a send me a gift with fun brunch and kitchen items to help with guests this holiday season and little did I know how quickly I would use it.  We ended up having some friends that were traveling through from Dallas last weekend and needed a place to stay.  Luckily I had just gone to the store so we had a great brunch with the fabulous coffee press, glasses and cutting board sent to me by the AC Hotels.

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My favorite tip for putting on an easy brunch is to bake the bacon in the oven.  It is so easy. Just line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place bacon strips on pan.  Bake at 400 for about 15 to 20 minutes. Can bake longer if you want it extra crispy.  After removing bacon from cooking sheet,  just toss the parchment in the trash for easy clean up!

The AC Breakfast is inspired by its European heritage and allows for high-quality items served to meet everyone’s taste preferences. You can use this inspiration for brunch in your own home by using some of these other tips from the AC Hotels.

  • Frame your menu to allow you to spend time with your guests, not stuck in the kitchen all morning. Your guests expect great food, but spending time with them is even more important.
  • Instead of serving up a trough of eggs and plate of frozen cinnamon rolls, we recommend serving a variety of selected brunch favorites that your guests can savor. A sweet or savory egg tart, similar to those served at the AC Hotel, can easily turn a more traditional breakfast into a gourmet brunch. Consider including a plate of charcuterie with a variety of cured meets and cheeses. Include fresh baked pastries to perfectly compliment warm and cold brunch items, plus your guests will enjoy the warm and inviting smells.
  • Coffee is a cornerstone of any brunch event, so keep it flowing. Mix it up by serving unique flavors or even iced coffee. AC Hotel serves a wonderful signature iced coffee our guests love – and it’s just as easy as the traditional serving!
  •  Not a morning person? Set out everything you will need the night before, including pre-slicing your charcuterie and preparing your quiche.
  • Have fun with it! Use something unexpected to put a unique twist to classic serving or brunch items, including your menu choices – yes, even holiday cookies – or decorating with a holiday theme!
  • Keep it all in perspective and remember the point of it all: to spend time with friends and family.

 

About AC Hotels:

  • AC Hotels was originally founded in 1998 and quickly became one of the most well-known hotel brands in Spain. Inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, the brand features simple, clean and crisp lines which marry sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinctly urban feel.
  • AC Hotels by Marriott was introduced to the U.S. this year, and the Kansas City location in the stylish Westport neighborhood will be the second open in the U.S.Read more about the hotel here.  For reservations or more information visit, achotelskansascity.com.560 Westport Rd
    Kansas City, Missouri
    (816) 931-0001

Maple Glazed Walnuts

These candied walnuts are a lightened up version of most glazed nut recipes that use butter and sugar in the coating. Pecans or any nut of your choosing can be substituted for the walnuts. These nuts are great tossed in salad, trail mix or just eaten by themselves.

Maple Glazed Walnuts
1/4 Cup Real Maple Syrup
2 Cups Walnuts
Pinch of Sea Salt
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Spread walnuts onto parchment paper and sprinkle with salt. Let cool. Once cooled break apart and store in air tight container. Pecans or your favorite nut can be used in place of walnuts.
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Christmas and New Year’s specials at Providence New American Kitchen

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day features a special $28 three-course prime rib dinner, full dinner menu and full bar for holiday toast.

 Photo: He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle and away they all flew toward Providence for dinner! We are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for a three course prix-fixe dinner featuring smoked prime rib!

Providence New American Kitchen and The Drum Room Lounge will host special menus and be a destination for holiday cheer as one of the only restaurants open in downtown Kansas City on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Providence will serve a special $28 three-course prime rib dinner on both days in addition to the full dinner menu. The award-winning bar staff at The Drum Room Lounge will also be on hand during the holidays to serve hand-crafted cocktails, featuring local liquors and fresh ingredients, beer and wine as well as appetizers and a full bar menu. Providence New American Kitchen and the Drum Room Lounge is a perfect destination for those looking to unwind after Christmas festivities or enjoy a relaxing night with family and friends.

 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

 

  • Hours:

o   Christmas Eve – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

o   Christmas Day – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Special $28 Three-Course Prime Rib Dinner

o   1st Course: Tomato Bisque or Blue Note Salad

o   2nd Course: Smoked Prime Rib Au Jus w/ Horseradish Sauce, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Green Beans

o   3rd Course: Sticky Toffee Pudding

  • Serving full dinner menu on both Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., later if needed.

To Ring in the New Year, Providence serves a special $69 prix fixe three-course dinner for two. In addition, guests can order choices from Providence’s full dinner menu and toast the New Year with a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.

The Drum Room Lounge will feature LaMarca Prosecco or Nicholas Feulliat specialty sparkling wines, as well as its staple Dom Perignon by the glass. The full bar menu, including bottled and hand-crafted cocktails featuring local liquors and fresh ingredients, as well as the Drum Room’s large selection of beer, wine and spirits is available throughout the evening.

 

New Year’s Eve menu – includes complimentary champagne toast at midnight

  • $69 three-course menu for two
  • 1st Course – Appetizer for two:
  • Alaskan King Crab – Butter Poached Crab, Grilled Ciabatta, Grilled Lemon
  • 2nd Course Choice of:
  • Veal Osso Bucco – Pot Roast Style Veal, Saffron Risotto, Roasted Heirloom Carrots
  • Lobster Pot Pie – Maine Lobster, Root Vegetables, Cognac Cream
  • Creekstone Farms Filet – Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
  • 3rd Course – Dessert for two:
  • “Fruit Cake” French Toast
  • Full dinner menu is available

 

The Drum Room Lounge, a perfect place to meet friends between downtown New Year’s Eve events, opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 1:30 a.m.

 Providence New American Kitchen

1329 Baltimore Kansas City, MO 64015

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L’Cove Lounge now open in Avenues Bistro


While Avenues Bistro has been a favorite in the Brookside neighborhood since 2006, L’Cove, the new lounge and bar area at Avenues Bistro has breathed new life into the entire restaurant, incorporating a new tasting menu featuring several unique, small plate offerings in a casual, modern setting.

L’Cove (pronounced ‘alcove’) is a new concept for Kansas City’s bar scene featuring a cozy space, small plate favorites from the Avenues Bistro kitchen, signature cocktails and a wide selection of wines and craft beers.

The new lounge spills out from the existing Avenues Bistro restaurant showcasing an open design and a wall of windows that open completely to lend the feeling of an al fresco dining experience.

L’Cove’s capacity of 50 doubles as a private event space for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, corporate events and more.

The new offerings include revamped brunch, lunch and dinner menus and the addition of L’Cove Burger Night on Mondays, plus daily Happy Hour specials from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Saturday’s brunch menu is composed of inspired dishes starting at only $5.99 and Sunday’s brunch consists of selections from the Avenues Brunch Table which is made up of housemade pastries, breads, desserts, salads and more and a choice of a brunch entrée such as lobster ravioli, a Duck “MacMuffin” or Maui Chicken Waffles all for $14.95. Plus, add bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s for $8.

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The lunch menu includes top sellers like the Halibut and Avocado Club Sandwich and half-price wine. The dinner menu features favorites such as the savory Brie & Mushroom Cobbler, Ave Bistro’s famous Bacon Wrapped Dates and Sun Choke Bread Pudding.

The menu includes over 25 unique Bistro Plates starting at just $6 and all Prime Plates (entrée-sized meals) are under $20, including the Chilean Sea Bass and Duroc Stuffed Pork Chops. Plus, 12 oz KC Strip Prime Steaks are available for $32 with Steak Sauces such as a Stilton Blue Cheese Crust or Brandy Shrimp Sauce.

The creative seasonal dessert menu features made-from-scratch cakes such as a Red Velvet Cake with sweet cannoli cream filling and fresh daily made gelato.

Avenues Bistro, located at 338 W. 63rd St in Kansas City, MO, is open from 11 am to 11 pm Monday through Thursday; Friday from 11 am to midnight; Saturday from 9 am to midnight and Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm. Saturday brunch is served from 9 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday brunch is served from 9 am to 2 pm. Call to make reservations or book your holiday party or event by visiting avenuesbistro.com. For more information, call 816-333-5700.

 

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Chipotle’s new Sofritas are now available in KC

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As much as I love finding local places to eat, I have to say I probably visit Chipotle twice a week. It is so good and fast and the whole family loves it!

The new Sofritas at Chipotle have been in test markets for about a year and have done so well that they have made their way to KC and are mostly available nationwide.

So you may be thinking what the heck is Sofritas?

Chipotle’s new Sofritas is shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos and a blend of aromatic spices made with organic, non-GMO tofu.

The new Sofritas are a great option for Vegetarians but will also satisfy the Carnivore. I am not a vegetarian but am trying to eat less meat so I have tried the Sofritas a few times now and must say they are tasty! I would compare the texture to ground turkey and the taste is similar to their chicken.

If you are not familiar with tofu, it is a great protein made out of soy but honestly does not have much flavor so the spicy seasoning really infuses the braised tofu making the Sofritas quite satisfying.

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Sofritas are available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads. The beauty of Chipotle is you can make it your own by choosing what you like out of all the ingredients they have such as, white or brown cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans or vegetarian black beans, house-made salsas, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and more.

My go to is a burrito bowl with just a 1/2 scoop of the brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, Sofritas, mild salsa, just a dash of the medium salsa, extra corn salsa, guacamole and lettuce. Love it! I also add a few dashes of the Chipotle Tabasco!

Oh, and I also have to have a few tortilla chips. I think they must add something to the salt and lime on them that make them so addictive!

Check out the new Sofritas next time you are at Chipotle. I promise you will really like them!

In Good Taste,

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Kansas City Restaurants Dishing Up Thanksgiving

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If you are looking to dine out this Thanksgiving and have someone else tackle the turkey, below are a list of dining options around the metro. Most require or recommend reservations so be sure to call your restaurant of choice in advance to get exact details on reservation requirements, hours served, menu questions, pricing or more information.

Cooper’s Hawk
Open regular restaurant hours, featuring traditional Thanksgiving fare in addition to regular menu.
4686 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-531-1500

The Capital Grill
Thanksgiving favorites. $36 per adult, $15 per child. Ala carte menu is also available. Hours:11am – 9pm
4740 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, MO
816-531-8345

Seasons 52
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including Pumpkin Pie Mini! $26.95; $12.95 Child’s Portion. Full dinner menu also available.     11:30am – 8pm.
340 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-531-0052

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Enjoy a classic roasted turkey dinner- $39 Prix Fixe menu, or savor mouthwatering steaks and seafood with our popular dinner menu. 12pm – 8pm
4501 West 119th Street
Leawood, KS 66209
913-345-0800

Providence New American Kitchen
Executive Eric Chef Carter will host a special three-course Prix Fixe feast all day. $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 12 and under. In addition, Providence will serve its full selection of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts from the dinner menu all day. The Drum Room Lounge is also open all day for classic cocktails, champagne by the glass, the new bottled cocktails and full bar.
1329 Baltimore in The President Hotel
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-303-1686

Affare
Holiday Brunch from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, Four course dinner from 3:00 to 8:00 ($48)
1911 Main
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-298-6182

 Bristol Seafood Grill Kansas City and Leawood locations
3-course Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe menu. Adults $33 and children 12 & under $17.
Kansas City – 51 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-448-6007
Leawood – 5400 West 119th Street
Town Center Plaza
Leawood, KS 6620
913-663-5777

Buca di Beppo
Features a traditional turkey dinner feast and your Italian favorites. Open at 11am.
310 West 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-931-6548

Fogo de Chao
This Brazilian steakhouse offers16 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats, Brazilian side dishes, and more. Open 11am – 9pm $48.50.
222 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-931-7700

Golden Ox
Features a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet. Drinks and assorted desserts included. 10:30 am – 6:00 pm. $23.95 per person.
1600 Genessee Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64102
816-842-2866

Gram and Dun
Enjoy a special menu fit for the occasion, including Gram and Dun favorites along with a spin on traditional Thanksgiving dishes. If you want to feast at home you can pre-order your turkey with all the fixings and it’ll be packed up and ready for pick-up on Thanksgiving morning, November 27.
600 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
8163892900

Jax Fish House
1st Annual Plaza Lighting Stone Crab Celebration at Jax KC! Full menu also available. Open from 4pm with happy hour all night.
4814 Roanoke Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-437-7940

The Journey Steakhouse
Located in the Argosy Casino. Enjoy a mesquite grilled Turkey breast with whipped garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. $28 per person includes soup or salad.
777 NW Argosy Pkwy
Riverside, MO 64150
816-746-3485

McCormick and Schmick’s
Roasted Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Apple Squash Casserole, Butternut Squash Bisque and more. Adults $26.99, Children $9.99.
448 West 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-531-6800

Morton’s Grille
Trade in the turkey for steak this year at Morton’s Grille. Open 1 pm to 9 pm.
4646 JC Nichols Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-531-7799

OP 1906
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with a southern twist! Serving 11am – 2pm & 4pm -1 0pm. $28 per person (tax,gratuity & beverages excluded)
6100 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211
913-253-1906

Gaslight Grill
Buffet served from 11 am to 6 pm. $32.95 adults, $17.95 children.
5020 W. 137th St
Leawood, KS 66224
913-897-3540

Julian
Three courses $38 for adults, $18 for kids 10 and under. Seatings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Menu features butternut squash bisque, brined and roasted turkey breast with dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy, and pumpkin cheesecake with nutmeg whipped cream.
6227 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-214-8454

The Tea Room by Country Keepsakes
Sunday brunch menu that is also served on select holidays such as Thanksging that includes assorted salads, casseroles, sides, turkey , ham, rolls, pies, cakes and cobblers and more. $23.95 adults, $13.99 kids 5-10 and $8.99 for 4 and under. 11 am to 3 pm
501 Main St.
Belton, Missouri 64012
816-348-7888

Chaz on the Plaza
Located in the Raphael Hotel, Chaz features a Thanksgiving buffet with assorted salads, sides, meats and desserts. Adults $55.00, Children 6-12 $19.95. 12 pm to 8 pm.
325 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Plaza III
Served 11am – 9pm. First Course: Plaza III Garden Salad, Entrée: Plated Oven Roasted Turkey
Served with Homemade Cornbread Stuffing, Fresh Green Beans with Red Pepper & Onion, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Fresh Dinner Rolls. Dessert: Pumpkin, Pecan Pie or Apple Pie. Adults $29.95, Children 5-10 $11.95.
4749 Pennsylvania
Kansas City MO 64112
816-753-0000

Avenues Bistro
Enjoy dinner at the restaurant from 11am – 8pm or let them prepare your feast to go and choose your family style fixings. Dinner serves 8-10 people. $139. Pick Up Thursday, November 27,2014 from 9am – 1pm. Last Day To Order is 11/25/14.

Ophelia’s
Located on the historic Independence Square, Ophelias will be serving a traditional holiday buffet. Adults $29.00, Children 5 – 12 $12.50, 4 and under free.
201 N Main
Independence, MO 64050
816.461.4525

Reserve
Located in the Ambassador Hotel. Reserve will be serving a 3 Course Plated Dinner: Soup Du Jour, Oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with house-made gravy, seasonal vegetable, stuffing and seasonal dessert.
1111 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-298-7700

Michael Forbes
Thanksgiving Buffet served 10 am to 5 pm. Adults $22.90, Children 12 and under $11.00.
128 W 63rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-333-4355

Metropolitan KC
Located in the downtown Marriott. Enjoy a Thanksgiving Buffet Feast from 11a-3p, adults $26, children 12-4 $13 and 3 and under are free.
200 W. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-421-6800

Lidia’s
Serving a four-course dinner from 12 pm to 6 pm. Adults $45.00, Children 12 and under $15.00.
101 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-221-3722

If you are headed to the Plaza lighting ceremony, quite a few coffee shops, bakeries and bars will be open starting at 5 pm. Check out the County Club Plaza website for complete details.

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

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I travel quite a bit and the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet recently loaned out to me by Verizon Wireless has become my travel buddy. It is now time for me to send it back but before I do, here is the scoop on what I loved about the tablet.

While the traveling keeps me busy, there is plenty of wait times with it and that is where this tablet shines.

First of all it is extremely thin, light weight, portable and android format offers a never ending list of apps and games in the Google Play store.

The WiFi capabilities make it easy to join available networks, so to pass the time waiting in the airports, I can hook up and surf the web, check email and even watch live TV by signing into our television service provider via their app. The WiFi also worked in the airplane as I could connect to the planes WiFi service making the time fly, literally!IMG_0948

Some of my travels also include many hours in the car. I am usually not the driver so to pass the time there, the mobile hotspot feature on the tablet allows for connectivity on go. It is easy to pull up driving directions and research many other travel options such as restaurants, hotels and shopping.

The biggest lifesaver on my recent travels with this tablet is when one of my trips got extended and I was without my laptop. I was able to log in to my blog on the tablet and write a post and upload pictures. Although, typing on the tablet was not quite as easy as the laptop it worked in a pinch and was thankful to not miss the deadline.

I am not tech savvy enough to go into all the specifications so you can find them here. I will tell you the battery life lasted two days with quite a bit of use. I also enjoyed watching and gaming on the 10 inch HD screen. The tablet has both a rear and front facing camera and is also waterproof.

Since this tablet was only on loan to me, I was hesitant to put the waterproof feature to test. The Sony website claims it can easily handle a plunge in the sink. It also claims you can take pictures with it while swimming in freshwater for up to 30 minutes and even dive with it for up to 1.5 meters. Just make sure that all the covers for the micro USB port, the micro SIM slot and the memory card slot are firmly closed.

I really enjoyed using this tablet and even found myself grabbing it at home to check email or do a quick Google search as it was quicker than firing up the laptop.

I wish to thank Verizon Wireless for lending me the tablet and also want to share with you, some big news from them.

Mobile data usage is expected to be at an all-time high this holiday season as friends and family travel and connect to stay in touch. To help ease the stress of traveling on one of the year’s biggest travel days, Verizon Wireless is declaring Nov. 26 as Connection Day.

Connection Day

This celebration offers wireless customers on any carrier the opportunity to connect with friends, family, games, apps, and news, thanks to partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Conde Nast, Gogo Technologies JetBlue and Pandora.

In addition, Verizon is also giving its MORE Everything customers the gift of 1GB of data at no extra cost.

Partner offers are as follows:

Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)

Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26

Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.

Free Wi-Fi: 30-minute complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo Technologies (in-flight).

JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 24th.

Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.

Get all the details about Connection Day here.

 

 

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