Surprise Spring Break post! Sorry it's a little late, but I wanted to make sure I had all my eats from the past weekend in this post. 😊
This weekend my family headed about 3 hours south to have some fun in Kansas City. I was babysitting for my cousins in the beginning of the week, so we couldn't leave until Thursday, but I'm so glad that we decided to go somewhere for Spring Break.
Thursday Night, after we settled into our hotel room, we decided to head out to Jack Stack.
These are the chandeliers in the Freight House. The decor was rustic and absolutely gorgeous! They were also having a wedding reception there, and even that separate dining room was decorated beautifully, rustic.
We'd been told that it was one of the best BBQ joints in Kansas City. I personally decided to skip out on trying the BBQ (I know, I know, probably should've just tried the BBQ) and instead decided to try the Gourmet Ruby Red Trout. And let me tell you, that was DELICIOUS! It was my first experience trying trout, and man, if every trout dish tastes as good as that one... I would eat trout forever.
Friday came pretty quick and we ate breakfast at the hotel. Not super luxurious, but free nonetheless. We did some vintage/consignment shopping all over 39th Street in Kansas City. Our first stop was a store called Boomerang. It had all sorts of vintage clothing and accessories. One of my finds was this super cute apron.
It says, "Don't kiss me, I'm busy!" I thought it was a cute find and can't wait to wear it, while cooking at home.
Close to another store, Retro Vixen, there was a bakery called Yum. I decided to check it out and found some super yummy things.
Here is their address and website in case any of you want to check it out next time you're in Kansas City.
On the left is a Lavender Lemonade, that was absolutely fantastic. And on the right is a sweet potato doughnut that was to-die-for!
For lunch, we decided to pick a sports bar so we could watch some March Madness as well as eat some food. We stumbled upon Blue Line Sports Bar. It was super crowded because of March Madness, but the atmosphere was fun. It was a hockey themed bar that served Mexican-style food.
I got the Shrimp tacos that were super good! They were a little bit spicy, but also had that great creamy quality, that cooled it down just enough, from the sour cream and cheese. It was a great place also because we got to watch Iowa beat Temple alongside some other fellow Iowans. I'm a die-hard Iowa State fan, but when it comes to March Madness I'll cheer for any team from Iowa!
On Saturday, we decided to hit up the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. Now, I'm not one for museums, but it was pretty interesting and had a lot of great variety. For lunch we ate at their restaurant. It was similar to a buffet style, but was filled with gourmet sandwiches, soups, and desserts.
On the left is my Creamy Potato Soup. And the middle and right photo are of my whiskey walnut tart. And oh my goodness this tart .😍 The whipped cream on top added a nice lightness to the denser walnut bottom. And also that's a chocolate tart crust! Overall super-duper delicious!
Also here is a direct link to their menu http://www.nelson-atkins.org/visit/dining-and-shopping/dining/menu/
For dinner that night we ordered in some pizza to continue watching March Madness. It was just your typical Pizza Hut sausage pizza with a cheese-filled crust.
Sunday was my last day in Kansas City. We packed up and headed out to City Market. There we got our daily morning dose of caffeine from the Opera House.
This was a coffee shop and grill duo that served food and coffee all day. Super cool adjoined coffee bar and dining room.
From the Opera House, I got a classic vanilla latte. This is my go-to drink from just about any coffee shop and I only have my friend Tabitha to thank for that.
As we walked around City Market, I was mesmerized by all the fresh produce and local businesses. One of those businesses was Bloom Baking Co.
They had an awesome variety of baked goods form tarts to bread to macarons. And since here in Ames we don't have to many places that sell macarons, I take every chance I can to try some.
Below is a picture of my Lavender Macaron. It was lovely! Lavender is a very unique flavor and when used correctly is an amazing natural ingredient to use.
My experience with Kansas City Eats has been more than I could have imagined. I have so enjoyed experimenting and trying new things since I started Culinary School.
Also a quick note, that everything that is blue has a link attached to that company's website. I would love it if you guys checked all of these awesome companies and started loving them too!
"People who love to eat are always the best people."
My name's Abby. I am a Iowa Culinary Institute graduate, current owner of a small online bakery, and a transaction coordinator to a couple pretty cool realtors. All in all, life is busy, but the kitchen never changes, so join me as we Take on the Kitchen!