Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered!!!

It’s not every day you get to go to one of the most beautiful buildings in Kansas City and listen to a pair of comedians talk about murder....so when that opportunity arose we jumped on it!   Have you ever heard of the podcast My Favorite Murder?  Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are brilliantly funny about an otherwise dark topic. They each review a true crime on a weekly basis and put a comedic spin on it like you’ve never heard before.

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After that teaser let’s back it up to our pre show. We’ve been trying to get to SoT for about 3 months and we finally made it! It’s a hip bar that offers high-level cocktails and light bites. Starting at 12:00 in the picture and going around clockwise we tried The Pina Maria (Amaro Montenegro, Caribbean Pineapple, Bourbon, Lemon, Rosewater-Cardamom Syrup, Boulevard Pale Ale) the Saxon Violins (Dried Coconut & Chai Tea Infused Scotch, Blackcurrant, Lime, Burlesque Bitters, Maple-Honey) What Bees do During Winter (Indian Spice Infused Gin, Lemon, Honey, Carrot-Coconut Foam) and Campfire and Ghost Stories (Smoked Calvados, J Rieger Whiskey, Demerara, Walnut & Angostura Bitters) We ate the charcuterie board, empanadas and the meatballs. We all agreed the meatballs were the best of the 3.

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Now back to the show! Each time I go back to the midland I forget how pretty it is. The show was so funny and the most memorable story was the Unimaginable, Unforgetable case of Pam Hupp. Check it out if your get a chance! https://www.stlmag.com/longform/pam-hupp/ What a psycho!  

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After the show we grabbed some dinner and waited/danced while our uber found us. Another glorious night for the 4 best friends that anyone could have!

Random sign from the night

Random sign from the night

The Countdown to Christmas is ON!

As you saw in our last post, we are in full Christmas mode over here at Unfiltered Adventure.  We started checking things off of our Christmas Countdown last week with watching classic Christmas movies and round one of Christmas crafting.  This week we continued our countdown with checking out all the bright lights, baking and partying!  

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One of my favorite things to do is look at Christmas lights.  It's not everyone's favorite, but I love it!  This year Andrea and I bribed our husbands with some Bailey's and coffee and headed to the OP Arboretum to do the Holiday Luminary Walk.  We started in the fairy/gnome village-those little guys know how to decorate!  Then we moved along the rest of the pathway to check out the other lights at the arboretum.  The weather was fantastic and it was really fun and a little different than driving around.

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Andrea and I also went on another mini-adventure to KC Wine Co to try the Hot Chocolate Cherry Wine.  We did not love it...or even finish our tiny tasting...and you know that we do not dump out wine!  I think I'll stick to mulled wine if I'm going to drink my wine hot.  They do have a spiced cider coming out...I guess we have to go back to try that!

Since the hot chocolate wine was not our favorite, we opted for the Cabernet Reserve.    I love that a lot of Kansas and Missouri wineries are mixing it up with grapes from other regions.  It helps cut the super sweet and makes those of us who like red wine happy!

Next stop, the annual Girls Christmas Party.  Every year our good friend Janelle (you may remember her as one of our 24 best friends from Florida) wrangles up as many of our girlfriends as possible to have a fun night of laughs, charity, and a gift exchange.

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Kristi was busy being a bad ass again at a Crossfit competition, but the other 3 of us headed over for the fun.  This year the theme was gag gifts.  Andrea decided to put her face on a wine charm and Steph was the lucky winner!  Hey-at least she got a bottle of Prosecco with the charm!

Steph's face was priceless when she opened it.  Made even funnier because you are supposed to guess who your gift is from...hmmm...it was a tough one to figure out!  

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I had to fight for my gift!  After I was tackled and my gift was stolen, Andrea saved the day so I could end up with the most awesome unicorn slippers. Sorry Streeter!!  I love them!

Kelly won the beer helmet and naturally we all had to try it.

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Sunday was not a day of rest!  It was a day of baking, football, and eating delicious baked goods!!  Andrea and Billy host a fun cookie exchange every year.  It is a great time to try out new recipes to share with friends, eat amazing cookies, and decide what you want to make again.  

This year did not disappoint.  We had Bacon Bourbon Brownies, cake balls, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin whoopie pies, snickers bars and more!  Pretty sure I gained all of my winter weight in one day!

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What is on your holiday to do list?  Anything we missed on ours?

Until next time friends!

~Leslie

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear

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We hope that everyone out there had a Thanksgiving full of family, food, and good cheer!  Now that Thanksgiving is over, we here at Unfiltered Adventure are full on into the holiday spirit!  There is no better way to kick off the holidays than with a visit to one of our favorite local hot spots, Union Station.  Union Station has many holiday events and is always decorated beautifully.  I now think the Christmas decorations are some of my favorite!  Unfortunately, there was a special event in the Grand Plaza, so we weren't able to see the full display - guess we will have to go back! 

We kicked off our evening with dinner at Pierpont's.  Pierpont's is a fresh seafood and steak restaurant named after railroad baron John Pierpont Morgan...how clever!  The restaurant is a 3 story structure in Union Station and features a 30 foot tall mahogany bar that is an excellent happy hour spot.  Sixty percent of the restaurant is considered historical space including the original women's smoking room, the women's waiting room, and the women and children's waiting room.  I never knew the origins of these spaces and I'm not sure how I feel about that now-a-days! 

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We all opted to do the 3 course tasting from the Small Plates Menu which allows you to pick 3 courses from 4 different Acts.  Word to the wise, you can add on a wine pairing for $21, but according to our server, it is not a good deal as each pour is only 1oz.  So, we did the only smart thing, and ordered another full bottle of our pinot noir!  For my 3 course pairing, I did the Braised Rabbit, Blue Crab & Sweet Corn Bisque, and the Filet Mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus.  The rabbit was just okay, I would probably order the Crab Cake next time (as the rest of our party also thought the Dashi Steamed Mussels were just okay).  The Blue Crab & Sweet Corn Bisque was fantastic and I highly recommend dipping your bread into it - why not go all out!?!  My filet was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was as tender as could be.  If you don't order off the tasting menu, the only other way to go is with one of the daily specials.  On Saturday, they had an 8oz Filet Mignon topped with King Crab that was served along side smoked scallops.  I've never had smoked scallops and would order them again in a heartbeat!  Just be forewarned...those daily specials can get pricey!!       

Glasses as big as a bottle!

Glasses as big as a bottle!

Pierpont's has an extensive wine cellar that features over 300 bottles of wine.  Leslie became a little overwhelmed with the wine list since about 2% of it featured Pinot Noir and the rest was Cabernet Sauvignon.  Our sever, who also claimed to be one of the sommeliers, explained that Pierpont's wanted to offer one of the top wine selections in the 3 (maybe 4) state area - he couldn't remember.  Anyway, he did recommend we try the Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and we liked it so much we had 2 bottles!  The wine glasses it was served in were huge and our server indicated each one could hold a bottle plus a glass of wine...right up our alley!  He said they were a test batch of crystal from a new/local crystal business.  According to the bottom of my glass, they were Riedels.  They were still fun to drink out of!! 

After dinner, we made our way over to the Extreme Screen movie theater to watch Elf.  This is one of our all time favorite Christmas movies and we tend to watch it every holiday season.  The Extreme Screen was huge and it was fun to hear the reactions of other people in the theater.  Some seemed to laugh as if it were the first time seeing it while our group had to refrain from saying every line out loud!

Buddy the Elf - larger than life!

Buddy the Elf - larger than life!

Sunday brought on a new day and separate adventures for UA.  Stephanie and I headed to the Chiefs game while Andrea and Leslie headed to our good friend Shauna's birthday party.  Stephanie and I tailgated with some Thanksgiving leftovers heated up on her charcoal grill.  The group next to us couldn't believe she brought an entire Weber grill to heat up her turkey and scalloped potatoes.  This is just another day in Stephanie life!  The Chiefs have been tough to watch this year.  If you go back and read our other tailgate/game stories, we started out the season on a roll and have been in a skid ever since.  Not sure what changed, but hoping we can turn things around this week on the road!

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Shauna's birthday was held in her garage/workshop and was a board painting party.  Her sister-in-law, Lynsey, is a very creative person and had boards and templates ready for the girls to decorate.  Their craft projects turned out beautiful and I'm sad I missed out on all the fun!  If you need a photographer, Shauna is your gal.  Check out her work over at Shauna Renee Photography - she documents many of her sessions in her blog and almost all of us have used her to take special family photos.  Lynsey has a Facebook page, The Blue Windmill, that has lots of fun gift ideas if you are in need of presents!  Check out the finished projects below!

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We hope you are getting into the swing of all things Holiday...I'll be sitting over here waiting for the colder weather and snow.

Until next time, Cheers! ~Kristi