$33 make ya holla

It’s restaurant week in Kansas City! So in our own version of Eat, Pray, Love ala Eat, Eat, Eat we discovered some fun new places. Round 1 - Andrea, Kristi, Leslie, Maureen and I went to Maggiano’s Little Italy. If you want portions the size of Texas and five courses crammed into four this is the place for you!

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Objects in the photo do not appear smaller. We literally had to be moved to a larger table to accommodate our order.  

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Since we tried nearly half the menu all in one night here are our recommendations: Apps - Crispy Zucchini Frittè, Salad - Italian Tossed, Pasta - Braised Beef Pappardelle, Entrèe - Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Dessert - All of them!

Round 2 -  Kristi, Maddy and I went to Bōru Ramen Bar. Although I only have one photo this place was very good. I can vouch for the CURRY BEEF roasted fingerlings, carrots, curry gravy, with udon noodles

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Round 3 - Moose Club (Andrea, Cody, Kristi, Lee, Michelle, Missy and myself) trekked down to the Plaza to try Hogshead. This place is in the old California Pizza Kitchen spot and has a new, trendy vibe going on inside. The music selection alone would take us back. We all started off with the Hogshead Stew - pork cheek, corn, smoked tomatoes, potatoes. This was VERY good on a cold day!  Our main course selections all varried but everyone said theirs were good. I didn’t hear any greats but here are the selections we tried: Cheeseburger - thick cut daily’s bacon, farm egg, kc canninc co. hops pickles, f2m egg bun, fries, Skuna Bay Salmon - neckbone gravy, braised greens, pickled cucumber, Chicken Thigh Confit - roasted seasonal squash, bone marrow jus, Braised Short Rib - horseradish mashed potato, charred onion soubise, red wine demi, pumpkin seed gremolata.

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Both dessert selections were super good and rich: Doughnut Bread Pudding and if you want a shot of rum in the form of a dessert try Jude’s Rum Cake! 

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Fork drop -

Stephanie

Has it really been 2 years?

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We met up for Unfiltered Christmas last weekend.  We ordered in Bangkok Thai Food, shared a few fun gifts, and of course...a little wine!  

We actually ran out of wine and had to break into the February reserves!  Whoopsy!

Can you believe we have been doing this for 2 years?  (Check out our first post!)  We certainly can't..and we've been friends for so much longer!  I really want to thank our 10 readers...hi mom's!  Without you all, we would just be talking to ourselves.  Not that we don't do that too!  

Last year we celebrated our 1st Blogiversary at Louie's Wine Dive where we also had our first blog meeting.  This year, we didn't hit up Louie's, but I did ask everyone 2 questions.  Check out our answers...I even included some fun pre-blog throwback pics throughout.

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The 2 Questions:
1. Why did you want to start this blog?
2. What do you think now?

2010-Kristi's Bday...and one of Andrea's first outings with the group!

2010-Kristi's Bday...and one of Andrea's first outings with the group!

Andrea: When we originally talked about the blog I thought it would be fun to seek out more local events, restaurants, activities, etc.  It seemed like a lot of fun since we would all be doing stuff together! 

I still have a hard time with all the links and making sure to state facts while still making the post fun to read.  It is a fine balance!  I’m really bad about taking pictures so blogging helps remind me so I have some material for my post.  I am pretty active in Snapchat though…check us out- user name: unfilteredadven.  I didn’t realize how much work it is to be creative and put the time into a good post.  I’ve gotten better about scheduling time over the week instead of waiting until Thursday night!

After 2 years of blogging (holy cow I can’t believe it has been that long!) I am very thankful we are doing this all together.  Having the four of us involved helps to spread out blogging weeks but we are making awesome memories and that is the best part.  I am glad we are doing this, I can hardly wait until we get paid for all of our adventuring.

2013-Andrea's Bachelorette Party

2013-Andrea's Bachelorette Party

2009-Vegas throwback!

2009-Vegas throwback!

Leslie: When we started this blog, I had recently quit blogging because posting every day and the other administration was consuming more time than I wanted to spare.  So when we decided (probably over wine) to start a blog together, I thought this was a brilliant idea!  Posting once per week about stuff that we were already doing and it's with my best friends...who could say no to that?  Not me!  

2 years later, I'm so happy we started Unfiltered Adventure!  I love that it pushes us to do fun things and spend time together.  It is so easy to drift apart as we get older, so I appreciate the support, friendship, and great times with these ladies!  Bring on the adventure!

2015-Andrea's Bday-Murder Mystery Party

2015-Andrea's Bday-Murder Mystery Party

2014-Limo before Leslie's Wedding

2014-Limo before Leslie's Wedding

Kristi: I started the blog because we had this brilliant idea that we thought could take off.  It may not be as lucrative or advanced as we thought by now (i.e. I certainly can't quit my job!), but it certainly gives us great excuse to do things around town and why not write about them? 

I have been on more adventures the last 2 years and have experienced some of the best that Kansas City has to offer.  Plus, as a bonus, I get to do it with my best friends!

2008-Yes that is Mount Kilimajaro!

2008-Yes that is Mount Kilimajaro!

2012-Crawl for Cancer

2012-Crawl for Cancer

Stephanie: I wanted to start a blog so that I can find a way to make money and travel the world instead of working for the man.  What I’ve discovered these past 2 years is I’m very lucky to have 3 other friends that enjoy the same things I do in life and have the same adventurous spirit. 

I have done more random things and seen more things that I can’t un-see than I ever could have imagined, even if I’m not making money from it just yet. 

My hope this year is that we can get in a few new adventures and keep our posts so fresh and so clean (clean).    

So basically, we can't wait to see what other adventures await us!  Cheers to another year!

~Leslie

New Year, New Adventures

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Happy New Year!  Have you recovered from the Holidays?  Why is it so hard to get back to the daily grind?  I've been riding the struggle bus this week but think getting back to a regular routine is just what I need.  Did you make any resolutions for the new year?  We here at Unfiltered covered our 2017 resolutions last week.  It's funny to go back and read what was important to us last year.  I think we pretty much rocked 2017 and think 2018 will be even better yet. 

We have a few resolutions/goals we are wanting to focus on this year.  Leslie and Andrea are part of a small Bible Study group and are focusing on one word this year.  The inspiration is from the My One Word.  You pick one word to focus on throughout the year and that word will guide you through the year and evolve in meaning as the year goes on.  Leslie is focusing on "marathon".  And as she describes it, "it is not because I want to run one…been there, done that…training for one sucks.  I chose marathon because I want to focus on being in less of a rush.  I’m a very now person who doesn’t like to wait for life/situations/anything really to unfold.  I know there is a plan for my life and I just need to be present, aware, and most of all patient while it unfolds and realize that I am not the one in control.  Since beginning this in October, there have been ups and downs, but it is nice to have a word to ground you even when you struggle".  Andrea is focusing on "empathy".  She says, "I originally chose it to help me at work. I’m noticing how much it can help me in all areas of my life and it’s a struggle!" As far as the resolutions, Andrea wants to focus on putting herself in other peoples position before making any conclusions.  Stephanie is bound and determined to find a new house to buy and possibly even a new, more enjoyable job.  I, on the other hand, tend to hate making resolutions but do want to focus on doing more around my house.  My goal is to focus on one area every month starting with cleaning out/donating/and organizing my closet.  

Now that the serious resolutions are over, let's talk about New Year's parties!  Leslie and Andrea spent the evening with family playing fun games, drinking specialty cocktails and enjoying friends.  Stephanie and I also spent time with friends and family playing charades, pictionary, and watching Mariah Carey sing live.  Oh what a comeback...except that hot tea fiasco.  We were so involved with having a good time I only have a few pictures to share.  Cheers to an adventurous 2018 and we will be back next week with an exciting new restaurant review (and hopefully longer blog post)!

~Kristi

 

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