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