We still did not escape!

Happy Friday Friends!  Who's ready for the weekend?  I love the new Boulevard pints...I mean, who doesn't Thank Boulevard It's Friday??  We tried several new spots last week and attempted to solve a mystery to escape a room again.  

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Andrea and I (and the rest of the fam) tried to figure out the casino mystery to get out of the room at Breakout KC.  We started off strong with Andrea nailing the first clue and then went downhill fast!  I don't want to spoil the game, but I must admit that I was absolutely useless!  I don't think I figured anything out!!!  The game master did tell us we were really close to being done...only like 20 more steps to figure it out!  You may remember another failed attempt last year...apparently these are not our forte!  

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Things we are good at-happy hour!  Kristi, Steph, and I met Steph's sister Mariah at Stagecoach Tavern.  It doesn't look like much from the outside because it is in a strip mall, but the inside is really cute.  And they had a great Horchata Stout and it was a crowd favorite.  Not too sweet with great hints of cinnamon.  

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We also caught up with our good friend Holi over dinner at Plate.  After reading the reviews, how could we not check this place out? "plate. is so modern and stylish that you'd never guess it's housed in a 100-year-old building. Owners Christian and Andrea Joseph rewired, repaired or rebuilt almost everything in the space to make it sexy enough for date night, casual enough for family dinner and convenient enough for happy hour." - FEAST Magazine

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Kristi arrived first and got the scoop.  The dining room is TINY right now, but they are expanding into the space next door soon.  Upstairs is a small, but elegant space with a cool modern vibe and the basement is a beautiful European inspired wine cellar (group pic above).  Apparently they do events once a month-alternating food event and drink event.  The restaurant also does thirsty Thursday and offers half price bottles of wine.  We missed it by one day!!  I have a feeling we will be back!!  Since we were venturing out to a new place, we decided to try a new to us wine.  Nebbiolo is a full bodied red that was great while we waited for everyone to arrive and paired well with all of the food!

Entrance to the wine cellar

Entrance to the wine cellar

Found a new wine!

Found a new wine!

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The concept is really cool.  All of the plates are very small so you can order several courses and share with friends or a date.  We had sprouts with pulled pork and it was fantastic!  The mix of flavors was so unique and delicious.  Crispy brussel sprouts, radish, rosemary fried cashews, soy honey, candied lime, pulled pork shoulder.  We also had the arancini-fried risotto-twist my arm!  

For the second course most of us tried the papparadelle with white bolognese.  Kristi ventured out and went for the tortellini-red pepper pasta, milk braised beef short rib, caramelized shallot, pan sauce, pistachios, smoked prosciutto, parmesan.  Again-these are super small portions so that you can try lots of things.  You definitely wouldn't order only a pasta (unless you want to leave hungry).  It was perfect for our group of girls...men would definitely need their own courses!

The osso bucco had the best reviews and was highly recommended by our awesome waiter.  It came with pureed truffle butter beans that paired so well with the espresso braised pork!  We surprised ourselves and went for the chicken as our other main course.  Bone in, crispy skin, and perfectly cooked!  It came with pickled peppers, squash risotto (so good), pear, fried broccolini, pancetta, lemon brown butter.  I never order chicken when I go to a restaurant, but this is something I would get again!

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In case you were worried that we are falling down on checking off spots on the Winter Warmer passport, fear not!  Plate. is on it, so we got another stamp!

We hope everyone has a very merry unfiltered week!

~Leslie