Beware of Irish Pirates

As March 17th approached I found myself wondering, who is St. Patrick.  

Naturally I turned to Google to find the answers I was longing for. Google led me to USA TODAY where I was delighted to learn a little more about St. Patrick.  For instance, St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was a nobleman born in about 400 A.D. in Britain and kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16. 

Can you believe it?  Just a kid, kidnapped by Irish pirates.  In my version the pirates must have felt bad for kidnapping St. Patrick, in an effort to ease the guilt they introduced him to Irish stout.  I bet the first time he tasted the stout he shouted, "Goooodness", which over time, as pirate stories often do, evolved into Guinness.  

Speaking of Guinness, Americans drink about 600,000 pints of the Dublin-based beer daily. On St. Patrick's Day, about 3 million pints of Guinness are downed, according to that USA TODAY story I mentioned earlier.

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Now you are probably thinking, get on with it, tell us about your night of pub crawls drinking green Guinness.  Well, that wasn't exactly what went down.  We opted for a fancy St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Michael Smith Restaurant enjoying a 5 Course Meal paired with The Rieger specialty cocktails, bagpipes, and incredible bread and butter.  The bread was delicious.  We arrived at Extra Virgin with plenty of time to grab a cocktail in the bar before the festivities began.  

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Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey Glazed Oyster

Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey Glazed Oyster

Local Beet Salad

Local Beet Salad

As we were escorted to our table we were welcomed with a Red Right Hand Cocktail paired with Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey Glazed Oyster.  Why not start things off with one of the most delicious offerings of the evening?  The oyster was so good.  Kristi even ate it, it was her first oyster!  The cocktail was prepared with Rieger's Midwestern Dry Gin, lemon, beet shrub, and apricot.  It was sweet yet satisfying.  

The Red Right Hand cocktail was also paired with the Local Beet Salad.  The salad was unique, and unlike any salad I have tasted before.  The salad featured smoked trout, pickled mustard seed and dill. Leslie isn't into smoked fish so unfortunately she wasn't a super fan of the trout.  Hey you can't win them all!  Local Beet Salad pictured below. 

 

 

 

 

Once everyone had a happy plate the salad plates were removed.  Next on the menu, Dublin Lawyer On Rice.  A contemporary twist to traditional Irish fare, this dish featured Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey, rock shrimp, and jasmine rice.  I really enjoyed this course and it paired well with The Garrison; Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey, Luxardo Sangue Morlacca, Peychaud's Orange Bitters, and Bubbles. 

Yay bubbles!  Yay shrimp!  

 

 

Dublin Lawyer on Rice

Dublin Lawyer on Rice

 

While everything was wonderful leading up to the main course, what happened next was nothing short of a Leprechaun finding their pot of gold.  Imagine our delight as we were served the Braised Irish Lamb.  Just look at it.  The meat was so tender.  It literally fell off the bone.  We could have eaten the lamb with a spoon but that would have been weird.  The lamb was served with cabbage and yorkshire pudding.  Right?  Is your mouth watering yet?  This was Steph's favorite course, if I remember correctly it was everyone's favorite course.  The lamb was paired with The Shelby Company Limited Cocktail.  Imagine Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey, Spanish Sweet Vermouth, Ango, and absinthe.  Yes, absinthe.  This cocktail was dangerous.  I don't recommend drinking more than one of these.  Like I always say, drinking absinthe in large quantities is just asking to wake up in a bathtub missing vital organs.  (I have never actually said that).

 

Braised Irish Lamb

Braised Irish Lamb

 

Now for the grand finale.  Of course we had to have some Guinness, in honor of St. Patrick and all.  Bring on the Chocolate Guinness Cake served with Rieger's KC Whiskey Ice Cream.  The only complaint was there wasn't more ice cream.  Now for the best cocktail of the night.  The Irish Egg Cream which featured Rieger's Premium Wheat Vodka, Caffe Amaro, Guinness, and chocolate.  Yes. Yes. And Yes. 

If you have never attended one of Chef Michael Smith's event dinners we highly recommend you make a reservation today.  You really can't go wrong!  

 

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

What a fantastic evening!  We had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.  We even manage to keep up with NCAA March Madness scores, how else could we confirm all of our brackets were busted!

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Sunday morning we all headed to Kemper Arena where everyone was volunteering at the Great Plains 10K.  Some of us had duties at the finish line, others were assigned intersections along the course, and Leslie volunteered to run!   Do you see all of the cars we had to hold off?  This was such a stressful post!  It was our responsibility to make sure none of these cars accidentally drove onto the course.  Mission accomplished.  

After the race we headed to a new restaurant, EJ's Urban Eatery, to score their Southern influenced brunch.  This West Bottoms gem is a must try if you love yourself at all.  The Bloody Mary's, margaritas and mimosas were on special with brunch.  The concept is a Meat and Three which apparently is very common in the South, but it was new to me.  What is the Meat and Three?  Think affordable and customizable meals that are delicious.  Sign me up!  

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I went all in and ordered the Breakfast Ribs, fried green tomatoes and spicy creamed corn.  I couldn't have been happier with my selections.  Everyone loved their food, the service was friendly and the family style seating was inviting.  We will absolutely be back to EJ's!  

I'm sure St. Patrick is smiling down on us sipping on his Guinness.  

 

Arrrrrrrrgh,

Dre

Hooray for Dre Day

Friday night some of us were feeling like a good ol' fashion dance party.  As we all know, dance parties are synonymous with the Power & Light District.  Get out of the way barely 21 year olds, your twerking is so passé.  We are into Retro Surf...Retro Dance...Retro Cool...obviously that equates to Shark Bar

Shark Bar is the home of the endless summer and brings the endless party.  From Nude Beach Tea's and Bikini Cooler to Shark Bar’s signature beach pail punch, you pick your libation to unwind and hit the beach.  Friday and Saturday nights the beach heats up with the greatest retro dance music this side of the North Shore. There was literally no better way to celebrate Dre Day! 

Celebrating Dre Day

Celebrating Dre Day

The birthday girl and a few other brave souls stayed out until nearly 2 am, proving they've still got it! No members of Unfiltered Adventure were awake at 2 am. 

Party Animals!

Party Animals!

Hey Ladies!

Hey Ladies!

Saturday offered so many options we decided to divide and conquer to maximize our adventures!  

Stephanie headed to Atchison, Kansas to check out the Amelia Erhert Festival, an air show, margaritas and live music. Oh and she put her house on the market and sold it in a matter of hours. 

Stephanie headed to Atchison, Kansas to check out the Amelia Erhert Festival, an air show, margaritas and live music. Oh and she put her house on the market and sold it in a matter of hours. 

Kristi went on her annual family trip to Bennett Spring State Park, can you say Trout Country!?!

Kristi went on her annual family trip to Bennett Spring State Park, can you say Trout Country!?!

Leslie and Andrea tried some new dranks, had a Moscow Mule and feasted on deliciously grilled  medium rare filet mignon like a couple of Queens. 

Leslie and Andrea tried some new dranks, had a Moscow Mule and feasted on deliciously grilled  medium rare filet mignon like a couple of Queens. 

You may recall Friendship Brunch was hosted at Summit Grill earlier this year. It was so delicious Dre decided to grab 21 of her favorite friends and round out her birthday weekend with bottomless mimosas and satisfying comfort food.

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Bottomless mimosas indeed.  The Summit Grill wait staff is extremely optimistic, no glass was ever half empty.

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I highly recommend the Jalepeno Cheddar Grits in a Jar. Allow me to elaborate, the grits were topped with thick-cut Nueske's bacon, Fritz's sausage and soft poached eggs.  Thank you Summit Grill. 

#DresSquad 

#DresSquad 

No poison injections this week, just good clean fun!

Cheers,  

Andrea  

Basement Workouts and Group Massage???

When your friend invites you to their birthday and it includes a workout in someone's basement and a group massage with friends and strangers (with all of your clothes), you say "why not?!?" 

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I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let's back up to Friday, shall we?  We went to happy hour (because-Friday! and to use our Winter Warmer Passport) with several friends.  Andrea is still in recovery and cannot partake in any alcohol, but Billy, Cody, and Krystal were able to join us for some drinks.  We decided to go to District Pour House for the night.  They infuse their libations in house, which makes for some fabulous cocktails.  Fun twists on old fashioneds-for Cody, Krystal and our resident connoisseur Stephanie, pickle infused martini for one of my drinks because I was feeling James Bond like, and so many more.  They pretty much have anything you can think of.  I saw a marshmallow infused vodka...smore's drink anyone??  Kristi and I even shared the mistake drink that we got for free!  

Great cocktails and a fun time!!

Now, on to the birthday celebration for our friend Krystal.  You may remember her birthday last year.  It was one of our first posts!  This year she had lots of fun things in store for us again!

Don't worry-we did not leave her alone in the VIP area for long!

Don't worry-we did not leave her alone in the VIP area for long!

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We started with a workout with Krystal's trainer, Shannon.  She happens to train in her basement...so safety in numbers. Or so we thought. My burning muscles thought they were being tortured for sure!

No pics of the workout, but I did get this one of my post workout coffee fix. Why is it so fun to take pics of coffee??

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All cleaned up, ready to get the party started...and of course we needed sustenance. Lunch at Port Fonda was next on the agenda.  They serve brunch most of the day on Saturdays and brunch = cocktails!!  We had a delicious meal including chicharonnes and chips to go with our guac.  The chicharonnes were light and flavorful...so yummy!! 

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After lunch some of us headed over to Julep to use our passport again.  I opted for the classic mint julep since that is the namesake of the cute spot.  I hoped that it would come in the cute silver cups that you see watching the Kentucky Derby, but no such luck.  Maybe if I was wearing a hat??  Next time!!  The drink did have a really cool snow-cone shape and that mound of ice really helped as it melted to mellow out the stronger that I expected drink!

Lots of laughing and another round of juleps ensued.  Next think you know, it was time to get another group photo!!  Since it was Krystal's birthday and all.  She only told everyone we saw!  Luckily the guy taking our picture was pretty funny and patient.  Turns out that mint juleps make a group of girls super giggly! .

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Time to wrap it up at this stop.  We tried to go get our massage, but they told us to come back in an hour.  What else are a bunch of girls to do?  Go watch basketball!!  Westport (where all of these places are located) has tons of options.  We popped over to Gambals to catch some of the KU vs Kentucky game before our massage.  

Cheers!

Cheers!

Prying ourselves away from a good game was tough, but it was time for our massage at this place.  Note that Krystal is the only one that does not appear a little uneasy.  As mentioned earlier, you literally are massaged in a room full of people with all of your clothes on.  I also should add that it is a deep tissue massage.  I'm not sure if I was more sore from the workout or the massage!!!

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After the massage, we headed back to Krystal's house for games and tons of laughs!!  It was a fun and interesting day to say the least!  I can't wait to see what she will come up with for her next birthday!!!

Until next week friends!  Cheers!

~Leslie

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