Bullseye

The recent warm weather prompted some Saturday exploring in the Historic West Bottoms Business District in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  The shops and storefronts lining the streets are all unique and inviting.  The architecture adorning the streets is full of character.  Amongst the intrigue there is a sign only a fool could resist. 

Obviously we followed the arrow

Obviously we followed the arrow

Our next stop was a large, heavy door made of the finest mahogany embellished with two perfectly placed axes just daring you to venture inside.  We took a gamble, we had to see what was on the other side.

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Once on the other side of the door we received a warm Lumberjack welcome into Blade & Timber, home to Urban Axe Throwing.  This place is great!  Simply take a few minutes to sign a waiver, which is equally responsible and alarming considering there are axes flying through the air.  Seems fun, sign us up!

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Let the games begin!  We were escorted to our lane by a nice fella dressed in a sensible blue plaid flannel.  Similar to the ones shown here. He gave us some instructions which basically stated we should hold the handle (not the blade), throw the axe over our heads,  don't aim axes at humans, and be sure to wear closed toe shoes.  Got it.

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Our view for the next hour and a half. Some of us may have missed the target more than others.  Hense the photo below.

So much flannel

So much flannel

Blade and Timber is Kansas City's Urban Axe Throwing Club. They are passionate about pursuing extraordinary experiences and sharing life with one another. The unique axe throwing experience is fun and casual. Whether you are looking to pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill, or simply find a reason to hang out with some of your favorite friends, this is the right place to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

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There are cards placed at each lane with different games to play.  The variety of the games kept things interesting. 

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We had a blast, everyone should check this place out.  According to Blade & Timber, Axe Throwing is a perfect way to celebrate special occasions, organize team building events, have fun with your friends and family, or meet new people through their open play and leagues.  You read that correctly, they now have Axe Throwing Leagues Monday nights and Thursday nights. 

All that axe throwing made us thirsty.  Next stop Siri told us to venture down an alley a couple of blocks away, just past the man wearing a hazmat mask.  Siri is such a jokester.   At last, our destination!

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All aboard, The Ship.  We walked the plank to a cozy bar known for the décor, exotic snacks, and their embrace of diversity.  We knew we were in the right place.  There was not live music at 3 pm that Saturday but we hear once the sun goes down it is a different story.  We will be back to experience all The Ship has to offer. 

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Cheers to another great adventure.  You never know what could be next?  Flamethrowers?  Snipe hunting?  Gator wresteling?  Just keep reading, there is literally no telling what adventure we will find ourselves in next. 

Dre

Reunited

As you all know I have been out of commission after undergoing surgery in January. Luckily I'm 92% healed which means I'm ready to party. Last weekend I was finally ready to participate in all of the activities! 

Our favorite way to kickoff the weekend is with a Winter Warmer.  We stopped into an oldie but a goodie, Harry's Country Club.  We had intended to make two stops but Harry's happy hour sucked us in. They even gave us a fancy Reserved sign, ahem VIP. After the happy hour we moved onto the Winter Warmers. Harry's featured Jack Handey and Hot Buttered Rum cocktails. The Jack Handey was crafted for those deep thoughts this time of year, the name was clever but the cocktail was lacking in flavor.  Oh well onto the next, The Hot Buttered Rum was really tasty.  Would have hit the spot if it had not been 60 degrees in February.  We are not complaining though!

Hot Buttered Rum  

Hot Buttered Rum  

Saturday we headed to the Madrid Theatre for Brunched, a Boozy Breakfast Event hosted by The Pitch.  We signed up about a month prior to the big day so the anticipation was killing us.  Luckily we paid the extra cash to get VIP tickets, why wouldn't we?

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We brunched like we've never brunched before! This brunch heaven showcased our favorite local brunch spots in one place. We even tried several new selections we had not ventured to yet. We feasted on brunch samples galore from area restaurants including Pinstripes, The District Pour House, Blip Roasters, Chez Elle, Morning Day Cafe, Brown & Loe, Schlafly Beer,  Seasons 52 & many more!   Our favorite brunch item was the banana's foster waffle, I believe the group feedback was to "Run, don't walk to the waffles".  In addition to the fantastic food there was also a Bloody Mary Competition! 

So much deliciousness

So much deliciousness

According to The Pitch over 3,200 bloody marys were served in about 3 hours.  Impressive.  Bloody Mary's and olives for all...well for Steph at least.   The 3 finalists from left to right: the District served a pineapple jalapeño Bloody Mary that balanced sweet and savory flavors. Trago had the garnishings on point, the goat cheese stuffed tomato was both genius and delicious. Morning Day Cafe nailed the fresh tasting ingredients without tasting like dirt, well done. 

The winner goes to The District! We couldn't have agreed more. 

The winner goes to The District! We couldn't have agreed more. 

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Kristi and Leslie headed out to KC Bier Co to spend some quality time with Miss Barley and celebrate the breweries 3rd anniversary.  Who doesn't love a pup friendly bar?  Perfect way to end their Saturday afternoon. Aren't these two the cutest?

Try the medium bodied Dunkel next time you go to KC Bier Co and let us know what you think!

Try the medium bodied Dunkel next time you go to KC Bier Co and let us know what you think!

 

Sunday we went to Pinot's Palette to support Girls on the Run.  Leslie volunteers as a coach for GOTR so we try to help support them any chance we get.  The painting was the most detailed painting I have ever attempted.  Thank goodness for the wine, it really gave me the confidence to create the masterpiece pictured below.  High five.

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My first weekend back to adventuring was full of laughs, bloody marys and charity work.  I am still recovering but I am ready to do it again next weekend!

Cheers!

Andrea

An Unfiltered Adventure Christmas - let's wrap this year up!

For years we've been getting together to celebrate Christmas by eating amazing food and exchanging gifts....just as the holiday was intended. This year we tried Stock Hill  Steakhouse located just south of the Country Club Plaza.  We ordered some craft cocktails that were all really good but 1, ahem Andrea.

Loose Park Swizzle (left), Rocking Chair (top), Hello Yellow Brick Road & Fat Albert (bottom)

Loose Park Swizzle (left), Rocking Chair (top), Hello Yellow Brick Road & Fat Albert (bottom)

The cocktails were pretty top notch and weren't lacking any of the hard stuff. The Loose Park Swizzle and Fat Albert are more warm weather drinks whereas the Hello Yellow Brick Road was just an alcohol snowcone. The Rocking Chair old fashion is my new favorite in town! I mean it's served glass down on a tiny cast iron skillet, over pipe tobacco that is smoking right into it. The presentation alone should make you order this one!

 

Bar area fun at Stock Hill

Bar area fun at Stock Hill

Let's move into the main event...dinner. This place used to be the Kansas City Board of Trade and boy did they spruce it up. White table clothes and champagne buckets next to tables...we felt fancy!  So we started with some Prosecco and 2 appetizers. We chose the Akaushi Short Ribs and the Hamachi Crudo and both were amazing. Neither were super filling for 4 people sharing so we may have demolished the best rolls I've had in FOREVER! They were served with literally nothing....just eat them!

Apps and sides oh my! 

Apps and sides oh my! 

Prosecco

Prosecco

Some people need 2 knives to eat a steak. 

Some people need 2 knives to eat a steak. 

For the main course we ordered Halibut.  Just kidding!  Who orders fish at a Steakhouse??  Not us, we're not lunatics. We all ordered the filet and it was superb.  Sides (above and left) were Vegetables from Roasting pan (because we're healthy) and Robuchon Whipped Potatoes (because our New Years resolutions have not started).  I don't know what they did to these potatoes but I would go to this restaurant by myself, have a bowl of these and a Rocking Chair and it would be glorious!!

It was time for after dinner drinks at Cafe Trio. We had our Winter Warmer Passport in tow so we settled on signature martinis. The first was our server's concoction and it was light, slightly sweet and very tasty! Then we just started ordering random ones and I say random because they were all so interesting, nay bad. So bad that we asked our server to please make them into a suicide martini so it would take the bad taste away. Disclaimer: He warned us before we ordered but like most doctors' orders we failed to listen and went with our own approach. The suicide martini was actually better than any one of the 3 vodka ones we ordered! These will go unnamed as we don't want to hurt their feelings but let's just say there are WAY better martini places in town so please just order something else.

Winter Warmer time

Winter Warmer time

In conclusion (I feel like I'm writing a book report) 2016 was the best year of our blog yet and we can't wait to share our adventures with you next year so keep us bookmarked, tell your friends and keep liking us on social media!  A big thank you and shout out to all our readers and soon to be sponsors for taking time out of your busy schedules to keep up with 4 girls who love life and enjoy sharing it with you.

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Stephanie