KY Derby Meets Pig Day at The K

We were Always Dreaming at the Kentucky Derby last weekend. We weren't exactly at the Derby but we were at Saddle & Sirloin which is the next best thing. Billy got into the festivities as you can see. He was channeling his inner jockey when he drove us to the club. 

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Upon arriving at Saddle & Sirloin we were greeted by the hosts Kristin and Kent Beyer...and Mint Juleps.

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The Mint Juleps were aggressive, as they should be. We enjoyed one in the spirit of the Derby. Next our favorite bartender Patty served us up another cocktail that was new to us. Cue the Seelbach; a glamorous blend of bourbon, Cointreau and bitters all topped with champagne. So basically bourbon with a champagne floater. Right up our alley. It was enjoyed by all.

The best part of the Derby party was the hats. Stephanie had a slight misfortune with her hat, luckily Maureen shoved a toothpick in it and she back in business. 

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Stephanie and Kristi made a new friend, turns out they were rubbing elbows with the brother of the owner of the company where they work. Well Steph doesn't work there anymore but she did for about 13 1/2 years.  Turns out KC is just a small town!

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Kristi and Leslie had the hot hands, they picked the 2nd and 3rd place horses. Cash money!  They weren't horsing around...wink. Always Dreaming quickly overpowered the field and went on to win the race by 2 1/2 lengths.  Both Lookin At Lee and Battle of Midway had great races! 

All of this excitement called for a delicious dinner, wine and our jockey chauffeur.  

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What better way to spend the day after drinking bourbon than at the Royals game! It was time to finally breakout the World Market Pig Grill and embark on one of the most exciting tailgate parties of all time. Such an epic day brah deserves its own hashtag: #PigDayAtTheK. 

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Bobby and Billy were even invited! Thanks to the Misejkas for sharing their tickets, we had an awesome day.  The sun was shining, the beers were cold (even the tiny Leinenkugel) and the seats were fantastic. 

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 All in all last weekend was quite the adventure. From the KY Derby to the Pig Day At The K we shared lots of laughs and of course made our own adventures. 

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Until next time! 

Andrea

Drovers for Days

Maureen's first Uber ride

Maureen's first Uber ride

As you all know, we are fond of wine. Often times we gather together and enjoy a box paired with hilarious stories and lots of laughs. Sometimes we jump in an Uber and make our way to the West Bottoms so we can enjoy wine from bottles. As if that isn't impressive enough, last Saturday we were privileged to join Michael Amigoni, wine maker at Amigoni Urban Winery, for a private tasting and a dose of education any KC native would appreciate. 

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The tasting reserved us a large table in the Barrel Room as we sampled 5 different wines. The architecture and decor are incredible. Michael Amigoni shared several fun facts regarding the building which produced the newspaper for the Stockyards called The Daily Drovers Telegram from 1932 - 1975. 

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Another interesting fact involves fenials pictured above. They are original to the building and had been covered up with sheetrock so they provided a very welcomed surprise once they were discovered! In order to maintain the history of the old newspaper building the Amigoni's chose to reuse old doors, tiles, safes, railings and anything they could salvage. The wine bars are custom built to have an old feel which pairs perfectly with all of the original materials.  It's impossible not to notice the gorgeous Corrara Marble counters atop the custom built bars. We learned the only place in the world to get it is Corrara Italy.  We should plan a trip to confirm. Once the architecture lesson was complete we refilled our glasses and started snacking. Amigoni serves up small plates featuring local cheeses, breads and spreads. The plates feature cheese from Green Dirt Farms in Weston, Missouri, and Shatto Milk Company in Osborn, Missouri, fresh baked bread from Kansas City’s Farm to Market Bread Company and spreads from KC Canning Company

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Sunday morning we flexed our charitable muscles. Early mornings call for coffee and booze.   

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Here is our group, two years in a row volunteering at the Great Plains 10k race. You can find us cheering while handing out medals and high fives.  

it was very pretty windy, glad we were volunteered not to run that race

it was very pretty windy, glad we were volunteered not to run that race

Volunteering always makes us hungry. We decided to checkout a new brunch spot, the Homesteader Cafe. Our waiter raved about their pork and bison gravy as well as the Farmer's Breakfast. Oh and the homemade chocolate beignets. The beignets were amazing, I am still thinking about those little chocolate filled pieces of heaven.

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Oh and the seasonal cocktails which were offered with the Passport Program. The Solstice tasted like Shatto Chocolate Milk. It was delicious.  I may have had three. 

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As our friends at The Homesteader Café said, weekends begin with good friends, great food and lots and lots of alcohol!

Andrea  

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