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

Blogiversary

Wente Vinyards , a light but flavorful pinot noir

Wente Vinyards, a light but flavorful pinot noir

Anniversaries are special days which benchmark life events. One very important anniversary recently celebrated was the creation of this delightful blog you are currently reading. Can you believe this magic has been happpening for an entire year? We couldn't either so we decided to celebrate where it all began, Louie's Wine Dive. As we sat together toasting our wine to another amazing year as successful bloggers we began to talk about the things we have all learned after one year of blogging.  Sit back and enjoy Deep Thoughts with Unfiltered Adventure. 

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Stephanie concluded blogging is harder than she ever thought. She basically quoted Spider Man, "with great power comes great responsibility".  Preach Steph.

Leslie has experience blogging in the past but she believes it is much easier to blog with a group than it was to keep up with it alone. There is strength in numbers, plus it's more fun.  Checkout her previous blog for old times sake: Life begins at 30

Kristi admitted it is harder than expected to make what you're doing come to life. She wants to put more thought and time into her posts to help convey the incredible real life story behind each adventure.  Sounds like she's ready to take it to the next level! I sure hope I can keep up.

Finally, I found my first year as a blogger to be fun as it presented the opportunity to try new things & share different experiences. All of this sharing is demanding but it's worth it when I come through with a clever blog post. I learned how to create hyperlinks (yes I did just hyperlink the word hyperlink) and perhaps most importantly I learned not everyone picks up on Mariah's World references. 

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This past year has definitely proved to be both challenging and rewarding. We are all looking forward to 2017 as we have many new adventures just begging to be featured in our blog. Who are we to deny you our readers of what you want! 

In conclusion, I would like to leave you with a photo featuring 3/4 of Unfiltered Adventure freezing at the Chiefs playoff game against the Steelers. In the very end our team did not persevere but look how much fun they had! That's a W by my standards. 

Nicole joined Steph, Leslie and Krist for the big game!  🏈❤️🏈 

Nicole joined Steph, Leslie and Krist for the big game!  🏈❤️🏈 

Cheers to another year of being awesome,  

Andrea  

Holiday Happiness

As I sit her watching Mariah's World I'm reflecting on the wonderful Christmas activities we have enjoyed in the past week. As a group we were able to enjoy both craft night with old wine and friendship brunch. 

Craft night has evolved over the past several years. Leslie and I started with a trivet utilizing all of the wine corks we had laying around. While that was an excellent craft choice we deemed it overambicious when we almost lost a finger or two creating the masterpiece.  Each year the craft has become less difficult and dangerous. Over the past couple of years Maureen has also joined craft night and she brings old wine from her parent's wine cellar. Hence craft and old wine night. This year we declared it an Unfiltered Adventure plus Maureen.

The wines we explored were superb

The wines we explored were superb

The craft was similar to something my coworkers children made at school but we are still proud of our efforts!

Action crafting shot  

Action crafting shot  

I know the suspense is killing you, the craft was a glorious snowman candle votive. We did learn we must use fake candles when Maureen lit Leslie's little snowman on fire minutes after she placed the finishing touches on him. 

Christmas 2016  

Christmas 2016  

Obviously craft night was a huge success!!!  

On Saturday we were determined to make it to The Summitt for Friendship Brunch. Determined we were as it was snowing and the parking lot was tretorous! The bottomless mimosas were no joke; where there's a will there is a way.  

Mimosa

Mimosa

The Buffett was surprisingly great. The bacon was literally the best thing ever & the Mac & Cheese was the 2nd best thing ever.  

There was fruit too  

There was fruit too  

The bottomless mimosas were just that. It was like a magic show, one sip & your glass was full again. That made everyone happy!  

Mimosas + bacon = happiness

Mimosas + bacon = happiness

The brunch was topped off by placing bets on Lacey and Corey's baby boy or girls delivery date. I feel really good about the six bets I made!

Lacey is the cutest preggo lady of all time  

Lacey is the cutest preggo lady of all time  

We had a great turnout and a good time was had by all. Just look at this group!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The holidays bring happiness for so many reasons, we hope you find your happiness as well.  

Cheers to making memories this holiday season.  

Merry Christmas!  

Andrea