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

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

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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