Friday, July 29, 2011

Five restaurants to get your pickling fix

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The pickled beets at Jess & Jim's are a classic for a reason.
  • The pickled beets at Jess & Jim's are a classic for a reason.

I can still remember walking by a white bucket outside a summer cottage on Lake Michigan and hoping it was the day my grandmother's half-sour pickles would be ready. Crisp and salty, those pickles formed the underpinnings of my adolescent diet alongside fat chunks of sweet watermelon.

For me, summer is about pickling and trying to find a use for a gardenful of cucumbers. But even if you don't have your own white bucket, you can still find a number of other delicious pickled dishes around Kansas City. Here are five that might entice you.

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Can we find a way to get classy food photos on menus?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Let's fancy up our menus.
  • Let's fancy up our menus.

I have long made fun of my father for watching plates travel to other tables as part of his decision-making process at a restaurant. He'll stare for far too long, waiting to see what someone's reaction is to the first bite of a dish -- and the second and the third. But even as I gently admonish him for joining another table, I'm also asking him for his take, wanting to know exactly what he sees. Because I've experienced what's it like to see a dish being brought to an adjacent table and wish that it were coming to mine. 

We're in a golden age of food photography, wherein the technology possessed by the average person means that even I can take beautiful food shots on occasion. We eat with our eyes (tell me this shot from Lauren Fairweather doesn't make you want a plate of Blanc's fries) but have yet to figure out how to use our newfound photographic prowess to help us make decisions at restaurants. Is there any way to get classy photos on printed menus (I hear there is this thing called an iPad being used in some restaurants), something that doesn't look like the sign board at a sub shop?

Chiefs release Brian Waters; also, the sun comes up

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Brian Waters' run with the Chiefs has ended.
  • Brian Waters' run with the Chiefs has ended.

The Kansas City Chiefs will hold the first practice of training camp this afternoon in St. Joseph. The work begins without veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters. The Chiefs released the five-time Pro Bowler on Thursday.

Organization and player are calling the separation a mutual decision. "There's no ill will," Waters, 34, told The Kansas City Star. "There's no bad blood."

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New film to document storied punk club the Outhouse

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:40 AM

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Brad Norman, former bassist for the Sex Offenders, recently launched a website and Facebook page for a new project of his. Entitled The Outhouse: The Film 1985 - 1998, the forthcoming documentary looks to interview "the bands, the people who attended the shows, the neighbors, the cops, all involved" with the punk venue in a cornfield outside of Lawrence (which is now a BYOB strip club). If you're one of those people, you can find out how to submit fliers or footage via the movie's website or Facebook page.

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Summer Bash and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM

You could be the toast of KCK.
  • You could be the toast of KCK.

Real rockers drink beer and wine and everything in between.

The Wine Barn winery

is holding its Summer Bash Rock Concert on Saturday.

Sip on

complimentary beer or water while listening to Nobody's Fool. The gates

open at 6 p.m., and the band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Wine (including a limited-release Summer Breeze citrus wine) and catered

barbecue sandwiches will be sold separately. Tickets cost $10 in advance

or $12 at the door. You can bring your own lawn chair for the party in

the backyard.

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Being pulled over for speeding now more like buying groceries

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 7:00 AM

KCPD has begun issuing e-tickets.
  • KCPD has begun issuing e-tickets.

With the punch of several buttons, the Kansas City Police Department made a little history on Tuesday morning. At 7:44 a.m., a woman driving 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit on U.S. Highway 71 near Truman Road received the first department-issued e-ticket.

Four traffic officers are testing hand-held devices that print receiptlike citations. The department is moving away from the handwritten, everything-in-triplicate system that makes Municipal Court feel like the 1970s never ended.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Star's parent company McClatchy reports 32 percent drop in revenue

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Gary B. Pruitt. The "B" stands for "Bloodletting."
  • Gary B. Pruitt. The "B" stands for "Bloodletting."

Surely I don't have to tell you that all print media -- alt-weeklies included -- have been having a hell of a time finding new ways to bring in revenue as a dollar's worth of print advertising moves to a nickel's worth on the Web. So it pains me to report that the Star's parent company, McClatchy, has announced a 32 percent drop in second-quarter revenue as advertising sales declined.

The company's CEO, Gary Pruitt, has said he'll keep cutting costs to offset another anticipated revenue decline for the third quarter, ending this September. That's about as ominous as corporate-speak gets.

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Police hunting for the man who may have killed mother and daughter in their home

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Naushay Riley spent her life helping children, and deserved better.
  • Naushay Riley spent her life helping children, and deserved better.

Police are on the hunt for the former boyfriend of Naushay Riley, who they believe may have killed Riley, as well as her mother, Jackie M. Riley, inside their home on East 40th Terrace early this morning.

Police say Naushay, 35, took shelter in the home after a fight with the man at her own house, bringing her 2-year-old and 9-year-old children with her. Whoever shot the Rileys broke into the house and killed them while the children were present. The former boyfriend allegedly called a family member of the victims earlier today, admitting he had shot both women.

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Tonya Green hit with three felony charges for setting her boyfriend on fire

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Yeah, that old chestnut.
  • Yeah, that old chestnut.

Here's another good reason to run your next Match.com date's name through the Missouri online court system. KC's Tonya M. Green, 44, is probably newly single now that she's been hit with three felony charges -- including two counts of assault in the first degree and one count of armed criminal action -- because she lit her boyfriend of four years on fire during an argument.

Before you submit a fire-related pun to the comments section, remember that this poor guy sustained burns over 60 percent of his body. According to Slate, that gives off an odor of charcoal and musky sweetness along with being extremely, horribly painful. So your fire joke better be really fucking funny. Dick.

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Florida Marlins' Logan Morrison gets attacked by a praying mantis

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 1:40 PM



Earlier this season, Kansas City native and Florida Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison came under fire from team brass for his frank and mildly controversial tweeting habits. But during a game on Monday, he was getting crap from a different source. A giant praying mantis was hanging out in the Marlins' dugout, then it went nuts on Morrison, who appropriately freaked out.

Of course, LoMo was willing to have a little fun at his own expense. When asked how he would have responded had he been the victim of a recent terrible call that cost the Pittsburgh Pirates a game in the 19th inning, Morrison responded:

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