Friday, May 3, 2013

Korean cuisine is the peaceful topic on Central Standard Friday

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 6:17 AM

The wonderful side dishes, banchan, served with Korean meals make this cuisine particularly distinctive.
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  • The wonderful side dishes, banchan, served with Korean meals make this cuisine particularly distinctive.

Update: This was the show originally scheduled to air on KCUR 89.3 on April 19. It has been rescheduled for today at 10 a.m.

As tensions continue to escalate on the Korean peninsula, the topic of the delicious, flavorful cuisine of this region continues to be a pleasing and, happily, not very bellicose point of discussion.

The flavors and textures of Korean dishes are the subject this morning on the Central Standard Friday program on KCUR 89.3 with me (someone who really, really loves kimchi) and fellow panelists Emily Farris of feedmekc.com, Mary Bloch from the Around the Block blog, and Christine Becicka of Ingram's Magazine. We're joined by guest panelist Grace Suh.

You can join the conversation to discuss your own favorite Korean restaurant in the Kansas City metro by calling 816-235-2888.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Boulevard's Tripel Julep: where it will be on tap this week

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Its this plus mint and time in whiskey barrels.
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  • It's this plus mint and time in whiskey barrels.
For those seeking an after-dinner (or before-dinner) mint, distributor Central States Beverage has released the list of who is going to get Boulevard's Tripel Julep in both Kansas and Missouri (h/t to KC Beer Scouts).

Tripel Julep is the mint-infused, whiskey-barrel-aged, extremely limited batch of Long Strange Tripel that Boulevard is releasing to Kansas City-area taps (and nowhere else on this beer-drinking earth) in homage to the Kentucky Derby. It's a beer-inspired play on the mint julep. Happy hunting and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, if you snag a draft. The full list is after the jump.

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Portland Timbers player questioned by Kansas City police about sexual-assault case

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM

A Timbers player was questioned about a sexual assault and released.
  • A Timbers player was questioned about a sexual assault and released.

The Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on Saturday night. Sunday morning, one of the Timbers players was questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault in the team hotel after the game. A woman filed a police report saying she met the player at the hotel bar. She told police that she left her friend at last call and went to the man's room.

Portland's KATU-TV reports that the woman said she was kissing the player, but told him twice that she wasn't going to have sex with him. But, the police report says, he jumped on top of her and raped her. The player's roommate was sleeping in the room, she told police. She then took a cab home.

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Qwentelia Vanzant and Jaron Syrus identified as victims of Monday's double homicide

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Jaron Syrus and his girlfriend were shot to death Monday.
  • Jaron Syrus and his girlfriend were shot to death Monday.
Kansas City police have identified the victims of Monday night's homicide as Qwentelia Vanzant and Jaron Syrus. Both were 25 years old and from Blue Springs.

UPDATE: Police have released additional details in the killings of Syrus and Vanzant, who they say were boyfriend and girlfriend and have a child. Police say Syrus and Vanzant "were involved in a large fight between several individuals when they were shot." A dark-colored SUV was spotted fleeing the scene.

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U.S Air Guitar qualifier coming to RecordBar in June, and a new KC champion will be crowned

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Is this Peter Stiff Dickens year?

The U.S. Air Guitar Championships will once again be holding a regional qualifier in Kansas City. And, this year, Kansas City will crown a new local faux guitar hero.

Under the competition's new rules, last year's regional champions receive byes and are automatically entered into the semifinals. So Eric "Mean" Melin's local reign of terror is over. Will it be the year of local weirdo Peter "Stiff" Dickens? Will the CorpAIRation finally buy a win? Will "Thunderball" Nielsen Nacis live up to his name - he was named after Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen - and make the competition surrender? We'll find out Friday, June 7, at RecordBar. Click here to enter. Winners go on to the regional semifinals (likely the Metro in Chicago).

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This year's LouFest lineup is pretty impressive

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The National!
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The indie-rock-oriented St. Louis music festival LouFest is back for a fourth year, this September 7-8, at Forest Park. The lineup was revealed today, and it's probably worth the four-hour cross-state trip. The big names are Wilco, the National, the Killers, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnificent Zeros and the Roots. Further down the bill are Jim James, Local Natives, Toro Y Moi and Icona Pop.

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Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ has things smoking on Swift

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Pull your wagon in off the trail for lunch.
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  • Pull your wagon in off the trail for lunch.
Those craving barbecue for lunch have a new option in Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ. Glenn Yeager and his son Josh opened their new joint earlier this month at 900 Swift in North Kansas City. The Yeagers are using a family recipe for their rub, one they say dates back to Glenn's great-great-grandfather's days herding cattle in Sedalia, more than 150 years ago.

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Burger Stand's Robert Krause is ready for his next restaurant

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Robert Krause will soon have a hot buttered biscuit for you.
  • Robert Krause will soon have a hot buttered biscuit for you.

Chef and restaurateur Robert Krause, the Lawrence entrepreneur best-known for the namesake bistro he once operated out of his home and two more conventional restaurants (the wildly popular Burger Stand at the Casbah, and the short-lived Esquina on Massachusetts Street), operates like a Broadway producer. He likes assembling the details of a new project - the concept, the staging, the cast and the crew. But once the show - or, in his case, the restaurant - is up and running, he's ready to move on to a new project.

Since selling Esquina last year (it's now chef Jim Vaughn's Intorno restaurant), Krause has been plotting his next move: an old-school comfort-food venue that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. He's negotiating to buy a building on Massachusetts Street, and when the deal is complete, he and WheatFields Bakery co-founder Charles Rascoll plan to serve comfort food at a venue called Larry's Kitchen.

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Shauntay Henderson can't buck conviction in appeals court

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Henderson is locked up in federal prison in Minnesota
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  • Henderson is locked up in federal prison in Minnesota.

The Missouri Court of Appeals didn't buy Shauntay Henderson's argument that she got bad representation in her Jackson County murder trial.

Henderson, a Kansas City resident once deemed by the FBI as one of its most-wanted suspects, told the appellate court that her lawyer in a 2008 trial in Jackson County for second-degree murder didn't call a witness she thought could have helped her case.

Henderson was charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing DeAndre Parker at a Kansas City, Missouri, gas station in 2006.

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Elements officially reopens for the summer on Friday

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Elements is set to open to take advantage of the elements.
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  • Elements is set to open to take advantage of the elements.
A bar that doesn't demand commitment reopens Friday. Elements, the seasonal outdoor bar and patio located at 14th Street and Walnut (near the base of the H&R Bloch Building) in the Power & Light District is back for its third season Friday, May 3. Elements has a solid Friday happy hour with $3 beers, well cocktails and house wines between 4 and 7 p.m. It's a spot defined by the music that's playing, and a good place to remember if you'd rather have a drink than play with your phone while waiting to meet someone. For those who can't wait until Friday, the Bacchus Foundation is holding a pre-grand-opening party on Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m. with $3 domestic beers and $7 specialty drinks with $4 refills.

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