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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kansas City won't get the Republican National Convention in 2016

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

All the hoopla is over.

Kansas City made videos, assembled a youth marching band, spruced up downtown, had Mayor Sly James dance on an airport tarmac, had Dick Cheney spend a night in town, covered up the Totally Nude sign, raised millions in private funds and spent public money, all to impress Republicans. But it wasn't enough to convince GOP leaders to pick Kansas City as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Pink Box Bakeshop: a lot of sweet for $5

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM

All this for less than five bucks? Sweet!
  • All this for less than five bucks? Sweet!

From the pink-painted storefront to the hearts-filled window display, Lawrence's Pink Box Bakeshop (727 Massachusetts) is frosted in cloying sweetness. But the treats inside temper the visual blood-sugar spike.

If I could find an all-carbohydrate diet that wouldn't shorten my life span, I'd sign up in a healthy heartbeat and let cinnamon rolls have their own food group. So when I saw a pan brimming with a freshly baked batch, I had to have one.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Golden Corral will start serving cotton candy

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Another childhood memory down the drain.
  • Another childhood memory down the drain.

When you think of cotton candy, it might bring back memories or the circus or the county fair. Well, Golden Corral is about to crush all of those memories.

According to Restaurant News, the buffet company has already placed machines in two of its restaurants, with plans to put them in all of its venues.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Fresher than Fresh hits its fundraising goal

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Fresher Than Fresh employee Sara serves up a flight of freshness in the garden at 17th and Summit.
  • Fresher Than Fresh employee Sara serves up a flight of freshness in the garden at 17th and Summit.

People no longer scream for just ice cream -- there seems to be plenty of demand for snow cones.

Laricks is now considering rehabbing an old ice cream truck she bought last summer.
  • Laricks is now considering rehabbing an old ice cream truck she bought last summer.
Eighteen days ago, we noted that Lindsay Laricks of Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones was trying to raise $6,300 -- via the online fundraising Web site Kickstarter -- to expand her business. At that point, Laricks was about halfway to her goal, with 106 backers and $2,911 pledged.

As of this morning, the number of backers had doubled to 215, with $6,674 pledged (and there are still eight days to go!). That's important because the projects on Kickstarter must be completely funded in order for any money to be released -- Laricks is at 106 percent. 

"We hit our goal -- it's unbelievable," says Laricks, who was on a mission to get more spoons -- the sunshine had led to an early afternoon rush -- when I caught her briefly in the garden at 17th and Summit yesterday afternoon.

Now, not only is she planning to remodel FTF's signature trailer; she's thinking about adding a second vehicle -- an old ice cream truck that she purchased last summer. 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cream cheese and chocolate at Boulevard Bakery

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM


With bakeries, it's all too easy to get into routines. I get my povitica at MeMa's (unless I'm near Strawberry Hill), my lemon cookie at JaWa Le's Bakery-Bistro, and my mini muffins at the Classic Cookie.

When you start to have the exact change ready or the counter staff doesn't even bother to ask what else you want, you might be in a bit of a rut. To that point, I've never walked out of Boulevard Bakery & Pastries with anything other than decorated cookies.

The bakery in the Northeast (2815 Independence Avenue, a few blocks west of Van Brunt) is a step back in time, with checkerboard linoleum floors and a long pastry case that dominates the L-shaped counter. This is where I go when I need cookies for a birthday party or a get-well gift -- just as countless Kansas Citians have done since the bakery opened in 1991. 

But in an effort to explore what's to the right (creamhorns, chocolate fudgies and Radar bars) and to the left (pastries, danishes and turnovers), I was determined to walk out with a white box that didn't contain a red ladybug or yellow bumblebee cookie. The two pastries that follow might have just been added to my regular order. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cookie ornaments from KCK at the Blaire House in Washington D.C.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM


The next time you need to decorate your tree because world leaders are coming over for Christmas dinner, you should call Kodi Malott.

Malott, of Kodi's Cakes in Kansas City, Kansas, was recently asked to create a series of cookie ornaments for the Christmas tree at the Blair House -- the President's guest house, across the street from the White House. It's where foreign heads of state stay while they're visiting and this month, they'll see Malott's creations.

"It's exciting to think that something I made is going to hang from a

Christmas tree and be seen by all of these world leaders and potentially President Obama," says Malott.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Chewing on Trident Layers gum

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 9:45 AM


Gum has become complicated. The packaging is slick and the flavors are complex. You don't just get bubble gum-flavored gum any more.

Wondering whether it was worth the hype and price ($1.49 for a 14-pack), I picked up two packages of new Trident Layers Gum. And my expectations were high based on the current ad campaign which suggests people would be happy to be paid in gum. It also promises "layers and layers of flavor."

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Milk Men -- a Mad Men parody

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Milk Men - A Mad Men Parody

If you yearn to know what it was like back when cold bottles arrived on doorsteps every morning, Milk Men provides a peek inside the routes of the men and women who delivered the dairy.

The trailer -- a clever parody of AMC's Mad Men, which just wrapped up its third season -- covers the intrigue and excitement of door-to-door milk deliveries set in the turbulent and trendy 1960s. The parody is the work of Sidecar Comedy, a sketch and improv group from Brooklyn, New York, whose members are Justin Tyler, Alden Ford and Matt Fisher. 

Milk Men is enjoyable on several levels, not the least of which is watching people in suits down milk like it's fine scotch going out of style. But the true joy likes in watching the Don Draper/Milk Man character wax poetically about what he is trying to sell you:

"I don't want to sell you milk. You pour it on your cereal and then it's gone. This ... this is ... breakfast in bed. It's hot cocoa after an evening spent ice skating. This didn't fall from the udders of a cow, it sprang from the imagination of a child. This isn't milk ... it's ... it's innocence."

Watch it -- it will help you get through this morning.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pranks and beans

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM


The world of pranks has come to jelly beans with Bean Boozled Jelly Beans -- the latest product from the Jelly Belly Candy Company.

It's a clever repackaging of the Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans -- a licensed Harry Potter candy that featured ear wax, vomit and bacon flavors. (The bacon was kind of tasty in an artificially bacon sort of way.) But with Harry Potter leaving movie theaters shortly and the books having ceased publication in 2007, Jelly Belly needed to find a use for its collection of nasty flavors.

Booger is still included, thank goodness, in the customizable tins that pair two identically colored but very differently flavored jelly beans (such as black jelly beans that taste like either skunk spray or licorice). In case you were getting tired of barf or baby-wipes flavors, you can enjoy centipede and canned dog food in the second edition.

It's about time the prank candy market was updated. We've been dealing with gum that turns your mouth black, blue or red since my childhood. Or the hard candy that once the outer coating dissolves is suddenly a fish-flavored lozenge. And dirty-worded fortune cookies should have been retired long ago.  

Now we can have the sophisticated joy of the bait-and-switch and watch our loved ones suffer through pencil shavings and moldy cheese flavors. But this kind of humor comes with a steep price -- a half-ounce customized tin is $3.49. 

[Image via Flickr: goobimama]

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The hallowed candy bowl

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM


It was a wicker basket, roughly the size of a birthday sheet cake. The bags of bulk candy were placed next to it, awaiting the traditional layout to maximize space and presentation -- an effort to be neither appreciated nor acknowledged by the first group of trick-or-treaters who would tear my efforts asunder in their desire to get to the Snickers faster.

I'm talking about the candy bowl of my youth -- the basket that seemed to appear just before Halloween -- taken from a cupboard where it rested in preparation for the biggest night of the year.

It is not necessarily a fancy bowl. In many cases, it's simply the largest one you have. But the act of filling it and giving away the contents to your neighbors elevates that bowl's status. If candy has a hope chest, this is it.

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