Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kansas Tea Party rockstar Rep. Tim Huelskamp signed up for the Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 3:53 PM

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Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp votes against the Affordable Care Act every chance he gets.  

He calls it a "liberty-attacking mandate."

And he subscribes to it.

Huelskamp told a gathering in Clay Center, Kansas on Thursday that he and his wife signed up for insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act.

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It's official: Alex Pope's Westport restaurant is Local Pig, once again

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Pope puts up his sign...again.
  • Pope puts up his sign...again.


After a five-month delay — a complicated ordeal that involved changing the licensing of the venue — chef Alex Pope (Local Pig butcher shop, Pigwich food truck) was finally able to bring back the Local Pig sign he had first installed above the door at 510 Westport Road in October.

As we explained last fall, Pope took over the seven-month-old Bridger's Bottle Shop (located in part of the old America's Pub location) and has revamped the beer emporium into a more traditional saloon with beer, craft cocktails, and a wider array of dishes than can be shared or eaten as a single meal.

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LC's Hamburgers reopened today after nine months

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 1:30 PM

The long wait was worth it.
  • The long wait was worth it.


The line just to get into the tan building at 7612 Northwest Prairie View Road took about 10 minutes. Then there was the line inside the building to get to the cashier's window. That took 18 minutes. And the wait for the grease-stained brown-paper sack with two cheeseburgers and tater tots? About 20 minutes.

But the wait was worth it for the diehard fans of the Northland's iconic LC's Hamburgers Etc., which reopened today after a nine-month renovation that followed a June 5 fire. The place looks pretty much as it has for the last four decades (and still boasts those few tables inside the venue that must have been designed for Lilliputians).

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75th Street Brewery taps homebrewer Hank Puls' saison Friday night

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Hank Puls, winner of 75th Street's homebrew competition, hops in a fermenter. - HANK PULS
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  • Hank Puls, winner of 75th Street's homebrew competition, hops in a fermenter.

On New Year's Eve, Hank Puls was eating buffalo chicken wings while waiting to hear the winners of 75th Street Brewery's annual homebrewing contest. 

"I had no expectations of winning whatsoever," says Puls, a pediatrician at Children's Mercy. "I had to go to work that night and was just feverishly eating buffalo wings."

Puls had entered a saison, which he dubbed The Battle Of The Frontiers, a French saison brewed with apricot. (Puls took the name from the series of opening World War I battles with Germany invading Belgium and France; all three countries' yeast is represented in his brew.)

"When they announced that I had won, my hands were covered in buffalo wing sauce," he says. "I had to go to the bathroom before I could shake [brewmaster] Pat [Sandman]'s hand."

Friday, maybe Puls will have another plate of wings when he, his family and friends go out to dinner at 75th Street (520 West 75th Street). He'll definitely be drinking his saison, which he and Sandman scaled-up the during a February 26 brewing session.

"It's an amalgam of my recipe, converting it over to their system," Puls says. He says he recipe was streamlined a little bit to fit 75th Street's system. "It's definitely going to be a different beer."

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Throwback Thursday: Listen to Umberto's first LP ahead of his show at the Brick on Friday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:54 AM

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Matt Hill has been performing giallo-inspired electronic music under the name of Umberto for over half a decade now. Hill left Kansas City for points west back in 2013, and we can't think of the last time he performed his Carpenter-like jams in our neck of the woods. This make's Umberto return to Kansas City at the Brick tomorrow, on Friday, March 27, a pretty special occasion.

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Cans of Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA hit store shelves next week

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 8:54 AM

Boulevard's Heavy Lifting IPA will start showing up in stores on Monday. - BOULEVARD
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  • Boulevard's Heavy Lifting IPA will start showing up in stores on Monday.
The wait for cans of Boulevard beer is almost over. Boulevard's Heavy Lifting IPA is set to hit store shelves in the metro area on Monday, March 30, meaning Boulevard cans will soon be in your hands. Yes, cans!

Heavy Lifting (6.2 percent ABV and 80-plus IBUs) is going to be a year-round release based off of Boulevard's Tasting Room Mid-Coast IPA. Boulevard ambassador brewery Jeremy Danner describes the new brew on the brewery's blog as having "massive end of boil hop additions of Topaz, Bravo and Centennial and is dry-hopped with Centennial, Amarillo, Citra and Topaz. This hop assault creates a huge citrusy/piney flavor and aroma that leaps from a simple malt base composed of pale malt and a touch of Munich malt. Heavy Lifting finishes quite dry with lingering hop bitterness."

You'll be able to find out for yourself next week when six packs of 12-ounce cans begin showing up around town. Kegs should arrive in the metro in late April. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kansas Craft Beer Week begins, the Belfry hosts a sour bottle share night and more beer events

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Kansas Craft Beer Week launches at Barley's Midland. - KANSAS CRAFT BEER WEEK FACEBOOK
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  • Kansas Craft Beer Week launches at Barley's Midland.
Thursday, March 26
Renegade night, with Depravity Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout and brewer Brian O’Connell, at Barley’s Brewhaus (5031 W. 135th St., Leawood), 4:30 p.m.

Tapping of Prairie Artisan Ales and Siren’s Ratchet, at Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.), 7 p.m.

Sweet $2 16-ounce beers, at Gordon Biersch (11652 Ash, Leawood), 3–11 p.m.

Friday, March 27
Final Firkin Friday, with a tapping of Abita’s oak barrel–aged Pecan Harvest Ale, Barley’s (16649 Midland Dr., Shawnee), 4:30 p.m.

KC Design Week kickoff party, with Torn Label, at the Bauer Event Space (115 W. 18th St.), 8–11 p.m.

Odell tasting, at Gomer’s (3838 Broadway), 4–7 p.m.

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA, at the Other Place (7324 W. 80th St., Overland Park), 4 p.m.

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Talking with Gilbert Gottfried about juggalos and podcasts ahead of his shows at the KC Improv this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Gottfried visits KC Friday through Sunday.
  • Gottfried visits KC Friday through Sunday.

There are, most would agree, quite enough comedian-hosted podcasts in the world today. So at first blush, it sounded a bit sad that veteran comic and actor Gilbert Gottfried was promoting one of his own — an old-timer hopping on a trend way, way too late.

But it turns out that “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast” is not a contrived attempt by an aging Hollywood comedian to reach a digital millennial audience. It’s instead an aging Hollywood comedian talking to other aging Hollywood types, many of them even older than Gottfried is. (He’s 60.) 

What that amounts to is Gottfried listening to war stories from comics, actors, writers, singers, show-runners and other Hollywood players dating back decades. Guests so far have included Henry Winkler, Weird Al Jankovic, Dick Cavett, Micky Dolenz and Adam West.

Gottfried appears at the KC Improv this weekend — two shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (More info here.) We rang him up for a quick chat last week. (His voice is more relaxed offstage.) 

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Liver and onions: Yes, you can still find the dish in KC

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Liver and onions is a frequent dinner special at Niecie's on Troost.
  • Liver and onions is a frequent dinner special at Niecie's on Troost.


Last Friday, I was part of the food critics panel discussing, on KCUR 89.3's Central Standard, the subject of offal: "animal innards and extremities." According to Food Lover's Companion, these include brains, cheeks, intestines, feet and ankles, kidneys, livers, tripe and such.

Those ingredients are very much back in style. Just take a gander — pun intended — at the menu at Extra Virgin (1900 Main), which has a full array of organ-meat delicacies: lamb tongue salad, duck tongue tacos, chicken livers and toast.

On the other side of the wall at 1900 Main, the fancier Michael Smith restaurant serves rabbit gnocchi, but liver and onions? Positively never.

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Master my thoughts? Lisa Ash helps me meditate on that idea

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Ash: a guide to Zen - SAUNDERS FINE ART
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  • Ash: a guide to Zen

When I worked in a dreary corporate office, I used to meditate during my lunch break. I’d park my car in an empty strip-mall parking lot, close my eyes and focus on the sound of traffic whizzing down the nearby highway, trying desperately to think of nothing.

My brain would not cooperate.

Instead of relaxing, I found myself fixating on the e-mail I forgot to send, the résumé I needed to update, the money I wasn’t sure I had enough of to buy groceries at Whole Foods that week.

According to Lisa Ash, lead instructor at Maya Yoga (215 West 18th Street) and studio manager at Westport Yoga (4304 Bell), that inability to silence such distractions isn’t such a bad thing.

“Your brain is not supposed to stop,” she says. “If your brain stops, you die. You’re supposed to gain mastery over your thoughts.”

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