Thursday, February 28, 2013

Can the White House save KU from the Zubaz jerseys?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

KU is set to get fierce.
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  • KU is set to get fierce.
Zubaz was once the bailiwick of men like William 'Refrigerator' Perry. Men seemingly without a waist and a desire to proclaim that fact in loud, angry stripes. Fashion lines end, but the zigzags of Zubaz just keep rearing their neon heads. The latest is the camo-esque blue-and-white Kansas University basketball jerseys from Adidas. KU is one of six schools (Baylor, Cincinnati, Louisville, Notre Dame and UCLA are the other five) that are expected to don the pinneys.

The Kansas City Star reports that Bill Self confirmed the Jayhawks will wear the uniforms for at least one game in the conference tournament, but not after that. Some KU fans are hoping that the jerseys don't even make it that far. A petition posted today on We The People is asking the Obama administration to "Stop Kansas basketball from wearing the new uniforms proposed by adidas [sic]," and reads as follows:

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Mike Tyson has canceled the Kansas City stop on his crazy one-man-show tour

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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Sometimes it's like this city can't catch a goddamn break: Undisputed Truth at the Midland has been canceled. Here's an explanation from Mike Tyson (definitely not Mike Tyson):

"Due to circumstances beyond my control, certain cities on my Undisputed Truth tour have been cancelled. I am so appreciative of my fans and all of my supporters. I sincerely apologize to anyone that was inconvenienced by these cancellations. I was looking forward to doing a great show for you and hope at a later date that I am still able to do so." - Mike Tyson
Refunds available at point of purchase.

Sporting KC unveils new two-tone jerseys

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Its Kansas and Missouri on a jersey!
  • It's Kansas and Missouri on a jersey!

After a tumultuous offseason that saw Sporting Kansas City ditch Livestrong from its stadium's name, and saw the loan of fan favorite Kei Kamara to Norwich City in England, the team got to be in the spotlight for some good news yesterday. Of course, the Chiefs' blockbuster trade for quarterback Alex Smith stole quite a bit of Sporting's thunder. Nonetheless, the club unveiled its new jerseys on Thursday. And they're plenty different from the old uniforms.

According to a team press release, this two-tone shirt is meant to represent the team's presence on both sides of the state line. "The new primary jersey showcases the team's Sporting Blue and Dark Indigo colors through a trendy asymmetrical design that emphasizes the state line brand element, which was introduced during the club's rebrand in 2010. The state line represents the shared border between Kansas and Missouri, with Sporting Kansas City having strong ties to both sides of the state line."

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Pad-Thai Restaurant noodles onto the Overland Park dining scene

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The pork spring rolls at Pad-Thai.
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  • The pork spring rolls at Pad-Thai.
A huge, savory bowl of Thom Yum Gai (chicken stewed with lemongrass and kaffir lime with fresh mushrooms) might just be better than chicken noodle soup when it comes to recovering from shoveling. And folks off Metcalf can now cruise over to Pad-Thai Restaurant (14319 Metcalf) for exactly that. The former home of Pippino's Pizzeria, Nica's Cafe and Tasty Thai reopened last month as Pad-Thai. The menu has a number of familiar Thai dishes, from papaya salad to curry (green, red, yellow and panang) as well as yum voon sen (bean thread salad) and the restaurant's namesake, Pad Thai.

Pad-Thai Restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is 913-685-4500.

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A snapper really is a snapper in Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

The red snapper at Drunken Fish.
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  • The red snapper at Drunken Fish.
You may not always eat snapper, but when you do, you probably prefer that it's actually snapper. There's good news out of the recent rash of articles concerning the mislabeling of seafood. While the rest of America is apparently eating rockfish, pollock, tilapia and a whole ocean of other fish that are not red snapper, Kansas Citians are getting the real McCoy.

A new report from Oceana shows that 87 percent of snapper was mislabeled, except in Kansas City, which as PopSci noted, is "one of the only locations where a fish labeled snapper was actually a snapper." A survey of restaurants, grocery stores and sushi venues on both sides of the state line, however, did find that 35 percent of fish wasn't labeled correctly, with escolar being sold as white tuna and Atlantic cod said to be orange roughy.

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Jay & Silent Bob are Kansas City-bound

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Smith is set to take the stage in KC again.
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  • Smith is set to take the stage in KC again.
Kevin Smith has been to Kansas City, and now his alter ego is set to pay a visit. Smith made headlines a few years back after a spirited back-and-forth with the Phelps' clan before a local showing of his film, Red State, at the Midland.

And on May 17 at 8 p.m., he'll be back at the downtown theater, only as one-half of the blunt-celebrating duo, Jay & Silent Bob. Smith and Jason Mewes take the stage to showcase their latest animated flick, Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, and then conduct a podcast question-and-answer session. Tickets officially go on sale tomorrow. You can get access to the presale at 10 a.m. today (click here and enter 'GROOVY').

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Lard, Rye, Grit and what's really good for you

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Lard has become almost a dirty four-letter word in today's culinary world.
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  • Lard has become almost a dirty four-letter word in today's culinary world.

When Colby and Megan Garrelts opened their newest restaurant, Rye, in Leawood this past December, they made a shocking admission: The flaky crusts for the house-baked lemon-meringue pie and molasses-rich MoKan nut pie were made with lard. Yes, lard, that legendary ingredient which creates the lightest, flakiest pie crusts - and renders such a dessert verboten to vegetarians. (As Fat City has reported before, it's rare to find a restaurant or bakery ready to admit using the product anymore.)

The Garreltses aren't alone in celebrating lard. The joys of rendered pig are espoused in a cookbook (published by Kansas City-based Andrews McMeel) titled 100% Natural Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking With Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient. The softbound cookbook was created by the editors of Grit Magazine, whose editor-in-chief, Oscar H. Will III, tells Fat City: "Lard is making a comeback, partly because of the slow-food movement and partly because the lipid hypothesis - that saturated fats are dangerous - has been debunked."

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Drive-By Truckers and Old 97's are coming to Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 6:59 AM

DBT on the way.
  • DBT on the way.
The way Drive-By Truckers and Old 97's move, you can pretty much count on a local tour stop at least once a year from each group. They're on the road together this spring, and their stop at Crossroads KC at Grinders on Saturday, May 25, should be a hell of a country-rock party. Tickets on sale this Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

The Lumineers are playing this summer's first Buzz Under the Stars concert

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 6:11 AM

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Newly minted pop stars the Lumineers are delighting audiences across the land with all their ho'in and hey'in. They've played both Riot Room and Liberty Hall in the past year, and this summer they'll step it up to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs for the first installment of 96.5's annual Buzz Under the Stars concert series. The date is Saturday, June 1. Also on the bill: Cold War Kids, the Neighbourhood, and the Mowglis. Tickets on sale now.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Villa Capri still open? Yes!

Don't worry, Villa Capri is still going strong.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Villa Capri is alive and well and still serving classic Southern Italian dishes.
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  • Villa Capri is alive and well and still serving classic Southern Italian dishes.

Fat City has received a few calls this week about the venerable Villa Capri Restaurant at 8126 Metcalf. At 52 years old, it's one of the longest-running restaurants in Overland Park and one of the first suburban venues to serve pizza. (There's no shortage of pizza all over the metro now, something we'll address in print next week with our pizza edition.)

"I stopped by there this week and was told it was under construction," one reader e-mails.

Uh oh. When a restaurant posts a note saying it's closed for repairs or renovation, it's often code for "closing soon." But that's definitely not the case with Villa Capri.

"We really have been doing some construction," the restaurant's Diana Scudiero tells me. "Nothing major. We opened up the dining room quite a bit and rearranged the layout of the room." Between that and the snow, the place was dark a short time. But it's back to regular hours full time now, Scudiero says - and the menu is getting a little updating, too.

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