But Blue Springs native son David Cook did it (briefly). And so did Clay Aiken, and look where he is now. How? Through the staggering reach of a television program called American Idol. Yes, it's still on TV. Yes, it's still minting pop stars. What, you never heard of Caleb Johnson? Next you're going to tell me you don't know who Candice Glover is.
Hold on to your milkshakes, Kansas City, Justin Bieber is in town. And as Blanc Burgers + Bottles breathlessly reported on Facebook, the Biebs had a chicken caprese burger and truffle fries at the Plaza burger shop last night. It's just nice to see a kid eat his vegetables.
Last night, pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, formerly of Jean Georges in New York City and currently the head judge on Top Chef: Just Desserts, was in town to sample fare at Julian and drinks at the Riot Room. He's headed for California, and KC is his latest stop. If he's sleeping in this morning, he can drop us a note, and we'll get him a cinnamon roll.
Someone needs to give Melissa "Missy" Roe her own reality show. Missy has what most of those babes on the various Real Housewives shows don't have: a real life. She has a real job (Roe serves as chief of staff and legislative director for U.S. Congressman Sam Graves), a real crown (she was voted Mrs. Missouri USA in 2010) and a real blog. A food blog called the Perfect Bite: Kansas City.
Roe also has a powerful husband, Jeff Roe — a political consultant popular with right-wing candidates — a hefty man who looks like he hasn't ever missed a meal. Luckily, the lithe Missy shares his passion for food, but without any visible weight gain. (She exercises and eats sensibly when she's not dining out, she says.) But her passion for eating was the driving force behind the Perfect Bite. She explains it all on her blog site: "I’m always looking for that 'perfect bite.' Whether it’s the section of the burger where the toppings line up perfectly or the exact amount of fruit to top my bite of foie gras, somewhere there’s a balance combination that exceeds your expectations."
If you meet Missy, you'll understand why it's important to her that a burger's toppings line up perfectly. Missy is perfect. Her hair, her clothes, her posture, her engagingly self-deprecating sense of humor, her gleaming toothy smile. She's a perfect candidate to be followed everywhere by a camera crew: campaigning, eating, writing, eating ...
You can tell a lot by where a man chooses to rest his fork and knife. Kansas City's own Tom Watson was recently interviewed by Golf Digest for its My Town series, wherein a pro golfer offers a succinct travel guide to their city.
And in between recommending the Negro Leagues Baseball Hall of Fame and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Watson showed, with a host of feel-good, home-cooking restaurant suggestions, why "he is comfortable in the congenial and plain-spoken Midwestern atmosphere."
Chad Ochocinco is coming back to town and first on his list? The Peachtree Buffet (6800 Eastwood Trafficway). The aspiring soccer star -- remember that tryout with Sporting KC -- and actual NFL star fell in love with the soul-food institution back in March, taking the No. 47 bus line there twice.
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