We've had local chefs compete on Top Chefs Masters (Celina Tio and Debbie Gold), and Saveur's editor-in-chief James Oseland (and Top Chef Masters critic) suggested that KC would have its moment in 2012. Casting calls for the show's 11th season begin next week (the closest is on Sunday, February 24, at the Girl & the Goat in Chicago). Would you want to see cheftestants running around the City Market or engaging in Restaurant Wars in a warehouse space in the Crossroads?
Whether it's Midwest civility, genuine ignorance or the understanding that this person is just passing through, celebrities seem to be able to avoid the crush of humanity that is the price of fame. Case in point is MLB.com's Richard Justice's anecdote governing Alex Rodriquez's lunch at Houston's on the Plaza. I've seen the same thing - folks a lot more concerned with nailing down a plate of tacos than seeing if George Brett or Paul Rudd is enjoying his enchiladas.
Do Kansas Citians care about dining alongside celebrities?
We're not about to make fun of all that. Ritual has its place, after all, and we'll be right behind you in line at Target come 4 p.m. February 14.
But whether you're blissfully involved or bitterly sitting out love for a while, one way to get through that cards-and-candy day is to unburden yourself of the past. Old indiscretions, unhealed wounds, last Thursday's hickeys - talk 'em out.
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In a recent story, the Times introduced the idea of pubs attached to charitable causes. The Oregon Public House is set to open in, you guessed it, Portland, Oregon, next month. The Okra Charity Saloon in Houston lets patrons vote with their beer dollars which charity should receive its profits on a monthly basis, and at Shebeen in Australia, a beer's country of origin determines where the profits go. Should Kansas City have a "philanthropub," like Washington, D.C.'s Cause?
It gets at the preachy tenor or judgmental attitude that can, but doesn't necessarily, accompany veganism. Back in March of last year, The Pitch's Payton Hatfield attempted a vegan diet for a month as the vegan with a bacon tattoo (the comments section alone suggests that this is a diet that comes with some heavy emotions). So, let's employ MTV rules and start getting real, people. Do you know a cool vegan?
Let's say you were talking to a vegetarian or someone coming off a four-day barbecue bender. And you had to find that one place which could stand as the best of what the City of Fountains has to offer. That one stand or shack or white-tablecloth joint that you simply couldn't imagine existing in another city. Which non-barbecue eatery says "Kansas City" to you?
Beertone - a clever play on the Pantone color wheel - is a visual catalog of more than 200 Swiss beers [h/t Laughing Squid]. Here beers are defined by their tones and hues. Color wheels are in the works for German and Brazilian beers. Do you ever consciously pick your beer by color?
The best I've recently had was a bowl of chestnut, apple and parsnip from Uncommon Stock (which began selling frozen and refrigerated containers at McGonigle's last month, in addition to the Columbus Park location). But its three soups change weekly, so I'm in search of a new bowl of nirvana. Who has the best cup of soup (chili and stew are acceptable entries, as well) in town right now?
Humans rely on a lot of different sources for caffeine. And, as NPR writes, the market is only going to grow - think caffeinated jerky and Cracker Jack'd (the 'd' stands for extreme). I've tried caffeinated gum (a bit like chewing a metallic, wet sock) and a small piece of high-end dark chocolate (delicious but with unclear results). Where do you look besides coffee for caffeine?
Cookies are the engine that powers Fat City. We've written about the Upper Crust Bakery's banana cookie, the sugar cookies at Swoon, Dolce's contributions to the Shatto ice-cream sammiches, and we gave you a top 10 on this date back in 2009. Alas, Murray's is no longer on the table - the ice-cream and cookie shop had its last day of the season Sunday. With lots of contenders, who makes the best cookie in town, and what is it?
* Wrestle 6 leaves of mint into submission
* Bury the mint…
The wedding ring says no, but the eyes and the drink say yes!
I prefer my creme de violette shaken by muscly arms.
You meant today!
Andrew Heimberger was a joke. He couldn't keep his cool during a rush and couldn't…