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If she wants to cool down, Brown looks for an iced coffee from the Broadway Café and Roastery, which provides the beans for the coffee served at Dolce. And when it gets really hot later this summer, she plans to call up a new friend. Lindsay Laricks, the owner of Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones, worked at Dolce over the winter holiday season, and Brown has fallen in love with her pineapple and habañero snow cones.
"I told her I'm happy to come work in the trailer [at 17th Street and Summit on Sundays] and make snow cones whenever she needs help," Brown says. "And I'll pay for whatever I eat."
Brown doesn't crave just sweets. She's got a savory tooth, as well. You might catch her on the patio at Julian (6227 Brookside Plaza) with a manhattan (made with an eight-year-old bourbon) and a plate of pulled pork. She's also a fan of the patio at North (4579 West 119th Street, in Leawood) where she likes to settle in with a plate of scallops and a martini. And she raves about the mushroom ragout on soft polenta (even if it's not a summer dish) that's on the appetizer menu. But her secret love is a new one: Tavern in the Village (3901 Prairie Lane, in Prairie Village).
"They bring you a whole platter of warm doughnuts," Brown says. "I have doughnut shame, but I'm good with it."
Brown is busy finalizing her food wish list for a weeklong trip to Stinson Beach and San Francisco in July. The bay city's Tartine Bakery is a must-stop, she says, and she's still figuring out where she'll get her seafood fix. But her dream vacation, regardless of where she eats, includes the one thing that every baker dreams about: plenty of sleep.
"I'm like every girl," Brown says, "I just like to take naps in the sun."
By Jonathan Bender
Summer is all about first loves: your first Missouri peach, your first Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones, and your first bite of Green Dirt Farm cheese. Discover new loves with 10 food adventures that are worth circling on the calendar.
Waldo Farmers Market
3–7 p.m. Wednesdays
303 West 79th Street
The new-this-year Waldo Farmers Market sells plants, organic and locally grown food, and personal-care products — including produce from Stony Crest Urban Farm and organic body products from Nutressant — in the parking lot of Habitat ReStore. Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones is on-site through June, and the market runs through August.
Midwest Wine Tours
Forget Napa. Missouri is where it's at if you're an oenophile. Midwest Wine Tours schedules weekend trips from June through September. A chartered bus takes 10 couples from Kansas City to Hermann, Missouri, and the tour includes stops at five or six wineries, six meals, two nights in a bed-and-breakfast, and a private tour of a vineyard and wine cellar. The tour costs $450 per person. See midwestwinetours.com
Green Dirt Farms
Cheese Appreciation Events
Even though you might like cheese, you haven't truly appreciated it until you've been to one of the monthly Cheese Appreciation Events, held on the third Saturday and Sunday of each month, at Green Dirt Farms. In June, the Weston farm collaborates with Boulevard Brewery for pairings of beer and cheese. In July, tasters compare fresh and soft-ripened cheeses made from three different types of milk. In August, blue cheeses are pitted against one another, again with samples of Boulevard beer. And in September, brie and camembert-style cheeses are sampled along with Malbec wines. The events cost $40 per person. Farm tours also are available by appointment, Wednesday through Friday and on Sunday for $8 per person. See greendirtfarm.com.