Friday, March 29, 2013

Royals are the 29th most-valuable MLB team; payroll is $80.4 million

The Royals rank as the 29th most valuable MLB team.

Posted by on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

The Royals arent worth all that much.
  • The Royals aren't worth all that much.
The Royals had a blistering spring training, which might give some fans hope that this is the year they break through and, at the very least, top the .500 mark. The team's promising youthful core, though, isn't doing much to goose the team's value.

In its annual list of what Major League Baseball teams are worth, Forbes ranks the Royals at 29th. The magazine says the club is worth $457 million.

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  • The Royals rank as the 29th most valuable MLB team.

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Vampire Weekend has rescheduled its Midland date

Posted by on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Did you know Vampire Weekend went to an Ivy League school?
  • Did you know Vampire Weekend went to an Ivy League school?
In addition to burning a bunch of Saabs for the sake of a music video, Vampire Weekend has rescheduled its May performance at the Midland. The new one is a ways down the road: Tuesday, October 8.

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Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA has hopheads buzzing in KC

Posted by on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Perhaps the Easter Bunny will leave a 22 in your basket.
  • Perhaps the Easter Bunny will leave a 22 in your basket.
Most breweries now employ an "Enjoy By" date on a bottle rather than an expiration date. But Stone Brewing Co. has flipped that idea on its head with a new release, the Enjoy By 04.20.13 IPA. The California brewer has created a hop-heavy ale with 11 different hops added at all points of the brew process. And all of those pungent hops aren't meant to last, which is why the beer that showed up in Kansas City (the first of the limited hophead releases that appeared in KC was Enjoy By 12.21.12) this past week is here only for a short time. Stone sent Fat City a 22 oz. bottle - the adult equivalent of the Easter Bunny - and we obliged them by drinking it.

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Why KC realtors aren't singing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'

Posted by on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Its cheap to live near the K.
  • It's cheap to live near the K.
You might have a valid complaint about beer prices at Kauffman Stadium, but when it comes to housing prices around the ballpark, you're looking at a bargain. Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko reports that Kansas City has the country's cheapest housing in the neighborhood around its baseball stadium.

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Eat Local & Organic Expo and other weekend possibilities

What do you have on tap for the weekend?

Posted by on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Meet your neighborhood growers.
  • Facebook: KC Food Circle
  • Meet your neighborhood growers.
The Kansas City Food Circle's 15th annual exhibition of farmers, the Eat Local & Organic Expo, is set for Saturday, March 30, at the Shawnee Civic Center (13817 Johnson Drive, in Shawnee) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On the following Saturday, the expo shifts to the Penn Valley Community College Gym (3201 Southwest Trafficway) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. Local producers will be on hand to sell seedlings, produce, meat, dairy and eggs. You also can purchase community-supported agriculture subscriptions and learn how to practice aquaponics. Beth Bader, co-author of the The Cleaner Plate Club, leads a seminar on how families can eat seasonally and locally.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Eyeballs found in trash at Kansas City gas station

Posted by on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

A gas station seems like an odd place to dump eyeballs.
  • A gas station seems like an odd place to dump eyeballs.
The Kansas City Police Department is investigating a pair of eyeballs that were found in a box in the trash of a Conoco station at Northwest 112th Street and North Ambassador Drive in the Northland. The peepers were in a cardboard box labeled "Keep refrigerated" when they were discovered Wednesday night.

The AP reports that KCPD spokesman Steve Young said the department is trying to determine if the eyes were human.

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Twenty20 has a meatball sub that should be in your face

Posted by on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Not all grinders are created equally.
Sandwiched between a construction project and the Freight House, it's easy to walk past Twenty20 (2020 Baltimore) and not know what you're missing. But the steady stream of regulars who live and work in the Crossroads is a good hint. This catering operation that also serves lunch is worth the effort of would-be Sherlocks.

The idea of Twenty20 makes sense. A caterer has everything that one would need to operate a luncheonette and represents another use for a space that would just be a commissary for evening events. The dining room is predominantly a second-floor alcove where you can watch your sandwich being made in the kitchen below.

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Paradise Locker Meats shows how the sausage is made (Slideshow)

Posted by on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Mario Fantasma is saving the small town butcher.
The subject of this week's cover story, Paradise Locker Meats in Trimble, Missouri, is at the center of the rebirth of the local butcher. The Pitch accompanied chefs from both coasts and the staff of Heritage Foods USA, which takes weekly mail orders for the Heritage pigs that Paradise Locker slaughters and processes, on a tour of the Missouri butcher earlier this month. Open since 1945, Paradise has been owned and operated by the Fantasma family for the past 18 years. Click here or on the photo above for a virtual tour shot by Brooke Vandever.

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Should we celebrate or eliminate the trend of photographing our food?

Posted by on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Yup, this site exists.
  • Yup, this site exists.
I am not fun to eat with. I'm a fine conversationalist. I like a lot of different cuisines. And I'll gladly let you have a bite off my plate. But I'm still not fun to eat with. And that's because, if we're sitting together, there's going to come a moment after the food arrives that I have to ask you to wait to take a bite (no matter how hungry you are) so that I can snap a picture, or six, of the food in front of you. We don't just eat with our eyes anymore. We eat with our lens first.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Acoustic Sounds' huge vinyl operation in Salina, Kansas (slideshow)

Acoustic Sounds presses quality vinyl in Salina.

Posted by on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

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  • Megan Dejmal
In print this week, I wrote about Acoustic Sounds, Chad Kassem's vinyl empire in Salina, Kansas. The company retails records online; records artists; reissues classic albums; and now plates and presses records at a subsidiary, Quality Record Pressings. It's a pretty amazing operation they've got going there; click through to this slideshow for a photo tour of the place. Read the story here.

  • Acoustic Sounds presses quality vinyl in Salina.

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