Shatto released its previous four milks and loosely tied them to holidays, with chocolate cherry (Valentine's Day), mint chocolate (St. Patrick's Day), cookies and cream, and apple pie (Fourth of July). Blueberry, in half-liter bottles that say "Chillin'" on the side and are capped with a blue top, arrives just ahead of Labor Day.
Tickets cost $30 in advance (up to midnight on September 27 for you commitment-phobes out there) and $35 at the gate. VIP tickets, which come with an extra hour of beer, a buffet, and access to private restrooms in Maker's Mark (the first and third benefits justify the price) are $50.
I wasn't surprised when there wasn't a chorus of raves for Queen Taco from the readers commenting under Jonathan Bender's morning Fast Pitch post, "Who makes a terrific taco in Kansas City." After all, unless you live in Independence, you probably haven't heard of Aaron and Cicci Carreno's unassuming little Mexican restaurant at 11771 East 23rd Street. I had passed the place at least a dozen times myself on my way to the Mugs Up drive-in.
Is it worth a visit? Hell, yes! That is, if you can find it. It's next to a tattoo parlor, just west of the Mandarin House.
Does Kansas City need another culinary program?
The metro already boasts a highly regarded hospitality program at Johnson County Community College, and the Kansas City branch of Art Institutes International also has a culinary training program.
But Brian Schumann, campus director of the brand-spanking-new L'Ecole Culinaire - the expensively outfitted cooking school that opened yesterday on the Country Club Plaza - tells me that there's room for one more.
Summer months make an ideal time to visit Powell Gardens, the botanical gardens located about 45 minutes outside Kansas City in Lone Jack, Missouri. It's currently an explosion of color and fragrance. And as we reported last February, there's a new culinary team operating the venue's restaurant, Cafe Thyme: Eddie Osborne, Guy Campbell, and actress turned restaurant manager Brenda Nelson. The trio of entrepreneurs took over the restaurant from its previous operator, Michael Foust of the Farmhouse (Nelson's former employer) in March.
Cafe Thyme has never really lived up to its potential, probably because it's been treated as something of an afterthought. It's not a full-service restaurant but it always has aspirations to be more than a snack shop. Nelson and company are trying hard, but some of the same old problems linger on.
"Hey, we're still very much a work in progress," Nelson says.
If it looks like a Twinkie, feels like a Twinkie and tastes like a Twinkie...is it a Twinkie?
Here's the deal: You can wait until July 15 for the original Twinkie to return to store shelves (the bankrupt Hostess now has new owners, as Jonathan Bender reported yesterday) or you can find, right now, an upscale knock-off - the Sara Lee version - sold in tasteful, shiny 12-ounce boxes - they look like gift boxes - each containing eight cellophane-wrapped fluffy loaf-shaped cakes injected with creamy white filling.
The Sara Lee Golden Creme Cakes are pillowy-soft and rich in high-fructose corn syrup, propylene glycol monostearate, sodium aluminum sulfate, sorbitan monostearate, and polysorbate 60. Each of the creme cakes contains 6 grams of fat and tastes pretty darn close to the Twinkies I remember eating as a child. (The Hostess Twinkie in recent years seem to have had a disturbing oily sheen).
The third of five special flavors (following chocolate mint and cherry chocolate) marking the 10th anniversary of the Osborn, Missouri, dairy is the most subtle to date. If you've had cookies-and-cream ice cream, you know what you're in for with this one. Just be sure to grab a knife and get scraping because no amount of shaking will dislodge the chocolate at the base of the bottle. Unexpectedly, I found a pint for $2.29 yesterday at McGonigle's. It's worth it if you see it, but not worthy of a separate trip. Anybody else had a chance to sample Shatto's Cookies & Cream milk?
Just when you thought you'd never find another restaurant in the metro that serves ham salad, we found one for you. The three-week-old Infusions Grill & Bar at 837 S.W. Lemans Lane in Lee's Summit is offering a trio of old-fashioned, tearoom-style spreads on its starter menu: curry egg salad, rosemary ham salad (a little too heavy on the rosemary) and white-cheddar pimento spread served up with toasted slices of French baguette.
Don't confuse the new Infusions with a short-lived Shawnee saloon with a similar name, Infused - I reviewed that venue before it vanished in 2009. Infusions has taken over the space vacated by the former Westside Grill & Bar.
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