Its Monday afternoon in Kansas City, it’s hot and humid with the recent rain. Every one is at work but a group of tequila connoisseurs are all hanging out at Port Fonda for Viva Sangrita. Viva Sangrita is an event that is based around the Mexican drink a Sangrita. This event has been going on for 4 years and it’s the first time in Kansas City. There are bartenders from all over Missouri and as far as Milwaukee. They are competing to win $1,000 to go down to The Tales of the Cocktails(which is a huge cocktail event in New Orleans filled with competitions, seminars, and reuniting with friends) to compete to win the grand prize of a trip to Mexico to visit the distillery and well… Have a hell of a good time as well as taking in knowledge of tequila. There are a ton of Kansas City’s own participating hoping to represent Kansas City down in New Orleans. —Continue Reading.
Cheese Slipper Saturdays are BACK!
In the Westside Neighborhood in Kansas City, there is a little bakery called Fervere, who makes beautiful artisan breads. During the summer all of my friends look forward to the day that we wait in line for the Cheese Slipper.
What is a Cheese Slipper though? A Cheese Slipper is ciabatta bread that is stuffed with some cheese and covered in cheese. It is just heavenly. You can get this bread when they are open Thursday through Saturday in the morning.
On Saturday evenings though Fervere gets amazing local ingredients and puts them on top of this bread. Ingredients like mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, asparagus and fresh herbs. It’s AMAZING!!! They pair amazingly with a glass of wine or a soda or snow cone from Little Freshie, which is just right around the corner.
Last year the last evening of Cheese Slippers probably sold out in under an hour, and many people were turned away. This last Saturday was the first night and I wanted to make sure that I was able to get my hands on one. Doors opened at 6p, but I got there about 5:15p and there were already 3 people waiting in line. By 5:30p the line was already at a block long. When the doors open the long was pretty consistantly that long.
I know a lot of people want me keep this on the down low, but really how can something this good keep under wraps for too long.
My advice to you is get there early. Even if you do not get there and there is a line, a Cheese Slipper is always worth the wait. It’s $8 a Cheese Slipper unless they have one with a little bit more nicer or rare ingredients. Bring cash.
Memorial Day is not the sign of summer in Kansas City anymore, it is when the Cheese Slippers make their appearance.
Happy Summer, and Cheers.
Spring, Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate is in the Air!
It’s that time of year again…. well not quite. If you have been in Kansas City recently or live here you have noticed a big influx of coffee shops that have opened or are opening up in the past 6 months and there are still more to come. Jason Burton of the LAB definitely noticed. Calling Kansas City his home, and home to the Caffeine Crawl. Last year the Crawl was 3 days because of the many additions to our coffee community as well as awesome tea shops. He knew there was not going to realistic to make it a 4 day crawl, or if he kept it at 3 days there were going to be shops that would be left out. Each and every shop adds to the diversity and culture in our beautiful coffee community, and even beverage community. To fix this dilemma he decided to make a Spring crawl and a Fall crawl. This also gives more people opportunity to visit and experience our coffee scene.
“Slow Bar” Craze Hits Kansas City
Kansas City has been hit with the coffee bug. We are lucky to have so many great shops in our city that have been here for years and more recently we have had a surge of new shops coming in and calling Kansas City their home. Some local coffee shops are expanding into different parts of town. With all of these new shops some are putting this phrase “slow bar” in the name of their shop.
I was wondering if people in Kansas City or even around the country know what a “slow bar” is. I have gone to some of Kansas City’s own “slow bars” and asked questions. —Continue Reading.
Today we had an adventure in the Waldo area in Kansas City. The day started at the brand new coffee shop in South Waldo off 85th and Wornall. Second Best Coffee opened last Friday, January 31, and has been busy ever since. Click here to read about the awesome coffees we had from PT’s Coffee and Dogwood Coffee, plus a breakfast burrito that had a local lamb sausage in it.
Then our day ended at One More Cup off 75th and Wornall. This coffee shop is celebrating their 5 year birthday this month. So click here to learn about what One More Cup is about and find out about their birthday week specials. Stacy, Jeremy, and their team work so hard to make this little shop so inviting. You often find people conversing about everything, as well as regulars talking with each other making new friends.
There is another coffee shop that we did not visit today, but we have been there before, Coffee Girls. In the same area as One More Cup. Check out the post we did about them.
Brotherly Burrito Love
The snowpocalypse has hit Kansas City, and with 10 inches on the ground and with another 5 – 8 inches this weekend Kansas City is basically on shut down. Although there are still restaurants still open serving those within walking distance from their homes. Last month I just moved to the River Market and I have yet to go adventures to see what is around this area. I always come out to the River Market for the Farmer’s Market. While on Facebook, the City Market Facebook page listed places that were open today. Burrito Brothers was one of them. I figured today was a perfect day to walk over and get a huge burrito! — Continue Reading.
Kansas City’s Odd Coffee Tasting Shop
This is a much overdue overview of Oddly Correct. I try to come as often as I can but with hours of 7a til 3p Monday through Saturday, if I do not plan it it can be difficult to make it in. This coffee shop is unlike most of the coffee shops here in Kansas City. Located just off of Westport Road and Main Street, they are trying to bring life to that part of Main Street by providing amazing coffee. This is where their shop is located now, which is about a year old, but before this store front they brewed chemexes and v60’s out of their roasting facility. Which is no bigger than the size of a oversized SUV. So if you did not mind being close with person next to you then it was not the place for you. But now they have their new beautiful space with long community tables that almost instantly creates conversations with the people around you. You might think that you are not hipster enough for the shop, do not think this way. All are welcome. —Continue Reading.
Drunken Fish P&L – KCRW2014
Last night we found ourselves indulging ourselves in amazing courses in a beautiful environment at Drunken Fish. I reserved our table with the Open Table App and luckily I did. As we walked in the what felt like below freezing temperatures, we found a bunch of people waiting for a table. We were directed to our table in the area where we were able watch the amazing sushi chefs do their thing for a packed house. I encountered the general manager at the Private Restaurant Week Kick-off Party(check pictures on our Instagram) and the information he gave me was just astounding. He was answering Sadie and I’s questions before we even knew that we had them. I knew that I had to go there at some point during Restaurant Week. — Continue Reading.
Remedy Food + Drink – KCRW2014
Yesterday was the kick off to Restuarant Week in Kansas City. To start off the event we went to Remedy Food + Drink, just off the 75th and Wornall in the Waldo Area. —Continue Reading.
Kansas City Restaurant Week 2014
It’s that time of year again Kansas City. That week all the foodies in the city have circled really big in red ink. We start putting our tips in a jar to eat out almost every lunch and dinner available. What am I talking about? Kansas City’s Restaurant Week of course.
This year there are over 100 restaurants participating in this year’s restaurant week. My friends and I went to Restaurant Week for the first time last year and it was so much fun getting to taste what Kansas City had to offer. One thing I did not know about restaurant week that I wish I knew is that the restaurants donate 10% of their proceeds to 3 different non profits. Which you can learn a little more about it at our Restaurant Week page.
Sadie and I went to a preview party to learn a little more about Restaurant Week as well as taste what some of the restaurants might be offering. There was a lot of food that was consumed as well as learning and asking questions about their menu. One thing I have noticed is a growing number of vegetarians reading KCMorsel as well as just in the Kansas City area. Whether it be for moral or for health, We were looking out for you.
There were a handful of restaurants that were at this event such as Drunken Fish, Nara, Westside Local, Taco Republic, and so many more. Needless to say we were definitely full after this event and needed to relax after all of the food consumption. While we were enjoying the little bites we were also asking about vegetarian options or vegan options.
I have good news! Most of the restaurants that we were talking to said that if you were wanting to participate in Restaurant Week and were vegetarian or vegan they would be happy to accommodate your needs.
Drunken Fish told us that they are able to accommodate vegetarian, vegan. and a ton of different allergies. They told us that they learned fast about these issues so created ways to get around them and help you out.
Places like Brio Tuscan Bar and Grill were not as willing to accommodate, but because Restaurant Week is also a fundraiser, they said that they would be willing to donate 10% of a vegetarian meal if you wanted to do that.
Dick Benjamen of P&L Entertainment District said that the restaurant growth in Kansas City is “a source of growth and city pride.” I could not agree more. Adam from Consellation Brands said that Restaurant Week is “no better way to spread community enrichment such as restaurant week.” How true is this? Growing up we sat around the table at dinner with the family learning about each other’s days. We can still do this today and even with our extended family, our friends.
If you want more information or want to follow where we are going, you can go our Restaurant Week Page. Also check out the Kansas City Restaurant Week website as another great resource.