Narwhal Heats up as the Temperature Drops

I recently came home from another weekend in St. Louis with my boyfriend, Brent. Since he started grad school we have been through quite the adjustment period with him moving to St. Louis, i.e. The Rival city, coordinating visits and of course just getting used to not seeing each other whenever we want. The good thing that came out of this is that I get to see another part of the state so it’s kind of like a mini vacation and I get to explore another city the way the locals do it.

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Death of a Business

Fall is finally here! That means pumpkin spiced lattes and wearing leggings for pants is in full swing. That also means that local festivals celebrating the Kansas City community are going on from the Northland to Downtown. One of KC’s most popular and notable “eat, shop, buy local” campaigns is KC Local week, which was about a month ago. But local business appreciation doesn’t stop there; just last weekend North Kansas City hosted its first local festival, The Swift Mile Fest. If any of you didn’t attend, you have no idea what you missed. But amidst all these festivities It’s always sad to hear when a local business closes.

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Gin lovers anonymous: a night with Snake Oil

Who in the crowd likes gin? My guess is that most of you are sticking your tongue out in disgust at your computer/phone/tablet. Tonight I found myself in good company, a bit of a gin lovers collective. Even though this was considered a couples lab at the Bonfire creative space, Artis was the only person in the group actually coupled with the person she brought—married if we want to get a bit more specific. Artis: petite and soft-spoken with an excited smile on her face, was our gin master.

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Restaurant Week. ‘Nough said.

Last week, Kansas Citian’s open tabled like they never have before in anticipation of the 7th annual Kansas City Restaurant Week, myself included. The fundraiser/restaurant expose benefits prominent local charities while feeding adventurous foodies for reasonable prices. If you weren’t making reservations or at least looking through menus before the start of restaurant week last Friday, you have probably set yourself up to miss out on a lot of those “hot commodity” restaurants. But, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of amazing alternatives to choose from. Or if you are from the camp of why go to restaurant week, which I can’t imagine anyone saying, there are a couple of reasons why you should.  Continue reading

Burger Week = Meat Coma

I know we are all coming down from that good good World Series high. Believe me, I’ve been feeling it so hard, I haven’t been able to talk about a little event that was was sponsered by The Pitch; $5  Burger Week. And with Thanksgiving on it’s way, my blogging has been lost in the shuffle, but there is no time like the present to talk about stuffing my face. A bit of pre-Thanksgiving binging, if you will. If any of you guys got to capitalize on this sweet deal, which burgers did you try? Brent and I only got the change to hit up two spots but, both were amazing and a definite steal at their $5 price mark.
Night #1 Brent and I visited Charlie Hoopers, not only to watch the Royals secure their spot in the World Series over the Toranto Cardinals but also to snag a signature Hickory burger. If you love bacon and barbeque—which I’m sure you do if you’re from KC—you will definitely love this burger.  It may be a simple burger; a tender pattie topped with gouda and cheddar cheeses, fried onions, bacon and BBQ sandwiched between a farm to market pretzel bun, but you will have a good time getting dirty with this burger. I’m serious, I was an absolute mess by the time I was finished; it probably should’ve come with a few wet wipes.

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Fall makes for thirsty skin

With Fall finally gracing Kansas City with its presence, things are about to get ugly for your skin and none of you are immune. Dark and pale people alike are afflicted by dry skin during the colder months and it always seems like you can’t put on enough lotions/oil/other moisturizing products to keep that beautiful skin from chapping. But, you shouldn’t panic because there are plenty of people out there that know and feel your pain. I recently found a local artisan who makes a fantastic body butter that your skin will drink up like you suck down cocktails on a Friday night. I found Suz soap while sampling wines at Independence uncorked. 

  
Quite frankly Susan, the owner, caught me at a good time; not only were the wine samples starting to get to me but, I will put money down on handmade product pretty much any day. I didn’t spend much time at her table, it really only took me a few seconds to decide I really needed her amazing butters in both lavendar and eucalyptus mint and I’m extremely glad I gave them a shot. Continue reading

The Strawberry Swing: No strawberries but lots of crafts

So, I have been AWOL on the posting game, I’ll admit. Lots of things have been going on for me from my computer crapping out on me and I having to take it in to be fixed to getting a new job. While I did still have my iPad to blog with, my pictures from this event were on my camera and I had no way of tranferring them. Fortunately, I now have my computer back and we can return to business as usual! But, you aren’t here to listen to me give lame excuses for why I’ve have been “behind on the city”. You care about the good stuff, like the Strawberry Swing at the Alexander Majors Barn on State Line Road. Founded in 2011, the Strawberry Swing is all about supporting handmade crafters. 

As a huge supporter, lover and buyer of handmade goods, I was all over this fair. From the moment I arrived, there were quite a few people buying various wares. There was a heavy population of jewelry crafting tables, including Opal and Gold, a local jeweler I discovered at First Fridays. While I do love jewelry (I mean, next to diamonds, they’re a girl’s best friend right), I was on a mission to find a few specific goods. Continue reading