Monday, February 12, 2018

What's New in Kansas City

If you can believe it, I am home the entire month of February. That means some dedicated time to explore my home city, while trying not to give into my plane-ticket-buying itch. I can't remember the last time I shared some of my favorites with you, but there have been so many new businesses and exhibits opening up that it can be hard to find a good starting place. If you live here, or are visiting soon, these are a few of my recent favs:

1. Libations & Company
If you know me, you know that I love a good craft cocktail and have been dabbling in better utilizing my undergraduate degree as a chemist by making my own. When this new shop opened in Downtown Lee's Summit last year, I was so excited! Not only do we now have a super cool place to buy hard to find liquors, bitters, mixers and glassware, but Seth also serves up a mean drink between 3-6pm. And, as if that wasn't enough, he's started having live music every other Friday night with Les Fou Guitares. Check it out!
2. Blade & Timber Axe Throwing
You guys, there's a new place in the West Bottoms where you are allowed to hurl axes at targets -- and flannel and boots are encouraged! We has so much fun this past weekend living out our lumberjack dreams with some friends. While they don't have alcohol on site (yet) we headed around the corner to Stockyards Brewing, where it also happened to be Bluegrass Sunday with an awesome trio from Asheville, NC called Letters to Abigail.

3. Eats & Drinks from Flatland

Okay, so this isn't a physical place, but it is a virtual treasure trove of all the weekend's eating and drinking events. Written by Jonathan Bender (whose former website you might recall -- Recommended Daily), this blog (which comes out every Thursday) contains the best tastings, openings, festivals and things not to miss in the food and drink department. Bookmark it and you'll never miss out on the gastro-wonders of KC again!

4. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Picasso Exhibit
For all you art lovers out there, get yourself to the Nelson! One of the current temporary exhibits, Through the Eyes of Picasso, brings not only an amazing collection of mixed media pieces of Picasso's art, but also the artifacts that inspired many of his works, like this mask and Picasso's painting of Mother and Child. (Image from the Nelson-Atkins.) It runs through April 8, so you still have time to see it!
5. Messenger Coffee + Ibis Bakery
If you, like me, are always looking for a cheerful place to grab a really good latte and a pastry while being bathed in natural light, you need to check out Messenger Coffee's cafe in the Crossroads. It's a great place for a meeting (tons of seating on two floors) and awesome for watching coffee roasting while working on the free wi-fi. The food is so delicious - I want to eat everything on the menu. Have you been? What do you think?
So, those are just a few of my more recent obsessions. Brian and I are having a mini-staycation this coming weekend, so I will try to share a few more with you soon. We're checking out The Fontaine, re-visiting The Monarch Bar and a few other spots. See you soon!

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