On the Road Eats: Kansas City

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I have been to Kansas City so many times for work and almost always have a great food experience.  And there is one restaurant that will remain on my favorites list!

Oklahoma Joe’s
My favorite spot – I can visit the original location at a gas station, eat great barbeque and be in and out within 30 minutes.  Pulled pork and coleslaw on a sandwich – AWESOME!!!

Gram & Dun
It’s been a few years since I have been here but the food is always good, it’s an easy walk from the hotels on the plaza and they are on OpenTable.  After a crazy rain storm that forced allowed me to get some work done at the hotel, I walked to the restaurant with iPad in hand and got a high top table in the bar.  A glass of wine with the double cut breaded pork chop, creamed brussels sprouts with house-smoked bacon – my happy dance took place on the way home!

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Tavernonna
I admit, I didn’t love this restaurant but I think they had an off day.  I had the lunch special – salad and pasta (and added a meatball ).  The caesar salad needed to be chilled – it was as if they plated it and left it sitting on the line while they waited for the hot items.  As for the pasta, should have been cooked a minute or so longer to be perfect.  The flavors were good and I would return but there are too many other great spots to try.

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Residence Inn Kansas City Country Club Plaza
I stay here quite often IF I cannot get a room at The Raphael Hotel.  It’s super convenient to walk to many of my appointments and a block off the plaza.  It’s quiet and clean and they have a good amount of parking.  One night, Marriott points…all is good.

 

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Recipe: Summer Gazpacho

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Friends were coming to town and I needed to plan a menu that was gluten-free.  Yes, I could get a bunch of boxed items and go to a specialty food market and get pre-cooked packaged food but I thought for a BBQ, it would be great to have a summer soup and lots of grilled meats, fish and veggies.  This gazpacho was absolutely perfect!

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Summer Gazpacho

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 whole diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 whole red onion or sweet onion, Diced
  • 1 whole seedless Cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 whole Zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper (from about 1/4 whole)
  • 1 cup Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 avocado, sour cream and cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

How to Make it:

  • As you dice your veggies(tomato, cucumber, pepper, zucchini), keep a small handful of each aside for garnish.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the minced garlic with the onion, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, tomato juice, red wine vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Pulse until all ingredients are blended well; Add the 1/4 cup of olive oil while the processor/blender is mixing. Soup should be slightly chunky or speckled, not smooth.
  • Pour into a large bowl and add the rest of the tomato juice, and half of the remaining onion, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, and celery. (Reserve the rest of the diced vegetables for garnish.)
  • Stir mixture together and check seasonings, adding salt if needed. Chill soup for at least a couple of hours; soup needs to be very cold!
  • Remove the soup from the fridge and stir. Check seasonings one last time. Ladle into a bowl and garnish with remaining diced vegetables, a sliver of fresh avocado, sour cream, and cilantro.

 
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On the Road Eats: Raleigh/Durham

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I love it here.  The poeple are nice.  The airport is easy.  AND I’m finding some great spots to grab a meal solo!

Mateo bar de tapas
I drove to Durham and found a seat at the bar.  And I was lucky to find a seat because at 6pm, the place was pretty full.  I started with a beer and ordered the pan con tomate, similar to bruchetta.  My favorite part of the meal!  Next the ensalada de mariscos, a seafood salad.  Also great.  Last I ordered the sweetbreads, normally something I really enjoy but no so much this time.  But regardless of that one dish, I would definitely go back here.  Plus next to this restaurant are quite a few others on my list of must try spots in Durham.  Good thing I have another trip planned in before the end of the year!
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Wariji
My colleague told me if I wanted something relatively close to the hotel and office but not quite downtown, go hear.  I was glad I did.  Quiet crowd but tables were full.  Smaller menu but plenty of options.  Sake, Agadashi Tofu and a Scary Jerry Roll…I will be back!

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The Wandering Moose – Food Truck
One of the great things about our North Carolina office is that the food trucks come every Wednesday.  I can eat a great meal while still being productive or meeting with other managers or team members.  Wandering moose had this amazing sandwich – Black Angus Brisket Sandwich(i got it with no blue) that was SO messy but so worth it. Plus mac and cheese with bacon.  YES!
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Coquette
I love French food, don’t mind the richness and wish I could have it more often.  And when I travel, I look for great French restaurants because I don’t get to treat myself at home too often.  Coquette has a convenient location and I enjoyed escargot and mussels.  I hear there are two other french spots I need to try…..
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Aladdin’s Eatery Raleigh
I needed something quick and something to fill me up for the day.  Hummus Shawarma Plate- perfect amount.  Located in the Briar Creek area, it is super convenient to eat or pick up.

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Fresh. Local Ice Cream
Because on a business trip, you get to treat yourself with ice cream!

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On the Road Eats: Raleigh/Durham

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I made it to Raleigh again .  And with no delays.  Time to grab a quick lunch – this is going to be a long day.

An
OpenTable does not usually steer me wrong.  An was close to the airport.  And when I saw it listed as one of the gold finalists in The News & Observer’s list of the Top Restaurants of 2015, I decided to try it.  Contemporary Asian.  I ordered the Sea Bass Satay with a salad to start.  Delicious.

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The Pit Durham
Tonight I try true North Carolina BBQ at the very famous Pit.  I decided to drive to Durham rather than Raleigh due to traffic.  Glad I did.  I got right in and had the most delicious meal.  The waiter recommended a few different things and I left full and happy!

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Angus Barn
I had no energy to go downtown for dinner on my second night.  I wanted something super close to the hotel and the office.  I had heard about Angus Barn and numerous people recommended I stop in to the bar for dinner.  What a scene!  The people watching was great, the music was great and yes, the food was great!

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