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RND Corner Grille: The Perfect Night Out

RND Corner Grille is an example of fine dining at its best. With delicious entrees, desserts, and a wonderful ambience, RND was a great way to get away and experience Lawrence, Kansas.

“Hello gorgeous,” is exactly what I thought when I walked into RND Corner Grille, on the corner of the busiest street in Lawrence, Kansas, home of KU.

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RND Corner Grille is a beautiful restaurant, tucked away and named after the historical Round Corner Drug that the building used to be. For a day trip, we decided to drive down through beautiful Kansas and try what we heard from many was a wonderful dining experience. We were NOT disappointed.

What to Eat:

Charcuterie Plate

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If I could tell you the magic that this charcuterie plate was … well, I would. Complete with three types of meats, two cheeses, deliciously charred bread, a mustard cherry compote, and greens, it’s the perfect start to a delicious meal.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

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Orecchiette pasta, grano padano, herbed bread crumbs, and a grilled baguette completes this delicious rendition of a traditional mac and cheese. With sweet succulent lobster, creamy cheese pasta, and a beautiful addition of herbs, this pasta is an absolute delicious option for any time of the day!

Surf and Turf (Filet Mignon and Scallops) and a Twice Baked Potato

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So many heart eyes for this dish. Though it isn’t on the menu, ask your server and they will gladly make it! It’s a delicious rendition of a traditional surf and turf, with perfectly seared scallops, and tender, juicy, and flavorful filet mignon. Be sure to get an additional side of the twice baked potatoes! Stuffed with lardon, and aged gouda cheese and piped back into potato shell with finesse, it’s an absolute dream of a potato.

Crème Brûlée

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Crème Brûlée has always been my favorite dessert, so when RND brought out this beautifully unique crème brûlée, I was really excited! With a sugar shell (cooked twice to create a robust caramel flavor) melted over a creamy custard and fresh berries, this crème brûlée was one of my favorite things of the day.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Hazelnuts

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Lastly, we can’t forget this beautiful example of a flourless chocolate cake, with a bed of mixed berries and hazelnuts, whipped cream, and a chocolate ganache. A delicious ending to a perfect dining experience.

A restaurant like this doesn’t come around very often, so be sure to stop by Lawrence’s RND Corner Grille for an unforgettable dining experience.

The Best Easter Treats in Kansas City + A Giveaway!

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Here are the best Easter treats in Kansas City AND a giveaway!

P.S. the GIVEAWAY information is at the bottom!

Spring time is one of the best times of the year. With flowers and greenery returning to Kansas City, the city springs alive into more ways than one. With more people roaming the streets, walking through parks, and dining on patios, spring is a great time to get out and explore the city.

One of my favorite times during spring is Easter time, especially because of the cute treats found around the city. Here are just a few of my favorite Easter treats in Kansas City.

1. Dolce Bakery

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Dolce Bakery is one of Kansas City’s favorite bakeries, and for good reason! Serving Kansas City since 2007, they focus on some of the best in sweet treats. For their Easter treats, they offer the cutest sugar cookies (carrots, bunnies, and easter eggs) as well as some of their signature cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, scones, mini key lime tarts, and a mini carrot cake for two. And for those customers who have a gluten sensitivity, they now offer everything in a gluten free version. Be sure to order today by going to their website (linked above) for pick-up on Saturday.

2. Panache Chocolatier & Café

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For 36 years, Panache Chocolatier has been one of the best chocolatiers in Kansas City, located right on the Plaza. With freshly made artisanal chocolates hand-crafted daily, they focus on using fresh ingredients in their chocolates, confections, and beverages. For Easter, they create adorable bunnies, ducks, chicks, and eggs, perfect for anyone’s Easter basket! Be sure to check out their store on the Plaza, or visit their website (linked above).

3. Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro

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Brigadeiros are one of my favorite treats and I’m so happy to have them available in Kansas City! Similar to a chocolate bon-bon, brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian treat, are made from chocolate, condensed milk, and butter to form a soft, melt-in-your-mouth interior that is covered in sprinkles, or nuts. Sweet Kiss provides lots of delicious flavors, including almond, coconut, Capirinha Brazilian cocktail, crème brûlée, lemon, milk chocolate, and white chocolate Nutella. And for Easter, they have beautiful brigadeiro eggs that come in half pound and pound options with a choice of two flavors, and a pink, purple, blue, or green wrapping. Be sure to order online for pick-up or delivery in time for Easter!

Let me know what your favorite Easter treats are around Kansas City! And be sure to check out my previous post on the Best Ice Cream in Kansas City.

GIVEAWAY!

Follow my blog by clicking the follow button for an entry, comment on this blog post for an entry AND go to my Instagram, @eatingkc, to tag three friends in the same comment for an entry. The winner will receive a $15 gift card to spend at Panache Chocolatier! The winner will be announced tomorrow at noon at @eatingkc, so get your entries in fast!

The Top 5 Ice Cream Shops in Kansas City

Looking for some delicious ice cream in the Kansas City area? Here are the top 5 ice cream shops in Kansas City!

Kansas City is warm again! With that glorious spring and summer comes the need for lots and lots of ice cream. Luckily, Kansas City has GREAT ice cream shops, plenty to keep you busy for the whole summer. Here are the top 5 ice cream shops in Kansas City!

1. Glacé/Murray’s Ice Creams

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Glacé is a classic in Kansas City ice cream. With some of the best and most unique flavors (like Sweet Potato & Marshmallow, Earl Grey Tea & Apricot, Goat Cheese and Cherry, and Gingerbread), Glacé is fun to visit every time. Created by the Willy Wonka of Kansas City, Christopher Elbow, Glacé is staunchly local, using local beers, coffee, produce, and most importantly, milk, to create their delicious and seasonal flavors.

I find a new favorite every time I go (be sure to try the Earl Grey Tea if they have it) and love trying the more unique creations like Goat Cheese and Cherry–the unique creations are always extremely loyal to their flavors, but surprisingly delicious. And never leave without at least a spoonful (or a pint) of Elbow Dark Chocolate.

Glace Artisan Ice Cream (4960 Main St. Kansas City, MO // 816.561.1117)

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(This store is now closed after 30 years, but I leave this review here to remember Murray’s! RIP.)

Murray’s Homemade Ice Creams and Cookies is tied for first with Glacé and for good reason. Their shop is reminiscent of the good ole’ days with traditional ice cream, floats, egg creams, malts, phosphates, and more. Operating in the same location for over 30 years, the shop most likely looks the same as the day it opened in 1984 with funny action figures filling empty spaces in the cone case.

Some of their favorite flavors being Chocolate Flake Fromage, The Ultimint Mint, and One Drunk Monk, they don’t only serve clever flavors. But, one of the best things about Murray’s is their cookies. Serving about 10 types of cookies daily, you’ll definitely want to give an ice cream sandwich a try.  Be sure to run to get a cone when they open again in March–it’s busy when Murray’s opens again!

Murray’s Ice Creams & Cookies (4120 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO // 816.931.5646)

2. Betty Rae’s

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Betty Rae’s is the new kid on the block. Opening in March of last year, their store set the Kansas City foodie world afire with their wonderful new flavors and DELICIOUS cones. Made by hand and pressed in a traditional Belgian-style waffle cone maker, not only are the cones beautiful, but deliciously soft and flavorful. There have been many times I’ve wanted to ask for just the cone to go. But, with everything made in house, including the ice cream, sauces, and toppings, it would be a crying shame to leave without the ice cream.

With flavors like Pumpkin Spice Latte (#PSL), Apple Crisp, Brown Butter and Toasted Pecans (my favorite), and Maple Donut, the ice cream can safely be something worth bucket-listing. And, with boozy shakes introduced this summer, their ice cream is worth getting any day (or night) of the week! Don’t forget to try the Orange Creamsicle, a summer favorite!

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream (7140 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO // 816.237.1168)

3. Foo’s Frozen Custard

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Frozen custard is one of my truest loves, and Foo’s Frozen Custard does NOT disappoint. Established in 1988, Foo’s is a true classic in Kansas City and now has two locations, one of which includes a lunch menu. The custard, offered in vanilla, comes with the option of mixing in numerous different fruits, nuts, candies, chocolate, and more. With a huge blackboard of Foo’s favorite combinations though, choosing what to get won’t be the easiest task.

You can choose a sundae option or a concrete option, but either way you are in for a treat! With a creamy, cold and thick consistency, the custard is exactly what you expect custard to be. Get the BIGGEST size possible because trust me, you’ll be wanting more when you finish.

Foo’s Frozen Custard (6235 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, MO // 816.523.2520)

4. Cirque du Sucre

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Cirque du Sucre (Circus of Sugar) is definitely my favorite circus. With delicious ice cream flavors (sweet pea ice cream, strawberry ice cream with champagne macarons, and horchata), banana splits, and campfire smores (homemade marshmallows and chocolate graham crackers), this circus is ready to amaze you with flavors. But, the real hero of Cirque du Sucre are the amazing French macaron ice cream sandwiches.

Cirque du Sucre’s delicious ice cream is sandwiched between beautifully created macarons for the most amazing cold crunch you’ll ever experience. One of my favorite treats in Kansas City, this truck is worth tracking down. Follow them on Instagram for more information about the trucks whereabouts, their pop-ups, or get a French macaron subscription (6 French macarons a month for a fixed price).

Cirque du Sucre (@cirquedusucrekc // 913.216.4093)

5. Paleteria Tropicana

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Paleteria Tropicana is one of the most unique ice cream shops in Kansas City. Located on Southwest Blvd., a street notorious for offering the best in Mexican food, Paleteria Tropicana adds its own spin on delectable tropical flavors. With everything from delicious popsicles (so many flavors to choose from!) and aguas frescas, to chocolate dipped bananas, homemade ice cream, and churros, this little shop has it all.

They also have lots of lunch items, like flautas, nachos, and homemade tamales, but also my personal favorite treat, elotes, also known as Mexican street corn. It’s a unique little store that has a couple of locations around the Kansas City area and is extremely popular. Though anything you get here is amazing (elote!), I would recommend any flavor of popsicle. And trust me–if you get one, you may want to get them all!

Paleteria Tropicana (830 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO // 816.221.0192)

Kansas City’s Newest Thai Obsession: AEP Restaurant

Kansas City has a new Thai restaurant, and it’s a wonderful blend of old and new takes on traditional Thai food!

Though unique may be overused when referring to restaurants, there’s no other way to describe Kansas City’s newest Thai restaurant: AEP (pronounced ape). Dedicated to bringing authentic and indigenous Thai spices and native cooking techniques to Kansas City, Jakob Polaco, owner and executive chef, spent two weeks working in a Thai kitchen in Bangkok learning Thai cooking techniques to bring back to his 39th street location. Also dedicated to working with local suppliers and farmers like Cultivate KC, Polaco has a unique and beautiful take on traditional Thai foods.

What to Eat:

Burmese Curried Greens

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Burmese curried greens are served with the most delicious chickpea chips, and the combination of the salty chips and the greens stewed in red curry is something delicious.

Beef Rendang

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My favorite taste of the day, the Beef Rendang is an Indonesian beef curry with sambal tempoyak (a durian and chile paste condiment) and is served with jasmine rice. The beautiful plating and the deconstruction of the curry is a fascinating take on traditional Thai food.

Chinatown Tincture

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Lastly, be sure to taste the Chinatown Tincture, one of the most unique desserts I’ve ever tasted! Created with pearl sago, seasonal fruit (a delicious candied jack fruit when I tried it), and ginkgo milk, this tincture is a tasteful end to an interesting and delicious meal!

Go give it a try and let me know what you think!

Boru Ramen Bar Opens in Waldo

Boru Ramen is the newest addition to Kansas City’s flourishing ramen obsession. Check out their great environment and even better food!

Kansas City has something new to try starting February 22: Boru Ramen Bar. Created by longtime restauranteurs, Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy, creators of wildly popular Summit Grill, Boru Ramen Bar is heavily influenced by Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine. With an emphasis on education, fun, and new flavors, the Boru Ramen team brings a new flavor to a city full of unique flavors. With a menu full of asian-inspired drinks–including fun Japanese sodas–delicious appetizers, plenty of ramen, and a glossary to explain everything, Boru Ramen covers its bases, including lots of unique choices of seafood.

What to Eat:

Fries

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Though this seems like a no-brainer (duh, fries), these sweet potato fries are amped up with delicious additions like crispy pork belly, a fried egg, kimchi, and are dressed with a delicious curry-lime aioli. A serious winner in the appetizer category.

Okonomiyaki

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New for most, this japanese savory pancake is really unique, specifically with the addition of katsuobushi, a dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna. Traditionally placed on hot foods, the katsuobushi moves around from the heat, so much so that it looks alive. Topped off with smoked bacon, cabbage, nori, japanese BBQ sauce, and kewpie mayonnaise, its a delicious and unique addition to any dinner!

Baos

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Be sure to try any of their steamed Bao buns, but go for an Asian take on fried chicken and slaw with the Togarashi Fried Chicken. It’s delicious!

Bibimbap

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If you are craving something other than ramen, try the Bibimbap, a delicious and unique dish that cooks before your eyes in an incredibly hot stone bowl. Filled with fresh and pickled veggies, bulgogi steak, and a fresh egg (which cooks when you stir the bowl), it’s one of my favorite things on the menu.

Korean and Seafood Ramen

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Lastly, don’t forget about the entire purpose of Boru (which means bowl in Japanese): the ramen! Our favorite was the Korean ramen, topped with kurobuta pork belly, bean sprouts, greens, kimchi, and gochujang. With a delicious broth and thick slices of pork belly, this ramen is a must try! The Seafood Ramen (pictured above) is also insanely delicious and quite the experience (look at that prawn #whoa).

Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve

I absolutely adore matcha green tea soft serve, and this was a delicious reminder of that. It’s a great way to end on something sweet!

Please let me know when you visit! I’d love to hear what your favorite choices were.

The 10 BEST Restaurants to Visit During Kansas City Restaurant Week

Visit the best 10 restaurants for Kansas City Restaurant Week, including Q39, Novel, and Le Fou Frog!

Some people think Christmas or Thanksgiving is a foodie’s favorite time of the year. With the amount of good food, the wonderful memories, and the excuse to eat a lot, those two holidays are safe bets if you had to hazard a guess.

Unfortunately, there’s Kansas City Restaurant Week, and that really puts a screw into thinking that Christmas or Thanksgiving is a favorite foodie holiday.

Let’s be real: Kansas City Restaurant Week is the true winner.

The only difficulty with Kansas City Restaurant Week is that there are 180+ restaurants participating this year and only twenty chances to eat lunch or dinner between January 13 and 22. And that’s only if you’re really crazy and don’t mind gaining 20 pounds. So, if you are having a hard time deciding where to eat (like the rest of Kansas City) and want to get the best bang for your buck during KCRW, here are the 10 BEST restaurants to visit during KCRW.

Novel

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Novel is always a safe choice. Described as a new American type restaurant, Novel was named for the “novel” choices Chef Ryan Brazeal decided to make with his new dining experiment. Novel is one of the most popular fine dining options in Kansas City and is located in Westside. Be sure to try the Seared Diver Scallop … it’s divine!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Crispy Egg (nut free)

tripe, chipotle, bacon hushpuppies

Duck Neck Dumplings

foie gras, gala apple, black vinegar

Beet Salad (vegan, gluten free)

raspberry, wasabi, yuzu

Second Course:

Seared Diver Scallop (nut free)

bone marrow, mushroom, sweet potato, chili

Duroc Pork Chop (nut free)

pork belly ragu, rice späetzle, baby bok choy

Goat Cheese Gnocchi (can be vegetarian)

butternut squash, braised goat, pumpkin seed mole

Third Course:

Chocolate (gluten free)

bourbon caramel, peanut

Parsnip Cake (nut free)

honey custard, winter pear, black sesame

Coconut Semifreddo (nut free)

passionfruit, espresso, mango, apricot

 

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Grunauer made QUITE the impression on me last Restaurant Week. On their KCRW dessert menu, they created a new treat, a caramel pot de creme, just for restaurant week diners and it was the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. This year, they have their traditional Mohr im Hemd, a flourless chocolate cake topped with hazelnuts and whipped cream, sure to be a winner for most Restaurant Week diners.

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course

Amuse Bouche

Second Course

Krumpirnsuppe (GF,NF) Potato soup with spinach

Blumenkohlsalat (GF,NF,VEGAN) Roasted cauliflower, arugula, hazelnuts and a red wine shallot vinaigrette

Third Course:

Kaiserschnitzel (NF) Escalope of Pork finished in cream sauce with papardelle and vegetable pasta

Rindsbraten (NF,GF) Slow roasted beef shoulder with mashed potatoes carmelized brussel sprouts and horseradish

Spätzlepfanne (VEGETARIAN, NF) Spinach spätzle hash with mushrooms, green asparagus & peas

Gegrillter Lachs mit Bohnenpaprikash Grilled Norwegian Salmon with cannellini white bean ragout (GF)

Fourth Course:

Wiener Apfelschmarrn Viennese-style pancakes with apples

Mohr im Hemd (GF) Flourless chocolate cake with hazelnuts and house made whipping cream

Le Fou Frog

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As a four-star restaurant located in River Market, Le Fou Frog is a unique French restaurant with an ever-changing menu. Well-known as the best in French food in the Kansas City area, it’s worth seeing what Executive Chef Mano Rafael has whipped up for his Restaurant Week guests.

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Piropos

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Piropos is a unique restaurant in the Briarcliff Village that focuses on the taste of Argentina with a strong background in Kansas City. With a touch of Spanish, Italian, and French influences, Argentinean dining includes grilled meats, seafood, salads and lots of fresh vegetables.

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Sopa Del Dia
(Soup of the Day)

Chopped Salad
(Chopped Romaine Lettuce, Crispy Pancetta, Carrots & Onions with Stilton Blue Cheese Dressing)

Second Course:

8-oz Pan Seared Pepper-Corn Encrusted Pork Chop
(Chiffonier Basil Mashed Potatoes and Julianne Vegetables & Brandy Cream Sauce)
Scottish Salmon
(Saffron & Crab Meat Risotto, Grilled Asparagus with Caper Butter Sauce)

12 oz Grilled Ribeye
(Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mushrooms, Red Onions with Blue Cheese Compound Butter)

Third Course:

Crème Brulee
(Camus Cognac Creme Brulee)

Strawberry Chocolate Cake with Dulce de Leche & Crème Inglesa
(Argentine Inspired Cake with Traditional Topping Sauces)

Story

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Story is born out of a love of literature–ask Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen and his two degrees in English literature and creative writing! After teaching himself enough to land a kitchen job and then successfully moving up to be chef de cuisine for the Michael Smith restaurant, Thorne-Thomsen eventually held the position of chef de cuisine for both Extra Virgin and Michael Smith simultaneously. Curious about how Story got its name? Be sure to read more on their website, or go in and visit for yourself!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

“caesar”

parmesan, olives, croutons, tonnato dressing

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shrimp bisque

cilantro, pine nuts, coconut milk

Second Course:

mahi mahi

pomegranate seeds, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, fingerling potatoes

or

pork tenderloin

parsnips, celery root, sage spaetzle

Third Course:

walnut cake

maple glaze, bananas, whipped cream

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chocolate panna cotta

toasted meringue, orange segments

Q39

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Q39 is one of my personal favorite restaurants and there’s not much else you need to know. With Rob Magee’s background in competition barbecue and his determination to create the perfect barbecue restaurant, Q39’s menu includes some of the best meat you’ll ever taste. Be sure to try the cheesecake–it’s my favorite!

Restaurant Week Menu

Includes your choice of Boulevard Wheat, Boulevard Pale Ale, soft drink, tea or coffee.

First Course:

Bacon wrapped shrimp: Jalapeno cilantro slaw

Smoked and Grilled pork belly: White bean cassoulet, onion straws

Spinach Salad: Warm goat cheese, pickled onions, pecans, granny smith apples

Second Course: All entrees include corn bread, apple slaw and your choice of baked beans or potato salad. (pick 1)

Half Rack Q39 Spare Ribs with honey BBQ Glaze

Judge’s Plate (pick 3 meats): Spare Ribs, Chipotle Sausage, Sliced Brisket, Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken

USDA Certified Angus Beef Brisket: Sliced smoked brisket, cubed burnt ends

Third Course:

Champion Cheesecake: Chocolate Ganache, Dulce de Leche, Pecans

Warm Chocolate Brownie: Chocolate sauce, caramel, nuts and vanilla ice cream.

Cascone’s

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Since 1954, Cascone’s has operated as the premier Italian restaurant in the Northland, owned by the Cascone family for four generations. With classic Italian dishes and two different locations, it’s definitely worth a visit–and just for the fresh bread alone! Be sure to get anything with pasta–it’s made fresh!

Restaurant Week Menu

Second Course:

Chicken Spedini Soto with Fettuccine Alfredo

Siciliano Combo

Frank’s Rainbow Trout with Pasta

 

Lidia’s

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Lidia’s is yet another fantastic Italian restaurant located just north of Union Station, but it’s a little more fabulous because it’s owned and founded by Lidia Bastianich, one of the best-loved chefs on television and a best-selling cookbook author. She even had the opportunity to cook for Pope Benedict XVI during his travels to New York. And if that doesn’t speak volumes about the cuisine, perhaps the option of unlimited pasta will!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Caesar Salad

Jota-Sauerkraut and Bean Soup with Smoked Pork

Red Wine Risotto Arancini with Carrot Puree

Housemade Cotechino over Lentils and Root Vegetables with Mustard Sauce

Bruschetta with Salt Cod Puree and Roasted Tomato

Salad of Red Cabbage, Endive and Poached Rock Shrimp

Second Course:

Pasta Trio

Pork Back Ribs Braised with Cherry Peppers and Tomato over Rigatoni

Duck Leg in Vinegar Sauce, Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts

Spinach Stuffed Sole Involtini with Lemon and Caper

Lamb Shank Braised in Beer with Tangy Turnips

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Pasticciata with Goat Cheese and Balsamico

Third Course:

Chocolate Almond Torta with Amaretti Crunch and Maple Cream

Affare

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Affare is described as a modern German restaurant, focused on bringing locally-sourced food and fresh dishes to every meal. Owned by Martin and Katrin Heuser, Martin discovered his love for cooking while working for his family’s restaurant, Im Steinhaus, which is located in a 15th century stone building and has been owned by his family for almost 200 years (?!). After moving from Germany to Kansas City, they decided to open Affare. I’m absolutely dying to try the Chantily cream!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Garden Greens

Peppers, cucumbers, eggs

Herb vinaigrette

or

Clam chowder

Celery, onions, potatoes

Carrots, cream

 

Second Course:

East coast cod

Vegetable rice

Mustard cream sauce

or

Pork roast

Horseradish mashed potatoes

Sauerkraut

Dark beer sauce

 

Third Course:

Apple Strudel

Chantilly cream

 

If you are still looking for a great place to try, be sure to check out Michael Smith or Pierpont’s at Union Station, both of which are amazing options for Restaurant Week!

Let me know which restaurants you end up visiting and which ones you like the most in the comments! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at @eatingkc for more suggestions, recommendations, and #KCRW2017 pictures.

My 3 FAVORITE Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

PIE is the best part of Thanksgiving. Here’s my 3 favorite choices.

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Thanksgiving is full of good memories for most everyone. Gathering with family, eating good food, (whether at a restaurant, or home) and enjoying each other’s company. Though that’s the ideal situation, and many Thanksgivings vary, (from screaming matches with your mom to the dog getting into the pumpkin pie) Thanksgiving is still a wonderful time to reflect on how much good you have in your life.

And that good can simply be the following pie recipes because they NEED to be in your life. Without further ado, here are my FAVORITE pies.

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Maple Cream Pie

This is possibly my FAVORITE pie, despite the fact that it’s a pretty unique pie. That saying, it has maple syrup, brown sugar, and heavy whipping cream in it, so it’s pretty amazing. Give it a try! I would definitely recommend this for breakfast too. Don’t judge me.

  • 1 pie crust (Either make half of any recipe that you prefer, or just buy store-bought crust. You’ll thank me later. 
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (or half-and-half)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out pie crust, pierce the bottom of the pie with a fork, and partially bake in a 9-inch pie pan (ten to fifteen minutes is usually fine, but follow your recipe or packaging). Let the pie cool about 15 minutes before filling.

Mix the flour with the maple syrup, sugar, and salt and spread the mixture over a cooled pie crust. Pour the cream over the top and gently pull a spoon through the mixture a couple of times until you see a little color. Add the butter in halves of tablespoons across the top of the pie.

Bake until the filling is set (45 minutes to an hour) and cool before serving.


 

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Chocolate Haupia Pie (From Ted’s Bakery on Oahu)

This is a really easy, but delicious pie. When I was going to school on Oahu, I had the fortune of visiting Ted’s Bakery. It’s pretty famous on the North Shore, and it has AMAZING pies. The best, in my opinion, is the Chocolate Haupia Pie. Haupia is basically a creamy coconut pudding that pairs extremely well with a lot of yummy chocolate. Give it a try for your Thanksgiving desserts!

  • 9-inch unbaked pie crust
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 14 oz coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

For the chocolate ganache

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy whipping cream (added at your discretion)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake your pie crust for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow it to cool. Be sure to prick the bottom of the pie with a fork before you bake it.
Combine the half and half, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla extract and coconut extract in a saucepan. In a separate bowl, combine the water and corn starch. Bring the half and half mixture to a boil, while stirring the entire time. It will boil over if you aren’t watching! Reduce the heat to a simmer and whisk in the corn starch mixture. Whisk until thickened for 2-3 minutes.
In a separate saucepan, heat the chocolate chips on medium until melted while stirring constantly. Pour half of your haupia pudding into the chocolate saucepan and whisk together until smooth.
First, pour the chocolate pudding mixture into your pie shell. Set it in the freezer for a minute to keep the chocolate and haupia from combining. Pour the remainder of the haupia pudding on top of the chocolate layer. Allow the pie to refrigerate for 5-8 hours.
Once you are ready to serve, mix all of the ingredients for the whipped cream in a previously chilled mixer and whip until light and fluffy. Serve the pie topped with whipped cream.
If you want to get REALLY fancy, heat up chocolate chips in a saucepan on medium until they are melted and slowly add in heavy whipping cream until you reach the consistency you want.


 

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Swedish Apple-Pomegranate Pie

I know what you are thinking. GENIUS.

But really though. Apple pies are really delicious, but the addition of pomegranate seeds makes this one of my absolute FAVORITE pies–and it’s WAY too easy. And, with the most delicious crust I’ve ever tasted, you’re in store for the most popular pie of the night.

  • 4 apples (I prefer to use a mix of pink lady, granny smith, and honeycrisp)
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Score the pomegranate’s skin vertically around the fruit. Fill a bowl of water, and break the fruit in half while immersed in the water (to prevent the pomegranate from squirting juice on you). Press against the skin and pop the seeds out of the skin into the water. Clean off the seeds and remove from the water.

Cut the apples into thin slices (less than a 1/4 of an inch) and combine the apples with the pomegranates. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the fruit and mix. Fill the pie pan with 1/3 of the fruit (just enough to make a good layer on the bottom of the pan).

To make the topping, melt the butter in a saucepan or set it aside. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, and eggs. Whisk in the butter. Spread 1/3 of the topping on top of the fruit in the pie pan. Add the rest of the fruit and the top the fruit with the rest of the topping.

Bake the pie until golden brown, or about 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream (or both).