Posts Tagged ‘Kansas City’

Kansas City has a new landmark in town. September 17 marked the grand opening of the Kauffman Performing Art Center which has been in the works for YEARS.

It is a truly stunning work of art, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie and tuned by the best acoustician in the world, Yasuhisa Toyota.

We were out of town in Napa on the grand opening weekend. I’ve been dying to get a look inside, so I had a brilliant idea of taking my two youngest, Dalai Daniel and Pissy Missy to the world premiere of Tom Sawyer ballet.

Let’s just say, I overestimated.

Not the awesomeness of the structure. My kids ability to act like humans.

I kind of forgot they don’t talk or sing in ballets.

I couldn’t be too hard on them for thinking it was over and asking to leave after the first NUMBER. Not ACT. Five minutes. Done. Because they didn’t know what the hell was going on. And neither did I. Can you put some Cliff notes in the Playbill, people?

Not all was for naught. Annabelle got a solid nap and hydrated my arm with her drool. Daniel learned a good lesson in the perils of wiggling after hitting his head so hard on the chair’s sponsorship plaque it drew blood. (“You see mom, I told you why I hate this place!”)

And I remembered I’m not a ballet lover either.

So shoot me. I like words. Duh.

Call me Philistine but I prefer to eat popcorn when I’m sitting in uncomfortable chairs.

Whatever, so the people behind us decided to move seats. Worse things have happened. I’m just trying to culturalize my pups, fellow citizens, have pity on me.

(And them. They asked where the popcorn machine was. The apple doesn’t fall…)

p.s. The building is magnificent. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.


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Two really big things happened this weekend: the last Harry Potter Movie premiered and Trader Joe’s opened in Kansas City.

I could actually give a poop about Harry, but Joe got me really excited.

So, yesterday, I thought I would check out the new store. HOLY CRAP I couldn’t handle how many people were there. There were no carts and each check out lane was at least 10 people deep.

Joe must have some really great grub, but alas, I had to leave empty handed. I plan on making another trip there when the frenzy dies down.

Until then, help a Dalai out, would you? What should I try from Trader Joe’s? What are your favorite Trader Joe items???

Maybe with your guidance, I can see for myself what all the fuss is about!

(Have I told you lately how much I miss my camper? I have already written him 4 letters. My heart is aching for him, which is insane because he drives my batty)

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It’s that time of year again: time to sign up for your local CSA!

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system in which we can support local farmers by purchasing “shares” of their crops. Depending on the size of the farm and the size of the share (how much you will actually get), it can cost anywhere from $150 to $550 a season.

Blue Door CSA

To find our which farms are still selling “shares” contact Kansas City CSA Coalition at http://www.kc-csac.org

Another great option is Kansas City’s Hen House Growers Alliance CSA. For $25 a week, you get a selection of locally raised farm fresh products including meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables, mils, eggs and more.

The Program runs from May 28th through September 28th. You can pick up the boxes at your favorite Hen House Market at your choice of pick up times: Saturdays from 10am-2pm or Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm.

If you are worried it may be too much food for you, Hen House has a “Pick 5” membership, which for $15 you can pick 5 times from a large assortment every Saturday from 8am to noon. This program is only 8 weeks, from July 9th through August 27th.

Sign up soon for the Hen House CSA on-line  here!

It is a great way to try new local produce that you wouldn’t normally pick up. I love getting something and looking up recipes to use it!

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