Eleven Eleven Mississippi (St. Louis, MO)

I decided to spice things up a bit with this latest post. Instead of my usual restaurant review, I wanted to try to write this post how I would normally try to pen one of my novel chapters as a challenge to myself and a way to shake things up a bit. Combining the novel … Continue reading

Zombie Burger (Des Moines, IA)

“I’m excited to be in Iowa.” Are words no one has ever said. Ever. Yet here I was giddily driving down I-35 and actually smiling as I crossed the statuesque, stone monument telling me I was leaving Minnesota…and then crossed the shoddy, plastic “Welcome to Iowa” sign a few second later. Oh Iowa, you sure … Continue reading

Nicollet Island Inn (Minneapolis, MN)

Continuing the recollection of my last few months of culinary indulgences, the next decadent memory is of Minneapolis hotel and restaurant, Nicollet Island Inn. This quaint little restaurant is an old, yet beautiful, three-story building on the bank of the Mississippi River. The first floor houses the elegant dining room, while the second and third … Continue reading

RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack (Mission, KS)

It’s been awhile since my last restaurant post. I have month’s worth of mouthwatering food stories to share now that I have time to write again, so I guess we’ll get started with a joint I visited way back in May. For my birthday and last hurrah in Kansas City before the big move to … Continue reading

Brand New, Cursive, and An Horse — Live In Winnipeg, Manitoba

This past week, I took my first big-boy job vacation days…and went to Canada. I know, what you’re thinking – “That sounds horrible.” And it was. Driving through North Dakota and southern Manitoba may be the most painful 4 hours I have ever spent in a car. There’s nothing there, and when I say nothing, … Continue reading

4 Olives Wine Bar and Restaurant (Manhattan, KS)

Before I left Manhattan, I made a point to visit all of my favorite restaurants in town one last time. The best of the best of those, and also the most expensive, was 4 Olives Wine Bar and Restaurant. 4 Olives is far and away the best restaurant in the Little Apple. Harry’s (featured later) … Continue reading

The End of College Part I — Regrets

Holy crap, I graduated. After four years of projects, late nights in the library, Ramen, part-time jobs, Thirsty Thursdays…and Tuesday Night Ices…and a Messed Up Monday every once in awhile…and overall university-focused goodness, my collegiate career has come to an end. I am officially an alumni of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Science … Continue reading

2008 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Chardonnay

It’s been awhile since I did a wine post, and since I don’t have a tremendous amount of time to write tonight, I think the perfect opportunity to do so has presented itself. This week I ventured to the local liquor store to find a rich, bold Chardonnay to pair with the chicken alfredo I … Continue reading

Nara Japanese Robata (Kansas City)

Boy, it’s been a busy week, as evidenced by my lack of recent posts. However, with that busyness comes a few good stories to tell, including several from my recent foray into the Midwestern metal jungle of Kansas City. I’ll start by saying that Kansas City is a vastly underrated metro area. Although it doesn’t … Continue reading

Homework: Drink Wine (Odd Reds)

This week we tasted odd reds in class, and thus, our homework was to go out and buy one of the varietals of wine we tasted and drink it for homework! It’s a rough life… Wine:  2010 Codirosso Chianti Price:  $12.99 Region:  Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy Sight:  Ruby red with some purplish tint to … Continue reading