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“Best of” Lists

It’s nice to have fans. In the past few weeks, several people have asked me why I don’t write on my blog anymore. I have found that my followers seem more interested in pictures than the written word and it admittedly takes less time, so I have primarily been utilizing Instagram (msbloch), Twitter (@aroundblockkc) and […]

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Bloch wine

  A number of people have asked where Bloch wine can be purchased in Kansas City. It can be found at the following restaurants: Cafe Europa Cafe Sebastienne Cleaver & Cork The Farmhouse Justus Drugstore Michael Smith/Extra Virgin The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange Room 39 The Sundry Webster House Wine shops carrying Bloch wine are: […]

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Cheese-making story in the Kansas City Star

I can’t promise success, but it’s worth the effort to make your own cheese. http://www.kansascity.com/2013/09/10/4469329/make-fresh-cheese-at-home.html

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Restaurant etiquette in the age of Twitter

If you missed my story in last week’s Food Section of the Kansas City, here’s the link, or you can read it below. It certainly sparked lots of comments, especially from people in the restaurant community.  Who do you think should be running the show, the diner or the restaurant staff/chef? Dining out, updated: Restaurant […]

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Visit KC story–Restaurants Reimagined

I’m the M.B. at the bottom of the page. http://visitkc.com/where-to-eat/restaurants-reimagined/index.aspx   Restaurants Reimagined   On the menu: 7 local eateries with charming backstories The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange is a former prohibition-era hotel now serving farm-to-table fare. Then: Opened in 1915 by the son of whiskey distributor Jacob Rieger, the […]

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Ceiba–Washington DC

Ceiba is one of several restaurants owned by Jeff Tunks in Washington, DC, the most well-known of which was the now shuttered Ten Penh and my favorite of the group. Ceiba has a Latin American theme and you can choose to sit in the bar or lounge and have appetizers, or enjoy a full dinner […]

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Visit KC 2012 magazine

The 2012 Digital edition of Visit KC magazine is hot off the presses. Click the link below to read all about our city’s incredible resurgence. Included are several interviews I conducted with people employed in various industries around town who shared their favorite haunts and activities in Kansas City. www.maddenmedia.com/digitalbooks/MOKCVG12

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Grand Street Cafe

Grand Street Cafe has been a favorite off-Plaza destination since 1991. At the time, its wallpaper with willow branches protruding in 3D fashion and striped rattan chairs created an imaginative botanical scene which captivated diners. Though originally owned by the very successful PB&J group of restaurants, it was bought in 2009 by Rick and Kristi […]

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Publican–Chicago

Don’t go to the Publican if you are noise or crowd-adverse. Do go if you want fun, interesting, well-conceived fare. This converted warehouse in Fulton Market is reminiscent of an European beer hall, with communal wood tables, and tall ceilings. It is the brainchild of Paul Kahan, an acclaimed restaurateur who also owns Blackbird and […]

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Parisi Café in Union Station

I was recently treated to coffee and lunch at Parisi Cafe in Union Station. What a delightful experience! The entire operation is very impressive, from the shop’s design to the on-the-ball staff. And the food was such a pleasant surprise. We sampled two sandwiches on ciabatta rolls–turkey with brie and homemade apple butter, and roasted […]

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