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Best of “Cuban Sandwiches”

I promised my friend and fellow KCUR Food Critic Jenny Vergara that I would school her on where to find the best Cubano sandwiches in Kansas City, and it’s time I delivered. First, a quick primer on how to make a Cubano, or Cuban sandwich. The authentic soft rolls that are traditionally used can be […]

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Best of “French Fries”

I am often asked about this topic, given my rather well-known penchant for fried spuds.  Unfortunately, I was out of town for the KCUR Food Critics show this week that focused on the best French Fries in town, so I decided it was time to weigh in on my favorites in this space. All of my […]

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Best Dishes of 2016

Both in terms of travel and incredible food experiences, 2016 was a standout. In no particular order, here are the most memorable dishes I enjoyed: Kansas Citians were lucky that Bob Shin and his family came back to the area to open Bob Wasabi on 39th St. His spicy fish bowl is, hands down, my favorite […]

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We all scream…

It’s that time of year again and, in Kansas City, the choices are better than ever for those of us who love ice cream. A few weeks ago we discussed the topic on KCUR’s the Food Critics. Here’s my list. Betty Rae’s in Waldo is a newcomer on the scene and has quickly risen to the […]

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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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My Favorite Dishes of 2015

I ate very well in 2015. Here are the dishes that were the most memorable, in no particular order but the first two, both of which I submitted as my favorite dishes of 2015 in the January issue of KC magazine. The Spicy Pork Buns in the lounge at the American Restaurant. Instead of using the more […]

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ShuttleCork Auction dinner at Green Dirt Farm

Last May, 6 couples banded together to buy an auction lot at ShuttleCork, a food and wine event benefiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Chef Debbie Gold, Julep owners Keely Edgington and Beau Williams, and ReGina Cruse of Green Dirt Farm all donated their services and talents (and GDF cheese and lamb) to put together an awesome […]

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Tomato and Basil Pizza

Just as I enjoy making bread, I love making pizza at home. Because I don’t have an oven that heats to 800 degrees, I typically grill my pizza. My favorite time for pizza making is in the summer when I can top it with fresh tomatoes and basil. I have always wanted to go to […]

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Tomato Time

Time for a repost of what was one of the first stories I wrote. It was originally published in 2007. Heinz seems proud to boast of 57 varieties of ketchup, but did you realize that there are actually 10,000 varieties of tomatoes? My favorite is the Sungold, a tiny, orange sphere of heaven. Popping them in […]

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Auction Napa Valley

I fully subscribe to the axiom that life is too short to drink bad wine. “Bad” is, of course, a subjective term and certainly subject to financial considerations. But one foolproof way to drink really good wine is to go to the Napa Valley wine auction, which I was fortunate to do at the beginning of the month. To […]

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