Monday, May 11, 2009

Kansas City 2009

We met our dear friend Chris in Kansas City for the weekend. We saw the Kenny Chesney concert which is a tradition for Chris and I (I don't want to hear it, I know it's cheesy, but it's a really good time, and you shouldn't knock it till you try it), and we did tons of shopping and touristy stuff. We stayed with my friend Julia who lives in a lovely neighborhood of craftsman homes really close to downtown. We spent a lot of time sitting on the porch and walking around in the 70 degree weather.



I kept thinking Nashville and Kansas City are supposed to be the same size, but KC has a lot more going on for it--at least a lot less country music stuff. The farmer's market was PACKED. They also have a real live art museum, the Art Institute of KC, a Paper-Source store, and the best BBQ you could ask for in a gas station. Oh, and Crate and Barrel, where we bought ourselves a SUPER new couch.




We ate brunch at Succotash in the City Market. I couldn't believe how busy the farmer's market was. Crazy!



We ate so much that we had to get to-go boxes, but Jason was hell-bent on getting a Polish sausage as well. He's crazy like that.



And you know I had to squeeze in some art. We went to Hammerpress and I asked a ton of questions. Hammerpress is a major letterpress studio, based in Kansas City. They had so many presses! And nothing on drying racks! I guess that's what the difference is between my little press which just "kisses" the paper, and those big mamas that really put an impression in.




Here is Jason at the art museum.

I miss my friends and the big city already! I didn't realize how starved for city life I was! I'll have to go back and see Julia sometime soon. Maybe I can actually eat sushi somewhere.

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Posted by Beth Howard @ 8:07 AM

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I never considered visiting KC before, but you've got me adding it to my super long list. In reality, there's no where on earth I *don't* want to go- it's just a matter of priority.

But, really!, what's up with Nashville?! I go to Chicago and I wonder why we haven't capitalized on the Cumberland River more. (Couldn't you just imagine riverfront bistros or walking paths?) I could go on... *sigh*

Posted by Blogger Tisra @ 3:53 PM #
 

I never considered visiting KC before, but you've got me adding it to my super long list. In reality, there's no where on earth I *don't* want to go- it's just a matter of priority.

But, really!, what's up with Nashville?! I go to Chicago and I wonder why we haven't capitalized on the Cumberland River more. (Couldn't you just imagine riverfront bistros or walking paths?) I could go on... *sigh*

Posted by Blogger Tisra @ 3:53 PM #
 

that chandelier is SOOO cool! Glad you had such fun!

Posted by Blogger kim @ 4:55 PM #
 

I'll say it again, KC is a draw for me (maybe it's the song??) + you make it sound so appealing, well, except the Kenny Chesney part, sorry, I know you like his concerts but I can't handle that sleeveless dude.

Ooh, new couch.
Um, have I told ya this week that I miss ya? well I do + wish I could have hung out at Hammer Press with ya.

Posted by Blogger Shona~ LALA dex press @ 8:41 PM #
 

I love Hammerpress! I have one of their journals and a stack of notecards. I love the Claus Oldenburg Shuttlecock sculpture - he's one of my faves! Sounds like Kansas City is a cool place - I'll have to investigate doing a craft show there...

Posted by Blogger freshie (and zero) @ 6:44 PM #
 

OMG I miss KC so much!!! The farmers market is ALWAYS packed like that on the weekend, and for good reason! Everything is super cheap! I used to live downtown (we just recently moved to Las Vegas) and river market was really the best part. =)

Also, if you want good sushi, check out Nara when you go back - it's at 17th and Main St and it's super awesome. They have reverse happy hour during the week starting at 10pm so you can get sushi really cheap!! Oh, and don't skimp - go for the tempura fried ice cream... it's to die for!

Sheesh, you're makin me super homesick... LoL

Posted by Anonymous Vanessa @ 3:46 AM #
 
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