The Best 8 Seconds of My Life Was In Kansas City
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June 6th, 2008 – by: sweetsummerdaiz
For the first time since I had lived in Kansas some twenty years ago, I visited Kansas City as if it were the very first time. Skipping over the Country Club Plaza (which I enjoy very much but am familiar with), we took a tour to the new developments that I had not seen before.
Arriving at the airport to pick me up around 1pm on a Friday, my sister, dressed in a banker's suit but driving a huge and sputtering passenger van, we set out for packing in as much adventure as possible.
We manuevered to our hotel for check-in, the Crowne Plaza (which was average at best but was selected for the proximity to the P&L District). After dumping off our bags we set out to explore the newly opened Power and Light Entertainment District. I love the LED blue lights to define the area! Though the security at one of the entrances to this venue was HIGHLY obnoxious (my sister who is 45 years old had an expired driver's license so he didn't want to let her in) we circumvented the arrogant minimum-wager and went through the Irish Pub.
Eventually we made our way through to each of the business in this district and ended up at Big Sky, a cowboy-ish bar. Since the place had just opened for the evening (it was about 4:00pm or so) there weren't that many people in the bar. Having had an adult beverage or two already, we were drawn like a magnet to the mechanical bull. After giggling like schoolgirls and having another beer, my sister in her banker's suit and me in my golf shirt and non-matching walking sandals decided that trying to ride the thing would be a good idea, so we did! Both of us being short, a member of the staff had to help each of us get up on the bull.
We next had dinner at Maker's Mark and were sorely disappointed. Perhaps because it was so new, the service was incredibly poor, the food incredibly expensive, and the value was non-existant. On the upside, we did sit on the patio outside and enjoyed the live entertainment with a front-row-and-center seat.
I was delighted that the next step in the plan was to head to the Blue Room.
The next morning we headed to the farmer's market and the steamboat museum, both of which were well worth the time spent! Fascinating! I will be spending more time and money in the farmer't market next time, as the choices were the best I've seen since the Los Angeles markets. We also checked in at the World War I Museum and learned a lot that I didn't know about the war. How somber.
Heading out to BriarCliff Village for a late brunch, we enjoyed a buffet at the Cafe' and were pleasantly surprised with the variety, quality, and value.
We certainly packed a lot in for such a short stay, but we had a great time playing tourist in a familiar city.
Next, as we sped along in our adventure, we crossed town again to see the
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