|Saturday - August
14, 2010: We started the day at Cedar
Cove Feline Conservatory & Sanctuary in Louisburg. After taking
the regular tour, the staff gave me an opportunity to approach the cages
and take some photos where the bars on the cages wouldn't obstruct the
camera. We ended us staying 2.5 hours more, taking photos from spots where
the public isn't permitted.
I was accompanied by
one of the staff who often got into the cages with the animals, or petted
them from outside the cages. I particularly liked the wolves, leopard and
two young African lions. I was close enough that I had to be careful that
the animals didn't swipe at me or the camera. I was careful and the only
animals that I actually touched were some wolves who I scratched and allowed
to lick my hands.
Lunch was a revisit
of Beethoven's 5th in Paola. The German restaurant is only open three days
a week and this was my first time back in a year and a half. Linda had
the zigeuner schnitzel (breaded, pan fried pork loin topped with sautéed
onions, peppers, mushrooms and a red wine sauce) and I had the Jaeger Schnitzel
with a creamy mushroom sauce. It was good, but not the plate licking odd
that I thought it was before. Linda really liked the rolls.
They have many German
dishes on the menu and I really should get back there again and try some
In the evening, we
drove to the Legends in Kansas City, Kansas, to check into Chateau Avalon
- a boutique hotel with themed rooms, nestled on a treed hillside.
We had the two level
Castaway Room with a Jacuzzi on the main level and the bed tucked into
the prow of a boat that is for some reason lodged in the trees. I liked
the hotel, but the two level room didn't work. It seemed that what one
of us wanted was always on the other floor and there were too many trips
up and down the stairs.
A bottle of the house
sparkling apple cider was waiting on ice when we arrived. They offer a
number of "late night indulgences" and later we enjoyed the chocolate covered
strawberries with whipped cream
Our supper was at the
Savoy Grill in Kansas City, Missouri.
I love the traditions
of the 107 year old seafood & steak restaurant, that was a favorite
of Harry Truman. The service was very good, but we have been to too many
fine restaurants in the past year and nothing really stood out. Linda had
a fried seafood platter and I had steak poivre (a huge sirloin strip which
was peppered, seared and served with cognac and red wine sauce). The steak
had good flavor, but was fairly tough.
My favorite part of
the meal was the lobster bisque, but even though it was very good, I have
had better a couple of times recently.
Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Sanctuary
|Friday - August
13, 2010: I drove to Paola, Kansas to have lunch at The BBQ Shack.
I hadn't been to the SHack in about a year and a half. The ribs and chicken
wings were still good, but this was a chance to try some more of the side
dishes. The BBQ Shack has a wide variety of interesting sides and I have
only had a few of them.
This time I had Fletch's
spicy corn on the cobb and the atomic buffalo turds (cored jalapeno peppers
stuffed with cream cheese & marinated water chestnuts and wrapped in
bacon). They were both very good. The corn reminded me a bit of the elote
corn that I had in Cozumel.
Supper was at a new
restaurant in Shawnee - Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub. We were greeted by a gentleman
at the door who appeared to be the incarnation of the (presumably) mythical
Mr. O'Shea. That was the high point of the meal. My fish & chips and
Linda's shepherd's pie were both OK, but I will try something else the
next time. The menu appears to have more Irish dishes than most of the
area's Irish pubs.
There is a second Waxy
O'Shea's in Branson, Missouri.
corn on the cobb & ABTs at The BBQ Shack
Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub
|Thursday - August
12, 2010: I had lunch at Johnny's
BBQ in Olathe today. Johnny's Mission, Kansas location was featured
last month on Diners, Drive-ins
and Dives and I wanted to try the chicken that was prepared on the
show. It is smoked, then finished for a couple of minutes in the deep fryer.
BBQ in Kansas City, Kansas does something similar, but I didn't care
for the result at Quick's.
Johnny's chicken was
OK, but unlike the way it was shown on Triple D, they served it with sauce
on the chicken. I think I would have enjoyed it much more with the sauce
on the side. The half chicken diner came with French fries, coleslaw &
baked beans and was a good value at $9.69.
|Wednesday - August
11, 2010: Two friends joined me for supper at a new Olathe Restaurant
- Zepi's Pizza and Pub at Ridgeview and K-10. This is the second location
for Zepi's. The original location is on State Line Road in Leawood, Kansas.
The pizza was just
average, with a sauce that made me think of straight tomato paste without
spices. Zepi's is probably a good choice for a party that has some people
who do not want pizza. The rest of the menu is fairly varied.
The onion rings were
just something popped out of the freezer, but the chicken wrap was pretty
good. I liked it that they offer a choice of dressings for the wrap and
included additional dressing on the side.
Zepi's Pizza & Pub
|Sunday - August
8, 2010: I made a second visit to Joy Wok in Overland Park. The large
Chinese restaurant is definitely doing a superior job in an attractive
|Saturday - August
7, 2010: Today's lunch was at a new place to me in Overland Park -
the Caspian Bistro, which serves a variety of Persian, Middle Eastern and
Mediterranean dishes. We had the restaurant to ourselves when we arrived,
but I was glad to see several tables filled before we left.
Linda had the shish
kabob (marinated filet mignon, skewered with onions, tomatoes and green
peppers) for $18.69. The meat had a distinctive flavor which she enjoyed.
She did wish the tomatoes had been cut into pieces so the cooking was more
trough the vegetable.
My $19.99 lamb rack
had 6 chops and was some of the best lamb I have had in a long time. I
had the same complaint about the tomatoes.
The entrees came with
the choice of two of basmati rice, baked potato and vegetables.
|Thursday - August
5, 2010: Although 75 Cafe in Shawnee
discontinued supper hours for a while, I recently learned they are now
open for supper 6 nights a week. Tonight seemed like a good time to check
on other changes. I was considering using 75 to host a private event.
The food is still good,
but there continues to be service issues. There was a problem on
our last visit in the Spring, but we still had a good time and lived with
When our food was brought
out this time, they brought 2 meals for 3 people. The person taking the
order had missed one order entirely. It was a long wait for the other meal
to be prepared.
At 75, you pay when
you order. So after eating the meal, we ordered a cobbler for dessert and
paid for it at that time. And were then told it would take 10 minutes.
It would have been better if they had said that before we paid, but OK.
So we waited. When
the cobbler was finally ready, they couldn't figure out who had ordered
it. Even though there were only two other tables with customers, we overheard
the server asking another table if they had ordered dessert and had to
get there attention.
I do like the food
at 75, but it just isn't worth the server problems.
|Wednesday - August
4, 2010: This evening we tried another restaurant for the first time
this year -
Cozy's Cafe in
Overland Park. I like the little family restaurant, but it needs just a
little more something. Perhaps a few more Mediterranean influenced dishes.
The best items at Cozy's
Cafe may be from the breakfast menu, which is available all day.
|Tuesday - August
3, 2010: Tried a new place for supper tonight - Tailgater's Bar and
Grill in Overland Park, Kansas.
I went with high hopes.
The online menu listed burgers made from buffalo & elk, and when we
waked in, I liked the interesting seating using old theater and airline
seats in part of the restaurant. I was more than willing to overlook the
too loud music.
But the food was nothing
special. The onion rings and the buns used for the sandwiches were were
sub par. The pork tenderloin tasted OK, but was mostly breading. The elk
and buffalo burgers were so tough that it was difficult to stick a fork
in them. I think they had gone straight from the freezer to the frying
Tailgater's Bar and Grill
|Monday - August
2, 2010: Added two new reviews of places visited in July. Both places
are special and deserve to receive more attention.
The first new page
is devoted to Geary Lake Falls, which
is about 6 miles south of Junction City at Geary State Fishing Lake.
The second new page
is about the new Michael Steven Gallery
in Lincoln. The Gallery occupies part of the space at the Village Lines
shop and keeps the same hours.
Geary Lake Falls
|Sunday - August
1, 2010: For lunch we tried the Sunday Brunch at Gaslight Grill in
Leawood. It was OK, but not the special treat that ordering off the menu
was earlier in the week. The service wasn't as good, either.
Not that the brunch
was bad, but there is no reason to make a special trip for it. The biggest
pleasant surprise, was the fruit smoothies.
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