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- November 1, 2017: I had supper at the Broadmoor
Bistro in Overland Park, Kansas, which is part of the Shawnee Mission
School District. The food is prepared and served by high students.
until this school year, the student restaurant was at the Broadmoor Technical
School and we have had a review of the restaurant at that location for
many year. The restaurant moved to a new location at the Center for Academic
Achievement, over the summer. The feel of the new dinning room is both
more contemporary and more institutional. I referred the old location.
won't go into the details of the meal until the restaurant's review is
updated, but will mention that the pace was very slow. The meal took and
hour and 40 minutes.
- November 4, 2017: Linda and I had lunch at Big
T's Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, Missouri. It had been two years since the
last time we dined there and it is time to update its review. While I like
the food at Big T's, it has the disadvantage of being on the far side of
the metropolitan area and near two other restaurants which I enjoy even
more: LC's BBQ and the Peach
Tree Buffet. The food was very similar to our last visit, so the main changes
needed will be to the menu listing.
the afternoon I drove to Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas to
photograph a small waterfall which we learned about last spring. The falls
is on a creek feeding into the lake, near a bridle trail. I walked back
to the falls using the only directions which I had, which sent me along
the trail from the norse trailer parking lot. That trail crosses two small
creeks, using stepping stones and probably would not appeal to hikers when
there is much more water. I met only two riders on the trail
relatively little water was going over the falls, it was still pretty and
sounded cheery. I found an easier way out, walking near the creek going
toward the lake.
followed up with a circle drive of the 800 acre lake. The neatest thing
which I fond was the Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library, which is an
"Environmental Learning Center," on a point overlooking the lake.
Big T's Bar-B-Q
Bridle Trail Falls
- November 10, 2017: We took Friday off from our day jobs so we could
visit some attractions which are not open on weekends.
first stop was Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence, Kansas. The pipe organ
manufacturer is in its 100th year. They have produced over 2200 organs,
312 of them for Kansas churches. It turns out that they built the organ
for our church, Lenexa United Methodist Church and they were kind enough
to give us a copy of the contract and a program from the dedication ceremony.
second stop of the day was in north Topeka at Porubsky
Grocery & Meats. They do not sell their popular chili on Friday
or Saturday (to keep down other traffic on the days when most of their
local customers shop), but I had called the day before and they had set
aside a quart of the chili for me. I also got the hot pimento spread and
horseradish pickles, which I love.
person in line ahead of us said that he had come from Leavenworth to get
pickles and ham salad, so we got some ham salad for lunch in the car, but
it wasn't as big a hit. The main flavor of the ham salad turned out to
be sweet pickle relish. We could hardly taste the ham at all.
west, we stopped at Grandma Hoerner's
Foods near Alma, Kansas. Grandma Hoerner's produces apple sauces, preserves,
fruit butters, chutneys, barbecue sauces, salad dressings, salsas, and
mustards in a 40,000 sq. ft. facility that is just off of I-70. They also
have a small factory store.
west to Hays, we toured the RANS Designs aircraft factory. RANS was founded
as a bicycle manufacturer in 1974 by Randy Schlitter. RANS stated manufacturing
ultrilight aircraft in 1983 and moved into light sport aircraft manufacturing
a few years later. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, but was a little disappointed
to learn that RANS Bikes was spun off and sold 5 years ago. It is now in
next door to RANS Designs, we discovered the remains of the abandoned Frontier
City. The property is not open, but i took a few photos from the parking
just an hour or so of daylight remaining, we headed back east a few miles
to get new photos of the Cathedral
of the Plains in Victoria.
checking into the Best Western in Hays for the night, we had supper at
Golden Q Sports Bar & Grill. My double cheeseburger was quite good,
but neither the French fries or onion rings were anything special.
Reuter Organ Company
Porubsky Grocery & Meats
Golden Q Sports Bar
- November 11, 2017: The day began with a visit to St. Francis Catholic
Church in Munjor, Kansas. I photographed the exterior of the church a few
years ago, but we were met by a gentleman who (along with his wife) is
responsible for maintaining the lovely building.
post rock, stone building was built in 1889, but was destroyed by a fire
in 1932. The church was restored with the same appearance it had previous
to the fire, with the exception of the steeple which was never replaced.
drove on to take fresh photos of Holy
Cross Church and Holy Cross Cemetery
in Pfifer, Kansas. Then on to the Bison Museum in Bison, Kansas. The museum
does not have regular hours, but the librarian in the library which shares
the same building had put me in touch with Sharon Klein, who was waiting
for us. The library was having an annual hunters' breakfast & lunch
on the first day of pheasant season, and the museum was full of people
who had come for the meal. We enjoyed the small museum and also took several
photos of the downtown with its interesting old buildings and attractive,
bison shaped street signs.
had lunch in Seward at Mom's Bar and Grill,
which was filled with hunters and the busiest I have ever seen it. Too
busy. They weren't doing their great home fries because they were so busy
in the kitchen. Linda had a good grilled chicken sandwich. I had the pork
tenderloin sandwich, which wasn't nearly as impressive as the chicken fired
steak sandwich which I had tried in the past.
back toward Great Bend, we stumbled across "Christmas Miracle Village,"
on Highway US-281. It looked like it was well on its way to being set up
for the season, but the young woman in the yard was clearly uncomfortable
with my taking photos and we went on without getting out of the car.
Great Bend we stopped to visit the Barton County Historical Museum, but
it was not open during the posted hours.
extra time now on our hands, we drove to Lucas,
the Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas where we checked out the new Possumbilities
shop and purchased homemade Czech bologna
and smoked sausage at 95 year old Brant's
main point of going to Lucas was to see the new home which Erika Nelson
is making for the World's Largest
Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things.
The new space in a storefront across from the Grassroots Art Center is
already very cool and it was fun watching children sign the unusual wooden
sculpture which is serving as the guest register and had gum to the ball
of used gum.
was one more stop on our way back across Kansas, for supper in Salina at
Seoul USA Korean Restaurant. I enjoyed our experience at the little place,
which is in a former fast food building, but it did not stand out in the
ways to make our page of Unique Kansas Restaurants.
St. Francis Church
Mom's Bar and Grill
Adding gum to the World's Largest Ball of Gum
- November 19, 2017: We added a new page about the Christmas
Miracle Village, south of Great Bend, Kansas on Highway US-281, which
we discovered last week. It was started by Rita Vredenburg, who started
the village in Texas in 2004, but brought it to Kansas when she moved next
door to her sister, Debbie Clothier, in 2010.
visited Betty C's Bar & Grill in Shawnee, Kansas for the first time
today. We both had the chicken fried steak sandwiched, which were good,
but the French fries were nothing special. I recommend the Reuben Rolls
- egg rolls filled with corned beef & Swiss cheese, served with Reuben
learned just today, that the adjacent 1927 Aztec Theater should reopen
next year, after being closed for over 40 years. Three partners recently
purchased it and the City of Shawnee has contributed $250,000 toward the
Christmas Miracle Village
Reuben egg rolls
- November 27, 2017: After work, I drove to Topeka to check on displays
for the Topeka Christmas
Light Tour. At the start things went well. Every display from the first
third of last year's tour was still up and 3 displays from previous years
which hadn't been up when checked last year were back up for 2017.
stopped for supper and to update the review of Bobo's
Drive In, having a Spanish Burger, Double Cheeseburger and onion rings.
The cheeseburger was good and the onion rings were very good. The Spanish
burger appeared to be just a burger with a little house made salsa.
to the tour, I started having less luck with former displays from the tour.
One was now two small and two spectacular displays from late in the tour
were gone entirely. There were two new displays which had been recommended
to check out. Both ere up to the standards of the tour and (as luck would
have it), I discovered other displays on the way to photograph them.
second new discovery was on Indiana Avenue. Actually, I had gone past it
last year, but had decided it wasn't quite large enough last year. This
year the display is added to the tour and while I was photographing it,
I met the home owners, the Pittengers. Trudy loves Christmas decorations
and her husband, Phillip, has given her a new major decoration each of
the past 20 years.
back through Lawrence, there was time to check on the displays from last
year for the Lawrence
Christmas Light Tour and to photograph a new display which had appeared
at a location which used to have an impressive display.
quickly, there were 4 more stops to confirm previous displays in Eudora
and De Soto.
Double cheeseburger & onion rings
Pittenger Christmas Display
- November 30, 2017: It had been about a year since my last visit to
Austin's Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas.
had supper at Fiorella's Jack Stack in Overland Park, Kansas to update
its listings on Kansas City BBQ Restaurant
Guide and the Overland Park Restaurant
Guide. I finally tried the fire kissed wings, which several people
had recommended. Their appearance and texture were both good, but there
was an unfamiliar spice which detracted from the flavor for me.
updated the review of the Broadmoor
Bistro in Overland Park, Kansas,
Fire kissed chicken wings
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