We spent Christmas in Kansas City with Jonathan’s maternal family and were thrilled to meet the newest member: Joel Everett! Born November 27th, he was a month old and adorable! Above, the new uncle contemplates his new role in life. Fittingly enough, my only photos from Christmas Day are of Jonathan and Joel.
The day after Christmas, Allison allowed me to tag along on her Ladies’ Lunch at Lidia’s, in downtown Kansas City. I don’t watch culinary shows, so I wasn’t familiar with the founder- Lidia Bastianich, but I didn’t need to be in order to thoroughly enjoy the food! I also appreciated the tradition of a white elephant alcohol exchange- a fantastic idea I’ll be stealing!
Several days into our trip, we set about exploring Kansas City with Jonathan’s mother as a guide. As usual, I had created an extensive Pinterest board of sites to visit and Jonathan found the one below- Kaw Point. A stopover on the Lewis and Clark expedition, it’s where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers meet.
Tucked away in an industrial area, it was an odd location for a park- one has to drive through a factory’s parking lot in order to find it. Once there, we discovered this monument to Native American tribes and story boards with an explanation of what Lewis and Clark did while there (camped and explored).
We almost missed the steps to the Lewis and Clark memorial below- or what appears to be a memorial with the skyline of Kansas City, Missouri in the background. There wasn’t an informational sign and the park’s website makes no mention of these stone features. I eventually googled some of the inscribed names and learned that they’re the names of men who had accompanied Lewis and Clark on the expedition. Mystery solved.
Although it was cold and icy, Jonathan and his mother were gracious enough to pose for a few photos!
Afterward, we grabbed some lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant typical of DC- The Farmhouse. Located in the River Market section of Kansas City and surrounded by trendy lofts, we enjoyed the chalkboard sign that greets patrons; “We ❤ Day Drinkers.” A fan of rabbit and hare, Jonathan certainly appreciated the Rabbit Debris fries on the menu and the Croque Madame was fantastic!
Knowing that I’d be interested in how close horse country was to the city, Jonathan mapped out a local stable to visit and we encountered this interesting pair there. The driver noted our interest (laughs) and drove “Cody” over to the car to greet us. Extremely talkative, she informed us that she can tote him around in the back seat of her car and that she buys shoes for him from Build-A-Bear!
From the stable, we headed to Shawnee Mission Park, where we encountered this lookout tower that Jonathan asserted we needed to climb. Once there, we could see the drab view offered by the Kansas winter landscape, but I imagine it would be lovely when it’s a bit more green. The drive around the lake was consolation for the view!
Jonathan and I continued our exploration of Kansas City later that evening on a date in the Crossroads District on the Missouri side. (I couldn’t then and I can’t now even think about “Crossroads” without my subconscious singing the Bone Thugs N Harmony song.) At any rate, the Rieger Hotel was lovely- dark and romantic and has excellently-crafted cocktails. The steak I ordered was perfect and made me sorry that my stomach could not hold more (though we did eat the rest for breakfast the following morning!)
After dinner, we asked the hipster bartender where we should go to continue our evening and he recommended Westport, so we cabbed it there only to find out that we were apparently not cool enough for him to recommend the speakeasy, Manifesto, directly below The Rieger. 😉
We enjoyed the decor of Harry’s Bar & Tables, but it was far too crowded and too young of a crowd for us. We thought about visiting Kelly’s Westport Inn, but the live band was luring in college-age students and the line was too long. So we ended up at McCoy’s Public House, where Jonathan enjoyed their craft beer and another bar that I can’t even locate via Googlemaps nor Yelp!
We were a bit disappointed with Westport until a local reminded us that all of the college kids were home for Christmas break!