For all my readers that are in Kansas City, I wanted to share this short-n-sweet iPhone video blog + pictures i took at dinner last night. I had a chance to preview Coal Vines, the new restaurant located at the Country Club Plaza. This place took the spot of ReVerse. It does “seems” smaller inside. And the lighting is very dark inside, really relaxed, with kind of a country-club-dark-wood kind of feel. It would be a great place to take a date. And it’s not too upscale. My meal was good. Not great. Tons of wine.
Here’s a couple photos I took with my point-n-shoot Canon S95 at the annual Country Club Plaza “flip-switch” ceremony. Some people think it’s silly that a bunch of people get together in the cold just to watch Christmas lights be turned on. I think it’s a fantastic Kansas City family tradition and a great activity to do after Thanksgiving dinner every year!
The spring weather in Kansas City this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous. It was criminal to not be outside doing something (it was that nice). I had my camera with me when I was walking on the Plaza, and I noticed the numerous beautiful blossomed dogwood trees everywhere. I captured just a few shots with the dogwood trees during my afternoon walk.
**UPDATE**, it appears that I might have incorrectly identified the trees in the photos. We’ll just say a “tree enthusiast” sent me a kind-hearted email telling me that these are actually Bradford Pear trees, not Dogwoods. I fully admit and acknowledge I could have been wrong, I don’t claim to be an arborist! Thanks Mr. Anonymous.
One of my goals for 2010 is to take 1 creative photo each week. This has been a fun ongoing challenge for me, with mixed results (i’ve taken some really bad photos, and some good photos). Stay tuned to the blog for more photo blog posts in the future.
There’s a new restaurant here in Kansas City opening on the Plaza called Fogo de Chao (pronounced fo-go dee shown). They asked me to come taste the food before the grand opening and of course I brought along my camera to snap some photos and recorded a video blog with my flip.
The place is considered a “Brazilian steakhouse” — they serve over 15 different types of roasted meats in which “Gaucho” chefs cut and serve right at your table. Basically you sit at your table and have a card that has both a red and a green side. When a chef passes by and notices your card is flipped to green, he will ask if you would like the particular meat he’s carrying — and then serve the meat to you. The whole dinner is a pretty interactive experience.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised. The salad bar was unexpectedly awesome (you’ve gotta try it), but you can’t fill-up on salad because there’s so many meats to try and you really need to save room for all of it. The best part is all of the meat is served warm and tastes so fresh (unlike some of my backyard grill creations). It’s a bit pricey at $24 for lunch, $42 for dinner, but it’s worth it. I’d say it’s probably not a place you’d want to go to every week. However, it is a great place to take a group of friends large or small. You can read more about the story of the restaurant on their website.
Be sure to check out my video blog to see what it’s like or the photos I posted to my flickr page.
When I was asked to attend a rooftop fashion show last week — I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical. A fashion show? What would I find engaging at a fashion show? I’m FAR from a stylish kind of guy… and I hardly shop for clothes!
It ended up being a pleasant surprise. The event was organized by Standard Style, a local clothing store here in Kansas City, and it was held on a rooftop parking garage (Country Club Plaza). I can remember thinking during the night, “this is Kansas City? This seems like something that only happens in L.A.” The party benefited a great organization called Bacchus (they conduct fund raising for an annually selected beneficiary each year).
When I got to the party — I realized it was totally blog worthy and I snapped a few pictures and did a quick video blog. Check it out below.