Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brunch Club

One of my favorite things I've done since moving to Kansas City is starting a brunch club with some gal friends from work. There are so many incredible restaurants in the city and surrounding suburbs; when we moved here three years ago, I immediately started making a list of all the recommendations I would get and places I would see online. Tyler isn't much of a "brunch person," as he says, though, and honestly our tastes in restaurants in general differs pretty drastically. Me, on the other hand--I will judge an entire restaurant on its brunch (and whether or not they have bottomless mimosas....). Thankfully, I quickly formed some really solid friendships, and my gals are more than happy to join me on my quest to try every brunch in the city.  We generally get together at least once a month, and even have a spreadsheet of all the places we have tried and want to try--in case you thought this was some casual get-together or something. :) We even have matching Brunch Club shirts, so you know it's official. Here are some photos from our favorite meals: 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Seattle

Over the past couple years, and thanks to the gal in that first picture, Seattle has really become one of my very favorite cities. It's big enough to have lots to do and progressive enough that I don't feel crazy, with lots of small local spots in individual neighborhoods. Layne was such a great tour guide for me last summer that I was able to do the same for Tyler on our trip, even though we only had about a day total in the city. We arrived on a Monday afternoon, and killed some time downtown at Pike Place Market until our Air BnB was ready. Once we found our accommodations and settled in (our hostess was the absolute sweetest!) we met up with Layne at Tacos Chukis for a quick dinner and then grabbed some drinks on the deck at Captain Blacks. We ended up spending the rest of the evening with her and her husband, Brandon, who met up with us for a trip to the University of Washington (for a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier, below) and drinks & appetizers at Capitol Cider. Capitol Cider is probably one of my favorite spots in the city. I'm not a beer drinker, but I do love a good hard cider, and the black currant lavender cider I had that night will forever be at the top of my list. Mmmm.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Oregon Coast

If you asked Tyler what his favorite thing about our vacation was, he would tell you about Cannon Beach. We woke up before sunrise and drove from our hotel in Seaside and were rewarded with a pink and blue sky and a nearly-deserted beach. As we made our way to the water, we passed a man meditating, a woman running, and a photographer taking advantage of the morning light. After an hour or so of wading through the waves, we headed back to our SUV and made the short drive to Ecola State Park. The view from Ecola Point is truly incredible--I think I could have stayed there the entire day. There is nowhere on earth like the Oregon Coast, and we'll definitely be back every chance we get.

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