I am Grateful

I’ve run into a couple snags in my Dirty Thirty plan. A couple items that I thought would definitely happen may not be possible. I’m not sure how to feel about that. I mean failing if failing whether or not there was an unforeseen circumstance that brought about that failure. Oooh…deep.Anyway, the one item that I’m quite sure I will accomplish is #6: Try 8 new restaurants. With another 8 months left I’m already more than halfway to my goal. And loving every minute. This week a couple coworkers and I hit up a new KC Hot Spot. I only call it that because I enjoy being corny. And because it’s only been open for 2 months and was crazy busy on a Monday afternoon. For my friend Stack’s* birthday she suggested Cafe Gratitude and my sometimes Vegan ass was excited! Think about how hot my ass would be if I were Vegan all the time. Picture Carrie Underwood, who is Vegan, and you’ve got the right idea. Cafe Gratitude was started after the owner ate at one in San Francisco. It’s all vegan, organic, and as local as they can get it.

After checking out the menu it was clear that this gem was not just Vegan but pretty tree hugger as well. Each of the items had names like “I am Transformed” and “I am Gorgeous”.

We ordered an appetizer of Bruschetta (“I am present”) made with Cashew Mozzarella. I have heard of these cheeses made of nuts before and was eager to try it:

Verdict: GREAT.

I went a little safe on the entree choice and chose the tacos. (“I am transformed”)

There were HUGE and so filling. They were stuffed full of brown rice, black beans, pico de gallo, a huge dollop of guacamole and then covered in a cashew cheese sauce. Alongside a salad for some added veg. There were awesome, I could barely finish and I was certain anyone who likes tacos would enjoy these. I’m serious.

Part of me wishes I’d gone out on a limb a little and chosen something even more hippy. Ya know, something with Kale or sea vegetables. I’m sure everything on their menu was amazing. I’ll be more adventurous next time.

Even though we were all full from our entrees we did order a dessert to share. Tiramisu.

Our server mentioned that the slices that day were a little small so she included a scoop of ice cream with it. Let me tell you, it was off the charts good. I had to ask our server what it was made out of because it was amazing. I’m not a big ice cream fan, truly, I could go the rest of my life without ever having ice cream again but this could change my mind. She said it was made (again) with cashew cream, coconut milk, and vanilla. D – Lish!

I was super excited to see so many people having lunch there on a Monday. I love that KC is welcoming this Vegan restaurant with what appears to be, open arms. Yay veg!

*That’s the shortened version of her nickname: Shit Stack. That’s really one of her nicknames, I couldn’t make that up if I tried.


It’s Snowing

After much too long of a hiatus* Jamie, Jana and I met up at Snow & Company to catch up on life. And apparently have the same conversations we’ve already had. Do you know what GFY means? Here’s a hint: it’s not Good For You. But you could say GFY to someone and tell them you mean Good For You when clearly you mean something else.

Jamie arrived first and had to drink alone. Boo! When I finally arrived the waitress asked for my drink order before I had a chance to peruse the menu. Snow & Company’s concept is Artful Frozen Cocktails. Frozen Drinks. In machines behind the bar. Jana thought it was like self serve Froyo and almost asked if she could go behind the bar. Because I felt pressured to make a decision I asked for the sampling. Of all 10 cocktails. What? Go big or go home! Oh GFY!

Those glasses look bigger than they are. They were about 4 oz each. We liked them all except the one that tasted like straight Captain Morgan. Too many bad memories.

Shortly after Jana arrived a big group of guys around us began a meeting. With computers and a projector projecting things onto the wall. It was some kind of geeky tech meeting. We kept trying to figure out WHAT they were talking about but were lost. This launched us into a conversation about blogs. I’m quite sure they coulda rocked my blog world. Speaking of, there are new things coming around the Trophy Wife world. Hopefully that means new posts too. They were a group called Node KC. http://www.nodekc.org – but that link sends you somewhere weird. I think you have to be some kind of tech wizard to figure out their secret code.

We also ordered some food. I’ll be honest, I thought the hummus was bad. The pita was great though. The cheese was disappointing only because the picture online clearly shows jalapeno pear chutney on the brie and we got no such chutney.

I wish I could remember everything we talked about. Perhaps this is why we have the same conversations each time we get together: I don’t remember them. And I really didn’t drink that much. I think those premade frozen drinks are a rip off when it comes to alcohol content. Clever. But not too clever for me. We did have a long AWESOME conversation about food and they both said they don’t drink diet soda as much because of me. I told them I was telling Cute Boy that because now when he tells me to stop preaching I’ll say “I’M CHANGING THE WORLD!!” Riiiiight. It was a great discussion in which we all expressed a desire to know more and to hear both sides because we think we only get one.

Another successful night out with the girls. Not so successful on the restaurant. But it does count towards my Dirty Thirty. Thank goodness because June hasn’t been nearly as productive as May.

On the way out I stopped and interrupted the last remaining members of the conference to ask what exactly they were doing. They told us. But I don’t have the first idea what they said. I tried to make some joke about our blogs and you shoulda seen the look on their faces. Whatever. GFY!

*You didn’t think I was talking about my obscene blogging hiatus did you? Yeah, I’m aware I haven’t been blogging. I have no excuse, rhyme, or reason for you. GFY!

I am Famous

And Twitter is sooooo much better than Facebook. Also, I’m back on FB. Whatevs. Let’s get back to why I’m famous and having the best Twitter week ever!

1. On my Dirty Thirty list, #20 is “Get a retweet from B. Spears or a KSU Player”; when I wrote that item I was thinking someone like Will Spradling if Brit Brit didn’t come through for me (he tweets a lot – can we please talk about his gf? Someone, anyone know what I’m talking about here?!). Yesterday, I found out a bunch of KSU Baseball players got drafted. Interested in that info? Wish I would have done a Wildcat Wednesday post on it? Sorry. Google it or something. Anyway, one of the players that got drafted is Wade Hinkle. After reading that BIO I learned that he shares The Pitcher’s birthday minus almost 10 years…what can I say, The Pitcher is old. Read: THIRTY! Then I saw Hinkle’s twitter handle and I couldn’t help myself but tweet: Congrats to Wildcat BSB Player on getting drafted and on possibly the best twitter handle ever: @Two_inthe_Hink #EMAW. And then he retweeted it. YEAH Buddy! Mark that one off the list.

2. That was awesome. But today I became famous. Yesterday I read an article in Rolling Stone about John Mayer being humiliated by Taylor Swift’s song “Dear John”. Today, a friend of a friend tweeted: This T-swift John Mayer BS is annoying, she isn’t THAT young and she only writes songs about her exes so we should have expected it #overit. I drafted a response but the 140 character limit really got me. When I finally cut it down it read: She should be embarrassed not pissed. It’s John Mayer, you got played, who’s surprised? Song should be dear me: You’re stupid. I thought it was funny. Tricia responded back with a laugh. I moved on with my life. Then I got an email from Twitter. That John Mayer is now following me. JOHN MAYER IS FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER! I AM FAMOUS!

What did you do this week?