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Wichita Wednesday

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Welcome to Wichita Wednesday! Each week I’ll give a shout-out to my favorite Wichita haunts (tomorrow’s October – I can use this word). I love finding new restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and things to do in the ICT. Even though I’ve been here for about four years, I’m still discovering so many great places around town. Post a comment and tell me about your Wichita favorites. I’d love to add them to my list! 

Espresso-to-Go-Go is quickly becoming a favorite coffee shop of mine. Wichita has so many great coffee shops, but Espresso-to-Go-Go is climbing the favorite’s list because of its two convenient locations to my office. If I need a mid-morning break from my desk I can get some fresh air and quickly walk to either of their two locations in downtown Wichita. I love that they identify their locations as “The One with the Disco Ball,” 102 St. Francis, and “The One with the Unicorn,” 120 E. 1st St. N – because that’s totally how I distinguish them in my mind, too. I’m so glad they get me. 

Last week I went to ‘The One with the Unicorn” and decided to branch out from my standard Sugar-free Vanilla Latte, and instead asked the barista to suggest something new. (I’m so reckless!) He suggested a favorite that wasn’t listed on their menu – the Velvet Thunder. It was wonderful. Best coffee I’ve ever had. The barista described it as smooth but strong and it was perfect.  I’m ready for my next one already.

Alton Brown seemed to like Espresso-to-Go-Go as well when he stopped by while on tour in Wichita last fall.  If you’re downtown Wichita looking for a great cup of coffee, check out Espresso-to-Go-Go. They’re open 6:30 a.m.  - 4 p.m., at the Disco Ball, and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Unicorn. Enjoy!

September Happenings

Monday, September 14, 2015
September is here and I'm packing away my white jeans and sun dresses with mixed emotions. I do love the long, warm days of summer but I really love the crisp, spicy evenings spent on our patio with the chiminea going and a glass of red wine in hand.  I can't believe how fast this summer flew by! September is already going by just as quickly…here's what we've been up to.

We spent Labor Day weekend with good friends at Table Rock Lake. The weather was sunny and beautiful, and our days were spent laughing and boating with our friends. The boys wake boarded quite a bit in the morning, and we would hang out in the sunshine in the afternoon. One evening we went into Branson for a mexican food at Branson Landing and shared many stories over many rounds of margaritas. On Sunday we went to the famous 'Pizza Hut on the lake' - let me tell you, Pizza Hut has never tasted so good. 

Heather watching Andrew wakeboard on Sunday morning. 

Fun at Branson Landing.  A nice little break from the lake. 

This past weekend was the annual Derby BBQ Festival.  Mike and I have always been out of town on this weekend, but this year we finally made it. We were happy we did, too, because we ate very well. Our friend's team competed in it and we were treated to more than the samples. Mike and I ate our fill of brisket, chicken, and ribs this weekend. I think I waddled out of High Park still licking my fingers. Our friend's team placed 3rd overall. Their next stop is the American Royal, so KC friends, stop by 'Chip on Our Shoulder' for some great (Wichita) BBQ!

Saturday night was Zoobilee which is always a blast - especially when spent with good friends like all of these people. It's a always a fun evening of great food and drink, and a wonderful way to support the amazing Sedgwick County Zoo.

This past weekend I also packed away the bright colored pillows and seashells, and pulled out all my fall decor and planted mums. Mike said I looked deliriously happy doing it. I do love fall! I'm excited to spend more nights with Carlos, our beloved chiminea. 

Happy September everyone! Have a great week. 

Podcast Crazy

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
I’ve recently discovered the world of podcasts and I couldn’t be happier. I know,  – I’m not just late to the party on this one. I’m like found-an-invitation-under-a-couch-cushion-for-a-party-that-was-7-years-ago-late-to-the-party.

I don’t know why I didn’t latch on to podcasts before. I guess I just never thought to download them, or never thought there would be anything that would interest me. This summer though while on my runs I became increasingly tired of hearing Omi’s Cheerleader on my Pandora and Spotify stations (don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song, but….) and I craved a change. I tried different types of music but Michael Buble just doesn’t cut it on a four mile run. And I love Michael Buble. So, I purchased audio books on iTunes and listened to those. I loved listening to books while I ran – it really made the miles fly by and was a nice change of pace. Downloading books gets very expensive though.

One day my mother mentioned Moth Radio and asked if I ever listened to it on public radio. She said the storytelling reminded her of something I would enjoy, and I would learn a lot for my writing. So, I dove into the world of podcasts in search of Moth Radio and it was like discovering buried treasure. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this free and enlightening content for so long!

Here are my current podcast obsessions that keep me entertained on my runs and my commute:

Moth Radio

Moth Radio is AWESOME. If you love storytelling and compelling true tales, you’ve got to check this stuff out. Their tag line is ‘True Stories Told Live’ and that’s exactly what it is, and it’s fascinating. The stories range from moving to quirky to hilarious. I’ve listened to stories told by a former White House Chef, a former Blue Man Group member, a professional gambler, and so many others. I love that you never know what to expect. Each podcast is about 50 minutes long and includes about three stories. Before and after the story is told, host Dan Kennedy gives you a little more information about the storyteller and their life. Moth Radio is probably not for everyone, but if you’re like me and love to hear people’s stories, you won’t be disappointed.

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!

NPR’s very popular news quiz show is great to listen to on my morning runs. I love the mix of current events, celebrity interviews and hilarious commentary. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listen. Each episode they bring on a well-known personality to try to answer questions about current events. Trying to guess the real answer among the other absurd answers is addictive. Wait, Wait would be great for a road trip, too. 

Mystery Show

On Mystery Show, host Starlee Kine solves people’s mysteries. The one rule to the show is it can’t be a mystery that you can solve online. She must work through clues and people to uncover the mystery. Kine is completely charming and engaging and is enough of a reason to listen to the podcast. She often gets sidetracked on her phone interviews with sources going into conversations with them that are heart-warming and sometimes deep. She reminds me of Amelie wanting to help people and change their lives as she goes about solving these mysteries.

The mysteries are light-hearted and don’t involve murders or anything of that nature. Once you start listening you’ll easily be caught up in the mystery and inspired by Starlee’s kindness. 

What other podcasts should I discover? Leave me a comment - I'm totally hooked! 

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