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Lunch @ Fritz’s Smoked Meats

I had driven past many times and heard radio commercials for this smoke house in the unassuming brick  building at State Line Road and I-435. Once I even tried to stop, but it was 5:02 pm and that place was locked up tight!Fritz ext

So when I was passing by recently in the middle of the afternoon, I decided to drop in for a sandwich. The commercials rave about the amazing smoked meat piled high between two slices. So I asked for either the best or the most popular.

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Restaurant Week @ Mio Italian Trattoria

Seems I was just able to work off that last bit of weight I packed on during last year’s Kansas City Restaurant Week, and now here we are again! But don’t think I’m complaining.Miobar

In its fourth year, KC’s Restaurant Week looks to be better than ever with more than 100 restaurants offering pre fixe menus for a $15 lunch or $30 dinner. With 10 full days of dining deals, you can experience a lot of great cuisine.

I kicked off the first day of Restaurant Week at Mio Italian Trattoria in Leawood, and boy did I leave satisfied!

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Basil Pea Soup

Like so many others, I’m trying to get this year off to a healthy start by eating better. Fresh soups can be a great way to cut calories, eat fresh and warm up on a cold winter day.

Last night I whipped up a simple recipe I came across a few years ago while doing a detox. I am always amazed at the simplicity and the brightness of the flavors.Peaclose

All you need is a sweet yellow onion, fresh basil, frozen peas and some chicken or veggie stock.

Saute half a medium onion in olive oil with a dash of sea salt until nicely browned, then stir in a bag of peas (frozen or thawed will work). After a couple minutes add 1.5 to 2 cups of stock and bring to a light boil for just about 1 minute.PeaPuree

Let this cool for a few minutes. Transfer the peas and broth into a food processor and add a handful of basil leaves (the plastic bag/carton from the produce section is about the right amount of leaves). Puree, then salt and pepper to taste.

Within minutes you have a bowl of hearty, creamy and healthy soup!

Best Party of the Year!

It’s a rare occasion that one gets to experience a party done perfectly. But the pleasure was all mine this month when I attended a friend’s birthday celebration on 12-12-12. No detail was overlooked, no comfort unimportant. But you might expect that from a lady whose business is planning corporate meetings and events. I knew it would be superb, but the experience was far more than I had imagined.party

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