Sunday, March 20, 2016

Day 6: Kansas City to E-ville

Day 6: Kansas City to E-ville
Not adjusted for wind chill

THB and DB sleep in, THB heads to the fitness center two blocks away: it is COLD! Come back with two Starbucks decaf au laits and NYT, $8 (the good coffee place has 10 people in line shortly after opening). It is still COLD!

We decide to walk to the River Market in search of a late breakfast and dinner for flight home. Mini baguette and an almond muffin and coffee for breakfast, olive bread and hummus for dinner.

Back to the hotel, pack and store the bags, and get the hotel shuttle to drop us exactly 5 miles away at Asiatica (5 is their limit). DB buys two scarves, and we each put one on to use because it is COLD! 

How cold was it?

With our scarves wrapped tight, we walk somewhere around 2 miles to Port Fonda for lunch. Yes, THB and DB are giving it another go. Good news: they have turned off the music! Even better, this time we don't bother ordering drinks (the food comes very fast, so we would be having drinks for dessert). Take a look at the chile relleno plate below...when THB asked the waitress what the chile relleno of the day was, she replied: it has peas and some meat inside. OOOOPS, no mention of the two over easy things resting nicely on the plate. They're good!! $44. They have a line waiting to get in as we're leaving.

Excellent, and a small portion for $9

Tamal (not a typo) pie for DB

We call the hotel and decide to wait inside the restaurant because it is COLD! 

The wind is howling now

The shuttle drops us off in the gallery district, we're trying to see if anyone has a Lauren Mabry bowl; no luck. So we decide to tour a few more of the galleries we didn't hit the first time (remember, it was raining). While walking around, it is COLD!  

Christa and Kevin are on our flight home, about 60% of the flight appears to be NCECA escapees

C&K escaping a fire (true story)

No "Slone" this time

From there we walk back to the hotel, and on the way pick up a loaf of the Farm-to-Market grain bread,at the market then sit in the lobby awaiting a decent time to try our first Uber ride.

Peregrine's lingerie shop: she's local artist and a contestant on an art reality show (not hosted by The Donald)

The lobby had some action going: the chef comes by and notices our Farm-to-Market bread and explains he loves their bread and he has been trying to get them to open a retail outlet (the bakery is near the hotel). A few farmers markets have the bread intermittently, not the River Market though.


A little while later, a wedding party starts gathering: first some guests, then the parents of the bride, then the bride, then the groom hustling out while the bride hides, then more of the wedding party, then the bride takes off in the shuttle, then the rest of the wedding party (after hearing they need to change locations, it's snowing where they are taking the wedding is COLD!)

Bride (blurry) and Bread (in focus)

Finally, time to call Uber: he's 1 minute away. Actually, he's right outside. Off to the airport, $23 including tip vs the call-for-the-cab to come from offsite and $55 ride from the airport to the hotel.

And, it is COLD! Snowing on the ride to the airport.

Great, we're TSA-Pre and roar through we don't! The hummus is more than 3.5 oz, and TSA confiscates it. After security, DB finds hummus, veggies, and several other items to augment our dinner. THB is now confident we can feed everyone for 3 rows around us.

The flight arrives early and then we stand in the aisle for 15 minutes while Southwest tries to find someone in the terminal to get the jetway attached to the plane. Get back to loft in time to see W's lose late to the Spurs. The NBA finals will actually be during the semi-finals.

The weather: 60s and mild, no wind.

Book Review: Fates and Furies, Laura Groff: A "his perspective/her perspective" with all truths told from her perspective novel. Lots of momentum, exciting events, hot sex, crimes, success, Oedipal fantasies. Not as moving (or as long) in the quietude of the writing as A Little Life, more a very good example of a great summer beach read. Recommended

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