August 22, 2010 by
Tim and I, admittedly, don’t get to downtown Kansas City much together. We both work near various KC tourist-y areas, so we get to experience them during the workday, and usually don’t bother heading down together on weekends. This weekend, we got to spend some time downtown and take in some of the local culture we’ve missed in the last year!
On Saturday night, we went downtown to the Power & Light District and met some of Tim’s friends for beers at The Flying Saucer!
(I fully admit to drinking two big beers solely to feel more comfortable in the crowd. It helped!) I had a Bell’s Oberon, one of my favorites, and whatever was on special that wasn’t great.
The main event of the night was ROLLER DERBY!
The whole thing was fascinating, but I was not a fan of standing the whole time! Although I totally want to get roller skates/blades now. (Interesting facts: as a child, I would roller skate up and down my block while holding a book in front of my nose. I made all the moms nervous, but never fell! Although I do have a scar on my right elbow from falling on rollerblades (not while reading) when I was 13—I had to get 9 stitches!)
Anyway. Good times were had, socializing was done.
This afternoon, we visited the Boulevard Brewery!
If you’re not familiar with Boulevard beer…it’s delicious. It’s a large brewery (I think they said it’s #16 in the US), but their beers are more crafty. I’m a big fan.
And I also think all their boxes and logos are super cute.
The best part about this tour is that it’s totally free! You have to make online reservations a fair bit in advance, but I’d totally recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.
Anyway, we saw parts of the old brewery building, including these barrels:
And then we went over to the new brewery building, which just opened in 2006 and is one of the most efficient breweries in the world! (They only have to brew beer 4 days a week!)
The building is quite cool for what is essentially a factory—they built in lots of windows to maximize natural light and minimize electric bills!
I was sad we didn’t get to see the bottling process while it was going on, but it looked pretty cool.
At the end of the tour, we all got to go to the tasting room and try four generous pours of their brews!
Tim and I are actually pretty familiar with their different beers already (heh) but we tried three anyway.
I started with the Amber Ale, which I loved:
Then I moved on to their Tank 7, which is very hoppy and not my style:
And then we shared pours of the dry stout (left) and Bully Porter:
Loved the stout, but the porter was a little intense and roast-y for me.
All in all, it was a fun, free afternoon activity! Good times.
Then I came home and cooked up a storm. I’m getting into a routine of doing “heavy cooking” on Sunday so as to minimize weekday cooking and meal prep. I’ve started portioning salad greens, pitas, hummus, granola, and the like into individual containers in bulk on Sunday nights so I just have to mix and match and toss ‘em in a bag during the week for lunches.
I also roasted a chicken (unpictured) and potatoes for dinner tonight. We’ll eat the chicken in various ways throughout the week. I also made a huge batch of this delightful taco-inspired pasta salad:
(I couldn’t find wagon wheels!)
Anyway, the pasta salad will go in lunches all week, and we’re going to mix it with some leftover roasted chicken for dinner tomorrow.
I also baked cookies for Tim’s office!
…and I caught some interspecies snorgling on camera.
Back to work tomorrow!
What’s your favorite tourist activity in your town?