Saturday, March 11, 2017

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN KANSAS CITY


The above title is a bit of a misnomer.  Kansas City’s celebration of St. Patrick isn’t a one day event:  an entire week of festivities are on the docket!  In 2016 niche.com ranked KC seventh among its “Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day”, ahead of St. Louis and even Chicago.  Local parades, festivals, entertainment, events, pubs and shops will cover your hankering for all things Irish.

Are you a parade junky?  Hold onto your cap, grab a toasty wool sweater, and head out to any one (or all) of the nine parades in the area.  




Into all things Irish?  Browne’s Irish Marketplace brownesirishmarket.com will be your pot of gold!  Open since 1887, it is officially the oldest Irish business in  North America. 

Their offerings are many and varied:  whiskey tastings, street faire, Irish breakfast, apparel, home goods, jewelry, plus a grocery and deli.  Live Irish music is often available in their outdoor venue.  Last year we had a grand time with friends at a concert featuring The Elders. The atmosphere was festive, fun, and family friendly. 

Moreover, it is clear that the owners Kerry and John have put their heart and soul into this family owned business.  They are a real treasure in our community, consistently giving back.

You get also buy of bit ‘o the green from Charlie Hustle Clothing Co. on the Country Club Plaza.  Limited edition “Kiss Me I’m Irish” and “Luck of the Irish” shirts are featured this year.  

Sheehan’s Irish Imports just south of here in Waldo has been operated for more than 30 year’s by the Sheehan sisters.  Shelves are packed with Irish treasures, and the refrigerator holds bangers and soda bread.

If tipping a beer or sipping some whiskey is your way of celebrating, KC’s pubs won’t disappoint.  In nearby Westport visit McCoy’s Public House mccoyskc.com and then cross the street to Kelly’s Westport Inn kellyswestportinn.com .  


There you can have a “car bomb” made by dunking a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream mixed with Jameson Irish Whiskey into a pint of Guinness beer, if you so choose! Since 1947, the Kelly family has kept the spirit of camaraderie and fellowship alive on this tiny corner .  If all the beer has you craving shepherd’s pie and corned beef sliders, head over to O’Dowd’s Little Dublin odowdslittledublin.com , right here on the Plaza. 




Interested in Celtic Heritage?  The Kansas City Irish Center is a nonprofit cultural center with recently moved into a new location at Drexel Hall in midtown on Linwood.  They offer genealogy workshops, Irish language classes, knitting classes, an Irish book club, and rousing concerts.  We just attended one that was an extraordinary blend or Irish and calypso music!   Visit  irishcenterkc.org to see more about all they do to preserve Irish tradition.
If you feel the need to burn off all those extra indulgence calories, you can always participate in the Whiskey Run (5K) as park of Irishpalooza irishpalooza.com.  Another racing option is The St. Patrick’s Day 4 mile run stpatricksday4milerun.com , hosted by Westport.  Nothing says you can indulge again after your run!
Guests waking up at Southmoreland on the Plaza on St. Patrick’s Day are treated to a once a year delight:  an Irish breakfast featuring corned beef hash, fried eggs and delectable melt-in-your mouth-oh-I want-some-more Irish soda bread.
Irish or not, everyone loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in their own way here in Kansas City.  Erin go Bragh and come join us! 

Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller
Southmoreland on the Plaza

Thursday, March 9, 2017

THE BLOCK GALLERIES OPEN AT THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART


This is stellar, once in a generation gift for the Southmoreland Neighborhood, Kansas City, the state, the country, the entire art world!

Back in June of 2015, twenty nine masterworks by the leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists of the 19th century were enthusiastically welcomed by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  The list of artists among them is astounding:  Pierre Bonnard, Eugène Boudin, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Alfred Sisley and Vincent van Gogh.  





The Marion and Henry Bloch Collection was created over many years.  It was among the few outstanding collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art remaining in private hands. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the grateful recipient of this transformative gift.  A gift of this nature was the inspiration for a major renovation of the museum’s European 19th- and early-20th-century galleries.



In March of 2017, the new Bloch Galleries will open to the public, offering visitors an immersive experience with the Bloch Collection masterpieces, integrated into the museum’s rich collections. 

If you are a member like we are at Southmoreland, you can take advantage of Member Preview Days for Bloch Galleries.  These will be held:
  • March 9 from 10 am –4 pm
  • March 10 from 10 am –9 pm 
Members will receive a Bloch Galleries sketchbook (how cool is that!) while supplies last. Membership card must be presented.

The Public Opening Event will be held:
  • March 11 & 12 from 10 am–5 pm

Attendees may view the spectacular new galleries and enjoy a French pastry, while supplies last!  Note that timed tickets are required for this opening weekend.

Walk-in Tours, entitled “Real to Surreal: 19th & 20th-Century Art in the New Bloch Galleries”  will be available:
  • March 15-December 31 at 1 pm, Wednesdays - Fridays

The new galleries themselves were made possible by funding from the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation.  Kansas City is incredibly fortunate to have such philanthropic residents and organizations!



A visit to these galleries is a must.  Add it to your bucket list!  When you stay overnight at Southmoreland on the Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is just a quick two block walk away.  Make a left out of the front of the Inn, cross through the path at Southmoreland Park, and you’re there.  Make sure to take a leisurely stroll around the museum’s sculpture garden once you arrive.  The grounds themselves are breathtaking, and the infamous shuttlecock sculptures on the expansive lawns will beckon you and your camera.  



Ahhh, ain’t art grand!


Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

First Friday's in Kansas City

In addition to Kansas City’s spectacular offerings of great art venues and attractions open year round weekdays and weekends,  a lively and extremely popular once a month happening called “First Fridays” is not to be missed! 

On the first Friday of every month, thousands of locals and visitors head to the Crossroads Art District, just a few miles north of Southmoreland.  The event begins at 5 p.m. and wraps up at 9:00 pm.  Galleries, studios, arts organizations and a wide variety of local businesses open their doors wide and feature regional and national artists.  Since many of us can’t get out to galleries during daytime business hours, this is a fabulous opportunity to take in KC’s art scene. 

The event is best explored on foot, where you can expect to see live entertainment, sidewalk vendors, food trucks galore, traditional and nontraditional art, all in a festive atmosphere.  Dinner and drinks fare available from a colorful array of restaurants and entertainment venues along your route, so make an evening of it!

The concept of “First Fridays” has been expanded by other local venues that open not only on the first Friday of each month, but for the entire first weekend of every month.  Here are a few to consider.



Urban Mining in just a few blocks away on 39th and Walnut and offers antiques and collectibles.  For those looking for vintage mid-century modern furniture and accessories, Urban Mining is a must.




West Bottoms is a collection of antique and collectible shops all in a historical warehouse / stockyard area.  It’s become a funky, robust destination with a street fair feel. Walk from one to the other and have fun digging for personal treasures!





Pop Ups  All over the city, you’ll find little pop up shops that get in on the excitement of first weekends.  Try Garage Glam on 35th and Broadway where you’ll find resale vintage reclaimed home accents.

Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller 
Southmoreland on the Plaza - an Urban Inn 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Country Club Plaza Bed and Breakfast's Caramel Apple Cider Sauce

CARAMEL APPLE CIDER SAUCE

Ingredients
2 c. Apple Cider
1 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
2 Tbs. Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla

Instructions

 

Place apple cider and brown sugar in a sauce pan and whisk. 


 

 Bring to a boil. 

Reduce heat and allow the mixture to simmer until it thickens to a syrup like consistency.  Remove from heat and slowly whisk in butter and vanilla. 
The sauce can be used immediately but allowing it to cool will result in a thicker consistency.  We serve this with Pumpkin Pancakes and Butternut Squash Waffles but find it quite an addition to our morning oatmeal.

Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller Southmoreland on the Plaza

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Versatile Guajillo Sauce Spices up Breakfast Entrees

On a trip to Napa I chose to forgo the winery parade and focus on the multitude of exceptional restaurants (and even diners) in the area.  It was on this trip that I fell in love with guajillo sauce.  It seemed to be on everything and was a delightfully roasted, rich and spicy (but not hot) sauce.  Upon my return to the Inn I worked to develop a sauce of my own. 

Ingredients:
20 Guajillo Chiles
Water
8 Tomatillos
1 Onion
4 Cloves Garlic
2 Tbs Olive Oil
Kosher Salt

Instructions:

Guajillo chilies are readily available in dry form.  The first step is to hydrate them.  Heat a heavy skillet to medium.  Place the dried chilies in the skillet and roast a few at a time, pressing them with a protected hand until they discolor a bit.  You will hear popping as you warm them.  Place the roasted chilies in a large bowl and cover with water.  Let sit for 30-60 minutes.  Remove the chilies from the water, de-stem and de-seed each and place in a food processor.   Pulse.  Scrape down the sides.  Add 1 cup of fresh water and begin processing. 



Continue to process and add water (1-2 cups) until mixture is smooth continually scraping sides as you go.  Set aside.

 
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Place tomatillos, onion and garlic on a baking sheet. 
Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 30 minutes. 
Place 2 cups of the prepared guajillo chili mixture
into a blender.  Add the roasted tomatillo,
onion and garlic.  Blend until smooth. 
Add salt to taste. 
 
 

Guajillo sauce is excellent as a homemade enchilada sauce or as a complement to many dishes that require a mild chili sauce.  We love it with eggs and use it in the following breakfast entrée:
Grilled Sirloin with Black Beans, Egg and Guajillo Sauce
 

Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller Southmoreland on the Plaza

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kansas City B&B-Spicy Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Add a little zing and a whole lot of color to your breakfast plate.  Move over home fries, there’s a new spud in town!  The combination of sweet potatoes, spicy sausage, and caramelized onions will perk up the sleepy head in you.  Great as a side dish, “wunderbar” topped with perfectly prepared sunny side up eggs

Ingredients
2 Sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 Vidalia onion, diced
16 Oz Spicy sausage (we use Jimmy Dean – Hot)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:
Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat.  Once browned, remove from the skillet and set aside.  Add onions to the skillet and cook for 10 minutes or until caramelized.  Add sweet potatoes and cooked sausage to the caramelized onions.  Cover and cook until potatoes are tender.  Stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper.   
 
We serve this hash as a savory entree with sunny side up eggs.  Poached or scrambled eggs would be fine too. 

If you are looking for a vegetarian option replace the sausage with 3 cups of Kale and add 1 tablespoon of Sriracha chili sauce.
 
Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller Southmoreland on the Plaza

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Garden Frittata Recipe - a Versatile Urban Inn Favorite


GARDEN FRITTATA
 
A frittata is versatile and willingly accepts whatever you throw into it.  It is a wonderful venue for all kinds of vegetables, meats and cheeses and can be beautifully crafted and well thought out or equally as delicious with whatever randomly comes out of the fridge.  A friend of mine from college once told me her husband made her breakfast in bed.  I said how nice what did he serve?  When she replied a tuna and olive omelet I thought “good God what was he thinking”.  Now, I admire his ingenuity.
 
So, here is a basic recipe for a Garden Frittata.  Go crazy-- improvise!
 
Ingredients:
6 Eggs
½ C Heavy Cream
1 Tbs. Sriracha Sauce
2 Tbs. Butter
3 C Vegetables (Red Pepper, Zucchini, Onion, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach)
2 Tbs. Fresh chopped basil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ C Feta Cheese (or another cheese of your choosing)
 
Instructions:
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, heavy and Sriracha sauce and whisk.  Set aside.  Bring a large sauté pan to medium heat.  Begin adding vegetables until they reached the desired tenderness.  Add basil, salt and pepper and stir.  Pour egg mixture over the sautéed vegetables and top with feta cheese.  Once the edges start to bubble (approximately 5 minutes) place the pan in the oven to finish.  Cook until firm (approximately 10 minutes).  Cut the frittata into four even wedges and serve.

Frittata tips:
Some vegetables may need to cook longer than others.  I generally add items with the firmer texture, such as onions, red peppers and zucchini first, followed by items that take less cooking time like tomatoes mushrooms or spinach.

Be sure meat is cooked.  Use the same pan in which you will eventually cook the frittata.  Once the meat is browned thoroughly remove from the pan, drain off excess fat and start sautéing vegetables.  The moisture from the vegetables will help de-glaze the pan adding extra flavor. Add the meat back into the recipe before pouring egg on top.
 

I love to add a small salad on top
of the frittata.  Tear mixed greens
and pansy petals into a bowl and
lightly dress with olive oil, lemon juice,
salt and pepper.  Toss and place on top
of the frittata.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorite variations:
Bacon Tomato and Arugula
Ham and Asparagus
Artichoke Tomato and Feta
Spicy Sausage and Kale
 
Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller Southmoreland on the Plaza