Where the Cool Kids Have Been – Kansas City

Places to Explore in Kansas City - Missalaneyus

Like many 30-something mothers, it can take me a while to hit up the new hot spots in Kansas City. And while I’m far from the first to get there, I still love discovering great places to shop and eat. In this blog series, I’m sharing some of my favorite new-ish spots in KC.

Bob Wasabi Kitchen – This sushi spot is so good. It’s usually packed, but service is attentive and swift. Try the poke bowl. You won’t be disappointed.

Doughnut Lounge – Let me start by saying the service here is wonderful. Everyone that works there is so friendly. It’s as well-suited to a Sunday trip with little ones as it is for happy hour with your favorite girls. (Also, the donut selection is legit. S’mores!)

The Rockhill Grille – My friends and I had a little staycation a few weeks ago, and we swung into the new Rockhill Grille for drinks one evening. Located where the Cashew used to be, this renovated spot is seriously gorgeous. While it was fun for a girls’ night out, it would actually be a very romantic place for date night. I’ve been referring to the decor as “sexy Hamptons,” which I’m pretty sure is a thing.



Where the Cool Kids Have Been – Kansas City

Places to Explore in Kansas City - Missalaneyus

Like many 30-something mothers, it can take me a while to hit up the new hot spots in Kansas City. And while I’m far from the first to get there, I still love discovering great places to shop and eat. In this new blog series, I’ll share some of my favorite new-ish spots in KC.

Golden and Pine – This store has a well curated selection of home goods. You’ll find plants, books, stationery, pillows, art and pottery here. It’s the perfect place to find something new to spruce up your home decor or pick up a gift for a friend. Also, the owner sources lots of artisans goodies, so while you’re being stylish you’re also supporting small businesses (win win).

Plate – Located in Brookside, this small, gorgeous restaurant is super popular. Be sure to make a reservation before going. Then, while you’re there, don’t miss the arancini, budino or pork shoulder pasta.

Krokstrom Klubb & Market – This is hands down my new favorite place to eat. The service is impeccable, and the food is even better. The menu features small plates, which means you can try a few things while you’re there. Everything we had was wonderful, but be sure to leave room for dessert, which ended up being my favorite part of the meal.

Shio Ramen Shop – This small restaurant is big on flavor. I’m still trying to figure out how to make mushrooms that taste half as wonderful as the ones in my shoyu ramen. On another note, the service is fast, which means you can be in and out really quickly – perfect for movie night.

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream – This ice cream shop is a place after my own heart. Their ice cream line-up changes constantly, which means even predictable eaters like myself will switch things up. Also, the cones are made from scratch. Get there (and bring me).

Magnolia’s – We popped into Magnolia’s for brunch and ordered enough food for 50 people. Everything was spectacular, including the friendly service. Your dishes will take a bit to come out, so order that extra mimosa and relax. I promise it will all be worth the wait. (Favorites were Magnolia’s French Toast, the Sweet Potato Pancakes and the corn bread.)


Science City Union Station


For years, I had heard great things about Science City, but had sort of written it off as something we’d do with Ellie when she was older. Well, at the ripe old age of 4, we thought she might enjoy it.


She instantly fell in love, and now, I’m kicking myself that we didn’t come sooner.


Science City is designed to be interactive. Exhibits are made to be experienced and have information and options for kids of all ages. In fact, I think we could have brought her a year ago. She would have had a blast exploring the space. The good news is we can bring her for many years to come.


Exhibits covered the science of sound, electricity and water. There were also botany, genetics and animal areas, along with an indoor playground. We were there for about two hours, but could have explored much longer.

Have you been? Which exhibit was your favorite?


Blueberry Picking at The Berry Patch


Two years ago, we took Ellie blueberry picking. She absolutely loved it and so did we. As you can guess, I was excited to revisit this tradition with her now.


If you’re in KC, you should definitely check The Berry Patch out soon. They still have blueberries, but be sure to verify that on their site, before you make the trip.


This year, we came home with a huge bag of berries, which are slated to make an appearance this week in blueberry pancakes.


In case you were wondering how much Ellie has changed, check out these photos from our 2014 trip.


Local Spotlight: Convivial Production


I first fell in love with Convivial Production about a year ago at one my favorite, local shops – Coveted Home. Since then, I’ve picked up the trivets and candle holders for our house and purchased the coffee mugs and a small hexagonal plate as gifts. Right now, I’ve got my eye on the fruit bowl. You could say I’m a bit of super fan.

If you’re unfamiliar with Convivial Production, here’s the scoop. Each piece is handmade, painted or carved here in Kansas City. The owner, Chentrell Stiritz, uses a combination of materials and techniques to craft every item. If you don’t live in the area, you can pick your favorites up on Etsy.

They make lovely housewarming, wedding or even, Mother’s Day gifts. (Or, just buy something for yourself. Clearly, no judgement here.)


Local Spotlight: Happy Habitat


Are you familiar with Happy Habitat? They are a local KC company that makes throws, pillows and iPad covers in the coolest patterns on the planet. Really. I did my research.

Warm, knitted throws  and pillows have never looked this modern. Draped on a couch or folded at the end of a bed, they can add personality to any room. Plus, how cool would one of these be as a gift to a new mom? Those mini-sized blankets are fantastic. I think you’d score major points.

In other news, I’ve been trying to choose one for our house, but can’t quite narrow it down. I think when you take a look at their site you’ll quickly see why. They are all gorgeous.

So, now for the big question, which designs are your favorites, and how many do I need? All? Ok. I could tell you were very smart.