My first Pot Roast. Legit.

A couple of weeks ago, I made my first pot roast.  In a Crock Pot and it was awesome.  My friend, Michele gave me the low down on a quick recipe: rump roast, potatoes, carrots, onions, one packet of french onion soup mix, and beef broth –justIMG_1532 enough to cover the roast.  In my version, I added celery, and used a vegetable stock instead.  I had to make it quickly, and it only took me 15 minutes –it was mostly chopping– to throw everything in the Crock Pot.  It cooked for about seven hours for a 3.5 lbs roast and was awesome.  Such an easy meal that brings so much comfort.  🙂  Maybe the winter season isn’t all that bad.  Just kidding!

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Unexpected warmth.

During the football season, I was invited to one of the Kansas City Chief’s game.  The game fell on one of the coldest days –the start of winter.  Despite the fun the atmosphere, and the sun shining, it was difficult, at times to stay warm during the tailgate. We had chorizo breakfast burritos, pan fried potatoes, fruit, chips, cookies, etc.   It was so good, but then another fellow tailgater asked if we wanted some homemade jumbalaya.  Of course, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Real life going on here.

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Shrimp, sausage, chicken… warmed us right up!

Q39

During Kanas City’s Restaurant Week, my friends and I had a difficult time choosing a meeting place.  From the long list of participating restaurants in the area, we knew it would take some time to look at the menu and settle –so many great places! We decided to meet at Q39 and it was the best choice ever!  Not only was the bbq really good, but we got try a lot of their menu items for a great price because of restaurant week.  I chose the platter with three meets: sausage, pulled pork, and smoked chicken.  Sides were potato salad and cole slaw.  Also, we started with onion straws, salad, and fries.  We did everything right.  🙂

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Sorry the pics have been smaller, but lately I’ve been using my phone and not the Nikon! Wish you were here!

It’s lovely times like these, where I really take in the moments.  As a foodie, I appreciate the culinary aspect, but I really enjoy spending time with my friends.  I am thankful for the opportunities that I am able to experience- my heart is full.  As I’ve explored the Kansas City area for the past two years, it’s times like these that make it hard to even think about moving to a different place.

Oh, and we also had dessert.  🙂

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Warm apple cobbler with legit ice cream. Thankful!

PHO!

This morning I went to a free nutrition class, then had coffee at Crows Coffee with a friend, and pho for lunch at Pho Vietnam!  Winter is definitely upon us, and I’ve been craving pho for a bit.  The broth was tasty and I love how the bean sprouts add crunch.  The lime adds a little sour and the added Siracha packs in a little kick.  A bowl of goodness and it was awesome!  What a way to start the weekend!

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Bowl of legitness.

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Coffee at Crows Coffee. So good. They make their own pumpkin syrup and their baked goods are made locally. 😀

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A little addition to the bowl of legitness.

Mmmmm. Ramen.

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So legit! With an egg too!!

My love for ramen will always be strong.  It’s so good and any kind will do.  From spicy to loaded with veggies and beef, bring it on!  There is a ramen place near my work that I will have to try some time!  Also, since Fall has arrived, it’s officially ramen season.  Yay!

Obon Carnival!

Hosted by the Orange County Buddhist Church, the Obon Carnival is a tradition to celebrate ancestors –which is observed by the Japanese culture.  There was food (lots of food), booths that people could do a little shopping, games for the kids, and dancing!  Lots of dancing and it was beautiful!  This festival was very welcoming and the environment was fun.  Mostly, we just watched people dance and ate a lot.  🙂  Here’s what we got:

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Grilled squid! Yum!

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Grilling! He was awesome!

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The grilled squid was legit! Very good!

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Making red bean buns. Omg. So good!

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Up close on the red bean bun. It was like a pancake with red beans. My favorite two things together. 🙂

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One more bite of perfections! 🙂

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Rice with grilled beef! Delish!

So thankful for this experience during our trip to California.  If I am ever in the area and the Obon Carnival is going on, I’m attending!  It’s a good time!  🙂