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Back to Topeka- Book Research and The Cyrus Hotel

When I told people about the setting for The Bad News Café, most of the time they would ask “Why Topeka?” As I make progress on the new book (also set in North Topeka), and spend an increasing amount of time out there, I still get the same question. Of all the possible midwestern settings, […]

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At long last, my first book…

Finally, some big progress to report…      When I started this blog I had no intention of making it a more profanity-laden version of other KC food blogs that rush to tell the exact same stories. I also didn’t intend to have a year where I only posted two new items. I don’t claim […]

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More American Context

There are a million reasons why the best songs are always about fucking.  Each reason has its own parallel monologue that explains how the most pleasurable things can bring with them the most ruin.  If you can’t apply that dichotomy to food in your own life, you are an alien to me and I’m probably […]

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White Trash Picnic

As God is my witness, if I ever found out that someone I invited to my birthday party was one of those assholes who constantly goes to food blogs/pages/sites to leave comments like “you forgot the address……you got the address wrong…….oh nice spelling…..uh, BIG difference between pan frying and deep frying, how about learning about […]

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American Context

I think that I’ve eaten at The American more in the past month than the previous ten years combined. And whether the visits have been sparse and spaced over time, or in rapid succession as I hurry back to sample what is surely some of the finest cuisine to grace their historic menus, my anticipation […]

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Ra Sushi: Leawood

You have to be a real asshole to resent your baby.  At least that’s what I used to believe.  It wasn’t until I was actually at that crossroads when I realized…there are extremely valid reasons to resent your child. For example, when you realize that the time and money associated with raising the kid is going to cost you […]

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Annoying Customer 2.0

There is an inspired conversation happening all across the Midwest right now, and with an abundance of talent in Kansas City positioning our town to be THE next big food destination, the conversation that all of us industry outsiders with a camera, a blog and a subscription to Lucky Peach are having sounds exactly like […]

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Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen…

I don’t know about anyone else who has a camera, but when I was shopping for my Nikon D5100, I knew once I got my hands on it that time would stand still like I was Barry Pepper as Joe Galloway in “We Were Soldiers”.  Head on a swivel, in slow motion, click-click-click, prominent cheek […]

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