Paris, je t’aime!

I’ve been a self-professed francophile for most of my life. I frequently dream of Paris (and in my dreams, I speak fluent French) and now, thanks to my lovely stepmom, I can stare at the Eiffel Tower while I work.

It’s no coincidence, then, that the candle behind the snow globe is a French-inspired scent from 5b & Co. Candlemakers, one of my favorite Kansas City shops.

Vive la France!

And by the way, do you have a metropolitan soulmate? Please share!


River Market snow day!

Snowy greetings from the River Market! One of the advantages to working from home is no horrible commute (sorry, hubs!) I did opt for a quick lunchtime stroll and snapped a couple of photos.

The snow’s still coming down, and the Kansas City, Mo., school district has already canceled classes for tomorrow. Safe driving to all those who are out and about, and for those who aren’t, check out BlogKC’s list of Kansas City’s best sledding hills. I’m kinda tempted to get a cheap saucer from Target and try my hand at Suicide Hill . . .

New year, new hair

To know me is to understand that I’m kinda really obsessed with my hair. Example? I have a photo folder on my desktop entitled “Katy’s Hair Evolution.” I love to try new styles and color — the bolder, the better.

Earlier today I headed to Belle Epoque for the big post-wedding chop. What better way to start 2011 than with a new ‘do, complete with subtle highlights in my favorite power color: purple!

It’s gonna be a good year.


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Satisfy your sweet (and savory) tooth at Nica’s Cafe

Let me introduce you to a little slice of heaven called Nica’s Cafe.

The cozy, character-filled bistro seems a little out-of-place in Strip Mall Central (otherwise known as the intersection of 143rd and Metcalf in Overland Park.)

It only seems appropriate that Nica’s is planning to relocate to the Crossroads District (which means you only have a couple of weeks to dine at the current location before a brief hiatus.)

Described as a restaurant “where tradition meets fusion,” Nica’s Cafe offers a deceptively complex menu filled with flavorful, filling fare that puts an inventive spin on classic dishes.

Luckily, I was with a Nica’s regular (the lovely Dana) during my first experience, so she deftly guided me through the menu. I opted for the pan-fried lasagna noodles. The edges are crisped by a delicate bath in seasoned oil, and then topped with your choice of ingredient combinations. I chose sweet Thai (chicken breast, shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions) topped with a subtly sweetened red sauce and freshly grated cheese.

Other flavor combos include Italian, spicy Cajun, veg-head, margarita and the Caribbean, and you can choose from several entrees (crepe, bruschette pizza, gourmet salad or an open-face Sicilian style sandwich) with which to accompany your flavor. If you’re a breakfast lover, have no fear – Nica’s also serves up beignets, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches.

The best part of the meal? Free dessert (pictured above.) We were treated to an espresso topped with an indulgent dollop of whipped cream, accompanied by a chocolate chip-coated cannoli. As we enjoyed the unexpected treat, Dana filled me in that she hasn’t yet been to Nica’s without receiving some sort of unexpected dessert or snack.

Head south while you can! Nica’s plans to open the new location in mid-March, and I’ll be counting down the minutes. If you’ll excuse me, I have an inexplicable craving for pan-fried lasagna noodles . . .

P.S. Apologies for the blurry photo quality. Apparently I was too excited by the cannoli to take a decent picture.

My reaction after today’s Chiefs game . . .

Today’s game was, to put it mildly, disappointing. Here’s hoping the Chiefs have a better showing when the Baltimore Ravens come to town for the first round of the play-offs. GO CHIEFS!

Note: The photo is a few years old, but, sadly enough, still appropriate today.

New Year’s Eve in Kansas City

Did this New Year’s Eve feel a little more low-key to anyone else? With many friends out of town and a depressing lack of house party invitations, R. and I decided to strike out on the Kansas City frontier for a New Year’s Eve date night.

First stop? McCoy’s Public House in Westport. Have you been there? I remember not liking this restaurant when I first moved to KC (umm, what was I thinking?!) and now it’s one of my favorites. We had a delicious dinner followed by an even better dessert.

We bee-lined out of Westport before the amateurs arrived and headed to our favorite close-to-home haunt, Harry’s Country Club. Our planned cocktail celebration ended early when we opted not to pay the $20/person cover charge for the night’s entertainment. A worthy expenditure, I’m sure, but our wallets are a little light as we head into the new year, and we had an ample supply of booze waiting at home.

And so there we were. The hubby, me, our cats and poor Dick Clark soldiering on during ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special. Was it the NYE I originally anticipated? Nope. Was it still an awesome celebration? You bet.

Plus, I decided at Harry’s that next year, we’ll ring in 2012 while on a cruise. That’s the kind of ambition that thrives as the calendar flips over onto another year.

How did you celebrate NYE? Whatever you did, I hope you had a fantastic evening that set the tone for an even better year. Cheers!