A beautiful Tuesday morning commute.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
My own veggie garden as it recovers from the July heat wave- in the upcoming weeks (barring any weather disasters) we should have eggplants, tons of cherry tomatoes, a fair amount of sweet green and red peppers, and gobs of jalepenos and habaneros. Hard to believe that my tomato plants are almost as tall as me!
Fresh and local, the taste of summer sweet corn immediately after it's harvested and before the sugars turn is like nothing else, especially when grilled for a few minutes and dabbed with a hint of butter.
The last summer fun book that I got in was The Wordy Shipmates by the ever hilarious and well-researched Sarah Vowell, who you may know from her frequent appearances on the Daily Show. The book recounted the saga of the Puritans and the Massachusetts Bay Colony, about whom much false information exists. Vowell does a fantastic job of keeping the topic light-hearted while providing great information and a realistic perspective on the founders of our nation.
Using our Groupon for Nikko, a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant out in the 'burbs. When I was a kid the t.v. commercials for Benihanna always drew me in, but it was I'm sure too expensive to take a kiddo, particularly a picky eater like myself. So, this was a childhood wish fulfilled. It was fun and kinda cheesy- the chef told jokes and tossed bites into our mouths. A good time, but probably something I don't need to do again soon.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
As I've said many times, one of the best parts of summer in the Midwest is the bounty of produce, especially summer tomatoes. The July heat wave made it difficult to grow tomatoes, but our local farmers manage to do what I can not, and the result was a fantastic Wednesday evening dinner. We combined heirloom tomatoes, garlic, basil, and fresh mozzerella over pasta with a glass of red wine, and a small loaf of fresh bread for the perfect patio meal.
Monday, August 15, 2011
A trip to the zoo! I'm so happy that zoos are now focused on conservation and creating somewhat natural habitats for the animals, rather than the icky cages and exhibits of the mid-twentieth century. The KC zoo is pretty neat- we particularly enjoyed the polar bear, the lions, the hippos, and the baboons on a hot day, walking around the vast grounds in Swope Park.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
With my family in town we spent a lot of the weekend doing fun touristy things, like the Roasterie Roasting Tour on Saturday morning. This free tour informs visitors about coffee roasting, buying, trade, and history, as well as how to properly slurp coffee to get the most of your taste. Also- free coffee samples!
Out for drinks late on a Friday night, we walked over to The Well. This is a place that I wouldn't consider going into during the winter (read: frat-boy lame-sauce crowd), but the rooftop bar is so lovely on a warm summer evening, torches going, drink in hand, watching the hilariousness that is Waldo, that it doesn't matter who the other patrons are.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thursday the 4th of August- the heat wave broke! A high of only 91! I took the opportunity to sit out on the terrace at the Roasterie Cafe, enjoying the weather and finishing up grading for my summer school course. Work bliss.
I've posted a lot of photos of the flowers in my garden this year, but some credit needs to go to the potted coleus that have graced our front porch throughout the July and August heat wave. Their foliage is reminiscent of a lush tropical look, and they have grown to be quite large in the height of summer.
Tuesday August 2- the high temperature was 109. The all-time temperature record for Kansas City is 113, so we were close, but missed the mark by a few degrees. Even the sunflowers weren't happy with such heat.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Despite continuing into the third week of suffocating temperatures, we took a walk on the Indian Creek Trail in south KC on the last Sunday morning of July. Hard to believe that just beyond the trees is the city....
On Monday the 26th I finished the next book on my summer fun reading list, My Korean Deli: Risking it All For a Convenience Store. This was a great summer read (thanks NPR!)- fast to get through, witty, and a nice commentary on humanity, despite some bumps along the way. Highly recommended!
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
July 24 was yet another day of heat warnings and high temperatures, so we spent part of the afternoon at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, viewing the current exhibition of paintings by Jules Olitski.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Monday night simple homemade Japanese dinner. From the top- Sake, Salad with Soy Ginger Vinaigrette, Japanese Pickles, Zaru Soba (cold soba noodles topped with nori (toasted seaweed) and dipped in soy-based sauce), and Stir-fried Tofu and Veggies. おいしかった！
Entering the imitative behavior stage of toddler-hood provides for a lot of cute scenarios. For example, anyone who knows Joe knows that he eats chips and salsa daily. So when we had dinner at Jalepeno's in Brookside, it shouldn't have taken us by surprise when little man jumped in and hit the salsa, copying the behavior that he sees his Dad perform every day.
Not much to do without electricity, so we watched the lightning and rain for a bit. Thankfully the power came back in the middle of the night, but with such hot temperatures it wasn't without a bit of discomfort. Let's all give a little thanks to the air conditioning gods.
July 11, 5 p.m., 104 temperature. Ugh. The best part about this photo is that no matter what I try, blogger refuses to post it right-side-up. Posting retrospectively after three weeks of crazy heat wave and going into our 11th day of temperatures over 100, I get it. Everything is too hot to function, trees are wilting, bushes are crisping up, so it makes sense that the temperature just flip on its head for a bit. Seems to be representative of the awful climate change induced weather we've experienced this year.
July 10 brought temperatures over 100 degrees to Kansas City, so we spent the afternoon in the cool galleries of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. One fantastic thing about KC is that the major art museums, such as the Nelson, Kemper, and Nerman are free, no $18 admission like at the Art Institute in Chicago or $25 like MoMA in New York. The Nelson has an amazing comprehensive collection, particularly in Chinese art, and it's fantastic that we can pop in whenever the mood strikes, not worrying about high admission costs.