End of Two weeks in Kansas City.

Well, the high point turned out to be during the 4.5 hour layover in DFW where I got to meet one of my culinary heroes. I was at a gate in the D concourse where my Richmond flight was to leave after a flight to Mexico City left. It turned out the flight to Mexico City was delayed and an elderly lady sat down across from me. I noticed that DSK was inscribed upon her rolling duffle and she looked familiar. I went over to her and said:

“Pardon me, are you Diana Kennedy?”

She said she indeed was Diana Kennedy and we had about a 10 minute chat where I told her that I had most of her cookbooks and had really appreciated her work. She told me that she’s working with a couple of ethnobotanists on a huge volume on chiles and that she and José Andrés are planning to do a presentation at the Kennedy Center on the Deiz y Seis de Septiembre.

I asked if I could take a photo of her and she said “Get someone to take one of the both of us!” So here it is..

DKS y TBS

Una encuentra con la maestra!

After this, I had to check the departure screen and had to hoof it to concourse C.  I heard some guys saying that they’d seen Roger Staubach in the concourse.

Roger who?

~~~~~

The two weeks in KC were quite good, BTW.  I saw my wife,  and my son and his wife (for a few days on their way back to Toronto) and my mother-in-law, who had arrived Tuesday from Oregon.

We ate asian dumplings at BLUE KOI

dumplings

Pork dumplings at BLUE KOI (we ate there three times!)

Great mezze at LITTLE EGYPT (sorry, no photo but here’s one of the Farmer’s Market which opens at 5:30AM. These guys aren’t “hobby farmers“! No sir!)

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Samosas, kebabs, & rooh afza (a chilled & delicious pink rosewater & milk drink) at CHAI SHAI

chai shai

Lamb kebab & rooh afza (we ate at Chai Shai twice)

and I made the rounds of various taquerias getting a fix of serious Mexican food which is not to common around here, except at LA MILPA

guacamalera

La Guacamalera (they make guacamole at your table in some places)

And several BOULEVARD ales were quaffed. BTW, BOULEVARD has joined up with DESCHUTES brewery from Bend, Oregon and they will be in the KC area in a few months. Be still my heart.

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3 responses to “End of Two weeks in Kansas City.

  1. We also ate at EXTRA VIRGIN, a tapas place, and we were able to eat outside. We had grilled bread with a ricotta spread, grilled octopus estilo Peruano, and a pig’s ear salad. Every thing was good, but there seems to be a tendency to slightly burn the things cooked on the grill. Is this something trendy? Or was the chef just a slacker?

  2. So glad you got to meet DK. The only cookbook I have by her intimidates me so. But, if you can pick her out at a busy airport, then I can crack the book sitting on my shelf. Nice job.

  3. Dian Kennedy’s cookbooks intimidating? She’s rather down-to-earth in my opinion. I guess my early proximity to mejicanismo y la frontera gives me an advantage.

    I’m checking out that rooh afza. You need some sort of special syrup. I dare that punk-ass Jack Laudermilk to drink one in public with young Master Roop.

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