Fresh Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Fresh Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Orzo salads are tasty, nutritious and versatile - making them a staple in our kitchen every summer. As long as you have orzo, fresh vegetables and the ingredients for a simple vinaigrette, you can make a yummy lunch in no time. You can even cook up your favorite protein (we like spicy shrimp) to serve on top. This variation is my favorite because of the Maple Balsamic Dressing - yummo!

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City Market Coffee House: Coffee, Food and Juice (!) for the Soul

City Market Coffee House: Coffee, Food and Juice (!) for the Soul

I’ve been a fan of City Market Coffee House since 2007 and it just keeps getting better. Built on a love and appreciation for good coffee beans, the folks at City Market Coffee House don’t do anything 'just because' or without considering the quality and source of their products.

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Hang Loose, Eat Longboards and Enjoy the Island

Hang Loose, Eat Longboards and Enjoy the Island

Longboards Wraps and Bowls is hopping every time I go there, and with good reason. They aren’t messing around with their made-to-order Hawaiian- and Asian-inspired wraps and bowls. Follow them on Facebook and you'll see what I mean - pots of simmering goodness, crazy specials and legions of fans. Not only is the food super yummo, the atmosphere transports you to an island with no problems, mon. And who doesn't want to visit an island over their lunch break?

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Impromptu Fried Rice: The Asian-Inspired Dinner You've Been Looking For

Impromptu Fried Rice: The Asian-Inspired Dinner You've Been Looking For

You know those recipes you make one time and automatically know is a keeper? That’s how Mark Bittman’s Impromptu Fried Rice was for me. Its simple, versatile and so dang good (like impress your mama good). Read on for the deets and thank me later. This is the secret sauce your dinner routine has been missing!

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Pigwich: Sandwiches to End All Sandwiches

Pigwich: Sandwiches to End All Sandwiches

Pigwich is a stationary food truck adjacent to mi amor The Local Pig (read all about it, my friend). It has the best sandwiches in #KC. For real, the best freaking sandwiches. They have a set menu featuring old favorites like Cheeseburger and Cheesesteak and more adventurous offerings like Bahn Mi and Falafel. All of them are served on Farm to Market bread (nom) and feature ridiculous house-made toppings (often from local farmers).

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Café Gratitude: A Hungry Soul’s Paradise

Café Gratitude: A Hungry Soul’s Paradise

Café Gratitude is a treasure chest of plant-based food experiences. It’s a vegan’s dream, but it’s not just for those who abstain from animal products. It is also 100% organic and they use local products whenever possible – even growing produce on their own farm. It’s a comforting place focused on you and your experience, beyond the food and drink.

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Homage To The Animal: Visit The Local Pig

Homage To The Animal: Visit The Local Pig

The Local Pig is a godsend for those of us who refuse to eat factory-farmed meat and can’t always make it to the farmer’s market. It’s a little oasis of locally and sustainably raised meat, cut and curated really, really well. But it isn’t just for those who ask too many questions about where their meat came from – it’s for all people who love good meat.

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A Food Experience: Eat at The Farmhouse

A Food Experience: Eat at The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse’s motto, “Farm to table. Tip to tail.” isn’t just a catchy slogan– its what they do everyday. And they do it really well. The food at The Farmhouse is superb (like really amazing), the beverages are top-notch, and the servers are fun, professional and eccentric.

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Alton Brown’s Amazing Granola: Nom Nom

Alton Brown’s Amazing Granola: Nom Nom

Homemade granola is so fun. It’s healthy, easy and makes your home smell better than any Yankee Candle. I’ve tried a lot of recipes over the years and Alton Brown’sis hands-down the best. It’s great all by its lonesome, swimming in your favorite milk or served on yogurt with berries. ORRR, if you want to get crafty with it you can package it up real cute and give it to people you like – just be sure to include the recipe, they’re gonna want it!

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