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Kansas City

We went to lunch on March 31, 2010 at Michael Smith.  Ivan and I shared the asparagus soup for a starter.  Ivan liked it, but I thought it needed more cream.  We shared the very tasty Spanish tacos.  The chicken dish with risotto was just average.  The risotto needed more flavor. 

We drove to the Crown Center.  There’s a mall there, but it’s not that big.  We had some tasty chocolates at the Chocolate Factory.

We walked to Kaleidoscope which is part of Hallmark.  It’s next door to the Visitor’s Center.  It’s a place where kids can create things like cards.  We wanted to create stuff ,but they said we needed a kid to do that.  Ivan thought we should try to find a kid on the street.  We didn’t see any running around freely so we went next door.

We walked in to the Hallmark Visitor’s Center.  There’s no admission charge.  It talks about the history of Hallmark.  It shows ornaments and cards. 


There’s a machine where you press a green button and it creates a purple bow that you can keep.  I grabbed a free Hallmark card at the front counter. 

We went back to Harrah’s to chill for awhile.  We used the internet and watched some tv.

Ivan drove us downtown.  We walked to Genghis Grill.  The hours show that for winter it closes at 8 pm.  We thought that was strange.  But, it seems that they were busy so the restaurant was still open.  You’re given a bowl.  You get to choose your ingredients which includes meats, seafood, spices, vegetables and sauces and then place it in your bowl.  You give your bowl to one of the cooks.  Then, you can pick either rice, Udon noodles or pasta.   


The cooks stir fry it up on a big grill.  It’s really tasty and it’s only $9.95.  What a bargain!

We walked around the downtown area.  We went to the AMC theatre  to buy tickets.  The movie theatre has big red seats and the seats rumble.  What a cool movie theatre!  We saw Alice in Wonderland in 3D.  We loved it!  I thought it was beautiful and had a great story.  I want to see it again soon.

Ivan drove us back to the hotel.  We watched an episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and then went to bed.


Brewery Tour

Ivan and I packed everything up on March 30, 2010.  We said thank you and goodbye to Sue.  Sue and Ralph were very friendly hosts.  It was very interesting to talk to Sue.

We left around 11 am.  Ivan drove to Pho Grande.  Unfortunately, it was closed since they’re closed on Tuesdays.  I saw earlier a Vietnamese restaurant so we walked there.  We decided to eat at Lemongrass Restaurant.

Ivan and I shared the vegetable spring rolls for a starter.  They came with a tasty sauce.  Ivan had a chicken pho while I had pho tai (Vietnamese rare beef and noodle soup).


It was really good.  I put too much peppers so it was a little spicier than I would have liked.

Ivan drove us to the Gateway Arch.  We parked in the garage for $6.  We went inside.  We couldn’t go up the Arch since all the tickets were sold out already.  We quickly walked through the Western Museum.  It would have been nicer to have a museum about the Gateway Arch.


We took lots of pictures of the Arch outside.  It’s massive!  I didn’t think it would be so big.

Ivan drove to Anheuser-Busch Brewery next.  We took the free tour.  We saw the Clydesdale horses first.  They’re quite beautiful.  The tour guide explained the process of making beer.  This almost put Ivan to sleep.  We saw many things like the big kettles and the production line where they label and package the bottles.


At the end, you can get a free glass of beer and bags of pretzels.  Ivan and I shared a Wheat Budweiser.  It was alright.  We’re not big fans of Budweiser.  We don’t drink beer that much anyway.

I started driving towards Kansis City, Missouri at 3:45 pm.  We ran into some traffic since there was an accident.  There was a nice sunset that we saw while driving.  We arrived in Kansas City at 8:30 pm.

We checked in to Harrah’s.  We put our backpacks in the room.

I drove to Subway but it just closed at 9 pm.  I drove to the Regal movie theatre inside the Ameristar Casino.  We each got a chicken sandwich at the Burger King at the food court.

We got seats in the theatre.  We were going to see the Black Eyed Peas concert live from The Staples Center in L.A.  There was only 12 people total there.

I had brought in a bag with red wine.  Nobody checked our tickets in the theatre.  Ivan bought some popcorn.  There was some backstage footage and videos playing before the concert.  We caught a few minutes of it.

The concert was great!!  They played lots of songs like Imma Be, Where is the Love?, Missing You, Boom Boom Pow and Meet Me Halfway.

Each member got to do their own thing.  Apl.De.Ap is half Filipino and half Black.  He sang a song in Filipino.  Taboo rode on a fake motorcycle above the crowd to a song.  Fergie sang a few songs like Glamorous and Big Girls Don’t Cry. DJed some great songs while in a kewl robot suit.  Ivan and I didn’t think he did the DJing.  It just dind’t look like he was doing much.  If he was actually DJing, he did play some cool songs.

The last song turned out to be I Gotta Feeling.  It’s an awesome song!  We thought it would have been more appropriate as the first song.  But, it did end at a great point.  We really enjoyed the concert.  I just wish that we were there live.

Ivan drove us back to Harrah’s to get some sleep.

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