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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. 

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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.   

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.  Will.i.am 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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A Fun Museum and Passover

I woke up around 10:45 am on March 29, 2010.  Ivan was already awake.  We got ready.  We headed to Eleven Eleven Mississippi for lunch.  Ivan read that it was a good restaurant, but it’s much cheaper at lunch time. 

Ivan and I shared the butternut squash soup for a starter.  Ivan loved it, I liked it as well but it was a bit too sweet.  We also shared a beet salad with grilled chicken and a Eleven Eleven BLT.  Their BLT stands for Bourbon apples, maine Lobster and Thyme remoulade.  We each had a glass of lovely Cape Indaba Shiraz during our lunch.  It was a very good meal.

Next, we drove to the City Museum.  The admission is $12 per person (even kids).  This museums is filled with slides, things to climb up and caves.  This is fun for both kids and adults.  Ivan and I love to play – we still act like we’re kids. The museum is old and some of it is in disrepair.  But, it’s still pretty cool.  They’re currently fixing things in the museum.

We climbed inside the whale’s mouth to explore.  It took us to the second level. There’s lots of slides to go on.  Outside there’s a big structure that you can climb on. 

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There’s also a big area with a ball pit.  The balls are bigger than usual.  You can stand over the pit and kids throw up balls.  We tried to hit people with the balls.  Ivan went into the ball pit.  He had fun hitting the kids with the balls.  I hit him from above.

Here’s a video of Ivan playing in the Ball Pit:

Ivan and I went to walk up to go on the 10 story slide.  I was too tired to walk anymore.  Ivan went on it though.  It didn’t go that fast.  I went on a smaller one which was pretty slow too.

We spent 2 hours there.  It was tons of fun! 

Ivan drove us to Crown Candy Kitchen.  Their known for their malts.  If you can drink 5 malts within 30 minutes, you get it for free.  Ivan and I shared a chocolate banana malt.  Big Dave & Lil Dave (the monkeys we’re traveling with) each had a banana malt with extra bananas inside.  The malt was good.  It was Ivan’s first malt.  Crown Candy also makes their own chocolates.  We tried a raspberry filled chocolate.  The filling was way too sweet.  We bought a dozen chocolates for Sue and Ralph.

We drove back to the house.  Ivan helped out with dinner while I took a shower.  Ivan rolled matzah balls.  Ivan set the table.  I got dressed.  I also helped out in the kitchen.  Sue had invited us to Passover seder (a Jewish ritual feast).  It was my first Passover.  Ivan is Jewish and he hasn’t attended a Passover seder in six years.

People starting coming over.  We met Sue’s parents Liz and Henry.  Then, Sue & Ralph’s daughter Julie came.  She was with her friends Ericka and Sophie.

We read from a haggadah that was for children.  Some of the parts were actually wrong.  They read from the haggadah and it was mostly in English.  There was some Hebrew.  I just tried to pronounce it as well as I could.  Ivan can actually read Hebrew.  Everybody takes turns reading. 

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There’s different things that you do like dip the parsley in the salt water and then eat it.  Also, you make a sandwich out of matzo, horseradish and charoset (mixture of walnuts, cinammon, wine, honey and apples) and eat it.  The ceremony only lasted 30 minutes.  Sometimes it can last hours.

We had matzo ball soup to start off with.  It was really good.  Ivan told Ericka that he rolled the matzo balls.

Next, it was time for the main course.  The food was set up in a buffet style.  There was beef brisket with carrots on top, kugel and salad.  Sue cooked a baked potato for me, Ivan and Ericka.  I had some beef brisket, kugel and salad.  Everything tasted really good.  Ivan didn’t have any beef since he doesn’t eat red meat.  For dessert, Sue made a tasty chocolate mousse.  It was really sweet and tasted great. 

At the end, half of a matzo is hidden.  You have to try to find it.  Ericka found the matzo which was hidden behind a table.  Usually at the end, you play games.  But, Ivan was going to be the entertainer for the night.  Julie really wanted to be hypnotized.

We went down to the basement.  Ivan did the hypnosis induction on Julie, Ericka and Sophie.  Julie was the most hypnotized while Ericka was the least hypnotized.  Julie talked on multiple phones which were actually people’s shoes, forgot her name, forgot the number 3 and saw Ivan and me as her parents.  Everybody thought it was really funny. 

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We said goodbye to everybody as they left. 

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Driving to Saint Louis

Ivan and I packed up our backpacks on March 28, 2010.  We checked out of the hotel. 

Ivan drove to Wolfgang Puck Express for lunch.  We went to the counter to order and then we sat down.  They bring your food to your table. 

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Ivan got a bowl of tortilla soup and a spicy chicken pizza.  I got a margherita pizza.  The food was awesome. 

We started driving to St. Louis at 4 pm.  We drove through Kentucky and Illinois.  It was rainy for the beginning of the trip.  I don’t like driving in the rain.  But, you gotta do, what you gotta do.

We got to St. Louis about 9 pm.  I stopped at a Subway to get a chicken flatbread sandwich.

We arrived at Sue and Ralph’s house at 9:30 pm.  They’re a married couple who are couchsurfers.  We would be staying with them for a few nights.  We talked to Sue and Ralph for awhile.  Ralph went to bed early.  Sue talked with us longer.  She’s very friendly.  She showed us the tour of the house.

We went to the basement (the room we were staying in) and used the internet. 

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