Kansas City: Cupcake A La Mode (Bakery)

April 28, 2016 By: Serena

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Well stick a fork in me and call me basic, because this girl friggin’ LOVES cupcakes.  I know, I know – the cupcake craze started years ago, and some might say has since been out-shined by the doughnut craze, the cold brew craze, the [insert artisan handcrafted food here] craze – and don’t get me wrong, I will gladly eat/drink all of these things.  But to me, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a travel-sized, portioned-for-one, perfect-frosting-to-cake-ratio cupcake.  In NYC, I relied heavily on Magnolia (two blocks from my building in NYC – dangerous!!), Sprinkles, and Sugar Sweet Sunshine.  Here in KC, I’ve discovered Cupcake A La Mode

I admit I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to cupcakes – my absolute favorite is vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. Some may call that boring; I just say – a combination so simply perfect needs no embellishment.  So, I was pleasantly surprised with the PB&J cupcake (bottom left) that was calling my name. Um, peanut butter frosting? Yes please.  Equally delicious (though second to the PB&J) was the vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Sign me up. Yum.

Cupcake A La Mode has a multitude of cupcake flavors, and I’ve only tried a few.  Obviously, I have my work cut out for me.  For the sake of blog integrity, yes, I will go back and try the other flavors and report back. You’re welcome!

Cupcake A La Mode
4639 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 960-1911

Kansas City: Seva Cuisine of India (Indian)

April 25, 2016 By: Serena

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Puffy fluffy naan bread, how I love thee…

As you’ve probably gathered from my recent posts, I’m on a bit of a self-assigned quest to find delicious, authentic ethnic food in the Kansas City area.  I fully acknowledge that living in NYC for more than a decade spoiled me for all things ethnic food.  Korean chicken wings at 2am? No problem.  Singaporean laksa that rivals hawker center faire? Sure.

Sooooo, when I saw that this restaurant called Seva Cuisine of India was rated number 9 of 1,100+ restaurants in Kansas City on TripAdvisor (which, I know, people have differing views on the source), I must say I was at least a tad intrigued.  And when you’re into food as much as I am, “a tad intrigued” translates very quickly into “ok, we’re going.” And off we went. Continue reading »

Kansas City: The Corner Restaurant (American, Brunch)

April 21, 2016 By: Serena

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Not to be confused with Corner Bistro in NYC, where one can get a pretty stellar burger without burning a hole in your wallet, KC’s very own The Corner Restaurant offers some solid brunch fare.  I recently checked it out – it was packed on a Saturday morning – and was not disappointed.

Insert appropriately worn/trendy menu here: Continue reading »

Recipe: Homemade Bagels!

April 12, 2016 By: Serena

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There are many things I’m enjoying about my adopted city of Kansas City since I moved here a few months ago – more space, excellent barbecue, and relearning how to drive again (sorry, fellow drivers!).  However, one thing I definitely miss about NYC are the bagels! Growing up in the tri-state area, I didn’t realize until I moved away how amazingly awesome NYC bagels are, and how different they are elsewhere.  Frozen supermarket bagels aren’t even in the same league.  So, when I happened upon this recipe for homemade bagels on Serious Eats, I knew I had to try it.

My go-to bagel is always everything with low-fat scallion cream cheese. Amaaazing! So, I needed to first put together my own everything bagel spice: Continue reading »

Kansas City: Heirloom Bakery & Hearth (Brunch, Bakery, Locavore)

April 07, 2016 By: Serena

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Heirloom Bakery & Hearth has the best sandwich cookie in KC. There, I said it! I know that’s a bold statement, and not all of you  may agree with me, but just behold this beauty: Continue reading »

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