Muzzarella – East Village, New York City

It's very unassuming. It's a tiny place, just a table or two inside, nothing glamorous. It was closed when I approached but it was almost time to open which was fantastic because I was beginning to get pangs of hunger just thinking about lunch. As if I willed him to appear, this little white-haired Italian…

Rye – The Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri

How long has it been since you've had a slice of pie? A slice of pie with perfectly crisp crust? Rye has it. They always have an abundant selection (and at happy hour you can get a slice for $4!) but their warm apple pie is my favorite thing in the whole world. It's comforting,…

Teocali – Hospital Hill, Kansas City, Missouri

The three-story brick building on Holmes street does not look as expansive as it actually is. My favorite spot? The second floor patio. Covered with a white tent, iron chairs and tables sprinkle the shaded rooftop as the cool breeze flows right through into the dining room. Sitting at one of these tables on this…

Tannin Wine Bar – Crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri

Photo by Tannin Wine Bar Close your eyes (after you read this next sentence) and imagine a consistently cool breeze, a shaded patio, comfortable wooden chairs, a pretty street view and a glass of your favorite wine on the table in front of you. Breathe in, breathe out. You're relaxed. This is the mood of…

Bob Wasabi – Midtown, Kansas City, Missouri

Photo by  TAMMY LJUNGBLAD "Bob's the man." That's typically how I start the conversation when someone asks me what my favorite sushi place is in Kansas City. It's Bob Wasabi Kitchen. Bob is the best. Behind the sushi bar, he works diligently, his airpods in, which, I found out play soft rock most days. Fresh…

Extra Virgin – Crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri

Cutting to the chase here, their food is my favorite. The closest thing to authentic Spanish cuisine in the city- more so than La Bodega, I promise you that. I always order the Chickpea fries with Romesco sauce ($8). It's like fried hummus people! Who in their right mind wouldn't love that? They're hot and…

Le Fou Frog – Rivermarket, Kansas City

Photo from The Kansas City Star I get nostalgic for places I haven't been. The vibrant towns in the middle of France that I have yet to make it to. I dream of getting lost in one of those towns, on a balmy summers night, only to turn a corner and happen upon a courtyard…

Brown and Loe – Rivermarket, Kansas City, MO.

The black and white marble tile is what I noticed first. Followed by the striking bar made of dark wood that runs the length of the restaurant. This historic building was bought and refinished by Kansas City legend, Harry X, who first opened Harry's Country Club in Kansas City, just up the street and around…