(I apologise in advance for the scattered nature of my writing in this post. Lisa and I were out until 3am last night/this morning at a shadow cast screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show [hilarious!], and today I attended an International Festival of Authors event. Me = tired in my mindhead.)
1. New Theatre Restaurant
I was thrilled to be invited by Amber’s utterly lovely parents to attend their regular dinner theatre adventure (with Amber too, of course) at the New Theatre Restaurant. After being served a vibrant salad appetizer and partaking in an extravagant buffet spread with options as diverse as cauliflower cheddar gratin, baked polenta with marscapone cheese, steak, chicken cacciatore, buttered baby carrots, buttered green beans, black bean salsa, and breaded fish, we laughed and laughed our way through Social Security, a play headlined by I Dream of Jeannie herself, Barbara Eden.
To add extra smiles to the night, intermission saw the arrival of an apple cobbler and a chocolate cobbler, the latter of which was like a chocolate fondant with a molten middle, topped with crunchy toffee and almonds. (You all know how I feel about toffee and nuts.) Thank you, Cheryl and Ken, for allowing me to be your guest for the night. It meant so much to me.
2. The Mystery Train Dinner Theatre
What’s better than one dinner theatre adventure? Two dinner theatre adventures! To thank Amber and Matt for hosting me in their gorgeous abode, I bought us tickets to The Mystery Train for my final night in Kansas City.
The Mystery Train is an interactive murder mystery wherein, at the close of each scene, meals are served while the cast/suspects wander amongst the guests spreading gossip, answering questions (bribery helped) and, sometimes, trying to cover their tracks. It was rather fun and, as a bonus, our vegetarian meal was surprisingly delicious. Corn and wonton chips with black bean dip, spring green salad with hazelnut vinaigrette, penne pasta with a roasted vegetable tomato sauce, and a brownie tart to finish.
3. Assorted Snapshots of Deliciousness Unrelated to Any Dinner Theatre
Sweet rich creamy mango lassi at Korma Sutra. See also: red onion attempting to flee for its life from my plate.
More Ghenghis Khan self-created stir-fry shenanigans! Loved that place.
This photo was taken right before I spilled some of my deeply-roasted-lovely Parisi coffee directly onto my white shirt. It took me half an hour to notice I’d been walking around with coffee on my shirt. What can I say? I’m clearly the cool kid everyone wants to emulate.
4. Cozy Night the First, aka Raw Vegan Sushi and Kimchi Night
Homemade kimchi is also awesome, particularly when eaten atop vibrant green things. Yay healthful snacks!
5. Cozy Night the Best, aka Hello There Brad Pitt
Freshly-popped popcorn with melted Earth Balance, chilli flakes, and nutritional yeast.
Interview with the Vampire, for the first time.
Newly-bought sweet-smoky incense, curlicues of smoke spiraling up into the air.
Laughter, whispers, smiling, together.
Miss you, Amber.