City Guide: Kansas City

By: 26 and Not Counting
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It's been three years, four months and eleven days now since I began eating, drinking and perusing my way through Kansas City – iPhone (and Pete) in tow. So much has changed since then, but one constant remains: there isn't a shortage of places to explore.

I've got a handful of not-to-be-missed establishments to share with you today, whether you live in Kansas City or you're planning your next weekend getaway.

Where to Nosh:
Pop in The Filling Station for a freshly squeezed juice in a unique, garage-style atmosphere. My order: the Clean Green (+ kale) and the occasional bagel with cream cheese (because life is all about balance, after all). If you're hoping to get your caffeine fix, they've got you covered in that department as well. And even though I've yet to fall victim to their donut selection, it's bound to happen one of these days, after which I'll be sure to report back!

The Sundry (pronounced sun-dree) is a local grocer located in the heart of the Crossroads offering up goods from local vendors – which makes me feel good about shopping there! They also host cooking classes and considering I'm fully aware that I need all the help I can get in the kitchen, I'll be signing up for one of those, stat.

It's Friday night. Round up the troops and head to il Lazzarone for a taste of Italy right in the heart of KC. Order up a couple of Neapolitan pies to split and wash it all down with a local brew or a glass of wine.

For those of you with a serious hankering for something sweet (it's okay, I'm right there with you), be sure to stop by Kaldi's for a wedding cake cookie. But unless you're looking for a sugar high, it's best to bring a friend!

Where to Shop:
In three words, Coveted Home is interior design heaven. Jaclyn Joslin has exquisite taste and it shows in her perfectly curated storefront. Not only is it the perfect stop when it comes to filling your home with pieces you will love for years to come, it's also a great place to pick up a special gift made by a local artisan.

Is "dress local" a thing? If so, The Westside Storey is your one-stop shop. I can't tell you how many times I've walked in to "window shop" and walked out with another Kansas City tee to add to my collection.

Where to Visit/ Stay:
The top of the Liberty Memorial offers up the best view of downtown, hands down. Rent a bike and make your way to the top of the hill for a wow-worthy (not to mention Instagrammable) view!
If you're just passing through, Hotel Sorella on the Country Club Plaza is an experience in itself (the proof is in this post).

With summer simmering down and the crisp, cool days of fall moving in, I'm looking forward to Instagramming my way through the rest of the various nooks and crannies that Kansas City has to offer.
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