On the exploration of Kansas City this past Friday, Joan took me by Janssen Place, where the lumber barons lived at the turn of the century. She used to live in Central Hyde Park and my head was spinning this way and that as she pointed things out.
There are examples of Italian Renaissance, Jacobethan Revival, Neoclassical, and Georgian Colonial Revival house styles. I have no idea which is which. Here is what I do know. These houses are impressive. I wished someone would walk outside to shake the tablecloth after breakfast and invite us in, but they did not.
We also drove by "The Teddy Roosevelt House" where he may or may not have lived for awhile and where Earnest Hemingway may or may not have stayed for a period of time. It is best on these types of explorations to focus on innuendo and not concentrate on facts. Except for when it comes to lunch. Lunch must be at a place you are absolutely certain is good.
Keeping that principle in mind, we went to one of my favorite spots in the city. I told you about their grapefruit cake back in February.
I had the gallette of the day (sweet potatoes, tomatoes, yellow squash, sweet onions and smoked blue cheese), Joan had the pannini (ham, bacon, roasted pineapple, cumin cream cheese) and if that wasn't enough we split a piece of strawberry rhubarb pie with homemade vanilla ice cream. Joan is a rhubarb expert. She was raised on it up in North Dakota. She proclaimed this to be an excellent example of what can be done with rhubarb. I don't know anything about rhubarb. But I do know good when I taste it. Holy smokes!
After lunch we went outside and ran up and down the street about 25 times and each did a set of jumping jacks before we got back in the car to continue our day. Listen, if you live in the area and haven't been to YST. Make a date with yourself to GO.