We have been lucky enough to sample the most delicious food during our visit – both home-cooked and out at restaurants, even partaking in some Spanish tapas this evening with John’s mom, Aunt and Uncle.
I’ve been working on and off during this trip, completing my weekly E! article and responding to a few emails so it hasn’t really felt entirely like a vacation. Regardless, we have spent quality time with some amazing people and truly enjoyed their company.
We take off tomorrow and I’ll hit the ground running as Thursday it’s back to work. The West Coast centric posts will resume but I always enjoy writing about my travels. I honestly don’t think this blog would be much if I never actually left the city as going away helps me gain more perspective and appreciate what we have at home in Vancouver.
As a side note (and this is the first time I’ve actually mentioned this on my blog) there is a weekly Vancouver survey that awards the top voted blogs bragging rights along with some cash. It’s powered by Voter Media and is mainly for political blogs but they’re made an exception for Miss604.com.
It’s been a tough week for our bellies here in Kansas City, surrounded by delicious food yet at the same time lacking some serious vegetable and fruit nutrients. Since we’re also on a sort of vacation, our late-rising tendencies in the morning have left us with few options for breakfast (say, at 11:00am). All changed this morning when we met John’s parents over at the FirstWatch in Westport – an up and coming heritage district in town complete with multiple coffee shops and sushi bars (which make me somewhat homesick already).
Being a fan of greasy spoon diner breakfast but also healthy food, we had the best of both worlds with this experience and were surrounded by a comfortable, non-pretentious, family dining atmosphere. When you sit down at your table you’re given a coffee carafe and a jug of water with a slice of lemon that remain yours to keep until you leave. The whole coffee pot on the table concept is something I’m truly enjoying as I believe back home you can only find this at the IHOP.
FirstWatch’s menu is purely for lunch and breakfast dinning and contains several trademarked items like the “crepeEgg” which I ordered. A light fluffy crepe filled with egg, smoked turkey, mushrooms, fresh spinach, onions and Monterey Jack cheese all topped (not drenched) with diced tomatoes, hollandaise and dill. The meal also came with their trademarked potatoes and an English muffin. They also do not use trans-fats and have carb-free or gluten-free options. The abundance of veggie omelets and options was also refreshing and for the four of us to eat the bill came to less than $40.
Unless John’s mom is up for making us some chorizo and eggs in the morning, we’ll probably head back there again tomorrow. Great breakfast, never ending coffee – and I’ll also forgive the fact that they have auto-play music on their website because they also offer free wifi.
Truth be told, I get a lot of emails from companies, organizations and people around town looking to get some extra promotion for their event. I’m really glad that they turn to me and my blog (or bloggers in general) to help get the word out but sometimes I don’t have the time to address them all. However, even though I’m still out of the country until later this week I have been able to check email sporadically, giving me the chance to spot these two notable causes.
A BC company, Backstage Technologies, has been using their Facebook Application to raise funds for charities, most recently they helped out the SPCA. “The BC SPCA is the second charity to benefit from Backstage’s Facebook ‘Scratch and Win’ application. A big shout out to our game players who helped make this happen. Together we were able to raise $11,284.74″ [Backstage]
They are currently featuring an Easter Seals campaign with the Pull Tabs Facebook application and starting on August 15th they will be running a campaign for Doctors Without Borders.
This weekend there is a benefit dinner for the Alzheimer Society of BC, taking place August 16th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.
On a final note, here are some great folks (some of which I will be profiling in a later series) who are currently running personal fundraising campaigns.
One of the biggest concerns I have right now is not about keeping up with the Summer Games in Beijing in terms of information and results, but how on earth Vancouver will be able to live up to the spectacle witnessed during this year’s opening ceremonies (mostly since ours will be held indoors).
BC Place to get a facelift for 2010 – Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr
Aside from that, we’ve been following the Olympics when we can during our trip to Kansas City. At random rest stops in hotel rooms during the day we’ll catch some water polo or basketball, but overall I’m missing quite a bit of the action that I have been glued to in past years. Actually, it’s even difficult to see a lot of coverage when we are in front of a television since NBC pretty much only shows events in which the USA is participating as well.
We had to wait about 12 hours to see coverage on NBC since they didn’t air it live in the morning. Surrounded by John’s family, most of which I had just met that evening, I was given tasty samples of tequila and welcomed with open arms. When team Canada entered the stadium during the parade of nations my new family raised their glasses, toasted, and applauded.
I know that some Canadians have a certain view of Americans – our nation probably has as many stereotypes of our neighbours to the south as they have about us in the Great White North. During my last trip to the Midwest I wrote about our journey and the people down here. Nancy commented about this country, which pretty much summed up how I felt, “[sometimes]… we forget the stuff that is absolutely wonderful.”
What I haven’t yet mentioned is that the room also saluted Spain, Mexico and of course the US as members of the family hail from all parts of the globe. Even though I couldn’t pick a favourite college football team off the top of my head and I had no comments about the Edwards situation – it doesn’t matter where you go in the world or where you’re from, family is family, and they can make you feel at home in any situation.
Last year I attended the West End Block Party with Keira (and her hot dog t-shirt). We had a really great time playing some games, touring the transit museum on wheels, and hanging out in our ‘hood on a sunny afternoon.
“Gordon Neighbourhood House is holding its 10th annual West End Summer Block Party on Saturday August 9th, 2008 from 11 am – 2 pm on the 1000 block of Broughton Street. This is a free event with live street entertainment featuring Eve Smith, Tropical Heat, a clown, and much more!!! There will also be a huge children’s carnival with games and prizes, face painting and tattoo booths, 25 cent hot dogs, seniorsâ€™ tea and tarts, and a youth corner.” [Gordon House] [Upcoming]
The first full day in town was mostly spent visiting with John’s grandma, who is the entire reason for our trip down to Kansas City. In the late afternoon we had some time to walk around the fancy-shmancy shopping district of KC called The Country Club Plaza. This is where you will find Saks, Coach, Burberry and of course my two faves: the Apple Store and Victoria’s Secret.
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Online since 1997, Rebecca also started podcasting RadioZoom in 2005, co-founded sixty4media, a WordPress website development firm, in 2008, and co-authored the book, Blogging to Drive Business in 2010.
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