Kansas City is only a 2 1/2 hour drive away from Springfield, MO, so it’s slightly closer to us than St. Louis. My companion and I drove there on a Saturday morning and do you know where our first stop was? Whenever we visit a larger city we always have to make a Trader Joe’s run. I mean, I don’t haaave to, but how else am I going to buy mini-hedgehog cookies, Orangina, and Italian truffle cheese? Do you have any recent TJ favorites? The next stop was somewhere I’ve never been before: IKEA.
We were on a schedule so we didn’t spend too much time in there, but we did manage to walk through most of it, plus try the meatballs. We seriously stood in line for thirty minutes in the cafe and it was not worth it. Imagine that… the cafeteria food in a furniture store wasn’t good. I’ve heard quite a few people rave about the food in IKEA, enough so that they influenced me to wait in line thirty minutes for meatballs. I think what happens is people spend hours in IKEA shopping, get ravenous, so anything tastes good at that point. For instance, why is there a salmon lasagna? Who thought that was a good idea?
We tried the lingonberry jam, regular meatballs, salmon meatballs, lingonberry juice and this weird pear-oat smoothie. Is there something that’s actually really good to eat at IKEA? I would like to know.
Unfortunately, the line was out the door and we didn’t have time to wait. Our back-up plan was going PARLOR — an awesome food hall in downtown KC. The bar features eight food vendors ranging from fried chicken to pizza to yakisoba. It was a tough decision on what to get, but we chose a fried chicken sandwich from Mother Clucker and ssamjang pork lettuce wraps from Sura Eats. Oh, and I tried my first Hamm’s beer. I didn’t know such a thing existed. It was all pretty tasty.
Afterwards we took a quick dip in Christopher Elbow’s chocolates, which I’ve been wanting to go to since 2011! We were on a time crunch so we bought a chocolate bar and had to run. But look how pretty!
Did you know Apple offers some free photography classes using your iPhone? Check your local store for dates and times. We attended a class at the Apple store in the Country Club Plaza, then shopped before heading back home. You must go shopping at the Plaza when you go to KC!
We couldn’t give up on the idea of Kansas City barbecue, so we stopped by another location of Joe’s on the way home and picked up to-go barbecue. I will say, one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done is drive 2 1/2 hours in the car with BBQ in the back seat and not eat it. (Ribs, pulled pork, sausage, brisket, baked beans, smoked chicken gumbo & Kansas caviar)