The Burger Stand – Topeka, KS

I told my mom that I'd cook dinner for her tonight. Umm... yeah, that didn't happen. What did happen was a trip out to the Burger Stand, a place in the College Hill neighborhood of Topeka. (1601 SW Lane Street, Topeka, KS 66604.  785 783-8900. There is also a location...

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The Day the Music Died

I just returned home from a trip to Minnesota. On the way up, I stopped to pay my respects to Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, who all died just outside of Clear Lake,  IA in a plane crash on 02/03/59. The crash site is on private property but the...

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Sylas & Maddy’s – Lawrence, KS

Mmm... Ice cream! We popped over to Lawrence to have a late night dessert at Sylas & Maddy's. (1014 Massachusetts St.) I had been reading about it on Yelp and thought it would be fun to try. Good ice cream. Very good ice cream, in fact. This would be a great place to...

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The Southern Star Cafe – Topeka, KS

Ever had one of those nights when you didn't feel like cooking but did feel like eating? Yup, me too. My mom suggested that we go out together and mentioned trying out the Southern Star Cafe, a new place at the southern end of town. (5900 SW Topeka Blvd,...

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The Ladybird Diner – Lawrence, KS

I've been making more of an effort to check out local restaurants outside of my usual rotation. The Ladybird has been on my radar since I started hearing buzz about it on Facebook a few months ago. Recently opened, the seem to have developed quite the following...

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Splurge Meal: Merchants Pub & Plate in Lawrence, KS

This was perhaps a little naughty but I started off my new plan with a splurge meal. I'm allowing myself one meal out every week. The guidelines I'm following when choosing a restaurant? No fast food. I'd prefer to go to indy places over chains. Rather than choosing a...

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Tulip Time 2014

Happy Easter! I spent part of my day at Lake Shawnee, here in Topeka. They're just wrapping up the 6th Annual Tulip Time in which over 100,000 tulips are planted in parks around town. Today has been a beautiful day and it was next to impossible to take a bad picture....

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A Day at the Zoo

After several days of freezing and sub-zero weather, a 50 degree day was like a warm spring day! I took my mom to the Topeka Zoo, where we strolled around and I had a chance to play around with my new camera. [gallery type="rectangular" link="none"...

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Giving in Topeka: SilverbackKS

I've been a little disillusioned about charitable organizations lately, for a number of reasons. First and foremost,  many of the bigger national groups are top-heavy, meaning that a distressing amount of donations go to support 'administrative' purposes and not the...

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