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June 2, 2004

Middle America - Quest for Bar-b-q

Travel has always been huge part of my life. In fact as a youth it was a requirement. Although I grew up in Gotham, a place which has a huge cross-section of people, Pops always told us to venture out and see how others live. Well today I find myself in Kansas City. Clearly not a place that I've dreamed about, nonetheless a place where I've not visited before.

Purely, a business trip. I was told that this place had some of the best barbeque in the country. Sadly, I won't get the chance to sample any of it because I'll have to rush to catch a flight out of here this afternoon. Interestingly, one of my co-workers asked me to find the local grocery store 'HyVee', and purchase local favorite bar-b-q sauce 'Gates -Extra Hot'. It's clear that the locals are quite fond of there 'bar-b-q'.

I did a Mapquest search before I departed, and easily found the local Hy-Vee after driving about 10 minutes away from the airport. Copped the sauce and drove off. My co-worker also advised me to have dinner at Gates Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, Kansas. It never occurred to me that there was such a place. Something about Toto and Alice, seems to come to mind but anyway. I set out on a mission to find my hotel and then drive to get this special grub.

I drove around for nearly 45minutes trying to get back to Liberty from KC airport. Basically, I squashed any hope of getting out to Kansas to for dinner. Unlike my beloved Gotham, where eateries of all types are open until wee hours of the morning, Mom and Pop restaurants in the midwest close at 11pm. So, I settled for the ubiquitous Applebees. Ugh. Oh well, perhaps some other time. Heck I got the sauce tho.

Posted by AG at June 2, 2004 6:49 AM