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Genessee Royale, Kansas City

Genessee Royale was the restaurant many of my Kansas City friends were buzzing about last year. I’d been dying to try them out, but the problem is they’re only open for breakfast and lunch, making them hard to visit when you’re in town for a busy con. But as I had a two hour gap for lunch in my schedule this year, I made the drive down one afternoon.

Much like Oklahoma Joe’s, Genessee Royale is located in a converted gas station…

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The old garage doors let plenty of light flood into the dining room and bar…

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GR is located in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, which is known as the antique area of the city, and they decorate accordingly…

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I started with a made-from-scratch Bloody Mary, garnished with a large piece of candied bacon…

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Went with the chili cheese fries with pickled peppers as my appetizer…

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The daily special was housemade bratwurst on a pretzel bun which I could not pass up…

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Braised in Boulevard Brewing’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale…

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The most eye-opening part of the meal for me was the cauliflower and walnut salad which I’m going to do my best to try and recreate…

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Nice to finally know what all the buzz is about!

GENESSEE ROYALE

1531 Genessee St.

Kansas City, MO 64102

816-474-7070

http://www.genesseeroyale.com

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When you think about, this is a pretty simple concept, but I’d never seen it offered in a bar or restaurant before.

At the excellent Anton’s Taproom in Kansas City, you’re able to create a quick infusion of fruits, herbs and spices into your beer at your own table using a French press! It’s a process they call “randalling” and it works quite well! They offer all kind of things you can press into any number of the diverse beers they have on tap.

We also pressed our own coffee into a local porter for dessert!

ANTON’S TAPROOM

1610 Main Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64108

816-888-8800

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Amigoni Winery, Kansas City

Kansas City continues to surprise and impress me!

I was having lunch at Gennesee Royale yesterday afternoon (more on that later) when I got a text from my friend Jewel telling me about a small winery just next door I had to check out.

A winery in the middle of downtown Kansas City?!

Yes, indeed…

Amigoni Winery, located in the historical Telegraph Building in the West Bottoms area of the city, recently renovated and beautifully restored…

All Amigoni’s grapes are grown locally and the wines made on premises in small batches…

(They also carry a full selection of local Boulevard Brewery beers on tap.)

You can try their five main vintages as part of a tasting for only six dollars! Then it’s a buck a piece extra to try three of their special varietals…

The Viognier, Urban Cépages and Urban Red were standouts for me…

The Urban Rosé was nice too, but I’m not a big sparking wine guy…

I did not expect to be drinking local wine in Missouri, but I was pleasantly surprised and will continue drinking it for a while as I just had a case shipped home!

AMIGONI WINERY

1505 Genessee St #100

Kansas City, MO 64102

913-890-3289

http://winery.amigoni.com/

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Taco Republic, Kansas City, KS

Who would have thought you could get a good taco in Kansas City?!

Kansas City, Kansas, no less!

Well now you can, at Taco Republic!

We popped in to this newly opened Midwestern taqueria for a couple quick bites and I was quite impressed!!

Started with a Tecate Barbacoa taco, filled with beer & chile braised beef brisket, cilantro and onion…

Then this one, the Tocino taco with pork belly, salsa verde, cilantro, onions and chicharrones, knocked my socks off!

If you need a break from BBQ…

TACO REPUBLIC

500 County Line Rd.

Kansas City, KS 66103

913-262-TACO

http://eattacorepublic.com

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Momokichi, Tokyo, Japan

Momokichi in Kichijoji is not on many of Tokyo’s “best of” or “hot” lists… but it should be. However, flying under the radar is how the owners like to keep things at this low-key izakaya. A rather small establishment, Momokichi prefers to cater to locals and regulars, the people they know will enjoy their rotating food and sake menus. I tagged along with a couple of these regulars and had a mouthwatering meal last month. Here’s a look…

Momokichi is about a five minute walk from Kichijoji Station, separated from all the hustle and bustle, tucked away in a residential area…

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Their main business revolves around the standing bar in the front of the joint, where most people pop in for a quick bite and drinks after work…

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There are four small tables in the back, however, for parties of four or more. Reservations are a must!

Once seated, you’ll be presented with a hipster-ish menu made of cardboard and an embroidered jeans’ pocket…

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Upon opening it, you’re introduced to the house specialty, their famous roast chicken, which, as you can see here, you’re meant to enjoy with cabbage and lots of beer. But more on this later…

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The chicken-centric menu is quite extensive for the size of the place, and they offer a wonderful selection of daily specials, as well.

Our meal started a seaweed and bonito salad…

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The daily tsukemono selection, pickled baby lotus root and daikon radish…

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"Kimagure" macaroni salad, which means it’s made with whatever the chef feels like adding that day…

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Nankotsu toridango, or meatballs made of chicken cartilage…

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Torikawa senbei, wonderful crisped chicken skins with a homemade hot sauce…

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Poached quail eggs…

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Chicken necks and scallions fried with yuzukosho paste…

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A palate cleanser of blue cheese stuffed olives and dried tomatoes…

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Chicken ham lightly poached in hot seasoned oil…

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A selection of fresh seasonal vegetables from Kawata Farms, served with a homemade cheese dip…

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The day’s sake selection…

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Then it was on to the reason you go to Momokichi in the first place… their roast chicken!

You’re served the entire chicken leg and thigh (from an organic farm in Iwate Prefecture) which has been spice-rubbed and let to chill overnight…

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The chicken is then roasted and continually basted to crisp the skin and impart fatty flavor. You can opt to have it served whole or have them cut it for you. We went with option two…

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Momokichi’s chicken lives up to its billing… crispy skin, juicy meat, full of flavor. Superbly succulent!!

Finishing the chicken is not the end of your experience though! Remember that illustration you saw up top? Here’s the second half…

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After you polish your bird, you’re delivered a tray of onigiri, or rice balls…

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Which you then use to soak up the chicken fat and crispy bits left over on the tray!!

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Keep on dipping as they’ll give you as many as you need.

Oh so good!

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At Momokichi, what usually goes to waste is utilized for taste!

MOMOKICHI

1-34-3 Kichijoji Honcho

Musashino, Tokyo

180-0004

Japan

+81-422-20-0345

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"Hoppy Live in NYC!" Event

Hoppy is one of Japan’s classic brewed alcoholic beverages, launched in 1948 in Tokyo. It’s a low alcohol drink made with malt, hops and yeast, much like beer, but is meant to be mixed with shochu, a Japanese distilled spirit.

Hoppy is now making a push into the U.S. market and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a launch party last week thrown by Sake Discoveries here in NYC. Here’s a look at the festivities…

There were five drink choices on the menu…

I started with a normal Hoppy, which is one part shochu, five parts Hoppy…

Then went on to Hoppy Black…

Two special guests were flown in for the party, Daisuke and Ryuji Kamo of Bar Kamo in Ginza, Tokyo. Daisuke is the mixologist and was behind the bar all night…

That’s him mixing my first cocktail of the night, the Byakuyako, made with Hoppy Black, port, rum and Cointreau..

Oh, and he also carved all his own ice by hand…

His younger brother Ryuji, here in the middle, is the chef at Bar Kamo and made finger food to pair with the Hoppy…

Shrimp guacamole with uni sauce…

Roast duck breast tortilla wraps…

Thees INCREDIBLE smoked salmon and cream cheese mille feuille…

Roast beef rolls with daikon oroshi…

Grilled chicken thigh skewers with onion herb sauce…

White fish brandade…

And vegetable stick salad with tofu dip…

55 Hoppy is their premium drink, winning a silver medal at the Monde Selection in 2010…

There were live art demonstrations…

And even Hoppy president Miwa Ishiwatari was in attendance, seen here in front with me and Chizuko Niikawa-Helton of Sake Discoveries…

I closed out the evening with the final cocktail on the menu, Kibou no Kakehashi, which was Hoppy mixed with whiskey, plum wine, and ginger syrup. This was my favorite of the evening…

Good times were had by all…

Thanks to the fine folks from Hoppy and Sake Discoveries for hosting the event! Looking forward to drinking a lot more Hoppy in NYC come April!!

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