Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:47:21 GMT “And the Winner is…” Inside the Wichita Wagonmasters Chili Cook-off http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/-And-the-Winner-is-Inside-the-Wichita-Wagonmasters-Chili-Cook-off/3082/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/DSC_0064_ed.jpg'/><br/> I started researching the&nbsp;Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cook-off&nbsp;a few weeks before this late September annual event. The first thing I noticed when I visited the event website was a link to "Become a Judge." Out of curiosity, I clicked, and quickly learned that anyone can sign up to be a judge at this International Chili Society (ICS)-sanctioned cook-off. I entered my information, and a few weeks later learned that I had made the cut! Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/-And-the-Winner-is-Inside-the-Wichita-Wagonmasters-Chili-Cook-off/3082/ Blogger Finds Slice of Summer Fun (and Rhubarb Pie) in Wilson http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/27/Blogger-Finds-Slice-of-Summer-Fun-and-Rhubarb-Pie-in-Wilson/3066/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/DSC_0342.JPG'/><br/> It's not often that my twelve-year-old son and I get to travel alone. My husband had to work one particular Saturday, so the boy and I hit the road for my next assignment - Wilson, in Central Kansas. I mentioned to my son that we'd be passing two of Kansas' most popular lakes, Lake Wilson (at&nbsp;Wilson State Park&nbsp;and&nbsp;Milford Reservoir&nbsp;), and before I knew it, our fishing poles and gear were packed.&nbsp; Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/27/Blogger-Finds-Slice-of-Summer-Fun-and-Rhubarb-Pie-in-Wilson/3066/ Nelson's Landing Serves Local Sports History With Pie on the Side http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Nelson-s-Landing-Serves-Local-Sports-History-With-Pie-on-the-Side/3041/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/08--COVER--chicken-fried-steak.jpg'/><br/> On a recent road trip around the north end of&nbsp;Tuttle Creek Reservoir&nbsp;and part of&nbsp;Milford Lake, we drove into the community of Leonardville, a town of less than 500 people, situated between the north ends of the two nearby lakes. As we entered town, we drove past the &quot;Welcome to Leonardville&quot; sign, which boasted &quot;Home of Jordy Nelson, Super Bowl XLV.&quot; Nelson earned All-American honors as a wide receiver at Kansas State University, was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft&nbsp; and as of this writing, plays for the Green Bay Packers.&nbsp; Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Nelson-s-Landing-Serves-Local-Sports-History-With-Pie-on-the-Side/3041/ Topeka's RowHouse Perfect for Special Occasions...Like Days That End in “Y” http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/4/Topeka-s-RowHouse-Perfect-for-Special-Occasions-Like-Days-That-End-in-Y-/3036/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/01exterior.jpg'/><br/> With our busy schedules and little time to cook, our family eats out quite often. But after having one of the best meals out we've ever experienced in our hometown of Topeka, Hubby and I agreed that from now on, we will gladly sacrifice a couple drive-through dinners and a sit-down chain each month to be able to enjoy the&nbsp;RowHouse Restaurant. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/4/Topeka-s-RowHouse-Perfect-for-Special-Occasions-Like-Days-That-End-in-Y-/3036/ Apple Pancakes Offer Breakfast and a Show at The Pancake House http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/2/Apple-Pancakes-Offer-Breakfast-and-a-Show-at-The-Pancake-House/3028/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/PH.jpg'/><br/> Our family visited Liberal a few weeks ago. We decided to skip the continental breakfast at our hotel and venture out into the community to see what we could find. I was fully aware of the famous&nbsp;International Pancake Day Race&nbsp;that takes place there annually on Shrove Tuesday, so I wasn't surprised to find that one of the main roads in town is called Pancake Boulevard. But I was surprised to find a wonderful little breakfast spot on the side of that road - The Pancake House.&nbsp; Thu, 02 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/2/Apple-Pancakes-Offer-Breakfast-and-a-Show-at-The-Pancake-House/3028/ Plank’s Barbecue Honors Garden City Heritage http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/4/Plank-s-Barbecue-Honors-Garden-City-Heritage/3019/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/DSC_0173.JPG'/><br/> Beef production in Kansas is big - cattle represented almost half of the agricultural cash receipts in 2010 and Kansas ranks third in the nation with 6.1 million cattle on ranches and feedyards. That's more than twice our state's human population! Our family saw a good many of these bovine beauties on a recent trip to western Kansas, where we sampled some Kansas beef at&nbsp;Plank's Barbecue&nbsp;in Garden City. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/4/Plank-s-Barbecue-Honors-Garden-City-Heritage/3019/ Giovanni's Offers Comfort Food, Cozy Setting, Great Stories http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Giovanni-s-Offers-Comfort-Food-Cozy-Setting-Great-Stories-/3004/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/10-reuben-ed1.jpg'/><br/> Our trip to Chanute on a recent Saturday afternoon included a snowy scenic drive along K-39. As we drove over a bridge into the downtown area, the sight of the snow-frosted roofs of the historic buildings (including the old Santa Fe train depot) reminded me of a Christmas card. The community has created a welcoming setting for visitors-charming storefronts, restored historic buildings, and a friendly atmosphere that includes music playing from speakers mounted on light posts.&nbsp; Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Giovanni-s-Offers-Comfort-Food-Cozy-Setting-Great-Stories-/3004/ Oklahoma Joe's Inspires Barbecue Sauce Revelation http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/3/Oklahoma-Joe-s-Inspires-Barbecue-Sauce-Revelation/2994/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/ribs-sausage-and-slaw1.jpg'/><br/> My dad used to dabble in backyard barbecue and I consider him the family expert on the subject. I knew I wanted to take him along when making my first-ever visit to Oklahoma Joe's in Roeland Park. Friends raved about this Zagat #1-rated barbecue joint and encouraged us to dine at the original location, housed in a gas station at 47th &amp; Mission. That, and how the place got its name, are a whole other story worth checking out on the restaurant's website. Just know that these folks are pros (two words-American Royal). Thu, 03 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/3/Oklahoma-Joe-s-Inspires-Barbecue-Sauce-Revelation/2994/