Penny's Passion: Weekending - October 12, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekending - October 12, 2018

As I was driving home from Kansas City yesterday, I realized why I like writing my weekend posts.  I love to relive them as I type out the details!  So many times in life I feel we rush through things and don't stop to acknowledge the good times.  Well here's me acknowledging that this past weekend was pretty darn fantastic!

Even though I had to work most of the day on Friday, I felt like my weekend started on Thursday night when I met two friends for an impromptu dinner.  It was great to connect with them over sushi and catch up with what was going on in our lives.

Friday I worked as fast as I could and my daughter-in-law, Kayla, and I were able to begin on journey to Kansas City by mid afternoon.  I loved having her with me and it made the car ride so much more enjoyable!  We arrived at my friend Linda's house, scooped her up and headed to dinner at Jack Stack Barbecue.   Linda's brother met us there to round out our table of four.  We started with a nice round of drinks.

If you're ever in the KC area and looking for some great barbecue, check out Jack Stack.  They have a couple locations around town so it's likely that you will be able to find one near you.  Their burnt ends are to die for!  I had a combo plate of burnt ends and shrimp.  And don't underestimate their sides!  I sampled the hickory pit beans, cheesy potato bake, cheesy corn bake and their green beans - all DELICIOUS!  

Saturday morning Kayla, Linda and I cruised over to Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse to meet our friend Mary for breakfast and shopping.

Three of us choose the same thing - the Le Franco - which was caramelized green apple with spices, toasted walnuts, fig compote, Brie cheese and creme fraiche.  I really wish they offered a flight of smaller crepes so you could have more than one flavor!

Then there was shopping!  Nothing like a little retail therapy with friends to make a day wonderful.  The painting on this wall right outside Chez Elle was a beautiful site with its brilliant colors.  Very blog worthy.  

I fell in love with the little bread shop right across the street.  We purchased a few goodies from there to snack on later.  The cheese bread was fantastic and will be on my mind for a while.  Their cheese was equally as wonderful.  I wonder if they ship to St. Louis??

From this part of town we ventured over to the West Bottoms area.  Thrift shopping at it's prime!   All of us found treasures we had to take home with us.    My favorite was the Restoration Emporium.  This warehouse building had a little bit of everything inside.  No matter what your taste is, there would be something for you.

We shopped until the last minute possible before leaving Mary and departing to meet up with our friend Jody who was joining us for dinner and the Ed Sheeran concert.  For dinner we met at Summit Grill and it was the perfect place.  Happy Hour drinks and menu was in force and we took full advantage of it.  No joke, we talked about how good the sliders were for the rest of the night and into the next day!

We had bought tickets to see Ed Sheeran at Arrowhead Stadium almost a year ago and never dreamed it would be 45 degrees outside on concert night!  Winter gear in tow, we headed to the venue.  I had only been to Arrowhead one other time for a concert and remembered how terrible the traffic was getting in.  This time was no different.  We got a later start than we had planned and definitely paid the price.  Arrowhead management people -- there HAS to be a better way to get cars in the parking lots!!  After what should have been a 30 minute process turned into 2 hours, we parked and walked to the gate only to have our purses rejected.  The rule was no purse larger than 4.5" x 6.5".  I measured mine when I got home and it was 5" x 7".  Linda's was about the same size.  Jodie and Kayla were smart and left their's in the car.  Seriously people - so frustrating!!  We went to customer service, crammed everything that was in our purses into our coat pockets and left our purses there.  By the time we landed at our seats, the second opener (Snow Patrol) was on their next to last song.  

Not that I'm bitter or anything, but tell me this purse that we saw inside the stadium is 4.5" x 6.5".  I think it came down to what gate you entered.  

Ok - enough of the badness about Arrowhead.  We were there to enjoy Ed and we did!!  I just love him!!  He stands on the stage all by himself and talks to his audience like you were sitting in his living room.  The set list on Saturday include 19 of his favorites and warming the crowd's hearts even with the cold temperatures.

He might have been a little embarrassed after the show when he realized he was in MISSOURI, not Kansas as he repeatedly said.  Oh well Ed, I forgive you!  I imagine most of the people in the audience did too.

Guess what we did Sunday morning before driving home?  We went to see A Star is Born.  Two of us had seen it and two of us had not.  All four of us loved it (again)!  If you haven't seen it, add it to your list.

And just like that the weekend was in the books.  Kayla and I drove home reliving the fun moments from the weekend and planning Thanksgiving.  We stopped on our way through to say hello to my parents.  What an overall great weekend!  Hope you had a great one too!


  1. My sister was at that concert and said the parking while leaving was just horrid.

  2. Awww, what a great weekend you had! And I love Ed Sheeran so much and even find it oddly endearing that he kept getting the name of the city wrong, lol. That sounds like a nightmare concert situation though! I've had a few shows like that but thank god you girls didn't let it ruin your fun. Also that crepe! YUM!!! PS: A Star is Born. OMG, my heart. It was amazing.

  3. Ahhh! Ed Sheeran... awesome! Sounds like THE BEST weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  4. My brother is obsessed with the KC Chiefs and his dream, honest to god, is to go to Arrowhead Stadium. His wife... not so much. Ha! But I remember watching a hidden gems type show on Food Network and there is the most amazing barbecue place that nobody really knows about... it's going to bother me because I can't remember the name. If I figure it out, I'll let you know!

  5. I can’t wait to see A Star is Born!!!!!! I worked in Kansas City for a few months st the beginning of this year (near Shawnee) and LOVED Jack Stack!!!!! My very fav after Gates!!!

  6. They enforced that purse thing last minute for Taylor swift here. I usually dont carry stuff with me for events but its likeppl need to know!

  7. This sounds like the most amazing weekend! I am glad you enjoyed Ed - so silly about the purses though! Shopping and eating sounds like tons of fun also!

  8. Sounds like such a fun weekend! All the food looks delicious, but that dessert... Wow!

  9. I'm glad you had a good time in Kansas City. I'm personally a Gates girl, but hey, Jack Stack is okay too. Arrowhead is the worse! The traffic there is always bananas. If you ever come again, I'll tell you the back way to get into the stadium. The entrance is much less crowded that the main ones off of Blue Ridge Cutoff. I use it for when I go to baseball games. Also, Uber is a great resource for getting to the stadiums, they get right in.