MesobPikliz offers a tasty melding of Ethiopian, Haitian cultures

“Mesob” means table, specifically a woven version that holds large platters of Ethiopian food. “Pikliz” is the word for Haitian coleslaw, a pickled cabbage and carrot slaw that gets its heat from habanero peppers. Put the words together and you have an attractive Northeast KC destination for adventurous diners.

Molecular science expands the world of bartending

Tony Conigliaro, a renowned British bartender, is a pioneer in molecular mixology, but he’s got a lot of company these days as more bartenders on both sides of the Atlantic work on elevating the art of the cocktail to science. The best of the new breed of drinks look like regular cocktails but “taste like nothing you’ve tried before,” cocktail historian Erica Duecy says.

Kansas City barista Pete Licata takes world title

Kansas City barista Pete Licata got a taste of international glory over the weekend. Licata, the quality assurance manager at Parisi Artisan Coffee in Kansas City, won the 2013 World Barista Championship on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.

Summer dining: Savor the season’s fresh flavors

Restaurant patios around the city are abuzz with al fresco diners eager to sip and sup under the stars. Festivals are in full swing, serving up barbecue, cotton candy and street food. Farmers markets on both sides of the state line supply shoppers with local produce for bountiful dinners on the grill.

Frosty drinks are oh-so cool

Anything pink with an umbrella or sugary rim is dismissed as girly and lightweight. But summer spirits are my favorite. When you’re landlocked like we are, who doesn’t want that beachy feeling that daiquiris, margaritas and coladas bring? Here are some of my favorites.

The Corner Restaurant reopens in Westport with new owners, new menu

More than three years after it closed, Westport mainstay The Corner Restaurant has been resurrected in the same spot but with new owners, a new decor and new menu. Executive chef Natasha Sears said the kitchen uses many local vendors, and makes about 90 percent of the menu from scratch on-site.

Milieu serves up grown-up food to a club beat

At this French fusion bistro in the One Block South entertainment complex in Overland Park, the chefs’ training and pedigrees are evident in the well-executed, interesting and tightly focused menu — five hors d’oeuvres, a soup, four entree-size salads, five sandwiches, five entrees (ranging from $12 to $20), plus a few desserts.

Grinders to offer food at Sporting KC matches

Fans of the Crossroads restaurant Grinders now can get some of their favorite menu items at Sporting Kansas City soccer matches at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Starting Saturday, the Crossroads restaurant will offer some of its menu items in the stadium’s Boulevard Members Club.

Decades-old Lasala’s Deli heads in a new direction

The new owner is making changes, renaming the restaurant The North End. He has remodeled the spot at 910 E. Fifth St., putting the kitchen in back and opening up the dining room for more seating. He has added menu items including such appetizers as mozzarella sticks, along with handmade “giant” pork tenderloin sandwiches and a hot Italian beef sandwich called “The Don Bosco.”

Twin Peaks sports bar opens in Olathe

A PB&J founder is among the partners in the first of this franchise in the Kansas City area. Meanwhile, Chacko’s Eatery is to close in Mission, and Jimmy John is opening near Crown Center.

NCAA dining ideas

Going to the NCAA tournament? Here’s a list of restaurants near the Sprint Center that we’ve recently reviewed.