Historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba are coming. Having traveled legally to the island in 2002, my feelings about the breakthrough are mixed. As I watched President Obama outline his vision of increased travel and commerce between our countries, I couldn’t kick the sensation that — poof! — one of the world’s last truly exotic destinations has vanished.
The perfect antidote to holiday stress is bumper cars, a laser maze and kids. On a Saturday, while everyone was shopping, columnist Jeneé Osterheldt went to the new PowerPlay. The entertainment center that has long been in Shawnee quietly opened in the Northland this fall, and it’s ripe for bumper cars, laser tag and the like.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
The Kansas City brewery's 2015 beer release schedule is full of new brews and returning favorites such as Chocolate Ale. Notably absent from the schedule: Boss Tom’s Golden Bock, Two Jokers Double-Wit and Double-Wide IPA.
Nick Malgieri cringes whenever he’s introduced as a “master” pastry chef — there are rigorous certifications for such titles. Still, it’s not a stretch to rank him among the most prolific professors of pastry.
I hope you’ll seriously consider including your aunt in your Christmas celebration again this year. You mention that she’s alone and you seldom see her; refusing to invite her will only add to her feelings of isolation and bitterness.
I love the new hyper-inventive craft cocktails as much as anyone, but mixology is only one component of bar excellence. At least 60 percent of it, in my book, is what I called the Woody factor — a quirky, otherworldly charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped inside a movie. Here are some other area bars that have it in spades.
What if you and your family were starving because of a severe drought, but the mission agency that had helped you in the past had been forced to leave the country because they didn’t have the finances?