Kansas City, we’ve had a good year.
Can you say World Series? We have been oh so very royal. Plus we had the arrival of Ikea, Prairiefire and a fabulously remixed Halls (Hey, Miss Carla and the H Bar). Seriously, when it comes to things to do, places to see and things to eat? 2014 gave us good and plenty.
In this last month of the year, don’t just get so caught up in the holiday bustle and buying presents. Give yourself a present and do something new. A few of my favorites:
Eat Me Gourmet
While our city is brimming with whiskey bars (props to Julep and its Garden & Gun cocktail) and sexy restaurants, really good late-night eats are still a rare find. Luckily, Eat Me Gourmet in the back of Westport Saloon (4112 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 110) serves up the likes of a Pork Belly Bahn Mi and a Shrimp Po’Boy into the wee hours. No, really. It’s open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Tuesday and 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
Bonus: Nothing on the menu is over $12. Even my vegetarian friends sing its praises. You can eat there, order to go or, if you’re partying in Westport, Eat Me Gourmet will deliver to your bar. EatMeGourmetKC.com
My favorite workout of the year had me wrapped up in a ribbon and suspended in the air, upside down. Lucia Aerial, tucked away in Town Center Plaza in Leawood (5001 W. 117th St.), puts on an aerial yoga class that works you like a three-ring circus.
Where else can you walk into class and your teacher is singing along to Madonna’s “Material Girl,” and casually yet confidently convincing you to submit to a bunch of silky fabric.
Aerial yoga requires you to do three things: Trust yourself, fight your fears and find your center. Other offerings include lyra (aerial hoop), silk, trapeze, contortion and children’s classes, too. Aerial fitness classes start at $20 each. Packages vary. Want a glimpse of their skills? See them perform with Seamless Dance Theater in “A Winter’s Night” this weekend (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday) at Union Station. LuciaAerial.com
Over the summer, I fell in love with “Glass Labyrinth” by Robert Morris. The enchanting 50-by-50-by-50-foot glass triangle with its cunning interior glass walls is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s very own maze in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.
It’s become quite the attraction. People take pictures and time one another to see who can get through the labyrinth the fastest. I know it’s cold outside, but on those days when the winter treats us kind, it will be a welcome adventure. Nelson-Atkins.org
I never considered myself a bocce kind of girl. Because I never bothered to figure out what it even was until Pinstripes, the bowling and bocce bistro at Prairiefire in Overland Park, opened earlier this year. It’s two stories, outdoor patios upstairs and down, a full-service bar and restaurant, plus bowling lanes and bocce lanes aplenty.
Bocce is about the pallino. You treat it like the snitch in Harry Potter’s Quidditch games. You don’t have to catch it; you toss your bocce (like oversized croquet balls) toward it. Get as many bocce as you can closer to it than your opponent and you win. Yep, it’s a nerdtastic, and that’s why it rocks. It’s $5 per person, per hour Sunday through Thursday; $10 per person, per hour Friday and Saturday. Pinstripes.com/Overland-Park
Off Key Karaoke Lounge & Suites
Behind closed doors you can be the Beyoncé you want to be. Seriously, the option to rent your own karaoke suite and sing your heart out is golden. The musical catalog is expansive, and you can download even more options. From Rush to Rihanna, you’re covered at Off Key, at 510 Westport Road, Suite 100. Weekend room rates start at $30 an hour for a party of up to six, $40 for up to 10 and $50 for more. (It’s a little less on weeknights.) Hours: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. To make reservations, visit OffKeyKC.com