Staff blogs

Looking Forward: Local bluegrass band returns and touring sisters bring summer sounds

Cowgirl's Train Set recently returned from their Colorado tour, and will perform at The Bottleneck this Friday night with Dr. Cotton and Deep Fried Squirrel.

Cowgirl’s Train Set Fresh off their first Colorado tour, Cowgirl’s Train Set will make their way to The Bottleneck on Friday night with Dr. Cotton ...


Kebabs perfect for dinner parties

When we moved into our neighborhood, we were so lucky to have a nest of people around us who were already friends or who easily ...


When life gives you bananas, you make muffins

Not like your mom used to make, but that's OK.

We buy a LOT of bananas. We use at least two a day in the morning smoothie that the kiddo and I share. Plus they're ...


First Lawrence Restaurant Week set for Sept. 14-20

Prepare yourselves, foodies: The first Lawrence Restaurant Week is set for Sept.14 through 20 in downtown Lawrence. Downtown Lawrence Inc. is organizing the new event ...


What are Lawrence’s most iconic menu items? Help us decide

The Wang Burger at The Wagon Wheel, 507 W. 14th St.

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: Since posting this blog on Friday, I’ve gotten lots more suggestions via email, Twitter, Facebook and comments (below). Following are just a ...

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An interesting ‘Ida,’ and I loathe ‘Lucy’

There is a stigma associated with foreign films, especially ones that are shot in black and white and set in a historical period that most ...


Looking Forward: Two dual shows with talented locals this weekend

Check out newcomer folk singer Nicholas St. James this Saturday at the dual EP release party at The Replay. The Sluts will also release their latest.

Middle Twin/ Ebony Tusks Middle Twin is teaming up with Ebony Tusks for a special free Love Garden show this Final Friday at 7 p.m. ...


Eat Your Vegetables: The perfect blackberry pie

The best wedding present I ever gave.

When attending a wedding, it is normally customary to RSVP, choose an outfit, talk the hubby into a tie. But recently, my wedding prep became ...


Culinaria plans Final Friday food event featuring tacos, tequila cocktails

Culinaria, 512 E. Ninth St. (photo courtesy of Culinaria)

The area around the Warehouse Arts District still lacks a traditional restaurant, but a catering company located there will open for dinner Friday as part ...


Friends with benefits, or how I got to roast a leg of lamb

I know the very best people. I know you think you do, but you're wrong. Because I do. So there. So, one of the people ...


Ebert documentary examines ‘Life Itself,’ and the library ain’t afraid of no ghosts

The new documentary “Life Itself” opens with a quote from beloved late film critic Roger Ebert: “The movies are like a machine that generates empathy. ...


Looking Forward: Forever Fest 2014

File Photo by Richard Gwin: From front left, Chris Luxem, Mark Osman, Ben Saunder, Rolf Petermann, Brad Girard, 2nd row Joe Gronniger, Bobby Sauder, Andrew Frederick, Claire Vowels, back, Danny Barkofske, Sam Mitchie, Maxfield Yoder, Nicholas Stahl from Whatever Forever collective.

Local music collective and tape label Whatever Forever is partnering with the people of farm and creative hub, Farmesan, to host the Forever Fest music ...


Summer on a plate: strawberry and kale salad

This is summer. This is what it should taste like: Fresh, bright but a little earthy, too. Food that is meant to be eaten outside, ...


Something new for the grill

Grilled with just a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary from our garden.

Mostly because we did a horrible job of grilling outdoors last summer, the hubby and I are trying really, really hard to better use our ...


Java Break celebrates 20th anniversary in 24/7 style

Arron Atchison, Lawrence, a barrista at the Java Break, 17 E. 7th, sets up chairs at 4:53 a.m. part way through his graveyard work shift of midnight to 8 a.m.

Java Break has been caffeinating Lawrence 24 hours a day for 20 years. To celebrate the milestone anniversary in 24/7 fashion, the funky, half-underground coffee ...


Great ‘Apes’ and Guestploitation at Liberty Hall

When a new technological breakthrough happens in the realm of motion-picture visual effects, it’s often the best thing about the movie. Sometimes it’s the only ...


Alchemy Coffee now a bakery, too

Joni Alexander prepares to bake a loaf of zucchini bread on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the newly added kitchen at Alchemy Coffee and Bake House, 1901 Massachusetts St.

I wish I were better at resisting temptation, but man, do I love a sweet treat with my coffee. And especially given all the coffee ...


Easy, delicious summer squash

It was as good as it looks.

I know the date on the calendar assures us that summer is here (the temps are a good reminder, too), but it finally felt like ...


Magazine honors wine lists at Lawrence hotels

Two Lawrence restaurants made Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards, the magazine announced today. Five 21, inside the Oread Hotel, and Ten, inside the ...


Ephemeral local ingredient du jour: the chanterelle mushroom

Linguine and local chanterelles at Merchants Pub & Plate (Photo from

At some of Lawrence’s more creative restaurants, the daily specials menu is a great — if not the only — place to find dishes featuring ...