Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium, Kansas City Missouri

Outside the gate of the City Market in downtown Kansas City, is a little restaurant inside an old opera house. The Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium is a great place to grab a bite to eat when venturing downtown to visit the City Market.

As busy as the downtown area was, I was surprised at the ease my large family found a table. While the café was busy, it still had enough tables for people to come in. Many of the people who come to the City Market, eat in the restaurants inside the market for the variety international cuisine that is served in various booths and restaurants available. The City Market, however, is purely American food that is good if you simply want to eat something familiar after a couple of hours of walking.

The Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium resides the old Gillis Opera House, originally built in 1883 as a four story structure and rebuilt as a two story theater and retail space in 1925. Now, the restaurant contains three different venues—a coffee house, a grill, and a small cocktail bar. The restaurant still provides live shows from time to time. The atmosphere is a very interesting one with the different themes throughout the building.

Monica ordered our lunch from the grill while we waited in the cocktail bar, as it is closed on the weekends—opening only for happy hour on weekdays. I ordered the House Burger and Fries. I found the burger to be very enjoyable and was able to finish the burger without feeling stuffed. I found the flavor of the food to be excellent. It was an enjoyable lunch and a great way to rest before continuing our shopping.

The next time we are in the area, the Opera House will be a definite consideration for our lunch.


Amelia Earhart Museum in Atchison, Kansas

A visit to the Amelia Earhart Museum in Atchison, Kansas not only brings one closer to the aviation pioneer but also to life in Kansas in the early 1900s.

Amelia Earhart was one of the early celebrities of aviation, probably the most famous female aviator even today. She was the first person to fly from Hawaii to the United States, first person to fly from Mexico City to Newark, and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She died as she attempted to be the first to fly around-the-world at the equator. On July 2, 1937, 22,000 miles into her trip, her aircraft vanished as she travelled over the Pacific Ocean.

The Amelia Earhart Museum Birthplace is very peaceful place to visit and reflect on the accomplishments of Amelia Earhart. After being purchased in the late 1980’s, the international women’s pilot organization, The Ninety-Nines, restored the home to the early 1900s time period to reflect Earhart’s childhood days. The various rooms of the home are decorated to reflect what they may have looked like as she grew up overlooking the Missouri River.

In the museum are plenty of artifacts, reproductions, and information about Amelia Earhart’s life. There are also many different mementos of the celebrity status that Earhart enjoyed and the evidences of the icon she had become.

Visiting the home is a once in a lifetime experience. And I recommend it as a place to visit when you are in the area, to spend some time getting to know the hero that any have been inspired by through the years.





The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

I had the wonderful pleasure today of visiting The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. I always seen to be challenged to give a quality review after visiting art museums. I feel disrespectful if I take photos of the paintings and photos would never show the true beauty of the art. I also have no expertise in art, except that I like to visit art museums and that I wish I understood more about the art I am seeing.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the top museums I have ever visited. I enjoy going to museums and I have seen several at different sizes and mix of genres. I was impressed by the selection of art contained in this museum and the atmosphere that the museum offers. The museum was not a vacant mausoleum, but a heavily trafficked display of great art works. Many times, when I travel to art museums, it seems as if I am the only one there. But, here in every gallery, there were others quietly admiring the works on display. To me, this says much about the enjoyment of the people who either return again and again, or tell their friends about how wonderful the museum actually was.

The selection pieces was very diverse and highly interesting. The selection contained works from ancient Rome all the way up to modern contemporary times. I highly recommend this museum as a place to grow in your appreciation for art and to simply spend a day marveling at the delightful pieces before you.