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Leavenworth – Homer’s Drive Inn

For hundreds of years, people have dreamed of travelling through time, but the love affair with this idea probably peaked soon after the publishing of H.G. Wells’ famous book “The Time Machine” in 1895. I’d like to inform you that as of 2014, you don’t need a degree in quantum physics, or an above-average grasp of the theory of general relativity, to come close to figuring out time travel. All you need is a car, some gas, and a map that can get you to Leavenworth, KS.

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Now, I’m not saying that the Leavenworth area is stuck in the past (though some might argue it is), rather, I’m saying that if you want to get the feel of travelling back in time, you need to go no further than “Homer’s Drive Inn”, in Leavenworth, located just south of downtown, on U.S. Hwy 73/KS Hwy 7. Homer’s has been in its current location since 1938, and it doesn’t appear that much has changed with the place in about 50 years! From its black and white checkered tile floor, to its red vinyl upholstery covering on the booths, it’s no wonder that this place was a finalist for the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s “8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine”.

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The day I visited Homer’s, I felt blessed by the pork Gods, as I walked in and found that the Fried Pork Tenderloin Sandwich was the day’s special. Needless to say, they didn’t need to twist my arm to get me to order one. I have to say, it was quite possibly the best pork tenderloin sandwich I’ve ever had. It was huge, and was perfectly tender, with just the right amount of breading. I’ve had several pork tenderloins over the years at county fairs other events, and I’d put this one up against any of those any day.

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So, while the untestable theories about time travel are just lying out there for us to ponder, I’ll go ahead and hypothesize that you’ll love this place if you get the chance to go try it. Furthermore, I am thoroughly convinced time travel is impossible, or people would be travelling back from the future to eat at this place!

 

Until next time,
Mike

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Studley – Cooking on the Cottonwood

Each fall, the Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch hold one of my most anticipated yearly events; Cooking on the Cottonwood. The Cottonwood Ranch, located near the small agricultural community of Studley, Kansas is a historically significant sheep ranch once owned by wealthy British immigrants.

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The Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch host many fun activities including sheep dog trials and Christmas festivities, but as a serious foodie, my favorite yearly activity is the cook off.

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Not only do they have a barbecue contest, but this year, they had a pie contest, cookie bakeoff and a chili contest. It’s a food lover’s dream!  Proceeds from the event go to support a very worthy cause.  Money raised is used to support, maintain and conserve the historic property.

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This year, I was fortunate enough to judge delicious barbecued pork ribs from thirteen different teams, on the back lawn of the beautiful ranch house.  If you ever have the opportunity to take a fall road trip in northwest Kansas, be sure to check out the Cottonwood Ranch. The cook-off is a barbecue (and pie, cookies and chili) lover’s delight!

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– Chris

So we know that Chris loves contests. In fact, he is going to be judging the  Bacon Recipe Contest at this year’s Bacon-Fest: The Other Fundraiser  in Kansas City on August 24.

And we also  know that our readers love bacon, so guess what…

We are giving away 5 VIP tickets to Bacon Fest KC!

That’s right. These VIP tickets come with admission into the festival, food, beverage, a t-shirt, a commemorative  drink cup, a swag bag and access to the air conditioned VIP area. Here’s how you can win:

Leave  a comment on this post  below telling us three words you would use to describe your love for bacon. The contest will close on Tuesday, July 9 at 5:00 pm. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email and announced on the blog.

Ready…Set…Describe bacon!