Today’s theme was all about eating. Lots of eating.
In St. Louis, we were able to take advantage of our Hilton Diamond status and enjoy the Executive Lounge — an extensive breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and end-of-evening cakes. For our hotels in Kansas City, not so much.
AM: breakfast at local hotspot Succotash, conveniently located less than a mile from our hotel. I got the Kitchen Sink — two eggs scrambled with ham, peppers & onions and served on home fries and finally topped with cheddar and sausage gravy. This had to be at least 2,000 calories. Lisa ordered the Swedish pancakes with eggs and bacon. And I helped myself to one pancake. Stuffed!
PM: lunch at recommended barbecue joint Jack Stacks. Lisa and I split the combo platter. We selected the pork ribs, pulled pork and beef burnt ends. I was also served with a side of baked beans, cheesy corn and some toast. If that wasn’t enough, we also got an appetizer of smoked jalepeno cheddar cornbread, because I just love love love cornbread! Needless to say, we were stuffed. Add another 1500 calories to my daily total.
PM part two: dinner at our hotel – I purchased a Living Social voucher worth $40 and even though we were not hungry, this was about the only time that worked out in our schedule for us to use it. Lisa got a glass of wine and the happy hour cheeseburger. The nice thing is that she could swap the fries for some fresh grilled asparagus. I ordered the half-slab of babyback pork ribs, which was also served with a cornbread muffin, grilled asparagus and risotto. I ate most of it, including 90% of Lisa’s burger. She just wasn’t hungry. At the end of our meal, we still had $10 to spend, so we got the buttercream cake dessert, served with some homemade ice cream that included beer in the recipe. Oh man, that dessert put me over the edge. I reckon I easily surpassed 5,000 calories today. And I am fully stuffed. Don’t know if I can even lie down and sleep, but I’ll try. All the food was great, and we still have tomorrow to try out more. Well, that is if we have room after today’s gluttony. Oh man, I am full. But Kansas City barbecue sure is delicious!