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Kansas City Power and Light LaCygne Power Plant
Friday - September 1, 2017: We are on a week long trip to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City, Michigan to take photos and visit attractions for our sister site www.MightyMac.org. We arrived on Mackinac Island last night. Highlights of this day included a bicycle around the island where automobiles are banned and an evening sip 'n sale cruise on the Isle Royale Queen III. My step daughter live streamed the cruise on our Facebook Page.

 

Mackinac Bridge - Mackinaw City, Michigan Mackinac Bridge sunset
 
Monday - September 4, 2017: This is the 5th day of our trip to the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. The trip was scheduled to include Labor Day, because that is the one day of the year that people can walk across the 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge. This is the 60th year of the walk. This time, my step daughter lived streamed the walk, while she and I provided a commentary. At the peak, nearly 900 people were watching the live stream at the same time. More photos of the 2017 Mackinac Bridge Walk. Kauffman Stadium - Kansas CIty, Missouri Mary live streaming the walk
Tuesday - September 5, 2017: This was the last full day of our Michigan trip and we drove north 55 miles to Sault Ste Marie. Highlights of the day included a boat cruise tour which went through the Soo Locks & past the Essar Steel Algoma steelworks, a drive over the International Bridge to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada and a visit to the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site where it we were able to walk around and across the Canadian Soo Lock. Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site - Ontario, Canada Tour boat in the Canadian Soo Lock
Saturday - September 16, 2017: At mid day we visited the 42nd annual Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival. There were over 100 under booths, but it appeared that many of the exhibitors who are local and don't do many arts and crafts exhibits. The food vendors were mostly snack items. For lunch, a couple of community organizations were selling hot dogs & hamburgers and one other vendor had about 4 or 5 Mexican items.

For supper, we revisited Sierra Grill in Lenexa. It opened at the beginning of the summer and we first tried them in late June. We liked this place quite a bit, but it has very limited hours and it hasn't been easy to get back there again. We sampled pork chops, beef tenderloin and beef short rib. All were good!

I think we need to visit Sierra Grill one more time, checking out the lunch menu. While it will not make our list of Unique Kansas Restaurants, it will join the other restaurants work visiting at the bottom of that page.

 

Shawnee Town Arts and Crafts Fair - Shawnee, Kansas Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair

Beef Short Rib - Sierra Grill Beef Short Rib

 
Tuesday - September 19, 2017: I had lunch at Sam's Tastee Treat in Olathe, Kansas. It had been over a year since my last visit to Sam's and its review needs updating. Sam's has also been offered for sale, for over 2 years and I needed to confirm that no changes had been made and update the menu.

No changes had been made. Sam's Tastee Treat is more about tradition than the food, which is only average drive in fare. It started as a Tastee Freeze in 1963, but has been run by its current owners, Sueko "Sam" and Hugh Silvernale since the mid 1990s.

 

Sam's Tastee Treat - Olathe, Kansas. Sam's Tastee Treat
Thursday - September 21, 2017: I had lunch at K-Macho's Mexican Grill and Cantina on Olathe, Kansas. I dined there once when it first opened, but that had been several years. The very large dinning room was nearly backed, but serve was still quick and the Jalapenos Rellenos (peppers stuffed with cream cheese, lightly battered and fried) and Relleno De Pollo (roasted poblano pepper stuffed with grilled chicken and Monterrey jack cheese topped with ranchera sauce) were both very good. K-Macho's Mexican Grill and Cantina - Olathe, Kansas. Relleno De Pollo
Friday - September 22, 2017: I drove to Overland Park to update our review of Bee Cee's Authentic Barbecue. It had been nearly 2 years since the last time I dined there and I learned that it had closed shortly after that visit.

So I went to Mai Thai Restaurant a little over a mile away. It had been several years since the last time I was there. Mai Thai was packed when I walked in, but I was quickly seated. My service was excellent, but a nearby table with 4 women who were there ahead of me had to ask for soup sometime after I received mine. Then they had to ask about their main courses after mine came. One also had to get silverware from another table.

My food was quite good, better than I remember. I will revisit it soon to consider it for our Overland Park Restaurant guide.

 

Mai Thai Restaurant - Overland Park, Kansas Mai Thai Restaurant
Monday - September 25, 2017: Tonight I had supper at Wai-Wai Thai Place Express in Overland Park. It had been 3 years since I last dined there and its review needed an update. I was surprised to learn that the menu had no changes in that period of time, except for the price of two of the items. The Spicy Basil Wings and Thai Place Shrimp were both very good. More complex and interesting than the dishes at many of the Thai restaurants in the area.
 
 
Wai-Wai Thai Place Express - Overland Park, Kansas Wai-Wai
Tuesday - September 26, 2017: I had a second meal at Mai Thai Restaurant in Overland Park. Neither the service or the food was quite as good as it was last week, but both were within acceptable limits. Today I had the red curry, which was OK, but nothing special. The soup was chicken quinoa (I think) and no treat at all. A listing of this restaurant has been added to our Overland Park Restaurant Guide.

 

Mai Thai Restaurant - Overland Park,Kansas Mai Thai Restaurant
Friday - September 29, 2017: At lunch I had my first meal at Hawg Jaw Que & Brew. The BBQ restaurant was in Riverside, Missouri for 5 years, but moved to its present location in North Kansas City, Missouri in February of this year. The exterior is very plain, but the split level interior, with counter and beverage on the upper level and tables on the lower level is fairly attractive.

I ordered the Hawg Trough Sampler which combines a sample of brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork, ham, turkey, smoked sausage, ribs and the choice of 1 small side for $17.99. The best meats were the burnt ends, pulled pork and ham, while the sausage had little flavor. The French fries are battered, nothing special.

There are three BBQ sauces, all of them fairly sweet, plus smoked ketchup.
 
 

Hawg Jaw Que and Brew - North Kansas City, Missouri Hawg Jaw Que & Brew
 
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