We’ve been working hard at losing weight, but we’ll be slowing down a bit this week. At least for 43 hours.

We’re headed out for a Foodie FAM called “A Taste of Kansas City, Kansas.” Over the next couple of days, we’ll be hosted by Visit Kansas City, Kansas, on a FAM trip (that’s a fancy abbreviation that means familiarization). They’re sponsoring our trip to try foods and drinks from about 20 different places in KCK. This is EXACTLY why we’re super diligent with our eating at home…so we can have a little more freedom when we’re on the road.

We’ll be joined on the trip by several other bloggers and influencers, including the folks behind Adventures of Empty Nesters, Tangled Up in FoodAdventure Mom Blog, and Tim Wassberg of Sirk TV. You can follow along on our Instagram and Facebook stories @postcardjar. And please feel free to share our posts with your foodie friends.

We’ll start our food-lovers tour with a sampling of some of the delicious BBQ for which Kansas City, Kansas, is known. Our welcome reception will be at a place called d’Nile Wine Bar & Patio, which is located in the Chateau Avalon Hotel & Spa where we’ll be staying. After that, we’ll head to 403 Club for pinball and craft beer (yes, Steve is thinking this is way better than being a middle school principal). We’ll end the evening with a little karaoke and cocktails at The Mockingbird Lounge. Still trying to figure out a song or two.

Wednesday is a full day of food! We start our morning at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant where food is delivered to your table by an electric train. Then, we hit several places for tastings, including Bonito Michocan Bakery, Krizman’s House of Sausage, and El Pollo Rey, which we hear has the best grilled chicken around. We’ll also have tastings at Rosedale BBQ and Velvet Creme Popcorn.

Then, we’re doing a tour and tasting at Spicin Foods, which makes specialty sauces, salsas and snacks and dips. They bottle more than 1,300 sauces and are the largest bottling company in the Midwest.

We get to also have a “make your own pizza” experience at 1889 Pizza in Kansas City, Kansas, where we’ll turn a dough ball into a delicious pizza. If we don’t drop it.

A stop at Rowe Ridge Winery in the late afternoon will provide a tour of a winery and a tasting. Then we’ll go back to the hotel to relax and refresh, not to mention digest before we end our day with dinner at Final Cut at Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway. Final Cut is a contemporary American steakhouse.

Thursday morning we’ll do a few final tastings at Spitlog Coffee and Paleterias Tropicana. And to top off our 43-hour binge, we’ll make one final stop at Boba Blend for cool beverage for the road.

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We hope you’ll follow along on Instagram and Facebook and let us know if you have any questions or want us to try anything in particular as we do our “research.” Remember, we do this for you. 🙂

  • Late breakfast, early lunch. Time got away from us this morning so we had a bit of a brunch. We have been on an oatmeal kick this year for several reasons. It's inexpensive, filling, tastes great, and is typically readily available at grocery stores and hotels that serve breakfast. ⁣
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One cup of oatmeal cooked in water is about 160 calories (and a "green" food on our @noom weight loss app). We like to add a teaspoon of brown sugar, a little cinnamon, and lots of fresh berries. Other options are: bananas, nuts, nutmeg, diced apple, flax seed, or dried fruits. ⁣
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What is your go-to breakfast these days?
  • See how we lost a combined 150 pounds in a year while traveling! It was one year ago this week that we began our healthy living journey. We are travel bloggers with a new post (just click on the handy dandy link in our bio) about what we've lost and gained in one year.
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See what we've learned about calorie density, exercise and ourselves in the process. We are so thankful for the resources that have helped us, including @noom and the @mayoclinic Healthy Living Program. (This is NOT a paid partnership) We feel like new people and hope our story will encourage someone else who wants to make a healthy lifestyle change. To stay up to date with our weight loss and healthy living journey, be sure to follow @PostcardJar on social media.
  • Our daffodils are in full bloom here in Nebraska and they just make us smile. We brought the  bulbs for these flowers from Ann's first house when we got married and moved here. Ann had dug them up from her grandma Rashleigh's home in Fremont, Nebraska, and her grandma had brought them to the U.S. from a trip that she took to England. ⁣
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Ann's grandma passed away several years ago. Each spring, these flowers bloom and remind Ann of her grandma and her beautiful soul.
  • We love to travel but we're staying home to flatten the curve. As travel bloggers, writers, and influencers, we all have canceled trips, postponed adventures, and rescheduled experiences. ⁣
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We know this is temporary and soon enough, we'll be traveling again. But for now, we are all staying safe at home and encourage you to do the same. And while you’re home, check out some of these influencers’ feeds for travel inspiration.
  • Last week, we had the pleasure of making handmade pasta (via the internet) with our friends, Deb and Massi, who were in their home kitchen in Italy. ⁣
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You can read all about it, and get the recipe, on our blog. Yep, you guessed it, the link is in our bio. ⁣
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We met Deb and Massi of @italyunfiltered a few years ago when they created an amazing food and wine itinerary for us. We've remained friends and it was so good to see them, even if they were a world away.
  • We were supposed to be in Rochester, Minnesota, this week for Ann to see a cardiac sarcoidosis specialist about some recent issues with her heart. Of course, we did not travel to Rochester for her scans and doctor visits because of the coronavirus outbreak.⁣
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Instead, her cardiologists called her from their homes and her scans and tests will likely be delayed until June or July. We'll keep in close touch with them if anything changes, as well. We are so grateful for all of the healthcare professionals who are continuing to work crazy hours from home as well as in our hospitals around the world.⁣
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This is such an unprecedented and stressful time for all of them. Words will never be enough to convey our gratitude for the roles they are playing in the battle against this deadly virus while caring for those with other diseases and illnesses at the same time. ⁣
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Every healthcare provider we've talked with in the last two weeks has had the same message for those of us who don't have to go to work at a hospital. ⁣
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Just. Stay. Home.
  • Yesterday was Day 16 of social isolation for us. Because of Ann's underlying heart condition and suppressed immune system, we've cooked all our meals at home (no takeout). We've starting to get more and more creative as time has gone by. ⁣
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Last night, we made chicken and shrimp vindaloo and learned online how to make homemade naan.⁣
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It wan't as good as our favorite Indian restaurant, The Oven, but it did satisfy the craving we've had for Indian food. ⁣
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What are you craving these days?
  • We moved our living room furniture around this week and put two swivel chairs near the sliding glass door. Each day, we take time to turn around, rest our minds, enjoy in the view, and just be. #webelieveinhome

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