Sunday May 8, 2016 and the days leading up to it were my best celebration of Mother’s Day yet! No, I didn’t get breakfast in bed (ugh crumbs) or a day at the spa (maybe soon). However, what I did get I loved, none the less. A fantastic Mother’s Day weekend with my incredible daughter, Lily.
The weekend got kicked off at the first 18th & Vine jazz district First Friday. It had the vibes of being more like a neighborhood block party. The street from the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey office to Cajun style restaurant Danny’s Big Easy was closed off. Sounds of music and the smells of barbecue drifted through the air. We watched part of a two-step dance at the Negro League Baseball Museum. The best part was seeing local artists selling their artwork in the middle of everything.
Our next stop for the night was the KC Streetcar’s grand opening. The City Market held a movie night in the park as part of the celebration. Lily and I sat among a small crowd to enjoy A Streetcar Named Desire. We noshed on home style jerk chicken dinners from one of the vendors at the Jazz District first friday while we watched. Before the end of the night we rode the streetcar to Union Station. Even though it was almost midnight, we were squeezed in like a tin of sardines.
The Midwest Tea Festival took place Saturday at the Ararat Shrine Auditorium. This annual event is a lovely day of being educated on the art of tea. We learned about how tea should be properly brewed, the process of a tea harvest, and how to train our palettes to distinguish between flavors in a cup of tea. We were introduced to the people behind some of our favorite teas and many more vendors selling every kind of tea related product imaginable. After experiencing the Midwest Tea Festival, I consider it a gateway to go from simply being a tea drinker to actually becoming connected to the culture of tea.
For the rest of the evening we shopped deals at City Thrift’s Mother’s Day sale. City Thrift is a non-profit thrift store. All proceeds benefit City Union Mission, dedicated to helping Kansas City’s less fortunate with rehabilitation, career, and life counselling programs. City Thrift already has clothes, appliances, furniture, and more for super low prices but on special occasions they have additional discount sales. Like a Mother’s Day extra 50% off everything in the store kind of sale!
On the big day, I slept in. Happy Mother’s Day to me! It was almost 11 am before I rolled out of bed and we ate a small breakfast of waffles, eggs, and bacon. Then we spent more time lounging around. Where we would eat for lunch was a tough choice between brunch at Krokstrom and crossing off another KC Original. I ended up choosing Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop, which made the fourth restaurant from the challenge. Lulu’s food is as delicious as the place itself is gorgeously decorated. We ordered Lulu’s Sampler, a flavorful adventure through the best of the street food menu. Included were steamed pork dumplings, pan-fried veggie dumplings, Crab Rangoon, and Vietnamese spring rolls. Lily also got her first taste of bubble tea. She got strawberry and I ordered chai tea flavor.
I hope your Mother’s Day was just as fabulous as mine! Feel free to leave a comment sharing your events of the day. If you liked this please subscribe for more of our Kansas City adventures and special giveaways coming soon. Thank you for reading!