A trip home to Manhattan to visit my wonderful and loving parents has never really been as sweet as my most recent trip home and I think it is because I have truly reached a point of being genuine friends with my parents. I have always loved them and enjoyed hanging out with them, but this time it really felt like I was going out and hanging out with friends. My parents are pretty rad you guys.
I went home initially just to pick up my dad for a concert, but I ended up spending some quality time around Manhattan with my momma in the morning. We both are coffee fiends (well... I am coffee fiend, she on the other hand likes her a good vanilla steamer) so our first stop was of course to a new(er) coffee shop in town Sparrow Specialty Coffee in downtown MHK. A girl has to have her coffee before anything can truly be accomplished in a day. As a retired barista of four years it is my job to pass on a grade to each coffee shop I visit and this one I give a thumbs up. It wasn't the best latte or latte art I have ever had but it was decent and the decor was ADORABLE. Plus their mugs did not have handles and mugs without handles equals fancy, if I do say so myself.
Once our coffee levels were sufficiently raised, we walked around downtown through some of our favorite shops. R & R Home Fusion has to be one of my absolute favorite places to stop, which I do stop at every single time I am in Manhattan without fail. Seriously. Go there. I bought a few things I didn't need (at least in the eyes of Dave) before we wandered on to another store. We went to one shop that reminded me of a locally owned Anthropologie. I loved everything in it but could not afford a single thing....just like the real Anthropologie. Well perhaps I could have afforded one napkin ring, but just getting one napkin ring is a little ridiculous.
I have a tendency to get quite hangry so we stopped for an early lunch and one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Manhattan that I never get to go to because the wait is always a bazillion years, The Chef Cafe. I devoured some biscuits and gravy and an egg over hash browns like nobodies business. They were seriously delicious.
In the evening dad and I went to go see The Alabama Shakes at the starlight theatre in Kansas City, as was originally my plan for the day. We got a late start, because we are Clarks, but it ended up being perfect timing! After a quick dinner at Pei Wei (I didn't know the place existed and I am SO glad I do now!) we got there in just enough time to see the last few songs of the opener and right in time for the real show. The Alabama Shakes are seriously so good. I hadn't listened to them a TON before the concert, but they were absolutely brilliant! Brittany sure can sing! After the concert dad and I sang to some of our favorite tunes the entire way back home.
Thanks for hanging out with me mom and dad!