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Aviate Extreme Air Sports

- Saturday, July 23, 2016 No Comments
Aviate Extreme Air Sports
Trampoline park's have been growing in Wichita and not too long ago the largest one in the city opened up it's doors inside the Wichita Sports Forum, it's called Aviate Extreme Air Sports.

Aviate is located at 2668 N Greenwich Ct. They are open daily from 10am - 10 pm except for Friday and Saturdays when they close at Midnight.

According to their site, they offer 20,000 Square Feet of extreme entertainment and the largest foam pits in town, obstacle courses, flying trapeze and more.

Before we go inside let's discuss pricing. For people 7 and over, it's $13 for one hour or $20 for two hours. While 6 and under is $10 for one hour and $15 for two hours.

When you go, a waiver form must be signed which you can do on location or online here.

I've been so some of the other trampoline parks in town but Aviate dwarfs them all. This place is massive.


We went for a family birthday party with all the kids and there's just so much going on. There's so many activities going on (check them all out here) like Ninja Obstacle Course, Extreme Dodgeball, Air Dunk, Slack Line, Trapeze, and huge foam pits for not just kids but adults too.




Shoes and socks are not allowed in the play area. You must be barefoot. If you're worried about germs, they have grip socks to wear as well. No jewelry, hats, or loose objects allowed; mainly common sense type things if you're going to jump.

As an added bonus if you love modern pop music like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Aviate has that all blaring from their speakers the entire time to keep the kids dancing and jumping. I'd be lying if I said I didn't stop to bob my head to some "Uptown Funk".



The staff at Aviate do a really good job of making sure everybody is safe and having fun. They had a lot of great interaction with the kids.

For the couple hours we were there, the kids loved every second of it. Compared to other parks in town, the options are nearly endless at Aviate.

Pricing; it does get a little costly if you're taking a few people. A group of three people will cost over $30 for just one hour of entertainment. For family fun, that's on the high end in Wichita. While looking at their webpage and Facebook page, some days have discounted offers but for the most part this is not something you could do regularly. Unfortunately with my niece's birthday coming soon, looks like I'll be going again soon......and paying.

For more information on Aviate, check out their website: http://wichitasportsforum.com/aviate/.

Happy Jumping!
Eddy

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Food Truck: The Big Apple - NY Style Street Food Review

- Friday, July 22, 2016 No Comments
The 19th stop on our Wichita Food Truck tour brings us to The Big Apple...... not the one you're thinking of.

The blog's working budget didn't allow us to travel to New York so instead we found a food truck in town that specializes in New York-style specialties like chicken Parmesan sandwiches, corned beef sandwiches, New York coneys, lasagna, knishes, Reubens, among other items.

They are called The Big Apple - NY Style Street Food Truck. Make sure to like them on Facebook.


This actually wasn't a planned stop. A friend and I were driving around town when we noticed The Big Apple parked right in front of Ernie Biggs and decided to make a stop by for dinner. Keep in mind like most food trucks, their menu does change every now and then. For that evening, this was their menu:


After looking through all the delicious options available, we decided on the Corned Beef sandwich and Homemade Chicken Parm sub.

When I traveled to New York to watch the Shockers win the NIT, corned beef was one of the highlights of my eating adventures.

It took around 12 minutes to get my order and we were off to the race tracks. ....once again not literally no thanks in part to the slot vote that was struck down years ago.


For starters, both sandwiches had plenty of protein inside. Both sandwiches were sure to fill you up.

My friend really liked the Chicken Parmesan. Her main drawback was the actual bread. Her preference isn't much on the harder bulky rolls. While it definitely kept the sandwich together and prevented the sandwich from getting soggy, she prefers the lighter softer rolls when it comes to her sub. Regardless of the bread, the actual chicken, parmesan cheese and especially the sauce covering it all were tasty.

As for the corned beef sandwich, the actual corned beef was really good and flavorful topped with some delicious Dijon mustard. Does it compare to the popular staples in New York like Carnegie Deli and Katz's Delicatessen, both of which I've had? Hard telling and I'm sure most people may say no but for options in our city of Wichita, KS I left very happy and impressed with the sandwich.

The Big Apple is one of the food trucks I really want to return to. They have other items like lasagna and knishes that I definitely want to try.

From everybody I've spoke with, they were big fans of The Big Apple and I can see why.

If you've gone, feel free to post your thoughts.

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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Previous Food Truck Reviews this year
The Kamayan Truck
Hopperoni Express
Strada by Luciano's
Gaga's Grub
Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch
El Pollo Dorado al Carbon
Funky Monkey Munchies
Brick House BBQ
Gaga's Grub Lil Itlee
Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs
LoLo's Crepes
The Diamond Plate
Let'm Eat Brats
Uno Mas
Ms. Tosha's Chicken
Kind Kravings
Monica's Homemade Mexican Food
Twisted Java Coffee Bar

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Helping Out Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

- Tuesday, July 19, 2016 No Comments
My nieces and I occasionally get together for Italian Ice. It's our little uncle/niece date where I ask them how their summer is going, they ask me if I ever plan on getting married and then they one up each other on who has the coolest toys.

For our recent trip to Rita's Italian Ice, the conversations changed to helping people out. While walking in, they saw all these paper lemons with people's names on them and asked what it was for. Recently, Rita's Italian Ice partnered up with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for all childhood cancers.

Our family has had our fare share of cancer so they had some knowledge of what it was but didn't know children could get it.

Rita's has been selling those paper lemons for $1 each with that money going to the Foundation and the papers going on the store's "Wall of Hope". Over the past ten years, Rita's has raised more than $4.2 million for pediatric cancer research!

So what did the girls want to do next?


They each got their own paper lemon.

Fortunately they have finally reached the age where they can write their own names.

Of course that didn't stop them from enjoying a nice cool treat for their worthy donation.

To keep with the theme of the day, the girls got to try one of Rita's ALSF-theme flavor which was, you guessed it.... LEMONADE!

Who Doesn't Love Lemonade?
That does it for our regular trip to Rita's! The only difference this time is we didn't have just two but three very happy young customers.

There are two locations in Wichita:

2929 N Rock Road

and

1021 E Douglas Avenue

Happy Dining!
Eddy

Wichita Marriott Sunday Brunch Buffet

- Sunday, July 17, 2016 No Comments
My friends and I continue our travels around Wichita looking for really good Sunday Brunches with our visit to the Wichita Marriott hotels.

A sampling of what you can get
They are located at 91011 E Corporate Hills Dr. near the northwest corner of Kellogg and Webb.

Their brunch runs from 11am - 2pm and is $16.95 a person.

When you enter the hotel, the open restaurant area is right there. You can't miss it. There are no doors to walk into, it's just tables scattered around in a lobby type area with a bar against the back wall and their buffet lines set up against another wall.

The Wichita Marriott Sunday Brunch Buffet offers many of your main staples like an omelet and waffle bar, prime rib station, dessert bar, salads and an assortment of breakfast and lunch items.

Here's a glimpse of their offerings:





To keep this short and sweet and not bore you with anything, the food at the Wichita Marriott is all of really good quality. The prime rib was tender, the Mediterranean Salad was excellent (and my personal favorite), and the Chicken Parmesan was a favorite of a friend of mine.

Wichita Marriott
Overall though, nothing stood out to us that separated it from many of the Sunday Brunch Buffets in town. They featured many items that can be found in other buffets at restaurants and hotels.

The $16.95 price tag was comparable to other places in town and the service was all top notch and
friendly.

For proximity to home, it's nice but if I'm looking for unique brunch items I would probably go elsewhere.

To see our other Sunday Brunch Buffet reviews, head here.

Happy Dining!
Eddy

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Food Truck: Twisted Java Coffee Bar

- Saturday, July 16, 2016 No Comments
Over at 2615 W 13th street is a local coffee shop called Twisted Java Coffee Bar. But for the purposes of our Wichita Food Truck Tour, we decided to head out to the Wichita State Food Truck Plaza one day and visit their mobile food truck that offers coffees, smoothies, breakfast food and other items.


Don't forget to Like Twisted Java Coffee Bar on Facebook.

My coworkers and I decided to get some breakfast one morning. I was in charge of stopping by in the morning for the pick up. Now none of us drink coffee regularly or at all, so we avoided any coffee and focused on the food. Their menu is pretty simple:


For our group order, we went with a Cinnamon Roll, a few Kolaches with jalapeno, three Deluxe Burritos which included bacon, sausage, potato, gravy and cheese, and a bierock.

While the food was being prepped, I had a chance to talk with one of the guys working the truck. Very nice guy and a was a pleasure to talk to. One thing I love about trying new restaurants is just talking to their staff and seeing what makes everything tick.

Once the food was ready, I was on my way. I got pictures of everything except the bierock unfortunately. the moment I saw it it was go time and snapping a pic slipped my mind. My appetite was doing the thinking for me that morning. The bierock was actually split between another co-worker and I and we were both fans of it.



For a couple people, Kolaches were a new thing to them. It's best described as pigs in a blanket on steroids. The two people who the Kolache's was impressed with it. They loved the hint of jalapeno that added a nice kick to it.

The breakfast burritos were delicious. You could really taste the gravy inside and a strong hint of pepper. Adding the salsa calmed the pepper taste down a bit. While tasty, the size of the burrito was a little underwhelming. They were much smaller than we had imagined. One burrito did not fill anybody up at all. In hindsight, we each should have purchased two but $10 for two burritos would have been a little high.

What wasn't small though was the cinnamon roll. That thing was huge! The travel time from the truck to work forced us to heat it up a little and once we did, wow. Very impressive. There as a nice layer of icing that wasn't overdone followed by a nice doughy roll.

There were a couple mishaps with out order and after contacting Twisted Java, they offered a free drink and breakfast item on our next visit which was nice of them.

The day before I actually stopped by and ordered a cinnamon roll and a drink Strawberry Banana Smoothie. If their other drinks are as tasty as their Strawberry Banana Smoothie, I'll be sure to try their other concoctions.


Happy Dining!
Eddy

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Previous Food Truck Reviews this year
The Kamayan Truck
Hopperoni Express
Strada by Luciano's
Gaga's Grub
Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch
El Pollo Dorado al Carbon
Funky Monkey Munchies
Brick House BBQ
Gaga's Grub Lil Itlee
Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs
LoLo's Crepes
The Diamond Plate
Let'm Eat Brats
Uno Mas
Ms. Tosha's Chicken
Kind Kravings
Monica's Homemade Mexican Food

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A First Look at Tasty House

- Thursday, July 14, 2016 No Comments
A couple years ago one of my favorite restaurants in Yen Ching closed it's doors.

Thursday morning, the owners of Yen Ching opened up their new restaurant, Tasty House, which brought back many old menu favorites.



Tasty House is located at 2431 N. Greenwich in the same building strip as Blue River Mexican Grill. Thursday was their official opening date and boy was it ever busy. There were lines nearly reaching their doors around lunch hour.



Inside the Tasty House were 4 high three tops, 3 four top tables, 6 two seater tables and six seats against a bench facing the east wall. Probably enough comfortable seating for over 40 people. Now the inside isn't what you may be familiar with if you were expecting Yen Ching. Tasty House is more quick-service where you walk up to a counter, order your food, pay there and wait for it to be made and delivered to your table or put in a to go container for you.

On my visit, I received my order probably 10 minutes after I ordered; pretty fast considering how busy they were.

Below is their menu, many items you may be familiar with
(click to expand the pictures)



I was always a huge fan of their Hot and Sour Soup so I just had to order that along with Mongolian Beef.


I'll admit both items were just as delicious as ever. At many Asian restaurants that serve quick and on the go, sometimes quality goes away such was not the case with my lunch. Both the Hot and Sour Soup and the Mongolian Beef were delicious. I can't wait to do a full review on Tasty House with whichever lucky friends, family or co-workers I can seem to round up.

In the meantime, Tasty House will be open daily from 11 am - 9 pm.

If you've gone, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Dining!

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Two New Room Being Added to Escape Rooms in Wichita

- Wednesday, July 13, 2016 No Comments
Have you completed (or in some cases failed) all the Escape Room offerings in town? Good news is on the way!


Puzzle Plex (reviewed here) has a new room coming in August called Project 403!

The premise of the room according to their website is as follows:

The United States military has contracted us to test the effects of high stress on the human mind. They do not want to risk any of their own personnel, so that is where you come in! You will be subjected to various stimuli, while testing, and A.I.D.A. will monitor your progress. Not to worry, she will record every moment so that if anything happens, we can give a detailed visual record to the paramedics. Do your part and submit to testing today!

Be sure to follow Puzzle Plex on Facebook to stay up to date with the official opening date of the new room.

Then over at Wichita Room Escape (reviewed here), their new room has a name and it's called The Barber Shop!

No premise for the room has been made available but yet but if it's anything like the other Wichita Room Escape offerings, it's sure to be fun.


You can stay up to date on their rooms at their website.

Very exciting news for Escape Room fans in Wichita. I know my brothers and friends are eagerly anticipating more rooms to open up as we've already tried every one in town.

Once we get more info, we will be sure to pass it along here or on any of our social media outlets.

Stay Tuned!

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Free Meals at Spangles for Law Enforcement Officers

- Tuesday, July 12, 2016 No Comments
If you are a Law Enforcement Officer or know of anybody that is one, you may want to pass this on.

Spangles is offering a free meal to all Law Enforcement Officers from now until July 17th.

It's their way of saying thank you for the officers who put their lives on the line every day for us.

It's a great sign of solidarity given all the tragic events that have taken place in recent weeks.



Check out their Facebook page for any more info.