a love of pizza: kansas city’s artego pizza

As a girl who loves the simple things in life, pizza is a food group staple. I am not a pizza snob by any means, but I do appreciate when it’s expertly made. When I was visiting a friend in Missouri, we took a detour to eat at Artego Pizza in Kansas City – and, let me tell you, it was worth the stop.

We went on a Sunday, which meant bottomless mimosas and a Royals game playing in the background. Now, I’m not a huge fan of baseball, but I am a huge fan of mimosas, so they got points there. The interior was decorated with paintings of various musicians (all by the same artist) and it sort of reminded me of a diner back in Hawaii I used to frequent.

make your own pizza: medium half sausage, half cheese
In a true pizza-lover fashion, we each ordered a pizza. I’m only about 5 feet, so I can’t put away that much pizza, so I ordered a small (10 inch) pizza with alfredo sauce and smoked chicken and bacon as toppings. In addition, I swapped the traditional cheese, I got shredded mozzarella and it was worth it.  I got the original crust, which was fluffy and herb-filled, so it was ahhh-mazing. My friend went super basic, with half sausage and cheese. Nevertheless, it looked amazing. They have quite a few combinations you could make with their various toppings, cheeses, crusts…and they have their own combos for you to try.

One thing I should mention is that the place is loud. My friend had to sit next to each other and it was still hard to hear each other. It could be because there were a lot of drunk people and the high ceilings made the sounds bounce around. However, the pizza was delicious and it’s worth putting up with the noise. It wasn’t unbearable, just a word of warning. It’s not an intimate place – it’s a pizza joint.

If you’re in Kansas City and love pizza, I would suggest checking this place out.

’til next time, xo!

brunching in seattle: south lake union’s portage bay

portage bay's rancher's breakfast

Anyone who knows me knows my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I will eat breakfast all. day. Like Ron Swanson, I thoroughly enjoy all things bacon and eggs. Sometimes, when I look at a menu, I choose what I am going to eat based on if it has bacon or eggs (better if it has both!). I guess I’m a bit simple when it comes to food.

So when someone told me to check out portage bay, just a few minutes from my house, I knew I had to. Whenever I walked by on the weekend, there was always a line. I took my family who was visiting me for brunch and let me tell you – worth. the. hype.

portage bay's crab cakes benedict with roasted potatoes

I’m all about the comfort breakfast food, so their take on it was quintessentially Seattle – organic, locally grown, gluten free, you name it, they’ve got it. I ordered the rancher’s breakfast, which was three eggs (over easy, my fave) and your choice of meat (bacon, of course) and pancakes or french toast. I went for the pancakes, because I’m always worried about the massive amounts of powered sugar ending up on my clothes. Plus, they have a breakfast bar where you could load your pancakes (or french toast) up with a variety of fruits, syrup, and whipped cream. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal – though I couldn’t eat the pancakes because it was the size of my face.

My sister ended up with the crab cakes benedict, which is (you guessed it) eggs benedict with crab cakes instead of ham. It looked delicious – and she ate it up, so I’m assuming it also tasted delicious. Among the other things ordered: corned beef hash (another family favorite) and kid’s pancakes that looked a little like mickey mouse.

There’s a little bit of everything on their menu, which makes it a great place to take your friends. Be warned – it does get really crowded, so be sure to make a reservation beforehand. I know that doesn’t make for spontaneous Sunday brunching, but trust me, unless you want to be waiting for a while, you’ll be thankful for that reservation.

Despite the business, the service was amazing. I love going to a place that doesn’t skimp on the service while they’re busy.

Overall, I definitely recommend checking out portage bay. They have three locations in Seattle, so head down to one to see what it’s all about!

’til next time, xo!