Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ringing in the New Year

New Year's Eve is usually pretty low-key for me.  (ie: last year) There have been plenty of years where I don't even last until midnight.  But that was not the case this year!

We decided to ring in twenty-thirteen in style -- at the 9th Annual Black Party in the Firestone building just south of downtown KC.  We even went all out and bought VIP tickets for the night (access to another floor and food)!

They had the old building decorated, three dj's playing on three different floors, and food from Tasso's up on the "VIP" level.  Of course it was unlimited alcohol, which did not turn out well for many people there, haha.  We got there around 9:30, and there were already people black-out drunk.  Ridiculous.

We hung out, had some food, had a few drinks (well, I had my one drink for the night), and danced the night away.  At midnight, confetti fell (LOVE) and we had a champagne toast. 

It was a cool night, and I'm glad we tried something new.  However, I'm not sure if this year's kiss was better or worse than last years?? ;)

2011 Kiss                                           2012 Kiss

If 2013 is anywhere close to as good as 2012 was, then I'll be okay with another year coming...

__________________2012 Re-cap__________________

Last year, we kind of turned in to "foodies" and decided to try as many new restaurants (with Groupons, of course) as we could.  We got 55 in 52 weeks.  Here's the list:

(We actually started this in September of 2011, but I'll just do 2012 only here)

January:  Westside Local, Grunauer, Tavern

February:  Blue Koi, Bella Napoli, Westport Cafe

March:  WestChase Grille, Po's Dumplings, Lulu's, The Mixx

April:  Thai Place, Saigon 39, Blue Moose, Tasso's Greek, Korma Sutra, Murray's Ice Cream

May:  Sweet Siam Thai, Michael Smiths, Nica's 320, El Salvadorean, The Boot, Sama Zama

June:  Affare (German), Tannin Wine Bar, Stix, Houlihans

July:  Beer Kitchen, Little Egypt, Caspian Bistro, Webster House, Sung Son Vietnamese

August:  Gram & Dun, 801 Chophouse, Pizzabella

September:  Thomas Restaurant, Hikari Japanese Steakhouse, Aunt Jean's (gelato), Remedy

October:  Fogones, Peanches, Garment House (drinks), 75th Street Brewery, Piropos Grille

November:  Marrakech Cafe, Margaritas, Free State Brewery, Port Fonda

December:  Story, Drunken Fish, Happy Gillis, Aixois, Kill Devil (drinks), Fogo de Chao, Justus Drugstore, Avenues Bistro

Pretty solid list, if you ask me!  Date nights were something I looked forward to every week...

This year, instead of going out to eat all the time, we're going to try and cook as many new meals as we can.  We'll shoot for one a week, like we did with the restaurants. 

I'll report back next year.  I have my doubts about this one, haha. ;)

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