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Wichita Restaurant Hits & Misses - 06/06/2024

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Welcome to a new weekly feature, a snapshot review of restaurants I hit recently, be it for a relaxing sit-down dinner, re-visiting an old favorite, or grabbing something on the go.  I'll be posting about who provided a good dining experience, who cranked out some tasty eats, and well, the others, who maybe didn't perform as well as they could.

Doggie Breath Pizza
Deano's cranks out some good pizza!

Deano's Grill & Tapworks:  This is my favorite sports bar in the Metro.  They've got TVs in view no matter where you sit, the drinks are smooth, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is super friendly.  It's a great place to just hang out and catch a game, take a date, or simply meet up with family and friends.  This was a date night occasion, and we enjoyed the Doggie Breath Pizza, which features pepperoni, red onion, and garlic chips...  That way we both had "Doggie" Breath, and no, it wasn't our first date.  Here's the description from the bar's website:  Deano's Doggy Breath Dog sauce (house-made pizza sauce and garlic paste), mozzarella, pepperoni, and red onion. Garnished with garlic chips.  We added mushrooms to the mix.  This pizza is a flavor bomb and I highly recommend it any time other than a first date!   Deano's Grill & Tapworks, 9747 East 21st Street North, Suite 101, Wichita, Kansas 67206.

Sonic's Cheese Groovy Fries
A tasty little snack

Sonic Drive-In:  Deal Alert!  $1 fries during the month of June, no matter the size.  Sonic's crinkle cut fries, they call them "Groovy Fries" make for a great on-the-go snack, especially at that price!  I opted for their Cheese Groovy Fries, fried thin and golden brown and topped with melted cheese.  That kicked the price up a bit, but my order of fries and a Cherry Limeade cost me a total of $6 and really hit the spot!  And yes, even though it's fast food, you should tip your server, ESPECIALLY during rainy, snowy, or uncomfortably hot weather.  Sonic Drive-In, 7702 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67207 

Mcdonald's Egg McMuffin
It's a classic, tasty, convenient

McDonald's:  While getting my truck serviced before a road trip, I hit a McDonald's for a convenient breakfast next door while I waited.  Regular readers know I'm not a huge fan of Mickey D's, but you really can't go wrong with the classic Egg McMuffin.  When was the last time you had one?  It's a tasty flavor combination of Canadian Bacon, egg, and melty cheese served on a toasted English muffin.  Served with a hash brown side, which can be hit or miss (fresh and hot vs. cold & greasy), it's a convenient, inexpensive breakfast, especially when you're killing time getting the oil changed in your vehicle.   McDonald's, 1219 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207.

Taco Bell Sausage Crunchwrap
A tasty, mobile-friendly breakfast eat

Taco Bell: Out and about running errands first thing in the morning on the east side of town recently, I hit Taco Bell for breakfast.  Their sausage Crunchwrap has become my breakfast favorite when on the go.  In my book, the Crunchwrap is perhaps THE most mobile breakfast eat out there, you can munch and drive, without wearing it on the shirt worries!  Taco Bell description:  A crispy hash brown, fluffy eggs, sausage patty, cheddar cheese, and creamy jalapeño sauce wrapped inside a warm flour tortilla and grilled to go.  It's a great bite and at just $3.99, a cheap eat too!  Taco Bell, 1695 S Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67207.

Those were the hits...

And now for a miss...

Spicy Shrimp Tacos on a Cheese Shell
They looked better than they tasted

Tacos TJ 664 East:  I like Tacos TJ, it's been a go-to taco place for me and I've recommended it to friends.  When I was doing KETO, I became a fan of their cheese shell tacos.  But during my last visit and ordering two spicy shrimp tacos on the cheese shell, well, they flat out weren't as good as I've had in the past.  They were missing something on the spice front, they just weren't as flavorful as before, and the tacos were sitting in a pool of oil.  I'll chalk it up to faulty prep on this occasion, but what I got has me leaning toward not ordering the cheese shells again given the unwanted swim in oil.  Tacos TJ 664 East, 1014 N West St, Wichita, KS 67203

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related:  Best Pizza in the Wichita Metro

Related: Eating KETO-Friendly at Tacos tj 664 in East Wichita


Wichita Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board Meeting

Wichita Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Meeting

June 10, 2024 @ 5:30PM

The next Wichita Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board is scheduled for 5:30 pm, Monday, June 10, 2024 at the Wichita Transit, 777 E. Waterman, bldg.200. The meeting will include the following items:

  • Bicycle Plan Steering Committee
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Changes Related to K-96 Expansion
  • Project Tracking Update

Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. This board meeting is an opportunity to provide input; and learn about bicycling and walking-related projects, programs, and policies.  

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Wichita City Hall Highlights, 06/03/2024

 
What's Inside?
 
  • Cyber Security Incident Update
  • Evening City Council Meeting June 4th
  • City Council Recap - highlights from the most recent City Council meeting
  • Feedback - are you enjoying the newsletter? Let us know!
 
Cyber Security Incident Update
City of Wichita is still working to restore full functionality after a cyber security incident that occurred on May 5th.
 
Systems will only come back into service once they have been thoroughly vetted and tested.
 
What's Important:
  • Some external vendor systems have already come back online sooner than others.
  • We expect other City systems to go back into service on a rolling basis.
  • IT is continuing to work diligently to get customer water billing back in service as quickly as possible, but as of right now it is still offline. 
  • Online registration for Park & Recreation summer activities has been restored. Residents can sign up for all athletic leagues, aquatic programs, summer camps, classes, and rent swimming pools online.
  • Golf Wichita online functionality has been restored, including the ability to accept credit cards online and at all golf courses.
 
 
Evening City Council Meeting June 4th
City Council meeting with Council Member JV Johnston
City of Wichita will host the second of four evening City Council meetings on Tuesday, June 4th at 6pm.
 
What's Important:
  • The evening meeting time provides an opportunity for more accessibility and engagement
  • Agenda items include:
  • Neighborhood cleanup program
 
  • Amendment to the Chicken N Pickle CID
 
  • Several Planning Cases
 
 
City Council Recap
 
The following items were presented at the City Council meeting on May 21:
 
  • Board of Bids and Contracts – Approved 6/0
  • Public Hearing and Tax Exemption Request (Diversified Services, Inc.) – Approved 6/0
  • Ordinance Amending Section 15.01.590 - Pertaining to Fireworks – Approved 6/0
  • Supplemental Design Agreement No. 2 for Bleckley Drive Drainage Improvements – Approved 6/0
 
The agenda report may be found here and the video may be found here.

New Job Opportunities with Sedgwick County, 06/03/2024

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Patient Billing Representative - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Adult Integrated Care Specialist Team Supervisor - COMCARE - WICHITA, KS, US
Employee Relations Specialist - HUMAN RESOURCES - Wichita, KS, US
Crisis Response Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Crisis Response Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Healthy Babies Nurse - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Part-Time WIC Registered Nurse, Nutritionist, or Registered Dietitian - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Children's ICS Team Supervisor - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Volunteer Management Coordinator - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Maternal and Child Health Coordination Manager - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US


DUNKIN’S COUNTDOWN TO NATIONAL DONUT DAY HAS BEGUN: EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SWEET SURPRISES AHEAD!

As we eagerly await National Donut Day on Friday, June 7, Dunkin’ is kicking off the week-long celebration with some news and even sweeter surprises lined up for next week. Mark your calendar because this is just the beginning of the donut-filled excitement!

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FREE Donuts Are Back!
National Donut Day is synonymous with free donuts at Dunkin’, and this year is no different. On June 7, head to any Dunkin’ location nationwide to enjoy a free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage while supplies last. It’s the perfect excuse to try a delicious drink from the new summer menu, like the Blueberry Donut Iced Coffee or the Vanilla Frosted Donut Iced Coffee Signature Latte.

Introducing Dunkin’ Scrub Daddy and Scrub Mommy
Everyone knows donuts bring a little more joy to life. So why not add a sprinkle of fun to everyday chores? Dunkin’ has teamed up with Scrub Daddy to create the first-ever Dunkin’ Scrub Daddy and Scrub Mommy sponges. These limited-edition donut-shaped sponges combine Dunkin’s playful spirit with Scrub Daddy’s practical effectiveness, making household chores a bit more cheerful.

Starting Monday, June 3, you can purchase these donut-shaped sponges online at ScrubDaddy.com, just in time to keep National Donut Day celebrations mess-free.

This collaboration started with a witty conversation on social media between the brands, which evolved into a partnership with America’s favorite sponge, Scrub Daddy. With their fun and innovative approach on social media, Scrub Daddy seamlessly complements Dunkin’s playful spirit. Together, they bring a smile to your face during everyday routines!

Dunkin' Scrub Daddy Hero Shot _3


Stay Tuned, Donut Lovers!
While we’re already buzzing with excitement, Dunkin’ isn’t done celebrating National Donut Day just yet. Stay tuned for more announcements on Thursday, June 6 that will take your donut obsession to the next level. Trust us, you won’t want to miss what’s coming!

Dunkin' National Donut Day 2024

 


Subdivision and Utility Advisory Committee Meeting: Thursday, June 6

Subdivision and Utility Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Please review the agenda packet and the plats for next Thursday’s meeting details. The agendas are available on the website through the agenda center.

For more information, visit the Subdivision webpage. The meeting recording will also be available for viewing on Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning's YouTube channel. If you wish to comment on a case, please view hearing procedures

Public participation of the meeting is possible in-person on the 2nd floor of the Ronald Reagan Building in Conference Room #203. (271 W 3rd St N, Wichita, KS 67202).

 

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WICHITA AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

Regional Transit Implementation Plan

Public Meetings: June 5, 2024

 

Regional Transit Study

WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

 

The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) is studying the need for more service and what opportunities are appropriate to:

·    Better connect suburban and outlying communities with Wichita, particularly for work trips.

·    Provide more service within and between communities outside Wichita.

·    Provide service to growing employment areas outside Wichita.

 

Come look at the information prepared and share your ideas on how to foster a connected, thriving community.

 

For more information visit www.wampo.org/regional-transit

June 5, 2024, Public Meetings

CHOOSE ANY MEETING

 

Meeting 1

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Pathway Church

18800 W Kellogg Drive

Goddard, KS 67052

 

Meeting 2

2:00 - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL

https://tinyurl.com/WAMPO

 

Meeting 3

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Bel Aire City Hall

7651 E Central Park Ave

Bel Aire, KS 67226

 

Connect with WAMPO!

 

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Wichita Park & Recreation Reminder: Online Registration is Back Up and Running!

Wichita Park & Recreation is thrilled to announce that our online registration is back up and running! Additionally, we are excited to share that we now accept credit cards for in-person payments. No more cash or check only—credit cards are welcome!

To register for any Wichita Park & Rec program, rent a swimming pool, or purchase ride tickets at Watson Park, click below. 

Join us for a fun-filled and active season ahead!

Register Now
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Wichita Park & Recreation | 455 N Main St 11th Floor | Wichita, KS 67202 US


Repurposing: Turning a used rice container and a couple of kitchen utensils into a bird feeder

Arborio Rice container turned bird feeder
Repurposing a container

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Why spend a bunch of money on a bird feeder online or in-store when you can make one from stuff you were going to throw in the trash or recycle bin at home?

That's what I did today, it took me all of 10 minutes.

I've been toying with the idea of hanging some birdfeeders and placing a bird bath in my yard, and I've done some shopping online, but I haven't bought anything yet.   I don't think I'm going to, it's more enjoyable and productive to make my own.

I took an Arborio Rice container, a couple of old kitchen spoons that are past their prime, and a bamboo skewer and made a bird feeder.

Bird Feeder
Dinner is served! Sunflower kernels!

I could have used a water bottle, but I like the rice container because it has a big lid, I won't have to use a funnel to refill the container with birdseed.  In creating the feeder, I simply drilled a quarter-sized hole near the bottom of the container, pushed a utensil through (wooden or plastic spoons work fine) handle first to the other side, then drilled a second hole big enough to accommodate the spoon handle.  I repeated the process further up the container, this one was a more custom hole drill, as the spoon had a slant to the handle, so it wasn't a straight shot.  To give the birds a place to perch while they wait to 'dig in', I drilled a few small holes for a bamboo skewer.  It will be fine for the smaller birds like finches and chickadees, and the bamboo will hold up to the weather.  I also used a stainless steel screw and washer to secure the container to the post, safe for birds.  Finally, the way I secured the container to the post will allow me to swivel it upside down, and easily clean it by hosing it out, letting it air dry, and then refilling it.

This was a fun little project that didn't cost me a thing (well, birdseed, but that's it) and will provide some bird-watching entertainment!  Next up, repurposing a plant container saucer into a bird bath!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


New job opportunities with Sedgwick County, 05/26/2024

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Management Intern - COUNTY MANAGER - Wichita, KS, US
Criminal Justice System Analyst - COUNTY MANAGER - Wichita, KS, US
Crisis Stabilization / Observation Unit Integrated Care Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Mobile Crisis ICS III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Crisis Integrated Care Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Part-Time DOC Communications Specialist - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Van Driver - AGING & DISABILITIES - Wichita, KS, US
SCOAP/Transition Team Integrated Care Specialist III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Adult Field Based Integrated Care Specialist II - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
School Based Integrated Care Specialist II - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US


Product Review: COMFEE' Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

COMFEE' Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
Better than a stovetop teapot, and faster than a microwave...

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Better than a teapot, faster (and safer) than the microwave, and far superior to bringing a pot of water to a boil, if you don't already have an electric kettle, you're going to want one after reading this...

I enjoy 2-3 cups of green tea in the afternoon.  Up to now, I've been content with boiling water in the microwave, using a 2-cup measuring cup, nuking it for three minutes then pouring the boiled water into my teacup and letting the bagged green tea do its thing.  

Enter, the COMFEE' Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

The electric kettle boils water for my tea in half the time it takes in the microwave.

I've thought about buying a teapot for the stovetop, but I bought an electric kettle instead.  In addition to the faster boiling time, another benefit to the electric kettle is saving burner space on the stovetop. I do a lot of scratch cooking, so open burner space in my house comes at a premium for all the sauteing, frying, boiling, and simmering that goes on.  

With that cooking in mind, which could mean boiling up a pot of water for pasta, potatoes, eggs, other veggies, etc., well that bring-water-up-to-boiling time has been cut by more than half with the new kettle.  The kettle can boil up to 1.7 liters of water (that's a bit over 7 cups for those of you who live in Valley Center) in 5-7 minutes.  TIP:  Warm up your pasta/potato/egg/soup/veggie, whatever pot over medium-high heat, no water, then dump in the electric kettle water.  You'll cut at least 10 minutes off your prep time.  No more waiting for the big pot to come to a boil.  The electric kettle is also beneficial for adding hot liquid to loosen up or create any number of dishes, sauces, gravies, etc.

The stainless steel pot is good-looking and has an automatic shut-off once the water starts boiling, as well as boil-dry protection.  Can't get that with an old-school stovetop teapot! The cool-touch (no hot pad required!) handle features a simple release button for the pop-up lid to protect you from accidental burns.

Costing me $21.74 on Amazon, I'm giving the COMFEE' Stainless Steel Electric Kettle 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  Not only is it better than a teapot, faster than a microwave, and superior to boiling up a pot of water, it's mobile too!  The 360° swivel base with UL standard power cord can deliver you hot water anywhere there's an outlet.   Bonus, it was cheaper than most stovetop teapots.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike