Flat of strawberries from the Wohletz Farm

While the winters here in the middle of the US are harsh, once the snow melts we are able to take advantage of the most amazing fruits, veggies, artisan cheeses, and farm-fresh eggs. We have frequented The Berry Patch for many years, but we’ve never pursued “u-pick” strawberries because we grow strawberries in our backyard […]

When we take a road trip, we put as much effort into researching the coffee shops, diners, and restaurants we plan to visit for our meals as we do our route, hotels, and sights. With an 83-year-old history broken into two chapters, the Old Mill Tasty Shop is Wichita’s oldest downtown restaurant. This was our […]

Gibbons are lightweight apes that can weigh between 10 and 30 pounds.  Like all apes, gibbons don’t have tails.  Unlike all apes, gibbons mate for life.  The lighter colored arm just to the left of this shot, belongs to this cutie’s mate, and every time I’ve visited the Sunset Zoo, the two of them have been […]

The last place I lived when I was a college student at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas (back in a year that started with a 1) was near the Sunset Zoo. My long, mind-clearing walks would often take me through the zoo which was not much more than some native birds and a bobcat or two. […]

When The Chef opened in 1943 in downtown Manhattan, Kansas, Manhattanites had to order and eat fast in the small cafe, because a long line of people were ready to take their place.  Today, there is still usually a line for a table in the cozy restaurant featured as Food Network’s ultimate breakfast joint for the state of […]

Tiramisu at Bella's in Manhattan, Kansas

No trip to Manhattan, Kansas is complete without feeding the college kids as much non-dorm food as they can handle.  This was the icing on the cake at the end of the meal.