Birthday wanderings in Lawrence, KS
Thank you for your sweet comments on my last post! You guys make all the work worth it. 🙂
I grew up, and still live, in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area…
Downtown KC, photographed from Liberty Memorial
…but I went to college in little Lawrence, Kansas, about 45 minutes away in driving time but a world away in atmosphere. I don’t get back to Lawrence very often, I’m sad to say, but I do have a ritual of returning there every year on the Friday of the week of my birthday (which is in July, so yes, this post is VERY belated! I’m working on my blogging backlog, clearly). As always, Matt and I had a fun-filled day there.
“Downtown” Lawrence, photographed on Mass St.
On our way into town, we stopped at Tryyaki, a – get this – drive-thru sushi joint I used to frequent when I lived in Lawrence. Believe it or not, their sushi is some of my favorite in the world! (I don’t know why; maybe it’s because they serve it cold, which I know is “wrong,” but I prefer it.) Matt and I shared a veggie roll as a quick snack.
We also drove by The Merc (a.k.a. the Community Mercantile), Lawrence’s health food store, but didn’t go in.
After that, we parked and walked up and down Mass St. (Massachusetts Street), the hub of downtown Lawrence. We stopped at a couple of my favorite stores, a pair of European food and gift markets. Brits is, of course, all-British…
…and Au Marché next door is French-themed.
We spent a few minutes in Au Marché drooling over the case of Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates.
Chris Elbow is a big deal in KC, for many delicious reasons.
I don’t know how, but we abstained from purchasing a single chocolate!
We were saving ourselves for Cupcake Construction Company.
The options weren’t as numerous as I’d expected, but I enjoyed this vanilla cupcake with marshmallow and peanut butter frosting, toffee crumbs, and graham cracker.
To be continued! Tomorrow, come back and see what we ate for dinner. Lawrence just so happens to be vegetarian mini-paradise…