Kansas City City Market, Beignet, and Moody Football Fans
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Kansas City City Market, Beignet, and Moody Football Fans

307 Main Street

We invested a day at the Kansas City City Market.  Today, in fact.  A Sunday and the Chiefs are playing – but we have a DVR and are recording the game.  We are at the market to meet family and are hoping that we do not inadvertently hear the score of the game.  We did not.

We arrived early and browsed the market.  Some vendors are there year round and import fresh produce from all over the world – while on Saturday and Sunday local farmers bring their fresh produce to market.  We made several purchases and stored our treasures in our car – then on to brunch at Brown and Lo.  Not great food but we enjoyed ourselves nevertheless.

Our family (with their 6 month old son) departed and we again browsed around.  We stopped for beignet** at Beignet’s restaurant, 301 Main Street.  The owner and operator is a cousin of Peg’s.  Bryan Merker came and sat with us while we tasted a variety of beignets.  Peg had raspberry and I had chocolate with banana creme.  This was my first experience with this Cafe De Monde delicacy.

I had only met Bryan once before.  That was a a large family gathering and we only exchanged pleasantries.  Today was different.  Bryan is a compassionate human of deep reflection and poise.  He sat with us for over an hour and we talked family, marriage, parenting, Kansas City Market, Beignet, and of course – Kansas City Chiefs football.

Bryan insisted that the Chiefs affect the mood of the city – a loss and business drops by 25% for several days.  A win and business goes up by 25%.  I believe him.  Kansas City Chiefs fans are passionate about their team and their city.

We enjoyed the casual drive home and put on the game.  I slept through the second quarter and did not miss much.  The offense on both teams came to life in the second half and Bryan might have to pick up some extra staff for the next couple of days while the City digests the win over the Philadelphia Eagles.


** Beignets

Beignets were also brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. These were fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit. Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are served in orders of three.

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