Exhibition | Beneath the Prairie Sky: Photography by Jim Richardson at KSU’s Beach Museum of Art

“I’ve designed this show as an invitation to viewers to enter into an alternative way of seeing the Great Plains.” -Jim Richardson
This stunning collection of photographs includes both images of nature and man-made objects. It will be on display in the Beach Museum’s Wefald Gallery from March 8 through June 26, 2016.

Exhibition | Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura at KSU’s Beach Museum of Art

 “I offer this exhibition as a metaphor for the impending threat posed by current times, and as a warning and reminder that during international crises our government seems to consistently lose its memory regarding past mistakes.” 

-Roger Shimomura
Shimomura began the series “Minidoka on My Mind” in 2008. The paintings and prints are based on his experience and his grandmother’s journal about their time in an internment camp during World War II. Shimomura offers a uniquely Midwestern point of view on being Asian American and racial discrimination at the time. Most of the images in this collection include the barbed wire present in the camps and imitate more traditional Japanese artistic styles.
The exhibit is on display in the Beach Museum’s Hyle Family Gallery from April 5 through July 17, 2016.         

Exhibition | Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake at KSU’s Beach Museum of Art

Miyatake worked in Los Angeles in the 1920’s and 30’s after immigrating from Japan. With the advent of World War II, he was placed in an internment camp and continued to take photographs. He was inspired by Edward Weston and offers unique perspective in his photographs. 

From April 5 through July 31, 2016 Miyatake’s photography exhibit will be on display at the Beach Museum

                

Pictorials | Manhattan, Kansas, USA – market month photo 14

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Giant Asparagus, Cico Park. 2016. Manhattan, Kansas, USA.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries to Open in March – Manhattan, KS

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*As of April 9, Five Guys is OPEN. 

In August of 2015 Manhattan’s local paper, The Mercury, published an article about the new building next to Chick-fil-A by Sarber Lane at 518 Tuttle Creek Boulevard that will be housing Five Guys Burgers and Fries. In addition to burgers and fries, the menu includes hot dogs, grilled cheese and veggie sandwiches. The restaurant is proud to be freezer-free, using only fresh ground beef. They offer thousands of burger customizations and use only peanut oil. The Mercury article stated building construction was set to be finished last month, in December, with the Manhattan restaurant opening early this year. According to construction workers on-site, Five Guys is slated to open March 7, 2016.

With over a thousand locations nationwide, the chain has been successful since the first Five Guys opened in Arlington, VA in 1986. It’s popularity in Washington DC has continued and spread across the nation. In 2014 Five Guys opened a franchise in Topeka and they also have restaurants in Lawrence and Kansas City.

Food Review | Tallgrass Taphouse – Manhattan, KS

Most locals seem to know that Tallgrass Brewing Co. has opened a new Taphouse on Poyntz Avenue in downtown Manhattan, KS. The Tallgrass brewery, which previously sat just of Highway 24 outside of Manhattan, is now operating in their new location near the airport.  They’ve been quite successful since opening in 2006 and are so far seeing a similar success with the new Taphouse.

The Taphouse opened in early June, about a month ago. A small group and I enjoyed a dinner there for the 4th of July. After a short wait for a table, we were seated in a large, comfortable booth in the main dining area where the full menu is served. Rooftop tables are first come, first served and feature a limited menu of appetizers and pizza. There are three bars (main, rooftop, neighborhood back bar) and rentable party spaces.

For an appetizer we tried the Fire Roasted Edamame. Though the portion was pretty small, they were cooked correctly. It was not completely clear how the ponzu sauce was supposed to be eaten with the edamame, since they come in a shell and pop out like peanuts right into your mouth. The House Salad was a good size and everything seemed fresh. The ingredients were listed out on the menu, with the exception of bacon – a surprise that vegetarians should be made aware of. I enjoyed three vegetable sides: Grilled Asparagus, Sautéed Green Beans and Sautéed Kale. The asparagus was very tasty and cooked perfectly – I wish there had been more of it. The green beans were fresh and crunchy, but not seasoned as well as the asparagus or kale. Some may prefer them to be cooked longer. The kale was excellent, well seasoned and very tasty. I would order each of these sides again.

The first entrée we tried was the Roasted Vegetable Quinoa. As mentioned above, the asparagus were tasty. There were portobello mushrooms atop the quinoa, but the amount of vegetables mixed into the quinoa was disappointing. The portion was generous enough to be filling, but more mixed in vegetables and more seasoning would perk up this dish. Our second dish, Classic Fish and Chips, was a winner. This cod was excellent. The batter breading was not overly greasy, but was a bit thick. There were lots of fries that were well seasoned, only one of us thought they were heavy on the salt. I stole many of these fries and enjoyed them. The Grilled KC Strip (10 oz) was our third plate. The steak was cooked as ordered and full of flavor. The green beans were plentiful, as were the potatoes. Though the green beans were cooked enough, the potatoes were not. The potatoes also lacked adequate seasoning. Overall, each diner was content with his meal. Our server was very attentive and friendly. We also sampled a few of the beers, but this review is about the food!

The Tallgrass Taphouse is located at 320 Poyntz Avenue in downtown Manhattan, KS. They are open daily for lunch and dinner with a weekday happy hour from 3-6pm. Their tap beer selection is impressive and can be viewed on their webpage. Read more about the science behind Tallgrass Brewing in this previous post.

Qdoba Mexican Grill on 3rd Joins Downtown Manhattan Restaurants

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Qdoba on 3rd Grand opening – photo from Qdoba Twitter

October 27th, 2014 was the grand opening of Qdoba Mexican Grill on 3rd Street near historic downtown Manhattan, KS. Located at 320 N. 3rd in the space that used to house Anytime Fitness, Qdoba’s grand opening benefitted the Flint Hills Breadbasket, raising over $4800 in proceeds. Qdoba on 3rd is open daily from 11am – 10pm.

Other Mexican (loosely used) eateries in the area include:  Carlos O’Kelly’s at Manhattan Town Center, Chipotle on Manhattan Ave in Aggieville, CoCo Bolos at Manhattan Ave and Bluemont in Aggieville, La Fiesta Mexican at Kimball and HWY 24, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at 12th and Laramie in Aggieville, La Hacienda Taqueria off Anderson and Seth Child, Hillside Cafe on Stagg Hill Rd near Galaxy Dr, Taco Bell off HWY 24 and McCall Rd, Taco Casa at 17th and Fort Riley, Taco Johns at 3rd and Leavenworth, Taco Lucha at 12th and Moro in Aggieville, El Tapatio on Stagg Hill Rd near Seth Child, Los Texanos (previously El Mariachi) off HWY 24 near Sarber Ln, and a (seasonal) food truck off HWY 24 south of Kimball. Make sure you keep on top of your ethnic eats and let me know if I missed any!