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[24 Feb 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[meet] The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask

Name, age, occupation: Nathan Avery, 30, delivery driver
What’s on your DVR or iPod? DVR – Kitchen Nightmares, Hoarders, The Soup, misc trash entertainment.  iPod – Sonata Arctica, Fates Warning, All That Remains, Unearth
If you had to karaoke, what song would you choose? In The Year 2525 – Zager and Evans
What’s in your pocket? Cell phone.  Lint.
Last movie you saw in the theater: Ninja Assassin
What is your best kept secret about Wichita? Eggroll King
What’s your vice and where do you go to get it? Poblano’s burritos, obviously obtained at Poblano Mexican …

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[23 Feb 2010 | by Shea Sylvia]
[shop] Where to Buy Shoes in Wichita

Confession: I have big feet. There, I said it. Being the owner of boat-sized feet means that while most women can show up at Dillards and pick out an adorable pair of dainty, pointy-toed stilettos, I am stuck looking at sensible pumps that are way more Bea Arthur than Rue McClanahan. Plus any shoe that looks cute in a size 6 often looks like it was made for a clown in a size 11.
Having feet that rival Paul Bunyan’s turns what should be a fun, girly shopping trip into a …

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[23 Feb 2010 | by Veronica Hill]
[think] Exploring Different Religions in Wichita

“You’re in college, that’s what’s supposed to happen.”
This is what my friend tells me when I vent to her about how confused I am something or how I’m not sure what I believe. While she’s right and I should probably stop trying to have it all figured out at age 20, I’m definitely in the middle of those “turbulent years of finding myself.” I attribute a huge part of my personal growth to my spiritual curiosity, whether it’s making sure my Chakras are aligned or simply wanting to learn …

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[22 Feb 2010 | by Ashley Perkins]
[eat] Best Hummus Options in Wichita

Hummus is one of those first time food experiences I’ll always remember. I was 20 years old, and my mom and I were at Piccadilly Grill West for the first time. The hummus came out on a pretty blue plate, surrounded by pita bread and various veggies. I took my first bite, and that was it. I was hooked.
As Steph Barnard has shown us, Wichita has a pretty big Mediterranean food scene, so it’s not hard to find hummus all over town. But, where can you find the best? I …

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[22 Feb 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery]
[nest] Planting Bulbs in the Springtime (Really!)

It seems like everywhere you go, there are bulbs for sale. Fiery red tulips and snow-white crocuses, sunshine-yellow daffodils and indigo hyacinths: they all scream “Spring is almost here!” to me.
However, if you’re living in an apartment, or you’ve moved in the past year, perhaps you didn’t get those bulbs bought and in the ground last October when you should have. Does this mean you will have to wait another year to enjoy their cheerful colors in your home? No, no, no! If you buy the bulbs you want now, …

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[19 Feb 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[primp] Local Beauty Options

Guest post by Kelsey Metzinger
Hello everyone, my name is Kelsey and I am an addict…
…and by addict, I mean beauty product addict. Nothing else makes me feel as good as buying a new lipstick. I make pilgrimages to far away cities to shop the cosmetic counters of Nordstrom and Saks. I spend copious amounts of time online in search of whatever is deemed the “it” product by the beauty editors. And like millions of other women (and a few men) I pray to the church of Sephora. Beauty products …

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[19 Feb 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[adopt] a New Friend from the Kansas Humane Society

Every week, we feature a few adorable, adoptable pets from the Kansas Humane Society and dare you to resist their cute lil’ faces. Want to bring one of these loveable cats or dogs home with you? Visit KHS from 11 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm Sunday. Have a happy adoption story to tell? Email us at editors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Boggie, a 4-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, is a very sweet dog who has had a long stay at …

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[18 Feb 2010 | by Ashley Perkins]
[drink] Now Where Do I Go? Alternatives to Victory Sports Bar & Grill

That store where they always have your size in your new favorite pair of shoes. The restaurant where they cook your steak just right. The bar where they always know your name. These are the things we love about our favorite local businesses. But what do you do when these places close? This feature is designed to spotlight some of those options.
Victory Sports Bar and Grill (formerly located at 2319 N. Ridge Rd.)
For several years, Victory was my Cheers. I would sit down and almost immediately a nice, cold Miller …

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[17 Feb 2010 | by Liz Sothman]
[eat] Lunch with Liz: KC Style

Whether it’s for business or a short vacation, Kansas City makes for a great destination. Why not eat some good food along the way? This week, Lunch with Liz covers the food adventures I experienced during a recent weekend trip.
I stayed just off the Plaza at a great hotel in Westport, The Q Hotel and Spa. For those of you going on business, I hear they usually have a good business rate during the week. What really directed me to this hotel was the breakfast. They offer custom omelets and …

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[17 Feb 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[meet] The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask

Name, age, occupation: Chris Freshour, 43, Director of Sales at KPTS
What’s on your DVD or iPod? The Office, Pawn Stars
If you had to karaoke, what song would you choose? “White Rabbit”
What’s in your pocket? Blackberry, wallet, keys
Last movie you saw in the theater: Tooth Fairy
What is your best kept secret about Wichita? Frida’s Mexican Grill. Their tacos and carne ensalada are the best in town.
What’s your vice and where do you go to get it? Wine at Auburn Hills Wine & Spirits
What’s the last book you read? Wrapping up Fearless …

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[16 Feb 2010 | by Dani Stone]
[watch] Wichita Children’s Theatre

Lately Wichita has been in the grip of some pretty cold and snowy weather. Parents, I know you’re working overtime to battle cabin fever and entertain the wee ones. If you’re like me, you’ve played more games of UNO Attack than you can count and spent a fortune at Blockbuster renting animated movies, hoping for just one more hour of peace and quiet. Take heart, weary moms and dads: another affordable entertainment option begins next week with the Wichita Children’s Theatre “Once Upon A Time” series or, as my 5-year-old …

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[16 Feb 2010 | by Bailey Ketterman]
[read] Five Teen Lit Classics for Everyone

I know that “adolescent literature” sounds like an oxymoron to many, and conjures up images of vampires and werewolves to most. However, I have the luxury of reading many such gems as part of my job description, and I have to tell you – there is significantly more to this genre than meets the eye.
Tales of teen angst are nearly universal; we’ve all felt broken, abused, or put upon at some time, and stories that cater to adolescents are rife with this type of familiar pain. But the …

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[15 Feb 2010 | by Matt Tharp]
[wear] What’s Cool Now: Leather

The best way to offset your technogeek smartphone and gadget accessories with a dash of style is with leather. No, not provocative chaps or the lame, ubiquitous guy-in-ablack-leather-jacket-at-Applebees kind of leather, but rather a worn saddle, English countryside, inherited it from your father type of hide. I’m talking about heavy messenger bags that look more professorial than bicyclist, raw leather belts that actually look handmade rather than Kenneth Cole-made, deep brown or carmel colored boots and shoes that seem to enjoy being leather, rather than try to hide …

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[15 Feb 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery]
[listen] Organ Concerts at WSU

Last Tuesday, my husband and I had a “date night.” We stopped after work at Byblos for some falafel and hummus, and then snuck off to a concert. But this wasn’t your usual concert. We didn’t pay $50 or more for each ticket, and parking was a piece of cake. We could sit anywhere and still claim to have the best seats in the house. At the end of the night, we went home excited and awestruck instead of deaf, hoarse, and irritable from the crowds.
How? We went to the …

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[12 Feb 2010 | by Liz Sothman]
[eat] Lunch with Liz: The Beacon

I’m now on out my third stop in an attempt to eat my way through Tanya Tandoc’s favorite Wichita restaurants. This week: breakfast.
I’m a huge breakfast fan, but not a fan of eating it during the typical breakfast hours. So when a restaurant has a sign in their window that reads “breakfast anytime,” I know that’s my kind of place. The Beacon is just that place. It seems like Sundays are usually the day when my boyfriend and I decide we want a brunch-like meal. On our list of possibilities was …