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[28 Jun 2010 | by Claire Suellentrop]
[do] Haunted Wichita

Having spent my K-12 years in Wichita, I am ashamed to say that I never went ghost hunting. Kansas is bursting with creepy legends and haunted sites: there’s the alleged gateway to hell in Stull, the ghosts of General Custer and his wife in the barracks of Fort Riley, and the plethora of spooks and spirits in Atchison. Closer to home is the Hutchinson Public Library, where the ghost of former librarian Ida Day Holzapfel is said to reside, and the mysterious little girl at Robinson Middle School who bangs on the lockers after dark. Despite these opportunities for adventure, however, I was always too wimpy to get acquainted with the spectral citizens of the ICT. So, to make up for my lost years (and to benefit future seekers of the supernatural), I took an abbreviated journey around the area’s most famous haunts

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[25 Jun 2010 | by Liz Sothman]
[eat] 10 More Fantastic Wichita Lunch Spots

My first article for verb [ICT] many moons ago was 10 Fantastic Wichita Lunch Spots, highlighting great Wichita dining. Since I had to limit the list to 10, there were several amazing places not mentioned in that article. Readers chimed in with numerous suggestions of other local favorites. Since that post was published in November, some of the great spots have closed and some new spots have sprung up. So, I decided to continue the great 10 list highlighting many reader favorites and some flashy new lunch options.
1. Cinnamon’s Deli (3 locations) – …

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[25 Jun 2010 | by Ashley Perkins]
[think] The Restaurant Experience

There’s something so nice about a great dining out experience. When the drinks are flowing, the food is hot and delicious and the atmosphere is special, everyone leaves the restaurant feeling good and anxious to return for a second visit.
But, as you and I know, it doesn’t always go like that. Sometimes your water glass stays unexplicably empty for half the meal. The food comes out, and you have a fries instead of the side salad you ordered (or worse, vice versa). You leave feeling frustrated and grumbling, “well, I’ll …

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[25 Jun 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 ateditors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Angel, a 6 year old Border Collie/Bassett Hound mix, is a very sweet girl who may be shy at …

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[23 Jun 2010 | by Jenn Garvin]
[nest] Mr. Midwest Goes Green, Pt. 2

When I spoke with Joel Spedding last month, he was suffering from green lethargy. While the idea of being transformed from posh, carefree, urban consumer into a posh, mindful, urban hippie had its allure at the onset, he was dragging his feet a week into the project. I voiced the suspicion that he had fallen victim to smelly tree-hugger stereotyping. He didn’t argue otherwise.
Preparing for our first follow-up since his green mini-revolution, I was nervous that I would have nothing to report. I was afraid that our second interview …

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[21 Jun 2010 | by Steph Barnard]
[go] Pops 66

If you’ve never done a soda tasting, you might be surprised to know that it’s oddly similar to a beer or wine tasting. You drink way more of a beverage than you should, but it doesn’t feel that way at the time since the portions are so small. You keep going even though you know you should stop, because you want to try all the varieties. You feel high and silly for a little while… and then you crash and try not to get sick.
So it was a few weeks …

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[18 Jun 2010 | by Dani Stone]
[eat] Kanai

Recently, two of our writers, Dani Stone and Carly Holmes, took a trip to Kanai. Here’s what they found:
Dani:
A few weeks ago, when I told my husband I not only agreed to review the west side sushi restaurant Kanai (12111 W. Maple), but that it was, in fact, my idea, he probably thought I was huffing Play-Doh again.  He knows I’m not a fish fan and avoid it at all costs.  I barely allow it in the house and the few times I do, I wash all dishes and utensils in such …

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[18 Jun 2010 | by Maria Mannani]
[eat] We All Scream for Ice Cream

I am a strong believer in the powers of ice cream. It is perfect on hot days, always tasty, available in a variety of flavors, and always an inexpensive way to treat myself. Ice cream cones, shakes and sundaes are some of my favorite creations. Wichita is not, by any means, in a shortage of ice cream shops. Here are a few of my favorite and best values:
1) Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store is fantastic for numerous reasons. They have several locations, a large …

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[18 Jun 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 ateditors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Billy, a 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Dachshund mix, is a fun little guy who loves to play with …

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[16 Jun 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[win] it! 2 Tickets to the Red Cross’ “Ride for the Red”

A family just watched their home burn down from the bumper of a fire truck. Thanks to more than 600 motorcyclists, the family will be supplied with food, shelter and hope that everything will be OK.
On Saturday, June 19, the sixth annual Ride for the Red will take place at  the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter, 1900 E. Douglas. As the largest event of its kind in Wichita, Ride for the Red annually raises more than $60,000 that directly benefits the greater Wichita area served by the Midway-Kansas Chapter. From …

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[16 Jun 2010 | by Molly Martin]
[eat] Where to Find Great Sweet Potato Fries

Among the many options at Thanksgiving dinner growing up were the sweet potatoes, or the orange mushy stuff, as I liked to call it. I remember my mother’s reiteration that I should I least try them because they were healthy. Didn’t she realize that she was talking to the girl who usually just took a few bites of turkey and then tried to beat her pie-eating record from last year? The sweet potatoes remained untouched as I would leave the dining room looking for the whipped cream in the fridge.

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[14 Jun 2010 | by Claire Suellentrop]
[drink] ICTea

Wichita tea: it’s in abundance, folks. And while I’m by no means an expert on this leafy beverage, I do appreciate a good brew on a warm summer evening. Or a rainy autumn morning. Or hell, any time of year. This month, I set out to investigate just where Wichitans can get that assam, oolong or darjeeling fix; to my pleasant surprise, the number of local options had me slightly overwhelmed! It would be quite an undertaking to list every choice, so instead, I picked some of the highlights and created a few categories.

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[11 Jun 2010 | by Denise Grays]
[nest] Inside Innes Station

As a lifelong Wichitan, I’ve watched Old Town evolve and develop over the years. Time passes and formerly polluted ground becomes shops and clubs, and neglected warehouses become trendy loft living spaces. I was curious about what the living spaces were really like on the inside. Not just an empty model space a property manager would show you, but a home once someone moves in and breathes life into the place.
I met artist Kyle Kolkovich at a tweetup at Old Chicago in Old Town, where she mentioned she …

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[10 Jun 2010 | by Ashley Perkins]
[drink] Where to Find a Great Dirty Martini

The dirty martini is a polarizing drink. I was hooked from my first sip, but many of my friends have asked to try mine, only to shake their heads in disgust and say, “How can you drink that??”
Some of you might be wondering, what is a dirty martini? I know it sounds strange, but it’s simply vodka or gin, shaken with green olive juice, and garnished with two or three green olives. Some people might include vermouth, but I’m not a fan, and I always prefer vodka to gin. I’ve …

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[10 Jun 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 ateditors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Angel, a 6 year old Border Collie/Basset Hound mix, is already housetrained and has been raised around children and …