Kansas City, United States
Lisa, 53
Health and Mindfulness Coach
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a health and mindfulness coach. I help people feel better, whether they want to lose a few pounds or learn to chill the f*ck out.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

When I need a good cry, I’ll binge on Jason Isbell’s If we Were Vampires or Morning Song by the Avett Brothers.

Name some spots in Kansas City that are good for a Tinder date.

The bar at the Rieger is perfect for a Tinder date – it’s where I met my boyfriend, on a Tinder date! The Green Lady Lounge is dark and moody, and the live music can provide a welcome distraction. Or Sunday blunch at the Westside Local is nice and raucous – a great way to test a date's fun factor.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Fine Folk and The Webster House (ask for Robin to assist) for unique finds, and Anthropology for their reliability – I can always find something fun and funky at Anthro.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I avoid the suburban sprawl of the Johnson County, Kansas, like the plague. I mean why would one want to sit for an hour on the freeway only to shop or eat in a strip mall or box restaurant?

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I don’t get to spend nearly enough time hiking and camping in the many surrounding state parks. Missouri (and even Kansas) has surprisingly stunning natural beauty. Think trees, rivers, lakes and interesting hiking trails.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Kansas City and where did you get it?

The pasta trio at Lidia’s in the freight house district is ridiculously decadent. Sit back in their beautiful yet energetic dining room or cozy bar, while servers bring all-you-can-eat tastings of three different pasta dishes to your table. Add their garlicky Caesar salad and I dare you to save room for a tiramisu.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Kansas City that you particularly like?

The laid-back atmosphere at the Brick is perfect on a Monday night. I love to tuck in to a lumpy booth, order a beer and chow down on a bowl of veggie chili while listening to the live sounds of their Rural Grit Happy Hour.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Kansas City? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

One of the great things about Kansas City is that nothing is really outrageously expensive. It’s incredibly easy to get along well in KC without breaking the bank.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Kansas City?

The Country Club Plaza –It’s a fine place to see and be seen on a lovely summer day, but it’s mostly a chain-filled, glorified shopping mall crowded with typical tourists.

What are the Kansas City spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the City Market on a Saturday morning, and a stroll in Loose Park.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Kansas City. How do you spend it?

I wake up with a baby, vegan half ‘n ‘half latte at the City Market Coffee House then take a walk along the Missouri River in Berkley Park with my standard poodle, Oscar. I spend about an hour gazing at William Baziotes’ Crescent, my favorite painting in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s modern collection. Lunch is ceviche tostadas and margaritas at Taqueria Mexico #1, followed by a walk through the Westside Neighborhood. Drinks and dinner at Novel, in the Crossroads, then down to Knucklehead’s for a good ole’ honky tonk show.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

At the moment, I’m in love with Dublin, Ireland. Situated on the river Liffey, Dublin is more affordable than London, ripe with old world tradition and charm and a walker’s paradise. While strolling the many green parks, Irish design shops and museums, you can easily pop into a pub for a pint when you’re weary.

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