This Souvenir Fridge Magnet Shows the Skyline of Kansas City, Missouri
Despite its name, Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri, not Kansas. There is a Kansas City, Kansas - across the Missouri River - but both cities derive their name from the Kansas River, not the state. In fact, the Missouri city was founded in 1838, decades before the state of Kansas (1861) or the other city (founded in 1868). Kansas City, Missouri, has a number of charming nicknames, including "Paris of the Plains," "Heart of America" and "City of Fountains," not to mention the simple "KC." The city is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs American football team and the Kansas City Royals in major league baseball. Famous sites include the Liberty Memorial, the Kansas City Zoo, the American Jazz Museum, the Westport Historic District (the site of a Civil War battle) and the Worlds of Fun amusement park.
What Kansas City is Perhaps Best Known For it is Barbecue
Kansas City-style barbecue is an American culinary tradition best enjoyed in its place of birth. Creating KC BBQ involves the slow-roasting of meat (most often pork, but a variety is used) over a selection of hard woods and aromatic woods. Then, the cook slathers the roast with the region's distinctive barbecue sauce: a tomato based spread with a combination of sweet, tangy and spicy flavors. Different restaurants will maintain their own recipes, which remain their most important trade secrets,so there is considerable variety within the KC style. Many favor "burnt ends," the well-cooked tips of meat that are the city's specialty. These delicacies are cut from briskets and then cooked longer than the main cut of the meat. They are eaten alone, in sandwiches or used in dishes like baked beans and gumbo.