Merry Christmas from Kansas City! Having a wonderful time visiting friends before heading south to see my family, but folks here always seem to want to know about the food... Had dinner tonight at Pierponts in the renovated Union Station - which is beautiful, by the way. It was certainly worth the at least 2 mile hike from where Sharon made me park so I could walk through the new sky walks... Started with some lovely crab cakes dressed in a mustard based sauce - I know there is a name for this type of sauce but it's late and I just don't remember. My favorite course was actually the salad. Mixed greens with thin sliced sweet pears, gorgonzola, spiced walnuts and dressed in a chocolate-balsalmic vinegrette! Absolutely to die for. Sharon had the sea bass, which was really tempting and tasted very good. I had lemon sole wrapped around a blue crab roulade. The roulade was exquiste. The service was exceptional. Didn't feel rushed, but as we finished each course, the waitress was there to clear and the next course arrived. I don't know how the chef timed things so well, especially as I lingered over the salad. If you are expecting me to talk about dessert - forget it! We walked aroun Union Station and hiked back to the Hyatt to go to Skies for dessert and coffee, only to find it had quite a wait. So, we came home, drank a little chambord and watched movies. Hope that everyone is having a great holiday!