Mary Bloch

I love to cook fun, healthful and stimulating meals, the more unusual the better. Researching which restaurants to visit is also a favorite hobby, and I relish the payoff – visually appealing and palate-pleasing dishes. For years, I have been a resource of friends and family who want to know where to go, where to stay and where to eat. I have parlayed that expertise into a professional venture.

When I travel, the food experience is paramount and takes precedence over most sightseeing excursions.  My love for seeking out exciting spots has been instilled in and appreciated by my two sons, whose adventurous spirits have transformed my own journey in the kitchen.  It is much more satisfying to cook for an appreciative audience. My husband, Tom, maintains an immense garden of fruits, vegetables and herbs, another important inspiration for my endeavors and a treasure trove during the summer months.

Though an attorney by trade, my love of cooking, combined with my passion for food and travel, led me to turn to food writing, which, according to my friends, is a natural fit.  In addition to this blog, I write the print and online versions of the Kansas City Star’s Restaurant Guide, and I contribute regularly to Air Tran and  Midwest Airlines magazines. My work has been published  on the websites for Sally’s Place and the Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. You can also find me on, a culinary travel website that features travel packages I have helped put together.  Serving as a regular panelist on “The Food Critics”, a local public radio show, provides one other medium  to discuss the restaurant scene in Kansas City.

I am a member of the Association of Food Journalists.

21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. simona balzer  |  July 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Hi, Mary:
    I was totally surprised, and I mean totally, to learn about your blog and your passion for food, restaurants, cooking healthy. I had never imagined and don’t remember ever talking about it with you!
    This is also a passion of mine, more so in the last few years, when I have tried to ” sharpen my skills” especially in Italian cooking. Giorgio and I love to explore restaurants in NY and on our trips.
    It will be a pleasure to follow your blog.

  • 2. Barbara Loots  |  August 3, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Mary, your expertise in food and wonderful writing talent are big news to me, too! I ‘m delighted to subscribe, and look forward to future reading and eating adventures. I’ll be pleased to forward your link to like-minded friends. Thanks!

  • 3. kcfoodguy  |  September 11, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Love the blog…. need more like it.

    • 4. Mary Bloch  |  October 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Sorry I didn’t respond earlier–your comment went to spam by mistake. Thank you for your kind words!

  • 5. Chuck Tatsuda  |  October 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Mary – I continue to enjoy the nice variety of your direct, upbeat culinary adventures — but I have to remind myself not to check your blog out on an empty stomach! The recipes are a nice add too – I am going to try the toffee chip cookies soon! Can you take a sabbatical and cover the Twin Cities for a few months?

  • 6. Maraline Hayob  |  October 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Mary…Georgia told me about your blog! I’m so excited. Love some of the suggestions you made. I love trying new places and now I have some! YAY Miss seeing you. Maraline

  • 7. christine kemper  |  November 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    thanks for the brussels sprouts recipe!!! YUM. 🙂

  • 8. paceDiancebaf  |  November 24, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Impressive Article , I considered it exceedingly great

    I look ahead to more innovative postings like this one. Does This Site have a RSS I can subscribe to for anymore information from you?

    • 9. Mary Bloch  |  November 24, 2009 at 8:37 am

      Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, you can subscribe to the blog or
      sign up for an RSS feed. If you go to the home page, on the right you
      will see a list of the most recent posts. Right above that is the
      orange RSS feed icon. Or if you scroll down below the list of posts
      you will see a place that you can click on to subscribe.


  • 10. John  |  January 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Hello Mary, I have a couple of questions about Kansas City eats, can you please email me? Thanks!

  • 11. suzie  |  January 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

    you all talked about a new crepe place near bluebird that’s open for breakfast and lunch. (last friday on walt- i think a caller mentioned it) i drove up there this morning but couldn’t find it in the time i had- do you know where it is and the name? thanks

    • 12. Mary Bloch  |  January 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      It’s called Chez Elle, and it’s on Summit, just south of 17th. I think it’s on the east side of the street. I haven’t been, but the buzz is good!

  • 13. Roxie  |  June 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm


    Love your blog! Tom emailed me the link after he told me the fun you had eating your way around Santa Fe….one of my favorite cities. I’m headed there in August so loved your reviews!


  • 14. LEAH  |  January 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I adore you blog and am very interested in hearing more about how you got into doing this. Is there a way to contact you through email to chat about your trade?
    Thanks and looking forward to hearing back!

  • 15. ward katz  |  February 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Mary: I love to listen to you on the Food Critics on the WB Show. I only catch it occasionally but sometimes I catch the podcast. Anyway, I don’t know how to get an email to the show but I wanted to pass this on. There are those of us who are always looking for a decent pastrami or corned beef sandwich. I wanted to mention that Bob and Janet Bloom (formerly of d’Bronx) opened Teadrops in the H&R Block Bldg. Reecently, their non-compete from the sale of d’Bonx has expired and they have started selling pastrami, corned beef and turkey sandwiches (not together) and they are great – good rye bread, meat and , if you want, swiss cheese. Good sides of a cranberry salad, slaw and a pickle. They’ve been serving them for only a fewe days now but word is spreading. Hope all is well. Ward

  • 16. Donna Giddings  |  October 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Italian sausage soup recipe mentioned to food critics 10/30 on KCUR? Would you share?.

    • 17. Mary Bloch  |  October 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Donna, unfortunately I don’t have it in a form that I can share it. It was served at the Prospect years ago, so you might try googling it that way!

  • 18. Rick Hughey  |  April 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Chaz has a major event on property and won’t be able to participate in ShuttleCorks this year. I am having email issues today so I hope you receive this message.

    Rick Hughey

  • 19. happysoles57  |  April 22, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Love to hear Mary & friends on KCUR

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