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KC in the Spotlight: Food, Fashion and Zombies

We’re rounding up the latest headlines about Kansas City, from food to fashion to the zombie apocalypse.

Kansas City’s become a media darling as of late, and with increased attention on the city thanks to the Royals’ World Series berth, it’s making even more headlines than usual.

USA Today’s For the Win sports section proclaimed “Kansas City is the best baseball city in the world right now,” pointing out that “what’s incredible, from an empirical standpoint, at least, is how widespread and unifying this town’s love for the Royals appears to be.”

On the Huffington Post Blog, Sprint’s Michelle Lamar follows up “Five Reasons to Fall in Love with Kansas City,” penned during last year’s World Series, with five more reasons. Kansas City’s status as a tech and innovation hub, culture of giving back, diversity and tradition, and, of course, the Royals make her list.

Even in the bets made by the Kansas City Symphony and Mayor Sly James, much attention has been focused on barbecue. NBC Sports’ Sportsworld posits that “you can tell the story of Kansas City through its barbecue restaurants” in a piece about the proper way to order burnt ends at Arthur Bryant’s.

But barbecue isn’t getting all the limelight. USA Today Travel notes KC is becoming a food driven hot spot with food and drink experiences you’ll only find here. Arthur Bryant’s again gets a shout out along with Novel, Julep, Bluestem, Rye, Port Fonda, Boulevard, Christopher Elbow, The American, Gates Bar-B-Q, Manifesto, Q39 and more.

While New York’s pizza might have a leg up on KC’s, Missouri’s best pie can be found in Kansas City according to Zagat. On its list of “50 States, 50 Pizzas,” Minsky’s Pizza’s Papa Minsky, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, salami and roasted red peppers with a sweet Minskitoni sauce topped with 100 percent Wisconsin mozzarella and Romano cheeses does the state proud.

As we all know, Kansas City isn’t just great for foodies. Fashion is also taking center stage. November’s issue of Vogue features Matt Baldwin and his kids alongside model Kendall Jenner and Baldwin fan and KC native Jason Sudeikis. The designer is one of 10 vying for coveted prizes from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Baldwin also scored a mention in “The Fashion Girl’s Guide to Kansas City,” published on The Zoe Report, website of designer and celebrity stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe. Calling Kansas City “the coolest oasis in the Midwest,” the article says Baldwin’s rising profile helped put KC on the map. Recommended spots include Barrel 31, Gram & Dun, Ça Va, The Reiger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Fusion Fitness, Standard Style, Halls, Birdie’s, Coveted Home, Nell Hill’s and more.

One surprising shopping destination receiving attention is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art gift shop. Food & Wine’s FWx website named it one of “10 Museum Gift Shops That Might Be Better Than the Museums Themselves.” While we might not go that far, we are gaga for how the shop reflects pieces and exhibitions on display and lets you sip coffee from the iconic Shuttlecock with a kitschy mug.

The most unexpected piece of news about our fair city? It’s one of the best equipped in the U.S. to survive the zombie apocalypse, according to Career Builder and EMSI. The Zombie Apocalypse Index is based on a weighted index ranking the 53 largest U.S. metros  based on their ability to defend against the virus, ability to contain the virus, ability to find a cure and ability to outlast the epidemic with an ample food supply. Kansas City came in at No. 8, winning points for engineering, construction skills and population density in the defense category.