Good Food Meets Great Reads at Watermark Books and Cafe

Watermark Books and Cafe fosters a close-knit community of avid readers and coffee lovers, offering an inviting space to enjoy great food, great coffee, and a great book. The cafe offers fresh daily selections of scones, cakes, muffins, and pastries, as well as homemade soups like tomato bisque. Every dish here is made from scratch and inspired by Watermark’s "cookbook of the month," and their rotating menu will make it so that you never tire of their delicious offerings.

After you’ve eaten, join in on one of Watermark’s many book clubs. Visit the website to check out book clubs and best-sellers lists, and to preview the monthly food menu. You’ll also find other special events, like child story times and Camp Watermark, where you’ll learn how to draw your own comics.

Watermark Books and Cafe
4701 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 67218
(316) 682-1181

Embark on a Culinary Journey Through Vietnam at Lemongrass

For a taste of gourmet Vietnamese cuisine, look no further than Lemongrass, right here in Wichita. Made with high-quality meats, seafood, and ingredients, Lemongrass’ dishes are fresh and always from scratch, in honor of Vietnamese culinary traditions.

Every aspect of Lemongrass’ dishes are carefully crafted, from the selection of ingredients and spices to the stunning final plating presentations. Enjoy local favorites like the scallops, claypot salmon, shaken tofu, Viet wings, Vietnamese seabass, pho tai bac, and mussels in a rich buttery sauce. Pair your meal with a refreshing hand-crafted cocktail or beer from their rotating draft list.

This upscale restaurant offers a luxurious dining room providing a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy your memorable meal for your next special date night or dinner with friends.

300 N Mead
Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 226-9127

Create an At-Home Art Gallery With These Simple (and Affordable!) Framing Tips

You want to fill your home's walls with art, but anyone who has ever tried to get something framed knows just how pricey it can be. Luckily, there are a number of great alternatives to professional framing that will still help you to show off your art in an attractive way. Here are just a few smart tips for framing art on the cheap.

  • Use an online framing service. Nowadays you can do just about anything online, including framing your art. Browse the web for online framing services like Framebridge and in just a few business days, you'll receive a beautifully framed art print in the mail — often for less than $50!
  • Stock up on frames. If you prefer to frame your art on your own, stock up on affordable frames at craft stores or thrift shops. You'll often find secondhand, mass-produced frames backed with craft paper and foam, but don't worry; those can be easily removed.
  • Remove the backing. If you do happen to find a great deal on a secondhand frame with built-in backing, remove the layer of craft paper by pulling out the staples or simply cutting it out. Next, remove the inner layer of foam or cardboard by again removing any nails or staples.
  • Add a mat. Whether you disassembled your own secondhand frame or bought one new, at this point you'll want to add a mat to create a professional look. You can purchase a mat at any craft store, so long as you carefully measure both the size of your frame (for the mat's outer edge) and the size of the print (for the mat's inside edge).
  • Clean the glass. Finally, clean the glass thoroughly and let it dry before placing it back in the frame. If you removed the backing, add your own backing with more craft paper and either glue or staples.

Frugal Living: How To Frame Your Art on the Cheap [Apartment Therapy]

How to Host a Dinner Party — Without a Dining Room

Don't have a traditional dining room table? You'll be happy to know that there are still a number of other ways to have your friends over for dinner. Here are a few smart tips for hosting a dinner party even without a dining room.

  • Think buffet-style. Avoid the sit-down feel right from the beginning by serving your food buffet style. This not only embraces the lack of a traditional dining room, it even makes it more fun.
  • Plan the menu accordingly. Since you don't have a large table, you'll want to avoid a really formal meal. This isn't the time for prime rib and multiple sides; rather, it's the perfect opportunity for a taco bar, a heaping bowl of pasta or dress-them-yourself burgers.
  • Embrace your outdoor space. If your rental comes equipped with its own private outdoor space (or even a shared outdoor area), it's the perfect opportunity to take your meal al fresco. Bring along a tablecloth, a few candles for ambiance and some recyclable plates that don't require much clean-up.
  • Take it to the floor. Toss some comfortable throw pillows around your living room and instruct your friends to gather around the coffee table.
  • Turn it into a theme night. If you're worried about the informal feel of eating on your couch with guests, turn your dinner party into a cozy theme. Pop in a movie for a laid-back movie night, or grab some board games for a dinner-party-turned-game-night.