History of Kansas City Barbecue

Here in America, there are few things we love more than barbecue on hot summer days. While there are a lot of different kinds of barbecue, we know which one is the best—Kansas City barbecue. If you have ever wondered where this delicious food got its start, read below for the history of Kansas City barbecue.

Henry Perry is considered the father of Kansas City barbecue. He served slow-cooked ribs for just 25 cents a slab starting in 1908. He operated out of a trolley barn located at 19th and Highland. Perry came from Memphis, Tennessee, which is why Memphis barbecue and Kansas City barbecue are somewhat similar. However, Kansas City barbecue tends to use more varieties of meats and more sauce.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Perry’s restaurant was a cultural center, especially during the heyday of Kansas City Jazz. Two brothers, Charlie and Arthur Bryant worked with Perry and after Perry’s death, they took over. In 1946, the restaurant was renamed Arthur Bryant’s and is still one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the country.

Another popular spot is Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q, which was started by Arthur Pinkard and George Gates in 1946.

Here at Lee’s Summit Honda, we love calling Kansas City home and we love us a good dinner of Kansas City barbecue.

Kansas City barbecue
Kansas City barbecue

Honda Introduces Robotic Lawn Mower

Automation has come a long way in recent years and in many ways, it has made jobs safer, increased production, and helped create things that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Now Honda is stepping up its technology game with something that will likely see mixed reactions from home owners. Meet Miimo, the first robotic lawn mower available in the United States.

Honda Robotic Lawn Mower
Honda’s Miimo is like a Roomba for your lawn!

That’s right; Honda really went there. Not only has the Japanese brand brought a speedy Civic with high fuel economy, but now they’re making home ownership a little easier as well. Where does it end?

Miimo is available in two models and will be available at Honda dealerships this summer. The robotic lawn mower operates in a similar fashion to a Roomba vacuum. Miimo features three mowing settings: Random, for large lawns, Directional, for smaller lawns, and Mixed, for lawns in between.

As though that isn’t efficient enough, Miimo is also self-charging, and will return to the docking station when it needs to be charged. Plus, it only takes around an hour to reach a full charge.

“For customers who want to be on the cutting edge of technology, have busy lifestyles and don’t have the time for lawn care, or for customers who don’t enjoy cutting the grass, Miimo is the high-tech approach to achieving a beautiful yard,” said Michael Rudolph, Vice President of Honda Power Equipment.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t help but be a little excited about Honda’s new robotic lawn mower.

2018 Honda Odyssey Sneak Peak

2018 Honda Odyssey | Lee's Summit Honda | Lee's Summit, MOThe Honda Odyssey has long served as the golden standard for the minivan segment, and the upcoming model looks to up the ante one more. While the Odyssey was never slow to develop and add new technologies, the 2018 model will certainly step ahead of the competition with ease. The minivan segment isn’t nearly as competitive as it used to be, but the 2018 Honda Odyssey is about to leave the competition in the dust.

The new Honda Odyssey brings an updated, modern interior packed with available features at an affordable price. Several of the optional premium features include a heated steering wheel, foot-activated power liftgate, Auto Brake Hold, and ventilated front seats.

Performance isn’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to minivan specifications, but the Odyssey is about to change all that. The 3.5-liter V6 engine brings a whopping 280 hp, mated to a nine-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim level.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey features a standard Active Safety Technology package. The package includes active safety systems like Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation Braking.

Comfort, convenience, performance come standard in the new Honda Odyssey, arriving this June. We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t wait for the 2018 Odyssey to arrive next month!

Operation KidSafe

Operation KidSafe
Nothing is more terrifying to a parent than the thought of something happening to their child. As parents, we do everything we can to protect our kids, which is why over 15 years ago Mark Bott created the Operation KidSafe program. This free program was designed as a way to prepare for and guard against the abduction of children 1 year and older

With the help of experts from the FBI, fingerprinting experts, and police officials, Operation KidSafe collects fingerprints and a full photo of each child. These things are printed on one single document which is then kept by the parent. Should anything happen, the parent turns the Operation KidSafe document over to the police who can use it to help their search.

Operation KidSafe events, such as the one coming up at Lee’s Summit Honda on May 12th and 13th, 2017, also focus on education. Parents and children who attend these events will learn safety tips that can be applied in potentially threatening situations. Operation KidSafe is the perfect catalyst to get you and your family talking about safe practices and safety plans for different situations.

Come to Lee’s Summit Honda on May 12th and 13th with your children to take advantage of this free event. All you need to do is arrive with your children to get started. This event is also available for special-needs adults or any other person who might be at risk. We will see you there!

 

 

Sources:

http://operationkidsafe.org/kidsafe_system_6.html

http://www.state-journal.com/2016/07/26/protecting-the-future-operation-kidsafe-helping-to-safeguard-children-from-abduction/

Kansas City Sports Tailgating

Tailgating is a great way to socialize, have fun, and support your favorite team! Kansas City fans literally live and breathe the “Go big or go home” motto, as the city is known for its massive tailgates in Kauffman Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know about Kansas City sports tailgating from us here at Lee’s Summit Honda! Get out and support the Royals this upcoming season!Kansas City Sports Tailgating

Before you pack up and head out, take a few minutes to review the rules to avoid any trouble.

First, guests will have to enter the game or leave the area following the end of the first inning. Don’t save spaces or buy additional spaces. Avoid blocking the roadway and try to stick to the space around your vehicle.

The Kansas City Royals are known for attracting massive crowds and that always leads to an active tailgating area. People even arrive hours early to set up.

“People stake out the parking lot five hours in advance so they can set up their whole spread,” said Kerry Funk. “Everybody that has a legit tailgate has some sort of grill going on, and I think that is pretty synonymous with Kansas City.”

Load up your grill, grab a cold one, and head out to support the Royals this season!

Winter Driving Tips For Staying Safe in the Snow

Need to get through snow and ice during your daily commute? Follow these winter driving tips to keep you, your car, and other people on the road as safe as possible when nature seems to be working against you.

Pack an Emergency Survival Kit

Things like blankets, extra clothes, gloves, water bottles, a flashlight, batteries, and whatever else you deem necessary can become crucial if you end up stranded.

Clear Off All Windows

Visibility is key in slippery or snowy road conditions. You need to be able to keep an eye on other drivers, so make sure you clean off the front and back windshields, all windows, and both side mirrors.

Check Tires and Gas Tank

Having properly-inflated tires is a must, as deflated tires have less traction and use more fuel. Additionally, don’t let your gas go below half a tank; you may need to run the heat in your car if you slide off the road.

Put More Distance Between Cars

If roads are slippery, stopping will take longer no matter how hard you hit the brakes, so make sure to take your time, drive slow, and put extra distance between you and the car in front of you.

Don’t Drive

This seems obvious, but it’s sound advice. If you’re worried about the roads and can avoid driving, don’t drive. It’s always better to trust your instincts.

Above all, these winter driving tips can be summed up with “be careful” and “be prepared.” It’s always good to be ready for any situation and to tread with caution. If your care needs to be prepped for the winter, schedule a service appointment at Summit Honda’s Service near Kansas City MO!

Next-Gen Honda Ridgeline Named Truck of the Year

The next-gen Honda Ridgeline was introduced with an all-new design for the 2017 model year last summer, and was met with wild success when consumers were drawn to its more American-inspired appearance. The panel of 60 judges at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show recognized this incredible success and innovation by sizing up the Ridgeline among a variety of other competitors and naming it the 2017 Truck of the Year.

 

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline was designed from the ground-up to appeal to the U.S. market, and was even produced at the brand’s factory located in Talladega County in Alabama. When the Ridgeline took home its major win in Detroit, the executive vice president of Honda’s American division credited the team behind the truck for understanding and catering to the needs of U.S. buyers.

 

With a more traditional pickup look and features like a 400-watt power inverter and an audio system built into the truck bed, the Honda Ridgeline was designed to appeal to tailgaters at football games.

 

The next-generation Honda Ridgeline was the result of incredible creativity and innovation on behalf of Honda’s design team, and their hard work paid off when it was rewarded with the recent Truck of the Year award in Detroit.

Honda Vehicles Place in Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys

Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys
Honda does it again!

Consumer Guide is known for creating a list of Best Buys designed to help consumers spend their money wisely. Each year, editors test drive more than 150 new vehicles, review them, and then pick the top choices in a number of categories. This year’s Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys show Honda vehicles taking three separate categories.

The Honda lineup grabbed the Compact Pickup Truck, Midsize Crossover/SUV, and Subcompact Crossover/SUV segment with ease.

The new Honda Ridgeline took the top spot in the Compact Pickup Truck category. The editors cited the model’s comfort, convenience, technology, and utility features as deciding factors. Features like a built-in bed speaker system and dual-hinged tailgate set the Ridgeline apart from the competition.

The Honda Pilot took home the title of the Midsize Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors cited the Pilot’s roomy interior, seating for up to eight, overall comfort, and abundant safety features.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Honda HR-V and the title of Subcompact Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors named the HR-V top dog due to its interior space, exceptional cargo room, and a balance between responsive handling and a comfortable ride.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to stock some of the best vehicles in the automotive industry!

Best Cities to Live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit

By Jordanbruening - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48626090 - Best Cities to Live in the U.S.
By Jordanbruening – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48626090

The United States is a wonderfully vast country and it’s a great country in which to live. With all of the different cities out there, it can be quite difficult to choose just one that really outshines the others. However, two Missouri cities were recently named as two of the best cities to live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. Here’s why.

Kansas City

Often being confused as a city in the state of Kansas, Kansas City is home to a lively entertainment scene and a low cost of living in the state of Missouri. It is also seen as a fairly homey destination where visitors are often surprised at how much there is to do in this city.

From gambling on the riverboat casinos to going to see live jazz music to enjoying delicious barbecue, there is always something going on in Kansas City.

Combined with reasonable Midwest prices, Kansas City is a great place to work, play, and live.

Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit is more of a hidden gem than Kansas City, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a great place to live. Although it has more of a suburban feel than Kansas City, the statistics show that Lee’s Summit is a great place to live.

For example, the median income here is $78,186, and the average value of a home is $188,200. It’s a great place to earn a living and raise a family!

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs
What’s new, HR-V?

Earlier this month Honda announced information about the 2017 Honda HR-V updates and specs. The 2017 HR-V compact crossover doesn’t have a lot of updates, but it does have a fresh new color option and better fuel economy. Now available in Lunar Silver metallic in addition to four other color options ranging from white to black as well as blue, red, and green options.

The 2016 HR-V was the Green SUV of the Year, and Honda has improved on the HR-V’s fuel economy even more for the 2017 model year. With an EPA estimate of 34 mpg on the highway, the HR-V really stands out among the crowded crossover market.

The HR-V keeps its standard 4-cylinder engine, which has a max horsepower of 141 and is paired with a CVT or a 6-speeed manual transmission available on the LX and EX trim levels.

In terms of safety, the HR-V has already earned a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA thanks to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and standard features including a multi-angle rearview camera and Vehicle Stability Assist. More active safety technology such as Honda LaneWatch is available on the EX and EX-L Navi trims.

Covered by a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty, the new Honda HR-V also comes with Honda Roadside Assistance, making it a smart choice for buyers in the compact crossover segment.