Amanda Long

Amanda Long
Amanda Long is the Executive Liaison for the Missouri Division of Tourism and a Missouri native. A supporter of the arts, she practices photography, ceramics and creative writing. Amanda is also passionate about all things food, travel and family.

Missouri Wine and Brunch

Somewhere between the crack of dawn and afternoon siesta lies the delicious and wonderfully lazy affair known as brunch; one of the many things to love about the weekend. Whether your tastes buds crave savory or sweet (or a combination of both), Missouri offers a variety of destinations to enjoy indulgent dishes and fully sanctioned day drinking. These restaurants feature …

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Browne’s: An Irish Legacy

Missouri is lucky enough to be home to approximately 835,000 residents (13.8 percent) that claim Irish heritage, according to U.S. Census data. There is even an St. Patrick, Missouri, but that’s another story. I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in me, yet when I stepped through the brass-handled, wooden doors of Browne’s Irish Marketplace in Kansas City, I …

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Try These Missouri Decadent Desserts on Fat Tuesday

Today is officially Mardi Gras – French for Fat Tuesday – a day famous for satisfying your ultimate food cravings, not to mention parades, beads and hurricanes (but that’s another story). To celebrate, indulge in one (or two… or three) of the Show-Me State’s extravagant desserts sure to appease any sweet tooth. Visit Cyrano’s Café in St. Louis where pastry …

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Missouri Cajun and Creole Cuisine 101

It is Mardi Gras season and you’re in the mood for an exciting New Orleans-inspired food adventure, but you’re not sure where to go or what to try. The terms and dishes can be daunting, for sure, but here’s a quick down-and-dirty cheat sheet to guide your decision-making process. A little background:  Creole and Cajun cuisines are similar due to …

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Show-Me Five: Tater Tots

In 1953 the Ore-Ida founders, F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg, created an ingenious use for the potato slivers leftover during the French fry making process. The result was the golden, crispy, barrel-shaped delight we know today as the tater tot. Thus, on National Tater Tot day, it feels appropriate to pay homage to this wonderfully tasty creation, and Missouri …

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Show-Me Five: Hot Chocolates

Braving Missouri’s wintertime cold and snow are the perfect excuse to reward yourself with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.  No, I’m not talking about ripping open a paper packet and adding hot water (although, in a pinch, it will suffice).  Envision a delicious amalgamation of high-quality chocolate and hot, creamy milk; it’s the perfect winter treat to warm you …

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Missouri Gone Wild

As a child, I turned up my nose upon discovering squirrel or deer on the dinner table.  I admit, at the time, I thought it was disgusting. But as I matured both as a food lover and a cook, I began reveling in finding wild game on restaurant menus and exploring new and exciting ways to prepare what my hunter …

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Visit the World in Missouri

Do you dream of traveling the world but thoughts of lost luggage and expensive air fares keep you at home? The Show-Me State has an abundance of city and town names “borrowed” from other places like Rome, Milan and Athens. You can even visit Oregon, Louisiana and Nevada without crossing the state line. So if you’re looking for a cheap …

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Missouri Restaurants with Great Soup

It’s typically mid-January when I ask myself why anyone would choose to live in bitterly cold Missouri instead of somewhere with year-round warmth and sun. But then, that first pure white snow blankets the landscape in sparkling, crystalline beauty, and I am gently reminded. There is no better way to survive and enjoy winter in the Show-Me State than savoring …

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Food Hotspots in Missouri

Confession:  I used to refer to myself as a “foodie” until I recently discovered that the term is widely considered an overused buzzword. Who knew? Regardless of labels, for those who love to eat, drink and be merry, Missouri’s food hotspots provide the perfect avenue for exploring pleasures for your palate. New Taste Adventures St. Joseph’s newest restaurant, Ostrea, touts …

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