Author Archives: visitmospotlightguest

A Fun Sized Road Trip In Cape Girardeau

Kick off your mini road trip in Cape Girardeau, a lively town of 38,000 right on the Mighty Mississippi! The Butcher Block is your first stop for provisions.  Here you’ll find locally raised meats and other regional goodies.  Get a summer sausage and have the nice folks behind the counter slice it for you.  A sleeve of crackers, some local ... Read More »

MO Wine and Beer: The Dynamic Duo

FathersDayWineandBeer

You may think that local wine and beer drinkers come from different planets, but you’d be surprised how much they really have in common. They both live for the hunt, the adventure of finding a new and exciting wine or beer to sample. They both respect the craft and savor their drinks. They both enjoy socializing and delighting in their ... Read More »

On the Block: The Evolution of the Neighborhood Butcher Shop

0315_Butchering_BrandonBenack

During the first half of the 20th century, the neighborhood butcher shop was a staple in American life. People relied on their local butcher to carry the high-quality cuts of meat they bought each week, and in turn, butchers knew the names and needs of their regulars. These relationships slowly began to change in the 1960s, as meatpacking houses began ... Read More »

Enjoy the Landscape at the 6th Annual Prairie BioBlitz

Golden Prairie Bio Blitz

6th Annual Prairie BioBlitz June 6 & 7, 2015 Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enjoy a weekend on an original American landscape—the tallgrass prairie—at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s La Petite Gemme Prairie near Bolivar. At this free event, adults and children with enthusiasm for the outdoors team with biologists to explore and document plants and animals from ... Read More »

Famous Missouri Foods Paired Perfectly with Local Wines

Famous MO Foods and Wine Pairings_Web

There are few things in this world that go together better than wine and food. Missourians know this to be especially true. Missouri wine country boasts more than 125 wineries and a history dating back more than 160 years. Show-Me State winemakers produce very food-friendly wines that pair perfectly with local fare and the Missouri way of life. Missouri is ... Read More »

7 Water Events at Lake of the Ozarks

IMG_8589 webcopy2

Whether you bring your own boat or rent one, there is always plenty to do on the water at the Lake of the Ozarks, with 1,150 miles of shoreline, covering 92 miles and 54,000 acres. I think it is safe to say you will not be bored, but just in case you may run out of things to do between ... Read More »

Floating on Missouri’s Rivers: What is it About a River?

Current River by Nolan Brunnworth.

Joe preferred to find a quiet Missouri waterway mid-week. Floating in silence, lazily lifting his paddle only when necessary. Watching drops trickle from the blade onto the mirrored surface of the river. Birds perched on branches along the way, singing harmonies for a time, until they spread their wings in flight, majestically moving on. Jan liked the Saturday social scene. ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge

Frazers - feast 4.15 where we're drinking

The story of Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis is parallel to the progression of the city’s food scene. Frazer Cameron opened his restaurant in 1992, serving lunch to a crowd that largely consisted of shift workers at the nearby Anheuser-Busch brewery. Twenty-three years later, Frazer’s has outgrown its humble beginnings, expanding into a ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Awaze

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Awaze offers expertly spiced Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine in Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhood. Owner Pablo Brown prepares specialties like jerk chicken, curried goat, fried plantains and blackened jerk tilapia. The restaurant takes its name from an Ethiopian hot sauce that adds flavor to its sambusas, fried dough shells stuffed with spiced ground beef, chiles and herbs. A vegetarian version uses ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

0415_TheKaufmannCenter_CF036957 comp

You can now coordinate the logistics of “dinner and a show” with ease at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City by reserving a table at its newly opened Dining Experience. Located inside the Kauffman Center’s south entrance in the sleek Founders’ Lounge, the full-service, 65-seat restaurant keeps the same hours as the Kauffman Center, but guests ... Read More »