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Missouri Eats: Bangkok Gardens

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John Pham, co-owner and operator of BangkokGardens in Columbia, Missouri, says the Thai restaurant’s bar program is a reflection of his 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Pham says the food-and-drink menus capture the traditions and flavors of his heritage while incorporating more local flavors and preferences. On the restaurant’s dinner menu, highlights include thom kha kai, a ... Read More »

Missouri Artists Unleash the Power of Steampunk

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High adventure in imaginary worlds of gaslight and gears: welcome to steampunk! This Victorian-flavored blend of science fiction and history is inspiring visual and performing artists, filmmakers, and writers all around our state. Missouri even has a new all-steampunk festival on Labor Day Weeken, the Big River Steampunk Festival in the 19th-century streets of downtown Hannibal. We talk with artists ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Snow & Co.

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Beat the summer heat with a cold drink from Snow & Co., the only place to get high-quality frozen cocktails in Kansas City. Named the No. 1 frozen cocktail bar in America by Paste magazine last year, Snow & Co. has been hugely popular since opening the doors of its first location in the Crossroads Arts District four years ago. ... Read More »

5 Reasons for Wine Fans to Love the Missouri State Fair

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The Missouri State Fair is 11 days of fun with something for everyone, even wine-lovers! Be sure to add these Missouri wine-centric activities and events to your list of state fair must-dos. The Missouri Wine Tent– located on Missouri State Fair Boulevard just behind the Grandstand, is a State Fair staple, and it’s no wonder. They have a wide selection ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Bo Lings

People line up early for dim sum at Bo Lings on Saturdays and Sundays. The traditional Cantonese meal is meant to be shared with family and friends, and here, it’s always worth the wait. Bo Lings has six locations across the Kansas City area (three serve dim sum), but the location on Country Club Plaza is best for dim sum, ... Read More »

Missouri Craft Beer Guide

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St. Louis is primarily known for beer giant Anheuser-Busch but it has so much more to offer. There are 12 microbreweries/brew pubs in the city itself and many more in the surrounding cities. These spots have a wide variety of options from traditional German beer to new flavor varieties that are on the cutting edge of the craft-beer scene. So ... Read More »

Missouri’s Fringe Fests are Freewheeling Arts Fun

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A tribute to Motown. A potpourri of dance, music, storytelling, and audience participation where each bit lasts no more than two minutes. One man’s story of bicycling across the U.S. to meet other men with moustaches. And lots more theatre, dance, singing, magic, stand-up comedy, improv, storytelling, slam poetry, burlesque, vaudeville, circus, film, and even culinary arts and fashion design. ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Ichiban Sushi Bistro

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Situated between art galleries and University of Missouri student housing in Columbia, Missouri, is Ichiban Sushi Bistro, which changed its name from Be My Guest Bistro in April. In the restaurant’s modern dining room, chef-owner Poppy Watthanakhonphaiboon serves a menu built around fresh ingredients that draw from a range of global influences. Watthanakhonphaiboon’s goal is to share a mix of ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Kingside Diner

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When it comes to breakfast, chef Aaron Teitelbaum has a strategy. At chess-themed Kingside Diner in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, he offers made-to-order flatbreads, omelets, burritos and much more from early morning until closing time seven days a week (10pm Sunday through Thursday and 1:30am on Friday and Saturday). The diner gets its name and identity ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Mama Jean’s Natural Market

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Missouri is one of the top five beef producers in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that in the southwest corner of the state – where the number of cows nearly matches the number of residents – you won’t find many vegetarian-friendly restaurants. That’s slowly changing, however, and in Springfield that’s partially thanks to MaMa Jean’s Natural Market, which has ... Read More »