Bacon and Blues in Kirksville

Piggy & Bacon

What is it about bacon? Everyone loves it. The Kirksville Bacon Fest gives everyone an opportunity to taste crispy, flavorful bacon. On September 26, 2015, the 5th annual Kirksville Bacon Fest begins at 9 a.m. with a bacon-cooking contest and a Miss Sizzle and little Miss Bacon Bits pageant.  At noon, the local Oscar Mayer plant employees hand out free …

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Missouri Eats: Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill


The array of stunning maki rolls, Japanese dumplings and bowls of spicy soups at Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill in Springfield, Missouri, are partly what draws a steady stream of customers to the restaurant. The other big draw is the atmosphere: The deep red walls, oversized light fixtures, tufted booths and polished high-top tables in Haruno’s sleek, modern bar area …

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Grab a Bite to Eat at Missouri’s State Parks and Historic Sites

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When you think of heading to a state park or historic site, you may think of campfire cooking or picnics.  But eleven of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites also have on-site dining options.  You can find everything from a small grill inside of a store to full-service restaurants where you can enjoy trout, fried chicken and cobbler for dessert.  …

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Missouri Eats: Earthbound Beer

Tucked into a 1,000-square-foot shotgun-style space on Cherokee Street, Earthbound Beer describes its draft offerings as, “St. Louis’s smallest, weirdest beer.” Upon entering the tasting room, it’s clear that the clientele have taken favorably to the concept, sipping samples of the brewery’s eight beers on tap from its two to three weekly brews. Earthbound’s modus operandi is to release 40 …

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The Music Scene at the Lake of the Ozarks


A unique aspect of live music at Lake of the Ozarks is the number of places that feature waterfront and/or on water concerts. Several venues feature floating stages where you can watch, listen and jam from the water, a beach or deck areas. Most of these venues feature live music through the week as well. All are approachable by land …

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Hitchhikers Guide To Ingress In Pulaski County

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Ingress agents love road trips! And Pulaski County is road trip country. Gather up your fellow agents and experience a day, or weekend, exploring legendary trails and roads, multiple eras of rich military history, and railroad boom towns. Pulaski County’s “can’t miss” portals include: Devils Elbow Post Office– On the original alignment of Route 66 and on the banks of …

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A Parents’ Guide to Missouri College Towns: Kansas City


The day is here. Your child is going off to college. There are new people to meet, a new city to learn and new places to explore. And that goes for you, too! Here’s a quick look at some of the places parents should enjoy when they drop off students at (and make return visits to) University of Missouri-Kansas City. …

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Enjoy the Outdoors in St. Joseph

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Parks, nature centers and conservation areas offer mild to wild adventures By Brian Wright (contributor via St. Joseph, MO Convention & Visitors Bureau) For nearly two centuries, St. Joseph, Missouri has been a draw for people on the go. The mighty Missouri River offered steamboat travel, and the city was the jumping off point for thousands of adventurous emigrant pioneers …

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Missouri Eats: Bangkok Gardens


John Pham, co-owner and operator of Bangkok Gardens 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, …

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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 …

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