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Along the Katy Trail: Augusta

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It’s a milestone month in Missouri, as the Show-Me State’s Katy Trail celebrates its 25th anniversary. To commemorate one of Missouri’s most-popular outdoor attractions, we’re taking you across the trail, from east to west, and visiting several trailhead cities. We just left charming, historic St. Charles, next up is Augusta! This gorgeous town is 35 miles west of St. Louis ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Sycamore

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In mid-February, the bar at Sycamore in Columbia, Missouri, debuted a fresh rotation of cocktails in the restaurant’s newly renovated cocktail lounge. Made with from-scratch infusions, syrups and bitters and only the freshest ingredients, bartender Aaron Rostad drew inspiration for the menu from cultures around the world. There is the Asian-influenced Green Plum, featuring green tea-infused gin with plum water ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Juniper

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In January, 2015, Cassy Vires was named head chef at Juniper, the St. Louis Southern comfort restaurant owned by chef John Perkins. Since taking the helm, Vires, formerly owner and head chef at Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, Missouri, has made the menu her own, pulling inspiration from her childhood spent in Tennessee and Alabama. Some of her new menu ... Read More »

Fun in Springfield: Chadwick OHV Area

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Do not, under any circumstances, visit the Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV area. That is, unless you want to have an absolute blast exploring the nearly 80 miles of pristine trails, as they wind through the southern Missouri highlands. Per the name, this area is located just a few miles from the small community of Chadwick which is approximately 34 miles ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Público

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Público, the long-awaited, much-anticipated Mexican- and Latin American-inspired gastropub from St. Louis restaurateur Mike Randolph, opened March 3, 2015, in the Delmar Loop. Located near Randolph’s Neapolitan pizzeria The Good Pie, the menu at Público is concentrated on five categories: crudo; platos pequenos, aka small plates; tacos; arepas, or leavened corn cakes; and a la parrilla, or grilled entrées, with ... Read More »

Explore the Great Outdoors in Jefferson City

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Winter has come to an end and we’ve been cooped up in the house too long. Don’t get us wrong, there are few things more breathtaking than our beautiful state blanketed in snow, but let’s be honest…we’re itching to get outside! A sea of blooming Redbud and Dogwood Trees coupled with a clear blue sky and sunshine set the perfect ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Cafe Poland

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Nestled in a tiny building on Locust Street in Columbia, Missouri, Café Poland focuses on no-fuss presentation and traditional recipes from the owners’ native Poland. Mother-and-son duo Iwona Galijska and Robert Burlinski opened the café in January 2013; Galijska is the head chef and Burlinski assists on the business side, taking care of the small 20-person dining room. The tidy ... Read More »

Bash Trash in April Through Annual Statewide Trash Bash

Trash Bash volunteers help clean up Cape LaCroix Creek in Cape Girardeau each year and collect all kinds of trash.

Do some “spring cleaning” outdoors in April and help fight litter through Missouri’s No MOre Trash! annual Trash Bash. The Trash Bash runs the entire month and is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign. The annual Trash Bash encourages people to ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

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Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is what you get when you cross the experience of Kansas City beer-loving restaurateurs James Westphal and Mark Kelpe, founders of McCoy’s Public House, The Foundry and Beer Kitchen, with the delicious smoked meats and barbecue sauces of award-winning pitmaster Mitch Benjamin – or as his friends call him, “Meat Mitch.” Char Bar opened ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: The Eagle Drive-In

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When it comes to raising greasy diner grub to the level of haute cuisine, few do so better than Jason Miller at The Eagle Drive-In in Joplin, Missouri. Standing outside of this small old-school drive-in, you wouldn’t think it anything special, but inside, the menu is sure to impress. Instead of floppy griddle burgers, Miller dishes out calamari, Boulevard Brewing ... Read More »