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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

Char Bar, The Holy Trinity, three rib bones, black angus brisket, burnt ends

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 »

Missouri Eats: Umbria Rustic Italian

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After the closing of The Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe in downtown Columbia, Missouri, owner Adam Guy and executive chef Peter Hawkins opened Umbria Rustic Italian in August. The restaurant takes its name and culinary inspiration from the Umbria region of Italy, with a focus on fresh, seasonal Italian comfort food. The kitchen makes its pastas from scratch, and that ... Read More »

Girlfriend Getaways in Missouri Wine Country

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It’s hard to deny there’s a special bond between ladies. We laugh with each other, tell each other like it is, and always support each other through thick and thin. Embrace and celebrate these important friendships. Take a break and get away from it all for a little while with your girlfriends. We know the perfect place – Missouri Wine ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: JJ’s Restaurant

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Kansas City celebrates the return of a well-loved restaurant and wine bar with the reopening of JJ’s Restaurant located in the Polsinelli building. A tragic fire destroyed the old restaurant, but from those ashes, proprietor Jimmy Frantzé has managed to recreate the warmth and magic of the original location along with most of the original staff less than a block ... Read More »

Missouri Farmers Markets: My Favorite Sign of Spring

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It’s strange to me that my favorite sign of spring is a Facebook post, but I eagerly begin watching for it this time each year. After all, it’s about now that my winter patience is coming to a close. I try to enjoy all seasons with the best of them. I bundle up for the winter festivals, telling myself I ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Seoul Q

Assorted banchan and appetizers at Seoul Q in St. Louis, Mo.

When David Choi first looked at the space at 6665 Delmar Blvd. in the Delmar Loop, he knew it was too big for just the relocation of his Korean-Mexican restaurant Seoul Taco, previously located down the street. In fact, the kitchen alone was bigger than the entirety of Seoul Taco’s old location. Enter Seoul Q, St. Louis’ newest Korean barbecue ... Read More »

Go Green in Rolla for St. Pats Day

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Get your green on! Join us for the 107th Best Ever St. Pat’s Celebration in Rolla; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers. St. Pat’s in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities. The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade ... Read More »