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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

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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 »

Cream of the Crop: Independence Creates Growth for a Missouri Dairy

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The glass bottles clink together like half-gallon champagne flutes as they slide along Shatto Milk Co.’s line. Over the next six hours, the bottles will be filled with enough white milk to fill an aboveground pool and milk the pastel colors of Easter. The bottling line makes a steady whooshing noise, the measured breaths of a family dairy. The production ... Read More »

What to do on a Girls Getaway at Lake of the Ozarks

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Let’s face it, a Girl’s Getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect trip this year.  You can stay awhile, a weekend or come visit for the day; either way, a little escape always cleanses the soul. Great friends, excessive laughter, fun memories and (cough, cough) spending too much money shopping, is the perfect cocktail to create a ... Read More »

An Outdoor Sporting Paradise: Hunting and Fishing in St. Joseph

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This article was provided courtesy of the St. Joseph CVB and written by Brandon Butler. Catfishermen motor upstream through fog lifting off the Missouri River in St. Joseph. Their gaze is transfixed upon the picturesque pink and orange sunrise developing in the eastern horizon beyond the mesmerizing bluffs Lewis and Clark first laid eyes on in July of 1804. These ... Read More »

A Genealogical Journey to Cape Girardeau

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“Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” — Mark Twain If you aren’t looking to go into politics and your family tree made its way to Southeast Missouri at some point in the last few centuries, Cape Girardeau is a great place to immerse yourself in ... Read More »