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Floating on Missouri’s Rivers: What is it About a River?

Current River by Nolan Brunnworth.

Joe preferred to find a quiet Missouri waterway mid-week. Floating in silence, lazily lifting his paddle only when necessary. Watching drops trickle from the blade onto the mirrored surface of the river. Birds perched on branches along the way, singing harmonies for a time, until they spread their wings in flight, majestically moving on. Jan liked the Saturday social scene. ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge

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The story of Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis is parallel to the progression of the city’s food scene. Frazer Cameron opened his restaurant in 1992, serving lunch to a crowd that largely consisted of shift workers at the nearby Anheuser-Busch brewery. Twenty-three years later, Frazer’s has outgrown its humble beginnings, expanding into a ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Awaze


Awaze offers expertly spiced Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine in Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhood. Owner Pablo Brown prepares specialties like jerk chicken, curried goat, fried plantains and blackened jerk tilapia. The restaurant takes its name from an Ethiopian hot sauce that adds flavor to its sambusas, fried dough shells stuffed with spiced ground beef, chiles and herbs. A vegetarian version uses ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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You can now coordinate the logistics of “dinner and a show” with ease at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City by reserving a table at its newly opened Dining Experience. Located inside the Kauffman Center’s south entrance in the sleek Founders’ Lounge, the full-service, 65-seat restaurant keeps the same hours as the Kauffman Center, but guests ... Read More »

5 Awesome Columbia Parks

Rock Bridge State Park- photo by Jennifer McGovney.

Columbia, Missouri, is a outdoor adventurer’s dream. There are so many things to do outside in the warm weather seasons that you will barely see your couch. So make sure to set your DVR this summer because if you’re in CoMo you’ll be in one of these parks, if not on one of their fabulous restaurant patios. MKT Trail What ... Read More »

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


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 »

Niche Restaurant: Finding Limitless Creativity within a 300-mile Radius


Underneath a powder-blue sky filled with majestic clouds, the soft, low light of early morning casts dramatic shapes across a verdant landscape. A farmer, fishing pole in hand, walks past rows of tall cornstalks on his way to a nearby river. In the distance, a mule stands outside of a barn. From this vantage point, some trees seem tall enough ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Juniper


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 »