Missouri Eats: Curtain Call Lounge


Legend has it that when sparkling-wine pioneer Dom Perignon first discovered Champagne, he said, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” The quote headlines the drink menu of the recently opened Curtain Call Lounge, which bubbles with a posh personality all its own. Inside the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s new lavish hideaway, visitors can sip away at stellar cocktails that sparkle …

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Saturday Morning at the Kirksville Farmers Market


One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning in Kirksville is to wander through the local Farmers Market. I love to stop and say hello to Steve and Velda Salt from Green Valley Farm and buy sweet basil and vine-ripened tomatoes. I stroll over to James Hawkins’ booth to buy a pint of the most flavorful home …

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Enjoy Missouri’s Spring Show

Missouri Botanical Gardens

I love springtime with its landscape of greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, purples and reds, not to mention the fragrant whiffs of fresh springtime air greeting me each time I venture outside. Warm breezes, bright sunshine and vibrant pops of color rejuvenate my senses. Yes, one of my favorite times of year has finally sprung! Take it from me, a stroll …

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Live in St. Louis: A Diverse, Arch-Sized Music Scene

National Blues Museum

In any given week in St. Louis, there are up to 300 chances to treat your ears to some phenomenal musicianship. Whether it’s Stevie Ray Vaughn-esque shredding in the Soulard neighborhood, cool vocal stylings at a hip suburban bistro, or the joyful jamming of a Grateful Dead tribute band in the Loop, the live music scene is rocking visitors and …

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Missouri Eats: Melo’s Pizzeria


When Blues City Deli owner Vince “Vinnie” Valenza acquired the building that houses his popular sandwich shop, he and his son Joey immediately started cooking up ideas for how to make use of the adjacent garage. Initially, that meant experimenting with bread baking, but Joey’s newfound passion led to another craft: pizza making. Named after Vinnie’s father and enthusiastic pizzaiolo, …

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Enjoy the Spring Weather in Jefferson City

Outside Dining at Madison's Cafe

Regardless of the chill still in the air, spring has arrived and that means it’s time to end your hibernation and get outdoors in Jefferson City. There’s nothing quite as charming as the sea of redbud and dogwood trees surrounding our city as warmer weather nears. The streets are busy again while umbrellas begin to pop-up outside our favorite eateries. …

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Missouri Eats: Meshuggah Bagels

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Pete and Janna Linde have finally brought “crazy good” New York-style bagels to Kansas City. The couple recently expanded Meshuggah Bagels, their wholesale kosher bagel company, by opening their first retail storefront on 39th Street this month. Growing up in a Jewish family in the New York area, bagels were a part of Pete’s daily life until he moved to Kansas …

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Missouri Museum Madness: History


Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana In honor of the past, we store parts of history to be remembered and treasured in great museums across Missouri. These relics showcase the history of our state and display what is truly to be remembered and valued. There are many history museums where the …

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Missouri Eats: Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes

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For someone who practices yoga seven days a week and practically lives off chia seeds, vegetables and water, Mike Jalili makes a mean burger. (He admits to tasting bites every day since opening the burger joint.) This has been a dream of his for years, and in November, Jalili, along with his brother Billy and sister-in-law Sara, opened Black Sheep …

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Missouri Eats: Lucky Boys Bar and Grill

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Justin Norcross, Dan Myers and Keenan Nichols consider themselves lucky. The three partners opened Lucky Boys, a grown-up clubhouse and bar, in Kansas City earlier this year; it’s named after their own real-life hangout where they’d work on their motorcycles, listen to music, have a drink and a bite, and relax. Norcross delivers the culinary talent while Myers displays confident …

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