Platte County Summer Festivals: International Flair with a Country Twist


The aroma of Italian cooking fills the air with fresh made chicken spedini, meatball sandwiches and Italian cookies tempting the appetites of every passerby. The following weekend it’s the aroma of golabki, bigos and kielbasa. The following month it’s funnel cakes, kraut burgers and fried oreos! Ah – summer festivals in Platte County – transporting visitors, and their appetites, to …

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Missouri Eats: Amigoni Urban Winery


When Michael and Kerry Amigoni first took Vitis vinifera grapes (European grape varietals) and planted them in 2001 in the first acre of their now 10-acre vineyard in Centerview, Missouri, their goal was to sell grapes to local winemakers. Michael had been interested in amateur winemaking since the mid-‘90s, and over time, began to study the skills necessary to produce …

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A Fun Sized Road Trip In Cape Girardeau

Kick off your mini road trip in Cape Girardeau, a lively town of 38,000 right on the Mighty Mississippi! The Butcher Block is your first stop for provisions.  Here you’ll find locally raised meats and other regional goodies.  Get a summer sausage and have the nice folks behind the counter slice it for you.  A sleeve of crackers, some local …

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Missouri Summer Road Trip: Pack Your Wagon and Journey West

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Embark on a summer road trip journey, immersing yourself in the pioneer life of the 1840s in Independence, Missouri. Travel back in time to 1849 where gold was on the mind of thousands and the streets of Independence were bustling with wagon trains arriving and departing from the trails west. This summer, Independence, the starting point of the Santa Fe, …

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On the Block: The Evolution of the Neighborhood Butcher Shop


During the first half of the 20th century, the neighborhood butcher shop was a staple in American life. People relied on their local butcher to carry the high-quality cuts of meat they bought each week, and in turn, butchers knew the names and needs of their regulars. These relationships slowly began to change in the 1960s, as meatpacking houses began …

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Enjoy the Landscape at the 6th Annual Prairie BioBlitz

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6th Annual Prairie BioBlitz June 6 & 7, 2015 Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enjoy a weekend on an original American landscape—the tallgrass prairie—at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s La Petite Gemme Prairie near Bolivar. At this free event, adults and children with enthusiasm for the outdoors team with biologists to explore and document plants and animals from …

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Famous Missouri Foods Paired Perfectly with Local Wines

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There are few things in this world that go together better than wine and food. Missourians know this to be especially true. Missouri wine country boasts more than 125 wineries and a history dating back more than 160 years. Show-Me State winemakers produce very food-friendly wines that pair perfectly with local fare and the Missouri way of life. Missouri is …

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7 Water Events at Lake of the Ozarks

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Whether you bring your own boat or rent one, there is always plenty to do on the water at the Lake of the Ozarks, with 1,150 miles of shoreline, covering 92 miles and 54,000 acres. I think it is safe to say you will not be bored, but just in case you may run out of things to do between …

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

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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. …

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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 …

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