Dining and Drinking

Missouri Cajun and Creole Cuisine 101

It is Mardi Gras season and you’re in the mood for an exciting New Orleans-inspired food adventure, but you’re not sure where to go or what to try. The terms and dishes can be daunting, for sure, but here’s a quick down-and-dirty cheat sheet to guide your decision-making process. A little background:  Creole and Cajun cuisines are similar due to …

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How to Pair Chocolate and Missouri Wine

There are so many different ways to enjoy chocolate: dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate and the fillings… the possibilities are endless. How do you even begin pairing your favorite chocolate treat with the perfect Missouri wine? Don’t let the diverse selection intimidate you. There are a few solid, basic rules that will guide you to get the most from your …

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Show-Me Five: Tater Tots

In 1953 the Ore-Ida founders, F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg, created an ingenious use for the potato slivers leftover during the French fry making process. The result was the golden, crispy, barrel-shaped delight we know today as the tater tot. Thus, on National Tater Tot day, it feels appropriate to pay homage to this wonderfully tasty creation, and Missouri …

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Romantic Getaways in Missouri Wine Country

There is a long and fascinating winemaking history in the Show Me state steeped in culture brought over by French, Italian and German immigrants with their vines more than 150 years ago. Experience international influence and local deliciousness on one of these tours through Missouri wine country, perfect for a romantic getaway! French Colonial Tour– Travel just an hour south …

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Show-Me Five: Hot Chocolates

Braving Missouri’s wintertime cold and snow are the perfect excuse to reward yourself with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.  No, I’m not talking about ripping open a paper packet and adding hot water (although, in a pinch, it will suffice).  Envision a delicious amalgamation of high-quality chocolate and hot, creamy milk; it’s the perfect winter treat to warm you …

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Head Underground in the Cellars of Missouri Wine Country

The Missouri wine industry has a long and fascinating history, and there’s no better place to take in the full magnitude of this than the underground cellars built in the 1800s. Touring these historic and impressive cellars is the perfect way to experience the past and appreciate the present of Missouri wine country. The town of Hermann was once home …

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Missouri Gone Wild

As a child, I turned up my nose upon discovering squirrel or deer on the dinner table.  I admit, at the time, I thought it was disgusting. But as I matured both as a food lover and a cook, I began reveling in finding wild game on restaurant menus and exploring new and exciting ways to prepare what my hunter …

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Missouri Restaurants with Great Soup

It’s typically mid-January when I ask myself why anyone would choose to live in bitterly cold Missouri instead of somewhere with year-round warmth and sun. But then, that first pure white snow blankets the landscape in sparkling, crystalline beauty, and I am gently reminded. There is no better way to survive and enjoy winter in the Show-Me State than savoring …

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Food Hotspots in Missouri

Confession:  I used to refer to myself as a “foodie” until I recently discovered that the term is widely considered an overused buzzword. Who knew? Regardless of labels, for those who love to eat, drink and be merry, Missouri’s food hotspots provide the perfect avenue for exploring pleasures for your palate. New Taste Adventures St. Joseph’s newest restaurant, Ostrea, touts …

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A Winter Guide to Plant-Based Dining in Missouri

When the days are cold and cloud-covered during winter in Missouri, I gladly give up the light meals of summer for warm, comforting food like root vegetables from local farms, teas made with spices like ginger and cinnamon, and hearty servings of steamed vegetables and cooked grains. When I don’t feel like cooking for myself, discovering a new vegan or vegetarian restaurant or trying …

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