Dining and Drinking

Adventures in Missouri Wine Country Made Easy & Mobile

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Just in time for warmer weather, Missouri Wine is debuting a new feature, the Winery Explorer. Now, learning about the state’s wineries and planning your adventures in Missouri Wine country is easier than ever and available on your phone! When you visit MissouriWine.org/wineries to look up information about any of the more than 125 wineries in the state, you will ... Read More »

St. Louie Chop Suey

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When I attended Mizzou, oh so many years ago, I met and made friends with many students from St. Louis.  Visits to their homes taught me how the locals ate and I learned about some favorites that I had not previously experienced. At the top of this list is the “St. Louis-style” fried rice from the many “chop suey” places ... Read More »

Tour de BBQ: A Taste of St. Louis’ BBQ Restaurants

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A co-worker and I have recently been arguing over which BBQ restaurants in St. Louis has the best food. Honestly, I was long convinced it was Pappy’s and, of course, he still swears by it. But a recent visit to Sugarfire Smoke House in the Olivette made me start questioning everything I knew about St. Louis BBQ. I did a ... Read More »

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Missouri Wines

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1.  Missouri has an official state grape (and it’s a pretty awesome). The Norton grape was named the official state grape of Missouri in 2003. Norton is a Native American grape, and believed to be one of the oldest varieties still commercially grown. Norton is known for making big, bold, dry red wine and is completely unlike any other varietal. ... Read More »

Create Your Own Missouri Date Night

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It’s always a great time of year to spend quality time with that special someone while you enjoy Missouri’s wonderfully vibrant restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. Keep the love going with weekly date nights in Missouri. If you aren’t sure where to start, consider the list below a step in the right direction. Here’s how it works: you see each city ... Read More »

Date Night in Weston: Wine, Dine and Leprechauns

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With my kids being basically no-shows on weekend nights with one in college and the other a senior in high school, I now have the luxury of free time! With long lost date nights suddenly being found again, the same question gets asked continually by my husband “what are we doing tonight?” Luckily, I have an easy answer – let’s ... Read More »

Missouri Wineries: Enjoy the Best

Make sure to tour Stone Hill Winery's cellars while you're there.

I like wine. I don’t love wine; I love my wife and kids – but I do appreciate good wine and spending a relaxing afternoon at a pleasant winery or two, with (as you might guess) my wife. No, I’m not a wino, just an aficionado. That said; let me point out some distinctive wineries in the central section of ... Read More »

Fabulous Food Finds in Hannibal

Homemade cinnamon rolls from Java Jive.

It’s a fact.  We eat more when it’s cold outside.  Even WebMD says we eat more during the winter.  Why spend time fighting that urge?  Why not EMBRACE it with some memorable meals and treats?  Make those few pounds you gain into a fantastic story of fabulous food finds from Hannibal, Mo.  We’ll help with some ideas below….and try not ... Read More »

Show-Me Five: Missouri Travel Snacks

Hoeckele's Bakery in Perryville.

Whether you’re heading to across town to see friends, out-of-town to grandma’s house or across the state to visit loved ones, there’s one thing you’ve got to remember when traveling: snacks for the road. In Missouri, we’re fortunate to have so many great places from which awesome treats are created. Here’s a look at four foods, and one drink, to ... Read More »

A New Take on Cranberry

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The cranberry is one of few fruits native to America that are grown commercially. [Fun Fact: Several popular Missouri grape varietals are also American natives; Catawba, Concord and Norton.] The fruit was used as food, fabric dye and a healing agent long before the settlers arrived. However, the cranberry’s primary claim to fame these days is in the form of ... Read More »