Dining and Drinking

Cupcakes and Wine Pairing Anyone?

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Royalty has officially arrived in Weston – complete with crowns, diamonds and wine!! Weston Wine Company opened May 9th in downtown Weston, and it’s not your ordinary winery. When I walked in, I was offered a wine-infused cupcake complete with a fondant icing crown. It’s hard not to feel like royalty for the day (or at least an hour!) when you get that kind ... Read More »

Eats for Everyone at Lake of the Ozarks

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The Lake of the Ozarks is definitely one of the best summer destinations in Missouri. You could spend every minute on the Lake if you wanted to. But if you don’t, the Lake Area offers tons of other things to do, from golf to shopping to massive mini-golf complexes. Check out a sample four-day trip idea at the Lake of ... Read More »

13 Missouri Wineries Where You Can Stay and Play

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Visiting wine country is closer than you think. Missouri has more than 125 wineries across the state. Take a trip to wine country and stay at one of these wineries that not only offer delicious wine, but overnight accommodations as well. With so much to offer, why not get away this weekend? 1. Chaumette Vineyards & Winery – Ste. Genevieve ... Read More »

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

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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 »