Dining and Drinking

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

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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 »

Show-Me Five: Restaurants in Missouri to Stuff My Face

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You know what’s best about some restaurants in Missouri? They really let you stuff your face. They don’t skimp on the quality either; big plates serve bigger portions of food your eyes wish they could taste. Sorry, eyes, these tasty goodies are mouth and tummy only. No worries though. The next time you’re looking to curb your hunger, any one ... Read More »

Gluten-free Dining: It’s a Breeze in Missouri

Aviary Cafe and Creperie Gluten-Free Crepe

Dining out on vacation can be one of the best parts of a trip. What better way to get the pulse on local culture and experience a city’s charm and creativity? It’s that one fantastic meal, that one great craft cocktail, that one friendly server that can help make memories on a trip. But for the gluten-free traveler, dining out on ... Read More »

Show-Me Five: Candy Shops in Missouri to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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There are many candy shops in Missouri, each with its own charm and vibe, casting out smells of home-made chocolates, taffies, and sour gummies to patrons. Crush that candy craving and carry your own favorite treats in hand (or mouth) here: Crown Candy Kitchen If you’ve ever visited Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, you know it packs a crowd ... Read More »

St. James Winery Pairs Well with State Parks

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There are two things Missouri does better than any other state in the nation: parks and wine. Well, maybe we’re biased, but the State Parks system in our beautiful state does a phenomenal job providing pristine sites for camping, hiking and fishing enthusiasts from all over the world—and Missouri is quickly becoming known for wines of great character and promise. ... Read More »

Parkville Bakery Creating Quite a Buzz

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Walking into the French Bee Bakery in downtown Parkville literally takes you a world away – just look at the wall and you will not only see the current Parkville time but also the current time in Paris, France! Now, look in the glass case and see the scrumptious lavender donuts, rosemary apricot bars, chocolate raspberry scones, pumpkin snickerdoodles, cinnamon-yogurt ... Read More »

7 Ingredients for Missouri Hikes

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Hiking season is here in Missouri and hikers everywhere need to remember that it’s always a good idea to take a healthy snack, such as a granola bar, so that you don’t lose energy throughout the day. You want to be able to see that great view at the top, or complete the long trail for the first time, don’t ... Read More »

Tiny Arrow Rock is Big on Charm

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Great theatre productions and fabulous food are hallmarks of a trip to historic Arrow Rock, a small town in northwest Missouri. I recently was part of a group outing to Arrow Rock; our focus was catching a production at Lyceum Theatre, but I was blown away by the town and its charm. The first item on our agenda was a ... Read More »