Dining and Drinking

Super Bowl LI Calls for MO Wine

Down. Set. Hut-hut! The 51st installment of the biggest game in professional football is almost here. Sunday, February 5th, the top teams will faceoff. Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl soiree or going to a friend’s, we’ve got some great ideas for winning food and local wine match ups. Do you dip? Guacamole is a festive favorite that pairs perfectly …

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Missouri Eats: Ugly Mugg

Ugly Mugg is downtown Columbia, Missouri’s latest coffee option, but with a twist: alcohol. “We tried to make sure we had a different niche than other coffee shops in town,” says owner Jenny Thompson. Ugly Mugg offers a variety of hot and cold coffee and spirit concoctions. Thompson says the Northern Irishman, nitrogen-infused cold-brew coffee with a house blend of …

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Missouri Wine and Book Pairings    

When the temperature dips and we’re in the heart of a Missouri winter, there’s nothing better than curling up under a cozy, warm blanket with a good book and a glass of wine. Try out these Missouri wine and book pairings for a nice night in. Norton is undeniably original and complex. These books are a perfect pair. Gone Girl …

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Show-Me 5: Soups & Chili

Companion, St. Louis: Longstanding lunch favorite Companion has two café locations in the St. Louis area that feature the bakery’s fresh bread, sandwiches, salads and four daily rotating soups, including chicken-artichoke-Brie, butternut squash and cabbage, and favorite New England clam chowder. 314.352.4770. The Fountain on Locust, St. Louis: Aside from boozy ice cream martinis and award-winning restrooms, the St. Louis …

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Missouri Eats: Druff’s

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Missouri, Druff’s opened in May serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, hot soup and cold beer. The name is a playful take on the restaurant’s location in the historic Woodruff building. Although first-timers might have a hankering for a traditional grilled cheese, the more adventurous will find inspired options at Druff’s. The menu boasts …

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Warm Up with Missouri Wine and Chili

Chili is a warming comfort food that’s hard to beat. One of the great things about chili is how many different kinds there are. It can be customized in countless ways to fit any palate preference. We’ve gathered some great recipes and paired them with delicious, local wines. If you were wondering what to make for dinner this week, now …

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Missouri Eats: Stage Left Diner

After a costume change, City Diner at the Fox is ready to perform as Stage Left Diner. Under new ownership, Stage Left aims to be Grand Center’s go-to spot for quality diner fare with a twist. Expect classics like smashburgers, spoon-drop biscuits and creamy milkshakes as well as new additions like sweet and savory crêpes and loaded breakfast skillets. Along …

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Wine Barrels: A Long History and a Bright Future

Barrels are probably one of the first things that come to mind when you think about wine. They have become an archetypal symbol of wine over the years, but their use started accidentally. For thousands of years, wine was transported in clay amphora. These vessels worked fine when transporting wine for the most part. They could be airtight if sealed …

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Missouri Eats: Mona’s

A mainstay in the iconic Italian-American St. Louis neighborhood The Hill recently got a complete makeover: Mona’s opened in October and replaced Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant, which closed in August after 15 years in business. “We just decided that it was a good time to close Modesto,” says owner Brendan Marsden. “We really just wanted to do something fresh …

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Missouri in Winter Suits Everyone to a T(ea)

Much of the joy of vacationing is to be found in a chance to slow down, look more closely at the world around you, savor new flavors, just stop and smell the tea. Oh, you thought we were going to talk about flowers, in winter, in Missouri? No, I’m inviting you to join me on a Show-Me State exploration that …

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