Dining and Drinking

Where can a guy get a burger at this hour?

One thing was for sure. When I moved to Kansas City, I’d be going to Town Topic. Growing up in Wichita, my dad talked about burgers from Town Topic the way other people would about meeting the president. Or bungee jumping. Or watching the Royals clutch the ’85 pennant. That’s just how much he loved it. And whether it’s true ... Read More »

World Series of Barbecue — Kansas City

Do You Barbecue, Smoke or Grill? What’s the Difference?  Is it barbeque or barbecue, BBQ or Bar-B-Q or Bar-B-Que? Honestly, the choice is yours; all are correct. Then there is the question of method: do you barbeque food, smoke it or grill it? Confused? Well, let’s have a look. In the United States, the experts almost unanimously stand by these ... Read More »

I am a chocoholic.

Chips Chocolate Factory, the making of chocolate.

Written and submitted by Steven Fuller. I am a chocoholic.  Not the kind who has to have chocolate every day but the kind who CANNOT pass up a mom and pop shop, a candy store, or a local chocolatier EVER. Never, ever, ever.  From Shanghai to Kansas City I stop at them all, and I compare them.  Chips Chocolate Factory, ... Read More »

Brewpubs for a Draught, a Nosh and a Good Time

Beer

In addition to being the oldest alcoholic beverage known, beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic drink worldwide, and it is thought to be the third most popular drink of any kind, after water and tea. If you want your beer fresh and not loaded with preservatives, what better place than right where it’s brewed, at a brewpub? Brewpubs and ... Read More »

Seven of Missouri Wine Country’s Best-Kept Secrets

Missouri is a great state for grape-growing and wineries.

1.       The Country’s First Wine Country! Yes, Augusta, Missouri, was named the first American Viticulture Area on June 20, 1980.  Napa was second.   The Ozark Mountain AVA, encompassing sections of southern Missouri extending into Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma, was established in Aug. 1, 1986.  The Hermann and Ozark Highlands AVA’s were designated later in 1987.  The AVA distinction is ... Read More »

Root Beer Milk?

Milking cows at Shatto Dairy

I love to see the reaction on people’s faces when I tell them about root beer milk. Most people scowl and say “Yuck, that doesn’t even sound good.” Little do they know it is a little piece of heaven right there in a glass bottle; it’s brought to you by Shatto Milk Company in Osborn, Mo. My response to people ... Read More »

Cupcake Discovery

Babycakes, Kansas City

I was very excited when I discovered The Cupcakery (soon to be called The Cup) in the Central West End of St. Louis. The sweet smell engulfs you before you even walk in the door. To walk inside and see such a great display of so many types of cupcakes can be overwhelming to a sweets-lover like me. I then ... Read More »

From 66 to 61

Ellen takes a sip at Elbow Inn

After a whirlwind trip on Missouri’s portion of Route 66, MoPhotoGirl and I left St. Louis and Lambert Airport on a Missouri Mission. Our destination … Hannibal. More on that in a bit. First, let’s recap the Route 66 trek. In short, it was a blast. Tiring, yes. But fun, nonetheless. My part of the journey actually began in Lebanon, ... Read More »

Ste. Genevieve Wineries

Ste. Genevieve Winery

We all know each winery has its own flavor when it comes to wine, but their flavors go beyond that to include the atmosphere of each winery location. After a whirlwind tour of Ste. Genevieve, I really began to understand the wide variety of flavors of the wineries. After a wonderful tour of some of the historic homes and buildings ... Read More »