Dining and Drinking

Big Games, Big Fun

While a good chunk of the sports universe is focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, folks in the Midwest have their eyes set on a different game. Missouri. Kansas. Saturday night, the rival Kansas Jayhawks come to Mizzou Arena to face the No. 4 Missouri Tigers. With the Jayhawks ranked No. ... Read More »

Missouri: A Winter Wine-derland

If you think wineries are only for the warmer months, think again! I find them to be a great oasis to escape the hustle and bustle, finish shopping, warm up and relax. Decorated for the holidays, and ready to greet you, are more than 100 wineries throughout the state. As the vineyards go into hibernation, the wines ferment and the ... Read More »

At Buddha, You Can’t Leave Food on Your Plate

Platte County, which includes the communities of Weston, Parkville, and Riverside, is one area of Missouri I never had the privilege to visit until October, or so I thought. I was very excited to see this area, and when I received our travel agenda, I noticed the Zona Rosa shopping, dining, retail and entertainment complex was our evening destination the ... Read More »

Columbia Offers Tastes for the Season

With the leaves changing and students returning, autumn is an amazing time to be in Columbia. In addition to festivals and football, Columbia offers a variety of ways to enjoy the harvest season whether you want to eat it up or drink it down. A great place to start is the Columbia Farmers Market. Providing mid-Missouri with fresh, local products ... Read More »

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 »