Dining and Drinking

Meet the Award Winning Missouri Wines of 2017

For more than thirty years, local wineries have entered their wines in the Missouri Wine Competition with the hope of winning the top award for best wine in the state, the coveted Governor’s Cup. This year was no different with 308 entries from 31 different wineries across the Show Me state. A panel of judges made up of wine experts …

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Snow & Co. Opens New Two-Story Frozen Cocktail Lounge in Westport

Just in time to provide chilly comfort from the rising temperatures outside, Snow & Co. has opened its new frozen craft-cocktail bar in the Westport neighborhood of Kansas City. Owners Jerry Nevins, Andy Talbert and Lauren Cloud decided to move their frozen-cocktail lounge from its original location in the Crossroads Arts District to a larger space last year, believing the …

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5 Must-Try Ice Cream Sandwiches in St. Louis

Ice cream sandwiches are a nostalgic dessert. Many of us probably remember the good old days of unwrapping the decadent rectangles from sticky parchment paper and licking our fingers clean of cookie residue. But in St. Louis, there are many places you can find ice cream sandwiches outside the grocery store. Relive those childhood days by visiting these local ice …

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Missouri Wine Country: What is Véraison?

Véraison is a fancy French word that simply means the grapes are beginning to change color. A more complete definition is that Véraison is the beginning of berry ripening when the berries on a grape vine become soft and take on the colors characteristic of their specific varieties. What makes Véraison exciting? It means harvest is just around the corner, …

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Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice

At Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice, co-owners Brandon Holzhueter and Brad Merten offer much more than the standard frozen Daiquiri. The cool new concept borders St. Louis’ Central West End and Midtown neighborhoods and features frozen boozy drinks made with fresh ingredients and from-scratch infusions and purées. Inspired by its playful narwhal logo, the interior features a nautical theme: Splashes of …

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Show-Me 5: Hot Dogs

Steve’s Hot Dogs, St. Louis: The Urge frontman Steve Ewing originally started Steve’s Hot Dogs as a food cart in St. Louis to feed fans after the band’s shows, and it has now expanded to two brick-and-mortar shops and a stand within International Tap House in the Central West End. Since the beginning, Ewing’s dogs have dazzled for their extravagant …

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Celebrate Concord Month in MO Wine Country

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate Concord Month this July. Concord is a sweet red wine that pairs perfectly with all your summer favorites… barbecue, ice cream, and it even makes a great popsicle! Concord is the quintessential grape flavor and we have Welch’s to thank for its prominence in Missouri. Prior to prohibition the Missouri wine industry …

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10 Must-Try Patios in Kansas City

Patio season has arrived in Kansas City (finally!), and there’s really only one way to celebrate. On a beautiful, sunny day or a warm summer night, head to a spacious patio to grab a cold beer and catch up with friends.  Aep, Kansas City: One of the things that Aep, the new regional Thai restaurant on 39th Street, inherited when …

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Soundtrack to Missouri Summer Sipping

There is something about music being performed live that transcends genre. Perhaps it’s the storytelling component or the sense of community when everyone is gathered around to listen. Whatever the reason, it only adds to the wonderful atmosphere you’ll find at Missouri wineries. There are more than 130 wineries in the Show Me State and many of them feature live …

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4 Affordable St. Louis-Area CSAs

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) isn’t too pricey, but some options are cheaper than others. Here are four St. Louis-area CSAs with membership options for $36 a week or less. Local Farmer Crop Boxes Cost: Farm Box: $29.99/week Season: Year-round (52 weeks) Membership requirements: None. Entirely web-based. Members may stop and start the program when they wish, and add, drop and …

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