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Ostrea is Making St. Joseph a Destination For Fresh Oysters

Hundreds of miles from any coast, Kansas City has never been considered a seafood destination. Yet a new crop of chefs and restaurateurs, including Bryan Sparks of Ostrea St. Joseph, are bringing ever-fresher fish to the Midwest. As its name would suggest, Ostrea specializes in oysters, served both fresh – one or two days out of the water and bare …

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Missouri Eats: Eat-Rite Diner

The Powers family, owners of Eat-Rite Diner near Busch Stadium in St. Louis, claim slingers began in their diners. They’re just not exactly sure when. “We started serving slingers around 1985,” Tina Powers says. “Customers started ordering it – ‘Hey, put a scoop of chili on that.’” “It was at the Fenton store in the ‘70s,” counters her brother, David …

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Missouri Breweries Near Hiking Trails

There’s nothing like a good hike to shake off stress, connect with nature and to work up a good thirst. And there’s nothing like a cold Missouri brew to help quench that thirst. Fortunately, Missouri is home to several prime hiking locations that are near craft breweries, so you won’t be thirsty long. Here’s a look at five hike-and-brew locations …

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A Missouri Small Batch Distillery: White Mule Distillery

For backwoods booze without the kick, try White Mule Distillery in Purdy, Missouri. Master distiller Joe “Fred” Owens has created a product with a finish so smooth, you’ll be surprised it’s moonshine. Owner Gary Grantham starts visitors in the smokehouse, where corn mash is smoked over local hickory, before moving into the distillery, which sources water from an on-site spring. …

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8 Small-Town Wineries to Explore

Off the beaten path and away from the hustle and bustle you’ll find these wineries. They’re ready to take you in and give you a unique and relaxing experience away from the stress and hurry of daily life. Each offering their own brand of small town charm, these eight wineries are worth the extra time and drive… that’s part of …

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Chardonel: Missouri’s Classic White Wine

Chardonel is a hybrid grape with two well-known parents, Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, but this grape doesn’t hide in the shadows. Missouri’s classic white wine, Chardonel, is the perfect pairing for spring weather, food, and fun. That’s why April has been named Chardonel Month! Pronounced shar-doe-nel, this white grape embodies the best characteristics of both Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, producing …

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8 Kansas City Sports Bars to Watch the Royals Game

The Kansas City Royals home opener is Mon., April 10, making this a perfect time to head to one of the city’s many sports bars to cheer on the boys in blue. Here are eight options in the Kansas City area to root for the home team (listed in no particular order). Brooksider Sportsbar & Grill: Brooksider Sportsbar & Grill …

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Missouri Eats: Der Käse

Tom Blatchford, owner of Der Käse, knows a thing or two about cheese: In addition to owning the new Hermann, Missouri, cheese shop, he’s a cheesemaker and dairy farmer. The products in his line of farmstead artisan cheeses, Cool Cow Cheese, include varieties of Gouda, Edam and queso blanco, which are available at the storefront that first opened in August …

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Show Me Wine Country: Augusta

Augusta is a quaint town on Highway 94 just southwest of St. Louis, and as you approach the area you’ll start to notice something you may not be accustomed to seeing along the Missouri countryside, grape vines. Augusta is one of Missouri’s premier winemaking regions and the country’s first official designated wine region. In 1980, Augusta was named an American …

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Missouri Eats: Hi-Pointe Drive-In

Regulars at Mike Johnson’s Sugarfire Smoke House know how good the burger is, but Johnson believes he’s made it even better at his latest restaurant, Hi-Pointe Drive-In. The burger, sandwich and shake joint opened in January behind the iconic Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis. Don’t miss the taco burger, a taco-seasoned patty made with crushed Cool Ranch Doritos and Chili …

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