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‘Cool’ Summer Eats in Columbia!

July 11, 2013

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If you get a little overheated during your summer visit to Columbia, be sure to hit these ‘cool’ spots and get yourself a treat!

63 Diner

5801 Hwy 763 North | 573-443-2331

Step back in time at the 63 Diner! A classic diner featuring music from the 50’s and nostalgic décor – the waitresses even wear poodle skirts! Order one of many signature diner-style meals, and don’t forget the milkshake!

Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe

28 S. 9th St. | 573-817-5616

While Main Squeeze does feature a vegetarian menu, it’s not just for vegetarians! Stop by and try one of their unique fresh juice drinks or smoothies, like the Ginger Tonic (apple, celery, lemon, and ginger) or the Berry Berry Good smoothie (grape, blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry).

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream

21 S. 9th St. | 573-443-7400

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A small ice cream parlor in The District (downtown Columbia), Sparky’s features awesomely unique rotating flavors including mango strawberry almond, chocolate banana Tabasco, dark and stormy (for those 21 and older, it includes rum and ginger beer), blackberry goat cheese, and dark pepper dark chocolate espresso. Don’t worry, for those of you who would prefer a safer choice, Sparky’s also has “normal” flavors like vanilla bean, chocolate, cookies and cream, and butter pecan.

Tropical Liqueurs

515 E. Broadway | 573-442-8098

3805 S. Providence | 573-256-7141

A bar specializing in frozen cocktails, Trops is the place to be (as long as you’re 21)! There are 2 locations in Columbia: one on the south side of town and one downtown in the District. While Trops does serve beer and mixed drinks, they are known for their frozen drinks such as the Tiger Paw (peach schnapps, rum, pineapple juice, and orange juice), ’57 Chevy (rum, gin, vodka, sloe gin, and mai tai blend), and many others.

Buck’s Ice Cream

Eckles Hall, University of Missouri | 573-882-1088

Buck’s is known as the official ice cream of the Mizzou Tigers and is even made fresh on the University of Missouri’s campus by food science students. Their typical hours are Monday – Friday noon-5 (and Saturdays during warmer months), but it’s completely worth it to find time to go just for a taste of their tiger stripe or Mizzou gold ice cream.

Yogoluv

201 S. 9th St. | 573-777-9694

Yogoluv features a buffet of frozen yogurt and topping choices, and the price depends on how much your bowl of deliciousness weighs. The flavors are rotated but the basic choices of chocolate and vanilla are available along with toppings including candies, syrups, fruits, cereals, and almost anything else you’d want on your frozen yogurt.

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Columbia Snapshot

February 15, 2013

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In our new Columbia Snapshot posts, we feature photos from around Columbia captured by our staff or by our readers to share little corners of our city that you might not always see.

This week’s photo is of one of the colorful and vibrant menu boards at Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe in downtown Columbia. One of Columbia’s few completely vegetarian restaurant options, Main Squeeze is a haven for diners who like fresh, locally sourced, healthy and delicious meal options.

One of our favorite boards is home to the array of smoothie choices at Main Squeeze! Each creatively named smoothie is full of freshly blended fruit, juices and any other add-ins you request. Our personal favorite is the Berry Berry Good, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the selections. Make sure to pair your smoothie with one of their organic hot dishes, melt-in-your-mouth sandwiches or outstanding handmade desserts. No matter what you pick, your stomach will thank you!

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Uniquely Columbia: Main Squeeze

October 2, 2012

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Do you enjoy delicious food? Of course you do!

How about delicious vegetarian food that promotes sustainability in an artistic atmosphere? Not sure? Trust us on this one, and check out Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar in The District.

Believe us when we tell you that Main Squeeze could quite well change how you feel about eating vegetarian food. Everything on the menu is fresh, flavorful and unique, with daily specials and desserts that will surprise you and keep you coming back. Sip on refreshing 100% fruit smoothies like the Strawberry Manilow (Strawberry, Bananas and Orange) and Give Peach a Chance (Apple, Peach Banana) or incredible juices like the Ring of Fire (Apple, Orange, Beet, Ginger) and Elvis Parsley (Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Parsley, Beet).

Once you’ve quenched your thirst, dive in to one of Main Squeeze’s delectable dishes. Choices range from tofu tacos to the Hail Kale salad.

Dive into this flavorful place of tofu tacos at Main Squeeze. Photo by Patrice Raplee.

When you visit Main Squeeze, not only will you enjoy incredible food, you’ll be supporting a business that supports the community. Main Squeeze works with over a dozen local farms, creates less than one bag of trash each day and displays local art, with 100% of sales being passed along to the artist. It’s food that makes you feel good and that you can feel good about eating.

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Why We Love Columbia…and you should too!

February 15, 2012

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It’s no secret that those of us who promote Columbia for a living love the city. Like, really really love it.  A lot. There are, of course, many reasons that we have a passion for Columbia, but here are a few of our biggest reasons why we heart Columbia.

 Outstanding Local Dining

Columbia is a food lover’s paradise!  Whether you fancy pizza or parsnips, you can tempt your taste buds at a variety of local restaurants. What we love best about Columbia fare is how committed local chefs are to using local and sustainable ingredients. Stop by Main Squeeze for a smoothie or tofu tacos and you may see a local farmer stopping in to drop off some fresh produce.  Sycamore has always been a champion of featuring local foods and the Wine Cellar and Bistro serves up local cheeses and an extensive Missouri wine list. You can also stop by Lakota Coffee, one of the few places in the country that actually roasts their coffee in-house every day! With so many stops to make, you’ll have to visit Columbia quite a few times before you could even begin to taste everything the city has to offer.

 The Vibrant District

After you’ve devoured the flavors of Columbia, take a stroll through Columbia’s downtown area, The District. Home to many of the restaurants we so adore, The District also holds many of Columbia’s best shops, art galleries, music venues, many housed in beautiful historic buildings. Legendary concert venue The Blue Note has hosted musical acts for over 30 years including Wilco, the Dave Matthews Band and REM, all in an intimate setting in the heart of Columbia. Bluestem Missouri Crafts features works from artists that reside in Missouri and its eight contiguous states and the Columbia Art League Gallery, located adjacent to the historic Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, displays art from local, regional and national artists in excellent shows. You can also pick up a memento from your visit to Columbia at any of the unique shops in The District. Create your own signature perfume oil at Makes Scents, indulge in a chocolate pizza at The Candy Factory or that perfect little something for your home from Calhoun’s or Poppy. Each stop in The District is sure to hit the right note, so what’s not to love?

 Tiger Spirit

For many in Columbia, the only thing that’s truly hard to love is a Jayhawk. As the home of the University of Missouri, we love our Tigers. Black and gold isn’t just something for game days, so you can always pick up some Mizzou gear at the University of Missouri Bookstore on the gorgeous MU campus or the Tiger Team Store, located next to Memorial Stadium. With Mizzou athletics moving to the Southeastern Conference next year and the phenomenal season the men’s basketball team is having, there’s extra buzz this year. On your next Columbia visit, explore campus, pick up a new sweatshirt and yell M-I-Z to your heart’s content.

It’s pretty obvious that we love Columbia…a lot, but there’s even more to fall for when you come visit.

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