Food & Drink

Sushi at home

Sushi to Your Taste: Explore the Different Varieties, Styles Possible

Photos by L.G. Patterson I recently had the pleasure of cooking with Jina Yoo. If you have been around Columbia and are a lover of sushi, you have probably been to her namesake restaurant, Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro, or her second Columbia restaurant, Le Bao Asian Eatery, featuring steam buns and ramen. Maybe you’ve tried […]

Sweet & Savory Snack Mixes Make the Perfect Holiday Treat

Photos by L.G. Patterson Christmas. I have what can only be described as a bittersweet relationship with Christmas. I LOVE the reason, decorations, traditions and, of course, food! However, I, like so many others, tend to get overwhelmed and overbooked during this time of the year. Often, I find myself thinking, “I just want to […]

Leitzas Open New Café With Focus On Family Recipes, Local Ingredients

Photos by L.G. Patterson Vanessa and Jake Leitza are no strangers to the mid-Missouri restaurant scene. As Jake Leitza says, the mother and son duo have spent their whole lives in the food industry, working at several restaurants over the years before they teamed up to reopen a local favorite in Katfish Katy’s in April […]

One Last Sip of Autumn: Cocktail Nods To Fall Memories, Warms on Winter Nights

Photos by L.G. Patterson Though fall is firmly in the rearview mirror as we head into winter, I’m not ready to let go. One of my favorite late fall traditions is getting a group of friends together and going to a different corn maze every year. (We’re getting close to running out of new mazes […]

Bonbons from Tsokolatè Confiserie

Local Chocolatiers Soothe More Than Just a Sweet Craving

Photos by L.G. Patterson Tsokolatè Confiserie is about more than just a sweet treat. The local chocolate shop, which takes its name from the Filipino term for chocolate and is pronounced cho-ko-lat-eh, serves superfood-based bonbons. Jan Sanchez, who owns the shop with her sister, Elle, and serves as one of the chocolatiers, says their goal has […]

Holiday cookies from Kiss Me Cookies

Decorate Your Holiday Cookies Like a Pro This Season

Photos by L.G. Patterson Everyone has their own personal holiday traditions. Maybe it’s a specific movie or a particular event, like gathering the family for a visit to the Magic Tree. Perhaps it’s volunteering with a local nonprofit, such as the Voluntary Action Center or the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. (Let’s all […]

Sushi from Geisha Sushi Bar

How We Roll: A Tour Through Our Favorite Sushi Spots

Photos by L.G. Patterson It’s no secret that Columbia is the perfect town for anyone who loves food. From the wide variety of available fare to the high quality and creative takes on dishes, the local restaurant scene offers plenty to explore and taste. For fans of sushi, there are quite a few options, each […]

october november cocktail

The Mezcal Margarita Perfectly Balances Sweet And Smoky

Photos by L.G. Patterson Mezcal is one of the hottest trends in the cocktail world right now, but it’s complexity can be intimidating. Its smoky essence provides an element to cocktails that can level up any drink typically made with tequila. The mezcal margarita we make at Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge has the perfect […]

Football Fare: Try These Satisfying Sliders For Your Next Tailgate

I ‘m not what you would call a rabid sports fan. But my husband, being a sportscaster when we got married, is one and we’ve raised three sons who are committed. I also have brothers and friends who are pretty hard core, so I’ve seen my share of football, baseball and basketball games. And while […]

Coming Home: After Several Years Away, La Tolteca Returns To Columbia

Photos By: L.G. Patterson When La Tolteca opened its doors to customers in May, it was less of a grand opening and more of a homecoming. After years of working in different cities across Missouri, owner Carlos Hernandez decided it was time to get back to Columbia. “I am so happy to be back,” he […]

Chef Brook Harlan's shrimp toast

An Addictive Treat: Try the Crunchy, Creamy Shrimp Toast

Photos by L.G. Patterson In the early 2000s, I had a friend who worked at a restaurant in New York City. The first time I went to this Chinese/French fusion restaurant, they said, “Make sure you get the shrimp toast.” Being a Midwest boy in New York, I was expecting some type of cooked shrimp on […]

Holistic cold & flu remedy supplies

Holistic Cold Remedies, Foods to Boost the Immune System

Photos by L.G. Patterson With the colder season approaching, it is the perfect time to stock your medicine cabinet with all the supplies needed for holistic cold and flu remedies. It’s also just as important to incorporate immune-boosting foods into your diet to be as preventative as possible. From bone broth to essential oils to […]

Dogs at Logboat

Pooches & Patios: Places to Bring Your Pets in Columbia

Photos by L.G. Patterson Is there anything better than time with your favorite furry companion? Lucky for local dog lovers, Columbia is quite the canine friendly place, and there’s more than a few patios that allow pups. We’ve put together a short list of a few of our favorite spots to grab a bite or […]

Philly cheesesteak with everything

Put Your Own Spin on the Philly Cheesesteak

Photos by L.G. Patterson I love a good Philly cheesesteak. You can always buy one (if you can find a good place), but sometimes I want onions and peppers; sometimes mushrooms; sometimes garlic; sometimes I want “Wiz” (we can talk about that one later); and sometimes I want everything. So, sometimes I cook it at home. […]

Maria Seiffert and the Bee's Knees

Enjoy A Homegrown Twist To A Classic Cocktail

Photos by L.G. Patterson The Bee’s Knees is a cocktail that’s special to me right now because it uses hyper local ingredients and embodies what we are trying to do at Ozark Mountain Biscuit & Bar with the bar program. We think it is important to honor the classics while innovating and experimenting with new […]

Steak on the grill

Bring Your Next Steak to the Next Level With This Magnificent Marinade

Photos by L.G. Patterson Being born and raised on a cattle farm, some of my fondest memories are of riding in the truck with my dad, checking fences, water and cattle. My family still owns the same cattle operation, and we still produce some of the best meat anywhere. I’m literally all about beef. And cooking […]

Former Tiger Opens New Seafood Restaurant Downtown

Photos by L.G. Patterson It’s been a few years since Marcus Lucas called Columbia home. The Liberty native came to mid-Missouri to attend Mizzou, where he played for the Tigers, graduating with a business degree in 2014. After becoming an undrafted free agent for the Carolina Panthers, Lucas eventually settled in the Charlotte, North Carolina, […]

Brook Harlan shows his muffuletta

Craving a New Orleans Specialty

Photos by L.G. Patterson If you take a trip to New Orleans, the muffuletta from Central Grocery is a must have. And, after you’ve had one, it apparently becomes a craving that you just have sometimes. I have some friends who were having a baby and, as they went into labor, the muffuletta craving hit. […]

Use Green Chartreuse to Craft a Temptingly Tart Treat

Photos by L.G. Patterson When it came to green chartreuse, I absolutely hated it when I first started working at Günter Hans. The flavors were all wrong and unfamiliar to my whiskey and beer-loving self. If I were to drink a cocktail, it would have only been an old-fashioned or a whiskey sour. Then, one […]

Terri Stanley and Sara Fougere

A PTA Pleaser: Shrimp and Pasta Salad Recipe Sure to Delight

Photos by L.G. Patterson A few years ago, at a PTA salad luncheon, someone brought the most wonderful shrimp and pasta salad. It was all the things: crunchy, creamy and full of shrimp and vegetables. I found myself going back for a second helping and doing what caterers do, breaking down the recipe in my […]