Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Well Fed: Columbia, MO

After a week filled with Midwest hospitality and deliciously over-sized meals, I'm shocked I haven't gained 10 lbs! We had a great trip visiting E's mom and baby sis, Addie, in Columbia, Missouri, and eating to our hearts' content! Our meals consisted of some great home cooking and these worthy takeout meals:
First stop: Smokin' Chick's BBQ, Original Missouri BBQ. Now, growing up in Canada, I didn't fully realized there was a cuisine called "BBQ" until I met my Midwestern husband. He has taken me out a few times in search of authentic BBQ in NYC [didn't happen] and in Kansas on previous trips to visit his family. But it was only on this trip that I fully understood why people salivate at the mere mention of baby back ribs. Chick's baby backs were tender, fall-off-the-bone tasty. I did find the St. Louis ribs a bit fatty, but the baked beans and potato salad didn't disappoint. I'm officially a BBQ convert...

...and so is he!

Since first meeting E's familia, Dairy Queen has became a staple during our get-togethers, but this time we skipped the DQ and headed to Culver's for frozen custard. Addie tried to convince me that custard was just thicker ice cream, but after sampling the Concrete Mixer [a Blizzard in disguise], I'm pretty sure they're the same consistency and equally tasty! I had the banana/Reese peanut butter cup combo...Heaven! [Just a bit of warning: do not look up the nutritional info at Culver's if you want to enjoy your custard!]
[right before I devoured my 'Mixer]

Being in a *college town* [Columbia is home to the Mizzou Tigers] it's almost a necessity to have good pizza to keep the students well-nourished and Columbia didn't disappoint. Addie took us to Shakespeare's Pizza in the downtown district for some mouth-watering, whole wheat crust deliciousness [you didn't think "mouth-watering" and "whole wheat" could be in the same sentence, now did you?] Voted "Favorite College Hangout" by Good Morning America, Shakespeare's was packed to the rafters and had an hour long wait! Luckily, we called in our order and it was ready to go when we got there. Our pie was piled high with toppings that it was a balancing act trying to get a piece to my mouth without it falling apart in my lap! Paired with a yummy red wine, this pizza dinner was just about perfect.
Definitely check out these spots if you're ever in Columbia. I'm still salivating reminiscing about our trip!


Faiza November 30, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

i love this post! let's have blizzards for dinner tomorrow night!
(i'm not kidding!)

can't wait to give you a hug. missing you lots!

Karina November 30, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

BBQ Ribs!!! Now I'm hungry ; D Wow we might to jump on a plane to go taste to ribs or you could airmail me some ;D. Cute post... Thank you for my sisters birthday wishes and Iove listening to Christmas music!!!!

Claire Kiefer December 1, 2010 at 1:48 AM  

Okay so I'm a vegetarian and even I think that BBQ is one of the world's most significant cuisines. BBQ sauce makes anything taste delish and the sides are to die for (except potato salad and macaroni salad are out for me cause I won't go near anything that contains mayonnaise). But mac & cheese, cornbread, greens, hush puppies, BBQ sauce?? YES! Can't wait for authentic BBQ when I go home to GA.

Frozen custard is amazing. Also can't get that till I get home to GA.

And as always, I can't get over Indio's eyebrows. They are the most precious pair of things in the entire world. And that full torso bib is awesome. One of the kids I babysit for has one and his mama calls it his "hazmat suit"--heehee. :)

How I wish I could transport myself to the dinner table that you and Faiza will share tomorrow night!

Mel December 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Your son is too cute, and all the food sounds awesome!

Lissa December 1, 2010 at 7:36 PM  

Love your blog! So glad you enjoyed your meal at Smokin Chick's BBQ! Please come back and visit us anytime.
Chick and Lissa, owners,
Smokin Chicks BBQ

Addie,  December 3, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

It was such a great visit! Can't wait to see you again soon!

Erin December 4, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

Mmm, whole-wheat crust pizza... I could really go for a slice right now!!! And then maybe a DQ Blizzard (my hubby is addicted, so how happy would he be if I came home with a candy cane blizzard tonight?!)

I can't wait for your wee parcel to arrive!

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