Yearly Archives

2010

The Candy Cane Cocktail

Dear Fancy Bar Chef, Two Christmases ago, I bought a lot of booze for a Christmas party my wife and I threw. It was a blast! We played cards, ate a lot of food and drank a lot. I still have two bottles of crème de menthe left over … two…

It’s All About Glamour

Floral Arrangements By A Baker Floral & Gifts Place Settings Provided By Holiday Inn East December weddings are all about holiday glamour. These centerpieces, put together by A Baker Floral & Gifts, capture the spirit of the…

Stages of LIfe

One day, your cute, lovable child will become a teenager and begin asking you to drop them off a block away from the movie theater, but there may be a way to stay better connected. Several Columbia families have beaten the odds and are…

Myth Busters

“Oreo” wasn’t a word Myah McCrary had ever associated with anything other than milk and cookies, but one day in the sixth grade, she realized the word was being directed at … her! It wasn’t long before she understood the new context — Myah,…

Turkey Day Solutions

Thanksgiving should be a warm, comforting occasion. It’s a time to pause with friends and family members to count our blessings. It’s a time of bountiful harvest and wonderful food. It’s also a time when stress tends to run high. The…

Master The Toast

Being in the position to give a wedding toast means being in a position of honor. It also means being in a position a lot of people find awkward. To ease the discomfort, take a cue from Kenny Freeman, a spokesman for Mid-MO Advanced…

A Father’s Odyssey

Here’s what you should believe is true: In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2001, 17-year-old high school students Charles Erickson and Ryan Ferguson, after a night of partying and drinking, mercilessly and relentlessly beat and…

My Husband The Cookie Monster

My husband loves cookies. He can eat an entire batch over the course of an afternoon. He inhales cookie dough ice cream, rows of Oreos and organic “breakfast cookies,” which he claims are healthy. Whatever. My husband also has a strange…

Wedding Survival Guide

Despite the old superstition that rain on your wedding day means good luck, few couples long for wet weather to dampen their big day. Most just see the superstition as a lame attempt at consolation. These gorgeous rainy day wedding photos…

On Golden Pawn

I’ve never pawned anything in my life — not because I’m rich and don’t need the money, but because I’m so poor that I own nothing of value. A quick survey of the dusty firetrap I call home reveals a 20-inch TV I bought in 2001 for $89.95…

Moving Pictures

As a teenager, Nermina Selimovic daydreamed of traveling to a different country — anywhere other than her home in the small village of Srebrenica in Bosnia. Her wishes would come true, but she never could have foreseen the horrific…

Kickin’ It In CoMo

Long before anyone ever bent it like Beckham, early versions of soccer emerged in ancient China, Japan, Greece, Italy and Persia. A Chinese text from approximately 50 B.C., now safely stored at the Munich Ethnological Museum in Germany,…

Our Big Fat Greek Food Story

The Mediterranean is half a world away and Greek mythology emerged centuries ago, but the savory cuisine of ancient Olympia is right around the corner. Homer’s Odyssey is not all that embodies the Greek spirit around the world; so does…

Rolling on the River

Linda LaFontaine didn’t expect to see Dobermans swimming in the Missouri River, and she certainly didn’t expect them to attack her paddles as she kayaked through the dark water. But there they were, maneuvering through the current like sea…

Greek Salad Recipe

Several of you have asked for a recipe to make a Greek salad like the one that appears on the July cover of Inside Columbia. Here you go! Greek Salad 4 servings Salad 1 Large Cucumber, seeded and cut into ½ inch…

CoMo Date Night Ideas

Ah, May. It’s that time of the year when everything is abloom, the evening breezes are gentle, and the constellations twinkle overhead in the night sky. Combine this lovely season with the most romantic things to do in Columbia, and you’ve…

A Drive Away

Just A Hop, Skip & A Jump Away Rejuvenation, adventure and fun are just around the corner for day-tripping Columbians this year. All of these six destinations are within three hours of Columbia, with offerings as varied as characters…