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Mirage Or Paradise

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder, celiac disease, or have been following social media accounts that claim going gluten-free is a magic pill for weight loss, the pros and cons of a gluten-free diet vary.…

The Sunshine Vitamin

The festive season may have come to an end, but winter is just getting started and plans to stick around for a few months. Many use January to atone for two months of indulgent holiday eating and refocus on health goals. One in three…

Healthy Holidays

Holidays traditionally imply joyous times and celebrations with family and friends. However, with the holidays comes the stress of managing chores such as shopping, decorating the house and juggling professional and personal commitments.…

Summer Brew Time

I’m not going to try to blow anyone’s mind with new beer trends in this month’s column... Summer time is here, and like everyone else, I just want to sit outside, enjoy some sun, a nice breeze and a few good beers. Here are a few…

Homebrew Fest 2017

What’s your favorite style of beer? Think about it for a second. Are you an IPA person? Wheat beer? Sour beer? Stout, porter, saison? Chances are, whatever beer it is that you really enjoy was inspired in some way, shape or form by…

A New View: Out and About

Assignment: Out and About The Location: Near Twin Lakes Park I  grew up near a small pond that lurked about 200 yards through densely wooded terrain. I spent summers of my youth hanging out in those woods and fishing that pond with…

Spring Beers to Savor

Freedom! There’s no special theme to this month’s column, just some wonderful brews available this spring that I think the Columbia beer drinking community should keep an eye on. Here’s a quick and interesting concoction that is one of my…

St. Paddy’s Beers

Of course we are going to talk about my go-to beers for St. Paddy’s day. The beauty of most of the Irish-style beers is that they are usually extremely “sessionable.” What does that mean? It means you can go out and have more than one or…

A New View: Super Moon

Assignment: Super Moon The Location: Memorial Union on the Mizzou campus One of my first memories of seeing a gigantic, full moon was when I was 5 years old. I saw a red moon slowly rise behind my house on a fall evening. I didn’t…

Sour Beer? You bet.

If you want to talk about what’s hot right now, we need to discuss sour-forward beers. Beers ranging anywhere from tart and refreshing to mouth-puckering, enamel-on-your-teeth-reducing sour. Bear in mind that some of these beers will be…

A New View

Assignment: World Series The Location: Wrigley Field For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go see a baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. I am not a Cubs fan. I just craved the experience of seeing a game in that…

Winter Warmers

It’s winter — time to drink some big, boozy beers. A lot of folks are scared off by these  “darker” beers, but they’re much more approachable — and often far lower in alcohol content — than you might think. Their “heft” is perfect for…

Beautiful, Belgian, Beers.

Alliteration aside, Belgian beers still have my heart after all these years.  They are the beers that really got me from merely interested, to passionate about craft beer.  American brewers have taken nearly every “traditional” style of…

Win, Lose, Draw

We know you’ve got your beer tailgating choices covered when the Tigers are home at Faurot Field, but what about when they hit the road? Here are a few brews to watch for when you head south or east with Mizzou this football season…

A NEW VIEW

Assignment: Cocktails The Location: Recess Inc. Studio On occasion, local restaurants ask me to photograph food or cocktails for use in publicity material. This type of work is fun, not because of the benefits of getting leftovers,…

A NEW VIEW

Assignment: Rural Boone County Farmers The Location: Northern Boone County The best time to take photos outside is either early morning and late evening. This is called the “Golden Hour.” It’s a time when the light casts a magical…

Summer Brews

It certainly isn’t a “new” thing in craft, beer, but the trend of putting great beer in cans is growing daily. This is especially true for styles that would work in summer (or spring) and are more likely to see time outdoors and in places…

NIGHTCAPS

When we think of “nightcaps” or beverages for a relaxing night on a terrace or patio, we usually think about a high-end whiskey, a stiff cocktail or a bold glass of wine. But you don’t want to overlook the beer options out there that…

A New View

As a photographer, I have access to some unique points of view in the community. Here is one of them, in A New View. Assignment: Clydesdales The Location: Warm Springs Ranch I remember one of the biggest thrills for me while…