Hi friends. Happy Tuesday. Just popping in here on this dreary Tuesday morning (so sick of the rain…who else is with me?!) to share some snapshots of my quick, weekend trip to Columbia, Missouri. Myself and some of the fam went to see my younger brother graduate before he moves to Seattle. Exciting stuff!
The drive from Cincinnati to the Columbia area took almost 9 hours. I blame rush hour traffic in the St. Louis area. Is St. Louis rush hour always the worst?! The drive included plenty of packed road snacks (almonds, fruit + iced lattes) and a Panera stop for lunch. Upon arrival to Columbia, it was dinner time. Off to one of our favorites in Columbia, Broadway Brewery! Broadway Brewery is located in the basement of a building so it’s very dark inside so unfortunately, no photos. While I was 100% underwhelmed by their pre-selected graduation menu and did not enjoy my meal Friday, from a previous experience, I can report that their burgers are top notch and you can’t beat the beer. I like their honey wheat. Instead of food photos, here’s an attractive family photo at the restaurant.
The next day was a late wake up call. After a morning workout and hotel breakfast, it was off to explore Columbia. Coffee, scones and donuts? Yes, please. I was sad sour cream dunkers were the only type of donut Harold’s had left, but just goes to show in a college town, the hangover can motivate students to buy all the donuts at a local donut shop before lunch.
Next up, a very early (like 3:30pm) dinner at Sophia’s before the graduation ceremony. Sophia’s was good, not great. In true Kaplan family fashion, we tried a bunch of stuff. Started with an antipasti plate. It had pita, cheese, fruit, and meat. So tasty.
The ahi tuna pita flatbread was just okay. The horseradish mayo was way too overwhelming for my taste buds.
My favorite was the pasta carbonara.
I was most confused by the grilled romaine. Why is that a thing?
After or dinner (or linner–lunch + dinner, is that a real phrase?) we wandered the Mizzou campus for pre graduation photos. Then, much needed coffee. Then, a boring graduation ceremony.
The drive home was long so immediately after returning to Cincinnati, a run was in order. 5 miles with my friend Maria in the books.
Congrats to the grad!
Who else is traveling to graduation ceremonies this month? Any healthy traveling tips you swear by? Does anyone actually like grilled romaine salads?