If every food were a superhero, then olive oil would easily be the most powerful crime fighter around, since it has the ability to absorb other properties as needed. Depending on the needs of a chef, it might come infused with flavors of roasted garlic, blood oranges, or perhaps even chipotle peppers.
These and other oil varieties wait inside Devo Olive Oil's locations in Branson and Myrtle Beach. In total, the gourmet emporiums stock more than 60 kinds of cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oils. Some come from California, others from France, Spain, and other parts of the world where people eat food. Luckily, the stores make choosing an oil as easy as possible; they have free tastings every day.
Devo's other offerings include handmade whole-wheat pastas and signature seasonings. They also specialize in balsamic vinegars, which come infused with flavors such as red apple and dark chocolate. Beyond their brick and mortar shops, Devo Olive Oil Co. also sells its goods online?where virtual visitors can also find tasty recipes.
At Greatest Adventures Miniature Golf, an Egyptian sphinx, a towering dragon, and a waterfall cave present fun challenges for anyone from casual mini golfers to skilled putters competing in the US Pro Mini Golf Association, which has been hosted at the 36-hole facility. The USPMGA rated facility showcases two distinct 18-hole courses, both with their own themes and characters. Knights and a giant dragon roam the grounds of the medieval course, whereas a giant ape heckles players as they putt around Egyptian structures at the jungle course. In 2011, the USPMGA invited players to put their skills to the test at Greatest Adventures Miniature Golf for the US Open Championship. Though competition was fierce, the then-16-year-old Olivia Prokopova took home the win with her precise shots, determined swing, and ability to pick out the luckiest color golf ball.
Between games, guests can visit the onsite Scooter's Sports Grill, where they can nosh burgers, subs, and other grill fare while watching sports on four flat-screen TVs.
Weezie’s fashion-forward staff frequently replenishes their rotating selection of name-brand swaddling with new and gently used garments by designers such as Diesel, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. Assembled out of overstock from Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and other high-end boutiques, Weezie's threads don discounted price tags that are up to 90% off their retail value. Tops and shirts from Fluxus shroud torsos in casual attire ($19.99), and shorts by Seven for All Mankind allow wearers to flaunt gams on warm summer outings ($55). Ladies can carry their personal items in style within a Coach purse ($39+), or drop subtle hints to their commitment-fearing boyfriends by donning a designer-made wedding dress ($150+).
Lindwedel Wine Garden specializes in vino varietals cultivated in Missouri and treats visitors to complimentary wine tastings during business hours. Bring a friend and give Lindwedel wines a ceremonial mouth swish before choosing bottles to purchase with the $30 credit. Fermentation aficionados will serve up palate pleasers such as the medium-bodied sunset red ($14.99), which can be enjoyed while taking in the stunning Ozark views or be perfectly paired with a snifter of marinara sauce at home. Other reds include the light-bodied medley ($14.99), the fruit-flavored table rock red ($12.99), and the full-bodied norton ($19.99).
The team behind Taste of Main Street America perused every state in the nation to fill 280 pages with recipes and photographs from eateries located on the Main Street of their respective cities and towns. Readers' palates are whisked to Connecticut with the Willimantic Brewing Company's parmesan-encrusted tuna, and Oklahoma's easy lasagna bake provides relief on nights when the oven is exhausted from its day job as an accountant. Whipping up a dish of homemade lemon squares by the specifications of the Fifth & Main restaurant in Alabama can turn new neighbors into twice-a-day window knockers fiending for the tart treat, and the fresh flavors of Rhode Island's heirloom tomato salad with chilled cucumber soup rouses taste buds with a symphony of fresh flavors. The book is available for pickup at 12 locations throughout the southwest Missouri region, and it can also be shipped online.