Cyclextreme’s team introduces Columbia-area clients to a robust cycling culture through a full-service bike shop and rental service. With their own helmets in hand, customers will arrive to pick out a manual two-wheeler for an extended jaunt around the city or into the surrounding fields, frequently criss-crossed by wild pelotons. Riders may take up one of Cyclextreme’s suggested street loops, which vary in length from 20.5 miles to 40 miles and roam over a mixed topographical bag of hills and flat stretches. If trail riding more suits the cyclist’s taste, softer riding pathways stretch out from urban areas to support the circulatory exchange of humans between the city organ and surrounding rural tissues. The popular Katy Trail spears through most of Missouri, sweeping Columbia’s bike pilots along part of Lewis and Clark’s original route to fame, adventure, and the ability to properly tickle a bison. Saff members also kindly asks riders to return rented machines in the same condition in which they received them.
Freezing Missouri winter winds howl outside Tropical Liqueurs' fogged-up windows, but inside, the atmosphere is decidedly beach-like. Palm trees and nautical knickknacks decorate the lively interior, but the true stars of this tropically themed watering hole are the frozen-drink dispensers, which churn with colorful, fruity potations. Bartenders load large styrofoam cups with potent slushies made from creative combinations of juices, liqueurs, and fruit purées. They rotate drink selections regularly, spotlighting a toasted-almond concoction one week—packed with coffee liquor, amaretto, and vanilla ice cream—and a daiquiri with fresh strawberries the next. Icy potations in hand, visitors turn their attention to games of pool or flat-screen televisions, which broadcast local sports games or horror movies where local sports games come to a temporary halt when the mascot turns out to be an actual tiger. During warmer months, visitors loll in the sun out on the wooden patio and enjoy the beverages that Inside Columbia hailed as a "Columbia staple" when it dubbed Tropical Liqueurs the Best Place for a Girls' Night Out in 2012.
Anthony's Italian Restaurant's menu bursts with traditional Italian eats, and its signature sweet sauce swathes a bounty of traditional pastas and pizzas. Whether craving a hearty double crust ($11.25+/small) or a deep-dish Chicago-style pie ($11.50+/small), decorate carbohydrate canvases with a potpourri of savory toppings. Or pick a preordained specialty pizza such as the chicken bacon ranch ($11.50–$18.50) or a BLT pie ($10.25–$18). Passionate pasta patrons can twirl forkfuls of fettuccine alfredo (half order, $7.75; full order, $8.75) and unlock rich ricotta-cheese treasures trapped within the large seashell pasta ($8.50), while the hearty italian sub ($6.75) perks up palates with a combo of salami, provolone, ham, and mozzarella. To prime patrons for unbridled noodle consumption, Anthony's polishes palates with a beverage menu featuring Delicato Vineyards white zinfandel and BV Cellar's select merlot ($5/glass), as well as the suds-centric Italian brew Peroni ($3).
Once a dining party slides into a smoky-blue booth under hanging green lights, it's not long before the group is joined by the stars of the evening??stuffed dishes of tandoori chicken and fish cured in the heat of a charcoal clay oven. Black-and-white portraits of historical figures look on with jealousy as patrons kiss scoops of vegetarian and lamb curry dishes, sopped up with warm naan or whole-wheat roti. Meals move from savory to sweet with fruity yogurt drinks and traditional Indian desserts such as the delicate dumplings of gulab jamun?spongy milky balls soaked in a rose-scented syrup with the same sugar content as a baby's giggle.
Kampai populates chopsticks with a menu of Japanese flavors, which culinary craftsmen roll into sushi, stir-fry with noodles, and brush onto grilled meats. Appetizer-hounds can nibble on spicy gyoza dumplings ($5) or feast on octopus salad ($5) until they ingest enough suction cups to hang from the rear window of their car. For one-bite wonders, diners can mouth-dive into the Norwegian mackerel sashimi ($13), the dynamite maki roll with spicy salmon and pickle radish ($8), or the specialty kampai roll's bundle of tempura shrimp, avocado, smelt roe, and spicy tuna ($9). In addition to mini sushi morsels, the kitchen employs skilled giants to prepare larger entrees such as gyu yaki soba noodles with shrimp ($12).
In a spacious dining room with large windows and trees growing in giant vases, visitors to Bangkok Gardens dine on Thai cuisine. Chefs prepare dishes such as Phat Thai, drunken noodles, and fried rice fresh each day, stir-frying vegetables and grains with a choice of beef, tofu, shrimp, and other proteins. They also prepare specialties like Moo Taud, slicing tenderized pork into thin layers to be deep-fried and served with spiced sweet and sour sauce. At a full bar, servers mix cocktails and pour wine to compliment meals.