Hellllooo, long time no see. I’m back from recent travels to San Francisco and Spain! I cannot wait to tell you all about it. Also, I moved to my new house in Springfield, so I’m excited to get settled in and cooking again! I’ve been meaning to tell you about one of my favorite layovers – Missoula, Montana. I’ve considered moving there because I love it so much. It’s beautiful, there’s tons of outdoor activities, and it has a lot of great restaurants, bakeries and bars. If only it wasn’t so cold! I think that’s why everyone wears so much Patagonia.
The river pictured above is where I’ve seen people surf wearing wet suites, which is wild! I think that would fun. But oh-so-cold.
There are a lot of cute little shops, too, selling beads, herbs, gems, second-hand clothing, records, you name it.
I lovvvve amethyst. From The Crystal Limit.
There’s a second-hand clothing store called Betty’s Divine Trash with this huge cat lounging around and he’s so cute!
Now let’s get to the good stuff: Bakeries.
I have a small obsession with Mary’s Mountain Cookies. The cookies are sooo good, especially their soft sugar cookies. This blueberries & cream cookie was delicious as well.
Another cute bakery is Bernice’s Bakery where I stopped one time on my way back from hiking up a mountain (they have really great hiking trails in Missoula). Coffee and Montana cookies make for a good breakfast!
Let Petite Outre is a great French bread bakery with delicious coffee. I had a blackberry pastry (Bacca Florentine) and a latte.
If you go to Missoula you must try Big Dipper ice cream! It’s the best. I tried the huckleberry and a white chocolate cookies n’ cream.
I enjoy this restaurant in Missoula called Market on Front because they have a lot of healthy grab-and-go items. This was some sort of healthy steak salad I had a while back.
Another favorite of mine is an award winning barbecue restaurant called Notorious P.I.G. I had the brisket sandwich with mac and cheese. The chef that started Notorious used to work at Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis.
My favorite coffee shop in Missoula is Clyde’s Coffee. It’s a cozy little place perfect for getting in some reading or writing. Plus, they make pretty lattes. I’m starting to think I drink too much coffee…
I’ve been to a couple of bars in Missoula but I wouldn’t say any of the ones I’ve been to had stood out very much except for Montgomery Distillery; they make some excellent cocktails.
A lot of the bars are college bars, but I’m sure there are better ones out there. I just don’t know where!
The Rhino has a kombucha-beer on tap I tried, which confuses me what exactly it is. Is it beer or is it kombucha?? It tasted like kombucha and had a low alcohol content. Like very, very low.
Oh! Another place I like to go for popcorn is Kornutopia. Try the Ghost Pepper Toffee popcorn! It’s sweet n’ spicy.
I don’t get Missoula layovers enough, I tell you. I have a list of so many other places I’d like to try. Have you been to Missoula? Do you have any recommendations?