100 Fun Things to do with Jessica in Montana

    1. Build a bicycle at Freecycle
    2. Volunteer at The Pavarolo Center
    3. Peddle around Missoula on the Thirst Gear touring bars
    4. Hike up Blue Mountain to the observatory
    5. Attend at wine and art painting party at Painting with a Twist
    6. Volunteer to help bottle Vodka at Montgomery Distillery
    7. Listening to local bands at Out To Lunch in Caras Park
    8. Do some indoor rock climbing at Freestone Climbing Center
    9. Dine and Dash at Iron Horse
    10. Throw pennies into the fountain at Southgate Mall
    11. Folf at Blue Mountain
    12. Soak in the natural springs at Jerry Johnson hot springs
    13. Turning in loose change at Missoula Federal Credit Union
    14. Play bar trivia at Pressbox
    15. Dig for Saphires in Philipsburg, MT
    16. Celebrate 4th of July at Fort Missoula
    17. Attend a city council meeting
    18. Win free concert tickets to Big Sky Brewery Summer Concert Series
    19. Eat out at Happy Hour at the Top Hat
    20. Hike the L trail on Mount Jumbo
    21. Build sand castles along the Clark Fork River
    22. Attend a Missoula Maulers Hockey Game
    23. Listen to Ghost Tales in Missoula Cemetary
    24. Run the Missoula Marathon
    25. Pan for gold in the Bitterroot River
    26. Follow the day of the dead parade downtown
    27. Float from East Missoula back to Kiwanis Park
    28. Take a cooking class at Good Food Store
    29. Rent stand up paddle boards
    30. Pig out at BaconFest at Missoula County Fairgrounds
    31. Ride the water slides at Splash Mountain
    32. Listen to Missoula Symphony in the Park
    33. Clark Fork Famers Market on Saturday Mornings
    34. Take out books at Missoula Public Library
    35. Star gazing on the top of south hills
    36. Snowboarding at Snowbowl
    37. Fly a kite in Bonner Park
    38. Play fetch at Jabobs Island dog park
    39. Make a snowman on the oval at University of Montana
    40. Visit Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium during feeding time
    41. Play poker at The Oxford
    42. Hike Mount Sentinel M Trail
    43. Snow shoeing in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area
    44. Explore the German Heritage with GermanFest in Caras Park
    45. Support the LGBT Community at LoveFest in Caras Park
    46. Go camping in Glacier National Park
    47. Try fly fishing in the Clark Fork River
    48. Have a picnic lunch at Caras Park
    49. Donate old clothes to Goodwill
    50. Tour the museum at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    51. Try and bowl at perfect 300 at West Side Lanes
    52. Eat free food samples at Costco on Reserve
    53. Take a beginners yoga class at the Yoga Fitness Center
    54. Borrow some kids for a trip to the Childrens Muesum
    55. Folf at Pattee Canyon
    56. Turning in scrap metal at Pacific Steel
    57. Plant vegetables in a community garden
    58. Take a backcountry skiing safety class at REI
    59. Walk around the Missoula County Fair
    60. Play horse shoes at Franklin Park
    61. Collecting and pressing Fall Leaves
    62. Go to Stand Up Comedy at The Union Club
    63. Panhandle for spare change in front of Liquid Planet
    64. Sing Karaoke at West Side Lanes
    65. Play Chess against the Octopus at Liquid Planet
    66. Walk around enjoying local art on First Friday
    67. Watch Ice Carving during First Night downtown
    68. Drink green beer and celebrate St. Pattys Day
    69. Swim in Boulder Lake in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area
    70. Float the Blackfoot river from Lolo back to Missoula
    71. Tackle the competition at Maggot Fest
    72. Go thrift shopping at Goodwill
    73. Go cross country skiing at Lolo Peak
    74. Get free samples at Big Dipper
    75. Drink free wine during First Friday Art Walk
    76. Enter the haunted house at the fair grounds
    77. Bike along the Hiawatha Trail
    78. Attend a Missoula Osprey Baseball game
    79. Take a selfie with the mannequin at Desmond’s
    80. Drop into the bowl at Mobash skate park
    81. Paint some pottery at Zootown Arts Center
    82. Play skeeball at The Hub
    83. Play BINGO at the senior center
    84. Ride the Carousel in Caras Park
    85. Do a coffee tasting at Black Coffee Roasting, Co.
    86. Take a Selfie at Mile Marker 0 at the Idaho border
    87. Take a dance class at Downtown Dance Collective
    88. Crash at Wedding at Missoula Winery
    89. Go ice fishing on Flathead Lake
    90. Go geocaching around Missoula
    91. Play Bottle Cap Bingo at Thomas Meagher Bar
    92. Photograph wildlife on Blue Mountain
    93. Go kart racing at The Hub
    94. Drive through the Bison Range
    95. Volunteer to walk dogs at the Hamilton Humane Society
    96. Watching 4th of July fireworks from the top of Mount Sentinel
    97. Hike to Garnet Ghost Town
    98. Try ice skating at Glacier Ice Rink
    99. Try surfing at Brendan’s Wave in the Clark Fork River

Photo Credit: Evan Lovely

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Missoula’s Best Hidden Menu Dessert

Attending the Grand Opening today of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Missoula, Montana. And standing in one of the longest lines I have stood in for food in Missoula, to get the same meal I ate last week, for a few bucks cheaper, I had a realization. They have both a self service Soft Serve Machine and Free Refill Soda Fountain. Put them together, and what do you get? A menu item that was removed from the menu at Break Espresso a few years ago, and can be had at a few places around town, but none with as many free refills as one can handle. That is the wonderful beverage concoction, the Root Beer Float.

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Combined Free Vanilla Soft Serve into the “Big Yellow Cup”, and top with Root Beer, Coke or for the adventurous, Dr. Pepper. Refill as needed, and don’t forget to top it off for the ride home.

Anyone else have hidden menu items they love in Missoula?

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The best place to get garlic breath…or fries I mean.

Garlic Fries at Tamarack Brewing CompanyEvery once in a while it is worth breaking down and having some garlic breath for a while right? The garlic and blue cheese fries at Tamarack are pretty much perfection when you are looking for some fries and garlic to gobble up. They also mix well with a beermosa too. As a nice topper the service has always been great and I am a Tamarack frequenter so the good service isn’t a fluke either – they are consistently wonderful!

If you gobble some up some Tamarack fries let me know what you think – hope you love ’em too!


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Action happy tastebuds

Egg salad sandwichA true love relationship has sparked with the Doctor Ruth egg salad sandwich (Doc’s Sandwich Shop) and I since I took my first bite a few weeks ago. It is rare that I crave an egg salad sandwich but when I reach the point of craving one, no matter how much I want it, they tend to fail somewhat miserably in the deliciousness department. Whether they are dry or just bland, they just don’t seem to pull it off for my tastebuds looking for a little more action. But, upon first bite into Doc Ruth, my tastebuds screamed, “this is exactly what we were looking for!”

The fresh egg salad sandwich is served on crisp multi grain bread, consists of mayo, lettuce, tomato, and is finished off with cream cheese. A delicious mid-day bite that is actually decently sized so if you are a light luncher could even be taken home for dinner too.

Hope you try one out and your tastebuds are as delighted as mine.

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Hidden Menu Items in Missoula

Often times people wonder, looking at the menu what else they could possibly order. Here are 3 of my favorites in Missoula.

1. The Ice Cream Sundae at Liquid planet

There are those days, when your just not in the mood to walk all the way across the bridge to Big Dipper for a proper Sundae, so stop by Liquid Planet. You have to ask nicely, as some of the recent hires are a little less then friendly, but Choose any of the shake, and ask for them to make it as a Sundae, now it really isn’t a hidden menu item, as it is printed on the menu:

Liquid Planet Shake Menu

Liquid Planet Shake Menu

But the results can be amazing, especially if you start to get a little crazy with caramel and nuts. Also you could add a shot of espresso to it, or if you ask nicely maybe 1/2 a banana!

Liquid Planet Hidden Menu Item

Liquid Planet Hidden Menu Item

2. Buffalo Shrimp at Old Post

Their shrimp is pretty good, but their Buffalo sauce is one of the best in town, combine the two and you get a meal that pleases the whole mouth.

Shrimp Plate at The Old Post

Shrimp Plate at The Old Post

I was in the Old Post one night, couldn’t make up my mind between buffalo chicken and the Shrimp, so I accidentally asked for buffalo shrimp, the waitress walked away came back and asked what I wanted. Realizing the opportunity to have something amazing, I asked her to send the order to the kitchen, I was not disapointed.

3. Most kitchens will make anything you ask for, if they have the ingredients

Just be nice about it, and understanding if it doesn’t meet your expectations. Things like added fried eggs to hamburger, or cheese fries at places that don’t list them are pretty common. Don’t expect a burger place to make you a pizza. Also expect to pay more for substitutions or alterations. Adding a chicken fried steak to a garbage omelet at the Oxford is expensive, the last time I tried, they had to charge me for a full 2nd meal, since they didn’t have any way to ring up just a Chicken Fried Steak patty. It wasn’t worth it. Other times the hidden menu items can save you a few bucks, like the lunch special at the new top hat. $10 for Salad AND a tapas. That saves you 3 or 4 bucks, compared to ordering them separately.

Do you have any other secret menu items you like? Add them in the comments!


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Best Milkshake in Missoula

Having tasted milkshakes / frappes all over Missoula, it is a close tie between 3 locations. Uptown Diner, Big Dipper and Butterfly Herbs. My pick, especially for how much caffeine and coffee flavor is in their frappe, goes to Butterfly Herbs.

Never get it to go, your not going to be getting your true value, always ask for it to stay, as they give you both the Soda fountain cup overflowing with goodness, but they give you the shaker can with everything that wouldn’t fit in the cup.


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