1. A mood-lifting, super-spritzy treat from Eurasia Coffee Co. (445 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-720-1949) is the iced sparkling lavender lemonade. It’s sweet, tart, floral and delightful.
2. We love the indulgent roasted red pepper pasta from The Hepcat (220 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 510-858-6587) that is tossed in a bright red pepper and tomato sauce and features plenty of fresh basil. It’s a treat for any savory carb-lover.
3. Sometimes specials are the most exciting dishes, and the recent shrimp and chorizo special from Lindberg’s Tavern (318 W. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8900) is no exception: a seared tamale cake with a red chili and chorizo sauce, shrimp, avocado, cotija cheese and salsa verde.
4. The strawberry slush with crystal boba pearls from SocieTea (1653 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-720-4094) is packed with real strawberries instead of artificial fruit flavorings we usually get in boba tea. It’s creamy, sweet and oh-so-bright.