Happy almost weekend friends! So if you couldn't tell by this weekly post, I'm a bit of a planner. I'm the one who always comes up with our weekend plans, usually picking out where we go to eat and what fun events we do. But this weekend...I'm going in blind. My boyfriend said he wanted to make plans, so I'm letting him. I did make sure he knew that we must go to one of my all time favorite events, Schlafly's Stout and Oyster festival! So stayed tuned to Instagram to see how I cope with putting my weekend agenda in someone else's hands...
Is Tuesday too early to be thinking about Sunday brunch? I think not.
Last month we got to check out the first beer brunch at Center Ice Brewery. It was a collaboration between the brewery, Coma Coffee and Chef Alex Salkowiski of Sydney Street. And they're getting ready to do another one this weekend and I'm here to tell you, go get your tickets. This was such a fun morning, filled with great food, full pours of some delicious beers and owner and brewer Steve Albers takes the morning to explain why certain beers pair well with certain foods. Walking your taste buds through the beer as you start with a fruit and cheese plate, explaining the flavors you get when biting into creamy brie verses tart blood orange.
We started off with the American Golden which was really delicious. It was refreshing with hints of citrus. But my favorite beer of the brunch had to be their coffee stout they made with my friends at Coma coffee. The brunch was held in the back part of the brewery where you can see their brewery equipment. And if you haven't been back there, the equipment is surrounded by a wall like at a skating rink. If you're a Blues fan, you'll definitely want to check out all their hockey memorabilia. The gorgeous bar is built from wood from the old arena. Even if you can't make the brunch it's a great spot to grab a beer before a game, with friendly staff. Normally the Midtown brewery doesn't serve food but you can order from neighboring Pappy's or Southern.
The next brunch is this coming Sunday and tickets are on sale. The menu isn't posted but they have teased ahead to a raspberry picker cream ale paired with a parfait made from local goodies. There will also be a new beer released. Find tickets here.
Grab your green and get ready for one of St. Louis' best parades! The Dogtown St. Patrick's Day parade is second only to Mardi Gras in my opinion. It's no where near the crazy of Mardi Gras, but it's always fun to see the local Irish families and of course drink some beer. Because St. Patrick's Day falls on Saturday, both the Dogtown Parade and Downtown parade are on the same day, so if you're feeling extra motivated you'll go to both, for me, I'll stick with Dogtown and finish the afternoon at Pat's!
Happy International Women's Day!
One of my favorite things to see is the incredible movement of support on social media and online. Let's be real. The internet can be a mean place. But recently there has been this trend of empowering and supporting one another. And I love it. You'll see women sharing their favorite Instagramers, the idea of collaboration over competition and T-shirts that say 'You CAN sit with us.' On Instagram people are competing for likes and shares just like in the real world we're all competing for jobs and promotions, but I think we can do that without tearing each other down.
I'll be the first to admit I was a bit of a mean girl in high school. Part of it I think stemmed from being bullied myself, but I've found being mean gets you nowhere. But being kind does. I try to take that mindset into the workforce where I still run into my fair share of mean girls. The news business is becoming more and more female (except maybe in management...) which is awesome, but it does mean there is that element of competition and even some cattiness. I am so proud to say that our newsroom at KMOV has so many incredible female journalists (many of which are my dear friends) and I think right now we are all about lifting each other up, helping each other make our stories better and working as a team.
While that hasn't always been the case, I know that I can only control my actions. It's hard when you see others getting the stories you want (or maybe for you the it's project or the promotion) and I think as women we have a tendency to take that personally. It makes us think 'why can't I be like her,' 'what does she have that I don't?' Those feelings are especially exasperated by social media where everyone's lives look so darn perfect. (Remember, Instagram is a highlight reel). But for me I have really try to squash down those feelings, both at work and while scrolling through Instagram. I know I can only work to make myself better, take chances that might get me those stories I want, and remember you can't have something unless you go for it. Instead of feeling down on myself or tearing down the person who has what I want, compliment her, seek her advice, support her. Because we won't get anywhere without supporting and collaborating together.
Usually I am off on Friday's but today I'm working a dayside shift for a co-worker. Feeling very sleepy this morning but happy to help when I can. This week seems like a blur. It went by crazy fast but I got a chance to do a story I loved (Maplewood restaurant boom!), take a hike with a friend and spent time with 8th graders at a career fair talking about why journalism is the best. Plus we saw sunshine and 60 degree days this week! And that in itself gives me smiles for days. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Well hello friends! Sorry I've been MIA. For those outside of the news business, February is the month of sweeps, or ratings. Basically it's when our ratings really matter because it bases what station is in what place. So it's always a crazy month for news people (so is May and November). And if you are in the news biz, well congrats on making it through the book! Normally today is my Friday but I'm working an extra day tomorrow, so that means squeezing all my weekend into one day, don't worry I will make the most of it. We plan to check out some newly opened spots including Brick River Cider and Wellspent Brewery which opens this weekend. Here's a look at some of the fun happenings around the Lou! Tell me what you're excited about this weekend?
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