I find it quite amusing that National Coffee Day comes right after National Drink Beer Day, like maybe those holiday creators needed a little hangover help? Talking to my photographer yesterday, we both laughed because these two holidays are really celebrated every day in our book. I mean hello, we live in St. Louis where we have a crazy number of fantastic breweries and coffee shops. I always say my favorite problem is that I can't pick a favorite coffee shop.
But I do have a list of favorites! They all do amazing coffee, have a great vibe and are all staffed by the friendliest people. With as much coffee as I drink I tend to become very familiar with my favorite baristas. Its the best way to know what to order. I constantly switch up my order. If it's anywhere above 75 degrees, cold brew is my jam (hello Living Room's Bitt's Cold Press). Since it finally feels like fall this week I've been diving back into hot coffee. Depending on the spot, I love a perfectly made cappuccino (Comet Coffee I'm looking at you) or a can't go wrong pour-over (Sump or Rise are perfection).
The thing I love about St. Louis is that no matter what neighborhood you live in, you can find good coffee. Here is my list of favorites (in no particular order).
COMA Coffee: The newcomer on the block. Started by a dear friend of mine. I would go there to support her even if it was just meh, but thankfully that's not the case. They're roasting their own beans and everything I've had is incredible. Plus their donuts are delicious. Located in Richmond Heights.
Living Room: I love this little spot. Their Bitts Cold Press is my addiction. I wish I could buy it by the gallon. Located in Maplewood.
Rise: My original favorite. When I used to live in Tennessee, this was always one of my first stops when I came home. Its by far my favorite spot to spend a Saturday morning reading the paper and enjoying the company. One of my guilty pleasures is their chile spiced mocha in the winter. It's everything. Located in the Grove.
Park Avenue Coffee: With multiple locations around the city this is one of my go-to spots to grab coffee during work. Especially the downtown location. Their nitro cold-brew is a must try. Think of a Guinness but coffee. And gooey butter cake, because who can resist? Located Downtown and Lafayette Square.
Blue Print: Fantastic staff at Blue Print, they're great if you have any questions about roasting or brewing. Delicious cappuccino. Located in the Loop.
Sump: Many will say this is the best of the best in St. Louis and I wouldn't dare argue. Everything they put in a cup is magic. It can be slightly intimidating for those not super serious about coffee but if I am anywhere near Cherokee Street, I'm making my way over to Sump. Plus the vibe of the place is awesome. Located near Cherokee Street.
Hartford Coffee: Sometimes we joke that Hartford is the second KMOV newsroom. Most nights you can find one of us there picking up coffee. It's incredibly well priced, from the coffee to the food. Located in Tower Grove South,
Comet Coffee: I go to yoga right next door to Comet and its both a blessing and a curse. Depending on if I am treating myself or not, will depend on my order. Their cold brew is delicious but their mocha is hands down the most indulgent thing ever. Made with their homemade chocolate syrup it will make you never settle for an average mocha ever again. Plus their croissants and baked goods are the best. Located in Dogtown.
Coffee Cartel: While the coffee is fairly average in my opinion, Coffee Cartel will always hold a special spot. Its open 24 hours so for us night owls that's key. Plus there's nothing better than sitting with a cup of coffee outside and being in the heart of the Central West End.
There are so many other good coffee shops in this city. Even some I still haven't tried! I'd love to know where your go-to coffee shop is!
Look, let's just get this out there. I am a journalist. And it is common knowledge that journalists are bad at math. So when I really really want to make a biscuits/cookies/anything recipe with a serving size of six, I get understandably nervous about the division that's about to happen. That's why I love cookbooks designed for one or two people. But alas the other day I really wanted to make the biscuits in Chrissy Teigen's 'Cravings,' so I whipped out the calculator.
I love baking but it is no lie that it is a science and I am still mastering that element of the baking process (science, math, I'm sure you're sensing a theme here...but hello! Writing, I got that down.) So i am always a little nervous for the finished product, but these turned out PERFECT. I split the recipe in half (see below) and cooked them in a cast iron.
I think the key really is not overmixing the buttermilk and flower mixture. My dough felt a little too wet so I added more flour. The end result was fluffy, golden brown deliciousness. And guys, let me tell you about this jam I used on them. Last month we went to Charleston for my mom's birthday and went to Hominy Grill (highly recommend). They had the most incredible blueberry and vanilla jam. And they sell it! I wanted to buy so many of the other flavors but was worried about suitcase weight. So right now I am savoring ever last drop of this sweet and tart jam.
Skillet Biscuits for Two
(Adapted from Chrissy Teigen's Craving's)
Now the perfect biscuits for two! Or let's be honest, for one...I may or may not have eaten these throughout the day. Tell me, what's your go-to place for small serving size recipes?!
This week I said good-bye to my sister as she heads back to Spain for the year. It's really hard living so far from both of my sisters. We're incredibly close and only see each other a few times a year. But she and I had a blast this summer, exploring St. Louis and spending as much time together as possible. We had an epic last weekend with Loufest and Harry Potter at Powell Hall (the symphony played the score live, it was as magical as you could imagine.) We squeezed in one more delicious meal at Vista Ramen before she heads back to the land of tapas!
Otherwise this week the other thing making me smile was my effort to take more pictures. I know the basics of photography but am still really learning. So I'm trying to be better about taking my camera (not just my phone) out on walks with Ellie and taking pictures of the world around me.
The weekend is kicking off to a soggy start and unfortunately a lot of the fun events scheduled tonight have been canceled because of the rain. But I'm looking forward to a relaxing night listening to the rain outside and then hitting the road early tomorrow for the Mizzou game! I'm not a Mizzou fan but I am a fan of tailgating with my best friends. Let's hope the rain stays away! Here's a look at a few of the things that make me happy this week.
I can't believe it's already Friday! A combination of shorten work week and a hectic one means this week has flown by. And even though Labor Day brings the unofficial end to summer I am holding on with two hands to the last weeks of warm weather, tomato season and rosé! This week I crossed a few items off the summer bucket list including paddle boarding at Creve Coeur Lake and snow cones at Tro Mo in Webster (total childhood throwback!).
I also was smiling all week after a beautiful wedding weekend with some of my oldest friends. It was at the Chase and the views from the rooftop just took my breath away. Every day I'm reminded how lucky I am to live in this amazing city. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and if you need some ideas on what to do, check out my post from yesterday!
New post series!
One thing people tell me all the time is that I am very busy on my weekends. And it's true. While I love relaxing, St. Louis has so many fun events every weekend that it's hard to stay home! So each week I'll be posting a handful of fun things #ToDointheLou! Here's just a few of the amazing events I'm RSVPing to this weekend.
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