It FINALLY feels like fall in St. Louis and we are taking full advantage and spending all weekend outside. Saturday we are riding the Katy Trail and hitting up some Missouri wineries, but on Friday we'll be heading to Tower Grove Park for a beer garden pop-up. Here are some of the other fun things happening around the city this weekend!
Today marks Day 11 of protests in St. Louis. Unless you really have been living under a rock, you’re aware that our city is once again under the spotlight after a white police officer killed a black man and was found not guilty. It’s been a tiring week for many – for those beyond frustrated with a legal system they do not feel will bring justice, for police officers working 12 hour shifts and for those of us in the newsroom who are doing are best to bring the most accurate coverage of everything happening on the streets of St. Louis.
The majority of the protests in our city have been peaceful. Disruptive, but peaceful. But some nights have turned violent. Windows have been shattered, officers have been hit with bricks, our crews have been threatened at gun point, spit on and called every name in the book. But we are committed to being on the ground, showing the viewer what’s happening.
Many people have said “just stop covering the protest, they’ll go away.” Well sorry to break it to you but that is simply not true. Whether our local news cameras are recording or not, someone is. Livestreamers, citizen journalists and anyone with a phone will continue to record what’s going on. But we as professional journalists believe we need to document and record and work to provide context. You may not agree with what you’re seeing on the TV – whether it’s police allowing protesters in the street or maybe you don’t like how police are wearing riot gear – but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. And I believe we as journalists owe it to our community to bring them information.
Sometimes that information changes, and in breaking news situations things are happening fast. We do our best to only state facts, what we personally witness or what we are given from officials. But officials get it wrong too. I’ve had more hate emails, tweets and nasty Facebook comments than I can count. And they’re coming from “both sides.” Which in my opinion usually means I’m telling it down the middle... But I’ve also had strangers stop me at the grocery store, at the park, and on the street to thank me, and my coworkers for bringing them the coverage. Again they may not agree with it all, but those kind words, and their concerns for our safety mean a whole lot.
So thank you to the viewers, to those following along on Twitter, and for my mom’s friends who text her about my live shots. We do this for you. And I’ll end on this: Instead of typing something mean or hateful on Facebook, or making a judgment, try to make conversation instead. Real conversation. Ask a protester why they’re out there. Ask a police officer why they serve despite a tense climate. You just might learn something.
Here’s a look at some of my coverage throughout the last week of protest.
Just when you think fall has arrived in St. Louis, those hot temperatures come roaring back. But that means another weekend to squeeze in a little more summer fun!
Paddle boarding is one the most fun ways to get in a little exercise and while I love going out to Creve Coeur Lake, I am so excited they now offer it in my backyard. Aka Forest Park. I can't think of a better way to take in the beauty of this St. Louis gem then on the water. You can take your SUP board through the canals and to the Grand Basin for a picture perfect view of the St. Louis Art Museum.
Now this weekend is the Great Forest Park Balloon Race so it will definitely be crowded, but on any other weekend, it's like a little escape right in the middle of St. Louis.
Never SUP boarded before? This is the perfect place to try. The lake, canals and Grand Basin are all very calm water, so it's easy to paddle without fear of being knocked off your board by a wave (like the ocean!). It's also not deep, so if you do fall (you have a life jacket) you can stand right back up!
The paddle boards are first come first serve and you can't reserve them. So you might have to wait a bit. May I suggest going to grab a bit or a beer over at the Boathouse? You can find the tent on the Lake just west of the Boathouse (you have to walk through the grass to get there). It's $20 per hour (but I believe there was a discount if there were more people in your group!)They're open just Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am-7:00pm.
Get out there and enjoy these last warm days of summer in St. Louis,
What is it about short weeks that always feel longer than usual? I only have a three day week and already I've craving the weekend! You know what helps with that feeling? Breakfast tacos.
For as long as I can remember the corner of Pershing and Jackson has been a cycle of restaurants that have come and gone. In the spring a coffee shop (and bike store!) opened fittingly named Cursed Bikes and Coffee. So when we stopped for a couple of cold brews last weekend I was overly excited to see another spot had opened up next door, a spot for tacos!
But more specifically they had breakfast tacos. Something that I am constantly saying St. Louis doesn't have enough of. (If you know of other breakfast taco spots please share them!). It was grand opening weekend but already they had a good groove going. The owners were there and were happy to explain all about the tacos. They have a list on the wall of the daily offerings. We got one of each of the tacos - potato egg and cheese, chorizo egg and cheese and spinach egg and cheese!
And guys these are some hefty tacos! One was enough for me and Matt was good with two so it worked out perfectly. They have three different salsas that were all really tasty. The jalapeno definitely had a kick! I'm also excited to check out lunch and dinner. They definitely veer from traditional with a chicken tandoori taco and a thai street beef that sounds amazing!
The space is cozy. Just a few wood tables inside but they have large picnic tables outside. Perfect for soaking up the St. Louis sunshine which sipping a cold brew from Cursed Coffee. Or one of the delicious looking cocktails on Taco Buddha's menu. I'm eye-spying that frose...(per usual).
Either way, get on over to this little corner in University City and give these businesses some love because I have a feeling they've stumbled on how to turn the curse of that corner around.
For now they are open Thursday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out their website for hours and location. http://tacobuddha.com/
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