I have always loved theme parties. From summer camp to college, I was always down to dress up for a party. By the end of college I had collected a serious costume box. But as you get older it seems costume parties just don't seem to happen as often. I for one think that needs to change. Thankfully I got the chance to dress up over the weekend thanks to the Pat Connolly Tavern. My friend Kate invited me to the VIP party to celebrate the Dogtown institution's 75th anniversary. The Irish bar has been a classic spot in the area since the 40s, so what better way to celebrate their birthday than with a 40's bash?
I was so impressed with all the fun costumes, I wish I had gone all out because hello! How often do you get to wear a hat? But I donned my circle skirt, red lip and tried my best at a 40's inspired up-do (spoiler alert, it did not come out like the YouTube video). Classic cars outside made for the perfect Instagram background and live music made us feel like we were right in the middle of the Notebook. But the best part was trying all their classic cocktails. With all the great cocktail bars in St. Louis, Pat's isn't one I often think of, but that all changed the moment I tried their Ward 24. Jameson, real grenadine, lemon and orange juice create the perfect boozy yet refreshing drink for summer. Of course you can never go wrong with a classic Manhatten. So if you missed the party don't fret, head on down to Pat's one night for a cocktail, and maybe don a hat for old time's sake.
Well it's been a while since my last #ToDoInTheLou post but I'm bringing it back! There are just too many fun events always going on around our city and so often people ask me what fun things I'm getting into. So here is a look at just a handful of things happening this weekend and where you will likely see me out and about!
Yoga at Eckerts: Does anything say summer more clearly than Eckert's peaches? Take advantage of what will be a gorgeous weekend with yoga outside at Eckerts. Yoga Buzz is putting on one of their fun outdoor yoga sessions and you get a bag of the most perfect peaches included in your ticket. Plus custard! Can't go wrong. Saturday 7/29 9am
The Pat Connolly Tavern 75th Birthday: I can't wait to done my 40's best and rock my old Hollywood waves Saturday night. The party is sold out but the after-party (kicking off at 11:00!) is open to the public. Pat's opened in 1942 and is one of the oldest operating bars in St. Louis, come celebrate the Dogtown favorite with classic cocktails and live music! Saturday 7/29 11pm Info here.
STL Women's Pop Up Shop: What better way to get some shopping in while also supporting some badass St. Louis makers? Check out the pop up shop featuring more than two dozen local boss babes. From Red Lettered Goods adorable prints to the gorgeous candles from Twinkle Brews, this is a pop-up I definitely don't want to miss. Saturday 7/29 10am-3pm at Lemon Gem in the Grove.
Beer Brunch at Vista Ramen: I've been wanting to check out the brunch at Vista Ramen for a while now and this weekend they are doing a beer brunch in collaboration with Hop Shop. Its just one of the many events kicking off St Louis Craft Beer Week and sounds like a delicious way to spend your Sunday! 7/30 10am Info and menu here.
Nudo House Opening; Speaking of ramen!! The long anticipated Nudo House STL is finally opening their doors in Creve Coeur. There's very little that will take me out to West County in terms of food but Qui Tran's ramen definitely will. Their menu was just posted to their Facebook page and besides for the ramen, everything looks amazing. I'm sure it will be packed this weekend but for a taste of those noodles, I'm willing to wait. Info on hours here.
Happy Weekend-ing friends! I'd love to hear about what events you're heading to this weekend!
Is Tuesday too early to start dreaming about Sunday brunch?
Yeah I don't think so either. You all know I have an ongoing list of restaurants I want to try and I swear every time I check one off another gets added! Turn recently opened in the .ZACK building in Midtown. .ZACK is a multi-purpose event space, there's also a new cocktail lounge, Sophie's Artist Lounge and Cocktail Lounge, that opened that I want to check out! The coolest thing about Turn is that it's record themed. The chef and owner used to be a DJ and the walls are decorated with records and there's a solid playlist of music streaming throughout the restaurant.
The cocktails were tasty and there were some unique breakfast offerings. We started with the paloma and mimosa to drink. Fresh squeezed juices take the cocktails up a notch. And of course I've never been able to pass up a biscuit and Turn offers a whole flight of them. The lemon-lavender biscuit was my favorite, with honey and seasonal jams.
The dill hollandaise on the L.E.O was a nice twist on the traditional eggs benedict. My boyfriend got the arepa which was the perfect savory breakfast, spicy chorizo with a yummy chili verde. There was an attention to detail on every dish that I appreciated and would expect from the chef who used to work at Cafe Osage (another brunch spot favorite!). The great thing is that this is another spot that now serves brunch during the week! They're open Tuesday-Sunday. But if you're out for Sunday brunch and you feel like continuing your day in Midtown, I suggest walking over to Urban Chestnut's beer garden for a complete Sunday Funday! Is it the weekend yet?
Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you haven't bought mom a present yet, don't fret! Luckily, there are so many cute local shops with the bunch of adorable stuff mom will love. (Hey, my mom, stop reading now, k thanks).
I feel terrible that I will be out of town this Mother's Day. I'm heading to New York to see my sister but I will definitely be making it up to mom. For the last two years my present to my mom has been to weed and plant the vegetable garden at her house. I've threatened to not do it this year because she is not the best gardener and if I don't come by weekly she will let it get out of hand. I mean we're talking zucchinis that grow to the size of my calf...BUT she said she definitely wants it again this year so that's my plan. Bowood Farms of course is where it's at when it comes to plants in St. Louis. They've got an incredible selection and are so helpful if you have questions on what to grow. But if you don't want to spend hours planting a garden, (my arms already hurt thinking about the work...) here's my list of other great gift ideas! All local to St. Louis.
-picks for mom-
1. I am obsessed with these prints from Red Lettered Prints featuring local chefs, this one is the buttermilk biscuit recipe from Yolklore. Shop here.
2. Lemon Gem in The Grove is perfect for creating little gifts, everything from kitchen gadgets to mini cook books, featuring your mom's favorite ingredient. Check out their Instagram here.
3. My mom and I love to take cooking classes together. I'm more of an activities gift-giver than a material one, and a bread baking class at Companion's Teaching Kitchen would be a great way to spend quality time together. Find their calendar of classes here.
4. You can't go wrong with a cute kitchen towel from Urban Matter. I bought my mom the cardinal one for Christmas. Check out their Instagram for hours here.
5. Again on the line of activities, tickets to the Muny are another great way to gift your mom some quality time together. We will definitely be seeing The Little Mermaid this summer. Find tickets here.
6. Mother's Day brunch is almost a given. And if you're looking for the perfect brunch with a view, check out Cielo at the Four Seasons. From fresh made donuts to an epic raw bar, mom will be happy. Reservations here.
7. My mom loves her Birch Box (a beauty subscription box), and I'm obsessed with the St. Louis version. Bit-O-Local features all St. Louis made products delivered right to your door. Order here.
8. If your mom is anything like mom, she can't start her day with out coffee. With the cute mugs from Arch Apparel she can drink her coffee while showcasing her love for St. Louis. Shop here.
9. You of course can't go wrong with jewelry for mom. But why not get her something unique like these gorgeous stone earrings from Union Studio. Check out their Instagram here.
For other local gift ideas, check out my shopping guides to the Central West End and Cherokee Street.
Usually I am the one asking the questions during an interview, so it always feels weird when the roles are reversed. But it was a treat to sit down for an interview with one of my neighbors, Nicki who writes a fantastic blog about life in the Central West End. We met for coffee and conversation at Silo Coffee + Goods in the TechArtista building in the CWE. I've met Nicki several times at different events throughout the last year, but this was a great way to get to know her as she got to know me.
We talked about everything from my typical day (spoiler, there is no typical day) to my views on growth in St. Louis to my favorite parts about living in the city. Its always fun to talk about my job to people because a lot of people have a very different idea of what I do as a TV reporter (spoiler, its not glamorous, no one is doing my hair and make-up). So its nice to let people know what actually goes into making a story appear on the 10:00 news every night.
Here's a little preview, and a question I get asked all the time - do I ever want to be an anchor?
Do you aspire to become an anchor one day?
“I’m happy in the field. The favorite part of my day is getting out and meeting people and sharing news with others. There is also the adrenaline rush of covering breaking news that I would really miss.
Head on over to Nicki's blog and read the full interview. While you're there, check out some of her other great posts about our wonderful neighborhood!
This has been a whirlwind of a week. Coming back from vacation is always tough and top that with a full schedule of work and volunteer commitments and it was a doozy. I am so excited to relax this weekend and spend time with my loved ones. A great friend and co-worker is getting married and my boyfriend will be back in town for the first time in two weeks
After a lot of tragedy in the news this week, from the murders in Fresno to a random murder of two workers here in St. Louis, it's making me want to take each day and live it to the fullest, giving hugs to my loved ones and taking a moment to appreciate the blessings of every day. I hope you do the same! Have a wonderful weekend!
Let's talk breakfast my friends. I love breakfast...when someone else is making it. I know they say it's the most important meal of the day but during the week I am more about grabbing some oatmeal with apples or a scrambled egg. I would rather just have some coffee and wait until lunch. But if someone else is making me breakfast well then I could make an argument that it's my favorite meal.
St. Louis has a ton of weekend brunch spots. Every neighborhood has a great place for eggs and Bloody Mary's for Sunday mornings. Some with hour long waits that are worth every minute. But today we're talking breakfast, not brunch. Because of my schedule, I am off on Fridays and a lot of times I'm ready for someone else to make me some delicious potatoes and bacon for the start of my weekend. But I've found there are not as many options for weekday breakfast. Enter, Egg.
Egg, located in Benton Park, opened last October. It originated as a brunch pop-up in Spare No Rib and then expanded to it's own concept. I went about a month ago and fell in love. They have a fantastic eclectic menu. It's short but the menu items each pack a punch. You could call it fusion. There's tex-mex elements and then there's a chakchouka, a traditionally Tunisian dish with eggs sauteed in a tomato sauce. I've yet to try it but definitely on my next visit.
You must try their take on eggs benedict. I went with the spinach and avocado, but there's also one with smoked pork belly that harks back to their original start as a barbaque restaurant (Spare No Rib moved to it's own location near Cherokee Street). Instead of your usual English muffin, the perfectly poached egg perches on top of a slightly sweet biscuit. It surprises your taste buds and veers away from the traditional brunch staple in the most perfect way.
The hashes are also fantastic. They pack a lot in that little bowl. Lots of veggies, spices and the potatoes have that perfect crispness. The El Cerdo hash with carnitas, corn and jalapenos packed a lot of heat! It's all perfect hangover food for weekend brunch but the portions also aren't insane that if you go for a week day breakfast you don't feel like you immediately need to go home for a nap.
But if you are looking to indulge during your week day...or you're visiting on the weekend, their Bloody Mary is not to be missed. They make their own pepper-infused vodka and homemade mix. Its the perfect amount of heat, just like a lot of their dishes. Fresh squeezed orange juice tops a generous pour of sparkling wine for their mimosas.
Egg is opened Tuesday through Sunday. Where are your favorite weekday breakfast spots?
As a journalist, some days you tell the story you have to tell, other days you get to tell the story you want to tell. This was definitely a story I couldn't wait to share. I love telling stories about people doing awesome things in our city. You all know by now that I am a big cheerleader for St. Louis. I love this city and I can get frustrated with the haters.
As a news station we have to tell the good along with the bad, and while the bad can often overshadow everything else, it's important to remember there are so many people working to make this city better each and ever day.
The guys behind Arch Apparel are a prime example. They started the local t-shirt company a year ago and have simply blown up across the area. You can find their stuff in a bunch of local boutiques and on their website. One thing I love is when I spot people wearing Cardinals and Blues gear when I'm traveling, even more exciting is to see people wearing shirts that simply show their a fan of the city, not just a sports team.
Plus the shirts are printed at Tiny Little Monster, a printing company based in Maplewood, so it's all super local! Plus their stuff is really cute. I'm excited for my first Blues game this year so I can rock my new blue and yellow shirt!
These are my current favs on their site, I need to find a baby (someone else's please!) to give that adorable onesie!
If you missed the story you can watch it here!
I am always looking for stories about people making a difference in St. Louis. If you know someone that would make a great story please let me know! Shoot me a tweet/facebook message/email/comment below! Y'all know I'm checking it all way too often!
-So I have this problem with St. Louis that in reality is the best problem to have - there are too many yummy places to eat. When I lived in Knoxville there were some amazing restaurants but after a while I was very tired of my options (of course since I've left the Knoxville food scene has exploded, every one should visit BTW). Coming home to St. Louis I was so excited to try the plethora of restaurants that had opened since I left. But of course that was while also getting my fill of life-long favorites.
Basically my weekly dilemma becomes, how do I fit in all my favorite spots while also checking off my (ever growing) list of new places? (While also trying to keep my wallet and waistline in check?) That's why it's taken me nearly a year to get over to Byrd and Barrel. But the wait was worth it. This was some solid fried chicken
I already knew I loved the space (obsessed with idea of rehabbing vacant buildings) and had an idea of exactly what we were going to order: chicken, mac n cheese and the poutine. The space was better than imagined, I love love love the re-use of the old Popeyes, the bar was beautiful. Only complaint was the stools at the counter (not bar) were horribly uncomfortable. Thankfully we we're able to snag bar seats when a couple left. We naturally chose to eat fried chicken while it was 100 degrees outside but that didn't stop our eyes from devouring that menu. I wanted so many things. We settled on the pre-planned order but of course had to add on biscuits. Knoxville taught me I can never pass up a biscuit.
Let's first talk about that poutine. Byrd and Barrel's version is tator tot-esque potato ball compared to your usual fries, and that gravy was so delicious. I wanted to smother it on every thing else we ate. Gravy plus tator tots plus cheese curds plus chicken? I mean what more could you want? Well you could want the cheddar biscuit which I will say happily reminded me of a more upscale Red Lobster biscuit. (Don't judge, I freaking love cheddar biscuits.) And then you could want to follow that with more guilty pleasure goodness. Cheesy mac-n-cheese and that chicken. We got the two piece and could barely finish half of it. It's peppery and crispy, the perfect kick of heat. Granted in 100 degrees we were slightly regretting our glutinous lunch choice.
But there we go, I have checked off another on the list. Thanks to the drive-through though it may become one my list of rotating favorites...
This was one of those weekends where I wanted to do nothing but either be submerged in a swimming pool or sit on my couch with the air conditioning blasting. We hit 101 today and it was brutal! But this was one of the first weekends in ages that I didn't have a full agenda and it was kind of wonderful. Summers in St. Louis usually mean festivals and BBQs, boat days and pool parties, so to have a Saturday afternoon where we had nothing to do but lounge and watch movies with a bottle of rosé? Count me in.
Friday night my mom and I went to the pop-up for Sardella, Gerard Craft's new and soon-to-open restaurnt. Full write-up coming soon but it was amazing. On Saturday, my boyfriend and I hit up the Tower Grove farmer's market where I proceeded to buy all the orange tomatoes (my absolute favorite). We followed that with brunch at Rooster and checked out the bottle release at 2nd Shift's new location on the Hill. Super excited these guys are moving to the city. I love their beer and can't wait to have them so close to my apartment. Then we lounged for hours on couch watching Netflix and ended the day with an awesome show from my friend's band The Mighty Pines at The Bootleg. When I write it all out it, it sounds like a busy weekend (plus I painted all day Friday!) but it was that perfect mix of relaxing and fun. Feeling refreshed as we head into the work week and hey, good news is it's cooling down! (If you can considered 90 degrees cool...)
Hope everyone had an equally good weekend! Cheers to a new week!
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