A week that kicks off with an epic brunch spread is always destined to be a good one. I was invited to attend a brunch event with several other of my favorite local bloggers and Instagramers on Sunday and we had such a wonderful time talking about St. Louis and the food scene here, lots of laughs and new friends, it really set the mood for the week. (More on the brunch at the Four Seasons coming soon!)
Of course after stuffing myself with brunch I vowed I would eat healthier and at home the rest of the week....but life is simply too short and there is too much good food in St. Louis for that! I tried a few new places (Zza Pizza, Stacked Burger, and the new Kaldi's in the CityGarden) and don't regret my choices one bit!
But on a non-food related note, I also loved getting to work in the yard some this week. It's exhausting but I love seeing the flowers bloom and I can't wait to host BBQs in the backyard! And the other thing that had me all kinds of excited this week was the premiere of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. Has anyone watched it? I am SO hooked. I loved the book and the show is definitely doing it justice and going beyond. I love that they are expanding it with a back story, giving you an idea of how we ended up in this awful dystopian world. Its awesome but terrifying.
Despite some serious wet weather this weekend, I'm looking forward to hanging out with Matt, watching some Blues playoff hockey and eating another delicious brunch, this time at my friend Macy's coffee shop, COMA! Have a great weekend all! And stay dry!
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!
The flowers are blooming, the patios are open and spring has officially sprung in St. Louis. You know I love a good list, so here's a look at the things I plan on checking off my bucket list this spring.
1. Take an outdoor yoga class
2. Road trip to Ava, IL to Scratch Brewery
3. Host a BBQ in our backyard
4. Picnic at the new Arch grounds
5. Pick strawberries at Eckerts
6. Make homemade jam with strawberries
7. Cocktails on a new outdoor patio
8. Volunteer at a community garden
9. Plant seeds
10. Eat lunch in City Garden
Soon enough it will be summer, but there is something distinctly special about these spring days. Whether it's napping with the windows open as a spring storm rolls through or taking Ellie to a farmer's market, I plan to take in each moment and not wish for summer to get here quicker. Working on living in the moment more, and hey, the moments on this list are looking pretty good! What are you planning on crossing off your spring bucket list?
Another Election Day in the books. St. Louis had a historic night on Tuesday, electing the first female mayor in our city's history. But some would say that news was overshadowed by the vote to NOT publicly fund a soccer stadium. It was a heated debate, one honestly no one could predict until the votes were cast. And trust me, lots of people asked me what I thought would happen. I had no idea. But we know now, the people did not want to use city funds for soccer. Or at least the 30 percent of voters that came out to the polls.
I was shocked when someone asked me about my "I Voted" sticker, asking what election was going on. As a reporter obviously I'm a little more in tune with what's going on but I'm always surprised when I hear people don't know about an election. We've been talking about it for ages and there are billboards every where (plus my mail box has been filled with nothing but political mailers!).
But that's on us as the media to make sure more people know next time, I'm always asking people who they consume news, I know many don't watch it on TV, so is it Facebook, is it an app, Twitter?
We need to know so we can get people the information that impacts their every day life. Another story I did this week was about big changes to a major roadway. County leaders are looking to take it from five lanes to three, that's going to affect a lot of people! And the county wants to hear from people, but how do we make sure all those people KNOW their opinion matters? That's the million dollar question. But this story was one that generated a lot of opinions.
I wanted to start off talking to a local business and that led me to Federhofer's Bakery in Affton. I LOVE discovery new businesses when out reporting. Especially businesses where I can eat donuts. The bakery was in support of the changes, but others were not. We talked to homeowners who are worried about traffic. I talked to both if them for 10 minutes or so, plus the man in charge of the project. That makes it a challenge to fit all the different sides into a minute and a half story. But that's my job! And I wouldn't change it. :)
Have questions about reporting? Fire away in the comments below! I'd love to give you more insight into my day.
So how is it already April? This year is flying by. I’m taking a look at my goals for the year and the one I am definitely nailing is traveling more. One of my goals was to travel to several new cities this year and I’m finally getting around to posting about my first one - Miami!
Our long weekend trip to Miami was Matt and my anniversary/Christmas gift to each other. Technically it wasn’t a “new” city since I went when I was a kid. But since the only thing I remember about that trip was buying a white corduroy blazer from AX Exchange (yes take a moment and let that image sink in), I feel like this was a first time trip. Plus Matt used to live there so it was so excited to get to see a part of his old life.
We flew into Fort Lauderdale because we flew on Southwest. So we picked up our rental car and drove to Miami. First stop was getting lunch and cocktails. We had lunch at Suviche in Wynwood for fresh ceviche and mojitos. The rain cleared up just in time for our afternoon. We walked around Wynwood, which is my kind of neighborhood. Its the former warehouse district so its still very industrial but its been transformed with incredible murals and new boutiques, bars and galleries. We hit up two breweries - Concrete Beach and Wynwood Brewery. Because the rain was on and off, we hung around and played games at Wynwood Brewery which had a solid shelf of board games.
We checked into our hotel in downtown Brickell. We stayed at the Aloft Brickell which we really enjoyed, the location was perfect for us since we weren't doing too much on South Beach. Just wish the weather had cooperated more for some pool time!
We did head to South Beach for pre-dinner drinks at a really cool bar called the Broken Shaker. Its in a hostel/hotel with a gorgeous pool setting. Dinner was back downtown at Mignonette. We sat at the raw bar and had oysters and some incredible seafood. Following dinner we headed over to a great cocktail bar down the street, Corner Bar.
We woke up and head straight for coffee. I had read about Panther Coffee and it was delicious. There are a couple of locations around the city but we went to the one in Wynwood. We got an empanada and croissant to share for breakfast. Then we hit the streets. The weather was one our side so we wanted to take in all of the murals in Wynwood. It was early enough in the morning that it felt like we had the streets to ourselves to admire all the cool artwork. We also popped over the actual Wynwood Walls, which is a curated space in between several buildings with of course a trendy juicery inside.
For lunch, it was time for tacos. We went to Coyo. It was packed, so we grabbed our tacos (shrimp, chicken, asada), guac and churros, and headed to stand in the sun. We followed lunch with another brewery - J Wakefield Brewery. This was probably my favorite. They have a lot of sours, with fruit accents. Really tasty IPAs that were perfect for sipping all afternoon. Favorites were Stush, a berlinner weisse and Mango and Cash, a double IPA.
For dinner on Saturday we headed into the Design District for Michael’s Genuine. Michael’s Genuine is one of those rare restaurants. It’s been around 10 years and is still attracting great reviews for its seasonal and local dishes, plus huge crowds.
We aren’t big club people so we headed to some bars in Wynwood for a little dancing. Gramps was a really cool spot with an outdoor patio and dance area. I just wish it was a little warmer and we could have enjoyed it more. Here we had our favorite cocktail of the weekend, the Rosemary’s Baby, gin, lemon and Earl Grey simple syrup with a piece of rosemary that they lit on fire giving it a smoky taste.
Beach Day! We headed to South Beach to get our fill of the ocean, unfortunately the wind was not our friend and we were whipped to death by the sand. The water in February was also a little too chilly given the temperatures. Once we couldn’t take the wind any longer we headed to Ocean Drive to check out the shops. It was packed with not only people but pretty much every store you could want. We caught the sun setting over the harbor at Monty’s South Beach over a plate of oysters.
For dinner we met up with friends at Cake Thai. We shared a bunch of dishes which were all incredible, but the service was lacking unfortunately, as several of our dishes were forgotten or took forever to come out. The restaurant is fairly new so hopefully they will get that hammered out because that yellow curry dish would have me coming back again and again.
After dinner we walked over to The Wynwood Yard, a really good spot with live music, a bar and food trucks in a permanent outdoor space. We had shaved ice cream, which was melt in your mouth good.
On our last day in town we needed to check to more food musts off our list - pastries from Zak the Baker and a cubano sandwich. Zak the Baker is located in Wynwood (told you it was gong to be my favorite neighborhood). They have their bakery and then down the street they have a kosher deli. Honestly breakfast at the delli looked incredible, but my heart was set on pastries. Matt and I went all our and split four different items - croissant, chocolate croissant, an incredible babka and a cinnamon roll. Guys, this place was beyond good. I desperately wanted to try their bread, but our stomachs could take no more. Next time!
We spent the rest of the morning lounging by the pool at Aloft, soaking up a few rays of sunshine before they darted behind the clouds. We hit the road to head to the airport, but not without stopping for a Cubano. We asked several locals for the best spot - there were mixed opinions of course but we settled on Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop. When you walk in at lunch and it’s packed with locals, you know you’ve picked right. We sat up at the counter at the simple, no fuss eatery and placed our orders. For me - chicken soup, with the most delicious broth, giant chunks of giant and big slices of veggies. I could have been satisfied with just that. But I had a Cubano coming. I’m no expert in Cubanos but for me it was everything I wanted, the perfect ratio of pickles, mustard, ham, pork, and Swiss. After our morning of eating, I felt like I could fall right into a food coma, so we grabbed a cortadito for the road. The strong Cuban coffee drink of half espresso and half milk. The milk isn’t frothy like a cappuccino, but dense, think more cafe con leche.
Our trip was the perfect amount of relaxation and exploration, and like almost all my vacations focused on eating and drinking my way through a new city. For me, I think the best way to explore a new city or culture is through their food. I’d love to hear your favorite spots because we have another trip to Miami planned this winter for a wedding!
No, I'm not talking about the basketball kind of March Madness (stopped caring about that when my Trojans lost a few rounds ago...) but instead the madness that was this month! It was filled with travel, fun in St. Louis and a whirlwind at work.
The month started with a literal whirlwind, a tornado touched down about two hours outside of St. Louis, destroying a town and killing one. Those are the toughest but also most rewarding days as a reporter. Rewarding in that you get to see first hand the resiliency of a community, You can watch what I mean in this story.
Work in general was crazy this month simply because so many people were on vacation and we're slightly short staffed. You can't not have news in the TV business so that meant some long hours, extra days of work and sometimes turning out extra stories. I love my job so I'm happy to help out to ensure we're providing the best coverage of St. Louis for our viewers. But I'm human and that definitely can take it's toll. Thankfully I had two trips planned this month so those were wonderful breaks from the business at KMOV.
First we went to Miami (working on a longer post about the trip!). I hadn't been since I was a kid and it was wonderful to see the city with my boyfriend who lived there after college. We ate all of the tacos, margaritas and beer we could find. It was wonderful. And then I just returned back from Madrid this week. Visiting my sister was the perfect way to cap off this month. It was a quick trip, only four days actually in Spain, but I got a CRAZY good deal, so I said why not?! Posts on Madrid and my philosophy on travel coming in the next few weeks!
I am excited for April to get here, it means another weekend getaway (this time to Lake Tahoe!) and spring in St. Louis! Except for the allergy nightmare, I love spring in St. Louis. The flowers are blooming, the return of patio drinking and of course Cardinals baseball! Opening Day is just around the corner!
What are you looking forward to as we April gets underway this weekend?
The countdown to Miami is officially down to three days! It's my first visit since I was 12, so basically it will be my first time visiting. The only thing I remember from that long ago trip was buying a white blazer that I thought was the coolest clothing item I would ever own...yeah.
This time around I can't wait for four days of relaxing and beach weather. I also plan to eat nothing but fish and tacos. And because I plan to splurge and because I'll be rocking a bikini for several days, I've been working on staying on the healthy track. After I got the flu I started slacking a bit with my workouts, but I'm back on to at least three days a week at Fitness Formula. I have also been working on eating lighter meals and less processed foods.
I can't say how much I love my spiralizer for weeks where I am trying to cut back. This was my first run at sweet potato noodles. With the yummy peanut sauce and the heartiness of the sweet potatoes, I didn't even miss the carbs,
The one thing I'm still working on is making spiralized recipes that stay well for dinner. I've been trying hard to bring dinner to work most nights and some recipes I've found get soggy if I sauce them up. Perhaps I have to keep everything separate but ah, so many containers. What's your favorite go-to lunch or dinner to bring to work? I made my first mason jar salad the other day and that right there may be a game changer. Anything that can fit easily in my bag for when I have to run to breaking news and not have to remember to grab a separate lunch bag is a win. Plus with a mason jar salad I don't have to worry about finding a place to heat something up. For your reference, QuikTrip has a microwave...we make many stops at QT during breaking news runs.
But back to this sweet potato goodness. The recipe was super simple and took no time at all to put together. I also added chicken that was left over in the fridge for some additional protein. If you have 10 minutes, you have 10 minutes to make this recipe!
sweet potato noodles + peanut sauce
I have always been the kind of person who uses food as a reward. A great meal or a sweet treat is always my go-to when it comes to treating myself or dealing with emotions. It's something I've been working on but it's tough. Good food is one of life's greatest pleasures in my opinion. But I've learned that it doesn't always have to be that way. Treating myself to alone time or a massage can be equally satisfying and can be a better coping mechanism than ice cream (I mean sometimes though you really just need ice cream, right?).
On Sunday I got a chance to meet two incredibly talented bloggers here in St. Louis. Sherrie from With Food + Love and Alex from Delish Knowledge. I have been dying to try Sherrie's cooking forever. They hosted a mini retreat that included a relaxing yoga class and vegetarian brunch. Everything about it was perfect.
We started with yin yoga. A slow paced practice that focuses on holding poses longer. When I do yoga I usually do vinyasa, which is more dynamic and more of a workout. Yin is the opposite. It forces you to focus on your body and your mind. Something that actually stresses me out. The most stressful part of any yoga class is those moments where we are supposed to be still and clear our mind. All I can do is think about the hundred other things I should be doing. Which is why I actually NEED to be taking the time in yoga to clear my head. Catch 22 kind of situation. So Alex's yoga session was a great introduction to the practice of mindfullness. Taking the time to just be still, ignore work thoughts, stay away from my phone and just be.
Now I will say once the smells of Sherrie's cooking started wafting from the kitchen it was tough to focus on anything but the incredible brunch we were about to consume.
Sherrie of With Food + Love is an incredible (mostly) pant-based chef, blogger and photographer who lives in St. Louis. Her pictures and columns in Feast Magazine always inspire me. (See my chickpea and kale soup recipe). I've been dying to attend one of her pop-ups. The brunch served Sunday was light and appeared simple, but each dish was filled with complex flavors and variety of textures. First up, a green juice of kale, cucumber, lemon and apple. It was followed by a beautiful toast course with ricotta and the most beautiful berries and beet sauce. We ended with the picture above, a bowl of comfort. Savory oatmeal topped with a poached egg, picked radishes and an incredibly bright green goddess sauce with mint that simply made the dish.
We ended our mini-retreat with a tea ceremony from Retrailer Tea. The Cup of Love tea with rose and tulsi is a comforting blend that helps reduce stress. We also were tasked with thinking about maintaining self-care. Taking a look at how our busy lives can prevent us from taking the necessary time to focus on our mind, body, spirit and relationships. It was such an important reminder that setting aside personal time is not selfish, it's imperative to our well-being. Today I pledge to attempt mindfullness while walking Ellie. Leaving my phone at home and just letting my mind focus on the moment and the world around me. How do you practice self-care and mindfullness? Is it something you do regularly? I'd love to hear your advice!
In my job I get a chance to meet incredible people with amazing stories each and every day. It's my favorite part about being a journalist. They're people most of the city may not know, or ever get a chance to know, but to parts of the community they've had an incredible impact.
On New Year's Eve, William Pauley, a local chef and kombucha brewer was seriously injured in a crash involving teenagers running from police. He's made a miraculous recovery but has a long way to go, and of course a long bill from the hospital likely on it's way. When I as talking to people about William and his newly opened shop, Confluence Kombucha, I was in awe of how many people's live he has not only touch but improved. They serve beautiful vegetarian and vegan food at their spot in The Grove and it was where I tried my first kombucha.
I've heard alot about kombucha but never tried it. Well if everyone's is as good as William's then I am sold. I tried one with jackfruit, the pineapple turmeric and rose honeysuckle vanilla (which I'm told is very popular). It's acidic, and bright and just feels healthy.
Because William seems to have touched so many lives, now others want to spread that love. On Wednesday, businesses across The Grove will donate a portion of their profits to William's recovery fund. The list includes some of my favorite spots - Urban Chestnut, Grammophone, Layla's, Handlebar, Lemongems, gezelig and more.
You can watch my story on William's recovery here. Learn more about the benefit here.
Welcome to my blog! Here you'll find a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day life of a TV news reporter. I have a love for food, traveling and all things St. Louis. This is a place for me to write a bit more about my passions.