Monday Lieblings, St. Louis Edition, Part 1
I miss St. Louis a lot in my everyday life, and am thrilled to be back for Christmas break- I’m also thrilled that Grant has come to town. On with the lieblings!
1) My parent’s farm
My parents live on a farm (complete with a graveyard in which their town’s founder (Robert Elsberry) is buried) and raise beef cattle and, more recently, Scottish Highland cattle (coos). It hasn’t been snowy enough to go sledding, which is sad because they have awesome sledding hills, but Grant and I visited with the cows instead.
Grant was too scared to get any closer than this.
Quiktrip is a gas station/convenience store in the St. Louis area that I frequented often during my highschool/undergrad years. I mean, it’s just a gas station, but I love it- so much in fact, that it was the first place I stopped after getting off the plane from Manchester- I needed my 32 oz diet mountain dew with cherry syrup and hotdog! Yesterday I made Grant stop there to get the full Missouri experience:
He ended up choosing the diet dr. pepper with vanilla syrup.
diet mountain dew with cherry syrup all the way.
The secret of why Quiktrip’s hotdogs are so good lies in their bun-warmer trays:
Grant was less than impressed.
3) The Arch
You have to go to the arch when you’re in St. Louis! (disclaimer: you DO NOT have to go the arch, it is, in fact, sort of boring- but it’s fun to do in an ironic sort of way when someone who has never been to Missouri comes to town)
The best part of going to the arch, by far, is the teeny tiny modernist pods that take you up to the top.
The top is ok, about what you’d expect:
The second best part of the arch experience is the Museum of Westward Expansion(!) – this year they’ve added in some fancy animatronic people:
Red Cloud was a MAJOR downer.
Grant made a friend
4) The City Museum
They City Museum is not really a museum…. it’s pretty much uncategorizable/indescribable unless you go there for yourself. But you SHOULD- it’s amazing and one of my favorite places in the world. I’m just going to show you some photos from Grant and I’s trip there:
PLUS the city museum now has a pretty great thrift store on the 4th floor- Grant found a few good shirts there:
5) Crown Candy Kitchen
Crown Candy Kitchen is an amazing little diner/ice cream shop in a not-so-good part of St. Louis. They make all of their own ice cream and hot fudge sauce, and their lunch items are pretty good too- check out the “heart stopping BLT”:
I always get the hot fudge sundae with black cherry ice cream, newport style: (but the malts are really good too- and what they’re known for)