Dining Through St. Louis

Hi Friends! Before I get into tonight’s post, I need to ask if I could get a few extra prayers tonight and tomorrow for my grandma. She’s been having some GI issues – colitis – but they think she may need surgery. We won’t know for sure if she’ll need surgery tomorrow until, well, tomorrow. Prayers are definitely appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Tonight was my definition of a “me” night. Kevin worked late, we didn’t go house hunting or out to eat, and I treated myself to a mani/pedi.

Pro tip: find a mani/pedi place that offers free wine. Makes all the difference.

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But backing up a little bit, ever since we got to St. Louis, we’ve been so busy. We spending all of our free time after work looking at houses. Honestly, tonight was the first night since moving here that I haven’t had anything I absolutely had to do, which was wonderful.

Since we’ve been out and about looking at houses in the evenings and on weekends, we’ve eaten out our fair share. Granted, I love trying new restaurants, but it was so nice to eat a home cooked meal tonight!

So, where all have we been? To start, we ventured over to Retreat Gastropup in the Central West End (CWE). We walked to it from our temporary apartment which was so fun! I felt like I was living in a real city again!

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I got their classic burger which was perfectly cooked and half of it made for excellent leftovers the next day. The salad on the left was the real winner though. Those pecans were addicting!

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Next up? International Tap House (iTap). Also within walking distance, iTap is home to tons of craft beers on tap which is right up our alley.

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On our second official night in town, we went to the Cardinals game with Kevin’s new coworkers! We played the Reds, and we lost, which was horrible since Kevin is from Cincinnati and he gloated all night.

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One weekend when we were out and about house hunting, we stopped at Hacienda on Manchester. We had been there many times before, but this time wasn’t so great. We weren’t too impressed with our food. But, the margs were good!

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But, speaking of good Mexican food. Kevin and I have now eaten at Tortillaria in the CWE twice now! The cheese enchiladas at this place are SO CLOSE to what Casa’s taste like. (Casa closed down a few years ago, but it’s where my parent’s met and I grew up eating here. It’s hands down, my favorite restaurant in the entire world.)

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On a little bit of a healthier note, we had lunch one Saturday at Bar Louie in Kirkwood between houses. This salad was my everything. Pears. Pecans. Blue cheese. Balsamic. Gimmie dis every day.

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As you can see, we’ve certainly eaten around St. Louis a bunch so far! #perdiemFTW

But, we’ve also eaten some good meals over and my mom and dad’s house. Gracie’s 5th birthday was on Monday (!) so we went over to my parent’s to celebrate with her. We’re the world’s worst dog parents and didn’t get her anything. Thankfully, grandma came through in the clutch and Gracie got a new bone and toy. Aren’t grand-pup-ma’s the best?

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Memorial Day Weekend Wedding

I’ve been behind on the times, you know, because our lives are chaotic and currently in shambles, but I really wanted to write about our Memorial Day weekend. We actually went back to St. Louis because my friend from college was getting married! We arrived a day before the wedding to hang out with family. We went to visit my grandpa’s cemetery to leave a flag (he was in the Army!) and ventured over to Peel Pizza which was nearby.

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This place was GOOOOOOOD. We got a couple appetizers, three salads and a few pizzas for our big group to split. If you’re in St. Louis, I promise Peel is worth venturing over the river!

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After dinner, because we weren’t fatty enough, we went to Fritz’s…for the best frozen custard.

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The pups each got their own doggy cone, which were devoured in seconds.

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I think Nala, my parent’s dog, ate hers in one bite, actually.

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Okay okay so the real reason we were in St. Louis for Heather and AJ’s wedding! Heather and I met in college and she was my big sister in our sorority. She looked absolutely gorgeous on her big day and we’re so happy to have celebrated with them!

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We bonded over many things, but especially our love of St. Louie. Her reception was held downtown with an amazing view of the City Museum! (Which by the way, I just realized I’ve never taken Kevin there which is horrible. That’s going to the top of our Things To Do Once We Move To St. Louis list.)

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We ate, we drank and we danced. Did I mention we ate? They had donuts as dessert and no joke, that was the best donut I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. The donuts pictured here are about a third of the actual, whole donut size. Which is why I made this sign (with a napkin and lipstick) so we could eat it in stages.

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It was a great long weekend back home celebrating good friends and their marriage!