Must-Eat Meals

Must-Eat Meals: St. Louis – St. Louis Style Ribs

After a long, excruciatingly hot day, food may not seem overly appetizing.  However, St. Louis has its own must-eat food in addition to the toasted ravioli that cover the state of Missouri.  With St. Louis style ribs as our mission, we headed to Adam’s Smokehouse in search of some. We arrived at Adam’s at 7:15p.m.  They… Continue reading Must-Eat Meals: St. Louis – St. Louis Style Ribs

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Road Side Stops

Road Side Stop: St. Louis Zoo

When it is 110 degrees in the shade, what do you do for the afternoon?  The answer probably should not be “go to the zoo”, but that is exactly what we did after leaving the St. Louis Science Center. The St. Louis Zoo is across Forest Park from SLSC.  I had originally thought we would… Continue reading Road Side Stop: St. Louis Zoo

Moments in History

Moments in History: St. Louis Science Center

St. Louis is a cool place to visit, even when the heat index reaches 110 degrees.  Which is exactly how hot it was on the day we visited the Forest Park area of the Gateway City.  Forest Park hosts several great attractions, including the Saint Louis Science Center, where we were greeted by a giant… Continue reading Moments in History: St. Louis Science Center

Other Eats

Other Eats: Vincent VanDoughnut – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis neighborhoods are some of the most well-defined and distinct of any of the cities we have visited.  The Hill had shown us that the night before, and this morning we were off to discover another unique area: The Grove.   The Grove is more of an entertainment district with craft breweries and restaurants,… Continue reading Other Eats: Vincent VanDoughnut – St. Louis, Missouri

Rest Stops

Rest Stop: Holiday Inn – Forest Park, Missouri

Free parking or free breakfast?  Which would you choose?  That was the question I found myself asking as I searched for a hotel in St. Louis.  After weighing the pros and cons, free parking won out and we booked our room for two nights at the Holiday Inn Forest Park, just off the interstate in… Continue reading Rest Stop: Holiday Inn – Forest Park, Missouri

Must-Eat Meals

Must-Eat Meals: Missouri – Toasted Ravioli

Conquering a fear of heights and claustrophobia can really work up an appetite.  We left downtown and headed to The Hill, the St. Louis equivalent of Little Italy.  This quaint little neighborhood reflects its Italian heritage everywhere, from the fire hydrants to the potted plants, and certainly in its restaurants. We circled the neighborhood looking… Continue reading Must-Eat Meals: Missouri – Toasted Ravioli

America's Pasttime

America’s Pasttime: Busch Stadium

Traffic in downtown St. Louis fifteen minutes prior to game time at Busch Stadium is an absolute nightmare.  Cardinals fans must be late arrivers, unlike Chicago Cubs fans.  Of course, there is no where to park near Wrigley Field, while there are garages and on-street parking all over in the downtown St. Louis area.  As… Continue reading America’s Pasttime: Busch Stadium

Moments in History

Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Gateway Arch

630 feet tall and weighing more than 7000 elephants, the Gateway Arch towers over the Old Courthouse and the entire city of St. Louis. Approaching from the west with my stomach churning, we walked the short distance between the courthouse and the arch at Gateway Arch National Park.  I knew this would  be a difficult… Continue reading Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Gateway Arch

Moments in History

Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Old Courthouse

Towering over St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Arch beckons you for miles before you even reach the city.  The massive arch appears before you even cross the river from Illinois into the state of Missouri.  This monument to westward expansion once belonged to Jefferson Expansion National Park; however, about 3 months ago, the name of… Continue reading Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Old Courthouse

Other Eats

Other Eats: Cozy Dog Drive In – Springfield, Illinois

Historic Route 66 makes for some interesting, kitschy stops on a road trip.  After a morning in Springfield, we discovered one of the stops when we drove up to the Cozy Dog Drive In, home of the Cozy Dog.  Like most people, you are probably wondering what exactly a Cozy Dog is?  Let me satisfy your… Continue reading Other Eats: Cozy Dog Drive In – Springfield, Illinois