Tuesday, June 28, 2016

St. Louis: Visiting Anheuser-Busch

I've never been so surrounded by beer as I was in St. Louis. I'm not even sure college came close. There was free beer at Grant's Farm, free beer at our hotel and, of course, free beer at the tour of the Anheuser-Busch plant.

I actually remembered bits and pieces of the tour from my visit to St. Louis 20-odd years ago. The architecture is fairly unique, especially for a beer tour (and I've been on plenty to compare).

The tour clocked in at about an hour, and we got one Bud or Bud Light midway through the tour and received a token at the end to pick one from a large variety of drinks at the end.

My pick: a Lime-a-Rite margarita. I only realized after I ordered it that I was kind of mean. It was delicious, but Edith really wanted a drink of my slush! A few more years, dear.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Photo Friday: Ted Drewes on Route 66

Our last stop in St. Louis before heading back home: the iconic Ted Drewes on Route 66 for frozen custard. A Heath concrete for me and Atticus to share, Reese's for Paul and a chocolate sundae for Edith. A great way to end our trip.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Road Trip Food: Kansas City and St. Louis

Our western-Midwest road trip was prompted by Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in Omaha, but it was the food promised to us in Kansas City and St. Louis that really got us on board. Who can say no to a week of barbecue? And why would you want to?

Our first barbecue stop was our first evening in Kansas City: Gates BBQ. I'm not sure what decade the decor came from, but it wasn't any that I've been alive for. It had a decidedly old-school feel, down to the music, and the food was excellent. We shared a sampler platter of beef, ham, ribs and fries. The woman taking our order wasn't sure it would be enough for all of us, explaining that it was only about two pounds of food. Um, two pounds is fine.

Atticus at Gates

The next day's lunch was one of my highlights: Joe's KC BBQ. And judging by the long line, it's a lot of people's favorite. We shared a pound of pulled pork and a bag of some of the best seasoned fries I've ever had.

Atticus at Joe's

The barbecue joints within walking distance of our hotels in Kansas City and St. Louis were convenient, but the food was nothing to write home about. Maybe that's why I opted for the smoked tofu at Vernon's BBQ, in St. Louis. It was fine, but it was the peach barbecue sauce that really stole the show. Paul's sausage was excellent, too.

The sauces at Sugarfire Smokehouse took up nearly half a table, and I think Paul liked the unique selection of soda nearly as well as the meat. It really was delicious.

Sugarfire sauces

I didn't get a meal at Adam's Smokehouse, and I regretted it. We stopped here on our way out of St. Louis, and I wanted to save room for the frozen custard stop we were making just a short distance away. Big mistake. The Montreal-smoked meat (pastrami, Paul tells me) practically melted in my mouth. I didn't even know I liked pastrami. Luckily Paul shared.

But we didn't exclusively eat barbecue (although we came pretty close). In Kansas City, we also ate at a memorable fast-food restaurant, Runza. It's actually an Omaha thing. The eponymous food is a long hoagie-like bun willed with ground beef, cabbage and (in mine) cheese. I liked it.

In St. Louis we tried Imo's Pizza before the baseball game. I didn't know that St. Louis-style pizza existed, but this is it -- thin crust and topped with Provel, which Paul tells me is some kind of faux provolone. It was good, but I wouldn't go seeking it out.

And how could I have forgotten that St. Louis is home to one of my very favorite desserts, butter cake?! Thankfully a city-guide magazine reminded me. I stopped for a piece at Park Avenue Coffee, the cake/cream cheese/butter concoction making a perfect late-night snack that evening. Happily, I like mine better.

Let's not forget the snacks. One little girl very much enjoyed her Dairy Queen treats at the Berkshire Hathaway meeting and the free popcorn machine at our hotel in St. Louis. I guess at least one person could have gone without barbecue after all.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Photo Friday: World's Largest Wind Chime

A "short" pit stop in Casey, Illinois, extended our drive from St. Louis to Columbus when Paul felt the need to see the world's largest wind chime down the road. Bonus: There is a rocking chair about as large just across the street.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals: Little Baseball, Great Views

When we found out that the Cardinals were playing at home during our visit to St. Louis, it was pretty much assured that a baseball game would be on our itinerary. And so we found ourselves at Busch Stadium for a 12:45 p.m. game on Cinco de Mayo versus the Philadelphia Phillies.

I didn't see much of the game, but I did a lot of exploring. I walked around with Edith from the 4th to 6th innings, with our route being determined by the nearest escalator. She's never been to an amusement park, but I have a feeling that escalators would rank nearly as high as any ride that one could offer.

When we returned, Atticus awoke upset. I took him for a walk for some of the 7th and maybe the 8th inning. But the Cardinals won 4-0, and we saw a home run. So all in all, the afternoon was a success.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Photo Friday: Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis

One of our final stops in St. Louis was the Cathedral Basilica, a Catholic church known for its amazing mosaics. Really quite lovely.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

St. Louis: A Visit to Grant's Farm

Grant's Farm seems to be high on the list of St. Louis tourist attractions, and it was on our must-see list. While I enjoyed the few hours we spent there, it wasn't for the reasons I expected. And I probably wouldn't make an effort to go there again anytime soon.

The kids like the tram ride from the entrance to the main area of the park, and it was a pleasant way to see many of the animals. The attractions were small but nice -- there were even elephants, kangaroos, zebras and flamingos, and we also saw a lone peacock wandering around. So "farm" is a bit of a misnomer, although it certainly wasn't as extensive as a zoo.

My favorite part was unexpectedly the biergarten, with its outdoor seating and two free beers for everyone of age. Grant's Park is the former Busch estate, after all!

I'm not a bit fan of zoos, and I felt even more sad for the animals here. Edith's few interactions with the animals were mixed. She loved feeding the goats, but hated when the parakeets got too close. In any case, I'm sure her favorite part was the carousel.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Photo Friday: Gateway Arch, Hotel Views

The end of our hallway at the Pear Tree Inn in St. Louis had spectacular views of the Gateway Arch that got even better at sunset.


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