Park Avenue Gooey Butter Cake

In much the same way as in New York, New York style cheesecake is just cheesecake, I grew up not knowing gooey butter cake was a “St. Louis” thing. In fact gooey butter cake was a Great Aunt Ruth thing (people always talk about grandma’s homecooking, but for me it was Aunt Ruth’s cooking) .  Whenever she said, “Do you want something to eat hun?” … Continue reading Park Avenue Gooey Butter Cake

Independent Bookstore Tour

So things have changed since I first started this article.  Right now we’re all on stay at home orders and going to visit these bookstores is out of the question.  However, I’m publishing this post now, because we all need books right now and all of these stores offer curbside pick-up and shipping.  Some have even done well at keeping up with online content! This … Continue reading Independent Bookstore Tour

Ice Carnival in the Loop

St. Louis winters usually have me huddling inside on days when the temperature drops below zero, but in January the Delmar Loop draws me out into the cold for the annual Ice Carnival. As a kid, the cold never bothered me if there was fun to be had (very Elsa like I know) and every year the eccentric Loop embraces the freezing temperatures to bring … Continue reading Ice Carnival in the Loop

Eckert’s

Every year around mid-September my family starts thinking about Eckert’s.  If you’re not from St. Louis, the name Eckert’s might not mean much, but for my family it means fall, apple crisp, and hayrides!  Eckert’s is a family owned orchard with several locations.  My family most often visits the Belleville, Illinois location, about 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, but there  also locations in Grafton, … Continue reading Eckert’s

St. Louis City Museum

Pay no attention to the name, this is not your typical museum or about the city.  They couldn’t name it, “Concrete Jungle Gym/Aquarium/Pedestrian Skate Park/Art Creativity Center,” so I guess City Museum just had to do.  This is my children’s all time favorite St. Louis destination and one that can’t help but make me smile! So what is it? Well it used to be a … Continue reading St. Louis City Museum

Night in Havana at Laumeier Sculpture Park

On Friday night, my husband and I got a rare opportunity to have a night out on our own!  As I read about a Night in Havana event at one of my favorite places (Laumeier Sculpture Park),  I knew what we were doing for the night!   In case you are not familiar Laumeier Sculpture Park is a large county park with art installations and arts … Continue reading Night in Havana at Laumeier Sculpture Park

The Zoo!

How can I possibly say enough about The Saint Louis Zoo?  People come to town and the zoo is the first recommendation out of my mouth.  Almost unfailingly, they look at me skeptically. I know that look. It says, “I’ve seen animals before and I’ve been to other zoos.  There can’t be anything that special about this one.” And, of course, they are very, very … Continue reading The Zoo!