St. Louis

I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Yesterday, a small band of brothers braved the elements and survived an epic battle against all odds. This is our story. Four years ago, a tradition began among the St. Louis members of my fantasy baseball league: We went to a Cardinals game together. Some remember that day as a delightful excursion to the ballpark […]


What Happens If You Tell Your Server: “Surprise Me!”

What Happens If You Tell Your Server: "Surprise Me!"

For the first time ever at a restaurant, after I ordered, I had absolutely no idea what the server was going to bring me for dinner. I was hanging out with a few friends at a local restaurant called The Kitchen Sink. It’s not a fancy restaurant, but their food is awesome–lots of Cajun-inspired dishes. […]


Would You Spend $10 on a Bag of Chips?

Would You Spend $10 on a Bag of Chips?

A few months ago I wrote a post about a $10 pint of ice cream. It’s called Jeni’s, and it’s available at a grocery store near me. I was dating a girl this past summer who really loved ice cream, and she was fine with spending $10 on a pint. To me that seemed absurd, […]


More Than Humane

More Than Humane

I want to be clear up front that the focus of this blog entry is to say how awesome the Humane Society of Missouri has been lately. Before I go into that too much, here is some context: About a month ago, my eldest cat, Biddy, stopped eating. Which is pretty weird, because Biddy’s top […]


It’s Tough to Be a St. Louis Cardinals Fan

It's Tough to Be a St. Louis Cardinals Fan

I remember the moment I became a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I grew up without a baseball team to root for. So when I moved out to St. Louis ┬áin 1999 to go to Washington University, I was a free agent. On my first day at my work-study job, I was chatting with the elderly […]


Pet Please #97: People Who Choose to Live in the City You Love

Pet Please #97: People Who Choose to Live in the City You Love

I grew up just outside Richmond, Virginia. In high school when I started looking at colleges, I considered a few factors: High US News & World Report ranking Schools with Japanese majors Imbalanced girl to guy ratio (I wanted good odds with the ladies. For some reason I assumed at the time that college was […]


Rushing the Field in St. Louis

Rushing the Field in St. Louis

This past Saturday I witnessed something I had never seen before in person. I was among the 54,000 people who attended a friendly match between the European football powerhouses Real Madrid and Inter Milan. It was a great game–there were several amazing goals, and it was neat to see how many people showed up to […]


Football Comes to America

Football Comes to America

A few months ago, I was elated to learn that two of the top soccer teams in England, Manchester City and Chelsea, were going to play a friendly match in Busch Stadium here in St. Louis. I’ve played soccer all my life and am a huge fan (particularly of the English Premier League), so I […]


I Ate a Grasshopper

I Ate a Grasshopper

Today I found myself in a brand-new Mexican-fusion restaurant in St. Louis called Gringo. I’ve heard great things about it, and I noticed that they had pork belly on the menu. They serve pork belly a lot on Top Chef, and I’ll do pretty much anything to pretend I’m on Top Chef. So as I […]


Why Do You Go to Live Sporting Events?

Why Do You Go to Live Sporting Events?

With the “real” opening day for baseball upon us tomorrow (two official games have already been played in Japan, but tomorrow marks the first day for a game on US turf), a lot of hype has been made about the new Miami Marlins stadium. It’s the site of the opening day game, where the Marlins […]


Pet Please #60: Unexpected Free Things

Pet Please #60: Unexpected Free Things

Today I ran over to The Cup for some cupcakes after work. I was worried about parking as I pulled into Maryland Plaza, but then pleasantly surprised to find a yellow-zone parking spot right in front of the building. I figured I’d jump inside, order some cupcakes, and be back within a few minutes. But […]


My Groupon Rule

My Groupon Rule

I’ve written about how much I love daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial; given their success, you probably do to. However, I have one rule about this sites that I want to share, and I want your opinion about it. I think it’s a rule worth following, but I understand if others have different […]


Management Tactic #36: The Power of Perks

Management Tactic #36: The Power of Perks

The other day I got a call from my insurance agent. She said that in honor of Thanksgiving, she was calling all her clients to thank them for their loyalty (I’ve been with her for a while, probably close to 8 years). Then she asked if I were available on November 19 at 7:00 pm […]


Wingfest 2010

Wingfest 2010

Last weekend, Trevor had people over for Pizzafest 2010–basically, a bunch of people went out during halftime of the Rams game, picked up pizzas from different restaurants, and brought them back to Trev’s place to try. It was a lot of fun, so I decided to host a similar function this week, but with buffalo […]


Planning for Spontaneity

Planning for Spontaneity

As noted on an earlier blog, I am the world’s least spontaneous person (although I’m working on it). However, for quite some time I’ve dreamed of taking a spontaneous four-day weekend abroad. Every week I look forward to my American Airlines Netsavers newsletter, which notifies me of very reduced fares for the upcoming weekend. More […]


Welcome to Deer Tick

 Welcome to Deer Tick

A former girlfriend of mine once saw John Mayer before he was John Mayer. Have you ever had that happen? I think I had that happen tonight. I saw a band called Deer Tick at Off Broadway in St. Louis tonight. Just got back. Ears are still ringing. They were at capacity with about 200 […]


Top 10 Things to Do in St. Louis

Every once in a while, people visit St. Louis (it’s true!) People who have never been here before. Depending on who they are or how the weather is, we do different things. I can’t say that I’m a great tour guide…I kind of just go along with what the person wants to do while retaining […]


The Best Food in St. Louis

Having lived in St. Louis for over 10 years, I’ve developed intimate relationships with specific restaurants and food selections. Thus I present to you my Best of St. Louis list. Bookmark this page if you ever decide to visit St. Louis, and comment below if you disagree or have something to add. I’ve listed these […]


CommonCensus

I’m totally forgetting who alerted me to this website, but I’d highly recommend you go to www.commoncensus.org and spend 30 seconds their answering a few questions. CommonCensus is an attempt to redraw geographical boundaries based on factors other than state lines. The most fascinating aspect to me is the maps resulting from the sports surveys. […]


St. Louis Mayor Decides City Will "Go French," Switch to Euro

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (AP) – In an effort to improve the appeal of the Gateway City, Mayor Francis Slay announced today that St. Louis will return to its French roots “across the spectrum.” “Today we tip our hats to Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette, discovers of this great land. Merci!”, said the mayor on Monday, […]


How Is Everything?

What do you say when the waiter or manager at a restaurant comes up to the table and asks, “How is everything?” You know what you say. Regardless of how the food tastes, you say, “It’s great!” You do this for a few reasons: You know it’s the answer that he wants to hear. That […]


Best. Burger. Ever.

There are a lot of great burgers in St. Louis. O’Connell’s. Seamus McDaniel’s. Hardees. None are better than the Liluma cheeseburger. If you come to St. Louis, get this burger. It’s so good that it didn’t even occur to me to add condiments when I ate one today. Didn’t even think about it. The meat […]


Pet Please #9: Nonsmoking Bars

Many of you live in cities where all bars and restaurants are nonsmoking. St. Louis is not one of those cities–not yet. So a true pet please for me is finding a fun bar that’s nonsmoking. A place in which you can breathe. A place where you can walk out of smelling the same way […]


Pet Please #8: The Wave-In

You know what really makes my day? When someone turns what appears to be insurmountable odds into something manageable. Specifically: Every day when I leave work, I am faced with a solid wall of cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Forsyth. The nearby highway in St. Louis is closed, so everyone uses this tiny road instead. […]