Posts Tagged ‘St. Louis’

Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

11 months ago, I discovered a portal to Japan in St. Louis called Robata. Robata serves delicious ramen, sushi, and other Japanese cuisine. It’s fantastic. Well, I’ve discovered another portal: Midtown Sushi and Ramen. I went there on a whim a few weeks ago after hearing that it was pretty good. The first thing I […]


Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

At 11:18 am this morning, I was hit with an intense craving for crispy fried chicken on a biscuit with pickles and some kind of cheese or sauce. I displayed a little bit of discipline. By that I mean I didn’t immediately run out of the house to grab the nearest chicken and fry it. […]


Do You Get Hangry?

Do You Get Hangry?

Hangry. Hungry-angry. Getting grumpy or cranky when you haven’t eaten a regular meal. Does this happen to you? Today I went with a group of friends to a fried chicken festival in St. Louis. Fried chicken is one of my all-time favorite foods, and all of the best St. Louis restaurant were to be featured […]


How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

Last Saturday I attended a semi-pro soccer game in St. Louis with a few friends (and my friend’s son, pictured here with me). It was a beautiful night, and over 5,000 fans crowded into the small outdoor stadium to root for the home team. The most impressive thing about the game, though, were the St. […]


Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

“Off the menu” is such a weird phrase. Colloquially it sounds like you’re doing a normal thing: Looking at the menu and ordering off of it. But when people use that phrase–including me today–we mean that you ask for a dish that isn’t on the menu. A friend recently shared an article about a guy […]


OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

A few months ago, I wrote about a new food delivery service in St. Louis called Postmates. It’s Uber for restaurant food–you can order from any restaurant, and Postmates will pick it up and deliver it to you for a fee. I continue to use Postmates from time to time, but the delivery fee usually makes the […]


The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

On Saturday I ate the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi. Sidenote: Why is it a thing that the Mississippi still delineates the US for comparisons? Is it relevant? Does something happen when you cross over the river? It’s not like there are any competitions between people on one side of the river […]


There Is a Portal to Japan Somewhere in St. Louis, and I Know Where to Find It

There Is a Portal to Japan Somewhere in St. Louis, and I Know Where to Find It

On Friday night, I traveled thousands of miles in less than a second. No drugs were involved. A few days before that, I happened to drive past a new, unfamiliar restaurant called Robata in Maplewood, Missouri. The sign out front advertised sushi, ramen, and yakitori. Ramen? What’s this? When I studied abroad in Japan, ramen […]


Korean BBQ and Mondays

Korean BBQ and Mondays

A few days ago I experienced a new style of restaurant at Seoul Q in St. Louis: Korean BBQ. The concept of Korean BBQ is that you cook your food on a grill built into the table. I’ve experienced something like this (yakiniku) in Japan, but there were some big differences. The yakiniku I ate […]


The Kangaroo Burger

The Kangaroo Burger

I’ve eaten a lot of odd things in my life, but up until Friday, I had never eaten kangaroo. That includes a trip to Australia 10 years ago when I ate emu and crocodile, but not kangaroo. Then came the BBQ Saloon in St. Louis. I recently read a review about this new restaurant that […]


The Great Cocoa Shortage of ’15

The Great Cocoa Shortage of '15

A few weeks ago I caught wind that Jeni’s Ice Cream had opened in St. Louis. I was introduced to Jeni’s a few years ago by a woman I was dating. At the time, it was only available in a few grocery stores in St. Louis, and it stood out for its $10 price per […]


The Mystery and Shock of Market Price

The Mystery and Shock of Market Price

Today I learned an important lesson about market price. And lobsters. For the last few months I’ve heard several people rave about a restaurant in St. Louis called Peacemaker that specializes in upper East Coast seafood…and lobster rolls. I was particularly curious about the lobster rolls, especially after several friends talked about how amazing they […]


The Decadence of Eggs Benedict

The Decadence of Eggs Benedict

I’ve eaten eggs benedict twice in my life. The first time was 15 years ago. The second was today. It was worth the wait. Back in the year 2000, I flew up to Chicago with my sophomore-year girlfriend to spend more time with her before heading home for the summer. During the trip, I went […]


The Porknado

The Porknado

If someone told you that you could eat a sandwich that looked like “a tornado of meat,” are you really going to turn down that opportunity? This is the situation I was presented with at my first visit to Sugarfire Smokehouse in St. Louis last week. The menu is chock full of items I’ve never […]


Four Days of 100% Geekdom

Four Days of 100% Geekdom

I spent the last four days doing something unique compared to the other 361 days of the year, so I thought I’d talk about it here. A few years ago when I started to get into the board game industry as a publisher and designer, I decided to attend my first convention. I was a […]


US Women’s Soccer at Busch Stadium

US Women's Soccer at Busch Stadium

I had a bit of a surreal experience at Busch Stadium this past weekend while watching the US Women’s national soccer team compete in a friendly match against New Zealand: I found myself unabashedly rooted for US team. Now, that may sound odd. Of course I root for US teams in every sport. But soccer is […]


The Mouse Race

The Mouse Race

I’ve lived in St. Louis for over 15 years after growing up in Virginia, and I’m still learning new, weird things about the culture of this city. Case in point: A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to a fundraising event for a local school. Usually these fundraising events are trivia nights, another St. […]


Pet Please #109: Having Leftovers After Eating at a Restaurant

Pet Please #109: Having Leftovers After Eating at a Restaurant

One of my favorite things in the world are leftovers. When I was a kid, I used to eat dinner leftovers for breakfast and lunch. As an adult, when I cook, I love to have leftovers because it means I have homecooked food without having to cook again. Amazing. But we all know the best type of […]


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  in 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 […]