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Saying Goodbye To St. Louis

Is it ironic that we’re moving from St. Louis, Missouri, a city where you can find St. Paul sandwiches everywhere, to St. Paul, Minnesota where there are none?

Our movers arrived, the sellers just accepted our counter-offer, we’re embarking on a last-minute trip to California next week, and are trying to say goodbye to St. Louis. It’s a lot of changes. I suppose change is all we’ve known.

No matter what states to which we’ve moved, we’ve met good people. Making friends as an adult can be challenging, but you will find the people who let you be yourself. It might take some time, but they’re there. I promise. This is how we spent our last weeks in St. Louis:

I finished my two-weeks notice and spent time with my friends. 

We spent our meal in St. Louis at Mai Lee and enjoyed our favorite dish

I bought a box of kolaches. St. Louis Kolache makes my favorite. We always gravitate towards the savory flavors. The soft bun is slightly sweet and the fillings are plentiful and . My favorite flavor is biscuits and gravy, but we’re also fond of the Pappy’s BBQ beef (or pork),

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I tried a bunch of dishes at Reed’s and drank a frothy cocktail shaken with an egg white.

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I got my Nduja fix at Salume BedduWhen you order Nduja from Salmue Beddu’s lunch menu, they serve it warm along with toasted bread and cheese. I also ordered a veggie sandwich, which may sound strange considering that I was at a salumeria, but it was so good I don’t care. Being the benevolent wife that I am, I saved Jake half of my lunch.

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To my delight, he surrendered his half of the Nduja. “It’s too spicy,” he commented. I made fun of him and then ate it for breakfast.

I ate a really good steak at Citizen Kane’s steakhouse. This restaurant set inside a house has been serving steaks since 1993. Someone gave us a gift certificate, so we made sure to visit before our move.

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In terms of flavor, tenderness and value, this ribeye’s now my second favorite in addition to Northwest Steakhouse in Mason City, IA. We’ll also miss the salads drizzled with that sweet, St. Louis-style Italian dressing.

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Who’s gonna sprinkle Provel on my salads when we move back to Minneapolis-St. Paul? Citizen Kane’s Mayfair dressing tastes like a cross between blue cheese and caesar. This is no overpriced a la cart steakhouse. Steaks come with a bread basket, side salad or soup, and your choice of a side. The crispy potatoes are one of the best things we’ve eaten for a while.

We’re going to miss St. Louis and the new friends that we’ve made here. Grateful for the opportunity to live here and forever a cheerleader for the community.

Next week I’m going to take a break from blogging as we settle into our interim home and travel to California. We haven’t ventured outside of the Midwest since we got engaged so we’re thrilled to sneak away between moves.

San Francisco -> Napa -> Tahoe -> Avenue of the Giants -> Portland -> Home.

Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for updates.

This Is Our Favorite Dish In St. Louis

We love Mai Lee. It’s no secret. I try to remember to tell Mai Lee I love her about once a month.

Every dish we’ve tried tastes really, really good. Raw vegetables look and taste pristine and vegetables are cooked perfectly tender-crisp. The pho’s flavorful; Jake prefers #9 with the shaved beef, but I prefer #1, Hu Tieu, a lighter soup filled with crab sticks, shrimp, and barbecued pork. To each his or her own. If you can’t find something you like here, we can’t be friends.

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Time Traveling For Chicken Fried Steak & Peach Pie At The Blue Owl

First things first, some big news: We’re moving (again).

This time, we’re making a full circle back to the Twin Cities. Jake recently accepted a new role at work and so we’re wrapping-up our last full week in St. Louis.

Last month, I attended a bloggers dinner at the newly revamped Preston in the Chase Park Plaza hotel. I sat next to a woman who had also moved many times for her husband’s job. We talked about frequent, corporate moves and I tried to put a positive spin on them.

Moving a lot makes you crazy,” she replied.

I had to laugh because it’s true. Like the past moves, this one feels bittersweet.

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A Little Post About Taste Bar

This is a tiny post about a tiny bar where the classic cocktails are listed chronologically. My friend @ArsonistKitten told me so, but I found the idea so fantastical that I almost didn’t believe her.

They are. From the Mint Julep c. 1790 to the Cosmopolitan c. 1985. After going through a stretch where I felt jaded by expensive, unbalanced signature cocktails, I typically stick to Manhattans or whiskey. They never let me down.

I asked the bartender if he could recommend a drink based upon my affinity for Manhattans. He suggested the de la Louisiane made with bourbon, Benedictine, punt e mas, Peychaud’s bitters & absinthe. It was perfect and he was right.

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Tacos On A Saturday: El Morelia

Tacos are love.

At least to me they are. You can keep your Valentine’s candy and roses that will just die anyway, and stuffed bears holding hearts. You can also keep your poetry, unless it’s about tacos, of course. Mexican street-style tacos are like everything nice in food cradled between two soft corn tortillas.

This weekend, we continued our St. Louis taco quest. Previous outings brought us to La TejanaTaqueria El Bronco and Taqueria El Bronco again (and again).

A while ago, Whiskey & Soba mentioned how El Morelia, a Mexican grocery store in nearby Bridgeton roasts al pastor on a spit for Saturday and Sunday taco lunches.  I never forgot this.

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