June 2005

June 20, 2005

Growing a City Child

Now, granted, Miss Cherry herself has not grown a child, in the "in my body" sense, but she is known far and wide as the spoiling-est Auntie (actual and metaphorical) there is, so imagine her delight...

Okay, the third person gets too difficult. Imagine my delight when the doors FINALLY opened at City Sprouts (6354 Delmar), the newest retail addition to The Loop. Helmed by the gals across the street at Phoenix Rising (another of my top-5 gift shops), City Sprouts carries all the coolest baby/toddler things any mom, dad or kid could want, from fancy-schmancy Dwell bedding (in themes from sumo wrestler to happy sheep), the cute clothes and accessories that stars are snapping up in every issue of Us Weekly and best of all, great urban-themed kids' stuff, including books and puzzles with city-friendly themes: "Bus Stops," "What Can You See in the City?" and "Noisy City Day" are among the titles, and then there're the sushi board books...

Just sayin', if we're going to raise a new generation of urbanites, let's start with some subversive literature.

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One In, One Out in the CWE

Longtime purveyor of the printed word (and, it must be noted, the occasional porn mag) Daily Planet has shuttered in the Central West End, an end that was perhaps deemed inevitable after it reduced its size to half its former space a few years back. On the sunny side of the street, and just across the way at 234 N. Euclid, a great home décor store called The Home Port has been open for about a week now, and purveys (is that a word?) great-looking Javanese furniture, cool lighting, unique tabletop stuff and a lot more. It's a very soothing stop on a hot summer afternoon, with soft music and a very inviting-looking platform bed. But probably you shouldn't try to nap on it...at least 'til it's in your own home. The Home Port, CWE version, is the second store in the empire, with the first evidently doing well in Union, MO. Sa-LUTE, as they used to say on Hee-Haw!

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June 14, 2005

Get in my Belly

It's not St. Louis, but dig this guy who has blogged every meal he's eaten since 2002!

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June 09, 2005

Dangerous love

You know the kind of girl who's always attracted to the dangerous guy? The relationship that's sure to end in heartbreak, down a long, treacherous road?

I'm that kind of girl.

The other night I fell for a drink that rocked my world, waking the next morning wanting both to die, and to do it all again. The drink? The chocolate martini, sipped with much pleasure during a wonderful night at Absoluti Goosed.
Now, I can't stop thinking about getting goosed again.

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June 06, 2005


We finally made it to Harvest. We may be some of the last people in St. Louis to go, but it was worth the wait.

We enjoyed a bottle of Three Saints pinot noir. Our table enjoyed the hanger steak, the lamb special, the halibut, and the walleye . . . everyone was silenced with pleasure.

Then, dessert. For goodness' sake, get the bread pudding -- free with entree on Thursdays. You won't be sorry.

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June 02, 2005

Summer Wheatley

Just in time for the hotness of it all, infused beers of various sorts (or "chick-beers," as they're known around my house) arrive, and we recommend trying out a six-pack of two excellent local brews: Schlafly's bottled Raspberry Hefeweizen, which tastes kind of like drinking fruit and therefore seems healthy, and small-but-mighty O'Fallon Brewery enters the fray with the cheeky Wheach, a peach-imbued wheat beer.

Cast your vote for one of them, and it'll be summer all summer long...

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June 01, 2005

Even Animals Can Be Jingoistic

Egad. As proof that we can always embarrass ourselves a little more with overboard patriotism, this product sighting on the shelves of Petsmart: a doormat emblazoned with a folk-art kitty and country stars, stripes and hearts, reading "Proud to be an American Cat!"

Hey, I've got nothing against pets and their personalities (got a passel of 'em at home myself), but I seriously doubt whether my cat is aware he's an American, or that he should be proud.

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