Monday, July 31, 2017

When a doughnut winks at you...

and shows off their sweet glazed top sprinkled with crunchy bacon, you eat that doughnut.

Vincent Van Doughnut's Maple Bacon, get in my belly.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

If you want to smell like Tootsie Rolls

I've loved Apothecare products for at least a year now. They have the yummiest smelling lip balms and lotions that just go on so smoothly. This is the first time I've ever tried the sugar scrubs, which I had to buy because of the chocolate scent!

Ya'll. I (and my shower) smelled like Tootsie Rolls! which is always a good thing! There's a lot of sugar packed in the bottle, so I didn't make a huge dent even though it definitely felt like it.  I love that the formulation isn't super oily, so my skin still feels clean even after I slathered myself with tons of the stuff.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

StL Blooms

As much as I complain about the summer heat and humidity, the quality of blooms in the Midwest is exceptional. These are just a sampling of flowers in our neighborhood!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer "Cooking": Caprese Salad

Welcome to another edition of lazy summer cooking, but this time, we're not even really "cooking," just slicing, seasoning, and stacking food to make a crazy delicious (and crazy easy quick) meal-- Caprese salad!

Our version of Caprese salad needs 7 ingredients:
1. Tomatoes
We got our large tomatoes from the Tower Grove farmers' market. I love heirlooms because you never know exactly what color you'll get on the inside! Plus, they come in such a variety of gnarly shapes. And, they really are the most delicious tomatoes for this salad. 

2. Mozzarella
We get our Marcoot Creamery mozza from Local Harvest (and definitely need suggestions on where we can find fresh mozza! or burrata!)

3. Basil
Basil is the easiest herb to grow-- I should know because I've successfully grown tons of them! And basil thrives in this Missouri heat! Whatever we don't eat in our Caprese salads, Ben and I make into pesto and freeze until we need it!

4. Salt
5. Pepper
6. Olive Oil
7. Balsamic Vinegar

The steps to make said salad are super easy: just slice the mozza and tomatoes into rounds and make a chiffonade of basil. Then, build the salad with alternating layers of mozzarella and tomatoes, making sure to season with salt and pepper in between each layer. Top the entire plate with basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. 

That's it! 

We usually eat our Caprese salad on its own, but if we're feeling indulgent, we slice up a baguette!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in StL

When I found out that the Hello Kitty Cafe truck was making a stop in St. Louis, I pretty much flipped out. The last time I set foot in a Sanrio store in the Midwest was about 4 years back-- then it closed! So any chance that there is a Hello Kitty anything in St. Louis, I pretty much will jump at!

Ben and I headed to the Galleria where the truck would be from 10 am to early evening. We arrived at 9:45 with a pretty long line already formed, made up mostly of young kids and their parents. We waited a couple of hours until we finally reached the front, and I have to admit, the truck's meager offerings were pretty disappointing. They would have made a killing selling cold drinks other than bottled bow water! 

I ended up getting a bow headband and a box of macarons, which tasted decent despite them looking crazy ultra-pigmented. Ben and I then headed to the mall to cool off and walk around with my shiny new bow!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cherry Season

Ahhh summer. Your heat may be brutal, but how I love your fruit. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Few Hours at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Ben and I recently made a quick trip to Kansas City for a ceramics workshop, and I chose to spend a few of my precious free hours perusing the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I was blissfully unaware (until I got to the museum) that there was a sculpture park surrounding it, so you bet your ass I'll be back to explore that and the other sections of the museum I failed to visit that day.

I don't have a lot of pictures to share because I'm a painfully slow museum-er. In three hours, I made it to about 60% of the first floor-- I tend to gravitate towards the European sections of museums first-- and got stuck in the English pottery section, oohing and aahing over medieval chargers and Wedgwoods.

After visiting a few more rooms, (in the Euro section, obvs) I got crazy hungry and decided to try out the Rozelle Court Restaurant, which I spied through the massive black columns in the Kirkwood Hall. I'm glad I did because the food was tasty (I had beef soup and a caprese salad with artichokes) and inexpensive, plus! I got to enjoy my meal in the courtyard amidst arches and fountains. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kansas City Eats: Unbakery and Juicery

We recently made a short trip to Kansas City, MO for a pottery workshop, and I had the chance to try out Unbakery and Juicery located in the Brookside neighborhood. This popped in my radar because I've been craving acai bowls so hard. When I saw they had it on their menu, it pretty much was a no-duh moment for me. 

Before I go further, I have to mention that their dining space, though teeny, is adorable. It's full of natural light and has lofty ceilings, so it's the best place to instagram your eats. And lots of people do. I couldn't because all their tables were filled, and I wasn't feeling like eating al fresco under the noon sun. So I toted my treats to our rental and ate at the porch. 

Book in hand, I nommed on a pad thai salad, chock full of spiraled veggies (zucchini, peppers, red cabbage, and carrots), glass noodles, and a yummy nut dressing. Then I followed it with an acai smoothie, the texture of which took my by surprise since I was expecting a refreshing, light acai puree topped with nuts and fruit. But their acai is blended with almond milk and chia seeds, so it's a lot heavier and grainier than I had hoped for. The topping was tasty, and I gobbled that up, but I really wish the smoothie was fruitier and lighter. 

All in all, I thought it was a pretty light and healthy lunch. I definitely felt good about eating that many veggies in one sitting! 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Missouri Botanical Gardens Reset

Sometimes, I need a quick system reset to relax, motivate, and inspire. If the temperature is in a cooperative mood, that usually means a quick stroll in the Missouri Botanical Gardens which is conveniently located in the Shaw neighborhood. 

Ben and I love visiting the gardens multiple times in the year as they have loads of events and exhibits. Plus! It's just fun to watch the seasons and plants change throughout the year. If we can help it, we love going as soon as they open because the crowds are sparse and the heat is bearable. 

On this visit, we ran around the mazes and took loads of time lapse videos. Then we eased our pace and enjoyed the shade in the English garden then looked for frogs and turtles in the Japanese garden (my fave part of MoBot!) 

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