The last few weeks around here have been a tad… off. Some crazy stuff is going on around me, work is nuts-o as we chase the end of year numbers and proposals, and I feel like time is just slipping through my hands. Add in a blinding (literally) panic attack last week and I’ve been around but not really present.
Friday afternoon I decided I had enough of life happening to me, rather than me happening to life. The result: I planned out a day of touristy fun for me and Knight. One of the reasons I love STL- there is always something new to do, to try, events going on, festivals, groups celebrating this and that which means there is no reason to be bored or to do the same thing every single weekend.
Earlier this year we started a list of things we wanted to do in our hometown. Simple things like attend a STL Blues game (check!), check out various restaurants around town, parks to try, having a picnic, ice skating in Forest Park, etc. We have no end date for this list, so it we always add new things. The purpose: to get us to go and play in our hometown.
And so on Saturday play we did. We’ve had our eye on Pappy’s Smokehouse ever since we saw it on a re-run of Man vs. Food (and you can’t drive far without seeing his sticker on the bumper of the car in front of you). This place is so phenomenal they sell out of the BBQ everyday, recommending you call before you go to be sure they are open. We planned our morning to arrive right at 11am, when the doors open and stood in line. (Advice: if you are going, get there before 11am as some folks were already seated and eating!) It wasn’t long before we were able to order, found our table and dug in. Their smoked chicken is AMAZING; it literally melts in your mouth. The pulled pork is divine. And the sides? Well, you can’t go wrong with fried corn on the cob, baked beans, and sweet potato fries. (Doesn’t sound good? They have others including slaw, applesauce, a baked potato, potato salad and more!) Their menu is fabulous: just enough to entice people of all walks of culinary tastes but not so much they can’t hit a homerun with every single plate they serve. Their staff is amazing and I loved the fact that the owners were there, greeting customers, talking to people, making sure everything was good for each person. Knight and I are already planning a trip there over the holidays to try different meats and combinations.
After that, we bounced over to Urban Chestnut, a local microbrew. I’m not a beer drinker at all but Knight is; if you give him the option of anything else and Urban Chestnut he’ll pick UC. They have an awesome open bar full of farm-style dining tables and chairs, big windows so there is gorgeous light and a fun staff. Even though we were stuffed we sampled their pretzel plate because pretzels + cheese = win. We didn’t get anywhere close to finishing it but man was it good. We sat and talked, planned things for the holidays and reconnected. And another place crossed off our list!
Hanging out with Knight when we have no agenda (read: gym, groceries, housework) is so lovely. (It’s lovely when we do have agendas but the days where we can meander and just be? Some of my favorite.) He makes me laugh. I love it when he holds reaches for my hand while he’s driving. We have so much fun together and days like this remind me of the million reasons I love him. (End love talk.)
I also was reminded why I love our town so much. I’m already looking forward to the next time we can play “tourist” in our city which will hopefully be over the holidays.
Do you get out and explore all your city has to offer? What’s your favorite spot in your city that you recently discovered?