Russell made his inaugural visit to St. Louis last week! We had a blast exploring the city and hanging out, and I am so glad that he finally made it out here.
Russell timed his visit well since Kevin and I were on spring break. Kevin’s flight from China (where he was on CCP resident life business) arrived moments before Russell’s flight from LA. Though it was 11:40pm, we couldn’t call it a night without a trip to the famous Courtesy Diner (like the “Fat Shirley’s” of STL, for ND fans). There’s nothing like going to bed with a belly full of pancakes!
Thursday morning we all slept in a little, and then decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather to go downtown. We ate at Smoking Joe’s BBQ so that Russell could try “authentic” STL BBQ. Then we went to the Arch, which unfortunately was closed for tours. We walked through the Westward Expansion Museum and the Riverfront area, then headed to the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour.
On Friday, Russell and I were busy in the kitchen. We made Cinnamon-Apple Waffles (another wonderful recipe from Annie’s Eats).
Friday was supposed to be a rainy day, but it ended up being gorgeous. We spent part of the day driving around different parts of the city, including our schools so that we could show Russell where we work. Friday evening we went to a good ol’fashioned Parish Lenten fish fry. This is, however, no ordinary fried fish event; there is baked fish, shrimp, fried fish, hush puppies, french fries, mac ‘n cheese, spaghetti, green beans, homemade desserts, etc. It is truly a feast in and of itself. It is really fun to see a whole parish community come together for an event like this every week. Later that night, we went to the Fox theatre to see Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. It was an amazing show. We finished the evening at Bailey’s Chocolate Bar and drifted into deep, dessert-induced sleeps.
Saturday was the rainy day that Friday was supposed to be. We walked around the mall and stayed indoors for most of it. Saturday night we went to Dogtown for an ACE Fellowship mass and dinner. It was fun to see everyone and enjoy the yummy family-style Italian food at La Gra.
Saturday night it actually snowed! Russell truly experienced all of the St. Louis weather: sun, wind, rain, snow! Luckily for us, the snow was wet and since the ground was still so warm from the spring weather we had earlier in the week, the snow melted pretty quickly. Sunday ended up being a lovely day. We went out to brunch and then decided to have a marathon baking session. We made three types of cookies (pictures to come later) and then took a really nice walk through the neighborhood before taking Russell to the airport.
Russ, thank you so much for making the trip to the midwest. Kevin and I loved having you and hope that it was the first of what will be many more trips. We can’t wait to see you in July and work on checking places off of the Cali-list that we made! Lots of love!
- *sidenote: I used an older camera for these shots since Kevin still had our usual packed away with his China stuff. Sorry for the poorer quality pictures!**