Monday, October 18, 2010

Landry's Seafood House at Union Station

My friend Anne was visiting from Virginia a couple of weeks ago and staying at the Marriot at Union  Station in downtown St. Louis.  I picked her up to go out to eat on a Wednesday night and since we were both hungry I checked my Tom Tom to see what was close. Landry's Seafood House just jumped out at me, I must have been in the mood for seafood. Landry's is a chain, from the same people who bring you Joe's Crab Shack, and I don't usually write about chains but since there's only about 20 in the country I thought it would do. I have another reason to tell you about which I will get to in a minute.
Since it was a beautiful night with the temperature about as perfect as it can be we decided to eat out on the patio. It was right next to this artificial lake that was chock full of koi. Great atmosphere for a seafood dinner.

Anne and I both ordered the fried seafood platter. The salad that came with it was definately a step above the usual lettuce with a slice of tomato you see so often. The stuffed shrimp amd crab were both wonderful and the rest of it was, too. We ate every bit of the seafood only leaving some of the bed of french fries and onion strings it was served on.

Lucky for us (and the real reason I'm telling you about this place)  is that Wednsdays are Blues on the Patio night. This is the band Blue 66, I loved them! The music was great and was just perfect for our evening out. An unexpected and very welcome surprise we weren't expecting. They said they would be there on Wednesday as long as the weather held out but winter is coming fast, so I doubt they'll be there much longer. They have a great blues/rock/acoustic sound that you just have to hear. Check out their website to see where they'll be playing.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cicero's in the U-City Loop

Ok, so it's been awhile, we went there last May,  but I wanted to tell you about our trip to Cicero's. We were celebrating my youngest son's graduation from UMSL and I asked him where he wanted to eat afterwards. Cicero's has a reputation as a college hangout but I really enjoyed the experience.
I can't tell you much about them as far as entertainment or night life goes but I can tell you about the food. They have a wide selection of sandwiches, entrees and pizza and no one should have trouble finding something that appeals to them.
The appetizer platter seemed a little pricey but we were celebrating so I ordered it anyway. It showed up absolutely loaded with toasted ravioli, breaded mushrooms, beer-battered onions rings, fried zucchini and potato skins. Everything on it was great!

The boys both got half pound burgers that were huge. They had trouble finishing them but somehow managed. Jenny and I had a seafood and pasta dish that was wonderful but there was so much of it neither one of us finished it. I took mine home and had a nice snack for later.

Definately a place I will go again, for more info, menu and directions check out their website.

Cicero's St. Louis

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Owl in Tower Grove Park

I was taking a walk in Tower Grove Park this morning when a huge owl swooped down right in front of me and grabbed a very unlucky squirrel. It was an awesome sight. I wish I had been able to get a picture of it, but even if I had my camera, I doubt I would have been ready. It happened very, very quickly.  I was really surprised, I never see anything like that out in the country where I live, so seeing it in the city was really great!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Arcelia's Comida Autentica, Lafeyette Square

I decided the boys were taking me out for Mother's Day! I originally said I wanted to go to Natasha's on South Grand, we'd been there before and they have really good food, but when we got to South Grand, the chain Mexican restaurant there made me start to crave Mexican food. Not wanting to go to a chain restaurant (where's the fun in that?) Sean suggested we go to a place he occasionally visits at lunch time. We had to go to where he works and go from there because that's the only way he knows to get there. I found a much faster way back.
Definitely not a chain, it does look kind of quaint from the outside doesn't it? I love it though, I have a thing for the old buildings.
They had quite a wide selection of entrees and it took me awhile to decide what I wanted, it was a toss up between the salmon plate and the shrimp burrito, I decided on the shrimp burrito and Sean got the salmon (good, now I get to taste it). Ryan decided on the beef empanada.
I loved how the place looked, but there was too much light coming in the window. Ryan was lucky enough to have too much light behind him and his pic didn't come out too well. Sean as you can see wasn't as lucky.

When our food came my burrito was huge. A lot of places I go, they're kind of light on the shrimp in a dish like this but not here. It was all I could do to finish it and just about every bite had shrimp in it. I had a taste of Sean's salmon and it was awesome, this is what I'll order next time (and there will be a next time!). Then I tried Ryan's empanada and thought well, maybe this next time... no, no definitely the salmon. Oh, it's going to be so hard to decide.

For more info and a peek at the menu: Arcelia's Comida Autentica

Sunday, December 27, 2009

World Bird Sanctuary - Valley Park, MO

Last year my grandson Tyler wanted to go to the World Bird Sanctuary for their annual Eagle Day. My son Sean took these pictures and I've been asking him for them ever since and finally got them. The World Bird Sanctuary rescues many injured birds and rehabilitates them.
Unfortunately not all of them can be released back into the wild.

The eagle demonstration was great and very informative.

We saw lots of beautiful birds like these bald eagles.

My grandson Tyler even got to help demonstrate how they fed baby birds so they wouldn't imprint on humans! He's the one in the camouflage drape.
For directions and hours: World Bird Sanctuary

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lock and Dam #25 Winfield, MO

There is a series of locks and dams along the upper part of the Mississippi to keep it navigatable. It's run by the Army Corp of Engineers. Last weekend grandson Tyler and I went down to the lock and dam near Winfield and were lucky enough to see them moving these barges through the lock.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Hike to Frenchman's Bluff - Cuivre River State Park

My grandsons and I decided to hike up to Frenchman's Bluff in Cuivre River State Park. Tyler is doing a little exploring off the trail here.
We haven't even gotten up to the bluff yet and I've already worn them out. Nothing a shot or two of Mountain Dew couldn't cure. (Their mom was NOT happy with me about the Mountain Dew)

The boys were a little disappointed that we couldn't see their house from the bluff but we still had a good time.

Another great view from the bluff.

And another!