Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cafe Natasha's on South Grand

A few weeks back I had both my "boys" with me (OK, so they're supposed to be adults but I'll never accept it) which was a little odd since Ryan usually won't accompany us on our culinary adventures. He did protest being dragged into Cafe Natasha's, I think he was expecting St Louis Bread Company.
We all ordered Gyros since I was a bit low on funds. They were.... well, they were... awesome, delicious, really good and all that. Even Ryan liked his! Make sure you spring for the extra dollar for the feta cheese it makes a good meal perfect. Next time I'm going to try one of the kabobs, I was watching the waitress deliver them to other tables and they really looked good, too.
For menu, directions and hours: Cafe Natasha's

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Hill

Sean and I were driving around "The Hill" last Sunday. Sean had checked the directions of where he wanted to go figuring he would remember the way. He didn't. Our destination was St Ambrose Church where they were having a flea market. Sean just moved into his first real apartment and wanted to see if they had anything he could use.
Originally settled by Italian immigrants, the residents of The Hill are still predominately of Italian descent. This statue in front of St Ambrose is in honor of the Italian immigrants.

The Hill is known for it's many fine Italian restaurants. We didn't eat there Sunday because most of the restaurants close to the church were closed. Sean had a craving for Asian so we took off for South Grand (see previous post on Pho Grand).

And what post wouldn't be complete without a picture of Sean walking ahead of me?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sameem Afghan Restaurant on South Grand

Sean and I tried Afghan cuisine last month. (Yes, that's Sean both in the reflection and walking away). We both had the lunch special that is advertised on the sign in the bottom picture. It was rice with a beef stew and a seasoned chicken dish. It was very good and the service was as fast as advertised so if your in the area and sick of fast food you could try this for something really different.
For menus, locations and hours: Sameem Afghan Restaurants

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pho Grand on South Grand

My son, Sean and I have been exploring foreign cuisines on South Grand in St. Louis. My son just moved down near there and we have been checking out the neighborhood. I have more places to tell you about, but this is where we ate today.

Pho Grand serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine. It was wonderful! I loved every bite. My son had the Hao Sautee (sauteed scallops) served with rice and a few artistically arranged fresh veggies. He actually finished before I did, which rarely happens. I had Mi Xao Mem Do Bien which is a stir fried noodles with assorted veggies and seafood. It was very, very good.

I have another son, Ryan, who usually refuses to join us on these expeditions. His idea of foreign cuisine is tacos (Mexican) and pizza (Italian) .
For hours, location and menu: Pho Grand
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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Magic House

Two years ago I took my youngest grandson, Tyler to The Magic House and we had a blast. I took these pictures with my cell phone so they are not as clear as I would like but it gives you an idea. The first two were taken in the "restaurant" where the children can pretend to be cooks, cashiers and waitresses. This and the "grocery store" at the bottom were Tyler's favorites!

For hours and directions visit their site:

More Pictures of Missouri Botanical Gardens

Check out the gardens website for more info:

Missouri Botanical Gardens

This is one of my favorite places to just take a walk. I just posted some pictures of the garden on one my other blogs here. That gave me the idea to do a blog just about St. Louis. Why not? I don't live there but my son's do and I'm only an hour away. These are some "extra" pictures and not the "good" ones I posted on my other blog. I'll put them in the next post. The back you can see in the bottom picture is my son Sean, once again going to fast to stop and smell the roses because he wants to see whats next.