Cleveland Heath

It’s Yom Kippur today for us Jewish folk, which means it’s the Day of Atonement.  It’s typical to fast on this day, but since I’m still breastfeeding, I get a pass… for the third year in a row.  William and I are going to temple today, so I will repent for my sins that way.  It is Wednesday, so I thought I would do a WIAW post since it’s been awhile, just kind of funny that it happens to be on a day where my tribe isn’t eating.

The theme of today’s What I Ate Wednesday is “weekend eats.”  After scrolling through my photos, I saw a few stand-out meals that I wanted to share, particularly my dinner from this past weekend at Cleveland Heath.  But let’s go in order and start with breakfast first, shall we?

pancake

I love breakfast.  I could literally eat it every meal every day.  The possibilities are just endless.  And the seldom times I buy a bottle of whipped cream means that every breakfast gets a dollop (or more).  This breakfast was a banana oat pancake with a side of peaches cooked in coconut oil on the side.  Fruit cooked in coconut oil is another thing I’ve really been into lately.  Amazing.

One lunch over the weekend happened at Chipotle.  It was after my marvelous run, the weather was amazing, and Chipotle seemed like the most logical choice as I was starving.  It was inhaled eaten on their patio which made it even better.

chipotle

Can’t ever go wrong with Chipotle.  My go-to is a bowl with chicken, black beans, brown rice, corn salsa, cheese, and lettuce.  People who are trying to eat healthy often times shy away from rice because OMG CARBS, but really, brown rice and beans combined equal a complete protein.  Together, the protein content is “on par with that of meat.”  Further explanation and many complete protein vegetarian recipes can be found HERE.

The food highlight of the weekend was Cleveland Heath.  It’s located in Edwardsville, Illinois which is about 45 minutes outside of St. Louis.  Why’d I go that far just for food?  Well, you see, here’s what happened.  So around seven o’clock in the evening, we decided to go to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge to take photos for a campaign I’m working on.  However, by the time we arrived, it was dark.  At this point, we were in Illinois and just 15 minutes away from the restaurant, so we decided to check it out as it has been written up multiple times in various publications.

Long story short, we ordered a good sampling of the menu including three appetizers, three entrees, and a dessert.  Nobody left hungry. 😉  Check it out:

cleveland heath

I’m no food critic, so please excuse my repetitive, “It was so good!” remarks.  I’ll try to give you a little more than that.  From top left to bottom right:

  • Crispy Pork Belly: Rensing’s pork belly, watermelon, jalapeno, mint, Vietnamese vinaigrette – awesome and definitely worth ordering!  The combination of the pork, watermelon, jalapeno, and mint was killer.  It was a must, per the recommendation of our server, to make sure you got a little bit of each flavor in every bite.
  • Japanese Pancake (Okonomiyaki): royal red shrimp, bacon, cabbage, Kewpie mayo, HM bbq – I loved this.  The shrimp were huge and the “pancake” was unique.
  • Deviled Eggs: Frank’s hot sauce, parmesan, paprika – mehhhhhh, not awesome.  Too salty for both of our likings and less flavorful than it sounded.
  • Chirashi Bowl: fresh assortment of seafood, sushi rice, ginger, pickles, spicy mayo – AMAZING!  This was so good and I’d definitely recommend it.
  • Pork Porterhouse: Rensing’s Porterhouse pork chop, cheddar jalapeno bread pudding, green beans, sunny side up egg – this actually got sent back as we found it way too salty.  I was a fan of the cheddar jalapeno bread pudding though!
  • Gringo Tacos: roasted chicken breast, red and green cabbage, spicy aioli, flour tortilla, with a side of regular and sweet potato French fries – I ended up taking half of these for lunch on Monday.  There was a huge portion of fries, which of course I loved.  The tacos were good, but nothing to write home about.
  • Sweet Potato Gooey Butter Cake: topped with homemade butter pecan ice cream – this was out of this world and a “must get!”  I couldn’t even really taste the sweet potato very much in it, but it was like a healthy dessert since it included a vegetable… right?  Haha yeah right.  It tasted heavenly though and so rich!  Only complaint?  It disappeared way too fast!

Their menu changes every couple of months, but some of their most popular items stay year-round.  All in all, I was glad we went, and I’d say it’s worth the drive to check it out once.  I’m not a huge fan of long car rides, so I’m not quite sure I’d venture out there again.  It was definitely good. <– my famous “food review” words 😉

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten recently?

To my Jewish friends and family: May you have a meaningful fast and Gmar Chatimah Tovah! xo

Day in the Life {summer}

Just like it’s fun to take a look into people’s bags and purses, I think it’s equally fun to know what they do… all.day.long.  Today’s Day in the Life {summer} is from Monday.  All my summer days vary quite widely, but they all include William, food, and getting out of the house a time or two.  I didn’t do the greatest job documenting, but I have the food (since today IS wiaw!) and a couple other cute shots of baby boy.

William woke up around 6:30 in the morning on Monday.  We did our usual routine of letting Zoey out, getting her breakfast, and changing his diaper before some play time.  He is SO silly and cracks me up all the time.  He cracks himself up, too!

silly aug15

Soon enough, I was getting hungry, so we headed to the kitchen where I made William his daily bowl of oatmeal while I munched on this bowl:

bowl

Plain Greek yogurt with honey, fresh blueberries, Love Grown Foods apple walnut granola, and a big glob of peanut butter!  A glass of maple water on the side that I recently picked up from Trader Joe’s – not impressed.  I love, love, love coconut water, so I was excited to try maple water (not sure why I thought to compare the two?), but maple water is not good, in my opinion.  It tastes like dirty water lol.  Won’t be buying that again!  This bowl, however, has been eaten for breakfast and snacks more times than not!

Once I got myself together and William dressed, we headed to Target.  I was looking for some glass or aluminum containers to hold his water, milk, and lunch for this year at school.  I didn’t find anything there.  Mommas, have any suggestions for me? I’d really like to avoid plastic… After Target, we went to a friend’s house for a play date.  The boys played and the girls chatted.  From there, we stopped at the DMV so I could renew my license.  William was very patient despite him getting tired and almost ready for a nap.  I fed him lunch (egg cooked in coconut oil and blueberries) before putting him down to sleep.  While he slept, I took the time to prepare a gigantic salad.

fried egg salad

Arugula, romaine, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, lentils, avocado, a fried egg, and Bolthouse Farms blue cheese dressing that’s made with yogurt (it’s a new favorite find of mine!).  My salad was fantastic and I was very impressed with myself! 🙂

When William woke up from his nap, we went to Trader Joe’s and played at the house for a bit before meeting my parents out to dinner.

yaya pops aug15

How adorable is William in that shirt? My parents brought it back for him from their last Hawaii trip.  Too cute!

We started off with an order of mussels cooked in a broth with Cajun spices.

mussels

Bread for soaking up all the extra broth, of course!

I ordered the Lobster & Seafood salad.

seafood salad

It was HUGE!  The corn muffin on the side wasn’t too bad either!  The restaurant had a fish tank in it which kept William occupied for part of the time when he wasn’t sharing my mom’s salmon.  I have a hard time getting William to eat a lot of vegetables, but he LOVES any and all meat, chicken, and fish!

By the time we got home, William was ready for the tub.  And you know how I love my black and white bath pictures…

bath aug15

So gorgeous, so happy, he just melts my heart!

When William went to sleep, I blogged before heading to bed myself!  And that’s a snapshot of a day in the life for us – summer edition!



What do your summer days look like?

Sow’s Ear

Why is food always better on vacation?  It doesn’t matter where you are, it just seems like every meal tastes better while on vacation.  For me, I think it has to do with all the eating out at restaurants since every dinner was eaten out.  Or maybe it’s just the mere fact that I’m on vacation and everything seems better.  It could very well be that meals are enjoyed with fabulous company on vacation.  Either way, food is good, so for today’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday, I’m sharing some delicious highlights from my family’s Durango, Colorado vacation.

Breakfast is one meal we never went out for.  Probably because it was hard to get 15 people moving so early in the morning.  My dad is the one who usually made breakfast, but there were a couple mornings that Stephanie cooked some eggs and toast.  Usually I was busy scarfing down my breakfast while keeping an eye on William, so the only photo I took of breakfast was Monday morning.  My dad fixed me quite the plate and my mom watched William, so I could enjoy the meal.

breakfast

Scrambled eggs with salsa and cheese, turkey sausage, apple slices, banana slices, steamed spinach, and toast with butter and jelly.  Talk about a filling breakfast!

Most lunches were eaten at the condo in between our daily activities.  Since I’m more of a snacker, I rarely made a plate, and instead, noshed on everything that was taken out.  This included turkey and cheese, chips and salsa and guacamole, vegetables and hummus, and chips.  Nobody ever went hungry.  On Monday, when everyone had left besides my parents, William, and me, we headed to the town of Durango.  After walking the streets and shopping the stores, we stopped at The Irish Embassy Pub.

irish pub

My dad got the classic fish and chips which my mom called right when we walked in the restaurant.  My mom and I went with salads – the chopped salad for her and the buffalo chicken salad for me.  The salads were huge and everything was wonderful!

Dinners were definitely a highlight of the trip.  My parents generously treated us to absolutely amazing dinners.  And my family likes to eat!  We’re talking appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts!  More than that, it was awesome to be together with everyone.  Sometimes during the day, only a part of the big group ventured out together.  Our summer family vacations are so special since we don’t all live in St. Louis.  We cherish the time we get to spend together.

One of the most memorable dinners from the vacation was at the Sow’s Ear on my parents’ 37th anniversary.  It was the only night we got babysitters for the kids and had an adult only evening.  (It was also the only night where I took pictures of all the food.)  My dad gave a heartfelt toast to my mom to celebrate their anniversary.  They’re such an amazing example of true love and the best parents I could ever imagine.

mom dad toast

And then we feasted.   We began with one of each of their appetizers:

sows ear appetizers

  • Duck Confit Spring Rolls: sesame lo mein, sweet chile coconut sauce
  • Root Chips: house-made beet, russet, & sweet potato chips, caramelized onion goat cheese fondue (my favorite!)
  • Southwestern Crab Cakes: roasted poblano cream, crispy tortilla pepita slaw, ancho lime vinaigrette 
  • Cornmeal Dusted Calamari: roasted tomato coulis, lemon basil aioli

Our entrees:

sows ear dinner

I don’t remember what everything was, but I assure you it was all amazing, and we had very little leftover.  The steaks, ribeye, filet mignon, salmon, and sides were delicious.

As if we weren’t full enough, dessert was ordered and shared by the table:

sows ear dessert

  • My parents, still so madly in love after 37 years
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies and homemade vanilla ice cream
  • Milk chocolate flan (I’m not sure if that’s exactly what it was called, but that’s what it seemed to be) with dried cherries
  • Cheesecake

Literally, every bite was eaten.  We all held our spoons and passed the plates around and around.  Occasionally, somebody would get yelled at for hogging one particular dessert before it made it around the entire table.  I can’t help that I love dessert.

williams family

What a special evening it was to celebrate my wonderful parents!

Have you eaten out lately? Where’d you go and what’d you have?

801 Chophouse

I love being on winter break.  I love not rushing around in the morning.  I love hanging out in my pajamas until 1pm.  I love playing with baby William all day long.  I love getting together with friends who are in town for the holidays.  I love spending lots of time with family.  I love setting up playdates with adorable babies.  The list goes on and on.  The food during winter break is way better than during a normal work week thanks to said get togethers, fancy dinners, and parties.  Here are some highlights from the past week as I’m linking up with Peas & Crayons’ What I Ate Wednesday:

Breakfast: Toasted bagel with cream cheese topped with a scrambled egg with salmon and fresh fruit on the side

salmon bagel

Reason #972 why brunch at my parents’ house is awesome?  Leftovers for days!  I don’t buy bagels for my house, but I have no problem eating them at breakfasts or brunches out.  And eggs.  I could do and sometimes do eggs seven days a week.  Salmon is not something I prepare myself, but I do eat it on a regular basis… mostly at my parents’ house.  The combination of all three?  Oh baby, this breakfast was awesome!

Said leftovers were also eaten for lunch the past couple of days.  I’m a grazer, so many times I don’t make an actual plate.  I take a bite here and there until the leftovers are gone.  This worked out well on Monday when my best friend Barbie and I went out for appetizers in the afternoon as I pretty much just snacked all day.

barbie

Barbie and I went to elementary school and high school together. She was who convinced me to run my first half marathon and ran it with me right by my side.  She started my love for running.  Our 25+ years of friendship is going strong.  And she just told me that her plans of moving back to St. Louis are becoming a reality! It may not be for a few years, but hey there is a date and it’s going to happen. SO EXCITED!  Barbie is a true friend.  And even though she goes by “Barbara” these days, she’ll always be Barbie to me!

When we were really young and we’d have sleepovers, I always remember eating so much junk food with Barbie.  Most notably, peanut butter M&Ms, chips, cookies, and ice cream.  When we went to Lester’s for appetizers, we enjoyed junk food just like our twelve year old selves would have.

lesters

We ordered the bavarian pretzels that were served with cheese sauce (the best!) and whole grain mustard (not a huge fan), and the bbq nachos which we (I) destroyed.  Mmm. They were so good and ended up serving as my dinner for the evening.  It’s funny because when we were talking about what we were going to do when we got together we were debating on working out together.  But then the weather was terrible and I couldn’t find a class at the time we were getting together, so we opted for food instead.  It was a good choice and so great to catch up.

Like I mentioned earlier in the week, my family went out to 801 Chophouse for dinner.

family 801chophouse

Also like I’ve mentioned, my family likes to eat and never goes hungry.  A ridiculous amount of food was ordered and eaten.  Literally everything we got was delicious.  Here’s what we got with a few of my notes.  I’ll try not say, “It was SO good,” for every.single.thing.  But it was.

801 chophouse

  • Carpaccio: Yes, that’s an egg on top.  I’m not a huge carpaccio fan, but the pickled onions it came with were very unique.
  • Pancetta- Wrapped Scallops: I love scallops all the time.
  • Fried Calamari: Can’t ever go wrong.
  • Oysters Rockefeller: I don’t usually like oysters, at all, but the topping on these totally won me over.  It was cheese and spinach and breadcrumbs and who knows what other kind of goodness.  It definitely deserves a, “It was SO good!”
  • 801 Chophouse Salad: This came with braised pork belly which I shared with some of the guys.  The salad was topped with a poached egg.
  • Filet Mignon: Melt in your mouth amazing.
  • Lobster Macaroni & Cheese: I could probably live off this stuff.  Well, not really, because that’d be super unhealthy, but you get my point.  It’s ridic.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Made with toasted walnuts, garlic, orange zest, and parsley.
  • Lyonnaise Potatoes: Has bacon lardons, sautéed onions, and caraway seed.
  • French Green Beans: Sautéed with bacon and caramelized onions.
  • 801 Carrot Cake: Pecan nougat filling, caramel sauce, candied carrot – everyone loved.
  • Snickers Dessert: I couldn’t find or remember what the real name was for this, but it was my favorite.

See? I told you.  Everything was ridiculously good.  How’s that for a review?  So so so so good.  Sorry, not sorry, I’m not a food critic.  But I do love food and I can attest that 801 Chophouse is awesome and I’d recommend it if you’re in St. Louis.  Apparently they have other locations around the country, as well.

And my Poppy:

poppy

You’d never know he’s turning 86 in just two days, would you?

Have you been eating different (better) food lately because of the holidays?

Best Sushi in St Louis at Siam

Looking for the best sushi in St. Louis?  Itz at Siam, baby!  Last weekend, Jonny, my brother Jason, my grandparents, and myself went to check out a hot new spot in town – Siam, located in The Grove.  Everything on the menu looked good, so we ordered a little bit of it all.  I kid you not.  Our food from the evening:

Siam

Appetizers, sushi, entrees, desserts – it was all mouth-watering amazing.  Siam is described as Asian fusion, elevated comfort food – which is a spot on description.  Everything from the presentation to the unique flavor combinations to the quality of food was right on point.  Itz obvious that the talented chefs put a lot of time and effort into developing the dishes and plating the food.  Alright, here’s a run down of what we had, and we all shared everything (yes, even my grandpa ate sushi!).  I’m pulling the descriptions from their menu:

Appetizers

  • Charred Edamame: Edamame, shoyu, sesame dukkah – wonderful flavor!
  • Pot Stickers: Traditional with sweet soy dipping sauce
  • Pot Stickers: Chorizo-date with goat cheese and shiso dipping sauce – Probably one of the most unique and surprising flavor profiles of our night – savory with the slightest touch of sweet.

scallop

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  • Seared Scallops: Pan seared scallops, edamame puree, crispy shitake mushroom, nori butter – The scallops were huge and cooked to perfection and the edamame puree was unbelievable! I literally used a spoon to scrape off every last drop. I’d like to recreate something like that at home.
  • Umami Sliders: Ground sirloin burgers, wild mushrooms, crispy shallots, sufu, tomato jam – Jonny was the one who wanted these as he’s a HUGE slider fan and he gave them two thumbs up!

Sushi:

goku

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  • Goku Roll: Fried shrimp tempura, avocado and Japanese mayo. Topped with fresh red tuna, radish sprouts, masago, Japanese mayo. Served with baked scallops and spicy crab – This was Jason’s favorite roll and he’s quite the sushi connoisseur.
  • Serpent Roll: Marinated crab, avocado and masago. Topped with broiled fresh water eel.
  • Grove Roll: Mango spicy tuna mix, crab. Topped with super whtie tuna, flying fish roes, honey wasabi and eel sauce – This was Jonny’s and my favorite. The honey wasabi was unbelievable, just a tiny hint of sweetness!

Sashimi:

  •  Salmon, Tuna, & Whitetail: The freshest sashimi EVER.

Entrees: (on special for the night)

  • Branzino with Israeli Couscous: The sea bass was served on the bone, but very easy to remove and the Israeli couscous tasted like comfort food: warm, flavorful, and delicious. It paired perfectly with the fresh green beans.
  • Hoisin Spare Ribs: My grandpa’s favorite of the evening.  I was too stuffed at this point to even try them.  I needed to save the last little bit in my stomach for dessert.

Dessert:

  • Siam S’mores: Star anise graham cracker, passionfruit, marshmallow, chocolate ganache – THE BEST! Itz a must to order! The sweetness from the passionfruit was so good. Campfire s’mores will never be the same.

entremet

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  • Chocolate-Matcha Entremet: Chocolate mousse, matcha dacquoise, black sesame sponge cake, chocolate ganache – I’m not usually a huge chocolate cake fan, but I couldn’t stop eating this. It wasn’t too rich – it was just perfect.
  • Plum Wine Poached Pears: Honey mascarpone, ginger creme anglaise, sesame nougatine – Honestly, this was my least favorite of the desserts and itz because of the mascarpone which I’m not a huge fan of. The pears were fantastic, and this dessert was my grandma’s favorite.

And Siam as a restaurant?  AWESOME! Honestly, it reminds me of restaurants in Miami and New York with the way itz designed and decorated.  There are two different bars inside with a great looking patio. In the late evening hours, far past my bedtime, the bar and patio become packed!  Dinner is served until ten and from 10pm – 1am there is a late night menu.  We dined in the upper area where there are curtains so it can be closed off for private parties.  It seems like it’d be a really fun place for a bachelor/bachelorette party! The whole atmosphere is incredible; there’s a cool vibe that permeates the place, and I can only imagine how hoppin’ it gets at night.

If you’re in St. Louis and you’re looking for the best sushi, unique food, or a fun bar, you must check out Siam!  And if you go during reasonable hours, please give me a call. I’d love to join ya as I’m hungry all over again just thinking about our feast! 🙂 (This momma can’t stay awake for the bar scene anymore.)

Which dish appeals most to you?

good day

Yesterday was a good day.  Nothing extraordinary happened, it was just a good day, in general.  Let me tell you about it… WIAW style.  Itz been awhile since we’ve had a WIAW post.  Here we go.

First of all, it started out with this cutie, so it was basically impossible for it not to be a good day!  I mean seriously, check out this stud:

william bowtie

Too handsome.

After I nursed William and pumped first thing in the morning, I was getting hungry.  I decided to make overnight oats and just planned to let them soak for a short while.  In the meantime, I had a couple bites of A Loving Spoon’s Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter.

a loving spoon

A Loving Spoon was created by fellow FitFluential ambassador Sarah Kay Hoffman (A Gutsy Girl). The peanut butter comes in the cutest little jars ever.  I’d like to think they’re single servings in there, but itz definitely supposed to be more than that.  Let’s just say I could eat the whole jar in one sitting.  And itz gluten, grain, dairy, egg, soy, and preservative-free. Most importantly, itz absolutely delicious.

As good as the peanut butter was, I decided I probably shouldn’t consume the entire jar for breakfast, so approximately twenty minutes after I made my overnight oats, I ate them.  And failed to take a picture.  They weren’t very pretty anyway.

William and I went over to my grandparents’ house.  Mama and William had the stripes thing going on.

mama

I snacked over there to tide me over until our lunch date at Brio where we met my sister, Audrey, and my mom.

mom mama steph aud

It was a lovely lunch with these lovely ladies.  (William slept the majority of the time.)

But because you can’t possibly see the full cuteness of Miss Audrey’s outfit, here is a close up of my little mini me:

audrey

Diva.

When we got home, it was William’s turn to eat.  We played a bunch, and he went down for another nap.  My mom came over and helped me totally organize all the shoes in my closet.  It was a disaster.  And by “helped me” I really mean my mom did it.  I really have a hard time staying organized.  I got rid of several pairs and the remaining shoes are very organized.  I will do my very best to keep it that way.  Thanks, Mom!

Around this time, Jonny came home and he and William did some daddy-son bonding where they read books, listened to music, sang, and played catch.

william ball

For dinner, we wanted something fast and easy, so for the second night in a row we had tuna melt sandwiches and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden.  (Tomatoes came from our garden and cucumbers came from a neighbor’s.)

tuna melt

For the tuna melt, all we did was sprinkle some cheddar cheese on one side, add a can of tuna, and place sliced tomatoes and cucumbers on the other.  We toasted the sandwiches and wah-lah!  Dinner was served.

A couple of days ago I was really in the mood to bake a cake I saw on Pinterest.  It was a Boston Cream Poke Cake to be exact.  Instead of chocolate frosting I used vanilla and added sprinkles.  We made our friends Diana and Andy come over to have a slice with us since we didn’t need a whole cake to ourselves.  Then, we gave a chunk to my in-laws and another chunk to my grandparents.  That left us with the perfect amount to have an extra generous portion last night for dessert.

cake

And that, my friends, was why it was a good day.

What’s good about your day?

 

Ruth’s Chris Downtown St. Louis

This post is sponsored by Ruth’s Chris. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an Alive Magazine event at Ruth’s Chris downtown St. Louis.  The location in itself is awesome.  Itz downtown on the riverfront which makes it fun to walk around before or after dinner.  I arrived a bit early, so I took the opportunity to take a picture with one of the St. Louis anniversary cakes.

cake

Jonny unfortunately had to work late, so he was unable to be my guest.  Instead, I took my best friend Diana who happily obliged to a delicious dinner among all the pictures of food the bloggers were snapping.  Sara at Running from the Law was there, as well. She is currently pregnant with her second little babe and one of the first St. Louis bloggers I met and became friends with.

sara diana

selfies. obviously.

The Ruth’s Chris downtown St. Louis location is celebrating their five year birthday by partnering with Alive Magazine and hosting a giveaway.  One reader will win a prix fixe dinner for four.  Enter HERE. (Winner will be announced August 21.)

We started the evening with an array of appetizers.  I could have stayed at that table all night and easily filled up; there were so many options.  You know me, I sampled a bit of it all.  Seriously, check out the spread:

rc apps

Smoked salmon chips, seared ahi tuna, spicy lobster (THE BEST), steak sandwich with fries, tenderloin skewer salad, and crab blt with zucchini fries.

Ruth’s Chris is a great way to begin your night, and these appetizers are far better than typical bar food or happy hour items.   They’re all available on the Sizzle, Swizzle, and Swirl happy hour menu.

Shortly after drinks and appetizers, we moved into a private room for dinner.

ruth chris menu

As expected, dinner from the prix fixe menu certainly didn’t disappoint either.

rc dinner

Bibb BLT salad with cucumber ranch dressing, Ruth’s Mixed Grill (a 4 oz. filet, stuffed chicken breast, crabcake, and broiled tomato), creamed spinach, and mashed potatoes.  Literally, everything was awesome.  Diana said she doesn’t even liked mashed potatoes, but found herself going back for seconds.  The chicken, the filet, the crabcake – all of it was so, ridiculously good.

As if it couldn’t get better, dessert arrived.

rc dessert

I thought I didn’t have room, but that clearly changed as my food quickly disappeared.  My only regret of the evening?  Not bringing anything home to share with Jonny.  Guess that means we’ll have to go back!

What’s your favorite: filet, stuffed chicken, or crabcake? I’m glad I didn’t have to pick!

Patio Party

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ruth’s Chris. All opinions are my own.

Last night was Ruth’s Chris Patio Party and it was the first night I went out since William.  I got home and it was late (aka 9:30pm), so I decided to go to bed instead of recapping the event right away. Party.Animal.

sleep > blogging

But lucky you, you still get to see hear from me – just a little later than normal!  My good friend Heather came with me and we got to hang out in the VIP blogger section of Ruth’s Chris patio.

heather1

We’re big time, people.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how rad a patio party at a steakhouse could be.  I’m just sayin’. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. First of all, there were TONS of people there (but it wasn’t overly crowded) which made it fun to socialize and people watch.  Second of all, the appetizers were AMAZING! Let’s be real, you know I’m always all about the food.  In the blogger’s private lounge, we had our own feast of light bites. When the servers brought them out, we all rushed over…. to take pictures in true blogger fashion!

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After the photo opp, we rushed back over to fill our plates.  Naturally, I tried one of everything… and then some.  The food was GOOD and so not typical bar food – way better.  I’m not surprised though; I didn’t expect an upscale steakhouse to have typical bar food.  Ok here’s what was served from their Sizzle, Swizzle, & Swirl happy hour menu:

  • Seared Ahi Tuna: I’m not usually a seared tuna fan, but these were surprisingly good – very flavorful.
  • Spicy Lobster: My favorite. Itz a must order item.
  • Prime Burger Sandwiches & Crab BLT Sandwiches: The burger was good (Jonny would have LOVED), but the crab blt stole my heart.
  • Vegetables: Ya know… they were vegetables.
  • Cheesecake Bites: I may have had more than a few. They were delish.
  • Beer & Wine: I had a few sips of red wine; my first time drinking since William.  And right when I got home I pumped and dumped because I was nervous haha.

So that was the food in the blogger lounge, but the patio served food, as well.  Heather and I just HAD to try that, especially since it was different than our lounge, so out we went!

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We enjoyed cheese cubes, chicken wings, crab ragoons, barbecued shrimp, and more cheesecake bites. I’m tellin’ ya, we were there for the food!  The only bummer of the evening was that it kept drizzling and raining on and off. Most of the time we took cover underneath the awning, but a couple times we headed inside which was filled with people, too.  I really was so pleasantly surprised at how fun the patio party was.

Ruth’s Chris wasn’t a place where I’d think to go to enjoy nightlife in St. Louis, but their event last night changed my mind. Itz not just a steakhouse. Plus, their location in Clayton couldn’t be better. They also have a downtown location which I’ll hopefully get to check out next month!

Oh, and bonus point: my friend and fellow FitFluential Ambassador, Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy was there, too!

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We were rockin’ our buddy Pavement Runner’s peace sign look. Come play in STL, B!

Oh, and if you were worried about baby William… don’t be.

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He was in good hands.

What are your plans this weekend?

Come to Ruth’s Chris Patio Party on June 26th!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ruth’s Chris. All opinions are my own.

Alright St. Louis friends, itz time to put on your party pants!

This handsome fella has on his party pants…

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You just can’t see ’em! 😉

Itz time to kick off patio season in style with a party for ALIVE readers at Ruth’s Chris Clayton RBar! A chic, outdoor cocktail party awaits on June 26, complete with $5 specialty Grey Goose cocktails, $3 Kräftig drafts, signature appetizers, cocktail samples, and live entertainment from DJ Trash Talk. Plus, the party will be co-hosted by 10 of St. Louis’ most influential bloggers! <— They say I’m one, heh heh!

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RBAR PATIO PARTY DETAILS

  • Date: June 26, 2014
  • Location: Ruth’s Chris Clayton: 1 N. Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 150 Clayton 63015
  • Time: 6 – 9 pm 

Ruth’s Chris’ fabulous patio will be filled with some of the finest folks in St. Louis!

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And food? You know I’m excited about the food! (#alwayshungry) Happy hour prices from their Sizzle, Swizzle, & Swirl menu.

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Become a fan of Ruth’s Chris on Facebook.

Ruth’s Chris is a great way to begin your night or as a nightlife destination.  The patio party is the perfect opportunity to check it out, eat, drink, and mingle.

Oh, and guess what? Yours truly will have shot tickets to hand out during the event!  You read that right.  Free shots.  (Well, one per person anyway.)

The point of this post?  Come to Ruth’s Chris Patio Party on June 26th! I’ll be there and that should be enough for you! 🙂 Am I right, or am I right?

So, are you coming?

Sushi Date at Tani

For this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday over at Peas and Crayons, I’m covering just the main meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert (yes, dessert is considered a main meal).  Rest assured, I eat several snacks throughout the day, especially as a breastfeeding momma.  However, with an adorable baby in hand almost constantly, itz not quite as easy to take ALL my foodie pictures, nor would you probably want to see them.  Many bites are consumed straight from the jar/container/bag and are not quite so picturesque.  (Not that these are much better, but humor me.)  So today is short and sweet with a highlight on my sushi date at Tani.

Breakfast: Cake Batter Protein Shake

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Eaten while William was playing on his activity mat. Contains: Muscle Milk Cake Batter Protein (ordered from iHerb.com – use my referral code VAJ523 to receive $10 off your first order), ice, banana, wheat germ, flax seed, and milk.  And sprinkles on top because everyday is a party over here.

Lunch: Tani Nigiri Combination from Tani Sushi Bistro

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I’d been wanting to try Tani as people in St. Louis rave about it, but had never been yet.  I also heard it was on the pricier side, but this lunch special was SO reasonable. For just $12, it included a house salad, chef’s choice of six pieces of nigiri, along with a cucumber and California roll. Great deal and delicious sushi!

But the highlight of it all was getting together with Melissa from Treats With A Twist and her momma.  Once William woke up from his nap, Melissa was quick to scoop him up and give him some loving.

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The love was mutual as William was obviously smitten by her.

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photo stolen from Melissa

Melissa’s parents live in St. Louis, so itz always a treat (ha!) for me when she comes to visit (which, in my opinion, is not often enough!).

Dinner: Chicken Fajita Bowl from Crazy Bowls and Wraps

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Jonny and his dad went to the Cardinals game on Monday evening and picked up CBW beforehand.  My father-in-law kindly picked up a bowl for me, as well. Everything at CBW is a win; this was my first time ordering the chicken fajita bowl and it was great, as always. It contained chicken, red peppers, zucchini, tomato, jalapeno cilantro sauce, pepperoncinis, beans, cheese, avocado, brown rice, and a squeeze of lime. Itz served with a tortilla which I ate plain on the side.

Dessert:  His & Hers Dairy Queen Blizzards

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Strawberry with hard chocolate for me and mint oreo for him. You know how we love our ice cream.

What would/do you order from Dairy Queen?