Sunday, January 31, 2016

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HURRICANES
FORECAST FOR
ST. LOUIS MARDI GRAS 

The weather may be sunny,
temperatures in the upper 60s,
but opening weekend for
Mardi Gras in Soulard
calls for hurricanes.
Hurricanes everywhere! 

After all, Southern Comfort
is a major sponsor of this
year's Mardi Gras in St. Louis,
which means every "watering hole"
in historic Soulard is shoving
a Southern Comfort Hurricane cocktail
in your thirsty mitts.

The recipe (more or less)
calls for dark rum, light rum,
Southern Comfort liqueur,
fruit juice, grenadine, lime and ice.

(Today is the Pet Parade.)
Woof!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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IT'S MARDI GRAS TIME
IN ST. LOUIS

    It all starts TODAY . . . 

the weather forecast is
warm and sunny!

Today, the 5K marathon will draw thousands,
to run through the streets of historic Soulard.

To be followed by the "Taste of Soulard,"
  sponsored by Southern Comfort . . .

where area bars and restaurants offer
"small plates" and "huge drinks"
to throngs of party people . . .

followed on Sunday,
by the annual Mardi Gras Pet Parade.

This kicks things off for Mardi Gras in St. Louis
with the annual parade next weekend.

Mardi Gras St. Louis is the 2nd largest
party town and parade nationwide,
just behind New Orleans.

Friday, January 29, 2016

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DUMPSTER DIVE
DAY TWO

Seated Egyptian Cat
Bronze cast statue
11" high, signed.
  (On wooden base.)

Wrapped in plastic trash bag,
at bottom of dumpster,
and now seated in my office
(above the Beatles)
overlooking the living room.

(Maybe I should open a curio shop!)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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DUMPSTER LAMP

Look what I found in the dumpster!

It was laying on its side,
with this very cool shade attached,
including a working light bulb.

Don't you love it?
(Can't beat the price.)

This is the same dumpster
where I've found Calphalon cookware,
Kitchen-Aid "Artisan" Mixer,
a brand new Weber Kettle Grill,
and a signed bronze cat sculpture.

(And no, I'm not telling you
where it's located.)

Yes, I check it every day!
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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FAVORITE NEW DINNER SPOT

As a discriminating bachelor male,
with sophisticated tastes
(and a refined palate),
there are evenings when I choose
to leave the cooking to a local eatery.

Nothing too fancy, mind you,
but a quiet, comfortable table
with a kitchen that
    knows something about food . . .

and perhaps some intellectual stimulus,
like "JEOPARDY".

Imagine my excitement when I discovered
this corner table, with amazing heart art,
and a flat-screen TV, tuned in to
my favorite nightly game show . . .
JEOPARDY, hosted by Alex Trebek.

(I've found my nightly dinner spot.)

Last evening's category was
WHO HAD THE HIT?
The answer --
FROM THE '70s,
"LOVE HURTS."

You've got 30 seconds.
Name the band.
(And your answer must be
in the form of a question.)
Go . . .

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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THE MISSING INGREDIENT

When photographing a new restaurant,
the food, the decor, the kitchen and staff
are of course "de rigueur."

But there's one indispensable missing ingredient
   that completes the picture . . . 

and that is the customer!

People, enjoying the atmosphere,
participating in the experience,
ordering and eating the great food. 

That first moment occurred last evening
at the fabulous new restaurant
OLIVE & OAK.

(Now open for reservations and fine dining,
in Webster Groves, Missouri.)

(314) 397-9150 

Monday, January 25, 2016

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THERE'S A NEW RESTAURANT
IN TOWN

Mark Hinkle, native St. Louisan and
well known restauranteur, had a vision
to open a very special restaurant,
with his friend and business partner,
   who shared a special bond . . .
 
both their sons were born with 
congenital heart defects, and
both died at a very young age.

The restaurant's name -- Olive & Oak --
short for Oliver and Oakes, the boys' names,
will officially open this week.

It will seat 80 people, and feature amazing
casual food, prepared with local ingredients
by well known chefs who have joined the team.

Aside from ultra-delicious foods
and modern interior design,
the walls feature candid black-and-white
photos of Oliver and Oakes,
in their memory.

My favorite dishes (as I was shooting)
were the triple-cream Trillium cheese
and sliced pickled cheese sandwich,
a cocktail called the "25" which
held a nutmeg and star anise ice cube,
and an Orange Pop Float
(made with Fitz's orange soda and
Clementine's Madagascar Vanilla ice cream,
each produced locally.)

Yum!
Double Yum.

(Hungry yet?)
  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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THE PARTY'S OVER

Party lights and table favors
are all that's left
      from a fabulous party . . . 

plus happy memories and
  taking it slow the next day. 

Real slow,
  and a little under the weather! 

(Ugh.) 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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MY KALDI'S COFFEE FAMILY

Pic #1 -- These are the people at Kaldi's Kirkwood,
                who brew and serve my morning coffee. 

Pics #2 -- These are the wonderful people at the
                 Kaldi's Coffee Roaster headquarters who
                 support my family with great coffee.

      I was invited to their annual holiday employee party.

   (A good time was had by all.) 

Friday, January 22, 2016

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WHAT TO DO
WITH THIS ICE


. . . IF YOU'RE A DUCK


. . . IF YOU PLAY ICE HOCKEY

(Just don't try driving on it.)

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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WHY I LIKE SNOW

1.  It slows everything down.

2.  The world becomes quiet.

3.  And more beautiful.

4.  They close schools.

5.  Kids get to stay home.

6.  And build snowmen.

7.  I love shooting black-and-white.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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NIGHT SNOW

It snowed last night.

Big cold flakes.

It felt good
  to look up, 
feel it melting on my face

. . . and my camera lens!
(oops!) 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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THE HARD PART OF WINTER

These are the bitter cold days,
so hard to get used to.

Winter coat, hat, scarf, sweater, gloves.
Nothing keeps the 15-below wind-chill
from freezing my bones! 

 Snow storm forecast for this evening.

Brrrrrr!


Monday, January 18, 2016

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ANCIENT CAVE SCENE
 PAINTING ON DISPLAY 

A small portion of a giant painted panorama
is on display in the main lobby
of the St. Louis Art Museum.

Monumental Grandeur of the
Mississippi Valley,
(oil on muslin cotton, c. 1850)
was painted by John J. Egan
as part of an enormous 55-foot wide
traveling archaeological lecture display,
to show 19th century audiences
natural wonders of the Mississippi Valley.

The 8-foot high panorama section above
shows Cave-in-Rock along the Ohio River,
which includes cave wall drawings and artifacts.
The cave was used as a hideout for bandits
and river pirates in the early 19th century.

Today the cave is a protected natural feature
at Cave-In-Park State Park in Illinois.
 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

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2 MODERN MASTERPIECES
BORN IN ST. LOUIS

 The current exhibit at the St. Louis Art Museum
features objects and creations
designed and/or created in St. Louis,
from a modern period, mid to late 20th century.

Two famous masterpieces caught my eye:

1.  A 1954 Corvette, credited as the first
    mass market sports car, and built 
    here in St. Louis -- symbolizing
   postwar American properity.

and

2.  The St. Louis Gateway Arch, tallest man-made
     monument in the U.S., stainless steel riverfront
attraction on our riverfront,
      and celebrating 50 years since its completion
October 28, 1965.   Designed by Eero Saarinen.

(Engineering achievement, 630-feet high, 630-feet wide.
1500 visitors can ride the internal elevator cars
to the top to a commanding view from
our "gateway to the west.")