rubber stamps and ink pads to accompany their already popular collage sheets. I left with a rather large stash of stamps, papers, glass lockets, charms, ribbons, and other goodies that I just couldn't resist!
Euclid Records, where she found several albums on her wish list. All that shopping made us hungry, so we headed over to the Cheesecake Factory at the St. Louis Galleria. Yum!!! I adore the stuffed chicken torillas with grilled corn cakes, so I always order them, and they're always delicious! And lo and behold, Friday was National Cheesecake Day! All cheesecakes were 1/2 price! I thought about just buying a whole cheesecake, but reason prevailed, and I got one scrumptious piece of original cheesecake to savor at the hotel later. (In my opinion, reason is overrated! I really wanted another slice of that deliciousness!) While we were munching away, Megan mentioned that she had seen an Anthropologie store on her way in to the restaurant. ANTHROPOLOGIE! The heavens parted, light shone down, and I swooned with joy! I absolutely love Anthropologie, and I didn't know St. Louis even had one! After dinner, we happily browsed through the store, admiring all the amazing displays. I took lots of photos, and bought Megan some unusual colored pencils from Thailand. I wanted to buy the entire store, but that was just a tiny bit beyond my budget!
But I digress...Back to St. Louis! Tired but happy, we snuggled down at our hotel, ate cheesecake, read, watched TV, and generally lounged about - our favorite vacation activities!
Bright and early the next day, (around noonish in our case) we headed out for St. Charles and a delicious breakfast at a local favorite, Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant. Did I mention that it was delicious? It was SO good! I even had to embarass my family and take a picture of my plate before I demolished every single bit, and gobbled down one of Randy's pancakes as well! We loved it so much, we returned the next day for another midday breakfast feast!
St Charles has a gorgeous historic district alongside the Missouri River. Shops and restaurants abound on the thirteen linear blocks of brick lined streets. We visited Main Street Books and of course I had to pop in at Rock Paper Scissors, a little gem of a papercrafts shop in an adorable cottage. The owner graciously allowed me to take some photos of this sweet find.
Two more stops rounded out our shopping spree: For Keeps Sake a great scrapbook store, and Artmart. Ah...Artmart. Gleaming rows of pristine art supplies, colored pencil scented air, rack upon rack of luxurious handmade papers...25,000 sqaure feet of bliss. Enough said.
We ended our evening at BARcelona, a wonderful tapas restaurant in the trendy Clayton area. If you've never had tapas, you need to get some! They're basically little plates of delectable morsels like grilled beef tenderloin with blue cheese and a succulent sauce, or chicken and serrano ham croquettes with cumin alioli. My mouth is watering even as I type the names! Here's how it works: you peruse the menu, choose 3 or 4 tempting dishes, and they're delivered one by one to your table along with loaves of crusty bread, to share with your tablemates. Then you order 2 or 3 more dishes and so on until you are
On Sunday morning (actually noon again!) after the aforementioned feast at Gingham's, we trekked back to the St. Louis Galleria, and the emporium of delight that is Teavana. If you love tea, this is a must see destination! We were greeted at the store entry with little cups of hot tea, and then ushered to the counter to have large tins of fragant tea blends wafted into our faces. I left with way more than I meant to purchase, but we've already sipped a dozen cups of Haute Chocolate, and custom blends of Precious White Peach/Zingiber Ginger Coconut, and White Ayrvedic Chai/Saurai Chai Mate just since yesterday! These teas smell wonderful and are gorgeous to look at with chunky bits and pieces of leaves and seed pods, and tiny slivers of chocolate. A feast for the eyes as well as the palate!
Whole Foods for Kona coffee to brew at home, Borders for more reading material, and then sailed on home for dinner at Greek's, one of our favorite local pizzerias in Evansville, IN.
Our weekend in St. Louis was so fun and relaxing! Can't wait to eat, shop, and read there again soon!