Saint Louis – The Welge Report

 

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Saint Louis

Shopping: Here’s a handy St. Louis directory for your shopping convenience (http://www.downtownstl.org/play/Shopping.aspx)

Birding Opps:  Info for our birding friends.  In and near St Louis you can see: Cardinals, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, American Kestrel, Yellow-billed Loons and Wilson’s Plovers.

The St. Louis Audubon Society (.stlouisaudubon.org/birding/birding.php) hosts field trips throughout the year.

The Best Missouri Birding Areas (http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/outdoor-recreation/birding/best-missouri-birding-areas) included info for the St. Louis area.

Missouri Bird Watching (missouribirdwatching.com) has tips, locations and maps.

Transportation:  What you need to know is here (http://stlouis-mo.gov/live-work/transportation-information.cfm).

Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

Business Information: Saint Louis is open for your Business!  Check out (http://www.stlouisco.com/DoingBusiness)

 

Day One:  After dropping your bags at your hotel head for the Saint Louis Art Museum – Tu-Su: 10-5, 1 Fine Arts Dr, Forest Park, 314-721-0072.

The modern art collection includes works by the European masters Matisse, Gaugin, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh.

The museum’s particularly strong collection of 20th-century German paintings includes the world’s largest Max Beckman collection.

In recent years, the museum has been actively acquiring post-war German art to complement its Beckmanns, such as works by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Martin Kippenberger  and others.  The collection also includes Chuck Close’s Keith.

The collections of Oceanic and Mesoamerican works, as well as handwoven Turkish rugs, are among the finest in the world.

The Museum holds the Egyptian mummy Amen-Nestawy-Nakht, and two mummies on loan from Washington University.

Its collection of American artists includes the largest U.S.-museum collection of paintings by George Caleb Bingham.

 

Next let’s visit the St. Louis Zoo – Daily: 9-5, 1 Government Dr, Forest Park, 314-781-0900.

The St. Louis Zoo is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation, and education.

A special feature is the Zooline Railroad, a small passenger train that encircles the zoo, stopping at the more popular attractions.

The city purchased its first exhibit, the Flight Cage, from the Smithsonian Institution following the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

After the zoo was established, new exhibits, areas and buildings were added through the decades to improve care of the animals, the range of animals and habitats shown, as well as education and interpretation.

 

Lunch is at –I Fratellini - L & D: M-Sa, 7624 Wydown Blvd, 314-727-7901.

Here it’s fun to start with the assorted bruschetta followed by the pistachio encrusted trout with citrus butter over sautéed spinach or the grilled duck breast over endive with orange slices, gorgonzola, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette.

The 2007 Collosorbo Brunello would be a great match.

 

Let’s visit Grant’s Farm – Tu-Su: 9-3:30, Sa: till 4, Su: till 4:30, 10501 Gravois Rd, 314-843-1700.

The Farm takes its name from Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. In the 1850s, Grant founded and farmed a portion of the 281 acres.

Grant’s Farm is the ancestral home of the Busch family, located just south of the city of St. Louis.

It is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species.  Most importantly the Clydesdale mares, geldings, stallions and foals are here.

 

For dinner a good choice is The CrossingL: M-F, D: M-Sa, 7823 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, 314-721-7375.

 

For a starter we suggest the sweetbreads with butternut squash and pomegranate or the chicken rillettes with shallots and mustard with crostini.

If you’re looking for a pasta dish try the tagliatelle with a beef ragu Bolognese.  In the seafood kingdom it’s the Alaskan halibut with house made bacon, mushrooms, and pomme purée.

For a wine pairing we suggest the Joseph Phelps ’09 Sonoma Coast “Freestone Vineyards”.

 

Day Two:  Let’s start our day with breakfast at the Mud House – B,L: Daily, 2101 Cherokee St, 314.776.6599.

The Mud Slinger features roasted potatoes, cheese, black bean chili, red onion, sunny egg and toast.   (And if that’s not enough you can add bacon or ham.)

Other choices with your coffee include an English or American breakfast and the ever popular breakfast burrito

 

After this experience our cousin suggests a visit to The Old Courthouse  – Daily: 8-4:30, 11 N 4th St, 314-655-1700.

The Old Courthouse is one of St. Louis’ most prominent architectural landmarks. Plan your visit to see all the permanent exhibits and special events! The Old Courthouse was the site of the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott case in 1847 and 1850.

It was also where Virginia Minor’s case for a woman’s right to vote came to trial in the 1870s. You may tour this historic structure, and visit the restored courtrooms to learn more about our 19th century judicial system.

 

And since we are practically there The Gateway Arch – Daily: 8:30-4:30, 11 N 4th St, 314-655-1700.

The nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors for more than 40 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape.

The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States.

Attractions within the Arch are the Journey to the Top, the Museum of Westward Expansion, educational programs, two movies and shopping.

Note:  At the Arch Bookstore you can purchase Biking the Lewis and Clark Trail written by Lyn Pfeiffer Rodger and her husband.  Lyn was a high school classmate of Dee.

It’s a good idea to book your Tram tickets online to avoid the lines.  Here’s the website (http://ticketsforthearch.com/eStore/Content/Commerce/Products/DisplayProducts.aspxActivityGroupCode=10&ActivityCategoryCode=10)

 

Lunch today is at a St. Louis legend named Bogart’s Smokehouse – L: Tu-Sa, Early D: F,Sa,  1627 S 9th St, 314-621-3107.

The menu’s highlight is a slab, sandwich or plate of Memphis Style ribs with your choice of sides that include pit baked beans, slaw, deviled egg potato salad, chips or pork skins.

It may not be your drink of choice, but at Bogart’s your choice is a Pepsi product.  And yes, the ribs are worth it!

 

After this bone sticking lunch you can enjoy a walk about St. Louis Union Station – M-Sa: 10-9, Su: till 6, 1820 Market St, 314-421-6655.

On September 1, 1894 St. Louis Union Station opened as the largest, most beautiful terminal in the United States. This enormous project was built at the cost of $6.5 million.

The gem of this new Station was the Grand Hall with its gold leaf, Romanesque arches, 65-foot barrel vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows.

The most magnificent of these stained glass windows is the “Allegorical Window” which is majestically framed by the famous “Whispering Arch.”

In 1976, the station was designated a National Historic Landmark. In March 1979, Oppenheimer Properties purchased the Station for $5.5 million.

In August of 1985, St. Louis Union Station reopened after $150 million restoration, making it the largest adaptive re-use project in the United States.  It’s now a multi-use structure featuring shopping and dining.

 

Dinner is at The Sidney Street Café – D: Tu-Sa, 2000 Sidney Street, 314-771-5777.

For starters we suggest the house made charcuterie or the veal dumplings with cilantro salsa, teriyaki and honey glaze.

For your entrée a good choice is the crispy rabbit rissole with kohlrabi and cucumber slaw, rabbit bratwurst, chutney, and kohlrabi kimchi or the hanger steak with bone marrow bread pudding, stinging nettle puree, red pepper leather, and radish.

A must-try dessert is the  “Snicker Bar” which is a chocolate mousse, honey nougat, roasted peanuts, dulce de leche, ganache, dry caramel and chocolate bourbon sorbet .

A wine that works with these selections is the ’09 Pinot Noir from MacRostie.

 

Day Three:  It begins with breakfast at Benton Park Café – B,L,D: Daily, 1900 Arsenal Street, 314-771-7200.

At the Benton Park Café they offer breakfast pizzas, sandwiches, burritos and omelets, or you may opt for Andy’s famous beer biscuits smothered in house made gravy.

 

After breakfast let’s visit the Saint Louis Science Center M-Sa: 9:30-5:30, Su: 11-5:30, 5050 Oakland Ave, 314-289-4400.

The main building consists of four levels. The Ecology and Environment Gallery is located on the lower level along with meeting rooms, CenterStage, and the May Hall.

The first floor contains the Life Science Lab, the main entrance, ExploreStore gift shop, food court, Energizer human hamster wheel that powers the Energizer Ball Machine, and Exploradome entrance.

On the second floor there is a computer gallery called Cyberville, the Structures Gallery, the Discovery Room for young children and their parents, and the Omnimax Movie Theater.

In the bridge-tunnel connecting the main building to the Planetarium, there is a Flight! Gallery.

 

A good choice for lunch is Trattoria Marcella – D: Tu-Sa, 3600 Watson Road, 314- 352-7706.

 

Start with the carpaccio that is the very thin sliced beef with baby greens, capers, mustard aioli and parmigiano reggiano.

Next, we suggest the chicken risotto with asparagus, sun-dried tomato and herbed roasted chicken, and for your secondi go for the osso bucco – here it’s braised pork shank with butternut polenta, grilled asparagus and vin cotto.

The 2009 Morellino di Scansano, Roca dei Venti would go well with these dishes.

 

Our last stop in St. Louis is The Missouri Botanical Garden Daily: 9-5, 4344 Shaw Ave, 314-577-5100.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States  and a National Historic Landmark.

The garden is a center for botanical research and science education of international repute, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis, with 79 acres of horticultural display.

It includes a 14-acre Japanese Strolling garden named Seiwa-enthe Climatron geodesic dome  conservatory, a children’s garden, including a pioneer village,  a playground, a fountain area,  an Osage camp and Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home.

 

Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,

Dick & Dee Welge 

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