> Warm winter drinks: Bowood Farm’s Café Osage in the West End is featuring afternoon tea service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m…Chocoholics looking to satisfy their craving might want to stop at Café Cioccolato on Olive across the street from the Old Post Office and order what some folks are calling the best house-made hot chocolate in town. You get your choice of dark milk or white, and with luck, they will still have some homemade marshmallows to throw on top.
> The St. Louis Community Farmers’ Market has returned this winter to St. John’s Episcopal Church on Arsenal in Tower Grove South. Pick up fresh produce, preserved foods, cheese, meat, eggs, coffee and pastries from the dozen-plus local vendors. The market is open every second Saturday of the month through April from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit towergrovechurch.org.
> The eating options on Morganford in Tower Grove South keep expanding. The latest is Plaza Cafe and Grill, located at Morganford Plaza, where exec chef Ed Hines (Balaban’s, Route 66 Brewery, Remy’s, and Big Sky Café) creates American comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is part of owner Aletha Alexander’s master plan for Morganford Plaza. Two months ago, she opened Plaza Pastries and Donuts on Connecticut, next door to the restaurant. The indoor plaza—which will include family-friendly retail shops, a coffee bar, ice cream parlor, snack shop and possibly juice bar—will open this spring.
> Planet Sub recently opened a second location in St. Louis. If you can’t trek downtown to the spot on Ninth Street between Pine and Olive, you can now grab their pastrami melt in the CWE. The North Euclid location near Laclede also serves breakfast starting at a wee 6 o’clock in the morn.
> Passing through Webster Groves? Stop at Tropical Moose Shaved Ice in Old Orchard for their $2 Walk-Away Waffle. This winter, Jack and Pat Williams, owners of the seasonal stands in Kirkwood, Creve Coeur and Webster Groves, have kept the latter open to offer warm Belgian waffles to the grab ‘n go crowd.
> Chanala Rubenfeld recently held the first Latke Frying Happy Hour at Chabad of Chesterfield. Rubenfeld, who also teaches children’s cooking classes at Chabad, wanted to demonstrate that the classic Jewish fried potato pancake can feature more than plain old spuds. Some 45 guests sampled many varieties, including sweet potato, zucchini and carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and cheese. Look for a repeat latke lesson next year.