Is there a better American city for walking than New Orleans? And is there a better place to escape buzzy French Quarter activity than the Garden District?
If you happen to be driving along the 8-mile stretch of Martin Luther King Boulevard that begins in Wellston and ends in downtown St. Louis, it wouldn’t take too long to realize that there aren’t a lot of options for purchasing fresh, healthy foods in and around the neighborhood. But this urban food desert is on the verge of change—thanks to the efforts of the Beloved Streets of America and its vision of community stabilization, according to Derek Lauer, who is the architect coordinating the master-planning for the nonprofit.
While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
Once upon a time…There was a blue merle Great Dane who loved to ride in cars. Sam, now a 5-year-old, 210-pound dog who stands about 6 feet, 4 inches tall on his hind legs, was adopted at 8 months of age by the Goding family. “We worry that Sam gets frustrated if he hasn’t been in a car for awhile—which means for some portion of the day—and it’s not unusual for one of us to ask, Hey, has Sam gotten a ride today?,” says Keith Goding, owner of Hard Work Yard Work. “And if he hasn’t, we’ll open up the car and he’ll jump in, and we’ll give him a 15-minute ride around the neighborhood.”
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
It's been announced that Chef GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI has been tapped to replace Chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI as executive chef at Cielo and the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. A native of Turin, Italy, Colucci most recently served as executive chef at Starwood Hotel & Resort Danieli in Venice. He's expected to take the reins later this month. Benvenuto, Signore!
A father makes a comment about a celebrity looking too plump in her evening gown. A mom remarks that she feels fat after eating a big meal. An older sister makes a funny observation about somebody in her class who is a ‘giant.’ While these are meant to be harmless comments, children personalize these statements and can develop a negative body image because they hear loved ones innocently criticize themselves and others.
As St. Louisans, we often are made aware of locally based corporate players who are recognized nationally and internationally for their level of expertise in their respective markets. Somehow knowing that these institutions are taking our homegrown talents to places far and wide connects us with people outside of our comfort zone and most definitely puts St. Louis on the map.
With the tasty array of Asian restaurants on South Grand Boulevard, it's sometimes easy to forget that this bustling thoroughfare also is home to some other equally delicious ethnic eateries. One of our favorites is Meskerem, which specializes in authentic Ethiopian cuisine. We figured it was high time to stop back by and get a dose of some authentic East African delicacies.
Virginia Braxs (Cultural Enrichment)
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
The number 1111 has some significant meanings—just Google it. But to restaurant-lovers in St. Louis, the number 1111 is the address and street number on Mississippi Avenue for one of the most well-known dining spots in town: 1111 Mississippi.
St. Louis-area chefs and restaurateurs are once again banding together to support the next wave of restoration and maintenance of Forest Park through Restaurants for Restoration. Starting Tuesday, April 1, select area restaurants will offer their patrons the opportunity to support Forest Park by purchasing designated wine selections on their wine lists. A portion of these sales will be donated to Forest Park Forever. The Restaurants for Restoration initiative was first launched in 2001 as a joint effort by Major Brands Premium Beverage Distributors and its supplier partners to build community awareness and raise funds for the major renovations the park has undergone in the past decade. A full list of participating restaurants can be found on Major Brands’ Facebook page, facebook.com/MajorBrandsMO.
When the popular Arcelia's left Lafayette Square a while back, it left a vacuum in the neighborhood for those with a taste for Mexican fare. So when Laredo opened up in the same space a couple of years ago, there was much anticipation for this new kid on the block, and we were eager to finally give the place a try.
525 East Argonne Drive
Play: Shirley Valentine
Story: Most days, Shirley Bradshaw puts on a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. She’s only 42 years old, but she feels more like 142. It’s the mid-1980s, and Shirley lives a humdrum existence in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start.
Nadoz Bakery & Café bowed its newest location at the Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield earlier this month. The new spot features specialty coffee and espresso, all-day breakfast, homemade soups and salads, sandwiches and desserts, along with a Burger Bar and the new Nadoz Squeeze Juice Bar, offering raw juice from fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Local. Local. Local.” This is the overriding theme at Fields Foods, according to Chris Goodson, who is partner with Jeff Randol Sr. of the new Lafayette Square neighborhood grocer.
Chef John Perkins has been making waves in the St. Louis culinary scene for a while with his Entre Underground pop-up dinner events and his catering prowess. Then he took a space in the historic Gaslight Square and revamped it for private events and also used it as home base for a series of month-long specialty restaurant concepts he put together. Late last year, he decided to forgo the monthly experiments and use the space to house an ongoing restaurant based on one of them, a successful Southern-influenced event. He called the new eatery Juniper; and it's a cozy, comforting platform for Perkins' unique takes on down-home specialties.
Last weekend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi from her West St. Louis County home with a smile on her face. Come to think of it, there isn't much of anything she does without a smile on her face! And why not? She became a six-time Olympic medalist (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in heptathlon and long jump) as a member of Team U.S.A. in four different Olympic games (Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; and Atlanta, 1996). She was named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Indeed, she has had a lot to smile about. “I realize I've been blessed,” she says. “There are times when I have bad days, but the smile helps me keep things in perspective—and really recognize my blessings.”
Show your love for St. Louis this Valentine’s weekend by attending the 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION festivities at Forest Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Burnin’ Love Festival on Art Hill kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with family-friendly activities, food trucks, fire-dancers, live performances by the likes of ERIN BODE and DENISE THIMES, and fireworks to cap off the night. On Sunday, Feb. 16, THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL at the Missouri History Museum promises to be one of the year’s most memorable affairs, featuring cocktails, a variety of food stations sampling local fare and live entertainment. Ladue News is a proud Silver Sponsor of the Ball. For tickets and more information about all other events, visit stl250.org.